Genshin Impact's Kazuha is the next character set to join the game as part of the 1.6 update. This wandering swordsman hails from the Inazuma region, and he's been a bit of a mystery for a while. One thing we do know is that Kiryu Kazuha will be the first five-star Anemo character to arrive in Genshin impact since Xiao.
Half the Kazuha materials come from Inazuma-specific bosses and enemies, so we weren't able to access them until the 1.6 update. And while his release date still hasn't been confirmed by miHoYo, it's widely assumed that his banner will be launching very soon. Of course, that doesn't stop you from planning ahead to figure out how Kazuha fits with the rest of your team.
This theorycrafted Genshin Impact Kazuha build guide should help you do just that.
Genshin Impact Kazuha banner: When can you get the 1.6 character?
Kazuha is the only new character in the Genshin Impact 1.6 update. This five-star Anemo character isn't available quite yet, though. While it's not confirmed, we're expecting Kazuha's banner to go live when Klee's first banner re-run ends, on June 29.
Genshin Impact's Kazuha trailer
This character teaser trailer gives us a little insight into Kazuha's character, as well as more context to his backstory, following the escape from Inazuma.
Genshin Impact's Kazuha: An overview
Kazuha is a ronin, a wandering samurai from Inazuma with no affiliations to any lord or leader. His leaked character description from Honey Hunter describes Kazuha as a "gentle and carefree" person hiding a good many burdens deep in his soul.
Kazuha’s attack makes him weaker than Xiao and Eula, but stronger than Zhongli. However, it seems raw attack won’t be Kazuha’s biggest strength anyway, as he wields a multi-layered set of elemental abilities that make him perfect for offense and support.
|Normal attack:||Perform up to five consecutive strikes|
|Charged attack:||Consumes a set amount of stamina to unleash two powerful sword strikes|
|Plunging attack:||Plunges from mid-air, damaging any foes in the way and dealing AoE damage on impact|
|Ranran Haishi plunging attack:||Triggered by Kazuha’s Elemental Skill Chihayafuru. Turns plunge attack damage into Anemo damage and creates a wind vacuum that draws nearby enemies closer|
|Press:||Creates an Anemo vacuum that pulls opponents in before launching them away and dealing AoE damage. The launch pushes Kazuha into the air. Initiating a plunge attack within 10 seconds of using the skill activates Ranran Haishi, and this can be done from mid-air.|
|Hold:||Same attack, but charges the vortex to deal more damage|
|Manyou no Ittou||Kazuha dashes forward and delivers a powerful Anemo strike that deals AoE damage and generates Ruka Akino, a field that deals additional Anemo damage at set intervals. If enemies are afflicted with Pyro, Hydro, Electro, or Cryo, Manyou no Ittou deals additional damage of that elemental type.|
|Matsukaze Karyuu:||Decreases sprint stamina consumption by 20% for the party. Cannot be stacked with other, similar passives.|
|Weathering Blade:||If Chihayafuru connects with enemies afflicted with any other element, it deals 200% damage of that same element in plunging damage.|
|Windsong Poetics:||When Kazuha triggers a Swirl effect, it increases party member Elemental damage by 0.03% for every point of Kazuha’s Elemental Mastery. This can stack with other, similar effects.|
|Senzan Kouhen:||Decreases Chihayafuru’s cooldown time by 10%. Activating Kazuha’s Elemental Burst resets the cooldown timer.|
|Yamaarashi Zansin:||The Ruka Akino field increases Elemental Mastery for Kazuha and all party members in the field by 200. This won’t stack with other Elemental Mastery effects.|
|Fuushuu Kitan:||Increases Chihayafuru’s level by three with a maximum of 15.|
|Oozora Genpou:||When Kazuha’s Elemental Energy is below 45, Chihayafuru regenerates three energy (press) or four energy (hold). Gliding will regenerate two Energy.|
|Bansei no Shuu:||Increases Manyou no Ittou’s level by three with a maximum of 15.|
|Ketsuseki Haku:||Using Kazuha’s Elemental Skill or Burst increases his Anemo power. Each point of Elemental Mastery will increase all Kazuha’s normal attacks and Ranran Haishi by 0.2%.|
Kazuha's Ascension materials
The Kazuha materials for leveling up revolve around two new items found only in Inazuma: Sea Ganoderma and Maguu Kishin. There’s no hint yet where either item might be, though it would make sense if Sea Ganoderma is a coastal item.
Maguu Kishin’s in-game description (thanks Honey Hunter) mentions it powers a machine, so it’s possible Inazuma is home to a new Ruin Guard enemy. The other materials are standard Vayuda items, from Stormterror or the Anemo Hypostasis, and Insignia items from Treasure Hoarders.
- 1 Vayuda Turquoise Sliver
- 3 Sea Ganoderma
- 3 Treasure Hoarder Insignia
- 20,000 Mora
- 3 Vayuda Turquoise Fragment
- 2 Maguu Kishin
- 10 Sea Ganoderma
- 15 Treasure Hoarder Insignia
- 40,000 Mora
- 6 Vayuda Turquoise Fragment
- 4 Maguu Kishin
- 20 Sea Ganoderma
- 12 Silver Raven Insignia
- 60,000 Mora
- 3 Vayuda Turquoise Chunk
- 8 Maguu Kishin
- 30 Sea Ganoderma
- 18 Silver Raven Insignia
- 80,000 Mora
- 6 Vayuda Turquoise Chunk
- 12 Maguu Kishin
- 45 Sea Ganoderma
- 12 Golden Raven Insignia
- 100,000 Mora
- 6 Vayuda Turquoise Gemstone
- 20 Maguu Kishin
- 60 Sea Ganoderma
- 24 Golden Raven Insignia
- 120,000 Mora
Kazuha's talent materials
Kazua’s talent materials are your standard Diligence-series items from Taishan Mansion near Jueyun Karst in Liyue on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. You’ll need more Insignias, too.
Later levels require an item introduced in 1.5, the Gilded Scale. You can only get these from defeating Azhdaha when it’s level 70 or higher.
- 3 Teachings of Diligence
- 6 Treasure Hoarder Insignia
- 12,500 Mora
- 2 Guide to Diligence
- 3 Silver Raven Insignia
- 17,500 Mora
- 4 Guide to Diligence
- 4 Silver Raven Insignia
- 25,000 Mora
- 6 Guide to Diligence
- 6 Silver Raven Insignia
- 30,000 Mora
- 9 Guide to Diligence
- 9 Silver Raven Insignia
- 37,500 Mora
- 4 Philosophies of Diligence
- 4 Golden Raven Insignia
- 1 Gilded Scale
- 120,000 Mora
- 6 Philosophies of Diligence
- 6 Golden Raven Insignia
- 1 Gilded Scale
- 260,000 Mora
- 12 Philosophies of Diligence
- 9 Golden Raven Insignia
- 2 Gilded Scale
- 450,000 Mora
- 16 Philosophies of Diligence
- 12 Golden Raven Insignia
- 2 Gilded Scale
- 120,000 Mora
- 1 Crown of Insight
- 700,000 Mora
The best Genshin Impact Kazuha build
You get the most out of Kazuha by focusing on his Elemental Mastery—without upgrading Constellations—or by increasing his attack as much as possible. This first build does both.
Weapon: Boreas Precocity, aka Freedom-Sworn Sword
Some leakers found evidence of a new sword intended as the best Kazuha weapon, similar to the Staff of Homa for Hu Tao. It’s the Freedom-Sworn Sword, a five-star weapon that grants 10% increased attack with its passive ability and has a potent Elemental Mastery boost for its secondary stat.
Triggering an Elemental Reaction while using the sword generates a Sigil of Rebellion. Once you have two, they’re automatically consumed and increase damage of all normal attacks by 16% and overall attack by 20%.
The four-star Iron Sting is a suitable alternative. It also has Elemental Mastery as a secondary stat and increases attack by 6-12% every time the wielder deals Elemental damage.
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Artifacts: Pale Flame
The new artifact set Pale Flame is ideal for Kazuha. The 2-piece bonus increases attack by 25%, but the 4-piece set is even better. Causing damage with Elemental Skills increases the user’s attack by 9%. The effect stacks twice, and when that happens, it doubles the 2-piece bonus effect.
You’ll find Pale Flame as drops in the four- and five-star versions of the Ridge Watch Domain.
If you can’t get a full set of four, the much more common Instructor set is a good complement. The 2-piece bonus boosts Elemental Mastery by 80.
The second build foregoes Elemental damage in favor of maximizing Kazuha’s attack by working in conjunction with his Elemental skills.
Weapon: Aquila Favonia
Aquila Favonia is another five-star sword, but this one emphasizes drastic attack increases. The secondary stat boosts physical damage by 9%, while the passive, Falcon’s Defiance, fits perfectly with Kazuha’s Elemental abilities.
Both abilities put Kazuha near enemies and risk him taking damage. Falcon’s Defiance increases attack by 20-40% every time the wielder takes damage (at 15 second intervals). It also regenerates HP equal to 100% of the user’s attack, then deals additional damage equal to 200-320% of the user’s attack.
Blackcliff Longsword is a four-star alternative that also prioritizes raw power. The secondary stat boosts the wielder’s critical rate by 8%, but the passive is what makes Blackcliff stand out. Defeating enemies increases the user’s attack by 12-24% for 30 seconds and can stack three times.
Artifacts: Martial Artist
This set is simple, but effective. The 2-piece bonus increases normal and charged attack power by 15%, while the 4-piece bonus boosts attack by a further 25% after the user lands an Elemental Skill hit. You’ll find these in Ridge Watch and the Hidden Palace of Zhou Formula.
The 2-piece Brave Heart bonus fits well with Martial Artist, as it increases all attack by 18%. This set is in Ridge Watch too, as well as Domain of Guyun.