Genshin Impact includes over 30 total characters, each with their own features. In deciding which characters are the best, it is important to keep note of their roles (DPS, sub-DPS, or healer), as well as their elements (Pyro, Cryo, etc.). With the latest 2.0 update, new characters have been introduced, and previous ones have been altered.

Genshin Impact is a game focused on character synergy. Therefore, the best characters shine in most team combinations. In addition, these characters can proc elemental reactions more easily while also excelling at their role for dealing damage, buffing allies, or supporting the player’s party respectively.

10 Mona

Mona is a Hydro support or sub-DPS character that excels in both boss fights and world exploration. She can dash through water and leave decoys behind her to lose enemies easily.

The cherry on top is her large AoE elemental burst that debuffs enemies and creates a pool of water that allows for some of the best elemental reactions in the game. With some of the best builds for her in Genshin Impact, Mona can really shine, especially when combined with Fire attacks to trigger melt or vaporize.

9 Xiangling

Xiangling is considered one of the best characters in Genshin Impact that can be unlocked for free through Spiral Abyss. She is a sub-DPS character with Pyro Element who excels in dealing high AoE damage with her talents.

Through the AoE, she can easily trigger elemental reactions on multiple enemies and clear out big groups quickly. In addition, when using her elemental skill, the player can swap characters, and the effect will persist on the other character, thus allowing for multiple easy elemental reactions.


8 Keqing

Keqing is an Electro DPS character in Genshin Impact, mostly known for her power against bosses and open-world mobs. She features quick movement and rapid attacks that allow her to take down enemies quickly and efficiently. In addition, her elemental skill includes a teleport mechanic that can be useful in open-world exploration for reaching harder-to-access areas.

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7 Xiao

Xiao is an Anemo DPS character that is known for dealing exceptionally high elemental burst damage. He has many great moves, but his best is the lunging attack that can deal very high damage and has a long reach.

In addition, he is one of the few melee characters who are great at fighting aerial enemies while in midair. Lastly, his elemental burst increases his damage and infuses his attacks with the Anemo Element, thus allowing for multiple easy elemental reactions.

6 Venti

Venti is one of the best support characters in Genshin Impact that uses the Anemo element. His elemental skill creates an updraft, while his passive reduces stamina consumption while gliding by 20% for all party members. Both these skills are exceptionally useful during open-world exploration.

In addition, his elemental burst creates a huge vortex that pulls enemies in it and can be combined with other AoE skills for insanely high damage and solid elemental reactions.

5 Diluc

Diluc is one of the best DPS characters with Pyro element. Both his elemental skill and elemental burst are known for their long reach and high elemental damage, especially when combined with elements like Hydro to easily trigger vaporize.

In addition, Diluc is a claymore user, which makes it easier to break shields, interrupt enemies with his elemental skill, and even quickly mine ores.

4 Xingqiu

Xingqiu is one of the best sub-DPS characters who use the Hydro element. He is extremely versatile and can be used in almost every team primarily due to his elemental burst. This skill buffs his attacks with extra damage while constantly applying Hydro.

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Most importantly, when switching characters, this skill moves to the next character as well. This allows for some great combos when used by Cryo characters like Ayaka where the player can even permafreeze opponents.

3 Ayaka

Ayaka is Genshin Impact‘s latest character addition, and she is considered a top-tier DPS character, especially when equipped with some of the best builds. As a Cryo character, she can infuse her normal and charged attacks with Cryo after sprinting while also increasing her basic damage after using her skill.

This makes her a great combo with characters like Xingqiu, who can buff her attacks even further and infuse them with Hydro. This is one of the best combinations for Ayaka, as it also keeps the opponents frozen for large amounts of time.

2 Ganyu

Ganyu is an exceptionally good Cryo DPS character that wields a bow. Her charged basic attacks can deal AoE damage, and her elemental skill creates a flower that attracts enemies and then explodes. Additionally, her elemental burst creates a rain of ice shards for high damage in a large area. Based on her attacks and abilities, she excels at high AoE Cryo damage that is ideal for triggering elemental reactions.

1 Hu Tao

Hu Tao is a Pyro DPS character that excels at triggering multiple elemental reactions. Her elemental skill infuses her attacks with Pyro and increases her damage output.

If combined with talents that stay on the field for a long time like Chongyun’s elemental skill, she can trigger a lot of elemental reactions in a short amount of time. In addition, her elemental burst deal AoE fire damage that increases if she’s below 50% HP and heals her.

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