The most important thing to understand about Keqing is that unlike any other character in the game she offers multiple playstyle choices. Depending on which one you prefer, building her is going to be a little different than you’re used to your regular character guide.
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Basically, you have the choice between going physical or electro. The main difference between the two in terms of gameplay would be that you fully utilize everything she has to offer if you use her as an electro. If you decide to go with a physical build instead then you have to keep two critical things in mind.
First of all, her iconic elemental skill can be activated and then re-casted once again which in return will infuse all of Keqing’s normal and charged attacks with Electro and that’s something you will need to prevent from happening if you will be playing her physical build since you’re going to lose out on a lot of damage.
Massive AoE Electro DMG
The other thing would be her burst which for the most part doesn’t require any sort of special setup except for the fact that it’s not going to be your big source of damage if you go with physical. Instead, you will rely on the 2nd passive talent to boost her Critical Rating and Energy Recharge by 15% which means your main priority is to maintain these buffs on her by unleashing the burst as often as possible.
When circling back to her Electro playstyle, the most important thing you will want to master is the upkeep of her elemental infusion. With this, you can throw the stiletto, recast it and gain the Electro buff, then unleash a few attacks or even a burst, and then repeat the cycle. In this case, you don’t lose out on the infusion and maximize Electro damage output which all can happen thanks to the low cooldown of her elemental skill.
Aside from these things, there are a few other little quirks and techniques you will come to learn and appreciate about her. For the most part, you really just need to understand the difference between her two builds since there aren’t any other characters that have such a deep foundation as her when it comes to deciding which build to pursue.
Keqing Physical Build
When it comes to her equipment there’s definitely a lot of exciting choices to go over and some of which have been surprisingly doing well since the game’s launch.
Looking first at her physical build and for the free-to-play options, we have a solid choice of going with Prototype Rancour which you should be able to get to the 2nd refinement level at the minimum because the game’s storyline provides these resources for free. If you get lucky and get even more prototypes from weekly bosses then you can further refine it and capitalize on the stronger passive benefits the sword provides.
If you have purchased the Battle Pass then you can go with The Black Sword which doesn’t gain that much from further refinements and is nearly on the same damage output level as Rancour at 2nd refinement. On the flip side, it becomes easier to manage the ratio between critical rating and damage thanks to the weapons sub stats.
Of course, for any of the 5-star weapons, they are going to be your top choice except for Skyward Blade which gets outperformed by Rancour or Black Sword so the top priority for one of these legendary weapons would be first Aquila Favonia, followed by Primordial Jade Cutter and then Summit Shaper.
Keqing Electro Build
Moving over to the Electro side, there is a difference in performance depending on whether you prefer to use her as support or main damage dealer.
If you decide to keep her on the field for a prolonged period of time as your main damage dealer then The Black Sword followed by Lion’s Roar are excellent choices while the third option of going with Blackcliff Longsword for that extra Critical Damage could also work out well but only if you are at the end-game and able to manage the 2:1 ratio with Critical Rating.
And nearly every weapon mentioned for her Electro main damage dealer build applies to her support role except Lion’s Roar becomes a better option and Black Sword falls off a little because you won’t be utilizing its passive and instead you can rely on a fully refined Harbinger of Dawn as a second contender to Lion’s Roar which is pretty amazing considering this is a just a 3-star weapon.
If you’re one of the lucky ones and have a 5-star weapon that’s not Skyward Blade, it will be the top choice for her Electro build with Primordial Jade Cutter landing on the first priority.
Finally, the last option and not necessarily the worst would be The Flute which doesn’t outperform any of the mentioned weapons previously but if you’re somehow unable to obtain any of them then it will still serve you well.
Keqing Artifacts Guide
When looking at the artifacts it’s not as complicated as weapons and for her Physical build, the best choice for her would be a 2 set bonus of Bloodstained and Gladiator’s which shouldn’t be too hard to obtain and it couldn’t get more simple than to obviously get ATK% on Sands, a Physical Damage Goblet and Critical Rating or Damage for Circlet that will depend on your 2:1 ratio.
Moving over to her Electro side, you definitely want to go with a 4-set bonus of Thundersoother which will provide an irrelevant 2-set but we’re really after that awesome 35% increased Damage against targets affected by Electro which significantly increases her damage output.
But if you have trouble obtaining decent pieces to complete the set bonus, you can go for a split bonus between Thundering Fury and Gladiator’s just for those easy to grab ATK bonuses and if you’re using her as your support damage dealer, you can in fact go with Thundering Fury and Noblesse Oblige 2-set bonuses to power up her burst attack.
Regarding main stats of the artifacts follow the same pattern as Physical except you want to go for an Electro goblet instead.
Keqing Talents Priority
When finally looking at her talent leveling priority, no matter what build you pursue, you want to get her normal attack as high as possible before moving over to her elemental skill and then finally her burst with the only exception being if you’re going to use her more often as damage support, then focus on getting her burst leveled up.
So with all of this said and done, you’re probably wondering which build is better and the answer usually relies on what equipment you have.
If you got lucky with the weapon Gacha system or have purchased the battle pass, you can choose either of the builds but for a lot of people it will mostly come down to artifacts and the weapons they already have. But this Lightning Queen doesn’t just rely on equipment and her subjects or in this case teammates could be the deciding factor for you.
Keqing Team Setup
Even though there’s no one that can match her stylish playstyle, we still need teammates to unleash her full potential and the first consideration that comes with every decision would be to identify her build.
If you’re using her as your main physical damage dealer, then she basically needs a cryo teammate by default for those Superconduct reactions. Then anyone who can provide bursts or elemental reactions that linger on the battlefield is going to be the ideal strategy for her.
The most exceptional teammates being Xingqiu, Fischl, Xiangling, and Beidou while not forgetting guys like Bennett or Zhongli who can boost her own damage. And of course, you can’t go wrong with Anemo characters like Venti or Sucrose.
Now for her Electro build, everything is pretty much the same except you don’t need to rely on a cryo character and you have slightly more freedom in team compositions but there’s going to be a strong emphasis on Anemo who will need to make sure they can group enemies into a tight place so that your Electro attacks can hit as many enemies as possible.
It’s kind of unfair to call Keqing a support damage dealer if you choose to only use her burst and elemental skill by quickly swapping to her. Her damage is seriously impressive but you are also not that limited by team pick choices because you aren’t really building a team around her anymore.
Of course, don’t forget to sneak in a few of those charged or normal attacks before swapping her out. Either way, most of the teammates work well with her thanks to her Electro element which helps her out when you need to fill those mandatory team spots for the best benefits.
No matter how you slice it, Keqing is definitely going to win the hearts of many not only by having one of the most adrenaline-filled playstyles in the game but also provides a ton of options for you to build her.
Cheap To Build
Overall, the main attraction of choosing her as your new teammate comes down to a good selection of free-to-play weapons like Prototype Rancour or Harbinger of Dawn which compliment one of her playstyles or roles. Even investing into something as a battle pass once to obtain the Black Sword will give you a lot of freedom not to mention how easy it is to farm a few of the artifact 2-set bonuses so you can start using her immediately.
Massive Electro DMG
There’s also the fact that her Electro damage is pretty insane which works out well with her 5-star design and she’s definitely the leading member of this elemental alignment. So if you’re itching to shock your enemies to submission, she’s going to be the perfect choice for you.
However, when looking at some of her drawbacks, it’s hard to ignore the stamina issue you will be facing if you’re going to use her physical or electro build for charged attacks.
Electro Element At Disadvantage
Probably the hardest thing about her is that it’s not even her own fault but the elements and Electro is definitely at the short end of the stick with several enemy types completely ignoring either her elemental reactions or even the Electro damage itself. Not to mention when you have the other elements which can at least trigger Vaporize or Melt and take advantage of all the stats the character has.
The fact that you can choose several playstyles and have a lot of freedom with equipment choices makes her into an excellent character that will feel even more rewarding for those who are going to master all of her quirks and techniques. Well, maybe the only thing you won’t ever be able to master about her are those weird teleportation spots.