UPDATED FOR 2.6 😁!
PSA #1: A DPS is that one friend that secretly practices dancing, and when you guys get to a party they bust a move and impress all your support friends. That’s your DPS (and basically Ayaka)
PSA #2: Both Ayaka’s abilities scale off ATK, but honestly it feels like she scales off some next level sh*t cause oh BOY do she slap harder than a buttcheek on a stick
PSA #1: This is crucial to Ayaka’s overall damage, as it’s basically a free permanent buff
Her sprint is essential to her kit, and basically you can abuse the living hell out of it as you can just tap sprint nearby enemies and practically never run out of energy. Here’s some few tips:
- The buff does not stack. Meaning hitting multiple enemies with the Cryo proc does not give more stamina/cryo DMG (e.g.: hitting 2 enemies will not give 20 stamina and 36% Cryo DMG etc…)
- As long as you hit an enemy, with the Cryo proc, you can spam the living hell out of it. Here’s an example of what I mean. Basically you’ll never run out of stamina, as tapping sprint consumes less than 10 stamina, and will provide a free Cryo proc + Cryo buff free of charge (works even better against Hydro enemies!)
- Doesn’t matter if they already have Cryo applied to them. As shown in the video above (click the link), the slimes who already have Cryo applied to them still provide the 10 stamina regen. So more accurately just hitting an enemy with the exiting AoE from sprint is all you need to do (cause technically you’re not “applying” a cryo proc if they already have cryo applied standalone)
This is an extreme strong way to basically generate stamina for yourself, and extremely viable for characters like Ayaka who use Charged attacks quite frequently in her DPS cycle!
IMPORTANT TIP: YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO HIT ANYONE WITH IT. YOU LITERALLY ONLY HAVE TO USE IT TO GET THE BUFF… In other words, you get a free 30% buff to your Normal and Charged attacks ever 10 seconds… (technically even lower if you get C1…)
IMPORTANT TIP: Ayaka’s Q can miss very easily, and enemies can often just move sideways even a slight bit to avoid it the full duration of the damage.
The best way to use Ayaka’s Q is sort of like Diluc’s Q: do a small dash away from your target and then Q. That way they’ll get hit by the full duration of the cutting DMG, and also get hit by the bloom DMG — but her Q does not move forward against walls/frozen/petrified enemies, so keep that in mind!
PSA #2: Ayaka plays A LOT like Keqing in the sense that she’s heavily based around Normal and Charged attack combos
The best combos are NA1 (Normal attack x1) > CA > repeat OR NA3 (Normal attack x3) > CA. While her moveset is cool, her 2nd, 4th, and 5th NA are too extended and wastes time (especially her 5th NA)
Here’s the way you typically want to start an encounter: Tap sprint into an enemy > E > NA1 + CA TWO TO THREE TIMES > tap sprint to reapply buffs > repeat until Q comes up (make sure to tap sprint again to re-apply the Cryo DMG buff before you Q!)
You can do a small animation cancel after her CA. After you hear her sheathe her sword and it makes that satisfying “clink” noise, immediately Normal Attack and it’ll cancel the full sheathing animation!
Talent Leveling Order: Q > Normal > E (her Q does too much damage to not prioritize, even if it’s 80 energy)
WEAPON #1 (Recommended for best DPS): Mistsplitter Reforged
How do I get it D: ? – It’s time to roll boys (gacha)
Mistsplitter has a long description, but it’s really easy to understand. Basically you will always have a 28% Elemental DMG buff as long as you’re Normal attacking with the Cryo enchantment active + don’t have energy for burst (12% from the sword + 16% for having 2 stacks active = 28% at R1). Once you use your burst, then you’ll have the full stacks, granting a total of 40% Elemental DMG buff for the next 10s (drops back down to 28% once the stack from using burst goes away)
This obviously is super broken, as Ayaka basically has 100% uptime on Cryo DMG at all times.
Primordial Jade Cutter is still a great 2nd best, along side Summit Shaper (if you’re running a shielder) as they’re both stat stick weapons — each provide an ample amount of ATK which is great for Ayaka who has a CRIT surplus!
If you have Aquila Favonia, and none of the other 5-star weapons, it’ll still do A LOT better than the 4-star options at low refinement. Albeit the Phys DMG bonus it provides is useless due to Ayaka’s 100% uptime Cryo enchantment!
WEAPON #2 (Recommended for good DPS): Blackcliff Longsword
How do I get it D: ? – Starglitter Exchange (24 Starglitter)
Will be explained more below in the artifacts section, but Ayaka basically has a CRIT% surplus. Due to that reason, the fact Blackcliff provides CRIT DMG + ATK buffs is the sole reason it beats The Black Sword in terms of damage and preference.
The Black Sword is still extremely viable, and if you have it (and not Blackcliff), then feel free to use it as it’ll basically guarantee CRITs for Ayaka + the healing is always nice 🙂
Another option worth considering is The Flute, which is another stat stick that just beefs up ATK by a lot. The weapon skill is also a nice little burst of damage, but not very reliable unless highly refined! If you’re stuck between using the new sword Amenoma Kageuchi vs. The Flute, go with Amenoma. While it’s still not the best thing, it does provide an ample amount of energy at R1 (if you consume all 3 seeds you get 18 energy back after using your burst — basically turns Ayaka burst from 80 energy to a 60 energy cost).
Iron Sting at higher refinement (around R3) feels AMAZING, and if you’re an F2P it’s a great weapon to use! Just make sure to pair with a melt comp to really make it shine, since it does provide a bit of EM. Between Iron Sting vs. Amenoma, I’d stick with Iron Sting especially at higher refinements!
Will keep this section updated as more Inazuma content rolls out!
ARTIFACTS (Recommended for best DPS): Blizzard Strayer
How do I get it D: ? – Peak of Vindagnyr Domain (AR 30 locked, 20 Resin per run)
Here’s the quick rundown: Ayaka’s 4th stat is CRIT DMG + the fact she can freely (and easily) apply Cryo makes this THE best in slot artifact set for her. Paired with someone like Xingqiu, or any freeze comp, you’re looking at a free 40% CRIT%. This means farming artifacts can be a lot easier, as you need less emphasis on CRIT% pieces and can easily stack ATK% and CRIT DMG substats!
Ayaka is also extremely viable as a burst DPS, as long as you bring a battery. In that case, feel free to run 2x Noblesse + 2x Blizzard to get the most kick out from her Q. If you don’t have suitable pieces for either loadouts, then feel free to use 2x Blizzard + 2x Gladiator (or any other +18% ATK sets) as a placeholder!
Shimenawa’s Reminiscence looks great on paper, but Ayaka’s Q is still a strong factor in her DPS output. Even if majority of Ayaka’s cycle is her just spamming NA and CA, having the liberty of high CRIT% + the fact that 2x Blizzard buffs her E and Q damage too is hard to beat.
For early builds, 2x Berserker + 2x Martial Artist works great! If you don’t have any good Martial Artists pieces, then feel free to substitute it for something early like Brave Heart or Sojourner to get that quick +18% ATK
Will keep this section updated as more Inazuma content rolls out!
|ATK%||Cryo DMG%||CRIT DMG|
Substats: CRIT DMG > ATK% > EM > ER (or CRIT% if you’re not able to hit 50-60% range easily)
If you want other characters let me know. Hope this helped. Bye.