The first character of the new region Fontaine has been released. The first 5-star character is LYNEY a Pyro bow DPS, he has a unique play style and high damage ceiling. Here is our in-depth review and guide for the Lyney.
Lynes's complete Kit and Playstyle
With the release of Fontaine and Genshin Impact version 4.0, Lyney has entered the game. Lyney is an on-field pyro DPS whose playstyle will revolve around charged attacks.
Charge Level 1: Fires off a Pyro-infused arrow, dealing Pyro DMG.
Charge Level 2: Fires off a Prop Arrow that deals Pyro DMG, and upon hit, it will summon a Grin-Malkin Hat.
When firing the Prop Arrow, and when Lyney has more than 60% HP, he will consume a portion of his HP to obtain 1 Prop Surplus stack. Max 5 stacks. The effect will be removed after the character spends 30s out of combat.
The lowest Lyney can drop to through this method is 60% of his Max HP.
Can taunt nearby opponents and attract their attacks. Each opponent can only be taunted by the Hat once every 5s.
The Hat will inherit a percentage of Lyney's Max HP.
If destroyed, or if its duration expires, it will fire off a Pyrotechnic Strike at 1 nearby opponent, dealing Pyro DMG.
Only 1 Hat can exist at any given time.
Elemental Skill: Bewidering Lights
Clear all current Prop Surplus stacks and deal AoE Pyro DMG to opponents. hen a Grin-Malkin Hat created by Lyney is on the field, the fireworks will cause it to explode, dealing AoE Pyro DMG equal to that of a Pyrotechnic Strike.
The DMG dealt through the Grin-Malkin Hat in this way is considered Charged Attack DMG.
Elemental Burst: Wondrous Trick: Miracle Parade
Lyney turns himself into a Grin-Malkin Cat that can move around quickly.
When the Grin-Malkin Cat gets close to opponents, it will send flames falling down on them, dealing at most 1 instance of Pyro DMG to each opponent. When the duration ends, he will dismiss the Grin-Malkin Cat and ignite fireworks that deal AoE Pyro DMG, summon 1 Grin-Malkin Hat, and grant himself 1 Prop Surplus stack.
1st Ascension Passive
If Lyney consumes HP when firing off a Prop Arrow, the Grin-Malkin hat summoned by the arrow will, upon hitting an opponent, restore 3 Energy to Lyney and increase DMG dealt by 80% of his ATK.
4th Ascension Passive
The DMG Lyney deals to opponents affected by Pyro will receive the following buffs:
Increases the DMG dealt by 60%.
Each Pyro party member other than Lyney will cause the DMG dealt to increase by an additional 20%.
Lyney can deal up to 100% increased DMG to opponents affected by Pyro in this way.
Lynes's Talent Priority
Lyney's playstyle is mainly based on his charged attacks. So his talent priority will be as follows-
Charged Attacks> Elemental skill = Elemental Burst
Lyney's Playstyle and Rotation
The best rotation for Lyney will be like this-
One charge attack -> Setup supports -> 2/3 charged attacks -> Elemental burst (instant cancel after hitting all opponents) -> Elemental Skill
Best Artifact Set for Lyney
Lyney's best artifact set will be the new Fontain set Marechaussee Hunter.
Two-piece bonus: Increases Normal and Charged Attack damage by 15%
Four-piece bonus: When current HP increased or decreases, Crit Rate will be increased by 12% for 5 seconds. Max 5 stacks.
His other good artifact set options are-
4 piece Lavawalker
4-piece Wanderer Troupe.
2 Piece Crimson Witch + 2 Piece Attack sets
The best Artifact Stats for Lyney
Lyney will be a damage dealer and all his required stats will be damage based. He will need Attack Sands, Pyro Damage Goblet and Crit Circlet ( Crit damage suitable).
Also, the preferred sub-stat for him will be crit rate and damage and attack %.
Best Weapons for Lyney
The best 5-star weapons for Lyney are as follows-
The first Great Magic (Signature Weapon)
Best free to play 4-star weapons for Lyney-
Prototype Crescent (Hard to use)
Song of Stillness (New Fontaine weapon)
Battle pass or Shop weapons
Best Teams for Lyney
Lynes's kit is designed for mono pyro teams. The best teams type is 3 pyro characters and one Anemo support or Shield.
The best team for Lyney currently in Genshin Impact is:
Lyney + Xiangling + Bennet + Kazuha
This team will deal the most DPS and Kazuha can be replaced with Sucrose or Lynette.
Since Lyney is charged attack using character, it will be annoying to charge the level 2 attack without getting knocked around by enemies. So for a better and easier experience, a shielder can be a good addition for Lyney.
Lyney + Xiangling + Bennet + Zhongli
A complete mono pyro team that will also provides the knockback resistance is the addition of Dehya for more survivability but overall lesser damage than first two teams.
Lyney + Xiangling + Bennet + Dehya
Is Lyney worth pulling?
There is no correct answer to this question. Lyney is without a doubt a very good dps character and is fun to play as well. Since Genshin Impact is not a competitive game, you should choose those characters to pull which you like, their design, playstyle or story.
But in our opinion, mobile players should consider once before pulling him as he will be hard to use for mobile players similar to Ganyu. Using bow charged attacks and aiming them can be a bit annoying on mobile.