Ayato, the newest character in 2.6, is probably the best Hydro DPS released so far in Genshin Impact. However, just like any other new character, building him up takes some time. In this article, Gurugamer is going to showcase the top 5 best Ayato builds from high to low investments.

1. Haran Geppaku Futsu & 4-pc Echoes of an Offering

The best weapon and artifact for Ayato is obviously his sword Haran Geppaku Futsu and the 4 piece artifact set designed for him, Echoes of an Offering. While the artifact set can be farmed in the Lost Valley of the Chasm... eventually, the sword can only be obtained from the weapon gacha banner.

Genshin Impact Haran Geppaku Futsu
Haran Geppaku Futsu

Furthermore, players also have to beat the RNG of the domain to get artifacts with good stats. At least Ayato scales based on HP so players have a bigger margin for errors. This build can easily make Ayato one of the best DPS in Genshin Impact.

2. Primordial Jade Cutter & 4-pc Heart of Depth

This is probably the most common build for long time players who have gathered a few 5 star weapons but didn't pull on Ayato's weapon banner. While not as good as Haran Geppaku Futsu, the Primordial Jade Cutter is still very decent, with great synergy to Ayato's HP-based kit.

Genshin Impact Jade Cutter
Primordial Jade Cutter

Furthermore, with its solid 2nd stats, players can focus on Crit Damage for Ayato's artifacts. Heart of Depth is a decent set designed for Tartaglia, but also works pretty well on Ayato.  It increases Hydro Damage, Normal Attack, and Charged Attack once the wielder uses Elemental Skill.

3. The Black Sword & 4-pc Gladiator's Finale

If the player is a low spender and doesn't have a good 5 star sword to spare, the Black Sword from the Battle Pass can be a good option. Similar to the Primordial Jade Cutter, it has Crit Rate as a secondary stat, which removes the need for Crit rate in artifacts. Players can just focus on Crit damage.

Black Sword Genshin Impact 1
The Black Sword

The 4-piece Gladiator's Finale is one of the oldest sets in the game, and suitable to use on pretty much all DPS. If you don't have the above two options, just settle for this set if possible.

4. Blackcliff Longsword & 2-pc Gladiator's Finale + 2-pc Heart of Depth

If the player is a complete f2p and doesn't have any good paid weapons, the Blackcliff Longsword is a great alternative for Ayato. It has great stats and lets the character dish out decent numbers.

Blackcliff Longsword In Genshin Impact
Blackcliff Longsword

In the case players don't have a complete Gladiator's Finale or Heart of Depth to spare, it is possible to just use 2 of each.

5. Lion's Roar & 4-pc Thundering Fury

This is a very creative option that is only useful when Ayato is in an Electro-Charged lineup. The Thundering Fury's 4-piece effect increases the damage caused by Overloaded, Electro-Charged, and Superconduct by 40%.

Lion's Roar

Combined with Lion's Roar, this set is possibly the lowest investment for Ayato. Players can use him as the main DPS with support from Electro characters like Fischl and Beidou.

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