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Genshin Impact tier list the best characters in update 4.6

Our Genshin Impact tier list helps you find out where your favorite characters rank, so you can work out if you should roll for Arlecchino and Lyney.

Genshin Impact tier list - Arlecchino holding a finger to her lips

Our Genshin Impact tier list ranks each character against each other so you know who to roll for. There are also always rumors of new characters on the way, and we plan to update this guide with them as soon as they’re available. So, as a result, we recommend that you bookmark this list and keep checking back to keep on top of the latest changes.

If you’re looking for other Hoyoverse games to play, we thoroughly recommend checking out our Honkai Star Rail tier list and Honkai Star Rail codes guides, we’ve also got information on each of the Zenless Zone Zero characters and the Zenless Zone Zero release date. For those of you who are only interested in Genshin, browse our Genshin Impact codes list and Genshin Impact next banner guide.

Genshin Impact tier list – update 4.5

To help us decide our rankings, we take into account our own experience with each character and look at opinions from the community. However, tier lists are entirely subjective, so if you love a character in a lower tier, feel free to use them!

Here are the best Genshin Impact characters:

Tier Genshin Impact character
SS Alhaitham, Arlecchino, Baizhu, Bennett, Furina, Hu Tao, Kazuha, Kokomi, Nahida, Navia, Neuvillette, Raiden Shogun, Xiangling, Xingqiu, Yelan, Zhongli
S Albedo, Ayaka, Childe, Cyno, Fischl, Ganyu, Kuki Shinobu, Lyney, Mona, Nilou, Tighnari, Venti, Xianyun, Wanderer, Yae Miko
A Ayato, Charlotte, Chevreuse, Chiori, Diluc, Diona, Eula, Faruzan,  Gaming, Gorou, Itto, Jean, Keqing, Rosaria, Sara, Shenhe, Sucrose, Wriothesley, Xiao, Yaoyao, Yoimiya, Yun Jin
B Barbara, Beidou, Collei, Dehya, Dori, Freminet, Heizou, Kaveh, Kirara, Klee, Layla, Lynette, Mika, Noelle, Thoma, Yanfei
C Aloy, Amber, Candace, Chongyun, Kaeya, Lisa, Ningguang, Qiqi, Razor, Sayu, Traveler (anemo, dendro, electro, geo, hydro), Xinyan
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Genshin Impact SS-tier characters

The following characters are all ranked SS-tier in our list of the best overall Genshin Impact characters.

Genshin Impact Alhaitham's splash art on a green Pocket Tactics background


In Genshin Impact, Alhaithm is great in a main DPS role, but can also slot into sub-DPS if the need arises. He’s a five-star character who wields a sword and harnesses the dendro element.

Genshin Impact tier list - Arlecchino's splash art on a red background


If you’re after a five-star pyro main DPS, then Genshin Impact’s Arlecchino is the character for you. We recommend you pair her up with buffers like Bennett, groupers like Kazuha, and reaction enablers like a hydro or electro unit.

Genshin Impact tier list - Baizhu with a snake against a green background with the Pocket Tactics logo


Genshin Impact’s Baizhu is a five-star dendro character who wields a catalyst. He fits best in a support role and excels in quickswap aggravate, bloom, and hyperbloom teams.

Genshin Impact's Bennett pasted on a red PT background with a slight drop shadow


Now for a four-star option, Genshin Impact’s Bennett is a great choice for a support character with some handy attack buffs. He wields a sword and his element is pyro.

Genshin Impact tier list - Furina with a staff against a blue background with the Pocket Tactics logo


Genshin Impact’s Furina is a five-star hydro character who wields a sword and fits well into a support role thanks to her burst attack and heals.

Genshin Impact's Hu Tao flipped and pasted on a red PT background with a slight drop shadow

Hu Tao

This polearm-wielding five-star pyro character fits amazingly into a main DPS role. Genshin Impact’s Hu Tao dishes out harsh single-target damage and succeeds in all game modes.

Genshin Impact Kazuha drawing his sword over a green and turquoise Pocket Tactics background


Genshin Impact’s Kazuha is a five-star anemo character that has strong supporting capabilities. He wields a sword and has good off-field elemental applications as well.

Genshin Impact Kokomi holding her hand out to a hydro fish in front of a blue Pocket Tactics background


Genshin Impact’s Kokomi is a five-star hydro catalyst wielder. She can fit into a sub-DPS or healer role and is one of the most versatile characters available.

Genshin Impact Nahida's splash art on a green background


This pint-sized dendro support unit is a five-star character who wields a catalyst. Genshin Impact’s Nahida does a great job at buffing your team and dealing light damage.

Genshin Impact tier list - Navia holding an umbrella against a yellow background with the Pocket Tactics logo on it


In Genshin Impact, Navia is a claymore-wielding geo character who we recommend using in a main DPS role. Her elemental skill is her main source of damage and is boosted through her Crystal Shrapnel Charges.

Genshin Impact Neuvillette's splash art on a blue pocket tactics background


Genshin Impact’s Neuvillette is a five-star, pneuma-aligned, hydro character. He’s currently one of the best units in the game and is pretty handsome to boot.

Genshin Impact Raiden drawing her sword in front of a purple Pocket Tactics background


One of Pocket Tactics’ favorite characters is Genshin Impact’s Raiden. She’s a five-star electro character who wields a polearm and fits perfectly into a main or sub-DPS slot.

Genshin Impact's Xiangling pasted on a red PT background with a slight drop shadow


If you’re looking for a proficient four-star character who just so happens to be free, Genshin Impact’s Xiangling is a great pyro sub-DPS character. She wields a polearm.

Genshin Impact's Xingqiu pasted on a hydro-blue PT background with a slight drop shadow


One of the few four-stars on our list, Genshin Impact’s Xingqiu is a great sub-DPS character who can help with support on occasion. He wields a sword and has a hydro element.

Genshin Impact Yelan's splash art on a blue background


Genshin Impact’s Yelan is a five-star hydro bow-wielder who we recommend using in a sub-DPS role. Her talents help fill in the downtime between main DPS attacks.

Genshin Impact Zhongli's splash art on a yellow background


If you need a geo polearm-wielder on your site we recommend Genshin Impact’s Zhongli. He’s a five-star character and the strongest shielder in the game but some distance.

That’s it for our Genshin Impact tier list. We recommend that you check out our Genshin Impact reroll instructions to learn how to get your favorite character from day one. For something a little less Hoyoverse, head on over to our Pokédex and Pokémon promo code guides.