There is no shortage of playable characters for Genshin Impact, and they all have unique abilities that suit any gamer’s playing style. With all of the different weapons, talents, elementals, ascension bonuses, and constellation upgrades, players can make any character effective in the battle against the creatures in this beautiful open-world game.
Each character in this game can be put into three different categories for the most part. They can be the main DPS, which means they are on the front line causing the most damage to the enemies. There’s also sub DPS, which are characters that can amplify the damage even when they are not on the field of battle. And then there are support characters; their main goal is to provide healing or other boosts when not on the field much. Three different tier lists will be shown below as well as a brief description of each character. Note: Some characters may be on a different tier depending on which list they are on, and you will find the character description in their highest tier section.
With all of this in mind, here is our Genshin Impact Tier List that will show you the best characters to use and the best artifacts and weapons to maximize their potential.
Main DPS tier list
SS Tier – Raiden Shogun (Electro Polearm), Ayaka (Cryo Sword), Itto (Geo Claymore), Hu Tao (Pyro Polearm), Ganyu (Cryo Bow), Eula (Cryo Sword)
S Tier – Xiao (Anemo Polearm), Yoimiya (Pyro Bow)
A Tier – Yanfei (Pyro Catalyst), Noelle (Geo Claymore), Ningguang (Geo Catalyst), Klee (Pyro Catalyst), Diluc (Pyro Claymore), Kokomi (Hydro Catalyst)
B Tier – Keqing (Electro Sword), Razor (Electro Claymore), Fischl (Electro Bow), Mona (Hydro Catalyst), Yun Jin (Geo Polearm)
C Tier – Rosaria (Cryo Polearm), Aloy (Cryo Bow), Xinyan (Pyro Claymore)
Sub DPS tier list
SS Tier – Ayaka (Cryo Sword), Raiden Shogun (Electro Polearm), Kazuha (Anemo Sword), Albedo (Geo Sword), Xiangling (Pyro Polearm), Venti (Anemo Bow), Xinqiu (Hydro Sword)
S Tier – Ganyu (Cryo Bow), Zhongli (Geo Polearm), Fischl (Electro Bow), Mona (Hydro Catalyst), Shenhe (Cryo Polearm)
A Tier – Kaeya (Cryo Sword), Kokomi (Hydro Catalyst), Kujou Sara (Electro Bow), Sucrose (Anemo Catalyst), Rosaria (Cryo Polearm), Beidou (Electro Claymore)
B Tier – Sayu (Anemo Claymore), Chongyun (Cryo Claymore)
C Tier – Lisa (Electro Catalyst, Traveler (Anemo Sword), Thome (Pyro Polearm), Amber (Pyro Bow)
Support tier list
SS Tier – Kazuha (Anemo Sword), Diona (Cryo Bow), Raiden Shogun (Electro Polearm), Bennett (Pyro Sword), Zhongli (Geo Polearm)
S Tier – Albedo (Geo Sword), Shenhe (Cryo Polearm), Gorou (Geo Bow), Kujou Sara (Electro Bow), Yun Jin (Geo Polearm), Venti (Anemo Bow), Sucrose (Anemo Catalyst), Mona (Hydro Catalyst)
A Tier – Kokomi (Hydro Catalyst), Jean (Anemo Sword), Barbara (Hydro Catalyst), Qiqi (Cryo Sword), Sayu (Anemo Claymore)
B Tier – Traveler (Geo Sword), Chongyun (Cryo Claymore), Thoma (Pyro Polearm), Rosaria (Cryo Polearm), Xinyan (Pyro Claymore)
C Tier – Xinqiu (Hydro Sword), Noelle (Geo Claymore), Ningguang (Geo Catalyst)
All SS tier Characters
Raiden is a very strong character that deals high amounts of electro damage, she can burst the team’s elemental damage dramatically. Of all the characters in this Genshin Impact Tier List, Raiden shines the most and is the most well-rounded character. Although the electro element is not as effective as the stronger elements like cryo and pyro, there is still a lot of use for this character on the field.
The best weapon for Raiden is the Engulfing Lightning, and her best artifact is the Emblem of Severed Fate.
This character was added in the 2.0 update, and the players were not disappointed. She uses her cryo element in her normal and charged attacks to deal high amounts of damage. While she does not deal as much damage as some of the other characters in this list, her ability to be the main DPS as well as a sub DPS truly makes her special. The best weapon for Ayaka is the Mistsplitter Reforged, and her best artifact is the Blizzard Strayer.
Itto had some competition when he was first released, and it is safe to say that he has earned his spot at the top of the list. With his high crit rate and charge attack damage, Itto is a force on the field. He can taunt enemies with his elemental skill, and when paired with a Geo character, he can use his full potential. The best weapon for Itto is the Redhorn Stonethresher, and his best artifact is the Husk of Opulent Dreams.
Hu Tao is a very strong character, especially when set up with the right build. She deals massive amounts of pyro damage with her elemental skill and is great for co-op play. Her damage output to single targets is where she shines the most. Equip the Staff of Homa as her weapon, along with the Crimson Witch of Flames artifact to slay your enemies in style.
Ganyu is one of the best characters when it comes to base attack damage with her bow, shooting off cryo arrows that deal loads of damage. She can use her charged shot after her elemental burst to create a high damage skill combo as well as constantly harm and freeze her enemies. Give her the Amos’ Bow and Wanderers’ Troupe artifact and she will become a force to be reckoned with.
Eula is one of the best damage dealers in the game, and she can deal massive amounts of physical damage as well as a huge burst of AoE damage. With her cryo elemental powers; she can reduce the enemy’s resistance for even more damage. Give her the song of Broken Pines sword, along with the Pale Flame artifact to wreak havoc.
Kazuha is loved by the community for her versatility, and when she is paired with a team composition that uses elemental reaction, the amount of damage you can do is quite unreal. She can pull her enemies in to stun them and then run them down. Give her the Freedom-Sworn sword along with the Viridescent Venerer artifact to wipe those enemies out effectively.
Albedo can constantly trigger high damage Geo-infused reactions. Creating Geo explosions that have a large area of effect. His short cool-down time and damage output make him a top-tier character. His ideal weapon is the Cinnabar Spindle, and the best artifact is the Husk of Opulent Dreams.
She may not deal the most amount of damage, but her pyro powers make her one of the best. She drops a fire-breathing teddy bear that automatically shoots enemies, while her elemental burst will surround her in the fire for about ten seconds. When she is paired with other pyro characters she can be very effective in battle. Equip her with the Engulfing lighting weapon and the Emblem of Severed Fate artifact.
Venti is a bow character and is arguably the best elemental support character in the game. He can launch himself and his enemies in the air as well as create a stormeye that draws enemies towards it. He can absorb all of the elements and convert them into a 50% damage boost for each elemental type.
His powerful crowd control and fast recharge rate make him one of the best. Give him the Polar Star bow and the Viridescent Venerer artifact to lash out heavy attacks.
What makes this character good is the passive ability to heal, especially when paired with the right team composition. Their elemental burst and skill provide damage reduction as well as elemental reaction triggers. Give them the Sacrificial Sword along with the Emblem of Severed Fate artifact.
Diona is not the best when it comes to ranged attacks, but her cryo abilities can freeze multiple enemies in sticky situations. What makes her great is that she can provide constant healing and give shields. Equip her with the Sacrificial Bow along with the Maiden Beloved artifact to provide the best support.
Bennett can fill the support role in almost every regard; providing the team with damage boosters, healing, and can even deal good damage when needed. He is pretty much the all-in-one support character, and he is very popular among the players. Put the Skyward Blade in his hands and the Maiden Beloved artifact and see why he is so good.
Zhongli is very effective in the field with his Geo abilities and damage output. He can quickly deploy highly effective shields as well as petrify his enemies. His weapon should be the Favonius Lance, and his artifact should be the Noblesse Oblige.
All S tier Characters
Xiao does a great job at crowd control and attacking multiple enemies at once and he can easily trigger an elemental reaction swirl with a variety of different characters. He can set up high damage combos as well as fight aerial enemies very effectively. Give him the Staff of Homa as his weapon, and the Viridescent Venerer or Gladiator’s Finale as his artifact.
Yoimia may not be used in the harder missions of the game, yet she is still a very solid character. She infuses her normal attacks with pyro, and even without her elemental skill, she can still deal high pyro damage with her pyro attacks. Increase her damage output with her constellation levels. Give her the Thundering Pulse bow and the Shimenawa’s Reminiscence artifact for her maximum potential.
This character can spawn Oz onto the battlefield for extra assistance. It takes some constellation points to get Oz to a powerful level, yet it has very high potential and is very good for electro reactions. Give her the weapon called “The Stringless” as well as the Tenacity of the Millelith artifact.
Mona’s elemental burst can make several enemies immobile at once. She can also spawn in her phantom to help protect her squad. She provides great crowd control and her elemental burst massively amplifies vaporize damage. Give her the Widsith weapon and the Emblem of Severed Fate artifact.
All A Tier Characters
Shenhe’s role on the battlefield is to buff other characters, primarily affecting other cryo characters. She can deal continuous AoE damage with her elemental burst. Equip her with the Calamity Queller weapon along with the Shimenawa’s Reminiscence or Gladiators Finale artifact.
Gorou’s abilities excel when paired with Geo characters such as Itto, Zhongli, and Albedo. He is a great Geo support that provides Geo damage, shields, and buffs. If you plan on running a full Geo squad, make sure Gorou is on the roster. Give him the Elegy for the End weapon and the Husk of Opulent Dreams artifact to maximize those Geo abilities.
Sara has an interesting move set, yet her electro abilities make her very strong. Having another electro character along with Sara will maximize her abilities and make her very effective. Overall, she is very useful for increasing the overall attack damage of the team. Give her the Skyward Harp weapon and the Emblem of Severed Fate artifact.
Unlike most Geo support characters, Yun Jiin can be paired with characters of any element. Her normal attack buff increases when in a party with different elements. Pair her up with Yoimia to see her true potential. Give her the Engulfing Lighting weapon and the Husk of Opulent Dreams or the Emblem of Sacred Fate artifacts.
Sucrose is an alchemy character that can launch her enemies into the air, dealing anemo damage. Similar to venti, she can absorb pyro, electro, hydro, and cryo damage and convert it to extra damage output. She provides good crowd control and can lower the enemy’s resistance. Give her the Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers weapon, as well as the Viridescent Venerer artifact.
Yanfei has some of the highest base damage out of any character, with strong charged attacks. With scarlet seals, she can deal higher damage and gain more range. Give her the Memory of Dust weapon and the Crimson Witch of Flames artifact.
She is mainly a defensive player, being super useful for early-game players due to her shield and healing abilities. She can balance her attack and defense for some great sustaining damage, and her elemental burst will boost damage. Give her the Redhorn Stonethresher weapon and the Husk of Opulent Dreams artifact.
This character has a unique shield ability that can be used to shape the battlefield, being able to place a Geo wall wherever you want to stop the hordes of enemies. She can deal high damage to single targets and her shield can block attacks and give good buffs. Equip her with the Memory of Dust weapon and the Gladiators Finale artifact to get the most use out of this character.
This character has a high base attack, extra ascension pyro attacks, and a catalyst, making her a very good build for maximum pyro damage. She has a very wide range of damage and her powerful attacks let her take advantage of elemental reactions. Give her the Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds weapon as well as the Crimson Witch of Flames artifact.
His pyro element meshes well with the claymore for heavy firepower. His elemental skills have a short cooldown time and can unleash powerful elemental bursts that deal tons of damage over a wide range. Give him the Redhorn Stonethresher weapon and the Crimson Witch of Flames artifact.
Kokomi is one of the latest hydro healers to be released in the game, and players are very pleased with her abilities. It is important to keep her health up because her damage and heals rely on her HP. Equip her with the Everlasting Moonglow weapon and the Ocean-Hued Clam artifact.
This character is overall just a solid DPS to have in your composition. He has a low cooldown and his elemental skill will persist on the main DPS. Give him the Favonious Sword and the Emblem of Severed Fate artifact.
Rosaria is one of those characters that can fit in many roles on a squad. Whether you want her as your main DPS or as support for your stronger characters; this cryo-based character excels in many areas. She can produce constant damage with her burst, covering a wide range of damage. Give her The Catch weapon and the Emblem of Severed Fate artifact.
Beidou does not have the same base power as most claymore characters. But when you level up her constellation level she becomes a very powerful character. She can produce constant electro damage and her burst works great when she is surrounded by enemies. Give her the Katsuragikiri Nagamasa weapon and the Emblem of Severed Fate artifact.
Jean’s base attack is on the lower side, but her versatility and healing easily make up for that. Her elemental skill and charge attack can control large crowds of enemies, and her AoE burst provides healing for her team in a large area. Give her the Skyward Blade and the Maiden Beloved artifact.
Barbara has one of the lowest attack damage in all of Genshin Impact, but she makes up for it with her outstanding healing abilities. She can heal characters one by one with her skill, or the entire team with her elemental burst. Not only that, when you level up her constellation level, you gain the ability to revive your teammates to 100% health. Equip her with the Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers weapon and the Maiden Beloved artifact.
Not only does this character have very high attack stats, but her healing abilities scale off the attack damage. In other words, she is a damage dealer and healer in one. Overall, she is an easy character to use, and she is easy to use with other characters. Give her the Skyward Blade and the Maiden Beloved artifact.
Sayu does not shine as much as some of the other top-tier characters, but she holds her own with her good damage and healing abilities. She can recover HP wither her elemental burst as well as restore HP when an elemental reaction occurs. Give her Wolf’s Gravestone weapon and the Viridescent Venerer artifact.
All B Tier Characters
This character has very high base stats, and her HP and defense make her a solid character; She has powerful AoE attacks, and can easily attack the weak points of enemies. Equip her with the Primordial Cutter with the Gladiators Finale.
Razor is a very good main DPS to have in your composition. With his claymore and high attack power, he is considered one of Impact’s best melee fighters; he uses his burst to increase his damage output greatly and can produce high damage combos. Give him Wolf’s gravestone weapon with the Gladiators Finale artifact.
Chongyun is quite good as a claymore melee, and he truly shines as an area of effect character. He can freeze his enemies, and with just a 12-second cooldown, he can freeze, freeze, and freeze again. Give him the Luxurious Sea-Lord weapon and the Noblesse Oblige artifact.
Traveler is a unique character because she can change her elemental type. If your team needs a Geo, Anemo, or Electro element, traveler can help out. She doesn’t do much damage, but she can fit into any team thanks to her ability to swap at will. Give her the Skyward Blade and the Emblem of Severed Fate artifact.
Thoma will usually fit a good role within a team, creating shields for the teammates that provide non-flinch status while they are on. It also gives a shield against pyro elements and he can provide DPS to all characters with the shield on. Give him the Staff of Homa and the Emblem of Severed Fate artifact.
Rosaria is a strong character that can be the main source of DPS or be the support in the background Her damage output might not be the best, but her abilities are very versatile allowing her to make it into many team comps. You can also aim to make her crit rate 100%, allowing her to deal good critical damage. Equip her with the Favonious Lance and the Emblem of Severed Fate artifact.
Xinyan does not shine as much as some of the other pyro characters, yet she can produce a lot of damage. Her elemental skill can provide shield and pyro damage, and her shield provides physical damage buff. Give her the Sacrificial Greatsword weapon and the Retracing Bolide artifact.
All C Tier Characters
The community dint expects much with the release of Aloy, yet she proved herself to be a pretty strong sub DPS. She can deal high cryo damage as well as increase her attack damage with their elemental skill. Give her the Rust bow and the Blizzard Strayer artifact.
Lisa is a very good character for starting players. She has higher base damage than the other starting characters, and she can cause some good damage with her AoE attack. Give her the Widsith weapon and the Emblem of Severed Fate artifact.
Amber is one of the first characters you get in the game, so she does not compare well to the other character on the list. Her elemental skill has a long cooldown and does not have a very good damage output. Give her The Stringless bow and the Emblem of Severed Fate artifact.
Genshin Impact Tier List: Go out there and explore
There are so many fun characters and abilities in the massive open world of Genshin Impact, and choosing your build can be difficult. We hope this tier list has helped you decide which character you want to max out next. Now, go off and enjoy the beautiful world of Genshin Impact and get that loot.
Written by Kyle Snyder
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