TL;DR Guide for Ganyu

A guide by 2Board_on reddit who has given permission for us to post this - you can find the original guide on reddit here.

It is intended to be a brief overview of the strengths/weaknesses of the character, with the authors own opinions on the best currently available gear to pair with the character.

Overview & Passive

PSA #1:

Cocogoat.

PSA #2:

Both Ganyu's abilities scale off ATK, and as an adepti oh BOY does she smack hard. Must be all that cocogoat milk she's hoarding, making her bones strong and all.


Passive

Preserved for the Hunt

Refunds 15% of the ores used when crafting Bow-type weapons.

PSA #3:

Charged Attack/Aimed Shot bonuses DO increase Frostflake damage.

Her charged shotshave a second stagethat looks different compared to a regular charged shot.

The Frostflake shot has a pretty flower aura around it.

Releasing the Frostflake shot will shoot an arrow that, on contact with an enemy or surface, will bloom and do AoE cryo damage


Undivided Heart

After firing a Frostflake Arrow, the CRIT Rate of subsequent Frostflake Arrows and their resulting bloom effects is increased by 20% for 5s.

Essentially, you have a free 20% CRIT% buff at all times.

Normal Attack: Liutian Archery

1-Hit DMG 46.1%
Aimed Shot 63.8%
Aimed Shot Charge Level 1 174%
Frostflake Arrow DMG 179%
Frostflake Arrow Bloom DMG 305%

Charged shot/Frostflake Arrow is your bread and butter for Ganyu DPS. NOTHING ELSE MATTERS!

E - Trail of the Qilin

IMPORTANT TIP: E technically does two instances on damage. Once when spawned and once when it expires. Enemies who attack it will not take damage or receive a cryo application from it.

Trail of the Qilin - Lvl. 6 Example Stats

Inherited HP 168%
Skill DMG 185%
Duration 6.0s
CD 10.0s

Summons a flower so pretty that enemies get taunted.

Q - Celestial Shower

Summons a giant disco ball that showers enemies with icicles. IT'S UP BASICALLY ALL THE TIME.


Harmony between Heaven and Earth

Celestial Shower grants a 20% Cryo DMG Bonus to active party members in the AoE.

Standing under the spotlight = makes you more cool = more damage.

Celestial Shower - Lvl. 4 Example Stats

Ice Shard DMG 88%
Duration 15.0s
CD 15.0s
Energy Cost 60

Weapons

WEAPON #1 (Recommended for best DPS): Amos' Bow

How do I get it D: ?: It's time to roll boys (gacha)

Has base ATK% scaling and boosts charged shot + blossom damage by A LOT.

Skyward Harp  is also great, as it provides CRIT% and boosts CRIT DMG. Compared to Amos' Bow, with both at control of 127% CRIT DMG, Amos' Bow still did roughly 7K more blossom damageand did 1.9K more average DPS.


WEAPON #2 (Recommended for F2P DPS): Prototype Crescent

How do I get it D: ? - Forge (Prototype x1, Crystal Chunk x50, White Iron Chunk x50)

Has base ATK% scaling and hit headshots for more smack.

If you don't have any of the 5-star bows, this is an extremely great weapon for Ganyu.

Get Blackcliff Warbow if you can, as it will outperform. It will inevitably do more damage due to 1) CRIT DMG scaling, and 2) the ATK% buff it provides. At same refinements, Blackcliff will always do better at max stacks.

ARTIFACTS

ARTIFACT #1 (Recommended for explosive DPS): Blizzard Strayer

How do I get it D: ? - Peak of Vindagnyer Domain (AR 30 locked, 20 Resin per run).

Boosts everything + lets you stack CRIT DMG and ATK substats.

4-set Wanderer's is much better if you have a reaction based comp with Sucrose/Venti + Bennett + Xiangling.

For burst DPS Ganyu (or sub DPS even), 2-set Blizzard Strayer + 2-set Noblesse is currently the best combination.


ARTIFACT #2 (Recommended for early DPS): Sojourner

Boosts everything + makes Frostflake go boom.

Another great set early on is 4-set Martial Artist, which basically provides 40% Normal/Charged Attack DMG.

Summary

PSA #4:

Literally her DPS playstyle is stay on the field and spam charged shots. Xiangling and Bennett are pretty great for quickly applying melt, and you can run another cryo user for cryo resonance if you need more CRIT%. For you whalers: C1 is all you really need, C4 is a great help though -- don't bother with C6.

Main stats: ATK% Sands / Cryo DMG% Goblet / CRIT DMG Circlet

Substats: CRIT DMG > CRIT% > ATK (ATK% if not main stat) > EM