Shikanoin Heizou is the newest Anemo character to join the Genshin Impact roster, and he’s a surprisingly good four-star option depending on how you build him up. He’s a solid on-field DPS who can be effective with either high Crit and ATK stats, or constant Swirls that use Elemental Mastery. Here’s what you need to know about his best builds, right down to artifacts, weapons, and team comps.
Elemental Skill – Hearstopper Strike
This aptly named move is a single Anemo-infused punch that can deal serious damage to any enemy unlucky enough to be standing in front of Heizou.
Tapping the button/key unleashes an immediate punch that deals Anemo damage.
Holding the button/key provides up to four Declension stacks. Charging up all four Declension stacks increases the move’s damage and AoE.
Elemental Burst – Windmuster Kick
Heizou jumps into the air and uses a powerful kick to create a wind tunnel that pulls enemies into one spot and deals AoE Anemo damage. When the Anemo kick hits enemies that are affected by Pyro, Cryo, Electro, or Hydro, it’ll leave a Windmuster Iris mark. This mark explodes after a short time, dealing AoE damage of the element that the enemy was affected by. Only four enemies can receive the mark at once, and a single target cannot receive a mark for two different elements at the same time.
Heizou’s Paradoxical Practice Talent allows him to gain one Declension stack whenever he causes a Swirl effect. He can gain a stack this way every 0.1 seconds, which means that, ideally, the stacks will always be full on a team with elemental damage dealers.
The Penetrative Reasoning Talent provides a buff of 80 Elemental Mastery to the entire party (excluding Heizou) for 10 seconds whenever Heartstopper Strike hits an opponent.
Best Artifact Stats
Heizou can be an on-field sub DPS or main DPS depending on how he’s built, and there are two main ways to build him when looking at where his damage comes from.
He can be built by focusing either on his ATK and Crit stats, or his Elemental Mastery Stat. He’ll deal plenty of damage no matter which build you go with, but team comp should play a major role in your decision. If you only want to use Heizou for Swirls and constant elemental reactions on a Taser team, going for full Elemental Mastery is best. Go for ATK and Crit if you want Heizou to be a threat in nearly every other situation.