Genshin Impact developer HoYoverse clearly thought Childe was getting lonely being the only Hydro bow user in the game, so it went and made a new one in Yelan. This mysterious denizen of Liyue claims to work for the Ministry of Civil Affairs, though her true alias is very much an unknown quantity in the hit gacha-infused ARPG. What isn’t a mystery, however, is the Genshin Impact Yelan build you’ll want to opt for to maximise her potential after you pull her on the Genshin Impact banner.
Yelan may be able to put out plenty of damage, but due to her primary function as a Hydro applicator through her Elemental Burst, she’ll mostly be rotated off-field as a Burst DPS, allowing your main damage source to take centre stage and create all of those lovely elemental reactions.
So what is the ideal Genshin Impact Yelan build? Here, we’ll show you which artifacts you should be prioritising alongside her recommended main and sub stats. Additionally, we’ll detail Yelan’s talent priority, best weapons, and top team compositions. If you don’t quite know what she does, then definitely take a look at our Genshin Impact Yelan release date guide for a full rundown of her abilities, Constellations, and talents.
Genshin Impact Yelan build – artifacts
Yelan’s best artifact set is Emblem of the Severed Fate. You can also opt for a hybrid build constituting two pieces of Tenacity of the Millileth and two pieces of Heart of Depth.
|Yelan Burst DPS|
|Emblem of Severed Fate||
Two-piece set: Energy Recharge +20%
Four-piece set: Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 25% of Energy Recharge. A maximum of 75% bonus DMG can be obtained in this way.
|Yelan Main DPS|
Heart of Depth
Tenacity of the Millelith
Two-piece set: Hydro DMG Bonus +15%
Two-piece set: HP +20%
As an off-field DPS, Yelan relies on her burst to deal damage while she’s not around. Additionally, without getting her to C1, Yelan suffers from some unfortunate energy issues. As such, Emblem of Severed Fate is the go-to artifact set for her – even at C1 and above – as it not only boosts her Energy Recharge, but also provides a big boost in Elemental Burst damage based on how much Energy Recharge she has.
However, if you do wish to make use of Yelan’s full kit as a main DPS, then you may also opt for a hybrid setup using two pieces of both Heart of Depth – which boosts her Hydro DMG – and Tenacity of the Millelith which boosts her max HP – another major scaling stat of hers.
Genshin Impact Yelan build – stat priority
Yelan’s stat priority is Critical DMG and Crit Rate, HP%, Energy Recharge, then finally Elemental Mastery.
|Slot||Main stat||Sub stats|
|Flower||HP (default)||Crit Rate/Crit Damage > HP% > Energy Recharge > Elemental Mastery|
|Feather||ATK (default)||Crit Rate/Crit Damage > HP% > Energy Recharge|
|Sands||HP%||Crit Rate/Crit Damage > Energy Recharge > Elemental Mastery|
|Goblet||Hydro DMG%||Crit Rate/Crit Damage > HP% > Energy Recharge|
|Circlet||Crit Rate/Crit DMG||Crit Rate/Crit Damage > HP% > Energy Recharge > Elemental Mastery|
Critical DMG and Critical Rate being Yelan’s main stat priorities shouldn’t come as a surprise seeing as she functions as a DPS. However, unlike more conventional damage dealers she actually scales much better from HP% than ATK%, so definitely opt for more health from your Sands.
For your Goblet, Hydro DMG is ideal on Yelan, especially if you’re not using Heart of Depth for that straight up damage boost. Finally, opting for either a Crit Rate or Crit DMG Circlet will round out Yelan’s main stats. As always, you should be looking for a 2:1 Crit DMG-to-Crit Rate ratio, with a Crit Rate at or above 50% as a baseline, so choose accordingly based on what you need.
As for sub-stats, we’ve already established that Yelan loves HP, so HP% should be the go-to on everything except your Sands (because it already has HP% as its main stat). More Energy Recharge will help ease Yelan’s energy issues, so that should generally be your second focus. Finally, Elemental Mastery will bolster the potency of Yelan’s elemental reactions, which suits her burst – which is primarily for applying Hydro like Xingqiu’s – down to the ground.
Genshin Impact Yelan build – talent priority
Yelan’s talent priority is Elemental Burst, Elemental Skill, and then Normal Attack.
With Yelan primarily operating as an off-field DPS, most of her damage output will be coming from her Elemental Burst. Regardless of how much you do use her Elemental Skill, it will still provide more value than investing in her Normal Attack.
Genshin Impact Yelan build – weapon
The best Yelan weapon is, of course, her patented Aqua Simulacra. Boosting both her HP and damage – even when off-field – Aqua Simulacra is a match made in heaven for Yelan. With that said, there are several other bows that synergise well with Yelan.
|Yelan best weapon|
The Cleansing Form
HP is increased by 32%. When there are opponents nearby, the DMG dealt by the wielder of this weapon is increased by 40%. This will take effect whether the character is on-field or not
|Yelan alternative weapons|
|Elegy for the End||
The Parting Refrain
A part of the “Millennial Movement” that wanders amidst the winds. Increases Elemental Mastery by 60
When the Elemental Skills or Elemental Bursts of the character wielding this weapon hit opponents, that character gains a Sigil of Remembrance. This effect can be triggered once every 0.2s and can be triggered even if said character is not on the field.
“Millennial Movement: Farewell Song” increases Elemental Mastery by 100 and increases ATK by 20%. Once this effect is triggered, you will not gain Sigils of Remembrance for 20s
Of the many effects of the “Millennial Movement,” buffs of the same type will not stack
Increases Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst DMG by 24%
CRIT hits have a 60% chance to generate a small amount of Elemental Particles, which will regenerate six Energy for the character. Can only occur once every 12s.
After dealing damage to an opponent with an Elemental Skill, the skill has a 40% chance to end its own CD. Can only occur once every 30s.
If a Normal or Charged Attack hits a target within 0.3s of being fired, increases DMG by 36%. Otherwise, decreases DMG by 10%.
For those lucky enough to own Elegy for the End, the premium five star bow will supercharge Yelan’s elemental reactions, even when she isn’t on the field. Offering up Energy Recharge, a ton of Elemental Mastery, and an ATK% buff when stacked, it is certainly the most attractive option for those who don’t manage to roll Aqua Simulacra.
Heading onto the four star options, The Stringless serves up a big old helping of Elemental Mastery as its secondary stat, with a solid ability damage boost on top. This is a solid choice, particularly for Burst DPS Yelan as it will bolster the power of both her burst, as well as the resulting elemental reactions.
If you’re really hurting for Energy Recharge, then both the Favonius Warbow and Sacrificial Bow will serve you well – especially the former as it offers double the Energy Recharge when fully-levelled. However, don’t expect to benefit from their passive abilities if you’re building Yelan as a Burst DPS, as both require her to be on the field to activate.
Finally, if you’re looking for a three star free-to-play option, then Yelan works very well with the Slingshot. Again, you won’t be making use of its passive unless you’re planning to use Yelan as a Main DPS, but the whopping 31.2% Crit Rate it offers when fully levelled will either free up plenty of room in your build for more Crit Damage, or simply make the crits from her Elemental Burst more consistent.
Genshin Impact Yelan build – Team comps
So far, there’s been plenty of theorycrafting around potential builds for Yelan when she joins the roster of Genshin Impact characters. Here are the best Yelan team comps that we’ve come across.
|Character #1||Character #2||Character #3||Character #4|
|Hu Tao||Yelan||Yun Jin||Zhongli|
The first comp is a simple vape comp. Here, you can use Hu Tao or Yoimiya as your Main DPS, and either Kazuha or Sucrose for swirl and Viridescent Venerer application.
Next up we have a Geo Resonance squad which once again utilises the likes of Hu Tao or Yoimiya as your Main DPS. This time around you’ll be coating your team in hefty shields while boosting their damage output.
Squad number three is a tweaked version of the famous Raiden National comp, with Yelan filling in for Xingqiu.
For low spenders, you’ll find plenty of joy with comp number four, which is a simple taser setup featuring Fischl, Beidou, and Sucrose as your bread and butter. Slap a slice of Yelan in there and you have a tase-ty (sorry) sandwich.
Finally, if elemental reactions aren’t your vibe, then this mono Hydro team comprised of Yelan, Xingqiu, Kokomi, and special guest Kazuha (though Sucrose is also fine here for Viridescent application) is for you. Kokomi functions as the Main DPS here, turning her primary role as a support on its head. Needless to say, it sounds super fun to try out.
And that’s all you need to get your Genshin Impact Yelan build up to scratch. As always, we’ll tweak this guide here and there as new comps are found, or newer, better artifacts are released that are simply too good not to farm for.