Chongyun Guide and Best Builds

Chongyun Guide and Best Builds for Genshin Impact

Chongyun is a 4-star Cryo character who is a fantastic off-fielder support. He has some unique elemental abilities that require no field time and no energy cost. While he lacks in personal damage, his elemental skills can complement many of his teammates — making him a solid choice for Cryo support.

Last updated on Nov 29, 2023 at 13:29 by Tectonix
D Rating
Cryo Element
Claymore Weapon
Beau Bridgland EN Voice Actor
Soma Saito JP Voice Actor

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Unique method of apply Cryo
  • +Low Energy cost
  • +Low Cooldowns
  • +Great Cryo Support
X Weaknesses
  • -Requires heavy investment for DPS
  • -Limited team compositions

Chongyun Support Build

Chongyun has a unique setup for offering a pure Cryo support that requires little to no Energy Recharge requirements and almost zero field time which allows his abilities to apply your on-field Main DPS. This creates the opportunity for some great Elemental Reaction builds.

BiS Weapon Beacon of the Reed Sea
Alternate Weapons
  1. Wolf's Gravestone
  2. Sacrificial Greatsword
  3. Favonius Greatsword
Best Artifacts
  • 4-piece Options
    1. Noblesse Oblige
    2. Blizzard Strayer
    3. Golden Troupe
  • 2-piece Option
    • Noblesse Oblige — 20% Elemental Burst DMG
    • Emblem of Severed Fate — Energy Recharge +20%
Main Stats
  • Sand Stats: Energy Recharge
  • Goblet Stats: Cryo DMG Bonus
  • Circlet Stats: CRIT Rate or CRIT DMG
Substat Priority
  1. Energy Recharge
  2. CRIT Rate
  4. ATK %
Talent Priority
  1. Elemental Burst
  2. Elemental Skill
  3. Normal Attack

Due to Chongyun's ability to remain off the field (see next section), we are targeting weapons that will provide the maximum benefit to the rest of the team, not Chongyun. His 5-star weapon choice, Beacon of the Reed Sea, was picked due to the fact that the bonus skill of the weapon can trigger off-field. Similarly, his 4-star weapon choices, these are chosen to benefit the team with more energy production and a possible reset on his skills so you can double trigger them on occasion.

His Artifact choices follow the same principles as his weapon choices, picked specifically to augment the team around him and not necessarily Chongyun himself. Here we focus on team-wide effects, Elemental Mastery increase and Energy Recharge bonuses for our team. As Chongyun has such a short on-field time, basically just enough time to drop his skills and leave, we put the priority on sets that can assist whoever he is supporting with the most benefits.


Combos and How to Play Chongyun

Chongyun will use his abilities and then be taken off-field. This means that he is one of the simplest characters to play, but challenging to master, as timing his skills on the field is key to finding success with him. For example, his Elemental Skill, Spirit Blade: Chonghua's Layered Frost, is actually applied to whatever character is on the field, allowing them to have Cryo added to their normal attack. His Elemental Burst, Spirit Blade: Cloud-Parting Star, is the opposite, with a short AoE blast of Cryo; best used to produce Elemental Reactions. At C6, it also gains a bonus if Chongyun has higher HP% than the enemies it hits, so keeping him off-field at full health is advantageous.

Overall, Chongyun is a great support with basic mechanics that can assist a variety of teams through his skills and equipment with little investment. He is ideal for F2P players who are starting out and building up towards developing stronger team lines.


Chongyun's Best Team Comps

As we have previously mentioned, Chongyun is pure support, so his teams will be based on this elemental reactions, particularly Cryo, so we will be looking at Freeze and Shatter teams for the most part. Melt is another option that is open to him as long as you have the necessary members, as it is quite specific to build.


Chongyun Melt

Support Off-fielder Buffer Main DPS
Chongyun Fischl Sucrose Bennett

This build uses Chongyun's unique ability to infuse another member of his team with Cryo damage with their normal attacks. This Melt uses a symbiotic relationship between Chongyun and Bennett to trigger Melt by going Pyro against Cryo and then the reverse with Cryo against Pyro. Each instance of this will increase your damage for whatever element is triggered by the effect. This allows us to continue with Pyro attacks from a DPS Bennett, but also Chongyun can infuse Bennett with Cryo to allow him to do the opposite. This build also uses Sucrose for her Elemental Mastery buff and Fischl as a strong off-fielder to include Electro attacks on the battlefield from Oz.


Chongyun Double Pyro Melt

Support Sub DPS Pyro Sub DPS Main DPS
Chongyun Sucrose Xiangling Diluc

This team follows the same principles as the Melt team above, but subs in Diluc and Xiangling for the Pyro Resonance damage buff. Once again, we can use multiple sources of Pyro/Cryo to perform elemental reactions, adding in Sucrose's Elemental Mastery buff to increase our Melt Damage. Chongyun shines on this team due to low cooldowns and Energy requirements.


Chongyun Shatter

Support Sub DPS Sub DPS Main DPS
Chongyun Xingqiu Barbara Eula

This Shatter plays with both Cryo Resonance and Hydro Resonance, taking advantage of double resonance, providing our team some fantastic bonuses. First, we start with any source of Hydro. This can be Xingqui or Barabara's elemental skill, it does not matter. Once we have Hydro on the map, we can bring out Chongyun and use his Burst followed by his Spirit Blade: Chonghua's Layered Frost. This applies Cryo damage to our Main DPS, Eula, whose attacks will Freeze enemies.

Now comes to fun part, Shatter! Claymore attacks are considered blunt attacks in Genshin, which will Shatter a frozen target, causing a ton of physical damage. This is where Eula will shine, as she will be able to not only Shatter enemies and constantly apply Freeze to anyone still affected by Hydro, but also build Grimheart stacks and she can consume them by holding her Elemental Skill Icetide Vortex. When she consumes them, she will perform an AoE Cryo attack that lowers Cryo and Physical RES (Freeze and Shatter damage). This entire build is rounded out with Barbara's healing capabilities making it a devastating combination.


Chongyun's Ascensions, Talents, and Constellations

Chongyun Ascensions Chongyun Talents Chongyun Constellations

Chongyun Ascension Passives and Materials

Unlock Ascension Passive Explanation
With Character Gallant Journey When dispatched on an expedition in Liyue, time consumed is reduced by 25%.
1st Ascension Steady Breathing Sword, Claymore, or Polearm-wielding characters within the field created by Spirit Blade: Chonghua's Layered Frost have their Normal ATK SPD increased by 8%.
4th Ascension Rimechaser Blade When the field created by Spirit Blade: Chonghua's Layered Frost disappears, another spirit blade will be summoned to strike nearby opponents, dealing 100% of Spirit Blade: Chonghua's Layered Frost Skill DMG as AoE Cryo DMG. Opponents hit by this blade will have their Cryo RES decreased by 10% for 8 seconds.

Chongyun requires a range of materials to ascend to the 6th ascension. Starting from the second ascension, he gains additional ATK as his bonus stat, giving a total of 24% additional ATK at the final ascension. The total cost to upgrade all ascensions is:

Source Quantity
Mora 420,000 Mora
Boss Material 46x Hoarfrost Core
Ascension Material
Local Specialty 168x Cor Lapis
Enhancement Material
  • 18x Damaged Mask
  • 30x Stained Mask
  • 36x Ominous Mask

Chongyun's Talents

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

Type Talent Name Brief Explanation
Normal Normal Attack: Demonbane Performs up to four consecutive strikes. His charged attack becomes a continuous spinning attack, hitting all nearby opponents until he either runs out of stamina or you cancel the attack. After spinning, he will perform a final slash to complete the move. For his plunging attack, he will slam down out of the air performing an AoE upon impact with the ground.
Elemental Skill Spirit Blade: Chonghua's Layered Frost Chongyun hammers the ground with his weapon, creating an AoE of Cryo damage in a circular ring in front of him. This skill leaves behind a Chonghua Frost Field, which will convert all normal and charged attacks with melee weapons to Cryo. This will apply to whatever character is on-field and inside the AoE ring.
Elemental Burst Spirit Blade: Cloud-Parting Star Chongyun summons three giant blades in the air in front of him, each one will crash to the ground after a short delay and explode. This produces a focused blast of Cryo damage in a small AoE ring. This attack will launch enemies backwards if they are caught in the blast.

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 Dvalin's Sigh
Domain Material
  • 3x Teachings of Diligence
  • 21x Guide to Diligence
  • 38x Philosophies of Diligence
Enhancement Material
  • 6x Damaged Mask
  • 22x Stained Mask
  • 31x Ominous Mask

Chongyun's Constellations

Chongyun functions at C0, however, many players aim for his C2 for the reduced Cooldowns on his skills and C4 for the energy regeneration passive. Overall, he is a 4-star and you will eventually gain his C6 depending on the banners you are targeting.

# Name Explanation
C1 Ice Unleashed The last attack of Chongyun's Normal Attack combo releases three ice blades. Each blade deals 50% of Chongyun's ATK as Cryo DMG to all opponents in its path.
C2 Atmospheric Revolution Elemental Skills and Elemental Bursts cast within the Frost Field created by Spirit Blade: Chonghua's Layered Frost have their Cooldown time decreased by 15%.
C3 Cloudburst
  • Increases the Level of Spirit Blade: Cloud-Parting Star by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C4 Frozen Skies Chongyun regenerates one Energy every time he hits an opponent affected by Cryo. This effect can only occur once every 2 seconds.
C5 The True Path
  • Increases the Level of Spirit Blade: Chonghua's Layered Frost by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C6 Rally of Four Blades Spirit Blade: Cloud-Parting Star deals 15% more DMG to opponents with a lower percentage of their Max HP remaining than Chongyun. This skill will also summon one additional spirit blade.


  • 29 Nov. 2023: Guide added.
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