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Looking for the best Genshin Impact Ayaka build? The 2.0 update added the princess of the Kamisato clan, and she's a formidable Cryo damage-dealer, dashing between opponents with her Senho sprint, freezing them, and then moving onto the next. Ayaka provides a fun, evasive playstyle that really makes me wish other characters, apart from Mona, also had alternate sprints. 

Her elemental skill and burst ain't no joke, either. Just like Ganyu, Ayaka is an excellent source of Cryo AoE damage, and can be combo'd with Xingqui or Mona for some potent Freeze reactions. So how do you get the most out of the Frostflake Heron? In this Genshin Impact Ayaka build guide, I'll talk you through some great weapon and artifact combos, as well as her abilities and constellations. 

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The best Genshin Impact Ayaka build

As a Cryo DPS character, the best Ayaka builds focus around boosting her Cryo damage or attack output. Unlike many of Genshin Impact's other characters, Ayaka has no support abilities that scale based on a specific stat—she basically lives and breathes Cryo, and she infuses it into her blade when she exits Senho sprint.

Ayaka's Constellations build upon this Cryo damage, improving her pre-existing abilities and boosting damage, so it makes sense to build her towards what she's good at.

Cryo build

  • Weapon: Mistsplitter Reforged

Considering Ayaka is the headlining Inazuma character, it's no surprise that one of the headlining Inazuma five-star weapons is a great pairing. Mistplitter Reforged boosts elemental damage by 12% for every element in your party, which if you're looking to get the most out of Ayaka's Cryo, should be pretty varied. The sword also stacks up to three Mistsplitter's Seals, incrementally boosting elemental damage by 8%, 16%, and 28%.

The way you get these stacks aligns perfectly with Ayaka. The first stack is gained by using normal attacks with elemental damage, which is easy with Ayaka's post-Senho sprint Cryo infusion. The second stack is gained through using an elemental burst, and the third is activated by having less than 100% energy. These conditions are all very easy for Ayaka to achieve, granting her some hefty bonuses to her Cryo damage output. 

  • Artifact: Blizzard Strayer

The Blizzard Strayer artifact set really is a no-brainer in this case, since it offers a decent damage boost to Cryo characters. For having two pieces equipped you get a base Cryo damage bonus of 15%, but with four pieces, crit rate is increased by 20% everytime you attack an opponent affected by Cryo. This bonus gains an additional 20% if that opponent is Frozen. 

If you run Ayaka with a Hydro character, you're able to Freeze enemies almost constantly, so this is another powerful buff that you can easily stack on top of that already provided by Mistsplitter Reforged.

DPS build

  • Weapon: The Black Sword

Of course, not everyone is running around with five-star weapons and full sets of the rarest artifacts. The Black Sword is a decent four-star alternative for Ayaka since it increases normal and charged attack damage by 20%, but also regenerates 60% of attack as HP when you land a critical hit. 

When you pair this with Ayaka's passive talent that increases normal and charged attacks by 30% after she uses Hyouka, it can make her hit pretty hard. Alongside the Black Sword's 8% crit chance boost, and Ayaka's already decent crit damage, this weapon can be a great fit.

  • Artifact: Shimenawa’s Reminiscence

The new Shimenawa's Reminiscence artifacts are a very good fit for Ayaka, since like The Black Sword, it's four-piece set increases normal and charged attack damage by 50% for ten seconds when you cast an elemental skill. The price for this is that you need to have 15 energy when you cast it, and this is consumed when the bonus activates.

The two-piece set also increases attack by a further 18%. When you add this to The Black Sword's normal and charged attack bonuses, Ayaka's passive skill boost, and the four-piece set's bonus, her attacks really pack a punch.

How to unlock

How to get Ayaka in Genshin Impact

If you're reading this after August 10, it's become a lot harder to get Ayaka now. She was the first featured five-star character for Inazuma, so had boosted rates throughout July on her Heron's Court banner.

Your best bet for getting her is saving up Intertwined Fates and waiting until she is featured again, or added to the Wanderlust Invocation standard wish banner. Either way, that's not likely to happen for quite a while yet.


Ayaka's abilities

Here are Ayaka's abilities, passives, and Constellations:

Normal Attack: Kamisato Art – Kabuki
Normal Performs up to five rapid strikes
Charged Consumes a certain amount of stamina to unleash a flurry of sword ki.
Plunging Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging enemies along the path and dealing AoE damage upon impact.

Elemental Skill
Kamisato Art – Hyouka Summons blooming ice to launch nearby opponents, dealing AoE Cryo damage.

Alternative Sprint
Kamisato Art – Hyouka Summons blooming ice to launch nearby opponents, dealing AoE Cryo damage.

Elemental Burst
Kamisato Art – Soumetsu Ayaka summons a snowstorm that unleashes a Frostflake Seki no To that surges forward. This storm of ice deals Cryo damage to enemies it touches and explodes when it’s finished, causing AoE Cryo damage.

Fruits of Shinsa When Ayaka crafts Weapon Ascension Materials she has a 10% chance to receive twice the amount.
Amatsumi Kunitsumi Sanctification After using Hyouka, Ayaka’s regular attacks deal 30% increased damage for six seconds.
Kanten Senmyou When Cryo is applied to enemies at the end of Senho, Ayaka restores 10 stamina and gains 18% bonus Cryo damage for ten seconds.

Snowswept Sakura When Ayaka’s regular attacks deal Cryo damage to opponents, it has a 50% chance of decreasing the cooldown of Hyouka by 0.3 seconds. This effect can occur every 0.1 seconds.
Blizzard Blade Seki no To When using Soumetsu, Ayaka releases two smaller Seki no To that each deal 20% of the storm’s original damage.
Frostbloom Kamifubuki Increases the level of Soumetsu by three. Maximum level is 15.
Ebb and Flow Enemies damaged by Soumetsu’s Frostflake Seki no To have defence decreased by 30% for 6 seconds.
Blossom Cloud Irutsuki Increases the level of Hyouka by three. Maximum level is 15.
Dance of Suigetsu Ayaka gains Usurahi Butou every ten seconds, increasing her charged attack damage by 298%. This buff clears 0.5 seconds after the attack hits and the clock is reset.

Ascension materials

Genshin Impact's Ayaka unfurls a fan while standing in Inazuma city's main street

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Ayaka Ascension materials


As with other Cryo characters, Ayaka needs Shivade Jade from Cryo Regisvines and Cryo Hypostasis. She also requires Perpetual Hearts, which come from the new Perpetual Mechanical Array boss. On top of this, you'll need two world materials: 

  • Sakura Blooms
  • Old Handguards

Both of these materials can be found in Inazuma. Sakura Blooms are dotted all over Narukami Island, but especially around the shrine—this Sakura Bloom locations guide has the exact positions. Old Handguards and their upgraded versions are dropped by Nobushi, and basically any of the swordsmen enemies you fight on Inazuma.

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Here are Ayaka's talent ascension materials:

  • Teachings of Elegance
  • Old Handguards
  • Bloodjade Branch
  • Crown of Insight

Teachings of Elegance-series items come from the Violet Court on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, while Old Handguards, as mentioned, are dropped by the Nobushi all over Inazuma.

The Bloodjade Branch is a bit harder to get—you'll have to face level 70+ Azhdaha in the trounce domain. Finally, the Crown of Insight is rewarded through seasonal events, or for upgrading the Sacred Sakura of Inazuma, or the Frostbearing Tree of Dragonspine.

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