Genshin Impact: Kuki Shinobu Build Guide

Himel Mahmud
By Himel Mahmud
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Credit: HoYoverse

Here is an updated build guide for Kuki Shinobu, the newest 4-star character in Genshin Impact.

Kuki Shinobu is a 4-star Electro sword character and is the newest addition to Genshin Impact Version 2.7 update. She is the sidekick of Arataki Itto and Deputy Leader of the Arataki Gang. She is the game’s first Electro healer; Kuki Shinobu will also bring many changes to Electro-based teams and other team compositions.

Building Kuki Shinobu is tricky since her skills are based on her max HP and Elemental Mastery. This build guide will cover the best teams, artifacts, and weapons to use for Kuki Shinobu in Genshin Impact. Kuki Shinobu can be obtained from the limited-time Character Event ‘Oni’s Royale’ banner as she is featured along with Arataki Itto.

Below is a comprehensive build guide for Kuki Shinobu, one of the newest characters in Genshin Impact.

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Kuki Shinobu Build Guide


Normal Attack: Shinobu’s Shadowsword

Normal Attack: Performs up to 4 rapid strikes.

Charged Attack: Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to unleash 2 rapid sword strikes.

Plunging Attack: Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact.

Elemental Skill: Sanctifying Ring

Creates a Grass Ring of Sanctification at the cost of part of her HP, dealing Electro DMG to nearby opponents.

Grass Ring of Sanctification
Follows your current active character around. Deals Electro DMG to nearby opponents every 1.5s and restores HP for the active character(s) within the ring’s AoE based on Kuki Shinobu’s Max HP.

The HP consumption from using this skill can only bring her to 20% HP.

Elemental Burst: Gyoei Narukami Kariyama Rite

Stabs an evil-excoriating blade into the ground, creating a field that cleanses the area of all that is foul, dealing continuous Electro DMG to opponents within its AoE based on Shinobu’s Max HP.

If Shinobu’s HP is less than or equal to 50% when this skill is used, the field will last longer.

Passive Talents

Breaking Free

When Shinobu’s HP is not higher than 50%, her Healing Bonus is increased by 15%.

Heart’s Repose

Sanctifying Ring’s abilities will be boosted based on Shinobu’s Elemental Mastery:

· Healing amount will be increased by 75% of Elemental Mastery.
· DMG dealt is increased by 25% of Elemental Mastery.

Protected Prayers

Gains 25% more rewards when dispatched on an Inazuma Expedition for 20 hours.

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Kuki Shinobu Constellations

To Cloister Compassion
(Unlocked at C1)
Gyoei Narukami Kariyama Rite’s AoE is increased by 50%.
To Forsake Fortune
(Unlocked at C2)
Grass Ring of Sanctification’s duration is increased by 3s.
To Sequester Sorrow
(Unlocked at C3)
Increases the Level of Sanctifying Ring by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.

To Sever Sealing

(Unlocked at C4)
When the Normal, Charged or Plunging Attacks of the character affected by Shinobu’s Grass Ring of Sanctification hit opponents, a Thundergrass Mark will land on the opponent’s position and deal AoE Electro DMG based on 9.7% of Shinobu’s Max HP.
This effect can occur once every 5s.
To Cease Courtesies
(Unlocked at C5)
Increases the Level of Gyoei Narukami Kariyama Rite by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
To Ward Weakness
(Unlocked at C6)
When Kuki Shinobu takes lethal DMG, this instance of DMG will not take her down. This effect will automatically trigger when her HP reaches 1 and will trigger once every 60s.
When Shinobu’s HP drops below 25%, she will gain 150 Elemental Mastery for 15s. This effect will trigger once every 60s.
Kuki Shinobu Constellations

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Kuki Shinobu Artifact Set Guide

Kuki Shinobu is primarily played as a healer or as an Electro battery or support. Here are the best artifact sets for Kuki Shinobu.

  • Ocean-Hued Clam
    2-piece set: Healing Bonus +15%
    4-piece set: When the character equipping this artifact set heals a character in the party, a Sea-Dyed Foam will appear for 3 seconds, accumulating the amount of HP recovered from healing (including overflow healing). At the end of the duration, the Sea-Dyed Foam will explode, dealing DMG to nearby opponents based on 90% of the accumulated healing. (This DMG is calculated similarly to Reactions such as Electro-Charged, and Superconduct, but it is not affected by Elemental Mastery, Character Levels, or Reaction DMG Bonuses). Only one Sea-Dyed Foam can be produced every 3.5 seconds. Each Sea-Dyed Foam can accumulate up to 30,000 HP (including overflow healing). There can be no more than one Sea-Dyed Foam active at any given time. This effect can still be triggered even when the character who is using this artifact set is not on the field.
  • Tenacity of the Millileth
    2-piece set: HP +20%
    4-piece set: When an Elemental Skill hits an opponent, the ATK of all nearby party members is increased by 20% and their Shield Strength is increased by 30% for 3s. This effect can be triggered once every 0.5s. This effect can still be triggered even when the character who is using this artifact set is not on the field.
  • Instructor
    2-piece set: Increases Elemental Mastery by 80.
    4-piece set: Upon triggering an Elemental Reaction, increases all party members’ Elemental Mastery by 120 for 8s.
  • Wanderer’s Troupe
    2-piece set: Increases Elemental Mastery by 80.
    4-piece set: Increases Charged Attack DMG by 35% if the character uses a Catalyst or Bow.

Best Weapons for Kuki Shinobu

Kuki Shinobu has some a lot of weapon options, including some free-to-play ones. These are the best weapon options for Kuki Shinobu:


Freedom-Sworn. Credit: HoYoverse

Base Attack: 46, at Level 90: 608
Elemental Mastery: 43, at Level 90: 198

A part of the “Millennial Movement” that wanders amidst the winds.
Increases DMG by 10%.
When the character wielding this weapon triggers Elemental Reactions, they gain a Sigil of Rebellion. This effect can be triggered once every 0.5s and can be triggered even if said character is not on the field.
When you possess 2 Sigils of Rebellion, all of them will be consumed and all nearby party members will obtain “Millennial Movement: Song of Resistance” for 12s.
“Millennial Movement: Song of Resistance” increases Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attack DMG by 16% and increases ATK by 20%. Once this effect is triggered, you will not gain Sigils of Rebellion for 20s.
Of the many effects of the “Millennial Movement,” buffs of the same type will not stack.

Favonius Sword

Aquila Favonia. Credit: HoYoverse

Base Attack: 41, at Level 90: 454
Energy Recharge: 13.3%, at Level 90: 61.3%

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

Iron Sting

Lion’s Roar. Credit: HoYoverse

Base Attack: 42, at Level 90: 510
Elemental Mastery: 36, at Level 90: 165

Dealing Elemental DMG increases all DMG by 6% for 6s. Max 2 stacks. Can only occur once every 1s.

Aquila Favonia

Aquila Favonia. Credit: HoYoverse

Base Attack: 48, at Level 90: 674
Physical DMG Bonus: 9.0%, at Level 90: 41.3%

ATK is increased by 20%. Triggers on taking DMG: the soul of the Falcon of the West awakens, holding the banner of the resistance aloft, regenerating HP equal to 100% of ATK and dealing 200% of ATK as DMG to surrounding opponents. This effect can only occur once every 15s.

Primordial Jade Cutter

Primordial Jade Cutter. Credit: HoYoverse

Base Attack: 44, at Level 90: 542
CRIT Rate: 9.6%, at Level 90: 44.1%

HP increased by 20%. Additionally, provides an ATK Bonus based on 1.2% of the wielder’s Max HP.

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Kuki Shinobu has several good weapons available, including a couple of free-to-play options. Freedom-Sworn is her best weapon because it grants Shinobu a lot of Elemental Mastery, allowing her to heal more and increase damage. Aquila Favonia and Primordial Jade Cutter are the two best options for Shinobu because Aquila Favonia will increase her physical damage ability, and Primordial Jade Cutter will increase her HP and provide a relatively high CRIT rate.

Besides the 5-star weapons, Kuki Shinobu has some really good 4-star weapon options. Favonius Sword is an excellent 4-star weapon for Shinobu, which will help her to generate a lot of energy for her and the entire team. Shinobu’s best free-to-play option is Iron Sting, a craftable sword from the blacksmith.

Kuki Shinobu Builds

Standard Build
4-piece Ocean-Hued Clam or 4-piece Tenacity of the Millileth or 4-piece Instructor
Flower, Feather, EM or HP%, EM or HP%, CRIT DMG or Rate or EM or HP%

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Kuki Shinobu is played as a healer who grants off-field electro application in a small AoE. Her healing initially scales off HP and gains Elemental Mastery scaling after the fourth ascension. Apart from healing, Kuki Shinobu is also capable of supporting teammates through options such as 4-piece Tenacity of the Millileth.

Kuki Shinobu’s elemental skill Sanctifying Ring, Shinobu loses 30% of her HP to summon an electro ring which will heal the character and Electro damage when the ring hits an enemy. Her skill has a long uptime with a significantly short cooldown. Her skill damage scales off her attack, but this skill acts mainly as an elemental reaction-based ability.

Kuki Shinobu’s elemental burst, Gyoei Narukami Hariyama Rite, deals heavy Electro damage in a wide area for a short time. The duration of the AoE will increase if Shinobu is under 50% HP, and the damage will increase with time. Her burst damage scales off mostly her max HP.

Currently, two Kuki Shinobu builds are present in the game; HP and Elemental Mastery build. For an HP build, HP% main stat for artifacts with prioritizing Crit and Elemental Mastery sub stats as a priority which will make her an HP-based burst DPS. For an Elemental Mastery build, Elemental Mastery for main stat with prioritizing Crit and HP sub stats.

Her elemental skill can briefly apply Electro when Sanctifying Ring hits an enemy, and it can apply Electro which is great for elemental infused attacks. She is a great support unit for Taser teams; Kuki will be providing continuous Electro application and healing in this team comp. She’ll mostly be a quick swap character rather than an on-field one. Being an Electro character, she synergizes well with Cryo teams as superconduct activated, thereby increasing physical damage, which means she acts as good support for Eula teams.

Best Team Comp

Since Kuki Shinobu is a pure healer and elemental support, she can fit into any team that requires a healer. Here are some popular team comps for Kuki Shinobu,

  1. Raiden Shogun, Kujou Sara, Kuki Shinobu, Kazuha
  2. Kamisato Ayato, Kazuha, Kuki Shinobu, Fischl
  3. Eula, Raiden Shogun, Diona, Kuki Shinobu

Kuki Shinobu Ascension Materials

These materials are needed to ascend Kuki Shinobu from level 1 to level 90.

Lv.20 → Lv.40Naku Weed ×3
Vajrada Amethyst Sliver ×1
Spectral Husk ×3
Mora x20,000
Lv.40 → Lv.50Naku Weed ×10
Vajrada Amethyst Fragment ×3
Spectral Husk ×15
Runic Fang ×2
Mora x40,000
Lv.50 → Lv.60Naku Weed ×20
Vajrada Amethyst Fragment ×6
Spectral Heart ×12
Runic Fang ×4
Mora x60,000
Lv.60 → Lv.70Naku Weed ×30
Vajrada Amethyst Chunk ×3
Spectral Heart×18
Runic Fang ×8
Mora x80,000
Lv.70 → Lv.80Naku Weed ×45
Vajrada Amethyst Chunk ×6
Spectral Neucleus ×12
Runic Fang ×12
Mora x100,000
Lv.80 → Lv.90Naku Weed ×60
Vajrada Amethyst Gemstone ×6
Spectral Neucleus ×24
Runic Fang ×20
Mora x120,000
Kuki Shinobu Ascension Materials

Talent Upgrade Materials For Kuki Shinobu

Below are the total number of materials required to level up the talents of Kuki Shinobu. Please multiply these materials by 3, because Kuki Shinobu has three types of upgradeable talents.

3Teachings of Elegance
21Guide to Elegance
38Philosophies of Elegance
6Spectral Husk
22Spectral Heart
31Spectral Neucleus
6Tears of the Calamitous God
1Crown of Insight
Talent Materials for Kuki Shinobu

That’s it for the new Kuki Shinobu guide for the players. Keep an eye on GameRiv for more build guides and future Genshin Impact content.

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Himel Mahmud is a Staff Writer and Social Media Manager at GameRiv. A former FIFA Professional, Himel has been playing video games forever. He plays video games passionately, loves football and an avid music listener.