Genshin Impact’s Barbara is a self-proclaimed idol who is loved by every citizen in Mondstadt. She sometimes feels slightly inferior to her older sister, Jean, and hopes to surpass her in popularity, smarts, or some other facet of life one day. Despite this, she loves Jean more than anyone else.
This four-star hydro character can provide some decent heals and is best placed in a support role. Our Genshin Impact Barbara guide lets you know exactly which catalyst and artifact set is best to boost her healing abilities, advises you on each of her skills, and outlines the cost of ascension.
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The best Genshin Impact Barbara build
Barbara is best suited to a support role as she can dish out some pretty impressive heals and automatically revive characters at constellation level six. We recommend using her in a team with another hydro character, such as Genshin Impact’s Mona, to take advantage of hydro elemental resonance, which increases healing by 30%.
Which weapon should you use?
Our preferred choice of catalyst is the Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers. If you do choose this weapon, we recommend switching Barbara in and out of combat every 20 seconds to take full advantage of the attack bonus.
|Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers||After switching characters, the new character on the field has their attack increased by 24% for ten seconds. This can only occur once every 20 seconds|
|Prototype Amber||Elemental bursts regenerate four energy every two seconds for six seconds. All party members also regenerate 4% HP every two seconds for the duration of the effect|
Which artifact set should you use?
We highly recommend tracking down a full set of Maden Beloved artifacts in order to make Barbara the best healer she can be. If you’re having trouble finding four of them, feel free to use The Exile items in the meantime.
|Maiden Beloved||Two equipped: Healing effectiveness is increased by 15%
Four equipped: Elemental skills and bursts increase healing received for all party members by 20% for ten seconds
|The Exile||Two equipped: Energy recharge is increased by 20%
Four equipped: Elemental bursts regenerate two energy for all party members, excluding the wearer, every two seconds for six seconds
What are Barbara’s skills?
|Whisper of Water||Performs four hydro attacks|
|Whisper of Water (charged)||Consumes stamina to deal AoE hydro damage|
|Whisper of Water (plunging)||Deals AoE hydro damage upon impact with the ground|
|Let the Show Begin||Summons a Melody Loop that deals AoE hydro damage and afflicts the wet status. As long as the Melody Loop is active:
|Shining Miracle||Heals all party members for a large amount of HP|
|Glorious Season||Melody Loop also reduces party member’s stamina consumption by 12%|
|Encore||Melody Loop lasts a second longer each time a character gains an elemental orb or particle|
|With My Whole Heart||Perfect cooking has a 12% chance to double the product|
What are Barbara’s constellations?
Here’s every bonus you receive when ascending Barbara.
|Gleeful Songs||One energy is regenerated every ten seconds|
|Vitality Burst||The cooldown of Let the Show Begin is decreased by 15%. The current character gains a 15% hydro damage bonus while the skill is active|
|Star of Tomorrow||Increases the level of Shining Miracle by three|
|Attentiveness be My Power||Barbara’s charged attacks regenerate one energy. A maximum of five energy can be regenerated by any one charged attack|
|The Purest Companionship||Increases the level of Let the Show Begin by three|
|Dedicating Everything to You||When Barbara is not in play, and the character in use falls, they will be automatically revived with 100% HP. This can only occur once every 15 minutes|
What does it cost to ascend Barbara?
A lot of Philanemo Mushrooms are required to ascend Barbara. You can find these growing on walls and roofs around Mondstadt.
|20||20,000||One Varunada Lazurite Sliver, three Philanemo Mushroom, three Divining Scroll|
|40||40,000||Three Varunada Lazurite Fragment, two Cleansing Heart, ten Philanemo Mushroom, 15 Divining Scroll|
|50||60,000||Six Varunada Lazurite Fragment, four Cleansing Heart, 20 Philanemo Mushroom, 12 Sealed Scroll|
|60||80,000||Three Varunada Lazurite Chunk, eight Cleansing Heart, 30 Philanemo Mushroom, 18 Sealed Scroll|
|70||100,000||Six Varunada Lazurite Chunk, 12 Cleansing Heart, 45 Philanemo Mushroom, 12 Forbidden Curse Scroll|
|80||120,000||Six Varunada Lazurite Gemstone, 20 Cleansing Heart, 60 Philanemo Mushroom, 24 Forbidden Curse Scroll|
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