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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|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.
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 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.
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 F2P 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%
|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
|Vortex Vanquisher (five-star)||
Bonus effect: Increases attack
|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
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. You can get a maximum of 75% bonus damage
|Momiji-dyed Court domain|
Artifact stat recommendations
When picking artifacts for Zhongli, you should prioritize these stats:
- Sands: HP, energy recharge
- Goblet: HP, geo damage bonus
- Circlet: HP, crit rate, crit damage
- Energy recharge
- Crit damage/rate
To find out more about how artifacts work, check out our Genshin Impact artifacts guide.
Do you need a shield? Take Zhongli. Due to geo’s lack of reactions with other elements, he won’t mess up any rotations for reactions, so your hyperblooms and superconducts are fine.
There are some specific teams we can recommend, though – aside from being a shielder, his ‘best’ team is mono geo for the resonance buffs, and shielding Xiao, Hu Tao, or Neuvillette from danger.
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.
|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|
|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|
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.
|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|
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. Geo Hypostasis drop basalt pillars in the Guyun Stone Forest, along with prithiva topaz pieces. You can mine cor lapis in Liyue’s mountain regions, or you can buy it from Changsun in Liyue Harbor. Slimes, obviously, drop slime pieces.
|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|
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.
|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|
You need to focus on Zhongli’s skill first, then his burst, then finally his normal attack.
- Elemental skill > elemental burst > normal attack
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