Genshin Impact Keqing, a member of Liyue Qixing and also a lightning ninja – that’s not a combination. She is a 5 * drop and an explosive DPS and power, so if you’re lucky enough to come to her, this guide will help you set her up properly.
To put it bluntly, Keqing became complicated. There are countless ways to build, play, and match her with other characters, and it can be a little overwhelming at times. This guide will help simplify things somewhat.
The community agrees that there are two main ways to build Keqing: prioritize Physical damage (known as “AutoKeq”) or Electrical damage (“ElectroQueen”). This is important, as it affects everything from weapon choice to how you play her.
Its brevity is that if you want to prioritize auto-focus, long sustain, simpler carry-on gameplay, choose AutoKeq. If you want to play a build that is highly portable, focused on ability, reactive, and harder to master, use ElectroQueen.
You can run both maintain (keeping Genshin Impact Keqing out for long) or quick swapping (switching between full lists), but due to the nature of builds, ElectroQueen tends to prefer quick swaps if you are looking for more response and vice versa for AutoKeq.
Weapons for Genshin Impact Keqing
So with two main build options, here are some of the best weapon options available to Keqing.
In terms of stats, this is the best sword for the Physics build and scrambles for the best spot in a Power-focused build. That might seem counterintuitive, but raw stats are really that good, and Falcon’s Defiance deals 200% of attack as damage to nearby enemies when Keqing is hit is really powerful.
As a bonus, it gives more flexibility to the ElectroQueen build, as your standard cars are naturally more powerful – useful against Electro foes.
The Black Sword
The main candidate is The Black Sword, with all 20% damage increased to all basic attacks and damage accumulated from Justice skills – including Electrical and Physical damage. It’s a great option on Keqing, especially pre-screened on Aquila Favonia.
The only downside is that it is currently only available through the match after you’ve unlocked the Gnostic Hymn. Unfortunately, that means cashing out if you want to hold on to this, although this is a guaranteed reduction and you won’t have to turn it around.
Fortunately, The Flute is also very good on Genshin Impact Keqing. It’s good for both build options but favors more sustainable gameplay to get the most out of Chord capabilities.
Other good options include Lion’s Roar, Skyward Blade, and the Prototype Rancor fake option, which matches surprisingly well with other top options, so don’t get rid of it.
Artifacts for Genshin Impact Keqing
Artifacts with Genshin Impact Keqing can become… complicated. The best options can vary according to build preference (aka AutoKeq vs. ElectroQueen), enemy type (Boss, Mobs, Elemental, etc.) location (Abyss, Overworld, etc), and more.
That said, there are a number of works that are appreciated. Among them, 2 pieces Thundering Fury with Noblesse Oblige 2 pieces or Gladiator’s Finale 2 pieces. This is one of the most consistent options for the ElectroQueen build and works well on almost any type of encounter. Noblesse Oblige favors a more focused build-up, while Gladiator’s Finale’s automatically more focused.
Likewise, a 2-piece Bloodstained Chivalry with Gladiator’s Finale 2-piece is the best overall pick for an AutoKeq build. + 38% damage split between attack and general physics is great!
Another very powerful option for both builds is the 4-piece Thundersoother, which offers a huge 35% increase in damage against Electro-affected enemies. The key here is to make sure Electro still works, and that means while both the Physics and Electrical builds are great with this pick, it leans more towards sustainable gameplay than an option quick swap.