The best version of Genshin Impact Cyno – Cyno weapons, artifacts and F2P options


The best Building Genshin Impact Cyno shines the Desert General on any team in need of a new Electro DPS. Cyno is a 5-star character introduced in Genshin Impact 3.1, and although he only has one function – to shock things – he performs it exceptionally well.

Cyno’s talents make him unique among Electro users, where elemental mastery fuels his attack power and complements his large critical damage bonus.

The new version polearm might seem like the perfect fit for any Cyno build, but a few free four-star weapons work just as well, if not better.

When is the Cyno banner release date?

The Cyno Banner begins when Genshin Impact 3.1 launches on September 27 or September 28 depending on your time zone. Venti’s banner joins Cyno’s in another replay for Bard Anemo, and Candace, the new four-star polearm wielder, will appear on both. Cyno’s banner airs for two and a half weeks until October 7, when Nilou’s and Albedo’s banners take over.

HoYoverse has yet to mention the other two four-star characters that may appear on Cyno’s banner.

Unlike Tighnari, Cyno will not appear in the permanent banner after its run is complete. A rerun of Cyno is all but guaranteed, given how HoYoverse rotates its characters, but that likely won’t happen for several months.

Is Cyno a DPS character?

Yes, Cyno is a Electro DPS character with absolutely no support potential to speak of. His elemental abilities leave no lingering traces, so whether you want to play him as an elemental DPS or a critical strike DPS, you can expect him to play the active part in just about any situation.

Cyno’s skill, Chasmic Soulfarer, generates a wave of Electro with his spear, and if you use it while Cyno’s burst is active, he unleashes a large Electro blast and stays in his burst state longer. The passive talent Featherfall Judgment creates three Duskstalker Bolts when Cyno uses his skill, which deals electro damage equal to 50% of Cyno’s attack.

Cyno’s burst is called Wolf’s Swiftness and places Cyno in the Pactsworn Pathclearer state, where all of his attacks are imbued with Electro, and his Elemental Mastery increases by 100.

Cyno’s passive talent, Authority Over Nine Bows, makes this elemental mastery buff important. The talent increases Pactsworn Pathclearer’s normal attacks by 125% of Cyno’s Elemental Mastery and buffs Duskstalker Bolts by 225% of his Elemental Mastery.

His secondary state is Critical Damage, so while his Critical Hit Rate stays the same as he levels up, Cyno can still deal a respectable amount of damage. A weak base attack, however, means your best bet is to focus on his electro damage. Add it to a party with a Dendro character, such as Traveler Dendro or Collei, for a build that favors aggravation and increased electro damage.

Should I shoot for Cyno?

Whether or not Cyno is right for you depends on your party, and its lack of support options means there’s little to use outside of its main DPS potential. If you already have an Electro DPS character or two – Keqing, Raiden Shogun, or even Razor, for example – then Cyno won’t do much else for you.

Which is the best version of Genshin Impact Cyno?

Genshin Impact Cyno build: A young man with a wolf hat sits on a rock

Building Cyno for elemental mastery might seem like a good idea, but his electro damage and critical hit rate are just as important, if not more so.

Best Cyno Weapon – Scarlet Sands Staff

Scarlet Sands Staff is tailor-made for Cyno, and even a quick look at the stats shows why. Critical Hit Rate is the secondary stat, and the value is more than double the Primal Jade Winged Spear. The passive skill converts Elemental Mastery into Offense, ensuring Cyno hits hard every time, assuming you have a build or party that prioritizes Elemental Mastery.

The chances of getting a new character and their unique weapon tend to be low, although several other viable options exist for Cyno.

Primordial Jade Winged Spear, Xiao’s polearm is a perfect fit, with a secondary stat that increases critical rate by up to 22% at level 90, and a passive skill that, at its base level, grants an attack buff of 21% after spear hits enemies. Combined with Cyno’s Critical Damage stat, this means you’re doing a lot of damage.

The Royal Spear can be even better, if you have the Masterlss Starglitter to spend. This polearm has attack as a secondary stat, and the passve increases critical hit rate by eight percent once after an attack is landed. The effect stacks up to five times, which, even without honing the weapon, gives Cyno an almost 50% increase in critical hit rate.

Deathmatch is a choice that you can obtain more easily. This one comes from level 30 of the paid battle pass and offers an eight percent critical hit rate buff at level one with its secondary stat. Passive buffs attack by 16% if two enemies are nearby and 24% if there is only one enemy, making it perfect for boss fights.

Best Cyno Artifacts – Thundering Fury

Searing Fury gives Cyno the best of both builds – an Electro buff if you mostly just want Electro DPS and a significant increase in elemental reaction damage for those who want to bring more elements into the equation.

  • 2-Piece Effect: Increases electro damage by 15%
  • 4 Piece Effect: Increases Overload, Hyperbloom, Superconduction, and Electrocharge damage by 40% and increases aggravation bonus damage by 20%. When Quicken or any other Electro-Involved Reaction triggers, the user’s Elemental Skill cooldown decreases by 1 second

Thundering Fury’s new effect that reduces skill cooldowns makes it even more useful for Cyno, whose main source of damage is his skill and the effect his shard gives to his skill.

If you manage to recruit Cyno and you’re still in the early game, you’re in luck. Thundering Fury comes from one of the first domains of Mondstadt, Summer court.

If you have a spare set of Shimenawa’s Reminiscence floating around, that would complement Cyno’s abilities nicely as well.

  • 2-Piece Effect: Increases Attack by 18%
  • 4-piece effect: When casting an elemental skill, if the character has 15 or more energy, they lose 15 energy and normal/charged/dive attack damage is increased by 50% for 10 seconds

What is the best version of Cyno F2P?

Genshin Impact Cyno build: A young man with a wolf hat swings a spear against a shadowy background

Cyno’s F2P options rival the paid version with a new four-star polearm that suits him quite well and an upcoming four-star weapon that would be available during Genshin Impact 3.1’s big event.

Best Cyno F2P Weapon – Moonpiercer and Missive Windspear

Moonpiercer is a four-star craftable weapon introduced in Genshin Impact 3.0. You first need to complete the World of Aranara quest and trade a story to get the blueprint, then crafting it only requires the usual Billets and Ore Chunks.

Moonpiercer has Elemental Mastery as a secondary stat, and the passive generates a Rebirth Leaf when the user triggers a Dendro Elemental Reaction. The leaf increases the user’s attack by up to 32%.

That said, Moonpiercer won’t do you much good if Cyno’s party doesn’t include any Dendro characters.

HoYovere gives the new Missive Windthrower during 3.1’s Mondstadt event, Honey Impact said, and it seems like a great fit for Cyno. Missive Windthrower has attack as a secondary stat, and the passive skill increases attack and elemental mastery when the user triggers an elemental reaction.

Best Cyno F2P Artifacts – Thundering Fury

Thundering Fury remains our top pick for Cyno Artifacts. Its F2P version works the same as its paid version, so boosting its Electro damage and using it to generate elemental reactions – and getting Thundering Fury’s new buff in the process – is the best way to go.

If you’re saving up for future Genshin Impact banners, be sure to check out our up-to-date list of Genshin Impact codes for free Primogems.


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