Yanfei Quick TL;DR DPS Build Guide

Build guide on the best weapons and artifacts to use with Yanfei for Genshin Impact.


PSA #2: Both Yanfei’s abilities scale off ATK, and basically she’s like a bootleg, older version of Klee. Except instead of a bomb, she drops a giant stamp on you

This is her bread and butter. Normal Attacks give her a seal, stacking up to 3 times. More charges she gains, less stamina she uses for Charged Attacks and they do more damage. Each seal lasts 10s independently

PSA #1: Don’t waste time stacking 3 seals — 2 Normal Attacks into Charged Attack is better

Her third Normal Attack has a slower animation, so it’s much faster to spam 2-1 which leads to more DPS overall. Obviously you can use 1-1 if you want to chain reactions faster

Example: At 2 stacks, you’ll get 30% (15% per stack) reduced Charged Attack stamina consumption and her Charged Attack damage will be 133% of her ATK


Basically you can get a 5/10/15% increase to Yanfei’s Pyro DMG bonus

IMPORTANT TIP: IT OVERRIDES THE LAST BUFF. So if you were to first stack 3 seals then Charged Attack, then your Pyro DMG% will gain receive 15% Pyro DMG Bonus. However, if you then stack 2 seals and Charged Attack, it will remove the 15% bonus you received and grant 10%.

So if you had 12% Pyro DMG Bonus, consuming 3 stacks would raise it to 27% Pyro DMG Bonus. If you then consume 2 stacks, then it’ll go down to 22% Pyro DMG Bonus

You’ll know how many stacks were consumed, as it shows a giant white number on Yanfei when you do

Looks like this
If Charged Attack CRIT’s, then does a second pulse of AoE Pyro DMG. This can be affected by Charged Attack DMG bonuses like 4-set Wanderer’s, her Q’s bonus, etc… It’s what makes her Charged Attack so good

The only gripe with this (not really a big issue though) is that the second pulse sometimes makes it tricky to properly proc a melt reaction to maximize the damage, as it will apply Pyro. Not too significant, but can be annoying for those who like to min-max

Yanfei just blows up the area infront of her, doing AoE Pyro DMG. This grants you max seal stacks

IMPORTANT TIP: Start with E into Charged Attack for every fight! That way you can maximize your initial burst going into a fight, or even a rotation. If you have C6, then it’ll grant 4 seals

She seals the deal by dropping a giant stamp on her enemies doing massive AoE Pyro DMG, and granting a Charged Attack buff + generates seals

To better explain: During the 15s duration, Yanfei will have the “Brilliance” buff which gives her a Charged Attack buff and generates a seal every second. You can roughly get 4 fully stacked Charged Attacks during this buff, so maximize it during opportune burst windows etc…

Talent Leveling Order: Normal > Q > E (reason why Q > E is because leveling Q also enhances Charged Attack bonus it grants)

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

Has base ATK% scaling and weapon skill enhances everything in her kit. Weapon skill is also really nice when it hits

IF YOU HAVE C4, and pairing a shield user, then Memory of Dust doesn’t feel bad at all and relatively viable

Skyward Atlas is typically much better than Lost Prayer if you’re running a rotation heavy team like a reverse melt comp, as you won’t be able to maximize Lost Prayers buffs (due to swapping)

Lost Prayer is still good if you’re running a less reaction heavy comp, and simply running a sustained DPS Yanfei (can still work great in a reaction comp though!)

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

Has base CRIT DMG scaling and amazing damage for setting up burst after your team rotation

The Widsith’s buffs + CRIT DMG allow for extremely strong burst rotations, and can be utilized well in melt/reverse melt comps. The 20s downtime is unnoticeable, since you’ll be swapped to your other party members, and will most likely be up by the time you return to Yanfei

At higher refinement, The Widsith is by far the best performing 4-star catalyst for Yanfei

Solar Pearl is a close second for it’s CRIT% (making it less painful for bad artifact rolls) + grants a great amount of Elemental DMG% which is easy to sustain. A great F2P alternative is Mappa Mare, which grants a nice chunk of EM and Elemental DMG% for reaction comps

If you’re really unlucky or using Mappa Mare on someone else, 3-star Emerald Orb also works great!

How do I get it D: ? – Hidden Palace of Zhou Formula Domain (AR 30 locked, 20 Resin per run)

Boosts all her damage + boosts her Pyro DMG tick AND increases melt/vaporize damage

Although you can’t maximize the stacking bonus from the 4x, the increased bonuses to vaporize/melt is more than worth it. If you’re taking Yanfei with a reverse melt reaction comp, then this is by far the best set

How do I get it D: ? – Hidden Palace of Zhou Formula Domain (AR 30 locked, 20 Resin per run)

Basically a permanent 35% DMG buff

If you’re not really into the rotation heavy playstyle of reverse melt, or just enjoy simplistic gameplay, then Lavawalker will be the best alternative. Since Yanfei’s entire kit applies Pyro DMG, it’s basically a 100% uptime on the DMG buff

If you’re running a shielder comp, 4x Retracing Bolide will be much better for overall tankiness but also boosting her A4 + Charged Attack damage

4x Wanderer’s is also extremely viable if you have the pieces, and if you still want to have some reaction in your comp this will be the set for you

Main stats:


Substats: CRIT % > CRIT DMG > ATK% > ER% (EM works too)

Focus on EM > ATK% if you’re running a reaction comp (for both Sands and for substats!)

If you want other characters let me know. Yanfei’s Team Comp build will be coming out later this weekend! Hope this helped. Bye.


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    • Yeah, it’s actually a really strong free Catalyst weapon for practically everyone (maybe not Barbara lol). Too bad people who missed the event can’t get it.

  1. Would Dodoco Tales R5 still work now? I have R5 Dodoco Tales and R4 The Widsith. I would imagine it would still work, but I’m not sure which one would be better. Thanks!

    • Definitely works perfectly fine. If you somehow get Widsith to R5, then it’ll outperform Dodoco, but currently your R5 Dodoco will do much better

      • Ironic; I actually got R5 Widsith (my finger accidentally pushed wish x10 hard enough for it to work) the day after my initial comment