I remember meeting Keqing in the most unexpected way, which I believe was also the best way to meet her. I was going through a quest in Liyue, listening to the serene music, trying to fix the Guizhong ballista when Keqing suddenly appeared to investigate the matter. That wasn’t something I expected because most of the commissions in the game are straightforward tasks. However, after a while, she introduced herself as a member of the Liyue Qixing and informed the Traveler about Ningguang’s plans for them. After this first introduction with her, the Traveler accompanies her on numerous occasions where they get to know about her personal life.
As the game progresses and you join Keqing on quests, you learn about her nature and tight work schedule that doesn’t let her take a breath of relief. At first, she may look like a strict person who doesn’t want to be disturbed, but deep down, she cares for others and want to protect the City of Liyue. Though my favorite region is Mondstadt, I wouldn’t say that Liyue is inferior by any means. Everything from the serene music to the environment is perfect and gives you an unforgettable experience.
In this Keqing Genshin Impact guide, I will go through our cute feline friend who holds the responsibility to protect the lands of Liyue and always looking to eliminate the hidden dangers to the city. Without further delay, let’s go over her powerful abilities, best artifacts, potent team compositions, and finally, some questions that will get your brain juices flowing.
Keqing is a workaholic who wants every detail tidied up and doesn’t rest until the task is done. Her diligent personality and strong work ethics make her a role model for people, but any assistants rarely pass more than a three-month mark working with her. Though she’s from a noble lineage, she doesn’t partake in luxurious activities and always tries to use the bare minimum. She will go to any extent to understand the workflow of a system and implement her own ideas to make it more efficient.
While people may assume that she only works for the higher-ups, in reality, she has also worked in blue-collar jobs that no one ever could think of. Having worked at diners and labor, Keqing gives her best to understand the work and not compare it with her status. Despite living such a busy life, she takes time to enjoy herself and go shopping for figurines with her companions.
Keqing relies upon her skills to finish tasks and despises mortal dependence on gods. She believes that humans should be capable enough to do their own tasks and work hard enough to complete them to make up for their limited time. She tried to destroy her Electro vision on many occasions, but all efforts went in vain. While visions are considered a blessing from the gods, Keqing doesn’t feel much in them and believes in her ability to get any work done.
Ascension & Talent Materials
Keqing’s ascension stat CRIT damage helps her to maximize the damage output as you can stack up the CRIT rate on her. I usually try to get the bare minimum CRIT rate from artifacts’ attributes and get a CRIT damage circlet on her, but if that’s not your case, then better to go with a 1:2 CRIT rate to CRIT damage ratio.
Here’s a list of Keqing’s ascension materials:
- Mora x 420,000
- Cor lapis x 168
- Whopperflower nectar x 18
- Shimmering nectar x 30
- Energy nectar x 36
- Lightning prism x 46
- Vajrada amethyst sliver x 1
- Vajrada amethyst fragment x 9
- Vajrada amethyst chunk x 9
- Vajrada amethyst gemstone x 6
Here’s a list of Keqing’s talent materials:
- Mora x 1,652,500
- Ring of boreas x 6
- Crown of insight x 1
- Whopperflower nectar x 6
- Shimmering nectar x 22
- Energy nectar x 31
- Teachings of prosperity x 3
- Philosophies of prosperity x 38
- Guide to prosperity x 21
Depending on the playstyle, you can level up her normal attack first for a Physical damage build, followed by elemental skill and burst. As for her Electro damage, I suggest you focus on her skill, burst, and then normal attacks. Eventually, investing in all talents will pay off in the longer run.
Normal Attack: Yunlai Swordsmanship
- Normal attack: Keqing consecutively strikes 5 times
- Charged attack: After consuming some stamina, Keqing strikes twice
- Plunging attack: Keqing makes a plunge attack in mid-air and deals area damage to enemies on the ground
You should level up her normal attacks if you want to play Keqing as a physical damage dealer. There are a few team compositions where she can sustain physical damage. You can opt for her charged attacks to deal physical damage in a short burst, but keep an eye on your stamina bar.
Her charged attacks consume stamina, and if you run out of stamina at a crucial moment, she may perish. Like other sword characters, you can use her charged attacks to throw enemies away and take advantage of the fall damage.
Elemental Skill: Stellar Restoration
Keqing throws a lightning stiletto that deals Electro damage to enemies in a small area and marks them.
You can hold the stiletto and pinpoint the direction in which you want to initiate the attack. Stiletto can be suspended in mid-air, and Keqing can jump to them again after using the elemental skill.
Lightning Stiletto has the following effects:
- A series of thundering cuts will produce at mark’s location after Keqing uses a charged attack which will deal area-wide Electro damage.
- Reusing the elemental skill will teleport Keqing to the mark’s location, where she will unleash one slashing attack to deal area-of-effect Electro damage. If you throw the stiletto using a holding attack, then Keqing can bypass the terrain in between.
If you are new to the game or want to play Keqing in different roles, then don’t ignore her elemental skill. The elemental skill takes her passives into account to grant an electro infusion that can help you to deal with consistent Electro damage. To make effective use of her consistent Electro damage, you recast her elemental skill.
To play her as a physical damage dealer, you can avoid recasting her elemental skill so that the infusion passive doesn’t trigger. You have to be cautious while playing her, whichever style you opt for, as her elemental skill has multiple properties.
Elemental Burst: Starward Sword
Keqing deals multiple instances of Electro damage in an area to nearby opponents, and the final attack deals a large amount of Electro damage. The burst covers a lot of areas and slashes enemies multiple times in a row.
One of the best things about this burst is the low 40 energy cost, which ensures almost 100 % uptime and less need for energy recharge at keqing. Other Genshin characters can easily fill up her burst by funneling particles, and you will be able to spam the burst.
Passive: Thundering Penance
Keqing’s weapon gains an Electro infusion after casting her elemental skill with a lightning stiletto present on the field for 5s.
Another source of Electro damage from her kit that you can utilize while her stiletto is in effect. You need to be a bit cautious if you want to have consistent Electro damage.
Passive: Aristocratic Dignity
Keqing’s CRIT rate and energy recharge increase by 15 % for 8 seconds when she’s casting her elemental burst, Starward sword.
A really good passive that will boost Keqing’s CRIT rate and triggers critical hits on enemies in the burst. You also get some energy recharge to recover some of her bursts fast, which eventually improves her combat efficiency.
Passive: Land’s Overseer
Keqing’s expedition time consumption reduces by 25 % in Liyue.
When Keqing recasts her elemental skill with a lightning stiletto on the field, she deals 50 % of her attack as area-of-effect damage at the start and end of her blink.
If you are very close to enemies, then you may be able to take advantage of this constellation’s effect. This may seem good in theory, but when you are on the battlefield, you will teleport to the enemy’s location.
That will result in only one instance of damage at the destination. Still, you don’t need to sweat over this constellation’s effect because it really doesn’t contribute much to her overall damage.
There’s a 50 % chance of generating elemental particles when Keqing’s normal and charged attacks hit enemies. This effect has a cooldown of 5 seconds.
Reminds of Jean’s passive, in which she can have a 50 % chance to heal the character with her normal attacks. Nonetheless, this constellation will help you to generate a few elemental particles, but that’s not really necessary for Keqing. Her burst cost is among the lowest in the game, and you don’t need to stress over that.
The level of the Starword sword increases by 3 with a maximum limit of 15.
Keqing’s attack increases by 25 % when she triggers an Electro-related elemental reaction. This effect persists for 10 seconds.
A really good constellation that shines with Keqing. Keqing can benefit from the attack buff while facing enemies of different elements and triggering Electro reactions.
To name a few, overload, superconduct, or Catalyze reactions can be utilized in some team compositions.
The level of Stellar Restoration increases by 3 with a maximum limit of 15
Keqing gains a 6 % Electro damage bonus for 6 seconds when she initiates any talent, normal, charged, skill, or burst. These effects are considered independent entities.
You will get a damage buff from this constellation. However, it’s not feasible for a free-to-play character to get all constellations on Keqing. Unless you are like my friend, who lost every 50-50 pity to her and has a C6 Keqing.
A really good option for a physical damage build as the weapon features a Physical damage substat. Even if you want to go with an Electro damage build, this weapon can be useful due to its high base attack.
The passive may not be that great besides a minor boost in attack percentage, but overall this is a really good sword that’s apt for Keqing in both physical and elemental DPS roles.
Good for teams that want to focus on reaction damage, especially aggravate reactions. Freedom sworn is Kazuha’s signature weapon and features a passive that helps to buff normal, charged and plunge damage along with attack percentage.
This weapon’s sheer amount of buffs is invaluable and really shines in a reaction-based team comp.
Haran Geppaku Futsu
Next is Kamisato Ayato’s signature weapon, which features a CRIT rate substat to help Keqing with critical hits on enemies. The weapon helps to increase elemental damage and normal attack damage after using the skill, and the effect can stack up to 2 times.
I love this weapon because Keqing has a low burst cost; with this weapon, she can stack more CRIT damage on her artifacts.
Here comes Kamisato Ayaka’s signature, which, like her brother’s signature weapon, is an amazing choice for Keqing. The weapon features CRIT damage with a similar passive to Haran Geppaku Futsu.
This weapon’s passive helps to increase the damage bonus and buffs normal attack damage to deal elemental damage.
If you can maintain a decent CRIT rate from your artifacts’ substats, then you can have a weapon and goblet piece with CRIT damage, and your overall CRIT damage will skyrocket!
Primordial Jade Cutter
Primordial Jade Cutter is one of the favorite weapons for main DPS characters in the game as it features a CRIT rate substat. The passive provides an attack bonus on the wielder’s maximum health, but in Keqing’s case, that doesn’t make much of a difference.
You can equip this sword on her and go with a CRIT damage goblet on your artifacts.
The weapon offers a load of attack percentage to Keqing and a passive that helps to regenerate energy for her burst. Though, you don’t need to rely much on the passive because her elemental burst cost is quite low. The only reason you would use this weapon is when you need a lot of attack percentage on a character and flexibility to equip it on other characters.
Lion’s roar is an amazing weapon that features attack percentage as its substat and a perfect passive for Keqing. The passive increases damage against enemies affected by Electro, and the value goes higher with refinements.
If you are a free-to-play player, then this sword will definitely help your Keqing to increase the damage outcome.
Iron sting features an elemental mastery substat that’s good in reaction-based teams which focus on aggravate reactions. The passive helps to increase elemental damage up to two stacks but doesn’t contribute much to the end result. Another potential candidate for this weapon is Kazuha, who can benefit from extra elemental mastery. So, if you have Keqing and Kazuha, you can forge two copies of this weapon and equip them on both of them. The same can be said for The Alley Flash, which features an elemental mastery substat, but that weapon features a massive base attack that can rival top-tier 5-star weapons.
The Black Sword
As of now, you can only obtain this weapon from the battlepass. For that, you have to purchase the battlepass and reach level 30 to claim a weapon of your choice.
The weapon features a CRIT rate substat with a passive that increases normal and charged attack damage. Additionally, the weapon heals a certain percentage of attack as HP when the attacks score a critical hit with a cooldown of 5 seconds.
You will get this sword after reaching adventure rank 10 in your game. The weapon features a Physical damage substat with a passive that helps to increase attack percentage.
The best thing about this weapon is that it’s forgeable, and you can refine it to the maximum level. Whether you want to play Keqing as the main damage dealer or an Electro one, this sword won’t disappoint you.
This artifact set is suited for characters who benefit from reactions related to the Electro element. Thundering fury grants your character a 15 % Electro damage bonus, and the full-piece artifact set helps to reduce the elemental skill cooldown.
Additionally, your elemental reactions’ damage is buffed with the complete set. You can lessen the cooldown on your skill and utilize the passives to dish out better damage.
The skill will help you to teleport around the battlefield and result in better particle regeneration. On top of that, the 4-piece effect helps you to take advantage of multiple reaction team compositions.
If you want to have a team in which you are using Aggravate and Spread reactions, then Thundering fury indeed is an amazing artifact set.
This set is recommended for teams where your characters only deal Electro damage. Thundering fury focuses on Electro-reactions, whereas Thundersoother’s main focus is elemental damage. If your goal is to deal as much Electro damage as possible, then Thundersoother is a solid contender.
On top of that, you can easily benefit from this artifact set in Aggravate team compositions, where you deal Electro damage on an enemy with the Quicken aura. To more know about the Dendro reactions, you should check out our Dendro reaction guide.
Using this artifact set on Keqing might be a rare case, but it works well in teams where you are playing Keqing as a burst support. In a team with Raiden, Fischl, Kazuha, and Keqing, you can use Keqing to buff the team’s attack and her burst damage.
It may not be the best team out there, but when you have limited characters and artifacts, you can substitute other roles for characters. I have used Noblesse Oblige on Keqing in the past and can confidently say the set works on her in a burst-support role.
A niche set for teams that focus on elemental reactions like Aggravate. Some of the new artifact sets may only seem viable for Dendro characters, but when you apply their effects on a broader collection of other character skills, you can form unique team comps.
Keqing can benefit from this artifact set in a team where she’s focusing on triggering an aggravate reaction with the help of a Dendro support character like the Dendro Traveler, Collei, or Nahida.
An amazing choice for Keqing in a Physical damage-dealing role. She can easily trigger the 4-piece effect of this artifact set with her elemental skill and sync perfectly in physical damage teams.
The 2-piece effect will increase your Physical damage, and the 4-piece effect will further increase physical damage by 100 % and attack % by up to 2 stacks.
Keqing is a versatile character who can benefit from a lot of 2-piece 2-piece artifact combinations. Gladiator’s finale, Shimenawa’s reminiscence, or the sets listed above can be used in a combination to buff her attack, burst damage, or elemental damage.
As for her artifacts’ attributes, I recommend you to go with the Attack percentage on sands, Electro damage bonus on the Goblet, and CRIT rate or damage on her circlet. You can easily benefit from offensive attributes on her because of her low-energy burst cost.
In a physical damage build, you can swap the Electro damage goblet for a physical one and charge into the battlefield. From my experience, going with an elemental damage set is better because Physical teams don’t have access to a lot of reactions besides superconduct or shatter.
Keqing Anemo Electro Flex
A mono Electro team focuses on dishing out as much Electro damage as possible. You can have Keqing as the main damage dealer or a burst support role in the team. You can swap in an Anemo character to shred enemies’ Electro resistance with the Viridescent venerer artifact set.
In most of the elemental damage teams, it’s better to have an Anemo character with the Viridescent venerer artifact to shred resistances. Characters like Sucrose, Kazuha, Faruzan, Venti, or Jean are really good in these teams.
- The Raiden Shogun, Keqing, Kazuha, Fischl
- Keqing, Sucrose, Fischl, Beidou
- The Raiden Shogun, Keqing, Fischl, Jean
Keqing Anemo Hydro Flex
The main goal here is to trigger Electro-charged on enemies that can stun-lock them, but keep in mind that it can also affect you. So, pay attention to your surroundings when you are playing an Electro charged team.
Characters like Xingqiu, Yelan, or Kokomi can provide good off-field Hydro application and allow your on-field character to trigger electro-charge reactions.
As for the Anemo characters, Sucrose can massively help your team because of her ability to share elemental mastery with other characters.
- Keqing, Sucrose, Xingqiu, Barbara
- Keqing, Sucrose, Fischl, Yelan
- Keqing, Kazuha, Kokomi, Fischl
Keqing Anemo Dendro Flex
Aggravate reactions are a new addition to the game where you apply the Electro element on an enemy with the Quicken status. Head over to our Dendro reactions guide to learn more about it in-depth and see informative examples of these reactions.
Basically, Aggravate deals more damage to the enemies and require a Dendro character to apply the Quicken status.
Additionally, you can have an Anemo character from crowd control or shred elemental resistance. Dendro characters like Nahida, Collei, or the Traveler can provide good off-field Dendro applications.
- Keqing, Kazuha, Collei, Fischl
- Keqing, Sucrose, Dendro Traveler, Collei
- Keqing, Faruzan, Collei, Fischl
Keqing Cryo Flex Flex
Keqing in a physical damage team is good for early-game; however, as you progress through the game, Physical damage teams start to fall off in damage output. Still, suppose you want to go with a physical damage team. In that case, you should trigger superconduct on enemies to reduce their physical resistance, as the Viridescent venerer artifact set only applies to elements that can be swirled
In Physical damage teams, you need a Cryo character to help in superconduct reaction that decreases enemies’ physical resistance by 40 % for 12 seconds. Characters like Kaeya, Qiqi, Diona, or Rosaria are good options for applying Cryo on enemies.
As for the other two slots, you can go with another Cryo character to benefit from the Cryo resonance and increase the CRIT rate. Another option can be to go with a shielder like Zhongli, whose shield can further reduce enemies’ physical resistance.
Zhongli has a unique shield that’s potent for all characters in the game, and I definitely recommend you check out his guide!
- Keqing, Qiqi, Zhongli, Fischl
- Keqing, Diona, Fischl, Kaeya
- Keqing, Rosaria, Kuki Shinobu,
Question: How is Keqing with the Dendro reactions like Aggravate?
Answer: The game’s meta has changed after the introduction of Dendro reactions. You can trigger an aggravate reaction on an enemy with the Quicken status and benefit from better Electro damage output. I suggest you go with an aggravate team with another off-field Electro character to severely damage enemies.
Question: Which role do you use your Keqing in? What’s your most used Keqing team?
Answer: I usually prefer Keqing in a burst support role with the Raiden Shogun. My preferred team is the Raiden Shogun, Kazuha, Fischl, and Keqing. Still, if I need a healer, then I swap out Kazuha for Jean. Ultimately, it depends on your playstyle and the type of team rotation you want. I love to spam characters’ bursts to quickly finish off enemies and stick with that playstyle.
Question: Do I need constellations on Keqing?
Answer: I must say that it’s better to have a constellation on Keqing. Even with constellations, her damage may feel inferior to other DPS characters. This isn’t the case with her, but how the Electro reactions work. That’s why running an aggravate team is better because the reaction helps buff the Electro damage. Though exceptions do exist, the prime example is the Raiden Shogun, an awesome Electro burst character.
Keqing is an awesome character who scales quite well with constellations and benefits from the Dendro reactions like aggravate. You can easily pair up a Dendro character like the Traveler, Collei, or Nahida with her and benefit from the damage boost. With the introduction of the Dendro reactions, many Electro DPS characters have improved, and I highly suggest you take a look over them. Make sure to check our Dendro guide because Dendro reactions have introduced a whole new meta for the characters.
Keqing pairs up quite well with other Electro characters and, if the situation demands, can equip a Physical damage playstyle. Whichever team you play, make sure you have good off-field characters to supplement her abilities and avoid a DPS loss.
With that said, the time’s come to wrap up this guide, and I’ll soon meet you in another guide. Until then, take care of yourself and check out our other character guides.