Best Ayaka Genshin Impact build: Artifacts, weapons, more

Andrew Amos
Ayaka in Genshin Impact

Kamisato Ayaka, the Yashiro Commission’s second-in-command, is a master of Cryo in Genshin Impact. With big floral blooms bursting to do massive damage, she elegantly dices up the battlefield. Here’s her best build, featuring the top artifacts and weapons you need to grind for.

Ayaka is a sword-wielding character like no other in Genshin Impact. You’d hope a five-star gacha character would be unique enough, but between her Alternate Sprint and hard-hitting AOE abilities she’s especially so.

Given how quickly she can carve up a battlefield and freeze enemies, she’s especially useful to have as both a Main and Sub DPS. Partner that with the best weapons and artifacts in the game, and you’ve got a scary threat on your side.

Unfortunately, she is no longer the number one pick that she used to be once upon a time. However, if you decided to pull her in Genshin Impact version 4.3, we have got you covered with regard to her build and everything that works for her in the current meta.


A screenshot of Genshin Impact's Ayaka
Ayaka can be played in numerous roles on any Genshin Impact team.

Ayaka abilities in Genshin Impact

  • Normal Attack: Ayaka performs up to five rapid strikes, dashing through her opponent on the last one.
  • Charged Attack: Ayaka consumes stamina to unleash a flurry of sword ki, dealing burst damage.
  • Plunging Attack: Ayaka plunges from mid-air to strike the ground, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AOE damage upon impact.

Ayaka, like most sword users in Genshin Impact, benefits from a general attack combo that uses both Normal and Charged Attacks. Her Charged Attack is lightning fast and does a ton of damage, but consumes a lot of stamina.

We recommend using something like a N2C combo (two Normals into a Charged Attack) to find a nice balance, and sprint-cancelling between each combo also ensures your weapon remains imbued with Cryo.

Elemental Skill: Kamisato Art Hyouka

Ayaka’s main ability is quite simple, she summons a circle of ice around her, knocking enemies up.

It deals a ton of Cryo damage, and is great ⁠— when combined with Hydro ⁠— at freezing multiple enemies at once after popping up from her sprint (more on that later).

Elemental Burst: Kamisato Art Soumetsu

Ayaka’s ultimate unleashes a massive cone of Cryo energy. It cuts through enemies caught in its path, before exploding at the end to deal a big burst of damage. This is best partnered with Elemental Reactions like Melt (Pyro) and Freeze (Hydro).

The trick with this ability is making sure you hit as many enemies as possible, so use any crowd control you have to bunch them up — an Anemo support comes in especially handy here.

Cryo user Ayaka in Genshin Impact
Ayaka’s Elemental Burst is great at getting plenty of reactions off at once.

Alternate Sprint: Kamisato Art Senho

While not an ability per se, Ayaka’s alternate sprint is a core part of her kit. Instead of running along like a regular adventurer, Ayaka veils herself behind a cloud of frozen fog, moving at high speeds on land and over water.

When she stops sprinting, she reappears and applies Cryo to nearby enemies. She also infuses her blade with Cryo, dealing bonus elemental damage for a few seconds with her attacks.

Ayaka constellations

Got multiple copies of Ayaka? Then you have some neat Constellation buffs to activate.

  • Level 1 Snowswept Sakura: When Kamisato Ayaka’s Normal or Charged Attacks deal Cryo DMG to opponents, it has a 50% chance of decreasing the CD of Kamisato Art Hyouka by 0.3s. This effect can occur once every 0.1s.
  • Level 2 Blizzard Blade Seki no To: When casting Kamisato Art Soumetsu, unleashes 2 smaller additional Souken Gates, each dealing 20% of the original storm’s DMG.
  • Level 3 Frostbloom Kamifubuki: Increases the level of Kamisato Art Soumetsu by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
  • Level 4 Ebb and Flow: Opponents damaged by Kamisato Art Soumetsu’s Souken Gates will have their DEF decreased by 30% for 6s.
  • Level 5 Blossom Cloud Irutsuki: Increases the Level of Kamisato Art Hyouka by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
  • Level 6 Dance of Suigetsu: Kamisato Ayaka gains Usurahi Butou every 10s. Increasing her Charge Attack DMG by 298%. This buff will be cleared 0.5s after Ayaka’s Charge ATK hits an opponents, after which the timer for this ability will restart.
Genshin Impact Ayaka dancing
Ayaka can fit any playstyle your Genshin Impact team needs.

Best Ayaka artifacts in Genshin Impact

There’s one very good artifact set for Ayaka in Genshin Impact: Blizzard Strayer. While the 2-piece combo boosting her Cryo damage is good, the 4-piece set which increases her CRIT rate takes her DPS to the next level.

If you’re really struggling you can opt to run something like a 4-Piece Noblesse Oblige as that’s a bit more accessible, but 2-Piece Shimenawa’s Reminiscence and Gladiator’s Finale is more than enough too.

It can be a bit hard to grind, but anything that boosts CRIT Rate, CRIT DMG, raw Attack, and even Energy Recharge (you want a minimum of 100% if possible) are all good on Ayaka. Those are the sub-stats you want to look for on her artifacts too, so keep that in mind when grinding it out!

Artifact Set Bonuses
Blizzard StrayerBlizzard Strayer 2-Piece Set: Cryo DMG Bonus +15%4-Piece Set: When a character attacks an opponent affected by Cryo, their CRIT Rate is increased by 20%. If the opponent is Frozen, CRIT Rate is increased by an additional 20%.
Noblesse Oblige 2-Piece Set: Elemental Burst DMG +20%4-Piece Set: Using an Elemental Burst increases all party members’ ATK by 20% for 12s. This effect cannot stack.
Shimenawa's Reminiscence Artifact imageShimenawa’s Reminiscence 2-Piece Set: ATK +18%4-Piece Set: When casting an Elemental Skill, if the character has 15 or more Energy, they lose 15 Energy and Normal/Charged/Plunging Attack DMG is increased by 50% for 10s. This effect will not trigger again during that duration.

Best Ayaka weapons in Genshin Impact

Because Ayaka can proc Elemental attacks with ease thanks to her sprint passive, you want to take advantage of that with certain weapons. If you can find a Mistsplitter Reforged to get the Elemental Damage bonus, it’ll treat you well in the long run.

There are other options though. Primordial Jade Cutter is a solid Sword option for all, while Amenoma Kageuchi is her best free-to-play option and helps solve some of her Energy Recharge issues. Any weapon that gives ATK% as a stat though is a boon.

You can find Ayaka’s best Genshin Impact weapons below.

Weapon Details (R1)
Mistsplitter Reforged sword in Genshin ImpactMistsplitter Reforged Gain a 12% Elemental DMG Bonus for every element and receive the might of Mistsplitter’s Seal. At stack levels 1/2/3, Mistsplitter’s Seal provides a 8/16/28% Elemental DMG Bonus for the character’s Elemental Type. The character will obtain 1 stack of Mistsplitter’s Seal in each of the following scenarios: Normal Attack deals Elemental DMG (stack lasts 5s), casting Elemental Burst (stack lasts 10s): Energy is less than 100% (stack disappears when Energy is full). Each stack’s duration is calculated independently.
Primordial Jade Cutter sword in Genshin ImpactPrimordial Jade Cutter HP increased by 20%. Additionally, provides an ATK Bonus based on 1.2% of the wielder’s Max HP.
Amenoma Kageuchi sword in Genshin ImpactAmenoma Kageuchi After casting an Elemental Skill, gain 1 Succession Seed. This effect can be triggered once every 5s. The succession Seed last for 30s. Up to 3 Succession Seeds may exist simultaneously. After using an Elemental Burst, all Succession Seeds are consumed and after 2s, the character regenerates 6 Energy for each seed consumed.

Ayaka talent level-up and Ascension materials

It’s not just weapons and artifacts you need to worry about to max out your Ayaka in Genshin Impact ⁠— you need to invest into her personally. That means leveling up her talents and pushing her to Ascension Level 6.

Ayaka’s materials are mostly found throughout Inazuma. You need to fight Nobushi to farm Handguards, run around the Grand Narukami Shrine for Sakura Blooms, and take on the Thundering Valley domain for her Elegance drops.

If you’re investing into her talents, be sure to max out her Elemental Burst first — it is her primary DPS tool in both a Main and Sub DPS build. Then you can upgrade her Normal Attack and Elemental Skill as you see fit.

Be sure to check out the exact amount of Talent Level-Up and Ascension materials you’ll need to max out Ayaka below.

Ayaka Talent Level-Up Materials

Talent Level-Up Materials
Talent Level-Up Materials Teachings of Elegance x9 Guide to Elegance x63 Philosophies of Elegance x114
Common Ascension Materials Old Handguard x18 Kageuchi Handguard x66 Famed Handguard x93
Weekly Boss Materials Bloodjade Branch x18

Ayaka Ascension Materials

Ascension Level Mora Cost Materials
1 20,000 Shivada Jade Sliver x1 Sakura Bloom x3 Old Handguard x3
2 40,000 Shivada Jade Fragment x3 Perpetual Heart x2 Sakura Bloom x10 Old Handguard x15
3 60,000 Shivada Jade Fragment x6 Perpetual Heart x4 Sakura Bloom x20 Kageuchi Handguard x12
4 80,000 Shivada Jade Chunk x3 Perpetual Heart x8 Sakura Bloom x30 Kageuchi Handguard x18
5 100,000 Shivada Jade Chunk x6 Perpetual Heart x12 Sakura Bloom x45 Famed Handguard x12
6 120,000 Shivada Jade Gemstone x6 Perpetual Heart x20 Sakura Bloom x60 Famed Handguard x24

Ayaka trailer in Genshin Impact

Ayaka’s gameplay trailer was released long back during her release. If you are a new player and did not watch it yet, you can catch it from the link provided below:

While she looks graceful walking through the streets of Inazuma, she is a deadly force on the battlefield, and Ayaka’s gameplay trailer shows just how potent her Cryo abilities are ⁠— especially with her unique sprint passive.

Best Ayaka team comp

Ayato Elemental Burst Genshin Impact
Ayato and Ayaka were always going to be good together.

Ayaka cannot function single-handedly anymore in Genshin Impact version 4.3. You need to enhance her damage significantly to make her viable. Therefore, if you are planning to play Ayaka, you need access to three characters, namely Shenhe, Kokomi, and Kazuha.

In this team, Shenhe enhances Ayaka’s damage up to the current standards and Kokomi’s heals make sure that Ayaka stays healthy. Kokomi’s Hydro application is also one of the best in the game. Finally, Kazuha is arguably one of the best support units in the game who further amplifies Ayaka’s damage.

However, if you want, you can also run, Furina, and Charlotte alongside Ayaka which also as that team is equally powerful. Lastly, Ayaka and Ayato can be paired together in one single team alongside Diona, or Charlotte and Kazuha.

Ayaka is a very versatile Genshin Impact carry and one worth pulling for if you missed out on her banner the first time around.

Need more allies to pair her with? Check out our other Genshin Impact character guides below:

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