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Candace Best Builds and Artifacts

Genshin Impact - Candace Best Builds and Artifacts

Candace is a 4-Star Hydro Polearm character in Genshin Impact. See Candace's best builds, weapons, artifacts, and teams in this guide! We have her Tier List rating, ascension materials, talent priority, and gameplay tutorial here too.

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Candace Rating and Info

Character Information

C Rank Icon
Voice Actors EN Voice Actor: Shara Kirby
JP Voice Actor: Yuzuki Ryoka

Tier List Rankings

Main DPS Sub-DPS Support Exploration

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Candace's Stats

HP Attack Defense Ascension Stat
Lvl 20 2,342 46 147 HP 0%
Lvl 80 10,121 196 635 HP 24%

Candace's Strengths and Weaknesses

Candace's Strengths
• Enhances Elemental Normal Attacks with Elemental Burst.
• Decent Elemental Burst DMG.
• Has a Shield and Parry mechanic that can help mitigate damage.
• Becomes a great off-field Sub-DPS at C6.
Candace's Weaknesses
• Low Elemental Particle generation.
• Hydro infusion from Elemental Burst can be bad for some characters.
• Below average DMG buffs compared to other characters.

Candace Best Builds

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Builds for Candace

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Off-Field Sub-DPS
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Support Buffer Build

Off-Field Sub-DPS Build

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Main Stats
Genshin - HourglassSands: Energy Recharge% or HP%
Genshin - GobletGoblet: HP% or Hydro DMG Bonus
Genshin - CircletCirclet: HP% or CRIT Rate / CRIT DMG
Substats Energy Recharge, Crit Rate, Crit DMG, HP%, Elemental Mastery

This Candace build is for players who want to increase Candace's personal damage. Choose between an ER/HP/HP build or an HP/Hydro/CRIT build if you want provide more buffs or deal more damage. We recommend around ±180% Energy Recharge for this build.

Support Buffer Build

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Main Stats
Genshin - HourglassSands: Energy Recharge% or HP%
Genshin - GobletGoblet: HP%
Genshin - CircletCirclet: HP% or CRIT Rate
Substats Energy Recharge, Crit Rate, Crit DMG, Elemental Mastery, ATK%

Candace as a support is her best build, as she goes all-in on improving her role as a buffer by increasing her HP% and providing Elemental DMG bonus to your party's normal attacks.

You will want around ±180% Energy Recharge to make Candace's buffs more frequent. Make sure to use a CRIT Rate circlet if you're using a Favonius Lance!

Candace's Talent Priority

Main DPS Sub-DPS & Support
1st Normal Attack Elemental Burst
2nd Elemental Burst Elemental Skill
3rd Elemental Skill Normal Attack

Depending on her role, you will want to either prioritize her Elemental Burst or Normal Attack talent. Her Elemental Skill should be followed up after.

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Artifact Artifact Bonuses
1st Genshin - Emblem of Severed Fate Image Emblem of Severed Fate 2-PC: Energy Recharge +20%.
4-PC: Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 25% of Energy Recharge. A maximum of 75% bonus DMG can be obtained in this way.
2nd Genshin - Noblesse Oblige Image Noblesse Oblige 2-PC: Elemental Burst DMG +20%.
4-PC: Using an Elemental Burst increases all party members' ATK by 20% for 12s. This effect cannot stack.
3rd Genshin - Heart of Depth Image Heart of Depth 2-PC: Hydro DMG Bonus +15%
4-PC: After using Elemental Skill, increases Normal Attack and Charged Attack DMG by 30% for 15s.

The best artifact set for Candace is simply a question of if you already have a Noblesse buffer or not. If you want more DPS, go for the Emblem Set. If you have a low investment Candace or if you don't have a Noblesse buffer yet, go Noblesse.

Best 4-Star Artifact for Candace

Artifact Artifact Bonuses
Genshin - The Exile Image The Exile 2-PC: Energy Recharge +20%
4-PC: Using an Elemental Burst regenerates 2 Energy for all party members (excluding the wearer) every 2s for 6s. This effect cannot stack.

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Top 3 Candace Weapons

Weapon Weapon Information
1st Genshin Impact - Staff of Homa Image Staff of Homa Base ATK: 608
Bonus Stat: CRIT DMG 66.2%
Skill Effect: HP increased by 20%. Additionally, provides an ATK Bonus based on 0.8% of the wielder’s Max HP. When the wielder's HP is less than 50%, this ATK Bonus is increased by an additional 1% of Max HP.
2nd Genshin Impact - Favonius Lance Image Favonius Lance Base ATK: 565
Bonus Stat: Energy Recharge 30.6%
Skill Effect: CRIT Hits have a 60% chance to generate a small amount of Elemental Particles, which will regenerate 6 Energy for the character. Can only occur once every 12s.
3rd Genshin Impact - Rightful Reward Image Rightful Reward Base ATK: 565
Bonus Stat: HP 27.6%
Skill Effect: When the wielder is healed, restore 8 Energy. This effect can be triggered once every 10s, and can occur even when the character is not on the field.

Best Free-to-Play Weapon for Candace

Weapon Weapon Information
Genshin Impact - The Catch Image The Catch Base ATK: 510
Bonus Stat: Energy Recharge 45.9%
Skill Effect: Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 16% and Elemental Burst CRIT Rate by 6%.

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Best Party for Candace

Candace Team Comps

Bloom Team

Main DPS Sub-DPS Sub-DPS Support
Genshin - Nahida Nahida Genshin - Candace Candace Genshin - Yaoyao Yaoyao Genshin - Nilou Nilou

This team build focuses on the synergy of Candace and Yaoyao's Elemental Burst. Nilou will provide the aura that gives off Bountiful Cores, while Yaoyao with Hydro infusion can spread a lot of Dendro to enemies while mitigating Dendro DMG taken from the cores.

Electro-Charged Team

Main DPS Sub-DPS Sub-DPS Support
Genshin - Cyno Cyno Genshin - Candace Candace Genshin - Yelan Yelan Genshin - Kazuha Kazuha
Genshin - Ayato Ayato Genshin - Candace Candace Genshin - Fischl Fischl Genshin - Zhongli Zhongli

This Candace team build focuses on triggering Electro-Charged elemental reactions. Cyno works particularly well with Candace since she can increase his Elemental Normal Attack damage without overriding his Electro Infused normal attacks.

Vaporize Team

Main DPS Sub-DPS Sub-DPS Support
Genshin - Yoimiya Yoimiya Genshin - Candace Candace Genshin - Yelan Yelan Genshin - Yun Jin Yun Jin

Candace can act as an enabler for Vaporize teams with her off-field Hydro DMG, especially at C6. In combination with Yun Jin, they will both enhance the Elemental Normal Attacks of the Main DPS!

Candace Ascension and Talent Materials

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Candace Ascension Materials

Genshin - Mora Image Mora x300,000
Genshin - Mora Image Mora x120,000

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Candace Talent Level-Up Materials

Daily Domain Drops Enemy Drops Weekly Boss Drops
Genshin Impact - Teachings of Admonition Image Teachings of Admonition
Genshin Impact - Faded Red Satin Image Faded Red Satin
Raiden Shogun Challenge Reward
Genshin Impact - Tears of the Calamitous God Image Tears of the Calamitous God
Genshin Impact - Guide to Admonition Image Guide to Admonition Genshin Impact - Trimmed Red Silk Image Trimmed Red Silk
Genshin Impact - Philosophies of Admonition Image Philosophies of Admonition Genshin Impact - Rich Red Brocade Image Rich Red Brocade

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Candace Best Constellations

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Sagitta Scutum

Constellation and Effects

Candace's Constellations
Genshin - Candace C1 C1 Returning Heiress of the Scarlet Sands
The duration of Prayer of the Crimson Crown effect triggered by Sacred Rite: Wagtail's Tide is increased by 3s.
Genshin - Candace C2 C2 Moon-Piercing Brilliance
When Sacred Rite: Heron's Sanctum hits opponents, Candace's Max HP will be increased by 20% for 15s.
Genshin - Candace C3 C3 Hunter's Supplication
Increases the Level of Sacred Rite: Wagtail's Tide by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Genshin - Candace C4 C4 Sentinel oath
Shortens the Hold CD of Sacred Rite: Heron's Sanctum to be the same as that of the Tapping CD.
Genshin - Candace C5 C5 Heterochromatic Gaze
Increases the Level of Sacred Rite: Heron's Sanctum by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Genshin - Candace C6 C6 The Overflow
When characters (excluding Candace herself) affected by the Prayer of the Crimson Crown caused by Sacred Rite: Wagtail's Tide deal Elemental DMG to opponents using Normal Attacks, an attack wave will be unleashed that deals AOE Hydro DMG equal to 15% of Candace's Max HP. This effect can trigger once every 2.3s and is considered Elemental Burst DMG.

Best Constellations Rating and Explanation

Rating Constellation Effect / Merits
C2 ★★☆ • Increases Candace's Support buffs and Elemental Burst DMG.
C6 ★★★ • Increases off-field DPS and applies more Hydro on enemies.

C6 for More Off-Field DPS

By unlocking Candace's 6th Constellation she will provide more off-field DPS and Hydro Aura on enemies! Though this Constellation adds a lot of damage, it is not a must have for Candace to be a viable Sub-DPS nor Support.

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Candace Elemental Skill

Candace's Elemental Skill, Sacred Rite: Heroes Sanctum, allows her to block incoming damage with her shield while charging. Once charged up, she will strike with her Polearm and deal Hydro DMG.

Elemental Skill Parry

After unlocking the Aegis of Crossed Arrows talent, the shield will instantly be fully charged when an enemy attacks her while holding the stance. This is similar to how Beidou and Yun Jin's Elemental Skills work but is much easier to pull off since there's no strict timing.

Candace Elemental Burst

Candace's Elemental Burst, Sacred Rite: Wagtail's Tide, deals AoE Hydro DMG to enemies and provides the Prayer of the Crimson Crown buff to the entire party.

Provides AoE Damage and Hydro Infusion

When swapping to different characters under the Pyarer of the Crimson Crown effect, an AoE around the player will trigger, dealing Hydro damage.

In addition, Sword, Claymore, and Polearm characters buffed by the Prayer of the Crimson Crown will have their weapons infused with the Hydro Element. All characters will also increase their Elemental DMG from their Normal Attack.

Candace Exploration Passive Skill

Candace's talent for exploration, To Dawn's First Light, decreases the stamina consumption when climbing walls.

Candace Talents (Skills)

Normal Attack: Gleaming Spear - Guardian Stance

Talent Description
Performs up to 4 consecutive spear strikes.
Charge Attack
Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to opponents along the way.
Plunge Attack:
Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact.

Attribute Effect (Lvl 1)
1-Hit DMG 60.80%
2-Hit DMG 61.10%
3-Hit DMG 35.5%+43.4%
4-Hit DMG 94.90%
Charged Attack DMG 124.2%
Charged Attack Stamina Cost 25
Plunge DMG 63.9%
Low/High Plunge DMG 128%/160%

Sacred Rite: Heron's Sanctum

Talent Description
Rushes forward with her shield, dealing Hydro DMG to opponents in front of her.
Hold Attack:
Raises her shield to block incoming attacks from nearby opponents, forming a barrier that absorbs DMG based on her Max HP and absorbs Hydro DMG 250% more effectively. This barrier lasts until the Elemental Skill is unleashed. After holding for a certain period of time, Candace will finish charging, and when the skill button is released, the skill duration expires, or when the barrier is broken, she will perform a leaping strike that deals Hydro DMG to opponents in front of her.

Attribute Effect (Lvl 1)
Shield DMG Absorption 12% Max HP+1,156
Basic DMG 12% Max HP
Charged Up DMG 19% Max HP
Press CD 6s
Holding 9s

Sacred Rite: Wagtail's Tide

Talent Description
Raising her weapon on high, Candace calls upon a divine blessing that deals AOE Hydro DMG based on her Max HP and continuously confers the Prayer of the Crimson Crown on your active character.
Prayer of the Crimson Crown
This effect has the following properties:
• Characters deal increased Elemental DMG with their Normal Attacks
• Whenever a character takes the field, they will unleash a rippling wave of water that deals Hydro DMG to nearby opponents. There is a limited number of waves that can be triggered in the duration of this skill.
• Sword, Claymore, and Polearm-wielding characters under this effect will obtain a Hydro Infusion

Attribute Effect (Lvl 1)
Skill DMG 6.6% Max HP
Duration 9s
DMG Bonus 20.00%
Wave Impact Impact DMG 6.6% Max HP
Wave Instances 3.0%
CD 15s
Energy Cost 60

Aegis of Crossed Arrows

Talent Description
If Candace is hit by an attack in the Hold duration of Sacred Rite: Heron's Sanctum, that skill will finish charging instantly.

Celestial Dome of Sand

Talent Description
Characters affected by the Prayer of the Crimson Crown caused by Sacred Rite: Wagtail's Tide will deal 0.5% increased DMG to opponents for every 1,000 points of Candace's Max HP when they deal Elemental DMG with their Normal Attacks.

To Dawn's First Light

Talent Description
Decreases climbing Stamina consumption for your own party members by 20%. Not stackable with Passive Talents that provide the exact same effects.

How to Get Candace

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Candace is available at a normal rate on all Wish Banners except Beginner's Wish. This means you can get her from Wanderlust Invocation, Epitome Invocation, and the current Character Event Wishes.

Candace was last featured at an increased rate in both Navia's release banner and Ayaka's rerun banner in Phase 1 of Version 4.3, from December 20, 2023 to January 9, 2024!

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Candace's In-Game Information

Who is Candace?

Genshin - Candace Vision.png

Candace is the guardian of Aaru Village, a title that was passed down to her at the age of 8. Guardians take on their duties in silence, defending the village dubbed as the final refuge for King Deshret's descendants.

Candace Character Profile

Title Guardian of Aaru Village
Gender Female
Race Human
Height Tall
Faction Aaru Village
Constellation Sagitta Scutum
Birthday May 3
Special Dish Utmost Care
Skins & Namecards Outfit: Desert and Night
Namecard: Grey Heron
Furnishing Dwelling Amidst the Sands & Setekh Demurs

Candace Release Date

Genshin Impact Version 3.1
Genshin Impact Version 3.1
Release Date September 28, 2022

Released in Version 3.1

After being teased by HoYoVerse at the end of Version 2.8, Candace was officially released as a playable character in Cyno and Venti's banners during the first phase of Version 3.1 on September 28, 2022.

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Character In-Game Thoughts
Genshin Impact - Alhaitham ImageAlhaitham About Alhaitham
A truly unusual scholar, unlike any other I've ever met. He sees and thinks about things in his own unique way... I only hope he never wields his sharp mind against the peace of Aaru Village.
Genshin Impact - Cyno ImageCyno About Cyno
In the past, it was rare to see the Akademiya's General Mahamatra on this side of the Wall of Samiel, but recently he has been showing up here all the time. I believe that the Eremites have some truly terrifying stories to tell about him...
Genshin Impact - Dehya ImageDehya About Dehya
Whenever Dehya brings any of her Eremites to stay at Aaru Village, she always keeps them on their very best behavior. I have to say, it makes my life a lot easier. Ah, Dehya... She might look like trouble at first, but the truth is that she's really quite adorable.
Genshin Impact - Layla ImageLayla About Layla
An eccentric girl who always seems to be in a trance...? Yes, I believe I've seen her before - near the Wall of Samiel. I couldn't make sense of what she was saying, nor the calculations she wrote down, but she seemed to be in a much better mood after she'd finished. Perhaps this is her way of relieving stress.
Genshin Impact - Nahida ImageNahida About Lesser Lord Kusanali
Perhaps it is a testament to the Dendro Archon's benevolence that I, a descendant of the Al-Ahmar bloodline, am able to live peacefully on this land. If so, I suppose I am grateful for this much, but... I am first and foremost a child of the desert.

Thoughts About Candace

Character In-Game Thoughts
Genshin Impact - Dehya ImageDehya Ah, Candace... I love her to bits, but she can be as stubborn as a Sumpter Beast sometimes. I keep telling her she oughtta cut herself some slack, take some time off, maybe go take a walk around Sumeru City, buy herself some nice new clothes or jewelry... but she always says the same old thing: She can't bear to leave the village unprotected. I dunno how many times she's turned me down now. Ugh, if I really can't persuade her, I guess I'll just have to watch the village for her sometime, and get one of my Eremite girls to take her shopping...
Genshin Impact - Layla ImageLayla ...Huh, I saw someone who matches that description when I woke up after sleepwalking for the first time. "Candace," huh? Now I know. I still remember the moment I woke up... All of my reports and essays were done. At the time, it felt like... like after pleading to the stars for days and days, now they'd finally heard me, and sent a messenger to help me... I felt so touched!

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