Best Build for Yanfei in Genshin Impact

Best Build for Yanfei in Genshin Impact
Yanfei is a 4-star Pyro Pyro catalyst character in Genshin Impact. This guide covers the best builds, weapons and artifacts for Yanfei.

Pros & Cons

  • Can run Overload teams
    • However as an Overload carry she does not benefit from traditional investment
  • Catalyst users can have favorable matchups
  • Does want C1 for easier stamina management.
    • C4 unlocks shield support build
  • DPS Catalyst users are "too balanced"
  • Doesn't have great Artifact flexibility (wants 4pc set)
  • ER Dependent


Seal of Approval
Seal of Approval
Normal Attack

Normal Attack
Shoots fireballs that deal up to three counts of Pyro DMG.
When Yanfei's Normal Attacks hit enemies, they will grant her a single Scarlet Seal. Yanfei may possess a maximum of 3 Scarlet Seals, and each time this effect is triggered, the duration of currently possessed Scarlet Seals will refresh.
Each Scarlet Seal will decrease Yanfei's Stamina consumption and will disappear when she leaves the field.

Charged Attack
Consumes Stamina and all Scarlet Seals before dealing AoE Pyro DMG to the opponents after a short casting time.
This Charged Attack's AoE and DMG will increase according to the amount of Scarlet Seals consumed.

Plunging Attack
Gathering the power of Pyro, Yanfei plunges towards the ground from mid-air, damaging all opponents in her path. Deals AoE Pyro DMG upon impact with the ground.

Signed Edict
Signed Edict
Elemental Skill

Summons blistering flames that deal AoE Pyro DMG.
Opponents hit by the flames will grant Yanfei the maximum number of Scarlet Seals.

Done Deal
Done Deal
Elemental Burst

Triggers a spray of intense flames that rush at nearby opponents, dealing AoE Pyro DMG, granting Yanfei the maximum number of Scarlet Seals, and applying Brilliance to her.

Has the following effects:

  • Grants Yanfei a Scarlet Seal at fixed intervals.
  • Increases the DMG dealt by her Charged Attacks.

The effects of Brilliance will end if Yanfei leaves the field or falls in battle.


Encyclopedic Expertise
Encyclopedic Expertise
Utility Passive

Displays the location of nearby resources unique to Liyue on the mini-map.

Ascension 1

When Yanfei consumes Scarlet Seals by using a Charged Attack, each Scarlet Seal will increase Yanfei's Pyro DMG Bonus by 5%. This effects [sic] lasts for 6s. When a Charged Attack is used again during the effect's duration, it will dispel the previous effect.

Blazing Eye
Blazing Eye
Ascension 4

When Yanfei's Charged Attack deals a CRIT Hit to opponents, she will deal an additional instance of AoE Pyro DMG equal to 80% of her ATK. This DMG counts as Charged Attack DMG.


The Law Knows No Kindness
The Law Knows No Kindness
Level 1

When Yanfei uses her Charged Attack, each existing Scarlet Seal additionally reduces the stamina cost of this Charged Attack by 10% and increases resistance against interruption during its release.

Right of Final Interpretation
Right of Final Interpretation
Level 2

Increases Yanfei's Charged Attack CRIT Rate by 20% against enemies below 50% HP.

Samadhi Fire-Forged
Samadhi Fire-Forged
Level 3

Increases the Level of Signed Edict by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.

Supreme Amnesty
Supreme Amnesty
Level 4

When Done Deal is used:
Creates a shield that absorbs up to 45% of Yanfei's Max HP for 15s.
This shield absorbs Pyro DMG 250% more effectively.

Abiding Affidavit
Abiding Affidavit
Level 5

Increases the Level of Done Deal by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.

Extra Clause
Extra Clause
Level 6

Increases the maximum number of Scarlet Seals by 1.


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


DPS Build

Yanfei's design was intended as a DPS catalyst unit where you allocate a lot of field time for her to output her damage.

Talent Priority

Normal Attack > Burst > Skill
Yanfei's charged attacks are integral to her damage. Yanfei's Burst is mostly a buff to her Charged Attacks as the damage is only on the initial cast, explaining the slight priority over her skill.

Talents are the last priority in Overload builds

Stat Priority

Main stats: ATK or EM/Pyro/Crit
Substats: Crit/ATK/EM/ER
You will need to find a balance between ATK EM and Crit as is with most reaction-based carries.
Overload Yanfei prefers to run EM/EM/EM as Overload is only dependent on your level and EM stats.

Weapon Weapons
Best Weapons

Most 5★ catalysts aren't particularly great in general but Lost Prayer and Skyward Atlas are the best stat sticks for Yanfei

Boundless Blessing
Increases Movement SPD by 10%. When in battle, gain an 8~16% Elemental DMG Bonus every 4s. Max 4 stacks. Lasts until the character falls or leaves combat.
Wandering Clouds
Increases Elemental DMG Bonus by 12~24%. Normal Attack hits have a 50% chance to earn the favor of the clouds. which actively seek out nearby opponents to attack for 15s, dealing 160~320% ATK DMG. Can only occur once every 30s.
Crit Stat Sticks

The recommended 4 weapon for Yanfei as she can use everything The Widsith has to offer. At R5 it contends for her best weapon.

The Widsith
Star Star Star Star
When a character takes the field, they will gain a random theme song for 10s. This can only occur once every 30s.

Recitative: ATK is increased by 60~120%. Aria: Increases all Elemental DMG by 48~96%.

Interlude: Elemental Mastery is increased by 240~480.

Battlepass option

Solar Pearl
Star Star Star Star
Solar Shine
Normal Attack hits increase Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst DMG by 20~40% for 6s. Likewise, Elemental Skill or Elemental Burst hits increase Normal Attack DMG by 20~40% for 6s.
Weapon Variations
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Event exclusive weapons, very good if you have them.

Normal Attack hits on opponents increase Charged Attack DMG by 16~32% for 6s. Charged Attack hits on opponents increase ATK by 8~16% for 6s.
People of the Faltering Light
Increases Energy Recharge by 24~48% for 10s after using an Elemental Skill.

Crit DMG stat stick.

Kagura's Verity
Star Star Star Star Star
Kagura Dance of the Sacred Sakura
Gains the Kagura Dance effect when using an Elemental Skill, causing the Elemental Skill DMG of the character wielding this weapon to increase by 12~24% for 16s. Max 3 stacks. This character will gain 12~24% All Elemental DMG Bonus when they possess 3 stacks.
F2P option
Mappa Mare
Elemental Mastery
Star Star Star Star
Infusion Scroll
Triggering an Elemental reaction grants a 8~16% Elemental DMG Bonus for 10s. Max 2 stacks.
Overload weapons

The catalyst with the highest EM substat. The passive doesn't really do much for Yanfei

Sacrificial Fragments
Elemental Mastery
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 in raising Yanfei's stats but a loss in personal DPS in Overload. This is more useful as a team-player supporting your other Electro party members.

Hakushin Ring
Energy Recharge
Star Star Star Star
Sakura Saiguu
After the character equipped with this weapon triggers an Electro elemental reaction, nearby party members of an Elemental Type involved in the elemental reaction receive a 10~20% Elemental DMG Bonus for their element, lasting 6s. Elemental Bonuses gained in this way cannot be stacked.

Only valuable in Overload teams for its EM substat

Magic Guide
Elemental Mastery
Star Star Star
Bane of Storm and Tide
Increases DMG against opponents affected by Hydro or Electro by 12~24%.
Artifact Artifacts
Best Set

Yanfei's best sets for damage, both are equally well performing but Wanderer's Troupe is easier to farm and more resin efficient. Use the 4pc on which you have better substat rolls.

2 Pyro DMG Bonus +15%.
4 Increases Overloaded and Burning DMG by 40%. Increases Vaporize and Melt DMG by 15%. Using an Elemental Skill increases the 2-Piece Set Bonus by 50% of its starting value for 10s. Max 3 stacks.
2 Increases Elemental Mastery by 80.
4 Increases Charged Attack DMG by 35% if the character uses a Catalyst or Bow.
Artifact Variations
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Noteworthy Alternatives

Combination sets will allow you to fish for better substats.

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

This is can be good on Yanfei if you value your Burst mostly for the damage buff. Realistically you use this set on Yanfei as you are likely going to get a 4pc set from farming Emblem of Severed Fate

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.

Shield Support Build

This build only works with C4. It's technically a competitor to Thoma but her Energy needs is what keep her just a notch below Thoma.

Talent Priority

Talent scalings don't really contribute to what Yanfei does in this build. You can refer to the DPS build if you want to consider general investment.

Stat Priority

Main stats: ER or HP/HP/HP
Substats: ER, HP Crit
You'll want a lot of ER (roughly 250+) so its very likely you'll use ER sands over HP

Weapon Weapons
Best weapon

Shield Support Yanfei's practical choice as it gives a lot of stats with a good utility passive. Refinements are a blessing.

Using an Elemental Burst regenerates 4~6 Energy every 2s for 6s. All party members will regenerate 4~6% HP every 2s for this duration.
Weapon Variations
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Battery Weapon

Not as great on Yanfei relative to most support units as you do want some HP for the shield

Favonius Codex
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.

A luxury option if you can satisfy Yanfei's ER requirements as its passive is very valuable to your party

When switching characters, the new character taking the field has their ATK increased by 24~48% for 10s. This effect can only occur once every 20s.
Artifact Artifacts

This combination set allows you to maximize the substats for greater shield uptime and strength.

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

Requires high investment as you will need a lot of ER for burst consistency.

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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