Kirara Guide and Best Builds

Kirara Guide and Best Builds for Genshin Impact

Kirara is a 4-Star Dendro Sword character in Genshin Impact who provides shielding and Dendro application. Our Kirara build guide will focus on her Best Artifacts, Team Comps, Ascension Materials and More.

Last updated on Apr 22, 2024 at 14:00 by Shikhu
B Rating
Dendro Element
Sword Weapon
Julia Gu EN Voice Actor
Suzushiro Sayumi JP Voice Actor

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Great on-field Dendro application.
  • +Remaining shield DMG absorption will stack on top of a new shield when created.
  • +Unique mobility from her Elemental Skill.
X Weaknesses
  • -Only DMG buff she provides to the team comes from her C6.
  • -While good on-field application, Kirara severely lacks off-field Dendro application.

Kirara Shield Support Build

BiS Weapon Key of Khaj-Nisut
Alternative Weapons
  1. Sapwood Blade
  2. The Dockhand's Assistant
  3. Favonius Sword
  4. Sacrificial Sword
Best Artifacts
  1. Deepwood Memories
  2. Vourukasha's Glow + Tenacity of the Millelith — 2 Piece
  3. Instructor
Main Stats
  • Sand Stats: HP % / Energy Recharge
  • Goblet Stats: HP %
  • Circlet Stats: HP %
Substat Priority
  1. Energy Recharge to requirements
  2. HP %
  3. CRIT Rate (With Favonius)
  4. HP
  5. Elemental Mastery
Talent Priority
  1. Elemental Skill
  2. Elemental Burst
  3. Normal Attack

Key of Khaj-Nisut is Kirara's best weapon, helping to maximise her shield strength and also increasing Elemental Mastery for the party. Other good weapons include Sapwood Blade and The Dockhand's Assistant. Alternatively, Favonius Sword is an option to ease Energy Recharge requirements however Kirara does not have extremely high requirements that may force an Energy generating weapon unlike some characters.

Kirara's best artifact set can depend. Deepwood Memories is an incredibly useful artifact set for Dendro teams and someone in the team should wear it, ideally a support character. That being said, Kirara can not easily guarantee full uptime on Deepwood's effects.

Outside of that run either 2 Piece Vourukasha's Glow and Tenacity of the Millelith to maximise shield strength or you can use Instructor for the Elemental Mastery buffs.

With regards to substats, Kirara wants enough Energy Recharge to consistently burst and HP % for her shield strength. This will be around 150 - 170% if she is the only Dendro character, or around 120% if there are 2 Dendro characters.


Combos and How to Play Kirara

Kirara's Elemental Skill Meow-teor Kick has different effects and gameplay benefits depending on if you press or hold the Skill.

  • Press deals Dendro DMG in front of Kirara while generating a Shield called a "Shield of Safe Transport" based on her HP.
  • Hold creates a Shield of Safe Transport and turns Kirara into a Urgent Neko Parcel which deals Dendro DMG to opponents when she collides with them. With Bewitching, Betwitching Tails (A1), the Parcel state will also create up to 3 additional shields.

Any Shield of Safe Transport generated can stack with the remaining DMG absorption of the current shield that she has.

Urgent Neko Parcel has a few limitations which may be worth keeping in mind. Kirara must be moving to actually deal DMG and apply Dendro and will also consume stamina faster while climbing. She also can not perform Plunging Attacks in this state. Kirara will automatically leave the Parcel state if she opens a wind glider or falls too fast.


Kirara's Best Team Comps

Kirara is often played in Dendro teams such as Quicken, Hyperbloom and Bloom teams.

Alternatively, Kirara can also be played in more general teams where she simply focuses on shielding. Because she has low off-field Dendro application, she will rarely interfere in other Elemental Reactions.


Nilou Bloom Team

Main DPS Sub DPS Sub DPS Support
Nilou Sangonomiya Kokomi Kirara

In this Nilou-centric team, Kirara provides both shielding and Dendro application. That being said, she will not apply enough Dendro on her own. Characters such as Nahida and Alhaitham help to provide Dendro. Sangonomiya Kokomi is the best supportive option due to having great Hydro application as well as powerful healing to support the Bloom reaction damage. Barbara can be used in a more budget situation or Xingqiu who has increased Hydro application but much weaker defensive utility.


Quicken Kirara Team

Main DPS Sub DPS Sub DPS Support
Tighnari Yae Miko Nahida Kirara
Main DPS Sub DPS Support Support
Keqing Fischl Kirara

Kirara often pairs well with DPS such as Tighnari and Keqing who adopt a more quickswap-style gameplay due to Kirara's 12s cooldown on her shielding. The first example focusing more on Aggravate while the second team instead focuses more on Spread.


Hyperbloom Kirara Teams

Main DPS Sub DPS Sub DPS Support
Alhaitham Kirara

Hyperbloom team compositions can be great for Kirara. That being said, she does not provide enough Dendro application on her own and therefore requires another Dendro character to assist with Elemental reactions. Characters such as Alhaitham or an on-field Nahida help with this. Kuki Shinobu is generally the best Electro character for Hyperbloom reactions although the healing may not be needed. This allows you to run Raiden Shogun in this team and Kuki in a different team.


Kirara's Ascensions, Talents and Constellations

Kirara's Ascensions Kirara's Talents Kirara's Constellations

Kirara's Ascension Passives and Materials

Unlock Ascension Passive Explanation
With Character Cat's Creeping Carriage When Kirara is in the party, animals who produce Fowl, Raw Meat, or Chilled Meat will not be startled when party members approach them.
1st Ascension Bewitching, Betwitching Tails Every 1,000 Max HP Kirara possesses will increase the DMG dealt by Meow-teor Kick by 0.4%, and the DMG dealt by Secret Art: Surprise Dispatch by 0.3%.
4th Ascension Pupillary Variance When Kirara is in the Urgent Neko Parcel state of Meow-teor Kick, each impact against an opponent will grant her a stack of Reinforced Packaging. This effect can be triggered once for each opponent hit every 0.5s. Max 3 stacks. When the Urgent Neko Parcel state ends, each stack of Reinforced Packaging will create 1 Shield of Safe Transport for Kirara. The shields that are created this way will have 20% of the DMG absorption that the Shield of Safe Transport produced by Meow-teor Kick would have. If Kirara is already protected by a Shield of Safe Transport created by Meow-teor Kick, its DMG absorption will stack with these shields and its duration will reset.

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

Source Quantity
Mora 420,000 Mora
Boss Material 46x Evergloom Ring
Ascension Material
Local Specialty 168x Amakumo Fruit
Enhancement Material
  • 18x Spectral Husk
  • 30x Spectral Heart
  • 36x Spectral Nucleus

Kirara's Talents

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

Type Talent Name Brief Explanation
Normal Normal Attack: Boxcutter Normal Attack is 4 strikes, Charged Attack is 3 strikes. Both attacks use her claws in the animations but offer no gameplay benefits. Plunging Attack is normal for a sword character.
Elemental Skill Meow-teor Kick

Has different effects depending on if pressed or held:

  • Press deals AoE Dendro DMG and creates a Shield scaling with HP which stacks with previous shields.
  • Hold transforms Kirara into a Urgent Neko Parcel, dealing Dendro DMG to enemies she crashes into while also increasing her mobility.
Elemental Burst Secret Art: Surprise Dispatch Deals AoE Dendro DMG, exploding into 6 Cat Grass Cardamoms. These explode when they touch opponents or after 12s.

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 Everamber
Domain Material
  • 3x Teachings of Transience
  • 21x Guide to Transience
  • 38x Philosophies of Transience
Enhancement Material
  • 6x Spectral Husk
  • 22x Spectral Heart
  • 31x Spectral Nucleus

Kirara's Constellations

Kirara's best constellations are Steed of Skanda (C4) and Countless Sights to See (C6). This is because they help to improve her supportive role. C4 provides some off-field Dendro application while C6 helps to buff the Elemental DMG of your party.

# Name Explanation
C1 Material Circulation Every 8,000 HP generates an additional Cat Grass Cardamom with a Maximum of 4. Meaning 32,000 HP is required to fully utilise this.
C2 Perfectly Packaged When in her Urgent Neko Parcel state, Kirara grants shields when she crashes into other party members. These shields last 12s and absorb additional Dendro DMG.
C3 Universal Recognition
  • Increases the Level of Universal Recognition by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C4 Steed of Skanda When characters protected by Kirara's Shield hit opponents with Normal, Charged and Plunging Attacks. A Cat Grass Cardamom will explode on the enemy, applying Dendro and dealing DMG.
C5 A Thousand Miles in a Day
  • Increases the Level of Secret Art: Surprise Dispatch by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C6 Countless Sights to See All nearby party members will gain 12% All Elemental DMG Bonus within 15s after Kirara uses her Elemental Skill or Burst.


  • 01 Mar. 2024: Guide added.
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