Ningguang Guide and Best Builds

Ningguang Guide and Best Builds for Genshin Impact

Ningguang is a 4-star Geo character and catalyst user that focuses on high single-target damage. She wields Geo powers as shards of rock that she can hurls into the enemy from behind her Geo barrier, Jade Screen.This guide will focus on Ningguang's best weapons, builds, artifacts, teambuilding and more!

Last updated on Nov 29, 2023 at 13:29 by Tectonix
B Rating
Geo Element
Catalyst Weapon
Erin Ebers EN Voice Actor
Ohara Sayaka JP Voice Actor

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +High single target DPS.
  • +Safer playing at ranged.
  • +Very versatile for teams.
X Weaknesses
  • -Very weak AoE.
  • -Heavy investment to shine.
  • -Base attack very low.

Ningguang On-field DPS

Ningguang is built for critical damage. Her Geo shards can take down a single target with ease and her ability to stay at ranged sets her apart from other Geo characters. Where Ningguang struggles is that she has no AoE outside of her Jade Screen which is used more for defensive bonuses than the actual damage itself. Unfortunately to truly unlock her potential, Grandeur be the Seven Stars (C6) is absolutely necessary as she isn't reliant on Elemental Reactions and is built for pure solo DPS. For the purpose of this guide, we will be focusing on her capabilities as an on-field damage dealer.

BiS Weapon Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds
Alternate Weapons
  1. Kagura's Verity
  2. Skyward Atlas
  3. Solar Pearl
  4. Mappa Mare
Best Artifacts
  1. Emblem of Severed Fate — 4-piece
  2. Noblesse Oblige — 4-piece
  3. Archaic Petra + Gladiator's Finale — 2-piece bonuses
Main Stats
  • Sand Stats: ATK %
  • Goblet Stats: Geo DMG
  • Circlet Stats: CRIT Rate or CRIT DMG
Substat Priority
  1. CRIT Rate
  3. ATK %
  4. ATK
Talent Priority
  1. Elemental Skill
  2. Elemental Burst
  3. Normal Attack

Ningguang is built for damage, so the artifact sets above are somewhat equal choices at boosting her damage output. However, they focus on different aspects of how you would play Ningguang. First, Emblem of Severed Fate focuses more on using charged attacks, buffing their damage while you weave your normal attacks in between your skills. Noblesse Oblige focuses on a team-wide buff for Attack power when you use Starshatter and offers a flat elemental buff for your whole team. This set can work really well with a team that is swapping Sub DPS characters on and off the field to add to Ningguang's damage. Lastly, Ningguang can stack several two piece bonuses while searching for those strong CRIT Rate and CRIT DMG stats. Overall, Ningguang doesn't have a BIS set but rather can use different options depending upon how you play her and the team she's put into.


Combos and How to Play Ningguang

Ningguang has a very simple playstyle, with very little technical know how required. This makes it very easy for new players to pick her up and play her correctly. However, to get the highest DPS out of her you will need to heavily invest in building CRIT and ATK. She follows a simple rotation of setting up her Jade Screen and then using her charged attacks to fire through it. This amplifies the attacks and with Grandeur be the Seven Stars (C6) adds extra projectiles.

Some discussion must be had around Ningguang's Energy Recharge as her requirements will vary depending on her team composition. Typically if you are running 1 other Geo character, you can expect to cast Starshatter every 15s with a requirement of 120% Energy Recharge. Her burst cooldown can be lowered with the addition of other Geo characters, which will up her Energy Recharge requirement to 140% to maintain a constant burst. However, our team compositions will be looking at Sub DPS characters than can help support Ningguang's damage with on-field skills and with only one other Geo character joining her (Zhongli, Noelle or Albedo), setting up a 12s burst with without a battery for Ningguang requires a very specific build and isn't recommended.


Ningguang's Best Team Comps

Ningguang is quite versatile for team composition, as she is a standalone DPS who can be supported through on-field Elemental Reactions like Fischl's Midnight Phantasmagoria or Bennett's Fantastic Voyage. For our team sections we will be focusing on how we can create elemental reaction pairings while still supporting Ningguang on a 15s burst cycle with Starshatter. These teams have very simple rotations and are very easy to play, allowing for powerful combinations with Ningguang showcasing her single target damage. With that being said we have chosen our team builds based upon character availability (4 stars vs 5 stars), overall damage potential and best conditions for Ningguang to shine.


Ningguang Double Geo

Main DPS Sub DPS Sub DPS Support
Ningguang Albedo Fischl Bennett

This setup functions on quick elemental skill swaps between characters while you line up Ningguang's Starshatter for huge bursts of damage. We will use Bennett's Fantastic Voyage for healing and a damage buff when facing stronger sets of enemies as well as being used as a short battery for particles. Fischl is used with Nightrider and Midnight Phantasmagoria which provides an amazing chunk of damage if Fischl is built correctly. Finally, we use Albedo for Rite of Progeniture: Tectonic Tide to boost Elemental Mastery. Do not forget about your Geo Resonance for the lowered Geo RES and boost to Damage.


Ningguang Turret

Main DPS Sub DPS - Electro Sub DPS - Electro Sub DPS - Pyro
Ningguang Yae Miko Fischl Xiangling

This team is a single target monster, and is so much fun to play! While it does not have many AoE abilities, it can shred groups picking them apart one by one. To start, we drop our two 'turret' style skills with Fischl's Nightrider and Yae Miko's Yakan Evocation: Sesshou Sakura. These two dish out Electro damage non-stop. Next, throw out Xiangling's Guoba Attack on to the field then swap to Ningguang, place down a Jade Screen and send some Charged Attack through it along with your burst ability. With Guoba dealing Pyro DMG and the turrets Electro DMG, this will cause a ton of Elemental Reactions that will make Crystallize shields for Ningguang. This gives us a huge defensive boost and we can start to hit targets with Ningguang, always firing from behind or beside a Jade Screen for an additional shot. Lastly, you can use the shields available from the crystallize reactions and then use Xiangling's Elemental Burst, Pyronado, to charge into the enemies. Then jump back to Ningguang and clean up the enemies still alive with charged attacks.


Ningguang Hypercarry

Main DPS Energy Battery and Buffer Support Shielder
Ningguang Kujou Sara Bennett Zhongli

This build focuses on scaling Ningguang personal DPS as much as possible. This build typically requires her to have your C6 constellation and with very strong CRIT and ATK gear. It is played with Ningguang on-field the majority of the time benefiting from Geo Resonance, Zhongli's shielding from Dominus Lapidis, Kujou Sara's Subjugation: Koukou Sendou, and lastly Bennett's Fantastic Voyage for another attack buff. This grants Ningguang offensive and defensive boosts to stay on the field and fight. Character's Elemental Skills are used as a battery to feed Ningguang more energy so she can keep her burst charged. This plays as simple as you want it to be, with a rotation of the Attack buffs or use them on top of each other.


Ningguang's Ascensions, Talents, and Constellations

Ningguang's Ascensions Ningguang's Talents Ningguang's Constellations

Ningguang's Ascension Passives and Materials

Unlock Ascension Passive Explanation
With Character Trove of Marvelous Treasures Displays the location of nearby ore veins used in forging on the mini-map.
1st Ascension Backup Plan When Ningguang is in possession of Star Jades, her Charged Attack does not consume Stamina.
4th Ascension Strategic Reserve A character that passes through the Jade Screen will gain a 12% Geo DMG Bonus for 10s.

Ningguang requires a range of materials to ascend to the 6th ascension. After her second ascension she gains an additional Geo DMG bonus going up to 24% at her final Ascension(6th). The total cost of all Ningguang's Ascensions is:

Source Quantity
Mora 420,000 Mora
Boss Material 46x Basalt Pillar
Ascension Material
Local Specialty 168x Glaze Lily
Enhancement Material
  • 18x Recruit's Insignia
  • 30x Sergeant's Insignia
  • 36x Lieutenant's Insignia

Ningguang's Talents

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

Type Talent Name Brief Explanation
Normal Normal Attack: Sparkling Scatter Normal attacks shoot gems that deal Geo DMG. When they hit, Ningguang gains 1 Star Jade. Her charged attack fires off a large gem for Geo DMG, but if she has any Star Jades, unleashing a Charged Attack will cause the Star Jades to be fired at the enemy as well, dealing additional damage. Her plunging attack is a mid-air strike with an AoE Geo DMG ring upon impact.
Elemental Skill Jade Screen Ningguang creates a Jade Screen out of gold, obsidian and her great opulence, dealing AoE Geo DMG. This can block enemy projectiles and endures based on Ningguang Maximum HP.
Elemental Burst Starshatter Gathering a great number of gems, Ningguang scatters them all at once, sending homing projectiles at her enemies that deal massive Geo DMG. If Starshatter is cast when a Jade Screen is nearby, the Jade Screen will fire additional gem projectiles at the same time.

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 Spirit Locket of Boreas
Domain Material
  • 3x Teachings of Prosperity
  • 21x Guide to Prosperity
  • 38x Philosophies of Prosperity
Enhancement Material
  • 6x Recruit's Insignia
  • 22x Sergeant's Insignia
  • 31x Lieutenant's Insignia

Ningguang's Constellations

Grandeur be the Seven Stars (C6) is the best Constellation to get due to the powerful augments to your Starshatter, increasing its power.

# Name Explanation
C1 Piercing Fragments When a Normal Attack hits, it deals AoE DMG.
C2 Shock Effect When Jade Screen is shattered, its CD will reset. Can occur once every 6s.
C3 Majesty be the Array of Stars
  • Increases the Level of Starshatter by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C4 Exquisite be the Jade, Outshining All Beneath Jade Screen increases nearby characters' Elemental RES by 10%.
C5 Invincible be the Jade Screen
  • Increases the Level of Jade Screen by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C6 Grandeur be the Seven Stars When Starshatter is used, Ningguang gains 7 Star Jades.


  • 29 Nov. 2023: Guide added.
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