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Genshin Impact Kuki Shinobu release date and banner

Hoyoverse has finally revealed Genshin Impact’s Kuki Shinobu. This four-star electro character has ties to the one and oni Genshin Impact’s Itto – for better or worse. She’s best used in a support role and can perform some handy heals to keep your team alive.

We’ve heard bits and pieces about the new Arataki gang member, Genshin Impact’s Kuki Shinobu, and we’re pretty smitten already. This kind, hardworking girl has a strong sense of responsibility and duty when it comes to the troublesome oni, and we can’t wait to see what hijinks they get up to when she becomes a playable character. But when is Genshin Impact Kuki Shinobu’s release date? And who exactly is she?

If you want more info on potential upcoming characters, check out our Genshin Impact leaks, and Genshin Impact Scaramouche and Genshin Impact Heizou guides. And, as there’s always someone new to save those primos for, you should head over to our list of all the latest Genshin Impact codes for some great freebies.

Genshin Impact’s Kuki Shinobu


You can pick Kuki Shinobu up during the first phase of version 3.1, alongside Genshin Impact’s Cyno and Genshin Impact’s Venti. For more info, check out our Genshin Impact banner guide.

Who is Genshin Impact Kuki Shinobu?

Kuki Shinobu is the deputy of the Arataki gang, and it’s her job to keep Itto in line, covering for his antics and compensating for any damages he causes, as well as collecting him from jail whenever he gets in trouble. She studied law in Liyue shortly before Inazuma went into lockdown, though her parents wanted her to be a Shrine Maiden like her older sister Miyuki.

What is Genshin Impact Kuki Shinobu’s weapon and best build?

We’re still awaiting Kuki Shinobu’s release date, so we’ve not had the chance to test out her builds yet, but we do know that she’s a four-star electro sword wielder, and her skills suggest that she excels in a sub-DPS/healer hybrid role.

What is the best Genshin Impact Kuki Shinobu weapon?

As stated above, we’ve not had the chance to test different weapons on Kuki Shinobu yet. However, when looking at her skills, we believe the following will be the best options.

Freedom-sworn takes the top spot due to her healing scaling with her elemental mastery, and its skill still procking when she’s not on field. Similarly, Iron Sting essentially works as an elemental mastery stat stick, though the skill likely won’t be very valuable to her.

On the other hand, Sacrificial Sword’s energy recharge means Kuki will be able to use her burst more frequently, and the skill reset is always handy, especially as her skill field deals damage and therefore should be able to reset her skill even if she’s not on the field.

Weapon Effect (level one) How to get
Freedom-Sworn Bonus stat: increases elemental mastery by 43
Skill: increases damage by 10%. When Kuki triggers elemental reactions, she gains a Sigil of Rebellion (once every 0.5 seconds). This triggers even if she isn’t on the field. When she reaches two sigils, she consumes both to grant all nearby party members +20% attack and +16% normal, charged, and plunging attack damage for 12 seconds. Once triggered, she gains no sigils for 20 seconds. Buff of the same type don’t stack
Sacrificial Sword Bonus stat: increases energy recharge by 13.3%
Skill: after Kuki damages an opponent with her elemental skill, the skill has a 40% chance to end its own CD. This can occur once every 30 seconds
Iron Sting Bonus stat: increases elemental mastery by 36
Skill: dealing elemental damage increases all of Kuki’s damage by 6% for six seconds. This can occur once every second
Forge via Blacksmith

What are Genshin Impact Kuki Shinobu’s best aritfacts?

We’re unsure which artifacts are best suited to Kuki Shinobu at the moment, but we we believe that Tenacity of the Millelith will work well with her kit as the heals from her skill will proc the buff, even when she’s off-field.

Alternatively, if you don’t have another character on the team equipped with Noblesse Oblige we recommend giving that to Kuki, as its team-wide buff is invaluable but doesn’t stack.

When it comes to stats and sub-stats, we suggest aiming to increase her HP and elemental mastery. We’ll be sure to update this section when we know more.

Artifact set Effect How to obtain
Tenacity of the Millelith Two equipped: increases HP by 20%
Four equipped: when Kuki’s elemental skill hits an opponent, increases the attack of all nearby party members by 20%, and increases their shield strength by 30% for 30 seconds. This effect can trigger once every 0.5 seconds, even when Kuki isn’t on the field
Ridge Watch Domain in Bishui Plain, Liyue
Noblesse Oblige Two equipped: increases elemental burst damage by 20%
Four equipped: when Kuki uses her elemental burst, it increases all party members’ attack by 20% for 12 seconds. This effect cannot stack
From the Clear Pool and Mountain Cavern domain in Minlin, Liyue, or from the Noblesse Oblige artifact strongbox

What are Genshin Impact Kuki Shinobu’s abilities?

From what we’ve seen of Kuki’s abilities, she appears to have the potential to offer some great DPS and electro application, while also healing herself and her teammates. Her skill relies on her sacrificing a portion of her health, and the duration of her burst extends if her HP is below 50%. Therefore, like Genshin Impact’s Hu Tao, she benefits from not being healed to full HP.

Active skills: 

Skill Effect
Shinobu’s Shadowsword (normal attack) Perform up to four rapid strikes
Shinobu’s Shadowsword (charged) Consume stamina to unleash two rapid sword strikes
Sanctifying Ring (elemental skill) Kuki sacrifices a portion of her HP to create a Grass Ring of Sanctification, dealing electro damage to all nearby opponents. The Grass Ring of Sanctification follows your active character, dealing electro damage to nearby opponents every 1.5 seconds, and restoring HP for active characters within the ring’s AoE based on Kuki’s max HP. The HP consumption from this skill can bring her HP no lower than 20%
Gyoei Narukami Kariyama Rite Kuki stabs an evil-excoriating blade into the ground, creating a field that cleanses the area of all that is foul, dealing continuous electro damage to opponents within its AoE based on Kuki’s max HP. If her HP is less than or equal to 50% when she uses this skill, the field lasts longer

Passive skills: 

Skill Effect
Inazuma Expedition Gain more rewards when dispatched on an Inazuma Expedition for 20 hours
Heart’s Repose The healing and damage from Kuki’s elemental skill increases with the level of her elemental mastery
Break Free Kuki’s healing bonus increases when her HP is low

Kuki Shinobu with her sword drawn, ready for battle

What are Genshin Impact Kuki Shinobu’s constellations?

The following information is sourced from Honey Impact. Hoyoverse hasn’t officially released Kuki’s constellations yet, and they are subject to change.

Constellation Effect
To Cloister Compassion Increases Kariyama Rite’s AoE by 50%
To Forsake Fortune Increases Grass Ring of Sanctification’s duration by three seconds
To Sequester Sorrow Increases Sanctifying Ring’s level by three
To Sever Sealing If the character with Kuki’s Grass Ring active hits an enemy with a normal, plunging, or charged attack, they apply a Thundergrass Mark to said enemy. This deals electro AoE damage equal to 9.&% of Kuki’s max HP
To Cease Courtesies Increases Kariyama Rite’s level by three
To Ward Weakness When Kuki takes damage that would reduce her HP to 0, she won’t be knocked out. This effect triggers when her HP reaches one and can only occur once every 60 seconds. When Kuki’s HP drops below 25%, her elemental mastery increases by 150 for 15 seconds. This can also only occur once every 60 seconds

What are Kuki Shinobu’s ascension materials?

In order to ascend Kuki, you need plenty of Spectral Husks from spectres, and Runic Fangs from the boss in the Genshin Impact Chasm.

Required leve Mora Materials
20 20,000 One vajrada amethyst sliver, three naku weed, three spectral husk
40 40,000 Three vajrada amethyst fragment, ten naku weed, 15 spectral husks, two runic fangs
50 60,000 Six vajrada amethyst fragments, 20 naku weed, 12 spectral husks, four runic fangs
60 80,000 Three vajrada amethyst chunks, 30 naku weeds, 18 spectral husks, eight runic fangs
70 100,000 Six vajrada amethyst chunks, 45 naku weeds, 12 spectral nucleus, 12 runic fangs
80 120,000 Six vajrada amethyst gemstones, 60 naku weeds, 24 spectral nucleus, 20 runic fangs

And that’s all we know about Genshin Impact’s Kuki Shinobu so far. If you want to see how all the other characters rank, check out our Genshin Impact character list. We also have a list of all the current Genshin Impact events, so you can keep up to date on everything happening in Teyvat.

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