Looking for the best build for Ganyu in Genshin Impact? This five-star character specialises in ranged combat, making her effective in a DPS or support role. Ganyu is a Cryo archer, allowing her to keep enemies at bay by freezing them while staying safe at a distance. Despite being released back in January, Ganyu has maintained her spot at the top of our Genshin Impact tier list.
Ganyu was introduced in the 1.2 update alongside the Dragonspine region, an icy location filled with plenty of frosty minions. Ganyu’s abilities work well against the enemies in this region, but you’ll find that Pyro characters fare significantly better against Cryo minions. She will be returning alongside Zhongli and others as part of a re-run banner due to go live on January 25, 2022, so keep an eye out for it.
Whether you want to focus on a high DPS build revolving around critical hits, or you prefer to play it safe by turning Ganyu into a support character, Ganyu can truly do it all. Here’s what you’ll need for the best build for Ganyu in Genshin Impact.
BEST GENSHIN IMPACT GANYU DPS BUILD
This DPS build focuses on getting the most out of Ganyu’s passive talents, specifically Undivided Heart, which can be extremely powerful in the correct setup. You’ll want to equip the Wanderer’s Troupe artifact set which drastically increases Ganyu’s charged attack damage when fully assembled. Not only does this impact the Frostlake Arrow, but it also grants the same damage bonus to its AoE bloom effect, dealing massive damage to multiple enemies.
If you can’t afford the full Wander’s Troupe artifact set, you should be looking for artifacts that increase your Cryo damage, critical damage, and base attacks. Regaining energy isn’t as much of a priority thanks to the Dew Drinker constellation which quickly replenishes two energy after firing a Frostlake Arrow.
As for Ganyu’s weapon, we’ve gone with Amos’ Bow to deal as much damage as possible. This bow increases normal and charged damage by 12%, perfect for the bloom effect on Ganyu’s Frostlake Arrows.
BEST GENSHIN IMPACT GANYU SUPPORT BUILD
Ganyu’s Cryo abilities allow her to be useful to the team while not being in active combat, making her a strong pick as a support character. That’s not to say Ganyu won’t be pitching in with lots of damage, but you can easily freeze enemies to give your other party members some uninterrupted attacks.
In order to get the most out of Ganyu’s Cryo abilities, equip the Blizzard Strayer artifact set which heavily boosts Cryo damage. Acquiring the full Blizzard Strayer set will increase your party’s critical hit rate by 20%, and that rises by an additional 20% if the enemy is frozen. You can increase this even further by using the Skyward Harp to increase your critical damage by 20%.
Though you can use Ganyu as a support character, her skill set is much better at dealing huge amounts of damage. We’d recommend sticking to the DPS build as Ganyu’s damage output is almost unrivalled at the moment.
GENSHIN IMPACT GANYU ABILITIES
Normal attack: Liutian Archery
- Normal Attack: Fire six consecutive shots with a bow
- Charged Attack: Fire a more precise Aimed Shot with increased damage. Depending on how long the attack has been charged, the charged attack will feature a unique effect
- Charge Level 1: Fires off an icy arrow that deals Cryo damage
- Charge Level 2: Fires off a Frostlake Arrow that blooms after hitting its target, dealing AoE Cryo damage
Elemental Skill: Trial Of The Qilin
Ganyu dashes backwards, freezing enemies where they stand and dealing AoE Cryo damage. She also leaves behind an Ice Lotus which taunts enemies, forcing them to attack it until it eventually blooms, dealing more AoE Cryo damage. The endurance of the Ice Lotus scale’s to Ganyu’s max health.
Elemental Burst: Celestial Shower
Ganyu summons a Sacred Cryo Pearl, dealing Cryo damage to any enemies that stand within its AoE range.
- Dew Drinker: Enemies that take damage from a Charge Level 2 Frostlake Arrow Bloom lose 15% of their Cryo resistance for six seconds. Landing a hit from one of these arrows will restore two Energy for Ganyu. This effect only occurs once per shot
- The Auspicious: Trial Of The Qilin gains one additional charge
- Cloud Strider: Increases the level of Celestial Shower by three, up to a maximum upgrade level of 15
- Westward Sojourn: Enemies taking damage from Celestial Shower will take increased damage, starting from 5% and increasing by 5% every three seconds. This effect caps at 25% and lingers for an additional three seconds after the Celestial Shower ends
- The Mericul: Increases Trial Of The Qilin by three, up to a maximum upgrade level of 15
- The Clement: Using Trial Of The Qilin will cause the next Frostflake Arrow shot within 30 seconds to not require charging
Ganyu Passive Talents
- Undivided Heart: After firing a Frostflake Arrow, the critical rate of subsequent Frostflake Arrows and their bloom effects is increased by 20% for five seconds
- Harmony between Heaven and Earth: Celestial Shower grants 20% Cryo damage bonus to active party members in the AoE
- Preserved for the Hunt: Grants a 15% ore refund when crafting bow-type weapons
And that’s everything you need to know about the best Genshin Impact Ganyu build. If you’re looking for a top tier character to pair with Ganyu, definitely check our our Genshin Impact next banner guide which highlights the current and upcoming banners – and if you’re saving up those primogems, check out the latest Genshin Impact codes.