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

Tips to play effectively with Heizou!

Shikanoin Heizou is the latest 4-star Anemo character to be introduced in the Genshin Impact Version 2.8 Update. Working for the Tenryou Commission, he is a detective with sharp senses. In this Genshin Impact Shikanoin Heizou guide, we will tell you everything about Heizou in Genshin Impact and his talents, passive skills, best weapons, and artifacts along with the ascension materials required.

Shikanoin Heizou: Playstyle and skill set

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Shikanoin Heizou is the first catalyst wielder that also is a melee character. An adept martial artist Heizou deals damage with his furious punches and kicks.

Fudou Style Martial Arts                      Normal Attack
Normal Attack: Performs up to 5 fisticuffs empowered by a mighty wind, dealing Anemo DMG.
Charged Attack: Consumes a certain amount of Stamina and performs a sweeping kick that deals Anemo DMG.
Plunging Attack: Calling upon the surging wind, Heizou plunges towards the ground from mid-air, damaging all opponents in his path. Deals AoE Anemo DMG upon impact with the ground.
Heartstopper StrikeElemental Skill
Tap: Wields the swift winds to launch a Heartstopper Strike that deals Anemo DMG.
Hold: Charges energy to unleash an even stronger blow. He will obtain the Declension effect while charging, which will increase the power of the Heartstopper Strike. When the skill button is released or the skill finishes charging, he will strike forward, dealing Anemo DMG.
Declension: Increases the power of the next Heartstopper Strike. Max 4 stacks. When you possess 4 Declension stacks, the Conviction effect will be produced, which will cause the next Hearstopper Strike to be even stronger and have a larger AoE.
Windmuster KickElemental Burst
Leaps into the air and uses the Fudou Style Vacuum Slugger and kicks his opponent. The Vacuum Slugger will explode upon hit and create an Arresting Windtunnel that pulls in nearby objects and opponents, dealing AoE Anemo DMG. When Vacuum Slugger hits opponents affected by Hydro/Pyro/Cryo/Electro, these opponents will be afflicted with Windmuster Iris. This Windmuster Iris will explode after a moment and dissipate, dealing AoE DMG of the corresponding aforementioned elemental type. Vacuum Slugger can afflict a maximum of 4 opponents with the Windmuster Iris. A single opponent cannot be under the effect of Windmuster Irises of different elements at the same time. 

Shikanoin Heizou’s Passive skills

  • Paradoxical Practice: When Shikanoin Heizou activates a Swirl reaction while on the field, he will gain 1 Declension stack for Heartstopper Strike. This effect can be triggered once every 0.1 s.
  • Penetrative Reasoning: After Shikanoin Heizou’s Heartstopper Strike hits an opponent, increases all party members’, excluding Shikanoin Heizou Elemental Mastery by 80 for 10 s.
  • Pre-Existing Guilt: It decreases sprinting Stamina consumption for own party members by 20%. It is not stackable with Passive Talents that provide the exact same effects.

Shikanoin Heizou’s Constellations

In our Genshin Impact guide, we will discuss the constellations of Shikanoin Heizou.

Constellation LevelNameEffects 
1Named Juvenile CasebookFor 5 s after Shikanoin Heizou takes the field, his Normal Attack SPD is increased by 15%. He also gains 1 Declension stack for Heartstopper Strike. This effect can be triggered once every 10s.
2Investigative CollectionThe pull effect of the Arresting Windtunnel created by Windmuster Kick is enhanced, and its duration is increased to 1s.
3Esoteric Puzzle BookIt increases the Level of Heartstopper Strike by 3. The maximum upgrade level is 15.
4Tome of LiesThe first Windmuster Iris explosion in each Windmuster Kick will regenerate 9 Elemental Energy for Shikanoin Heizou. Every subsequent explosion in that Windmuster Kick will each regenerate an additional 1.5 Energy for Heizou. One Windmuster Kick can regenerate a total of 13.5 Energy for Heizou in this manner.
5Secret ArchiveIncreases the Level of Windmuster Kick by 3. The maximum upgrade level is 15.
6Curious CasefilesEach Declension stack will increase the CRIT Rate of the Heartstopper Strike unleashed by 4%. When Heizou possesses Conviction, this Heartstopper Strike’s CRIT DMG is increased by 32%.

At constellation 2, Heizou is able to gather the crowd consistently enabling him to combos easier. Constellation 6 greatly increases the personal damage of Heizou because of the Crit Damage and Rate buff it provides.

Special Dish

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The Only Truth (Shikanoin Heizou’s specialty): On the tender, moist scrambled eggs lies a juicy katsu fried to golden perfection, its aroma is indeed most enticing. Having been tempted to gobble the dish down, players are somehow seized by the urge to let out all that is hidden in their hearts. This might be some secret weapon of Heizou.

Sets to farm for the Shikanoin Heizou in Genshin Impact

In our Genshin Impact guide, we will discuss the sets to farm for Shikanoin Heizou.

Main DPS 

  • 4 pc Viridescent Venerer: As with other Anemo characters, Viridescent Venerer is a top pick for Heizou. With the 4 pc set, the elemental resistance of enemies is reduced, increasing the damage potential of Heizou and other party members. Additionally, swirl damage and anemo damage are also increased. 
  • 2pc Viridescent Venerer + 2pc Shimenawa’s Reminiscence / Echoes of An Offering / Gladiators Finale: A combination of Anemo damage bonus with ATK bonus is another viable option for players, if they are not able to farm four usable viridescent venerer pieces.
  • 2pc Viridescent Venerer + 2pc Wanderer’s Troupe: The third option for Main DPS, the Heizou build is a combination of Viridescent Venerer and Wanderer’s Troupe, which provides him both elemental mastery and anemo damage bonus. 

Sub DPS 

  • 4 pc Viridescent Venerer 
  • 2pc Viridescent Venerer + 2 pc Noblesse Oblige 

Best Artifacts Build for Shikanoin Heizou in Genshin Impact

ArtifactMain statSub Stat Priority
FlowerHPATK%> Crit Rate = Crit Damage > Elemental Mastery > Energy RechargeOR Elemental Mastery > ATK% > Crit Rate = Crit Damage  > Energy Recharge
PlumeATKATK%> Crit Rate = Crit Damage > Elemental Mastery > Energy RechargeOR Elemental Mastery > ATK% > Crit Rate = Crit Damage  > Energy Recharge
SandsATK% [Main DPS]OR Elemental Mastery [Sub DPS]ATK%> Crit Rate = Crit Damage > Elemental Mastery > Energy RechargeOR Elemental Mastery > ATK% > Crit Rate = Crit Damage  > Energy Recharge
GobletAnemo DMG%ATK%> Crit Rate = Crit Damage > Elemental Mastery > Energy RechargeOR Elemental Mastery > ATK% > Crit Rate = Crit Damage  > Energy Recharge
CircletCrit Rate/ Crit Damage [Main DPS]ORElemental Mastery [Sub DPS]ATK%> Crit Rate = Crit Damage > Elemental Mastery > Energy RechargeOR Elemental Mastery > ATK% > Crit Rate = Crit Damage  > Energy Recharge

Talent Priority 

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The main source of damage for Heizou is his elemental skill. Therefore, it is recommended to level up his elemental skill first.

Main DPS

Elemental Skill > Elemental Burst = Normal Attack

Sub DPS 

Elemental Skill > Elemental Burst > Normal Attack

Materials required for Ascension of Shikanoin Heizou

The materials needed to ascend Shikanoin Heizou from Level 1 to Level 90 are as follows:

1xVayuda Turquoise Sliver
9x Vayuda Turquoise Fragment
9xVayuda Turquoise Chunk
6xVayuda Turquoise Gemstone
46xRunic Fang
18xTreasure Hoarder Insignia
30xSilver Raven Insignia
36xGolden Raven Insignia
Experience414 Hero’s wit, 13 Adventurer’s XP, 22 Wanderers advice, and 1,672,000 Mora

Talent Level Materials

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

3xTeachings of Transience
21xGuide to Transience
38xPhilosophies of Transience
6xTreasure Hoarder Insignia
22xSilver Raven Insignia
31xGolden Raven Insignia
6xThe Meaning of Aeons
1xCrown of Insight

Best Weapons

Heizou scales with ATK percent and utilizes swirl reactions, as well to deal damage and he doesn’t require a lot of energy, as the burst cost is less. Therefore, his best weapons are catalysts, which buff his ATK or elemental mastery. 

  • Main DPS: Skyward Atlas > Widsith > Kagura’s Verity = Lost Prayer of the Sacred Winds > Solar Pearl > Sacrificial Fragments
  • Sub DPS: Skyward Atlas > Lost Prayer To The Sacred Winds > Sacrificial Fragments > Mappa Mare > Widsith 

Best Team Comps for the Character  

Heizou is an amazing on-field DPS who utilizes swirl to boost his damage. His on-field ATK scales with ATK and anemo damage, while on off-field, he acts as an enabler for other members of the party. Paired with Fischl and a Hydro applier like Yelan or Xingqiu, he can deal continuous supercharge damage in taser compositions. He can also produce high damage numbers by slotting in the national team or by utilizing geo resonance. Lastly, he can also be used in freeze comps.

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