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Genshin Impact: Heizou Build Guide

Shikanoin Heizou
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There are two ways to build Heizou in Genshin Impact. Players can either rely on his Elemental Skill to deal DMG or take a more complex approach by building his Swirl reactions.

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The first option is pretty straightforward, but things get a bit confusing with the Heizou Swirl build since he needs to operate as a driver for the rest of the team. That means pairing him with the right characters who can further boost the team’s DMG output is a must for this build.

Heizou Build In Genshin Impact

Best Weapon Best Artifact Artifact Stat
Anemo DPS

  1. Skyward Atlas
  2. Kagura’s Verity
  3. Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds
  4. Memory of Dust
  5. The Widsith
  6. Mappa Mare
  7. Solar Pearl
  8. Blackcliff Agate

Swirl DPS

  1. A Thousand Floating Dreams
  2. Sacrificial Fragments
  3. Skyward Atlas
  4. The Widsith
  5. Mappa Mare
  6. Kagura’s Verity
  7. Memory of Dust
  8. Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds
Anemo DPS

  1. 4-Viridescent Venerer
  2. 4-Desert Pavilion Chronicle
  3. 2-Viridescent Venerer + 2-Desert Pavilion Chronicle

Swirl DPS

  1. 4-Viridescent Venerer
  2. 2-EM +80 + 2-EM +80
  3. 2-EM +80 + 2-ATK +18%
Anemo DPS

  • Hourglass: ATK
  • Goblet: Anemo DMG Bonus
  • Headpiece: Crit Rate or Crit DMG
  • Sub-Stat priority: Crit Rate, Crit DMG, ATK, Elemental Mastery

Swirl DPS

  • Hourglass: Elemental Mastery
  • Goblet: Elemental Mastery
  • Headpiece: Elemental Mastery
  • Sub-Stat priority: Elemental Mastery, ATK, Crit Rate, Crit DMG

Heizou Build – Best Weapon

Weapons for Heizou build in Genshin Impact clearly have to match the role players wish him to take.

  1. Skyward Atlas: The Catalyst grants Heizou a large amount of ATK%, which will surely maximize his DMG. It’s the best weapon for an Anemo DPS Heizou build in Genshin Impact.
  2. A Thousand Floating Dreams: Players who own this Catalyst will benefit from its high Elemental Mastery and passive.
  3. Sacrificial Fragments: Sacrificial Fragments is the best 4-star weapon for Swirl DPS Heizou build. The EM granted by the Catalyst ensures his Swirls have a higher DMG.
  4. Kagura’s Verity: It’s near impossible for Heizou to activate all of Kagura’s stacks, yet, the Crit DMG Sub-stat with one stack of the passive is still worth it for Heizou.
  5. Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds: Heizou is going to spend a decent time building his Elemental Skill stacks while attacking with his Normal attacks. So, Lost Prayer is definitely a solid option for his playstyle since it grants him a whopping 33% Crit Rate and up to 32% Elemental DMG buff.
  6. Memory of Dust: Heizou needs all the ATK he can get, and Memory of Dust deliver that need. However, Heizou must be shielded in order for Memory’s buff to work.
  7. The Widsith: The Widsith is one of the best 4-star weapons for DPS build Heizou in Genshin Impact. Any of the 3 passives add something to Heizou’s kit and he can definitely work with any of them. Not to mention, the 55% Crit DMG Sub-stat.
  8. Mappa Mare: Regardless of its passive, Mappa Mare is the best F2P weapon for Heizou. Of course, it’s only viable for Heizou Swirl build.
  9. Solar Pearl: Solar Pearl is a great choice for Heizou DPS build since it grants him two nonstop buffs for his Normal attacks and Elemental Skill DMG alongside the Crit Rate Sub-stat.
  10. Blackcliff Agate: Just like Mappa Mare, Blackcliff Agate is a great F2P weapon for DPS Heizou in Genshin Impact.

Heizou Build – Best Artifact

As an Anemo user and since he can only operate in two roles in Genshin Impact, Heizou doesn’t have much room with artifacts when it comes to his best build.

  1. 4-Viridescent Venerer: 4-VV is the best build for Heizou in Genshin impact when it comes to maximizing his Swirl DMG. Not only that, but Viridescent Venerer also enhances the team’s overall DPS.
  2. 4-Desert Pavilion Chronicle: It only takes one Charged attack from Heizou, then his DMG greatly buffed for a few seconds when players build Heizou with 4-Desert Pavilion Chronicle. It’s a great choice for him to make sure he deals the absolute most DMG when he’s on the field.

If players are wondering about the difference between Anemo DPS and Swirl DPS Heizou, it’s actually quite simple. Anemo DPS focuses on raw Anemo DMG, while Swirl plays around different Elemental Reactions to wreak havoc on the field.

  • Anemo DPS: Heizou mostly relies on his Normal attacks and Elemental Skill to inflict DMG with his DPS build. Players should keep in mind that this gameplay forces Heizou to lock on a single target when dealing DMG.
  • Swirl DPS: The damage for Swirl DPS Heizou varies based on his teammates and the surrounding enemies. Swirl in general is an AoE reaction and multiple Swirls could trigger other reactions as well.

Heizou Talent Priority In Genshin Impact

Although he works well as an Anemo DPS, Heizou talent priority in Genshin Impact is Elemental Skill > Normal Attack > Elemental Burst, regardless of which build players choose.

Heizou Talent Level Recommendation

  • Normal Attack: 8 to 10
  • Elemental Skill: 10
  • Elemental Burst: 6 to 10
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