Genshin Impact Tier List (August, 2021)

Genshin Impact Tier List

For our Genshin Impact Tier List, we’re ranking all the playable characters from the hit game!

Last Updated: August 2021

Genshin Impact is the hit game from veteran game developer, miHoYo. Released in September of 2020, the game now has millions of unique players across different platforms. As of today, you can get the game for free on any iOS or Android device. It’s also available on popular gaming consoles, such as PC and PS4. Sometime this year, Genshin Impact will also become available for PS5. Plus, there have been talks about porting it to the Nintendo Switch.

One reason for Genshin Impact’s rapidly growing popularity is its massive open world. Players enter the world of Teyvat, which houses seven nations. Each one has its own distinct cultures and traditions, making for rich lore and an immersive gaming experience. But another reason why players love the game is its cast of colorful characters. In this Genshin Impact Tier List, we’re listing all the playable characters in the game from best to worst.

Click here to jump to Genshin Impact Tier List: Weapon Types

Read on to see which of the characters are the best picks.

GENSHIN IMPACT TIER LIST

The Genshin Impact team is constantly growing its roster of characters. Currently, there are 34 different options, with more on the way. So, while players wait for new Genshin Impact characters, it’s a good idea to invest in the best picks in the current pool. Our Genshin Impact Tier List categorizes each of the available characters in one of five tiers: S, A, B, C, or D. It also cites their weapon type and element. S-Tier characters are the best in the game, so you should invest in them the second you acquire them. As for characters in A-, B-, and C-Tier, they’re still useful for your team, but have their setbacks. Lastly, characters in D-Tier are the least optimized. Either their skills are more detrimental than useful or their stats are allocated poorly. Regardless, you shouldn’t invest in these characters, if you can help it.

S-Tier

Bow
Ganyu (Cryo)
Venti (Anemo)

Catalyst
Klee (Pyro)
Mona (Hydro)

Claymore
Diluc (Pyro)
Eula (Cryo)

Polearm
Hu Tao (Pyro)
Zhongli (Geo)

Sword
Bennett (Pyro)
Xingqiu (Hydro)

A-Tier

Bow
Diona (Cryo)
Tartaglia (Hydro)

Catalyst
Sucrose (Anemo)

Claymore
Beidou (Electro)
Razor (Electro)

Polearm
Rosaria (Cryo)
Xiao (Anemo)

Sword
Albedo (Geo)
Jean (Anemo)
Kazuha (Anemo)
Qiqi (Cryo)

B-Tier

Bow

Catalyst
Yanfei (Pyro)

Claymore

Polearm
Xiangling (Pyro)

Sword
Keqing (Electro)

C-Tier

Bow
Fischl (Electro)

Catalyst
Lisa (Electro)
Ningguang (Geo)

Claymore
Chongyun (Cryo)
Noelle (Geo)

Polearm

Sword
Kaeya (Cryo)

D-Tier

Bow
Amber (Pyro)

Catalyst
Barbara (Hydro)

Claymore
Xinyan (Pyro)

Polearm

Sword
Traveler

 

GENSHIN IMPACT TIER LIST: WEAPON TYPES

Apart from knowing the top picks for our Genshin Impact Tier List, it’s important to note the specifics of their weapon types. This is because their assigned weapons dictate how they’ll move and deal damage in battle.

Bow
Bow-wielding characters can fire between five and six arrows in quick succession. Their charged attack has the character instill the power of their element in an arrow. This allows for more powerful, but slower shots.

Catalyst
Catalyst-based characters utilize either ranged single-target or Area-of-Effect (AoE) attacks. Their normal attacks are usually single-target, while their charged attack deals AoE damage to a specific area. Also, it’s worth noting that both their normal and special attacks are infused with their element.

Claymore
Claymore-wielding characters use a large sword to attack their enemies, inflicting damage with four to five large, but slow swings. Their charged attack is a chain of attacks done in quick succession that ends in a powerful slash.

Polearm
Characters who fight with a polearm attack with five to six quick melee attacks. In the current meta, charged attacks vary greatly from character to character. Most charge at the enemy with their polearm. Other variations include an upward thrust or a hail of spears.

Sword
Sword-wielding characters attack with five quick swings. Their charged attack unleashes two rapid swings and AoE damage in the space in front of them.

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Conclusion

Genshin Impact offers players an immersive experience, with its rich lore and expansive open world. It benefits from its cute, anime art style, similar to games like Princess Connect! Re:Dive and Azur Lane. But what sets Genshin Impact apart from these titles is the fact that it allows players to explore its fantasy world fully. The combat is a huge part of the title, highlighting the need for planning and strategy. Hopefully our Genshin Impact Tier List helped you, in this regard. But the game also allows for quiet moments, where players get lost in the scenery as they traverse the land of Teyvat. This is what makes Genshin Impact such an excellent game, suitable for gamers of all backgrounds.

To download the game and start exploring the fantastical world of Teyvat, head over to the game’s official website.


About James Sterling

James Sterling received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). His Bachelor of Science was completed in Computer Science (Games) and his Master of Science was completed in Game Development. James spends his free time contributing on popular forums such as Tom's Hardware and AnandTech while hanging out with his cat Jonathan. Humorously, his favorite youtube channel is Jimquisition by Jim Sterling.

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