The Best Weapon and Artifact Build for Yoimiya in Genshin Impact
Hanabi (花火), or fireworks, maybe fleeting and explosive, but they can last in one’s memories for as long as they live. Yoimiya believes this and is the reason why she strives to always create fireworks that are the most dazzling and spectacular, so people can witness the beauty of their fleeting lives. Known as the most renowned pyrotechnician in all of Inazuma, Naganohara Yoimiya specializes in creating magnificent fireworks, both for display and combat. Her fireworks strike awe in the hearts of the people, which gained her the title “Queen of the Summer Festival”. Now, she is joining the Traveler’s ever-increasing crew of allies, and is ready to help them in their journey across Teyvat.
Yoimiya is a 5-star Pyro bow character, who is able to deliver a barrage of flaming arrows unto enemies from a safe distance. Her Elemental Skill coats her arrows in flames, dealing Pyro damage with her normal attacks. Her charged attacks can fire additional homing arrows that all deal Pyro, which is great for dealing against multiple foes. Yoimiya’s Elemental Burst can also deal great sustained damage against grouped enemies, which can also work even when Yoimiya is not on the field. When built properly, Yoimiya can surely surprise players with her high single-target damage and respectable AoE damage. She may not be, admittedly, the best 5-star character in Genshin Impact, but getting her in your pulls still shouldn’t disappoint you.
Naganohara Yoimiya’s Abilities in Genshin Impact
Yoimiya ‧ Frolicking Flames
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Yoimiya’s Elemental Skill, Niwabi Fire-Dance, causes her Normal Attacks to deal Pyro damage, and increases the damage of the Pyro-infused arrows. This ability has a duration of 10 seconds, and a cooldown of 18 seconds, and the effect deactivates when Yoimiya leaves the field. This means that she has a ‘selfish’ damage window of 10 seconds, followed by 8 seconds of downtime, which should be filled by her supports.
Going to the more advanced stuff, there’s quite a significant downside in her Elemental Skill. Yoimiya’s arrows arrive at the target too quickly, so using Xingqiu’s burst would only cause the Rain Swords to vaporise the Yoimiya’s Pyro attacks, and not the other way around. And even if it’s not the case, Yoimiya’s Pyro attacks have an internal cooldown of 3 hits, which only lets her Vaporise her attacks every after three hits. If you’re looking to optimize Yoimiya’s normal attack damage, a pure Pyro build will be more beneficial in the long run.
Yoimiya’s Elemental Burst, Ryuukin Saxifrage, lets Yoimiya leap into the air and deploy her specialty fireworks, dealing AoE Pyro damage, and inflicting a mark of Aurous Blaze on one enemy. The Aurous Blaze deals AoE Pyro damage to the marked target every two seconds. The mark can also pass on to another nearby opponent when the previous one is defeated. This ability has a duration of 10 seconds, and a cooldown of 15 seconds, with an energy cost of 60. This means that the Aurous Blaze can trigger up to a maximum of five times over the duration.
Ryuukin Saxifrage is a burst that can deal respectable damage, accompanied by costs that aren’t too high. It can deal up to 1326.96% damage at skill level 10, and with only a cost of 60 energy, and a 15 second cooldown, it allows Yoimiya the possibility to be played as a sub-DPS.
Best Weapon Guide for Yoimiya
Thundering Pulse – This weapon is Yoimiya’s signature weapon, and her best-in-slot. Apart from providing a huge load of Crit DMG (capping at 66.2%), its passive provides a modest ATK boost, and a huge boost to her Normal Attack damage.
Rust – Yoimiya won’t do a lot of charged attacks, so its passive heavily benefits her Normal Attack play style. The strength of this weapon greatly increases after multiple refinements, as it provides a whopping 80% boost to Normal Attack damage at R5.
Blackcliff Warbow/Viridescent Hunt – If you don’t have a Rust, then these two weapons will still do you quite well. Crit rate and Crit damage are two important stats that you should prioritize when building damage, and either of these weapons will provide you with what you need. Blackcliff Warbow has the advantage of having a higher base attack, while Viridescent Hunt has a more useful passive.
Best Artifact Set for Yoimiya
Lavawalker (4-piece)– This artifact set is your go-to for a pure Pyro build if you’re also planning to make use of her Elemental Burst. This is especially good if you have Rust, since you’ll be facing diminishing returns from Normal Attack bonuses when you use Shimenawa’s Reminiscence.
Shimenawa’s Reminiscence (4-piece) – This artifact provides an 18% ATK boost and a massive 50% increase to Yoimiya’s Normal Attack DMG, in exchange for practically not having an Elemental Burst to use. This set is amazing if you have a 5-star weapon, since it multiplies the high base ATK of those weapons to insane values.
Crimson Witch + Shimenawa/Gladiator – This set is great not only on Sub-DPS builds, but in general carry gameplay too. If you already have CW or Gladiator pieces with amazing substats, a combination of these may provide you with even more damage than the other four-piece sets.
Best Team Composition
Pure Pyro Fireworks – Recommended team: Yoimiya, Kazuha, Bennett, Zhongli/(Fill)
With the addition of Kazuha’s Elemental Bonus buffs, and Bennett’s ATK buff, Yoimiya’s already high single-target damage gets massively amplified. The fourth slot is flexible, but Zhongli is the ideal character thanks to his durable shield and a useful RES shred. Albedo also works really well, since Yoimiya doesn’t care about Elemental Reactions in this kind of build.
Venti Bomb – Recommended team: Yoimiya, Venti, Ganyu, Bennett/(Fill)
This team is focused on a wombo combo of Elemental Bursts, mainly because of how Yoimiya’s (and Ganyu’s) burst works. Their burst’s individual ticks don’t do a lot of AoE, but works amazingly well against enemies grouped up by Venti’s burst. Since Ganyu’s burst deals Cryo more frequently, Yoimiya is able to Melt each proc of her Aurous Blaze.
Yoimiya is one of the most complex characters so far, with clear strengths and weaknesses. However, she can still be a joy to play, and can perform very well when built properly. Once players start to find out her ins and outs, Yoimiya will definitely be a force to be reckoned with.