Genshin Impact Zhongli – build, weapon, and skills

The best build for Genshin Impact’s Zhongli

Genshin Impact's Zhongli drinking tea

Zhongli is one of the most handsome Genshin Impact characters and became 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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The best Genshin Impact Zhongli build

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.

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Which weapon should you use?

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.

Weapon Effect
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

Which artifact set should you use?

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.

Artifact set Effect
Archaic Petra 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
Gladiator’s Finale 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%

Zhongli against a white background in a suit, holding a polearm

What are Zhongli’s skills?

Active skills:

Skill Effect
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:
  • If their maximum number hasn’t been reached, creates a Stone Stele
  • Creates a jade shield. The shield’s absorption scales based on Zhongli’s max HP. Absorbs 150% of all elemental and physical damage
  • Deals AoE geo damage
  • Characters protected by the jade shield will decrease the elemental and physical resistance of opponents in a small AoE by 20%. Cannot be stacked.
Planet Befall A meteor falls from the sky causing massive AoE geo damage and petrifying enemies

Passive skills:

Skill Effect
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

What are Zhongli’s constellations?

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.

Constellation Effect
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

Zhongli looking towards you with the sun shining behind him

What does it cost to ascend Zhongli?

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:

Required level Mora Materials
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.

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