Ayaka is a Cryo Sword DPS that relies on a Cryo Elemental Infusion to convert all her Normal and Charged Attacks from Physical DMG into Cryo DMG.
But the part of her kit that’s much more utilized is her Elemental Burst, which has the potential to inflict a metric ton of DMG to enemies unlucky enough to be stuck in its path for the entire duration. Because her damage isn’t split between Cryo and Physical, as is the case with most other Cryo characters, Ayaka has the potential to be one of the strongest damage dealers in the entire game.
To realize this potential, however, you’ll need to build her properly and utilize her kit optimally, and this guide will tell you just how you can do that.
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|Normal Attack (Kamisati Art: Kabuki)||Normal Attack: |
• Perform up to 5 rapid strikes.
• Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to unleash a flurry of sword ki.
• Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging enemies along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact.
|Ayaka gets most of her DMG from her Burst, but Normal and Charged Attacks are a close second. If you’re running her as a main DPS, this Talent takes priority number 2.|
Sub-DPS Ayaka won’t have the chance to perform many Normal Attacks, in which case this talent takes priority number 3.
|Elemental Skill (Kamisato Art: Hyouka)||Summons blooming ice to launch nearby opponents, dealing AoE Cryo DMG.||This Elemental Skill is mostly used for its utility – freezing enemies or applying Cryo to them and generating Cryo Elemental particles. |
In terms of DMG, it’s substantial. You don’t get much mileage in the grand scheme of things, but it certainly adds up.
For main DPS Ayaka, you should level this talent up as much as you can, understanding that it’s not a priority.
For sub-DPS Ayaka, this talent gets priority number 2.
|Elemental Burst (Kamisato Art: Soumetsu)||Summons forth a snowstorm with flawless poise, unleashing a Frostflake Seki no To that moves forward continuously. |
Frostflake Seki no To
• A storm of whirling icy winds that slashes repeatedly at every enemy it touches, dealing Cryo DMG
• The snowstorm explodes after its duration ends, dealing AoE Cryo DMG.
|Ayaka’s Elemental Burst costs 80 Energy, but it scales incredibly well. Even a main DPS Ayaka who takes every opportunity to attack with her weapons will find that most of her overall DMG comes from her Burst. |
Regardless of whether you’re running Ayaka as a main DPS or a sub-DPS, this talent takes priority number 1.
|Alternate Sprint (Kamisato Art: Senho)||Ayaka consumes Stamina and cloaks herself in a frozen fog that moves with her. In Senho form, she moves swiftly upon water. |
When she reappears, the following effects occur:
• Ayaka unleashes frigid energy to apply Cryo on nearby opponents.
• Coldness condenses around Ayaka’s blade, infusing her attacks with Cryo for a brief period.
|Ayaka is only the second character ever to feature an Alternate Sprint mechanic. This is the one and only thing that can turn players away from Ayaka, as Mona’s Alternate Sprint has already proven to be excellent for exploration but clunky for combat. And you will have to use it in combat to get the Cryo infusion. |
This talent cannot be leveled up.
|Fruits of Shinsa||When Ayaka crafts Weapon Ascension Materials, she has a 10% chance to receive double the product.||This is free Resin. You can’t go wrong with free Resin.|
|Amatsumi Kunitsumi Sanctification||After using Kamisato Art: Hyouka, Ayaka’s Normal and Charged Attacks deal 30% increased DMG for 6s.||This is a massive DMG buff. If you cast Hyouka as soon as you leave your Alternate Sprint, the DMG buff will last roughly as long as the Cryo infusion.|
|Kanten Senmyou Blessing||When the Cryo application at the end of Kamisato Art: Senho hits an opponent, Kamisato Ayaka gains the following effects: |
• Restores 10 Stamina
• Gains 18% Cryo DMG Bonus for 10s.
|Stamina management is one of the most important aspects of combat. If this only restored the stamina needed to apply the Cryo infusion, it still would’ve been amazing. But on top of that, it gives a sizeable Cryo DMG buff.|
With her ascension talents going all-in on DMG, Ayaka is easily one of the best DPS units in the entire game. Ganyu can still outdo her in a vacuum, but in practice, Ganyu’s squishiness and the time needed to charge her Charged Shots makes her an unreliable source of DMG.
Meanwhile, the DMG Ayaka provides is comparably high but much more reliable. Being tied to her Burst, her DMG output isn’t as consistent as Ganyu‘s, but this is nothing that a solid team can’t fix. We’ll go over just which teams work best for Ayaka in a second, but before that, let’s take a look at whether or not her constellations are worth pursuing.
|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.||C1 lets Ayaka generate more particles for herself by casting her Elemental Skill more often. |
It’s neat if you don’t feel like running a Cryo battery, but remember that your battery also inadvertently gives you CRIT Rate via the Cryo Resonance.
Unless you’re gunning for other constellations, this one isn’t worth getting on its own.
|Blizzard Blade Seki no To||When casting Kamisato Art: Soumetsu, unleash 2 smaller additional Frostflake Seki no To, each dealing 20% of the original storm’s DMG.||C2 makes it easier to hit with Ayaka’s Burst, which already has insane DMG. That said, you still want to prioritize hitting the right target with your main Seki no To. |
It’s not useless like Venti’s C1 that fires off 2 additional arrows with Charged Attacks, but it’s much harder to make optimal use of it that it seems.
|Frostbloom Kamifubuki||Increases the Level of Kamisato Art: Soumetsu by 3. |
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
|It’s nice that C3 increases Ayaka’s Elemental Burst rather than her Elemental Skill, as this is where a large chunk of her DMG potential lies.|
|Ebb and Flow||Opponents damaged by Kamisato Art: Soumetsu’s Frostflake Seki no To will have their DEF decreased by 30% for 6s.||DEF debuffs are rare in this game and therefore incredibly valuable. While not as exciting or flashy as Ayaka’s second and final constellation, this one may well be the most powerful.|
|Blossom Cloud Irutsuki||Increases the Level of Kamisato Art: Hyouka by 3. |
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
|C5 feels like Ayaka’s most underwhelming constellation.|
|Dance of Suigetsu||Kamisato Ayaka gains Usurashi Butou every 10s, increasing her Charged Attack DMG by 298%. This buff will be cleared 0.5s after Ayaka’s Charged ATK hits an opponent, after which the timer for this ability will restart.||In CBT2, Ayaka had an assassination ability that could instantly eliminate enemies below a certain HP threshold. C6 seems to emulate this idea in a more balanced manner. It’s fun and flavourful but hardly worth the investment.|
All of Ayaka’s constellations improve her overall DMG. But Ayaka isn’t lacking in the damage department. So please don’t be tempted by her constellations unless you’re a whale to whom money is of no concern whatsoever.
In any case, C4 seems like the best stopping point, even for those who don’t mind the exorbitant price of 5* constellations.
Just remember that none of these constellations offer more value that a brand new 5* character at C0. This is especially true for newer players who don’t have a solid roster of 5* characters.
|Mistsplitter Reforged |
|Ayaka is all about dealing Elemental DMG, and no sword even comes close to boosting Elemental DMG as much as Mistsplitter Reforged. This is unequivocally her BiS weapon.|
|Skyward Blade |
|Skyward Blade is seen as a meme weapon by most of the community, but Ayaka can make excellent use of its kit. She needs the copious amounts of Energy Recharge it provides, and as a main DPS, she can make decent use of the passive.|
|Jade Cutter |
|Jade Cutter is just a generically great sword. Everyone wants CRIT Rate and everyone can make use of extra ATK based on Max HP. That being said, Jade Cutter offers so much CRIT Rate, that it’s easy to go above 100% if you’re also using her BiS artifact set. |
So, while Jade Cutter is an amazing weapon, keep in mind that some of its stats can be wasted on Ayaka, depending on how favorable CRIT Rate substats were to you while leveling artifacts.
|Black Sword |
|Black Sword offers everything main DPS Ayaka wants – CRIT Rate and a DMG buff to Normal and Charged Attacks. Again, be wary of having too much CRIT Rate though, as that will significantly reduce the value of this weapon.|
|The new Inazuma craftable sword was simply made for Ayaka. Its base ATK might be low, but the ATK% substat scaling is massive. And she can make full use of the passive to regain a hefty chunk of her Energy whenever she casts her 80 Energy Burst. |
At r1 it’s not all that amazing, but if you’ve got billets to spare and refine this weapon a couple of times, you’ll find it to be her BiS 4* option.
|Blackcliff Longsword |
|As a F2P player, your other reliable option is the Starglitter exclusive Blackcliff Longsword. Sure, its passive can’t be counted on when facing solo Bosses, but the CRIT DMG substat is incredible, especially on a Cryo DPS who can naturally get a high CRIT Rate without relying on weapons or artifact stats.|
Best Artifacts – 4-Piece Blizzard Strayer
When running Ayaka as a main DPS, you’ll want to give her ATK% on the Sands, Cryo DMG on the Goblet, and CRIT DMG/CRIT Rate on the Logos.
In terms of substats, you’re looking for CRIT DMG, CRIT Rate, ATK%, and Energy Recharge.
As far as set bonuses go, Ayaka shines the most with a 4-Piece Blizzard Strayer set bonus. This will give her extra Cryo DMG in addition to increasing her CRIT Rate by a significant amount.
Against Frozen enemies and with the Cryo Resonance enabled, Ayaka will have a 60% CRIT Rate without receiving any additional CRIT Rate from her weapon and artifacts! This is why we’ve mentioned having more than 100% CRIT Rate is a real concern for Ayaka when using certain weapons. The best way to ensure Ayaka’s Burst sticks to enemies is by Freezing them.
If you don’t have a 4-piece Blizzard Strayer set for her, consider running a combination of 2-Piece Blizzard Strayer and 2-Piece Gladiator’s Finale or any other set bonus that gives +18% ATK. This set combination will yield more DMG against certain enemies that cannot be afflicted with Cryo.
Ayaka is a bit restrictive in terms of elemental synergy. Her best Elemental Reaction is Freeze. Ideally, you want to support her around Freezing enemies using these two elements:
- Hydro: With how quickly she performs her Normal Attacks, all of which should be infused with Cryo, Ayaka can keep an enemy permanently frozen so long as she’s got a Hydro support.
- Anemo: Anemo is best utilized to spread the Wet and Cryo statuses among enemies, Freezing more of them more efficiently.
Normally, teams that can reliably Freeze enemies love to have Pyro characters for that massive Melt DMG. But here’s why that isn’t the best idea with Ayaka and why other elements don’t mesh well with her:
- Pyro: She doesn’t want Pyro supports since no support can apply Pyro quickly enough to keep up with her attacks. If you’re not procing Melt on every hit with your Cryo sword, you’re not making efficient use of Pyro->Cryo Melt. That said, Pyro can be amazing if you’re using Ayaka not to proc Melt but only to set it up. You’ll see how you can do this in the segment on Team Compositions.
- Electro: She doesn’t want Electro support, since she can’t make any use of Superconduct.
- Geo: Freeze teams generally want to steer clear of Geo as Crystallization can easily prevent you from Freezing enemies if you apply the elements in the wrong order. Albedo is a no-go, Zhongli is still great for his shield, but make sure to place his pillar away from the enemies.
Best Team Composition
Every player has Kaeya and Xiangling, and if you haven’t purchased Xingqiu from the Starglitter Exchange, that’s on you. Despite being a 4*, he is one of the best characters in the entire game.
Xingqiu is used to Freeze enemies and keep them Frozen. On top of that, his Elemental Burst isn’t used only for utility. It deals a fair amount of Hydro DMG as well. With the lack of solid 4* Hydro units in the game, Barbara is the only F2P alternative to Xingqiu, although she’s far from ideal. It might instead be better to forget about Freezing enemies and use a Pyro support like Bennett instead.
Kayea is used to enable the Cryo Resonance and as a Cryo battery to funnel Elemental Particles into Ayaka. Feel free to replace Kayea with Rosaria if you’ve got her as, in addition to serving as a Cryo battery, her Burst will increase Ayaka’s CRIT Rate even more.
Xiangling is the only Pyro character that can be used to maximum effect for Melting with a main DPS Ayaka. Ayaka will keep enemies Frozen or apply Cryo to them, while Gouba and Pyronado Melt them for insane DMG. In terms of DMG done, Xiangling may even outshine Ayaka depending on her build, despite remaining off-field.
Ganyu/Venti/Mona is arguably the strongest team in the game, and Ayaka can slot into it quite nicely. If you feel like keeping Ayaka on the field longer, just run Ganyu as a Burst support. The only downside here is that Ayaka is the only non-essential part of this line-up. Regardless, if you’re looking to optimize your Ayaka experience, it doesn’t get any better than this.
Mona applies Hydro to enemies and increases the DMG they take. If you feel that this team is missing a healer, you can either replace Mona with Kokomi or replace Ganyu with Diona.
Ganyu keeps enemies frozen with her Burst. In this line-up, she’s the better on-field attacker than Ayaka.
Venti keeps the enemies in place with his Burst, setting up Ayaka’s Burst for maximum impact. Slap on a 4-piece Viridescent Venerer set bonus, and he’ll also massively increase the amount of Cryo DMG enemies take.
Is Ayaka Worth It?
In terms of her damage dealing capabilities, Ayaka is definitely worth it. She is easily an S-Tier DPS. You can learn all about how you can obtain here by clicking here.
However, Alternate Sprint is a mechanic that can make or break a character. It’s not an inherently bad feature, but it is different, and some players will bench her just because they don’t want to deal with it.
Therefore, we urge you to try her out first. So long as her banner is running, you will be able to use Ayaka’s Test Run. Do this multiple times, and instead of focusing on doing DMG, try using the Alternate Sprint as much as possible to see how you feel about it, especially for dodging.
If you find that this mechanic works for you, you’ll love using Ayaka. If not, don’t worry – if there’s one thing this game doesn’t lack it’s a wealth of amazing 5* characters.