Best Build for Ayato in Genshin Impact

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

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent DPS
  • High burst uptime
  • Self-charging burst
  • Great F2P and gacha weapons
  • Flexible builds and team comps
  • Dependent on skill for damage
  • Low skill uptime
  • Needs to cast burst before skill for 4PC VV
  • Vaporize build offers most damage but requires specific team comp


Kamisato Art Marobashi
Kamisato Art: Marobashi
Normal Attack

Normal Attack
Perform up to 5 rapid strikes.

Charged Attack
Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to dash forward and perform an iai.

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

Kamisato Art Kyouka
Kamisato Art: Kyouka
Elemental Skill

Kamisato Ayato shifts positions and enters the Takimeguri Kanka state. After this shift, he will leave a watery illusion at his original location. After it is formed, the watery illusion will explode if opponents are nearby or after its duration ends, dealing AoE Hydro DMG.

Takimeguri Kanka
In this state, Kamisato Ayato uses his Shunsuiken to engage in blindingly fast attacks, causing DMG from his Normal Attacks to be converted into AoE Hydro DMG. This cannot be overridden.

It also has the following properties:

  • After a Shunsuiken attack hits an opponent, it will grant Ayato the Namisen effect, increasing the DMG dealt by Shunsuiken based on Ayato's current Max HP. The initial maximum number of Namisen stacks is 4, and 1 stack can be gained through Shunsuiken every 0.1s. This effect will be dispelled when Takimeguri Kanka ends.
  • Kamisato Ayato's resistance to interruption is increased.
  • Unable to use Charged or Plunging Attacks.

Takimeguri Kanka will be cleared when Ayato leaves the field. Using Kamisato Art: Kyouka again while in the Takimeguri Kanka state will reset and replace the pre-existing state.

Kamisato Art Suiyuu
Kamisato Art: Suiyuu
Elemental Burst

Unveils a garden of purity that silences the cacophony within. While this space exists, Bloomwater Blades will constantly rain down and attack opponents within its AoE, dealing Hydro DMG and increasing the Normal Attack DMG of characters within.


Kamisato Art Daily Cooking
Kamisato Art: Daily Cooking
Utility Passive

When Ayato cooks a dish perfectly, he has a 18% chance to receive an additional "Suspicious" dish of the same type.

Kamisato Art Mine Wo Matoishi Kiyotaki
Kamisato Art: Mine Wo Matoishi Kiyotaki
Ascension 1

Kamisato Art: Kyouka has the following properties:

  • After it is used, Kamisato Ayato will gain 2 Namisen stacks.
  • When the water illusion explodes, Ayato will gain a Namisen effect equal to the maximum number of stacks possible.
Kamisato Art Michiyuku Hagetsu
Kamisato Art: Michiyuku Hagetsu
Ascension 4

If Kamisato Ayato is not on the field and his Energy is less than 40, he will regenerate 2 Energy for himself every second.


Kyouka Fuushi
Kyouka Fuushi
Level 1

Shunsuiken DMG is increased by 40% against opponents with 50% HP or less.

World Source
World Source
Level 2

Namisen's maximum stack count is increased to 5. When Kamisato Ayato has at least 3 Namisen stacks, his Max HP is increased by 50%.

To Admire the Flowers
To Admire the Flowers
Level 3

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

Endless Flow
Endless Flow
Level 4

After using Kamisato Art: Suiyuu, all nearby party members will have 15% increased Normal Attack SPD for 15s.

Bansui Ichiro
Bansui Ichiro
Level 5

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

Boundless Origin
Boundless Origin
Level 6

After using Kamisato Art: Kyouka, Ayato's next Shunsuiken attack will create 2 extra Shunsuiken strikes when they hit opponents, each one dealing 450% of Ayato's ATK as DMG.
Both these Shunsuiken attacks will not be affected by Namisen.


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


Hydro DPS Build

Ayato has very powerful Hydro application, both from his skill infusion and burst. He is very flexible as a Hydro DPS; Vaporize, Freeze, and Electro-Charged are viable builds on him as long as his team sets up reactions. A Vaporize team needs fast and consistent Pyro applications (Xiangling or Sunfire) to match Ayato's fast Hydro attacks.

Talent Priority

Skill > Burst
Since Ayato's infusion has a different scaling, skill and burst should be leveled first. There's no need to upgrate Normal Attacks at all as there are no scalings that increase Ayato's Hydro DMG.

Stat Priority

Main stats: ATK/Hydro/Crit
Substats: Crit/ATK/EM/ER
EM is a powerful stat if he can trigger Vaporize reliably. However, giving him EM sands hurts his flexibility since he does not benefit from it when used as a Freeze or Electro-Charged DPS. ER isn't as much of a priority since his A4 passive generates energy.

Weapon Weapons
Best Weapons

These 5★ weapons provide a lot of raw stats and damage from the passives.

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.
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.
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.

Amenoma Kageuchi is a great F2P weapon for Ayato since it allows him to be flexible in team comps while providing ATK and burst uptime.

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.
Weapon Variations
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This weapon is most useful on a Vaporize Ayato build. Provides a lot of personal damage and support to your team.

Elemental Mastery
Star Star Star Star Star
Revolutionary Chorale

A part of the "Millennial Movement" that wanders amidst the winds.

Increases DMG by 10~20%.

When the character wielding this weapon triggers Elemental Reactions, they gain a Sigil of Rebellion. This effect can be triggered once every 0.5s and can be triggered even if said character is not on the field.

When you possess 2 Sigils of Rebellion, all of them will be consumed and all nearby party members will obtain "Millennial Movement: Song of Resistance" for 12s.

"Millennial Movement: Song of Resistance" increases Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attack DMG by 16~32% and increases ATK by 20~40%. Once this effect is triggered, you will not gain Sigils of Rebellion for 20s.

Of the many effects of the "Millennial Movement," buffs of the same type will not stack.

Best utilized on a Vaporize/Electro-Charged Build.

Bane of Fire and Thunder
Increases DMG against enemies affected by Pyro or Electro by 20~36%.

Best utilized on a Vaporize Build.

Iron Sting
Elemental Mastery
Star Star Star Star
Infusion Stinger
Dealing Elemental DMG increases all DMG by 6~12% for 6s. Max 2 stacks. Can only occur once every 1s.
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.
Artifact Artifacts
Best Sets

These sets have very similar performances so it boils down to substats and preference. The sets are ranked in order of decreasing resin efficiency.

2 ATK +18%.
4 When casting an Elemental Skill, if the character has 15 or more Energy, they lose 15 Energy and Normal/Charged/Plunging Attack DMG is increased by 50% for 10s. This effect will not trigger again during that duration.
2 ATK +18%.
4 If the wielder of this artifact set uses a Sword, Claymore or Polearm, increases their Normal Attack DMG by 35%.
2 Hydro DMG Bonus +15%.
4 After using an Elemental Skill, increases Normal Attack and Charged Attack DMG by 30% for 15s.
2 Increases Shield Strength by 35%.
4 While protected by a shield, gain an additional 40% Normal and Charged Attack DMG.
Artifact Variations
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Though the 2PC set effect is wasted, Ayato gains a ton of Crit Rate in a Freeze team. This set is not recommended if Ayato is using a Crit Rate weapon since there is a risk of exceeding 100% Crit Rate.

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%.

This set has a much higher damage ceiling and a much lower damage floor. Not recommended since it is inconsistent and not as resin efficient compared to the previous sets.

2 ATK +18%.
4 When Normal Attacks hit opponents, there is a 36% chance that it will trigger Valley Rite, which will increase Normal Attack DMG by 70% of ATK.

This effect will be dispelled 0.05s after a Normal Attack deals DMG. If a Normal Attack fails to trigger Valley Rite, the odds of it triggering the next time will increase by 20%.

This trigger can occur once every 0.2s.
Any Combination

These set combinations are weaker in terms of damage but are much easier to farm.

2 Hydro DMG Bonus +15%.
2 ATK +18%.
2 ATK +18%.

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