Genshin Impact has many aspects, but combat is the most important. It is important to understand how combat works because the majority of the game’s missions and explorations will involve some form of combat. Below is a list of all the elements and combat in Genshin Impact.
The basic act of combat is relatively simple on the surface, but every single character has a slight variation to how they attack and their attack speed. It is important to understand the type of weapon and range each character uses as well as the attack speed. There are five types of weapons in the game. Catalysts, bows, and claymores excel at long-range. Claymores, polearms, and swords excel at mid-range and close-range fighting.
Each weapon has a rapid attack pattern, which can be used by repeatedly pressing the attack button, as well as a charged attack. You can use the charged attack on all weapons except the bow by pressing the attack button repeatedly. This will drain a portion the stamina meter. You can use the charge attack for bows by aiming down and holding down the attack button. Charge attacks and attack patterns vary from one character to the next. It is important to know how each character moves and what their speed and movements are.
Each character has their own set of talents, which provide special abilities that are unique to the character. Two active talents can be used by a character in battle: elemental skill or elemental burst. The elemental skill has a set cooldown, and the elemental surge must be charged by engaging combat. These abilities may have different purposes, such as dealing damage or providing healing. However, they all serve a purpose in combat. It is important to be familiar with them.
Elemental types and combos
One of the most important factors in combat is elemental types. There are seven elements: Anemo (Ge, Electro, Hydro, Dendro and Hydro), Pyro (and Cryo) Except for The Traveler who can have multiple elements at once, each character has an elemental type that they are skilled in. Every character has an elemental type that is involved in combat. However, the frequency of combat depends on their talents and weapon types. The basic attacks of catalyst users always deal elemental harm, while physical weapons such as polearms and claymores do not. While bows can deal elemental damage using charged attacks, they are not able to fire rapid-fire strikes.
Some elements apply status effects when used by themselves.
- Pyro — burns the target for a few seconds, applying damage
- Cryo — reduces the target’s movement speed temporarily
- Geo — apply the crystallization status, which reduces damage against all elemental types except for Geo
- Hydro — target becomes wet and primed for an elemental reaction
- Electro — target becomes electrified and primed for an elemental reaction
There are also several elemental reactions that occur when two elements are applied to a target at the same time
- Overloaded: Pyro and Electro — deals pyro damage in an AoE around the target
- Electro-Charged: Hydro and Electro — Electrifies the enemy, dealing damage to the target over time and spreading to over wet enemies
- Superconductor: Cryo and Electro — does Cryo damage in an AoE around the target
- Swirl: Anemo combined with Pyro, Cryo, Electro, or Hydro — the wind attack spreads the other element effect to all nearby enemies
- Burning: Dendro and Pyro — sets the target on fire, dealing high damage over time
- Frozen: Hydro and Cryo — freezes target, making them immobile and primed for shattering with a charged attacked
- Melt: Cryo and Pyro — the target “melts,” losing both status effects and taking additional damage from the attack that triggered it
- Vaporized: Hydro and Pyro — the target “vaporizes,” losing both status effects and taking additional damage from the attack that triggered it
There are plenty of low-level fodder enemies in Genshin Impact that can be beaten just by spamming attacks, but some special enemies or more powerful ones will require elemental attacks to defeat in a timely manner. Some Hilichurls also have shields that can be destroyed quickly with Pyro attacks. Abyss Mages begin combat encounters using shields made of their elemental types. Using an element that triggers a reaction to the shield will cause it to be destroyed faster. You can exploit certain elements to defeat bosses and obtain Ascension material. You should have leveled up characters for each element type to be able to swap them out depending on the situation.
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