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The best Genshin Impact Ayaka build enables you to field one of the most powerful Main DPS characters the Cryo element has to offer. Kamisato Ayaka is compassionate, refined, and elegant, though those attributes should not distract you from the fact that she’s been trained in the sword arts since she was a child.

Ayaka can unleash the power of Cryo not only through her Elemental Skill, Kamisato Art: Hyouka, and her Elemental Burst, Kamisato Art: Soumetsu, but also through her very special sprint skill, Kamisato Art: Senho. Senho allows Ayaka to vanish in a cloud of ice, spraying enemies with the Cryo effect on her return.

Hyouka is a very simple area-of-effect attack around Ayaka, while Soumetsu is a snowstorm that pushes enemies away. That latter effect can be somewhat detrimental, which is why Ayaka often is used in Freeze teams. Ayaka also deals a lot of damage by using her Charged Attacks, which let her unleash a flurry of swordblows. This is especially effective against adversaries that were put under the Freeze effect by Kamisato Art: Hyouka, buffing the damage of Charged Attacks.

Kamisato Ayaka is a very complete character by herself, though her Elemental Burst’s high cost means that she greatly benefits from a battery on her team. Stamina management is important as well, since you’ll want to use both her sprint and her Charged Attacks often.

Genshin Impact Kamisato Ayaka.

Best Ayaka weapons – Genshin Impact

Kamisato Ayaka will do a lot of everything: activating her abilities and attacking regularly. All of these avenues of attack are helped by more Critical Damage, which Mistsplitter Reforged can easily provide. Ayaka’s signature weapon increases her elemental damage as well. It’ll be an easy task for her to get the full benefits from the sword’s passive ability thanks to Kamisato Art: Senho infusing her Normal Attacks with Cryo energy.

Here are the best weapons for Ayaka in Genshin Impact:

  • Mistsplitter Reforged (5-star sword)
  • Haran Geppaku Futsu (5-star sword)
  • Amenoma Kageuchi (4-star sword)
  • The Black Sword (4-star sword)

Best Ayaka artifacts – Genshin Impact

Kamisato Ayaka is best equipped with a full set of Blizzard Strayer. This boosts all of her Cryo damage by 15% and increases the Critical Hit Rate against enemies affected by Cryo by 20% – this is going to be devastating in combination with her naturally high Critical Damage and that of her weapon. In addition, Blizzard Strayer increases the Critical Hit Rate against frozen enemies by another 20%, which is why Ayaka is so popular in Freeze teams.

You should get the following stat distribution on Ayaka’s artifact set:

  • Flower: HP (main stat), Critical Hit Rate, Critical Damage, Attack %, Energy Recharge (secondary stats)
  • Plume: Attack (main stat), Critical Hit Rate, Critical Damage, Attack %, Energy Recharge (secondary stats)
  • Sands: Attack % (main stat), Critical Hit Rate, Critical Damage, Attack, Energy Recharge (secondary stats)
  • Goblet: Cryo Damage % (main stat), Critical Hit Rate, Critical Damage, Attack %, Energy Recharge (secondary stats)
  • Circlet: Critical Hit Rate or Critical Damage (main stat), Critical Hit Rate or Critical Damage, Attack %, Energy Recharge, Attack (secondary stats)

Best Ayaka teams – Genshin Impact

We’ve already touched on Freeze teams being Ayaka’s premium option when it comes to team building, so here’s a strong example of what one of these compositions might look like:

  • Ayaka (Main DPS), Kazuha (Sub DPS), Shenhe (Support), Kokomi (Support)

Ayaka will do most of the on-field work on this team. She benefits from creating the Cryo Resonance together with Shenhe, which further increases the Critical Hit Rate against targets affected by Cryo by 15%. Shenhe’s own abilities allow her to further buff Ayaka’s damage.

Kazuha is there for crowd control, as he can easily get all opponents into one area, which makes it much easier for Ayaka to freeze and hit as many as possible of them with her Charged Attacks. He also shreds their elemental resistance with his Swirl reactions. The final and critical piece of the puzzle is Kokomi, who heals the party and applies Hydro to enemies, which combined with Ayaka and Shenhe’s Cryo abilities freezes enemies.

This is undoubtedly the most powerful combination of characters for this kind of team so far, but there are alternatives: You can play Sucrose, Venti, or Jean instead of Kazuha, Ganyu, Rosaria, Layla, or Diona for Shenhe, and Xingqiu, Barbara, or Mona for Kokomi.

Ayaka ascension materials – Genshin Impact

You’ll want to quickly raise Ayaka’s level when you finally get her, which means that you’ll need to farm her ascension materials. You’ll also require some material to upgrade her talents.

Here’s what you need to get Ayaka to level 90:

  • Shivada Jade Sliver x1
  • Shivada Jade Fragment x9
  • Shivada Jade Chunk x9
  • Shivada Jade Gemstone x6
  • Old Handguard x18
  • Kageuchi Handguard x30
  • Famed Handguard x36
  • Sakura Bloom x168
  • Perpetual Heart x46
  • Mora x2,092,530

Shivada Jade is available from any Cryo-affiliated boss on the world map, such as the Cryo Regisvine or the Cryo Hypostasis. Unfortunately, there is no synergy between these bosses and the other materials Ayaka needs. Handguards are available from the samurai mobs you find all over Inazuma, while Sakura Bloom is found on Narukami. The Perpetual Heart drops from the Perpetual Mechanical Array found under the sea north of Narukami. The best way to earn more Mora is to farm golden Ley Line Blossoms.

Here’s what you need to upgrade all of Ayaka’s talents to their maximum level:

  • Old Handguard x18
  • Kageuchi Handguard x66
  • Famed Handguard x93
  • Teachings of Elegance x9
  • Guide to Elegance x63
  • Philosophies of Elegance x114
  • Bloodjade Branch x18
  • Crown of Insight x3
  • Mora x4,957,500

Aside from additional Handguards and Mora you’ll need to farm Scrolls of Elegance at the Violet Court Domain on the small island west of Narukami on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday. Bloodjade Branches are a boss material dropped by Azhdaha in Liyue. Crowns of Insight are a rare item gained from time-limited events or regional reward mechanics like the Tree of Dreams in Sumeru or the aforementioned Grand Narukami Shrine.