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

Breaking down the different skills and attacks of Yaoyao!

Genshin Impact released a new Dendro 4-star character, Yaoyao, in Version 3.4. Yaoyao is a 4-star Dendro Pole-arm character and is made as a Support Dendro unit in the game. Yaoyao is an amazing addition to the Dendro roster due to her amazing healing capabilities and her moderately good Dendro application. In this guide, we will be discussing the different talents, and abilities of Yaoyao and how to effectively play her character in Genshin Impact. 

Genshin Impact Yaoyao Guide: Skillset and Abilities

Name/ DescriptionType
Normal Attack: Toss ‘N’ Turn 
Performs up to 4 consecutive spear strikes.Normal Attack
Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to opponents along the way.Charged Attack
Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact.Plunging Attack
Raphanus Sky ClusterElemental Skill
Calls upon “Yuegui: Throwing Mode,” a special device created by a certain adeptus to help Yaoyao solve her problems. This skill will be used differently in Holding Mode.

Hold: Enters Aiming Mode to adjust the throw direction.

Yuegui: Throwing Mode: Throws out White Jade Radishes that will explode upon hitting characters or opponents, dealing Dendro DMG to opponents within a certain AoE, and healing characters within that same AoE based on Yaoyao’s Max HP. If a radish does not hit either an opponent or a character, the radish will remain where it is and explode on contact with a character or opponent, or will explode after its duration expires. Yuegui: Throwing Mode will choose its radish-throw targets.

1. If all nearby characters have more than 70% HP remaining, then it will throw the radish at a nearby opponent.

2. If nearby characters have 70% or less HP remaining, it will throw a radish at the character with the lowest HP percentage remaining. If no opponents exist nearby, Yuegui will also throw White Jade Radishes at characters if they all have more than 70% HP and less than 100% HP remaining. Otherwise, it will throw radishes into the area at random.

3. A maximum of 2 instances of Yuegui: Throwing Mode can exist at any one time.
Moonjade DescentElemental Burst
At the enjoinment of a certain Adeptus, Yuegui’s full potential can be unleashed in an emergency, dealing Dendro DMG to nearby opponents and entering an (in some sense) unsurpassed Adeptal Legacy state.

Adeptal Legacy

1. White Jade Radishes generated will be changed to heal and deal DMG according to this skill. Explosions will heal all nearby party members, and the Dendro DMG that they deal will be viewed as Elemental Burst DMG instead.

2. Summons “Yuegui: Jumping Mode” at intervals until their limit has been reached. The behaviour of this version of Yuegui is the same as that of “Yuegui: Throwing Mode” in the Elemental Skill, Raphanus Sky Cluster. A maximum of 3 Yuegui: Jumping Mode can exist at any one time.

3. Yaoyao’s Movement SPD is increased by 15%.

4. Yaoyao’s Dendro RES will be increased.

Ascension Passive 1: Starscatter

While affected by the Adeptal Legacy state caused by Moonjade Descent, Yaoyao will constantly throw White Jade Radishes at nearby opponents when she is sprinting, jumping, or running. She can throw 1 White Jade Radish this way once every 0.6s.

Ascension Passive 4: In Others’ Shoes

When White Jade Radishes explode, active characters within their AoE will regain HP every 1s based on 0.8% of Yaoyao’s Max HP. This effect lasts 5s

Utility Passive: Tailing on Tiptoes

When Yaoyao is at the party, your characters will not startle Crystalflies and certain other animals when getting near them. Check the “Other” sub-category of the “Living Beings / Wildlife” section in the Archive for creatures this skill works on.

Genshin Impact Yaoyao Guide: How to use her abilities

Normal Attack: Toss N’ Turn

Yaoyao is mainly used as a Support unit rather than a DPS unit, which is why is not advisable to upgrade her Normal Attack Talent level due to her mediocre DMG scaling and slow attack animations. 

Elemental Skill: Raphanus Sky Cluster

Her Elemental Skill is the most important and prioritized part of her whole kit. Yaoyao releases a bunny named Yuegui which acts as a Summoner like ‘Guoba’ for Xiangling or ‘Oz’ for Fischl. Yuegui throws a Radish every 1 second to their targets in a fixed AoE. If the radishes do not hit any targets they will be placed on the ground which will explode upon contact or expire after a certain period. Due to the 4th Ascension Passive, when the radishes explode upon contact with the active character it will heal the character for a certain amount of HP based on Yaoyao’s Max HP. A total of 10 radishes can be thrown during this Elemental Skill duration.

  • If your active character or any nearby party is under 70% HP, then Yuegui will target you or the party with the lowest HP around the AoE, and then proceed to throw Radishes which will heal the target. Note that the radish itself also has a small AoE where it may damage the opponents inside that AoE. 
  • After the active character is healed with above 70% HP, the bunny will then target any nearby opponents and deal Dendro DMG to them. 

Elemental Burst: Moonjade Descent

Genshin Impact Yaoyao Pre-Farm Guide
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Upon casting the Burst, Yaoyao enters the ‘Adeptal Legacy’ state for 5 seconds giving her additional effects. First off, white jade radishes will simultaneously deal with Dendro DMG and heal. The healing is not limited to Yuegui’s AoE hence any active character will be healed. Additionally, all parties will be healed as a result even when they are not the active character. The Dendro DMG dealt is counted as Elemental Burst DMG and just like her Elemental Skill, it scales off of Attack

A total of 3 Yueguis can be summoned during this Burst duration. If Yaoyao is switched out then the Burst duration stops and all the Yueguis from the Elemental Burst disappear. Her 1st Ascension Passive lets Yaoyao herself throw white jade radishes at enemies whenever she either jumps, dashes or runs. The short interval of radishes, she can throw out, enables Yaoyao to spam as many radishes as possible in those 5 seconds. Additionally, she gains movement speed and Dendro resistance while in the Adeptal Legacy state.

Genshin Impact Yaoyao skillset: Talent Priority

Yaoyao is built as a Dendro Support unit, hence to utilize her whole kit to its maximum potential we would want to prioritize her Talents in the following way: Elemental Skill > Elemental Burst > Normal Attack

Final Thoughts

Genshin Impact Yaoyao Pre-Farm Guide
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Depending on how you build her, Yaoyao’s play style would differ during rotations and when playing different team comps. In general, you would want to start with using her Elemental Skill to either heal your active character or use it as a Dendro applicator. Then swap to other characters for the Skill effects. You only need to swap to Yaoyao for her Elemental Skill. Her Elemental Burst can be used when your party has low HP and needs some rapid healing, or you need to dish out extra Dendro DMG. Swap to Yaoyao and begin to sprint/jump/run for 5 seconds to trigger more white jade radishes. 

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

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