Genshin Impact Yanfei Build and Character Guide

Genshin Impact Yanfei Build and Character Guide

yanfei is the latest 4-star character to debut in Genshin impact, and the first of two new characters introduced in version 1.5. Easily the best legal adviser in Liyue Port, Yanfei is also part of the Enlightened Beast (much like Ganyu). Yanfei doesn't have a contract with the Geo Archon, but that doesn't mean she can't defend herself in a fight with her vision and Pyro catalyst.

Genshin Impact Yanfei Character Breakdown

Below is the full list of Yanfei's attacks and abilities, passive talents, constellations, and finally all of his ascension and talent requirements. If you want to see a full list of stats, such as damage numbers, percentages, etc., check out World of Honey Hunters, which was used as the source for this guide. You can find guides for other characters by following the link here to our full Genshin Impact character list.

Yanfei Attacks and Abilities

  • Casting Attack: Seal of Approval
    • Normal Attack: Shoots fireballs that deal up to three points of pyrotechnic damage.
      • When Yanfei's normal attacks hit enemies, they grant him a Scarlet Seal. Yanfei can possess a maximum of 3 Scarlet Seals, and each time this effect is triggered, the Scarlet Seal's duration will refresh.
      • Each Scarlet Seal will decrease Yanfei's Stamina consumption and disappear when she leaves the field.
    • Charged Attack: Consumes stamina and any Scarlet Seals before dealing AoE Pyro damage to opponents after a short cast time.
      • This charged attack area and damage will increase based on the amount of Scarlet Seal consumed.
    • Dive Attack: Gathering the power of Pyro, Yanfei dives towards the ground from mid-air, damaging all opponents in his path. Inflicts AoE Pyro damage on impact with the ground.
  • Elemental Skill: Signed Edict
    • Summons searing flames that deal AoE Pyro damage.
    • Opponents hit by flames will grant Yanfei the maximum number of Scarlet Seals.
  • Elemental Explosion: Deal Completed
    • Triggers a burst of intense flames that rush at nearby opponents, inflicting AoE Pyro damage, giving Yanfei the maximum number of Scarlet Seals and applying Shine to her.
    • Shard had the following effects:
      • Gives Yanfei a scarlet seal at fixed intervals.
      • Increases the damage dealt by his charged attacks.
    • The effects of Shard will end if Yanfei leaves the field or falls in battle.

Yanfei Passive Skills

  • Condition
    • When Yanfei consumes Scarlet Seals using a charged attack, each Scarlet Seal will increase Yanfei's Pyro damage by 5%. This effect lasts 6s. When a charged attack is used again during the duration of the effects, it will dispel the previous effect.
  • blazing eye
    • When Yanfei's Charged Attack critically hits opponents, it will deal an additional instance of Pyro AoE damage equal to 80% of its Attack. This damage counts as charged attack damage.
  • Encyclopedic expertise
    • Shows the location of nearby resources unique to Liyue on the minimap.

Constellations de Yanfei

  • The law knows no kindness
    • When Yanfei uses his charged attack, each Scarlet Seal additionally reduces the stamina cost of that charged attack by 10% and increases resistance to interrupts when released.
  • Right of Final Interpretation.
    • Increases Yanfei's Charged Attack Crit Rate by 20% against enemies below 50% HP.
  • Fire Forged Samadhi
    • Increases level of signed edict by 3. Max upgrade level is 15.
  • supreme amnesty
    • When Done Deal is used:
      • Creates a shield that absorbs up to 45% of Yanfei's max HP for 15s.
      • This shield absorbs Pyro damage 250% more effectively.
  • Respectful Affidavit
    • Increases Done Deal level by 3. Max upgrade level is 15.
  • Additional clause
    • Increases the maximum number of Scarlet Seals by 1.

Yanfei build suggestions in Genshin Impact

Yanfei is a strong damage dealer, and basically all of his damage is Pyro, but it's all that Pyro that makes him a great support. She can work pretty well as a secondary DPS, but she'll need a team to help her push Pyro-based elemental combos since her kit only benefits her. That said, Yanfei is best served as a support in Genshin Impact if you want to use her to set up powerful elemental combos since Pyro remains the best element in the game and she can easily set the world on fire.


Since Yanfei is a Catalyst user, she has some solid options on the face of it, though the majority are locked behind the weapon banner or battle pass. The 4 star solar bead is a great weapon for Yanfei, and can be earned by reaching Rank 25 in the Battle Pass. That said, Yanfei's passive Blazing Eye benefits from crit rate, making it the 4 star Royal grimoire an equally powerful option, especially when paired with his best Artifact set.

Other than these, the 4 star catalyst Sacrificial Shards is a filler weapon sold for Yanfei, so use it if you have it on hand and others don't. The 5 stars Prayer lost to holy winds et sky atlas aren't terrible as they will passively buff Yanfei's elemental damage, but 4 stars are easier to grab and are arguably better.

  • Solar Bead: Normal attacks increase Elemental Skill and Elemental Blast damage by 20% (up to 40%) for 6s. Similarly, Elemental Skill or Elemental Burst hits increase normal attack damage by 20% (up to 40%) for 6s. Secondary: critical rate.
  • Royal Grimoire: When dealing damage to an opponent, increases Crit Rate by 8% (up to 16%). Max 5 batteries. A critical hit removes all existing stacks. Secondary: attack.
  • Sacrificial Fragments: After dealing damage to an opponent with an elemental skill, the skill has a 40% (up to 80%) chance to end its own CD. Can only occur once every 30 seconds (up to 16 seconds). Secondary: elementary mastery.
  • Prayer Lost to the Holy Winds: Increases movement speed by 10%. While in combat, gain an 8% (up to 16%) elemental DMG bonus every 4s. Max 4 batteries. Lasts until character falls or leaves combat. Secondary: critical rate.
  • Sky Atlas: Increases elemental damage bonus by 12% (up to 24%). Normal attacks have a 50% chance to gain cloud favor. which actively seek nearby opponents to attack for 15s, dealing 160% (up to 320%) attack damage. Can only occur once every 30 seconds.


Since Yanfei primarily deals Pyro damage, you'll want artifacts that boost his Pyro damage or enhance his Pyro-based elemental combos (like Melt and Vaporize). Also, his elemental skill has a decent 9s cooldown, which pairs nicely with a set that boosts those two traits.

The best artifact set for Yanfei in Genshin Impact (at least on paper, since we haven't gotten our hands on her yet as of press time) is Crimson Witch of Flames. Lavawalker might sound appealing, but there's a glitch with its 4-piece: it increases regular damage by 35% against enemies affected by Pyro. It's a solid filler set for Yanfei, as you'll probably pick up a few chunks of it while farming Crimson Witch of the Flames, but you'll want to replace it with Crimson as soon as you can.

With Yanfei you'll be looking for pyro damage first, followed by crit rate and elemental mastery, as attractive as the Lavawalker bonus might seem the flat bonus to pyro damage on Crimson Witch 2 pieces is higher. That, and the 4 piece bonus on Crimson not only lets you set up destructive elemental combos, but works great with Yanfei's elemental skill cooldown (which further increases the 2 piece bonus).

  • Crimson Witch of Flames (Zhou Hidden Palace Formula)
    • (2) Pyro Damage Bonus +15%
    • (4) Increases Overload and Burn damage by 40%. Increases Vapor and Fusion damage by 15%. Using an elemental skill increases the 2-piece set bonus by 50% of its starting value for 10s. Max 3 batteries.
  • Lavawalker (Zhou Hidden Palace Formula)
    • (2) Pyro resistance increased by 40%
    • (4) Increases damage against opponents affected by Pyro by 35%

Yanfei Character Ascension Materials

  • 20 level
    • 1x Agnidus Agate Sliver, 3x Nocturnal Jade, 3x Treasurer's Insignia, 20000 Mora
  • 40 level
    • 3x Agnidus Agate Fragment, 2x Lightning Prism, 10x Night Jade, 15x Treasurer's Insignia, 40000 Mora
  • 50 level
    • 6x Agnidus Agate Fragment, 4x Lightning Prism, 20x Night Jade, 12x Silver Crow Insignia, 60000 Mora
  • 60 level
    • 3x Agnidus Agate Chunk, 8x Lightning Prism, 30x Night Jade, 18x Silver Raven Insignia, 80000 Mora
  • 70 level
    • 6x Agnidus Agate Chunk, 12x Lightning Prism, 45x Night Jade, 12x Golden Raven Insignia, 100000 Mora
  • 80 level
    • 6x Agnidus Agate Gemstone, 20x Lightning Prism, 60x Night Jade, 24x Golden Crow Insignia, 120000 Mora

Yanfei Talent Upgrade Materials

  • 2 level
    • 3x Golden Teachings, 6x Treasurer's Insignia, 12500 Mora
  • 3 level
    • 2x Gold Guide, 3x Silver Crow Badges, 17500 Mora
  • 4 level
    • 4x Gold Guide, 4x Silver Crow Badges, 25000 Mora
  • 5 level
    • 6x Gold Guide, 6x Silver Crow Insignia, 30000 Mora
  • 6 level
    • 9x Gold Guide, 9x Silver Crow Insignia, 35000 Mora
  • 7 level
    • 4x Philosophies of Gold, 4x Golden Raven Insignia, 1x Bloodjade Branch (weekly Azhdaha boss), 120000 Mora
  • 8 level
    • 6x Philosophies of Gold, 6x Golden Crow Insignia, 1x Branch of Bloodjade, 260000 Mora
  • 9 level
    • 12x Philosophies of Gold, 9x Golden Raven Insignia, 2x Bloody Jade Branch, 450000 Mora
  • 10 level
    • 16x Philosophies of Gold, 12x Golden Crow Insignia, 2x Bloody Jade Branch, 1x Crown of Insight, 700000 Mora

Genshin Impact is available now on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Mobile.

– This article was last updated on: April 27, 2022

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