The best builds for Cyno in Genshin Impact

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Genshin Impact Cyno
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Looking for more details on Genshin Impact's Cyno? He's a newly revealed five-star character that should arrive with the next update. Of course, with the recent release of version 3.0 you might be busy exploring the new Dendro region of Sumeru—providing you know how to get there (opens in new tab).

We don't know much about Cyno's background, other than he carries the title "General Mahamatra" of the Sumeru Akademiya. He wields a polearm in battle and draws from the Electro element, giving him synergy with Dendro characters such as Tighnari (opens in new tab) and Collei (opens in new tab), so it's worth taking a peek to see if he will fit into any team compositions you have in mind.

We have a good idea of his abilities, as well as his passives and constellations. So if you're looking for more info on this five-star Electro General, here's the lowdown on Genshin Impact Cyno.

Possible release date

When you can expect to wish for Cyno 

No release date has been confirmed for Cyno though he's expected to arrive with version 3.1 which should land around October 4.

Both Nilou (opens in new tab) and Candace were also announced alongside Cyno, and, as they are five-star and four-star characters respectively, it's likely that Cyno will be part of the launch banner in the 3.1 update. 

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Cyno's abilities 

Here are Cyno's abilities, passives, and constellations (thanks to Honey Hunter (opens in new tab)).  Just be aware that these may see slight changes before Cyno's launch. 

Normal Attack: Invoker's Spear
NormalPerforms up to four consecutive spear strikes.
ChargedConsumes a certain amount of Stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to opponents along the way.
PlungingPlunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE damage upon impact.
Elemental Skill
Secret Rite: Chasmic SoulfarerPerforms a swift thrust, dealing Electro damage to opponents along the path. When Cyno is under the Pactsworn Pathclearer state triggered by Sacred Rite: Wolf's Swiftness, he will instead unleash a Mortuary Rite that deals thunderous AoE Electro damage and extends the duration of Pactsworn Pathclearer.
Elemental Burst
Sacred Rite: Wolf's SwiftnessCalls upon a divine spirit to possess him, morphing into the Pactsworn Pathclearer.
Pactsworn PathclearerCyno's Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attacks will be converted to Electro damage that cannot be overridden. Cyno's Elemental Mastery and resistance to interruption will increase, and he gains immunity to Electro-charged damage. This effect will be cancelled when Cyno leaves the field and lasts a maximum of 18 seconds.
The Gift of SilenceGains 25% more rewards when dispatched on a Sumeru Expedition for 20 hours.
Featherfall JudgmentWhen Cyno is in the Pactsworn Pathclearer state activated by Sacred Rite: Wolf's Swiftness, Cyno will enter the Endseer stance at intervals. If he activates Secret Rite: Chasmic Soulfarer while affected by this stance, he will activate the Judication effect, increasing the damage of this Secret Rite: Chasmic Soulfarer by 35%, and firing off three Duststalker Bolts that deal 50% of Cyno's Attack as Electro damage. Duststalker Bolt damage is considered Elemental Skill damage.
Authority of the Nine BowsCyno's damage values will be increased based on his Elemental Mastery as follows: Pactsworn Pathclearer's Normal attack damage is increased by 100% of his Elemental Mastery. Duststalker Bolt damage from his Ascension Talent Featherfall Judgment is increased by 250% of his Elemental Mastery.
Ordinance: Unceasing VigilAfter using Sacred Rite: Wolf's Swiftness, Cyno's Normal Attack speed will be increased by 20% for 10 seconds. If the Judication effect of Featherfall Judgment is triggered during Secret Rite: Chasmic Soulfarer, the duration of this increase will be refreshed.
Ceremony: Homecoming of SpiritsWhen Cyno's Normal Attacks hit opponents, his Normal Attack Crit Rate and Crit Damage will be increased by 3% and 6% respectively for four seconds. This effect can be triggered once every 0.1 seconds. Max five stacks. Each stack's duration is counted independently.
Precept: Lawful EnforcerIncreases the level of Sacred Rite: Wolf's Swiftness by three. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Austerity: Forbidding GuardWhen Cyno is in the Pactsworn Pathclearer state after he triggers Electro-Charged, Overloaded, Quicken, Hyperbloom, an Electro Swirl, or an Electro Crystallization reaction, he will restore three Elemental Energy for all nearby party members (except himself). This effect can occur five times within one use of Sacred Rite: Wolf's Swiftness.
Funerary Rite: The Passing of StarlightIncreases the level of Sacred Rite: Chasmic Soulfarer by three. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Raiment: Just ScalesAfter using Sacred Rite: Wolf's Swiftness or triggering Judication, Cyno will gain four stacks of the "Day of the Jackal" effect. When he hits opponents with Normal Attacks, he will consume one stack to trigger one Duststalker bolt. Day of the Jackal lasts for eight seconds. Max eight stacks. One stack can be consumed every 0.4 seconds. This effect will be cancelled once Pactsworn Pathclearer ends.

Ascension materials

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Cyno's Ascension materials 

You need to collect specific materials in order to level up Cyno's stats and talents.


Both Thunderclap Fruitcores and Vajrada Amethysts are dropped by Electro Regisvines, though the latter is also rewarded when defeating Electro Hypostases and Thunder Manifestations. You'll also need: 

ScarabDivining/Sealed/Forbidden Curse Scrolls

Scarabs are a new resource only found in Sumeru's desert ruins, while the Scroll items can be looted when you defeat Samachurl enemies.


You'll need the following items to level up Cyno's talents:

Divining/Sealed/Forbidden Curse ScrollsAdmonition scrollsMudra of the Malefic GeneralCrown of Insight

As mentioned above the Divining, Sealed, and Forbidden Curse Scrolls are dropped by Samachurls while Admonition scrolls are rewarded for completing the Steeple of Ignorance domain on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays.

Meanwhile, Mudra of the Malefic General is a possible reward from the Guardian of Eternity weekly boss and the Crown of Insight is a seasonal event reward. The latter comes from upgrading the Frostbearing Tree (opens in new tab) in Dragonspine, the Sacred Sakura in Inazuma, or the Lumenstone Adjuvant in The Chasm. 

Sarah started as a freelance writer in 2018, writing for PCGamesN, TechRadar, GamingBible, Red Bull Gaming and more. In 2021, she was offered a full-time position on the PC Gamer team where she takes every possible opportunity to talk about World of Warcraft and Elden Ring. When not writing guides, most of her spare time is spent in Azeroth—though she's quite partial to JRPGs too. One of her fondest hopes is to one day play through the ending of Final Fantasy X without breaking down into a sobbing heap. She probably has more wolves in Valheim than you.

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