Genshin Impact: Shikanoin Heizou Build Guide

Here is the build guide for Shikanoin Heizou, the newest Anemo character in Genshin Impact.

Shikanoin Heizou is a playable 4-star Anemo catalyst character in Genshin Impact. He’s an Inazuman detective who works for the Tenryou Commission. Heizou was first mentioned in Kamisato Ayaka’s voice-overs and by his distant elder cousin Kano Nana, later mentioned by other characters and on Inazuma’s bulletin boards. Heizou is the first male catalyst using character in Genshin Impact.

Shikanoin Heizou is mainly played as Anemo DPS and uses a Melee attack style in combat. His unique melee attack style is new, and we can probably expect more characters with different attack styles in Genshin Impact in the future. Heizou can be obtainable from the Character Event ‘Leaves in the Wind’ and ‘Sparkling Steps’ as a featured character alongside Kaedehara Kazuha and Klee.

Here is a comprehensive build guide for Shikanoin Heizou, the newest Anemo character in Genshin Impact.

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Shikanoin Heizou Build Guide

Talents

Normal Attack: Fudou Style Martial Arts

Normal Attack
Performs up to 5 fisticuffs empowered by a mighty wind, dealing Anemo DMG.

Charged Attack
Consumes a certain amount of Stamina and performs a sweeping kick that deals Anemo DMG.

Plunging Attack
Calling upon the surging wind, Heizou plunges towards the ground from mid-air, damaging all opponents in his path. Deals AoE Anemo DMG upon impact with the ground.

Elemental Skill: Heartstopper Strike

  • Tap
    Wields the swift winds to launch a Heartstopper Strike that deals Anemo DMG.
  • Hold
    Charges energy to unleash an even stronger blow. He will obtain the Declension effect while charging, which will increase the power of the Heartstopper Strike. When the skill button is released or the skill finishes charging, he will strike forward, dealing Anemo DMG.

Declension
Increases the power of the next Heartstopper Strike. Max 4 stacks. When you possess 4 Declension stacks, the Conviction effect will be produced, which will cause the next Heartstopper Strike to be even stronger and have a larger AoE.

Elemental Burst: Windmuster Kick

Leaps into the air and uses the Fudou Style Vaccum Slugger and kicks his opponent. The Vaccum Slugger will explode upon hit and create an Arresting Windtunnel that pulls in nearby objects and opponents, dealing AoE Anemo DMG.

When Vaccum Slugger hits opponents Hydro/Pyro/Cryo/Electro, these opponents will be afflicted with Windmuster Iris. The Windmuster Iris will explode after a moment and dissipate, dealing AoE DMG of the corresponding aforementioned elemental type.

Vaccum Slugger can afflict a maximum of 4 opponents with the Windmuster Iris. A single opponent cannot be under the effect of Windmuster Irises of different elements at the same time.

Passive Talents

Paradoxical Practice

When Shikanoin Heizou activates a Swirl reaction while on the field, he will gain 1 Declension stack for Heartstopper Strike. This effect can be triggered once every 0.1s.

Penetrative Reasoning

After Shikanoin Heizou’s Heartstopper Strike hits an opponent, increases all party members’ (excluding Shikanoin Heizou) Elemental Mastery by 80 for 10s.

Pre-Existing Guilt

Decreases sprinting Stamina consumption for your own party members by 20%.
Not stackable with Passive Talents that provide the exact same effects.

Shikanoin Heizou Constellations

ConstellationEffect
Named Juvenile Casebook
(Unlocked at C1)
For 5s after Shikanoin Heizou takes the field, his Normal Attack SPD is increased by 15%. He also gains 1 Declension stack for Heartstopper Strike. This effect can be triggered once every 10s.

Investigative Collection
(Unlocked at C2)
The pull effect of the Arresting Windtunnel created by Windmuster Kick is enhanced and its duration is increased to 1s.
Esoteric Puzzle Book
(Unlocked at C3)
Increases the Level of Heartstopper Strike by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.

Tome of Lies

(Unlocked at C4)
The first Windmuster Iris explosion in each Windmuster Kick will regenerate 9 Elemental Energy for Shikanoin Heizou. Every subsequent explosion in that Windmuster Kick will each regenerate an additional 1.5 Energy for Heizou.
One Windmuster Kick can regenerate a total of 13.5 Energy for Heizou in this manner.
Secret Archive
(Unlocked at C5)
Increases the Level of Windmuster Kick by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Curious Caseflies
(Unlocked at C6)
Each Declension stack will increase the CRIT Rate of the Heartstopper Strike unleashed by 4%. When Heizou possesses Conviction, this Heartstopper Strike’s CRIT DMG is increased by 32%.

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Heizou Artifact Set Guide

Heizou can be played as a Main DPS or Sub DPS, depending on your artifacts and team comps. These are the best artifact sets for Heizou.

  • Gladiator’s Finale
    2-piece set: ATK +18%
    4-piece set: If the wielder of this artifact set uses a Sword, Claymore or Polearm, increases their Normal Attack DMG by 35%.
  • Shimenawa’s Reminiscence
    2-piece set: ATK +18%
    4-piece set: 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.
  • Viridescent Venerer
    2-piece set: Anemo DMG Bonus +15%
    4-piece set: Increases Swirl DMG by 60%. Decreases opponent’s Elemental RES to the element infused in the Swirl by 40% for 10s.

Best Weapons for Heizou

The Widsith

The Widsith. Credit: HoYoverse
The Widsith. Credit: HoYoverse

Base Attack: 42, at Level 90: 510
Substat
CRIT DMG: 12.0%, at Level 90: 55.1%

When a character takes the field, they will gain a random theme song for 10s. This can only occur once every 30s.
Recitative: ATK is increased by 60%.
Aria: Increases all Elemental DMG by 48%.
Interlude: Elemental Mastery is increased by 240.

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Mappa Mare

Base Attack: 42, at Level 90: 510
Substat
CRIT Rate: 6.0%, at Level 90: 27.6%

Normal Attack hits increase Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst DMG by 20% for 6s. Likewise, Elemental Skill or Elemental Burst hits increase Normal Attack DMG by 20% for 6s.

Skyward Atlas

Skyward Atlas. Credit: HoYoverse
Skyward Atlas. Credit: HoYoverse

Base Attack: 48, at Level 90: 674
Substat
ATK: 7.2%, at Level 90: 33.1%

Increases Elemental DMG Bonus by 12%. Normal Attack hits have a 50% chance to earn the favor of the clouds. which actively seek out nearby opponents to attack for 15s, dealing 160% ATK DMG. Can only occur once every 30s.

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Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds

Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds Credit: HoYoverse
Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds Credit: HoYoverse

Base Attack: 46, at Level 90: 608
Substat
CRIT Rate: 7.2%, at Level 90: 33.1%

Increases Movement SPD by 10%. When in battle, gain an 8% Elemental DMG Bonus every 4s. Max 4 stacks. Lasts until the character falls or leaves combat.

Verdict

Heizou has a few weapons available, which are a bit difficult to obtain. Unfortunately, Heizou does not have any good free-to-play options. The Widsith is the overall best in slot weapon for Heizou and every other catalyst character because of its high CRIT DMG and passive stat, which will buff ATK and Elemental Mastery. Skyward Atlas and Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds are two excellent 5-stars options for Heizou.
Solar Pearl from the Battle Pass is an amazing 4-star weapon for Heizou, which will increase his skill and burst damage.

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Heizou Builds

Standard DPS Build
2-piece Gladiator’s Finale and 2-piece Shimenawa’s Reminiscence or 2-piece Gladiator’s Finale and 2-piece Viridescent Venerer
Flower, Feather, ATK%, Anemo DMG Bonus, CRIT Rate or DMG

Playstyle

Heizou is first and foremost a main DPS character, and players need him on the field to deal damage to enemies. Unlike other Anemo characters, he does not provide support benefits to the party. So building him as an Anemo support is not ideal.

For DPS build, 2-piece Gladiator’s Finale and 2-piece Shimenawa’s Reminiscence or 2-piece Gladiator’s Finale and 2-piece Viridescent Venerer are good sets for him.

Heizou’s Elemental Skill, Heartstopper Strike, is where he can produce most of his damage. More importantly, Heizou’s kit is built around his elemental skill and can be used differently with his skill tapped or held. On tap, Heizou punches forward, dealing anemo damage. On hold, Heizou will gain stacks of “Declension” (Max 4 Stacks), increasing the power of the Heartstopper Strike.

Heizou’s Elemental Burst, Windmuster Kick, Heiozu will leap into the air and kick an Anemo attack towards the enemy. This attack will absorb the element affecting the enemy and produce an explosion of that same element, dealing AoE damage.

Heizou’s playstyle requires him to stay on the field most of the time. His auto attacks will grant him Declension stacks which can be used with his skill once stacked. Heizou can shine in taser teams where Fischl and Beidou can provide Electro damage with Xingqiu. Raiden Shogun can be another great Electro character who can pair up with Heizou.

Best Team Comp

For a 4-star catalyst user, Heizou is pretty decent as a DPS character, where we listed some of the popular team comps for Heizou.

  1. Heizou, Raiden Shogun, Xingqiu, Kazuha
  2. Heizou, Fischl, Kokomi, Bennett
  3. Heizou ,Kazuha, Xingqiu, Bennett

Heizou Ascension Materials

Lv.20 → Lv.40Onikabuto ×3
Vayuda Turquoise Sliver ×1
Treasure Hoarder Insignia ×3
Mora x20,000
Lv.40 → Lv.50Onikabuto ×10
Vayuda Turquoise Fragment ×3
Treasure Hoarder Insignia ×15
Runic Fang ×2
Mora x40,000
Lv.50 → Lv.60Onikabuto ×20
Vayuda Turquoise Fragment ×6
Silver Raven Insignia ×12
Runic Fang ×4
Mora x60,000
Lv.60 → Lv.70Onikabuto ×30
Vayuda Turquoise Chunk ×3
Silver Raven Insignia ×18
Runic Fang ×8
Mora x80,000
Lv.70 → Lv.80Onikabuto ×45
Vayuda Turquoise Chunk ×6
Golden Raven Insignia ×12
Runic Fang ×12
Mora x100,000
Lv.80 → Lv.90Onikabuto ×60
Vayuda Turquoise Gemstone ×6
Golden Raven Insignia ×24
Runic Fang ×20
Mora x120,000

Talent Upgrade Materials for Heizou

These are the total number of materials required to level up the talents of Heizou. Please multiply these materials by 3 because Heizou has three types of upgradeable talents.

AmountMaterials
3Teachings of Transience
21Guide to Transience
38Philosophies of Transience
6Treasure Hoarder Insignia
22Silver Raven Insignia
31Golden Raven Insignia
6The Meaning of Aeons
1Crown of Insight
1,652,500Mora

That’s it for the Shikanoin Heizou build guide in Genshin Impact. Keep an eye on GameRiv for more build guides and future Genshin Impact content.

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