Aloy Guide and Best Builds

Aloy Guide and Best Builds for Genshin Impact

Aloy is a 5-star cross-over character from Horizon Zero Dawn who specializes in Cryo damage with a unique set of abilities. This guide will focus on Aloy's best builds, artifacts, weapons and best team compositions.

Last updated on Apr 13, 2024 at 14:14 by Tectonix
D Rating
Cryo Element
Bow Weapon
Giselle Fernandez EN Voice Actor
Takagaki Ayahi JP Voice Actor

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Great Freeze/Melt potential for teams.
  • +Able to both buff your teams ATK and lowers the enemies ATK.
  • +Low Energy Costs.
X Weaknesses
  • -No constellations.
  • -Elemental Conversion requires enough Coil Stacks.
  • -Low Damage.
  • -Unobtainable in-game if you were not here for the collaboration.

Aloy Freeze DPS Build

Aloy is played as a main DPS, utilizing a unique mechanic called 'Coils' which she needs to gain 4 of to activate her Cryo Infused Normal Attacks. On top of this unique mechanic, Aloy's Elemental Burst is a solid AoE Cryo ability with a relatively short cooldown and decent energy cost.

BiS Weapon Polar Star
Alternate Weapons
  1. Thundering Pulse
  2. Skyward Harp
  3. The Stringless
Best Artifacts
  • 4-piece Options
    1. Blizzard Strayer
    2. Emblem of Severed Fate
    3. Gilded Dreams
    4. Noblesse Oblige
  • 2-piece Option
    • Gladiator's Finale — ATK +18%
    • Blizzard Strayer — Cryo Damage +15%
Main Stats
  • Sand Stats: ATK %
  • Goblet Stats: Cryo DMG
  • Circlet Stats: CRIT Rate/CRIT DMG
Substat Priority
  1. CRIT Rate / CRIT DMG
  2. ATK %
  3. Elemental Mastery
Talent Priority
  1. Elemental Burst
  2. Elemental Skill
  3. Normal Attack

Aloy's weapon selection focuses on a solid damage buff for her to take advantage of. Her best-in-slot weapon Polar Star grants us an overall buff to her abilities, but also a stacking increase to her overall ATK. Aloy's quick gameplay style works fantastic with this bow, quickly gaining maximum stacks to push her damage output higher and higher.

As for Aloy's artifacts, generally the 4-piece Blizzard Strayer is best for Freeze teams while Emblem of Severed Fate is chosen for focus on ER and buffs to her Elemental Burst. Her Energy Recharge requirement isn't overly high with a base requirement of 140%, hitting cap at 165%. This amount can be easily supported through other character's help or simply by focusing some of your artifacts stats on Energy Recharge. Her alternative sets are focused around her Elemental Burst, which provides most of her DPS and amplifying its effects as much as possible. The Gilded Dreams set should only to be used with a team that specializes in quick Elemental Reactions.


Combos and How to Play Aloy

Aloy's playstyle centers around her Elemental Burst, Prophecies of Dawn. This burst is a large Cryo AoE and can be used as a trigger for powerful Elemental Reactions. This Elemental Burst recharges quite quickly with a low 40 energy cost, allowing you to setup other Elements while Aloy is off-field then bringing her back on-field to trigger reactions. Due to this Aloy is typically played with quick swap teams.

Aloy also possesses a unique stacking mechanic called 'Coils'. These are generated from her Elemental Skill, Frozen Wilds, which puts small Freeze Bombs out on to the battlefield. When an enemy triggers one of these, Aloy will gain a single Coil Stack, this can happen once every 0.1s so with a good placement of her skill, you can generate a lot of stacks quite quickly. Once you have attained 4 stacks, they will be used to put Aloy into the Rushing Ice state which infuses her normal attack with Cryo. Anemo characters such as Kaedehara Kazuha can group Coils much like how they can group enemies.


Aloy's Best Team Comps

Aloy best performs as damager dealer using her Elemental Burst as a reaction to trigger Freeze and Melt reactions.


Aloy Freeze Team

Support Sub DPS Support Swirl
Aloy Ganyu Sangonomiya Kokomi Kaedehara Kazuha

A straight forward team, where Aloy is focused on using her abilities to keep enemies frozen. This is an active playstyle with Aloy doing her best to focus on building up her Coil stacks, then adding Cryo to standard attacks. The rest of the team is rotated on and off the field, quickly using their Elemental Bursts and skills one top of one another for elemental application and reactions.


Aloy Melt Team

Support Sub DPS Support Support
Aloy Xiangling Bennett

This team stacks the Pyro application on enemies of both Bennett and Xiangling, both being able to take advantage of their skills continuing while they are off-field. Our Anemo character provides team buffs and Swirling Pyro, plus a Elemental debuff with the Viridescent Venerer set. Aloy is played on-field building Coil Stacks and using her Cryo damage to trigger elemental reactions.


Aloy's Ascensions, Talents, and Constellations

Aloy Ascensions Aloy Talents Aloy Constellations

Aloy Ascension Passives and Materials

Unlock Ascension Passive Explanation
With Character Easy Does It When Aloy is in the party, animals who produce Fowl, Raw Meat, or Chilled Meat will not be startled when party members approach them.
1st Ascension Combat Override When Aloy receives the Coil effect from Frozen Wilds, her ATK is increased by 16%, while nearby party members' ATK is increased by 8%. This effect lasts 10s.
4th Ascension Strong Strike When Aloy is in the Rushing Ice state conferred by Frozen Wilds, her Cryo DMG Bonus increases by 3.5% every 1s. A maximum Cryo DMG Bonus increase of 35% can be gained in this way.

Aloy requires a range of materials to ascend to the 6th ascension. Starting from the second ascension she gains additional Cryo Damage as she levels, giving a total of 28.8% Cryo Damage at the final ascension. The total cost to upgrade all ascensions is:

Source Quantity
Mora 420,000 Mora
Boss Material 46x Crystalline Bloom
Ascension Material
Local Specialty 168x Crystal Marrow
Enhancement Material
  • 18x Spectral Husk
  • 30x Spectral Heart
  • 36x Spectral Nucleus

Aloy's Talents

Listed below is each talent and a brief explanation of how they work.

Type Talent Name Brief Explanation
Normal Normal Attack: Rapid Fire Standard Normal Attack performs 4 consecutive bow strikes. Using a Charged Attack with infuse your arrowhead with Cryo DMG. Plunging Attacks strike the ground below, dealing AoE DMG upon impact.
Elemental Skill Frozen Wilds

Aloy tosses a Freeze Bomb that explodes for Cryo DMG and leaves behind Chillwater Bomblets that explode on contact with opponents or after a short delay, dealing Cryo DMG again. When your Freeze Bomb or Chillwater Bomblet hits an opponent, Aloy will gain a Coil stack.

Each Coil stack will:

  • Each stack increases Aloy's Normal Attack DMG.
  • When Aloy has 4 Coil stacks, all stacks of Coil are cleared. She then enters the Rushing Ice state, which further increases the DMG dealt by her Normal Attacks and converts her Normal Attack DMG to Cryo DMG.
Elemental Burst Prophecies of Dawn Aloy unleashes an AoE Cryo based attack in front of her in a large ring. Enemies inside are damaged with Cryo DMG.

To upgrade a single talent to level 10, it costs:

Source Quantity
Mora 1,625,500 Mora
Special Material 1x Crown of Insight
Boss Material 6x Molten Moment
Domain Material
  • 3x Teachings of Freedom
  • 21x Guide to Freedom
  • 38x Philosophies of Freedom
Enhancement Material
  • 6x Spectral Husk
  • 22x Spectral Heart
  • 31x Spectral Nucleus

Aloy's Constellations

Aloy does not have any constellations and her power comes from her levels instead. She is the only character in Genshin that does not possess any constellations.



  • 13 Apr. 2024: Guide added.
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