The previous Genshin Impact 2.6 leak has showcased the new character Ayato, a Hydro sword character. His skill build is actually pretty special, with the whole set revolving around boosting normal attacks. However, based on the feedback from beta testers, Ayato's performance is very underwhelming.

This is why miHoYo has decided to buff Ayato. In this article, Gurugamer is going to showcase everything you need to know about the new buffed Ayato in 2.6.

Ayato's character design
Ayato's character design

1. Ayato's skill & damage buff

Below are the main changes for Ayato:

  • 1Hit 86% -> 104.6%
  • 2Hit 91.1 -> 116.5%
  • 3Hit 96.2% -128.4%
  • Wave Flash .087% -> 1.11%
  • CD Reduction removed
  • Cooldown 20s -> 12s

With the first round of buff, Ayato's Skill damage multiplier has been increased exponentially, with a whopping 30% more on the third hit. The biggest change, however, is the removal of the ally cooldown reduction passive - miHoYo just reduces the skill's cooldown instead.

Genshin Impact Ayato
Ayato's gameplay revolves around his powerful Elemental Skill.

This completely changes how the character is played. Ayato now has much more uptime on the field, allowing him to make the most of his powerful Hydro blade. His Wave Flash damage also got a buff, improving its multiplier from 0.87 to 1.11% of Ayato's Max HP.

2. Ayato constellation changes

Looks like the developers are focusing on boosting Ayato's Elemental skill, with all constellations related to it getting boosted all over the board.

  • Ayato C1 getting a slight damage boost from 30 to 40%. 

10% is a large enough boost for Ayato to be more effective in finishing low health foes after the initial burst from the team.

  • Ayato's constellations 3 and 5 have switched positions.

This means players only need C3 to get a boost to Ayato's Elemental skill, which allows people who heavily invested in Ayato to reach their peak more easily.

  • Ayato's C4 (Normal attack damage boost) duration increases from 10 to 12. 

His C4 is buffed to match the cooldown of his elemental skill. With this change, Ayato can keep the buff up 100% of the time.

3. Ayato artifact buff

Beta testers have recently leaked artifact sets of Ayato and Xiao.

Ayato's exclusive artifact set is Echoes of an Offering, which offers a huge buff to his Normal Attack damage. However, after beta testing, the damage bonus of the set is actually not good enough. Because of that, miHoYo has buffed the set's signature skill all over the board:

  • When dealing Normal Attack damage, there is a 36% chance to trigger a buff that increases Normal Attack damage by 60% 70% of a character's Attack stat. If this effect does not trigger, each successful Normal Attack will increase the odds of it triggering by 20%. This can occur once every 0.3 0.2 seconds.

While the DMG buff is nice, the cooldown buff from 0.3 to 0.2 is actually the most significant. With this change, Ayato would be able to trigger the damage boost effect much more frequently. Despite its RNG nature, Echoes of an Offering is actually pretty consistent. Its proc chance get increased every time you fail to trigger its effect.

Ayato and Xiao's artifact set
Ayato and Xiao's leaked artifact set

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