Zhongli is one of the most handsome Genshin Impact characters and has recently become a fairly formidable geo DPS option thanks to the much-needed buffs he received in update 1.3. Zhongli still excels as a support character, due to his geo shield and petrification abilities, but we’ve added a suitable weapon and artifact set if you’d like to try him out in a DPS role.
If you’ve just received the polearm-wielding character from a wish and want to know how to reach his full potential, we’ve created a useful guide that includes everything you need to know to make sure your Genshin Impact Zhongli build is the best it can be. We’ll also make sure the guide is updated with any adjustments made to him in future updates.
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Here’s everything in our Genshin Impact Zhongli guide:
As we mentioned above, Zhongli is best suited for a support role. With his geo shields, Zhongli can protect the party, and his Planet Befall skill can petrify enemies, stopping their movement for a short period of time.
We recommend using the Vortex Vanquisher if you’d like to use Zhongli as a support character. If you’d prefer to use him as your main DPS, go ahead and equip the Crescent Pike.
|Vortex Vanquisher||Increases shield strength by 20%. When a hit lands on an opponent, attack is increased by 4% for eight seconds. Can only occur once every 0.3 seconds. While protected by a shield, the attack increase effect is increased by 100%|
|Crescent Pike||After picking up an elemental orb or particle, normal and charged attacks deal 20% extra attack damage for five seconds|
The Archaic Petra set is the best choice for Zhongli in a DPS or support role. If you’d like a physical damage boost, feel free to try out Gladiator’s Finale.
Two equipped: Geo damage is boosted by 15%.
Four equipped: when you obtain an elemental shard created through a crystallize reaction, all party members will gain a 35% damage bonus for the element created which lasts ten seconds
Two equipped: Increases attack by 18%
Four equipped: If the wielder of this set uses a sword, claymore, or polearm, their normal attack damage is increased by 35%
|Rain of Stone||Performs up to 6 spear strikes|
|Rain of Stone (charged)||Consumes a certain amount of stamina to lunge forward, damaging enemies as he goes|
|Rain of Stone (plunging)||Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground, dealing AoE when he lands|
|Dominus Lapidis (press)||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|
|Dominus Lapidis (hold)||Nearby geo energy explodes, causing the following effects:
|Planet Befall||A meteor falls from the sky causing massive AoE geo damage and petrifying enemies|
|Resonant Waves (unlocked at ascension one)||When your Jade Shield takes damage you will become Fortified|
|Dominance of Earth (unlocked at ascension four)||Normal, charged, and plunging attack damage is increased by 1.39% of max HP. Stone Stele, resonance, and hold damage is increased 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 that are used while crafting Polearm weapons|
When you level up Constellations, they improve how a character performs in battle. You can level up Zhongli’s constellations by using the Stella Fortuna you obtain when receiving a duplicate Zhongli while making a wish.
|Rock, the Backbone of Earth||Increases the number of Stone Steles created by Dominus Lapidis that may exist at the same time by two|
|Stone, the Cradle of Jade||Planet Befall gives nearby characters a Jade Shield|
|Jade, Shimmering through Darkness||Increases the level of Dominus Lapidis by three|
|Topaz, Unbreakable and Fearless||Increases Planet Befall’s AoE by 20% and the duration of petrification by two seconds|
|Lazuli, Herald of the Order||Increase the level of Planet Befall by three|
|Chrysos, Bounty of Dominator||When the Jade Shield takes damage, 40% of it is converted to HP. A single instance of regeneration cannot exceed 8% of the character’s max HP|
If you want Zhongli to be a truly amazing character, you’ll need to ascend him fully to boost the amount of geo damage he does. Here’s what it costs to ascend Zhongli:
|20||20,000||One Prithiva Topaz Sliver, three Cor Lapis, three Slime Condensate|
|40||40,000||Three Prithiva Topaz Fragment, two Basalt Pillars, ten Cor Lapis, 15 Slime Condensate|
|50||60,000||Six Prithiva Topaz Fragment, four Basalt Pillar, 20 Cor Lapis, 12 Slime Secretions|
|60||80,000||Three Prithiva Topaz Chunk, eight Basalt Pillar, 30 Cor Lapis, 18 Slime Secretions|
|70||100,000||Six Prithiva Topaz Chunk, 12 Basalt Pillar, 45 Cor Lapis, 12 Slime Concentrate|
|80||120,000||Six Prithiva Topaz Gemstone, 20 Basalt Pillar, 60 Cor Lapis, 24 Slime Concentrate|
That’s everything you need to know to have the best Genshin Impact Zhongli build. If you’re looking for something new to play, make sure you check out our list of the best mobile RPGs to keep yourself entertained.