Genshin Impact Wriothesley release date, build, and lore

Make sure Genshin Impact’s Wriothesley packs a punch with our build including the best weapons and artifact options, and how to stack up his talents for maximum

Genshin Impact Wriothesley straightening his tie

Fellow Teyvatians – we’re finally here. We have a cryo catalyst user and it is Genshin Impact’s Wriothesley. He’s the epitome of emo-chic and is the emissary of solitary iniquity, lord and administrator of the Fortress of Meropide – a prison located in Fontaine’s sea. Fun fact – he’s actually colorblind, as mentioned in the description of a teapot furnishing called the Cerulean Gem. This means there’s every chance he thinks he’s clad in shades of gray – but it’s OK, we still love you, Wriothesley. Now then, let’s see how to make him a meta-shattering unit.

There’s plenty more to discover about Genshin Impact’s Fontaine region ahead of its release, too – check out who Genshin Impact’s Focalors and Genshin Impact’s Charlotte are and grab all the latest Genshin Impact codes to start saving those primos.

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

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Genshin Impact’s Wriothesley release date

Wriothesley will release in the second half of the 4.1 update in Genshin Impact, alongside a Venti rerun. Having him release in the second half means you get plenty of time to farm materials for him, too.

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

Wriothesley is all fists and fury and is an on-field cryo DPS. He looks to have little to no off-field use, so we suggest pairing him with a healer, a hydro or pyro unit, and perhaps an anemo grouper to get the best out of him.

It was a wild ride for anyone following leaks about his kit (polearm, physical DPS on standard banner to our first cryo catalyst), but now we can safely say his role is surely a DPS making use of both charged and normal attacks.

What are the best Genshin Impact Wriothesley weapons?

Of course, Wriothesley’s best weapon is Cashflow Supervision, his own signature catalyst. Some other really good options include the Widsith, especially at higher refinements, Fontaine’s Flowing Purity, and Solar Pearl to increase Wrio’s crit rate and elemental skills.

Weapon Effect How to obtain
The Widsith (four-star) Bonus effect: Crit damage increase
Skill: When Wriothesley takes the field, he gains a random theme song 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: Attack increase
Skill: When Wriothesley uses an elemental skill, his elemental damage bonus increases by 8% for 15 seconds, and a Bond of Life worth 24% of his maximum HP appears. This can trigger once every ten seconds. When you clear the Bond of Life, every 1,000 HP cleared in the process provides a 2% more elemental damage bonus, up to a maximum of 12%.
Skyward Atlas (five-star) Bonus effect: Attack increase
Skill: Increases Wriothesley’s elemental damage bonus 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 and standard banner

What are the best Genshin Impact Wriothesley artifacts?

Judging by what we’ve seen of Wriothesley’s kit so far, you’re going to want to bump up his attack and crit numbers to get some shattering hits out of him. Keep in mind that he may not scale entirely off HP, but some of his attacks do consume it, so stacking that stat if you can is a good idea.

You also 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. 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
Vourukasha’s Glow Two equipped: Increases maximum HP
Four equipped: Wriothesley’s elemental skill and burst damage increase by 10%. After he takes damage, the damage bonus increases by 89% for five seconds. This can stack up to five times.
Molten Iron Fortress domain
Tenacity of the Millelith Two equipped: Increases maximum HP
Four equipped: When Wriothesley hits an opponent with an elemental skill, the attack of all nearby party members increases by 20%, and their shield strength by 30% for three seconds. This effect can trigger every 0.5 seconds.
Ridge Watch domain

Artifact stat recommendations

Main stats:

  • Sands: HP
  • Goblet: Cryo damage bonus
  • Circlet: Crit rate/crit damage


  • HP
  • Crit rate/crit damage
  • Attack/%

Genshin Impact Wriothesley in combat wearing mechanical gloves

What are Genshin Impact Wriothesley’s abilities?

Wriothesley’s kit is still under wraps, but his first revealed skill is ‘Rebuke: Vaulting Fist’. This skill comes into play as he enters combat. When Wriothesley’s HP falls below a certain number, his next charged attack enhances into Rebuke: Vaulting Fist, which deals more damage and does not consume stamina. When he hits an enemy with this, he restores some HP. You can use this to balance his HP and buff his attacks as you go.

His off-field, passive skill involves a chance to double the product of ascension materials when crafting them.

What is Genshin Impact Wriothesley’s constellation?

Wriothesley’s constellation is Cerberus – you know, that mythical three-headed dog – this matches well with the wolfy insignia on his outfit. For now, we’re eagerly awaiting information on what each constellation brings.

Genshin Impact Wriothesley in a corridor surrounded by mecha creatures

Who is Genshin Impact’s Wriothesley?

Wriothesley’s official role in Genshin’s story is as the emissary of solitary iniquity, lord and administrator of the Fortress of Meropide – a prison located in Fontaine’s sea.

His first appearance in Fontaine’s trailer sees him sitting at a table next to Genshin Impact’s Sigewinne who offers him a drink. He doesn’t take it, though, after hovering his hand over it for a moment. It seems that Wriothesley is colorblind, as he’s mentioned in the description of a Serenitea Pot furnishing called the Cerulean Gem alongside his co-worker Sigewinne.

“A certain Melusine deployed to the field had a fondness for the floweret and referred to it as “Golden Gem Flower,” but was corrected by her human colleague stating that it was “cerulean.” In reality, the vision of Melusines is very different from humans, while her colleague happened to be color-blind. The Cerulean Gem is actually close to pale violet red or rosy as defined by the Fontaine Research Institute.”

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