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

Genshin Impact is an adventure RPG released by miHoYo in 2020. In a short period, the game has become one of the most successful adventures RPG titles ever to have been released. Shenhe is an upcoming five-star character and will arrive in the Genshin Impact Version 2.4 update. She is Cloud Retainer’s disciple, hailing from a branch family of a clan of exorcists. She was taken in by Cloud Retainer at a young age along with Ganyu. Shenhe has spent a long time in her isolated cultivation in Liyue’s mountains, refining her adept arts. The normal folks of Liyue often regard her as a white-haired immortal and a total mystery.  In this Genshin Impact Shenhe guide, we will tell you everything about her talent, constellation, passive skills, best weapons, best artifacts, and materials required for ascension.

Shenhe: Playstyle and skillset of a character

Shenhe
Name/ Description Type
  Normal Attack
Performs up to five consecutive spear strikes.    
  Charged Attack
Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to opponents along the way.  
  Plunging Attack
Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact.  
Spring Spirit Summoning Elemental Skill
The frosted dew, silvery and dense, shall exorcise all demons. Grants all nearby party members the Icy Quill effect and deals Cryo DMG in different ways based on whether it is tap press or held.
Press: Pushes forward together with a Talisman Spirit, dealing Cryo DMG to opponents along the path.
  Hold: Commands the Talisman Spirit to dealt to AoE Cryo DMG.

  Icy Quill: When Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attacks, Elemental Skills, and Elemental Bursts deal Cryo DMG to opponents, the DMG dealt is increased based on Shenhe’s current ATK. The Icy Quill’s effects will be cleared once its duration ends or after being triggered a certain number of times. When held rather than tap press, the Icy Quill’s effect lasts longer and can be triggered more times. When one Cryo DMG instance strikes multiple opponents, the effect is triggered multiple times based on the number of opponents hit. The number of times the effect is triggered is calculated independently for each party member with the Icy Quill.

 
Divine Maiden’s Deliverance Elemental Burst
Unleashes the power of the Talisman Spirit, allowing it to roam free in this plane, dealing AoE Cryo DMG. The Talisman Spirit then creates a field that decreases the Cryo RES and Physical RES of opponents within it. It also deals periodic Cryo DMG to opponents within the field. The way of the adept is not defined only by the mysterious and fantastical. Only by observing the changes in the heavens and the earth, and understanding the laws of cause and effect in this realm, may its essence be understood.      

Shenhe’s Passive Talents

  • Precise Comings and Goings: Gains 25% more rewards when dispatched on a Liyue Expedition for 20 hours.
  • Deific Embrace: An active character within the field created by Divine Maiden’s Deliverance gains 15% Cryo DMG Bonus.
  • Spirit Communion Seal: After Shenhe uses Spring Spirit Summoning, she will grant all nearby party members the following effects
    • Press: Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst DMG increased by 15% for 10 s.
    • Hold: Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attack DMG increased by 15% for 15 s.

Shenhe’s Constellations

Constellation Level Constellation Name Effect
C1 Clarity of Heart Spring Spirit Summoning can be used 1 more time.
C2 Centered Spirit Divine Maiden’s Deliverance lasts for 6 seconds longer. Active characters within the skill’s field deal 15% increased Cryo CPIT DMG.
C3 Seclusion   Increases the Level of Spring Spirit Summoning by 3. The maximum upgrade level is 15.
C4 Insight When characters under the effect of Icy Quill applied by Shenhe trigger its DMG Bonus effects, Shenhe will gain a Skyfrost Mantra stack: -When Shenhe uses Spring Spirit Summoning, she will consume all stacks of Skyfrost Mantra, increasing the DMG of that Spring Spirit Summoning by 5% for each stack consumed. -Max 50 stacks. Stacks last for the 60s.
C5 Divine Attainment Increases the Level of Divine Maiden’s Deliverance by 3. The maximum upgrade level is 15.
C6 Mystical Abandon When characters trigger Icy Quill’s effects using Normal and Charged Attack DMG, it does not count toward the Trigger Quota.

Special Dish

Heartstring Noodles (Image via Genshin Impact Fandom)
  • Name: Heartstring Noodles
  • In-game Description: Shenhe’s specialty

Perhaps this comes from her desire to recreate a flavor that lives only in her memories, but Shenhe has poured much time and effort into both making and plating this dish. The smooth noodles and delectable soup make a great impression indeed, but the most indelible aspects are the dedication and heart put into this dish.

Buff Effect: Increases all party members’ ATK by 274 for 300s. In Co-op Mode, this effect only applies to your own characters.

Best Artifacts Build for Shenhe in Genshin Impact

In the Genshin Impact Shenhe guide, we will provide details for all the artifact build sets for Shenhe in the game.

Buffer / Support Build

Shenhe’s kit is very much focused on providing buffs to other Cryo Main DPS characters. Her support abilities scale with ATK%. So, for full support build she will need a hybrid build of 2pc Gladiator’s Finale + 2pc Shimenawa’s Reminiscence. For this build, players will need to build a bit of Crit Rate, if they are planning to use Favonius Lance, for it’s passive to proc.

Weapons aside from Favonius Lance don’t have any crit threshold criteria. Therefore, it will need less investment in it. The energy recharge threshold is important here. This should be the first focus and then all the investment should go for the increasing total attack.

  • 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%.
Gladiator’s Finale
  • Shimenawa’s Reminiscence
  • Set Bonuses
  • 2-Piece Bonus: ATK +18%
  • 4-Piece Bonus: When casting an Elemental Skill, if the character has 15 or more Energy, they lose 15 Energy and Normal/Charged/Plunging Attack DMG is increased by 50% for 10s. This effect will not trigger again during that duration.
Blizzard Strayer
  • Blizzard Strayer
  • Set Bonuses
  • 2-Piece Bonus: Cryo DMG Bonus +15%
  • 4-Piece Bonus: When a character attacks an opponent affected by Cryo, their CRIT Rate is increased by 20%. If the opponent is Frozen, CRIT Rate is increased by an additional 20%.

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

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

Shenhe’s main DPS build follows the standard DPS build for other characters, with ATK% Sands, Elemental DMG Goblet and Circlet of either Crit rate or Crit damage, depending on the needs. Things can be mixed up by using ATK% Goblet instead of Elemental DMG one, the difference shouldn’t be a lot.

ER% requirement for Shenhe

She will need at least 150 ER%, along with another Cryo battery for her burst uptime, as she doesn’t generate a lot of energy particles. The requirement can vary between 150-180 ER% depending on teams and weapons. Her burst costs 80 energy, with a downtime of 8 seconds. Weapons like Engulfing Lighting, Favonius Lance, and Skyward Spine will leave some leeway for ER% requirements.

Best Weapons for Shenhe in Genshin Impact

Among the five stars weapons, Calamity Queller is her absolute signature weapon, built to suit her entirely. Other than the signature weapon, Engulfing Lightning and Skyward Spine are also very competitive, with ER% substat. Any weapon with a high base attack will be good for her and supporting passives the cherry on top. The four-star weapons that should be good for her are Favonius Lance and Wavebreaker’s Fin. Other weapons will work too, but these are better suited for her. Wavebreaker’s Fin has a base attack of 620 at level 90, which is very beneficial to her. The Catch and Kitain Cross Spear can also be used for her. Therefore in this guide, we will provide the details for the best weapons for Shenhe in Genshin Impact.

Calamity Queller

Genshin Impact Shenhe Guide
Calamity Queller
  • Base ATK– 741(Level – 90)
  • Substat– 16.5% ATK

Weapon Passive: Extinguishing Precept

It is used to 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.

Engulfing Lightning

Engulfing Lightning
  • Base ATK– 608  (Level – 90)
  • Substat– 55.1% Energy Recharge

Weapon Passive: Timeless Dream: Eternal Stove

ATK increased by 28% of Energy Recharge over the base 100%. You can gain a maximum bonus of 80% ATK. Gain 30% Energy Recharge for 12s after using an Elemental Burst.

Skyward Spine

Skyward Spine
  • Base ATK- 674 (Level – 90)
  • Substat- 36.8% Energy Recharge

Weapon Passive: Blackwing

It 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.

Favonius Lance

Favonius Lance
  • Base ATK- 565 (Level – 90)
  • Substat- 30.6% Energy Recharge

Weapon Passive: Windfall

CRIT hits have a 60% chance to generate a small number of Elemental Particles, which will regenerate 6 Energy for the character. It can only occur once every 12s.

Wavebreaker’s Fin

Wavebreaker’s Fin
  • Base ATK–  620 (Level – 90)
  • Substat– 13.8% ATK

Weapon Passive: Watatsumi Wavewalker

For every point of the entire party’s combined maximum Energy capacity, the Elemental Burst DMG of the character equipping this weapon is increased by 0.12%. A maximum of 40% increased Elemental Burst DMG can be achieved this way.

Materials Requirement for Ascension of Shenhe

In this Genshin Impact Shenhe guide, we will look at the materials required for the Ascension of Diona from level 1 to level 90.

Ascension Level Ascension Materials
Level: 0-20 1x Shivada Jade Silver, 3x Whopperflower Nectar, 3x Qingxin, 20k Mora
Level: 20-40 3x Shivada Jade Fragment, 2x Dragonheir’s False Fin, 15x Whopperflower Nectar, 10x Qingxin, 40k Mora
Level: 40-50 6x Shivada Jade Fragment, 4x Dragonheir’s False Fin, 12x Shimmering Nectar, 20x Qingxin, 60k Mora
Level: 50-60 3x Shivada Jade Chunk, 8x Dragonheir’s False Fin, 18x Shimmering Nectar, 30x Qingxin, 80k Mora
Level: 60-70 6x Shivada Jade Chunk, 12x Dragonheir’s False Fin, 12x Energy Nectar, 45x Qingxin, 100k Mora
Level: 70-80+ 6x Shivada Jade Gemstone, 20x Dragonheir’s False Fin, 24x Energy Nectar, 60x Qingxin, 120k Mora

Talent Upgrade Materials required for Shenhe

In this Genshin Impact Shenhe Guide, the following materials are required to level up 1 talent up to level 10.

Level Target Materials Required
Level 1
Level 2 3x Teachings of Prosperity, 6x Whopperflower Nectar, x12500 Mora
Level 3 2x Guide to Prosperity, 3x Shimmering Nectar,  x17500 Mora
Level 4 4x Guide to Prosperity, 4x Shimmering Nectar,  x25000 Mora
Level 5 6x Guide to Prosperity, 6x Shimmering Nectar,  x30000 Mora
Level 6 9x Guide to Prosperity, 9x Shimmering Nectar,  x37500 Mora
Level 7 4x Philosophies of Prosperity, 4x Energy Nectar, 1x Hellfire Butterfly, x120000 Mora
Level 8 6x Philosophies of Prosperity, 6x Energy Nectar, 1x Hellfire Butterfly, x260000 Mora
Level 9 12x Philosophies of Prosperity, 9x Energy Nectar, 2x Hellfire Butterfly, x450000 Mora
Level 10 16x Philosophies of Prosperity, 12x Energy Nectar, 2x Hellfire Butterfly, 1x Crown of Insight, x700000 Mora

Best Characters to Pair with Shenhe

Shenhe’s kit becomes more powerful, as the number of Cryo units in the team increases. Specifically, it depends on Cryo damage done by other characters. Therefore, Cryo characters and Anemo Swirl of Cryo are the only things that will work. Cryo swirl is quite inconsistent if different elemental types of enemies are present in the field. So she will work best when paired with main DPS characters like Ganyu and Ayaka. Her buffs provide a huge boost to Cryo DMG, overlapped by the active characters, crit ratios, and elemental mastery. All this information is based on theory crafting and won’t always be accurate. Therefore, players must wait until she releases.

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