If you’re looking for a samurai who knows how to be stylish and lethal, look no further than Kazuha. The only question is, how will you build him?
The first thing you need to know about Kazuha is that while he has few viable builds, the one that basically fits him the most is going to be focused on Elemental Mastery. This is primarily due to the fact that Kazuha consistently performs Swirls, which fall under the transformative reaction category.
Best Kazuha Build
Traditionally, we’re used to being told whether a character should be a support or a sub-damage dealer. Their level doesn’t matter much beyond 70 or 80, but if you want to hit harder with your Swirls when using Kazuha, you should consider raising him to level 90. That’s because the difference for a Swirl reaction is roughly a 34% damage increase, which is already looking promising.
|Sub Weapons|| Iron Sting |
|Best Artifact||Viridescent Venerer 4-Piece|
|Sands||Elemental Mastery / Energy Recharge|
|Sub Stats||Elemental Mastery / Energy Recharge / Crit Rate|
You’ll want to stack as much Elemental Mastery as possible. At the same time, also fine-tuning energy recharge if you don’t have the first constellation unlocked, your team doesn’t have another Anemo character, or your team members aren’t good at generating particles.
Sub Damage Setup
|Best Weapon||Primordial Jade Cutter|
|Sub Weapons||Mistsplitter Reforged|
|Best Artifact||Viridescent Venerer 4-Piece|
|Goblet||Atk% / Anemo Dmg / Elemental Mastery|
|Circlet||Crit Dmg / Crit Rate|
|Sub Stats||ATK% / Crit Rate / Crit Dmg / Elemental Mastery|
The Sub Damage build is basically the same as any other damage dealer build, with the focus on obtaining as much Critical Rate and Damage as possible while maintaining a high enough ATK% and Energy Recharge.
Weapons For Kazuha
Your choice of weapon may vary based on team comp, role in the party, and artifacts. Pick what is best for your specific situation.
Best 5 Star Weapons
|Freedom-Sworn||Base ATK||Elemental Mastery|
|46 – 608||43 – 198|
|A part of the “Millennial Movement” that wanders amidst the winds. Increases DMG by 10%. When the character wielding this weapon triggers Elemental Reactions, they gain a Sigil of Rebellion. This effect can be triggered once every 0.5 seconds and can… see more|
Freedom Sworn is generally Kazuha’s best in slot sword as it’ll provide him a very large amount of elemental mastery. This allows you to either focus the necessary Energy Recharge mainstats you need or just go insane with the elemental mastery for his buffing potential. The passive also grants a teamwide ATK% and damage buff when Kazuha triggers multiple swirl reactions even if he’s off the field.
Although this weapon clearly caters to Kazuha’s supportive and buffer playstyle, it’s worth noting that the high Elemental Mastery bonus helps to increase Kazuha’s personal damage by a significant amount via swirls and AOE damage.
|Skyward Blade||Base ATK||Energy Recharge|
|46 – 608||12% – 55.1%|
|CRIT Rate increased by 4%. Gains Skypiercing Might upon using an Elemental Burst: Increases Movement SPD by 10%, increases ATK SPD by 10%, and Normal and Charged hits deal additional DMG equal to 20% of ATK. Skypiercing Might lasts for 12 seconds.|
You can use a Skyward Blade on Kazuha assuming that it will allow you to slot a full Elemental Mastery build without having to worry about energy recharge. However, if your energy recharge requirements are nearing or have already been met, Skyward Blade and any other energy recharge weapon are generally a worse choice than Iron Sting.
|Primordial Jade Cutter||Base ATK||Crit Rate|
|44 – 542||9.6% – 44.1%|
|HP increased by 20%. Additionally, provides an ATK Bonus based on 1.2% of the wielder’s Max HP.|
Primordial Jade Cutter is an excellent choice for a DPS Kazuha builds. It will give him an insane crit rate and a decent damage boost passive, which should be enough to allow him to focus on a variety of offensive artifact stats.
|Mistsplitter Reforged||Base ATK||Crit DMG|
|48 – 674||9.6% – 44.1%|
|Gain a 12% Elemental DMG Bonus for all elements and receive the might of the Mistsplitter’s Emblem. At stack levels 1/2/3, Mistsplitter’s Emblem provides a 8%/16%/28% Elemental DMG Bonus for the character’s Elemental Type.|
The only other weapon worth mentioning is Mistsplitter, which has some crit value as well as a high base ATK. Its passives aren’t too bad on Kazuha, though he can’t fully activate them until constellation 6. In general, I’d save this weapon for other characters like Ayaka, Keqing, Ayato, and even Bennett, but it works well on Kazuha.
Best 4 Star Weapons
|Iron Sting||Base ATK||Elemental Mastery|
|42 – 510||36 – 165|
|Dealing Elemental DMG increases all DMG by 6% for 6s. Max 2 stacks. Can occur once every 1 seconds.|
Iron sting is a completely f2p craftable sword that somewhat emulates the value of Freedom Sworn. It grants the wielder a fair amount of Elemental Mastery and does not require refinements to be optimal, making it a viable weapon for both a supportive and a DPS Kazuha in AOE situations.
|Favonius Sword||Base ATK||Energy Recharge|
|41 – 454||13.3% – 61.3%|
|CRIT Hits have a 60% chance to generate a small amount of Elemental Particles, which will regenerate 6 Energy for the character. Can only occur once every 12 seconds.|
If you’re having trouble finding enough energy recharge in your artifact stats, this weapon will give you a competitive advantage over Iron Sting. With its weapon passive, it completely covers Kazuha’s energy requirements while also transforming him into a good team energy battery. Because this weapon completely covers your energy requirements, you’ll be able to focus your artifacts to more valuable stats like Elemental Mastery.
|Sacrificial Sword||Base ATK||Energy Recharge|
|41 – 454||13.3% – 61.3%|
|After damaging an opponent with an Elemental Skill, the skill has a 40% chance to end its own CD. Can only occur once every 30 seconds.|
The Sacrificial Sword allows Kazuha to use his skill twice in a row by causing skill damage. You’re also increasing his personal damage, which competes with the damage boost provided by Iron Sting. By performing his skill twice, you generate twice the amount of Anemo particles, which means you can better ensure his burst is ready on cooldown and give your party members an extra tiny amount of residual energy.
Best Artifacts For Kazuha
I generally don’t recommend farming artifacts if you’re below Adventure Rank 45 because you’re not guaranteed a 5-star until the highest level domain is unlocked. In Kazuha’s case, however, his sets are more important than his stats. Don’t worry about getting the correct main stat on these because you’ll be replacing them eventually, but in the meantime, you can farm four pieces of Viridescent Venerer, even if they’re 4-stars.
|2PC||Anemo DMG Bonus +15%.||4PC||Increases Swirl DMG by 60%. Decreases opponent’s Elemental RES to the element infused in the Swirl by 40% for 10s.|
When you use Viridescent Venerer, your enemies are debuffed and their resistance to that element is reduced. Simply put, if you swirl cryo with Kazuha on the Viridescent Venerer set, you will deal more cryo damage to enemies who were hit.
Don’t bother farming for the right main stats, but I do recommend farming four random pieces of Viridescent Venerer just to debuff enemies until you reach Adventure Rank 45. When you reach Adventure Rank 45+, you’ll still want Viridescent Venerer; the only difference is that the stats are something you actually want.
Best Kazuha Team Comp
Getting Kazuha up and running with a proper build doesn’t play such a big role as his own utility. After testing over 15 teams, it’s clear that Kazuha knows how to not only look good, but also play well.
The two most important members of this freeze team are Xingqiu and Chongyun in order to maintain consistent Freeze reactions. It’s an extremely effective team at dealing with mobile enemies, particularly those annoying Geovishaps on Abyss Floors. So, if you’re having trouble with them, this team can help you out.
The beauty of this team is that the 4-set of Viridescent Venerer becomes extremely powerful. With your swirls, you will not only increase Pyro Elemental damage but also decrease your enemies’ Pyro resistance. If you want to get even more Pyro damage out of Kazuha’s boosts, equip Lavawalker’s 4-set on your main Pyro damage dealer.
|Vapo Melt Team|
This team takes inspiration from the national team, but by removing Bennett, we lost Chongyun’s snapshot and his burst combo. We’re still taking advantage of Vaporize and Melt together and amplifying that damage of Kazuha. Tweak this build as much as you want, but even with the electro reaction buffs, I think it’s nowhere near as effective as focusing on Vape and Melt.
Fischl and Xingqiu are excellent Sub-DPS who work well together as a team. Their ability to deal damage off the field allows you to play Kazuha DPS to maximum potential. Every basic attack triggers a reaction, and when combined with Kazuha’s skill set, you have a very formidable team composition.
Electrocharge works well with other elements because it allows you to produce three reactions at the same time, in this case overload, vaporize, and electrocharge. We can make the most of this by using Kazuha’s ability to deal extra elemental damage. We can take advantage of this by utilizing Kazuha’s ability to deal additional elemental damage by applying another aura and providing us with even more reactions to play with.
Wrapping It Up!
Overall, you could argue that Kazuha needs specific weapons and even stats, but it should be obvious by now that his strong suit is using Swirls. It’s not just to deal a lot of damage, but to also help your team with the Elemental Mastery you gain.
While being a sub damage dealer allows you to see higher numbers, the line between these two builds becomes increasingly blurred as you can mix and match them to your liking. Especially when it comes to dealing with some enemies, where an all-in Elemental Mastery build is strong against a large number of enemies, while a sub-damage dealer excels when dealing with single targets. Finally, he is very plug-and-play friendly, so you will quickly find a team that will appreciate his skill set.
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