As Cavalry Captain of the Knights of Favonius, Genshin Impact’s Kaeya is highly respected by the people of Mondstadt. He’s a four-star cryo sword wielder, known for being extremely charming, and having a certain passion for sipping wine (we don’t blame him). In this Genshin Kaeya build guide we take a look at his skills, weapons, artifacts, and more. So what are you waiting for? Cool it, and come along.
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Genshin Impact Kaeya
What’s the best Genshin Kaeya build?
Kaeya is an accessible free-to-play unit in the early game, and a versatile sub-DPS reaction enabler throughout. He has low energy recharge requirements, consistent cryo application, and is free to all new players, making him a reliable staple in your roster from the start.
He excels most in freeze comps, which make the most of his A4 Glacial Heart passive, first constellation (if you have it), cryo resonance, and blizzard strayer buff. He synergises well with Genshin Impact’s Chongyun, and hits his highest personal damage ceiling in said freeze teams.
Naturally, he doesn’t compare with some of the stronger, five-star cryo DPS, especially with Genshin Impact’s Ayaka and Genshin Impact’s Ganyu being two of the strongest damage dealers in the game. He can also struggle to beat out his main competition, Genshin Impact’s Rosaria, when it comes to general attack and her synergy with melt teams.
However, he’s still an extremely useful unit, offering a substantial amount of energy recharge through his ascensions, affordable build options, and more. Plus, he’s smooth, handsome, and charming. What’s not to love?
What are the best Genshin Kaeya weapons?
As a sub-DPS, the rankings for his best weapons rely heavily on his artifacts, team comps, buffs, and more. To get a full breakdown of all the different weapons and which is best for your build, either check out the Keqingmains Kaeya guide, or to get all technical, run your stats through the Genshin Optomizer.
However, for a more general selection, here are our recommendations. Mistsplitter Reforged is the best weapon for Kaeya’s personal damage under the right circumstances, though it can be tricky to gain stacks for its passive without Chongyun. It’s also highly contested, and may be better used on other characters.
Freedom Sworn is another great option, especially in reverse melt teams, due to its elemental mastery stat. It also offers a valuable team buff that comes in handy as long as Kaeya is the one triggering reactions.
If you’re struggling to meet energy recharge requirements, Skyward Blade is a good choice due to its high ER boost, allowing you to run more offensive artifacts.
When it comes to four-star options, The Black Sword is a good crit stat stick, though its passive is relatively useless for sub-DPS Kaeya. Alternatively, The Alley Flash or Lion’s Roar are great for reverse melt teams.
|Mistsplitter Reforged||Base stat: crit damage|
Skill: gain a 12% elemental damage bonys for all elements and receive the might of the Mistsplitter’s Emblem. At stack levels 1/2/3, Mistsplitter’s Emblem provides a 8/16/28% elemental damage bonus for the wielder’s elemental type. The wielder gains one stack of Mistsplitter’s Emblem when a normal attack deals elemental damage (stack lasts five seconds), upon casting an elemental burst (stack lasts ten seconds), and when their energy is less than 100% (stack disappears when their energy is full). Each stack’s duration is calculated independently
|Freedom Sworn||Base stat: elemental mastery|
Skill: increases damage by 10%. When the wielder triggers elemental reaction, they gain a Sigil of Rebellion. This effect can trigger once every 0.5 seconds, even when the character is not on the field. When they possess two sigils, both are consumed and all nearby party members obtain ‘Millennial Movement: Song of Resistance’ for 12 seconds, which increases normal, charged, and plunging attack damage by 16%, and attack by 20%. Once this effect triggers, you don’t gain another sigil for 20 seconds. Buffs of the same type don’t stack
|Skyward Blade||Base stat: energy recharge|
Skill: critical hit rate is increases by 4%. The wielder gains Skypiercing Might when an elemental burst is used, this increases movement and attack speed by 10% and increases the damage of normal and charged attacks by 20% for 12 seconds
|The Black Sword||Base stat: crit rate|
Skill: increases damage dealt by normal and charged attacks by 20%. Also regenerates 60% of attack as HP when normal and charged attacks score a crit hit. This effect can occur once every five seconds
|Alley Flash||Base stat: elemental mastery|
Skill: increases damage dealt by the wielder by 12%. Taking damage disables this effect for five seconds
|Lion’s Roar||Base stat: attack|
Skill: increases damage against enemies affected by pyro or electro by 20%
What are the best Genshin Kaeya artifacts?
In a freeze team, Blizzard Strayer is the best option for Kaeya without a doubt. It offers a nice boost to his cryo damage, and pushes his crit rate even higher, which synergises perfectly with the cryo resonance bonus.
However, if you’re hoping to put him in anything but a freeze team (i.e. reverse melt, or a team that doesn’t rely on either melt or freeze), a full set of Emblem of Severed Fate pulls ahead of the pack, offering a boost to energy recharge and burst damage.
Alternatively, combining two pieces of Blizzard Strayer with two pieces of Noblesse Oblige is a flexible option if you’re struggling to get a full set with decent stats.
|Blizzard Strayer||Two equipped: 15% cryo damage bonus|
Four equipped: Crit rate is increased by 20% when attacking an enemy affected by cryo. If the enemy is frozen, crit rate is increased by an additional 20%
|Emblem of Severed Fate||Two equipped: energy recharge +20%|
Four equipped: increases elemental burst damage by 25% of energy recharge. You can obtain a maximum of 75% bonus damage in this way
|Noblesse Oblige||Two equipped: Elemental burst damage is increased by 20%|
Artifact stat recommendations
Freeze Kaeya main stats
- Sands – attack%
- Goblet – cryo damage bonus
- Circlet – crit damage
Freeze Kaeya sub-stats
- Energy recharge to requirements
- Crit damage
- Crit rate (aim for around 45%)
Reverse melt Kaeya main stats
- Sands – attack% or energy recharge
- Goblet – cryo damage bonus
- Circlet – crit rate or crit damage (try to maintain a 1:2 ratio overall)
Reverse melt Kaeya sub-stats
- Energy recharge to requirements
- Crit rate/crit damage
- Elemental mastery
What are Genshin Kaeya’s skills?
|Ceremonial Bladework||Perform five strikes|
|Ceremonial Bladework (charged)||Consume stamina to unleash two fast sword swings|
|Ceremonial Bladework (plunging)||Plunge from mid-air to deal AoE damage on impact with the ground|
|Frostgnaw||Deals AoE cryo damage|
|Glacial Waltz||Summon three icicles that follow Kaeya, dealing cryo damage to enemies|
|Cold-Blooded Strike||Frostgnaw also regenerates HP to Kaeya equal to 15% of his attack|
|Glacial Heart||Enemies frozen by Frostgnaw will produce elemental particles|
|Hidden Strength||Decreases sprinting stamina by 20% for the party|
What are Genshin Kaeya’s constellations?
You can level up Kaeya’s constellations when you receive him as a duplicate when making a wish. Here’s every bonus you receive as you level up.
|Excellent Blood||Normal and charged attacks critical hit rate against enemies affected by cryo is increased by 15%|
|Never-Ending Performance||When Glacial Waltz defeats an enemy, its duration is increased by 2.5 seconds for a maximum of 15 seconds|
|Dance of Frost||Increases the level of Frostgnaw by three|
|Frozen Kiss||The following effects are triggered automatically when Kaeya’s HP falls below 20%:|
|Frostbiting Embrace||Increases the level of Glacial Waltz by three|
|Glacial Whirlwind||An additional icicle is summoned when Glacial Waltz is used. It will also regenerate 15 energy when cast|
What are Genshin Kaeya’s ascension materials?
Here’s how much mora and what items you need to fully ascend Kaeya.
|20||20,000||One Shivada Jade Sliver, three Calla Lily, three Treasure Hoarder Insignia|
|40||40,000||Three Shivada Jade Fragment, two Hoarfrost Core, ten Calla Lily, 15 Treasure Hoarder Insignia|
|50||60,000||Six Shivada Jade Fragment, four Hoarfrost Core, 20 Calla Lily, 12 Silver Raven Insignia|
|60||80,000||Three Shivada Jade Chunk, eight Hoarfrost Core, 30 Calla Lily, 18 Silver Raven Insignia|
|70||100,000||Six Shivada Jade Chunk, 12 Hoarfrost Core, 45 Calla Lily, 12 Golden Raven Insignia|
|80||120,000||Six Shivada Jade Gemstone, 20 Hoarfrost Core, 60 Calla Lily, 24 Golden Raven Insignia|
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