Candace Guide and Best Builds

Candace Guide and Best Builds for Genshin Impact

Candace is a 4-star Hydro Polearm character in Genshin Impact. Our Candace guide and build will focus on Candace's best weapons, best artifacts, skills, constellations and Candace's best teams.

Last updated on May 30, 2024 at 12:00 by Shikhu
C Rating
Hydro Element
Polearm Weapon
Shara Kirby EN Voice Actor
Yuzuki Ryoka JP Voice Actor

Candace Guide Introduction

Candace is a 4-star Hydro polearm user in Genshin Impact who excels at providing AoE Hydro application as well as buffs to Normal Attacking characters.


Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +The unique ability to provide a Hydro Infusion.
  • +Elemental Burst increases the amount of Elemental DMG a Characters Normal Attacks deal.
  • +Great AoE Hydro Application.
X Weaknesses
  • -High Energy Recharge requirements.
  • -Low DMG output.
  • -C1 and C6 are incredibly important.

Candace Support Build

Candace is best played in more of a supporting role taking advantage of her Hydro infusion, Normal Attack DMG bonuses and AoE Hydro application.

BiS Weapon Favonius Lance
Alternative Weapons
  1. Engulfing Lightning
  2. Staff of Homa
  3. Skyward Spine
  4. Deathmatch
  5. "The Catch"
  6. Kitain Cross Spear
  7. Prototype Starglitter
Best Artifacts
  1. Emblem of Severed Fate
  2. Noblesse Oblige
Main Stats
  • Sand Stats: HP % / Energy Recharge
  • Goblet Stats: HP % / Hydro DMG
  • Circlet Stats: HP % / CRIT Rate
Substat Priority
  1. Energy Recharge
  2. CRIT Rate
  3. HP %
  4. Flat HP
Talent Priority
  1. Elemental Burst
  2. Elemental Skill
  3. Normal Attack

With Candace having incredibly high Energy Recharge requirements, her best weapons tend to be those which help to ease this. Favonius Lance is therefore her best weapon for most situations. Alternatively, if you are aiming to increase her personal DMG, you can use weapons such as Staff of Homa or Engulfing Lightning.

Candace's best artifact sets are Emblem of Severed Fate and Noblesse Oblige. Emblem is generally the best allowing you to effectively use the 4-piece bonus of the artifact set as well as heavily benefitting from the +20% Energy Recharge. Noblesse however can be a great option in teams that want a lot of ATK%.

Candace's most important Talent is her Elemental Burst which is the focus of most of her supportive utility. Her Elemental Skill can also be useful to level but it is not worth levelling her Normal Attacks when played off-field.


Candace's Energy Recharge Requirements

Candace has incredibly high Energy Recharge requirements with her Elemental Skill only generating 2-3 particles. As a result of her low personal DPS you also do not want to be funnelling particles to her either which only increases her requirements further.

Your Energy Recharge requirements will depend on how menu Hydro characters you have in your team as well as if you use her Elemental Skill once or twice in a rotation.

1 Skill 2 Skill
1 Hydro 280-300% 250-270%
2 Hydro 240-260% 200-220%
3 Hydro 200-220% 170-190%

Candace Combos and Skills Explained

Candace's Elemental Skill Sacred Rite: Heron's Sanctum has 2 different modes with different uses:

  • Tap - Dashes forward dealing Hydro in front of Candace.
  • Hold - Allows candace to block incoming attacks. The shield is also charged for a period of time, when released or when the shield is broken she will deal AoE Hydro DMG in front of herself. This charges instantly with her A1 Aegis of Crossed Arrows.

Tapping the Skill generates 2 Energy particles while Holding the skill generates 3 instead.

Candace's Elemental Burst Sacred Rite: Wagtail's Tide is the main way in which she helps to support your team. This provides the "Prayer of the Crimson Crown" buff to your active character.

This buff allows your active character to deal increased Elemental DMG with their Normal Attacks, deals AoE Hydro DMG periodically and also provides an Elemental Infusion to applicable characters.


Candace's Best Team Comps

Candace's best team compositions tend to revolve around Bloom, Vaporize and Hyperbloom team compositions allowing us to utilise her AoE Hydro application.


Arlecchino Vaporize

Main DPS Sub DPS Support Support
Arlecchino Candace Kaedehara Kazuha Bennett

This can be a great Arlecchino team, Candace provides enough Hydro application to allow Arlecchino to Vape as much as Yelan can in other team compositions for Arlecchino. While Yelan provides significantly higher amounts of off-field DMG, Candace instead provides a Normal Attack buff as well as AoE Hydro application which can turn her into a competitive option.


Nilou Bloom

Main DPS Sub DPS Support Support
Nahida Candace Nilou Yaoyao

Candace can be great in Bloom teams especially with Yaoyao. This is because of Candace's Hydro Elemental Infusion which can be used with Yaoyao to provide more value while Yaoyao has to stay on field for 5 seconds during her Elemental Burst.


Hyperbloom Candace Teams

Main DPS Sub DPS Support Support
Nahida Candace Baizhu Kuki Shinobu

Candace can also be played in Hyperbloom teams using characters such as Nahida and Baizhu for Dendro application. In this team, Kuki Shinobu provides more than enough Electro application to sustain Elemental Reactions.


Candace's Ascensions, Talents and Constellations

Candace's Ascensions Candace's Talents Candace's Constellations

Candace's Ascension Passives and Materials

Unlock Ascension Passive Explanation
With Character To Dawn's First Light Decreases climbing Stamina consumption for your own party members by 20%. Not stackable with Passive Talents that provide the exact same effects.
1st Ascension Aegis of Crossed Arrows If Candace is hit by an attack in the Hold duration of Sacred Rite: Heron's Sanctum, that skill will finish charging instantly.
4th Ascension Celestial Dome of Sand 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.

Candace requires a range of materials to ascend to the 6th ascension. Starting from the second ascension she gains HP % while levelling, giving a total of 24% Bonus HP % at the final ascension. The total cost to upgrade all ascensions is:

Source Quantity
Mora 412,500 Mora
Boss Material 46x Light Guiding Tetrahedron
Ascension Material
Local Specialty 168x Henna Berry
Enhancement Material
  • 18x Faded Red Satin
  • 30x Trimmed Red Silk
  • 36x Rich Red Brocade

Candace's Talents

Listed below is each talent alongside the talents explanation of how they work.

Type Talent Name Skill Explanation
Normal Normal Attack: Gleaming Spear – Guardian Stance

Normal Attack

Performs up to 4 consecutive spear strikes.

Charged Attack

Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to opponents along the way.

Plunging Attack

Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact.

Elemental Skill Sacred Rite: Heron's Sanctum

Candace's fighting style is capable of warding off an entire tide of foes.

  • Tap - Rushes forward with her shield, dealing Hydro DMG to opponents in front of her.
  • Hold - 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.
Elemental Burst Sacred Rite: Wagtail's Tide

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 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.

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

Source Quantity
Mora 1,652,500 Mora
Special Material 1x Crown of Insight
Boss Material 6x Tears of the Calamitous God
Domain Material
  • 3x Teachings of Admonition
  • 21x Guide to Admonition
  • 38x Philosophies of Admonition
Enhancement Material
  • 6x Faded Red Satin
  • 22x Trimmed Red Silk
  • 31x Rich Red Brocade

Candace's Constellations

Candace's most valuable constellations are Returning Heiress of the Scarlet Sands (C1) and The Overflow (C6) which both help to significantly increase her supportive utility.

# Name Explanation
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.
C2 Moon-Piercing Brilliance When Sacred Rite: Heron's Sanctum hits opponents, Candace's Max HP will be increased by 20% for 15s.
C3 Hunter's Supplication
  • Increases the Level of Sacred Rite: Wagtail's Tide by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C4 Sentinel Oath

Shortens the Hold CD of Sacred Rite: Heron's Sanctum to be the same as that of the Tapping CD.

C5 Heterochromatic Gaze
  • Increases the Level of Sacred Rite: Heron's Sanctum by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
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.



  • 30 May 2024: Guide added.
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