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Genshin Impact – Yelan Character Guide

Genshin Impact is dropping new characters left and right. With the recent 2.6 update we’ve got access to The Chasm as well as introductions to Kamisato Ayato. Ayaka’s studly older brother. And if you’ve played along the main storyline of The Chasm you’ll also be introduced to a new mysterious character – Yelan.

Yelan is described as a “mysterious woman who claims to work for the Ministry of Civil Affairs”. Even though she isn’t out yet she will likely be out soon in the 2.7 update and thanks to the leaks we pretty much know everything about her. So check out what you need to know about Genshin Impact‘s next Bow-wielding Hydro DPS, Yelan.


Who Is Yelan In Genshin Impact?


Like a phantom, she often appears in various guises at the center of events, and disappears before the storm stops. The people who are caught up in trouble look forward to meeting her. For some reason, most of them think she will help them, and if not, they want her to be their ally.

Every one of these people has met a Yelan who goes by a different name and identity, and each of them thinks they can reach a partnership with her. However, everyone has been kept in the dark.


Yelan Abilities

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Stealthy BowshotNormal / Charged AttackNormal Attack: Perform up to 6 consecutive shots with a bow.

Charged Attack: Perform a more precise Aimed Shot with increased DMG.
While aiming, flowing water will accumulate on the arrowhead. A fully charged torrential arrow will deal Hydro DMG. Additionally, Yelan will enter a ‘Breakthrough’ state after spending five seconds off field, which will cause her next Charged Aimed Shot to have 80% decreased charge time. Once charged, she can fire a ‘Breakthrough Barb’ that will deal AoE Hydro DMG based on Yelan’s Max HP

Plunging Attack: Fires off a shower of arrows in mid-air before falling and striking the ground, dealing AoE DMG upon impact
Lingering LifelineElemental SkillFires off a Lifeline that tractors Yelan in rapidly, entangling and marking opponents along its path. When her rapid movement ends, the Lifeline will explode, dealing Hydro DMG to the marked opponents based on Yelan’s Max HP.

Tap: Moves a certain distance forward rapidly
Hold: Moves forward rapidly continuously. During this time, Yelan can control her sprint direction and can end her rapid movement by using the skill again. Additionally, each opponent marked by the Lifeline when it explodes grants Yelan a 34% chance to obtain Breakthrough

Cooldown: 10 seconds
Depth-Clarion DiceElemental BurstSeals AoE Hydro DMG and creates an ‘Exquisite Throw’ which aids Yelan in battle. Exquisite Throw follows the character around and will initiate a coordinated attack, dealing Hydro DMG based on Yelan’s Max HP under the following circumstances:

Can occur once every second when your active character uses a Normal Attack
Will occur each time Yelan’s Lifeline explodes and hits opponents: Cooldown: 18 seconds. Duration: 15 seconds. Energy cost: 70
Turn ControlPassive TalentWhen the party has 1/2/3/4 elemental types, Yelan’s Max HP is increased by 6%/12%/18%/30%
Adapt With EasePassive TalentSo long as an Exquisite Throw is in play, your own active character deals 1% more DMG. This increases by a further 3.5% DMG every second, up to 50%. Recasting the Depth Clarion Dice while the burst is still in effect will remove the original above effect
Lengthy ConsiderationPassive TalentGains 25% more rewards when dispatched on a Liyue Expedition for 20 hours

Best Weapons For Yelan

Yelan can and should be used as your character’s Burst DPS, so focus on maximising her Elemental Burst. As her abilities will allow her to continuously deal damage. As usual, the best weapon for her will be her signature weapon that will release along with her character banner.

It’s called Aqua Simulacra a hydro boosting CRIT DMG increasing beast, but we don’t have the full details on that weapon yet. In the meantime Elegy For The End will be your next best bet.

Elegy For The End

Base ATK46
Bonus EffectEnergy Recharge 12.0%
SkillIncreases Elemental Mastery by 60

Millennial Movement: Farewell Song
When the Elemental Skills or Elemental Bursts of a character wielding this weapon hit opponents, that character gains a Sigil of Remembrance. This effect can be triggered once every 0.2s and can be triggered even if said character is not on the field.

When you possess 4 Sigils of Remembrance., all of them will be consumed and all nearby party members will obtain the Millennial Movement Farewell Song effect for 12s.

Millennial Movement: Farewell Song increases Elemental Mastery by 100 and increases ATK by 20%. Once this effect is triggered, you will not gain Sigils of Remembrance for 20s. Of the many effects of the Millennial Movement, buffs of the same type will not stack.

For our full list of best Bow weapons in Genshin Impact check it out here.


Best Artifacts For Yelan

A Hydro DPS burst damage is going to need all the Hydro boosting artefacts out there. That calls for Heart of the Depth but she should also do well with extra elemental burst damage and HP. Since most of her skills increase with HP.

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Heart of the Depth2 Piece Set: Hydro DMG +15%
4 Piece Set: After using Elemental Skill, increases Normal Attack and Charged Attack DMG by 30% for 15s.
Noblesse Oblige2 Piece Set: Elemental Burst DMG +25%
4 Piece Set: Using an Elemental Burst increases all Party members ATK by 20% for 12s. This effect cannot stack.
Tenacity Of The Millelith2 Piece Set: HP increased by 20%
4 Piece Set: When an Elemental Skill hits an opponent, the ATK of all nearby party members is increased by 20% and their Shield Strength is increased by 30% for 3s. This effect can be triggered once every 0.5s. This effect can still be triggered even when the character who is using this artifact set is not on the field.

For more information on the best artifacts in the game be sure to check out our list here.


Yelan Constellations

Enter The PlottersEach opponent marked by Lifeline will restore seven energy to Yelan. Each use of Lingering Lifeline can restore a maximum of 21 energy
Taking All ComersWhen Exquisite Throw conducts a coordinated attack, it will fire an additional water arrow that will deal 12% of Yelan’s Max HP as Hydro DMG. This effect can trigger once every 1.8 seconds.
Dealer’s SlightIncreases the level of Depth-Clarion Dice by three. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Bait and SwitchExquisite Throw coordinated attack DMG is increased by 30%
Beware The Trickster’s DiceIncreases the level of Lingering Lifeline by three. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Winner Take AllIn this state, all of Yelan’s Normal Attacks will be stronger Breakthrough Barbs. These barbs will have all of their normal abilities,and the DMG dealt will be be considered Charged Attack DMG, dealing 130% of their normal DMG.

Yelan Ascension Materials

Yelan being a Hydro character will warrant several trips to the Oceanid to farm plenty of Varunada Lazurite. For Starconches, a nice long walk along the shores of Liyue should yield a solid amount. Meanwhile, taking down Fatui will earn you plenty of insignias. Finally, Runic Fangs can be accrued by farming the Ruin Serpent boss down in The Chasm.

As with her Ascension materials, Yelan is going to need a load of insignias from Fatui to max out her talents. Prosperity books are what you’ll want to farm, which you can get from the Taishan Mansion Domain on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Finally, you’re going to need Gilded Scales, which can drop from Azhdaha in the level 70+ version of the Beneath the Dragon-Queller Trounce Domain.


What do you think about Yelan? Are you going to try and roll for her when she comes out? Sound off in the comments below! In the meantime check all our other Genshin Impact guides.