The wait is over, since after one whole year since Ganyu’s first release, she has now appeared in a rerun in Genshin Impact version 2.4. Ganyu’s initial release sparked a wave of powerful units getting released one after another, which changed the meta from being solely dominated by Diluc, to one being contested by multiple characters. To this day, Ganyu remains as one of the best characters in terms of DPS, and has stayed that way thanks to her versatility and ease of gameplay. In this article, we will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of Ganyu, and determine whether she’s worth pulling or not. So, should you pull for Ganyu?

Reasons why you should pull for Ganyu

Ganyu is a 5-star Cryo bow character, specializing in dealing huge amounts of AoE Cryo Damage consistently over time. Being a Cryo DPS character is a huge boon for her versatility, as she can perform Melt or Freeze reactions, depending on the situation or the player’s preference. Ganyu can also fulfill the Sub-DPS role, due to her Elemental Burst lasting for quite a long time, while dealing substantial amounts of DPS and Cryo applications. 

Ganyu’s weapon options are not too bad, either. The Prototype Crescent, a 4-star craftable bow, is very competitive even when compared to her 5-star weapon options, albeit requiring some skill to masterfully use. The Blizzard Strayer artifact set also reduces the burden of seeking high Crit Rate artifacts, thanks to the massive 40% Crit Rate which the 4-piece set bonus provides. 

Overall, Ganyu is a wonderful unit to have on any account and is a relevant force in any aspect of the game. To summarize, here is the list of reasons why pulling for Ganyu is worth it:

  1. You like Ganyu’s design and/or gameplay.
  2. You want a powerful DPS/Sub-DPS character.
  3. You like the Cryo playstyle, especially Perma-freeze.
  4. You have a 5-star bow that you want someone to use efficiently (Ganyu works with all 5-star bows!). 
  5. You like following the top meta strategies, which Ganyu is a huge part of.

Reasons to Skip the Ganyu re-run banner

Ganyu might be extremely powerful, but most of her damage is locked behind an awkward aimed-mode play style. For mobile players, this play style is, unfortunately, a pain to do consistently, but is also an inconvenience for certain PC players. I have encountered a good amount of players who want to play Ganyu but strongly dislike her aimed-shot play style. 

Apart from that, there’s not much else that might be called a disadvantage for Ganyu, which is a testament to her long-standing strength in the game’s meta. However, there are still a couple of reasons why you might want to skip Ganyu instead:

  1. You do not like Ganyu’s design and/or play style.
  2. You are saving for a more anticipated character in the upcoming banners.
  3. You think Ganyu’s play style is too mechanical, and you find her mechanics complex.
  4. You do not like playing bow characters.
  5. You prefer gameplay with more management (or skill expression), like Hu Tao’s HP management, or Raiden Teams’ strict rotations. 

In summary, Ganyu is still one of the top-tier characters in the game. Even though it's been a year since her initial release, she hasn't been affected much by power creep. It's very easy to utilize her, especially since you can make an easy budget Perma-freeze party with her and Barbara at its core. She's still a big part of the game's current meta, and having her around will really increase your odds at the Spiral Abyss. However, you can still skip her if you're not a big fan of bow gameplay. It's very understandable, as its gameplay is different from other kinds of weapons. She's also an easy pass if you've only recently gotten other Cryo characters like Shenhe. Either way, if you have the spare primogems, we highly recommend pulling for Ganyu!