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With all of us Genshin Impact fans finally packing our bags and heading off to the vibrant jungles and scorching deserts of Sumeru, there are heaps of new people to meet. One of which is the stunning, fierce warrior, Candace.

Genshin Impact’s Candace is a four-star hydro polearm wielder with a unique and flexible playstyle, perfect for buffing and applying hydro to enemies in quick-swap teams. Find out more about her role, best build, top weapons, and strongest artifacts right here.

If you’re still getting familiar with the new region, check out our Genshin Impact Sumeru guide. We’ve also got a Genshin Impact tier list, and guides to other characters including Genshin Impact’s Tighnari, Genshin Impact’s Collei, and Genshin Impact’s Dehya. Or, if you’re looking for some extra primos to go towards your fund, check out our list of all new Genshin Impact codes.

Genshin Impact Candace

Who is Genshin Impact’s Candace?

Genshin Impact’s Candace is an upcoming character from the Sumeru region. She’s the Guardian of Aaru Village, and a true descendant of King Deshret. She wields a hydro vision, along with a spear and shield, offering a very unique playstyle.

To get a glimpse of the mighty Candace in action, check out the version 3.1 trailer below.

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When is the Genshin Impact Candace banner?

Genshin Impact’s Cyno and Genshin Impact’s Venti. Check out our Genshin Impact banner guide to find out more.

What’s the best Genshin Impact Candace build?

Candace is a flexible four-star unit, offering a handy buff capable of inflicting hydro from off-field every time you switch characters. As such, she’s suited to playing the role of support in quick-swap teams where you rotate through your characters quickly. Her power is greatly enhanced by her first constellation, and she’s a relatively affordable character to build, though she doesn’t outperform any of her five-star competitors.

What’s the best Genshin Impact Candace weapon?

When it comes to build a support Candace, we believe her best weapon is Skyward Spine as it best compliments her kit and provides plenty of energy recharge. Alternatively, the Favonius Lance of The Catch are good options. Keep in mind that, though Spear of the Scarlet Sands looks great on her aesthetically, it’s unfortunately wasted on her and you’ll get better results even with the above four-star options.

Weapon Effect How to obtain
Skyward Spine Energy reacharge +36.8%. Increases crit rate by 8% and normal attack speed by 12%. Normal and charged attacks on enemies have a 50% chance to trigger a vaccuum blade that deals 40% of attack as damage in a small AoE. This effect can occur max once every two seconds Gacha
Favonius Lance Energy recharge +30.6%. Crit hits have a 60% chance to generate a small amount of elemental particles, which regenerate six energy for the character. Can only occur once every 12 seconds Gacha
The Catch HP +46.9%. Increases elemental burst damage by 16% and elemental burst crit rate by 6% Exchange at the Fishing Association

What are the best Genshin Impact Candace artifacts?

If you don’t have any other characters on your team with a full set equipped, Noblesse Oblige is a great choice for  Candace, as it boosts her support capacity and offers a substantial buff to your entire party.

Alternatively, you can use two Emblem of Severed Fate to gain a nice boost to her energy recharge, combined with two Tenacity of the Milelith for the HP bonus. We currently believe that HP% is more valuable to her than a two-piece attack% bonus, but we’ll have to test it out further to decide whether this is fully accurate.

Artifact Effect How to obtain
Noblesse Oblige Two equipped: elemental burst damage +20%
Four equipped: after using an elemental burst, all teammates get +20% attack. Lasts 12 seconds. Does not stack.
Clear Pool and Mountain Cavern domain, or from Noblesse Oblige artifact strongboxes
Emblem of Severed Fate Two equipped: energy recharge +20% Momiji-Dyed Court domain
Tenacity of the Milelith Two equipped: +20% HP Ridge Watch domain

Artifact stat and sub-stat recommendations

In general, you want to get Candace to at least 180% energy recharge before looking at anything else. Once you’ve achieved that, we recommend prioritising HP%.

Main stats 

  • Sands: energy recharge or HP%
  • Goblet: HP%
  • Circlet: HP%


  • Energy reacharge
  • HP%
  • Crit rate/crit damage (try to maintain a 1:2 ratio)

Genshin Candace splash art with a brief overview of her story to the left.

Genshin Impact Candace skills

Here are all of Candace’s skills and talents.

Candace normal attack

Skill Effect
Gleaming Spear: Guardian Stance (normal) Perform up to four consecutive spear strikes
Gleaming Spear: Guardian Stance (charged) Consume a certain amount of stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to opponents along the way
Gleaming Spear: Guardian Stance (plunging) Plunge from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along your path and dealing AoE damage on impact

Candace elemental skill

Skill Effect
Sacred Rite: Heron’s Sanctum Tap: Candace rushes forward with her shield, dealing hydro damage
Hold: Candace raises her shield to block incoming attacks from nearby opponents, forming a barrier that absorbs damage based on her max HP. Absorbs hydro damage 250% more effectively. After holding for a certain period of time, Candace finishes charging. Upon releasing the skill button, after the skill’s duration expires, or when the barrier is broken, Candace performs a leaping strike that deals hydro damage to opponents in front of her.

Candace elemental burst

Skill Effect
Sacred Rite: Wagtail’s Tide Deal AoE damage based on Candace’s max HP, granting your party members with the Prayer of the Crimson Crown. Allies effected by Prayer of the Crimson Crown deal increased elemental damage with their normal attacks. Whenever a character takes to the field, they unleash a rippling wave of water that deals hydro damage to nearby opponents. Active sword, claymore and polearm wielding characters under the effects of the Prayer of the Crimson Crown gain hydro infusion

Candace passives

Skill Effect
To Dawn’s First Light Decreases climbing stamina consumption for your party members by 20%. Not stackable with passives that provide the same effects
Featherflow Guard If Candace is hit by an attack in the hold duration of Sacred Rite: Heron’s Sanctum, the skill finishes charging instantly
Sand Arch Characters affected by the Prayer of the Crimson Crown caused by Sacred Rite: Wagtail’s Tide deal 0.5% increased damage to opponents for every 1,000 points of Candace’s max HP when they deal elemental damage with their normal attacks

Genshin Impact Candace constellations

If you gain more than one copy of Candace, you can unlock her constellations. Here are the bonuses each constellation offers.

Constellation Effect
Returning Heir of the Scarlet Sands The duration of the Prayer of the Crimson Crown effect triggered by Sacred Rite: Wagtail’s Tide increases by three seconds
Moon-Piercing Brilliance When Sacred Rite: Heron’s Guard hits opponents, Candace’s max HP increases by 20% for 15 seconds
Hunter’s Supplication Increases the level of Sacred Rite: Wagtail’s Tide by three. Maximum upgrade level is 15
Sentinel Oath Shortens the hold cooldown of Sacred Rite: Heron’s Guard to be the same as that of the tapping cooldown
Golden Eye Increases the level of Sacred Rite: Heron’s Guard by three. Maximum upgrade level is 15
The Overflow When characters (excluding Candace) affected by the Prayer of the Crimson Crown deal elemental damage to opponents using normal attacks, unleash the wave attack from Wagtail’s Tide. This effect can trigger once every 2.3 seconds, and triggering this does not consume the base wave instances granted by Prayer of the Crimson Crown

Genshin Impact Candace ascension materials

Here are all the ascension materials you need to gather to upgrade Candace.

Level Materials Mora
20+ One varunada lazurite sliver, three faded red satin, three -redcrest 20,000
40+ Three varunada lazurite fragments, 15 faded red satin, ten redcrest, two light guiding tetrahedron 40,000
50+ Six varunada lazurite fragments,12 trimmed red silk, 20 redcrests, four light guiding tetrahedons 60,000
60+ Three varunada lazurite chunks, 18 trimmed red silk, 30 redcrests, eight light guiding tetrahedons 80,000
70+ Six varunada lazurite chunks, 12 rich red brocades, 45 redcrests, 12 light guiding tetrahedons 100,000
80+ Six varunada lazurite gemstones, 24 rich red brocades, 60 redcrests, 20 light guiding tetrahedons 120,000

That’s all we’ve got on Genshin Impact’s Candace so far, but be sure to check back later for more details. In the meantime, head over to our Tower of Fantasy characters guide to explore another open world.

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