Genshin Impact – Best Kaeya Builds Guide (4-Star / Cryo)

Kaeya: Cryo DPS Build

Equipment

Weapon

  • 1. Mistsplitter Reforged (5✩)
  • 2. Summit Shaper (5✩)
  • 3. Primordial Jade Cutter (5✩)
  • 4. Aquila Favonia (5✩)
  • 5. Blackcliff Longsword (4✩)
  • 6. The Flute (4✩)
  • 7. Skyward Blade (5✩)
  • 8. The Black Sword (4✩)
  • 9. Cool Steel (3✩)

Artifact

  • 1. Blizzard Strayer (4)
  • 2. Blizzard Strayer (2) +18% ATK set (2)
  • 3. Gladiator’s Finale (4)
  • 4. Blizzard Strayer (2) Noblesse Oblige (2)

Artifact Stats

Main Stats

  • Sands – ATK%
  • Goblet – Cryo DMG
  • Circlet – Crit DMG

Substats

  • 1. Crit DMG
  • 2. ATK%
  • 3. Energy Recharge
  • 4. Crit Rate *Generally has less value than the other offensive stats due to Blizzard Strayer and Cryo Resonance
  • 5. Flat ATK

Talent Priority

  • 1. Burst
  • 2. Normal Attack*
  • 3. Skill

*If not paired with Chongyun, Skill takes priority over Normal Attacks

Ability Tips

As a Freeze DPS, he gains over 55%+ Crit Rate with the right team set up:

  • 15% from Cryo Resonance against Cryo affected enemies
  • 40% from Blizzard Strayer against Frozen enemies
  • 15% from [C1] against Cryo affected enemies

Gameplay Tips

Kaeya Cryo DPS is mostly used in a team with Chongyun and Xingqiu/Barbara while having Blizzard Strayer (4) equipped. In this team, Kaeya has 55% crit rate against Frozen enemies without any additional Crit stats, which means Crit Rate substats are generally prioritized less than ATK% or Crit DMG.

Kaeya: Burst Support Build

Equipment

Weapon

  • 1. Primordial Jade Cutter (5 ✩)
  • 2. Mistsplitter Reforged (5✩)
  • 3. Freedom-Sworn (5✩)*
  • 4. Skyward Blade (5✩)*
  • 5. Summit Shaper (5✩)
  • 6. Aquila Favonia (5✩)
  • 7. Lion’s Roar (4✩)*
  • 8. The Alley Flash (4✩)*
  • 9. Iron Sting (4✩)*
  • 10. Amenoma Kageuchi (4✩)
  • 11. Festering Desire (4✩)
  • 12. Harbinger of Dawn (3✩) [R5]

Artifact

  • 1. Emblem of Severed Fate (4)
  • 2. Noblesse Oblige (2) Blizzard Strayer (2)
  • 3. Noblesse Oblige (2) + Emblem of Severed Fate (2)
  • 4. Noblesse Oblige (4)*
  • 5. Instructor (4)*

Artifact Stats

Main Stats

  • Sands – Energy Recharge / ATK%
  • Goblet – Cryo DMG
  • Circlet – Crit Rate / DMG

Substats

  • 1. Energy Recharge
  • 2. Crit Rate / DMG
  • 3. ATK%
  • 4. Elemental Mastery
  • 5. Flat ATK

Talent Priority

  • 1. Burst
  • 2. Skill

Gameplay Tips

Kaeya’s Elemental Burst makes him an excellent source of Cryo application for characters that often stay in melee range, although his burst can’t be fully utilized with Reverse Melt teams due to how his Cryo damage is split into a barrage of attacks.

In most teams, investment for damage is not a necessity, most notable examples are Razor teams and Hutao Xingqiu teams where his general purpose is to apply Cryo, instead of being the damage dealer. This does not mean that he should not be invested, but is still useful even without proper investments.

Regarding Weapon Choices:

  • Freedom Sworn: This weapon’s ranking is assumed with Reverse Melt teams where the EM stat would be useful.
  • Skyward Blade: In teams with a 2nd Cryo unit generating energy, this weapon would have a lower priority as the Energy Recharge stat would mostly be wasted.
  • Lion’s Roar / The Alley Flash / Iron Sting: These weapons’ rankings are assumed with Reverse Melt teams where the passive and EM stat would be useful. At [R5], these weapons would outperform Summit Shaper.

Regarding Artifact Sets:

  • Instructor (4): Due to his ability to easily trigger Instructor’s passive, Kaeya is a good holder of Instructor (4) for Reverse Melt teams. Aside from ER%, most of his other main stats don’t matter as much, making this one of his budget support builds.
  • Noblesse Oblige (4): This set is only recommended if there is no other member of the team running Noblesse Oblige (4).

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