Ganyu Quick TL;DR DPS Build Guide


PSA #1: Cocogoat

PSA #2: Both Ganyu’s abilities scale off ATK, and as an adepti oh BOY does she smack hard. Must be all that cocogoat milk she’s hoarding, making her bones strong and all

Charged shot/Frostflake Arrow is your bread and butter for Ganyu DPS. NOTHING ELSE MATTERS!

PSA #3: Charged Attack/Aimed Shot bonuses DO increase Frostflake damage!

Her charged shots have a second stage that looks different compared to a regular charged shot

The Frostflake shot has a pretty flower aura around it

Releasing the Frostflake shot will shoot an arrow that, on contact with an enemy or surface, will bloom and do AoE cryo damage

IMPORTANT TIP: Shield enemies are the bane of your existence. Even if the bloom occurs behind their shield and hits them, most of the times it will block the damage

Essentially, you have a free 20% CRIT% buff at all times
Summons a flower so pretty that enemies get taunted

IMPORTANT TIP: E technically does two instances on damage. Once when spawned and once when it expires, and both doing the damage of multiplier indicated. Enemies who attack it will not take damage or receive a cryo application from it.

Summons a giant disco ball that showers enemies with icicles. IT’S UP BASICALLY ALL THE TIME
Standing under the spotlight = makes you more cool = more damage

To repeat: once you press Q, make sure to stand in the Q AoE to get the 20% Cryo DMG buff while you shoot your charged shots!

Talent Leveling Order: Normal > E > Q

How do I get it D: ? – It’s time to roll boys (gacha)

Has base ATK% scaling and boosts charged shot + blossom damage by A LOT

Amos’ Bow is the BiS for Ganyu due to how the weapon skill works. The additional DMG bonus stack affects both the initial hit and the bloom. Meaning that even if the bloom didn’t travel a set distance, it’ll still gain the full DMG bonus of the 5 stacks.

However, Polar Star has the slight upper-hand if you are extremely lacking in CRIT% as the weapon provides a chunky 33.1% — effectively allowing you to hit 100% CRIT% with a Freeze comp. It’s a bit difficult to stack ATK properly unless you luck out with CRIT DMG rolls, so Amos overall is still easier (and arguably better) to run!

Skyward Harp is also great, as it provides CRIT% and boosts CRIT DMG. Compared to Amos’ Bow, with both starting at 127% CRIT DMG, Amos’ Bow still did roughly 9K more blossom damage and did 2.4K average DPS

How do I get it D: ? – Forge (Prototype x1, Crystal Chunk x50, White Iron Chunk x50)

Has base ATK% scaling and hit headshots for more smack

If you don’t have any of the 5-star bows, Prototype Crescent is an extremely great weapon for Ganyu. Majority of the enemies in the game have a weak spot, with it mainly being the head, allowing the buff to essentially be up for 24/7. If you find yourself shaky with aim (or use a controller), then don’t worry as the buff lasts for 10 seconds.

Get Blackcliff Warbow if you can, as it will outperform. It will inevitably do more damage due to 1) CRIT DMG scaling, and 2) the ATK% buff it provides. At same refinements, Blackcliff will always do better at max stacks. HOWEVER, if you aren’t reliably able to stack it then Prototype Crescent will outperform it.

How do I get it D: ? – Blizzard at Peak of Vindagnyer Domain (AR 30 locked, 20 Resin per run)

Boosts everything + lets you stack CRIT DMG and ATK substats

4x Shimenawa’s Reminiscence can technically outperform 4x Blizzard if you don’t need the CRIT% stopgap. While you do miss out of the 15% Cryo DMG bonus, the 50% Charged Attack bonus trumps it (especially since Ganyu’s E is on a low CD + procs twice at start and end). Only negative is you do need to constantly maintain 15 energy to be consistent!

4x Wanderer’s is much better if you have a reaction based comp with Sucrose/Venti + Bennett + Xiangling. However, for easier time and less painful rotation, run 4x Blizzard!

For burst DPS Ganyu (or sub DPS even), 2-set Blizzard Strayer + 2-set Noblesse is currently the best combination.

How do I get it D: ? – Midsummer Courtyard Domain (AR 22 locked, 20 Resin per run)

Boosts everything + makes Frostflake go boom

Another great set early on is 4x Martial Artist, which basically provides 40% Normal/Charged Attack DMG. You get these from the Hidden Palace of Zhou Formula domain

However, you could also just run 2x Sojourner + 2x Brave Heart early on to stack the +18% ATK buffs

PSA #4: Literally her DPS playstyle is stay on the field and spam charged shots. Xiangling and Bennett are pretty great for quickly applying melt, and you can run another cryo user for cryo resonance if you need more CRIT%

Main stats:


Substats: CRIT DMG > CRIT% > ATK (ATK% if not main stat) > EM

She has so much CRIT% already CRIT DMG takes priority for Circlet

If you want other characters let me know. Hope this helped. Bye.


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    • Hamayumi isn’t ideal for Ganyu, her “main” power comes from her Charged Shots(aka Frostflake arrows + Bloom), not her normal attack. Plus, you do not want to keep her burst, she gains a, I think, 20% Cryo Damage Bonus when in the AOE of her burst.

    • Cryo resonance (15% CRIT% to frozen enemies) + 4x Blizzard (+40% against frozen enemies). And you’ll have CRIT% from artifacts so you’re guaranteed a lot

      • yep i did some math and just from running double cryo + 4pc Blizard having almost +40% CRIT% this is not includuing the crit% u alr have. Ganyu = busted

  1. 1. You should upgrade her Burst before Elemental Skill because her Burst deals much more damage than you think, don’t underestimate it. If you doubt this statement, search for more knowledge about Ganyu’s kit and mechanics.

    2. 4 Wanderer is the better than Shimenawa because as I said in the (1) statement, Ganyu DOES rely on her Burst. It also makes your Ganyu more flexible than when you use Blizzard Strayer since you wouldn’t have to change your artifacts when using different comps (of course, in Freeze comp Blizzard is no doubt the best artifact set since it also increase your Burst damage).

    3. Maybe you’re not taught about best Ganyu combo. Her Burst CAN snapshot. This mean, you need to stack all the buffs you can before hitting her Burst (i.e. Dragon Tales, Bennett Burst, Kazuha buff,…) in order to maximize her damage. Therefore, the combo is: Buffs-(Ganyu) Q – E – Charge shot.

    Conclusion: I appreciate the efforts put in the post. However, you newbies have to take these posts with a grant of salt. Learning from Youtube is actually better because the community there is much bigger than this.