Genshin Impact’s Zhongli is the handsome, polearm-wielding former archon of Liyue. Known affectionately as Geo daddy, the CEO of GEO, or Long Zhong Silver (okay, I made the last one up), Zhongli has earnt a firm place in the meta as the strongest (and most fly) shielder in the game. So let’s take a look at the best Genshin Zhongli build, featuring his skills, constellations, best weapons and artifacts, and more.
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Genshin Impact Zhongli
Zhongli is the strongest shielder in the game, and is best suited for a support or burst sub-DPS build. He can fit into many team comps and is an extremely valuable unit for protecting glass cannon DPS like Genshin Impact’s Xiao. Additionally, the low-range geo application of his pillars means he doesn’t interfere with most elemental interactions as long as you are mindful when placing them.
His burst offers great utility, dishing out heaps of damage and petrifying enemies within a relatively large AoE. His normal and charged attack combos are also capable of packing quite a punch in the right situations.
Overall, Zhongli is a very powerful and flexible unit, and, on a personal note, is a mainstay in most of my teams.
Which weapon you choose for Zhongli should depend on which role you’d like to use him in.
As a geo sub DPS, the Staff of Homa is your best bet, followed by the Primordial Jade-Winged Spear, though Deathmatch is choice too, due to its high crit rate.
As a burst sub DPS, Staff of Homa is still top of the pile, but the replacements change to Skyward Spine and the Favonius Lance – the latter of which is probably your best bet if you’re a F2P player.
|Weapon||Effect||How to obtain|
|Staff of Homa||Bonus effect: +crit rate%
Skill: increases HP by 20%, and provides an attack bonus based on 0.8% of the Zhongli’s max HP. When Zhongli’s HP is less than 50%, the attack bonus is increased by an additional 1% of max HP
|Primordial Jade-Winged Spear||Bonus effect: +crit rate%
Skill: increases attack by 3.2% for six seconds. Max seven stacks. This effect can only occur once every 0.3 seconds. When holding the maximum possible stacks, damage dealt is increased by 12%
|Skyward Spine||Bonus effect: +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
|Deathmatch||Bonus effect: +crit rate%
Skill: if there are at least two enemies nearby, attack is increased by 16%. If there are less than two enemies nearby, attack is increased by 24%
|Battle pass reward|
|Favonius Lance||Bonus effect: +energy recharge%
Skill: crit hits have a 60% chance to generate a small amount of elemental particles, which will regenerate six energy for the character. Can only occur once every 12 seconds
The Archaic Petra set is a great choice for Zhongli, as it counters his main flaw of not generating many elemental shards.
However, Noblesse Oblige is also great for increasing your elemental burst damage (big tasty meteors go boom!) and Tenacity of the Millelith buffs Zhongli’s shield, not only through its set bonus, but also by increasing his HP.
|Artifact set||Effect||Where to get|
|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
|Domain of Guyun, Sea of Clouds, Guyun Stone Forest|
|Tenacity of the Millelith||Two equipped: HP is increased by 20%
Four equipped: when an elemental skill hits an opponent, the attack of all nearby party members is increased by 20% and their shield strength is increased by 30% for three seconds. This effect can be triggered once every 0.5 seconds, even when the character who is using this artifact set is not on the field
|Ridge Watch domain, Bishui Plain, Liyue|
|Noblesse Oblige||Two equipped: elemental burst damage is increased by 20%
Four equipped: using an elemental burst increases all party members’ attack by 20% for 12 seconds. This effect cannot stack
|Clear Pool and Mountain Cavern domain, Minlin, Mt. Aozang|
When picking artifacts for Zhongli, you should prioritise these stats.
- Energy recharge, HP, or attack% for Sands of Eon
- Geo damage bonus or HP for the Goblet of Eonothem
- HP, crit rate, or crit damage for the Circlet of Logos
- Energy recharge
- Crit damage
- Crit rate
To find out more about how artifacts work, check out our Genshin Impact artifacts guide.
|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.