When it comes to Cryo characters, there are several different kinds to pick from -- you can get healers, other supports, and even main damage dealers.
Cryo can be used alongside a Hydro character to freeze enemies, which makes them unable to attack you while you dish out massive damage to them. This is super helpful when you’re surrounded by enemies, and it can even be useful when you’re against some bosses. Cryo’s also great alongside Pyro for the melt reaction.
If you’re adding a Cryo character to your team, check out how the character ranks against other Cryo characters in the game.
Ganyu is one of the strongest characters in the game -- she can dish out massive damage to groups of enemies as well as to single targets, making her a wonderful main attacker. When you add in the strength of Cryo Elemental Reactions, she just gets better and better.
Ganyu’s ability creates a giant Cryo storm that deals Cryo damage to any enemy inside. She also has a taunt, which helps keep enemies off of her while she’s running around and firing at them. The best part? The taunt can even deal Cryo damage once it explodes.
If you use her as a main attacker, then you’ll notice pretty quickly that she’s got a crazy high Crit Rate. While your enemies are distracted, she’ll be taking them out left and right. You can also switch between her after her abilities to get a quick Elemental Reaction going and then switch right back to her to make use of her damage-dealing capabilities.
Ganyu isn’t the only five-star Cryo character -- Ayake is another. The Inazuma character is pretty great even when she’s not on the battlefield, making her a pretty popular character.
When she’s on the field, Ayaka can deal a lot of damage with her Elemental Burst. She’s also got a really high Crit Rate, so it’s not difficult to use her as a main attacker. However, it’s hard to recharge her abilities without getting some kind of Elemental Reaction chain going.
She can walk on water, which makes her just as useful off the battlefield as she is on it. If you have her, she’s one of the best Cryo characters to use, so don’t neglect her. Especially if you’re traveling through Inazuma, which is a cluster of islands that make use of her traveling ability.
Surprisingly enough, Diona is one of the best Cryo characters in the game despite being a four-star character. Her main purpose is creating a space on the battlefield that heals her teammates while also giving them a shield.
However, that’s not all the space she creates can do. The area on the battlefield will also deal Cryo damage to opponents, meaning that she can also create a space for Elemental Reactions even when she’s not on the battlefield. Plus, she’s still healing her team in the process.
She’s very similar to the Pyro healer, Bennett, and he’s one of the best Pyro characters as well. Healers that can dish out massive damage while also healing their team are must-haves for your team -- the fact that Diona’s a four-star character makes it even better.
Eula is another five-star character that shines when it comes to dishing out damages against large groups of enemies. However, she doesn’t do as much damage as Ganyu.
Her abilities let her dish out Cryo damage in a large area, and she can deal a ton of quick damage with her high attack rate despite being a claymore user. Pair this with another party member that can quickly pop off an Elemental Reaction, and you can easily get through groups of enemies.
Because Eula’s abilities take so long to cool down, it can be difficult to use her as a main attacker. However, she excels at being a secondary attacker because of the damage she can dish out with her weapon fairly quickly.
Qiqi is one of the worst five-star characters in the game -- unfortunately, she’s just a worse version of Diona, who’s a four-star character. However, Qiqi is decent to use if you don’t have Diona and you happen to pull Qiqi from the standard banner.
Both of Qiqi’s abilities deal damage while also healing. However, Qiqi needs to be attacking when she uses her regular ability in order to heal the rest of her party members. This works well if you can get the enemy wet with a Hydro character so Qiqi doesn’t get killed in the process.
Because she needs to actively be on the field to do the majority of her healing, Qiqi really isn’t the best option for a healer or for a Cryo character.
However, because she’s a five-star character, her stats will level up better than four-star characters, so she’s still better at dealing damage than certain four-stars.
Kaeya is the Cryo character that you get for free at the beginning of the game, and he’s a pretty valid choice throughout your adventures.
His abilities make it easy to freeze wet enemies, and he’ll blink around the battlefield while he’s attacking. This makes it easy to avoid enemy attacks while also being close enough to them to go after them with his short-ranged sword.
His abilities also recharge quickly, so it’s easy to freeze enemies over and over again.
Rosaria is another four-star Cryo user that’s pretty decent. She’s a polearm user, so if you have a great polearm, it’s worth using her.
She’s mainly a support, and her abilities provide Cryo damage in large areas consistently. This makes her pretty handy against groups of enemies, but she can work pretty well as a main or secondary attacker as well. She can boost her own Crit Rate, and if you can set up for Elemental Reactions before bringing her out, then you can use her for quite a bit of time.
While Chongyun is at the bottom of the list, it doesn’t make him a bad Cryo character. In fact, he can trade physical damage for extra Cryo damage, making him pretty powerful if you have him built well.
He doesn’t have anything that makes him stand out though, but if you enjoy his claymore playstyle, then Chongyun is a solid pick for your team, especially if he’s the only Cryo character you have.