Genshin Impact Hu Tao build

Find out all about Genshin Impact Hu Tao's best build, artifacts, weapons, and more right here - half price coffins for you enemies included.

Genshin Impact Hu Tao's 2023 birthday art featuring her leaning to the side and doing a 'rawr' pose with her hands.

Welcome to the Wangsheng Funeral Parlor, where the dead have never looked so lively! This is, of course, all thanks to the creepy-cute funeral director, Genshin Impact’s Hu Tao. This adorably spooky gal isn’t all business, though. So let’s take a look at the best Genshin Hu Tao build, featuring all her skills, best weapons and artifacts, and more.

If you haven’t managed to obtain Hu Tao yet, take a look at our Genshin Impact’s Childe, Genshin Impact’s Cyno, and Genshin Impact’s Wanderer guides if you need a strong character, or check out our Genshin Impact tier list or Genshin Impact next banner guide. For those of you who are low on primogems, we’ve also created a Genshin Impact codes list, so you’ll have a few more chances to obtain Hu Tao.

Here’s everything you need to know about Wangsheng Funeral Parlor director Genshin Impact’s Hu Tao.

What’s the best Genshin Impact Hu Tao build?

Best weapon Staff of Homa
Weapon substitutes Dragon’s Bane (vaporize or overload teams) or Deathmatch
Best artifact set Crimson Witch of Flames
Artifact substitutes Shimenawa’s Reminiscence
Main stats
  • Sands: HP or elemental mastery
  • Goblet: pyro damage%
  • Circlet: crit rate/crit damage
Sub-stats
  • Elemental mastery
  • Crit rate/crit damage
  • HP%
  • Attack%

Hu Tao’s best weapon is undoubtedly the Staff of Homa. It works wonders with her kit at C0 if you have it at R1. Both of these are pricy options, but there’s definitely a lesser of two evils at play. As a classic pyro DPS, Hu Tao’s best artifact set is Crimson Witch of Flames. Her most important stats are her HP%, pyro damage bonus, crit, and elemental mastery. 

When leveling up Hu Tao’s talents, we recommend that you prioritize her normal attack – but don’t neglect her elemental skill and elemental burst, as they’re also important parts of her kit. Additionally, while you can leave her at level 80, getting her to level 90 results in about a 7-8% damage increase, so it’s worth ascending her if you use her a lot (you can see the full sheet of calculations here, as referenced in the KeqingMains Hu Tao guide).

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How to use Hu Tao

Hu Tao is an amazing main DPS and can dish out some top-notch single-target damage. She can take a little getting used to due to her unique HP mechanic, but her pyro application is brilliant. However, she comes with her own caveats that can cause a massive variance in her power, and making the most of her kit really depends on how much effort you want to put into her due to how challenging her mechanic is.

As mentioned above, Hu Tao is an incredibly powerful single-target focused unit, which can act as both a benefit and a negative. She’s powerful at all constellations, but combining her C1 with the Staff of Homa weapon sees her damage spike significantly. KQM has a great guide on how to learn her animation canceling to get even more out of this fiery fighter.

Hu Tao’s kit revolves around carefully managing her HP to get the most out of her abilities. Her elemental skill uses her HP to deal pyro damage, and once you unlock one of her passives, having low HP boosts that damage even further. She can then restore her health and deal massive amounts of AoE pyro damage with her elemental burst, resetting the cycle.

What are the best Hu Tao weapons?

Whether at R1 or R5, the Staff of Homa is the best Hu Tao weapon by a mile. It’s generally considered BiS (best in slot) for almost every polearm user but, as it was tailored specifically to Hu Tao, she’s the only one capable of fully utilizing its passive.

If you’re running four-piece Shimenawa’s Reminiscence, Staff of the Scarlet Sands is an alternative five-star polearm for Hu Tao, thanks to its high elemental mastery to attack conversion and crit rate. As KQM points out, she can’t make the most of the staff’s stacks, but if your Staff of Homa belongs to someone else, give this polearm a go.

If you don’t have Staff of Homa, Dragon’s Bane is a great option for vaporize compositions, and beats out Deathmatch in overload teams. On the other hand, Deathmatch is an easy-to-build option equal to Dragon’s Bane in most scenarios, beating it out firmly in melt team comps or when your Hu Tao is utilizing damage% or elemental mastery buffs.

Weapon Effect How to obtain
Staff of Homa Bonus stat: crit damage
Skill: HP is increased by 20%. Hu Tao also receives an attack bonus based on 0.8% of her max HP. When HP drops below 50%, the attack bonus is increased by an additional 1% of Hu Tao’s max HP
Gacha
Staff of the Scarlet Sands Bonus stat: crit rate
Skill: Hu Tao gains 52% of her elemental mastery as bonus attack. When an elemental skill hits opponents, gain the Dream of the Scarlet Sands effect for ten seconds.
Dream of the Scarlet Sands: Hu Tao gains 28% of her elemental mastery as bonus attack. Max three stacks
Gacha
Dragon’s Bane Bonus stat: elemental mastery
Skill: Damage is increased by 20% against enemies affected by hydro or pyro
Gacha
Deathmatch Bonus stat: crit rate
Skill: If there are at least two enemies nearby, increase attack and defense by 16%. If there are fewer than two enemies nearby, attack increases by 24%
Battle pass

What are the best Hu Tao artifacts?

As Hu Tao is a pyro main DPS, Crimson Witch of Flames is the best option. Alternatively, Shimenawa’s Reminiscence has pretty high damage output, too. For early-game content, you can equip her with a full set of Berserker until you get something better.

Artifact set Effect How to obtain
Crimson Witch of Flames Two equipped: pyro damage +15%
Four equipped: increases overloaded and burning damage by 40%, and 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 on Bashui Plain, Wuwang Hill
Berserker Two equipped: crit rate +12%
Four equipped: when HP is below 70%, crit rate is increased by an additional 24%
Treasure chests, enemy drops, domains
Shimenawa’s Reminiscence Two equipped: attack +18%
Four equipped: when using an elemental skill with 15 or more energy, you lose 15 energy and gain 50% normal/charge/plunging attack damage for ten seconds. This effect won’t trigger again during that duration
Momiji-Dyed Court domain on Yashiori Island in Inazuma

Artifact stat recommendations

Main stats:

  • Sands: HP or elemental mastery
  • Goblet: pyro damage%
  • Circlet: crit rate/crit damage (try to maintain a 1:2 ratio)

Sub-stats:

  • Elemental mastery (up to 100)
  • Crit rate/crit damage (try to maintain a 1:2 ratio)
  • Elemental mastery (100+)
  • HP%
  • Attack%
  • HP
  • Attack

What are the best Hu Tao team comps?

Hu Tao is a monster DPS unit so she can fit in a variety of team comps depending on which characters you own and your preferred playstyle. If you’re using Crimson Witch of Flames in your build, we recommend a multi-element team to make the most of those reaction buffs, and make sure to include at least one hydro unit if you’re using Dragon’s Bane.

Here’s an example of a strong Hu Tao team comp:

First character slot Second character slot Third character slot Fourth character slot
hu tao iconHu Tao yelan iconYelan zhongli iconZhongli xingqiu iconXingqiu

Genshin Impact Hu Tao: Chibi Hu Tao and Qiqi building a snow lion together.

What are Hu Tao’s abilities?

Active skills:

Skill Effect
Normal attack: Secret Spear of Wangsheng Normal: Performs up to six strikes
Charged: Consumes stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to enemies along the way
Plunging: Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE damage upon impact
Elemental skill: Guide to Afterlife  Paramita Papilio: Consumes a set portion of Hu Tao’s HP to knock back enemies and enter the Paramita Papilio State. While in this state, Hu Tao’s attack is increased based on her max HP. The attack bonus cannot exceed 400% of her base attack. Hu Tao’s damage is converted into pyro damage during this time and resistance to interruption is increased. This effect ends when she leaves battle or has fallen
Blood Blossom: While in the Paramita Papilio State, Hu Tao’s charged attack inflicts enemies with the Blood Blossom Effect. Enemies affected take pyro damage every four seconds
Elemental burst: Spirit Soother Hu Tao summons a blazing spirit that deals large AoE pyro damage. On hit, a percentage of Hu Tao’s HP is regenerated. This can trigger up to five times, and if Hu Tao’s HP is below or equal to 50%, damage and regeneration are increased

Passive skills:

Skill Effect
Flutter By When the Paramita Papilio state ends, all allies (excluding Hu Tao) crit rate is increased by 12% for eight seconds
Sanguine Rouge Hu Tao’s pyro damage is increased by 33% when her HP is equal to or less than 50%
The More the Merrier When Hu Tao cooks a perfect dish, there is an 18% chance to receive an additional “Suspicious” dish

Talent level priority

When leveling up Hu Tao’s talents, we recommend prioritizing them in the following order:

  • Normal attack > elemental skill > elemental burst

However, keep in mind that all three play an important part in her damage output, so don’t neglect any of them!

What are Hu Tao’s constellations?

You can level up Hu Tao’s constellations by using the Stella Fortuna you obtain when receiving a duplicate Hu Tao. Here’s every level-up bonus.

Constellation Effect
C1: Crimson Bouquet While in Paramita Papilio state, Hu Tao’s charged attacks don’t consume stamina
C2: Ominous Rainfall Blood Blossom damage is increased by an amount equal to 10% of Hu Tao’s max HP when the effect is applied. Spirit Soother will now also apply the Blood Blossom effect
C3: Lingering Carmine The level of Guide to Afterlife is increased by three
C4: Garden of Eternal Rest When an enemy affected by a Blood Blossom is defeated, all nearby allies (excluding Hu Tao) will have their crit rate increased by 12% for 15 seconds
C5: Floral Incense The level of Spirit Soother is increased by three
C6: Butterfly’s Embrace When Hu Tao’s HP drops below 25%, or when she suffers a lethal blow:
  • Hu Tao will not fall as a result of the damage
  • For the next ten seconds, her elemental and physical resistance is increased by 200%, her crit rate is increased by 100%, and her interruption resistance is also increased
    This triggers automatically when Hu Tao has 1 HP left and
    can only occur once every 60 seconds

What are Hu Tao’s ascension materials?

Make sure you save up these items to ascend Hu Tao as soon as you can. You can farm the silk flowers in various places across Liyue, bop Whopperflowers on the head for their nectar, and claim juvenile jade from fighting the Primo Geovishap boss.

Required level Mora Materials
20 20k One agnidus agate sliver, three silk flower, three whopperflower nectar
40 40k Three agnidus agate fragment, two juvenile jade, ten silk flower, 15 whopperflower nectar
50 60k Six agnidus agate fragment, four juvenile jade, 20 silk flower, 12 shimmering nectar
60 80k Three agnidus agate chunk, eight juvenile jade, 30 silk flower, 18 shimmering nectar
70 100k Six agnidus agate chunk, 12 juvenile jade, 45 silk flower, 12 energy nectar
80 120k Six agnidus agate gemstone, 20 juvenile jade, 60 silk flower, 24 energy nectar

Genshin Impact banner - Hu Tao looking over a balcony rail with her ghost friend

What are Hu Tao’s talent materials?

If you want to level Hu Tao’s talents up to ten, you’re going to need to fight a lot of whopperflowers.

Talent level Mora Materials
Two 12.5k Six whopperflower nectar, three teachings of diligence
Three 17.5k Three shimmering nectar, two guide to diligence
Four 25k Four shimmering nectar, four guide to diligence
Five 30k Six shimmering nectar, six guide to diligence
Six 37.5k Nine shimmering nectar, nine guide to diligence
Seven 120k Four energy nectar, four philosophies of diligence, one shard of a foul legacy
Eight 260k Six energy nectar, six philosophies of diligence, one shard of a foul legacy
Nine 450k Nine energy nectar, 12 philosophies of diligence, two shard of a foul legacy
Ten 700k 12 energy nectar, 16 philosophies of diligence, two shard of a foul legacy, one crown of insight

That’s everything you need to know about Genshin Impact’s Hu Tao. If you’re looking for a new Hoyoverse adventure to try out, check out our Honkai Star Rail tier list and Honkai Star Rail codes. We’ve also got build guides for characters like Honkai Star Rail’s Black Swan, Honkai Star Rail’s Ruan Mei, and Honkai Star Rail’s Huohuo.