Kazuha has a calm demeanor, but don’t let that fool you. With the recent buffs to elemental mastery, his entry to the Genshin Impact character roster couldn’t be more perfect. Delivering a mini Venti burst and an elemental burst that melts shields, this samurai is ready to shred and chill!
Best Team Composition for Kazuha
Kazuha is a strong and flexible sub DPS. He can group enemies with his elemental skill and his damage is not bad either. He can also give your party an elemental damage bonus which is very good if you’re running a team with only one element, such as a full pyro team.
This doesn’t mean that Venti or Sucrose is going to be replaced by Kazuha in every team composition. There are teams where it would be much preferred to have Sucrose than Kazuha, such as vaporize and melt compositions where Sucrose’s passive helps the other members of the party.
While Venti is easily the strongest Anemo sub DPS character, if you’re having trouble hitting enemies inside his elemental burst, Kazuha’s elemental skill does the same thing but in a shorter fashion and a much lower angle.
An example of a team composition you can run with Kazuha is a Keqing electro-charged team. This team has Keqing as its main DPS while Kazuha acts as a sub DPS together with another hydro character, preferably Xingqiu. Assuming that Keqing is built as an electro DPS instead of a physical DPS, Kazuha’s Ascension 4 passive gives this team the damage boost it needs as every electro swirl buffs Keqing’s electro damage while clumping small enemies with his elemental skill.
What are Kazuha’s Talents?
Kazuha’s talents are all pretty good so we’d recommend keeping them all at the same level. However, if you’re building Kazuha’s elemental mastery with little to no attack, it’s safe to leave his talents at level 1 and focus on maxing out his level.
Garyuu Bladework (normal attack)
- Normal Attack: Perform up to 5 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 damage upon impact. If this plunging attack is triggered by Chihayaburu, it will be converted to Plunging Attack: Midare Ranzan.
- Plunging Attack: Midare Ranzan: When a plunging attack is performed using the effects of the elemental skill Chihayaburu, plunging attack damage is converted to Anemo damage and will create a small wind tunnel via a secret blade technique that pulls in nearby objects and opponents.
Chihayaburu (elemental skill)
Unleashes a secret technique as fierce as the rushing wind that pulls objects and opponents towards Kazuha’s current position before launching opponents within the AoE, dealing Anemo damage and lifting Kazuha into the air on a rushing gust of wind.
- Press: Can be used in mid-air.
- Hold: Charges up before unleashing greater Anemo damage over a larger AoE than Press mode.
- Plunging Attack: Midare Ranzan: Within 10 seconds of remaining airborne after casting Chihayaburu, Kazuha can unleash a powerful plunging attack known as Midare Ranzan.
When a plunging attack is performed using the effects of the elemental skill Chihayaburu, plunging attack damage is converted to Anemo damage. On landing, Kazuha creates a small wind tunnel via a secret blade technique that pulls in nearby objects and opponents. Midare Ranzan’s damage is considered a plunging attack.
Kazuha Slash (elemental burst)
The signature technique of Kazuha’s self-styled bladework — a single slash that strikes with the force of the first winds of autumn, dealing AoE Anemo damage.
The blade’s passage will leave behind a field named “Autumn Whirlwind” that periodically deals AoE Anemo damage to opponents within its range.
- Elemental Absorption: If autumn whirlwind comes into contact with Hydro/Pyro/Cryo/Electro, it will deal additional elemental damage of that type. elemental absorption may only occur once per use.
Soumon Swordsmanship (first ascension passive)
If Chihayaburu comes into contact with Hydro/Pyro/Cryo/Electro when cast, Chihayaburu will absorb that element and if Plunging Attack: Midare Ranzan is used before the effect expires, it will deal an additional 200% ATK of the absorbed elemental type as damage.
This will be considered plunging attack damage. Elemental absorption may only occur once per use of Chihayaburu.
Poetics of Fuubutsu (fourth ascension passive)
Upon triggering a swirl reaction, Kaedehara Kazuha will grant all party members a .04% elemental damage bonus to the element absorbed by swirl for every point of elemental mastery he has for 8 seconds.
Bonuses for different elements obtained through this method can co-exist.
Cloud Strider (utility passive)
- Decreases sprinting stamina consumption for your own party members by 20%.
- Not stackable with passive talents that provide the exact same effects.
What are Kazuha’s Constellations?
Kazuha’s constellation, like other characters, provides significant changes to him. His C1 and C4 deal with his energy recharge problems. His C2 gives him a massive elemental mastery buff and his C6 puts a main DPS Kazuha discussion on the table with the damage bonus it offers from every point of elemental mastery and the Anemo infusion. However, keep in mind that this infusion can be overridden.
C1 – Scarlet Hills
Decreases Chihayaburu’s cooldown by 10%.
Using Kazuha Slash resets the cooldown of Chihayaburu.
C2 – Yamaarashi Tailwind
The autumn whirlwind field created by Kazuha Slash has the following effects:
Increases Kaedehara Kazuha’s own elemental mastery by 200.
Increases the elemental mastery of characters within the field by 200.
The elemental mastery-increasing effects of this constellation do not stack.
C3 – Maple Monogatari
- Increases the Level of Chihayaburu by 3.
- Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C4 – Oozora Genpou
- When Kaedehara Kazuha’s energy is lower than 45, he obtains the following effects:
- Pressing or holding Chihayaburu regenerates 3 or 4 Energy for Kaedehara Kazuha, respectively.
- When gliding, Kaedehara Kazuha regenerates 2 energy per second.
C5 – Wisdom of Bansei
- Increases the level of Kazuha Slash by 3.
- Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C6 – Crimson Momiji
- After using Chihayaburu or Kazuha Slash, Kaedehara Kazuha gains an Anemo infusion for 5 seconds. Additionally, each point of elemental mastery will increase the damage dealt by Kaedehara Kazuha’s normal, charged, and plunging attack by .2%.
The Best Kazuha Builds
The best weapons for Kazuha depend on the type of artifact main stats you’re running. If you’re running a full elemental mastery on him, we suggest going for a sword that has energy recharge as its sub stat like Sacrificial Sword. If you’re running energy recharge and double elemental mastery, we suggest an elemental mastery sword, like Iron Sting or Freedom-Sworn.
With that being said, his artifact main stat priority can be energy recharge sands with elemental mastery for the rest or straight up elemental mastery for everything. Just make sure to have at least a 180% energy recharge if you’re running him as a solo Anemo character on your team. If you have Venti, then having around a 145% energy recharge works.
If you don’t have elemental mastery pieces for Kazuha, you can go for energy recharge, Anemo damage bonus, and crit rate/damage. But we highly recommend going for elemental mastery.
Best Weapons for Kazuh
- Revolutionary Chorale:
- A part of the “Millennial Movement” that wanders amidst the winds.
- Increases damage by 10~20%. When the character wielding this weapon triggers elemental reactions, they gain a Sigil of Rebellion. This effect can be triggered once every .5 seconds 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 12 seconds. “Millennial Movement: Song of Resistance” increases normal, charged, and plunging attack damage by 16~32% and increases attack by 20~40%.
- Once this effect is triggered, you will not gain Sigils of Rebellion for 20 seconds.
- Of the many effects of the “Millennial Movement,” buffs of the same type will not stack.
- Infusion Stinger
- Dealing elemental damage increases all damage by 6~12% for 6 seconds. Max 2 stacks. Can only occur once every 1 second.
- After dealing damage to an opponent with an elemental skill, the skill has a 40~80% chance to end its own cooldown. Can only occur once every 30~16 seconds.
Best Artifacts for Kazuha
- 2 piece bonus: Anemo damage bonus +15%
- 4 piece bonus: Increases swirl damage by 60%. Decreases the opponent’s elemental resistance to the element infused in the swirl by 40% for 10 seconds.
To wrap things up, Kazuha is a very solid addition to Genshin Impact. Kazuha presents players with another sub DPS/support Anemo option. Choosing between Kazuha, Venti, and Sucrose can make the difference between dealing good damage and great damage. With Sucrose, you’d want a team that focuses on elemental reactions, as her passive buffs the elemental mastery of her party members. Meanwhile, Kazuha thrives on a team composition that focuses on an elemental carry that can consistently deal damage like Diluc, Klee, or Keqing.
A quick swap team also exists, if that’s your jam. This kind of team focuses on rotating between party member’s elemental skills and bursts. A common quick swap team with Kazuha is Venti, Xiangling, and Bennett. Similar to his role in other teams, Kazuha’s passive buffs the swirled element (which is pyro in this composition), while Venti provides the much-needed energy refund.
Cedric Pabriga is a freelance writer for IGN. He spends most of his day listening to music or playing video games. He also writes short stories in his spare time. You can follow him on Twitter @IchikaRika.