Genshin Impact Cyno Guide: Best weapons, artifacts and materials required for ascension

Cyno is a five-star Electro character in Genshin Impact and will have his first appearance in the 3.1 update. Cyno is a scholar from Sumeru Akademiya and holds the respected position of General Mahapatra. He is quite a stern person and takes his work very seriously because of this many people have misunderstood him in the past. Aside from being a popular character, his playstyle and kit are unique and powerful. This guide will discuss all the information about Cyno in Genshin Impact along with the best artifacts, best weapons and talent materials.

Cyno in Genshin Impact: Character introduction, Playstyle, and Skillset

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NAME / DESCRIPTION TYPE
Performs up to 4 consecutive spear strikes.   Normal Attack
   
Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to opponents along the way. Charged Attack
   
Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact. Plunging Attack
   
Secret Rite: Chasmic Soulfarer Elemental Skill
Performs a swift thrust, dealing Electro DMG to opponents along the path.   When Cyno is under the Pactsworn Pathclearer state triggered by Sacred Rite: Wolf’s Swiftness, he will instead unleash a Mortuary Rite that deals thunderous AoE Electro DMG and extends the duration of Pactsworn Pathclearer.  
Sacred Rite: Wolf’s Swiftness Elemental Burst
Calls upon a divine spirit to indwell him, morphing into the Pactsworn Pathclearer.   Pactsworn Pathclearer Cyno’s Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attacks will be converted to Electro DMG that cannot be overridden. ·Cyno’s Elemental Mastery and resistance to interruption will increase, and he gains immunity to Electro-Charged DMG.  

Talents Leveling Priority

Main DPS Build

Elemental Burst = Elemental Skill > Normal Attacks

Cyno’s Passive Talents

Feathisfall Judgment

When Cyno is in the Pactsworn Pathclearer state activated by Sacred Rite: Wolf’s Swiftness, Cyno will enter the Endseer stance at intervals. If he activates Secret Rite: Chasmic Soulfarer while affected by this stance, he will activate the Judication effect, increasing the DMG of this Secret Rite: Chasmic Soulfarer by 35%, and firing off 3 Duststalker Bolts that deal 100% of Cyno’s ATK as Electro DMG. Duststalker Bolt DMG is considered Elemental Skill DMG.

Authority Over the Nine Bows

Cyno’s DMG values will be increased based on his Elemental Mastery as follows:

  • Pactsworn Pathclearer’s Normal Attack DMG is increased by 150% of his Elemental Mastery.
  • Duststalker Bolt DMG from his Passive Talent Feathisfall Judgment is increased by 250% of his Elemental Mastery.

The Gift of Silence

Gains 25% more rewards when dispatched on a Sumeru Expedition for 20 hours.

Cyno’s Constellations

Constellation Level Constellation Name Effect
C1 Ordinance: Unceasing Vigil   After using Sacred Rite: Wolf’s Swiftness, Cyno’s Normal Attack SPD will be increased by 20% for 10s. If the Judication effect of his Passive Talent Feathisfall Judgment is triggered during Secret Rite: Chasmic Soulfarer, the duration of this increase will be refreshed. You need to unlock the Passive Talent “Feathisfall Judgment.”
C2 Ceremony: Homecoming of Spirits   When Cyno’s Normal Attacks hit opponents, his Electro DMG Bonus will increase by 10% for 4s. This effect can be triggered once every 0.1s. Max 5 stacks.
C3 Precept: Lawful Enforcer   Increases the Level of Sacred Rite: Wolf’s Swiftness by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.  
C4 Austerity: Forbidding Guard   When Cyno is in the Pactsworn Pathclearer state triggered by Sacred Rite: Wolf’s Swiftness, after he triggers Electro-Charged, Superconduct, Overloaded, Quicken, Aggravate, Hyperbloom, or an Electro Swirl reaction, he will restore 3 Elemental Energy for all nearby party members (except himself.) This effect can occur 5 times within one use of Sacred Rite: Wolf’s Swiftness.
C5 Funerary Rite: The Passing of Starlight     Increases the Level of Secret Rite: Chasmic Soulfarer by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C6 Raiment: Just Scales     After using Sacred Rite: Wolf’s Swiftness or triggering the Judication effect of the Passive Talent “Feathisfall Judgment,” Cyno will gain 4 stacks of the “Day of the Jackal” effect. When he hits opponents with Normal Attacks, he will consume 1 stack of “Day of the Jackal” to fire off one Duststalker Bolt. “Day of the Jackal” lasts for 8s. Max 8 stacks. It will be canceled once Pactsworn Pathclearer ends. A maximum of 1 Duststalker Bolt can be unleashed this way every 0.4s. You must first unlock the Passive Talent “Feathisfall Judgment.”

Best Artifacts Build for Cyno in Genshin Impact

DPS Build

Cyno is a selfish DPS character and will usually take a lot of on-field time on most rotations and team comps. Cyno’s burst is very powerful and has a long uptime, which makes it important that he is best equipped since other bursts DPS won’t be able to support him much. His damage scale with his ATK% and EM to some degree due to his passive talent, so it is recommended to either use ATK% or EM Sands depending on his build. Other than this, he will use the usual Electro DMG Bonus Goblet and a Crit Rate / Damage Circlet. In this section of the guide, we will talk about the best artifact sets to build for Cyno in Genshin Impact.

Cyno can be equipped with a myriad of powerful artifact sets that can boost his damage massively. Ideally, his Best-in-Slot artifact should be the Thundering Fury or the Gladiator’s Finale, which can boost his damage by a considerable margin. Cyno can also be equipped with a composition of various 2-pc artifact sets.

Thundering Fury

  • Set Bonuses
  • 2-Piece Bonus: Electro DMG Bonus +15%
  • 4-Piece Bonus: Increases damage caused by Overloaded, Electro-Charged and Superconduct by 40%. Triggering such effects decreases Elemental Skill CD by 1s. Can only occur once every 0.8s.

Gladiator’s Finale

  • Set Bonuses
  • 2-Piece Bonus: ATK +18%
  • 4-Piece Bonus: If the wielder of this artifact set uses a Sword, Claymore or Polearm, increases their Normal Attack DMG by 35%.

Gilded Dreams

  • Set Bonuses
  • 2-Piece Bonus: Elemental Mastery +80
  • 4-Piece Bonus: Within 8s of triggering an Elemental Reaction, the character equipping this will obtain buffs based on the Elemental Type of the other party members, ATK is increased by 14% for each party member whose Elemental Type is the same as the equipping character, and Elemental Mastery is increased by 50 for every party member with a different Elemental Type. Each of the aforementioned buffs will count up to 3 characters. This effect can be triggered once every 8s. The character who equips this can still trigger its effects

Hybrid Artifact Sets:

Aside from the 4pc artifact set, you can also try hybrid sets of 2pc, as they are much easier to farm and usually have better substats than that of 4pc sets. For Cyno there are many options, the main ones being 2pc Thundering Fury + 2pc Wander’s Troupe / Gilded Dreams. These Hybrid sets are not very far behind the main 4pc set and if you can manage to get godly 2pc sets then use those, but do test your artifacts in the game on Cyno.

  • Artifact Damage Potential Ranking: With a very invested min-maxing, Cyno’s artifacts can be ranked in this order:
    • Thundering Fury  > Thundersoother = Gladiator = Gilded Dreams
    • Artifact Stats Priority: DPS

In order to bring the damage potential to the maximum for any character, min-maxing will always have the utmost importance. Cyno mainly uses his Elemental Burst to deal damage, which simplifies what sub-stat should be prioritized. Aside from the general DPS stat, you should aim to clear the ER% threshold first, because, in optimal rotations, his burst is quite important. Once ER% is not an issue, then focus on boosting CR/CD/EM as required. Cyno has high base stats but since he scales with ATK% and EM try to get some more from artifacts sub-stats. Flower and Plume are always easier to farm, so aim to procure those that have godly crit ratios.

Desired Substats: CR% AND CD% >ATK% = EM

Artifact Type Main Stat Sub Stat Priority
Flower HP CR%/CD% >ATK%=EM
Plume ATK CR%/CD% >ATK%=EM
Sands ATK% / EM CR%/CD% >ATK%=EM
Goblet Electro DMG Bonus% CR%/CD% >ATK%=EM
Circlet CR / CD% CR%/CD% >ATK%=EM

ER% requirement for Cyno

Cyno’s Main source of damage comes from his Elemental Burst, which allows him to infuse Electro onto his weapon and deal a lot of damage. The ER% threshold for his Elemental Burst depends on what team comp Cyno is used in, but to be on the safe side of things, try to aim for at least 130% or more. With a dedicated Energy battery, Cyno can probably make do with only 120% ER, however,

if he doesn’t have a battery then he will need 180% or more for his consistent uptime. Cyno’s Best in slot weapons won’t have Energy Recharge as a sub-stat, so all the ER% has to be acquired from artifacts substats, so farm and level up artifacts accordingly.

Best Weapons for Cyno

Staff of the Scarlet Sands is the signature weapon for Cyno and is one of the best weapons for him due to the weapon’s powerful passive that is tailor-made for him. Most of the weapons require good substats from various artifacts, as Cyno depends on more attributes than the average character. Other viable options include the Primordial Jade Winged-Spear or the Staff of Homa, which is quite close in terms of damage with his signature weapon. In this section of the guide, we will talk about the best weapons for Cyno in Genshin Impact.

Among the four-star weapons, Deathmatch, Blackcliff Pole, and Missive Windspear are excellent choices and are far above the other unlikely options. Surprisingly, the White Tassel is also a great F2P alternative that can even beat a few five-star weapons.

Note: Weapon rankings should only be taken as reference as damage numbers can skew depending on multiple factors like team comps, characters, artifacts, and rotations so, test your characters to see what’s the best weapon for them. The current rankings were made by making estimations among various factors.

Weapon Ranking for Cyno

Staff of the Scarlet Sands > Primordial Jade Winged-Spear = Staff of Homa > Calamity Queller > Vortex Vanquisher >  Death Match = Blackcliff Pole = White Tassel > Skyward Spine > Missive Windspear

Staff of the Scarlet Sands

  • Base ATK- 542 (Level – 90)
  • Substat- 44.1% Crit Rate
  • Weapon Passive: Heat Haze at Horizon’s End

The equipping character gains 52% of their Elemental Mastery as a bonus ATK. When an Elemental Skill hits opponents, the Dream of the Scarlet Sands effect will be gained for 10s: The equipping character will gain 28% of their Elemental Mastery as a bonus ATK. Max 3 stacks.

Primordial Jade Winged-Spear

  • Base ATK- 674 (Level – 90)
  • Substat- 22.1% Crit Rate
  • Weapon Passive: Eagle Spear of Justice

On a hit, increases ATK by 3.2% for 6s. Max 7 stacks. This effect can only occur once every 0.3s. While in possession of the maximum possible stacks, DMG dealt is increased by 12%.

Staff of Homa

  • Base ATK- 608 (Level – 90)
  • Substat- 66.2% Crit Damage
  • Weapon Passive: Reckless Cinnabar

HP increased by 20%. Additionally, provides an ATK Bonus based on 0.8% of the wielder’s Max HP. When the wielder’s HP is less than 50%, this ATK bonus is increased by an additional 1% of Max HP.

Calamity Queller

  • Base ATK- 741  (Level – 90)
  • Substat- 16.5% ATK
  • Weapon Passive: Extinguishing Precept

Gain 12% All Elemental DMG Bonus. Obtain Consummation for the 20s after using an Elemental Skill, causing ATK to increase by 3.2% per second. This ATK increase has a maximum of 6 stacks. When the character equipped with this weapon is not on the field, Consummation’s ATK increase is doubled.

Deathmatch

  • Base ATK- 454  (Level – 90)
  • Substat- 36.8% Crit Rate
  • Weapon Passive: Gladiator

If there are at least 2 opponents nearby, ATK is increased by 24% and DEF is increased by 24%. If there are fewer than 2 opponents nearby, ATK is increased by 36%.

White Tassel

  • Base ATK- 401  (Level – 90)
  • Substat- 23.4% Crit Rate
  • Weapon Passive: Sharp

Increases Normal Attack DMG by 24%.

Skyward Spine

  • Base ATK- 674 (Level – 90)
  • Substat- 36.8% Energy Recharge
  • Weapon Passive: Blackwing                                                                                                   Increases CRIT Rate by 8% and increases Normal ATK SPD by 12%. Additionally, Normal and Charged Attacks hits on opponents have a 50% chance to trigger a vacuum blade that deals 40% of ATK as DMG in a small AoE. This effect can occur no more than once every 2s.

Cyno Materials Requirement for Ascension

Here are the materials required for Cyno’s levelling and ascension all the way to max level 90 are mentioned in this Genshin Impact Cyno Guide.

Ascension Level Ascension Materials
Level: 0-20 1x Varunada Amethyst Sliver, 3x Divining Scroll, 3x Scarab, 20k Mora
Level: 20-40 3x Varunada Amethyst Fragment, 2x Thunderclap Fruitcore, 15x Divining Scroll, 10x Scarab, 40k Mora
Level: 40-50 6x Varunada Amethyst Fragment, 4x Thunderclap Fruitcore, 12x Sealed Scroll, 20x Scarab, 60k Mora
Level: 50-60 3x Varunada Amethyst Chunk, 8x Thunderclap Fruitcore, 18x Sealed Scroll, 30x Scarab, 80k Mora
Level: 60-70 6x Varunada Amethyst Chunk, 12x Thunderclap Fruitcore, 12x Forbidden Curse Scroll, 45x Scarab, 100k Mora
Level: 70-80+ 6x Varunada Amethyst Gemstone, 20x Thunderclap Fruitcore, 24x Forbidden Curse Scroll, 60x Scarab, 120k Mora

Talent Upgrade Materials:

Here are the materials required for levelling up skill talents are mentioned below in this Genshin Impact Cyno Guide.

Level Target Materials Required
Level 1
Level 2 3x Teachings of Admonition, 6x Divining Scroll, x12500 Mora
Level 3 2x Guide to Admonition, 3x Sealed Scroll, x17500 Mora
Level 4 4x Guide to Admonition, 4x Sealed Scroll, x25000 Mora
Level 5 6x Guide to Admonition, 6x Sealed Scroll, x30000 Mora
Level 6 9x Guide to Admonition, 9x Sealed Scroll, x37500 Mora
Level 7 4x Philosophies of Admonition, 4x Forbidden Curse Scroll, 1x Mudra of the Malefic General, x120000 Mora
Level 8 6x Philosophies of Admonition, 6x Forbidden Curse Scroll, 1x Mudra of the Malefic General, x260000 Mora
Level 9 12x Philosophies of Admonition, 9x Forbidden Curse Scroll, 2x Mudra of the Malefic General, x450000 Mora
Level 10 16x Philosophies of Admonition, 12x Forbidden Curse Scroll, 2x Mudra of the Malefic General, 1x Crown of Insight, x700000 Mora

Special Dish

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  • Name: Duel Soul
  • In-game Description: Cyno’s speciality. The golden grains of rice have been piled up like a most remarkable hill. As you scoop out a chunk and place the fragrant meat into your mouth, an impulse you cannot name rises within your chest — a desire to whip out your Genius Invocation deck and duel!
  • Food Effect: Restores 34% of Max HP to the selected character and regenerates 980 HP every 5s for the 30s.

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