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Genshin Impact Mika Guide: Abilities, Skillset, Talents and more

Genshin's new character Mika and his skillset explained!

“Coordinates of Clear Frost” Mika is a 4* Physical support character who was released in Genshin Impact version 3.5. He is a dedicated support for Physical DMG-oriented DPS characters, especially Eula. In this guide, we will discuss the different abilities, skillsets, and more for Mika in Genshin Impact and how to make use of him in a team.

Genshin Impact MIKA abilities
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Genshin Impact Mika Guide: Abilities description 

Talent upgrade priority 

Elemental skill > Elemental Burst. The normal attacks are useless.

Normal Attack: Spear of Favonius – Arrow’s Passage

  • Normal Attack: Performs up to 5 consecutive strikes using his crossbow and spear.
  • Charged Attack: Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to opponents along the way.
  • Plunging Attack: Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact.

Elemental Skill: Starfrost Swirl

Mika uses his crossbow to attack, granting all nearby characters in your party Soulwind. When characters in the Soulwind state are on the field, their ATK SPD will be increased. Will take effect in different ways if Tapped or Held.

  • Tap: Fires a Flowfrost Arrow that can pierce through opponents, dealing Cryo DMG to enemies it comes into contact with.
  • Hold: Goes into Aiming Mode, locking on to an opponent and firing a Rimestar Flare at them, dealing Cryo DMG. When the Rimestar Flare hits, it will rise before exploding, launching Rimestar Shards into a maximum of 3 other opponents, dealing Cryo DMG.

Elemental Burst: Skyfeather Song

Derives the ability to spur his teammates on from the recited prayers of the knightly order, regenerating HP for all nearby party members. This healing is based on Mika’s Max HP and will grant them the Eagleplume state.

  • Eagleplume: When the Normal Attacks of active characters affected by Eagleplume hit an opponent, Mika will help them regenerate HP based on his Max HP. Characters affected by this state can only regenerate HP in this way once per short interval of time.

Ascension 1 Passive: Suppressive Barrage

Per the following circumstances, the Soulwind state caused by Starfrost Swirl will grant characters the Detector effect, increasing their Physical DMG by 10% when they are on the field.

If the Flowfrost Arrow hits more than one opponent, each additional opponent hit will generate 1 Detector stack. When a Rimestar Shard hits an opponent, it will generate 1 Detector stack. Each Rimestar Shard can trigger the effect 1 time.

The Soulwind state can have a maximum of 3 Detector stacks, and if Starfrost Swirl is cast again during this duration, the pre-existing Soulwind state and all its Detector stacks will be cleared.

Ascension 4 Passive: Topographical Mapping

When an active character affected by both Skyfeather Song’s Eagleplume and Starfrost Swirl’s Soulwind at once scores a CRIT Hit with their attacks, Soulwind will grant them 1 stack of Detector from Suppressive Barrage. During a single instance of Soulwind, 1 Detector stack can be gained in this manner.

Additionally, the maximum number of stacks that can be gained through Soulwind alone is increased by 1. It requires Suppressive Barrage to be unlocked first.

Utility Passive: Demarcation

Displays the location of nearby resources unique to Mondstadt on the mini-map.

Genshin Impact Mika Guide: Abilities explained

Elemental Skill: Starfrost Swirl

Mika’s elemental skill alone does barely anything to buff Physical DMG, but both of his Ascension passives trigger with his skill cast so it is really important. On its own, this skill only buffs ATK speed, which allows Eula to get one extra stack on her burst. 

Elemental Burst: Skyfeather Song

Mika’s burst healing is pretty decent for a non-dedicated healer. It is also nice that the healing ticks follow the active character. Mika can provide up to 5 instances of healing ticks at C0.

Ascension 1 Passive: Suppressive Barrage 

This passive is part of what gives Mika the ability to buff Physical DMG. Hitting multiple enemies with his skill will grant him Detector stacks and each Detector stack provides a 10% Physical DMG bonus. Against one enemy, his skill will not generate any Detector stacks. If the tap version of his skill is used, if it pierces multiple enemies then each enemy hit excluding the first one will grant 1 Detector stack.

Genshin Impact Mika Pre-farm guide
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Since it is very difficult to get enemies lined up to get pierced by his tap skill, the old version is preferred. It is guaranteed to hit 3 enemies in the vicinity of the first enemy. The hold skill will always grant the maximum number of Detector stacks as long as 4 enemies are close to each other. Against 2/3/4 enemies, Mika will provide a 10%/20%/30% Physical DMG bonus. Against one enemy, Mika will not provide any bonus at all, until his Ascension 4 passive is unlocked.

Ascension 4 Passive: Topographical Mapping

Scoring a Crit hit after casting Mika’s skill and burst will generate 1 Detector stack. This passive does two things: it lets Mika generate Detector stacks even against 1 enemy, and it increases the maximum number of stacks by 1. Against 1/2/3/4 enemies, Mika will provide a 10%/20%/30%/40% Physical DMG bonus.

Utility Passive: Demarcation

A pretty decent passive that is helpful for farming Mondstadt materials. Mika is the first 4* character to have this passive, the only other character who has this passive is Klee. Being an event-exclusive 5*, not everyone has Klee. Mika being a 4* character easily available in the Standard Wish -Wanderlust Invocation makes it easier for more players to have access to this cool ability.

Genshin Impact Mika Guide: Playstyle

Mika’s playstyle is incredibly simple. The goal is to generate the maximum number of Detector stacks and then switch to the Main DPS. The only way to generate all Detector stacks is to use his burst, then his skill, and then score a Crit hit with a Normal attack.

Genshin Impact Version 3.5 release Mika
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Please note: Mika’s buffs only apply to the active character on the field. Switching Eula out prematurely to end her burst means she will not receive Mika’s buff. This is because her burst explodes after she has been switched out and she is no longer the on-field character. 

Final Thoughts 

Mika might appear to be a decent buffer for Physical DMG, but the only thing that makes him a proper Physical buffer is the +60% Physical Crit DMG from his C6. At C6 he can buff Physical DMG by 50% but Physical DPS characters like Eula already have a lot of Physical DMG bonuses. At this point, this stat has become oversaturated and does not provide enough value.

Another problem is that claymore users cannot benefit much from his ATK speed buff since claymores have slow attack animations. Mika would have been a much better buffer if he could lower the enemy’s Physical RES and increase the on-field character’s ATK. At this moment, Mika is not a proper replacement for other buffers like Bennett or Lisa. Players should be informed of this fact before choosing to include him in a Physical team.

That’s all for today’s Genshin Impact Mika guide, which discusses his skillset and different abilities. Let us know in the comment section below!

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