Looking for a strapping, smart, main DPS in the dendro element? Look no further than Genshin Impact’s Alhaitham. He’s the current scribe of the Akademiya in Sumeru, though took on the role of acting Grand Sage during the region’s tumult. While a generally easy-going guy he does have a roommate to deal with, much to his dismay. Genshin Impact’s Kaveh can tell you more about that… Alhaitham wields a sword and can dish out plenty of big green numbers when built to a good standard, so keep on reading to find out exactly what that entails.
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Let’s take a look at the best build for the Akademiya’s scribe, Genshin Impact Alhaitham.
Alhaitham best fits a main DPS role, and requires quite a bit of field time – but he can also slot into a sub-DPS role if needed. His unique kit which somewhat resembles a blend between Genshin Impact Childe‘s and Genshin Impact Keqing‘s has plenty of versatility. He’s an on-field damage dealer, as his Chisel Light Mirrors disappear when he leaves the field, and you want to capitalize on their buffs. Alhaitham’s dendro skills excel at triggering elemental reactions and as such he is best suited to a team that can apply or swirl multiple elements.
Alhaitham’s signature weapon, Light of Foliar Incision, is easily his best-in-slot, as it’s tailored perfectly to his kit. The next best option is Haran Geppaku Futsu, which offers a healthy boost to his crit rate and personal damage.
When it comes to four-star options, Black Sword is a well-rounded choice with no real caveats. An R5 Sapwood Blade is good if you consistently grab the leaf that spawns after using Alhaitham’s skill, and Toukabou Shigure is also viable, but only really makes the cut in single-target situations – falling behind significantly if you’re facing groups of enemies.
|Weapon||Effect||How to obtain|
|Light of Foliar Incision (five-star)||Bonus effect: Crit damage
Skill: Increases crit rate by 4%. When Alhaitham’s normal attacks deal elemental damage, he obtains the Foliar Incision effect, which increases the damage dealt by normal attacks and elemental skills by 120% of his elemental mastery. You can gain one instance of Foliar Incision every 12 seconds
|Weapon banner (alongside Alhaitham)|
|Primordial Jade Cutter (five-star)||Bonus effect: Crit rate
Skill: Increases Alhaitham’s HP by 20%. Additionally, this sword provides an attack bonus based on 1.2% of his maximum HP.
|Haran Geppaku Futsu (five-star)||Bonus effect: Crit rate
Skill: Provides a 12% bonus to all elemental damage. When other nearby party members use elemental skills, Alhaitham gains one Wavespike stack, for a maximum of two stacks (you can gain one Wavespike stack every 0.3 seconds). When the wielder uses an elemental skill, they consume all stacks of Wavespike and gain Ripping Upheaval, converting each stack into an additional 20% normal attack damage for eight seconds
|Weapon banner (alongside Ayato)|
|Black Sword (four-star)||Bonus effect: Crit rate
Skill: Increases damage dealt by normal and charged attacks by 20%. Also regenerates 60% of attack as HP when Alhaitham’s normal and charged attacks score a crit hit. Can occur once every five seconds
|Battle Pass reward|
|Sapwood Blade (four-star)||Bonus effect: Energy recharge
Skill: After triggering a burning, quicken, aggravate, spread, bloom, hyperbloom, or burgeon reactions, a Leaf of Consciousness spawns, lasting for a maximum of ten seconds. When a character picks the leaf up, they gain 60 elemental mastery for 12 seconds. They can only generate one leaf this way every 20 seconds. This effect can still trigger if Alhaitham is not on the field
|Forge via blacksmith|
|Toukabou Shigure (four-star)||Bonus effect: Elemental mastery
Skill: After an attack hits an opponent, inflict an instance of Cursed Parasol upon them for ten seconds. You can trigger this effect once every 15 seconds. If this opponent dies during the Cursed Parasol’s duration, Cursed Parasol’s cooldown refreshes immediately. The wielder deals 16% more damage to the opponent affected by Cursed Parasol
|Akitsu Kimodameshi event reward|
In classic dendro character typing, Alhaitham needs elemental mastery. The more of it, the better. He wants a Deepwood Memory set on his team, too – if he’s the only dendro character and there isn’t another candidate to hold DM for him, it’s best to equip him with this set. However, if Alhaitham is on a double dendro team, a full set of Gilded Dreams is the best option – especially if you can maintain uptime on its four-set skill.
Alternatively, you can mix and match two sets of two different elemental mastery sets (e.g. two Gilded Dreams and two Flower of Paradise Lost) to get 160 additional elemental mastery out of the gate. You can also combine two pieces of an EM set with two pieces of Deepwood Memories, or even Emblem of Severed Fate, to improve his personal damage.
|Artifact set||Effect||How to obtain|
|Gilded Dreams||Two equipped: Increases elemental mastery
Four equipped: Within eight seconds of triggering an elemental reaction, Alhaitham obtains buffs based on the elemental type of other party members. Attack increases by 14% for each ally whose elemental type is the same as the equipping character, and elemental mastery increases by 50 for every ally with a different elemental type. Each of the buffs counts up to three characters. This effect can trigger once every eight seconds, even if he is not on the field
|Spire of Solitary Enlightenment domain|
|Deepwood Memories||Two equipped: Dendro damage bonus
Four equipped: When elemental skills or bursts hit opponents, the targets’ dendro resistance decreases by 30% for eight seconds. You can trigger this effect even if Alhaitham isn’t on the field
|Spire of Solitary Enlightenment domain|
|Emblem of Severed Fate||Two equipped: Energy recharge
Four equipped: Increases elemental burst damage by 25% of Alhaitham’s energy recharge. A maximum of 75% bonus damage can be obtained in this way
|Momiji-Dyed Court domain|
Artifact stat recommendations
In general, your main focus should be on loading him up with plenty of elemental mastery and crit rate/damage so he can dish out as much damage as possible. You should be able to get enough energy recharge on Alhaitham through sub-stats alone, especially if you have two dendro users on the team.
- Sands – Elemental mastery
- Goblet – Dendro damage bonus
- Circlet – Crit rate or crit damage (whichever brings you closer to a 1:2 ratio)
- Elemental mastery (aim for at least 500 total EM)
- Energy recharge
- Crit rate/crit damage
It’s best to prioritize Alhaitham’s elemental skill, then his normal attack, and then his burst.
|Normal attack: Abductive Reasoning||Normal: Perform up to five rapid strikes.
Charged: Consume a set amount of stamina to perform two rapid sword strikes.
Plunging: Plunge from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along its path and dealing AoE damage on impact
|Elemental Skill: Universality: An Elaboration on Form||Alhaitham rushes forward, dealing dendro damage to nearby opponents when the rush ends. Holding this skill enters aiming mode to adjust the direction of this attack. After unleashing this skill, Alhaitham generates one Chisel-Light Mirror, and, if there are no pre-existing mirrors at this time, he generates one additional mirror. When Alhaitham hits opponents after summoning the mirrors, they unleash a projection attack that deals AoE dendro damage based on the number of mirrors on the field. A total of three Chisel-Light Mirrors can exist at once. The mirrors disappear one after another over time or despawn simultaneously when Alhaitham leads the field|
|Elemental burst: Particular Field: Fetters of Phenomena||Create a Particular Binding Field that deals multiple instances of AoE dendro damage. If Chisel-Light Mirrors exist when you unleash this ability, the field absorbs all mirrors, increasing the number of damage instances it deals. Two seconds after you unleash this ability, if it consumes 0/1/2/3 mirrors, Alhaitham generates 3/2/1/0 new mirrors in turn|
|Four-Casual Correction (unlocked at ascension one)||When Alhaitham’s charged or plunging attacks hit opponents, they generate one Chisel-Light Mirror. This can trigger once every 12 seconds|
|Mysteries Laid Bare (unlocked at ascension four)||Each point of Alhaitham’s elemental mastery increases the damage he deals with his Projection Attacks and Particular Field: Fetters of Phenomena by 0.1%, up to a maximum of 100%|
|Law of Reductive Overdetermination (unlocked automatically)||When Alhaitham crafts weapon ascension materials, he has a 10% chance to receive double the product|
If you’re lucky enough to pull more than one copy of Alhaitham, you can unlock one of his constellations. Like other characters, he has a total of six constellations for you to unlock, each with a powerful bonus that makes him even stronger.
|C1: Intuition||When Alhaitham’s Projection Attack hits an opponent, the cooldown of Universality: An Elaboration on Form decreases by 1.2 seconds. This effect can trigger once every second|
|C2: Debate||When Alhaitham generates a Chisel-Light Mirror, his elemental mastery increases by 50 for eight seconds. Max four stacks and each stack’s duration is counted independently. This effect can trigger even when you’ve reached the maximum number of Chisel-Light Mirrors|
|C3: Negation||Increases the level of Universality: An Elaboration on Form by three. Max upgrade level 15|
|C4: Elucidation||When Alhaitham unleashes Particular Field: Fetters of Phenomena, each mirror the field consumes increases the elemental mastery of all other nearby party members by 30 for 15 seconds, and each mirror it generates grants Alhaitham a 10% dendro damage bonus for 15 seconds. The pre-existing duration of the aforementioned effects is cleared if you use Particular Field: Fetters of Phenonema again while they’re in effect|
|C5: Sagacity||Increases the level of Particular Field: Fetters of Phenomena by three. Maximum upgrade level 15|
|C6: Structuration||Two seconds after Alhaitham unleashes Particular Field: Fetters of Phenomena, he generates three Chisel-Light Mirrors regardless of the number of mirrors it consumes. Additionally, if Alhaitham generates Chisel-Light Mirrors when their numbers are already maxed out, his crit rate increases by 10% and his crit damage increases by 70% for six seconds. If this effect triggers again during its initial duration, the duration remaining increases by six seconds|
Here’s everything you need to ascend Alhaitham to level 90. The Pseudo-Stamens come from the Setekh Wenut boss added in version 3.4, and you can hunt down sand grease pupas in the underground Wenut tunnels of the Desert of Hadramaveth. Keep in mind that you need to complete the Golden Slumber quest line before you can gain access to the part of the desert where you can farm these materials.
|20||20,000||One nagadus emerald sliver, three sand grease pupa, three faded red satin|
|40||40,000||Three nagadus emerald fragments, ten sand grease pupa, 15 faded red satin, two pseudo-stamens|
|50||60,000||Six nagadus emerald fragments, 20 sand grease pupa, 12 trimmed red silk, four pseudo-stamens|
|60||80,000||Three nagadus emerald chunks, 30 sand grease pupa, 18 trimmed red silk, eight pseudo-stamens|
|70||100,000||Six nagadus emerald chunks, 45 sand grease pupa, 12 rich red brocade, 12 pseudo-stamens|
|80||120,000||Six nagadus emerald gemstones, 60 sand grease pupa, 24 rich red brocade, 20 pseudo-stamens|
You can level up Alhaitham’s normal attack, skill, and burst to level ten. Here are all the materials you need to level one of his talents all the way to ten. Alhaitham uses the teachings of ingenuity book set, which you can get from the Chatrakam Cave domain on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. He also requires the mirror of mushin drops from the weekly Balladeer boss fight.
|Two||12,500||Six faded red satin, three teachings of ingenuity|
|Three||17,500||Three trimmed red silk, two guides to ingenuity|
|Four||25,000||Four trimmed red silk, four guides to ingenuity|
|Five||30,000||Six trimmed red silk, six guides to ingenuity|
|Six||37,500||Nine trimmed red silk, nine guides to ingenuity|
|Seven||120,000||Four rich red brocade, four philosophies of ingenuity, one mirror of mushin|
|Eight||260,000||Six rich red brocade, six philosophies of ingenuity, one mirror of mushin|
|Nine||450,000||Nine rich red brocade, 12 philosophies of ingenuity, two mirrors of mushin|
|Ten||700,000||12 rich red brocade, 16 philosophies of ingenuity, two mirrors of mushin, one crown of insight|
Considering Alhaitham is a dendro DPS unit, he is relatively flexible. Using him for hefty reaction damage is still the best option for big numbers, especially in a bloom or hyperbloom team. Here is what we recommend:
That’s everything we’ve got to tell you about the perfect Genshin Impact Alhaitham build. If you need a break from scouring Sumeru for sand pupas, head over to our list of the best games like Genshin Impact to find something fresh to play. Then take a look at our Honkai Star Rail tier list and Honkai Star Rail codes guide.