Genshin Impact artifacts – our recommendations

Genshin Impact artifacts are an important part of any character's build. But what do they do? Which set is best? Well, grab your resin, and let's dive in!

Genshin Impact's Zhongli with Tenacity of the Milelith and Archaic Petra artifacts

Genshin Impact offers a great level of freedom when it comes to playstyle. With a huge cast of characters wielding different visions and skills, a massive range of unique weapons with specific abilities, and plenty of elemental interactions to spice up your fights, there’s no one specific way to play the game (we’ve even seen Genshin Impact Barbara as a DPS in the past, anything is possible).

But there’s something that many new players overlook (and long-term players both love and hate), and that’s the significance of the almighty Genshin Impact artifacts. Picking the best artifacts for your favourite characters can make a whole world of difference to how you fare in battle, and can also make for some very fun boosts and buffs to enhance your fighting flair. But, with heaps of different sets, bonuses, and a healthy pinch of RNG, they can be a pretty hefty concept to get your head around. And that’s where we come in. In this guide, we’ll tell you all about the best Genshin Impact artifacts, how to make the most of their stats, and where to get them from, so you’ll be grooving with the archons in no time.

For more help getting your head in the game, check out our Genshin Impact weapons guide. After that, be sure to check out our Genshin Impact tier list, Genshin Impact next banner, and Genshin Impact event guide. We’ve also got a list of the latest Genshin Impact codes for some tasty freemos, and Genshin Impact memes to give you a giggle.

What are Genshin Impact artifacts?

Artifacts are the main way to boost your stats in Genshin Impact, offering a variety of buffs and set bonuses that you must choose carefully to suit the type of character you’re equipping them to. You can equip a maximum of five artifacts on any one character, and many give you benefits for using sets of two or four of the same kind.

There are five different types of artifact. Each piece has a main stat, which you can see below.

Artifact piece Potential stats
Flower of Life HP
Flume of Death Attack
Sands of Eon Attack %, defence %, HP %, elemental mastery, or elemental recharge
Goblet of Eonothem Attack %, defence %, HP %, or bonus damage
Circlet of Logos Attack %, defence %, HP %, elemental mastery, energy recharge, crit rate, crit damage, healing bonus

After that, the artifact has a set of substats, determined by RNG. As you enhance the artifact, a random substat will be added or upgraded at certain intervals. Here are the potential substats, each of which can either come as a flat rate or a percentage increase:

  • Attack
  • HP
  • Crit rate
  • Crit damage
  • Defence
  • Energy recharge
  • Elemental mastery

Then, there are the set bonuses, unique to each artifact set. It’s up to you how you use these – you can mix and match, using two sets of two to combine the benefits, though for most builds it’s recommended to stick to sets of four, to take advantage of the stronger bonuses. You can see each of the set bonus effects in our list of the best Genshin Impact artifacts.

Genshin Impact artifacts page

What are the best Genshin Impact artifacts?

Here’s a list of the best Genshin Impact artifacts you can get in-game at the moment. All of these sets come in either four-star or five-star quality. Five-star is the highest quality, and therefore has higher base stats than four-star artifacts. However, sometimes the RNG archons aren’t on your side, and you may find that a four-star artifact has better substats for you, so keep that in mind when picking which ones to equip.

Click on the names of the recommended characters for each set to see their full build guides.

Genshin Impact Itto with Husk of Oppulent Dreams

HUSK OF OPULENT DREAMS

Two pieces equipped: defence +30%
Four pieces equipped: you obtain the curiosity effect in the following conditions: when on the field, gain one stack after hitting an opponent with a geo attack, triggering a maximum of once every 0.3 seconds. When off the field, the character gains one stack every three seconds. Curiosity can stack up to four times, each providing 6% defence and a 6% geo damage bonus. When six seconds pass without gaining a curiosity stack, one stack is lost

Obtained from the Slumbering Court domain in Fort Hiraumi, on Seirai Island.

Husk of Opulent Dreams recommended characters:

Archaic Petra

Two pieces equipped: geo damage +15%
Four pieces equipped: upon obtaining an elemental shard created through a crystallize reaction, all party members gain a 35% damage bonus for that particular element for ten seconds. Only one form of elemental damage bonus can be gained in this manner at any one time

Obtained from the Domain of Guyun in Sea of Clouds, Guyun Stone Forest.

Archaic Petra recommended characters:

Blizzard Strayer

Two pieces equipped: cryo damage +15%
Four pieces equipped: increases your crit rate by 20% when attacking an enemy affected by cryo. Your crit rate is increased by an additional 20% if the enemy is frozen

Obtained from the Peak of Vindagnyr domain on Dragonspine, in Mondstadt.

Blizzard Strayer recommended characters:

Bloodstained Chivalry

Two pieces equipped: physical damage +25%
Four pieces equipped: increases your charged attack damage by 50% after defeating an opponent, and its stamina cost is reduced to zero for ten seconds

Obtained from the Clear Pool and Mountain Cavern domain in Minlin, Mt. Aozang, or from the Bloodstained Chivalry Artifact Strongbox.

Bloodstained Chivalry recommended characters:

Crimson Witch of Flames

Two pieces equipped: pyro damage +15%
Four pieces equipped: increases overloaded and burning damage by 40%, also increases vaporize and melt damage by 15%. Using an elemental skill increases two-piece set effects by 50% for ten seconds. Maximum three stacks

Obtained from the Hidden Palace of Zhou Formula domain on Bashui Plain, Wuwang Hill.

Crimson Witch of Flames recommended characters:

Emblem of Severed Fate

Two pieces equipped: energy recharge +20%
Four pieces equipped: increases elemental burst damage by 25% of energy recharge. You can obtain a maximum of 75% bonus damage in this way

Obtained from Momiji-Dyed Court domain on Yashiori Island in Inazuma.

Emblem of Severed Fate recommended characters:

Gladiator’s Finale

Two pieces equipped: attack +18%
Four pieces equipped: increases normal attack damage of the wielder by 35% if they use a sword, claymore, or polearm

Obtained from world and weekly bosses, Gladiator’s Finale artifact strongboxes, and Adventure rank up and journal rewards.

Gladiator’s Finale recommended characters:

Heart of Depth

Two pieces equipped: hydro damage +15%
Four pieces equipped: increases normal and charged attack damage after using an elemental skill by 30% for 15 seconds

Obtained from the Peak of Vindagnyr domain on Dragonspine, in Mondstadt.

Heart of Depth recommended characters:

Lavawalker

Two pieces equipped: pyro resistance +40%
Four pieces equipped: increases damage against enemies affected by pyro by 35%

Obtained from the Hidden Palace of Zhou Formula domain on Bashui Plain, Wuwang Hill.

Lavawalker recommended characters:

Note that Lavawalker doesn’t fare as well as other pyro-focused sets like Crimson Witch of Flames – so we advise against spending the time to farm and upgrade this one. The two set bonus is very situational, and likely won’t benefit you most of the time, and there are better four-set bonuses to benefit from.

Genshin Impact Barbara with Maiden's Beloved

Maiden Beloved

Two pieces equipped: character healing effectiveness +15%
Four pieces equipped: increases healing received by all party members by 20% for ten seconds after you use an elemental skill or burst

Obtained from Valley of Remembrance in Windwail Highland, near the Dawn Winery. You also receive some pieces from adventure rank and journal rewards.

Maiden Beloved recommended characters:

Noblesse Oblige

Two pieces equipped: elemental burst damage +20%
Four pieces equipped: increases all party members’ attack by 20% for 12 seconds after using an elemental burst. This effect cannot stack

Obtained from the Clear Pool and Mountain Cavern domain in Minlin, Mt. Aozang, or from the Noblesse Oblige Artifact Strongbox.

Noblesse Oblige recommended characters:

Pale Flame

Two pieces equipped: physical damage +25%
Four pieces equipped: increases attack by 9% for seven seconds when an elemental skill hits an opponent. This effect stacks up to two times, and you can trigger it once every 0.3 seconds. Once two stacks are reached, the two-set effect is doubled

Obtained from Ridge Watch domain on Bishui Plain, Liyue.

Pale Flame recommended characters:

Retracing Bolide

Two pieces equipped: shield strength +35%
Four pieces equipped: while protected by a shield, gain an additional 40% normal and charged attack damage

Obtained from Domain of Guyun in Sea of Clouds, Guyun Stone Forest.

Retracing Bolide recommended characters:

Shimenawa’s Reminiscence

Two pieces equipped: attack +18%
Four pieces equipped: when using an elemental skill with 15 or more energy, you lose 15 energy and gain 50% normal/charge/plunging attack damage for ten seconds. This effect won’t trigger again during that duration

Obtained from Momiji-Dyed Court domain on Yashiori Island in Inazuma.

Shimenawa’s Reminiscence recommended characters:

Tenacity of the Milelith

Two pieces equipped: HP +20%
Four pieces equipped: upon hitting an enemy with an elemental skill, all nearby party members gain 20% attack and 30% shield strength for three seconds. You can trigger this effect once every 0.5 seconds, even if the character equipped with the artifact is not on the field

Obtained from Ridge Watch domain on Bishui Plain, Liyue.

Tenacity of the Milelith recommended characters:

Genshin Impact Qiqi with Ocean-Hued Clam

OCEAN-HUED CLAM

Two pieces equipped: healing bonus +15%
Four pieces equipped: upon healing a party member, a foam appears, accumulating healed HP for three seconds. The foam then explodes and deals 90% of the HP healed as damage to nearby enemies. Max accumulated healing is 30,000 HP, including over-heal. There can only be one foam active, but it remains even if the character leaves the field. Foam cooldown is 3.5 seconds

Obtained from the Slumbering Court domain in Fort Hiraumi, on Seirai Island.

Ocean-Hued Clam recommended characters:

Thundering Fury

Two pieces equipped: electro damage +15%
Four pieces equipped: increases damage caused by overloaded, electro-charged, and superconduct by 40%. Triggering such effects decreases your elemental skill cooldown by one second. Can only occur once every 0.8 seconds

Obtained from the Midsummer Courtyard domain in Starfell Valley, Starsnatch Cliff.

Thundering Fury recommended characters:

Thundersoother

Two pieces equipped: electro resistance +40%
Four pieces equipped: increases damage dealt against enemies affected by electro by 35%

Obtained from the Midsummer Courtyard domain in Starfell Valley, Starsnatch Cliff.

Thundersoother recommended characters:

Much like Lavawalker, this set isn’t as good as other electro artifacts (for example, Thundering Fury). The electro resistance won’t be of much benefit to your electro character except under very specific circumstances, and, though the four-piece bonus is decent, other sets will likely help you more.

Viridescent Venerer

Two pieces equipped: anemo damage +15%
Two pieces equipped: increases swirl damage by 60%, and decreases opponent’s elemental resistance to the element infused in the swirl by 40% for ten seconds

Obtained from Valley of Remembrance in Windwail Highland, near the Dawn Winery.

Viridescent Venerer recommended characters:

Wanderer’s Troupe

Two pieces equipped: elemental mastery +80
Four pieces equipped: increases charged attack damage by 35% if the character equipped with Wanderer’s Troupe uses a catalyst or a bow.

Obtained from world bosses and weekly bosses, as well as the Wanderer’s Troupe artifact strongbox.

Wanderer’s Troupe recommended characters:

Genshin Impact Razor with his electro wolf, surrounded in three-star artifacts

Max four-star Genshin Impact artifacts

These are artifacts that you can find easily on your travels, often through opening chests or defeating enemies. They can come in three-star or four-star quality. While not as strong as the sets listed above, they can act as good alternate artifacts until you get your hands on the sets you want.

Artifact Set effect
Berserker

Two pieces equipped: crit rate +12%

Four pieces equipped: when HP is below 70%, crit rate is increased by an additional 24%

Brave Heart

Two pieces equipped: attack +18%

Four pieces equipped: increases damage by 30% against enemies with more than 50% HP

Defender’s Will

Two pieces equipped: defence +30%

Four pieces equipped: increases elemental resistance by 30% for each element present among your characters in the party

Gambler

Two pieces equipped: elemental skill damage +20%

Four pieces equipped: defeating an enemy has a 100% chance to remove elemental skill cooldown. Can only occur once every 15 seconds

Instructor

Two pieces equipped: elemental mastery  +80

Four pieces equipped: increases all party members’ elemental mastery upon triggering an elemental reaction by 120 for eight seconds

Prayers for Destiny  One piece equipped: affected by hydro for 40% less time
Prayers for Illumination One piece equipped: affected by pyro for 40% less time
Prayers for Wisdom  One piece equipped: affected by electro for 40% less time
Prayers to Springtime One piece equipped: affected by cryo for 40% less time
Resolution of the Sojourner

Two pieces equipped: attack +18%

Four pieces equipped: charged attack crit rate +30%

Scholar

Two pieces equipped: energy recharge +20%

Four pieces equipped: gaining energy gives three energy to all party members equipped with a bow or a catalyst. Can only occur once every three seconds

The Exile

Two pieces equipped: energy recharge +20%

Four pieces equipped: using elemental burst regenerates two energy for all party members (excluding the wearer) every two seconds for six seconds. This effect cannot stack

Tiny Miracle

Two pieces equipped: elemental resistance increased by 20%

Four pieces equipped: incoming elemental damage increases corresponding elemental resistance by 30% for ten seconds. Can only occur once every ten seconds

How do I get Genshin Impact artifacts?

You’ll gather plenty of Genshin Impact artifacts on your travels across Teyvat, whether they’re from opening chests or defeating enemies, but these are usually lower quality pieces. Shrines of Depth, adventure rank rewards, the traveler’s journal, events, crafting artifact strongboxes, and more also provide you with handy random pieces, but if you want a specific set, you’ll need to farm certain domains or bosses until you get the ones you want.

After you’ve snagged a set with the right stats for you, you’ll want to enhance them. This can be done through the character menu, in the same way you level up weapons, but the only materials you can use are other artifacts (along with a hefty sum of mora, of course). So, even all those Lucky Dog pieces that you’ve never found a use for come in handy after a while.

Genshin Impact Artifact strong box craft screen

What is a Genshin Impact artifact strongbox?

Genshin Impact artifact strongboxes are basically a way of performing a Genshin Impact artifact reroll – allowing you to combine three five star artifacts into a new one. You gain access to this feature when you hit AR 45, which unlocks the Mystic Offering tab on the crafting table. There are four types of artifact strongboxes:

  • Gladiator’s Finale
  • Wanderer’s Troupe
  • Bloodstained Chivalry
  • Noblesse Oblige

While this mechanic allows you to make use of artifacts with unfavourable substats in hopes of getting something better, it’s a pretty expensive method. The stats and substats of the item created in the artifact strongbox are equally as RNG-based as ones you earn in domains, so there’s no guarantee you’ll get what you want. Therefore, it’s sometimes better to use unwanted five-star artifacts to enhance more useful pieces. However, it’s a good way of trying your luck with new artifacts if you don’t want to spend any more resin.

And that’s it for our Genshin Impact artifacts guide. We’ll be sure to add new artifacts to the list as they come out, so check back from time to time. For now, why not head over to our list of the best mobile games in 2022 to see if you can find something new to play.

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