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The best builds for Ganyu in Genshin Impact

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Genshin Impact Ganyu is a cryo archer and an emissary for the Liyue Qixing. She was added to the roster back in January. But how do you get Ganyu, and what's the best build to turn her into a killing machine?

While there are quite a few Cryo characters already in the game, Ganyu was a fitting arrival alongside the Dragonspine region in update 1.2. Anyway, here's how to get her and what the best Genshin Impact Ganyu build is. 

How to unlock

How to get Ganyu in Genshin Impact

Ganyu was part of a new banner for the 1.2 update called Adrift in the Harbor, and as a five-star character will generally be rare, although pity mechanics rolled over from previous banners.

Overview

Genshin Impact Ganyu overview

Ganyu is a quiet and reserved character, with Xiangling noting that she always eats alone. Maybe she could use a little bit of companionship that comes with being in your party. Despite this, she's a very smart character, and a natural storyteller. Still waters and all that.

She’s good friends with Beidou, but seems to have few other connections to the cast. As a half-human, half-Adeptus (making her essentially a demi-God), just because she’s a shy loner doesn’t mean she can’t be a very useful ally on your adventures. The bow fighter could be useful as both a Support and a Sniper, so could bring some good versatility.

Normal attack: Liutian Archery
Normal Attack:Ganyu fires up to six quick arrows, dealing Physical damage.
Charged Attack:Ganyu aims a more powerful, precise arrow. At Level 1 charge, the arrow will deal Cryo damage. At Level 2 charge, it will become a Frostflake Arrow, dealing even more Cryo damage, and blooms to cause AoE damage upon hitting a target.
Plunging Attack:Ganyu fires a flurry of arrows in mid-air, then strikes the ground below, dealing AoE damage.

Elemental Skill
Trial Of The QilinGanyu dashes backwards, dealing AoE Cryo damage, and leaving an Ice Lotus in her wake. This Ice Lotus attracts enemy attention, taking attacks away from Ganyu herself, and grouping them together, exposed to AoE attacks. Ice Lotus’ gets stronger as Ganyu’s Max HP rises. The Ice Lotus will bloom and deal more Cryo AoE damage once destroyed.

Elemental Burst
Celestial ShowerGanyu summons frost to the area, which brings an Ice Soul Gem with it. This Gem will rain down shards of ice, dealing Cryo Damage, for the duration of the Elemental Burst.

Passives
Undivided Heart:After firing a Frostflake Arrow, the critical hit rate of the next Frostflake Arrow rises by 20% for the next five seconds.
Harmony Of Heaven And Earth:Characters under Celestial Showers gain a 20% Cryo damage bonus.
Preserved For The Hunt:Grants a 15% ore refund when crafting Bows.

Constellations
Dew Drinker:Enemies who take damage from a Charged Level 2 Frostflake Arrow have 15% less Cryo resistance for six seconds. Only occurs once per hit, and regenerates two Energy for Ganyu.
The Auspicious:Trial Of The Qilin gets one extra charge.
Cloud Strider:Increases Celestial Shower by three.
Westward Sojourn:Enemies under Celestial Shower take increased damage. This starts at 5%, and increases by an extra 5% every three seconds, to a max of 25%. The effect remains for three seconds after an enemy leaves the area.
The Mericul:Increases Trial Of The Qilin by three.
The Clement:After Trial Of The Qilin, the next Frostflake Arrow will not need charging, so long as it is fired within 30 seconds.

Best Ganyu builds

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Genshin Impact Ganyu build: Example set ups

As a five-star bow fighter, Ganyu seems like they could be effectively utilized as either a DPS fighter or as Support, depending on who else you have at your disposal. If you have a full five-star team, having Ganyu as a Support might be best, but if she’s your star player you bagged on a lucky pull, you can use her well as a Sniper DPS too.

Support

Weapon

  • The Stringless: This bow develops Ganyu’s Cryo power, so it's a great Elemental DPS bow. It increases Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst damage by 24%, doubling to 48% when fully upgraded. It packs a serious punch and could make Ganyu your team’s ice queen.

Artifact

  • Noblesse Oblige: 2-parts: Elemental Burst damage increased by 20%. 4-parts: Using an Elemental Burst increases all party members’ Attack stat by 20% for 12 seconds, but this effect cannot stack.

Sniper DPS

With this build, Ganyu is best used as a Sniper, meaning precise Charged Attacks instead of lots of Normal Attacks.

Weapon

  • Sharpshooter's Oath: Increases damage against weak spots by 24%, rising to 48% when fully upgraded.

Artifact

  • Wanderer's Troupe: 2 parts: Elemental Mastery +80 4 Parts: Increases Charged Attack damage by 35% if the character uses a Catalyst or Bow.