A Look into the Cinnabar Spindle

The Cinnabar Spindle is the latest 4-star weapon to be released by Genshin Impact. It is event-exclusive and most of all, free as long as you follow the Shadows Amidst Snowstorms event.

Here’s everything you need to know about the weapon.


A sword made from materials that do not belong in this world. The power within might even be able to withstand the corruption of a venom that could corrode a mighty dragon.


“Separate the dust in the flames with joy, and extract the exquisite from the crude.
For all in the universe comes from a single source, and all things may be derived from a single thought.
You must pursue that which your elder brother, the one-horned white horse, could not accomplish.
Reach the far side of philosophy, and create a new destiny for myself and your brothers…”

Ascension Material

To ascend the Cinnabar Spindle, you’ll require the following materials:

  • 3 x Tiles of Decarabian’s Tower
  • 9 x Debris of Decarabian’s Tower
  • 9 x Fragment of Decarabian’s Epic
  • 4 x Scattered Piece of Decarabian’s Dream
  • 15 x Chaos Device
  • 18 x Chaos Circuit
  • 17 x Chaos Core
  • 10 x Damaged Mask
  • 15 x Stained Mask
  • 18 x Ominous Mask

How to obtain the Cinnabar Spindle

To obtain the Cinnabar Spindle, players must start the event Shadows Amidst Snowstorms and finish the first part of the story. Once that is done, they’ll be able to play the many games associated with the event.

Your main objective is to collect pieces to create one Puffy Snowman. To do so, play the Dragonspine Combat Training and Dragonspine Tracker Training. By finishing the first part of both these games, you’ll have enough pieces to assemble one snowman. Once you’re done, you’ll have yourself a brand new 4-star weapon.

You can also find Cinnabar Spindle’s refinement material, Alkahest, in the event shop. It can be purchased using the Snowstrider Emblems obtained by completing challenges.

What can the Cinnabar Spindle do?

When you obtain a new weapon, the first question that comes to mind is if you can use it to your advantage or not.

The Cinnabar Spindle has a DEF substat and a secondary weapon effect that also benefits characters with high defence stats. When equipped the weapon increases a character’s Elemental Skill DMG by 40% of their DEF. The effect is triggered every 1.5s and lasts for about 0.1s after the skill is used.

Due to its unique effect, you now have to wonder which character you can use this weapon for.

Who can use the Cinnabar Spindle?

The Cinnabar Spindle is perfect for characters that have high DEF needs. As of now, in the game, the only character who can utilise this weapon to its full potential is Albedo. You can even say that the sword was tailor-made just for him.

Albedo’s skills scale with DEF which means the more he has of this stat, the higher his damage will be. A fully levelled Cinnabar Spindle will give him 69% DEF which in itself is quite a lot. At full refinement, his elemental skill damage will be increased by 80% of his DEF. This can make him one of the best supports in the game.

The best part is that since the Cinnabar Spindle is an event exclusive sword, you can purchase its refinement material from the event shop. With most of the ascension material available for Snowstrider Emblems levelling this sword won’t be an issue at all.

The Cons of the Cinnabar Spindle

While the Cinnabar Spindle is the perfect weapon for Albedo, it isn’t a sword that can be used for just any character.

Unfortunately, unless you don’t have an Albedo, the sword will most likely just sit in your inventory until you manage to roll him or a new sword-user with DEF needs is added to the game. While you can always equip a character with artifacts that have the DEF substat, that will eat away at their ATK.

What do you do then?

If you’re a proud Albedo user, then the Cinnabar Spindle is the perfect weapon for you and it couldn’t have arrived at a better time. However, if you decided to skip on both his banners or just don’t have the funds to bring him home, the story is a bit different. Even so, you should get weapon.

Since the Cinnabar Spindle is a free sword, there’s no harm in finishing the challenges needed to obtain it. After all, once the Shadows Amidst Snowstorms event is over, there is high chance that the weapon won’t come back. Previous event-exclusive weapons like Festering Desire and Dodoco Tales were never added to the weapons banner so it’s likely that the Cinnabar Spindle will meet the same fate.

Also, as you finish the challenges to get the weapon, you’ll also obtain Primogems in the process. So, it’s really a win-win situation. Soon enough, the game will add another character who scales with DEF. Until then, you just have to wait.

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