Best Build for Layla in Genshin Impact

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

Pros & Cons

  • Strong shield with low investment
    • Only cares about artifact main stats
  • Can work as enabler for multiple reactions (Freeze, Superconduct, Melt, Swirl...)
  • Not constellation dependent, although they are nice to own
    • C1 gives a shield to co-op teammates
    • C4 is a free NA/CA buff to your main DPS
  • Damage is low and negligible even with high investment
  • Might steal reactions in certain situations
  • Energy generation and 4pc Tenacity buff depend on shield uptime
    • Stars stop spawning if the shield is destroyed
  • Few weapon options


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


Layla is a Cryo supportive character. She is well performing as a Shielder and Cryo applier. Her Skill creates a shield that lasts for 12s (it has no downtime); its DMG absorption scales with Layla's Max HP and it is by far the second strongest shield available (first is Zhongli's).
Layla is overall a good utility support, she applies a neat amount of Cryo aura and provides a resistant shield. Sadly, her damage is low and negligible even with an invested DPS build.

Talent Priority

Although Burst is useful for applying Cryo in combat, levelling it up only increases its personal damage, which isn't anything special. Focus on her Shield's Base DMG absorption by levelling up her Skill talent.

Stat Priority

Main stats: HP% / HP% / HP%
Sub stats: HP% > ER% > HP
Just stack as many HP as possible to strenghten her shield. Crit Rate circlet may be taken into consideration if Favonius Sword is equipped.
Around 130-150% Energy Recharge is enough to cover her requirements.

Weapon Weapons

Gives a great amount of HP as well as a EM buff to the team, which can be more or less impactful.

Sunken Song of the Sands
HP increased by 20~40%. When an Elemental Skill hits opponents, you gain the Grand Hymn effect for 20s. This effect increases the equipping character's Elemental Mastery by 0.12~0.24% of their Max HP. This effect can trigger once every 0.3s. Max 3 stacks. When this effect gains 3 stacks, or when the third stack's duration is refreshed, the Elemental Mastery of all nearby party members will be increased by 0.2~0.4% of the equipping character's max HP for 20s.

Gives ER and a possible skill CD reset. Layla's shield has 100% uptime by default but it's useful just in case it gets destroyed before its CD ends.

Sacrificial Sword
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.

Useful for ER and the occasional particle generation. Note: the passive effect doesn't trigger if Layla is not the active character

Favonius Sword
Energy Recharge
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.
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Boosts the team but doesn't give anything useful to Layla herself. Better used on other characters.

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.
ER% stat sticks
Skyward Blade
Energy Recharge
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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.
Festering Desire
Energy Recharge
Star Star Star Star
Undying Admiration
Increases Elemental Skill DMG by 16~32% and Elemental Skill CRIT Rate by 6~12%.
Skyrider Sword
Energy Recharge
Star Star Star
Using an Elemental Burst grants a 12~24% increase in ATK and Movement SPD for 15s.
Artifact Artifacts

Layla can take full advantage from both the 2pc and 4pc tenacity effects. The 4pc effect effectively increases her Shield's DMG absorption.

2 HP +20%.
4 When an Elemental Skill hits an opponent, the ATK of all nearby party members is increased by 20% and their Shield Strength is increased by 30% for 3s. This effect can be triggered once every 0.5s. This effect can still be triggered even when the character who is using this artifact set is not on the field.
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Gives a little ATK buff to the team but it's less convenient compared to 4pc Tenacity.

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

Not really recommended but can be used as placeholders while farming for a full 4pc Tenacity.

2 HP +20%.
2 Energy Recharge +20%.

You can also forget about the 2nd set bonus and simply put pieces with HP% on Layla.

Early Game (Pre-AR 45)

Good for the ER%.

2 Energy Recharge +20%.
4 Using an Elemental Burst regenerates 2 Energy for all party members (excluding the wearer) every 2s for 6s. This effect cannot stack.

All Cryo Characters