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Genshin Impact Kaeya Guide: Best weapons, artifact sets and materials required for ascension

All you need to know about Kaeya, and the ways to unleash his maximum potential.

Genshin Impact is an adventure RPG released by miHoyo in 2020. In a short period, the game has become one of the most successful adventures RPG titles ever to have been released. Kaeya Alberich, the Cavalry Captain of the Knights of Favonius is a starter character in Genshin Impact. Even though players get him for free, he is one of the best characters and relatively easy to build. In this guide, we will tell you everything about Kaeya in Genshin Impact, discussing his talents, passive skills, best weapons, and artifacts along with the required ascension materials.

Kaeya: Playstyle and skillset of the character


The character of Kaeya is a 4 star Cryo sword-wielding character who is held in high regard by the people of Mondstadt.

Ceremonial Bladework       Normal Attack
Perform up to 5 rapid strikes.    
Ceremonial Bladework   Charged Attack
Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to unleash 2 rapid sword strikes.
Ceremonial Bladework     Plunging Attack
Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact.
Frostgnaw     Elemental Skill
Unleashes a frigid blast, dealing Cryo DMG to opponents in front of Kaeya. 
Glacial WaltzElemental Burst
Coalescing the frost in the air, Kaeya summons 3 icicles that revolve around him.   These icicles will follow the character around and deal Cryo DMG to opponents in their path for the ability’s duration.   

Kaeya’s Passive

  • 1st Ascension: Every hit with Frostgnaw regenerates HP for Kaeya equal to 15% of his ATK.
  • 4th Ascension: Opponents Frozen by Frostgnaw will drop additional Elemental Particles.

Frostgnaw may only produce a maximum of 2 additional Elemental Particles peruse.

  • Utility Passive: Decreases sprinting Stamina consumption of your characters in the party by 20%.Not stackable with passive talents that provide the exact same effects.

Kaeya’s Constellations

1 Excellent Blood        The CRIT Rate of Kaeya’s Normal and Charge Attacks against opponents affected by Cryo is increased by 15%.
2 Never-Ending PerformanceEvery time Glacial Waltz defeats an opponent during its duration, its duration is increased by 2.5s, up to a maximum of 15s.
3 Dance of Frost          Increases the Level of Frostgnaw by 3. The maximum upgrade level is 15.
4 Frozen Kiss   Triggers automatically when Kaeya’s HP falls below 20%: Creates a shield that absorbs damage equal to 30% of Kaeya’s Max HP. Lasts for the 20s. This shield absorbs Cryo DMG with 250% efficiency. Can only occur once every 60s.
5 Frostbiting Embrace  Increases the Level of Glacial Waltz by 3. The maximum upgrade level is 15.
6 Glacial Whirlwind    Glacial Waltz will generate 1 additional icicle and will regenerate 15 Energy when cast.

For Kaeya the most important constellation that increases his damage potential is C2, C6. C1 is a high-value constellation for the main DPS Kaeya.

Special dish

chewy skewer
chewy skewer

Each character in the Genshin Impact game will have a special dish. A chewy skewer with a rich sweet aftertaste is Kaeya’s Speciality.

Sets to farm for Kaeya in Genshin Impact

For the main DPS 4 PC, Blizzard Strayer is a no-brainer. The set ensures an increase in cryo damage and up to 40% increase in crit rate which allows players to invest heavily in crit damage.

For sub-DPS Kaeya 2 pc Noblesse paired with 2 pc, Blizzard Strayer is one of the best options while the 4 pc Emblem of severed fate and 2 pc Blizzard Strayer, 2 pc Gladiators Finale/ Shimenawa’s Reminiscence are the other two viable options.

Artifacts stats

ArtifactMain statSub Stat Priority
FlowerHPCrit Damage > ATK% > Crit Rate > Energy Recharge [ Main DPS] Or Energy Recharge >Crit Rate, Crit Damage > ATK% > Elemental Mastery
PlumeATKCrit Damage > ATK% > Crit Rate > Energy Recharge [ Main DPS] Or Energy Recharge >Crit Rate, Crit Damage > ATK% > Elemental Mastery
SandsATK%Crit Damage > ATK% > Crit Rate > Energy Recharge [ Main DPS] Or Energy Recharge >Crit Rate, Crit Damage > ATK% > Elemental Mastery
GobletCryo Damage Bonus Or ATK%Crit Damage > ATK% > Crit Rate > Energy Recharge [ Main DPS] Or Energy Recharge >Crit Rate, Crit Damage > ATK% > Elemental Mastery
CircletCrit Damage [ Main DPS] Or Crit Rate / Crit Damage [Depending upon substats for Support build]Crit Damage > ATK% > Crit Rate > Energy Recharge [ Main DPS] Or Energy Recharge >Crit Rate, Crit Damage > ATK% > Elemental Mastery

Best Builds for Kaeya

Kaeya with his high scaling elemental skill and high burst uptime paired with his energy recharge ascension stat is suited for main DPS and sub DPS roles.

Talent Priority

  • Main DPS : Elemental Burst > Normal Attack > Elemental Skill
  • Sub DPS : Elemental Burst > Elemental Skill > Normal Attack

Materials required for ascension of Kaeya

The materials needed to In this Genshin Impact Kaeya Guide, we will look at the materials required for the Ascension of Kaeya from level 1 to level 90.

1xShivada Jade Silver
9xShivada Jade Fragment
9xShivada Jade Chunk
6xShivada Jade Gemstone
46xHoarfrost Core
168xCalla Lily
18xTreasure Hoarder Insignia
30xSilver Raven Insignia
36xGolden Raven Insignia
Experience414 Hero’s wit, 13 Adventurer’s XP, 22 Wanderers advice

Talent Upgrade Materials for Kaeya

The following materials are required to level up 1 talent upto level 10.

3xTeachings of Ballad
21xGuide to Ballad
38xPhilosophies of Ballad
6xTreasure Hoarder Insignia
22xSilver Raven Insignia
31xGolden Raven Insignia
6xSpirit Locket of Boreas
1xCrown of Insight

Best weapons for Kaeya in Genshin Impact

For main DPS Mistsplitter Reforged, Summit Shaper is the best 5-star option and Blackcliff Longsword, The Flute are both good options but since Blackcliff Longsword provides Crit Damage as it’s secondary it can help Kaeya because the main DPS Kaeya running 4 pc Blizzard Strayer and using Cryo resonance has a very high crit rate and to consistently deal higher damage it is better to build Crit damage with Blackcliff.

For sub-DPS Kaeya Mistsplitter Reforged, Primordial Jade Cutter is the best 5-star option. Among the 4 stars Blackcliff Longsword, Lions Roar and the flute are the best. Flute and Lion’s roar both provide attack buff and have decent passive. Lions roar out damages Flute when constant reactions are triggered.

Best Team Comps

Kaeya is a flexible character who performs various functions based on the requirements of the team. He can be used as a physical or a cryo DPS but he does a better job working as a Cryo DPS since most of his damage comes from his cryo-based skill and burst. To get the maximum damage output from a Cryo Kaeya it is recommended to run him in a Perma freeze team. The team comp is Kaeya, Chongyun/ Rosaria, Mona/Xingqiu, and a healer preferably Bennet or Jean.

Kaeya also serves as a sub-DPS and does well in the reverse melt or vapemelt team. An example of this is pairing him with Xiangling or Hu Tao for continuous cryo application. This role is generally donned by Rosaria but Kaeya has a higher damage potential with his burst and since the burst moves with the on-field character he can prove to be useful in more situations.

Kaeya also slots in well in a quick swap team where when out of energy he can use his skill to dish out high damage especially when a reaction occurs and on gaining energy quickly activate his burst and tag other characters.

How to obtain Kaeya

Kaeya is unlocked for free in the Prologue, Act I: The Outlander Who Caught the Wind during the quest Crash Course. He is also available in the shop, Paimon’s Bargains for 34 Starglitter. Being a starter character he has never been added to the limited banner as a rate up character and is rather available in the standard banner.

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