How to Play Cyno in Genshin Impact



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Cyno is The General Mahamatra in charge of supervising the researchers of the Akademiya in Genshin Impact. It was said they were more efficient than the “Great Vayuvyastra” made by Kshahrewar when it went to work. He wields a polearm, owns an Electro Vision, and uses them to perform his duties. Those duties are to arrest those who violate the Akademiya’s rules and regulations, terminate illegal studies, and uphold the discipline of the Akademiya.

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Cyno’s Background in Genshin Impact

The name of General Mahamatra has traveled well beyond the Akademiya’s walls. In the history of the Akademiya, many researchers have used their “wisdom” to commit crimes. Such researchers, who do not abide by the law and pose dangers to others, will be pursued and judged.

Even the proudest mercenaries and Treasure Hoarders in the Great Red Sand dare not make things difficult for General Mahamatra. They learned this lesson well from the example of a mercenary group eradicated in the desert for sheltering wanted researchers.

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Cyno also has a unique sense of humor only known to the matra. He would usually tell jokes that would make the matra sit in silence. Cyno would then explain it with a serious expression, worried that they did not get the joke.

After all the explanations, the matra will all exchange looks before letting out a few dry, strangled laughs. To prevent such an awkward situation from ever happening again, the matra gradually agreed that after Cyno finishes telling a joke, everyone in the room must force out a laugh or two in response so that he will not start explaining it.

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There are many versions of the story of how Cyno got his Vision. One conspiracy theory is that his Vision is closely connected with certain forbidden technologies hidden within the Akademiya. Otherwise, how could this member of the desert ilk earn a spot in the Akademiya? No one dares to check any of the stories’ authenticity with Cyno in person. Cyno himself cannot be bothered to waste energy on these ridiculous rumors.

About the Vision

The true story happened the day before he became the new General Mahamatra. While he was reading the books related to the Akademiya’s rules and regulations, specifically in the chapter “to attempt the forbidden and fear none,” he failed to fathom some chunks of the content depicted in the book. So, he closed his eyes and ruminated. When he opened his eyes, he saw a Vision laid nicely on the page.

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It took a while before he accepted this fact and needed confirmation that no existing rule prohibited someone from being granted a Vision. He then reviewed several academic cases involving Visions and ensured this Vision was not some malicious trap. Cyno also pondered the challenges he might encounter after becoming the General Mahamatra and how this Vision might help in these future trials.

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After carefully weighing the pros and cons, Cyno finally earnestly accepted this gift from the gods. He also thought that as he became the new General Mahamatra, he would be entrusted with the sacred power to judge those who had erred, and the Vision would ensure that this sacred privilege could be exercised as intended.

How to Get Cyno in Genshin Impact

Cyno is a 5-star character released as a playable character during the Version 3.1 update of the game. He can only be obtained by making wishes on a time-limited Character Wish Banner. It will only feature a special 5-star character if that character is involved in the game’s current content. This includes story quests and events. If Cyno is currently featured on the Character Wish Banner, you can do a test run of the character and see if you like his play style.

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The good news is, as of the writing of this guide, the game has been doing double Character Banner reruns where 5-star characters not part of the current game story content are also featured.

To learn more about acquiring characters in Genshin Impact, please see our guide by clicking this link.

Team Composition, Role, and Playstyle

Main DPS

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Like most DPS characters, Cyno is designed to be the one who stays on the field and deals most of the damage to any opponents. This is especially true based on his Elemental Burst, which forces him to be active on the field, or it will be canceled.

With this in mind, Cyno’s play style involves setting up everything with the other characters in the party before using his high-damage attacks. Randomly switching between the other characters in the party is not recommended for this character because it will disrupt his Elemental Burst, ruining the rotation.

Support Characters for Cyno in Genshin Impact

For his support, characters that can heal even when not in the field are always recommended. These include Barbara, Bennett, Kuki Shinobu, Sangonomiya Kokomi, Qiqi, Diona, and Xingqiu. They can also apply certain elemental statuses to enemies and allow the triggering of Elemental Reactions for added damage.

Barbara, Xingqiu, and Kokomi can help trigger Electro-Charged; Qiqi and Diona for Superconduct, which can reduce the enemy’s resistance to Physical Attacks; and Bennett’s Pyro attacks can help Cyno trigger the Overloaded reaction.

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Diona and Xingqiu can provide a decent amount of protection for Cyno while also healing him. Of course, shields can greatly change your game experience. Thus, shielders or shield-makers like Zhongli, Noelle, Layla, and Xinyan can be good party members. 

If your Cyno lacks Critical Rate, you can have Rosaria in his party and have her spam her Elemental Burst. Yun Jin can also be a good damage booster for Cyno, thanks to her Elemental Burst, which increases the party members’ Normal Attack damage.

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If the play style you go for with Cyno is spamming his Elemental Burst, Sucrose can be a good team member. This is because she can increase the party members’ Elemental Mastery by 20% of her own Elemental Mastery.

Cyno’s Recommended Playstyle in Genshin Impact

The recommended playstyle for Cyno is to spam his Elemental Burst, which allows him to enter a special state. This is also easy to do because, during this state, you can cast his Elemental Skill in an alternative to his Normal Attack combo. The style will help him gather Elemental Particles, which will have the Energy needed for his Elemental Burst filled up in no time.

Cyno’s Talents in Genshin Impact

Combat Talents

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Normal Attack: Invoker’s Spear

This talent allows Cyno to perform up to 4 consecutive spear strikes when the talent’s button is pressed consecutively.

When the button is held down, Cyno will make a Charged Attack by lunging forward and dealing damage to opponents along the way. This way, however, will consume a certain amount of Stamina.

This talent can also be used while suspended on a certain level to let Cyno make a Plunging Attack. This will have him plunge from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AOE Damage upon impact.

Elemental Skill: Secret Rite: Chasmic Soulfarer

“This judgment brooks no choice. There is no rejection or acceptance here… We have both long been bound up in this conviction.”

Using this talent allows Cyno to perform a swift thrust that deals Electro Damage to opponents along the path. When Cyno is under the Pactsworn Pathclearer state triggered by his Elemental Burst, he will instead unleash a Mortuary Rite that deals thunderous AOE Electro Damage and extends the duration of Pactsworn Pathclearer.

Elemental Burst: Sacred Rite: Wolf’s Swiftness

“The secret rituals passed down within the ancient nation are as a final judgment to the General Mahamatra. Whether now or in the past, whether great storm or serpent, none shall shake the majesty of the law.”

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When this talent is used, Cyno will call upon a divine spirit to indwell him, morphing into the Pactsworn Pathclearer. While in this state, Cyno’s Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attacks will be converted to Electro Damage that cannot be overridden. Another effect of this state is that Cyno’s Elemental Mastery and resistance to interruption will increase. He also gains immunity to Electro-Charged Damage.

This state and all its effects can last a maximum of 18 seconds, and they will be canceled when Cyno leaves the field. With this condition, Cyno’s playstyle will stay on the field until the Pactsworn Pathclearer lasts. This also means constant switching between characters while in combat is not recommended.

Cyno’s Passive Talents in Genshin Impact

Featherfall Judgment

With this talent unlocked, when Cyno is in the Pactsworn Pathclearer state activated by his Elemental Burst, he will enter the Endseer stance at intervals. If he activates his Elemental Skill, Secret Rite: Chasmic Soulfarer, while affected by this stance, he will activate the Judication effect. Such an effect increases the damage of the Elemental Skill by 35% and allows it to fire off 3 Duststalker Bolts that deal 100% of Cyno’s ATK as Electro Damage.

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The damage dealt by Duststalker Bolts is considered Elemental Skill Damage. To trigger it correctly, you need to wait for the visual cue of Endseer’s stance and use Secret Rite: Chasmic Soulfarer at the right time.

Authority Over the Nine Bows

Unlocking this talent will increase Cyno’s damage values based on his Elemental Mastery. Specifically, the damage of his Normal Attack while in Pactsworn Pathclearer state will be increased by 150% of his Elemental Mastery. At the same time, the damage of Duststalker Bolt from his passive talent Featherfall Judgment will be increased by 250% of his Elemental mastery.

Given these bonuses, it would be best to consider equipment and support party members that grant him bonuses to his Elemental Mastery.

Utility Passive: The Gift of Silence

Your account will activate and use this passive utility if you have Cyno in your roster of characters. With this, you can select Cyno to dispatch him on a Sumeru Expedition, and doing it for 20 hours will grant you 25% more rewards.

Constellation: Lupus Aureus

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Constellation Level 1: Ordinance: Unceasing Vigil

The first level of Cyno’s constellation will give a new buff to him whenever he uses his Elemental Burst. After using Sacred Rite: Wolf’s Swiftness, Cyno’s Normal Attack Speed will be increased by 20% for 10 seconds. If the Judication effect of his Passive Talent Featherfall Judgment is triggered during Secret Rite: Chasmic Soulfarer, the duration of the Normal Attack Speed buff will be refreshed.

With the cool-down time of his Elemental Skill, the effect of this constellation level will last the entire duration of Cyno’s Elemental Burst.

Constellation Level 2: Ceremony: Homecoming of Spirits

Unlocking this 2nd level of Cyno’s constellation will grant him an Electro Damage Bonus of 10% for 4 seconds when his Normal Attacks hit opponents. This effect can be stacked up to 5 times but only triggered once every 0.1 seconds.

Constellation Level 3: Precept: Lawful Enforcer

With this constellation unlocked, the level of Cyno’s Elemental Burst will be increased by 3, and the maximum level it can be upgraded to will also be increased from 10 to 15.

Constellation Level 4: Austerity: Forbidding Guard

The bonus for unlocking this fourth level of the constellation Lupus Aureus will be a party effect triggered when Cyno is in the state activated by his Elemental Burst. With this, after he triggers Electro-Charged, Superconduct, Overloaded, Quicken, Aggravate, Hyperbloom, or an Electro Swirl reaction while in the Pactsworn Pathclearer state, Cyno will restore 3 Elemental Energy for all nearby party members.

This effect can occur five times within one use of Sacred Rite: Wolf’s Swiftness. However, Cyno will not gain Energy from this effect.

Constellation Level 5: Funerary Rite: The Passing of Starlight

With this constellation unlocked, the level of Cyno’s Elemental Skill will be increased by 3, and the maximum level it can be upgraded to will also be increased from 10 to 15.

Constellation Level 6: Raiment: Just Scales

Unlocking the last level of Cyno’s constellation will enhance how his Elemental Burst deals damage. With this, after using Sacred Rite: Wolf’s Swiftness or triggering the Judication effect of the Passive Talent Featherfall Judgment, Cyno will gain four stacks of the Day of the Jackal effect. The said effect will last 8 seconds, and a maximum of 8 can be stacked.

When Cyno hits opponents with Normal Attacks, he will consume one stack of Day of the Jackal to fire off one Duststalker Bolt. If he is in the Pactsworn Pathclearer state and the duration of that state ends, the Day of the Jackal effect will be canceled.

Also, note that a maximum of 1 Duststalker Bolt can be unleashed this way every 0.4s and that you must first unlock the Passive Talent Featherfall Judgment before the effects of this constellation can be activated.

How to Build Cyno in Genshin Impact

Even though Cyno is a DPS character who should stay on the field most of the time, you can’t simply build him like all other DPS. You cannot just increase his ATK, Critical Rate, and Critical Damage and expect him to have a huge damage output.

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Given his kit and playstyle, his attacks will usually be elemental; therefore, increasing his Electro Damage should not be neglected. However, the most important thing to consider is his passive talent, Authority Over the Nine Bows, which grants him damage boosts based on his Elemental Mastery. With this, increasing his Elemental Mastery should also be a priority option.

The right weapon and artifacts can increase elemental mastery and critical stats. Below are the items you can equip Cyno to build him properly.

Cyno’s Weapon in Genshin Impact: Polearm

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The polearm is Cyno’s weapon, and the ones you need to equip him should have stats that will boost his overall damage output. Such stats include Critical Rate, Elemental Mastery, or Physical Damage bonus as its secondary stat. The last two work only when the build and play style you aim for needs them.

5-Star Polearms

The staff of Scarlet Sands

“One of a paired set of scepters fashioned from obsidian. Legend has it that these staves grant the desert, but no retainer now lives who can verify the proper appearance of these regalia.”

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This weapon has the lowest Base ATK of all the available 5-star polearms of the game, with only 542 at Max level. However, its passive effects will grant the character an ATK bonus based on their Elemental Mastery. This passive effect is called the Heat Haze of Horizon’s End.

With Heat Haze of Horizon’s End, the equipping character gains 52% of their Elemental Mastery as a bonus ATK. When the character’s Elemental Skill hits opponents, the effect called Dream if the Scarlet Sands will be activated for 10 seconds. This effect will have 28% of the character’s Elemental Mastery as bonus ATK, which can be stacked up to 3 times.

With Cyno’s kit and playstyle, this weapon is perfect for him and is designed as his BiS weapon. Its effect is similar to one of his passives, which utilizes his Elemental Mastery.

Primordial Jade Winged-Spear

“A jade polearm made by the archons, capable of slaying ancient beasts.”

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The Primordial Jade Winged-Spear (PJWS) is one of the best weapons for Cyno since it is the most flexible polearm for characters that lean towards being a damage dealer. Given that the secondary stat of this weapon is a Critical Rate bonus, having this weapon will be easy to build the decent amount needed for consistent critical hits.

With Cyno’s play style, which involves a lot of high-speed normal and charged attack combos, he will easily trigger the maximum stack of the PJWS’s passive effect.

Calamity Queller

“A keenly honed weapon forged from some strange crystal. Its faint blue light seems to whisper of countless matters now past.”

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With this weapon’s secondary stat, Cyno’s maximum ATK will be greatly increased, and his elemental damage will also be increased by 12%. This makes this a great option for a DPS polearm-type character.

As part of this polearm’s passive effect called Extinguishing Precept, every time Cyno uses his Elemental Skill, he will obtain the Consummation, which will increase his ATK by 3.2% for 20 seconds. Consummation can be stacked up to 6 times, and with 7.5 seconds of cool down time of Cyno’s Elemental Skill, a stack of 2 at least Consummations can be obtained.

If the playstyle you are going for with Cyno is spamming Elemental Burst, this weapon can be a good option because this style will benefit from its elemental damage boost.

Vortex Vanquisher

“This sharp polearm can seemingly pierce through anything. When swung, one can almost see the rift it tears in the air.”

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These polearms can still work with Cyno due to its high Base ATK, given that it is a 5-star weapon. Vortex Vanquisher also has ATK% as a secondary stat which can help boost the character’s ATK and overall damage.

However, this polearm can only be maximized if the team has a shield maker. This is because its passive effect called Golden Majesty increases the shield strength by at least 20%. If a shield protects the character, the ATK boost effect will be increased by 100%. When the character scores hit on opponents, their ATK is increased by 4-8% for 8 seconds. This second effect can be stacked up to 5 times but occurs only once every 0.3 seconds.

This weapon can be a great option if your party composition for Cyno includes a shielder.

Staff of Homa

“A “firewood staff” what was once used in ancient and long-lost rituals.”

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This 5-star polearm has a secondary stat of Critical Damage, which will easily increase the overall output of any DPS character.

The Staff of Homa’s passive effect, Reckless Cinnabar, increases the character’s HP by at least 20% and provides an ATK bonus based on the weapon user’s max HP. Another effect is that if the character’s remaining HP is below 50%, the ATK bonus will be increased by an additional percentage of the character’s max HP.

This weapon is not the best for Cyno. But given his vulnerability in the Pactsworn Pathclearer state triggered by his Elemental Burst, he can take a lot of damage, losing a lot of HP. With the effects of Staff of Homa, the more Cyno losses HP, the higher the ATK boost he gets. However, this playstyle is pretty risky.

4-Star Polearms


“A sharp crimson polearm that was once a gladiator’s priceless treasure. Its awl has been stained by the blood of countless beasts and men.”

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This Battle Pass polearm is known for its high Critical Rate bonus as a secondary stat. It can give a 36.8% Critical Rate at weapon level 90, much higher than the 22.1% that the Primordial Jade Winged-Spear gives.

This polearm can provide the highest possible Critical Rate from any polearm and be considered the 4-star version of the Primordial Jade Winged-Spear. It is a good alternative to a 5-star polearm if you can spend real money and purchase the game’s Battle Pass.

Blackcliff Pole

“A weapon made of blackcliff and aerosiderite. There is a dark crimson glow on its cold black sheen.”

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The Blackcliff Pole spear is one of the best 4-star options for a DPS polearm user because of its secondary stat that gives a Critical Damage Bonus. It also gives more attack bonuses when the character using this weapon defeats an enemy.

With Cyno’s high-speed attacks and easy-to-cast Elemental Skill, using the Blackcliff Pole in situations with smaller and weaker enemies will maximize the weapon’s features.

However, this 4-star polearm can only be obtained by exchanging Masterless Starglitters in the Paimon’s Bargains shop.

Kitain Cross Spear

“A special lance that was once used by a famed warrior who guarded the Tatarigami on Yashiori Island.”

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This 4-star polearm is one of the Inazuma signature weapons under the Amethyst Series, which you can craft with the town’s blacksmith if you have the necessary materials.

This weapon grants up to 110 Elemental Mastery as its secondary stat. Its passive effect, Samurai conduct, increases the user’s Elemental Skill damage by 6-12%, depending on the weapons refinement level. After the character’s Elemental Skill hits an opponent, the character will lose 3 Energy but will regenerate 3-5 Energy every 2 seconds for the next 6 seconds. This effect can occur once every 10 seconds and be triggered even when the character is not on the field.

With the above effects and stat boost, Cyno can benefit greatly from this weapon. The Energy regeneration will help get his Elemental Burst ready in no time. His Elemental Skill will have greater damage; thus, spamming both talents is a good playstyle while using this weapon.

Read our guide on how to obtain this weapon by following this link.


“It is shaped like a giant arrow and can be used as a spear.”

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This 4-star polearm is one of the Sumeru signature weapons under the Aranara Series, which you can craft with the town’s blacksmith if you have the necessary materials. The blueprint for this weapon can be bought from the NPC Aravinay found in Mahavanaranapna, the dream version of Vanarana, Sumeru.

With Stillwood Moonshadow’s passive effect, after a Dendro-related Elemental Reaction is triggered, a Leaf of Revival will be created around the character for 10 seconds. This weapon will grant the user up to 110 Elemental Mastery since it is its secondary stat. When the character picks up a Leaf of Revival, they will be granted a 16-32% boost in ATK for 12 seconds.

However, only 1 Leaf of Revival can be generated this way every 20 seconds. But the good thing is this effect can still be triggered even if the character using this weapon is not on the field.

Dragon’s Bane

“A polearm decorated with an entwining golden dragon. Light and sharp, this weapon may very well kill dragons with ease.”

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This 4-star polearm is the perfect weapon for an Elemental Reaction-type character, thanks to its secondary stat, Elemental Mastery. Bane of Flame and Water is its passive effect, which increases the character’s damage against opponents affected by Hydro or Pyro.

Since one of Cyno’s passive talents increases his damage values based on his Elemental Mastery, this polearm’s secondary stat will be a good enough bonus. However, the passive effect of Dragon’s Bane will only take effect if the opponents are affected by Hydro or Pyro.

Missive Windspear

“A beacon that shows the direction of the wind. Not every idyll carried on the breeze remains a gentle thing…”

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The Missive Windspear is a weapon with a Base ATK of up to 510 and ATK% as a secondary attack of up to 41.3%. Its passive effect, called The Wind Unattained, will grant the character a boost in their ATK and Elemental Mastery for 10 seconds after an Elemental Reaction is triggered.

This weapon’s stat bonuses and passive effect make it a safe choice for Cyno, as he can still benefit from them. If no other weapon is available, you can go with this one.

This 4-star polearm is obtained from the Of Ballads and Brews event in Version 3.1, meaning this weapon is a limited-time exclusive. As of the time of writing, there is no news of getting the weapon in the future.

Royal Spear

“This polearm was once cherished by a member of the old nobility that governed Mondstadt long ago. Although it has never seen the light of day, it is still incomparably sharp.”

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With a Base ATK of up to 565 and ATK% secondary stat of up to 27.6%, this polearm is a safe choice for most DPS characters. Its passive effect, Focus, will increase the character’s Critical Rate upon dealing damage to an opponent. This effect can be stacked up to 5 times, but all existing stacks will be removed once a Critical Hit is dealt.

This weapon is under the Royal Series and can only be purchased from Paimon’s Bargains shop in exchange for 24 Masterless Glitters.

Wavebreaker’s Fin

“A naginata forged from luminescent material deep in the ocean depths. It was once the possession of the tengu race.”

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A 4-start polearm has a maximum Base ATK of 620 and a secondary stat of ATK% up to 13.8%. It has Watatsumi Wavewalker as its passive effect. For every point of the entire party’s combined maximum Energy capacity, the Elemental Burst damage of the character equipping this weapon is increased by at least 0.12%. A maximum of 40-80% increase in Elemental Burst Damage can be achieved this way, depending on the weapon’s refinement level.

Based on the information above, this weapon is highly dependent on the characters in the party of the weapon wielder. It would be better if the party’s characters had high Energy requirements for their Elemental Bursts.

Lithic Spear

“A spear forged from the rocks of the Guyun Stone Forest. Its hardness knows no equal.”

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This is another 4-star polearm that has a high Base ATK of up to 565. It also has ATK% as a secondary weapon that grants the user a bonus of up to 27.6%. The passive effect of this weapon is called Lithic Axiom: Unity, which will grant the weapon user a minimum increase of 7% in ATK and 3% in Critical Rate for every character in the party who hails from Liyue.

This weapon is highly dependent on the party composition, and because of this, it is recommended as a temporary weapon for Cyno until you get a better one.

Genshin Impact Artifacts for Cyno

The artifacts are the main source of stats that greatly affects a character’s build. For Cyno, as an elemental damage dealer, the first stat bonus you should look for are the ones that boost his Electro damage. However, you should also consider his talents, as some may enhance his damage based on other stats.

4-Piece Sets

Thundering Fury and Thundersoother

The Thundering Fury and Thundersoother artifact sets are the sets that are dedicated to Electro DPS characters.

With Thundering Fury, its 2-piece set will give a 15% bonus to the character’s Electro damage. When four pieces are equipped, a bonus of 40% to the damage caused by Overload, Electro-Charged, and Superconduct is added. Triggering the 4-piece set effect will also decrease the cool-down time of the artifact user’s elemental skill.

The 4-piece set of this artifact is best for an Elemental Reaction damage build Cyno. But this build should also consider the characters in his team.

The Thundersoother works best for Cyno if the 4-piece set is equipped. The 2-piece set will only increase the character’s resistance to Electro, but with the 4-piece set, his damage against enemies affected by Electro is increased by 35%.

With Cyno’s talents and play styles, he can easily maximize the effect of this artifact set.

Gilded Dreams

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The 2-piece set of the Gilded Dreams artifact will grant the user an increase to their Elemental Mastery of 80. When four pieces are equipped, within 8 seconds of triggering an Elemental Reaction, the character equipping this will obtain buffs based on the Elemental Type of the other party members.

For each party member whose Elemental Type is the same as the equipping character, ATK is increased by 14%. For every party member with a different Elemental Type, the character will gain an Elemental Mastery increase of 50. Each buff above will count up to 3 characters, but this effect can be triggered once every 8 seconds. The character who equips this artifact set can still trigger the effects when not on the field.

Thanks to Cyno’s passive talent Authority Over the Nine Bows, which grants him bonuses to his damage based on his Elemental Mastery, he will greatly benefit from the effects of the Gilded Dreams artifact set. All he needs is party members with different Elemental Types as his.

Shimenawa’s Reminiscence

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Aside from the 18% increase to the character’s ATK for the 2-piece set, the 4-piece set will have an effect where the character loses 15 energy after using an Elemental Skill if they currently have 15 or more energy. But, in exchange, the damage of their Normal, Charged, and Plunging attacks will be increased by 50% for 10 seconds.

Since Cyno’s playstyle involves a lot of Normal Attacks, the 4-piece set of this artifact can be a good choice. He just has to cast his Elemental Skill to trigger this effect.

Echoes of an Offering

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Like the one above, the 2-piece set of this artifact gives an 18% ATK bonus. If a 4-piece set is equipped, when normal character attacks hit opponents, there is a 36% chance it will trigger the Valley Rite buff. This buff will increase the Normal Attack damage by 70% of the character’s ATK.

With Cyno’s play style involving normal attack combos, triggering the Valley Rite buff will not be a problem.

Vermillion Hereafter

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The 2-piece set of this artifact gives an 18% ATK bonus. With the 4-piece set, aside from the ATK% bonus, after the character uses an elemental burst, this character will gain the Nascent Light effect, increasing ATK by 8% for 16 seconds.

When the character’s HP decreases, their ATK will increase by 10%. This further increase can be triggered once every 0.8 seconds and can be stacked up to 4 times. Nascent Light will be dispelled when the character leaves the field, and if an elemental burst is used again during its duration, the original Nascent Light will be dispelled and replaced by a new stack.

With Cyno’s vulnerability while in Pactsworn Pathclearer state triggered by his Elemental Burst, he will be able to trigger the maximum effect of this artifact set. Again, since this needs him to lose HP, the playstyle for this artifact set will be risky.

Noblesse Oblige

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The 4-piece set of the Noblesse Oblige artifact is a decent option for Cyno, especially in a coop game where other characters are also active in the field. Its 2-piece set increases the damage of the character’s elemental burst, and with four pieces equipped, an additional effect of granting the entire party a boost to their ATK of 20% for 20 seconds whenever Cyno uses his Elemental Burst.

Gladiator’s Finale

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This artifact set is probably designed to fit melee characters whose play style involves flawlessly normal attacks. Equipping the character with four pieces of this artifact set will increase their ATK by 18% and further damage their normal attacks by 35% if they use a sword, polearm, or claymore as a weapon.

Regardless of state, Cyno’s playstyle is mostly making Normal Attacks, and with the effects of this artifact set, he will be granted a boost to his overall damage output.

2-Piece Sets Combination

Wanderer’s Troupe, Gilded Dreams, and Noblesse Oblige

The Wanderer’s Troupe artifact gives the character a bonus of 80 Elemental Mastery if two parts are equipped. When paired with a 2-piece set of Gilded Dreams, Cyno will get 160 Elemental Mastery which can be useful for him.

These two sets can also be mixed and matched with a 2-piece set of Noblesse Oblige, which increases the character’s Elemental Burst damage, or with the 2-piece set of Thundering Fury, for an added 15% bonus to the character’s Electro damage.

Artifact Parts’ Main Stat

Since Cyno throws a lot of Electro attacks, increasing his Electro damage bonus should be considered. For this, you can get a Goblet of Eonothem with a main stat of Electro damage bonus. However, with his passive talent that grants him bonus damages based on his Elemental mastery, a Goblet of Eonothem, Sands of Eon, and Circlet of Logos with a main stat of Elemental Master are also great options.

A Circlet of Logos with Critical Rate as its main stat should be considered if you lack Critical Rate and do not have a weapon that increases this.

Cyno’s Character Ascension in Genshin Impact

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What is Character Ascension in Genshin Impact

Each character has a certain level cap depending on their current ascension phase, and a character can be ascended to 6 phases to reach the maximum character level of 90. Passive talents and special ascension stats will also be unlocked when a character is ascended to certain phases.

Ascension Materials

Ascending a character will need several items to be used as ascension materials, and for Cyno, the materials and the amount needed for each ascension phase are listed below.

Mora: 420,000

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Mora is Genshin Impact’s main currency unit. It is accepted in all the nations of Teyvat and is used to upgrade weapons, artifacts, talents, and character levels.

Thunderclap Fruitcore: 46

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It is the core of a living vine tainted by the roaring energy rampaging deep within the earth. It is wrapped in razor-sharp leaves and wantonly emits Electro energy.

Scarab: 168

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A scarab is a beetle with golden patterns on its shells, which hints at some deep relationship between them and the ancient ruins that dot the desert. These little creatures find repose within the vast ocean of desert sand.

Samachurl Scrolls

These scrolls likely relate to some kind of magic as they exude inexplicable but ominous warmth. They are obtained as dropped loot when you defeat all types of Samachurl and come in three types: Divining Scroll, Sealed Scroll, and Forbidden Curse Scroll.

Samachurl scrolls can also be purchased from Paimon’s Bargains shop in exchange for Masterless Stardusts. Scrolls with higher rarity can also be crafted using the ones with lower rarity.

The amount needed for each is as follows: Divining Scroll: 18; Sealed Scroll: 30; Forbidden Curse Scroll: 36.

Vajrada Amethysts

These mineral crystals can be obtained from boss enemies manipulating the Electro element. Boss enemies such as Electro Regisvines, Electro Hypostasis, Primo Geovishap, the Raiden Shogun Puppet, the Thunder Manifestation, the Bathysmal Vishap Herd, and even Azhdaha on certain weeks.

You can also get these from quest and commissions rewards by crafting them using the ones with lower rarity.

The amounts needed for each are as follows: Vajrada Amethyst Sliver: 1; Vajrada Amethyst Fragments: 9; Vajrada Amethyst Chunks: 9; Vajrada Amethyst Gemstones: 6.

Ascension Phases

Ascension Phase 1

This first ascension will be done after the character reaches level 20, and they cannot proceed to the next level without ascending to the next phase. The character level cap will be increased to 40, and Cyno’s first ascension passive talent, ”Featherfall Judgment, will be unlocked.


  • Mora – 20,000
  • Vajrada Amethysts Sliver – 1
  • Scarab – 3
  • Divining Scroll – 3
  • Unlocked Talent: “Featherfall Judgment” (1st Passive Talent)

Ascension Phase 2

Ascension Phase 2 can be reached at character level 40 and will increase the character level cap to 50. After this ascension, the character’s talents can be upgraded or leveled up. Cyno will also unlock a special ascension stat on this phase: the Critical Damage Bonus of 9.6%.


  • Mora – 40,000
  • Vajrada Amethysts Fragments – 3
  • Scarab – 10
  • Divining Scroll – 15
  • Thunderclap Fruitcore – 2
  • Unlocked Special Stat: 9.6% Critical Damage Bonus
  • Unlocked Feature: Allows leveling combat talents from 1 to 2

Ascension Phase 3

After reaching level 50, Cyno can ascend to ascension phase 3, increasing his character level cap to 60. The 3rd ascension phase will also increase the Critical Damage Bonus special stat from 9.6% to 19.2%. Additionally, Cyno’s combat talents can increase to level 4.


  • Mora – 60,000
  • Vajrada Amethysts Fragments – 6
  • Scarab – 20
  • Sealed Scroll – 12
  • Thunderclap Fruitcore – 4
  • Unlocked Stat: Critical Damage Bonus increased from 9.6% to 19.2%
  • Unlocked Feature: Allows leveling combat talents from 2 to 4

Ascension Phase 4

At level 60, you can ascend Cyno to ascension phase 4 and upgrade his character level cap to 70. After ascending, you will unlock his second Ascension Passive Talent called “Authority Over the Nine Bows,” All his Combat Talents can then be leveled up to 6.


  • Mora – 80,000
  • Vajrada Amethysts Chunks – 3
  • Scarab – 30
  • Sealed Scroll – 18
  • Thunderclap Fruitcore – 8
  • Unlocked Feature: Allows leveling combat talents from 4 to 6
  • Unlocked Talent: Authority Over the Nine Bows (2nd Passive Talent)

Ascension Phase 5

Cyno’s combat talents will upgrade their level cap from 6 to 8. The 5th ascension phase can be reached when Cyno is at level 70, and ascending will increase his character level cap to 80. His special ascension stat, Critical Damage Bonus, will be increased to 28.8% at this phase.


  • Mora – 100,000
  • Vajrada Amethysts Chunks – 6
  • Scarab – 45
  • Forbidden Curse Scroll – 12
  • Thunderclap Fruitcore – 12
  • Unlocked Stat: Critical Damage Bonus increased from 19.2% to 28.8%
  • Unlocked Feature: Allows leveling combat talents from 6 to 8

Ascension Phase 6

Cyno’s final ascension phase is at level 80, and it will increase his character level cap to 90. His special ascension stat, the Critical Damage Bonus, will be increased to 38.4%, and his Combat Talents can now be upgraded to the maximum level of 10.


  • Mora – 120,000
  • Vajrada Amethysts Gemstones – 6
  • Scarab – 60
  • Forbidden Curse Scroll – 24
  • Thunderclap Fruitcore – 20
  • Unlocked Stat: Critical Damage Bonus increased from 28.8% to 38.4%
  • Unlocked Feature: Allows leveling combat talents from 8 to 10

Cyno’s Talent Level-Up Materials

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What are the Talent Level-Up Materials for Cyno

Aside from Mora and Samachurl Scrolls, you will need a few Mudra of the Malefic General to increase Cyno’s combat talents.

Mudra of the Malefic General

boss drop weekly raiden mudra of the malefic general

This material is a joint from the puppet in the Plane of Euthymia. It looks like a hand posed in a gesture that symbolizes the concept that “one sees and one does.” You can obtain a weekly drop item by defeating the Magatsu Mitake Narukami no Mikoto at the End of the Oneiric Euthymia Trounce Domain in Inazuma.

Talent Level Book: Admonition

The talent-level books of the “Admonition” series are needed for Cyno’s combat talents. You can obtain these by completing the challenge in the Steeple of Ignorance Domain of Master: Full Moon.

These books include The Teachings of Admonition, Guide to Admonition, and The Philosophies of Admonition. The last two can be crafted using the crafting bench in the town.

Crown of Insight

other crown of insight

Leveling a combat talent up from level 9 to 10 will need a Crown of Insight, a special item that can only be obtained as a reward from the game’s events.

  • Mora: 1,652,500
  • Divining Scroll: 6
  • Sealed Scroll: 22
  • Forbidden Curse Scroll: 31
  • Teachings of Admonition: 3
  • Guide to Admonition: 21
  • Philosophies of Admonition: 38
  • Mudra of the Malefic General: 6
  • Crown of Insight: 1
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