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Sara Quick Guide

Updated for Version 3.2

Kujou Sara is a 4-star Electro Bow character that brings considerable damage and potent buffs after investment. Her buffs are particularly strong in teams that frontload damage and/or are Electro-centric by nature.

More extensive testing is in progress. Note that the information given is subject to change if and when new discoveries are made.

The full-length guide (currently in the process of being updated) is available here.

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Character Overview

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Nahida
Sara can buff Nahida with her kit. Otherwise, they have no clear synergy or noteworthy interaction with each other.

Playstyles

Burst DPS Buffer
Kujou Sara’s primary role in teams is to act as a potent buffer to complement short duration but high impact skills or skills that snapshot, while concurrently doing considerable Elemental Burst damage.

Talent Priority

Skill ≥ Burst > Normal Attack

Leveling Sara’s Normal Attack is not recommended.

Talents

Normal Attack

Normal Attack | Tengu Bowmanship

Normal Attack
Performs up to 5 consecutive shots with a bow.

Charged Attack
Perform a more precise Aimed Shot with increased DMG.
While aiming, crackling lightning will accumulate on the arrowhead. An arrow fully charged with the storm’s might will deal Electro DMG.
When in the Crowfeather Cover state, a fully-charged arrow will leave a Crowfeather behind after it hits.

Plunging Attack
Fires off a shower of arrows in mid-air before falling and striking the ground, dealing AoE DMG upon impact.

Sara’s Normal Attack is fairly unimpressive and can be neglected.

Elemental Skill

Elemental Skill | Tengu Stormcall

Retreats rapidly with the speed of a tengu, summoning the protection of the Crowfeather.
Gains Crowfeather Cover for 18s, and when Kujou Sara fires a fully-charged Aimed Shot, Crowfeather Cover will be consumed, and will leave a Crowfeather at the target location.
Crowfeathers will trigger Tengu Juurai: Ambush after a short time, dealing Electro DMG and granting the active character within its AoE an ATK Bonus based on Kujou Sara’s Base ATK.

The ATK Bonuses from different Tengu Juurai will not stack, and their effects and duration will be determined by the last Tengu Juurai to take effect.

Arguably the most important part of her kit. The higher the Talent level of Sara’s Elemental Skill, the stronger her buff becomes.

Elemental Burst

Elemental Burst | Subjugation: Koukou Sendou

Casts down Tengu Juurai: Titanbreaker, dealing AoE Electro DMG. Afterwards, Tengu Juurai: Titanbreaker spreads out into 4 consecutive bouts of Tengu Juurai: Stormcluster, dealing AoE Electro DMG.
Tengu Juurai: Titanbreaker and Tengu Juurai: Stormcluster can provide the active character within their AoE with the same ATK Bonus as given by the Elemental Skill, Tengu Stormcall.

The ATK Bonus provided by various kinds of Tengu Juurai will not stack, and their effects and duration will be determined by the last Tengu Juurai to take effect.

The bulk of Sara’s damage. The on-field character can be buffed by Sara after being hit by a Stormcluster. While leveling her Elemental Burst does not make her buff stronger, it is still recommended to be leveled to maximize Sara’s damage.

Ascension 1 Passive

Ascension 1 Passive | Immovable Will

While in the Crowfeather Cover state provided by Tengu Stormcall, Aimed Shot charge times are decreased by 60%.

For players without Sara’s C2, this is a consolation and reduces the clunkiness of applying her buff by a significant amount.

Ascension 4 Passive

Ascension 4 Passive | Decorum

When Tengu Juurai: Ambush hits opponents, Kujou Sara will restore 1.2 Energy to all party members for every 100% Energy Recharge she has. This effect can be triggered once every 3s.

Another QoL passive. Sara is an Energy-hungry character and this passive reduces her ER requirements.

Constellations

Constellation 1

Constellation 1 | Crow’s Eye

When Tengu Juurai grant characters ATK Bonuses or hits opponents, the CD of Tengu Stormcall is decreased by 1s.
This effect can be triggered once every 3s.

Slight Elemental Skill CD reduction translates to being able to apply her buff more often.

Constellation 2

Constellation 2 | Dark Wings

Unleashing Tengu Stormcall will leave a weaker Crowfeather at Kujou Sara’s original position that will deal 30% of its original DMG.

Significant QoL Constellation. Players can now buff the on-field character without using a fully-aimed Charged Shot, which significantly reduces the clunkiness of her kit.

Constellation 3

Constellation 3 | The War Within

Increases the Level of Subjugation: Koukou Sendou by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.

Levels to Sara’s Elemental Burst.

Constellation 4

Constellation 4 | Conclusive Proof

The number of Tengu Juurai: Stormcluster released by Subjugation: Koukou Sendou is increased to 6.

Sara’s Elemental Burst now has a bigger AoE, increasing damage and making buffing through her Elemental Burst much easier.

Constellation 5

Constellation 5 | Spellsinger

Increases the Level of Tengu Stormcall by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.

Levels to Sara’s Elemental Skill.

Constellation 6

Constellation 6 | Sin of Pride

The Electro DMG of characters who have had their ATK increased by Tengu Juurai has its Crit DMG increased by 60%.

Sara’s best Constellation that can make gearing the team’s Electro DPS easier. Best utilized in teams that can frontload Electro damage. Alternatively, her buff can be reapplied at every possible opportunity for sustained damage dealers. This Constellation can be extended ever so slightly by hitlag and cannot be snapshotted.

Artifacts

ER Requirements

SituationER Requirement
Burst every rotation with 2 other Electro characters in the team.~140%-160%
Burst every rotation with Raiden.~180%
Burst every rotation in Electro-Charged teams.~200%
Burst every rotation as a solo Electro character.~230%

Artifact Stats


Sands

Goblet

Circlet
ER%
ATK%
Electro DMG%CRIT Rate
CRIT DMG

Substats
ER% (until requirement) > CRIT Rate = CRIT DMG > ATK% > Flat ATK

Artifact Sets


4 Emblem of Severed Fate (4 ESF)
BiS for personal damage.

4 Noblesse Oblige (4 NO)
Allows Sara to maximize her buffing capabilities if no one else already has this.

4 Tenacity of the Millelith (4ToM)
Allows players to maximize her buffing capabilities if another character already has 4 NO. 

Best used with characters who can snapshot the buff as Sara’s long Elemental Skill cooldown prevents the consistent trigger of the buff this set has.

Any combo of 2 Emblem of Severed Fate (2 ESF)/2 Noblesse Oblige (2 NO)/2 Thundering Fury (2 TF)/2 ATK% (2ATK)
Pick any two based on whichever has the best substats.

Weapons

5-star Bow

All 5-star Bows are good options as they come with high base ATK which automatically increases Sara’s buff regardless of whether the passive is of any use to her. 


Elegy for the End
Elegy for the End is Sara’s best buffing weapon if she is able to trigger the passive.

Skyward Harp
Skyward Harp is Sara’s best generalist option, with a passive that increases her own personal damage and an unconditional stronger buff due to a higher weapon base ATK.

4-star Bows

Players should opt to gear Sara with a Bow that has the highest base ATK after giving priority to the team’s Main DPS


Favonius Warbow
Favonius Warbow can be an exception as it provides a lot of ER% and has team utility that can make Sara much more valuable in a team.

Fading Twilight
Fading Twilight is highly recommended as it is F2P and has everything Sara looks for.

Teams

Team-Building

  • Sara should be paired with a DPS that has a quickswap playstyle, has high frontloaded damage or can snapshot buffs.
  • Players should pair Sara with another Electro character when possible for best results.
  • Sara can be a flex option as her ATK buff is short but universal. In most cases, however, there are better flex options.

Mono/Double Electro

Sara shines the most in such teams. She can focus on offensive stats instead of ER% while buffing the team with her C6 on top of her ATK buff to deal large amounts of damage.

Raiden-Centric

Sara has undeniably high synergy with Raiden. They diminish each other’s flaws and deal significant amounts of damage in a short window via Raiden’s Burst, which is buffed by Sara.

Electro-Charged

Sara is able to buff both the on-field and off-field characters (provided they snapshot buffs), replacing the need for 2 off-field DPSes in a traditional Electro-Charged team. Both the on-field and off-field character can be either Electro or Hydro, provided there is sufficient application to trigger the reaction consistently.

Notable Teammates


Raiden Shogun, Beidou, Keqing, Fischl, Yae Miko, Lisa
On-field and off-field Electro DPSes who benefit significantly from Sara’s buffs.

Kamisato Ayato, Xiangling, Ningguang
On-field and off-field non-Electro DPSes who benefit significantly from Sara’s buffs.

Xingqiu, Yelan
Provide off-field Hydro application.

Bennett, Zhongli
Bennett is a generalist buffer and healer. Gives extremely powerful buffs to the team when paired with Sara.

Zhongli combines offensive and defensive support via a strong shield, a universal 20% RES shred and ToM buffs.

Venti, Kazuha, Jean, Sucrose
Provide 40% Elemental RES Shred via Viridescent Venerer and an assortment of other buffs/grouping.

Example Teams

This is not a comprehensive list of teams, and the inclusion of a certain team or lack thereof does not necessarily indicate the power level of the team in question. This list is not ranked.

Sara — Raiden — Yae — Kazuha
(Mono Electro)
Sara — Raiden — Bennett — Kazuha
(Raiden-Centric)
Sara — Ayato — Fischl — Bennett
(Electro-Charged)

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