Each time you get a new character in Genshin Impact, you’re also getting a to-do list. Depending on how far along you are in the game, it could be days or weeks until that person is usable. Especially if you didn’t dedicate time to saving up ahead of pulling them. But fortunately some are easier to work with than others. Ganyu is a good example, as she isn’t as difficult to build up for regular usage as other folks in-game.
First, it’s easy to gather materials for Ganyu. She uses the Whopperflower nectar drops for her ascensions and talents. Which is easy to find, given the enemies are found frequently in Mondstadt, Liyue, and Inazuma. Her other major material is the Qingxin. Now, at launch this flower could be annoying to farm. Like the Liyue, it grows on cliffs and mountains in Liyue. Now you can grow it in the Serenitea Pot, making it much easier to collect and stock up. To ascend her, you’ll need Hoarfrost Cores. The Cryo Regisvine is one of the easiest normal bosses in the game, which makes collecting those simples. Which makes the Golden House’s boss fight to collect Shadow of the Warrior items for her talents the most taxing item to collect at this point.
She’s also good, since she could excel with a number of different bows. Of course, the ideal situation would be the one “meant” for her. This is Amos’ Bow. But lots of others work for her too. Given her reliance on her Elemental Burst and Skill, the Polar Star five-star could be fun. Or, in the case of someone on a budget, the four-star The Stringless would offer the same sort of thing. I like the Royal Bow, due to its inherent attack bonus and Focus increasing her critical rate.
What’s also helpful is that, well, it’s really easy to bolster Ganyu’s stats with Artifacts when working out a build. With certain characters, you want to focus on specific stats. For example, you want Zhongli’s HP to be as high as possible. With Kazuha, Elemental Mastery is critical. With Ganyu, you have a little more leeway. You want her to be dealing as much damage as possible. Which means you may want to prioritize things like her attack, her critical damage, and her critical rate. But given the importance of her elemental attacks, focusing on things like Cryo damage or Elemental Mastery can work too. Likewise, the Prototype Crescent is good if you use Charged Attacks. I’ve been using Windblume Ode, due to how I rely on her Elemental Skill and its enhancements. Someone could even use Aloy’s Predator bow and get by, taking advantage of its Cryo damage effect and aimed shots.
Ganyu’s nature also means there’s a lot less pressure when going after Artifacts for her build. If you don’t want to spend a lot of time farming for the perfect ones, which might have two or more of the stats you want with substantial buffs, you don’t have to waste time grinding for them. She’s good to go as-is. I had a subpar Wanderer’s Troupe set on Ganyu back when I first got her to level 70, and her attack already passed 1,200. It also means you could just go with one set that suits the role you’d like her to play and run with it. What am I doing now? Going with Blizzard Strayer, because I’ve gotten parts with Cryo damage bonuses, it boosts her Cryo damage, and I’m ideally getting the critical rate increase too.
Which is the other reason Ganyu can be pretty great. She can fill a lot of different roles. A lot of people like to use her as their main DPS character. She is fantastic at being a person’s on-field character to deal a lot of damage. I’m in a situation where I recently got both Itto and his Redhorn Stonethresher. I also like to use Klee as my main for fun. So what do I do with Ganyu? I’m using her for supplemental damage. I’ll have her use her Elemental Skill or Burst, then send Itto or Klee out to attack. What if I do want Ganyu dealing major damage? Then I have Kokomi around use her Elemental Skill so enemies will be frozen, making it easier for Ganyu to pick them off.
It means Ganyu can be a little less work to build than other people in Genshin Impact. Which is something I absolutely appreciated, coming off of desperately searching for defense and critical-related bonuses when building up Itto in 2.4. She’s still going to take time, Mora, and experience boosting books, to be certain. You’ll still have to get all the materials for ascensions and talents. But the things she needs aren’t too hard to find. You could prioritize a lot of different stats, depending on your playstyles and goals. Which maybe might mean a chance to start using her as your avatar sooner.
Genshin Impact is available for the PS4, PS5, PC, and mobile devices. It will also come to the Nintendo Switch. The Ganyu rerun banner will be available in Genshin Impact until February 15, 2022.