In Genshin Impact, Noelle is a maid with a dream of one day joining the Knights of Favonius. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have what it takes to join just yet, so she spends her free time learning knightly speech, conduct, and customs. Unlike others her age, she doesn’t drink and has a great deal of self-restraint.
This geo claymore-wielding character is best suited to a main DPS role. With help from our Genshin Impact Noelle guide, you will soon know exactly what each of her active and passive skills does, and we’ll also fill you in on what it costs to ascend her to the highest level.
For those of you who need some help with other geo characters, take a look at our Genshin Impact Ningguang and Genshin Impact Albedo build guides. Once you’ve mastered each character, head over to our Genshin Impact codes list to stock up on extra primogems and mora.
Genshin Impact Noelle build
Noelle is featured on the current 27 phase one banners, alongside Genshin Impact Xiao and Genshin Impact Yelan. You can find out more about the current and upcoming Genshin Impact banners right here on Pocket Tactics.
Noelle also appears in the Paimon’s bargains shop, usually in February and August, where you can buy her for 34 Masterclass Starglitter.
Noelle is best suited to a main, on-field, AoE DPS role, who also offers healing and shields. Her elemental burst that converts her normal attacks into geo AoE attacks, so we recommend pairing her up with another geo character, such as Genshin Impact’s Zhongli, for an elemental resonance that increases overall geo damage.
Noelle has a simple rotation and is easy to pick up and play, and her attacks cover a wide range, providing good AoE damage. She’s often referred to as the ‘One-Maid Army’ among fans due to her overall tankiness, and ability to provide both shields and healing.
Unfortunately, her single target DPS is pretty low, and she really relies on her C5 and C6 constellations in order to shine as a carry. Additionally, as she deals geo damage, she can’t take advantage of strong elemental reactions to boost her damage, and she really requires a solid battery to maintain her uptime, such as Genshin Impact’s Ningguang.
Our top pick for Noelle’s weapon is Serpent Spine, as it’s honestly the perfect weapon for her. At refinement rank two, it becomes the undisputed best in show choice for her due to its high crit rate and extremely handy skill.
Skyward Pride isn’t the best, but it offers good energy recharge if you don’t manage to snag any decent artifacts with an ER sub-stat. It’s not worth aiming for higher refinements unless you have them sitting around collecting dust.
Whiteblind is great for a F2P weapon as it can be easily crafted through the blacksmith, though in the grand scheme of things it’s ‘just okay’ at everything. It boosts Noelle’s tankiness and healing, and doesn’t really excel at anything else. Always take a few swings with Whiteblind before using Noelle’s burst, so she snapshots the buff from the stacks.
|Weapon||Effect||How to get|
|Serpent Spine||Bonus effect: +crit rate%
Skill: every four seconds that Noelle is on the field, she deals 6% more damage and takes 3% more damage. This has a maximum of five stacks, and does not reset if she leaves the field, but is reduced by one stack every time she takes damage
|Skyward Spine||Bonus effect: +energy recharge%
Skill: increases all damage by 8%. After you use Noelle’s elemental burst, normal, or charged attack, on hit, it creates a vacuum blade that does 80% of attack as damage to enemies along its path. Last for 20 seconds or eight vacuum blades
|Whiteblind||Bonus Effect: +defence
Skill: Normal and charged attacks increase attack and defence by 6% for six seconds. This can only occur once every 0.5 seconds
|Forge via Blacksmith|
We recommend equipping a full set of Retracing Bolide to boost Noelle’s shield strength.
|Artifact set||Effect||Where to get|
|Retracing Bolide||Two equipped: Shield strength is increased by 35%
Four equipped: Normal and charged attack damage is increased by 40% when protected by a shield
|Domain of Guyun|
|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 and world boss drops, Gladiator’s Finale artifact strongbox|
Recommended artifact stats and substats
- Attack or defence for Sands
- Geo damage or defence for Goblet
- Crit rate or crit damage for circlet
Aim to get about 130% energy recharge. After that, prioritise increasing Noelle’s crit rate and crit damage, and try to maintain a 1:2 ratio between them. Beyond this, defence and extra energy recharge is always a nice bonus.
|Favonius Bladework – Maid||Performs four slashes|
|Favonius Bladework – Maid (charged)||Consumes stamina to deal AoE damage with a powerful slash at the end|
|Favonius Bladework – Maid (plunging)||Plunge from mid-air to deal AoE damage on impact with the ground|
|Breastplate||Creates a shield that regenerates health and deals AoE geo damage. The shield can also do the following things while active:
|Sweeping Time||Deals AoE geo damage before increasing Noelle’s attack AoE, converting attack damage to geo damage, and increasing Noelle’s attack based on her defence|
|Devotion||While Noelle is in the party but not on the field and a character’s HP drops below 30%, a shield is created that absorbs 400% of Noelle’s defence as damage and lasts for 20 seconds|
|Nice and Clean||Every four normal or charged attacks decrease Breastplate’s cooldown by one second|
|Maid’s Knighthood||Perfect cooking on a defence-boosting dish has a 12% chance to obtain double the product|
To upgrade Noelle’s constellations, you need to receive her as a duplicate when making a wish. Here’s every bonus you receive when leveling her up.
|I Got Your Back||When both Sweeping Time and Breastplate are in effect, the healing effects of Breastplate are increased to 100%|
|Combat Maid||Stamina consumption of Noelle’s charged attacks is decreased by 20%, and her charged attack damage is increased by 15%|
|Invulnerable Maid||Increases the level of Breastplate by three|
|To Be Cleaned||When Breastplate ends or is destroyed, it deals 400% attack as AoE geo damage|
|Favonius Sweeper Master||Increases the level of Sweeping Time by three|
|Must Be Spotless||When Sweeping Time is in use, Noelle’s attack is increased by an additional 50% of her defence. Every enemy defeated during this time adds one second to the duration, for up to ten seconds|
To ascend Noelle fully, you need to gather over 100 Valberry. The best place to farm these is around Stormbearer Mountain in Mondstadt. Here’s everything you need to acquire in order to ascend Noelle.
|20||20,000||One Prithiva Topaz Sliver, three Valberry, three Damaged Mask|
|40||40,000||Three Prithiva Topaz Fragment, two Basalt Pillar, ten Valberry, 15 Damaged Mask|
|50||60,000||Six Prithiva Topaz Fragment, four Basalt Pillar, 20 Valberry, 12 Stained Mask|
|60||80,000||Three Prithiva Topaz Chunk, eight Basalt Pillar, 30 Valberry, 18 Stained Mask|
|70||100,000||Six Prithiva Topaz Chunk, 12 Basalt Pillar, 45 Valberry, 12 Ominous Mask|
|80||120,000||Six Prithiva Topaz Gemstone, 20 Basalt Pillar, 60 Valberry, 24 Ominous Mask|
As mentioned in the build section, Noelle really relies on having a strong battery. The best character for this role is actually the Genshin Impact Traveller when aligned with geo. Genshin Impact Ningguang also does a good job, but only if you have her at C2, and Genshin Impact’s Albedo can work in some situations.
As for the other two slots, Noelle is pretty self-sufficient when it comes to healing and shielding, so you can dedicate these slots to increasing her damage. She works best with burst characters that don’t need much time on the field, so Genshin Impact’s Zhongli or Genshin Impact’s Xingqiu are great choices. Genshin Impact’s Fischl is also a great choice due to her Oz turret, and her high particle regeneration – though the latter is not as important if you have a reliable battery on the team.
If you want to know where your favourite character ranks, simply take a quick look at our Genshin Impact tier list, which features every hero to date!