Mika Guide and Best Builds

Mika Guide and Best Builds for Genshin Impact

Mika is a 4-star Cryo Polearm character in Genshin Impact who acts as both a Healer and a Support for Physical damage characters. Our Mika build guide will focus on his Best Artifacts, Team Comps, Ascension Materials and More.

Last updated on Mar 19, 2024 at 18:20 by Shikhu
B Rating
Cryo Element
Polearm Weapon
Rarity
Robb Moreira EN Voice Actor
Sanpei Yuko JP Voice Actor
1.

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Great support for Physical DPS like Eula or Physical builds of other characters.
  • +Provides both Party-wide healing as well as single target healing.
X Weaknesses
  • -High Energy requirements for his Elemental Burst.
  • -Physical CRIT DMG buffs locked behind C6.
2.

Mika Support Build

BiS Weapon Favonius Lance
Alternative Weapons
  1. Engulfing Lightning
  2. Dialogues of the Desert Sages
  3. "The Catch"
  4. Rightful Reward
  5. Prototype Starglitter
Best Artifacts
  1. Noblesse Oblige
  2. Ocean-Hued Clam
Main Stats
  • Sand Stats: Energy Recharge / HP %
  • Goblet Stats: HP %
  • Circlet Stats: Healing Bonus / CRIT Rate
Substat Priority
  1. Energy Recharge to requirements
  2. CRIT Rate
  3. HP %
  4. HP
Talent Priority
  1. Elemental Skill
  2. Elemental Burst
  3. Normal Attack

Mika's best weapons focus on easing his Energy Recharge requirements with Favonius Lance being amazing for that while also helping to support your team by also lowering their Energy Recharge requirements, second to that is Dialogues of the Desert Sages which is less supportive but has the benefit of scaling off of HP %. While Engulfing Lightning tends to be his next best option, it is best saved for other characters such as Raiden Shogun who can better utilise it. Outside of those 3 options, other free options such as Prototype Starglitter and "The Catch" are easily available.

Noblesse Oblige is Mika's best artifact set due to its ability to increase your teams ATK. If someone in the party is already using Noblesse, then Ocean-Hued Clam is your next best thing although it is not as suited.

Mika wants a lot of HP to increase the power of his Healing as well as a Healing Bonus circlet providing a greater benefit than a HP Circlet. CRIT Rate is important to Mika if you are using Favonius Lance so that you are able to provide Energy to the team.

Mika wants around 200-220% Energy Recharge between C1 - C3 however at C4 Mika wants around 160-180% Energy Recharge instead.

3.

Combos and How to Play Mika

Mika's supportive gameplay revolves around his ability to generate Decector stacks which come from his Ascension Passives: Suppressive Barrage and Topographical Mapping . Detector stacks increase your characters Physical DMG by 10% per stack. Mika can generate 3 stacks at C0 and gains additional stacks from his 4th Ascension Passive and his 6th Constellation, for a total of 5 stacks. These stacks can be generated in the following ways:

  • Gaining the Soulwind state from using Starfrost Swirl.
  • Every additional enemy hit by a Flowfrost Arrow when you Tap his Elemental Skill.
  • Every additional enemy hit by a Rimestar Shard when you Hold his Elemental Skill.
  • While both Soulwind and Skyfeather Song are active and you CRIT. This is only available once per Soulwind.
  • With Companion's Ingress (C2) is active and you attack with Starfrost Swirl.

The Soulwind state is obtained when using Starfrost Swirl, not only is Mika's Elemental Skill incredibly important for the Detector stacks mentioned but the Soulwind state also increases ATK SPD helping to further increase DMG.

Mika's Elemental Skill Skyfeather Song is how he heals the party. After an initial party-wide burst of healing, you will be given an Eagleplume which regenerates HP when your active character deals Normal Attacks. This can occur once every 2.5s/

4.

Mika's Best Team Comps

Mika shines in teams which are able to utilise his Physical DMG buffs or his ATK SPD bufs. He can also be a great healer for Furina, with his party-wide healing being able to help generate Fanfare stacks.

4.1.

Mika Physical Teams

Main DPS Sub DPS Support Support
Eula Raiden Shogun Furina Mika
Main DPS Sub DPS Sub DPS Support
Freminet Fischl Xingqiu Mika

Listed are 2 examples of Physical teams which Mika helps support. The first using Eula as the DPS while having Raiden Shogun for Electro application as well as the Superconduct reaction. Furina helps to provide DMG buffs which more than makes up for the fact that her Hydro application will steal the occasional reaction. The second example instead using Freminet who also uses a Physical playstyle but with the increased Hydro application of Xingqiu due to his ability to benefit from the Shatter reaction.

If you wanted to use Mika in a Physical team which does not use a Cryo DPS, you will want an additional Cryo support such as Rosaria or Shenhe to apply enough Cryo for Superconduct to occur consistently, the buffs and Physical RES Shred they can provide and also the Cryo Resonance gained from using 2 Cryo characters.

4.2.

Wriothesley Freeze Team

Main DPS Sub DPS Sub DPS Support
Wriothesley Yelan Furina Mika

This is one example of a team featuring Wriothesley which uses Mika. Mika's healing helps both to generate Fanfare stacks for Furina and also to help maintain Wriothesley's HP especially at C0. The downsides however are that he can not effectively use the ATK SPD buff which Mika provides.

4.3.

Wanderer Team

Main DPS Support Support Support
Wanderer Faruzan Mika Bennett

Catalyst and Bow users are able to more greatly benefit from ATK SPD buffs such as the ones Mika provides due to not having hitlag on their attacks. In this team Wanderer is able to benefit from these buffs as well as gaining 20% CRIT Rate from Jade-Claimed Flower although it will not be consistent because Mika has infrequent Cryo application. This however means other Cryo characters such as Layla and Rosaria tend to be better in this team.

5.

Mika's Ascensions, Talents and Constellations

Mika's Ascensions Mika's Talents Mika's Constellations
5.1.

Mika's Ascension Passives and Materials

Unlock Ascension Passive Explanation
With Character Demarcation Displays the location of nearby resources unique to Mondstadt on the mini-map.
1st Ascension Suppressive Barrage

Per the following circumstances, the Soulwind state caused by Starfrost Swirl will grant characters the Detector effect, increasing their Physical DMG by 10% when they are on the field.

  • If the Flowfrost Arrow hits more than one opponent, each additional opponent hit will generate 1 Detector stack.
  • When a Rimestar Shard hits an opponent, it will generate 1 Detector stack. Each Rimestar Shard can trigger the effect 1 time.

The Soulwind state can have a maximum of 3 Detector stacks, and if Starfrost Swirl is cast again during this duration, the pre-existing Soulwind state and all its Detector stacks will be cleared.

4th Ascension Topographical Mapping >

When an active character affected by both Skyfeather Song's Eagleplume and Starfrost Swirl's Soulwind at once scores a CRIT Hit with their attacks, Soulwind will grant them 1 stack of Detector from Suppressive Barrage. During a single instance of Soulwind, 1 Detector stack can be gained in this manner.

Additionally, the maximum number of stacks that can be gained through Soulwind alone is increased by 1.

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

Source Quantity
Mora 420,000 Mora
Boss Material 46x Pseudo-Stamens
Ascension Material
Local Specialty 168x Wolfhook
Enhancement Material
  • 18x Recruit's Insignia
  • 30x Sergeant's Insignia
  • 36x Lieutenant's Insignia
5.2.

Mika's Talents

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

Type Talent Name Brief Explanation
Normal Normal Attack: Spear of Favonius - Arrow's Passage Standard Normal, Charged and Plunging Attack effects.
Elemental Skill Starfrost Swirl

Either tap or hold Mika's Elemental Skill to attack. Using the skill grants Soulwind which increases ATK SPD.

  • Tap deals Cryo DMG and can pierce through enemies to hit multiple.
  • Hold uses Aiming Mode to fire and deal Cryo DMG. On contact, the attack will explode into Rimestar Shards to hit 3 other enemies.
Elemental Burst Skyfeather Song A burst of partywide healing and grants Eagleplume which periodically heals the active character.

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 Mirror of Mushin
Domain Material
  • 3x Teachings of Ballad
  • 21x Guide to Ballad
  • 38x Philosophies of Ballad
Enhancement Material
  • 6x Recruit's Insignia
  • 22x Sergeant's Insignia
  • 31x Lieutenant's Insignia
5.3.

Mika's Constellations

Mika has some noteable and important Constellations with Companion's Counsel (C6) providing a massive 60% CRIT DMG buff for Physical DMG. Sunfrost Encomium (C4) helps to ease Energy Recharge problems but does not outright solve them.

# Name Explanation
C1 Factor Confluence Allows Eagleplume to heal more regularly, scales based on the ATK SPD buff of Soulwind from Starfrost Swirl.
C2 Companion's Ingress When the initial attacks from Starfrost Swirl hit an opponent, you will now gain 1 Detector stack.
C3 Reconnaissance Experience
  • Increases the Level of Skyfeather Song by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C4 Sunfrost Encomium When Eagleplume heals, restore 3 Energy to Mika up to 5 times.
C5 Signal Arrow
  • Increases the Level of Starfrost Swirl by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C6 Companion's Counsel Increase Detector stacks by 1. Characters with Soulwind deal an additional 60% Physical CRIT DMG.
5.4.

Changelog

  • 19 Mar. 2024: Updated for 4.5's new weapon.
  • 12 Feb. 2024: Guide added.
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