Gameplay tips and character summary
We’ve discussed Yoimiya’s weapons, artifacts, and talent priorities in an in-depth manner already. Is she actually a decent 5-star character in Genshin Impact?
To be honest, Yoimiya’s kit is a bit odd. Several weapon choices (i.e., Thundering Pulse, Amos Bow, Hamayumi, and Rust) all point to turning her into a main DPS character. As such, most of her output will come from her Pyro-infused shots (i.e., Blazing Arrows) whenever her elemental skill, Niwabi Enshou, is active.
What about her elemental burst, the Ryuukin Saxifrage and Aurous Blaze mark? Well, this is where things get even trickier. Her elemental burst deals AoE Pyro damage, but you also need to swap her out so that your other characters can cause the Aurous Blaze explosions. Ideally, this should be done when her elemental skill’s duration has ended (there’s a gap of eight seconds before the skill is off-cooldown). On the bright side, Aurous Blaze explosions can occur even with Yoimiya on the field as long as there are lingering abilities. Examples include Mona’s totem, C6 Fischl’s Oz, Xiangling’s Guoba/Pyronado, Xingqiu’s Rain Swords, and others.
Still, even though I’ve tested Yoimiya a bit (i.e., Rust, level 7 talents, and the 4-piece Shimenawa’s Reminisce set with subpar rolls), I found her underwhelming. She can quickly pepper mobs with flaming arrows, sure, but the single-target DPS is what truly sets her back. Considering that high-end activities in Genshin Impact focus heavily on AoE damage and crowd control, Yoimiya is outclassed by other options.