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Genshin Impact’s Yanfei is a half-adepti and Liyue’s premier legal adviser. Not only can she offer top-of-the-line legal advice, but she can also pack a punch on the battlefield as a surprisingly powerful four-star pyro catalyst wielder. So if you’d care to read the wavier and sign on the dotted line, we’ll take you through the best Genshin Yanfei build, featuring her skills, weapons, and more.

For those of you who need some extra primogems for the next Genshin Impact banner, take a look at our Genshin Impact codes list. For those of you looking for other strong characters, we have guides that include our recommended builds for Genshin Impact’s Keqing, Genshin Impact’s Xiangling, and Genshin Impact’s Bennett.

Open your textbooks, let’s find out everything you need to know about Genshin Impact’s Yanfei.

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What’s the best Genshin Impact Yanfei build?

Yanfei primarily excels in an on-field DPS role, taking the lead in either a vaporize or overload team. She’s a great option for early gameplay, and her ranged attacks have a handy reach. She also has decent reach and damage with her AoE, consistent hydro application, and plenty of F2P and resin-efficient options when it comes to weapons, artifacts, and team builds.

She does have some weaknesses, with her damage not really reaching high enough numbers to contend with other DPS (especially five-star units), and her reliance on heavy stamina consumption due to her charged attack. She also has a long charged attack animation which isn’t easy to cancel and doesn’t offer invincibility, leaving her vulnerable to incoming attacks. As she’s also pretty squishy in most builds, you may find yourself relying on highly sought-after shield units to negate this damage.

However, with her cost-efficient building and her great pyro application, she truly is a wonderful unit to fill that fire slot on many F2P teams.

What are the best Genshin Impact Yanfei weapons?

Vaporize Yanfei

The Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds is our catalyst of choice for vaporize Yanfei, as it compliments the extended on-field time necessary to make the most of her rotations. The crit rate secondary stat, which isn’t very common in catalysts, also works really well for her.

Alternatively, The Widsith is a great choice, especially as higher refinement ranks, as Yanfei is one of the few catalyst users capable of making full use of its buffs. Plus, it’s slightly easier to roll into.

Weapon Effect How to obtain
Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds Bonus effect: crit rate
Skill: Increases movement speed by 10%. When in battle, gain an 8% elemental damage bonus every four seconds. Max four stacks. Lasts until Yanfei falls or leaves combat
The Widsith Bonus effect: crit damage
Skill: When a character takes the field, they will gain a random theme song for ten seconds. This can only occur once every 30 seconds.
Recitative: Attack is increased by 60%.
Aria: Increases all elemental damage by 48%
Interlude: Elemental mastery is increased by 240
Dodoco Tales Bonus effect: attack
Skill: Normal attack hits on opponents increase charged attack damage by 16% for six seconds. Charged attack hits on opponents increase attack by 8% for six seconds
Midsummer Island Adventure event
Mappa Mare Bonus effect: elemental mastery
Skill: Triggering an elemental reaction grants an 8% elemental damage bonus for ten seconds. Max two stacks
Forging or Stellar Reunion event

Overload Yanfei

Our top weapon picks for overload Yanfei are a bit different to that of Vaporize Yanfei, as your main priority for this role is increasing her elemental mastery as much as possible.

Sacrificial Fragments takes the top spot due to its high elemental mastery, despite its skill not being the most useful to her. Refinements don’t change much, so you’re fine at R1 for this one, meaning it’s also a very affordable option.

Magic Guide comes in at second, as it offers the second-highest elemental mastery of all the catalysts so far. Its attack doesn’t do much for Yanfei, but with it being a three-star weapon, it’s much cheaper to upgrade and refine than other weapons.

Weapon Effect How to obtain
Sacrificial Fragments Bonus effect: elemental mastery
Skill: After you damage an opponent with Yanfei’s elemental skill, the skill has a 40% chance to end its own cooldown. This can only occur once every 30 seconds
Magic Guide Bonus effect: elemental mastery
Skill: Increases damage against enemies affected by hydro or electro by 12%
Thrilling Tale of Dragon Slayers Bonus effect: HP
Skill: When you switch characters, the new character taking the field has their attack increased by 24% for ten seconds. This effect can only occur once every 20 seconds

What are the best Genshin Impact Yanfei artifacts?

Regardless of whether you’re using her in a vaporize or overload team, we highly recommend using a full set of the Crimson Witch of Flames artifacts to get a healthy pyro damage bonus. Shimenawa’s Reminiscence and Wanderer’s Troupe also offer some nice benefits depending on how you want to build your Yanfei.

Artifact set Effect Where to get
Crimson Witch of Flames Two equipped: Increases pyro damage by 15%
Four equipped: Increases overloaded and burning damage by 40% and vaporize and melt damage by 15%. When an elemental skill is used, the two-piece set effect is increased by 50% for ten seconds
Hidden Palace of Zhou Formula domain on Bashui Plain, Wuwang Hill
Shimenawa’s Reminiscence Two equipped: attack +18%
Four equipped: 
when using an elemental skill with 15 or more energy, you lose 15 energy and gain 50% normal/charge/plunging attack damage for ten seconds. This effect won’t trigger again during that duration
Momiji-Dyed Court domain on Yashiori Island in Inazuma
Wanderer’s Troupe Two equipped: Increases elemental mastery by 80
Four equipped: Increases charged attack damage by 35%
World bosses and weekly bosses, or the Wanderer’s Troupe artifact strongbox

Alternate artifacts

If you’re struggling to get a full set of the artifacts listed above, you can use this set in the meantime.

Set Effect
Martial Artist Two equipped: normal attack and charged attack damage is increased by 15%
Four equipped: after using your elemental skill, your normal attack and charged attack damage is increased by 25% for eight seconds

When picking artifacts for Yanfei, you should prioritize the following stats.

Main stats: 

  • Attack% for Sands of Eon
  • Pyro damage bonus for the Goblet of Eonothem
  • Crit rate or crit damage for the Circlet of Logos

Sub stats:

  • Attack%
  • Crit damage
  • Crit rate

To find out more about how artifacts work, check out our Genshin Impact artifacts guide.

Genshin Impact Yanfei balancing on one foot with her arms out

What are Genshin Impact Yanfei’s skills?

Active skills:

Skill Effect
Seal of Approval Yanfei shoots fireballs that deal up to three counts of pyro damage. On hit, Yanfei receives a Scarlet Seal, she can have a maximum of three. The seals decrease her stamina consumption
Seal of Approval (charged) Consumes stamina and all Scarlet Seals to deal AoE pyro damage
Seal of Approval (plunging) Yanfei plunged toward the ground, dealing AoE pyro damage on impact
Signed Edict Deals AoE pyro damage and grants Yanfei the maximum number of Scarlet Seals
Done Deal Deals AoE pyro damage, grants Yanfei the maximum number of Scarlet Seals, and applies Brilliance to her.
Brilliance periodically grants Yanfei a Scarlet Seal and increases the damage of her charged attack

Passive skills:

Skill Effect
Proviso When a Scarlet Seal is consumed by using a charged attack, Yanfei’s pyro damage is increased by 5% for six seconds
Blazing Eye When a charged attack deals a critical hit, Yanfei will deal extra AoE pyro damage that’s equal to 80% of her attack
Encyclopedic Expertise The mini-map will show the location of nearby resources that are unique to Liyue

What are Genshin Impact Yanfei’s constellations?

Constellation Effect
The Law Knows No Kindness Each existing Scarlet Seal additionally reduces the stamina cost of charged attacks by 10% and increase resistance against interruption when released.
Right of Final Interpretation Increases Yanfei’s charged attack critical hit rate by 20% against enemies with HP below 50%
Samadhi Fire-Forged Increases the level of Signed Edict by three.
The maximum upgrade level is 15
Supreme Amnesty Done Deal creates a shield that absorbs up to 45% of Yanfei’s max HP for 15 seconds. The shield absorbs pyro damage 250% more effectively
Abiding Affidavit Increases the level of Done Deal by three.
The maximum upgrade level is 15
Extra Clause Increases the maximum number of Scarlet Seals by one

What are Genshin Impact Yanfei’s ascension materials?

You need a lot of Noctilous Jade in order to ascend Yanfei fully. You can purchase five from Shitou at Jade Mystery in Liyue every three days.

Required level Mora Materials
20 20,000 One Agnidus Agate Sliver, three Noctilous Jade, three Treasure Hoarder Insignia
40 40,000 Three Agnidus Agate Fragment, two Juvenile Jade, ten Noctilous Jade, 15 Treasure Hoarder Insignia
50 60,000 Six Agnidus Agate Fragment, four Juvenile Jade, 20 Noctilous Jade, 12 Silver Raven Insignia
60 80,000 Three Agnidus Agate Chunk, eight Juvenile Jade, 30 Noctilous Jade, 18 Silver Raven Insignia
70 100,000 Six Agnidus Agate Chunk, 12 Juvenile Jade, 45 Noctilous Jade, 12 Golden Raven Insignia
80 120,000 Six Agnidus Agate Gemstone, 20 Juvenile Jade, 60 Noctilous Jade, 24 Golden Raven Insignia

What are Genshin Impact Yanfei’s talent materials? 

Here are all the talent level-up materials you need to ascend one of Yanfei’s talents to level ten.

Talent level Mora Materials
Two 12,500 Six treasure hoarder insignia, three Teachings of Gold
Three 17,500 Three silver raven insignia, two Guide to Gold
Four 25,000 Four silver raven insignia, four Guide to Gold
Five 30,000 Six silver raven insignia, six Guide to Gold
Six 37,500 Nine silver raven insignia, nine Guide to Gold
Seven 120,000 Four golden raven insignia, four Philosophies of Gold, one Bloodjade Branch
Eight 260,000 Six golden raven insignia, six Philosophies of Gold, one Bloodjade Branch
Nine 450,000 Nine golden raven insignia, 12 Philosophies of Gold, two Bloodjade Branch
Ten 700,000 12 golden raven insignia, 16 Philosophies of Gold, two Bloodjade Branch, one Crown of Insight

Genshin Impact Yanfei: Official art of Yanfei, Ganyu, and Shenhe attending the night market in Liyue

What’s the best Genshin Impact Yanfei team comp?

Naturally, when picking a team comp for Yanfei, the characters you should choose are reliant on whether you want a vaporize or overload team.

For vaporize teams, she synergizes well with Genshin Impact’s Xingqiu and Genshin Impact’s Bennett. You can fill the spare slot with an anemo unit like Genshin Impact’s Kazuha to shred resistance and reap the benefits of the Viridescent Venerer artifact set, Genshin Impact’s Fischl for additional damage and overloads, or Genshin Impact’s Zhongli to shield her, which helps negate her vulnerability during her long charged attack animations.

For overload teams, you should go with Genshin Impact’s Fischl and Genshin Impact’s Beidou. The fourth slot can once again be filled with Bennett, Xingqiu, or Zhongli, or you can go with Genshin Impact’s Kokomi, all of which help her survivability without interfering with overload reactions.

It can be tough working out which character is best, so check out our Genshin Impact tier list if you need some help.

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