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Genshin Impact Layla Guide: Best weapons, artifacts, and ascension materials

Utilise Layla to her fullest!

“Fantastical Evening Star” Layla is a 4* sword-wielding Cryo character released in the second half of Genshin Impact Version 3.2 Update. She is featured as one of the rate-up 4* characters on the double rerun banners of “Childe” Tartaglia and “Astute Amusement” Yae Miko. Layla is the first Cryo character from Sumeru and she is the second Cryo character (after Diona) with the ability to generate a shield. This guide will discuss all the information about Layla in Genshin Impact along with the best artifacts, best weapons, and talent materials.

Layla: Playstyle and skillset of the character

Genshin Impact Layla guide
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Name / DescriptionType
Sword of the Radiant PathNormal Attack
Performs up to 3 rapid strikes. 
 Charged Attack
Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to unleash 2 rapid sword strikes. 
 Plunging Attack
Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact. 
Nights of Formal FocusElemental Skill
Puts forth a shield known as the Curtain of Slumber, dealing AoE Cryo DMG. The Curtain of Slumber’s DMG Absorption is based on Layla’s Max HP and absorbs Cryo DMG with 250% effectiveness. When the shield is deployed, Layla will have Cryo applied to her briefly.
Night Stars and Shooting Stars While the Curtain of Slumber is active, it will create 1 Night Star that will be attached to it every 1.5s. When a character protected by this shield uses an Elemental Skill, 2 Night Stars will be created. Night Stars can be created once every 0.3s in this way. A maximum of 4 Night Stars can be accumulated at any one time. Once the Curtain of Slumber has accumulated 4 Night Stars and there are opponents nearby, these Night Stars will transform into homing Shooting Stars that will be fired off in sequence, dealing Cryo DMG to any opponents hit. If the Curtain of Slumber’s duration ends or it is destroyed, the Night Stars will disappear. If they are already being fired off as Shooting Stars, these Shooting Stars will last until this wave of shots ends.
New Night Stars cannot be created until the previous wave of Shooting Stars has been fired completely.
Dream of the Star-Stream ShakerElemental Burst
Unleashes a Celestial Dreamsphere that constantly fires Starlight Slugs at opponents within its AoE, dealing Cryo DMG.
When a Starlight Slug hits, it will generate 1 Night Star for nearby Curtains of Slumber. Each Curtain of Slumber can gain 1 Night Star this way every 0.5s.

Layla’s Passive Talents

Ascension 1 passive

While the Curtain of Slumber is active, the Deep Sleep effect will activate each time the Curtain gains 1 Night Star: The Shield Strength of a character under the effect of the Curtain of Slumber increases by 6%. This effect can have a maximum of 4 stacks and persists until the Curtain of Slumber disappears.

Ascension 4 passive

The DMG dealt by the Shooting Stars fired by Nights of Formal Focus is increased by 1.5% of Layla’s Max HP.

Utility passive

When Layla crafts Character Talent Materials, she has a 10% chance to receive double the product.

Talents in-depth

Elemental skill: Nights of Formal Focus

Creates a shield that scales off Layla’s max HP and briefly applies Cryo to herself. Generates Night Stars which are fired off in volleys of four homing Shooting Stars. Shooting Stars DMG scales off ATK. If the shield is destroyed while it contains Night Stars, they are also destroyed. However, if Shooting Stars were being fired when the shield breaks, the Night Stars will remain until this wave of Shooting Stars is all fired off.

Elemental burst: Dream of the Star-Stream Shaker

Summons an orb that fires a homing Starlight Slug every 1.5s. Starlight Slug DMG scales off HP. Night Stars’ generation is doubled while her burst is active.

Ascension 1 Passive: Like Nascent Light

Increases Layla’s Shield Strength. Each character gets their own stack of Deep Sleep.

Ascension 4 Passive: Sweet Slumber Undisturbed

Gives additional HP scaling to the Shooting Stars generated by Layla’s skill. Although, the DMG increase is pretty negligible.

Layla’s Constellations

In this section of the guide, we will discuss the different constellations of Layla in Genshin Impact.

C1Fortress of Fantasy: The Shield Absorption of the Curtain of Slumber generated by Nights of Formal Focus is increased by 20%. Additionally, when unleashing Nights of Formal Focus, she will generate a shield for any nearby party members who are not being protected by a Curtain of Slumber. This shield will have 35% of the absorption of a Curtain of Slumber, will last for 12s, and will absorb Cryo DMG with 250% effectiveness.
C2Light’s Remit   When Shooting Stars from Nights of Formal Focus strike opponents, they will each restore 1 Energy to Layla. Each Shooting Star can restore Energy to her in this manner once.
C3Secrets of the Night   Increases the Level of Nights of Formal Focus by 3. The maximum upgrade level is 15.
C4Starry Illumination   When Nights of Formal Focus starts to fire off Shooting Stars, it will grant all nearby party members the Dawn Star effect, causing their Normal and Charged Attack DMG to increase based on 5% of Layla’s Max HP. Dawn Star can last up to 3s and will be removed 0.05s after dealing with Normal or Charged Attack DMG.
C5Stream of Consciousness   Increases the Level of Dream of the Star-Stream Shaker by 3. The maximum upgrade level is 15.
C6Radiant Soulfire   Shooting Stars from Nights of Formal Focus deal 40% increased DMG, and Starlight Slugs from Dream of the Star-Stream Shaker deal 40% increased DMG. Additionally, the interval between the creation of Night Stars via Nights of Formal Focus is decreased by 20%.

Constellations value

C1Increases the DMG absorption of Layla’s shield and grants a weaker version of the shield to co-op teammates.
C2Generates energy for Layla when Shooting Stars hit opponents. This is great since she will be off-field and will be unable to pick up the Cryo particles generated by her skill.
C3Increases skill level by 3, which in turn increases the strength of her shield and the DMG from Shooting Stars.
C4When Layla’s skill starts to fire Shooting Stars, all nearby teammates will receive a flat buff to their next normal or charged attack. The buff window is 3s and it only affects one attack. For example in the case of Ganyu’s charged shot level 2, only the initial arrow will receive the buff, not the bloom.
C5Increases their burst level by 3, which increases her DMG by a very small amount.
C6Increases her DMG by a little, but since she is not meant to be played as a DMG dealer, it is not that important. 

Upgrade priority

Character level and skill should equally be the top priority for upgrading, followed by burst level. Normal attack is irrelevant.

Best Artifacts Build for Layla in Genshin Impact

ER requirements

Triple Cryo team110%
Double Cryo team150-160%
Layla as the only Cryo180%

Artifact main stats

ER until the requirement is fulfilled > HP% Some crit rate might be required if Favonius Sword is being

Artifact sets

4pc Tenacity of the MillelithIt might be difficult to have 100% uptime on the 4pc effect, but it increases shield strength and buffs ATK nonetheless.
4pc Noblesse ObligeIt is entirely possible to have 100% uptime on the 4pc effect. This build will have a slightly weaker shield than the one above.
Any combo of 2pc Tenacity of the Millelith, 2pc Blizzard Strayer, 2pc Emblem of Severed Fate2pc Tenacity will buff shield strength, and 2pc Blizzard will buff her own personal DMG. 2pc Emblem will help solve energy issues. It is advisable to go for either of the two builds above instead of this one.

Best Weapons for Layla in Genshin Impact

Key of Khaj-NisutBest-in-slot for shield strength due to the massive HP% substat. But it is also the best-in-slot for Nilou, who is a 5* character with great DMG potential in the right team. It might be difficult or downright impossible to equip this weapon on Layla.

Favonius SwordThe best option other than the Key of Khaj-Nisut. It will fulfill Layla’s ER requirements and will let her function as a battery for teammates.
Primordial Jade CutterThe HP% bonus is useful for Layla, unlike other sword users.

Materials required for the Ascension of Layla

In this guide, we will discuss the materials required for Layla for leveling and ascension all the way to max level 90 in Genshin Impact.

Ascension 11x Shivada Jade Silver, 3x Nilotpala Lotus, 3x Divining Scroll , 20K Mora
Ascension 23x Shivada Jade Fragment, 10x Nilotpala Lotus, 15x Divining Scroll , 2x Perpetual Caliber, 40K Mora
Ascension 36x Shivada Jade Fragment, 20x Nilotpala Lotus, 12x Sealed Scroll , 4x Perpetual Caliber, 60K Mora
Ascension 43x Shivada Jade Chunk, 30x Nilotpala Lotus, 18x Sealed Scroll , 8x Perpetual Caliber, 80K Mora
Ascension 56x Shivada Jade Chunk, 45x Nilotpala Lotus, 12x Forbidden Curse Scroll, 12x Perpetual Caliber, 100K Mora
Ascension 66x Shivada Jade Gemstone, 60x Nilotpala Lotus, 24x Forbidden Curse Scroll, 20x Perpetual Caliber, 120K Mora
Total1x Shivada Jade Silver, 9x Shivada Jade Fragment, 9x Shivada Jade Chunk, 6x Shivada Jade Gemstone, 168x Nilotpala Lotus, 18x Divining Scroll , 30x Sealed Scroll , 36x Forbidden Curse Scroll, 46x Perpetual Caliber, 420K Mora

Talent materials (for one talent)

Level 23x Teachings of Ingenuity, 6x Divining Scroll, 12.5K Mora
Level 32x Guide to Ingenuity, 2x Sealed Scroll, 17.5K Mora
Level 44x Guide to Ingenuity, 4x Sealed Scroll, 25K Mora
Level 56x Guide to Ingenuity, 6x Sealed Scroll, 30K Mora
Level 69x Guide to Ingenuity, 9x Sealed Scroll, 37.5K Mora
Level 74x Philosophies of Ingenuity, 4x Forbidden Curse Scroll, 1x Mirror of Mushin, 120K Mora
Level 86x Philosophies of Ingenuity, 6x Forbidden Curse Scroll, 1x Mirror of Mushin, 260K Mora
Level 912x Philosophies of Ingenuity, 9x Forbidden Curse Scroll, 2x Mirror of Mushin, 450K Mora
Level 1016x Philosophies of Ingenuity, 12x Forbidden Curse Scroll, 2x Mirror of Mushin, 1x Crown of Insight, 700K Mora
Total3x Teachings of Ingenuity, 21x Guide to Ingenuity, 38x Philosophies of Ingenuity, 6x Divining Scroll, 22x Sealed Scroll, 31x Forbidden Curse Scroll, 6x Mirror of Mushin, 1x Crown of Insight, 1,652,500 Mora

Special dish

Extravagant Slumber Extravagant Slumber That's all from our Genshin Impact Nahida Guide.
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  • Name: Extravagant Slumber
  • Description: Layla’s specialty. The scattered nuts are like stars dotted in the deep and quiet night sky. After just one bite, your body and mind after a day’s work suddenly felt relaxed and peaceful. When you told Layla about that feeling, she showed a mixed expression of joy and regret — “Th—That’s great! Ah, if only it could work for me too.”
  • Effect: Restores 26% of Max HP to the selected character and regenerates 570 HP every 5s for the 30s.

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