Genshin Impact Kaeya built | Pocket tactics

by Ana Lopez

As cavalry captain of the knights of Favonius, Kaeya from Genshin Impact is highly respected by the people of Mondstadt. He’s a four-star Cryo swordsman, known for being extremely charming and with a certain passion for drinking 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 by.

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Genshin Impact Kaeya

What is the best Genshin Kaeya build?

Kaeya is an accessible, free-to-play unit in the early game and a versatile sub-DPS reaction enabler. It requires little energy to charge, consistent Cryo application and is free for all new players, making it a reliable part of your roster from the start.

He excels most at freeze compositions, making the most of his passive A4 Glacial Heart, first constellation (if you have one), cryo-resonance, and Blizzard Strayer buff. He fits in well Genshin Impact’s Chongyun, and reaches his highest personal damage ceiling in said freeze teams.

Of course, he doesn’t compare to some of the stronger, five-star cryo-DPS, especially since Genshin Impact’s Ayaka and Genshin Impact’s Ganyu are two of the strongest damage dealers in the game. He can also struggle to beat his main competitor, Genshin Impact’s Rosaria, when it comes to general attack and her synergy with melting teams.

However, he’s still an extremely useful unit, providing a significant amount of energy through his ascensions, affordable build options, and more. In addition, he is smooth, handsome and charming. What’s not to love?

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What Are The Best Genshin Kaeya Weapons?

As a sub-DPS, the rankings for his best weapons depend heavily on his artifacts, team compositions, buffs, and more. To get a full rundown on all the different weapons and which one is best for your build, check out the Keqingmain’s Kaeya guide or to get all the technical information, enter your statistics through the Genshin Optimizer.

However, for a more general selection, here are our recommendations. Mistsplitter Reforged is the best weapon for Kaeya’s personal damage in the right circumstances, although without Chongyun it can be difficult to get stacks for his passive attack. It’s also highly contentious and could be better used for other characters.

Freedom Sworn is another great option, especially in reverse melt teams, due to its basic mastery stats. It also provides a valuable team buff that will come in handy as long as Kaeya is the one provoking reactions. If you’re struggling to meet the energy recharge requirements, Skyward Blade is a good choice due to its high ER boost, which allows you to perform more offensive artifacts.

When it comes to four-star options, The Black Sword is a good crit stat stick, though his passive is relatively useless to sub-DPS Kaeya. Alternatively, The Alley Flash or Lion’s Roar are great for reverse melt teams.

Weapon Effect
Fog splitter re-forged Basic Stats: CRIT damage
Skill: greceive a 12% elemental damage bonus for all elements and receive the power of the Mistsplitter’s Emblem. At stack levels 1/2/3, Mistsplitter’s Emblem provides an 8/16/28% elemental damage bonus to the wearer’s elemental type. The user gains one stack of Mistsplitter’s Emblem when a normal attack deals elemental damage (stack lasts five seconds), after casting an elemental burst (stack lasts ten seconds), and when their energy is less than 100% (stack disappears when their energy is full ). The duration of each stack is calculated independently
Freedom sworn Basic Stats: Elemental mastery
Skill: Increases damage by 10%. When the wielder activates an elemental reaction, they gain a Sigil of Rebellion. This effect can be activated every 0.5 seconds, even if the character is not on the field. When they own two sigils, both are consumed and all party members nearby gain ‘Millennial Movement: Song of Resistance’ for 12 seconds, which increases normal, charged, and splashing attack damage by 16% and attack by 20%. Once this effect is activated, you will not get a sigil for 20 seconds. Buffs of the same type do not stack
Skyward sheet Basic Stats: Charging energy
Crit hit rate is increased by 4%. The wearer gains Skypiercing Might when an elemental burst is used, which increases movement and attack speed by 10% and increases damage from normal and charged attacks by 20% for 12 seconds
The black sword Basic Stats: Crit percentage
Skill: Increases damage dealt by normal and charged attacks by 20%. Also recovers 60% of the attack as HP when normal and charged attacks score a critical hit. This effect can occur once every five seconds
Favonius Sword Basic Stats: Attack
Skill: CRIT Hits have a 60% chance to generate a small amount of element particles, which regenerate 6 energy for the character. Can only occur once every 12 seconds.
Lion roar Basic Stats: Attack
Skill: Increases damage against enemies hit by pyro or electro by 20%

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What Are The Best Genshin Kaeya Artifacts?

In a freeze team, Blizzard Strayer is hands down the best option for Kaeya. It provides a nice boost to his Cryo damage and pushes his crit rate even higher, which pairs perfectly with the Cryo resonance bonus.

However, if you want to put him in something other than a freeze team (i.e. reverse melt, or a team that doesn’t rely on melting or freezing), a full set of Emblem of Severed Fate pulls ahead of the pack, providing a boost for 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.

Artifact set Effect
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, the critical hit percentage is increased by another 20%

Emblem of the cut fate

Two equipped: recharge energy +20%

Four equipped: increases elemental burst damage by 25% of the energy charge. You can get up to 75% bonus damage this way

Noble obligation Two equipped: Elemental burst damage is increased by 20%
Four equipped: Using an Elemental Burst increases the ATK of all party members by 20% for 12 seconds. This effect cannot be stacked.

Artifact stats recommendations for Kaeya builds

Freeze Kaeya’s key DPS stats

  • Sand – ATK %
  • Cup – Cryo damage bonus
  • Circles – CRIT damage

Freeze Kaeya sub-DPS stats

  • Charge energy as needed
  • Critical damage
  • Attack%
  • Crit rate (aim for about 45%)

Reverse-melt Kaeya key DPS stats

  • Sand – ATK % or charge energy
  • Cup – Cryo damage bonus
  • Circles – Completion rate or critical hit damage (generally try to keep a ratio of 1:2)

Reverse-melt Kaeya sub-DPS stats

  • Charge energy as needed
  • Completion rate/crit damage
  • Attack%
  • Elemental mastery

Genshin Impact Kaeya attacks an enemy

What are Genshin Kaeya’s skills?

Active Skills:

Skill Effect
Ceremonial sword work Perform five strokes
Ceremonial Swordwork (charged) Use stamina to unleash two quick sword swings
Ceremonial sword work (diving) Dive from the air to deal AoE damage on impact with the ground
Frost gnawing Does AoE Cryo damage
Glacial waltz Summon three icicles that follow Kaeya and deal Cryo damage to enemies

Passive Skills:

Skill Effect
Cold-blooded strike Frostgnaw also regenerates HP to Kaeya equal to 15% of his attack
Glacial heart Enemies frozen by Frostgnaw produce elemental particles
Hidden power Lowers Sprint Stamina by 20% before the party

What Are Genshin Kaeya’s Zodiac Signs?

You can level up Kaeya’s zodiac signs if you receive him as a duplicate when you make a wish. Here’s every bonus you get when you level up.

Constellation Effect
Excellent blood Normal and Charged Attacks Critical hit count against Cryo-affected enemies increased by 15%
Never-ending performance When Glacial Waltz defeats an enemy, the duration is increased by 2.5 seconds to a maximum of 15 seconds
Dance of Frost Increases Frostgnaw’s level by three
Frozen kiss The following effects are automatically activated when Kaeya’s HP falls below 20%:

  • A shield is created that absorbs damage equal to 30% of Kaeya’s Max HP and lasts 20 seconds.
  • The shield absorbs cryo damage at 250% efficiency
    This can only happen once every 60 seconds
Freezing embrace Increases Glacial Waltz’s level by three
Glacial whirlwind An extra icicle is summoned when Glacial Waltz is used. It will also regenerate 15 energy when cast

Genshin Impact Kaeya with his hands on his hips

What are Genshin Kaeya’s Ascension Materials?

Here’s how much Mora and what items you’ll need to fully level up Kaeya to level 80 and above:

Required level Mora Materials
20 20,000 Shivada Jade Sliver, three Calla Lily, three Treasure Hoarder Insignia
40 40,000 Three Shivada Jade Fragments, two Hoarfrost Core, ten Calla Lily, 15 Treasure Hoarder Insignia
50 60,000 Six Shivada Jade Fragments, Four Hoarfrost Core, 20 Calla Lily, 12 Silver Raven Insignia
60 80,000 Three Shivada Jade Chunks, eight Hoarfrost Core, 30 Calla Lily, 18 Silver Raven Insignia
70 100,000 Six Shivada Jade Chunks, 12 Ripe Core, 45 Calla Lily, 12 Golden Raven Insignia
80 120,000 Six Shivada Jade Gems, 20 Rime Core, 60 Calla Lily, 24 Gold Raven Insignia

What are Genshin Impact Kaeya’s talent materials?

Last but not least, here’s the list of items you’ll need if you want to upgrade Kaeya’s talents (which we highly recommend). Like his ascension, he needs Treasure Hoarder and Raven Insignias and Ballad talent books. The weekly boss drop he needs is the Spirit Locket of Boreas, dropped by Andrius, the Wolf of the North. Oh, and you’ll need a handful of Crowns of Insight to top it off.

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