Genshin Impact’s Beidou is a four-star electro claymore wielder, and the captain of The Crux. She has the potential to dish out some very high damage, and can even shield herself and her allies. So let’s take a look out our best Beidou build, including team comps, weapons, talent priorities, and more.
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Here’s everything in our best Genshin Impact Beidou build:
|Best weapon||Serpent Spine|
|Weapon substitutes||Wolf’s Gravestone, Akuoumaru|
|Best artifact set||Emblem of Severed Fate|
|Artifact substitutes||Thundering Fury, Thundersoother|
Generally, for the best Genshin Impact Beidou build, you should equip her with the four-star weapon, Serpent Spine, along with a full set of Emblem of Severed Fate artifacts. However, her best build changes depending on your team comp and how you plan on using her, so be sure to check out the dedicated weapon and artifact sections below for advice specific to your personal preferences.
In terms of the best stats for Beidou, we recommend prioritizing attack%, crit, energy recharge, and HP. When upgrading her talents, you should prioritize her elemental burst, then her elemental skill, and finally her normal attack.
Beidou is best suited to a sub-DPS role, and benefits from having another off-field DPS alongside her, as well as a reaction driver and a healer. She’s a great fit for hyperbloom teams as well, as her burst doesn’t trigger dendro cores so she won’t steal reactions from your hydro DPS.
She relies quite heavily on her second constellation, and, due to the high energy cost of her burst, she requires a good battery and a decent amount of investment in her equipment in order to reach her full potential. But, overall, she can be a very strong four-star unit capable of dishing out some very high damage.
To make the most of Beidou, you need to master the timing on her elemental skill’s Perfect Counter parry. It may take a bit of practice until you know exactly when to hit it, but it becomes second nature after a while.
Outside of that, you need to be sure to set up all buffs before she uses her burst, as she ‘snapshots’, meaning buffs only apply to her if they’re active when she initiates her talent. After you’ve set up your buffs, you ideally want to start with a perfect counter, then burst straight after. This allows you to gather the counter particles to charge up her next burst, and also saves some time while dealing the best damage.
When it comes to normal attack rotations, her full, five-hit combo isn’t good for proccing Stormbreaker. Instead, community theorycrafters have noted that you should do one normal attack, walk to cancel the animation, then go in for another normal attack and repeat. This allows you to maximize discharges with ease.
Picking the right weapon for Beidou can be tricky business, as it relies heavily on how you intend to use her and what teams you want to slot her into.
We generally recommend Serpent Spine, as it’s easily her best option when she’s paired up with a support unit that buffs her attack, or if you’re planning on using her in aggravate teams. It’s also her most flexible weapon, performing well in all scenarios – especially at higher refinement ranks.
Beyond that, Wolf’s Gravestone is a strong five-star option in teams that don’t rely on attack buffs or aggravate reactions – though we generally only recommend this weapon if you have a spare gathering dust in your inventory.
For another four-star option, Akuoumaru competes with Serpent Spine when Beidou is unbuffed, and is the best free-to-play option you’ll likely get.
|Weapon||Effect||How to obtain|
|Serpent’s Spine||Base stat: crit rate
Skill: every four seconds that the wielder is on the field, they deal 6% more damage and take 3% more damage, for a maximum of five stacks. These stacks don’t reset when the character leaves the field, but reduce by one stack whenever they take damage
|Wolf’s Gravestone||Base stat: attack
Skill: attack is increased by 20%. Alongside this, attacks against enemies with less than 30% HP increase all party members’ attack by 40% for 12 seconds. This can only occur once every 30 seconds
|Akuoumaru||Base stat: attack
Skill: for every point of the entire party’s combined maximum energy capacity, the wielder’s elemental burst damage increases by 0.12%, up to a maximum of 40%
When it comes to picking artifact sets, most of Beidou’s options are, once again, situational – but they’re all generally comparable in terms of raw damage. If you want to work out the best Genshin Beidou artifacts for your specific situation, check out the super handy Genshin Optimizer.
However, a full set of Emblem of Severed Fate is generally the best option for Beidou, helping to boost her energy recharge and buffing her elemental burst damage.
Alternatively, you can go for a more electro-focused set. Thundersoother works best in aggravate or electro-charged teams, and Thundering Fury is great in on-field aggravate teams.
|Artifact set||Effect||Where to get|
|Emblem of Severed Fate||Two equipped: energy recharge +20%
Four equipped: increases elemental burst damage by 25% of energy recharge. You can obtain a maximum of 75% bonus damage in this way
|Momiji-Dyed Court, Yashiori Island, Inazuma|
|Thundering Fury||Two equipped: Electro damage increased by 15%
Four equipped: Increases damage caused by overload, electro-charged, and superconduct by 40%. Triggering these effects also decreases elemental skill cooldown by one second. This can only occur once every 0.8 seconds
|Midsummer Courtyard domain in Starfell Valley, Starsnatch Cliff|
|Thundersoother||Two equipped: electro resistance +40%
Four equipped: increases damage dealt against enemies affected by electro by 35%
|Midsummer Courtyard domain in Starfell Valley, Starsnatch Cliff|
Artifact stat recommendations
When picking artifacts for Beidou, you should prioritize the following stats.
- Sands: attack% or HP%
- Goblet: electro damage bonus, attack%, or HP
- Circlet: attack%, HP, crit rate, or crit damage
- Crit rate/crit damage (try to maintain a 1:2 ratio)
- Energy recharge
To find out more about how artifacts work, check out our Genshin Impact artifacts guide.
Beidou is a strong character on her own, but reaches max potential when fighting alongside well-chosen teammates. She has some great synergies in the game, and works well on a variety of elemental teams, including electro-charged, aggravate, hyperbloom, overload, and even physical.
The Crux’s captain can play a few different roles, though she generally excels best as an off-field DPS. Her best teams generally consist of her alongside another off-field DPS, a reaction driver, and a support unit that can buff, heal, or both.
Here are some example team comps for a few different elemental focuses. You can substitute characters where necessary to suit your roster and playstyle. To see the full build guides for each of the characters below, be sure to click on their icons.
Here are all of Beidou’s skills and talents.
|Normal attack: Oceanborne||Normal: perform five strikes with her claymore
Charged: consume stamina to deal consecutive slashes, ending with a final, more powerful slash
Plunge: plunge from mid-air and deal AoE damage on impact with the ground
|Elemental skill: Tidecaller||Press: accumulate the power of lighting and swing Beidou’s blade forward fiercely, dealing electro damage
Hold: Beidou uses her weapon as a shield. The max damage it absorbes scales off Beidou’s max HP. The shield has 250% electro damage absorption and applies the electro element on Beidou when it activates. When you release the button or the ability’s duration expires, Beidou attacks using the energy stored within the greatsword, dealing electro damage to enemies. This damage scales with the number of times enemies attacked Beidou in the skill’s duration. When you trigger this effect twice, you gain a higher damage bonus
|Elemental burst: Stormbreaker||Summon a Thunderbeast’s Targe around Beidou, dealing electro damage to nearby opponents. While under the effects of Thunderbeast’s Targe, normal and charged attacks create a lightning discharge on hit that can jump between opponents, dealing electro damage. This state also increases the character’s interruption resistance, and decreases their damage taken|
|Retribution||A precise counter-attack with Tidecaller grants the maximum damage bonus|
|Leviathan’s Protection||After performing Tidecaller with the maximum damage boost, your attack damage and attack speed increases by 15% and the delay before unleashing charged attacks is reduced|
|Conqueror of Tides||Decreases stamina consumption for all characters by 20% when swimming|
If you pull more than one copy of Beidou on a banner, you can unlock one of her six constellations. Here’s every bonus you receive when you unlock Beidou’s constellations.
|C1: Sea Beast’s Scourge||When you use Stormbreaker, a shield is created that absorbs up to 16% of Beidou’s max HP for 15 seconds. The shield absorbs electro damage 250% more effectively|
|C2: Upon the Turbulent Sea, the Thunder Arises||Stormbreaker’s lightning can jump between two additional targets|
|C3: Summoner of Storm||Increases the level of Tidecaller by three|
|C4: Stunning Revenge||Within ten seconds of taking damage, normal attacks gain 20% additional electro damage|
|C5: Crimson Tidewalker||Increase the level of Stormbreaker by three|
|C6: Bane of Evil||While Stormbreaker is active, enemy electro resistance is decreased by 15%.|
Here are all the materials you need to ascend Beidou to max level. You can find noctilous jade around Liyue, or purchase a small handful of them every three days from the Jade Mystery Shop in Liyue Harbour.
The insignias are, unsurprisingly, drops from the treasure hoarder enemies, whereas the lightning prisms come from the electro hypostasis world boss.
|20||20k||One vajrada amethyst sliver, three noctilous jade, three treasure hoarder insignia|
|40||40k||Three vajrada amethyst fragment, two lightning prism, ten noctilous jade, 15 treasure hoarder insignia|
|50||60k||Six vajrada amethyst fragment, four lightning prism, 20 noctilous jade, 12 silver raven insignia|
|60||80k||Three vajrada amethyst chunk, eight lightning prism, 30 noctilous jade, 18 silver raven insignia|
|70||100k||Six vajrada amethyst chunk, 12 lightning prism, 45 noctilous jade, 12 golden raven insignia|
|80||120k||Six vajrada amethyst gemstone, 20 lightning prism, 60 noctilous jade, 24 golden raven insignia|
You can upgrade Beidou’s normal attack, elemental burst, and elemental skill separately. Here are all of the materials you need to upgrade one of Beidou’s talents to level ten.
As with the ascension materials, the insignias come from treasure hoarders. You can farm the gold talent books from the Taishan Mansion domain on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, and you can earn the Dvalin’s sigh materials by defeating the Dvalin weekly boss.
|Two||12.5k||Six treasure hoarder insignia, three teachings of gold|
|Three||17.5k||Three silver raven insignia, two guide to gold|
|Four||25k||Four silver raven insignia, four guide to gold|
|Five||30k||Six silver raven insignia, six guide to gold|
|Six||37.5k||Nine silver raven insignia, nine guide to gold|
|Seven||120k||Four golden raven insignia, four philosophies of gold, one Dvalin’s sigh|
|Eight||260k||Six golden raven insignia, six philosophies of gold, one Dvalin’s sigh|
|Nine||450k||Nine golden raven insignia, 12 philosophies of gold, two Dvalin’s Sigh|
|Ten||700k||12 golden raven insignia, 16 philosophies of gold, two Dvalin’s sigh, one crown of insight|
When leveling up Beidou’s talents, we recommend prioritizing them in this order:
- Elemental burst > elemental skill > normal attack
There you have it! Everything you need to know in order to master Genshin Impact’s Beidou. If you’re hoping to set out on another Hoyo adventure, check out our Honkai Star Rail tier list, Honkai Star Rail codes, Honkai Star Rail update, and Honkai Star Rail events guides. We’ve also got a guide to all Zenless Zone Zero characters.