We’ve spent a bunch of time with each of the Genshin Impact characters, ranking them against each other in numerous different areas to come up with this Genshin Impact tier list. There are also rumours 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.
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Now, let’s get into our Genshin tier list.
Overall best Genshin Impact characters
|Tier||Genshin Impact characters|
|S||Alhaitham, Ayaka, Ayato, Bennett, Cyno, Diluc, Diona, Dori, Eula, Ganyu, Hu Tao, Itto, Kazuha, Nahida, Raiden Shogun, Tartaglia, Tighnari, Venti, Wanderer, Xiao, Xingqiu, Yelan, Zhongli|
|A||Albedo, Barbara, Beidou, Collei, Faruzan, Fischl, Gorou, Heizou, Jean, Kaeya, Keqing, Klee, Kuki Shinobu, Kokomi, Layla, Mona, Nilou, Ningguang, Qiqi, Rosaria, Sara, Sayu, Shenhe, Sucrose, Thoma, Traveler (dendro), Xiangling, Yanfei, Yae Miko, Yaoyao, Yoimiya, Yun Jin|
|B||Aloy, Candace, Chongyun, Mika, Noelle, Razor, Xinyan|
|C||Dehya, Lisa, Traveler (anemo, electro, and geo)|
Best DPS Genshin Impact characters
|Tier||Genshin Impact characters|
|S||Alhaitham, Ayaka, Ayato, Cyno, Diluc, Eula, Ganyu, Hu Tao, Itto, Nahida, Raiden Shogun, Tartaglia, Tighnari, Wanderer, Xiao|
|A||Heizou, Keqing, Klee, Kokomi, Nilou, Noelle, Ningguang, Yanfei, Yoimiya|
|B||Aloy, Beidou, Candace, Fischl, Mona, Razor, Rosaria, Xinyan, Yun Jin|
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Best sub-DPS Genshin characters
|Tier||Genshin Impact characters|
|S||Albedo, Ayaka, Ayato, Fischl, Ganyu, Kazuha, Nahida, Nilou, Raiden Shogun, Tartaglia, Venti, Xingqiu, Yelan|
|A||Beidou, Candace, Collei, Heizou, Kaeya, Kokomi, Kuki Shinobu, Layla, Mona, Rosaria, Sara, Shenhe, Xiangling, Yae Miko, Zhongli|
|B||Chongyun, Jean, Sucrose, Sayu, Traveler (anemo, dendro, and geo), Thoma|
Best support Genshin characters
|Tier||Genshin Impact characters|
|S||Bennett, Diona, Dori, Kazuha, Nahida, Raiden Shogun, Sucrose, Venti, Yaoyao, Zhongli|
|A||Albedo, Barbara, Candace, Faruzan, Gorou, Jean, Kokomi, Kuki Shinobu, Layla, Mika, Mona, Sara, Sayu, Shenhe, Thoma, Traveler (dendro), Qiqi, Yelan, Yun Jin|
|B||Ayato, Chongyun, Ningguang, Noelle, Rosaria, Xinyan, Xingqiu|
|C||Traveler (electro and geo)|
Upcoming Genshin Impact characters
The following Genshin Impact characters will likely arrive alongside a future update, and we’ll add them to our Genshin Impact tier list upon arrival:
- Genshin Impact’s Dainsleif
- Genshin Impact’s Varka
- Genshin Impact’s Baizhu
- Genshin Impact’s Lynette
- Genshin Impact’s Lyney
- Genshin Impact’s Kaveh
- Genshin Impact’s Focalors
- Genshin Impact’s Pulcinella
Make sure you don’t waste your valuable primogems, try out a Genshin Impact wish simulator first.
Genshin Impact character list
- Hu Tao
- Kuki Shinobu
- Raiden Shogun
- Yae Miko
- Yun Jin
Albedo is a well-known alchemist in the service of the Knights of Favonius. He is renowned for his limitless, obscure knowledge, and research is his one true love. If you need some help with this character, take a look at our Genshin Impact Albedo guide.
Genshin Impact’s Alhaitham is the current scribe of the Sumeru Akademiya. A few of the Pocket Tactics team would also argue he’s one of the most handsome characters in-game.
You may recognise Genshin Impact’s Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn. She wields a bow and harnesses the power of cryo.
A three-time winner of the Gliding Championship in Mondstadt, Amber is an Outrider in the Knights of Favonius. If you’re on the lookout for a good build, head over to our Genshin Impact Amber guide.
Ayaka is the daughter of the Yashiro Commission’s Kamisato Clan. You can learn all about her best build by visiting our Genshin Impact Ayaka guide.
Genshin Impact’s Ayato is the brother of Ayaka, head of the Kamisato Clan, and Yashiro Commissioner. He’s a very handsome man, and loves drinking boba.
The most popular bard of Mondstadt, Genshin Impact’s Barbara is also the Deaconess of the Favonius Church.
Bane of all sea beasts, Genshin Impact’s Beidou is a powerful warrior that can draw lightning into her sword.
The last remaining member of Benny’s Adventure Team, Bennett is known for his unfortunate luck. We also have a handy guide to help you master Genshin Impact’s Bennett.
Genshin Impact’s Candace hails from Sumeru and wields a polearm. She has a hydro vision.
You might not think it to look at him, but Genshin Impact’s Chongyun is actually a famous exorcist, and very capable of ridding the land of evil spirits.
Genshin Impact’s Collei is a four-star dendro bow wielder that is a forest ranger trainee from Sumeru.
Genshin Impact’s Cyno is a polearm-wielder with an electro vision. He’s known for his quick wit and love of honeyed dates.
Genshin Impact’s Dehya is a five-star claymore-wielder with a pyro vision. She comes from Sumeru and her birthday is on April 7th.
By day, he runs a business, but by night he’s a legendary hero. No, we’re not referring to Batman. We’re talking about Genshin Impact’s Diluc, who runs the Dawn Winery and is, secretly, the Darknight Hero. If you want to know how to master this character, take a look at our Genshin Impact Diluc guide.
This bartender at the Cat’s Tail is curious, as she absolutely hates alcohol despite producing some of the best wine in the region. Here’s our recommended build for Genshin Impact’s Diona.
This adorable little character is Genshin Impact’s Dori. She’s a four-star claymore-wielder with an electro vision.
This claymore-wielding cryo character is great in a main DPS role. You can find our recommended build for Genshin Impact’s Eula right here.
Genshin Impact’s Faruzan is a scholar from a century ago. She comes from Haravatat, but is much more well-known around Sumeru for her talents in machinery.
An investigator for the Adventurers’ Guild, Genshin Impact’s Fischl is a bit of an odd character that travels with a night raven, Oz.
A half-human, half-Qilin hybrid. Ganyu is known for being quiet, graceful, and gentle. However, among friends, Ganyu’s true personality shines and she shows off her wild side. Make sure you take a look at our Genshin Impact Ganyu guide!
Genshin Impact’s Gorou is known as the puppy general and is the leader of the Watatsumi resistance. Despite his appearance, his great determination and courage have earned the respect and trust of all the soldiers under his command.
Genshin Impact’s Heizou is the first male catalyst in the game and is known as a bit of a rogue detective around Inazuma.
Genshin Impact’s Hu Tao is out now! She will enter the ranks of our tier list as soon as we have a chance to play her.
Genshin Impact’s Itto is a half-oni and the head of the Arataki gang. He loves taking part in ramen-eating and beetle-fighting competitions.
As Grandmasters of the Mondstadt Knights, Genshin Impact’s Jean is a pretty big deal. She is confident, loyal, and tackles challenges head-on.
A trusted member of the Knights of Favonius, Genshin Impact’s Kaeya is a powerful warrior in his own right.
Genshin Impact’s Kazuha is a five-star anemo character from Inazuma. He’s a ronin who wields a sword.
It’s safe to say that Keqing isn’t really a fan of the gods, preferring that humanity solve its own problems. For more information, take a look at our Genshin Impact Keqing guide.
Absolutely explosive mad, is Klee, who goes so far as to refer to her bombs as treasure. What would she do without Jean to help her? If you need some help getting to grips with this explosive master, take a look at our Genshin Impact Klee guide!
Genshin Impact’s Kokomi is the divine priestess of Watatsumi Island in Inazuma. She is a fine strategist, and someone you can count on during times of war.
In Genshin Impact, Kuki Shinobu is a member of the Arataki gang alongside the boisterous Itto.
Despite the amount of sleep she gets, Genshin Impact’s Layla always looks a little sleep-deprived due to academic stress.
An intelligent witch that loves a nap, Lisa is the librarian for the Knights of Favonius. You score this electro character for free pretty early on, if you’d like some help mastering her, we’ve created a Genshin Impact Lisa build guide.
Genshin Impact’s Mika is a front-line surveyor of the Knights of Favonius’ Reconnaissance Company. He’s quite shy but completes all tasks set out for him diligently and hopes to become a cartographer in the future.
An arrogant astrologer, Mona isn’t in it for the money. Which she should be, considering how much grief it causes her. If you’re interested in trying out the hydro character, take a look at our Genshin Impact Mona guide
This adorable little character is Genshin Impact’s Nahida. She may look unassuming, but she’s actually the current dendro Archon. Nahida wields a catalyst.
Genshin Impact’s Nilou is an elegant woman and an amazing dancer. She wields a sword and has a hydro vision.
Living in the skies above Liyue, Genshin Impact’s Ningguang owns the Jade Chamber.
Though a maid for the Knights of Favonius, Genshin Impact’s Noelle dreams of becoming a knight herself someday.
An alchemist that cannot die, Qiqi is very forgetful. That explains why she’s always whipping out that notebook. If you need some help with this character, take our Genshin Impact Qiqi guide!
Genshin Impact’s Raiden Shogun is the exalted ruler of Inazuma and the power of thunder incarnate. She’s not one to be messed with.
Growing up amongst wolves, Genshin Impact’s Razor is more at home in the forest than cities. Having said that, he chooses to fight with a massive sword rather than his teeth and nails. That’s probably for the best.
Genshin Impact’s Rosaria is a sister of the Church of Favonius, who you might remember from your quest with Albedo over in Dragonspine.
Genshin Impact’s Sara is the leader of the Tenryou Commission’s forces. She has sworn allegiance to Raiden Shogun. You can find a full Genshin Impact Sara guide right here.
Genshin Impact’s Sayu is an adorable girl with a tanuki hoodie who wields a claymore and harnesses the power of anemo. Her elemental burst involves throwing a large Muji-Muji Daruma.
Genshin Impact’s Shenhe is a five-star character with a cryo vision. She wields a polearm and hails from the beautiful Liyue region.
This alchemist wants to improve people’s lives with the power of alchemy, which is very admirable. If you need some help mastering this anemo character, take a look at our Genshin Impact Sucrose guide.
It’s unclear what motivates Genshin Impact’s Tartaglia, who is a member of the Eleven Harbingers. Intriguingly, he fights with a bow as it’s the weapon that he’s weakest with, so who knows what power lurks within?
Genshin Impact’s Thoma is the housekeeper for the Kamisato Clan and is known as a fixer around his homeland of Inazuma. He has a serious side, but is generally a pretty laidback guy.
This boy with bunny ears is Genshin Impact’s Tighnari. He’s the lead ranger of the Dawson Rainforest and is very knowledgeable about the nation’s flora.
Traveler is the protagonist of Genshin Impact! They have the ability to switch between anemo, dendro, geo, and electro elements by resonating with the Statues of the Seven. Take a look at our Genshin Impact Traveler guide for help.
This bard can ride the very winds themselves into battle, which makes more sense when you realise he is actually the god, Barbatos. We’ve also got some tips on how to master this character in our Genshin Impact Venti guide.
Genshin Impact’s Wanderer came into existence in place of his previous incarnation, Scaramouche. He has all of his former self’s memories but no longer thinks of himself as that person.
By day, the head chef of a prestigious restaurant and by night a powerful warrior that uses the power of flames to destroy her enemies. If you need some help with this character, take a look at our Genshin Impact Xiangling guide!
Despite looking like a young man, Xiao is actually an ancient guardian, potentially thousands of years old. He hasn’t quite made it to our tier list yet, but if you want some more details on this new character, take a look at our Genshin Impact Xiao beginners guide.
Merchant Xingqiu is well known in Liyue Harbor, due to being born into the Feiyun Commerce Guild. You can find out more in our Genshin Impact Xingqiu guide!
Liyue’s sole rock ‘n’ roll musician, Genshin Impact’s Xinyan rebels from the social norm. Her music soothes the souls of the weary.
Genshin Impact’s Yae Miko is the head shrine maiden of Grand Narukami Shrine. She is the editor-in-chief of Yae Publishing, and is not fully understood by mortal folk.
Genshin Impact’s Yaoyao may be young, but she still takes great care of all those around her. She trains under a master at Liyue Harbour and loves to travel.
Genshin Impact’s Yelan is a bow-wielding, hydro character who claims to work for the Ministry of Civil Affairs, but is classed as a ‘non-entity’ on their list.
Genshin Impact’s Yanfei is the child of an Adeptus and a human. She is currently in the care of Madame Ping.
Genshin Impact’s Yoimiya is a five-star pyro character, who wields a bow and hails from the gorgeous new Inazuma region.
In Genshin Impact, Yun Jin is known to be a fantastic opera singer and dancer. She also brews tea at the Heyu Tea House. She’s a four-star geo character who wields a polearm.
Wangsheng Funeral Parlor’s calm, reserved, and polite consultant. Zhongli is known to have bad spending habits, so should not be trusted with your mora. Want to master this character? Take a look at our Genshin Impact Zhongli guide.
And that’s it for our Genshin Impact tier list and Genshin Impact character guide. We recommend that you check out our Genshin Impact reroll instructions to learn how to get your favourite character from day one. For something a little less Hoyoverse, head on over to our Pokédex and Pokémon promo code guides.