Background

Chongyun is a wandering exorcist from Liyue that was born with congenital positivity, where his body is susceptible to heating up. He is a disciplined and honorable young man that comes from a long line of exorcists and has vowed to dispel all the evil spirits within the world. He is quite effective at keeping the spirits at bay. However, he has never seen a spirit before in his life because his positive energy always scares them away. Other people view him as a great exorcist, but Chongyun believes he has much to prove. Chongyun doesn’t desire to use his inborn ability to dispel spirits and wants to conquer them through his talent alone.

Chongyun Idle Animation

As a result of his congenital positivity, Chongyun tends to stay away from anything hot. He never goes out in the sun or wears any thick clothing to avoid heating up. He even refuses to drink hot beverages or eat spicy food. As an extra sign of precaution, Chongyun tries to avoid arguments and quarrels with others. He has disciplined himself to hold in his temper and inhibits strict self-control in his daily life. As a result, Chongyun may appear stoic and frosty.

Fun Fact: Chongyun has a fondness for sweet things.

All of these precautions are to prevent his congenital positivity from activating and unleashing his other side. When Chongyun gets heated up, another personality emerges and he enters a manic and wild state. He becomes overbearingly friendly and excitable in this state. His mood also becomes explosive and quick to anger. Chongyun becomes the complete opposite of his normal self. He has no self-control and causes chaos for everyone around him. After the effects of his positive energy wear off, Chongyun doesn’t remember anything. However, he always regrets his actions even if he doesn’t remember them.

Chongyun is a 4-star character that uses a claymore from the region of Liyue and wields a vision of Cryo. He first appears within a Hangout Event in 1.4.


Chongyun Skill Talents

Chongyun’s skill talents are a mix of heavy physical hits and Cryo DMG. He can be used as a Cryo DPS due to his physical strikes that can be converted into Cryo DMG and his powerful elemental burst. His ability to reliably apply cryo status on enemies also makes him a good support character for hydro and pyro characters to trigger freeze and melt through his elemental skill and burst. He is decent to use at C0, but should be at least C1, to be used effectively as a DPS unit.

His normal attack, Demonbane, deals 4 consecutive attacks that get stronger with each hit. As a claymore user, Chongyun’s attacks are slow, but they hit hard. His normal attacks are also amplified with his elemental skill and C1.

Chongyun Elemental Skill
Chongyun Elemental Skill

Chongyun’s elemental skill, Spirit Blade – Chonghua’s Layered Frost, triggers a small explosion and puts up the Chonghua Frost Field. In this field, normal attacks and charged attacks done by sword, claymores, or pole-arm wielding characters are converted into Cryo DMG. The cooldown is also relatively low at 15 seconds, making him able to consistently turn attacks in Cryo DMG for himself and his teammates. This skill is incredible for creating elemental reactions as well since you can reliably deal Cryo DMG. At Ascension 1, his field-effect will also increase the Normal ATK SPD of party members in the area by 8%. Even better at Ascension 4, before the field disappears all enemies inside get hit with AoE Cryo DMG and have their Cryo RES lowered as well. This makes ascending him worth it, due to its boost to his DPS and support potential.

Chongyun Elemental Burst
Chongyun Elemental Burst

Chongyun’s elemental burst, Spirit Blade – Cloud-parting Star, deals AoE Cryo DMG by summoning three frost blades to strike down the enemies. His skill can strike from a relatively short radius, but can stop enemies from approaching if they have the wet status applied to them.

In co-op, Chongyun can be best used by using his elemental skill to increase melee attacks and convert physical attacks to Cryo DMG. However, the buffs do not apply to bow and catalyst users. Chongyun is great for melee attacks within a short distance, but falls short in long-range combat.


Chongyun Passive Talents

Chongyun Talents

Chongyun’s passive talent at Ascension 1 and 4 provide a boost to this elemental skill and overall usefulness in battle. His Ascension 1, Steady Breathing, increases Attack SPD of melee characters while his Ascension 4, A Glimpse into Arcanum, deals Cryo DMG after his field-effect disappears. Both of these talents unlock Chongyun’s potential to be a great overall DPS or support DPS.

Gallant Journey isn’t useful in combat. It lowers expedition time in Liyue by 25%, which isn’t anything fancy. It is only helpful for those who want to maximize their time sending him out on expeditions to get resources. Chongyun is decent for exploring the overworld, but doesn’t provide any buffs to the party.

Note: Chongyun gets an ATK% bonus based on his ascension level.

Gallant Journey
Unlocked Automatically

When dispatched on an expedition in Liyue, time consumed is reduced by 25%.
Steady Breathing
Unlocked at Ascension 1

Sword, Claymore, or Polearm-wielding characters within the field created by Spirit Blade – Chonghua’s Layered Frost have their Normal Attack SPD increased by 8%.
A Glimpse into Arcanum
Unlocked at Ascension 4

When the field created by Spirit Blade – Chonghua’s Layered Frost disappears, another spirit will be summoned to strike nearby enemies, dealing 100% of Chonghua’s Layered Frost’s Skill DMG as AoE Cryo DMG. Enemies hit by this blade will have their Cryo RES decreased by 10% for 8s.

Chongyun Constellations

Genshin Impact Chongyun Constellations
Chongyun Constellations

The constellations of Chongyun provide him a needed boost to his skills. To keep on par with some of the other DPS units like Diluc and Razor, a high constellation level is needed. A support DPS build would also benefit from a high constellation level.

With C1: Ice Unleashed, Chongyun unleashes ice blades that deal Cryo DMG at the end of his fourth consecutive attacks. This is incredibly powerful as it gives him extra damage output as a DPS unit.

At C4: Frozen Skies, it becomes easier to recharge his skills if the enemies are affected by cold or frozen.

Then at C6: Rally of Four Blades, his elemental burst deals 15% more damage to enemies with less health than him.

I recommend getting him to at least C1 because of the ability to trigger Cryo DMG without the need for his elemental skill.

Constellation LevelsEffects
C1: Ice UnleashedThe last attack of Chongyun’s Normal Attack combo releases 3 ice blades. Each blade deals 50% of Chongyun’s ATK as Cryo DMG to all enemies in its path.
C2: Atmospheric RevolutionElemental Skills and Elemental Bursts cast within the Frost Field created by Spirit Blade – Chongyun’s Layered Frost have their CD time decreased by 15%.
C3: CloudburstIncreases the Level of Spirit Blade – Cloud-parting Star by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C4: Frozen SkiesChongyun regenerates 1 Energy every time he hits an enemy affected by Cold or Frozen status effects.
This effect can only occur once every 2s.
C5: The True PathIncreases the level of Spirit Blade – Chongyun’s Layered Frost by 3.
C6: Rally of Four BladesSpirit Blade – Cloud-parting Star deals 15% more DMG to enemies with a lower percentage of their Max HP remaining than Chongyun.
This skill will also summon 1 additional spirit blade.

DPS Build

c6 chongyun build
Main DPS

This build for Chongyun will help boost his physical attack, but can be used to dish out elemental damage with the help of his elemental skill. Since his field-effect doesn’t apply to bow or catalyst characters, his teammates should consist of mostly melee wielders to get the benefit of his buffs. Put a focus on leveling up his normal attack above all else. His elemental skill should also be leveled up due to its Cryo DMG conversion. Chongyun’s elemental burst will be used to keep enemies at bay or as a finishing move.

The best weapon for a claymore user is the Wolf’s Gravestone. It has a high damage output and also boosts Chongyun’s ATK by 45.3% at level 80. Its effect will also increase the base ATK from 20%-40%, depending on the refinement. Even at refinement level 1, that is still a major boost to his attack. The Wolf’s Gravestone will also increase all party member’s base ATK by 40% for 12 seconds if it hits an enemy with less than 30% of Chongyun’s HP. This weapon is highly recommended for any claymore DPS unit. However, it is a 5-star weapon, so it might not be accessible to all players.

Another weapon you can use is the 4-star Prototype Archaic (Prototype Aminus). This weapon can be forged with the weekly boss drops and is more accessible for all players. Like the Wolf’s Gravestone, it boosts the attack stat of Chongyun and has the chance to deal 240%-480% AoE damage to surrounding enemies every 15 seconds.

The Royal Greatsword would also work if you plan on building up his CRIT Rate. Each hit will increase Chongyun’s CRIT chance by 8%. This effect will stack up to 5 times and will disappear once you hit a CRIT. This potentially means your CRIT Rate will increase up to 40% until you land a critical hit.

The Debate Club is a weapon you can use in the early game if you don’t have a good weapon yet. Its effect is similar to the Prototype Archaic, but on a smaller scale.

For Chongyun’s recommended artifact set, the Gladiator’s Finale will pair nicely with his physical attack strength and normal attack damage. As a DPS unit, he will want to hit as hard as he can through normal attacks and Cryo DMG. If you want to focus more on his elemental burst, the Noblesse Oblige will also work great with this build. His artifact stats should focus on ATK%, Cryo DMG, Crit Rate, Crit DMG, and Energy Recharge to bring out the raw power of his normal attack and burst. Energy recharge is only important if you plan to use his burst often. You will want to switch to Cryo DMG with his elemental skill depending on the situation and the weaknesses of the enemies. Go for an ATK% Sands, Cryo DMG Goblet, and Crit Rate/Crit DMG Circlet.

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Support DPS Build

c0 chongyun build
Support DPS

As a support DPS, Chongyun will be in charge of setting the field for elemental reactions. You will be using either his elemental burst and skill often to synergize with other party members. This build prioritizes him setting up his elemental skill to trigger the melt reaction with either Diluc or Bennett. Chongyon’s elemental burst will also be equally important to deal additional Cryo DMG to nearby enemies.

For his recommended weapon, the Skyward Pride is a 5-star weapon that will provide energy recharge and increase his overall damage. The weapon has an added effect of creating vacuum blades to deal extra Physical DMG to enemies.

The Sacrificial GreatSword is another great weapon choice that has an 80% chance to reset Chongyun’s elemental skill cooldown if you have it at maxed refinement level. This allows him to use his elemental skill more often to set up more reactions.

The Bell and Whiteblind can also be used as potential weapons for this build. The Bell will generate a shield if he is hit and absorbs DMG and will also increase Chongyun’s overall DMG while he is protected by that shield. Whiteblind, on the other hand, will increase his ATK and DEF when he is hit.

The Noblesse Oblige is the best artifact set to be used for this build. This set will power up Chongyun’s elemental burst and increase all party members by 20% when his burst is used. This setup will provide good support for the main DPS. To boost the power of his Cryo DMG or if another character is already using the 4-piece Noblesse Oblige, go for a 2-piece Noblesse Oblige and Blizzard Strayer. For his stats, I would focus on ATK and Energy Recharge to amplify the effects of his elemental skill and burst. You will want to use his elemental skill as often as possible. Chongyun’s elemental burst will also provide some added coverage when you need to apply a cryo effect. Cryo DMG will also be helpful to deal extra damage. Lastly, you can focus on elemental mastery to boost his elemental reactions.

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Useful for applying the Superconduct reaction to deal Cryo AoE DMG and lowering Physical Resistance by 20%.

Having two cryo characters will increase CRIT rate for enemies affected by cryo. Qiqi can also provide healing and works well with Chongyun’s debuff on enemy Cryo RES.

Xingqiu can be a powerful support character since his elemental burst can apply the wet status to pair with Chongyun’s cryo abilities. Barbara can be used as a substitute for him.


Xiangling works well with Chongyun’s freeze since melt is the strongest reaction in the game

Bennett is a great support unit with his elemental burst that can boost ATK and heal. He also has a short cooldown for his elemental skill to apply the pyro effect frequently.

Diluc should be used as your main DPS for any team. Chongyun will be primarily used to apply cryo on attacks for Diluc pyro attacks.


AdvantagesDisadvantages
Can reliably apply the cryo effect for reactions Decent at C0, but becomes a lot better with C1.
Viable as either main DPS or support DPSSlow attack animation makes him vulnerable to knockback
Can switch between Physical DMG or Cryo DMG with the use of his elemental skillExploring with him doesn’t provide any benefits

Recommended Domains: Cecilia Garden, Midsummer Courtyard, Valley Of Remembrance, Stormterror, Taishan Mountain, Hidden Palace Of Zhou Formula, Stormterror


Conclusion

Genshin Impact Chongyun
Chongyun Close-up

Chongyun’s ability to apply the cryo effect on enemies makes him a good party member as either the main DPS or as a support DPS. Both his elemental skill and elemental burst allow him to excel as a support character that can also deal damage. However, he is outclassed by other DPS units like Diluc and Razor. His main focus point is his ability to apply melt, freeze, and superconduct. Chongyun is also pretty viable in dealing physical attacks or elemental attacks, depending on the situation.

What do you think of Chongyun? Is there anything I missed? Let us know in the comments below! You can also reach out through our Twitter or my Discord handle Seyfrid#2589.


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