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Zhongli build - Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact's Zhongli is the best shielder in the game, so let's look at his best build, weapons, and artifact choices to get the most out of this archon.

Genshin Impact Zhongli's splash art on a yellow background

Everyone loves Genshin Impact’s Zhongli, and it’s not hard to see why. The mortal form of Morax resides in Liyue and works as a consultant at the Wangsheng Funeral Parlor. He’s the former geo archon, wielding a polearm as a five-star unit. He applies the strongest shield in the game with almost no competition but can be a devastating damage dealer, too.

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Here’s everything you need to know about sculpting the best Zhongli build out there.

What’s the best Zhongli build?

Best weapon Staff of Homa
Weapon substitutes Skyward Spine, Black Tassel
Best artifact set Tenacity of the Millelith
Main stats Sands – HP
Goblet – Geo damage bonus
Circlet – HP
Sub stats HP, energy recharge, crit rate, crit damage

Zhongli’s best role is as a shielder in your teams, equipped with a Staff of Homa and a four-piece Tenacity of the Millelith artifact set. 

You can get some hefty damage out of him as a burst sub-DPS, too – that meteor is no joke. Upon hit, it petrifies enemies and deals a huge single blast of damage in a sizeable AoE. If you’re building him as a sub-DPS, then a set of Archaic Petra will work better than Tenaicty, but HP is key for Zhongli’s shield.

In terms of team composition, Zhongli plays incredibly well with glass cannons like Xiao and Hu Tao, and he slots easily into mono-geo comps, as his pillars resonate with other geo constructs (like Albedo’s flower or the Traveler’s meteor), furthering the damage they can deal.

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How do I use Genshin Impact’s Zhongli?

To use Zhongli as a shielder, simply hold his skill to deploy a Stone Stele, and apply a shield to your active character. If you have him at C2, this applies to everyone in multiplayer, too. That’s it – that’s how you shield with a Zhongli! Depending on how high his HP stat is, his shield may run out or be broken before you can redeploy his skill again.

The geo application of his stone stele doesn’t interfere with most elemental interactions and can create shields with the crystallize reaction to keep other party members safer for longer in co-op without his C2. He’s essentially a shield vending machine.

What are Zhongli’s best weapons?

Which weapon you choose for Zhongli depends on which role you’d like to use him in. As a geo sub-DPS, Zhongli’s best weapon is Staff of Homa, followed by the Primordial Jade-Winged Spear, though Deathmatch is a solid choice too, due to its high crit rate. As a burst sub-DPS, Staff of Homa is still top of the pile, but the replacement changes to Skyward Spine – which is probably your best bet if you’re a free-to-play player.  Zhongli’s signature weapon, Vortex Vanquisher, is of course a great option given its 100% attack increase when he is protected by a shield.

Look, I know what you’re thinking – why is there a three-star on the table? The Black Tassel is the best three-star weapon for Zhongli and a really good option for those who aren’t blessed with five-star polearms. It adds a good chunk of HP, which goes toward Zhongli’s shield duration.

Weapon Effect How to obtain
Staff of Homa (five-star) Bonus effect: Increases crit rate
Skill: Increases HP by 20%, and provides an attack bonus based on 0.8% of Zhongli’s max HP. When Zhongli’s HP is less than 50%, the attack bonus is increased by an additional 1% of the max HP
Weapon banner (alongside Hu Tao)
Black Tassel (three-star) Bonus effect: Increases HP
Skill: Increases damage against slimes by 40%
All banners
Skyward Spine (five-star) Bonus effect: Increases energy recharge
Skill: Increases crit rate by 8% and normal attack speed by 12%. Additionally, normal and charged attack hits on enemies have a 50% chance to trigger a vacuum blade that deals 40% of attack as damage in a small AoE. This effect can occur no more than once every two seconds
Standard banner
Vortex Vanquisher (five-star)

Bonus effect: Increases attack
Skill: Increases Zhongli’s shield strength by 20%. Hitting an enemy increases his attack by 4%, and while protected by a shield, this is increased by a further 100%

Weapon banner (alongside Zhongli)
Deathmatch (four-star) Bonus effect: Increases crit rate
Skill: If there are at least two enemies nearby, Zhongli’s attack is increased by 16%. If there are less than two enemies nearby, his attack is increased by 24%
Battle pass reward
Rightful Reward (four-star) Bonus effect: Increases HP
Skill: 
When Zhongli heals, he restores eight energy. This triggers once every ten seconds and can occur even when he is not on the field
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What are Zhongli’s best artifacts?

For Zhongli, you want to stack up a lot of HP in order to get his shield as strong as possible, but energy recharge and crit stats help with his damage. For a shield build, Zhongli’s best artifact set is Tenacity of the Millelith, but the Archaic Petra set is a great choice for DPS Zhongli, as it counters his main flaw of not generating many elemental shards. Noblesse Oblige is also great for increasing your elemental burst damage (big tasty meteors go boom!), too.

We all know what farming for artifacts is like, so if you find yourself in a pinch, a two-piece granting extra HP or energy recharge will suffice.

Artifact set Effect How to obtain
Archaic Petra Two equipped: Increases geo damage
Four equipped: When Zhongli obtains an elemental shard created through a crystallize reaction, all party members gain a 35% damage bonus for the element created. Lasts for ten seconds
Domain of Guyun
Tenacity of the Millelith Two equipped: Increases HP
Four equipped: When an elemental skill hits an opponent, the attack of all nearby party members is increased by 20%, and shield strength is increased by 30% for three seconds. This effect can trigger once every 0.5 seconds, even when Zhongli is not on the field
Ridge Watch domain
Noblesse Oblige Two equipped: Increases elemental burst damage
Four equipped: Using Zhongli’s elemental burst increases all party members’ attack by 20% for 12 seconds. This cannot stack
Clear Pool and Mountain Cavern domain
Vourukasha’s Glow Two equipped: Increases HP
Four equipped: 
Elemental skill and elemental burst damage increase by 10%. After Zhongli takes damage, the damage bonus is increased by 80% for five seconds. This effect increase can have five stacks. These effects can be triggered even when Zhongli is not on the field
Molten Iron Fortress domain
Emblem of Severed Fate Two equipped: Increases energy recharge
Four equipped: 
Increases Zhongli’s elemental burst damage by 25% of his total energy recharge stat. You can get a maximum of 75% bonus damage from this set
Momiji-dyed Court domain

Artifact stat recommendations

When picking artifacts for Zhongli, you should prioritize pieces with these stats:

Main stats:

  • Sands: HP, energy recharge
  • Goblet: HP, geo damage bonus
  • Circlet: HP, crit rate, crit damage

Sub-stats:

  • HP/%
  • Energy recharge
  • Crit damage/rate

To find out more about how artifacts work, check out our Genshin Impact artifacts guide.

Genshin Impact Zhongli holding a cup of tea

What are the best Zhongli team comps?

Do you need a shield? Take Zhongli. There – that’s his team comp – every team you need safety in. If you want to use him in a more specific sense, then he excels in a mono-geo team, and as a specific shielder for Xiao, Neuvillette, and Hu Tao.

For a mono-geo team, there are now a couple of options. Zhongli and Gorou are still mainstays, but you can pick Itto or Navia as a DPS, with Chiori or Albedo as sub-DPS and support units alongside them.

First character slot Second character slot Third character slot Fourth character slot
Zhongli Albedo Itto Gorou
Zhongli Xiao Faruzan Flexible healer slot
Zhongli hu tao iconHu Tao yelan iconYelan Furina
Zhongli Neuvillette Raiden Shogun iconRaiden Shogun Kazuha
Zhongli Chiori Navia iconNavia Gorou

What are Zhongli’s abilities?

Here is what you can do with Zhongli on field, and his bonus talent when it comes to crafting weapons. His skill is a support move, whereas the rest of his abilities are for attacking purposes.

Active skills:

Skill Effect
Normal attack: Rain of Stone Normal: Perform up to six spear strikes
Charged: Zhongli consumes a set amount of stamina and lunges forward, damaging enemies along his path
Plunging: Plunge from mid-air to strike the ground, dealing AoE when he lands
Elemental skill: Dominus Lapidis Press: Zhongli commands the earth to solidify into a Stone Stele which deals AoE geo damage. You can climb the Stone Stele and use it to block attacks or plunge from.
Hold: Zhongli expels geo-energy to create a Stone Stele and a jade shield. The shield’s absorption scales on Zhongli’s max HP, and absorbs 150% of all elemental and physical damage. Characters protected by the jade shield decrease the elemental and physical resistance of opponents by 20%
Elemental burst: Planet Befall Zhongli calls a meteor that falls from the sky, causing massive AoE geo damage. This can petrify enemies for a few seconds

Passive skills:

Skill Effect
Resonant Waves (unlocked at ascension one) When your Jade Shield takes damage you become fortified
Dominance of Earth (unlocked at ascension four) Normal, charged, and plunging attack damage increases by 1.39% of max HP. Stone Stele, resonance, and hold damage increases by 1.9% of max HP. Planet Befall deals additional damage equal to 33% of Zhongli’s max HP
Arcanum of Crystal (unlocked automatically) Receive 15% of the ores back when crafting Polearm weapons

What are Zhongli’s constellations?

Unlocking new constellations improves how a character performs in battle. You level up Zhongli’s constellations by using the Stella Fortuna you obtain when receiving a duplicate Zhongli while making a wish, if you’re lucky like that.

Constellation Effect
C1: Rock, the Backbone of Earth Increases the number of Stone Steles created by Dominus Lapidis that may exist at the same time to two
C2: Stone, the Cradle of Jade Planet Befall gives nearby characters a Jade Shield in co-op situations
C3: Jade, Shimmering through Darkness Increases the level of Zhongli’s skill, Dominus Lapidis, by three
C4: Topaz, Unbreakable and Fearless Increases Planet Befall’s AoE size by 20% and the duration of petrification by two seconds
C5: Lazuli, Herald of the Order Increase the level of Zhongli’s ultimate, Planet Befall, by three
C6: Chrysos, Bounty of Dominator When the Jade Shield takes damage, 40% of it is converted to HP, healing the current character a little. A single instance of regeneration cannot exceed 8% of Zhongli’s max HP

Genshin Impact Zhongli looking at a bird on his shoulder and smiling

What are Zhongli’s ascension materials?

If you want Zhongli to reach his full potential, you need to ascend him fully to boost the amount of geo damage he does and his shield’s strength.

Required level Mora Materials
20 20,000 One prithiva topaz sliver, three cor lapis, and three slime condensate
40 40,000 Three privitha topaz fragments, two basalt pillars, ten cor lapis, and 15 slime condensate
50 60,000 Six privitha topaz fragments, four basalt pillars, 20 cor lapis, and 12 slime secretions
60 80,000 Three privitha topaz chunks, eight basalt pillars, 30 cor lapis, and 12 slime concentrate
70 100,000 Six privitha topaz chunks, 12 basalt pillars, 45 cor lapis, and 12 slime concentrate
80 120,000 Six privitha topaz gemstones, 20 basalt pillars, 60 cor lapis, and 24 slime concentrate

If you’re not sure where to find these items, let us help. The geo hypostasis in the Guyun Stone Forest drops the basalt pillars and the prithiva topaz gems. Cor lapiz appears across Liyue (we recommend taking Ningguang as she can ping deposits on the map) and is easily mined. You can also buy some from Changsun in Liyue Harbor.

What are Zhongli’s talent materials?

Here’s what you need to grab in order to get one of Zhongli’s talents to level ten. The tusk of Monoceros Caeli is a drop from Tartaglia’s weekly boss fight, and the gold books come from the Taishan Mansion domain.

Talent level Mora Materials
Two 12,500 Six slime condensate and three teachings of gold
Three 17,500 Three slime secretions and two guides to gold
Four 25,000 Four  slime secretions and four guides to gold
Five 30,000 Six  slime secretions and six guides to gold
Six 37,500 Nine slime secretions and nine guides to gold
Seven 120,000 Four slime concentrate, four philosophies of gold, and one tusk of Monoceros Caeli
Eight 260,000 Six slime concentrate, six philosophies of gold, and one tusk of Monoceros Caeli
Nine 450,000 Nine slime concentrate, 12 philosophies of gold, and two tusks of Monoceros Caeli
Ten 700,000 12 slime concentrate, 16 philosophies of gold, two tusks of Monoceros Caeli, and one crown of insight

Talent priority:

You need to focus on Zhongli’s skill first, then his burst, then finally his normal attack.

  •  Elemental skill > elemental burst > normal attack

That’s everything you need to know to have the best Genshin Impact Zhongli build. If you’re looking for something new to play, check out every Zenless Zone Zero character we’ve seen so far, grab the working Honkai Star Rail codes, and check out our Honkai Star Rail tier list to see who to pull for.