A detailed guide to Saino in Genshin Impact with recommendations for leveling and rotations. Analysis of units, weapons and artifacts, as well as all the strengths and weaknesses of the hero.
Saino is a playable 5 ⭐ Electro character. First appears in the 12th chapter of the official manga, as well as in the story teaser for Teyvat. He holds the position of judge and inspector in Sumeru, highly moral and always on the alert. The young man is a rather detached person who prefers to remain clear and concise.
The build is based on data from closed beta testing, so some of the information may be changed or adjusted after the official release of the character.
How to get Saino in Genshin Impact
Saino can be obtained in the limited Prayer of Patch 3.1. It will become available for a limited period of time, so all the constellations on the hero can only be knocked out during the period of his banner.
Saino is a main damage dealer that mainly uses elemental damage. The elemental skill is a strike with electric damage, while the skill receives additional buffs when the ultimate ability is activated. Elemental Explosion is similar in mechanics to Xiao and Itto’s ult, because under its effect, the spearman also converts all types of attacks into elemental ones and receives bonuses to damage.
Next, we will analyze the principle of operation of all abilities and the recommended order of pumping.
Basic skills (active skills)
Summoner Spear (Normal, Charged, Fall Attack)
When making normal attacks, inflicts up to 4 blows with a spear.
During a charged attack, dashes forward, costing stamina in the process. When attacking while falling, it rapidly flies down and deals area damage to all enemies in its path.
Arcane Rite: Soul Ferry (Elemental Skill)
Dash forward and deal Electro damage.
If the skill is used while the Sworn to Lead the Way state is active (elemental explosion), Burial Ritual is activated, which also deals Electro damage in an area and extends the duration of the ult.
Eye time: 7.5 seconds.
Sacred Rite: Wolf Agility (Elemental Burst)
Enters the Sworn to Lead the Way state and converts normal, charged, and falling damage to Electro damage. When doing so, Saino gains the following effects:
Increased Elemental Mastery by 100. Increasing resistance to interruption. Reaction Damage Immunity Charged.
The effect lasts 18 seconds and disappears if Saino leaves the battlefield.
Base duration: 10 seconds. Cooldown time: 20 seconds. Energy consumption: 80.
The order of pumping
When improving Saino’s skills, it is recommended to prioritize as follows:
We pump all abilities in parallel to level 6. Then we give priority to normal attacks and elemental explosions. Lastly, we raise the elemental skill.
The recommended constellations for Saino are C1, C2 and C4:
The first constellation will perfectly complement the hero, especially if you are going to use it as the main core. Increases attack speed while ulted, increasing overall damage dealt, and refreshes the duration of Judgment (Passive Feather) when it is activated. The second constellation gives a bonus to Electro damage when using normal attacks. In addition, the effect stacks and thus you can get up to 50% additional damage. The fourth constellation floods the squad with energy if Sayno activates elemental reactions during the ult. Even though the buff does not affect the spearman himself, it is a great team bonus that will allow the same supports to accumulate energy for the ult faster.
Advantages and disadvantages of Sayno
Saino is the main damageer of the group, focused on playing through reactions. Among its strengths, it is worth highlighting:
As the hero ascends, critical damage increases. This allows weapons and artifacts to give preference to crit. chance and pump this stat without subsidence in crit. damage. The elemental skill has a short cooldown: 7.5 seconds, and under the ult 3 seconds. In addition, using this skill extends the duration of Sworn to Pave the Way for the Elemental Explosion and deals Electro damage in an area. Increases own elemental mastery and interrupt resistance while ulting. Effectively shows itself in units with Dendro characters.
Saino is partly dependent on mastery of the elements, which leads to the use of reactions, mainly with Dendro. This slightly limits the choice of allied squad members if there is a goal to realize the full potential of the hero. The effect of the Sworn to Pave the Way of the Elemental Explosion has a duration of 18 seconds, while the effect of most buffs and skills of heroes is no more than 10-12 seconds. The high cost of the ult (80 units of energy).
The total amount of resources for pumping the hero to level 90, as well as where to farm and get them.
Saino requires the following materials to fully ascend:
In addition, you will need 420,000 pestilence and 421 hero experience.
To upgrade talents, you will also need scrolls from shamachurls, in addition:
Talent books about “Instructions” from the dungeon Tower of Ignorance in Sumeru. Farming on Monday/Thursday/Sunday. Sinister General’s Wisdom is an item from the weekly boss Puppet Shogun Raiden. If the material is not enough, you can get it on the alchemy table using the Dream Dissolver.
At every 10th talent level, a Crown of Insight is needed.
To simplify the calculation of resources for pumping, you can use the improvement materials calculator.
Best builds for Saino in Genshin Impact
All of Sayno’s skills are focused on dealing Electro damage, so elemental damage and high crit stats. chance and crit. damage is a priority for him. The character also benefits greatly from elemental mastery, which opens up another way to form builds through reactions with other heroes.
Characteristics that are recommended to look for in artifacts:
Optimal characteristic values:
These values are approximate and may vary depending on unit builds, available artifacts and weapons, and buffs.
The best weapon
Among the 5⭐ spears, the following weapons are suitable for Saino:
If you have a Kite or Khoma, it is not necessary to knock out signature weapons, since they are completely interchangeable.
The best 3⭐ spears to start the game or as a transition option:
Since Saino is the owner of God’s Electro Eye, he pairs well with the new Dendro element, causing a powerful Catalysis effect. But there are other ways to build builds depending on the rest of the squad members. If you have upgraded Hydro heroes, you can also use the Charged reaction in taser units with Hydro or Overload with Pyro.
How to play as Saino
By itself, the Electro element is most fully revealed in combination with Dendro. It can also participate in the creation of the Charged and Overload reactions, or in the Superconductor with Cryo. But in the latter case, Sayno is not recommended, since his gameplay is focused on dealing elemental damage. However, the character can play both from reactions in builds through mastery of the elements, and build off from his own damage at maximum crits, attack power and buffs from supports.
The spearman’s main ability is an elemental explosion. It is in the stance under the ult (like Itto or Xiao) that the character will be most of the time. Therefore, the main task when playing as Saino is to gain energy for the ultimate as quickly as possible, activate all possible buffs and then squeeze out the explosion of the elements, being in it until the end of its effect (since the effect disappears when switching).
Rotation example Use the elemental skill on Sayno until the ult is charged. We activate skills and buffs from supports. We switch back to Saino and use the explosion of the elements. During the action of the ult with a frequency of 3 seconds. use an elemental skill, thereby extending the effect of the ultimate to 18 seconds.
It is also worth noting that with the Judgment of the Feather passive talent unlocked, activating the E-shki during an elemental explosion will increase the damage of the elemental skill by an additional 35% and release 3 additional Calamity Lightning.
Saino is a pretty strong Electro damage dealer, although, like most heroes of this element, he is quite situational. However, thanks to the elemental mastery buffs, it performs very well in units that play from reactions with Dendro, including taser groups through Charged or even Overload (but more specifically). However, it should be borne in mind that the hero acts exclusively as a DD, since he spends most of his time in the ult, the effect of which disappears when the character changes.
With the release of new heroes, more Genshin Impact builds will be released to help you learn how to collect and use your characters more effectively. Also in a separate article, we have collected the best unit builds.