Ganyu is finally back for her second rerun in the second half of Genshin Impact version 3.0!
The beloved Cocogoat and General Secretary to the Liyue Qixing is not just an exhausted workaholic who should totally be trying some quiet quitting, she's also a formidable fighter who has served Rex Lapis since Liyue’s olden times — even canonically choking a monster to death with her girth.
But really, Ganyu is a 5-star Cryo Bow DPS whose signature area-of-effect charged attacks can clear the field in a matter of seconds, making her one of the strongest DPS characters in the game.
Since her release, Ganyu has been a staple character in the Spiral Abyss metagame.
Here's what makes Ganyu so valuable, and how you should build her if you do have her.
“Born of Ice and Frost”
Ganyu has a very straightforward kit centred on being the team's on-field DPS, dishing out waves of Cryo DMG with her Charged Attacks as well as Elemental Skill and Burst.
Much of Ganyu’s damage comes from her Charged Attacks.
Unique from the rest of the Bow-users, Ganyu’s level 2 Charged Attack blooms upon hitting an enemy, dealing Cryo DMG in an area around her initial target.
Her skill, Trail of the Qilin, deals Cryo DMG in an area and acts as a taunting beacon to enemies, drawing their attention.
This works well with Ganyu’s playstyle, as using her Skill gives her a chance to unleash her Charged Attacks without fear of reprisal for six seconds.
Ganyu’s Elemental Burst, Celestial Shower, is the most versatile part of her kit.
When cast, it summons a Cryo Pearl that rains down Ice Shards in a large area for 15 seconds.
Each Ice Shard will target a random enemy within its area that has not been targeted by one of the last four Ice Shards, but if there are no enemies within the field that have not been targeted by the last four Ice Shards, the Ice Shard will be dropped randomly.
Because of that, Celestial Shower's damage output is greatly improved by crowd control, as having all targetable enemies in one place means all of them get hit by every wave of Ice Shards.
Ganyu works well in any team built for Melt or Freeze reactions.
As a DPS, her team should consist of her, another Cryo support or battery to proc the Cryo Resonance that increases Crit Rate by 15%, a Hydro support, and either a shielder to protect her from incoming attacks or an Anemo character for crowd control.
Ganyu’s premium team consists of Shenhe as the Cryo buffer and support, Kokomi or Mona as the Hydro applicator, and Zhongli as shielder.
You can also swap Zhongli with Venti or Kazuha in fights against easy mobs susceptible to crowd control and to trigger the 4-piece Viridescent Venerer passive.
Of course, you don't need to break the bank to play Ganyu effectively. A Ganyu team with 4-star supports accessible to low spenders or free-to-play accounts can consist of:
Ganyu, Xingqiu, Kaeya, Noelle
Ganyu, Xingqiu, Diona, Bennett
Ganyu, Xingqiu, Diona/Kaeya, Sucrose
As a support, Ganyu can work well in Mono-Cryo or Melt teams where her Burst is her primary contribution.
Try pairing her with Kamisato Ayaka, Shenhe, and Rosaria for Mono-Cryo teams or with Hu Tao, Diluc, and Yanfei for Melt compositions.
Ganyu can also act as a support in Physical teams by triggering the Superconduct reaction from off-field thanks to her Skill and Burst.
You might be surprised by her synergy as a support with Physical characters like Eula, Razor, or Rosaria.
Ganyu’s a pretty straightforward character to build, so players won’t find it difficult to get the numbers they want when she unleashes her flurry of attacks.
Ganyu thrives well on tons of ATK and Crit Rate/DMG, so make sure to pursue those stats in her artifacts.
You have two options for her artifact set:
This set increases Elemental Mastery by 80 with its 2-piece set bonus while its 4-piece bonus increases the damage of your Charged Attacks by a whopping 35%.
This set focuses more on Ganyu’s Charged Attack damage and hones in on her DPS ability, making it a good choice for both the Freeze and Melt playstyles.
This set increases Cryo DMG by 15% with its 2-piece set bonus while its 4-piece bonus increases Crit Rate by up to 40% when an enemy is afflicted with Cryo and is Frozen.
This set really looks to maximise Ganyu’s singular DPS ability with only pure Cryo DMG.
For weapons, Ganyu has a lot of 5-star options.
While the Amos' Bow is her signature weapon, as its passive that increases Normal and Charged Attack DMG is tailor-made for her kit, other 5-star bows can let her dish out more damage.
The Polar Star, Aqua Simulacra, and Thundering Pulse are better stat sticks compared to the Amos' Bow, and have passives that give better damage buffs which Ganyu can easily trigger.
Skyward Harp is also a good alternative weapon for Ganyu, as the Crit Rate substat and Crit DMG passive are both things she can definitely use.
But if you’re not looking to spend your primogems in the weapon banner, or have no other 5-star bow options, your 4 star alternatives are:
For Main DPS:
Viridescent Hunt (Battle Pass)
Prototype Crescent (Craftable)
Blackcliff Warbow (Starglitter Shop)
The Stringless (Gacha)
Favonius Warbow (Gacha)
Ganyu will have her rerun alongside Sangonomiya Kokomi for the second phase of Genshin Impact version 3.0.
The current version will run from 24 August to 28 September, featuring the release of Sumeru, Dendro, new characters, and a ton of other content.
Genshin Impact versions 3.0, 3.1, and 3.2 will have shortened run times of five weeks instead of the usual six weeks, likely to catch up to the game's original release schedule after the release of version 2.7 was delayed back in April.
Yan Ku is a full-time dog parent, part-time (gacha) gamer, and part-time writer.
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