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Shenhe Quick Guide

Updated for Version 3.5

Shenhe is a 5-star Cryo Polearm character who provides strong buffs and good off-field damage in Cryo teams.

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LaylaLayla is a 4-star Cryo Sword character that benefits from Shenhe’s Icy Quill effect despite the awkward cooldown timing between the two. Layla is best used with Shenhe as a shielder in Mono Cryo or Eula teams.
Staff of the Scarlet SandsStaff of the Scarlet Sands is a limited 5-star Polearm that can be used to increase Shenhe’s personal damage in Reverse Melt teams. Many Reverse Melt teams also run Rosaria, who is able to use it significantly better, making it less of an upgrade in practice.
Missive WindspearMissive Windspear is a limited-event 4-star Polearm that provides good ATK stats through its Base ATK, secondary ATK% stat, and passive. It is a good free-to-play option to maximize Shenhe’s ATK stat, granted she can meet her Energy requirements.

Character Overview

Shenhe serves primarily as a Cryo buffer who also deals respectable damage through her Skill and Burst. She is universally good with Cryo DPS units, but she is less impactful in AoE scenarios due to the nature of her Icy Quill effect. Nonetheless, she remains an excellent option in any situation, providing much appreciated RES Shred, DMG buffs, and personal damage through her kit.

Talent Priority

Skill > Burst

Shenhe’s Skill should be prioritized since it provides the greatest damage contribution through her Icy Quill. Her Burst should be leveled as well since it deals substantial damage and grants Cryo and Physical RES Shred. It is not recommended to level Shenhe’s Normal Attack Talent. Leveling Shenhe to 90 can maximize her ATK stat in order to increase the damage provided by her Icy Quill’s effect.

Talents

Normal Attack

Normal Attack | Dawnstar Piercer

Normal Attack
Performs up to five consecutive spear strikes.

Charged Attack
Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to opponents along the way.

Plunging Attack
Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact.

Shenhe’s Normal Attack scalings are quite low, so she is not a great on-field damage dealer. It is not recommended to level her Normal Attack Talent. Despite this, her Normal Attacks are useful to trigger Favonius procs if necessary.

Elemental Skill

Elemental Skill | Spring Spirit Summoning

The frosted dew, silvery and dense, shall exorcise all demons.

Grants all nearby party members the Icy Quill effect and deals Cryo DMG in different ways based on whether it is pressed or held.

Press
Rushes forward together with a Talisman Spirit, dealing Cryo DMG to opponents along the path.

Hold
Commands the Talisman Spirit to deal AoE Cryo DMG.

Icy Quill
When Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attacks, Elemental Skills, and Elemental Bursts deal Cryo DMG to opponents, the DMG dealt is increased based on Shenhe’s current ATK.

The Icy Quill’s effects will be cleared once its duration ends or after being triggered a certain number of times.

When held rather than pressed, the Icy Quill’s effect lasts longer and can be triggered more times.

When one Cryo DMG instance strikes multiple opponents, the effect is triggered multiple times based on the number of opponents hit. The number of times the effect is triggered is calculated independently for each party member with the Icy Quill.

Shenhe’s Elemental Skill offers a unique benefit to her team, providing 5 (Tap) or 7 (Hold) Icy Quill procs to each member. These procs are consumed when any teammate deals Cryo damage (not including Cryo Swirls). These procs scale both with Shenhe’s ATK and the stats of the triggering unit, such as CRIT and DMG Bonus.

Shenhe’s Elemental Skill provides most of her contribution to team damage through her Icy Quill’s effect. In conjunction with her 4th Ascension Passive, this enables Shenhe to be a venerable buffer. Shenhe can opt to build mostly into ATK to increase the Additive Base DMG Bonus from her Icy Quill. Shenhe’s Skill increases in value when more of her teammates deal Cryo DMG (like in Mono Cryo teams).

Her Skill is somewhat less valuable in AoE scenarios since each team member can only benefit from the Icy Quill effect for a limited number of Cryo DMG instances and hits against multiple enemies are counted separately. Furthermore, the Icy Quill’s effect is purely dynamic for its duration. It cannot be used after the effect duration expires, but it can be refreshed with additional uses of Shenhe’s Skill. Nonetheless, her Icy Quill effect allows her team to frontload damage against enemies with short damage windows.

For more information regarding the Icy Quill’s effect and its damage formula, please read the main Shenhe Guide or the TCL Library Page on Shenhe.

Elemental Burst

Elemental Burst | Divine Maiden’s Deliverance

Unleashes the power of the Talisman Spirit, allowing it to roam free in this plane, dealing AoE Cryo DMG.

The Talisman Spirit then creates a field that decreases the Cryo RES and Physical RES of opponents within it. It also deals periodic Cryo DMG to opponents within the field.

Shenhe’s Elemental Burst is her primary source of personal damage and generally the best way to trigger her own Icy Quill effect, dealing 12 ticks of Cryo damage over its base duration. Furthermore, it provides Cryo and Physical RES Shred, which makes it a valuable asset for her Cryo and Physical DPS teammates. As such, it is important to meet Shenhe’s ER requirements so she can cast her Burst off cooldown.

Ascension 1 Passive

Ascension 1 Passive | Deific Embrace

An active character within the field created by Divine Maiden’s Deliverance gains 15% Cryo DMG Bonus.

Shenhe’s 1st Ascension Passive gives a nice Cryo DMG% buff to teammates within her Burst’s field. This dynamic buff is applied only to on-field units within Shenhe’s Burst, but can be snapshot onto various characters’ abilities. Shenhe rarely benefits from it herself since she is primarily played off-field.

Shenhe’s Burst itself cannot snapshot this Passive.

Ascension 4 Passive

Ascension 4 Passive | Spirit Communion Seal

After Shenhe uses Spring Spirit Summoning, she will grant all nearby party members the following effects:

  • Press: Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst DMG increased by 15% for 10s.
  • Hold: Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attack DMG increased by 15% for 15s.

Shenhe’s 4th Ascension Passive provides significant DMG% buffs to her team, regardless of their Element. The buff durations for the Press and Hold variations of her Skill are independent. The buffs cannot be snapshot and always apply dynamically.

Constellations

Shenhe’s Constellations are relatively weak and generally not worth going for unless the rest of the team is already at high investment. In that case, good stopping points for Constellations are C1 and C2.

Constellation 1

Constellation 1 | Clarity of Heart

Spring Spirit Summoning can be used 1 more time.

Shenhe’s first Constellation allows more rotation flexibility and situational benefits. Her Icy Quill effect does not stack, so casting her Skill again does not add to the previous Skill’s Icy Quill quota; it only resets the effect. However, a Press Skill and Hold Skill can be used in succession to provide both buffs of her 4th Ascension Passive. In a typical team rotation, Shenhe can cast three Skills only in the first rotation because each charge has to go on cooldown one after the other. Despite being less useful in most teams, this Constellation makes Shenhe the best Cryo battery for Eula

This Constellation is potentially more valuable in conjunction with methods of CD Reduction (such as Chongyun’s second Constellation), which can allow Shenhe to consistently use three Skills every rotation.

Constellation 2

Constellation 2 | Centered Spirit

Divine Maiden’s Deliverance lasts for 6 seconds longer.
Active characters within the skill’s field deal 15% increased Cryo CRIT DMG.

Shenhe’s second Constellation is the most impactful in terms of damage since it extends the duration of her Burst’s RES Shred and Cryo DMG buff. The extended duration of her Burst makes it tick 6 more times (total of 18 times), which is a nice boost to her personal damage.

Constellation 3

Constellation 3 | Unstoppable Fervor

Increases the Level of Spring Spirit Summoning by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.

This Constellation increases her Skill and Icy Quill damage, providing pretty solid improvements in her personal damage.

Constellation 4

Constellation 4 | Insight

When characters under the effect of Icy Quill applied by Shenhe triggers its DMG Bonus effects, Shenhe will gain a Skyfrost Mantra stack:

When Shenhe uses Spring Spirit Summoning, she will consume all stacks of Skyfrost Mantra, increasing the DMG of that Spring Spirit Summoning by 5% for each stack consumed.
Max 50 stacks. Stacks last for 60s.

Shenhe’s Constellation 4 gives her a DMG Bonus for her next Elemental Skill based on the number of Icy Quill procs consumed by the team. She typically gains 15-23 stacks (75-115% DMG Bonus) per Skill in a given rotation. However, this Constellation actually provides a very small damage increase since Shenhe’s Skill is not a significant portion of the team’s DPS.

In conjunction with her sixth Constellation, Shenhe can readily obtain more stacks, but reaching the maximum of 50 stacks is rare unless you go out of your way to make it happen.

Constellation 5

Constellation 5 | Divine Attainment

Increases the Level of Divine Maiden’s Deliverance by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.

This Constellation amounts to a minor overall damage increase. Her Burst’s RES Shred caps at Level 10, so leveling her Burst beyond that is simply extra damage and is not recommended.

Constellation 6

Constellation 6 | Mystical Abandon

When characters trigger Icy Quill’s effects using Normal and Charged Attack DMG, it does not count toward the Trigger Quota.

Shenhe’s final Constellation may seem good on paper, but its mileage depends on her team. Since Elemental Skills and Bursts still count toward the Icy Quill trigger quota, it is still possible to meet this quota prior to utilizing this Constellation to its full effect. This means that Shenhe should save her Hold Skill — which buffs Normal and Charged Attack DMG with Shenhe’s A4 — for when Cryo DPS units fill rotation downtime with their Normal and Charged Attacks.

This Constellation provides only a meager boost to Ayaka since Ayaka’s Burst is the primary source of her damage. She cannot utilize her Normal Attack string for extended periods of time without significant team DPS loss. However, if Ayaka is at C6, then Shenhe’s C6 becomes more relevant for buffing Ayaka’s Charged Attack DMG. Nevertheless, Shenhe’s C6 has niche potential in conjunction with Chongyun and other melee Normal Attack DPS characters. C6 Shenhe is also incredibly potent with C6 Ganyu, who can use more Charged Attacks in her rotations.

Artifacts

ER Requirements

Favonius LanceOther
Double Cryo165-175%180-200%
Triple Cryo145-155%160-175%
Assumptions: 2 Skill uses per 20s rotation, average particle generation, 1 Favonius Lance proc once per rotation, Shenhe primarily off-field.

Additional Favonius Lance procs can lower Shenhe’s ER requirements by 10-15%. If Venti absorbs Cryo into his Burst, Shenhe is refunded 15 Flat Energy, which lowers her ER requirements by 30-40%. 

Shenhe is commonly touted as having Energy issues. However, she can easily meet her ER requirements since she is always paired with at least one other Cryo unit, uses her Skill twice per rotation, and commonly uses Favonius Lance.

The Energy Recharge Calculator by Zakharov is available to calculate specific Energy requirements for your given team and rotation.

Artifact Stats


Sands

Goblet

Circlet
ATK% / ERATK% / Cryo DMG%ATK% / CRIT

Substats: ER (until requirement) > ATK% > CRIT > Flat ATK

When Shenhe holds Favonius Lance, CRIT Rate is favored over CRIT DMG to increase the probability of triggering its passive. When holding 4pc Blizzard Strayer, 30-45% CRIT Rate is enough assuming enemies are Frozen.

It can be good to use an ER Sands to meet her ER requirements when holding Calamity Queller, another non-ER Polearm, or Engulfing Lightning. An ATK% Sands is better with Favonius Lance since Shenhe can easily meet her ER requirements with ER substats. In teams with sufficient Energy generation (such as Mono Cryo or Eula-Raiden), an ER Sands is usually unnecessary.

ATK% main stats are often ideal for Shenhe since they increase her Icy Quill damage and allow her Cryo DPS teammates to use available Cryo DMG% Goblets and CRIT Circlets to maximize the team’s damage. More often than not, a good ATK% Goblet is better than a leftover Cryo DMG% one.

Artifact Sets

4pc Noblesse Oblige (4NO)4pc Noblesse Oblige is often Shenhe’s Best-in-Slot artifact set for team damage. It provides a valuable buff for ATK-scaling DPS units while also increasing her own ATK stat. Additionally, Shenhe’s Burst can benefit from both the Burst DMG% and ATK% buff from the 2pc and 4pc set bonuses.
4pc Blizzard Strayer (4BS)4pc Blizzard Strayer boosts Shenhe’s personal damage by a fair margin in Freeze and Mono Cryo teams. In teams where someone like Mona or Diona can hold 4NO, 4BS makes for an excellent option.
2pc ATK% + 2pc ATK%In the case that a team member holds 4NO, Shenhe can use 2pc ATK% combinations to increase the damage from her Icy Quill’s effect. Nonetheless, 4BS is usually better in Freeze and Mono Cryo teams for its increased personal damage.
2pc + 2pc Combinations
ATK%, NO, BS, or ER%
Combinations of different valued 2pc set bonuses can be used as transitional sets until a proper set of 4NO or 4BS is obtained. These combinations generally perform worse than 2p ATK% + 2p ATK% due to Shenhe’s Icy Quill scaling.

Weapons

Shenhe generally wants a high Base ATK Polearm in order to maximize her ATK stat in conjunction with ATK% from her artifacts. Shenhe’s ER requirements can be high, so Energy Recharge secondary stats and Energy-related passives are important things to consider as well.

Calamity QuellerCalamity Queller is usually Shenhe’s Best-in-Slot Polearm. It possesses the highest Base ATK stat of any Polearm and has an extremely useful passive. Its passive doubles when Shenhe is off-field after using her Skill, but will not reach full effect until after 6 seconds. Calamity Queller is best used in tandem with an ER Sands to meet higher ER requirements. 
Favonius LanceFavonius Lance is often Shenhe’s best 4-star option and is sometimes even more valuable than Calamity Queller. It has a high Base ATK for a 4-star and significantly lowers her and her teammates’ ER requirements, which allows them to invest into more offensive stats. Favonius Lance is particularly useful for batterying Burst-reliant DPS units like Ayaka or Eula.
Engulfing LightningEngulfing Lightning provides a high Base ATK stat and an often necessary ER secondary stat. Since it grants more ATK with ER investment, it can allow Shenhe to deal with her potential Energy issues while still increasing her Icy Quill damage.
Skyward SpineSkyward Spine offers a high Base ATK and an appreciated ER secondary stat. While it can offer higher personal damage than Favonius Lance, it lacks team utility.
Vortex VanquisherVortex Vanquisher has the same Base ATK as Staff of Homa and Engulfing Lightning. It can be a strong option even without a shield due to its ATK% stat. Unfortunately, its passive cannot stack off-field. Not recommended to pull for.
Staff of HomaStaff of Homa provides high Base ATK and a decent passive for increasing Shenhe’s ATK stat even when she is above 50% HP. However, other characters may make better use of this weapon.
Primordial Jade Winged-SpearThis Polearm has a high Base ATK and an appreciated CRIT secondary stat. It is not worth using Shenhe’s Normal Attacks to trigger its passive.
Wavebreaker’s FinWavebreaker’s Fin is a fine stat stick, possessing a higher base ATK than some 5-star Polearms. At higher refinements and combined team Energy Costs, it moderately increases Shenhe’s Burst damage.
Missive WindspearMissive Windspear is a limited-event 4-star Polearm that provides good ATK stats through its Base ATK, secondary ATK% stat, and passive (if she triggers an Elemental Reaction). It is a good free-to-play option to maximize Shenhe’s ATK stat, granted she can meet her Energy requirements.
“The Catch”“The Catch” provides a good amount of ER and a useful passive at R5, but its middling Base ATK makes it worse than other options. Additionally, “The Catch” is highly contested among DPS Polearm characters, so opting for another weapon on Shenhe is likely better.
Staff of the Scarlet SandsStaff of the Scarlet Sands is a limited 5-star Polearm that can be used to increase Shenhe’s personal damage in Reverse Melt teams. While Shenhe can only maintain one stack of its passive at C0, the bonus Flat ATK and CRIT Rate secondary stat are still appreciated. However, its low Base ATK lowers her Icy Quill damage.

Teams

This is not a comprehensive list of teams, and the inclusion or exclusion of any given team does not necessarily reflect its power level. This list is not ranked.

Freeze

Shenhe is an incredibly potent support in Freeze teams. Freeze teams take advantage of the CRIT Rate buffs from 4pc Blizzard Strayer and Cryo Resonance against Frozen enemies, which allows characters to gear more toward ATK and CRIT DMG. Shenhe offers a good amount of particle generation, buffs, and Cryo RES Shred for her Cryo DPS teammate.

Notable Teammates

In Freeze teams, healing and shielding are usually unnecessary since Frozen enemies cannot deal damage. Healers and shielders can be used, but they often incur a cost to team damage.

An Anemo teammate holding 4pc Viridescent Venerer (4VV) is crucial to shredding enemy Cryo RES. Additionally, Anemo teammates can proc Shenhe’s Icy Quill effect with Cryo-absorbed Skills and Bursts, such as Venti’s or Kazuha’s Elemental Bursts. Cryo Swirls, however, do not proc the Icy Quill’s effect.

Cryo
AyakaAyaka is a fantastic on-field Cryo DPS who synergizes well with Shenhe’s kit. Ayaka’s main source of damage is her Elemental Burst, which can make good use of Shenhe’s Skill in the right rotation. Even though Ayaka typically uses a mix of Normal and Charged Attacks between uses of her Skill and during her Burst, Shenhe should still use Press Skills as to not prolong the team rotation.
GanyuGanyu makes for a strong on-field Cryo DPS with her Charged Attacks or a potent off-field Cryo DPS with her Burst. Ganyu also provides Cryo DMG Bonus for characters within her Burst’s field.
KaeyaKaeya can be an excellent battery for Shenhe or another Cryo character. He deals good off-field damage through his Burst. With Shenhe’s Icy Quill, his Burst can frontload a substantial amount of damage.
RosariaRosaria acts as a good off-field damage dealer, a decent battery, and a potent CRIT Rate buffer. In a more supportive build, Rosaria can utilize Favonius Lance and 4NO so Shenhe can invest more into damage-oriented stats.
ChongyunChongyun provides Cryo Infusion for melee characters with his Skill, which can enable certain characters (usually Kaeya or Rosaria) to become on-field Cryo damage dealers. Chongyun’s Burst can also deal substantial damage.

At Constellation 2, Chongyun provides CD Reduction that can allow some teammates to cast another use of their Skill per rotation. If Shenhe has Constellation 1 unlocked, she can consistently use her Skill three times in a single rotation in conjunction with Chongyun’s CD Reduction.
LaylaLayla grants a strong shield and can take advantage of the Icy Quill’s effect if she builds more offensively. She can potentially hold 4pc Noblesse Oblige or 4pc Tenacity of the Millelith (TotM) in order to improve team damage. Layla is better utilized as a tertiary support in Mono Cryo teams since those teams are more likely to benefit from a shield.
DionaDiona serves as a good Cryo battery, fine shielder, and 4pc Noblesse Oblige holder. She is better utilized in Mono Cryo teams since she and Shenhe cannot deal enough team damage by themselves.
Hydro
KokomiKokomi provides excellent AoE Hydro application and healing. She can provide further buffs when equipping R5 Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers (TTDS) and 4TotM. 
MonaMona can be used similarly to Kokomi. She can provide team buffs through 4NO or 4TotM, and also hold TTDS. However, she provides lower AoE Hydro application in general. The most powerful part of her kit is her Omen buff, applied by her Elemental Burst. Mona can also extend the duration of her Omen on Frozen enemies. However, since Mona relies on her Burst, her high ER requirements may make her more difficult to build. 
XingqiuXingqiu provides excellent single-target Hydro damage and consistent Hydro application. He additionally provides DMG Reduction and minor healing with his orbital Rain Swords, which is more notable in Freeze teams lacking a healer. Xingqiu is less than ideal in AoE situations due to the single-target nature of his Burst.
YelanYelan also provides incredibly strong single-target Hydro damage with her Burst at the cost of lower Hydro application and team utility. Her purely single-target Hydro application results in lower Freeze uptime in AoE situations. Nevertheless, her 4th Ascension Passive’s ramping DMG% buff is appreciated.
AyatoAyato can potentially be used as an off-field Burst DPS, providing AoE Hydro application. He can also buff the Normal Attacks of an on-field Cryo DPS within his Burst’s radius. An on-field or quickswap Freeze build for Ayato is also possible. If Ayato is only used for his Burst, he will need significant amounts of Energy Recharge.
Anemo
KazuhaKazuha provides excellent grouping and a sizable Cryo DMG Bonus buff with his 4th Ascension Passive. He can also make use of Shenhe’s Icy Quill effect by absorbing Cryo into his Elemental Burst and Anemo-infused Plunging Attack.
VentiVenti is incredibly strong in high AoE content with his Burst’s grouping ability. If his Burst absorbs Cryo, he can simultaneously utilize the Icy Quill’s effect and provide an Energy refund to Shenhe and her Cryo teammate(s).
SucroseSucrose can supply a much appreciated DMG% buff at C6, but her EM sharing isn’t useful in Freeze teams. She can also hold TTDS to provide an ATK% buff for the Cryo DPS.
HeizouHeizou fulfills a similar role to Sucrose in Freeze teams, being able to hold TTDS as well. Heizou offers higher personal damage, but he lacks the grouping utility that Sucrose offers. His ability to proc Shenhe’s Icy Quill effect is also limited.
Sayu / JeanSayu and Jean are good healers who can still provide 4VV Cryo Shred. Sayu can also absorb Cryo into her Skill, allowing a few procs of the Icy Quill’s effect. Jean unfortunately cannot absorb Cryo at all.

Example Teams

Shenhe — Ayaka — Mona — Kazuha
Shenhe — Ganyu — Kokomi — Venti
Shenhe — Chongyun — Xingqiu — Sucrose

Mono Cryo

Mono Cryo shines exceptionally well against enemies which cannot be Frozen. Thanks to her fantastic synergy with Cryo damage dealers, Shenhe enables a potent team archetype centered purely around Cryo damage. The abundance of Cryo particles generated lowers the team’s ER requirements, which allows further investment into damage.

An Anemo teammate holding 4pc Viridescent Venerer (4VV) is crucial to shredding enemy Cryo RES. Moreover, Cryo-absorbed Skills and Bursts from Anemo characters can benefit from the Icy Quill’s effect.

Refer to the Freeze section for Notable Teammates.

Example Teams

Shenhe — Ayaka — Ganyu — Kazuha
Shenhe — Ganyu — Rosaria — Venti
Shenhe — Chongyun — Kaeya — Jean

Reverse Melt

Reverse Melt teams use Cryo abilities on a Pyro aura to trigger Melt. Xiangling’s Burst and Kazuha’s Pyro-absorbed Burst can provide enough Pyro application to allow a Cryo DPS to consistently trigger Melt on enemies. Shenhe’s Elemental Burst can also Melt, resulting in higher personal damage. Not only does she buff her Cryo teammate, she also buffs the whole team through her 4th Ascension Passive.

Notable Teammates

Cryo
RosariaRosaria is a great Reverse Melt Cryo DPS through her Burst’s off-field damage and CRIT Rate buff. The ticks of her Burst can all trigger Melt and proc the Icy Quill’s effect, leading to incredibly potent damage. 
ChongyunChongyun serves as a powerful Cryo Burst DPS in Reverse Melt, being able to trigger Melt on every hit. His Skill also infuses Cryo into his teammates’ Normal Attacks, dishing out additional procs of the Icy Quill effect. Note that Bennett’s C6 Pyro Infusion overrides Chongyun’s Cryo Infusion.

At Constellation 2, Chongyun’s Skill provides CD Reduction that allows some teammates to cast another use of their Skill per rotation. If Shenhe has Constellation 1 unlocked, then she can consistently use her Skill three times in a single rotation in conjunction with Chongyun’s CD Reduction.
KaeyaKaeya can work in Reverse Melt due to his strong off-field Burst, but can only Melt a third of its hits. He is able to frontload the team’s damage with Shenhe’s Icy Quill since his Burst will use up the quota in a short period of time.
GanyuGanyu’s Reverse Melt team with Shenhe can be incredibly difficult to play without a shield (this is mitigated with Ganyu’s C6). Nonetheless, Shenhe’s buffing utility is greatly appreciated for Ganyu’s Charged Attacks. Note that Ganyu cannot Melt her Charged Attacks in Kazuha’s Pyro-infused Burst if Shenhe’s Burst is also active.
Pyro Application
BennettBennett provides a fantastic Flat ATK buff with his Elemental Burst and potentially through 4NO; however, Shenhe (and her Icy Quill) cannot benefit from the Flat ATK buff from Bennett’s Burst while she is off-field. Bennett can also hold 4pc Instructor instead to grant additional EM to the Cryo DPS (and Shenhe). Bennett is necessary as a battery for Xiangling or as a means for Kazuha to absorb Pyro into his Burst.

Bennett’s sixth Constellation can also help Kazuha or another on-field unit apply more Pyro by infusing their Normal Attacks with Pyro; however, this Pyro Infusion overrides the Cryo Infusion provided by Chongyun’s Skill.
XianglingXiangling is an incredibly potent Reverse Melt enabler, dealing substantial damage through her Elemental Burst while providing consistent Pyro application. Nonetheless, her high ER requirements force her to rely on Bennett’s Skill for Energy generation.
KazuhaIn conjunction with Bennett’s Burst which has Pyro self-application, Kazuha can absorb Pyro into his Elemental Burst. Kazuha can additionally provide Cryo and Pyro Swirls, leading to higher team DPS through the 4VV RES Shred and his 4th Ascension Passive.
JeanJean and Bennett can enable the “Sunfire” effect to take place, which utilizes rapid Pyro Swirls within Bennett’s and Jean’s Bursts to apply Pyro to enemies. However, Sunfire Reverse Melt teams with Shenhe suffer from high ER requirements, which can be mitigated with the use of Favonius weapons.

Example Teams

Shenhe — Rosaria — Xiangling — Bennett
Shenhe — Chongyun — Kazuha — Bennett
Shenhe — Ganyu (C6) — Jean — Bennett

Eula Support

Shenhe is a Cryo support option for a Physical Eula team. Her Cryo particle generation, DMG% buffs, and Physical RES Shred all contribute to increasing Eula’s damage. Moreover, another Cryo unit can make use of the Icy Quill’s effect and further reduce the team’s Energy requirements. Unless she is run with another Cryo unit, Shenhe would need to hold Favonius Lance in order to battery Eula (even with Raiden Shogun on the team). An Electro unit is often used to trigger Superconduct, further shredding the enemy’s Physical RES.

Notable Teammates

Cryo
RosariaRosaria is a reliable Cryo battery and potent off-field DPS. While she can buff CRIT Rate with her Burst, it can be difficult for Eula to fully utilize the CRIT Rate buff due to the team rotation.

In a more supportive build, Rosaria can utilize Favonius Lance and 4NO so Shenhe and Eula can invest more into damage-oriented stats.
LaylaLayla grants a strong shield, but lacks the damage to compete with Rosaria. She can hold 4NO or 4TotM, and serves as a good Cryo battery. If Layla uses 2 Skills per rotation and holds Favonius Sword, she generates more Energy than Diona with Sacrificial Bow.
DionaDiona is a good Cryo battery, good shielder, healer, and 4NO holder. She provides good utility and comfort for Eula during her Normal Attack strings. While Layla can produce more Energy overall, Diona generates particles that are more easily funneled to a specific character.
Electro
Raiden ShogunRaiden is an incredibly potent Electro DPS who can also decrease the team’s Energy requirements through her Burst’s Energy refund. She can also increase the team’s Burst DPS through her Skill’s Burst DMG% buff. Eula-Raiden teams have a modified rotation that is longer than that of other Eula teams.
FischlFischl deals significant off-field damage through Oz. She can also hold 4TotM for additional ATK% buffs at the cost of her personal damage. Fischl also provides good particle generation, which can slightly lower ER requirements.
Kuki ShinobuKuki provides good AoE Electro application and healing, which removes the need for a Cryo healer/shielder. However, her personal damage is often lacking. Kuki is best used holding 4TotM.
Other Flex Options
ZhongliZhongli grants the strongest shield in the game and a Universal RES Shred through his Elemental Skill. He can provide further buffs with 4TotM.
BennettBennett provides an incredibly useful Flat ATK buff through his Elemental Burst. However, Eula’s tight rotations can make it difficult to fully enjoy his utility. Nevertheless, Bennett is a great option and is found in some of Eula’s strongest teams. Note that Bennett’s Constellation 6 is not recommended with Eula.

Example Teams

Shenhe — Eula — Raiden Shogun — Zhongli/Bennett
Shenhe — Eula — Layla — Fischl
Shenhe — Eula — Rosaria — Kuki Shinobu

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