Genshin Impact: Is Kagotsurube Isshin Good? (Best Character Pairings)

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The Kagotsurube Isshin is generally a good weapon, but it faces a lot of competition. At level 90 Refinement Rank 1, it has a Base ATK of 510 and 41.3% ATK as a secondary stat – it’s essentially a massive ATK stat stick.

It’s only good for ATK-scaling units, especially ones that already have plenty of CRIT stats or lack external ATK buffs.


Passive + Weapon Details

Additionally, Isshin’s passive is called Isshin Art Clarity, and it has the following effects:

  • When a normal/charged/plunging attack hits an opponent, it triggers a Hewing Gale. This deals AOE damage equal to 180% of the wielder’s ATK.
  • This also increases ATK by 15% for 8s. This can be triggered once every 8s.

This is a pretty easy passive to trigger, thus making it even better for units that need a lot of ATK.

However, ATK isn’t the only stat a character needs – instead, a mix of other stats like Energy Recharge and CRIT is generally recommended. Plus ATK is often easily saturated thanks to the multiple sources of ATK buffs available in-game.

Because of this, Isshin is easily outperformed by a lot of other weapons with better secondary stats or passives.

For instance, Ayaka is a unit that benefits a lot from ATK, but Amenoma Kageuchi – a craftable sword – is still better than Isshin for her. This is because Isshin has a bit less ATK but a significantly better passive.

This is also true for other units like Ayato, Keqing, and Melt Kaeya who would benefit a lot more from Lion’s Roar – but they still work with Isshin.

Still, Isshin is a great alternative for most ATK weapons that you don’t have.


Best Character Pairings

Here’s a cheat sheet for Kagotsurube Isshin’s synergies with all current playable sword users.

Good Decent Not Recommended
On-field DPS Kaeya, Ayato Ayaka, Jean, Qiqi, Keqing Xingqiu, Bennett, Albedo, Kazuha, Kuki, Nilou, Layla
  • Good means that the Isshin works well with the character, but it’s not among their best 4-star options.
  • Decent means that it works on the character, but there are other better options (usually other 4-star gacha or craftable weapons).
  • Not recommended means that it doesn’t synergize well with the character – or there are significantly better options.
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Maeri is an avid gacha player currently in the clutches of Genshin Impact. She mainly focuses on character analyses, underlying game mechanics, and occasionally reading game code. She also yearns for the day that Dainsleif is finally playable.