It’s been almost a year since the hit online RPG Genshin Impact has been out. The game is now on its 1.6 update and features a ton of colourful characters to gacha for with Primogems.
From Pyros to Cryos, here is the updated tier list featuring all the latest heroes. Just a few things (i) tier lists are subjective; your base characters can still get you through a lot of the game’s content, though not as quick and as efficient. And (ii) we didn’t add Kazuha as of yet since he’s brand new to the meta; check back here in a few months and we’ll come to a decision.
Genshin Impact Character Tier List
Ganyu, Hu Tao, Venti, Bennett, Xingqiu, Mona, Albedo, Zhongli
Ganyu – This Cryo archer is not only one of the best DPS characters for that element, but also one of the best damage dealers in the game, period.
She provides consistent Cryo AoE damage with Trail of the Qilin and Celestial Shower, as well as increased crit rate from her passive, Undivided Heart. Just watch the video above for visual proof of her skills.
Hu Tao – Wansheng’s polearm-wielding Funeral Director Hu Tao hits like a truck on fire. Literally.
Not only does she deal massive Pyro damage with her Elemental Skill and passive, but her burst, Spirit Soother, inflicts AoE Pyro damage and heals her when it hits.
Venti – A veteran from the first iteration of the game, the tone-deaf bard is still a powerful Anemo character even with the tweaks and buffs the rest of the cast received up to 1.6. He can use his Elemental Burst to summon an AoE damage hurricane that sucks in enemies and absorbs other elements to trigger Swirl.
This makes Venti play a versatile support role for most damage-dealing characters.
Bennett – A great four-star support character who is better at his job than his backstory lets him out to be. He can use his Elemental Burst for healing, has a decent attack buff, and acquires Pyro infusion after unlocking Constellation 6.
He goes well with Pyro DPS characters like Diluc or Klee due to that 25% attack boost from Elemental Resonance.
Xinqiu – A lovely support character. He can summon damage-reducing swords that heal, and his Elemental Burst follows up attacks with rain swords that inflict Hydro damage.
Mona – This astrologist is a great source of Hydro damage who comes with kiting kits and traps that can bring in the damage. She can also become water while dashing; that’s a nice touch.
Albedo – This alchemist’s key ability Solar Isotoma provides a consistent source of AoE Geo damage, a fast cooldown, and produces elemental particles to fuel other abilities. It also creates a raised platform that your characters can use for plunge attacks, or to rain destruction from—no wonder Klee likes him so much.
Zhongli – He’s a literal rock. His fortifying shields are the best in the game and he gains increased damage based on max HP. His Stone Steles also resonate with other Geo constructs causing damage. He goes well with a party that needs a tank to complement the DPS and Support of the group.
Klee, Jean, Diona, Eula, Yanfei, Childe, Keqing, Diluc, Razor, Fischl, Ningguang, Xiao
Klee – This little girl can bring in the boom. Klee is one of the best Pyro DPS characters due to the high AoE damage her attacks inflict. Her Elemental Burst, Sparks ‘n’ Splash, is similar to Xingqiu’s except inflicting Pyro damage, so much so that if you pair them you can keep triggering Vapourize on foes.
Jean – Since Jean’s healing is based on her attack stat, she’s a strong support and DPS rolled into one. Dandelion Field provides a powerful AoE healing burst, while her passive, Wind Companion, keeps your party topped off, as every time Jean attacks there’s a 50% chance everyone gets a heal.
Eula – As the highest physical DPS character, Eula and her vengeance is very strong. While other characters provide elemental AoE damage, Eula’s powerful Icetide Vortex and Glacial Illumination abilities cater more to a one-shot playstyle. If you’re into that, go for this dancing queen and her buffed-up constellations.
Yanfei – She’s discount Klee. But she can offer a consistent source of ranged Pyro to pop off those Elemental Reactions. Pair her with Xingqiu’s burst to Vaporize anything.
Childe/Tartaglia – The hybrid polearm-and-bow user is versatile. oul Legacy: Raging Tide allows him to switch weapons and his Elemental Burst, Havoc: Obliteration, is a strong Hydro AoE that changes depending on weapon stance. His only real drawback is the lengthy cooldown for switching between stances.
Keqing – She’s the best Electro damage dealer out there. Her fast attack pattern and Stellar Restoration skill allow her to move quickly between opponents, but also infuse her blade with Electro for Elemental Reactions.
Xinyan, Noelle, Barbara, Xiangling, Beidou, QiQi, Rosaria, Sucrose, Chongyun
Xinyan – Discount Diluc. ’nuff said. She’s pretty decent if you need a Pyro DPS.
Noelle – Best go-to Geo tank if you don’t have Zhongli. Her recent buffs and game mechanic changes means her self-made barrier is more useful than ever.
Barbara – The songstress deacon is still pretty top-tier if you gacha’ed her into your group. It’s just that other folks have been getting buffed up. All in all, a great healer who lacks damage and utility bits like Jean and Bennett.
Chongyun – He’s gone down a few ranks since other characters like Eula are better at what he does.
Lisa, Kaeya, Traveller (Anemo, Geo), Amber
Like we said in our previous guide last year, the base characters are still great to use and are sometimes required for puzzle bits. Still, the higher-tiered characters are just better in combat, Elemental Burst combos, and utility overall.