Best Build for Yaoyao in Genshin Impact

Best Build for Yaoyao in Genshin Impact
Yaoyao is a 4-star Dendro Dendro polearm character in Genshin Impact. This guide covers the best builds, weapons and artifacts for Yaoyao.

Pros & Cons

  • Very cheap and F2P friendly character with value
  • The only Dendro healer available (as of 3.4.)
    • Bloom-related teams value (and need) healing as Dendro cores inflict self damage, so having a 2-in-1 Dendro healer and enabler opens to more synergies
  • Good Dendro application, especially with Burst
  • Provides constant healing
  • C1 and C2 are good early constellations
  • Damage is low and irrelevant
    • The only scenario where Yaoyao deals considerable damage is in a SuperBloom team with Nilou as a On-Field Dendro Enabler and with 3 other Hydro characters.
  • Burst's On-Field limitation may result in a DPS loss in some teams
    • To heal and apply Dendro with her Burst, Yaoyao has to stay on the field for its whole duration, or else its effects will disappear
  • Needs a lot of Energy Recharge


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


Healer/Enabler Build

Yaoyao is a Dendro Healer and Enabler. With the help of her friend Yuegui, a yellow rabbit, she applies Dendro to enemies and heals the active character based on her Max HP. Yuegui can be spawned with both Skill and Burst and provides the same effects, with the exception that Burst can spawn 3 of them, but requires Yaoyao to stay On-Field or else they will disappear.
Yaoyao's healing isn't massive but still handy; Skill's Dendro application is really low and might not always fulfill your needs, so, in teams where she is the only Dendro character (Especially SuperBloom), she relies a lot on her Burst. She however needs a considerable amount of ER% to have her Burst up often.

Talent Priority

Skill > Burst
Yaoyao's healing is based on her Skill's multipliers for both Skill and Burst. Burst increases said healing output by adding another multiplier to the Skill.

Stat Priority

Main stats: ER% or HP%/HP%/Healing Bonus%
Sub stats: ER% (until comfortable) > HP% > EM > HP
Yaoyao heals based on her HP and needs a lot of ER% to cast her Burst consistently. EM is useful if she triggers Quicken or Bloom, but shouldn't be taken into priority.

Weapon Weapons

Basically just a HP stat stick, very cheap. ER% sands is recommended here.

Bane of the Soft
Increases DMG against slimes by 40~80%.

Favonius Lance gives ER% to Yaoyao and more particles to the team, however its passive effect can't be triggered while Yaoyao is off field (which is most likely) so it loses some value. Favonius requires at least 40% Crit Rate on Yaoyao to work properly so using a Crit Rate Circlet would be preferred.

Favonius Lance
Energy Recharge
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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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Any Energy Recharge weapon works as a stat stick but most of them have DEFINITELY more value on other characters, hence they're not worth mentioning.

Prototype Starglitter
Energy Recharge
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Magic Affinity
After using an Elemental Skill, increases Normal and Charged Attack DMG by 8~16% for 12s. Max 2 stacks.
Artifact Artifacts

4pc Deepwood is used to support Dendro DPS characters or Bloom, Hyperbloom and Burgeon DMG. Yaoyao is a perfect holder of this set.

2 Dendro DMG Bonus +15%.
4 After Elemental Skills or Bursts hit opponents, the targets' Dendro RES will be decreased by 30% for 8s. This effect can be triggered even if the equipping character is not on the field.

If Yaoyao is paired with ATK scaling characters, this set gains some value as she can keep its bonus up decently.

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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Same as Tenacity: valuable if Yaoyao is used with ATK scaling characters. However it is most likely to have another Noblesse holder in the team, and its effect do not stack.

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

Useful in Bloom related teams to boost EM, but has very low healing output due to lower stats as a 4* set.

2 Increases Elemental Mastery by 80.
4 Upon triggering an Elemental Reaction, increases all party members' Elemental Mastery by 120 for 8s.
Any combination
2 Character Healing Effectiveness +15%.
4 Using an Elemental Skill or Burst increases healing received by all party members by 20% for 10s.
2 Healing Bonus +15%.
4 When the character equipping this artifact set heals a character in the party, a Sea-Dyed Foam will appear for 3 seconds, accumulating the amount of HP recovered from healing (including overflow healing).

At the end of the duration, the Sea-Dyed Foam will explode, dealing DMG to nearby opponents based on 90% of the accumulated healing. (This DMG is calculated similarly to Reactions such as Electro-Charged, and Superconduct, but it is not affected by Elemental Mastery, Character Levels, or Reaction DMG Bonuses). Only one Sea-Dyed Foam can be produced every 3.5 seconds. Each Sea-Dyed Foam can accumulate up to 30,000 HP (including overflow healing). There can be no more than one Sea-Dyed Foam active at any given time.

This effect can still be triggered even when the character who is using this artifact set is not on the field.
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.

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