In this Cyno guide, we take a look at the best weapons, artifacts, and best team composition for Cyno in Genshin Impact.
Cyno may seem unassuming at first, but his presence strikes fear into many Akademiya seekers. Cyno, known as General Mahamatra of the Sumeru Akademiya, will appear in his own banner in the first phase of 3.1. He is a spear user who has the ability to infuse his attacks with Electro, and also boost his damage with Elemental Mastery. It has somewhat similar gameplay to Razor, but performs much better with the same amount of investment.
Cyno Overview and Abilities
Cyno is a 5-star electro character wielding a polearm, capable of inflicting extreme amounts of electrical damage, in exchange for his very selfish presence in the field. It’s not yet clear how to balance the optimal field time for Cyno and his mounts, but he’s sure to be one of the few hypercarries purpose-built for Electro.
Electro as a primary DPS element hasn’t really existed since, since elemental reactions like Electro-charged and Overcharge usually outperform pure Electro, until now. The introduction of Dendro changed the game for Electro DPS, as the Quicken and Aggravate reactions massively improved the potency of many Electro abilities.
Cyno Elemental Skill – Secret Rite: Chasmic Soulfarer
Performs a rapid thrust, inflicting Electro DMG on opponents along the way.
When Cyno is under the Pactsworn Pathclearer state triggered by Sacred Rite: Wolf’s Swiftness, he will instead trigger a Mortuary Rite which inflicts thunderous AoE Electro DMG and extends the duration of Pactsworn Pathclearer.
This elemental skill is Cyno’s primary source of energy, while also extending the duration of his Electro Burst Infusion. Since this skill receives a massive cooldown reduction when used for the duration of its burst, it also becomes a huge source of damage when paired with the set’s CD reduction effect. of Thundering Fury artifacts.
Cyno Elemental Burst – Sacred Rite: Swiftness of the Wolf
Summons a divine spirit to possess it, transforming into a Pactsworn Pathclearer.
Cyno’s normal, charged, and dive attacks will be converted to Electro DMG which cannot be negated.
- Cyno’s Elemental Mastery and Interrupt Resistance will increase, and he gains immunity to Electro-Charged DMGs.
This effect will be canceled when Cyno leaves the field and will last for a maximum of 18s.
Cyno’s Burst works very similarly to Raiden Shogun’s, but it lasts longer and performs better under strong buffs. The energy cost of this burst is 80 energy, but that’s not too much of an issue once he starts spamming his skill.
Cyno Passive Skills
Featherfall Judgment – When Cyno is in the Pactsworn Pathclearer state activated by Sacred Rite: Wolf’s Swiftness, Cyno will enter Endseer position at regular intervals. If he activates Secret Rite: Chasmic Soulfarer while affected by this stance, he will activate the Judication effect, increasing this Secret Rite: Chasmic Soulfarer’s DMG by 35% and firing 3 Duststalker Bolts that deal 50% of Cyno’s ATK as Electro. DMG.
Duststalker Bolt DMG is considered Elemental Skill DMG.
Authority over the Nine Bows – Cyno’s DMG values will be increased based on his Elemental Mastery as follows:
- The Pactsworn Pathclearer’s normal attack DMG is increased by 125% of his Elemental Mastery.
- Duststalker Bolt DMG from his Passive Featherfall Judgment is increased by 250% of his Elemental Mastery.
The combination of these two talents already looks like a deadly combo for an elemental mastery stackable Cyno. It’s not yet known if the Duststalker Bolts have shared ICDs, but since Cyno deals a lot of individual hits with his entire kit, the Aggravate and Quicken reactions become much more powerful overall.
Cyno Guide: Best Weapon Build For Cyno
Scarlet Sands Staff – The character who equips it gains 52% of their elemental mastery in bonus ATK. When an elemental skill hits opponents, the Dream of the Scarlet Sands effect will be obtained for 10 seconds: the character who equips it will gain 28% of their elemental mastery as a bonus ATK. Max 3 batteries.
This weapon is arguably his best in the slot, as you can go all-in with Elemental Mastery while gaining a ton of bonus ATK from the weapon’s passive.
The alternatives for the 5-star range of weapons are the Primordial Jade Winged Spear and the Staff of Homa, which deal less damage than the BiS, but are still superior to all 4-star options.
Deathmatch – If there are at least 2 opponents nearby, ATK is increased by 16% and DEF is increased by 16%. If there are less than 2 nearby opponents, ATK is increased by 24%.
It’s amazing how this weapon, which was designed at the start of the game, is still relevant and powerful 2 years later. This weapon provides an incredible crit rate stat, which is rare for a 4 star weapon.
White Tassel – Increases normal attack DMG by 48%.
If you’re going for the pure F2P experience, White Tassel is definitely not a bad option. Since Cyno’s playstyle during his burst is mostly normal attacks and E spams, this weapon significantly increases his combo damage. The low ATK provided by the weapon can be circumvented by going with a pure EM build, as its passive talent actually provides flat bonus damage based on its EM.
Best Artifact Sets for Cyno
2-Coin: Electro DMG Bonus +15%
4 pieces: Increases DMG from Overcharge, Electrocharge, Superconduction, and Hyperbloom by 40%, and bonus DMG from Aggravation is increased by 20%. When Quicken or the aforementioned elemental reactions are triggered, the elemental skill CD is reduced by 1s. Can only occur once every 0.8s.
Cyno relies heavily on Aggravate reactions and his E spam, which Thundering Fury is the best at providing. If you can farm the best stats for it, the Thundering Fury set is your only choice for top damage.
2 pieces: Elemental Mastery +80.
4 pieces: Within 8 seconds of triggering an elemental reaction, the character teaming it will gain buffs based on the elemental type of other party members. ATK is increased by 14% for each party member whose elemental type is the same as the character equipping it, and elemental mastery is increased by 50 for each party member with a different elemental type. Each of the aforementioned buffs will have up to 3 characters. This effect can be triggered once every 8 seconds. The character who equips it can still trigger its effects when not on the field.
In retrospect, many players have been mining the realm of this set since Sumeru was released and likely kept some items with outstanding sub stats. If you happen to have really good parts for this set, and not many for Thundering Fury, it’s still quite viable to use it first until you get a good 4-piece TF set rolled.
Best Team Comps for Cyno
Aggravate/Accelerate – Recommended Formation: Cyno, Voyager Dendro, Fischl/Collei, Zhongli (Shield)/Kazuha (Damage)/Bennett (Healer+Buff)
This composition is Cyno’s go-to for all kinds of content and builds on its raw output of electro damage, which is then amped up with Aggravate, Resonance, and out-of-element support. You’ll usually choose to use Dendro Resonance for more EM, but Electro Resonance is a good option if energy is scarce. For the 4th slot, Zhongli is preferred to make Cyno’s combo chain unbroken, but Kazuha and Bennett are also decent options if you’re okay dodging enemy attacks.
Cyno has been a welcome addition for many Electro fans since the release of Raiden Shogun, and Electro DPS might even see a resurgence after the addition of Dendro reactions. This is only the second patch of 3.0, and we can see even better synergies as more characters are released in future version updates.