Genshin Impact Tier List (November 2021)

GENSHIN IMPACT TIER LIST: S- TIER STRATEGIES

Now that you can confidently take on the game with our Genshin Impact Tier List, here are some S-Tier strategies for you to expand on!

GANYU (CRYO)

Ganyu has been chosen by the community as one of the best main DPS for Bow type. The artifact set that best fits her is the Wanderers Troupe artifact set which gives you 2 DMG buffs: Elemental Mastery and 35% Charged attack DMG which includes the calculation of crits. The stat priority should be ATK%, Energy Recharge, Cryo DMG bonus and substats you should focus on are Elemental Mastery and CRIT DMG. With the recent big update, you could use a new artifact set: the Shimenawa’s Reminiscence that adds 18% ATK (2 pc) and 50% DMG bonus when you use her E first before attacking (4 pc).

Suggested talents to power up are mainly Trail of the Qilin, Celestial Shower, and Normal Attack: Liutian Archery.

Weapons:

Amos Bow (5*) – Increases Elemental Mastery by 80 and charged attack DMG by 35%.

Skyward Harp (5*)– For the CRIT Rate of 4.8% and increases Crit DMG by 20%.

Prototype Crescent (4*)- For the bonus ATK% by 15% and increased SPD movement by 10% and ATK by 36% for 10s.

Viridescent Hunt (4*)- CRIT Rate stat for 6% and normal and aimed shots attacks have a 50% chance of creating a cyclone which will continuously attract enemies dealing 40% of ATK DMG every 0.5s for 4s.

VENTI (ANEMO)

Venti is considered a support and artifact sets that could work with him are Noblesse Oblige and Viridescent Venerer. Substats that work best for him are Energy Recharge, Anemo DMG bonus, Elemental Mastery and CRIT DMG. The Noblesse Oblige set gives him Elemental Burst DMG by 20% and Viridescent Venerer has the Anemo DMG Bonus by 15% and Swirl DMG by 60%. Talents to be focused on are Skyward Sonet, Wind’s Grand Ode and Normal Attack: Divine Marksmanship.

Weapons:

Elegy for the End (5*)- For the Energy Recharge 12% bonus and increased Elemental Mastery by 60 while gaining sigils when dealing with Elemental skill or burst damage.

Skyward Harp (5*)- For the CRIT Rate 4.8% and CRIT DMG by 20%.

Windblume Ode (4*)- For the Elemental Mastery +36 and increased ATK by 16% for 6s.

The Stringless (4*)- For the Elemental Mastery +36 and increases Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst DMG by 24%.

KLEE (PYRO)

With Klee’s recent rerun and event, we have a new guide for her build. She works best as a main DPS and the artifact you want for her is the Crimson Witch of Flames artifact set with the Pyro DMG bonus +15% and increases overloaded and burning DMG by 40%. It also increases the Vaporize and Melt DMG by 15%. The stats priority should be ATK%, Elemental Mastery and Pyro DMG bonus with the substats of CRIT Rate and CRIT DMG. The talents that you want to focus on are Sparks ‘n’ Splash and Jumpy Dumpty. 

Weapons:

Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds (5*)- For the CRIT Rate 7.2% and increases movement SPD by 10%.When in battle you gain an 8% Elemental DMG bonus every 4s.

Skyward Atlas (5*)- For the ATK bonus stat and increased Elemental DMG bonus by 12%.

Dodoco Tales (4*)- For the ATK 12% and increased charged attack DMG by 16% for 6s and by far this is the best 4* catalyst you could get because you can get it at refinement 5 during the Midsummer Island Adventure event which makes it passive really strong.

Solar Pearl (4*)- For the CRIT Rate bonus stat and normal attacks hits increased Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst DMG by 20% for 6s.

MONA (HYDRO)

She provides an elemental decoy for crowd control and a unique fighting movement style that allows high-speed actions. A sub DPS that should have stats prioritized ATK%, Elemental Mastery, Hydro DMG bonus with substats with CRIT DMG and CRIT Rate. The artifact set you wanna use on her are Wanderer’s Troupe 2 pc and Heart of Depth 2 pc. Talent focuses are Mirror Reflection of Doom, Stellaris Phantasm and Normal attack: Ripple of Fate.

Weapons:

Skyward Atlas (5*)- For the 7.2% ATK bonus effect and 12% Elemental DMG bonus.

The Widsith (4*)- For the 12% CRIT DMG bonus effect and there will be a random theme song for 10s. Recitative: 60% ATK increase, Aria: 48% all Elemental DMG increase and 240 Elemental Mastery.

DILUC (PYRO)

Diluc is another great main DPS for your team and using Crimson Witch of Flames you wanna get the CRIT DMG/Rate, ATK%, Pyro DMG bonus and Elemental Mastery. You can also use 2 pc Crimson Witch of Flames and 2 pc Gladiator’s Finale with any mentioned stats above. Talent focuses are Normal Attack: Tempered Sword, Searing Onslaught and Dawn.

Weapons:

Wolf’s Gravestone (5*)- For the 10.8% ATK bonus effect and increases ATK by 20% on hitting enemies with less than 30% HP can increase your party members 40% ATK for 12s.

Prototype Archaic (4*)- For the 6% ATK bonus and on hit, normal or charge attacks have a 50% chance to deal an additional 240% ATK DMG to enemies.

EULA (CRYO)

Eula’s recent banner proved how useful she is as a Physical DPS and giving her the Pale Flame artifact set fits her the best. Physical DMG is increased by 25% and hitting elemental skill to the enemy is increased by 9% for 7s. Additional stats priority are ATK%, CRIT Rate and CRIT DMG. Talent focuses are Normal Attack: Favonius Bladework – Edel, Glacial Illumination and Wellspring of War-Lust. 

Weapons:

Song of Broken Spines (5*)- for the 49 Physical DMG bonus and it increases the wielder’s ATK. When using normal or charged attacks the character gains a Sigil of Whispers once every 0.3s.

Snow-Tombed Starsilver (4*)- For the 7.5% Physical DMG bonus and hitting an enemy with a normal or charged attack has a 60% chance of forming and dropping an Everfrost Icicle above them.

HU TAO (PYRO)

Hu Tao is one of our best DPS for polearm weapon type using the Crimson Witch of Flames artifact set giving her Pyro DMG bonus 15% and increases overloaded and burning DMG by 40%. You can also use Crimson Witch of Flames 2 pc and Noblesse Oblige 2 pc with Elemental Burst DMG by 20%. With her unique skills, you should also prioritize giving her an artifact for HP and Energy Recharge but also not forgetting CRIT Rate and CRIT DMG. Talent focuses are Guide to Afterlife, Normal Attack: Secret Spear of Wangsheng and Spirit Soother. Now you ask, why is burst last? While her burst deals more DMG when she’s -50% HP, she also heals more depending on how many enemies she hits. It’s a double-edged sword because she needs to be -50% HP to trigger her 2nd passive that gives her 33% Pyro DMG bonus.

Weapons:

Staff of Homa (5*)- For 14.4% CRIT DMG and HP is increased by 20% additionally provides an ATK bonus based on 0.8% of the max HP.

Dragon’s Bane (4*)- For the Elemental Mastery bonus stat and increases DMG against enemies affected by Pyro or Hydro by 20%.

ZHONGLI (GEO)

He is the best Burst DPS you could use right now and certainly one of the top-tier list Geo characters. The best artifact set you could use is the Noblesse Oblige 2 pc and Archaic Petra that has the stats of Elemental Burst DMG 20% and gain Geo DMG bonus for 15%. You should also prioritize the stats ATK%, Energy Recharge, CRIT Rate/CRIT DMG with the substats of HP. You could also use the 4 pc Tenacity of Millelith that has 20% HP and when an elemental skill hits an enemy the ATK of the party members will be increased to 20% and their shield strength is also increased by 30% for 3s.

Talent focus should be on Dominus Lapidis, Planet Befall and Normal Attack: Rain of Stone. 

Weapons:

Skyward Spine (5*)- For Energy Recharge bonus stat and increases CRIT rate by 8% and increases normal ATK SPD by 12%.

Prototype Starglitter (4*)- For Energy Recharge bonus stat and after using an elemental skill it increases the normal and charged attacks.

RAIDEN SHOGUN (ELECTRO)

It comes as no surprise that the newest Archon is also an S-Tier. Taking her place with Venti and Zhongli, Raiden Shogun works well as either a Support character or a Sub-DPS. To maximize her elemental damage, aim to equip her with the Emblem of Severed Fate artifact set, which increases Energy Recharge and Elemental Burst DMG. In terms of stat priority, aim for Energy Recharge%, ATK%, Electro DMG Bonus, CRIT DMG, and CRIT Rate. As for substats, aim for ATK%, CRIT DMG, CRIT Rate, and Energy Recharge. 

The talents you should focus on are: Secret Art: Musou Shinsetsu, Transcendence: Baleful Omen, and Normal Attack: Origin in that order.

Weapons:

Engulfing Lightning (5*) – Increases Attack power by 28% of Energy Recharge over base of 100% and grants Energy Recharge for 12s after using Burst.

Skyward Spine (5*) – Increases Normal Attack Speed by 12% and CRIT Rate by 8%. Also has a 50% of doing 40% of ATK DMG in a small AoE after every successful hit.

The Catch (4*) – Increases Elemental Burst CRIT Rate by 6% and Elemental Burst DMG by 16%.

Favonius Lance (4*) – Grants 60% chance for CRITs to generate Elemental Particles, which regenerate 6 Energy for the wielder.

AYAKA (CRYO)

Ayaka is another new character from Inazuma. Much like Ganyu and Eula, she’s an excellent DPS character. Ayaka’s best artifact set is the Blizzard Strayer, which increases her base Cryo DMG by 15%. It also increases her CRIT Rate against enemies that are affected by Cryo by 20%, with a further bonus of 20% if they’re frozen. For stats, prioritize ATK%, Cryo DMG Bonus, CRIT Rate, and CRIT DMG. And when building her substats, try to get ATK%, CRIT DMG, and CRIT Rate.

To maximize Ayaka’s damage output, here’s the talent priority you should follow: Kamisato Art – Kabuki, Kamisato Art: Hyouka, and Kamisato Art: Soumetsu in that order.

Weapons:

Mistsplitter Reforged (5*) – Increases Elemental DMG Bonus by 12% with potential for stacking.

Primordial Jade Cutter (5*) – Increases HP by 20% and provides extra ATK power equivalent to 1.2% of wielder’s HP.

Blackcliff Longsword (4*) – Increases ATK by 12% every time an opponent is defeated. Lasts for 30s and can stack up to 3 times.

Favonius Sword (4*) – Grants 60% chance for CRITs to generate Elemental Particles, which regenerate 6 Energy for the wielder.

BENNETT (PYRO)

It is highly suggested to build Bennett as a main support and with simple stats mainly HP because his heal scales off his HP and Energy Recharge. Using Noblesse Oblige 4 pc is also a good set for him because it has Elemental Burst DMG for 20% and it increases all party members ATK by 20% for 12s. Talent focus should be Fantastic Voyage, Passion Overload and Normal Attack: Strike of Fortune.

Weapons:

Skyward Blade (5*)- For the Energy Recharge 12% bonus effect and CRIT Rate is increased by 4%. You also gain Skypiercing Might upon using an Elemental Burst.

Favonius Sword (4*)- For the Energy Recharge bonus stat and CRIT has a 60% chance of generating a small amount of Elemental Particles which will generate 6 Energy Recharge.

ZINGQUI (HYDRO)

He can be used as a Support but he is good as a Burst DPS. You should use the Heart of Depth 2 pc and Noblesse Oblige 2 pc but Noblesse Oblige 4 pc could also work. Should prioritize the stats ATK%, Energy Recharge and Hydro DMG bonus. Talents focus are Guhua Sword: Raincutter, Guhua Sword: Fatal Rainscreen and Normal attack: Guhua Style.

Weapons:

Skyward Blade (5*)- For the Energy Recharge 12% and CRIT rate is increased by 4%.

Sacrificial Sword (4*)- For the Energy Recharge 13.3% and after attacking an enemy with an elemental skill it has a 40% chance to end its own CD.

 

 

 

On the next page, you’ll learn all things about character elements in Genshin Impact.

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