Ganyu Guide and Best Builds

Ganyu Guide and Best Builds for Genshin Impact

Ganyu is a 5-star Cryo DPS carry who specializes in charged attacks and has a devastating on-field Elemental Burst ability. Ganyu is built for maximizing her damage output with little regard to any defensive stats.

Last updated on Feb 01, 2024 at 00:25 by Tectonix
A Rating
Cryo Element
Bow Weapon
Jennifer Losi EN Voice Actor
Reina Ueda JP Voice Actor

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +F2P options are great
  • +Simple Playstyle
  • +Safe with Ranged Gameplay
  • +Extremely High DPS
X Weaknesses
  • -Must use charged shots
  • -Teammates require heavy investment
  • -High energy costs

Ganyu Main DPS

Ganyu slays the majority of main story content and strolls through Abyss with little concern when built correctly. She is all about Cryo damage and crushing Frozen enemies with charged shots from her bow. One of the best on-field DSPers in the game for both single target and AoE damage, she is also an extremely versatile team builder, as she can excel in many different setups.

BiS Weapon The First Great Magic
Alternate Weapons
  1. Amos' Bow
  2. Aqua Simulacra
  3. Polar Star
  4. Prototype Crescent
  5. Blackcliff Warbow
Best Artifacts
  • 4-piece Options
    1. Wanderer's Troupe
    2. Shimenawa's Reminiscence
  • 2-piece Options:
    • Shimenawa's Reminiscence — ATK +18%
    • Marechaussee Hunter — Charged Attacks DMG +15%
    • Blizzard Strayer — Cryo DMG Bonus +15%
Main Stats
  • Sand Stats: ATK %
  • Goblet Stats: Cryo DMG %
  • Circlet Stats: CRIT DMG %
Substat Priority
  2. CRIT Rate
  3. ATK %
  4. ATK
Talent Priority
  1. Elemental Burst
  2. Normal Attack
  3. Elemental Skill

Ganyu's 5-star first weapon, The First Great Magic, was chosen to focus on buffing her charged attacks as well as using the skill of the bow for a 'Gimmick' stack. These stacks come from team members who are the same element as her; this means having 2 Cryo team members is ideal. This also activates a Cryo Resonance for more CRIT Rate, benefiting her damage further. However, if you choose not to use the same elemental team members, you still gain a buff for movement speed which helps Ganyu stay our of danger and at range throughout a fight. Our alternative 5-star bow picks are also focused around Ganyu's Charged Attacks, elemental damage or attack power. For the 4-star weapon picks, we follow the same pattern focusing on what will best amplify Ganyu's damage capabilities the best.

Ganyu's Artifacts will push for pure damage sub-stats on almost every piece, but you must first meet her Energy Recharge threshold of around 130%-150%. Once you have attained that requirement, the rest of her sub stats will be chosen to amplify her DPS, starting with her CRIT DMG and CRIT Rate stats. Every defensive stat becomes null for her, as once she scales her DPS high enough, she kills so fast that keeping her alive is relatively simple. As for her Artifacts sets, Shimenawa's Reminiscence is arguably the best choice in all situations due to the massive increase in her Charged Attack bonus.


Combos and How to Play Ganyu

Ganyu is devastating on the battlefield, commanding her Elemental Abilities to not just encase everyone in ice, but her charged attacks with her bow are also incredibly powerful. Whether Ganyu is attached to a Freeze team, a Melt team or some kind of Mono-DPS team with buffers, she tends to follow the same pattern; primarily focusing on her Burst ability and using her Charged Attacks during its recharge phase. Ganyu's Elemental Skill, Trail of the Qilin, is mainly used for energy generation and a taunt to keep her free to fire charged attacks at her enemies.

Overall, no matter what team Ganyu is a part of, she will always keep her Elemental Burst, Celestial Shower, to trigger huge AoE Elemental Reactions off her teammates abilities, then hammer the enemies with some charge shots before rotating back through her team's rotation. Ganyu's Elemental Burst is a snapshot of her stats on cast, so you want to activate as many buffs as you can before triggering the skill. Another important thing to note about this skill, is that your buffed damage that is taken at the start of the skill cast will be carried throughout the skills duration regardless of if the buffs fall off of Ganyu or other characters.


Ganyu's Best Team Comps

As we have previously mentioned, Ganyu will be an on-field DSPer with team compositions built around her damage capabilities.


Ganyu Double Cryo Team

Sub DPS Main DPS Support/Healer Support/Buffer
Ganyu Kamisato Ayaka Sangonomiya Kokomi Kaedehara Kazuha

This team takes advantage of the Double Cryo Resonance bonus for more CRIT Rate against Frozen or Cryo affected enemies. This enhances both Ganyu and Kamisato Ayaka's abilities to maximize our damage while we use Sangonomiya Kokomi as our Hydro applicator, leaving the enemies Frozen for the majority of the fight. On top of Kokomi's capability to heal her team, she can be alternatively equipped with Tenacity of the Millelith as an option to increase the team's ATK even higher. Kaedehara Kazuha helps to round out the team with a Cryo RES Shred, reducing the enemies Elemental Resistances, as well as applying a decent amount of Crowd Control to the battlefield. This team has fantastic synergy between its members and can be utilized for the majority of Genshin's content.


4-star Double Cryo Team

Main DPS Sub DPS Sub DPS Shielder - Cryo
Ganyu Xingqiu Fischl Diona

This 4-star focused Double Cryo team uses a great mix of Elemental Reactions, shielding and some limited healing. Xingqiu and Fischl's off-field abilities really shine here, offering Ganyu some excellent synergy with each of their elements. This allows us the ability to Freeze or Superconduct enemies on the battlefield with Ganyu's Elemental Burst, Celestial Shower. Overall, this is a very simple playstyle; keep Fischl's Oz out on the field and use Xingqui/Ganyu combos to Freeze enemies. All the while, Diona can place a shield on the team. This is a great F2P build if you were lucky enough to get Ganyu on the gacha pull.


Ganyu Perma-Freeze Team

Main DPS - Cryo Hydro Support Shielder - Cryo
Ganyu Mona Diona

This Perma-Freeze team can keep enemies frozen in ice with good rotational play as well as dish out some solid damage. Mona is our source of Hydro on the battlefield, and when assisted by Venti or Kaedehara Kazuha's abilities, you can apply the Hydro quite effectively. Mona's Elemental Burst can also provide a solid DMG increase to the skill that breaks the Illusionary Bubble it creates, so be sure to follow it up with Ganyu's Elemental Burst, Celestial Shower, to maximize your damage. Venti or Kazuha are not only key to helping apply our Hydro element, but can help to group enemies together. They can also provide some Elemental RES Shred if equipped with the Viridescent Venerer set. Lastly, we have Diona included in this team for shielding and healing, but we also use her as as additional application of Cryo to keep enemies frozen for as long as possible.


Ganyu Melt Team

Main DPS Sub DPS Buffer Shielder
Ganyu Kaedehara Kazuha Bennett Zhongli

This Melt team is energy hungry. You will need to stack Energy Recharge on both Kazuha and Bennett to assist with the overall energy consumption of this build, but once it is working its damage is incredible. First, we start off with shields from our high HP build Zhongli. Then, follow the simple rotation below.

  • Ganyu's Elemental Skill Trail of the Qilin
  • Kazuha's Elemental Skill Chihayaburu
  • Bennett's Elemental Burst Fantastic Voyage
  • Kazuha's Elemental Burst Kazuha Slash
  • Ganyu's Elemental Burst Celestial Shower

Now hammer everything with Ganyu's Charged Attack from her bow. This basic pattern can be reset at any point by going back to Zhongli and using his Elemental Burst for a meteor if you make a mistake.


Ganyu's Ascensions, Talents, and Constellations

Ganyu Ascensions Ganyu Talents Ganyu Constellations

Ganyu Ascension Passives and Materials

Unlock Ascension Passive Explanation
With Character Preserved for the Hunt Refunds 15% of the ore used when crafting Bow-type weapons.
1st Ascension Undivided Heart After firing a Frostflake Arrow (charged shot Level 2), the CRIT Rate of subsequent Frostflake Arrows and their resulting bloom effects is increased by 20% for 5s.
4th Ascension Harmony between Heaven and Earth Celestial Shower grants a 20% Cryo DMG Bonus to active members in the AoE.

Ganyu requires a range of materials to ascend to the 6th ascension. Starting from the second ascension, she gains additional CRIT DMG as her bonus stat, giving a total of 38.4% additional CRIT DMG 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 Qingxin
Enhancement Material
  • 18x Whopperflower Nectar
  • 30x Shimmering Nectar
  • 36x Energy Nectar

Ganyu's Talents

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

Type Talent Name Brief Explanation
Normal Normal Attack: Liutian Archery Performs up to 6 consecutive attacks with a bow. Charged attacks hit for Cryo DMG and have two levels of charge with different effects. Level 1 is a basic Cryo DMG shot, while Level 2 produces a Frostflake Arrow that deals AoE Cryo DMG. Ganyu's plunging attack deals AoE DMG upon impact with the ground.
Elemental Skill Trail of the Qilin Ganyu dashes backwards and deals AoE Cryo DMG that leaves behind an Ice Lotus. This Ice Lotus can taunt opponents for a set duration based on Ganyu's Max HP, once the Ice Lotus is destroyed or its duration is over the Lotus will explode for another round of AoE DMG Cryo .
Elemental Burst Celestial Shower Summons a Sacred Cryo Pearl that rains down shards of ice, striking opponents for high amounts of Cryo DMG in a large AoE ring.

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 Shadow of the Warrior
Domain Material
  • 3x Teachings of Diligence
  • 21x Guide to Diligence
  • 38x Philosophies of Diligence
Enhancement Material
  • 6x Whopperflower Nectar
  • 22x Shimmering Nectar
  • 31x Energy Nectar

Ganyu's Constellations

Ganyu functions at C0, however, many players aim for her C6 as her damage dramatically increases with each one of her constellations.

# Name Explanation
C1 Dew-Drinker
  • Taking DMG from a Charge Level 2 Frostflake Arrow or Frostflake Arrow Bloom decreases opponents' Cryo RES by 15% for 6s.
  • A hit regenerates two Energy for Ganyu. This effect can only occur once per Charge Level 2 Frostflake Arrow, regardless if Frostflake Arrow itself or its Bloom hit the target.
C2 The Auspicious Trail of the Qilin gains 1 additional charge.
C3 Cloud-Strider
  • Increases the Level of Celestial Shower by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C4 Westward Sojourn
  • Opponents standing within the AoE of Celestial Shower take increased DMG. This effect strengthens over time.
  • Increased DMG taken begins at 5% and increases by 5% every 3s, up to a maximum of 25%.
  • The effect lingers for 3s after the opponent leaves the AoE.
C5 The Merciful
  • Increases the Level of Trail of the Qilin by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C6 The Clement Using Trail of the Qilin causes the next Frostflake Arrow shot within 30s to not require charging.


  • 29 Nov. 2023: Guide added.
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