Kaeya Guide and Best Builds (2024)

Kaeya Guide and Best Builds (1)

Kaeya is one of the 4-star character given to players early in the game. Hespecializes in Cryo damage andfreezing enemies. This guide will focus onKaeya's best builds, artifacts, weapons and best team compositions.

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Kaeya Guide and Best Builds (2)Strengths

  • Kaeya Guide and Best Builds (3)Low Cooldown and on Elemental Skill.
  • Kaeya Guide and Best Builds (4)Good off-field Cryo Application.
  • Kaeya Guide and Best Builds (5)Stamina Passive is great for exploration.

Kaeya Guide and Best Builds (6)Weaknesses

  • Kaeya Guide and Best Builds (7)Elemental Burst needs to be used while fighting in melee range.
  • Kaeya Guide and Best Builds (8)Much better Cryo Characters to use for freeze.


Kaeya Freeze Support Build

Kaeya has a decent set of abilities that are quite simple to use, and areparticularly helpful with Freeze andReverse Melt teams. With relatively lowEnergy Recharge requirements and a short cooldown on his Elemental Skill,Kaeya is a solid Cryo Sub-Dps for a free 4-star character.

BiS Weapon

Mistsplitter Reforged — Freeze Teams

Light of Foliar Incision — Reverse Melt Teams

Alternate Weapons
  1. Haran Geppaku Futsu
  2. Primordial Jade Cutter
  3. Kagotsurube Isshin
Best Artifacts
  • 4-piece Options
    1. Blizzard Strayer
    2. Emblem of Severed Fate
    3. Noblesse Oblige
  • 2-piece Option #1
    • Blizzard Strayer — Cryo DMG +15%
    • Noblesse Oblige — Elemental Burst DMG +20%
  • 2-piece Option #2
    • Gladiator's Finale — ATK +18%
    • Blizzard Strayer — Cryo DMG +15%
Main Stats
  • Sand Stats: Energy Recharge
  • Goblet Stats: Cryo DMG
  • Circlet Stats: CRIT Rate / CRIT DMG
Substat Priority
  1. Energy Recharge to requirement
  2. ATK %
  3. CRIT Rate / CRIT DMG
Talent Priority
  1. Elemental Burst
  2. Elemental Skill
  3. Normal Attack

Kaeya's weapon selection is a challenge as he has no signature weapon, andthe majority of the passive weapon skills don't necessarily benefit him. Withthat in mind, his weapon selection was made based upon the weapon's stats andattack power, essentially using them as stat sticks. While argumentscould be made for which weapon passive skills are more useful than others,overall Kaeya's weapon choice isn't weighted as heavily as some othercharacters, leaving several options open to the player.

As for artifacts, Kaeya is quite straight forward with the Blizzard Strayer set being his best choice, followed closely by Emblem of Severed Fate. He also functions quite well with 2 piecescombinations focusing on his ATK and increasing his Elemental Burst damage.Overall, Kaeya is quite easy to setup, even with 2-piece sets to start whileyou farm for your 4-piece set. As for Kaeya's Energy Recharge requirements,target between 150% to 175% Energy Recharge for a reliable rotation.Push upwards to 200% if you desire, however, going passed 200% is redundantand not necessary.


Combos and How to Play Kaeya

Kaeya playstyle is straight forward with his primary focus on freezingenemies and dealing Cryo damage on the battlefield.His abilities are decent with moderate energy costs, however,they do suffer in range when compared to some of the other Cryo characters andtheir abilities. His Elemental Skill, Frostgnaw in particularis a very short-ranged cone attack and without proper aim can easily misstargets. His Elemental Burst, Glacial Waltz, is focused aroundthe character with icicles spinning around them. This burst ability is Kaeya'sbest Cryo application and is usually supported by his skill as a secondaryattack while the Elemental Burst is still active. We recommend rotating aroundenemies in a counter-clockwise direction to maximize the icicles opportunity tohit enemies. Kaeya is typically swapped to the active character once both hisskills are available with both abilities used together rather thanseparated.

Kaeya is typically used as a Freeze trigger for histeam, due to his solid application of Cryo DMG on enemies.However, be aware that he must be close toenemies, within melee range for them to be effected. This is a challenge attimes and with certain enemies can put Kaeya into a dangerous situation. Thisis why timing his abilities and rotating around an enemy is key to hissuccess, doing your best to avoid attacks.


Kaeya's Best Team Comps

Kaeya functions best with two primary teams — Freeze and Reverse Melt.These two focused teams use his abilities for Cryo applicationand Cryo damage to the maximize their elemental reactions and produce the bestresults.


Freeze Team

Cryo DPSCryo DPSHydro SupportBuffer
  • Rosaria
  • Kamisato Ayaka
  • Chongyun
Sangonomiya Kokomi
  • Kaedehara Kazuha
  • Sucrose

A very straight forward team focused on a constant character swap.Kaeya provides this team Cryo application anddamage in combination with your other chosen Cryo character.Kokomi provides fantastic Hydro applicationand we can consistentlybuff our team with Kazuha or Sucrose.


Reverse Melt Team

Cryo DPSCryo DPSBufferPyro Application
  • Rosaria
  • Kamisato Ayaka
  • Ganyu
  • Kaedehara Kazuha
  • Sucrose
  • Bennett
  • Xiangling

Lots of options with this team. The double Cryo charactersallows you consistently be able to apply Cryo back on to theenemies after you use your Pyro abilities, which forXiangling can have multiple interactions as you swap back andforth between your Cryo units. Lastly, we have Kazuha orSucrose there to buff the team's damage output and help groupenemies together.


Kaeya's Ascensions, Talents, and Constellations

Kaeya AscensionsKaeya TalentsKaeya Constellations


Kaeya Ascension Passives and Materials

UnlockAscension PassiveExplanation
With Character Hidden StrengthDecreases sprinting Stamina consumption for your own party members by 20%.Not stackable with Passive Talents that provide the exact same effects.
1st Ascension Cold-Blooded StrikeEvery hit with Frostgnaw regenerates HP for Kaeyaequal to 15% of his ATK.
4th Ascension Glacial HeartOpponents Frozen by Frostgnawwill drop additional Elemental Particles. Frostgnaw mayonly produce a maximum of 2 additional Elemental Particles per use.

Kaeya requires a range of materials to ascend to the 6th ascension.Starting from the second ascension he gains additional Energy Recharge as helevels, giving a total of 26.8% Energy Recharge at the final ascension.The total cost to upgrade all ascensions is:

Mora420,000 Mora
Boss Material46x Hoarfrost Core
Ascension Material
  • 1x Shivada Jade Sliver
  • 9x Shivada Jade Fragment
  • 9x Shivada Jade Chunk
  • 6x Shivada Jade Gemstone
Local Specialty168x Calla Lily
Enhancement Material
  • 18x Treasure Hoarder Insignia
  • 30x Silver Raven Insignia
  • 36x Golden Raven Insignia


Kaeya's Talents

Listed below is each talent and a brief explanation of how they work.

TypeTalent NameBrief Explanation
Normal Normal Attack: Ceremonial BladeworkStandard Normal Attack performs 5 rapid strikes. Charged Attackunleashes 2 rapid sword strikes. Plunging Attacks strike the ground below,dealing AoE DMG upon impact.
Elemental Skill Frostgnaw

Unleashes a cone attack of Cryo damage in front of Kaeya.

Elemental Burst Glacial WaltzSummons 3 icicles that spin around your character, dealing CryoDamage to any enemies that come into contact them. This lasts for theduration of the ability.

To upgrade a single talent to level 10, it costs:

Mora1,625,500 Mora
Special Material1x Crown of Insight
Boss Material6x Spirit Locket of Boreas
Domain Material
  • 3x Teachings of Ballad
  • 21x Guide to Ballad
  • 38x Philosophies of Ballad
Enhancement Material
  • 6x Treasure Hoarder Insignia
  • 22x Silver Raven Insignia
  • 31x Golden Raven Insignia


Kaeya's Constellations

Kaeya's gameplay only improves with each constellation, however, none ofthem are required for using Kaeya to his fullest.

C1 Excellent BloodThe CRIT Rate of Kaeya's Normal and Charge Attacks against opponentsaffected by Cryo is increased by 15%.
C2 Never-Ending PerformanceWhen Glacial Waltz is in effect, for each opponentdefeated, its base duration is increased by 2.5s, up to a maximum of15s.
C3 Dance of Frost
  • Increases the Level of Frostgnaw by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C4 Frozen Kiss

Triggers automatically when Kaeya's HP falls below 20%:Creates a shield that absorbs damage equal to 30% of Kaeya's Max HP. Lasts for 20s.This shield absorbs Cryo DMG with 250% efficiency.Can only occur once every 60s.

C5 Frostbiting Embrace
  • Increases the Level of Glacial Waltz by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C6 Glacial Whirlwind Glacial Waltz will generate 1 additional icicle,and will regenerate 15 Energy when cast.



  • 16 Apr. 2024: Guide added.

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Kaeya Guide and Best Builds (2024)


What is a good build for Kaeya? ›

Physical Support
Best WeaponSkyward Blade
Best ArtifactsBlizzard Strayer x2 Noblesse Oblige x2
Main StatsSands: ATK% or Energy Recharge
Goblet: Cryo DMG Bonus
Circlet: CRIT Rate or CRIT DMG
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What is the best combo for Kaeya? ›

Kaeya's best Normal Attack combo is two Normal Attacks followed by a Charged Attack (N2C). It is not worth jump canceling at the end of the combo since doing so increases DPS by less than 1%. Other potential combos have lower DPS or require too much Stamina to be worth using.

What is the best team for Kaeya? ›

Kaeya best team can be formed in different ways including Permafrost and Melt team. You can choose your own best team according to your build and character. Kaeya is a Sub DPS in the team. Hu Tao's DMG is amplified by Melting and Vaporization.

What stats should I focus on for Kaeya? ›

Kaeya Best Stats
  • Sands: Energy Recharge / ATK%
  • Goblet: Cryo DMG.
  • Circlet: CRIT Rate / CRIT DMG.
  • Energy Recharge > CRIT Rate / CRIT DMG > ATK%

Which Sword is best for Kaeya? ›

One of the most recommended weapons to equip Kaeya with, the Skyward Blade is somewhat easy to get through Wishes. It gives him a Base Attack boost from 46 to 608, but the substat is the bigger attraction.

Who does Kaeya flirt with? ›

Fans notice that for the flirty dialogue after defeating Dvalin, Kaeya's dialogue does not change based on which twin you choose. This led to the idea that Kaeya is bisexual, also supported by his flirtatiousness to Sara (female) and Albedo (male).

Who is better, Kaeya or Rosaria? ›

Rosaria burst is staying in one place while kaeyas moves with him, so Kaeya. I'd prefer Kaeya in this situation since his burst isn't rooted in place and he has access to sacrificial if you really,really need it. Rosaria's burst does give a crit rate buff, but that's useless for swirl.

Is physical Kaeya better than cryo? ›

Cryo generally works out better for him because of his short cooldowns, but he's a pretty good physical DPS too, especially if you have an electro for superconduct. Overall cryo is better. Especially with constellations, which mostly improve his cryo damage. His strongest teams are based on a cryo build.

Is Kaeya better than Noelle? ›

Which is better? My gut feel tells me Kaeya is better, but those sword Attack damage are lower than claymore... Noelle. I have the Black Sword on Keqing and it's true - she does heal herself pretty well.

What is the strongest Genshin team? ›

Genshin Impact Best Teams
  • Ayato Standard. Ayato. Fischl. Bennett. ...
  • Xiao Standard. Xiao. Faruzan. Furina. ...
  • Wanderer Standard. Wanderer. Faruzan. Bennett. ...
  • Itto Standard. Itto. Gorou. Chiori. ...
  • Keqing Aggravate. Keqing. Fischl. Collei. ...
  • Cyno Aggravate. Cyno. Fischl. Nahida. ...
  • Eula Superconduct. Eula. Fischl. Rosaria. ...
  • Lyney Mono Pyro. Lyney. Xiangling. Bennett.

Who is better, Freminet or Kaeya? ›

Freminent or Kaeya? Even though their kits are fairly different, I'd say Kaeya. He's more versatile and his damage isn't that bad. In a freeze team, Kaeya becomes a great battery as well.

What artifact is best for Kaeya? ›

Kaeya becomes a viable late-game DPS/Sub-DPS choice at C2, which extends Glacial Waltz by 2.5s up to 15s when the active character defeats an opponent. Blizzard Strayer is a top-tier artifact set for Kaeya.

Is Kaeya worth upgrading? ›

While he is a great DPS character, you will need him for support more often. Upgrading his Elemental Burst will help with consistent Cryo application to trigger reactions. His Elemental Skill is also a great choice since it has a short cooldown that allows you to freeze enemies and generate Energy particles.

What nationality is Kaeya? ›

Kaeyas constellation + alluded ethnicity. The name Kaeya originates from India. This may also imply that Khaenri'ah may be the nation that resembles India (not literally of course as Khaenri'ah is destroyed, but perhaps the culture). With this in mind, both Kaeya's constellation and name card very clearly is a peaco*ck.

What is the best physical set for Kaeya? ›

Black Sword or Iron Sting is good for support dps Kaeya. I think Aquila Favonia can help with the physical if you wanted to do that route, but Fillet Blade and Prototype Rancour is good for him as a weapon for physical. Bloodstained and Pale Flame sets are best for him apparently or Gladiator set.

What accessories are best for Kaeya? ›

Best artifacts: Blizzard Strayer

For Kaeya's Artifact set, use all available slots to equip Blizzard Strayer when you can. The Blizzard Strayer set specifically boosts Cryo characters, and with two pieces equipped all of Kaeya's elemental attacks will deal an additional 15% damage.

Is Kaeya a DPS or support? ›

Kaeya is an excellent DPS character and needs an appropriate weapon to maximize his damage potential. While we recommend using your 5-Star Swords on 5-Star Characters, if you like Kaeya and his play style, you can go for the Mistsplitter Reforged or the Primordial Jade Cutter.

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