Kuki Shinobu Guide and Best Builds

Kuki Shinobu Guide and Best Builds for Genshin Impact

Kuki Shinobu is a 4-star Electro Sword character in Genshin Impact. She functions best as a Healer and as a Sub-DPS for Dendro reaction-based team compositions.

Last updated on Jan 31, 2024 at 00:00 by Shikhu
A Rating
Electro Element
Sword Weapon
Rarity
Kira Buckland EN Voice Actor
Kaori Mizuhashi JP Voice Actor
1.

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Consistent powerful Healing.
  • +Incredibly powerful in Hyperbloom teams.
  • +Great Electro application.
X Weaknesses
  • -Healing is only single-target.
  • -Low energy generation.
  • -Frequent use of Elemental Skill keeps her HP low.
2.

Hyperbloom Kuki Build

Hyperbloom is the reaction where Kuki works best and is one of the best Electro characters for Hyperbloom. She has great Electro application as well as being a healer therefore fitting 2 roles at the same time.

BiS Weapon Freedom-Sworn
Alternative Weapons
  1. Xiphos' Moonlight
  2. Iron Sting
  3. Key of Khaj-Nisut
  4. Toukabou Shigure
Best Artifacts
  1. Flower of Paradise Lost
  2. Gilded Dreams
Main Stats
  • Sand Stats: Elemental Mastery
  • Goblet Stats: Elemental Mastery
  • Circlet Stats: Elemental Mastery
Substat Priority
    1. Elemental Mastery
    2. HP %
    3. HP
    4. Energy Recharge
Talent Priority
  1. Elemental Skill
  2. Elemental Burst
  3. Normal Attack

Due to how Hyperbloom works, you want to go all-in on Elemental Mastery for your stats to increase Hyperbloom damage with HP increasing Kuki's healing. This is also reflected in which weapons perform best for Kuki with Freedom-Sworn and Xiphos' Moonlight being some of her best weapons.

Flower of Paradise Lost serves as Kuki's optimal set for maximizing Hyperbloom damage. Gilded Dreams works decently as a second choice, with the Gilded Dreams domain providing efficient artifact farming.

3.

Aggravate Kuki

Using Kuki alongside another Electro character allows for strong Aggravate reactions to occur with other Dendro characters. Kuki specifically is important to create the Quicken Aura for Aggravate to then occur from.

BiS Weapon Freedom-Sworn
Alternative Weapons
  1. Primordial Jade Cutter
  2. Key of Khaj-Nisut
  3. Festering Desire
  4. Xiphos' Moonlight
Best Artifacts
  1. Gilded Dreams
  2. 2-piece: Thundering Fury + 80 Elemental Mastery Set
Main Stats
  • Sand Stats: Energy Recharge / Elemental Mastery
  • Goblet Stats: Electro DMG
  • Circlet Stats: CRIT Rate / DMG
Substat Priority
    1. 120 - 150% Energy Recharge
    2. CRIT Rate / DMG
    3. Elemental Mastery
    4. HP %
    5. HP
Talent Priority
  1. Elemental Skill
  2. Elemental Burst
  3. Normal Attack

Both Gilded Dreams and the 2-piece sets perform very similarly so your best choice can depend on what substats and rolls each piece has or what artifacts you intend to farm. You can easily obtain Thundering Fury via the artifact strongbox while farming for other characters making it a comfortable choice.

With another Electro character, you want around 120-150% Energy Recharge, being on the lower end of that if you have C2 and C4. With Raiden Shogun however, you do not need any ER.

4.

Pure Healer Kuki Build

Building Kuki as a healer still allows her to reliably create Elemental Reactions while having a lower investment and much stronger healing. The only downside being that her damage is much lower but you instead gain a lot of survivability.

BiS Weapon Favonius Sword
Alternative Weapons
  1. Freedom-Sworn
  2. Key of Khaj-Nisut
  3. Iron Sting
Best Artifacts
  1. Tenacity of the Millelith
Main Stats
  • Sand Stats: HP %
  • Goblet Stats: HP %
  • Circlet Stats: Healing Bonus / HP % / CRIT Rate
Substat Priority
    1. HP %
    2. CRIT Rate
    3. Elemental Mastery
    4. HP
Talent Priority
  1. Elemental Skill
  2. Elemental Burst
  3. Normal Attack

Favonius Sword is great as a pure healer because it helps improve Kuki's supportive capabilities by providing energy to the rest of the team therefore lowering their Energy Requirements as well as her own. You do often want a CRIT Rate Circlet however to help trigger the passive. If you are not using Favonius Sword you do not need to prioritise CRIT Rate.

Tenacity of the Millelith helps to increase Kuki's healing as well as buffing the team further with the 4-piece set bonus.

5.

Combos and How to Play Kuki Shinobu

Kuki is easy to play with her Elemental Skill, Sanctifying Ring using a portion of her HP to heal whoever is currently on the field as well as dealing Electro damage to nearby enemies.

Gyoei Narukami Kariyama Rite deals Electro damage in a circle and lasts longer if Kuki's HP is below 50%. Both of these are important to her Electro Application.

Often, you only want to quickly swap Kuki in to apply Sanctifying Ring before swapping back to other characters to both maintain healing while trying to ensure her HP stays below 50%.

6.

Kuki's Best Team Comps

Kuki has a range of potential team compositions centred around her various builds which focus on Dendro reactions. In these teams she always plays the role of a support providing great healing and Electro application to these teams.

6.1.

Kuki Hyperbloom Teams

Main DPS Sub DPS Sub DPS Support
Nahida Xingqiu Yelan Kuki Shinobu
Alhaitham Nahida Yelan Kuki Shinobu

Hyperbloom teams always want at least one Dendro character, one Hydro character, and one Electro character. These slots are incredibly flexible with Hyperbloom dealing strong amounts of damage as long as reactions are taking place. Kuki is incredibly important in these teams with her regular Electro application reacting with Dendro Cores and dealing damage.

6.2.

Kuki Aggravate Teams

Main DPS Sub DPS Sub DPS Support
Yae Miko Nahida Kaedehara Kazuha Kuki Shinobu

Unlike Hyperbloom teams, Aggravate teams want a second Electro character to make use of the quicken aura to increase the teams total damage output. They will often be a main DPS to contrast with Kuki using characters such as Yae, Cyno, even Fischl or Lisa.

6.3.

Superconduct Eula Team

Main DPS Sub DPS Sub DPS Support
Eula Rosaria Shenhe Kuki Shinobu

Superconduct is one of the many teams Kuki can play when focused moreso as a support. Utilising Superconduct's ability to lower physical resistance can allow characters like Eula to deal high damage.

7.

Kuki Shinobu's Ascensions, Talents, and Constellations

Kuki Ascensions Kuki Talents Kuki Constellations
7.1.

Kuki Shinobu Ascension Passives and Materials

Unlock Ascension Passive Explanation
With Character Protracted Prayers Gains 25% more rewards when dispatched on an Inazuma Expedition for 20 hours.
1st Ascension Breaking Free When Shinobu's HP is not higher than 50%, her Healing Bonus is increased by 15%.
4th Ascension Heart's Repose Sanctifying Ring's abilities will be boosted based on Shinobu's Elemental Mastery:
  • Healing amount will be increased by 75% of Elemental Mastery.
  • DMG dealt is increased by 25% of Elemental Mastery.

Kuki requires a range of materials to ascend to the 6th ascension. Starting from the second ascension they gain additional HP as their bonus stat giving a total of 24% increased HP at the final ascension. The total cost to upgrade all ascensions is:

Source Quantity
Mora 420,000 Mora
Boss Material 46x Runic Fang
Ascension Material
Local Specialty 168x Naku Weed
Enhancement Material
  • 18x Spectral Husk
  • 30x Spectral Heart
  • 36x Spectral Nucleus
7.2.

Kuki Shinobu's Talents

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

Type Talent Name Brief Explanation
Normal Normal Attack: Shinobu's Shadowsword Performs up to 4 rapid strikes. Charged attack consumes a certain amount of Stamina to unleash 2 rapid sword strikes.
Elemental Skill Sanctifying Ring
  • Costs HP to create a ring which heals the active character based on max HP.
  • Deals Electro damage to nearby opponents.
Elemental Burst Gyoei Narukami Kariyama Rite Deals AoE Electro damage around Kuki, if your HP is at or below 50% it lasts longer.

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 Tears of the Calamitous God
Domain Material
  • 3x Teachings of Elegance
  • 21x Guide to Elegance
  • 38x Philosophies of Elegance
Enhancement Material
  • 6x Spectral Husk
  • 22x Spectral Heart
  • 31x Spectral Nucleus
7.3.

Kuki Shinobu's Constellations

Kuki's best constellations are To Forsake Fortune which increases the duration of Sanctifying Ring providing more healing and damage while also increasing energy generated as well as To Sever Sealing which helps trigger more reactions and generate energy.

# Name Explanation
C1 To Cloister Compassion Gyoei Narukami Kariyama Rite AoE is increased by 50%.
C2 To Forsake Fortune Grass Sanctifying Ring's duration is increased by 3s.
C3 To Sequester Sorrow
  • Increases the Level of Sanctifying Ring by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C4 To Sever Sealing When the Normal, Charged, or Plunging Attacks of the character affected by Shinobu's Grass Ring of Sanctification hit opponents, a Thundergrass Mark will land on the opponent's position and deal AoE Electro DMG based on 9.7% of Shinobu's Max HP. This effect can occur once every 5s.
C5 To Cease Courtesies
  • Increases the Level of Gyoei Narukami Kariyama Rite Rite by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C6 To Ward Weakness
  • When Kuki Shinobu takes lethal DMG, this instance of DMG will not take her down. This effect will automatically trigger when her HP reaches 1 and will trigger once every 60s.
  • When Shinobu's HP drops below 25%, she will gain 150 Elemental Mastery for 15s. This effect will trigger once every 60s.
7.4.

Changelog

  • 31 Jan. 2024: Added more alternative weapons.
  • 29 Nov. 2023: Guide added.
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