Best Build for Ayaka in Genshin Impact

Best Build for Ayaka in Genshin Impact
Ayaka is a 5-star Cryo Cryo sword character in Genshin Impact. This guide covers the best builds, weapons and artifacts for Ayaka.

Pros & Cons

  • Intuitive, easy to learn playstyle
  • Great Cryo application
  • Great performances without constellations or 5* weapons
  • Freeze teams have high DPS potential
  • Has great teammate variety
  • Good Weapon selection
  • Upfront damage on her Burst
    • One of the best at dealing damage in small time-frames.
    • Burst can snapshot Ayaka's stats at activation
  • Enhanced mobility thanks to her alternative Sprint
    • Ayaka can move on water and freeze it to recover stamina
  • Limited to Freeze reaction teams for optimization
    • Burst can easily be avoided by moving enemies
  • Requires proper stamina management skills
  • Either wants a Cryo battery or a considerable amount of ER%
  • Doesn't have great Artifact flexibility (wants 4pc set)
  • Needing story-locked materials for growth hurts newer accounts


Kamisato Art Kabuki
Kamisato Art: Kabuki
Normal Attack

Normal Attack
Perform up to 5 rapid strikes.

Charged Attack
Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to unleash a flurry of sword ki.

Plunging Attack
Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging enemies along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact.

Kamisato Art Hyouka
Kamisato Art: Hyouka
Elemental Skill

Summons blooming ice to launch nearby opponents, dealing AoE Cryo DMG.

Kamisato Art Soumetsu
Kamisato Art: Soumetsu
Elemental Burst

Summons forth a snowstorm with flawless poise, unleashing a Frostflake Seki no To that moves forward continuously.

Frostflake Seki no To

  • A storm of whirling icy winds that slashes repeatedly at every enemy it touches, dealing Cryo DMG.
  • The snowstorm explodes after its duration ends, dealing AoE Cryo DMG.
Kamisato Art Senho
Kamisato Art: Senho
Alternate Sprint

Alternate Sprint
Ayaka consumes Stamina and cloaks herself in a frozen fog that moves with her.

In Senho form, she moves swiftly upon water.
When she reappears, the following effects occur:

  • Ayaka unleashes frigid energy to apply Cryo on nearby opponents.
  • Coldness condenses around Ayaka's blade, infusing her attacks with Cryo for a brief period.


Fruits of Shinsa
Fruits of Shinsa
Utility Passive

When Ayaka crafts Weapon Ascension Materials, she has a 10% chance to receive double the product.

Amatsumi Kunitsumi Sanctification
Amatsumi Kunitsumi Sanctification
Ascension 1

After using Kamisato Art: Hyouka, Kamisato Ayaka's Normal and Charged attacks deal 30% increased DMG for 6s.

Kanten Senmyou Blessing
Kanten Senmyou Blessing
Ascension 4

When the Cryo application at the end of Kamisato Art: Senho hits an opponent, Kamisato Ayaka gains the following effects:

  • Restores 10 Stamina
  • Gains 18% Cryo DMG Bonus for 10s.


Snowswept Sakura
Snowswept Sakura
Level 1

When Kamisato Ayaka's Normal or Charged Attacks deal Cryo DMG to opponents, it has a 50% chance of decreasing the CD of Kamisato Art: Hyouka by 0.3s. This effect can occur once every 0.1s.

Blizzard Blade Seki no To
Blizzard Blade Seki no To
Level 2

When casting Kamisato Art: Soumetsu, unleashes 2 smaller additional Frostflake Seki no To, each dealing 20% of the original storm's DMG.

Frostbloom Kamifubuki
Frostbloom Kamifubuki
Level 3

Increases the Level of Kamisato Art: Soumetsu by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.

Ebb and Flow
Ebb and Flow
Level 4

Opponents damaged by Kamisato Art: Soumetsu's Frostflake Seki no To will have their DEF decreased by 30% for 6s.

Blossom Cloud Irutsuki
Blossom Cloud Irutsuki
Level 5

Increases the Level of Kamisato Art: Hyouka by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.

Dance of Suigetsu
Dance of Suigetsu
Level 6

Kamisato Ayaka gains Usurahi Butou every 10s, increasing her Charged Attack DMG by 298%. This buff will be cleared 0.5s after Ayaka's Charged ATK hits an opponent, after which the timer for this ability will restart.


For a detailed breakdown of the best Ayaka teams go to the Ayaka team guide page.


Cryo DPS Build

Ayaka is the strongest Cryo DPS and has great performances even at C0 and with free to play weapons. Building Ayaka is mostly a matter of balancing ER stat with more offensive stats. Freeze teams with Blizzard Strayer help provide a lot of Crit value along with keeping enemies within your Burst's range. Ayaka's skills don't offer much scalability in Melt teams. While Ayaka can work as a secondary DPS option,this emphasizes the ER challenges you will need to solve in her team-building.

Talent Priority

Burst >= Normal Attack > Skill
Ayaka's main source of damage is her burst, which is also a great disadvantage as it's easy to miss if enemies aren't frozen. Her best combo is: Cast Burst -> Cast Skill -> spam Charged Attacks. This combo might vary based on the equipped weapon, more info later. Burst is worth crowning.

Stat Priority

Main stats: ATK/Cryo DMG/Crit Damage
Substats: ER(until comfortable Burst uptime)/Crit/ATK

Ayaka's 80 cost Burst does open up a few debates whether or not she can afford to run an ER sands over ATK but in a lot of optimized teams her ER problems are solvable with ER substats and even then you really want a lot of damage from Ayaka. In Freeze teams you're more likely to overcap on Crit Rate so the safer bet is to fully stack Crit DMG instead.

Weapon Weapons
Best Weapon

Ayaka's personal weapon and the best sword in the game currently. Doesn't do much to solve Ayaka's Energy problems sadly. Combo: N1 -> Burst -> Skill -> Charged Attacks

Mistsplitter's Edge

Gain a 12~24% Elemental DMG Bonus for every element and receive the might of Mistsplitter's Emblem. At stack levels 1/2/3, Mistsplitter's Emblem provides a 8/16/28~16/32/56% Elemental DMG Bonus for the character's Elemental Type.

The character will obtain 1 stack of Mistsplitter's Emblem in each of the following scenarios: Normal Attack deals Elemental DMG (stack lasts 5s), casting Elemental Burst (stack lasts 10s); Energy is less than 100% (stack disappears when Energy is full). Each stack's duration is calculated independently.

Each refine is roughly equivalent to 5 ER giving you a range of 20 to 40 ER on this weapon. Along with the ATK substat this is easily Ayaka's best F2P option. You may cast your burst once every 3 elemental skills.

Iwakura Succession
After casting an Elemental Skill, gain 1 Succession Seed. This effect can be triggered once every 5s. The Succession Seed lasts for 30s. Up to 3 Succession Seeds may exist simultaneously. After using an Elemental Burst, all Succession Seeds are consumed and after 2s, the character regenerates 6~12 Energy for each seed consumed.

It is not recommended to spend starglitter on weapons, however Blackcliff Longsword is a good option with similar DMG output to Amenoma Kageuchi. Based on your artifact rolls you may use the one that adjust your stats.

Press the Advantage
After defeating an opponent, ATK is increased by 12~24% for 30s. This effect has a maximum of 3 stacks, and the duration of each stack is independent of the others.
Weapon Variations
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Uncommon options

Viable options if you need the ER substat. The passive isn't that useful on Ayaka, so it's not really an upgrade over Amenoma Kageuchi.

Skyward Blade
Energy Recharge
Star Star Star Star Star
Sky-Piercing Fang

CRIT Rate increased by 4~8%.

Gains Skypiercing Might upon using Elemental Burst: Increases Movement SPD by 10%, increases ATK SPD by 10%, and Normal and Charged hits deal additional DMG equal to 20~40% of ATK. Skypiercing Might lasts for 12s.

What makes Summit Shaper good on Ayaka is the massive amount of ATK that it offers, even without the passive. Freeze carries can reach the "diminishing returns" of Crit nudging the balance with ATK. While it does offer more damage than Amenoma, it's important to remember that Ayaka's problems are more towards her Energy and Burst consistency.

Golden Majesty
Increases Shield Strength by 20~40%. Scoring hits on opponents increases ATK by 4~8% for 8s. Max 5 stacks. Can only occur once every 0.3s. While protected by a shield, this ATK increase effect is increased by 100%.

Even though Crit Rate is not a desired stat on Ayaka, these weapons are really good and usable even if your Crit Rate will overcap. If you have them, use them, but there are better replacements. Crit Rate gains value if 4pc Blizzard Strayer can't be fully utilized.

Protector's Virtue
HP increased by 20~40%. Additionally, provides an ATK Bonus based on 1.2~2.4% of the wielder's Max HP.
Honed Flow
Obtain 12% All Elemental DMG Bonus. When other nearby party members use Elemental Skills, the character equipping this weapon will gain 1 Wavespike stack. Max 2 stacks. This effect can be triggered once every 0.3s. When the character equipping this weapon uses an Elemental Skill, all stacks of Wavespike will be consumed to gain Rippling Upheaval: each stack of Wavespike consumed will increase Normal Attack DMG by 20% for 8s.
The Black Sword
Star Star Star Star
Increases DMG dealt by Normal and Charged Attacks by 20~40%. Additionally, regenerates 60~100% of ATK as HP when Normal and Charged Attacks score a CRIT Hit. This effect can occur once every 5s.

Physical DMG Bonus is useless but this weapon provides high base ATK & emergency healing. If you happen to own this weapon though, consider equipping it on Bennett and not Ayaka.

Aquila Favonia
Physical DMG Bonus
Star Star Star Star Star
Falcon's Defiance

ATK is increased by 20~40%.

Triggers on taking DMG: the soul of the Falcon of the West awakens, holding the banner of the resistance aloft, regenerating HP equal to 100~160% of ATK and dealing 200~320% of ATK as DMG to surrounding opponents. This effect can only occur once every 15s.
Early Game

This weapon gives a huge amount of Crit stats and it's ranked pretty well among the many suitable weapons for Ayaka. A solid pick in early game but it has its value even in late game. Make sure to refine it to Rank 5.

When HP is above 90%, increases CRIT Rate by 14~28%.
Artifact Artifacts
Best Set

Ayaka's constant Cryo application allows her to make full use of the 4PC effect which provides massive Crit Rate, allowing you to fully focus on Crit DMG substats.

2 Cryo DMG Bonus +15%.
4 When a character attacks an opponent affected by Cryo, their CRIT Rate is increased by 20%. If the opponent is Frozen, CRIT Rate is increased by an additional 20%.
Artifact Variations
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Non-Freeze Alternatives

Ayaka's balance between Energy and Offense has an interesting answer in the Emblem set. While its not recommended over Blizzard Strayer you may have a 4pc set lying around and is your best option for teams that don't use the Freeze reaction (ie. Mono Cryo).

2 Energy Recharge +20%.
4 Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 25% of Energy Recharge. A maximum of 75% bonus DMG can be obtained in this way.

Temporary choiche if you're still farming for 4pc Blizzard Strayer or either you own perfectly rolled Noblesse pieces.

2 Cryo DMG Bonus +15%.
2 Elemental Burst DMG +20%.

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