Qiqi is a 5-star Cryo sword character in Genshin Impact. She's a cute zombie who often has trouble remembering things, and her skills are tailored for healing her team.
Qiqi is probably the best healer in Genshin Impact, and she excels at what she does, but lacks the potential for buffing her team like many other support characters. When building Qiqi, you'll want to focus on maximizing her healing output, and helping her provide some utility to her team that she lacks. Here's the best build for Qiqi in patch 1.6.
Qiqi Genshin Impact Build Guide
The most important thing to focus on when building Qiqi is Energy Recharge. This is because she has an Elemental Burst that costs a whopping 80 energy, and few ways to generate energy on her own. Generally, you'll want to heal mostly with her Skill, and keep her Burst as a last resort.
Because of this, Sacrificial Sword is the best weapon to use on Qiqi. It provides Energy Recharge as a secondary stat, and has a chance of resetting the cooldown of her Elemental Skill, giving it more uptime.
If you haven't gotten a Sacrificial Sword yet, Skyward Blade, Favonius Sword, and Festering Desire are also good options. Qiqi's healing scales based on her ATK, so swords that provide ATK% like The Flute are also viable.
As for artifacts, the Maiden's Beloved 4-piece set is a typical choice for any healer, due to the healing bonuses it can provide. But Qiqi is often so good at healing that she doesn't need bonuses. Instead, consider building a 4-piece set of Tenacity of the Millelith on her.
The 4-piece set bonus will allow Qiqi to buff her teammates' ATK and Shield Strength (if there is a shield character) as long as her Elemental Skill hits an opponent, even if she is off-field. This allows her to support her team a bit more, boosting their damage in addition to healing them.
Choose ATK% or Energy Recharge on your Sands, ATK% on your Goblet, and ATK% or Healing Bonus on your Circlet.
Qiqi isn't the only Cryo character that can support her team. Check out our build guide for Rosaria, the icy nun from Mondstadt. Or check out our build guide for Kazuha, the wandering samurai, before his banner ends in a few days.