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The Best Weapon Build and Artifact Build for Ayaka in Genshin Impact

Kamisato Ayaka Genshin Impact Guide

Elegant and graceful, Kamisato Ayaka joins the fray with her frigid blade and steadfast heart. Coming in Genshin Impact version 2.0, fans have been waiting for Ayaka’s release since the game’s beta. She will be joining the roster along with the introduction of a whole new region, Inazuma. She belongs to one of Inazuma’s Tri-Commission, the Yashiro Commission. This daughter of the Kamisato Clan is in charge of the organization’s internal and external affairs. However, Ayaka’s earnest heart pushes her to do more than just her obligation. She helps people in need which results in immense admiration and respect from the people.

Ayaka is certainly unique in terms of gameplay. Her smooth animations and straightforward abilities show that she’ll be very enjoyable to play, especially in different roles. She is a 5-star sword-wielding Cryo character. Adept at delivering swift slashes, she can weave in and out of combat with her alternate sprint, similar to Mona’s. What sets her apart from other Genshin Impact characters is her ability to easily infuse her own attacks with Cryo, making her damage output scale quite well with the right build and composition.

Kamisato Ayaka Abilities Overview

Kamisato Art: Hyouka is Ayaka’s Elemental Skill. She summons blooming ice around her, launching nearby enemies and dealing AoE Cryo damage. This is as straightforward as it gets: single burst, good damage, and average cooldown. This is also her only way of generating energy, so you might want to have another Cryo character in your team if you plan to spam Ayaka’s Elemental Burst.

Kamisato Art: Soumetsu is Ayaka’s Elemental Burst. She summons snowstorms that move forward in front of her and can collide with enemies dealing continuous Cryo damage, along with a final blast of Cryo damage. This ability is a handful but has the potential to do immense AoE damage as the final Cryo blasts overlap. The downside of this ability is its high energy cost of 80 and a long cooldown of 20 seconds, but its high potential damage makes it worth it to build towards her burst. 

Kamisato Art: Senho is Ayaka’s Alternate Sprint ability. When sprinting, she guises herself in a frozen fog and is able to move seamlessly over bodies of water, as long as her stamina allows. After reappearing, she applies Cryo on nearby enemies and infuses her attacks with Cryo for 5 seconds. This is probably the most important aspect of her DPS kit because her Cryo infusion allows her basic attacks to scale just as much as her other abilities, without the need for external help like Chongyun’s infusion field.

Fruits of Shinsa is Ayaka’s crafting talent, which provides a 10% chance of receiving double the product when crafting Weapon Ascension Materials. Always needing more of those high-tier Ley Line Branches? This talent can help you in a pinch if you’re lucky.

Amatsumi Kunitsumi Sanctification is Ayaka’s first combat talent. After using her Elemental Skill, Ayaka gains 30% increased damage to her Normal and Charged attacks for 6s. Simple but quite powerful, the buff it provides is almost as good as the Gladiator Set’s 4-piece bonus, which is crazy. 

Kanten Senmyou Blessing is Ayaka’s second combat talent. When Ayaka inflicts Cryo to enemies on reappearing from her alternate sprint, she restores 10 stamina to herself and gains 18% Cryo DMG bonus for 10s. Her alternate sprint consumes 10 stamina on activation, so it means that you completely recoup the stamina spent if you’re looking to just activate her Cryo Infusion. Along with providing her with a decent Cryo DMG boost, this talent really goes a long way in improving Ayaka’s overall output.

Best Weapon Build for Ayaka in Genshin Impact

Mistsplitter Reforged – This new 5-star sword is made for Ayaka. It has a massive potential of 40% Elemental DMG Bonus, extremely high base attack, and a great Crit DMG substat. This weapon pushes her damage into new heights, and this will no doubt be her best-in-slot for quite a long time.

Primordial Jade Cutter – This might not be as good as the Mistsplitter, but this weapon has its own unique strengths. Despite its relatively low base attack compared to the other 5-star options, it makes up for its huge ATK bonus based on the wielder’s HP. The best thing about this weapon is the absurdly high Crit Rate substat, which can reach up to 44.1% at maximum level. If you manage to own this weapon, you might as well stick with it and pump your artifacts with Crit DMG, as you don’t have to worry about Crit Rate anymore. 

The Black Sword – This weapon stands its ground as one of the best weapon options from the Battle Pass, and even among the list of 4-star weapons in general. It has a Crit Rate substat, which is rare and very desirable, and provides a Normal/Charged Attack DMG multiplier along with a source of lifesteal in its passive. This weapon has everything you need and thankfully doesn’t require gacha to obtain.

Best Artifact Build for Ayaka in Genshin Impact

Blizzard Strayer – Easily one of her easiest setups, this takes off a lot of load when allocating a good Crit ratio with your weapons and artifacts. 40% Crit Rate on frozen enemies, along with another 15% from Cryo resonance, means you can focus more on Crit Damage and scale your damage very hard. The ideal main stats are ATK% for your sands, Cryo DMG bonus on your goblet, and Crit DMG on your circlet. A Crit Rate circlet may be better if you lack Crit Rate substats, or have a lot of Crit DMG and want a bit more Crit on enemies immune to Cryo/Frozen, especially for bosses and those with elemental shields.

Retracing Bolide – This might be surprising, but it’s actually very good if you have Albedo or Zhongli. This set increases the shield strength of the already massive shield provided by Zhongli, but it also provides a massive 40% DMG bonus to Normal/Charged Attack DMG when protected by a shield. Keeping this buff up is extremely easy with Albedo and Zhongli’s permanent shield uptime, and Albedo can even provide better offensive support, being the best holder of the Tenacity of the Millelith set.

Shimenawa’s Reminiscence – This artifact is coming in version 2.0, and its domain is yet to be found somewhere in Inazuma. We’re unsure yet with the exact mechanics of its 4-piece passive, but if we take it at face value, it can provide a gigantic 50% damage bonus for Normal/Charged/Plunging attacks, in exchange for not being able to charge her Elemental Burst on her own. There is definitely a huge potential with this artifact set once players can find a way to get around the energy penalty, but for now, there are clearly better options fit for Ayaka.

Best Team Compositions for the Frostlake Heron

Ayaka Morgana – This team primarily consists of Xingqiu to facilitate the frozen status, and Diona to provide healing, shields, and Cryo Resonance. The main objective of this comp is to keep enemies frozen and immobilized, trivializing most encounters. 

For the fourth slot, Kazuha looks like the best pick, thanks to his huge swirls and massive Elemental DMG bonus he can provide for the whole team. Venti has his major downside–his Elemental Burst groups the enemies high up in the air that Ayaka won’t be able to reach during the duration. Zhongli and Albedo are also good fourth-slot supports, with Zhongli giving massive survivability and a bit of RES shred, while Albedo providing a lot of off-field damage and good shields against chip damage.

Sub-DPS Ayaka – Having exceptional damage ratios on her skills and the potential to scale well, Ayaka can fill the role of a sub-DPS, especially for quick switch teams and melt teams. Quick switch teams rely on chaining multiple Elemental bursts together, chunking down groups of enemies in a single rotation. Venti, Sucrose, Mona, and Zhongli excel in providing the damage amplification and crowd control, while the likes of Hu Tao, Diluc, and Ayaka can deal the burst damage that the team needs. 

Kamisato Ayaka is a one-of-a-kind character, and she definitely deserves the hype after making players wait for months on end. Despite already having a lot of great Cryo characters in the roster (like Ganyu and Eula), Ayaka sets herself apart with a unique yet enjoyable playstyle and the ease of building her into a strong character. Long-time players and beginners alike will definitely want to wish for her to come home.