Genshin Impact Kaveh Builds and Backstory
Birthday: 9 July
Titles: Empyrean Reflection, Renowned Sumeru Architect
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Kaveh enlists the aid of Mehrak to assist him in battle. In fact, he doesn’t hold his claymore directly. Mehrak manipulates the weapon, and Kaveh controls it in Genshin Impact. He only touches his sword when making a plunging attack and shakes his hand as it aches afterward.
Artistic Integrity maps an area around him, dealing AoE Dendro DMG, and explodes any Bloom Cores caught in its range. One of his passives, An Architect’s Undertaking, lets him heal HP whenever he takes damage from Bloom Cores. The recovered HP is equal to 300% of his Elemental Mastery.
Painted Dome also explodes Bloom cores in Kaveh’s vicinity when used. However, it gives him a Dendro infusion (which cannot be overridden), boosts all the damage of Bloom explosions, and increases resistance to interruption.
By those descriptions, the game pushes you to use him in a Bloom factory team. His abilities revolve around them, and that’s how you make him shine. Nilou havers would benefit from putting him with the dancer because both benefit from Bloom. Still, even without Nilou, you can use him with other characters that can make the reaction.
Kaveh can be a Bloom bot DPS, or a Spread DPS, depending on what weapon and artifact set you equip on him. He has no support or off-field capabilities, severely limiting his utility. His best build is wearing a 4-set Flower of Paradise Lost and focusing on making Bloom Cores. The alternatives are to use Deepwood Memories to become a Bloom driver or Gilded Dreams to be a Spread DPS.
Main Stats: 3x Elemental Mastery is okay with any of these builds. Alternatives are an Energy Recharge timepiece, Dendro DMG Bonus cup, or Crit Rate/DMG hat for the Bloom Driver and Spread DPS builds.
Substats: EM, Energy Recharge, Crit DMG/Rate, ATK
4-star characters typically do not have signature weapons, but the Mailed Flower seems to be one of the best claymores for him. Other alternatives are:
- Beacon of the Reed Sea
- Skyward Pride
- Makhaira Aquamarine
- Forest Regalia
- Serpent Spine
- Favonius Greatsword
- Sacrificial Greatsword
- Katsuragikiri Nagamasa
Which weapon to use depends on your build. The Spread build focuses more on dealing direct damage, while Bloom builds increase elemental reaction damage. Pick the one that suits your chosen build the most.
Kaveh was born to a family of scholars, much like any other native of Sumeru. His father was a Rtawahist graduate, and his mother was from Kshahrewar. In academics, he took after his mother more. Around 20 years ago, during an Interdarshan Competition, he begged his father to win it so he could play with the Diadem of Knowledge.
It was a disaster. One of the contestants went missing for a while, and Kaveh’s father lost the game. His parent went home depressed and later died in a quicksand trap out in the desert. This caused his mother to spiral into depression as well.
Little Kaveh was crushed with guilt, wondering if things would’ve changed had he never asked his dad to win the competition. He put up a brave face for his mother, starting the habit that stayed well into adulthood.
It was around this time that he met Alhaitham in the Akademiya. The latter was younger and had started the term later than his peers, but his intelligence outshined them all. Since nobody knew where to find him, Kaveh was the only one to interact with the elusive genius in the library. This started a friendship that lasted years, though the bickering only increased with time.
During his schooling, his mother went to Fontaine when she got a job offer, leaving Kaveh alone in Sumeru.
Later, Kaveh and his best friend (Alhaitham certainly did not return the notion, but the former was his only friend) decided to work on a project together for graduation. He was the only one to stick by Alhaitham when the rest of the team quit.
They couldn’t keep up with the strict standards that the latter had set. However, this revealed to Kaveh the difference between a genius and someone who works hard as a talent. Working with his friend became a bitter memory as they argued through doing the project.
When he accused his friend of being an egoist, Alhaitham struck back by labeling him as trying to escape reality and saying that his altruism comes from guilt. The accusation cut him to the quick, even more so that it came from someone he thought was his best friend.
Those who have done Alhaitham’s story quest know the ending. A research building was to be shared by whoever wrote the thesis, but Alhaitham struck Kaveh’s name from it. Also, the latter decided he would have nothing to do with the former anymore. Their arguments were legendary across several academic journals, which spills even to the various bulletin boards in Sumeru.
After graduation, Kaveh worked on projects with other Kshahrewar graduates, despite having different mentors. He took on all the design work, drafting through the night until he got it right. Stubbornly, he took on too much work for two years, though he always thought it helped him gain experience.
He struck out as an independent contractor afterward. Those who appreciated his sense of style would ask him to draft buildings, and this was the true beginning of his career. He was able to save a tidy sum of Mora through these commissions, but this stream of ‘artistic’ clients soon dried up.
Market trends were different from assignments given by the Akademiya. Customers wanted more practical, snobbish designs and had more challenging demands than his mentor’s had been. More than that, unrest in the Akademiya disrupted his work. Alhaitham’s words, saying that his dream was not as attainable as he thought, were proven true.
As art slowly became unnecessary to the academe, customers asked him for highly streamlined buildings—those without a lick of flair or style. Ever the artist, he suggested things that would satisfy his aesthetics, but clients only called them meaningless.
Kaveh felt stifled by these changes. Architecture was art, and he had always wished to combine practicality with beauty in his designs. However, the Akademiya deemed art a joke, unnecessary, and meaningless to society.
He took an extended vacation because he couldn’t reconcile his dreams and career. Upon returning, he received a letter from his mother, who had found new love and was getting married again. Kaveh replied with his congratulations and made the trip to attend the wedding. Seeing his mother smile made him glad, but his problems returned as he did.
His mother had left all the properties in Sumeru to him. Sitting in the empty house, he felt the truth of the adage, ‘Do the right thing, no matter what it costs you.’
Around this time, Dori, as Lord Sangemah Bay, commissioned Kaveh to make a private mansion for her. This was the break that Kaveh was looking for. The wealthy merchant only had two conditions, make it large and extravagant. She didn’t care for aesthetics or style and only wanted it to be in a secluded location and be awe-inspiring.
With Kaveh unleashed, he added gardens, carefully planned the arrangement of buildings, and set it near the cliffs in the northern mansion. Planning done, the construction proceeded swiftly under his supervision.
For all his meticulous planning, he didn’t plan for the Withering. When the work was more than halfway, one such zone crept in overnight, leaving ruins where Kaveh was building a beautiful dream. The Forest Rangers contained it immediately, but the damage was done.
Furious, Dori demanded that Kaveh leave the project. However, he knew he would never get another chance like this anytime soon, and he begged to finish the Palace of Alcazarzaray. He sold all the properties in his ownership and spent his savings and what was left of the initial investment. Dori covered the rest, and the Palace was finished.
This put him in debt, homeless, and alone. Lambad was kind enough to put him on the second floor, reserving a seat and giving the melancholic architect some drinks. As thanks, Kaveh redesigned the second floor. He met some acquaintances throughout his stay and pretended to only come for a drink and inspiration.
After two weeks of staying in the tavern, Kaveh met Alhaitham, who was there to purchase some alcohol. Though they had fallen out and argued for years, the Haravatat graduate knew Kaveh was in trouble. Without anything to lose, the architect poured his woes to the scholar, who listened. In reply, he only had one question: how had realizing his ideals gone?
That night was the beginning of his freeloading in Alhaitham’s home. Knowing the Scribe never does anything without conditions, Kaveh offered to do the household chores and got saddled with housekeeping. Still, it was proof that Alhaitham thought of him as a friend under all the bickering and arguments.
As revealed during the Interdarshan Competition’s epilogue, Kaveh’s father had met Sachin during the competition. That resulted in a series of events that led to the parent’s demise, trying to save a caravan from quicksand.
Like father, like son, Kaveh was the one to meet Sachin in the next competition, but the child stuck true to his ideals and proved the spirit wrong. Although he could have settled his debts and lived off the leftovers if he had taken the fortune, he didn’t want to continue the sick experiments Sachin had done. He donated it to the Akademiya instead.
That’s how Kaveh became famous as an architect, yet lived homeless and freeloading at a friend’s house.
Kaveh once thought he’d receive his Vision when an accident occurred while on an expedition in the desert. By then, he knew of the trinket and was disappointed that it didn’t appear. He used his own strength to save everyone instead.
In the intervening years, he had stopped thinking about obtaining one. He’d do boring commissions, lacking the artistic flair he seeks in his works. He thought about his mother building another family in Fontaine. He felt helpless against the circumstances dealt to him.
This spiral continued until the Withering destroyed the unfinished Palace of Alcazarzaray. He spent all night in the ruins until he bet on everything to chase his dreams. He gathered up all the deeds and titles and sold them. The process finished quickly, as it was a day good for transactions.
He returned home one final time and fixed up a snack. He built the Palace of Alcazarzaray out of flatbread and drizzled yogurt and sauce over it. He felt bitterness in his heart as he made to smash the bread and start eating, but he only got through the first action.
Within the ruins of the flatbread building lay a Vision.
He took it, even if it felt late to him, grateful that it was at least closer than his dreams.
Nahida says that Kaveh is the closest to what it means for Sumeru to be a Nation of Wisdom. However, she also laments that as they are now, the truth, as far as he knows, will never be accepted. He also proves the theory of the Dendro Vision being the reward of those who act upon what they believe is right.
Tighnari exposed a researcher for disseminating misinformation (and the latter was grateful for it). Collei saved a child, fighting even as she fought Eleazar with no one to help her. Alhaitham received his Vision as he was out gathering knowledge. Kaveh chased his dream, even when it cost him everything.
Despite his overspecialized kit, Kaveh is an interesting character. He’s full of contradictions, such as being a famous architect and homeless. He always says the Scribe is not his friend, but they’re living together. His work also shows how he wants to marry practical designs with artistic flair.
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