Genshin Impact is one of the most popular open-world games in the gaming scene today. It’s not hard to believe, considering that it’s notable for taking inspiration from real-world locations for its scenery. Each region displays careful attention to detail that ultimately comes together to create a fantastic world map. With all the wondrous places that exist on Teyvat, it’s no wonder that a playable character, Mika, became the Knights of Favonius’ expert cartographer.
Even though he is one of their youngest knights, Mika is characterized to be resourceful and diligent in fulfilling his duties as the surveyor of the reconnaissance team. His shy and reserved nature, coupled with his cool appearance, resonates perfectly with his Cryo vision. With his trusty polearm, crossbow, and notebook by his side, Mika is armed and ready for any expedition.
Travelers, there is a whole new world out there that’s just waiting to be explored in Genshin Impact. Bring Mika along for the ride and prepare him for the journey across Teyvat with the help of this Genshin Impact guide.
Best Artifact Set for Mika
Mika is one of those few characters whose kit is purely built as a support and is usually built for his utility. For that reason, there are only a few 4-piece 5-Star artifact sets that he can utilize or synergize with. You can mix and match your artifact sets to suit your Mika’s needs, and here are the sets that we’d recommend choosing from.
The Noblesse oblige artifact set grants the following effects:
- 2-Piece Set: Elemental Burst DMG +20%.
- 4-Piece Set: Using an Elemental Burst increases all party members’ ATK by 20% for 12s. This effect cannot stack.
As a support character, Noblesse Oblige is easily the best artifact for Mika. He might not benefit from its 2-Piece set like other supports, but it’s still a good pick regardless, as it allows you to stack a partywide ATK buff on top of the other effects of his Elemental Burst.
The Ocean-Hued Clam artifact set grants the following effects:
- 2-Piece Set: Healing Bonus +15%
- 4-Piece Set: When the character equipping this artifact set heals a character in the party, a Sea-Dyed Foam will appear for 3 seconds, accumulating the amount of HP recovered from healing (including overflow healing). At the end of the duration, the Sea-Dyed Foam will explode, dealing DMG to nearby opponents based on 90% of the accumulated healing. (This DMG is calculated similarly to Reactions such as Electro-Charged, and Superconduct, but is not affected by Elemental Mastery, Character Levels, or Reaction DMG Bonuses). Only one Sea-Dyed Foam can be produced every 3.5 seconds. Each Sea-Dyed Foam can accumulate up to 30,000 HP (including overflow healing). There can be no more than one Sea-Dyed Foam active at any given time. This effect can still be triggered even when the character who is using this artifact set is not on the field.
Mika’s main utility is to provide healing, but Ocean-Hued Clam can help compensate for the lack of damage in his kit. Although it would be difficult for him to make the most out of this artifact’s damaging effect, the bonus healing he gets is the main draw in using this set over others.
Artifact Stats to Prioritize
Mika relies on keeping his Elemental Burst available as much as possible and the stats that scales with it so we suggest that you prioritize his stats as follows.
- HP% (Sands or All Main-stats)
- Energy Recharge (Sands or substats)
- Healing Bonus (Circlet or bonuses)
- CRIT Rate (Substats or Circlet/Optional)
Like most healers, Mika’s healing scales from his maximum health. Players can stack as many HP% artifacts on him as they can for great results. Reaching 20K-30K HP is usually enough to heal your whole team comfortably throughout his Burst duration. For Energy Recharge, reaching around 200% should be enough to confidently regenerate his Burst in a rotation alongside another Cryo character.
Healing Bonus can be great for his circlet, especially if you’re using the Ocean-Hued Clam artifact set to maximize both his healing and damage capabilities. CRIT Rate is viable if Mika uses the Favonious Lance, as this would help activate the weapon effects more consistently.
Best Weapons for Mika
While his main job lies in reconnaissance, Mika is still part of the Knights of Favonius and can fend for himself during his missions with the following equipment:
- Skyward Spine (Energy Recharge) – Increases CRIT Rate by 8% and increases Normal ATK SPD by 12%. Additionally, Normal and Charged Attacks hits on enemies have a 50% chance to trigger a vacuum blade that deals 40% of ATK as DMG in a small AoE. This effect can occur no more than once every 2s.
Skyward Spine easily takes the top spot due to its accessibility as a 5-star weapon that can be pulled from the Standard Banner. This weapon provides Mika with a lot of Energy Recharge and allows him to hit just a little harder with its high base ATK and offensive weapon effect.
- Engulfing Lightning (Energy Recharge) – ATK increased by 28% of Energy Recharge over the base 100%. You can gain a maximum bonus of 80% ATK. Gain 30% Energy Recharge for 12s after using an Elemental Burst.
Engulfing Lightning solves a lot of Mika’s energy problems, which would allow him to focus his stats on getting more HP. Its passive effect that grants bonus ATK doesn’t do a lot, but it’s never bad to have.
Don’t have 5-Star weapons? That’s fine. There are plenty of budget polearms that have effects that cater towards providing more utility over damage.
- Favonius Lance (Energy Recharge) – CRIT Hits have a 60% chance to generate a small amount of Elemental Particles, which will regenerate 6 Energy for the character. It can only occur once every 12s.
Favonius Lance easily takes the top spot for polearms that Mika would like. Its passive allows any on-field character to regenerate their energy quickly as well as giving Mika the Energy Recharge he needs.
- Black Tassel (HP%) – Increases DMG against slimes by 40%.
This 3-Star weapon might not have the greatest of stats, but almost every player will have at least a copy of this weapon at max refinement. It’s very cheap and easily maximized. The HP% stat it gives is more valuable if you’ve already reached your Energy Recharge quota, as it improves not just Mika’s healing but also his durability.
- Kitain Cross Spear (Elemental Mastery) – Increases Elemental Skill DMG by 6%. After Elemental Skill hits an opponent, the character loses 3 Energy but regenerates 3 Energy every 2s for the next 6s. This effect can occur once every 10s. It can be triggered even when the character is not on the field.
Kitain Cross Spear is one of the best craftable weapons for Mika. If you want his skill to also pack a punch besides the Energy regeneration it gives, this would be the weapon of choice. At maxed refinements, Mika’s Elemental Burst can be sufficiently charged every time he gets to use his skill.
- Rightful Reward (HP%) – When the wielder is healed, restore 8 Energy. This effect can be triggered once every 10s and can occur even when the character is not on the field.
Another craftable weapon available to Free to Play Travelers would be the Rightful Reward. It grants Mika a bigger HP% bonus to his health over the Black Tassel. Its passive synergizes well with his healing as it basically gives him a refund of Energy every time he uses his Burst or heals, regardless if he’s active on the field or not.
Mika’s Talent Priorities
As the surveyor of the reconnaissance team of the Knights of Favonius, Mika has his own experience of adventures when mapping out new topographies and landscapes. For that reason, Mika has developed different kinds of skills that would help his team’s advancement and survival. Get the most out of his abilities by improving them in this order.
- Starfrost Swirl (Elemental Skill) – This skill has a press-and-hold version. When pressed, Mika shoots forward frost bolts from his crossbow that can pass through enemies, dealing Cryo damage. If held, you can aim where Mika will shoot his crossbow, and after it hits an initial target first, it explodes into rimestar shards, hitting up to a maximum of 3 more enemies, also dealing Cryo damage. When activated, all nearby characters or on-field characters will gain an Attack Speed buff for 12s, scaling on this talent level.
- Skyfeather Song (Elemental Burst) – Mika basically inspires his allies through prayers from their knightly order, initially healing everyone on his team and gives them the Eagleplume status for 15s. Everyone with this status will regenerate HP based on Mika’s max health for some intervals every time the characters do Normal Attack.
- Spear of Favonius – Arrow’s Passage (Normal Attack) – Mika will perform 5 consecutive attacks with his polearm and crossbow, dealing Physical damage. When held, Mika will consume a certain amount of stamina to dash forward and deal more Physical damage.
Mika has a passive that gives all characters affected by his Attack Speed buff with a Physical DMG bonus that stacks for every enemy hit by his Elemental Skill. These stacks renew every time Mika casts his Elemental Skill. Unlike other bow characters, the aim mode of his skill cannot hit the ‘weak spots’ of enemies like theirs would.
Mika Team Comp
Mika is unique as a healer support that also provides Attack Speed and Physical DMG buffs. He can be considered as a dedicated support for hyper-carries that rely on their Normal Attacks or Physical DPS characters. Despite his niche kit, players don’t have to limit Mika to Physical DPS teams only. To give you an idea, here are some allies that would work well with him.
- Eula (Mika’s captain, the Physical DPS and Cryo battery that would benefit greatly from his kit)
- Fischl (Off-field Superconductor. Perfect Electro pair for Physical damage teams and can be a Physical DPS that would benefit from Attack Speed bonuses)
- Wanderer (Fast-attacking Anemo DPS that would benefit from Mika’s Cryo element and Attack Speed buff)
- Yun Jin (Normal Attack buffer that would synergize with Mika’s Physical DMG buff)
- Razor (One of the budget Physical DPS that can Superconduct)
- Rosaria (Cryo applier and battery. Can also function as Physical DPS)
- Yoimiya (Pyro Bow-DPS that benefits from bonus Attack Speed)
- Ayato (Hydro DPS that benefits from bonus Attack Speed)
It’s quite obvious that Mika is not a fighter who would be dealing massive amounts of damage but rather enables other characters to do that for him. By providing him with the proper stats and talent prioritization, Mika can confidently perform his role of keeping his team safe and ready for their next expedition, even at low investments.