Ganyu is the new 5-star character of Genshin impact. This Cryo character wields a bow and controls the battlefield with his abilities. She can use her elemental skill to distract enemies, and her elemental explosion is great for sustained AoE damage. Here’s how to play Ganyu in Genshin Impact.
Attacks and skills
Attack: Liutian archery – Ganyu can fire 6 rapid shots, which deal physical damage. If the arrow is held and charged, it turns into Cryo damage. If the arrow is charged for an even longer duration, it will become a Frostflake Arrow: This arrow deals Cryo damage to the target and blooms, dealing Cryo damage in an area.
Elemental Skill: Qilin Trail – Ganyu recoils leaving behind an ice lotus and dealing Cryo damage in a small area. This ice lotus pokes fun at nearby enemies, like Mona’s elemental skill. His endurance scales with Max HP from Ganyu. When its duration expires, it explodes, inflicting Cryo damage to nearby enemies.
Elemental Blast: Celestial Shower – Ganyu creates a sacred Cryo Pearl that sits in the sky. It continually rains ice shards that deal Cryo AoE damage until the end of its duration. He can hit enemies multiple times.
Undivided heart: Ascension 1 – After firing a Frostflake Arrow, the CRIT rate of subsequent Frostflake Arrows and their resulting bloom effects are increased by 20% for 5s.
Harmony between heaven and earth: Ascension 4 – Celestial Shower grants a 20% Cryo DMG bonus to active members in the zone.
Preserved for hunting – Reimbursement of 15% of ores used in crafting Bow-type weapons.
C1: dew drinker – Taking DMG from a Charge Level 2 Frostflake Arrow or Frostflake Arrow reduces opponent’s Cryo RES by 15% for 6s. One hit regenerates 2 energy points for Ganyu. This effect can only occur once per charge level Frostflake Arrow, regardless of whether Frostflake Arrow itself or its flower hits the target.
C2: The good omen – Qilin Track gains 1 additional charge.
C3: Cloud-Strider – Increases the level of the Celestial Shower by 3. The maximum upgrade level is 15.
C4: Stay to the West – Opponents in the Heavenly Shower Water area take more DMG. This effect strengthens over time. The increase in DMG taken starts at 5% and increases by 5% every 3s, up to a maximum of 25%. The effect persists for 3 seconds after the opponent leaves the area of effect.
C5: The Merciful – Increases the Qilin’s track level by 3. The maximum upgrade level is 15.
C6: The Clement – Using Trail of the Qilin causes Frostflake Arrow’s next shot within 30 seconds to not require a charge.
Artifacts and constructions for Ganyu
With the release of Dragonspine, the Blizzard Strayer Artifact Set has been added to Genshin impact. This set increases Cryo’s damage and crit rate against enemies affected by Cryo. This set is great for Ganyu, but a 4 piece doesn’t see full use. Noblesse Oblige is also a solid artifact set, but make sure no one else on your team is leading a Noblesse Oblige 4 piece.
Due to his use of a bow, Ganyu is best played at a distance from his enemies. This gives him time to charge his Frostflake arrows to optimize the damage. When enemies get close, throw an ice lotus to get enemies’ attention. Then when the time is right, cast Heavenly Shower to deal copious amounts of Cryo damage.