Almost everyone has been saying that Ganyu is just a cryo version of amber and because of that a lot of players are unsure if investing their wishes in Ganyu banner would be worthwhile. While I don’t think that sheds a fair light on her potential I also get that a lot of people are saving for the more hyped-up characters like Xiao, Hu tao, or Ayaka.
If you are one of those people who are still unsure about whether or not to roll for Ganyu or maybe have completely dismissed her, by the end of this article you’ll have a clearer sense of if this character is right for you. I’ll be covering the basics and what her skill set offers then discuss more in-depth in terms of what her role will be and who she’ll synergize the best with.
Finally, we’ll discuss if she’s really worth rolling. Let’s get right into it…
Ganyu is a bow user who has a cryo vision and her basic attack works like any other bow user but her charge attack is very unique. It has its normal charge which works exactly like the other charge shots but if you hold the charge longer your, arrow deals bonus AOE cryo damage on impact. This is what’s so special about her design.
I’m sure people are going to say that aim shots require a lot of skill and precision and holding it down for a long time seems like a hassle but there are some cool things you can pull off with it.
Her skill is quite similar to a cryo version of Baron Bunny. When placed, it taunts enemies and explodes when it’s destroyed or the duration ends for AOE cryo damage. However, it has added mobility because Ganyu dashes backward and it also cleanses any elements that you might be afflicted with.
These two effects don’t help to do extra damage but the utility it provides has a lot of potentials. The dash back allows you to dodge without using up your stamina and the cleanse is so underrated because it allows you to prevent any unwanted ailments like freeze or marks such as the one caused by Childe boss. Taunts used to be pretty useless in the past but it’s actually decent now that the abyss has been reworked.
Her burst summons a large field of ice shards that rain down dealing AOE Cryo damage. It’s similar to Amber’s Feiry Rain but it’s much bigger and lasts for an extended duration.
She grants a 20% Cryo damage bonus to active party members within the elemental bursts. This is an amazing steroid that rewards you for playing a Cryo main DPS alongside Ganyu. This in combination with the Cryo domain and the rise in popularity of Kaeya DPS as well as the upcoming Ayaka means she’ll serve as an amazing one-two punch with those characters.
My initial impression from her kit is that Ganyu will be a great sub DPS. Even without all the numbers, her abilities seem to help set up for combos rather than buffing her own damage. Her charge shot mechanic is cool and will bring a new place out into the game. However, it’s way too gimmicky.
Charge shots take too long to develop necessitating you to have a lot of space between your opponents to not get interrupted, handicap your mobility and are too reliant on player skill and precision to be reliable enough as a main DPS. Instead, you apply Cryo to your enemies in an AOE then swap onto preferably a Pyro DPS to proc melt.
Some of the best team fits I see for her are with primarily Pyro DPS units but there are some other options as well. DPS characters that work well with Ganyu are Deluc, Kaeya, Bennett, Amber, Klee, Chongyong, and Keqing. Diluc and Klee are pretty self-explanatory, you set up for a massive amount of AOE. Players who also play Bennett or Amber DPS will love this synergy as well. Because Ganyu’s burst is so good with the Cryo DPS, Kaeya and Chongyong will work well with her.
Finally, I dropped Keqing in here because the AOE superconduct alongside Ganyu’s taunt can allow you to get some pretty nasty charge attack sequences.
The two weapons that stand out the most to me for Ganyu is The Viridescent Hunt and Stringless. I think The Viridescent Hunt will work really well with Ganyu’s charge shot AOE damage. The cyclone that it generates pulls enemies together so that the Cryo AOE damage from the charge shot will have the most value. Then with the enemies grouped, you can proc a large AOE melt.
For sub DPS, the Crit Rate sub stat from the weapon is also very desirable. Stringless is all-around good because it increases your elemental skill and burst damage by quite a lot.
Should You Summon?
If you’re just looking for a main DPS, I think that answer is no. The numbers may prove me wrong and her basic attack ratios may be insanely high but her entire kit and passive points to her being a sub DPS.
Xiao, Hu tao, and Ayaka all currently stand out to me as very good 5-star main DPS options. So, I’d advise you to hold out onto your Primogems just a bit longer. With that said she’ll be a great sub DPS if you have one of the DPS options I’ve mentioned above. She seems to have an incredibly high skill ceiling and brings a whole new playstyle into the game.
If you’re looking for a character that will take some practice to master and challenge you to learn a unique play pattern, she’ll be everything you want and if you’re also a fan of her aesthetic you will not be disappointed with how she plays in the game and shouldn’t feel like playing her would mean playing a less ideal character on your team.
I really like Ganyu and I’m so excited to learn how to play her and figure out all the intricacies to make her really shine. I love my bow users so I may also be a little bit biased on that aspect but I truly believe she’ll play out really well when she drops.