Welcome to the comprehensive guide on Ganyu in Genshin Impact.
In this guide, you'll discover the details of her abilities, various playstyles, and optimal builds.
Whether you're looking to understand her power as a DPS in Freeze and Melt compositions or explore her supportive potential, this guide covers it all.
Let's dive in!
The Ultimate Ganyu Guide: Best Builds and Team Compositions
Ganyu's Abilities Explained
Charge Attack: Liutian Archery
Ganyu's charge attack has two charge levels.
The second level, which is the essence of her damage output, releases a Frostflake Arrow.
Upon impact, this arrow blooms, creating an AoE Cryo explosion.
This Bloom is where Ganyu’s high damage potential lies.
The damage from both the initial hit and the Bloom scales impressively, making her charge attack a formidable weapon in her arsenal.
Elemental Skill: Trail of the Qilin
When activated, Ganyu leaves behind an Ice Lotus that attracts enemy attention, functioning as a taunt.
The Ice Lotus deals Cryo damage upon deployment and again when it expires or is destroyed, effectively hitting enemies twice.
This skill not only diverts enemy attacks away from Ganyu and her teammates but also consistently applies Cryo for elemental reactions.
Elemental Burst: Celestial Shower
Ganyu’s burst summons a shower of icicles, each inflicting Cryo damage to enemies within its area.
The ability snapshots Ganyu’s stats and buffs at the moment of casting, maintaining these boosts throughout the skill's duration.
Allies within the range of Celestial Shower receive a Cryo damage bonus, enhancing their Cryo-based attacks.
Undivided Heart: After firing a Frostflake Arrow, Ganyu gains an increase in Crit Rate for subsequent Frostflake Arrows and their Blooms.
Harmony between Heaven and Earth: Enhances the Cryo damage of characters within the area of Celestial Shower.
Preserved for the Hunt: Refunds a portion of the ores used when crafting Bow-type weapons.
Normal Attack/Charge Attack
As a DPS, her Frostflake Arrow (second level charge attack) is her main damage source.
Prioritizing this talent boosts her core damage output significantly.
Enhancing this talent directly increases both the initial hit and the AoE Bloom damage.
This ability provides consistent Cryo damage over time, useful for setting up elemental reactions and dealing sustained AoE damage.
While not as crucial as her charge attack, leveling up this talent increases the burst's damage, benefiting AoE scenarios and reaction setups.
Though useful for its taunting ability and Cryo application, its damage contribution is less significant for a DPS Ganyu.
More for utility than damage, so upgrading this talent is lower priority.
As a support, her Elemental Burst's consistent Cryo application is vital for triggering reactions and supporting the team.
The burst’s area effect is crucial for controlling the battlefield and enabling teammates to exploit Cryo-related reactions.
For a support role, this skill’s utility (taunt and Cryo application) becomes more valuable.
Useful for managing aggro and providing strategic advantages during combat.
Normal Attack/Charge Attack
While still beneficial, the charge attack is less critical for a support-focused Ganyu.
Might be used for occasional damage or specific reaction setups but isn’t the primary focus.
Ganyu's Build: Artifacts
Blizzard Strayer Set (4 Pieces)
Strengthens Cryo damage and significantly increases Crit Rate against frozen or Cryo-affected targets.
Best when Ganyu is part of a team that reliably freezes enemies, allowing her to exploit the Crit Rate bonus.
Shimenawa's Reminiscence (4 Pieces)
Boosts ATK by 18% while enhancing her charged attack damage by 50% for 10s.
Ganyu needs to have more than 15 energy when casting her Elemental Skill to trigger that boost.
Wanderer's Troupe Set (4 Pieces)
Boosts Elemental Mastery and Charge Attack damage, enhancing Melt reactions.
More suitable for teams focused on triggering Melt reactions.
Mix of Blizzard Strayer/Wanderer's Troupe/Atk% Sets (2 Pieces Each)
Combines Cryo damage boost with overall attack or burst damage enhancement.
Useful when full sets of Blizzard Strayer or Wanderer's Troupe aren't available or to suit specific team compositions.
Support Role (Focus on Elemental Burst)
Noblesse Oblige Set (4 Pieces)
Increases Elemental Burst damage and boosts team attack after using Burst.
Ideal for enhancing Ganyu's support capabilities through her Elemental Burst.
Blizzard Strayer Set (2 Pieces) + Noblesse Oblige Set (2 Pieces)
Combines Cryo damage boost with burst damage enhancement.
Offers a balance between personal damage output and team support.
Main Stats Priorities
- Sands: ATK% (DPS) / Energy Recharge or HP% (Support)
- Goblet: Cryo Damage Bonus
- Circlet: Crit Rate or Crit Damage (DPS) / HP% or Crit Rate (Support)
Sub Stats Priorities
- DPS Role: Focus on Crit Rate, Crit Damage, ATK%, Elemental Mastery (for Melt comps)
- Support Role: Energy Recharge, HP%, Crit Rate/Damage (to maximize the effectiveness of Elemental Burst)
Ganyu's Weapon Choice
Enhances Normal and Charged Attack damage significantly.
Ideal for maximizing Ganyu's Charged Attack potential.
The longer the arrow flies, the more damage it deals, synergizing perfectly with Ganyu's playstyle.
High Crit Rate and increased Crit Damage, boosting overall DPS.
Offers a balance of raw power and critical hit capability.
Prototype Crescent (Craftable)
Easily obtainable and refinable for F2P players.
Increases ATK after hitting an enemy's weak spot, perfect for Ganyu's precision aiming.
Another great craftable option.
Boosts Normal and Charged Attack DMG, especially when energy is full, catering to Ganyu's Charged Attack focus.
Blackcliff Warbow (Starglitter Exchange)
Gains ATK after defeating an enemy, useful in scenarios with multiple enemies.
Elegy for the End
Increases Elemental Mastery and Energy Recharge, enhancing Elemental Burst.
Grants an Elemental Mastery and ATK boost to the team.
Helps recharge Elemental Burst quickly.
Generates energy particles on crits, aiding the team's energy needs.
Chance to end Elemental Skill's cooldown, allowing for more frequent use.
Additional benefit for faster Elemental Burst availability.
Increases Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst DMG, useful for a burst-focused Ganyu.
Ganyu's Team Compositions
Freeze Team Composition
Use Hydro and Cryo elements to constantly freeze enemies, enabling uninterrupted charged attacks.
- Hydro Support: Characters like Mona, Xingqiu, or Kokomi for consistent Hydro application.
- Anemo Support: Venti or Kazuha for crowd control and grouping enemies. Sucrose can also work as a budget option.
- Cryo Battery: Diona for shields and additional Cryo application or Rosaria for Cryo resonance and crit rate boost.
Melt Team Composition
Increase Ganyu's damage through the Melt reaction (Cryo + Pyro).
- Pyro Support: Bennett for his fantastic ATK boost and healing. Xiangling for additional Pyro application.
- Anemo Support: Kazuha or Venti for crowd control and elemental resistance reduction. Swirl reactions enhance Melt damage.
- Flex Slot: Zhongli for additional protection and resistance debuff, or another Pyro character for Pyro resonance.
Support Ganyu Composition
Use Ganyu's high AoE Cryo application for utility rather than primary DPS.
- Main DPS: Any character who can benefit from frequent Cryo application for reactions, like a Pyro or Hydro DPS.
- Hydro/Pyro Support: Depending on the main DPS, a character that provides consistent Hydro or Pyro application.
- Anemo Support/Shielder: To enhance elemental reactions or provide additional protection.
Reduces the Cryo RES of enemies hit by Ganyu's charged attack bloom by 15% for 6s. Also regenerates 2 Energy for Ganyu.
Enhances her role as a Cryo DPS, making her charged attacks more potent against enemies, especially in Freeze and Melt comps.
The energy regeneration helps with her Elemental Burst uptime.
C2: The Auspicious
Grants Ganyu an additional charge of her Elemental Skill, Trail of the Qilin.
Increases her flexibility and Cryo application rate.
Useful in various team compositions for additional crowd control and elemental reaction setups.
C4: Westward Sojourn
Enemies standing within the AoE of Celestial Shower take increased damage.
Starts at 5% and increases by 5% every 3 seconds, up to 25%.
Significantly amplifies the damage enemies take, especially useful in prolonged battles or against bosses where Celestial Shower's AoE can be fully used.
C6: The Clement
Using Trail of the Qilin causes the next Frostflake Arrow shot within 30 seconds to not require charging.
Adds significant burst potential to Ganyu's kit.
Allows for quick, high-damage shots, making her even more deadly in DPS roles.
Advanced Tips and Strategies
Charge Attack Mastery
Master timing for her Frostflake Arrow (Level 2 Charge Attack). It's essential for maximizing DPS.
Understand that the bloom effect of her Frostflake Arrow can hit multiple targets, making positioning crucial for AoE damage.
Elemental Skill Usage
Use her Elemental Skill, Trail of the Qilin, strategically as a taunt to distract enemies and reposition.
Use the skill for energy particles, ensuring regular use of her Elemental Burst.
Elemental Burst Optimization
Ganyu's Celestial Shower snapshots her stats at the moment of casting.
Buff her attack before using it for sustained increased damage.
Place her burst strategically in areas where enemies are concentrated or are likely to be for maximum effect.
Ganyu excels in Melt and Freeze compositions.
Pair her with Pyro characters for Melt and Hydro characters for Freeze.
In a Melt comp, build Elemental Mastery on Ganyu or her Pyro teammate to enhance reaction damage.
Positioning and Movement
Master kiting - moving while maintaining a safe distance to continuously land charged shots.
Take advantage of elevated positions for better AoE coverage and safety from melee attacks.
Final Thoughts on Ganyu
Ganyu is an excellent Cryo DPS that shines in Melt and Freeze compositions. Although she can work on a more supportive role, she is best used as primary DPS.
This guide aims to unlock Ganyu's full potential, whether you're freezing enemies in their tracks or melting them down with her arrows.
If you managed to pull her, enjoy the journey in Teyvat with Ganyu!