Genshin Impact Ganyu Guide - best build, strengths and weaknesses

All you need to know about Ganyu - updated to the Genshin Impact 2.0

Genshin Impact Ganyu Guide - best build, strengths and weaknesses
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Welcome to Pocket Gamer's detailed Genshin Impact Ganyu guide! Ganyu is the secretary at the Yuehai Pavilion to Liyue Qixing, and is a half-qilin, or goat. She is a vegetarian and a hard worker, always looking to help serve humanity in the best way possible. Ganyu is a hard worker and is always willing to work overtime, but she still finds herself forgetful and is very sensitive about her horns.

In the Ganyu guide below you will find the following features: 

Ganyu Character Appearance

Ganyu Appearance

Ganyu Element / Tier / Rarity / Weapon

Cryo / SS Tier / 5* Rarity / Bow

In Genshin Impact, Ganyu is a Cryo Bow user who is different than most Bow users, in that her Charged Shot can do AoE damage. Not only does this set up for massive damage, but with her Frostflake Arrow, she can increase her damage significantly for herself and other party members by debuffing enemies and reducing their Cryo resistance.

How to get Ganyu

Ganyu is not currently featured in the Standard Banner. 

Genshin Impact Ganyu Combat Info (Strengths and Weaknesses)

Ganyu guide - Strengths


  • Ganyu has several AoE Skills
  • She can support other characters with Bonus Cryo DMG on top of their attacks
  • Ganyu’s CRIT DMG is rather high


  • Charging her attacks takes a while. 
  • She has a relatively low base HP
  • You’re going to want to up her Constellation to at least level 1 for basic support abilities

Best Build for Ganyu in Genshin Impact

When using Ganyu as a DPS, you’re going to want a weapon that increases her Charged AoE DMG, like the Amos’ Bow. Pairing this with the Wanderer’s Troupe artifact set will amplify your Charged attack and the explosion after.

Ganyu - Best Artifacts and Weapons

Wanderer’s Troupe

ATK% / Cryo DMG / CRIT DMG Set Bonuses:
  • (2) Elemental Mastery +80
  • (4) Increases Charged Attack DMG by 35% if the character uses a Catalyst or Bow.
How to Obtain:  They drop from farming: Electro Hypostasis, Anemo Hypostasis, Cryo Regisvine, Geo Hypostasis, Oceanid, and Pyro Regisvine.

Amos’ Bow

  • Base Attack: 46
  • Rating: 5*
  • Bonus Effect: ATK 10.8%
Skill: Strong-Willed Increases Normal and Charged Attack DMG by 12%. Normal and Charged Attack DMG increases by 8% every 0.1s for up to 5 times. How to Obtain: Gacha

Best Party Members to match Ganyu with in Genshin Impact

Premium (Gacha) Team

In Genshin Impact, Ganyu is a good mid-range character who excels with damage from her Cryo abilities. You can use Mona to control groups of enemies and cause them to freeze when combined with Ganyu’s Cryo. Bennett is a great Healer who can also provide a decent amount of DMG himself. To round it off, use Zhongli to provide Support and keep Ganyu out on the field since she has a lower HP than most.

F2P Team

Ganyu will provide the primary damage in this team, while Kaeya can resonate with her element for additional boosts. Barbara is always a great healer and can offer buffs. Fischl’s skill will stay out on the field to deal bonus damage even when she isn’t.

Talents / Skills / Passive


Liutian Archery - Normal Attack

Normal Attack: Perform up to 6 consecutive shots with a bow.

Charged Attack: Perform a more precise Aimed Shot with increased DMG. While aiming, an icy aura will accumulate on the arrowhead before the arrow is fired. It has different effects based on how long the energy has been charged:
  • Charge Level 1: Fires off an icy arrow that deals Cryo DMG.
  • Charge Level 2: Fires off a Frostflake Arrow blooms after hitting its targets, dealing AoE Cryo DMG.
Plunging Attack: Fires off a shower of arrows in mid-air before falling and striking the ground, dealing AoE DMG upon impact. Skill Attributes:
  • 1-Hit DMG 31.7%
  • 2-Hit DMG 35.6%
  • 3-Hit DMG 45.55%
  • 4-Hit DMG 45.55%
  • 5-Hit DMG 48.2%
  • 6-Hit DMG 57.6%
  • Aimed Shot - 43.9%
  • Aimed Shot Charge Level 1 - 124%
  • Frostflake Arrow DMG - 128%
  • Frostflake Arrow Bloom DMG - 218%
  • Plunge DMG - 56.8%
  • Low/High Plunge DMG - 114%/142%

Trail of the Qilin - Elemental Skill

Leaving a single Ice Lotus behind, Ganyu dashes backward, shunning all impurity and dealing AoE Cryo DMG.

Ice Lotus

Continuously taunts surrounding opponents, attracting them to attack it.

Endurance scales are based on Ganyu's Max HP.

Blooms profusely when destroyed or once its duration ends, dealing AoE Cryo DMG.

  • Inherited HP - 120%
  • Skill DMG- 132%
  • Duration - 6s
  • CD 10s

Celestial Shower - Elemental Burst

Coalesces atmospheric frost and snow to summon a Sacred Cryo Pearl that exorcises evil. During its ability duration, the Sacred Cryo Pearl will continuously rain down shards of ice, striking opponents within an AoE dealing Cryo DMG.

Skill Attributes
  • Ice Shard DMG 70%
  • Duration - 15s
  • CD - 15s
  • Energy Cost - 60

Undivided Heart - 1st Ascension Passive

After firing a Frostflake Arrow, the CRIT Rate of subsequent Frostflake Arrows and their resulting bloom effects is increased by 20% for 5s.

Harmony between Heaven and Earth - 4th Ascension Passive

Celestial Shower grants a 20% Cryo DMG Bonus to active party members in the AOE

Preserved for the Hunt - Unlocked Automatically

Refunds 15% of the ores used when crafting Bow-type weapons.

Talent Leveling Materials

Gained from Enemy Drops (Whopperflowers):

  • Whopperflower Nectar
  • Shimmering Nectar
  • Energy Nectar

Acquired from Domains (Tuesday/Friday/Sunday):

  • Teachings of Diligence
  • Guide to Diligence
  • Philosophies of Diligence

Obtained after defeating Bosses (Childe Challenge):

Shadow of the Warrior


Ganyu Constellation


Taking DMG from a Charge Level 2 Frostflake Arrow or Frostflake Arrow Bloom decreases opponents' Cryo RES by 15% for 6 s. A hit regenerates 2 Energy for Ganyu. This effect can only occur once per Charge Level 2 Frostflake Arrow, regardless if Frostlake Arrow itself or its Bloom hit the target.

The Auspicious

Trail of the Qilin gains 1 additional charge.


Increases the Level of Celestial Shower by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.

Westward Sojourn

Opponents standing within the AoE of Celestial Shower take increased DMG. This effect strengthens over time. Increased DMG taken begins at 5% and increases by 5% every 3s, up to a maximum of 25%.
The effect lingers for 3s after the opponent leaves the AoE.

The Merciful

Increases the Level of Trail of the Qilin by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.

The Clement

Using Trail of the Qilin causes the next Frostflake Arrow shot within 30s to not require charging.

Genshin Impact Ganyu Ascensions costs

Phase 1
  • Lv.20→Lv.40
  • Mora Cost: 20,000
  • Qingxin ×3
  • Shivada Jade Sliver ×1
  • Whooperflower Nectar ×3
Phase 2
  • Lv.40→Lv.50
  • Qingxin ×10
  • Shivada Jade Fragment ×3
  • Whooperflower Nectar ×15
  • Hoarfrost Core ×2
Phase 3
  • Lv.50→Lv.60
  • Mora Cost: 60,000
  • Qingxin ×20
  • Shivada Jade Fragment ×6
  • Shimmering Nectar ×12
  • Hoarfrost Core ×4
Phase 4
  • Lv.60→Lv.70
  • Mora Cost: 80,000
  • Qingxin ×20
  • Shivada Jade Chunk ×3
  • Shimmering Nectar ×18
  • Hoarfrost Core ×8
Phase 5
  • Lv.70→Lv.80
  • Mora Cost: 100,000
  • Qingxin ×45
  • Shivada Jade Chunk ×6
  • Energy Nectar ×12
  • Hoarfrost Core ×12
Phase 6 (MAX)
  • Lv.80→Lv.90
  • Mora Cost: 120,000
  • Qingxin ×60
  • Shivada Jade Gemstone ×6
  • Energy Nectar ×24
  • Hoarfrost Core ×20

Base Stats

At Level 1, Ganyu starts with 763 HP, 26 ATK, and 49 DEF.

Ganyu guide - Wishes / Availability

Ganyu was featured in the Event Wish “Adrift in the Harbor” from January 12th, 2021 to February 2nd, 2021. She is not currently available in the Standard Banner.

You know, we also have a Genshin Impact tier list if you want to check how well Ganyu performs in comparison to other characters! Also, stay aware, soon enough we plan to make a Genshin Impact characters hub with all of the available characters and their detailed guides!

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