Genshin Impact Gorou build, skills, and ascension materials

Get to know the kind but powerful puppy general, with our Genshin Impact Gorou build guide, including all of his skills, best weapons, artifacts, and more

Genshin Impact's Gorou stood on a mountain in Watatsumi, reading a book

Genshin Impact’s Gorou is an adorable, 4-star, geo and bow-wielding pup, with a caring personality – but also a strong head on his shoulders (under those fluffy ears, of course). He’s a loyal supporter of Genshin Impact’s Kokomi and the leader of the Watatsumi resistance. Despite his youthful appearance, his sincerity, determination, and courage have earned the respect and trust of all the soldiers under his command.

If you want to get to grips with the puppy general, you’re in luck. With our Genshin Impact Gorou build guide, we’ll show you all the best weapons and artifacts for him, as well as take an in-depth look at his skills and how to make the most of them. We’ll also go into his strengths and weaknesses, and how his unusual but powerful abilities may contribute to the rise of a new, mono-geo meta.

To find out more about Gorou and how he ties in with Genshin Impact’s Itto, as well as the mysteries of his hangout event, be sure to check out our Genshin Impact Ms Hina article. We also have a Genshin Impact tier list, Genshin Impact event guide, and Genshin Impact codes for more help on your journey across Teyvat.

Genshin Impact Gorou

What is Genshin Impact Gorou’s banner?

Mihoyo released Genshin Impact’s Gorou alongside the Oni’s Royale banner on December 14, 2021, and he’s coming back in the Oni’s Royale rerun alongside Genshin Impact’s Itto in the second phase of version 2.7. To find out more about the banner, check out our Genshin Impact next banner guide.

Genshin Impact Gorou stood with his arms crossed

The best Genshin Impact Gorou build

Gorou is best suited to playing a support role, as he boosts his allies’ defence, and can even heal and increase geo crit damage at higher constellations. He has interruption resistance, and can deal some strong damage, but you need geo characters in your team alongside him to fully utilise his abilities, and his elemental burst has a high energy cost.

However, as mentioned above, Gorou’s abilities are perfect for supporting defence scaling allies in a mono geo team, and if you put him with Genshin Impact’s Itto, Genshin Impact’s Albedo, Genshin Impact’s Zhongli, and Genshin Impact’s Noelle, you can guarantee some serious damage and survivability for your whole party.

Also, keep in mind that Gorou’s buffs from both his elemental skill and elemental burst scale based on how many geo characters are in your party.

Number of geo characters in party Effect
One Defence bonus
Two Defence bonus and increased resistance to interruption
Three Defence bonus, increased resistance to interruption, and increased geo damage bonus

Learn more about the Genshin Impact elements right here

What is Genshin Impact Gorou’s best weapon?

The best weapon for Genshin Impact’s Gorou is the Elegy for the End, a five-star bow that can increase energy recharge rate and elemental mastery.

It’s a powerful piece of kit, but since it’s a gacha pull from the Epitome Invocation weapon banner in update 2.2, it’s not currently available. As such, we’ve included two alternates below, which can still pack a decent punch and compliment the pup’s fighting style, with the Favonius Warbow and Sacrificial Bow being more common four-star gacha pulls.

Weapon Effect (level one) How to get
Elegy for the End Increases energy recharge rate by 12%, and elemental mastery by 60. Gorou gains sigils when dealing damage with his elemental skill or burst. When he has four sigils, his elemental mastery is increased by 100, and his attack is increased by 20% Gacha
Favonius Warbow Energy recharge rate is increased by 13.3%. Crit hits have a 60% chance to generate a small number of elemental particles, which regenerate six energy for Gorou. This can only occur once every 12 seconds Gacha
Sacrificial Bow Energy recharge rate is increased by 6.7%. After Gorou damages an opponent with his elemental skill, the skill has a 40% chance to end its own cooldown. This can only occur once every 30 seconds Gacha

Genshin Impact's Gorou with a bow

What are Genshin Impact Gorou’s best artifacts?

You can equip Gorou with five artifacts, with different benefits that can help his stats shine. We recommend Husk of Opulent Dreams above all others, as it’s perfect for defence-scaling geo characters and will really enhance his buffs.

Husk of Opulent Dreams is a five-star set, so if you’re struggling to get all the pieces, you can try one of the alternatives below instead.

Artifact Effect How to get
Husk of Opulent Dreams

Two equipped: increases defence by 30%

Four equipped: Gorou obtains the curiosity effect. When in the field, he will gain one stack of curiosity after hitting an enemy with a geo attack, triggering a maximum of once every 0.3 seconds. When off the field, he gains one stack every three seconds. Curiosity can stack up to four times, with each stack providing a bonus of 6% defence and 6% geo damage. For every 6 seconds that pass without gaining a new curiosity stack, one stack is lost

From the Slumbering Court Domain on Seirai Island
Archaic Petra Two equipped: +15% geo damage bonus
Four equipped: When Gorou gains an elemental shard through a crystalize reaction, all party members gain a 35% damage bonus for the element of the shard for ten seconds. Only one form of elemental damage bonus can be gained in this manner at a time
From the Domain of Guyun in the Sea of Clouds in Guyun Stone Forest
Noblesse Oblige Two equipped: increases elemental burst damage by 20%
Four equipped: using Gorou’s elemental burst increases all party members’ attack by 20% for 12 seconds. This effect cannot stack
From Clear Pool and Mountain Cavern domain in Minlin, Mt. Aozang, or in an artifact strongbox

Alternative Artifacts

If you’ve not gotten your paws on the sets above, you can use these artifacts as a substitute.

Artifact Effect How to get
Defender’s Will Two equipped: Increases defence by 30%
Four equipped: Increases elemental resistance by 30% for each element present in your party
From Hidden Palace of Zhou Formula in Bishui Plain, Wuwang Hill
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What are Genshin Impact Gorou’s abilities?

As mentioned above, Genshin Impact’s Gorou has some great abilities when it comes to buffing and supporting his team, especially fellow geo characters, and his fourth ascension turns him into a brilliant healer. When levelling his talents, it’s a good idea to focus on Juuga: Forward Unto Victory first.

Active skills

Skill Effect
Ripping Fang Fletching (normal) Perform up to four consecutive shots with a bow
Ripping Fang Fletching (charge) Perform a more precise aimed shot with increased damage. While aiming, stone crystals accumulate on the arrowhead. A fully charged crystalline arrow deals geo damage
Ripping Fang Fletching (plunge) Fire a shower of arrows in mid-air before falling and striking the ground, dealing AoE damage on impact
Inuzaka All-Round Defense Deals AoE damage and sets up a General’s War Banner, which provides up to three buffs to active characters within the AoE, based on the number of geo characters in the party.
– One geo character (standing firm): gives a defence bonus
– Two geo characters (Impregnable): increases resistance to interruption
– Three geo characters (Crunch): gives a geo damage bonus 
Juuga: Forward Unto Victory Gorou deals AoE geo damage and creates a field known as General’s Glory, which acts as a mobile version of the General’s War Banner, giving the same buffs as above. If a General’s War Banner is present in the field when Gorou uses General’s Glory, the General’s War Banner will be destroyed, and cannot be summoned until General’s Glory’s duration has ended

Passive skills:

Skill Effect
Heedless of the Wind and Weather After using Juuga: Forward Unto Victory, all nearby party members’ defence is increased by 25% for 12 seconds
A Favor Repaid Gorou receives damage bonuses to his attacks based on his defence. When using Inuzaka All-Roud Defense, his skill damage is increased by 156% of his defence. When using Juuga: Forward Unto Victory, his skill damage and crystal collapse damage is increased by 15.6% of defence
Seeker of Shinies Displays the location of nearby resources unique to Inazuma on the mini-map

What Are Genshin Impact Gorou’s constellations?

Levelling up Gorou’s constellations can give you some pretty great bonuses. Here’s what you can get if you’re lucky enough to pull a few duplicates.

Constellation Effect
Rushing Hound: Switch as the Wind When characters (other than Gorou) within the AoE of Gorou’s General War Banner or General’s Glory deal geo damage to opponents, the cooldown of Gorou’s Inuzaka All-Roud Defense is decreased by 2 seconds. This effect can occur every ten seconds
Sitting Hound: Steady as the Clock While General’s Glory is in effect, its duration is extended by one second when a nearby active character obtains an elemental shard from a crystallize reaction. This effect can occur once every 0.1 seconds, and the extension can last a maximum of three seconds
Mauling Hound: Fierce as Fire Increases the level of Inuzaka All-Round Defense by three. Maximum upgrade level is 15
Lapping Hound: Warm as Water When General’s Glory is in the ‘Impregnable’ or ‘Crunch’ states, it will also heal active characters within its AoE by 50% of Gorou’s own defence every 1.5 seconds
Striking Hound: Thunderous Force Increases the level of Juuga: Forward Unto Glory by three. Maximum upgrade level is 15
Valiant Hound: Mountainous Fealty  For 12 seconds after using Inuzaka All-Round Defense or Juuga: Forward Unto Victory, increases the crit damage of all nearby party members’ geo damage based on the buff level of the skill’s field at the time of use.
  • Standing firm gives +10%
  • Impregnable gives +20%
  • Crunch gives +40%

This effect cannot stack 

Genshin Impact Gorou looking at the camera

Who is Genshin Impact Gorou’s voice actor?

Genshin Impact Gorou’s English voice actor is Cory Yee, while the Japanese actor is Hatanaka Tasuku.

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