Best Build for Shenhe in Genshin Impact

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

Pros & Cons

  • Unlocks peak damage for Cryo units
    • Mono-Cryo is viable through Shenhe
  • Excellent variety in buffs.
    • Res shred, Cryo Dmg buff, other Dmg buffs, Icy Quills
  • The "Quota" mechanic allows for very good damage scaling.
    • You can consider their buffs as an extension of their personal damage.
    • Quota buffs "borrow" others crit stats
  • Easy to build, only needs talent levels, ATK and ER
  • Decent F2P weapon options
  • Not a significant upgrade over replacement units
    • Comps that Shenhe fits in can work without her, but she does improve the damage
  • Very specific niche polarizes her pull-value
    • Shenhe is a powerful unit but only really becomes valuable if you play her specific teams
    • Character synergy is a currently debated topic, her value may go up with future units.
  • Poor energy management (wants a lot of ER)
    • Shenhe isn't a competitive Cryo Battery
  • Needing story-locked materials for growth hurts newer accounts


Dawnstar Piercer
Dawnstar Piercer
Normal Attack

Normal Attack
Performs up to five consecutive spear strikes.

Charged Attack
Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to opponents along the way.

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

Spring Spirit Summoning
Spring Spirit Summoning
Elemental Skill

The frosted dew, silvery and dense, shall exorcise all demons.
Grants all nearby party members the Icy Quill effect and deals Cryo DMG in different ways based on whether it is pressed or held.

Rushes forward together with a Talisman Spirit, dealing Cryo DMG to opponents along the path.

Commands the Talisman Spirit to deal AoE Cryo DMG.

Icy Quill
When Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attacks, Elemental Skills, and Elemental Bursts deal Cryo DMG to opponents, the DMG dealt is increased based on Shenhe's current ATK.

The Icy Quill's effects will be cleared once its duration ends or after being triggered a certain number of times.
When held rather than pressed, the Icy Quill's effect lasts longer and can be triggered more times.
When one Cryo DMG instance strikes multiple opponents, the effect is triggered multiple times based on the number of opponents hit. The number of times the effect is triggered is calculated independently for each party member with the Icy Quill.

Divine Maiden's Deliverance
Divine Maiden's Deliverance
Elemental Burst

Unleashes the power of the Talisman Spirit, allowing it to roam free in this plane, dealing AoE Cryo DMG.

The Talisman Spirit then creates a field that decreases the Cryo RES and Physical RES of opponents within it. It also deals periodic Cryo DMG to opponents within the field.


Precise Comings and Goings
Precise Comings and Goings
Utility Passive

Gains 25% more rewards when dispatched on a Liyue Expedition for 20 hours.

Deific Embrace
Deific Embrace
Ascension 1

An active character within the field created by Divine Maiden's Deliverance gains 15% Cryo DMG Bonus.

Spirit Communion Seal
Spirit Communion Seal
Ascension 4

After Shenhe uses Spring Spirit Summoning, she will grant all nearby party members the following effects:

  • Press: Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst DMG increased by 15% for 10s.
  • Hold: Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attack DMG increased by 15% for 15s.


Clarity of Heart
Clarity of Heart
Level 1

Spring Spirit Summoning can be used 1 more time.

Centered Spirit
Centered Spirit
Level 2

Divine Maiden's Deliverance lasts for 6 seconds longer.
Active characters within the skill's field deal 15% increased Cryo CRIT DMG.

Level 3

Increases Level of Spring Spirit Summoning by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.

Level 4

When characters under the effect of Icy Quill applied by Shenhe triggers its DMG Bonus effects, Shenhe will gain a Skyfrost Mantra stack:

  • When Shenhe uses Spring Spirit Summoning, she will consume all stacks of Skyfrost Mantra, increasing the DMG of that Spring Spirit Summoning by 5% for each stack consumed.
  • Max 50 stacks. Stacks last for 60s.
Divine Attainment
Divine Attainment
Level 5

Increases the Level of Divine Maiden's Deliverance by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.

Mystical Abandon
Mystical Abandon
Level 6

When characters trigger Icy Quill's effects using Normal and Charged Attack DMG, it does not count toward the Trigger Quota.


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


Cryo Support Build

There's not much difference between a DPS or Support Shenhe as her damage is invariably tied to her utility. (especially when you consider how her Skill works) Her skill is limited by a quota, different from traditional buffs and can be seen as an extension of Shenhe's damage. (Shenhe borrows her party members' crit stats to deal damage) Shenhe also provides a lot of utility with her A1 passive that can give 15 Cryo Dmg% and her A4 gives 15 Skill/Burst or Normal/Charged DMG%.

Talent Priority

Skill > Burst
While you want to maximize the talent level of your Skill talent, don't neglect your Burst provides both damage and utility through the Cryo Res shred scaling with talent levels.

Stat Priority

Main stats: ER or ATK/ATK/ATK
Substats: ATK/Crit/ER
Shenhe's buff scales from her total attack making ATK% valuable. ER and Crit stats help with her consistency and damage on her Burst. Crit Rate circlet may be used if carrying Favonius Lance.

Weapon Weapons
Best Weapons

Shenhe's personal weapon. It's only really valuable on her; on other units is mostly a stat-stick.

Extinguishing Precept
Gain 12~24% All Elemental DMG Bonus. Obtain Consummation for 20s after using an Elemental Skill, causing ATK to increase by 3.2~6.4% per second. This ATK increase has a maximum of 6 stacks. When the character equipped with this weapon is not on the field, Consummation's ATK increase is doubled.

Another premium option that helps address energy concerns, overall very good choice.

Engulfing Lightning
Energy Recharge
Star Star Star Star Star
Timeless Dream: Eternal Stove
ATK increased by 28~56% of Energy Recharge over the base 100%. You can gain a maximum bonus of 80~120% ATK. Gain 30~50% Energy Recharge for 12s after using an Elemental Burst.

Possibly her best weapon as a support, generating particles helps your party overall but will want some Crit rate to be practical.

Favonius Lance
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.
Weapon Variations
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Noteworthy Alternatives

High base attack and ER substat both are desirable on Shenhe

Skyward Spine
Energy Recharge
Star Star Star Star Star
Black Wing
Increases CRIT Rate by 8~16% and increases Normal ATK SPD by 12%. Additionally, Normal and Charged Attacks hits on opponents have a 50% chance to trigger a vacuum blade that deals 40~100% of ATK as DMG in a small AoE. This effect can occur no more than once every 2s.

Situationally good, wants refines

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 a 3~7% CRIT Rate increase. This effect stacks up to 4 times.

Interesting option for Shenhe's personal damage

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.

Favonius Lance waiting room

Prototype Starglitter
Energy Recharge
Star Star Star Star
Magic Affinity
After using an Elemental Skill, increases Normal and Charged Attack DMG by 8~16% for 12s. Max 2 stacks.
ATK stat sticks
The Wind Unattained
Within 10s after an Elemental Reaction is triggered, ATK is increased by 12% and Elemental Mastery is increased by 48.
Star Star Star
Normal Attacks deal an additional 160~320% DMG. Can only occur once every 10s.
Artifact Artifacts
Best set

Noblesse Oblige offers more team utility gaining an upper edge over 2pc combinations but do lose out on personal damage. The flexibility is also useful but its recommended to transition into 4pc Noblesse as its more likely that Shenhe will be the best carrier on her teams.

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

ATK% combinatons are ideal for Shenhe's personal efficiency through Skill damage but the ATK buff from Noblesse will generally provide more value to your party.

2 ATK +18%.
2 ATK +18%.
2 Energy Recharge +20%.
2 Cryo DMG Bonus +15%.
Freeze Damage

Blizzard Strayer is a good option for Freeze teams if Shenhe's personal damage is a major factor towards clearing content. Sadly on Shenhe it is a niche pick.

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%.

All Cryo Characters