Best Build for Chongyun in Genshin Impact

Best Build for Chongyun in Genshin Impact
Chongyun is a 4-star Cryo Cryo claymore character in Genshin Impact. This guide covers the best builds, weapons and artifacts for Chongyun.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent Nuke potential
  • Flexible Gacha and F2P weapon options
  • Low cost and CD Burst
  • Great Utility
    • Effective Cryo enabler even at low investment
    • ATK SPD buff
    • CD reduction at C2
  • Niche role
  • Replaceable later on
  • Hindrance in certain team comps due to his Elemental Skill infusion


Normal Attack

Normal Attack
Perform up to 4 consecutive strikes.

Charged Attack
Drains Stamina over time to perform continuous spinning attacks against all nearby opponents.
At the end of the sequence, perform a more powerful slash.

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

Spirit Blade Chonghuas Layered Frost
Spirit Blade: Chonghua's Layered Frost
Elemental Skill

Chongyun strikes the ground with his greatsword, causing a Cryo explosion in a circular AoE in front of him that deals Cryo DMG.
After a short delay, the cold air created by the Cryo explosion will coalesce into a Chonghua Frost Field, within which all Sword, Claymore and Polearm-wielding characters' weapons will be infused with Cryo.

Spirit Blade Cloud-Parting Star
Spirit Blade: Cloud-Parting Star
Elemental Burst

Performing the secret hand seals, Chongyun summons 3 giant spirit blades in mid-air that fall to the earth one by one after a short delay, exploding as they hit the ground.
When the spirit blades explode, they will deal AoE Cryo DMG and launch opponents.


Gallant Journey
Gallant Journey
Utility Passive

When dispatched on an expedition in Liyue, time consumed is reduced by 25%.

Steady Breathing
Steady Breathing
Ascension 1

Sword, Claymore, or Polearm-wielding characters within the field created by Spirit Blade: Chonghua's Layered Frost have their Normal ATK SPD increased by 8%.

Rimechaser Blade
Rimechaser Blade
Ascension 4

When the field created by Spirit Blade: Chonghua's Layered Frost disappears, another spirit blade will be summoned to strike nearby opponents, dealing 100% of Chonghua's Layered Frost's Skill DMG as AoE Cryo DMG.
Opponents hit by this blade will have their Cryo RES decreased by 10% for 8s.


Ice Unleashed
Ice Unleashed
Level 1

The last attack of Chongyun's Normal Attack combo releases 3 ice blades. Each blade deals 50% of Chongyun's ATK as Cryo DMG to all opponents in its path.

Atmospheric Revolution
Atmospheric Revolution
Level 2

Elemental Skills and Elemental Bursts cast within the Frost Field created by Spirit Blade: Chonghua's Layered Frost have their CD time decreased by 15%.

Level 3

Increases the Level of Spirit Blade: Cloud-Parting Star by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.

Frozen Skies
Frozen Skies
Level 4

Chongyun regenerates 1 Energy every time he hits an opponent affected by Cryo.
This effect can only occur once every 2s.

The True Path
The True Path
Level 5

Increases the Level of Spirit Blade: Chonghua's Layered Frost by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.

Rally of Four Blades
Rally of Four Blades
Level 6

Spirit Blade: Cloud-Parting Star deals 15% more DMG to opponents with a lower percentage of their Max HP remaining than Chongyun.
This skill will also summon 1 additional spirit blade.


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


Nuke Build

Chongyun's performance depends on the team comp. He can effectively support Freeze/Melt teams or ruin Physical teams. Chongyun is a great low-investment support since he can easily provide Cryo infusion to the team, while also gaining nuke potential with his burst at higher investments.

Talent Priority

Burst >>> Skill
Most of Chongyun's damage will come from his Burst due to its high scaling, reverse melt potential, and C6 DMG increase. Leveling up his skill will extend the Cryo infusion duration, but the skill and normal attack damage are negligible.

Stat Priority

Main stats: ATK or EM/Cryo DMG/Crit DMG or Rate
Substats: Crit/ER/ATK/EM
EM is only needed if he can trigger reverse melt with his burst. ER is prioritized since giving him an ATK% sands can yield diminishing returns. His Ascension stat is ATK% and Bennett can compensate for the missing ATK% anyway. ER can also end up redundant due to the low burst cost but becomes somewhat useful when running 4PC Emblem.

Weapon Weapons
Best Weapons

Wolf's Gravestone has high base ATK stats, making ATK% stats more useful. As for Serpent Spine, Crit on the 2nd stat gives you some breathing room when farming for Crit artifacts.

Wolfish Tracker
Increases ATK by 20~40%. On hit, attacks against opponents with less than 30% HP increase all party members' ATK by 40~80% for 12s. Can only occur once every 30s.
Serpent Spine
Star Star Star Star
Every 4s a character is on the field, they will deal 6~10% more DMG and take 3~2% more DMG. This effect has a maximum of 5 stacks and will not be reset if the character leaves the field, but will be reduced by 1 stack when the character takes DMG.
Weapon Variations
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Excellent Damage

Skyward Pride's high ATK and ER stat helps out Chongyun's energy needs.

Skyward Pride
Energy Recharge
Star Star Star Star Star
Sky-ripping Dragon Spine
Increases all DMG by 8~16%. After using an Elemental Burst, Normal or Charged Attack, on hit, creates a vacuum blade that does 80~160% of ATK as DMG to opponents along its path. Lasts for 20s or 8 vacuum blades.

Redhorn Stonethresher and The Unforged provide massive stats but their passives aren't often utilized.

Gokadaiou Otogibanashi
DEF is increased by 28~56%. Normal and Charged Attack DMG is increased by 40~80% of DEF.
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%.

This weapon increases Chongyun's reaction DMG as well as his and his teammates' ATK. EM sands is highly recommended.

Makhaira Aquamarine
Elemental Mastery
Star Star Star Star
Desert Pavilion
The following effect will trigger every 10s: The equipping character will gain 24~48% of their Elemental Mastery as bonus ATK for 12s, with nearby party members gaining 30% of this buff for the same duration. Multiple instances of this weapon can allow this buff to stack. This effect will still trigger even if the character is not on the field.

Although these claymores only have ATK% as their second stat, their passives provide tons of damage.

Star Star Star Star
Watatsumi Wavewalker
For every point of the entire party's combined maximum Energy capacity, the Elemental Burst DMG of the character equipping this weapon is increased by 0.12~0.24%. A maximum of 40~80% increased Elemental Burst DMG can be achieved this way.
Oceanic Victory
Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 12~24%. When Elemental Burst hits opponents, there is a 100% chance of summoning a huge onrush of tuna that charges and deals 100~200% ATK as AoE DMG. This effect can occur once every 15s.
Lithic Axiom - Unity
For every character in the party who hails from Liyue, the character who equips this weapon gains 7~11% ATK increase and 3~7% CRIT Rate increase. This effect stacks up to 4 times.
F2P Options

These claymores are a little weaker since the passives are not very helpful but can easily be obtained.

On hit, Normal or Charged Attacks have a 50% chance to deal an additional 240~480% ATK DMG to opponents within a small AoE. Can only occur once every 15s.
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.
Enabler/Battery Weapons

Sacrificial and Favonius Greatswords do not offer much damage but they can improve burst uptimes of the whole team. ER stat becomes redundant due to his low burst cost, but 4PC Emblem can still benefit from it. Sacrificial is the better option for teams that rely on his skill.

Sacrificial Greatsword
Energy Recharge
Star Star Star Star
After dealing damage to an opponent with an Elemental Skill, the skill has a 40~80% chance to end its own CD. Can only occur once every 30~16s.
Favonius Greatsword
Energy Recharg
Star Star Star Star
CRIT hits have a 60~100% chance to generate a small amount of Elemental Particles, which will regenerate 6 Energy for the character. Can only occur once every 12~6s.
Artifact Artifacts
Best Sets

This 2PC set combination is ranked above 4PC Emblem since overstacking ER on Chongyun is generally avoided.

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

Although this set has a higher DMG bonus ceiling, overstacking ER can maximize the 4PC effect but can make him miss out on ATK stats.

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.
Artifact Variations
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Any Combination

These 2PC set combinations are weaker in terms of damage but are much easier to farm. Only take Wanderer's Troupe if Chongyun can trigger reverse melt.

2 Elemental Burst DMG +20%.
2 Cryo DMG Bonus +15%.
2 Increases Elemental Mastery by 80.
2 ATK +18%.
2 ATK +18%.

Chongyun can maintain 100% uptime on the 4PC Noblesse buff due to his low cooldown and burst cost. Great set for a low-investment build but this should only be taken if no one else can use 4PC Noblesse.

2 Elemental Burst DMG +20%.
4 Using an Elemental Burst increases all party members' ATK by 20% for 12s. This effect cannot stack.

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