The concept of the wandering ronin has long existed in pop culture and has been explored in various movies and animes like Rurouni Kenshin. As a teaser for Genshin Impact’s Japanese-inspired Inazuma region, Travelers were introduced to one such character—Kazuha, a polite and well-mannered swordsman with the ability to read the sounds of nature itself.
Kazuha is a young samurai that came to Liyue aboard the Alcor as a temporary member of The Crux. He hails from the once noble Kaedehara Clan, which had fallen on hard times by the time he inherited it. He briefly became a fugitive alongside his friend during the height of the Sakoku Decree.
Despite his family’s downfall and the loss of his friend, Kazuha maintained a serene and untroubled disposition, content to embrace the joys of a nomadic life and the uncomplicated pleasures it offers.
Become one with the wind with the help of this Kazuha Genshin Impact guide as we cover everything you need to know—from his best artifacts to his best companions.
The Best Artifacts for Kazuha
Kazuha’s artifact sets are pretty straightforward wherein you’ll always want to utilize their full set bonuses.
- 2 Piece Bonus – Anemo DMG Bonus +15%
- 4 Piece Bonus – Increases Swirl DMG by 60%. Decreases opponent’s Elemental RES to the element infused in the Swirl by 40% for 10s.
To this day, there’s virtually no contest when it comes to the best artifact set for Anemo characters; Viridescent Venerer stands unparalleled since Genshin Impact’s launch. Not only does it amplify Anemo DMG for the wearer, but it also enables their Swirl reaction to drastically reduce enemy resistances by almost half, rendering them doubly susceptible to the swirled element.
The Thundering Fury artifact set grants the following effects:
- 2-Piece Bonus – Electro DMG Bonus +15%
- 4-Piece Bonus – Increases DMG caused by Overloaded, Electro-Charged, Superconduct, and Hyperbloom by 40%, and the DMG Bonus conferred by Aggravate is increased by 20%. When Quicken or the aforementioned Elemental Reactions are triggered, Elemental Skill CD is decreased by 1s. Can only occur once every 0.8s.
It might seem unconventional, considering Kazuha is unmistakably an Anemo character and not an Electro one. However, this set is specifically reserved for team compositions using Aggravate or Electro-Charged reactions. Kazuha can actually trigger this set’s bonuses quite frequently as a quick swap DPS and further lower his Elemental Skill’s cooldown, thereby dealing large amounts of damage with his Swirls and the rest of his kit. You’ll need to have another Anemo character with Viridescent Venerer on your team in order to make this optimal for damage.
Artifact Stats to Prioritize
Prioritize his stats in this order:
- Elemental Mastery
- Energy Recharge
- CRIT Rate / CRIT DMG
Since most of Kazuha’s damage is tied to his Swirls, Elemental Mastery becomes his most important stat. More Elemental Mastery translates to more damage and it’s even recommended that you run Elemental Mastery on all of his artifacts. Energy Recharge is a close second as having more Energy Recharge allows you to use his Burst more often. While offensive stats like ATK% and CRIT can be useful as substats, they aren’t the most viable main stats for him until he attains specific constellations that turns him into an on-field DPS character.
Best Weapons for Kazuha
5-Star weapons often boast exceptional stats and powerful effects, making them tempting rewards for wishing in the weapon banners. Kazuha can use these swords to varying degrees of success, so in this section, we’ll discuss which ones are ideal for our poetic samurai.
- Freedom-Sworn (Elemental Mastery) – 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.
The Freedom-Sword sword was released alongside Kazuha’s debut banner and is his best-in-slot weapon. It is notable for boasting the highest Elemental Mastery secondary stat among all of the sword choices while also giving him plenty of useful utility. It passively increases his damage and upon triggering the Millennial Movement effect, grants his allies a substantial amount of ATK% and bonus DMG to their Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attack DMG.
- Skyward Blade (Energy Recharge) – CRIT Rate increased by 4%. Gains Skypiercing Might upon using an Elemental Burst: Increases Movement SPD by 10%, increases ATK SPD by 10%, and Normal and Charged hits deal additional DMG equal to 20% of ATK. Skypiercing Might lasts for 12s.
Using the Skyward Blade allows Kazuha to prioritize Elemental Mastery as the main stat for all his artifacts, as the weapon alone will address most of his energy needs. However, it offers only a slight advantage over other 4-Star swords focused on Energy recharge, which often come with superior effects and utility. The only edge it really has over other energy-centric swords is that it comes with a high base ATK that makes his personal damage a little bit better.
- Mistsplitter Reforged (CRIT DMG) – Gain a 12% Elemental DMG Bonus for all elements and receive the might of the Mistsplitter’s Emblem. At stack levels 1/2/3, Mistsplitter’s Emblem provides a 8/16/28% Elemental DMG Bonus for the character’s Elemental Type. The character will obtain 1 stack of Mistsplitter’s Emblem in each of the following scenarios: Normal Attack deals Elemental DMG (stack lasts 5s), casting Elemental Burst (stack lasts 10s); Energy is less than 100% (stack disappears when Energy is full). Each stack’s duration is calculated independently.
Mistsplitter Reforged, with its impressive base ATK and CRIT DMG scaling, is a sword fit for a main DPS and not really for elemental reaction buffers like Kazuha. While it does enhance his individual damage, it does so at the cost of the overall team’s damage output. We don’t recommend this sword unless your Kazuha has unlocked his 6th constellation, granting his Normal Attacks Anemo infusion, at which point it becomes one of his top choices for on-field DPS.
Players will discover that Kazuha remains a highly impactful support in the game, even when he’s equipped with a budget weapon from our list below.
- Xiphos’ Moonlight (Elemental Mastery) – The following effect will trigger every 10s: The equipping character will gain 0.036% Energy Recharge for each point of Elemental Mastery they possess for 12s, with nearby party members gaining 30% of this buff for the same duration. Multiple instances of this weapon can allow this buff to stack. This effect will still trigger even if the character is not on the field.
Xiphos’ Moonlight is a 4-Star weapon released during Sumeru and is arguably Kazuha’s strongest budget-friendly option. The weapon effect gives Kazuha and his allies a boost to their Energy Recharge, thereby lowering their respective energy requirements. It also has a secondary stat of Elemental Mastery which Kazuha appreciates having lots of. It gets even better at higher refinements that it becomes competitive with his other 5-Star options.
- Iron Sting (Elemental Mastery) – Dealing Elemental DMG increases all DMG by 6% for 6s. Max 2 stacks. Can only occur once every 1s.
Xiphos’ Moonlight might be his strongest budget option but Iron Sting is the most widely accessible weapon that you can give him. First of all, it is a craftable weapon so you don’t have to pull for it specifically on weapon banners like you would for Xiphos’. As long as you have the materials for it, you can craft it at any time. It still provides him a lot of Elemental Mastery and its weapon effect of increasing all damage dealt for a short period of time whenever you’ve dealt Elemental Damage is nice to have. Overall, a decent sword choice for him in any playstyle.
- Sacrificial Sword (Energy Recharge) – After dealing damage to an opponent with an Elemental Skill, the skill has a 40% chance to end its own CD. Can only occur once every 30s.
Kazuha’s Elemental Skill is a great tool for crowd control, deals a good amount of damage, and has a low cooldown perfect for generating energy particles. Sacrificial Sword basically gives you a taste of his first constellation as it can occasionally give you another charge of his Skill upon using it. With multiple Skill casts and the secondary stat of Energy Recharge, Kazuha will have no issues in charging up his and his allies’ Elemental Bursts.
Skill Priorities for Kazuha
Enhancing your character’s skills is one of the easiest ways to make your character stronger in Genshin Impact. When resources are limited however, it’s essential to prioritize skills that offer the most significant benefits.
- Kazuha Slash (Elemental Burst) – Kazuha’s signature slash strikes with the force of the first winds of autumn, dealing AoE Anemo DMG. The blade’s passage will leave behind a field named “Autumn Whirlwind” that periodically deals AoE Anemo DMG to opponents within its range. If Autumn Whirlwind comes into contact with Hydro/Pyro/Cryo/Electro, it will deal additional elemental DMG of that type. Elemental Absorption may only occur once per use.
- 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 DMG and lifting Kazuha into the air on a rushing gust of wind. Within 10s 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 DMG is converted to Anemo DMG. On landing, Kazuha creates a small wind tunnel via a secret blade technique that pulls in nearby objects and opponents.This skill can be pressed or held to charge for greater Anemo DMG over a larger AoE.
- Garyuu Bladework (Normal Attack) – Kazuha performs up to 5 rapid strikes. His Charged Attack unleashes 2 rapid sword strikes after consuming a certain amount of Stamina.
His Elemental Burst takes the top spot due to it being his highest source of damage, dealing significant damage over an extended period. Following closely is his Elemental Skill, as it will be used heavily for its crowd control abilities and the capacity to absorb various elements for widespread enemy application. His Normal Atttack is actually not that far behind his Skill and is roughly around the same priority given that damage multipliers of Midare Ranzan, the plunge attack that Kazuha performs after using Chihayaburu, is tied to his Normal Attack’s levels.
Kazuha Team Comp
Although Kazuha’s wandering nature might suggest a solitary journey, he doesn’t have to travel alone. In fact, his adaptability as an Anemo support character allows him to synergize effectively with many other characters. Here’s a list of characters that we think can best accompany him:
- Ayaka (The best Cryo DPS for Freeze teams)
- Rosaria (Cryo Burst Sub-DPS for Freeze)
- Ayato (Hydro DPS who has an AoE Burst)
- Kokomi (Healer with fantastic Hydro application)
- Yoimiya (Can swirl both Pyro and Hydro for Vaporize teams)
- Bennett (Sunfire strategy with their Bursts)
- Fischl (Off-field Electro support for Aggravate or Electro-Charged teams)
- Raiden Shogun (Electro Burst DPS that let him spam his Burst)
When Kazuha was first introduced, he didn’t generate massive hype given the popularity of characters like Venti and Sucrose. This initial skepticism was quickly dismissed once players figured out just how strong his entire kit is despite its delightful simplicity. Kazuha has firmly remained a solid meta pick since his debut. Anyone who wants to add him to their roster will be happy to know that his winds have only gotten stronger over time.