In Genshin Impact, Tartaglia, also known as Childe, is a confident warrior who lives for the thrill of battle. This hydro character chooses to wield a bow as it’s the weapon he’s least proficient with, this makes every win a lot more satisfying for him. Tartaglia is well known for being a member of the Eleven Harbingers of the Fatui.
For those of you having trouble mastering the five-star character, our Genshin Childe guide will tell you which weapons and artifacts are best. We also outline what each of his active and passive skills does, as well as provide details on what items you need for ascension.
If you need some help planning out a team, check out our Genshin Impact tier list. We’ve also got a Genshin Impact codes guide in case you need some extra primogems to wish for Genshin Impact’s Childe or any other characters you may be after. We also have guides for Genshin Impact’s Razor and Genshin Impact’s Hu Tao if you need help with other characters.
Childe is a hydro DPS with strong multi-target damage and fast hydro application that enables other members of his team. His burst deals high damage, and, in its ranged form, has low energy requirement, allowing you to use it more frequently. He’s pretty flexible when it comes to team comps, has a uniquely flexible rotation that switches between ranged and melee, and he isn’t constellation reliant, meaning you don’t need more than one copy for him to be a worthy member of your team.
On the other hand, he has lower individual damage output compared to many of the other five-star DPS on offer, and he heavily relies on a well-built team excel. Childe is also pretty tricky when it comes to the technicality of his skills, and you need some practice and dedication to manage his rotations well.
He can play multiple roles on a team depending on his allies, including main DPS, burst DPS, enabler, sub-carry, and even, in some situations, a support – though the latter isn’t widely recommended.
As a main DPS, the best Genshin Childe weapon is Polar Star, followed closely by Thundering Pulse and Aqua Simulacra. For burst DPS Childe, your best choice is Aqua Simulacra followed by Thundering Pulse and R5 Mouun’s Moon.
If you’re looking for something a bit more easily accessible, Viridescent Hunt is a good choice for main DPS Childe, and R5 Stringless is great for burst DPS Childe.
|Weapon||Effect||How to obtain|
|Polar Star||Elemental skill and elemental burst damage increases by 12%. After a normal attack, charged attack, elemental skill or elemental burst hits an opponent, gain one stack of Ashen Nightstar for 12 seconds. When 1/2/3/4 stacks of Ashen Nightstar are present, increases attack by 10/20/30/48%. Stacks of Ashen Nightstar created by the normal attack, charged attack, elemental skill or elemental burst are counted independently of the others||Gacha|
|Thundering Pulse||Increases attack by 20% and grants the might of the Thunder Emblem. At stack levels 1/2/3, the Thunder Emblem increases normal attack damage by 12/24/40%. The obtains one stack of Thunder Emblem in each of the following scenarios: when a normal attack deals damage (stack lasts 5 seconds), upon casting elemental skill (stack lasts ten seconds), or when energy is less than 100% (stack disappears when energy is full). Each stack’s duration is calculated independently||Gacha|
|Aqua Simulacra||HP increases by 16%. When there are opponents nearby, the damage dealt by the wielder of this weapon is increased by 20%. This takes effect whether the character is on-field or not||Gacha|
|Mouun’s Moon||For every point of the entire party’s combined maximum energy capacity, the elemental burst damage of the character equipping this weapon increases by 0.12%. A maximum of 40% increased elemental burst damage can be achieved this way||Gacha|
|The Stringless||Increases elemental skill and elemental burst damage||Gacha|
|Viridescent Hunt||Upon hit, normal and aimed shot attacks have a 50% chance to generate a cyclone, which continuously attracts surrounding opponents, dealing 40% of attack as damage to these opponents every 0.5 seconds for four seconds. This effect can only occur once every 14 seconds||Battle Pass|
Generally, the best artifact set for DPS Childe in most situations is Heart of Depth. However, if you don’t have a Genshin Impact’s Bennett to spare for your Childe team, you should combine two Heart of Depth and two Gladiator’s Finale.
For burst DPS Childe, you can combine two Noblesse Oblige with two Heart of Depth for a great damage boost. For a more in-depth breakdown, check out Kequing Mains’ super detailed guide.
|Heart of Depth||Two equipped: Hydro damage is increased by 15%
Four equipped: After an elemental skill is used, normal and charged attack damage is increased by 50% for 15 seconds
|Gladiator’s Finale||Two equipped: attack +18%
Four equipped: increases normal attack damage of the wielder by 35% if they use a sword, claymore, or polearm
|Noblesse Oblige||Two equipped: Elemental burst damage is increased by 20%
Four equipped: When an elemental burst is used, all party members’ attack is increased by 20% for 12 seconds
Stat and sub-stat recommendations
- Sands – attack% or elemental mastery
- Goblet – hydro damage%
- Circlet – crit rate/crit damage
- Crit rate/crit damage (try to maintain a 1:2 ratio)
- Elemental mastery
- Energy recharge
|Cutting Torrent||Perform six shots with a bow|
|Cutting Torrent (charged)||An aimed shot with increased damage. When fully charged, deals hydro damage and applies the Riptide status. Enemies affected by riptide will suffer from AoE hydro damage when attacked.
|Cutting Torrent (plunging)||Fires a shower of arrows in mid-air before dealing AoE damage on the ground. Tartaglia cannot perform a plunging shot when in Foul Legacy: Raging Tide’s melee stance|
|Foul Legacy: Raging Tide||Tartaglia enters a melee stance and deals AoE hydro damage. In the melee stance, his attacks change in the following ways:
After 30 seconds, Tartaglia will return to his ranged stance
|Havoc: Obliteration||This move does different things depending on what stance Tartaglia is in:
|Never Ending||Extends riptide duration by eight seconds|
|Sword of Torrents||While in melee stance or when a normal or charged attack critically hits, riptide is applied to the enemy|
|Master of Weaponry||Increases party members’ normal attack levels by one|
To make sure Genshin Impact’s Childe is as powerful as possible, you need to level up his constellations. You can do this after you obtain him as a duplicate when making a wish.
|Foul Legacy: Tide Withholder||The cooldown for Foul Legacy: Raging Tide is reduced by 20%|
|Foul Legacy: Understream||When an opponent affected by riptide is defeated, four elemental energy is restored|
|Abyssal Mayhem: Vortex of Turmoil||Increases the level of Foul Legacy: Raging Tide by three|
|Abyssal Mayhem: Hydrospout||When in Foul Legacy: Raging Tide’s melee stance, Riptide Slash is triggered against opponents on the field affected by riptide every four seconds, otherwise, Riptide Flash is triggered.|
|Havoc: Formless Blade||Increases the level of Havoc: Obliteration by three|
|Havoc: Annihilation||When Tartaglia casts Havoc: Obliteration in melee stance, the cooldown of Foul Legacy: Raging Tide is reset once he returns to ranged stance|
You need a lot of Starconch in order to ascend Tartaglia. We recommend searching around the beaches of Liyue to build up your stock of these. Here’s everything else you need to collect.
|20||20,000||One Varunada Lazurite Sliver, three Starconch, three Recruit’s Insignia|
|40||40,000||Three Varunada Lazurite Fragment, two Cleansing Heart, ten Starconch, 15 Recruit’s Insignia|
|50||60,000||Six Varunada Lazurite Fragment, four Cleansing Heart, 20 Starconch, 12 Sergeant’s Insignia|
|60||80,000||Three Varunada Lazurite Chunk, eight Cleansing Heart, 30 Starconch, 18 Sergeant’s Insignia|
|70||100,000||Six Varunada Lazurite Chunk, 12 Cleansing Heart, 45 Starconch, 12 Lieutenant’s Insignia|
|80||120,000||Six Varunada Lazurite Gemstone, 20 Cleansing Heart, 60 Starconch, 24 Lieutenant’s Insignia|