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The best builds for Yun Jin in Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact Yun Jin
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Looking for the best build for Yun Jin in Genshin Impact? She's one of the new characters to arrive in Teyvat in the 2.4 update, alongside fellow polearm-wielder, Shenhe. But unlike the Cryo character, four-star Yun Jin uses the Geo element to shield herself and damage her enemies.

There's plenty to keep you busy with the new update. The new zone Enkanomiya is accessible once you've collected the key sigils to unlock it, and there's a new Archon quest too. But if you're keen to know more about this Geo polearm-wielder, here's what we know about Genshin Impact Yun Jin and her abilities. 

Builds

The best Genshin Impact Yun Jin build 

As Yun Jin can offer strong attack buffs for the party, building her as a support role feels like a solid choice. Her Elemental Burst, Cliffbreaker's Banner offers bonus damage to your team and is based on Yun Jin's defense stat.

Support

  • Weapon: Staff of Homa 

This five-star weapon increases Yun Jin's maximum HP, giving her shields more strength and an attack bonus based on 0.8% of her Max HP. The attack bonus is increased by an additional 1% if her overall HP drops below 50%.

Another option is the four-star polearm Deathmatch. This offers an Energy Recharge bonus, meaning Yun Jin will be able to unleash her Elemental Burst ability more often, increasing the party's overall damage.

  • Artifacts: (4) Husk of Opulent Dreams 

The two-piece for this artifact set increases Yun Jin's defense by 30%, which in turn will increase the damage output of the Flying Cloud Flag Formation buff from her Elemental Burst. Her defense and Geo damage is further increased by the four-set.

Other options are the two-set Archaic Petra for the Geo damage bonus or the two-set Defender's Will if you're struggling with a lower defense stat.

How to unlock

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How to get Yun Jin in Genshin Impact 

You can wish for Yun Jin right now, thanks to the 2.4 update but you may want to hold off, depending on what other character's you've got your sights on. The Fleeting Colors In Flight event which kicks off on January 25 allows you to unlock any four-star Liyue character if you complete certain quests. As Yun Jin is from Liyue, this is an excellent way to save those Primogems for the generally more powerful five-star characters.

If you want to stick with the traditional way, Yun Jin accompanies both Shenhe and Xiao as part of their banners—that's 'The Transcendent One Returns' and 'Invitation to Mundane Life', respectively. Both wish events are now live and will run until the later part of the month, most likely until January 25.

Abilities

Yun Jin's abilities 

Normal Attack: Cloud-Grazing Strike
NormalPerforms up to five consecutive spear strikes.
ChargedConsumes a certain amount of Stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to opponents along the way.
PlungingPlunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact.

Elemental Skill: Whirling Opener
PressFlourishes her spear in the Cloud-Grazing Form, dealing Geo DMG.
HoldTakes up the Whirling Opener stance and charges up, forming a shield. DMG Absorption is based on Yun Jin's Max HP and absorbs all Elemental DMG and Physical DM 150% more effectively. When the skill is unleashed, its duration ends, or when the shield breaks, Yun Jin will unleash the stored energy as an attack, dealing Geo DMG. Based on the time spent charging, it will either unleash an attack at Charge Level 1 or Level 2.

Elemental Burst
Cliffbreaker's BannerDeals AoE Geo DMG and grants all nearby party members a Flying Cloud Flag Formation.
Flying Cloud Flag FormationWhen Normal Attack DMG is dealt to opponents, Bonus DMG will be dealt based on Yun Jin's current DEF. The effects of this skill will be cleared after a set duration or a specific number of stacks are consumed. When one Normal Attack hits multiple opponents, stacks of this skill will be consumed according to the number of opponents hit. Each member of the party will have these effects and their stacks counted independently.

Passives
Light NourishmentWhen Perfect Cooking is achieved on Food with Adventure-related effects, there is a 12% chance to obtain double the product.
True to OneselfUsing Whirling Opener at the precise moment when Yun Jin is attacked will unleash its Level 2 Charged (Hold) form.
No Mere TraditionalistThe Normal Attack DMG Bonus granted by Flying Cloud Flag Formation is further increased by 2.5%/5%/7.5%/11.5%/ of Yun Jin's DEF when the party contains characters of 1/2/3/4 Elemental Types.

Constellations
Stylized EquestrianismWhirling Opener's CD is decreased by 18%.
Myriad Mise-En-SceneCharacters under the effects of Flying Cloud Flag Formation deal 2% increased Normal Attack DMG after their Normal Attacks hit opponents. This effect can be triggered once every 0.3s. Max 10 stacks. This effect lasts until Flying Cloud Flag Formation's effects are cleared or reset.
Seafaring GeneralIncreases the Level of Cliffbreaker's Banner by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Ascend, Cloud-HangerWhen Yun Jin triggers the Crystallize Reaction, her DEF is increased by 20% for 12s.
Famed Throughout the LandIncreases the Level of Whirling Opener by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Decorous HarmonyCharacters under the effects of the Flying Cloud Flag Formation have their Normal ATK SPD increased by 12%.

Ascension materials

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Yun Jin's Ascension materials 

Character

You'll need to find specific Ascension materials if you want to level up Yun Jin. Both the Prithiva Topaz items and Riftborn Regalia are dropped by Golden Wolflords, while the latter can also be looted from Geo Hypostases. In addition, you also need:

  • Glaze Lily
  • Damaged/Stained/Ominous Mask

Glaze Lilies are plants found in the Liyue region. They're most commonly found in Yujing Terrace at Liyue Harbor and in and around Qingce Village. The Mask items are drops from hilichurl and samachurl enemies, which can be found in all regions.

Talents

You also need items to level up Yun Jin's talents. These are:

  • Teachings/Guide/Philosophy to Diligence
  • Damaged/Stained/Ominous Mask
  • Ashen Heart
  • Crown of Insight

You can loot the Diligence items from the Taishan Mansion domain on Tuesdays and Fridays, and, as mentioned above, the Mask items are dropped from both Hilichurls and Samachurls. The Ashen Heart is rewarded after defeating the weekly boss La Signora at level 70 or above. Finally, the Crown of Insight is a reward for upgrading the Frostbearing Tree in Dragonspine or the Sacred Sakura in Inazuma. You can also get it from various seasonal activities, like Midsummer Island Adventure or Thunder Sojourn.

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