Genshin Impact elements – pyro, hydro, cryo, and more

Everything you need to know about Genshin Impact's elements

Diluc performing a powerful flame attack in Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact is a vast open-world RPG that boasts many game mechanics, one of which is the various elemental powers on offer. With so many to choose from, which one is right for you? There are many playable characters within this world, all of which boast varying elemental powers. Fancy heating things up? Embrace your inner pyro with Genshin Impact’s Amber, or Genshin Impact’s Klee. Alternatively, if you prefer the cold, cryo could be the element for you. In which case, characters such as Genshin Impact’s Rosaria, or Genshin Impact’s Ayaka, could be for you.

In our Genshin Impact elements guide, we will provide you with details on the elements, let you know which ones react together to form powerful attacks, and touch on the status effects brought on by elements resonating with one another. For example, some effects increase damage output, while others provide you with a shield, upping your defence.

Since you’re here, we assume you’re a fan of Mihoyo’s open-world RPG. In which case, we have many character guides for you to check out, including characters such as Genshin Impact’s Thoma, Genshin Impact’s Kazuha, Genshin Impact’s Ningguang, and Genshin Impact’s Sara. We also have a Genshin Impact tier list, ranking all of the current heroes. Oh, and don’t forget to check out our Genshin Impact code guide for some extra primogems.

What are Genshin Impact elements?

All playable characters can use one of the elements. These unique powers come from the Archons themselves, who bestow their gifts and elemental powers on other beings. Elements are crucial to success in Genshin Impact – learning how to use them could be what saves you, young traveller.

Xinyan surrounded by a pyro shield

How many Genshin Impact elements are there?

There are seven Genshin Impact elements. Pyro, hydro, dendro, electro, anemo, cryo, and geo. Each one – except for anemo and geo – has its own status effect. For the most part, these don’t cause much harm, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t worth inflicting.

Element name Status effect
Pyro The pyro status – it doesn’t have much of an effect on its own. However, most sources of the pyro status also cause the fire status, which inflicts burn damage on enemies over time
Hydro The wet status – this has no effect on enemies or players. However, it does make you vulnerable to nearby enemies that use the electro element, though it also makes your foes susceptible to electro effects too
Anemo One of two elements not to have a status effect
Electro The electro status – this halts attacks and character movement for a short time
Dendro The dendro status – this doesn’t have any particular effects, rather it’s just the application of the dendro element
Cryo The cryo status – being hit with cryo slows down both your movement and attack speed
Geo One of two elements not to have a status effect

What are Genshin Impact elemental reactions?

Elemental reactions are effects, and moves, that occur when two different elements collide. All seven elements can be part of a combo to unleash hell on opponents, with some causing more damage than others. However, pyro is the only one that mixes with every other element. Given how powerful these reactions are, it’s worth giving it some thought when choosing your travel companions.

Pyro elemental reactions

Elemental combination Attack name Description
Pyro and hydro Vaporise Should pyro be the trigger of this reaction, the attack will cause 1.5 times more pyro damage
Pyro and dendro Burning This attack deals damage over time, the AoE increases should the area have the dendro effect. Grass, for example, spreads flame
Pyro and electro Overloaded There’s an explosion that causes both a heavy attack and AoE fire damage
Pyro and cryo Melt As long as the pyro element triggers the reaction, there will be a two times increase to pyro damage from the attack

Hydro elemental reactions

Elemental combination Attack name Description
Hydro and pyro Vaporise Should hydro be the trigger of this reaction, the attack will cause two times more hydro damage
Hydro and electro Electro-charged A bolt of lightning jumps between enemies suffering from the wet status, causing damage. Moreover, the move deals electro damage over a period of time, too
Hydro and cryo Frozen The opponent becomes frozen in place, leaving them vulnerable to physical damage should you shatter them

Anemo elemental reactions

Elemental combination Attack name Description
All anemo reactions Swirl After infusing with an element, it spreads the effect, causing elemental damage. This varies depending on which element anemo combines with

Raiden Shogun surrounded by lightning with her sword raised

Electro elemental reactions

Elemental combination Attack name Description
Electro and pyro Overloaded There’s an explosion that causes both heavy attack and AoE fire damage
Electro and hydro Electro-charged A bolt of lightning jumps between enemies suffering from the wet status, causing damage. Moreover, the move deals electro damage over a period of time, too
Electro and cryo Superconduct This move reduces the opponent’s physical resistance. It also deals AoE cryo damage

Dendro elemental reactions

Elemental combination Attack name Description
Dendro and pyro Burning This attack deals damage over time, The AoE increases should the area have the dendro effect. Grass, for example, spreads flames

Cryo elemental reactions

Elemental combination Attack name Description
Cryo and pyro Melt If cryo triggers the reaction, 1.5 times more cryo damage is dealt
Cryo and hydro Frozen The enemy becomes frozen in place, leaving them vulnerable to physical damage should you shatter them
Cryo and electro Superconduct Reduces the opponent’s physical resistance, this move also deals AoE cryo damage

Geo elemental reactions

Elemental combination Attack name Description
All geo reactions Crystalise Geo reacts with one of the other elements, dropping a crystal of that elemental type, providing you with a shield. It protects against all damage, but is extra effective against the element that aids in its creation.

What is Genshin Impact elemental resonance?

When in a party, there’s always a range of elements. As such, elemental resonance tends to occur, especially if two of you happen to have the same gifts. When elemental resonance occurs, a special effect becomes available. Again, there’s a range available, all of which have varying benefits. However, it’s important to remember that your party must be full for elemental resonance to work.

Elemental combination Effect name Description
Pyro and pyro Fervent flames Attack rises by 25%, while the duration of the cryo status effect takes a 40% reduction.
Hydro and hydro Soothing water Incoming healing increases by 30%, while the length of the pyro status effect decreases by 40%.
Electro and electro High voltage The chance of superconduct, overload, and electro-charged creating electro elemental particles increases by 100%. Meanwhile, the duration of the hydro status effect drops by 40%.
Cryo and cryo Shattering ice Your crit rate increases by 15% against enemies that are frozen, or under the cryo effect. Moreover, the duration of the electro status effects takes a 40% deduction.
Anemo and anemo Impetuous winds Movement speed increases by 15%, and stamina consumption decreases by 15%.
Geo and geo Enduring rock Shields and damage increase by 15%, though geo resistance drops upon dealing damage to enemies.
Four different elements Protective canopy Physical resistance and elemental resistance increase by 15%.

And that‘s everything you need to know about the Genshin Impact elements. Be sure to go and check out our picks for the best Switch RPGs to find your next adventure.

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