Genshin Impact Childe or Tartaglia build, weapons, and skills

Everything you need to know about Genshin Impact’s Tartaglia, better known as Childe, from his best build to his constellations and ascension materials

Genshin Impact's Childe holding a yellow flower

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 Impact Tartaglia 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.

The best Genshin Impact Tartaglia or Genshin Impact Childe build

Childe is one of the best main DPS characters in the game due to his ability to switch between ranged and melee stances. Use him in a team with Genshin Impact’s Qiqi as support for some decent heals and an easily triggered frozen reaction.

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Which weapon should you use?

The Skyward Harp is the best choice of weapon for Genshin Impact’s Childe. We recommend using the Rust bow, if you have trouble finding the Skyward Harp, as it’s slightly less rare.

Weapon Effect
Skyward Harp Crit damage is increased by 20%. Hits have a 60% chance to trigger an AoE attack that deals 125% physical attack damage. This can only occur once every four seconds
Rust Normal attack damage is increased by 40%. However, aimed shot damage is decreased by 10%

Which artifact set should you use?

We recommend equipping a full set of Heart of Depth artifacts if you can get your hands on them. If you’re low on Heart of Depth items, feel free to use two artifacts from each of the sets below.

Artifact set Effect
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
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

A close up of Genshin Impact's Childe next to the game's logo

What are Childe’s skills?

Active skills:

Skill Effect
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.
  • Riptide Flash: A fully-charged Cutting Torrent deals AoE damage when an enemy is affected by riptide. This can occur once every 0.7 seconds
  • Riptide Burst: When you defeat an enemy affected by riptide, a hydro burst inflicts the riptide status on all nearby enemies.
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:
  • Cutting Torrent: Performs six hydro attacks
  • Cutting Torrent (charged): Consumes stamina to deal a certain amount of hydro damage
  • Riptide Flash: When an opponent affected by riptide is hit by a melee attack, a Riptide Slash is unleashed that deals AoE hydro damage. This is considered elemental skill damage, and can only occur once every 1.5 seconds

After 30 seconds, Tartaglia will return to his ranged stance

Havoc: Obliteration This move does different things depending on what stance Tartaglia is in:
  • Ranged Stance – Flash of Havoc: Deals AoE hydro damage and applies the riptide status. A portion of its energy cost will be regenerated after use
  • Melee Stance – Light Obliteration: Deals AoE hydro damage and triggers Riptide Blast
  • Riptide Blast: When an opponent affected by riptide is hit by the obliterating waters, it clears their riptide status and deals AoE hydro damage. Damage dealt this way is considered elemental burst damage

Passive skills:

Skill Effect
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.

Constellation Effect
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

Genshin Impact's Childe fighting against three others

What does it cost to ascend Childe?

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.

Required level Mora Materials
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

If you need help with other characters, take a look at our Genshin Impact Xiao and Genshin Impact Eula guides.