Genshin Impact Character Review – Yun Jin

Yun Jin is a 4-Star Geo Polearm character from Liyue. She primarily serves as a support for her team.

Yun Jin’s utility lies in her Elemental Burst, “Cliffbreaker’s Banner”. After striking in an AoE, Yun Jin calls forth a “Flying Cloud Flag Formation”. This aura provides a flat DMG buff to your active character’s Normal Attacks, based on Yun Jin’s current DEF, for 12 seconds or until the Trigger Quota has been reached. The aura can increase up to 30 instances of Normal Attack DMG; multiple enemies hit by the same Normal Attack will count as multiple triggers. With her A4 passive, this DMG boost is further increased depending on how many different elements you have on your team, with 4 different elements naturally giving the highest increase.

Obviously, a Normal Attack DMG buff is not as universally useful as an ATK buff and it is worthless for characters who seldom use their Normal Attacks such as Ganyu and the Raiden Shogun. For characters who do use them however, this buff is quite valuable. It can boost Normal Attack DMG by the thousands and that can make a sizable difference in efficiently clearing content.

Whether or not the Trigger Quota is a concern is dependent on who’s the one getting buffed. For a strictly single target DPS such as Yoimiya, the Trigger Quota should be exhausted at an even pace. Conversely, someone such as Tartaglia can burn through the quota in a matter of seconds due to their penchant for AoE DMG. Regardless, 30 stacks is usually plenty to work. It’s certainly better than Shenhe’s Icy Quills, which suffers from a measly Trigger Quota of just 5-7 hits. 

Cliffbreaker’s Banner costs 60 Energy and Yun Jin gains Energy Recharge as she ascends. You would think that Energy wouldn’t be an issue for her but surprisingly, this is sometimes not the case. Her Elemental Skill generates 2.5 or 3 Geo particles depending on the input though this Energy gain is offset by a 9 second cooldown. For Yun Jin to consistently buff your carry, you will want to stack a lot of Energy Recharge on her, especially if she’s your sole Geo unit in a team. One particularly appealing piece of equipment to consider giving to Yun Jin is the Favonius Lance. This has Energy Recharge as its second stat and it allows Yun Jin to occasionally generate neutral particles with a CRIT. The one potential caveat is that you will need to prioritize CRIT Rate in addition to DEF and Energy Recharge when building Yun Jin. Also worth considering is the Emblem of Severed Fate set though only its the 2-Piece effect, which gives Yun Jin 20% Energy Recharge. The 4-Piece effect is frankly wasted on her since her Burst only strikes once and the DMG scales on her ATK (which tends to be rather low).

When Yun Jin uses her Elemental Skill, “Opening Flourish”, she performs a spin attack, dealing Geo DMG to her foe(s). This attack can be executed with the press of the Skill button but if you hold the button instead, Yun Jin will temporarily summon a shield to tank incoming hits and charge up her spin attack for increased DMG. This variant has two levels, with the higher one being performed if Yun Jin successfully charges her Skill all the way through or (provided she’s at A1) if she performs the Skill at the precise moment she is attacked. It works very similarly to Beidou’s Skill though it’s much more generous with its windows. Unlike Beidou, Yun Jin does not need to take hits to maximize her Skill DMG.

The scaling for Yun Jin’s Elemental Skill can get pretty high. A Lv. 6, a fully charged spin attack has a multiplier of 521.92% at Lv. 6. By Lv. 12, this reaches 745.6%. Given her Normal Attack DMG buff however, you won’t really be capitalizing on Yun Jin’s Skill as you build her. Stats such as CRIT DMG or Geo DMG Bonus will generally play second fiddle in favor of DEF and Energy Recharge. To miHoYo’s credit, they did avoid a split scaling issue by allowing Yun Jin’s Skill to scale off of DEF so you do get some increase to her personal DMG as you build her. For a nice mix of utility and DPS, consider equipping Yun Jin with the Husk of Opulent Dreams set. The 4-Piece effect can be tricky to maintain as Yun Jin doesn’t attack with Geo frequently enough, thus forcing her to be off field to reliably gain stacks. Nevertheless, the effect is one of the best ways to simultaneously improve Yun Jin’s buff and personal DMG.

For Constellations, you want to consider getting Yun Jin to at least C2. This Constellation gives a 12 second 15% Normal Attack DMG buff to the whole team after Yun Jin activates her Elemental Burst. Since it’s DMG% as opposed to flat DMG, it counts as a separate buff from the innate one in Yun Jin’s kit. It also syncs perfectly with her Burst, activating right after it and lasting just as long. The second best Constellation is C6 which gives a 12% Normal Attack SPD buff to anyone currently buffed by Yun Jin’s Burst. Attack SPD Buffs are hard to come by, making this buff particularly valuable. The one caveat to this Constellation is that this buff’s duration is tied to Yun Jin’s Trigger Quota. If someone uses all 30 triggers, they will lose out on the faster ATK SPD. 

Yun Jin is a very solid support unit and one of the best 4-Stars to be released during Genshin Impact’s 2.0 series of updates. She isn’t as universally useful as Bennett but she can be a valuable asset towards units with a penchant for Normal Attacks.

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Genshin Impact is available on Microsoft Windows (via its own launcher or the Epic Games Store), Mobile (Android and iOS), PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5

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