Genshin Impact Layla Build Guide: Weapons, Artifact Sets, Roles, Teams, Constellations, and more

Genshin Impact - Layla Build Guide

Layla is a playable 4-star Cryo character in Genshin Impact. As a Rtawahist student expected to perform well, she always has a lot of papers to write and is, therefore, constantly deprived of sleep.

This guide will discuss Layla‘s talents, constellations, recommended roles, best weapons, artifact sets, and more! So, if you want to add this character to your team, feel free to read on.


Layla’s Talents and Priority

Layla’s core talent is her Elemental Skill (Nights of Formal Focus). This talent not only gives her an HP-scaling shield, but it’s also a vital source of damage and Cryo application on-field or off-field. Under some conditions, this shield will generate Night Stars and eventually Shooting Stars that deal Cryo DMG to opponents.

On the other hand, her Burst (Dream of the Star-Stream Shaker) allows her to summon a Celestial Dreamsphere on the battlefield. This sphere generates Starlight Slugs that deal Cryo DMG. However, it’s important to have her shield on before unleashing her Burst. This is because Starlight Slugs that hit opponents will also generate Night Stars. In other words, having her shield on not only protects her and the team but also increases her DMG potential and improves her Cryo application.

Don’t worry; Layla’s shield duration and Elemental Skill CD are both 12 seconds which makes it possible for you to have 100% shield uptime. Your only problem here is finding ways to make it last until its CD ends, which we will talk about in the weapons and artifact set sections of this article.

As for her ascension passive, she can increase her shield strength at A1 and increase her DMG potential at A2.

Genshin Impact - Layla Build Guide - Elemental Skill - Shield
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With these in mind, we recommend that you prioritize her Talents in the following order:

  • 1st priority – Elemental Skill
  • 2nd priority – Elemental Burst
  • 3rd priority – Normal Attack

Unless you’re using Layla as an on-field DPS, which isn’t her best role, it’s not necessary to level up her Normal Attacks, so you might want to save your resources and focus on her Skill and Burst. We will be talking about her best role/s later on.

For more details about her Talents, be sure to check out the table below:

Normal Attack – Sword of the Radiant PathNormal Attack
Performs up to 3 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 DMG upon impact.
Elemental Skill – Nights of Formal FocusPuts forth a shield known as the Curtain of Slumber, dealing AoE Cryo DMG.

The Curtain of Slumber’s DMG Absorption is based on Layla’s Max HP and absorbs Cryo DMG with 250% effectiveness. When the shield is deployed, Layla will have Cryo applied to her briefly.

Night Stars and Shooting Stars
While the Curtain of Slumber is active, it will create 1 Night Star that will be attached to it every 1.5s. When a character protected by this shield uses an Elemental Skill, 2 Night Stars will be created. Night Stars can be created once every 0.3s in this way. A maximum of 4 Night Stars can be accumulated at any one time.

Once the Curtain of Slumber has accumulated 4 Night Stars and there are opponents nearby, these Night Stars will transform into homing Shooting Stars that will be fired off in sequence, dealing Cryo DMG to any opponents hit.

If the Curtain of Slumber’s duration ends or it is destroyed, the Night Stars will disappear. If they are already being fired off as Shooting Stars, these Shooting Stars will last until this wave of shots ends.

New Night Stars cannot be created until the previous wave of Shooting Stars has been fired completely.
Elemental Burst – Dream of the Star-Stream ShakerUnleashes a Celestial Dreamsphere that constantly fires Starlight Slugs at opponents within its AoE, dealing Cryo DMG.

When a Starlight Slug hits, it will generate 1 Night Star for nearby Curtains of Slumber. Each Curtain of Slumber can gain 1 Night Star this way every 0.5s.
1st Ascension Passive – Like Nascent LightWhile the Curtain of Slumber is active, the Deep Sleep effect will activate each time the Curtain gains 1 Night Star:

– The Shield Strength of a character under the effect of the Curtain of Slumber increases by 6%.
– This effect can have a maximum of 4 stacks and persists until the Curtain of Slumber disappears.
4th Ascension Passive – Sweet Slumber UndisturbedThe DMG dealt by the Shooting Stars fired by Nights of Formal Focus is increased by 1.5% of Layla’s Max HP.
Utility Passive – Shadowy Dream-SignsWhen Layla crafts Character Talent Materials, she has a 10% chance to receive double the product.


Constellations and Effects

One of the not-so-good things about Layla is that her potential is locked behind constellations. If you’re aiming for a supportive role, which is arguably the best role for her, we highly recommend that you aim for C4.

C4 allows Layla to increase her team’s Normal and Charged Attack DMG based on her HP. Of course, if you have C4, this means you also have C1 and C2. C1 unlocks Co-op shielding and generates a better shield. On the other hand, C2 solves her Energy regeneration problems.

However, if you want to use Layla as the Main DPS, the best constellation would be C6. Although, again, we believe that this role isn’t the best for her.

Genshin Impact - Layla Special Dish - Layla standing idle animation
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For more details about her Constellations, be sure to check out the table below:

1Fortress of FantasyThe Shield Absorption of the Curtain of Slumber generated by Nights of Formal Focus is increased by 20%. Additionally, when unleashing Nights of Formal Focus, she will generate a shield for any nearby party members who are not being protected by a Curtain of Slumber. This shield will have 35% of the absorption of a Curtain of Slumber, will last for 12s, and will absorb Cryo DMG with 250% effectiveness.
2Light’s RemitWhen Shooting Stars from Nights of Formal Focus strike opponents, they will each restore 1 Energy to Layla. Each Shooting Star can restore Energy to her in this manner once.
3Secrets of the NightIncreases the Level of Nights of Formal Focus by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
4Starry IlluminationWhen Nights of Formal Focus starts to fire off Shooting Stars, it will grant all nearby party members the Dawn Star effect, causing their Normal and Charged Attack DMG to increase based on 5% of Layla’s Max HP. Dawn Star can last up to 3s and will be removed 0.05s after dealing Normal or Charged Attack DMG.
5Stream of ConsciousnessIncreases the Level of Dream of the Star-Stream Shaker by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
6Radiant SoulfireShooting Stars from Nights of Formal Focus deal 40% increased DMG, and Starlight Slugs from Dream of the Star-Stream Shaker deal 40% increased DMG.
Additionally, the interval between the creation of Night Stars via Nights of Formal Focus is decreased by 20%.

Recommended Roles and Teams for Layla

As mentioned in the previous sections of this article, we recommend using Layla purely as a shield-support unit. However, you may also build her with some DMG to take on the support/Sub-DPS role.

If you need a shielder in your team, Layla is a versatile 4-star choice. Of course, Layla isn’t the first Cryo shielder in the game. For a long time, Diona has filled the role of both Cryo shielder and healer in many teams.

However, while Diona can provide both shield and healing, Layla has a better off-field Cryo application and has a better shield uptime at 12s CD (Diona has 15s CD when her Skill is held). On the other hand, C0 Layla’s shield is already comparable with C5 Diona’s.

Both Cryo shielders are great, but which one you choose depends on your resources and the availability of a healer in your team. Again, unlike Diona, Layla cannot heal.

Still, with Layla’s off-field Cryo application, she works extremely well in Freeze and Physical Teams. As for Dendro-related teams, Layla is a great choice for Dendro Fridge. Below are team examples.


– Ayaka– Layla– Yelan
– Xingqiu
or Anemo
– Kokomi
– Barbara
  • In this team, Layla’s main role is to provide shields and support depending on her constellations and/or artifacts.
  • Ayaka will be the main DMG dealer. It is also important to note that with Layla around, the Cryo Elemental Resonance is triggered, increasing your CRIT Rate.
  • For healing, we recommend Kokomi. Our free-to-play option is Barbara.
  • Lastly, you may include another Hydro unit like Yelan or Xingqiu to trigger the Hydro Elemental Resonance for more HP, meaning more healing and shield strength. However, you may also have an Anemo character with the Viridescent Venerer set for Elemental RES reduction.


– Kokomi
– Barbara
– Layla– Nahida
– Dendro Traveler
– Collei
Anemo for crowd control
or another Dendro for Resonance
  • Layla’s tasks include providing shields and applying the Cryo aura to enemies off-field. Like any Fridge Teams, this Cryo application is vital to freeze and keep enemies in place so they will be hit by Bloom’s Dendro Core explosions.
  • For the Dendro unit, Nahida is a reliable off-field Dendro applicator. However, your free-to-play options are Collei and the Dendro Travaler.
  • For the Hydro character who can work both as an on-field DPS and healer, Kokomi is the best choice. However, you may also choose Barbara.
  • The last spot may go to an Anemo character with exceptional crowd control, like Venti, Kazuha, or Sucrose. However, it may also go to another Dendro unit for the Dendro Elemental Resonance. This resonance will buff your EM, which translates into the damage dealt by your Dendro Cores.


Recommended Weapons for Layla

Since Layla’s shield and most of her DMG scale with her HP, it will only make sense to equip a weapon that focuses on this stat. However, there are currently only two swords that have this stat bonus, namely the Key Of Khaj-Nisut and Primordial Jade Cutter. Still, there are other swords that you might consider, including free-to-play ones. You can also check out our insights for each weapon below the table for more information.

Key Of Khaj-Nisut (5 stars)Base ATK (Lv 1 -90): 44 – 542
Base Bonus Stat (Lv 1 -90): HP 14.4% – 66.2%
Base Skill Effect: HP increased by 20%. When an Elemental Skill hits opponents, you gain the Grand Hymn effect for 20s. This effect increases the equipping character’s Elemental Mastery by 0.12% of their Max HP. This effect can trigger once every 0.3s. Max 3 stacks. When this effect gains 3 stacks, or when the third stack’s duration is refreshed, the Elemental Mastery of all nearby party members will be increased by 0.2% of the equipping character’s max HP for 20s.
Primordial Jade Cutter (5 stars)Base ATK (Lv 1 -90): 44 – 542
Base Bonus Stat (Lv 1 -90): CRIT Rate 9.6% – 44.1%
Base Skill Effect: HP increased by 20%. Additionally, provides an ATK Bonus based on 1.2% of the wielder’s Max HP.
Favonius Sword (4 stars)Base ATK (Lv 1 -90): 41 – 454
Base Bonus Stat (Lv 1 -90): Energy Recharge 13.3% – 61.3%
Base Skill Effect: CRIT hits have a 60% chance to generate a small amount of Elemental Particles, which will regenerate 6 Energy for the character. Can only occur once every 12s.
Harbinger of Dawn (3 stars)Base ATK (Lv 1 -90): 39 – 401
Base Bonus Stat (Lv 1 -90): CRIT DMG 10.2% – 46.9%
Base Skill Effect: When HP is above 90%, increases CRIT Rate by 14%.

Key Of Khaj-Nisut

This sword has the highest HP bonus among all weapons on this list and can be considered one, if not the best, option for strengthening Layla’s shield, increasing her overall DMG, and improving her team buff (C4). While the Elemental Mastery (EM) buff Key Of Khaj-Nisut provides for the equipping character may not be very useful for a support Layla, you can still take advantage of this sword’s EM buff for the team. Take note, however, that this EM buff is only useful for teams that primarily deal DMG by triggering Elemental Reactions, like the Dendro Fridge Team we mentioned. This EM buff won’t be useful to Freeze Teams. Still, the HP bonus it provides for Layla is top-notch, and solely for this reason, you may use Key Of Khaj-Nisut in any team composition. Learn more about Key of Khaj-Nisut here.

Genshin Impact - Key of Khaj-Nisut
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Primordial Jade Cutter

Primordial Jade Cutter is another weapon that provides an HP bonus for its equipping character. With its ATK bonus based on the character’s HP, this is a great option for Layla if her role is more on a Support/Sub-DPS side. Learn more about Primordial Jade Cutter here.

Favonius Sword

While Layla only has a 40 energy cost for her Elemental Burst, she has a minor Energy Recharge problem. This is because she is mostly off-field, making it difficult for her to grab her own particles (Note that her Skill does NOT immediately generate particles; only when the Shooting Stars hit enemies). Therefore, Favonius Sword is a decent choice. However, if you choose this weapon, make sure to give Layla some CRIT Rate for more chances of generating particles and solving her energy issues.

Harbinger of Dawn

This weapon is an excellent choice if you want Layla to deal with some substantial off-field DMG as a free-to-play player. With her shield and off-field playstyle, it’s easy for her to trigger the CRIT Rate bonus passive of this sword. This weapon is also very easy to refine since it’s only three stars.

Recommended Artifact Sets and Stat Priority for Layla

Below are our recommended artifact sets for Layla:

Tenacity of the Millelith2-piece: HP +20%
4-piece: When an Elemental Skill hits an opponent, the ATK of all nearby party members is increased by 20%, and their Shield Strength is increased by 30% for 3s. This effect can be triggered once every 0.5s. This effect can still be triggered even when the character who is using this artifact set is not on the field.
Blizzard Strayer2-piece: Cryo DMG Bonus +15%
4-piece: When a character attacks an opponent affected by Cryo, their CRIT Rate is increased by 20%. If the opponent is Frozen, CRIT Rate is increased by an additional 20%.
Emblem of Severed Fate2-piece: Energy Recharge +20%
4-piece: Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 25% of Energy Recharge. A maximum of 75% bonus DMG can be obtained in this way.

For a purely supportive role, we highly recommend Tenacity of the Millelith x4. This set’s effect can easily be triggered by Layla. However, if you already have a unit with a 4-piece set of this artifact, you might consider another or combine it with a 2-piece. This is because the effect of Tenacity of the Millelith x4 does NOT stack with another character in the party with the same set.

Genshin Impact - Tenacity of the Millelith
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Blizzard Strayer x4 is your go-to if you’re in a Freeze Team and want to increase Layla’s DMG potential. However, a more supportive/Sub-DPS option would be to have Blizzard Strayer x2 and Tenacity of the Millelith x2. This combo solves the issue we mentioned in the previous paragraph.

Emblem of Severed Fate x4 is another set that would benefit a Sub-DPS Layla. However, for a more supportive role, Emblem of Severed Fate x2 and Tenacity of the Millelith x2 is another combo you might want to try. This combo is great if you have Energy Recharge (ER) problems for Layla as a support unit.

Depending on her role, we recommend that you consider the following artifact main stats:

Sands HP or ER (as needed)HP or ER (as needed)
Goblet HPCryo DMG
Circlet HPCRIT Rate or DMG

Be on the lookout for the following substats: HP, ER (as needed), and CRIT (as needed).

Note that the ideal Energy Recharge (ER) for an off-field Layla depends on different situations. If you want to use Layla’s Burst every rotation, you must target at least the ER% indicated below.

Team CompositionTarget ER (minimum)
With Cryo Teammate140%
W/o Cryo Teammate200%

Note that this ER% requirement may vary depending on factors such as Layla’s constellation (C2) and your team composition (if you have a reliable battery).

Genshin Impact is an action role-playing game developed by miHoyo, also known as HoYoverse. The game is available on PC, PS4, PS5, iOS, and Android, while a release on Nintendo Switch is currently in the works

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