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Genshin Impact Wriothesley build

Make sure Genshin Impact’s Wriothesley packs a punch with our build including the best weapons and artifact options to stack up his attacks.

Genshin Impact Wriothesley's splash art on a blue background

Genshin Impact’s Wriothesley is the administrator of the Fortress of Meropide, the Duke, and is the epitome of emo-chic. It’s pronounced writhe-zly, by the way. He’s a five-star cryo catalyst user focusing on close-up combat via hefty punches. Here’s the best Wriothesley build and how to make him a meta-shattering unit.

There’s plenty more to discover about Genshin Impact’s Fontaine region – check out who the archon Genshin Impact’s Furina is, and local reporter Genshin Impact’s Charlotte. Oh, and grab all the latest Genshin Impact codes to stack up those primogems.

Now, let’s slam into our Genshin Impact Wriothesley guide.

What’s the best Genshin Impact Wriothesley’s build?

Best weapon Cashflow Supervision
Weapon substitutes The Widsith, Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds
Best artifact set Marechaussee Hunter
Main stats Sands – Attack
Goblet – Cryo damage bonus
Circlet – Crit rate/damage
Sub stats Crit rate, crit damage, attack

Wriothesley’s best build is as an on-field DPS, his best weapon is his signature catalyst Cashflow Supervision, and his best artifact choice by far is a four-piece-set of Marechaussee Hunter.

Wriothesley is made for dealing non-stop cryo damage – as a melee catalyst, he’s all fists and fury and has no off-field use. Melt and freeze are the best elemental reactions for you to aim for, and you should prioritize a grouper as he has quite short-range attacks, given that he punches things. This is also where a shielder comes in handy as he’s right in harm’s way, but can heal himself through charged attacks. 

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How do I use Genshin Impact’s Wriothesley?

Wriothesely is a main DPS and is your go-to for damage in any team you put him in. Use his elemental skill before you start hitting things with his normal attack as it gives a good boost, especially if you complete his five-string combo, ending in a hefty crit hit. If you use a charged attack on his third attack in a string of moves, Wriothesley can heal himself.

The short answer to how you use him is you punch things. The longer answer is, that you use a buffer like Bennett or Shenhe, throw in some elements, and then punch things. Wriothesley performs the best in melt comp teams, but freeze teams won’t go amiss either. If you happen to have a C2 Dehya, her attack boost can do wonders for Wriothesely

What are Wriothesley’s best weapons?

Of course, the best weapon for Wriothesley is Cashflow Supervision, his own signature catalyst. Ideally, if you can’t get the little drone-shaped dude, you want a catalyst that buffs his crit rate or crit damage, like the Widsith and Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds – or if you happen to have a spare copy of Wanderer’s best in slot, Tullaytullah’s Remembrance.

Failing that, the Skyward Atlas can offer a nice boost to Wriothesley’s attack stat, and the latest Fontaine event catalyst, Ballad of the Boundless Blue, improves his energy recharge which is always a bonus.

Weapon Effect How to obtain
Cashflow Supervision (five-star) Bonus effect: Crit rate increase
Attack increases by 16%. When Wriothesley’s current HP increases or decreases, his normal attack damage increases by 16%, and charged attack damage by 14% for four seconds. This can stack three times. The effect triggers every 0.3 seconds. When Wriothesley has three stacks, his attack speed increases by 8%.
Weapon banner (alongside Wriothesley)
Tullaytullah’s Remembrance (five-star) Bonus effect: Crit damage increase
Wriothesley’s normal attack speed increases by 10%. After he uses an elemental skill, his normal attack damage increases by 4.8% every second for four seconds. After he hits an opponent with a normal attack, the damage increases by a further 9.6%. The maximum damage increase you can get is 48%. If Wriothesley leaves the field, the damage buffs are reset.
Weapon banner (alongside Wanderer)
The Widsith (four-star) Bonus effect: Crit damage increase
Skill: When Wriothesley takes the field, he gains one of three songs for ten seconds. This can only occur every 30 seconds. The songs are:
-Recitative: Wriothesley’s attack increases by 60%
-Aria: Increases Wriothesley’s elemental damage by 48%
-Interlude: Wriothesley’s elemental mastery increases by 240
All banners
Flowing Purity (four-star) Bonus effect: Increases attack stat
When Wriothesley uses his elemental skill, his cryo damage bonus increases by 8% for 15 seconds. A Bond of Life worth 24% of his maximum HP appears, which can trigger once every ten seconds.
You can clear the Bond by healing Wriothesley equal to the amount of the Bond (24%), and clearing it provides a 2% cryo bonus for every 1,000 HP he heals, up to a maximum of 12%. This is easy to achieve as Wriothesley can heal himself
Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds (five-star) Bonus effect: Crit rate increase
Skill: Increases Wriothesley’s movement speed by 10%. When in battle, he gains an 8% elemental damage bonus every four seconds, with a maximum of four stacks. This lasts until he falls or leaves combat
Weapon banner, Chronicled Wish, and standard banner
Skyward Atlas (five-star) Bonus effect: Attack increase
Skill: Increases Wriothesley’s elemental damage by 12%. Normal attack hits have a 50% chance to earn the favor of the clouds, which actively seek out enemies to deal 150% extra damage for 15 seconds
Weapon banner, Chronicled Wish, and standard banner
Ballad of the Boundless Blue (four-star) Bonus effect: Energy recharge increase
Within six seconds after Wriothesley’s normal or charged attacks hit an opponent, his normal attack damage increases by 8%, and charged damage by 6%. This can stack three times
Event reward

What are the best Wriothesley artifacts?

Wriothesley benefits greatly from pumped-up crit rate and crit damage stats to soup up his attacks. Attack stats also won’t go amiss on his build. His best artifact set is Marechaussee Hunter by far. If you get a cryo damage bonus goblet, we recommend using this on him.

You can’t go wrong with a cryo damage increase from a Blizzard Strayer two-piece if you don’t have anything else fitting, as we all know what farming for artifacts is like.

Artifact set Effect How to obtain
Marechaussee Hunter Two equipped: Normal and charged attack damage increase
Four equipped: When Wriothesley’s current HP increases or decreases, his crit rate increases by 12% for five seconds. This can stack three times
Denouement of Sin domain
Blizzard Strayer Two equipped: Increases cryo damage
Four equipped: When Wriothesley attacks an opponent affected by cryo, his crit rate increases by 20%. If the opponent freezes, his crit rate increases by another 20%
Peak of Vindagnyr domain
Shimenawa’s Reminiscence Two equipped: Increases attack stat
Four equipped:
When using his elemental skill, if Wriothesley has 15 or more energy, he loses this and gains a 50% increase in normal, charged, and plunge attack damage for ten seconds. This can only happen once every ten seconds
Momiji-Dyed Court domain
Echoes of an Offering Two equipped: Increases attack stat
Four equipped: 
When a normal attack hits opponents, there is a chance it triggers Valley Rite, which increases Wriothesley’s normal attack damage by 70% of his attack. This dispels 0.05 seconds after a normal attack deals damage. If a normal attack fails to trigger Valley Rite, the odds of it triggering next time increase by 20%
The Lost Valley domain

Artifact stat recommendations

When rolling artifacts, look out for these stats to get the best out of Mr Meropide. If you’re using a four-piece set of Marechaussee Hunter, you can focus on crit damage instead of crit rate, as the set adds a hefty slice of crit rate as Wriothesley’s HP changes.

Main stats:

  • Sands: Attack
  • Goblet: Cryo damage bonus
  • Circlet: Crit damage


  • Attack/%
  • Crit rate/crit damage

If you need a refresher on all things artifacts, we’ve got a handy Genshin Impact artifacts guide for you.

Genshin Impact Wriothesley using his mecha arm

What are the best Wriothesley team comps?

You should aim to get a healer in the mix, as Wriothesley’s moves can drain his own HP, and he’s right in the firing line of attacks as a short-range catalyst user. Along with this, an anemo grouper like Sucrose or Kazuha is also key to bringing enemies to him.

As mentioned, Dehya at C2 provides a great attack buff, as does Bennett. Pairing these two pays off great dividends in a melt comp. You also want a hydro unit in both melt and freeze teams, like Yelan, Kokomi, Xingqiu, Candace, or even Ayato, to make sure everything remains frozen.

First character slot Second character slot Third character slot Fourth character slot
Genshin Impact Wriothesley's icon in Genshin ImpactWriothesley Flexible pyro Bennett Kazuha
Genshin Impact Wriothesley's icon in Genshin ImpactWriothesley Xiangling Bennett Zhongli
Genshin Impact Wriothesley's icon in Genshin ImpactWriothesley Shenhe Kokomi Sucrose
Genshin Impact Wriothesley's icon in Genshin ImpactWriothesley Dehya Bennett Furina
Genshin Impact Wriothesley's icon in Genshin ImpactWriothesley Furina Genshin Charlotte iconCharlotte Kazuha

What are Wriothesley’s abilities?

Here are all of Wriothesley’s attacks, as well as his passive talents that you unlock as you ascend him.

Active skills:

Skill Effect
Normal attack: Forceful Fists of Frost Normal: Coalescing frost about his fist, Wriothesley unleashes powerful attacks known as Repelling Fists, performing up to five rapid strikes, dealing cryo damage.
Charged: Wriothesley consumes a fixed amount of stamina to leap and unleash a Vaulting Fist, dealing cryo damage in a small AoE.
Plunging: Wriothesley dives toward the ground and strikes with a hit dealing cryo damage.
Elemental skill: Icefang Rush Wriothesley sprints forward, entering the Chilling Penalty state, and unleashing powerful attacks. Chilling Penalty increases Wriothesley’s interruption resistance. When his HP is above 50%, it enhances Repelling Fists’ damage. Using this attack consumes some of Wriothesley’s HP.
Elemental burst: Darkgold Wolfbite Wriothesley activates his mechanical gloves and strikes out with the power of cryo. This uses Icicle Impact to cause multiple instances of AoE cryo damage in front of Wriothesley.
Arkhe: Ousia
After Icicle Impact ends, a surging blade descends on opponents, dealing Ousia-aligned cryo damage.

Passive skills:

Skill Effect
 There Shall Be a Plea for Justice (unlocked at ascension one) When Wriothesley’s HP is less than 60%, he obtains a Gracious Rebuke. The next charged attack is enhanced to become Rebuke: Vaulting Fist, which does not consume stamina and deals 30% extra damage. It also restores 30% of Wriothesley’s HP upon hit.
 There Shall be a Reckoning for Sin (unlocked at ascension four) When Wriothesley’s current HP increases or decreases, if he is in the Chilling Penalty state, it gains one stack of Prosecution Edict. Max five stacks. Each stack increases his attack by 6%.
 The Duke’s Grace (unlocked automatically) When crafting weapon ascension materials, Wriothesley has a 10% chance to double the product.

What are Wriothesley’s constellations?

Wriothesley’s constellation is Cerberus – you know, that mythical three-headed dog – this matches well with the wolfy insignia on his outfit. If you manage to pull more than one of the underwater-dwelling man (like I did, thankfully), here is what you can unlock.

Constellation Effect
C1: Terror for the Evildoers The Gracious Rebuke from passive talent ‘There Shall Be a Plea For Justice’, changes to this:
When Wriothesley’s HP is less than 60%, or while in the Chilling Penalty state, when the fifth hit of his Repelling Fists hits, it creates a Gracious Rebuke. You can gain one of these every 2.5 seconds.
Additionally, Rebuke: Vaulting Fist obtains the following enhancement:
The damage bonus increases to 200%, and when it hits while Wriothesley is in the Chilling Penalty state, the duration extends by four seconds
C2: Shackles for the Arrogant When Wriothesley uses Darkgold Wolfbite, each Prosecution Stack increases the ability’s damage by 40%
C3: Punishment for the Frauds This constellation raises the level of Wriothesley’s normal attack, Forceful Fists of Frost, by three. The maximum level of this skill is 15
C4: Redemption for the Suffering  The HP restored to Wriothesley through Rebuke: Vaulting Fists increases by 50% of his maximum HP. Additionally, when he heals, if the amount of healing overflows, the following effects occur depending on whether he is on the field or not.
If Wriothesley is on the field, his attack speed increases by 20% for four seconds. If he is off-field, all party members’ attack speed increases by 10% for six seconds
C5: Mercy for the Wronged This constellation raises the level of Wriothesley’s burst, Darkgold Wolfbite, by three. The maximum level of this skill is 15
C6: Esteem for the Innocent Rebuke: Vaulting Fist’s crit rate increases by 10%, and its crit damage by 80%. When Wriothesley uses this, he can create an icicle that deals 100% of Vaulting Fist’s damage as cryo damage. This counts as charged attack damage

Genshin Impact Wriothesley in the Fortress of Meropide picking stickers off his glove

What are Wriothesley’s ascension materials?

Guess what, gang – Wriothesley is another beetle boy! Here’s a full list of what he needs to get ascended all the way up to level 80 and beyond.

Required level Mora Materials
20 20,000 One shivada jade sliver, three meshing gears, three subdetection units,
40 40,000 Three shivada jade fragments, 15 meshing gears, ten subdetection units, two tourbillon devices
50 60,000 Six shivada jade fragments, 12 mechanical spur gears, 20 subdetection units, four tourbillon devices
60 80,000 Three shivada jade chunks, 18 mechanical spur gears, 30 subdetection units, eight tourbillon devices
70 100,000 Six shivada jade chunks, 12 artificed dynamic gears, 45 subdetection units, 12 tourbillon devices
80 120,000 Six shivada jade gemstones, 24 artificed dynamic gears, 60 subdetection units, 20 tourbillon devices

Here’s where to find all the items you need to ascend Wriothesley:

  • Shivada jade – obtain from normal and weekly bosses – especially the cryo hypostasis and Andrius – or craft via alchemy
  • Subdetection units – you can find these mechanical insects all over Fontaine’s Research Institute region
  • Tourbillon devices – this item drops from the Experimental Field Generator boss in Fontaine’s Research Institute
  • Meshing gears, mechanical spur gears, artificed dynamic gears -these items are drops from meka enemies in Fontaine’s overworld. You can craft them into higher rarities at an alchemy bench

What are Wriothesley’s talent materials?

To level up Wriothesley’s talents, you’ll need the following items.

Talent level Mora Materials
Two 12,500 Six meshing gears, teachings of order
Three 17,500 Three mechanical spur gears, two guides to order
Four 25,000 Four mechanical spur gears, four guides to order
Five 30,000 Six mechanical spur gears, six guides to order
Six 37,500 Nine mechanical spur gears, nine guides to order
Seven 120,000 Four artificed dynamic gears, four philosophies of order, one primordial greenbloom
Eight 260,000 Six artificed dynamic gears, six philosophies of order, one primordial greenbloom
Nine 450,000 Nine artificed dynamic gears, 12 philosophies of order, two primordial greenblooms
Ten 700,000 12 artificed dynamic gears, 16 philosophies of order, two primordial greenblooms, crown of insight

To find all these bits and pieces, head to these locations and hunt these enemies:

  • Order talent books – farm these in the Pale Forgotten Glory domain in Fontaine on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays
  • Meshing gears, mechanical spur gears, artificed dynamic gears -these items are drops from meka enemies in Fontaine’s overworld. You can craft them into higher rarities at an alchemy bench
  • Primordial Greenblooms – you can get these as a reward for the weekly Apep boss – The Realm of Beginnings – in Sumeru’s Desert of Hadramaveth.  If you don’t get the right drop, you can transform them at an alchemy station

Talent priority:

When looking to upgrade his abilities, here are the Wriothesley talent priorities:

  •  Normal attack > elemental skill > elemental burst

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