Cyno Guide and Best Builds

Cyno Guide and Best Builds for Genshin Impact

Cyno is a 5-Star Electro Polearm user in Genshin Impact who deals powerful damage using their alternate form from their Elemental Burst. This guide will focus on Cyno's best builds, artifacts, weapons and best team compositions.

Last updated on Jan 17, 2024 at 08:00 by Shikhu
A Rating
Electro Element
Polearm Weapon
Alejandro Saab EN Voice Actor
Irino Miyu JP Voice Actor

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Elemental Burst form has incredibly high uptime.
  • +Powerful Hypercarry for Hyperbloom and Aggravate teams.
  • +High base CRIT DMG.
X Weaknesses
  • -Swapping out during Elemental Burst immediately ends Burst.
  • -Using Elemental Skill during Burst requires proper timing.

Cyno can be built to either focus on a mix of Hyperbloom , Quicken and Aggravate, also known as "Quickbloom" or built solely around Aggravate instead.


Quickbloom DPS Cyno

BiS Weapon Staff of the Scarlet Sands
Alternate Weapons
  1. Ballad of the Fjords
  2. Primordial Jade Winged-Spear
  3. Kitain Cross Spear
  4. Dragon's Bane
Best Artifacts
  1. Thundering Fury
  2. Gilded Dreams
Main Stats
  • Sand Stats: Elemental Mastery
  • Goblet Stats: Electro DMG > Elemental Mastery
  • Circlet Stats: CRIT Rate or DMG > Elemental Mastery
Substat Priority
  1. Energy Recharge to requirements
  2. Elemental Mastery
  3. CRIT Rate / DMG
  4. ATK %
Talent Priority
  1. Elemental Burst
  2. Elemental Skill
  3. Normal Attack (Not Important to level)

As a Quickbloom DPS, Cyno has a large focus on Elemental Mastery to further increase his damage while on-field. This helps to make Ballad of the Fjords an amazing 4-star weapon option and only slightly worse than Staff of the Scarlet Sands when Ballad is at R5.

Electro DMG is better for Cyno's Goblet and CRIT is better for Cyno's circlet. However, Elemental Mastery artifacts with good substat rolls can end up being better for damage.

Furthermore, Cyno's artifact substats focus on Elemental Mastery to increase damage from both Hyperbloom DMG as well as the DMG increase from Authority Over the Nine Bows. ATK % is still good for Cyno with Quickbloom and helps to increase his overall DPS, just less important.


Aggravate DPS Cyno

BiS Weapon Staff of the Scarlet Sands
Alternate Weapons
  1. Primordial Jade Winged-Spear
  2. Ballad of the Fjords
  3. Deathmatch
  4. Staff of Homa
Best Artifacts
  1. Thundering Fury
  2. Gladiator's Finale
Main Stats
  • Sand Stats: Elemental Mastery / ATK %
  • Goblet Stats: Electro DMG
  • Circlet Stats: CRIT Rate / DMG
Substat Priority
  1. Energy Recharge to requirements
  2. CRIT Rate / DMG
  3. ATK %
  4. Elemental Mastery
Talent Priority
  1. Elemental Burst
  2. Elemental Skill
  3. Normal Attack (Not Important to level)

Cyno can also be played as an Aggravate DPS focusing on dealing high personal damage using his Elemental Burst, Sacred Rite: Wolf's Swiftness alongside other Dendro and Electro characters.

Staff of the Scarlet Sands and Ballad of the Fjords are still amazing weapons for Cyno shared with the Quickbloom build. Additionally, Thundering Fury is still a great artifact set for Cyno however the stat priorities have changed. Gladiator's Finale is instead a cheap yet powerful artifact set which you may already have good artifacts for. The ATK % buff obtained with the artifacts is great for Aggravate damage.


Energy Recharge Breakpoints for Cyno

Cyno generally wants no more than 140% Energy Recharge with a rough minimum of 120% when using Thundering Fury. The exact amounts can vary wildly depending on your team composition, amount of Electro characters in your party and how many party members are using Favonius Weapons.

When using other artifact sets such as Gilded Dreams or Gladiator's Finale, your requirements may raise to around 140% -180% instead.


Combos and How to Play Cyno

Cyno's main role is that of an on-field DPS who will trigger the majority of the teams damage. Using the Elemental Bursts and Skills of your party to set up buffs and Elemental Reactions before Cyno makes the most of them.

Sacred Rite: Wolf's Swiftness is Cyno's Elemental Burst which converts attacks into Electro DMG while inside of his Pactsworn Pathclearer stance. You will lose this stance if you change party members.

During your Elemental Burst, "Endseer States" will appear on screen. This are indicated by the giant eye-shape on your screen. You want to use Cyno's Elemental Skill Secret Rite: Chasmic Soulfarer during this prompt to deal masive damage.


Cyno's Best Team Comps

All of Cyno's best teams always include a Dendro character witrh the remaining characer members depending on Bloom or Aggravate.


Cyno's Quickbloom Teams

Main DPS Sub DPS Sub DPS Support
Cyno Nahida Furina Baizhu

Cyno's best Dendro pairing for Quickbloom is Nahida however, Traveler (Dendro) is a good alternate option. For Hyperbloom rections Yelan and Xingqiu are great options to easily apply lots of Hydro with Furina providing powerful DMG buffs but a little less Hydro.

Kuki Shinobu and Baizhu are then great healers to support the team while helping to further reactions. Alternatively, Zhongli provides RES Shread and being a Geo character allows him to be uninvolved in reactions.


Cyno's Aggravate Teams

Main DPS Sub DPS Sub DPS Support

In Aggravate teams, you ideally want a team composing of 2 Dendro and 2 Electro characters to lower Energy Recharge requirements and further your reactions.

Fischl and Yae Miko are great Electro characters to support Cyno. Instead of Baizhu or Yaoyao, you could instead use generally powerful support characters such as Zhongli and Kazuha.


Cyno's Ascensions, Talents and Constellations

Cyno's Ascensions Cyno's Talents Cyno's Constellations

Cyno's Ascension Passives and Materials

Unlock Ascension Passive Explanation
With Character The Gift of Silence Gains 25% more rewards when dispatched on a Sumeru Expedition for 20 hours.
1st Ascension Featherfall Judgment Allows the activation of Endseer under your Elemental Burst and using Secret Rite: Chasmic Soulfarer while under Endseer to deal additional Electro DMG.
4th Ascension Authority Over the Nine Bows Increases DMG based on Elemental Mastery.

Cyno requires a range of materials to ascend to the 6th ascension. Starting from the second ascension they gain additional CRIT DMG as he levels, giving a total of 38.4% Bonus CRIT DMG at the final ascension. The total cost to upgrade all ascensions is:

Source Quantity
Mora 420,000 Mora
Boss Material 46x Thunderclap Fruitcore
Ascension Material
Local Specialty 168x Scarab
Enhancement Material
  • 18x Divining Scroll
  • 30x Sealed Scroll
  • 36x Forbidden Curse Scroll

Cyno's Talents

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

Type Talent Name Brief Explanation
Normal Normal Attack: Invoker's Spear Normal Attacks deal 4 strikes, Charged Attacks lunge forward and Plunge Attacks work as normal.
Elemental Skill Secret Rite: Chasmic Soulfarer
  • Normally, a forward dash dealing Electro DMG along the path.
  • During Sacred Rite: Wolf's Swiftness, deals a circular AoE on enemies which also extends the duration of your Elemental Burst.
Elemental Burst Sacred Rite: Wolf's Swiftness Increases Elemental Mastery, Interruption RES and converts all attacks into Electro 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 Mudra of the Malefic General
Domain Material
  • 3x Teachings of Admonition
  • 21x Guide to Admonition
  • 38x Philosophies of Admonition
Enhancement Material
  • 6x Divining Scroll
  • 22x Sealed Scroll
  • 31x Forbidden Curse Scroll

Cyno's Constellations

While Cyno is great at C0, Ceremony: Homecoming of Spirits (C2) is an incredibly powerful 50% Electro DMG bonus and a great stopping point if you do not plan to C6.

# Name Explanation
C1 Ordinance: Unceasing Vigil Increases Normal Attack SPD by 20% for 10s. If the Judication effect of his Passive Talent Featherfall Judgment is triggered during Secret Rite: Chasmic Soulfarer, the duration of this increase will be refreshed.
C2 Ceremony: Homecoming of Spirits Increases Electro DMG by 10% when Normal Attacks occur to a maximum of 50% DMG increase.
C3 Precept: Lawful Enforcer
  • Increases the Level of Sacred Rite: Wolf's Swiftness by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C4 Austerity: Forbidding Guard Restores 3 Energy when Electro-related rections occur while using the Elemental Burst Sacred Rite: Wolf's Swiftness. A maximum of 15 Energy can be gained.
C5 Funerary Rite: The Passing of Starlight
  • Increases the Level of Secret Rite: Chasmic Soulfarer by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C6 Raiment: Just Scales Gains 4 "Day of the Jackal" stacks when using Sacred Rite: Wolf's Swiftness or when triggering Judication with Featherfall Judgment. These Jackal stacks are used with each Normal Attack to deal additional damage.


  • 17 Jan. 2024: Guide added.
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