Qiqi Guide and Best Builds

Qiqi Guide and Best Builds for Genshin Impact

Qiqi is a 5-Star Cryo Sword user in Genshin Impact who provides powerful healing from both their Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst. This guide will focus on Qiqi's best builds, artifacts, weapons and best team compositions.

Last updated on Jan 22, 2024 at 11:49 by Shikhu
C Rating
Cryo Element
Sword Weapon
Christie Cate EN Voice Actor
Tamura Yukari JP Voice Actor

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Some of the most powerful healing in the game.
  • +A great asset in Co-op due to Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst both providing healing.
X Weaknesses
  • -Very low Cryo Application.
  • -Elemental Skill does not generate any Energy Particles.
  • -Elemental Skill has a long cooldown resulting in low uptime.

Healer Qiqi Build

Qiqi is primarily played as a healer, ensuring the team stays alive and fit for combat. Generally using artifact sets that then support the team through increased damage or ATK buffs because her healing is so powerful already.

BiS Weapon Sacrificial Sword
Alternate Weapons
  1. Skyward Blade
  2. Kagotsurube Isshin
  3. Favonius Sword
Best Artifacts
  1. Tenacity of the Millelith
  2. Ocean-Hued Clam
Main Stats
  • Sand Stats: ATK % / Energy Recharge
  • Goblet Stats: ATK %
  • Circlet Stats: Healing Bonus / ATK %
Substat Priority
  1. Energy Recharge to requirements
  2. ATK %
  3. ATK
Talent Priority
  1. Elemental Burst
  2. Elemental Skill
  3. Normal Attack

Many of Qiqi's best weapons focus on increasing her Energy Recharge because her Elemental Skill does not generate Energy. Weapons such as Favonius Sword and Sacrificial Sword are great at this.

Sacrificial Sword is also great because it pairs incredibly well with Tenacity of the Millelith. Sacrificial Sword allows you to have 100% uptime on your Elemental Skill, allowing you to consistently have the effects of Tenacity.

Ocean-Hued Clam is otherwise an amazing option converting Qiqi's healing into pure DMG. Generally speaking Ocean-Hued can be a better artifact set than Tenacity if you are able to regularly use your Elemental Burst.

Qiqi's healing scales based off of ATK. This means, the more ATK the better her damage and healing will be.


How Much Energy Does Qiqi Need?

As a general recommendation, we would advise aiming for around 220 - 260% Energy Recharge to allow your Elemental Burst to be ready when your Elemental Skill ends its cooldown.

With Qiqi not generating energy using Adeptus Art: Herald of Frost you need incredibly high requirements. The 220-260% suggestion can be lower in a Cryo-focused team or when using Raiden Shogun. But may be higher without other Cryo characters.


Combos and How to Play Qiqi

You generally want to start with Qiqi's Elemental Burst, Adeptus Art: Preserver of Fortune to mark enemies with a Fortune-Preserving Talisman. This deals AoE Cryo DMG and when enemies that are marked take further damage, you heal.

Combined with Adeptus Art: Herald of Frost your Elemental Skill, you can apply Cryo slowly to enemies. This is not enough for consistent Elemental Reactions but can help support another Cryo character.

If you have Sacrificial Sword you can consistently maintain Adeptus Art: Herald of Frost. You otherwise may want to consider using your Elemental Burst first, and then after 15s, using your Elemental Skill to provide continuous healing. With Ascetics of Frost (C1) however, you want to always pair them together to generate Energy.


Qiqi Best Team Comps

As a powerful healer, Qiqi can be used in a wide range of team compositions. Anything that really wants a healer can benefit from having her. Some teams however you may want to consider her Cryo application and if it will interfere with reactions.

Because of this, her biggest uses are in Cryo-centric teams such as Perma-Freeze teams. Or paired with Furina because powerful healing helps generate fanfare from Let the People Rejoice.


Qiqi Hyperbloom Teams

Sub DPS Sub DPS Support Support
Furina Kuki Shinobu Qiqi
Raiden Shogun Xingqiu Qiqi

Qiqi is able to fit in really well with Hyperbloom teams, the first example using Furina who utilises Qiqi's healing abilities to increase her damage buff while providing Hydro application. The second example instead uses Raiden Shogun to deal increased Electro DMG. In these teams Qiqi will not interfere with the Dendro cores.


Qiqi Freeze Teams

Main DPS Sub DPS Sub DPS Support
Qiqi Xingqiu Kaedehara Kazuha
Ganyu Xingqiu Qiqi

Qiqi can be played in various Freeze teams either as the Main DPS themselves or as a healer support for another DPS instead.

When Qiqi is the DPS you may need to build them differently. Using artifacts such as Blizzard Strayer alongside Chongyun or Pale Flame alongside Rosaria for a physical build instead.

When supporting a DPS such as Ganyu or even Kamisato Ayaka. Qiqi can just be played as a normal healer, simply keeping the team alive and providing a small amount of Cryo application for Freeze to occur.


Qiqi's Ascensions, Talents and Constellations

Qiqi's Ascensions Qiqi's Talents Qiqi's Constellations

Qiqi's Ascension Passives and Materials

Unlock Ascension Passive Explanation
With Character Former Life Memories Displays the location of nearby resources unique to Liyue on the mini-map.
1st Ascension Life-Prolonging Methods When a character under the effects of Adeptus Art: Herald of Frost triggers an Elemental Reaction, their Incoming Healing Bonus is increased by 20% for 8s.
4th Ascension A Glimpse Into Arcanum When Qiqi hits opponents with her Normal and Charged Attacks, she has a 50% chance to apply a Fortune-Preserving Talisman to them for 6s. This effect can only occur once every 30s.

Qiqi requires a range of materials to ascend to the 6th ascension. Starting from the second ascension they gain additional Healing Bonus as she levels, giving a total of 22% Bonus Healing Bonus 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 Violetgrass
Enhancement Material
  • 18x Divining Scroll
  • 30x Sealed Scroll
  • 36x Forbidden Curse Scroll

Qiqi's Talents

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

Type Talent Name Brief Explanation
Normal Normal Attack: Ancient Sword Art Normal Attacks deal 5 strikes, Charged Attacks deal 2 strikes and a normal sword AoE Plunge Attack.
Elemental Skill Adeptus Art: Herald of Frost

Creates a Adeptus Art: Herald of Frost (floating Cryo orb).

  • Regenerates HP.
  • Deals Cryo DMG to nearby enemies.
  • Heals HP based on Qiqi's ATK when Qiqi deals Normal or Charged Attacks.
Elemental Burst Adeptus Art: Preserver of Fortune Deals AoE Cryo DMG and marks enemies with a Talisman. This talisman heals the character who deals damage to an enemy marked with the talisman.

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 Tail of Boreas
Domain Material
  • 3x Teachings of Prosperity
  • 21x Guide to Prosperity
  • 38x Philosophies of Prosperity
Enhancement Material
  • 6x Divining Scroll
  • 22x Sealed Scroll
  • 31x Forbidden Curse Scroll

Qiqi's Constellations

Being a character from the Standard Banner, there is no way to guarantee any of Qiqi's Constellations. It is not advised to roll on the Standard Banner for any character because there is no guarantee that you will even get who you want or their Constellations.

# Name Explanation
C1 Ascetics of Frost Generates Energy when Adeptus Art: Herald of Frost hits an enemy marked with a Fortune-Preserving Talisman.
C2 Frozen to the Bone Deals increased Normal and Charged Attack DMG to opponents affected by Cryo.
C3 Ascendant Praise
  • Increases the Level of Adeptus Art: Preserver of Fortune by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C4 Divine Suppression Targets marked by the Fortune-Preserving Talisman have their ATK decreased by 20%.
C5 Crimson Lotus Bloom
  • Increases the Level of Adeptus Art: Herald of Frost by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C6 Rite of Resurrection Adeptus Art: Preserver of Fortune revives party members once every 15 minutes.


  • 22 Jan. 2024: Guide added.
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