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Everything you need to know about Kazuha in Genshin Impact

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The Genshin Impact Kazuha banner is here, letting you wish for the new five-star anemo swordsman. Kaedehara 'Scarlet Leaves Pursue Wild Waves' Kazuha is a ronin that hails from the Inazuma region, and when he’s not sitting on rocks writing haiku or hanging out with Beidou, he’s slashing up enemies with his signature sword, 'Freedom Sworn'. 

Kazuha is the first five-star anemo character to arrive in Genshin Impact since Xiao and is available alongside increased drop rates for Rosaria, Razor, and Bennett. Half the Kazuha materials for upgrading the swordsman come from bosses and enemies in his home region, so when he arrives expect to venture back to Inazuma to level him. Of course, none of this stops you from planning ahead to figure out how Kazuha fits with the rest of your team.

This theorycrafted Genshin Impact Kazuha build guide should help you do just that, so here's everything you need to know about the new character.

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Overview

Who is Kazuha?

Kazuha is a ronin, a wandering samurai from Inazuma with no affiliations to any lord or leader, but who is currently hanging out with Beidou’s Crux Fleet in Liyue Harbor. He is described as a "gentle and carefree" person, but with a troubled background, and many burdens. 

Kazuha’s attack makes him weaker than Xiao and Eula, but stronger than Zhongli. However, raw attack isn’t Kazuha’s biggest strength anyway, as he wields a set of elemental abilities making him perfect for either offense or support.

Normal Attacks: Garyu Bladework
Normal attack:Perform up to five consecutive strikes
Charged attack:Consumes a set amount of stamina to unleash two powerful sword strikes
Plunging attack:Plunges from mid-air, damaging any foes in the way and dealing AoE damage on impact
Ranran Haishi plunging attack:Triggered by Kazuha’s Elemental Skill Chihayafuru. Turns plunge attack damage into Anemo damage and creates a wind vacuum that draws nearby enemies closer

Elemental Skill: Chihayafuru
Press:Creates an Anemo vacuum that pulls opponents in before launching them away and dealing AoE damage. The launch pushes Kazuha into the air. Initiating a plunge attack within 10 seconds of using the skill activates Ranran Haishi, and this can be done from mid-air.
Hold:Same attack, but charges the vortex to deal more damage

Elemental Burst
Manyou no IttouKazuha dashes forward and delivers a powerful Anemo strike that deals AoE damage and generates Ruka Akino, a field that deals additional Anemo damage at set intervals. If enemies are afflicted with Pyro, Hydro, Electro, or Cryo, Manyou no Ittou deals additional damage of that elemental type.

Passives
Matsukaze Karyuu:Decreases sprint stamina consumption by 20% for the party. Cannot be stacked with other, similar passives.
Weathering Blade:If Chihayafuru connects with enemies afflicted with any other element, it deals 200% damage of that same element in plunging damage.
Windsong Poetics:When Kazuha triggers a Swirl effect, it increases party member Elemental damage by 0.03% for every point of Kazuha’s Elemental Mastery. This can stack with other, similar effects.

Constellations
Senzan Kouhen:Decreases Chihayafuru’s cooldown time by 10%. Activating Kazuha’s Elemental Burst resets the cooldown timer.
Yamaarashi Zansin:The Ruka Akino field increases Elemental Mastery for Kazuha and all party members in the field by 200. This won’t stack with other Elemental Mastery effects.
Fuushuu Kitan:Increases Chihayafuru’s level by three with a maximum of 15.
Oozora Genpou:When Kazuha’s Elemental Energy is below 45, Chihayafuru regenerates three energy (press) or four energy (hold). Gliding will regenerate two Energy.
Bansei no Shuu:Increases Manyou no Ittou’s level by three with a maximum of 15.
Ketsuseki Haku:Using Kazuha’s Elemental Skill or Burst increases his Anemo power. Each point of Elemental Mastery will increase all Kazuha’s normal attacks and Ranran Haishi by 0.2%.

Ascension materials

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What are Kazuha's Ascension materials?

The Kazuha materials for leveling up revolve around two items introduced in version 1.6: Sea Ganoderma and Maguu Kishin.

Sea Ganoderma is easy to find in the Golden Apple Archipelago, but since the Midsummer Island Adventure has now ended, it’ll become available elsewhere. The Maguu Kishin or Marionette Core is earned as a reward for fighting the mechanised swordsman, Maguu Kenki, though you’ll have to spend resin to get those rewards.

The other materials are standard Vayuda items, from Stormterror or the Anemo Hypostasis, and Insignia items from Treasure Hoarders.

Level 20

  • 1 Vayuda Turquoise Sliver
  • 3 Sea Ganoderma
  • 3 Treasure Hoarder Insignia
  • 20,000 Mora

Level 40

  • 3 Vayuda Turquoise Fragment
  • 2 Maguu Kishin
  • 10 Sea Ganoderma
  • 15 Treasure Hoarder Insignia
  • 40,000 Mora

Level 50

  • 6 Vayuda Turquoise Fragment
  • 4 Maguu Kishin
  • 20 Sea Ganoderma
  • 12 Silver Raven Insignia
  • 60,000 Mora

Level 60

  • 3 Vayuda Turquoise Chunk
  • 8 Maguu Kishin
  • 30 Sea Ganoderma
  • 18 Silver Raven Insignia
  • 80,000 Mora

Level 70

  • 6 Vayuda Turquoise Chunk
  • 12 Maguu Kishin
  • 45 Sea Ganoderma
  • 12 Golden Raven Insignia
  • 100,000 Mora

Level 80

  • 6 Vayuda Turquoise Gemstone
  • 20 Maguu Kishin
  • 60 Sea Ganoderma
  • 24 Golden Raven Insignia
  • 120,000 Mora

Talent materials

What are Kazuha's talent materials?

Kazuha’s talent materials are your standard Diligence-series items from Taishan Mansion near Jueyun Karst in Liyue on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. You’ll need more Insignias, too. 

Later levels require an item introduced in 1.5, the Gilded Scale. You can only get these from defeating Azhdaha when it’s level 70 or higher.

Level 2

  • 3 Teachings of Diligence
  • 6 Treasure Hoarder Insignia
  • 12,500 Mora

Level 3

  • 2 Guide to Diligence
  • 3 Silver Raven Insignia
  • 17,500 Mora

Level 4

  • 4 Guide to Diligence
  • 4 Silver Raven Insignia
  • 25,000 Mora

Level 5

  • 6 Guide to Diligence
  • 6 Silver Raven Insignia
  • 30,000 Mora
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Level 6

  • 9 Guide to Diligence
  • 9 Silver Raven Insignia
  • 37,500 Mora

Level 7

  • 4 Philosophies of Diligence
  • 4 Golden Raven Insignia
  • 1 Gilded Scale
  • 120,000 Mora

Level 8

  • 6 Philosophies of Diligence
  • 6 Golden Raven Insignia
  • 1 Gilded Scale
  • 260,000 Mora

Level 9

  • 12 Philosophies of Diligence
  • 9 Golden Raven Insignia
  • 2 Gilded Scale
  • 450,000 Mora

Level 10

  • 16 Philosophies of Diligence
  • 12 Golden Raven Insignia
  • 2 Gilded Scale
  • 120,000 Mora
  • 1 Crown of Insight
  • 700,000 Mora

Builds

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The best Genshin Impact Kazuha build

You get the most out of Kazuha by focusing on his Elemental Mastery, or by increasing his attack as much as possible, since his Constellations mainly improve elemental power. This first build does both.

Elemental build

Weapon: Boreas Precocity, aka Freedom-Sworn Sword

Kazuha’s weapon, Freedom-Sworn, is similar to the Staff of Homa for Hu Tao. It’s a five-star weapon that grants 10% increased attack with its passive ability and has a potent Elemental Mastery boost for its secondary stat. 

Triggering an Elemental Reaction while using the sword generates a Sigil of Rebellion. Once you have two, they’re automatically consumed and increase the damage of all normal attacks by 16% and overall attack by 20%.

The four-star Iron Sting is a suitable alternative. It also has Elemental Mastery as a secondary stat and increases attack by 6-12% every time the wielder deals Elemental damage.

Artifacts: Pale Flame

The new artifact set Pale Flame is ideal for Kazuha. The 2-piece bonus increases attack by 25%, but the 4-piece set is even better. Causing damage with Elemental Skills increases the user’s attack by 9%. The effect stacks twice, and when that happens, it doubles the 2-piece bonus effect.

You’ll find Pale Flame as drops in the four and five-star versions of the Ridge Watch Domain.

If you can’t get a full set of four, the more common Instructor set is a good complement. The 2-piece bonus boosts Elemental Mastery by 80.

Attack build

The second build foregoes Elemental damage in favor of maximizing Kazuha’s attack by working in conjunction with his Elemental skills.

Weapon: Aquila Favonia

Aquila Favonia is another five-star sword, but this one emphasizes drastic attack increases. The secondary stat boosts physical damage by 9%, while the passive, Falcon’s Defiance, fits perfectly with Kazuha’s Elemental abilities. 

Both abilities put Kazuha near enemies and risk him taking damage. Falcon’s Defiance increases attack by 20-40% every time the wielder takes damage (at 15 second intervals). It also regenerates HP equal to 100% of the user’s attack, then deals additional damage equal to 200-320% of the user’s attack.

Blackcliff Longsword is a four-star alternative that also prioritizes raw power. The secondary stat boosts the wielder’s critical rate by 8%, but the passive is what makes Blackcliff stand out. Defeating enemies increases the user’s attack by 12-24% for 30 seconds and can stack three times.

Artifacts: Martial Artist

This set is simple, but effective. The 2-piece bonus increases normal and charged attack power by 15%, while the 4-piece bonus boosts attack by a further 25% after the user lands an Elemental Skill hit. You’ll find these in Ridge Watch and the Hidden Palace of Zhou Formula.

The 2-piece Brave Heart bonus fits well with Martial Artist, as it increases all attack by 18%. This set is in Ridge Watch too, as well as Domain of Guyun.