This guide features Kuki Shinobu, the 4-star Electro Sword character in Genshin Impact introduced during the version 2.7 second banner.
She’s the Arataki Gang Deputy Leader and the most reliable person on the team, which means being the one left behind to clean the mess Itto and the others make.
Kuki Shinobu has an interesting HP-related mechanic, and in this guide we’ll show her passives, talents, constellations, suggested weapons and artifact sets.
Kuki Shinobu talents guide
|Normal Attack – Shinobu’s Shadowsword||Normal Attack|
Perform up to 4 rapid strikes.
Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to unleash 2 rapid sword strikes.
Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact.
|Elemental Skill – Sanctifying Ring||Creates a Grass Ring of Sanctification at the cost of part of her HP, dealing Electro DMG to nearby opponents.|
Grass Ring of Sanctification
Follows your current active character around. Deals Electro DMG to nearby opponents every 1.5s and restores HP for active character(s) within the ring’s AoE based on Kuki Shinobu’s Max HP.
The HP consumption from using this skill can only bring her to 20% HP.
|Elemental Burst: – Gyoei Narukami Kariyama Rite||Stabs an evil-excoriating blade into the ground, creating a field that cleanses the area of all that is foul, dealing continuous Electro DMG to opponents within its AoE based on Shinobu’s Max HP.|
If Shinobu’s HP is less than or equal to 50% when this skill is used, the field will last longer.
|Ascension Talent – Breaking Free||When Shinobu’s HP is not higher than 50%, her Healing Bonus is increased by 15%.|
|Ascension Talent – Heart’s Repose||Sanctifying Ring’s abilities will be boosted based on Shinobu’s Elemental Mastery:|
·Healing amount will be increased by 75% of Elemental Mastery.
·DMG dealt is increased by 25% of Elemental Mastery.
|Utility Talent – Protracted Prayers||Gains 25% more rewards when dispatched on an Inazuma Expedition for 20 hours.|
Her mechanics are similar to Hu Tao, in which she gets stronger as she loses HP with her Elemental Skill helping to do so. She’s best played as a healer that enables Electro reactions, built with HP but with some space for Elemental Mastery.
For leveling order, focus Skill > Burst > Normal Attack.
|1 – To Cloister Compassion||Gyoei Narukami Kariyama Rite‘s AoE is increased by 50%.|
|2 – To Forsake Fortune||Grass Ring of Sanctification‘s duration is increased by 3s.|
|3 – To Sequester Sorrow||Increases the Level of Sanctifying Ring by 3.|
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
|4 – To Sever Sealing||When the Normal, Charged, or Plunging Attacks of the character affected by Shinobu’s Grass Ring of Sanctification hit opponents, a Thundergrass Mark will land on the opponent’s position and deal AoE Electro DMG based on 9.7% of Shinobu’s Max HP.|
This effect can occur once every 5s.
|5 – To Cease Courtesies||Increases the Level of Gyoei Narukami Kariyama Rite by 3.|
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
|6 – To Ward Weakness||When Kuki Shinobu takes lethal DMG, this instance of DMG will not take her down. This effect will automatically trigger when her HP reaches 1 and will trigger once every 60s.|
When Shinobu’s HP drops below 25%, she will gain 150 Elemental Mastery for 15s. This effect will trigger once every 60s.
C2 is the most important, but she can work just as well from C0.
Recommended weapons for Kuki Shinobu
|Primordial Jade Cutter||Critical Rate||She can make good use of the HP passive, but this weapon might be best suited to a damage-focused character. Great choice on her regardless.|
|Freedom-Sworn||Elemental Mastery||She makes use of the weapon’s substats and passive, being able to activate it with ease. Good choice if you don’t need extra ER on her.|
|Favonius Sword||Energy Recharge||Gives Shinobu some extra Energy Recharge, being probably her best 4-star choice.|
|Iron Sting||Elemental Mastery||F2P option for a build focused on Elemental Mastery.|
Favonius Sword has the highest ER for any sword in the game (even higher than Skyward Blade), and since her effective Skill cooldown is almost nonexistent, Sacrificial Sword is not needed. Any other ER% weapon can do the work if Favonius is not available.
Recommended Artifact Sets
|Tenacity of the Millelith x4||– HP +20%|
– 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.
|If you’re using a melee character, its 4-piece effect will be active at all times. She also makes good use of the 2-piece effect, making it the perfect utility set for her.|
|Thundering Fury x4||– Electro DMG Bonus +15%|
– Increases damage caused by Overloaded, Electro-Charged and Superconduct by 40%. Triggering such effects decreases Elemental Skill CD by 1s. Can only occur once every 0.8s.
|Focused on elemental reactions and personal damage. Useful for Overload teams.|
|Emblem of Severed Fate x4||– Energy Recharge +20%.|
– Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 25% of Energy Recharge. A maximum of 75% bonus DMG can be obtained in this way.
|For damage builds focused on her Burst. Scales better with more ER.|
|Maiden Beloved x4||– Character Healing Effectiveness +15%|
– Using an Elemental Skill or Burst increases healing received by all party members by 20% for 10s.
|Sacrifices damage potential and utility for extra healing.|
Her overall healing is not as big as Kokomi or Qiqi, so while Ocean-Hued Clam is usable, it is not as great for Kuki Shinobu, thus being omitted in this guide. Millelith + any 15% Bonus Healing set is also an option.
- Circlet: Healing Bonus% > HP% > EM
- Sands: HP% > EM > ER%
- Goblet: HP% > EM > Electro%
- Substats are HP% > HP > EM > ER%
For substats, prioritize HP over Elemental Mastery, as it’s her stronger scaling.
As previously mentioned in this guide, Kuki Shinobu is great for creating elemental reactions, and her elemental is the main reason people would choose her over other healers.
She can easily proc Superconduct, being a good pair for Eula, Rosaria, and physical build Kaeya. Access to Electro-Charged makes her good with Tartaglia, Ayato, and Yelan. If you’re interested in an Overload team, she’s good with Yanfei, Klee, and Sucrose.