Genshin Impact Beidou build, skills, and ascension materials

Our recommended build for Genshin Impact’s Beidou, as well as a run down on her skills, constellations, and ascension materials

Genshin Impact Beidou holding a piece of paper, and Lumine chasing it

Genshin Impact’s Beidou is the captain of The Crux, a heavily armed fleet of ships that sails the seas, never stopping in one place for too long. She gets along well with her entire crew and loves to indulge in spicy food and drinking. Whenever Beidou lands in Liyue, she often breaks the rules, resulting in hefty fines from the Tianquan.

This claymore-wielding fighter is best suited for DPS. Our Genshin Impact Beidou guide will assist you in finding out which weapons and artifacts to use in either a main or sub DPS role, as well as outline what each of her skills does. You can also find out what it costs to ascend her fully.

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The best Genshin Impact Beidou build

This four-star electro character works best as a DPS character. She can be used as your main or sub DPS, depending on what you need at the time. We recommend using her in a team with Genshin Impact’s Qiqi to help activate superconduct to boost Beidou’s physical attack damage.

Beidou surrounded by purple lightning

Which weapon should you use?

As we mentioned above, Beidou can be used in either a main or sub DPS role. We recommend using Wolf’s Gravestone for main, and Prototype Archaic for sub.

Weapon Effect How to obtain
The Unforged Bonus effect: +attack%
Skill: increases shield strength by 20%. Scoring hits on opponents increases attack by 4% for eight seconds, for a maximum of five stacks. Can only occur once every 0.3 seconds. While protected by a shield, the attack buff is increased by 100%
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Wolf’s Gravestone Bonus effect: +attack%
Skill: a
ttack 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
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Rainslasher Bonus effect: increases elemental mastery
Skill: increases damage dealt to enemies affected by hydro or electro by 20%
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Which artifact set should you use?

We recommend using a full set of Gladiator’s Finale, for a nice buff to Beidou’s attack. You can also combine two pieces of Gladiator’s Finale and two pieces of Thundering Fury if you’re aiming for an electro DPS build, or a full set of Retracing Bolide if you’re going for a parry-focused DPS build.

Artifact set Effect Where to get
Gladiator’s Finale Two equipped: Attack is increased by 18%
Four equipped: If the wielder of this artifact set uses a sword, claymore, or polearm, their normal attack damage is increased by 35%
Weekly bosses, Gladiator’s Finale artifact strongboxes, and Adventure rank up and journal rewards
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
Retracing Bolide Two equipped: shield strength is increased by 35%
Four equipped: while protected by a shield, gain an additional 40% normal and charged attack damage
Domain of Guyun in Sea of Clouds, Guyun Stone Forest

Alternate Artifacts

If you’re struggling to get a full set of the pieces above as you level, you can always use Berserker.

Set Effect
Berserker Two equipped: crit rate is increased by 12%
Four equipped: when HP is below 70%, crit rate is increased by an additional 24%

When picking artifacts for Beidou, you should prioritise the following stats.

Main stats: 

  • Attack% or HP% for Sands of Eon
  • Electro damage bonus, attack%, or HP for the Goblet of Eonothem
  • Attack%, HP, crit rate, or crit damage for the Circlet of Logos

Sub-stats:

  • Attack%
  • Crit rate
  • Crit damage
  • Energy recharge
  • HP

To find out more about how artifacts work, check out our Genshin Impact artifacts guide.

Beidou speaking to another sailor

What are Beidou’s skills?

Active skills:

Skill Effect
Oceanborne Performs five strikes
Oceanborne (charged) Consumes stamina to deal consecutive slashes, ended by a final more powerful slash
Oceanborne (plunging) Deals AoE damage upon impact with the ground
Tidecaller (press) Deals electro damage
Tidecaller (hold) Beidou uses her weapon as a shield. Damage absorption scales depending on Beidou’s max HP. The shield has 250% electro damage absorption and applies the electro element upon activation. Once the button is released, electro damage is dealt to enemies, the damage scales depending on the number of hits Beidou took for the skill’s duration
Stormbreaker When normal and charged attacks hit, electro damage jumps between enemies and your resistance to interruption increases

Passive skills:

Skill Effect
Retribution (unlocked at ascension one) A precise counter-attack with Tidecaller grants the maximum damage bonus
Leviathan’s Protection (unlocked at ascension four) 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 (unlocked automatically) Decreases stamina consumption for all characters by 20% when swimming

What are Beidou’s constellations?

Here’s every bonus you receive when levelling up Beidou’s constellations.

Constellation Effect
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
Upon the Turbulent Sea, the Thunder Arises Stormbreaker’s lightning can jump between two additional targets
Summoner of Storm Increases the level of Tidecaller by three
Stunning Revenge Within ten seconds of taking damage, normal attacks gain 20% additional electro damage
Crimson Tidewalker Increase the level of Stormbreaker by three
Bane of Evil While Stormbreaker is active, enemy electro resistance is decreased by 15%.

Beidou holding her sword standing against a white background

What does it cost to ascend Beidou?

You need a lot of Noctilous Jade in order to ascend Beidou. You can purchase these every three days from the Jade Mystery Shop in Liyue.

Required level Mora Materials
20 20,000 One Vajrada Amethyst Sliver, three Noctilous Jade, three Treasure Hoarder Insignia
40 40,000 Three Vajrada Amethyst Fragment, two Lightning Prism, ten Noctilous Jade, 15 Treasure Hoarder Insignia
50 60,000 Six Vajrada Amethyst Fragment, four Lightning Prism, 20 Noctilous Jade, 12 Silver Raven Insignia
60 80,000 Three Vajrada Amethyst Chunk, eight Lightning Prism, 30 Noctilous Jade, 18 Silver Raven Insignia
70 100,000 Six Vajrada Amethyst Chunk, 12 Lightning Prism, 45 Noctilous Jade, 12 Golden Raven Insignia
80 120,000 Six Vajrada Amethyst Gemstone, 20 Lightning Prism, 60 Noctilous Jade, 24 Golden Raven Insignia

There you have it! Everything you need to know in order to master Genshin Impact’s Beidou. If you’re looking for something new to play, take a look at our list of the best gacha games on mobile.