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The best builds for Aloy in Genshin Impact

The best Genshin Impact Aloy build
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Looking for the best Genshin Impact Aloy build? It's not long now until Horizon Zero Dawn's icy archer arrives in Teyvat, and we already know plenty about her abilities, ascension materials, and how we'll recruit her. With Yoimiya already launched, and Sara arriving in Genshin Impact 2.1, Aloy's going to have some stiff competition in the archery department.

But Aloy looks to be pretty powerful, with lots of AoE Cryo attacks, and Coils—a stackable buff that increases normal attack damage, and infuses her attacks with Cryo when she hits four. This should make her a pretty solid DPS character, especially when you consider she's free. 

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Whether she ends up being one of the best Genshin Impact characters or not, every player will be able to add her to their team provided they're at the right adventure rank. It'll also be fun to see what her crossover event involves and how she's presented outside of Horizon.

In this Genshin Impact Aloy guide I'll round up everything there is to know about the Cryo archer, including abilities, ascension materials, and recommend our very own theorycrafted build.


The best Genshin Impact Aloy build

Aloy can gain some hefty bonuses to normal attack damage through stacking Coils, so a good way to increase her damage-dealing potential is to build on top of that.


  • Weapon: Amos Bow

Unfortunately, Aloy's own Predator bow will only work properly on PlayStation, meaning you'll need an alternative pick for her. If you happen to have the five-star Amos Bow, that's a great choice, increasing normal and charged attack damage by 12%, as well as a further 8% for every 0.1 seconds the arrow is flying. This works well with the normal attack boost Aloy gets from stacking Coils. 

A four-star alternative would be one of the 2.0 Inazuma weapons, Hamayumi. This bow increases normal attack damage by 16% and charged attack damage by 12%. When Aloy's energy reaches 100%, this effect is doubled. You can get the diagram to make Hamayumi by opening Takashi's chests for seven days in a row to the north of Kannazuka Island.

  • Artifact: Shimenawa's Reminiscence

Shimenawa's Reminiscence is a good artifact set for Aloy. For two-pieces, her attack is increased by 18%, and when you have four-pieces, casting an elemental skill boosts normal, charged, and plunging attack damage by 50% for ten seconds, if you have 15 or more energy.

Aloy's elemental skill is how she gains Coil stacks, which boost her normal attack damage, and allow her to enter the Rushing Ice state, infusing her attacks with Cryo. Shimenawa's effect stacks on top of this quite nicely, offering an extra normal attack boost when she uses that skill to gain more Coils.

Another alternative set could be the Martial Artist, which increases normal and charged attack by 15%, and also offers a normal and charged attack boost of 25% for eight seconds when casting an elemental skill.

Horizon Zero Dawn's Aloy in Genshin Impact

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How to get

How to get Aloy in Genshin Impact

Aloy is coming to Genshin Impact 2.1 on September 1st, though she'll only be available to PlayStation users initially. Aloy is coming to PC in version 2.2, which is slated for November 24. All you need to do to collect her is login and head to your in-game mailbox, though you'll have be adventure rank 20 to do so, and she'll only be available during the crossover event period.

It's not clear whether it's possible to collect Aloy on PlayStation and then play with her on PC early using the new cross-save feature, but I'll confirm that as soon as I can see whether it works.


Aloy's abilities

Here are Aloy's abilities and passives, though as a one-of-kind character, she doesn't have Constellations (thanks, Honey Hunter):

Normal attack: Rapid Fire
NormalPerform up to four consecutive shots with a bow.
ChargedPerform a more precise, aimed shot, dealing Cryo damage.
PlungingFire off a shower of arrows before striking the ground, dealing AoE damage.

Elemental Skill
Frozen WildsAloy throws a Freeze bomb that deals Cryo damage, and splits into Chillwater Bomblets, which explode when they come into contact with an enemy, or after a short duration, dealing Cryo damage. Bombs and bomblets decrease enemy attack, and grant Aloy one stack of Coil that increases normal attack damage. When Aloy reaches four Coil stacks, she enters the Rushing Ice state, which further increases normal attack damage, and infuses Aloy's normal attacks with Cryo.

Elemental Burst
Prophecies of DawnAloy throws a power which detonates, dealing AoE Cryo damage.

Easy Does ItWhen Aloy is in the party, animals that produce fowl, raw meat, or chilled meat will not be startled.
Combat OverrideWhen Aloy receives the Coil effect from Frozen Wilds, her attack is increased by 16%, and 8% for party members. This lasts for ten seconds.
Strong StrikeWhen in Rushing Ice state, Aloy gains a 3.5% Cryo damage bonus every second. A maximum increase of 35% is possible.

Ascension materials

Genshin Impact's Aloy firing her bow

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Aloy's Ascension materials


As with other Cryo characters, you'll need Shivada Jade to level Aloy, which can be obtained from Cryo Regisvines and Hypostases, though the latter is a better option as you'll also need the Crystalline Blooms that it drops. On top of that, you're going to have to get some world materials, too:

  • Crystal Marrow
  • Spectral Husk

Crystal Marrow is obtained from the serpent skeleton on Yashiori Island—just check around the bones and you'll see it sticking out. Spectral Husk-series items, on the other hand, are a new material arriving in Genshin Impact 2.1. You can get these by defeating Specters, which you should be able to find on the two new islands being introduced—Seirai or Watatsumi.


Here's what you'll need to ascend Aloy's talents:

  • Teachings of Freedom
  • Spectral Husk
  • Molten Moment
  • Crown of Insight

You can get Teachings of Freedom at the Forsaken Rift domain on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Spectral Husk-series items are dropped by Specters of varying world levels. The Molten Moment is a reward for defeating the new La Signora boss on level 70+. Finally, the Crown of Insight comes from seasonal events, and upgrading the Frostbearing Tree in Dragonspine, or the Sacred Sakura in Inazuma.

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