The second phase of Genshin Impact 2.6 is finally here, with a new batch of content including character and weapon banners.
Ayaka is the only 5-star character featured for the second half of the current update, and the massively popular character's special treatment doesn't end there. Just a couple of days ago, Hoyoverse also released a new Ayaka Trailer, the first time for a rerun character.
And as a very well-balanced character that can be arguably the best DPS in the game, Ayaka's return will be a massive one even as a rerun banner.
With that, let's go over the best Ayaka builds in Genshin Impact 2.6 from weapons to artifacts and everything in-between.
Who is Ayaka?
Ayaka is a 5-Star Cryo Sword user in Genshin Impact, known as the Homeward Heron. The eldest daughter of Inazuma's Kamisato Clan.
Ayaka is also part of the Yashiro Commission which oversees the cultural heritage of the Electro Nation.
A powerful Cryo character, with very high potential for Burst Damage, with efficient elemental application.
- Ayaka's ascension status is CRIT DMG (Increa with levels)
- Use and special sprint that allows her to go under surface, faster and infuse her DMG with Cryo.
- High Elemental AoE Burst damage is easy to use.
- Long-range charged attack.
• Low particle generation and a high-cost Elemental Burst
Ayaka Best Artifacts
|Build||Set 1||Set 2||Stats Needed|
|Best||Blizzard Strayer||Blizzard Strayer||Sands: ATK - Goblet: Cryo DMG - Circlet: Crit. DMG|
|Substitute||Blizzard Strayer||Gladiator's Finale||Sands: ATK - Goblet: Cryo DMG - Circlet: Crit. DMG|
The best direction to take is to use a 4-Piece Blizzard Strayer set. Ayaka's damage mostly comes from her Cryo Element, so focusing on a 4-piece set will boost both her Cryo DMG and CRIT Rate.
Ayaka can keep enemies frozen most of the time which will increase her Crit. Rate up to 40%
Players who do not have a 4-pieces set of Blizzard Strayer can mix a 2-piece Blizzard Strayer set with a 2-piece Gladiator's Finale set to boost both her Cryo DMG and ATK.
Ayaka Best Weapons
|5-Star||Mistsplitter Reforged||Crit. DMG||Gain a 24% Elemental DMG Bonus for all elements and receive the might of the Mistsplitter's Emblem. At stack levels 1/2/3, Mistsplitter's Emblem provides a 16/32/56% Elemental DMG Bonus for the character's Elemental Type. The character will obtain 1 stack of Mistsplitter's Emblem 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.|
|4-Star||Amenoma Kageuchi||ATK||fter casting an Elemental Skill, gain 1 Succession Seed. This effect can be triggered once every 5s. The Succession Seed lasts 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.|
The best sword to use with Ayaka is the 5-Star Mistsplitter Reforged, her signature weapon.
But there are also several alternatives to the Mistsplitter Reforged, including the 5-Star Primordial Jade Cutter.
The best free-to-play option is the craftable 4-Star Amenoma Kageuchi, increasing Ayaka DMG output.
Ayaka Best Teammates
Ayaka is a Main-DPS best supported by Kazuha as a Sub-DPS, buffing her Cryo and dealing additional damage with his skills.
Kokomi will provide consistent healing and hydro application to freeze enemies.
But the character that pushes Ayaka to her highest potential is Shenhe, with the strongest boost to the Cryo element.
The Permafrost composition for Ayaka has some alternatives, but is very important to have two cryo characters for the Elemental Resonance Bonus:
- Alternative for Shenhe: Rosaria, Diona, Kaeya
- Alternative for Kokomi: Mona, Kamisato Ayato
- Alternative for Kazuha: Venti, Sucrose, Sayu