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Shikanoin Heizou: Genshin Impact Build Guide


In today’s guide, we will cover the best ways to build Heizou, and give in-depth information on his best weapons, artifacts, and the most effective team comps. We will also discuss his talents, the costs of leveling him up, and his constellations. But first, we will begin with a brief introduction to the character.

Heizou is a young prodigy detective from the Tenryou Commission. Genshin Impacts’ newest character release in the 2.8 update is an Anemo Catalyst user. Despite being a 4-star, Heizou has proved to be one of the most fun characters as of late. He punches and kicks his enemies into the Abyssal depths and dishes out big numbers in the process.

An Overview

Heizou’s playstyle is very unique. He utilizes elemental energy in martial combat, unlike other catalyst users who fire off projectiles. Making him the first of his kind and refreshing to play, However, some players may not feel the same due to varying playstyles and preferences.

Heizou’s Ascension and Talent Costs / Mats

Leveling up your Heizou makes building him more worthwhile since, with every Ascension Level, Heizou will gain a boost in Anemo DMG.

Heizou’s Ascension Costs

At certain Level milestones, Heizou will need some extra items to Ascend: 

Ascension Level Materials Required Mora Cost
Level 20 x1 Vayuda Turquoise Silver
x3 Onikabuto
x3 Treasure Hoarder Insignias
20,000
Level 40 x3 Vayuda Turquoise Fragments
x2 Runic Fang
x10 Onikabuto 
x15 Treasure Hoarder Insignias
40,000
Level 50 x6 Vayuda Turquoise Fragments
x4 Runic Fang 
x20 Onikabuto 
x12 Silver Raven Insignias
60,000
Level 60 x3 Vayuda Turquoise Chunk 
x8 Runic Fang
x30 Onikabuto
x18 Silver Raven Insignias
80,000
Level 70 x6 Vayuda Turquoise Chunk
x12 Runic Fang
x45 Onikabuto
x12 Golden Raven Insignias
100,000
Level 80 x6 Vayuda Turquoise Gemstone 
x20 Runic Fang 
x60 Onikabuto
x24 Golden Raven Insignias
120,000
Totals x 18 Treasure Hoarder Insignia
x 30 Silver Raven Insignia
x 36 Golden Raven Insignia

x 1 Vayuda Turquoise Sliver
x 9 Vayuda Turquoise Fragment
x 9 Vayuda Turquoise Chunk
x 6 Vayuda Turquoise Gemstone    

x146 Onikabuto

x46 Runic Fang

420,000

Heizou’s Talent Upgrade Costs

Upgrading Heizous talents bring out the maximum DMG potential of your build.

Talent Level Materials Required Mora Cost
Level 2 x3 Teachings of Transience 
x6 Treasure Hoarder Insignias
12,500
Level 3 x2 Guide to Transience
x3 Silver Raven Insignias
17,500
Level 4 x4 Guide to Transience 
x4 Silver Raven Insignias
25,000
Level 5 x6 Guide to Transience 
x6 Silver Raven Insignias
30,000
Level 6 x9 Guide to Transience 
x9 Silver Raven Insignias
37,500
Level 7 x4 Philosophies of Transience 
x4 Golden Raven Insignias 
x1 The Meaning of Aeons
120,000
Level 8 x6 Philosophies of Transience 
x6 Golden Raven Insignias 
x1 The Meaning of Aeons
260,000
Level 9 x12 Philosophies of Transience 
x9 Golden Raven Insignias 
x2 The Meaning of Aeons
450,000
Level 10 x16 Philosophies of Transience
x12 Golden Raven Insignias
x2 The Meaning of Aeons
x1 Crown of Insight
700,000
Totals x3 Teachings of Transience
x21 Guides of Transience
x38 Philosophies of Transience

x6 Treasure Hoarder Insignias
x22 Silver Raven Insignias
x31 Golden Raven Insignias

x6 Meaning of Aeons

x1 Crown of Insight

1,652,500

Heizou’s Talents

Heizou’s talents showcase the character’s versatility. His passive talents are excellent for both damage output and casual exploration, as he buffs your team’s elemental damage and also provides a significant decrease in stamina consumption.

His combat talents are ideal for elemental teams and grouping, as his skill deals more damage the more you proc swirl reactions, and his burst can aid in grouping small enemies.

Heizou’s Normal Attack

Fudou Style Martial Arts

Heizou first normal attack
Normal Attack
Heizou Charged attack
Charged Attack

Heizou performs a 5 attack sequence, dealing Anemo DMG. Consumes stamina to perform a backflip kick that also deals Anemo DMG

Our suggestions, and thoughts:

If you wish to use Heizou’s on-field support build for your off-field units, this talent should be prioritized when leveling up your character. It’ll deal continuous Anemo DMG making it possible to swirl Pyro, Cryo, Electro, or Hydro very easily. 

The community uses the N and C notations to denote normal and charged attacks, respectively. So for this character, we recommend using an NC combo which is normal into a charged attack. N4C is also viable, it translates to 4 normal attacks into a charged attack, making a seamless transition from his normal attack kicks into a charged kick. 

Heizou’s Elemental Skill

Heartstopper Strike

Heizou E skill
Heartstopper Strike

Upon pressing, perform a Heartstopper Strike that deals Anemo DMG.

Holding will charge up your skill and make it stronger. An approximate 5 second hold provides the maximum stacks of the Declension effect.

Declension makes your skill do maximum DMG. An even greater bonus is provided if you hold for greater than 5 seconds.

Our suggestions, and thoughts:

This ability is going to be vital for any form of playstyle as it will be the main source of your DMG in all Heizou’s builds. Although the 10-second cooldown may be cumbersome, it makes sure that you gain enough declension stacks before unleashing your next skill. Declension stacks can be gained in two ways, one of which has already been discussed. This method is not the most viable because Heizou takes 5 seconds to charge up, leaving you open to attacks and wasting precious time in Spiral Abyss or time-trial challenges.

An alternative would be to make use of his 1st Ascension passive: Whenever Heizou swirls, he will gain a Declension stack. Making use of this passive is much more viable since you will be dealing damage while the skill is on cool down and also be gaining stacks simultaneously.

Thus, you should consider bringing along a support character that can continuously enable Heizou to swirl one (or more) of the 4 elements mentioned above. A detailed guide on team comps is coming up soon!

Heizou’s Elemental Burst

Windmuster Kick

Heizou Q skill
Windmuster Kick

Our suggestions and thoughts:

This ability scales significantly with every talent level. So, it is worth spending your Mora on – especially if you are considering using Heizou as an on-field character. Again, if you have off-field supports like Xingqiu or Beidou, getting that extra Iris DMG will not be an issue.

Unlocked Automatically

Pre-Existing Guilt

Decreases sprinting Stamina consumption for your own party members by 20%.

*Insert happy face* Ever drowned while getting to an island? Fallen of Stormbreaker Mountains? This ability should reduce the frequency of such painful accidents.

1st Ascension Passive

Paradoxical Practice

When Shikanoin Heizou activates a Swirl reaction while on the field, he will gain 1 Declension stack for Heartstopper Strike, this effect can be triggered every 0.1s.

This talent was discussed in Heizou’s talents section, making him much more effective in time-sensitive battles.

4th Ascension Passive

Penetrative Reasoning

After Shikanoin Heizou‘s Heartstopper Strike hits an opponent, it increases all party members’ (excluding Shikanoin Heizou) Elemental Mastery by 80 for 10s.

This is a nice ability to have as it increases the effectiveness of your Elemental Reactions. Although this ability is not as powerful as Sucrose’s Mastery boost, it is still significant enough to mention. Can’t complain!

Heizou’s Constellations

A brief note is necessary here.. C0 Heizou is an amazing unit. Please do not feel forced to roll for a character’s constellations. They are nice to have and can boost the effectiveness of a character but aren’t worth spending real-world currency on unless you have a large reserve of expendable income. 

However, if you do end up getting more constellations, congratulations! Let us get you familiar with Heizou’s Stella Fortuna.

Constellation Lv. 1

Named Juvenile Casebook

Heizou C1
C1

This ability is incredibly handy. The increased ATK SPD allows Heizou to gain Declension faster and also do more DPS. Its effects are comparable to Rosaria’s and Xinyan’s first constellation.

Constellation Lv. 2

Investigative Collection

Heizou C2
C2

Heizou’s Wind Tunnel might feel a bit underwhelming to some. Since characters like Venti and Kazuha already exist, the standard was already set pretty high. So it’s no surprise that a 4 star like Heizou does not have serious crowd control built into his kit. However, this constellation does change that slightly. Please consult the following image that displays whether the enemy was pulled in before and after c2.

Heizou C2 spreadsheet

Constellation Lv. 3  + 5

Esoteric Puzzle Book + Secret Archive

Heizou C3 + C5
C3 + C5

These two constellations buff the talent level of every character in the Genshin world. So no major discussions are to be had here.

Constellation Lv. 4

Tome of Lies

Heizou C4
C4

This constellation is more of a “quality of life” change. Heizou already has a low energy cost and can get away with lower Energy Recharge on his substats. For this constellation to work, however, it is important to note that an enemy must have Pyro, Cryo, Electro, or Hydro afflictions.

Constellation Lv. 6

Curious Casefiles

Heizou C6
C6

A maximum of 16% CRIT Rate can be achieved in this way, the CRIT DMG bonus activates when you possess all four Declension stacks. The difference between a C0, C3, and C6 Heizou is shown below. 

Heizou skill compare c0 c3 c6
Source: 12th Harbinger (Youtube)

Heizou’s Best Artifact Sets

Heizou does not require players to farm any new artifact sets. He will mostly prefer making use of the Viridescent Venerer and Gladiator’s Finale /Shimenawa’s Reminiscence sets to buff his Anemo DMG and ATK.

4-Piece Viridescent Venerer

4pc venerer set

The character has received a 15% Anemo DMG bonus. Swirl DMG increased by 60%. Decreased Opponent’s Elemental RES to the element infused in the swirl by 40% for 10 seconds.

Our suggestions, and thoughts:

This set is the best option for Heizou, especially if you’re running an elemental team comp that deals off-field damage. Heizou’s normal attacks will constantly be swirling and dealing massive DMG.

2-Piece Gladiators/ 2-Piece Shimenawas, 2 Piece Venerers

2pc gladiator, 2 pc venerer set

The two piece Gladiators set increases your ATK by 18%

Our suggestions, and thoughts:

If you do not have a good 4-piece Venerer set yet, using the 2-piece Gladiator is a good option as it buffs your ATK, allowing your normal attacks, skill, and burst to do more damage with lesser need for off-field supports.

Heizou’s Best Stats on Artifact Sets

You’re going to be looking for a CRIT or Elemental Mastery build on Heizou. Of course, one could mix and match both, but for the most part, a majority might prefer settling on just one of the two. 

CRIT Heizou Build

This build prefers a CRIT Rate or CRIT DMG circlet, depending on which one you need more. Generally, the game nods towards a 1 to 2 ratio between these two stats.

An Anemo DMG goblet is preferred, because… Heizou has an Anemo Vision *insert pikachu face*.

For your sands, ATK as a mainstat is preferred over others. 

The substats are going to be one of the three main stats discussed, some EM or Energy Recharge is nice. DEF and HP are NOT preferred but that’s for RNG to decide.

Elemental Mastery Heizou Build

For this build, your circlet, goblet and sands should have EM as mainstat and any other offensive substat such as ATK CRIT DMG or CRIT Rate.

Heizou has quite a few weapons that can work well on him. Most 5 stars are a good option. However, the community maths gurus have ruled most 4-star options to be better.

5 Star Weapons

Lost prayer to the Sacred Winds

Lost pray to the Sacred Winds catalyst

This is the best in slot 5-star weapon for Heizou. The massive CRIT Rate boost and high base ATK coupled with an increased Elemental Damage bonus will render your Heizou godlike. We recommend a build focusing on CRIT DMG if you decide to equip this weapon.

Skyward Atlas

Skyward Atlas catalyst

The Atlas works in both CRIT and EM builds. The high base ATK and the Main Stat scaling go hand in hand, favoring a solo Heizou build. The Elemental DMG bonus favors his overall kit nicely. A CRIT build is recommended alongside the Atlas.

4 Star Weapons

Sacrificial Fragments

Sacrificial Fragments catalyst

This weapon is very good, it focuses on powering Elemental Teams. The reduced cooldowns make Heizou perform more skills, which greatly increases DPS. The increased Elemental Mastery is going to buff your Heizou’s Swirl DMG beyond comparison.

We recommend using the 4-piece Viridescent Venerer on Heizou if you decide to make use of this catalyst.

Mappa Mare

Mappa Mare catalyst

The f2p option is easily obtainable through the forging feature available in all cities. Players need to beat weekly bosses to obtain catalyst billets. This weapon generally favors an Elemental Team, so it is recommended to use a 4-piece Viridescent Venerer on Heizou.

The Widsith

The Widsith catalyst

This weapon is the best overall weapon for Heizou, even dwarfing the likes of 5 stars. At r5, the weapon turns Heizou into a DMG dealing machine. The bonuses coupled with CRIT DMG main stat makes the weapon a very good option. To balance out the increase in CRIT DMG, you are recommended to make use of a CRIT build.

Heizou’s Best Teams

And finally, the all-important section: Heizou’s Teams.

Taser Team

Taser Heizou is the meta, it utilises off-field damage dealers like Beidou, Fischl and Xingqiu

Beidou’s and Xingqius Burst coupled with Fischl’s Skill constantly proc Electrocharged reaction. Constantly stunning your enemies and dealing chaining DMG that jumps across multiple enemies! 

Heizou Taser Team

This team comp is recommended for Elemental Mastery builds on your Heizou.

Beidou can be used interchangeably with Yelan, whose Elemental Burst is a wonderful off-field attacker, and paired with Xingqiu, turn out to be quite the deadly combo.

Heizou National

Heizou National Team

This team enables Xiangling to do tonnes of Pyro DMG, using Xingqiu as the Hydro applier, and Bennett to buff ATK. Heizou’s passive talent can also be used to increase EM, but mainly you’re going to be using him to swirl Pyro or Hydro

Heizou DPS

For personalised teams (that focus on buffing Heizou’s DMG), characters like Bennett and Zhongli are recommended. 

Heizou DPS example team

Zhongli’s shield can reduce an enemy’s Elemental RES, making them weaker.
If you happen to have C4 Jean, she can also greatly increase the DMG output of your Heizou for such teams. A CRIT build on your Heizou is recommended.

Conclusion

Although Heizou has proved to be a pretty solid DPS, he isn’t on par with Xiao, who is the strongest Anemo unit in the game. But still, do not feel discouraged to pull for a character just because they deal less DMG than some other unit. Heizou’s playstyle (and you’ll hear this from anyone who has played the game for some time) is very refreshing in a world where melee attacks or elemental projectiles are the norms. Heizou provides an enjoyable mix of both.

Have you pulled Heizou yet? Did you enjoy using him? Did you find this guide helpful in building Heizou? Please leave your thoughts in the comments!

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