Genshin Impact is all about the characters, and there’s a dizzying array of them to keep track of, with more added in each update.
From star rankings and elements, to skills, weapons, and more, deciding which character is the best fit for your party isn’t always an easy task. Our character list and recommended characters takes the guesswork out and helps point you in the right direction.
Genshin Impact character list
We’ve divided all the Genshin Impact characters based on star ranking and element before listing their weapons and special dishes.
Each character has a special dish where there’s a slight chance they’ll produce an enhanced version of that dish if you choose them during cooking. The emphasis is on “slight,” however, since the chances are quite low.
We’ve also added a few recommendations for the best characters you can aim for and how they benefit your party.
Genshin Impact five star characters
|Genshin Impact five-star character list|
|Eula||Cryo||Claymore||Stormcrest Dish, obtained by cooking Moon Pie|
|Ganyu||Cryo||Bow||Prosperous Peace, obtained by cooking Universal Peace|
|Qiqi||Cryo||Sword||No Tomorrow, obtained by cooking Come and Get It|
|Diluc||Pyro||Claymore||Once Upon a Time in Mondstadt, obtained by cooking Pile ‘Em Up|
|Hu Tao||Pyro||Polearm||Ghostly March, obtained by cooking Vegetarian Abalone|
|Klee||Pyro||Catalyst||Fish Flavored Toast, obtained by cooking Fisherman’s Toast|
|Jean||Anemo||Sword||Invigorating Pizza, obtained by cooking Mushroom Pizza|
|Venti||Anemo||Bow||A Buoyant Breeze, obtained by cooking Barbatos Ratatouille|
|Xiao||Anemo||Polearm||Sweet Dream, obtained by cooking Almond Tofu|
|Albedo||Geo||Sword||Woodland Dream, obtained by cooking Sunshine Sprat|
|Zhongli||Geo||Polearm||Slow-Cooked Bamboo Shoot Soup, obtained by cooking Bamboo Shoot Soup|
|Tartaglia||Hydro||Bow/Dual Sword||A Prize Catch, obtained by cooking Calla Lily Seafood Soup|
|Mona||Hydro||Catalyst||Der Weisheit Letzter Schluss, obtained by cooking Satisfying Salad|
|Keqing||Electro||Sword||Survival Grilled Fish, obtained by cooking Grilled Tiger Fish|
The spot for the best five star Genshin Impact characters is a contested one. If you’re looking just for DPS, it’s a close tie between Diluc and Eula, with Eula pulling ahead by a smidgeon. Both have high base attack stats and use claymores, with the main difference being in their Elemental abilities.
Eula’s grants her a defense-boosting item in its press form, and the hold form consumes those items to deal heavier damage. Her Elemental Burst generates a Light Sword that deals explosive damage after a set time.
Diluc’s Skill can be used three times consecutively without cooldown, though, and his Burst deals extended Pyro damage.
Then there’s Venti, a solid mix of support and DPS that fits with any team. Ranged attacks are always handy, and his Elemental abilities deal extensive damage while setting up Elemental Reactions at the same time.
Genshin Impact four star characters
|Genshin Impact four-star character list|
|Kaeya||Cryo||Sword||Fruity Skewers, obtained by cooking Chicken-Mushroom Skewer|
|Rosaria||Cryo||Polearm||Dinner of Judgement, obtained by cooking Sweet Madame|
|Chongyun||Cryo||Claymore||Cold Noodles with Mountain Delicacies, obtained by cooking Noodles with Mountain Delicacies|
|Diona||Cryo||Bow||Definitely Not Bar Food! obtained by cooking Mondstadt Grilled Fish|
|Yanfei||Pyro||Catalyst||My Way, obtained by cooking Crab Roe Tofu|
|Amber||Pyro||Bow||Outrider’s Champion Steak! obtained by cooking Steak|
|Xiangling||Pyro||Polearm||Wanmin Restuarant’s Boiled Fish, obtained by cooking Black-Back Perch Stew|
|Xinyan||Pyro||Claymore||Rockin’ Riffin’ Chicken! obtained by cooking Jueyun Chili Chicken|
|Bennett||Pyro||Sword||Teyvan Charred Egg, obtained by cooking Teyvat Fried Egg|
|Razor||Electro||Claymore||Puppy Paw Hash Brown, obtained by cooking Mondstadt Hash Brown|
|Fischl||Electro||Bow||Die Heilige Sinfonie, obtained by cooking Cold Cut Platter|
|Lisa||Electro||Catalyst||Mysterious Bolognese, obtained by cooking Flaming Red Bolognese|
|Beidou||Electro||Claymore||Flash-Fried Fillet, obtained by cooking Stir-Fried Fillet|
|Barbara||Hydro||Catalyst||Spicy Stew, obtained by cooking Cream Stew|
|Xingqiu||Hydro||Sword||All-Delicacy Parcels, obtained by cooking Crystal Shrimp|
|Noelle||Geo||Claymore||Lighter Than Air Pancakes, obtained by cooking Tea Break Pancake|
|Nigguang||Geo||Catalyst||Qiankun Mora Meat, obtained by cooking Mora Meat|
|Sucrose||Anemo||Catalyst||Nutritious Meal (V. 593), obtained by cooking Crab, Ham, and Veggie Bake|
Choosing the best Genshin Impact four star characters depends on your needs and playstyle. Unlike the five star characters who’re made mostly for dealing damage, the four star characters are a bit more varied, with healers, designated support characters, and even tanks.
Noelle is one of the first characters you’ll likely obtain through the Wish system. She’s certainly worth levelling up and keeping around if you can unlock her first Constellation, I Got Your Back. It automatically activates her shield’s healing function and restores HP to the entire party while she deals damage.
Diona beats out Barbara as a mixed healer and DPS character (sorry, Barbara’s new outfit). Her Elemental Skill deals Cryo damage and creates a temporary shield, while her Burst makes a field of ice that heals you. Ranged Cryo is always useful for freezing Wet enemies too.
Finally, we recommend Yanfei and Fischl for Genshin Impact characters to fill the DPS slot.
Fischl deals heavy Electro damage, especially with her first Constellation unlocked. Her long-lasting Skill also makes it easy to switch out and trigger Reactions.
Yanfei’s abilities make her an almost constant attacker. She has reduced stamina cost for charged attacks and abilities that strengthen them at the same time. There’s no better character for dealing with Cryo or shielded enemies.
How to build the best party in Genshin Impact
Where you’re trying to build the best party in Genshin Impact, it’s tempting to throw whichever character you like the look of together without much thought.
However, you’re potentially missing out on big bonuses to your stats from Elemental Resonance. This is where you stack your party with characters from the same or complementary elements to trigger extra effects.
Add the following to your party to aid them in battle:
- Protective Canopy – 4 different elements – +15% Elemental and Physical Resistance
- Enduring Rock – 2 Geo users – +15% damage when protected by a shield, harder to interrupt
- Fervent Flames – 2 Pyro users – Affected by Cryo element for 40% less time, increase attack by 25%
- Soothing Waters – 2 Hydro users – Affected by Pyro element for 40% less time, increase incoming healing by 30%
- Impetuous Winds – 2 Anemo users – Decrease stamina consumption by 15%, increase movement speed by 10% and decrease skill cooldown by 5%
- High Voltage – 2 Electro users – Affected by Hydro for 40% less time, Electro elemental reactions always trigger elemental particle
- Shattering Ice – 2 Cryo users – Affected by Electro for 40% less time, increases critical hit rate against frozen enemies by 15%
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