Want to find out more about Genshin Impact’s Candace? This upcoming four-star Hydro hero is one of the new Sumeru characters set to arrive in version 3.1. This polearm-user is known as the Guardian of Aaru Village and she will do everything she can to protect the residents under her care.
With the 3.0 update well underway, we’ve been busy exploring the new region of Sumeru, the home of the Dendro Archon. If you’ve managed to successfully wish for one of the new Dendro characters—either Tighnari or Collei—then you’ll be learning all about the synergies of the new element. And as luck would have it, Candace’s Hydro element should work well with any new team you’re building around them.
If you’re ready to find out more, here’s what we know about Genshin Impact Candace, including her abilities and the Ascension materials you’ll need to level her up.
Candace is expected to arrive during the 3.1 update alongside two other Sumeru characters, Nilou (opens in new tab) and Cyno (opens in new tab). As a four-star hero, she’s likely to be part of the banner line-up during the first phase which should arrive around October 4.
Of red sands and glimmering gold, her vow to defend stands strong.◆ Candace◆ Golden Vow◆ Guardian of Aaru Village◆ Hydro◆ Sagitta Scutum#GenshinImpact #Candace pic.twitter.com/ah8ioTehPiAugust 22, 2022
Here are Candace’s abilities, passives, and constellations—thanks to Honey Hunter, as always. Just be aware that these may see slight changes before Candace’s launch.
Normal Attack: Gleaming Spear – Guardian Stance
Performs up to four consecutive spear strikes.
Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to opponents along the way.
Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE damage upon impact.
Sacred Rite: Heron’s Sanctum
Candace’s fighting style is capable of warding off an entire tide of foes.
Rushes forward with her shield, dealing Hydro damage.
Raises her shield to block incoming attacks from nearby opponents, forming a barrier that absorbs damage based on her max HP and absorbs Hydro damage 250% more effectively. This barrier lasts until the Elemental Skill is unleashed. After holding for a certain period of time, Candace will finish charging and when the skill button is released, the skill duration expires, or when the barrier is broken, she will perform a leaping strike that deals Hydro damage to opponents in front of her.
Sacred Rite: Wagtail’s Tide
Raising her weapon high, Candace calls upon a divine blessing that deals AoE Hydro damage, based on her max HP and confers the Prayer of the Crimson Crown on all your party members.
Prayer of the Crimson Crown
Characters deal increased Elemental damage with their normal attacks. Whenever a character takes the field, they will unleash a rippling wave of water that deals Hydro damage to nearby opponents. There is a limited number of waves that can be triggered in the duration of this skill. Active sword, claymore, and polearm-wielding characters under this effect will obtain a Hydro Infusion.
To Dawn’s First Light
Decreases climbing stamina consumption for your own party members by 20%. Not stackable with passive talents that provide the same effect.
If Candace is hit by an attack in the Hold duration of Sacred Rite: Heron’s Sanctum, that skill will finish charging instantly.
Characters affected by the Prayer of the Crimson Crown caused by Sacred Rite: Wagtail’s Tide will deal 0.5% increased damage to opponents for every 1,000 points of Candace’s max HP when they deal Elemental damage with their Normal Attacks.
Returning Heir of the Scarlet Sands
The duration of Prayer of the Crimson Crown effect is increased by three seconds.
When Sacred Rite: Heron’s Guard hits opponents, Candace’s max HP will be increased by 20% for 15 seconds.
Increases the level of Sacred Rite: Wagtail’s Tide by three. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Shortens the Hold cooldown of Sacred Rite: Heron’s Guard to be the same as the Tapping cooldown.
Increases the level of Sacred Rite: Heron’s Guard by three. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
When characters (excluding Candace) affected by the Prayer of the Crimson Crown deal Elemental damage to opponents using Normal Attacks, it will unleash the wave attack from Sacred Rite: Wagtail’s Tide. This effect can trigger once very 2.3 seconds and triggering this effect will not consume the base Wave instances granted by Prayer of the Crimson Crown.
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Candace’s Ascension materials
You need to collect materials to level up Candace’s stats and talents. These are:
Varunada Lazurite is dropped by Oceanids and Hydro Hypostases while the Light Guiding Tetrahedron is rewarded when defeating the Semi-Perpetual Control Matrices enemies. The other items you need are:
Faded Red Satin/Trimmed Red Silk/Rich Red Brocade
Redcrest is a flowering fruit found growing in the desert regions of Sumeru, while the red cloth items are drops from the Eremite enemies, also found in the deserts of the new Dendro region.
Faded Red Satin/Trimmed Red Silk/Rich Red Brocade
Tears of the Calamitous God
Crown of Insight
Admonition scrolls are rewarded for completing the Steeple of Ignorance domain on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays while, as mentioned above, the red cloths are drops from the Eremite enemies
Meanwhile, Tears of the Calamitous God is a possible reward from the Guardian of Eternity weekly boss and the Crown of Insight is a seasonal event reward. The latter comes from upgrading the Frostbearing Tree (opens in new tab) in Dragonspine, the Sacred Sakura in Inazuma, or the Lumenstone Adjuvant in The Chasm.