Best Build for Yelan in Genshin Impact

Best Build for Yelan in Genshin Impact
Yelan is a 5-star Hydro Hydro bow character in Genshin Impact. This guide covers the best builds, weapons and artifacts for Yelan.

Pros & Cons

  • Great Off-field DPS even at C0
  • Wide team choice and flexibility
  • Easy to build and F2P friendly: her damage scales off HP, making Base ATK irrelevantand 3 star weapons viable
  • Needs a considerable amount of Energy Recharge, which is very sensitive and changes based on the team's composition
  • Before C2, Hydro application is not enough to proc Reverse Vaporize properly
  • Can be replaced by other Hydro units such as Xingqiu and Kokomi


Stealthy Bowshot
Stealthy Bowshot
Normal Attack

Normal Attack
Performs up to 4 consecutive shots with a bow.

Charged Attack
Perform a more precise Aimed Shot with increased DMG.
While aiming, flowing water will accumulate on the arrowhead. A fully charged torrential arrow will deal Hydro DMG.

Yelan will enter a "Breakthrough" state after spending 5s out of combat, which will cause her next Charged Aimed Shot to have 80% decreased charge time, and once charged, she can fire a "Breakthrough Barb" that will deal AoE Hydro DMG based on Yelan's Max HP.

Plunging Attack
Fires off a shower of arrows in mid-air before falling and striking the ground, dealing AoE DMG upon impact.

Lingering Lifeline
Lingering Lifeline
Elemental Skill

Fires off a Lifeline that allows her to move rapidly, entangling and marking opponents along its path. When this rapid movement ends, the Lifeline will explode, dealing Hydro DMG to the marked opponents based on Yelan's Max HP.

Moves a certain distance forward swiftly.

Engages in continuous, swift movement, during which Yelan's resistance to interruption is increased.
During this time, Yelan can control this rapid movement and end it by using this Skill again.

Additionally, each opponent marked by the Lifeline when it explodes grants Yelan a 34% chance to reset her Breakthrough state.

Depth-Clarion Dice
Depth-Clarion Dice
Elemental Burst

Deals AoE Hydro DMG and creates an "Exquisite Throw," which aids her in battle.

Exquisite Throw
Follows the character around and will initiate a coordinated attack under the following circumstances, dealing Hydro DMG based on Yelan's Max HP:

  • Can occur once every second when your active character uses a Normal Attack.
  • Will occur each time Yelan's Lifeline explodes and hits opponents.


Necessary Calculation
Necessary Calculation
Utility Passive

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

Turn Control
Turn Control
Ascension 1

When the party has 1/2/3/4 Elemental Types, Yelan's Max HP is increased by 6%/12%/18%/30%.

Adapt With Ease
Adapt With Ease
Ascension 4

So long as an Exquisite Throw is in play, your own active character deals 1% more DMG. This increases by a further 3.5% DMG every second. The maximum increase to DMG dealt is 50%.
The pre-existing effect will be dispelled if Depth-Clarion Dice is recast during its duration.


Enter the Plotters
Enter the Plotters
Level 1

Lingering Lifeline gains 1 additional charge.

Taking All Comers
Taking All Comers
Level 2

When Exquisite Throw conducts a coordinated attack, it will fire an additional water arrow that will deal 14% of Yelan's Max HP as Hydro DMG.
This effect can trigger once every 1.8s.

Beware the Trickster's Dice
Beware the Trickster's Dice
Level 3

Increases the Level of Depth-Clarion Dice by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.

Level 4

Increases all party members' Max HP by 10% for 25s for every opponent marked by Lifeline when the Lifeline explodes. A maximum increase of 40% Max HP can be attained in this manner.

Dealer's Sleight
Dealer's Sleight
Level 5

Increases the Level of Lingering Lifeline by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.

Winner Takes All
Winner Takes All
Level 6

After using Depth-Clarion Dice, Yelan will enter the Mastermind state.
In this state, all of Yelan's Normal Attacks will be special Breakthrough Barbs. These Breakthrough Barbs will have similar abilities to normal ones and the DMG dealt will be considered Charged Attack DMG, dealing 156% of a normal Breakthrough Barb's DMG.

The Mastermind state lasts 20s and will be cleared after Yelan fires 5 arrows.


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


Hydro DPS Build

Yelan is a strong Hydro Off-field applier, much like Xingqiu. Her damage scales entirely off HP so any ATK source is useless on her; thanks to this she isn't reliant on Bennett or other ATK buffs and can work in plenty of teams.

Talent Priority

Burst > Skill
Yelan's burst is her main source of damage, however her skill is important as well, so do not neglect that. Her normal attack isn't worth levelling up as it is time consuming and can't fit in most rotations.

Stat Priority

Main stats: HP/Hydro/Crit
Aqua Simulacra: ER/Hydro/HP
Substats: ER/Crit/HP/EM
Yelan needs a considerable amount of Energy Recharge to work properly, around 180-200% average. This value can be lowered if Yelan is played with another Hydro character or with Raiden Shogun. Using a ER% weapon is more recommended, however in Aqua Simulacra's case it's better to sacrifice the Crit circlet to an HP one to have some extra ER% on the sands. As said previously, any ATK is useless on Yelan. EM, however, increases her vaporize damage, which is not bad at all.

Weapon Weapons
Best Weapons

Yelan's signature weapon, made and designed for her.

Aqua Simulacra
Star Star Star Star Star
The Cleansing Form
HP is increased by 16~32%. When there are opponents nearby, the DMG dealt by the wielder of this weapon is increased by 20~40%. This will take effect whether the character is on-field or not.

This weapon isn't the best for Yelan's personal damage, but it provides great buffs to the team and some ER% to her, which is well accepted. It is especially recommended in Vaporize teams.

Elegy for the End
Energy Recharge
Star Star Star Star Star
The Parting Refrain
A part of the "Millennial Movement" that wanders amidst the winds.

Increases Elemental Mastery by 60~120. When the Elemental Skills or Elemental Bursts of the character wielding this weapon hit opponents, that character gains a Sigil of Remembrance. This effect can be triggered once every 0.2s and can be triggered even if said character is not on the field. When you possess 4 Sigils of Remembrance, all of them will be consumed and all nearby party members will obtain the "Millennial Movement: Farewell Song" effect for 12s. "Millennial Movement: Farewell Song" increases Elemental Mastery by 100~200 and increases ATK by 20~40%. Once this effect is triggered, you will not gain Sigils of Remembrance for 20s.

Of the many effects of the "Millennial Movement," buffs of the same type will not stack.

Yelan's best 4 star and free to play friendly weapon is Favonius Warbow. It lowers her ER% requirement to about 150% and it also provides team supportivity. High refinements and at least 60% Crit Rate on Yelan is recommended.

Favonius Warbow
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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ER% Options

These weapons provide a considerable amount of ER% on Yelan and are viable on her.

Sacrificial Bow
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.
Fading Twilight
Energy Recharge
Star Star Star Star
Radiance of the Deeps
Has three states, Evengleam, Afterglow, and Dawnblaze, which increase DMG dealt by 6%/10%/14%~12%/20%/28% respectively. When attacks hit opponents, this weapon will switch to the next state. This weapon can change states once every 7s. The character equipping this weapon can still trigger the state switch while not on the field.
Niche Options

This weapon becomes valuable in vaporize teams, noticeably increasing Yelan's personal damage.

The Stringless
Elemental Mastery
Star Star Star Star
Arrowless Song
Increases Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst DMG by 24~48%.

Even though the high base ATK is useless on Yelan, this weapon is a great Crit stat stick.

Skyward Harp
Star Star Star Star Star
Echoing Ballad
Increases CRIT DMG by 20~40%. Hits have a 60~100% chance to inflict a small AoE attack, dealing 125% Physical ATK DMG. Can only occur once every 4~2s.

The ATK give by this weapon is useless but its passive is really good, especially at high refinements.

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.
Early Game/Low investment

As ATK is completely useless on Yelan, these 3 star options become viable and actually good on her. Whether to use one or another depends on your current Crit Ratio and HP value.

Cull the Weak
Defeating an opponent restores 8~16% HP.
Star Star Star
If a Normal or Charged Attack hits a target within 0.3s of being fired, increases DMG by 36~60%. Otherwise, decreases DMG by 10%.
Increases DMG against weak spots by 24~48%.
Artifact Artifacts
Best Sets

Yelan's best set for off-field damage is Emblem of Severed Fate without doubts, as her ER% requirements are pretty high.

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 set combinations are weaker in terms of damage but are much easier to farm. They also contribute to Yelan's skill damage more, which is not negligible.

2 Hydro DMG Bonus +15%.
2 HP +20%.
2 Energy Recharge +20%.

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