The Best Weapon Build and Artifact Build for Kazuha in Genshin Impact
Revealed in Genshin Impact’s Version 1.6 trailer, Kazuha solemnly joins our roster of characters with his sword and his Anemo vision. He aids Traveler as we approach the incoming Inazuma region. Being part of Liyue’s Crux Fleet, this pure-hearted wandering samurai has traversed numerous lands and seasons after being exiled from the land of Inazuma. His Anemo vision allows him to be agile during combat, while controlling foes with gusts of wind, slicing them apart with ease.
Kaedara Kazuha is a 5-star sword-wielding Anemo character, adept at delivering frequent swirl reactions and bursts of Anemo damage towards enemies. Thanks to the buffs to transformative reactions (like Superconduct, Shatter, Electro-Charged, Overload, Swirl) added during Genshin Impact Version 1.6, Elemental Mastery seems to be the best friend of Kazuha. He is able to support his teammates’ elemental damage with his talents and the Viridescent Venerer (VV) set debuff, while further enhancing the team’s elemental reactions with his swirls. Check out our Kazuha Guide and learn how to use the new Inazuma character.
Kaedara Kazuha Abilities Overview
Kazuha’s Elemental Skill, Chihayaburu, lets Kazuha pull objects and opponents with a gust of wind. This move launches Kazuha airborne, allowing him to perform a special plunging attack known as Midare Ranzan. He can press or hold this ability, and holding it causes the ability to deal greater Anemo DMG and have a larger AoE. When performing a Midare Ranzan, his plunging attack damage is converted to Anemo DMG, and creates a small wind tunnel that pulls in foes.
Chihayaburu is his bread and butter ability that provides consistent energy, VV debuff, and swirls to proliferate the elements afflicted on the opponents. Its press CD is 6 seconds, which is great for generating lots of Anemo energy and swirls. The hold CD is 9 seconds, which is ideal if you want to minimize Kazuha’s field time while still dealing significant damage.
Kazuha’s Elemental Burst, Kazuha Slash, lets Kazuha perform a powerful strike with his sword, dealing AoE Anemo damage, and leaving behind a large field that deals periodic Anemo DMG to opponents within it. The Anemo field can then absorb the first aura element (Hydro/Pyro/Cryo/Electro) it comes into contact with, dealing additional elemental DoT of that element.
Kazuha Slash is what sets him apart from the other Anemo supports. This ability has great damage ratios, good duration, short cooldown, and a decent energy cost. It doesn’t have the same crowd-control capabilities of Venti or Sucrose’s burst, but it makes up for its damage and AoE.
Kazuha’s first talent, Cloud Strider, decreases the stamina consumption of sprinting for your party members by 20%. This makes Kazuha amazing for exploration, coupled with his ability to launch himself vertically with Chihayaburu.
Kazuha’s second talent, Soumon Swordsmanship, causes Chihayaburu to absorb elements when cast and lets Midare Ranzan deal additional damage of the absorbed elemental type. This significantly enhances Chihayaburu’s damage, as it not only deals additional elemental damage, but it proliferates the absorbed element with the swirl reaction while applying the VV debuff on all targets hit.
Kazuha’s third talent is Poetics of Fuubutsu. When triggering a swirl reaction, Kazuha provides party members a 0.04% Elemental DMG bonus to their corresponding element for every point of EM he has for 8 seconds. This talent is most vital for his support capabilities, as he can easily provide the team with a 20% Elemental damage bonus at 500 EM. That might seem a lot of EM, but it can easily be achieved with EM main stats on the sands, goblet, and circlet artifact pieces.
Best Weapon Choices for Kazuha
Freedom-Sworn – This new 5-star sword might be his best-in-slot weapon, simply for being a massive stat stick for Kazuha. It provides a massive 198 EM at level 90, while also providing decent bonuses for your party after triggering two elemental reactions.
Iron Sting – If you still have unused sword prototypes hanging around, then Kazuha would love to have this weapon. This 4-star sword provides a great 165 EM at level 90 and has a passive that increases his overall damage by a good amount.
The Black Sword – This weapon is amazing for a Kazuha that’s built as a standard Sub-DPS and not for swirl reactions. Kazuha has naturally high damage ratios in his abilities, and scaling them with crit is definitely viable.
Best Artifact Set for Kazuha
Viridescent Venerer, Elemental Mastery Focus – This set requires 4 pieces of VV, with the sands, goblet, and circlet pieces specifically having the Elemental Mastery main stat. If you have a weapon with an EM substat, you can replace the sands with an Energy Recharge main stat for more burst uptime. This setup maximizes Kazuha’s support capabilities, while significantly boosting the magnitude of his swirl’s damage.
Viridescent Venerer, Standard DPS – If you have a composition where you can’t take advantage of swirls, or simply just doesn’t have a lot of transformative reactions, this artifact set can turn out to be better than the EM-stacking one. This requires ATK sand, Anemo DMG goblet, and Crit circlet, which is very similar to your standard DPS artifact setup.
Best Team Composition to build around Scarlet Leaves Pursue Wild Waves
Alternate Morgana – The original Morgana composition consists of Ganyu, Mona, Venti, and Diona. This comp is infamous for having the easiest Abyss clears, thanks to its perma-freeze reactions and very high uptime. Kazuha can easily replace Venti and provides Ganyu with even more elemental damage, while perma-freezing foes within the area of Kazuha Slash.
Double Anemo Electro-Charged – Why replace one Anemo character for Kazuha when you can have both? Since Kazuha lacks the crowd-control abilities of Venti and Sucrose, he can still have them in the party to supplement him and provide even more swirls. Electro-charged is amazing as it proliferates so well and deals a ton of damage, so having Beidou or Fischl, and Xingqiu easily fills the final two slots to complete the party.
Sub-DPS Kazuha – Kazuha has really high damage ratios on his abilities, so building him as a DPS with standard artifacts can be a good idea. This can turn out to be the better option if your composition relies on huge melts or vaporizes, as his swirls may ruin the setup for those reactions. Examples of this are Vape Diluc and Melt Bennett.
After a series of released characters which turned out to be carries, Kazuha is a breath of fresh air, being amazing Anemo support straight out of the box. With multiple support tools and buffed swirls, Kazuha proves to be valuable support who’s welcome in a lot of compositions. If you’re still mulling over whether to pull for him or not, remind yourself that there’s always more supports than carries in team composition.