For you lucky 50/50 winners, you may have Genshin Impact’s Diluc in your roster. He’s a five-star claymore and pyro user hailing from Mondstadt, who runs the Dawn Winery and Angel’s Share Tavern. He looks very similar to the Darknight Hero seen swooping around Mondstadt at night… Our Diluc build guide shows you how to get the best out of him.
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The stoic owner of Dawn Winery can be fantastic, so let’s see how in our Genshin Impact Diluc build.
|Best weapon||Wolf’s Gravestone|
|Weapon substitutes||Redhorn Stonethresher, Serpent Spine|
|Best artifact set||Crimson Witch of Flames|
|Main stats||Sands – Attack
Goblet – Pyro damage bonus
Circlet – Crit rate/damage
|Sub stats||Attack, crit rate, crit damage, energy recharge|
Diluc’s best build is as a main DPS, armed with a Wolf’s Gravestone and a set of Crimson Witch of Flames artifacts. Diluc is a powerful lad with an easy, high-impact playstyle. With his combination of blunt and pyro damage, he’s capable of taking out all non-elemental shields with relative ease while still having access to elemental reactions.
Diluc does rely on Genshin Impact’s Bennett in order to truly excel, has lower damage output than other pyro DPS characters, and also requires a lot of field time for his full combo, but, despite it all, we still love Diluc.
How do I use Genshin Impact’s Diluc?
He has great potential as long as you get yourself familiar with his kit, and swap out after his ult without losing his pyro infusion. When you get used to the cycle of Diluc’s burst, skill, normal attack, skill, normal attack, skill, and pair him up with the right team comp, he can rip through a lot of enemies with ease. Plus, he’s really cool – who doesn’t want to play a mixture of Batman and Danger Days era Gerard Way?
Wolf’s Gravestone is the best weapon for Diluc, and is considered by most to be about as close to a ‘signature weapon’ that he’s gonna get. It trades some damage for a higher level of versatility and comfort and is consistently strong across all team comps. The Redhorn Stonethresher is another extremely powerful choice for Diluc, offering an amazing boost to his crit. However, it does bind Diluc to Bennett in order to make up for its low-base attack.
The Serpent Spine is easily the best four-star option – at high refinement ranks it can go toe to toe with most five-star claymores. Alternatively, Blackcliff Slasher and Prototype Archaic are both viable options at low refinement ranks.
|Weapon||Effect||How to obtain|
|Wolf’s Gravestone (five-star)||Bonus effect: Increases attack
Skill: Increases attack by 20%. 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.
|Redhorn Stonethresher (five-star)||Bonus effect: Increases crit damage
Skill: Increases defense by 28%, and normal and charged attack damage by 40% of defense.
|Weapon banner (alongside Itto)|
|Serpent Spine (four-star)||Bonus effect: Increases crit rate
Skill: every four seconds a character is on the field, they deal 6% more damage and take 3% more damage. This effect has a maximum of five stacks and is not reset if the character leaves the field, but reduces by one stack when the character takes damage.
|Battle Pass reward|
|The Unforged (five-star)||Bonus effect: Increases attack
Skill: Increases shield strength by 20%. Scoring hits on opponents increases Diluc’s damage by 4% for eight seconds. This has a maximum of five stacks and can occur every 0.3 seconds. While protected by a shield, his attack increases by a further 100%.
|Blackcliff Slasher (four-star)||Bonus effect: Increases crit damage
Skill: after defeating an opponent, attack increases by 12% for 20 seconds. This effect has a maximum of three stacks, and the duration of each stack is independent of the others.
|Bought from Paimon’s Bargains|
|Prototype Archaic (four-star)||Bonus effect: Increases attack
Skill: On hit, normal or charged attacks have a 50% chance to deal an additional 240% attack damage to opponents with a small AoE.
|Forged at a blacksmith|
|Rainslasher (four-star)||Bonus effect: Increases elemental mastery
Skill: Increases damage against opponents affected by hydro or electro by 20%.
Crimson Witch of Flames was literally made for Diluc, so it’s no wonder that it’s his best set. He’s one of the few pyro characters that can actually reliably max its four-piece bonus, and it compliments his kit perfectly.
Alternatively, you can use two Crimson Witch of Flames with two Gladiator’s Finale, though this option relies on very good substats to be viable. Only use it if you’re struggling to get a decent set of Crimson Witch of Flames.
|Artifact set||Effect||How to obtain|
|Crimson Witch of Flames||Two equipped: Pyro damage bonus
Four equipped: Increases overload and burn damage by 40%. Increases vaporize and melt damage by 15%. Using an elemental skill increases two-piece set effects by 50% for ten seconds. Maximum three stacks.
|Hidden Palace of Zhou Formula domain|
|Gladiator’s Finale||Two equipped: Increases attack
Four equipped: Diluc’s normal attack damage increases by 35%, thanks to his claymore usage.
|Weekly and world bosses, artifact strongboxes|
Artifact stat recommendations
To find out more about how artifacts work, check out our Genshin Impact artifacts guide.
- Sands: Attack %
- Goblet: Pyro damage bonus
- Circlet: Crit damage or crit rate (try to maintain a 1:2 ratio overall)
- Crit damage
- Crit rate
- Elemental mastery
While Diluc and Kaeya don’t get on in the story, they can be a formidable pair on the battlefield. Note that in these team comps, Kazuha can easily be swapped for Sucrose, as the more viable option for a lot of players.
Here’s what you can do with Diluc. In terms of upgrade priority, we recommend focusing on his elemental skill (Searing Onslaught), then burst (Dawn), and then normal attack (Tempered Sword).
|Normal attack: Tempered Sword||Normal: Performs four strikes.
Charged: Drains stamina to perform a further, more powerful slash.
Plunging: Deals AoE damage on impact.
|Elemental skill: Searing Onslaught||Deals fire damage in a forward slash. You can use it three times consecutively.|
|Elemental burst: Dawn||Knocks back enemies, summons a phoenix that deals massive AoE damage, and adds fire damage to Diluc’s attacks.|
|Relentless (unlocked at ascension one)||Reduces the cost of Tempered Sword (charged) by 50% and increases its duration by three seconds.|
|Blessing of Phoenix (unlocked at ascension four)||Dawn’s fire damage effect is 20% more powerful and lasts four seconds longer.|
|Tradition of the Dawn Knight (unlocked automatically)||Refunds 15% of the ore cost when crafting claymores.|
Although Diluc is extremely powerful without any constellations at all, powering them up to level six will make him an unstoppable powerhouse.
|C1: Conviction||Deals 15% more damage to enemies with HP above 50%.|
|C2: Searing Ember||When Diluc takes damage, his base attack increases by 10% and his attack speed by 5%. This lasts for ten seconds. Can stack up to three times and can only occur once every 1.5 seconds.|
|C3: Steel and Fire||Increases the level of Searing Onslaught by three.|
|C4: Flowing Flame||Within two seconds of using Searing Onslaught, casting the skill again in a combo deals 40% additional damage. This effect lasts for the next two seconds.|
|C5: Phoenix, Harbinger of Dawn||Increases the level of Dawn by three.|
|C6: Flaming Sword, Nemesis of Dark||After casting Searing Onslaught, the next two normal attacks used within six seconds will get a 30% increase in damage and attack speed. Searing Onslaught will not interrupt the normal attack combo.|
Ascension can be an expensive task, so make sure you keep hold of the items below to save time down the line. You can pick up insignias from most overworld Fatui enemies and Lamp Grass grows in Mondstadt – and your teapot!
|20||20,000||One agnidus agate sliver, three small lamp grass, three recruit’s insignia|
|40||40,000||Three agnidus agate fragments, two everflame seeds, ten small lamp grass, 15 recruit’s insignia|
|50||60,000||Six agnidus agate fragments, four everflame seeds, 20 small lamp grass, 12 sergeant’s insignia|
|60||80,000||Three agnidus agate chunks, eight everflame seeds, 30 small lamp grass, 18 sergeant’s insignia|
|70||100,000||Six agnidus agate chunks, 12 everflame seeds, 45 small lamp grass, 12 lieutenant’s insignia|
|80||120,000||Six agnidus agate gemstones, 20 everflame seeds, 60 small lamp grass, 24 lieutenant’s insignia|
The insignias Diluc needs are the same as his ascension, and you can farm resistance talent books at the Frozen Abyss domain at Jueyun Karst, in Liyue. Dvalin’s Plume, obviously, comes from the weekly Dvalin boss fight.
|Two||12,500||Six recruit’s insignia, three teachings of resistance|
|Three||17,500||Three sergeant’s insignia, two guides to resistance|
|Four||25,000||Four sergeant’s insignia, four guides to resistance|
|Five||30,000||Six sergeant’s insignia, six guides to resistance|
|Six||37,500||Nine sergeant’s insignia, nine guides to resistance|
|Seven||120,000||Four lieutenant’s insignia, four philosophies of resistance, one Dvalin’s plume|
|Eight||260,000||Six lieutenant’s insignia, six philosophies of resistance, one Dvalin’s plume|
|Nine||450,000||Nine lieutenant’s insignia, 12 philosophies of resistance, two Dvalin’s plume|
|Ten||700,000||12 lieutenant’s insignia, 16 philosophies of resistance, two Dvalin’s plume, one crown of insight|
When looking to upgrade his abilities, here are Diluc’s talent priorities:
- Elemental burst > elemental skill > normal attack
There you have it– everything you need to know about creating a solid Genshin Impact Diluc build. If you’ve mastered Genshin Impact already and are looking for something else to play, why not take a look at the Honkai Star Rail codes and Honkai Star Rail tier list?