Genshin Impact Ayaka is the new 5 star character introduced in Genshin Impact 2.0.
She’s a sword user with Cryo as her element and has the potential to deal significant amounts of damage with the right build. Leveling her and her talents revolves around engaging with Inazuma’s new bosses and gathering new field items, so you’ll want to have the right build for the Homeward Heron.
Genshin Impact Ayaka release date
Ayaka’s release date is July 21, the day the Genshin Impact 2.0 update goes live.
Genshin Impact Ayaka banner
Ayaka’s banner will last roughly three weeks before it’s replaced by a new one in mid-August that will feature Yoimiya.
Genshin Impact Ayaka banner 4 stars
miHoYo hasn’t officially announced the other characters joining in the Ayaka banner. However, leakers found information showing these three four-star characters accompanying Ayaka:
These rumors should be treated with some skepticism until miHoYo announces official banner details.
Ayaka is a five-star character, which means your chances of obtaining her are low even during the character banner. The five-star character pity system means you’re guaranteed a five-star character on your 90th Wish after 89 Wishes without getting one. There’s no guarantee it will be Ayaka.
Genshin Impact Ayaka Talents
These are Ayaka’s skills and specials.
Kamisato Art: Hyouka (Ayaka Elemental Skill)
- Launches opponents in an AoE Cryo attack
Kamisato Art: Senho (Ayaka Alternate Sprint)
- Ayaka cloaks herself in fog that lets her walk on water. This action consumes stamina
- When Ayaka reappears, the fog inflicts Cryo on nearby enemies and turns normal, charged, and plunging attacks into Cryo attacks.
Kamisato Art: Soumetsu (Ayaka Elemental Burst)
- Summons an ice storm that attacks enemies repeatedly and deals Cryo damage for five seconds
- After five seconds, the snowstorm explodes and deals AoE Cryo damage
Genshin Impact Ayaka Passives
|Genshin Impact Ayaka Passives|
|Fruits of Shinsa||10% chance to receive double the product when Ayaka crafts weapon materials|
|Amatsumi Kumitsumi Sanctification||After using Hyouka, Ayaka’s normal and charged attack damage increases by 30% for six seconds|
|Kanten Senmyou Blessing||After Senho’s fog applies Cryo to enemies, Ayaka receives 10 stamina and, for 10 seconds, an 18% increase in Cryo damage|
Genshin Impact Ayaka Constellations
|Genshin Impact Ayaka Constellations|
|Snowswept Sakura||When normal or charged attacks deal Cryo damage, there’s a 50% chance of reducing Hyouka’s cooldown by 0.3 seconds.|
|Blizzard Blade Seki no To||Soumetsu generates two additional frostflakes that each deal 20% of the original’s total damage.|
|Frostbloom Kamifubuki||Increases Soumetsu’s level by three|
|Ebb and Flow||Enemies damaged by Soumetsu’s frostflakes have defense reduced by 30% for six seconds|
|Blossom Cloud Irutsuiki||Increases Hyouka’s level by three|
|Dance of Suigetsu||Every 10 seconds, Ayaka gains a buff that increases charged attack damage by 298%. This resets 0.5 seconds after a charged attack connects with a foe.|
Genshin Impact Ayaka Materials to Farm
Ayaka’s Talent materials and level-up materials are almost all brand-new items, except the usual Shivada-series items. Here’s what to keep an eye out for.
- Sakura Blossom – Gather from around Inazuma
- Perpetual Heart – Dropped by Perpetual Mechanical Arrays (level 30+). These resemble Hypostasis enemies, and you’ll find them on Narukami Isand.
- Handguard-series items – Dropped by Nobushi, Inazuma’s human enemies
- Bloodjade Branch – Obtained from completing Azhdaha battles (level 70+)
For her Talent materials, you’ll be farming the new Elegance series of items and using more Handguard items.
|Genshin Impact Ayaka materials for Talent Ascension|
|2||3 Teachings of Elegance, 6 Old Handguard|
|3||2 Guide to Elegance, 3 Kageuchi Handguard|
|4||4 Guide to Elegance, 4 Kageuchi Handguard|
|5||6 Guide to Elegance, 6 Kageuchi Handguard|
|6||9 Guide to Elegance, 9 Kageuchi Handguard|
|7||4 Philosophies of Elegance, 4 Famed Handguard, 1 Bloodjade Branch|
|8||6 Philosophies of Elegance, 6 Famed Handguard, 1 Bloodjade Branch|
|9||12 Philosophies of Elegance, 9 Famed Handguard, 2 Bloodjade Branch|
|10||16 Philosophies of Elegance, 12 Famed Handguard, 2 Bloodjade Branch, 1 Crown of Insight|
|Genshin Impact Ayaka Materials for Ascension|
|20||1 Shivada Jade Sliver, 3 Sakura Blossom, 3 Old Handguard, 20,000 Mora|
|40||3 Shivada Jade Fragment, 2 Perpetual Heart, 10 Sakura Blossom, 15 Old Handguard, 40,000 Mora|
|50||6 Shivada Jade Fragment, 4 Perpetual Heart, 20 Sakura Blossom, 12 Kageuchi Handguard, 60,000 Mora|
|60||3 Shivada Jade Chunk, 8 Perpetual Heart, 30 Sakura Blossom, 18 Kageuchi Handguard, 80,000 Mora|
|70||6 Shivada Jade Chunk, 12 Perpetual Heart, 45 Sakura Blossom, 12 Famed Handguard, 100,000 Mora|
|80||6 Shivada Jade Gemstone, 20 Perpetual Heart, 60 Sakura Blossom, 24Famed Handguard, 120,000 Mora|
Genshin Impact Ayaka build
Ayaka revolves around dealing Cryo damage. However, she has low energy regeneration. The ideal build will take both points into consideration to maximize on her strengths.
The new Mistsplitter Reforged sword is likely intended as Ayaka’s ideal weapon. It boasts high damage, an increase to the user’s critical hit rate, and increases to Elemental damage under certain conditions.
If you’re unlucky with weapon Wishes, the forge-able Prototype Rancour is a suitable alternative.
Blizzard Strayer is a natural fit for Ayaka’s Skill and Burst. The two-piece bonus increases Cryo damage by 15%. The four-piece bonus raises Ayaka’s critical rate by 20% if an opponent is inflicted with Cryo and an additional 20% if that opponent is frozen.
The new five-star set Emblem of Severed Fate is another good choice. Its two-piece bonus increases Energy recharge by 20%, making it a good complement for Blizzard Strayer.
If you aren’t quite ready to take on Inazuma yet, read up on the best ways to increase your Adventure Rank fast.
Is Ayaka worth pulling?
Genshin Impact has Cryo characters aplenty, but Ayaka is worth pulling for a few reasons. Her base attack matches Eula’s, but Ayaka moves faster and has an AoE Burst that doesn’t rely on damage dealt for its attack power. Her Alternate Sprint will likely come in handy during Inazuma exploration as well.
Still, if you have Mona and one or two Cryo characters already, you might want to save your Primogems for Yoimiya’s banner.