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Wuthering Waves Aalto build

Here’s how to get the best Wuthering Waves Aalto build including which echoes and weapons work for him, and a recommended team comp.

Wuthering Waves Aalto looking over his sunglasses at Rover

All good games have a cheeky provider of information that you can’t help but love, despite their questionable business practices. In Kuro’s game, it’s Wuthering Waves Aalto. He’s a four-star character who uses pistols, resonates with aero, and deals damage along with providing a handy buff and taunt. Here’s how to build him well and use him in a team.

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Here’s everything in our Wuthering Waves Aalto guide:

Who is Wuthering Waves’ Aalto?

Aalto, an information broker and part of the Black Shores organization, is known for his elusive nature. You can get any information from him for the right price. You meet him early on in the story alongside the adorable Wuthering Waves Encore.

He got his resonance abilities when he was born, thanks to an odd occurrence with the mist on that day, which means he can shift into mist and move undetected. This works very well with his kit as a pistol-wielding, aero-using four-star character.

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How to use Aalto

Aalto works best when you deploy his Mist and taunt avatar with his skill, then fire off up to six shots through said Mist to activate damage bonuses. Then, when the time is right, swap to your aero-based main DPS to activate a further aero damage bonus for them.

You can also use Aalto as a DPS, in which case, dash through his mist when he has a full six Mist Drops in order to zoom behind the enemy, and let them fly, dealing six instances of aero damage.

What are Aalto’s stats?

Here are Aalto’s base stats at level one and level 90, without any echo or weapon buffs.

Stat Level one Level 90
HP 788 9850
Attack 21 263
Defense 88 1076
Energy regen 150 150
Crit rate 5% 5%
Crit damage 150% 150%
Healing bonus 0% 0%
Aero damage bonus 0% 0%

What are Aalto’s skills?

Aalto’s key abilities are his outro skill and resonance skill, though a lot of his kit amplifies his attack and aero damage. You can also stack up his Mist Missiles and Drops through basic attacks, which fire off to hit the enemy, dealing more damage.

Here are all of Aalto’s skills and attacks:

Aalto’s active skills

Skill Effect
Basic attack – Half Truths Aalto fires up to five consecutive shots, dealing aero damage. The fourth attack in his combo spreads the Mist forward, lasting for 1.5 seconds
Heavy attack Aalto enters the aiming state to fire a powerful shot. These deal heavier aero damage
Mid-air attack Aalto consumes stamina to shoot consecutive shots in mid-air, dealing aero damage
Dodge counter Use a basic attack after a successful dodge to counter the enemy and attack with aero damage
Resonance skill – Shift Trick Mist Avatar –
Aalto casts Mist and one Mist Avatar onto the field to taunt targets. The avatar(s) inherit a portion of Aalto’s HP and generate six Mist Missiles that deal aero damage
Mist Missiles –
Each projectile deals aero damage, which counts as resonance skill damage
Resonance liberation – Flower in the Mist Aalto generates a Gate of Quandary in front of himself, dealing aero damage. When bullets pass through the Gate, they deal increased damage. The Gates last for ten seconds
Intro skill – Feint Shot Aalto appears out of thin air to perform continuous shots, dealing aero damage
Outro skill – Dissolving Mist The next character you use has their aero damage increased by 23% for 14 seconds, or until they swap off the field

Aalto’s passive skills

Skill Effect
Forte circuit – Misty Cover If Aalto passes through the Mist or Gate of Quandary, he enters the Mistcloak Dash state.
Mistcloak Dash –
Aalto’s movement speed increases and he consumes Mist Drops. Each Drop consumed generates one Mist Missile
Mist Drops –
Aalto can hold six Mist Drops at a time. When basic and mid-air attacks pass through the Mist and hit a target, he gains one Mist Drop
Inherent skill – Perfect Performance (unlockable at resonator rank two) Aalto’s heavy attack always crits and can trigger once every 30 seconds
Inherent skill – Mid-Game Break (unlockable after Perfect Performance) Aalto continuously recovers stamina when he’s in the Mistcloak Dash state

What is Aalto’s resonance chain?

If you happen to get more than one Aalto on any of the Wuthering Waves banners – or purchase his wavebands from the store – you can unlock levels of his resonance chain.

Here are the extra skills you get with his wavebands:

Resonance chain sequence Effect
Sequence node one – Trickster’s Opening Show Reduces the cooldown of Aalto’s resonance skill, Shift Trick, by four seconds
Sequence node two – Mistweaver’s Debut Mist Avatar inherits 100% more HP from Aalto. Increases his attack by 15% when he attacks targets that fall for the taunt
Sequence node three – Hazey Transition When Aalto’s basic or mid-air attack passes through the Mist, two extra bullets get fired. These deal 50% of the damage of his basic and mid-air attacks
Sequence node four – Blake Bloom for Finale Increases the damage of Aalto’s resonance skill, Mist Bullets, by 30%. He also receives 30% less damage in the Mistcloak Dash state
Sequence node five – Applause of the Lost While in the Mistcloak Dash state, Aalto’s aero damage bonus increases by 25% for six seconds
Sequence node six – Broker’s Secrets Flower in the Mist (Aalto’s resonance liberation) additionally increases his crit rate by 8%. When his heavy attack passes through the Gate of Quandary, the damage increases by 50%

A screenshot of wuthering waves aalto's trailer where he holds his pistols in the air

What’s the best weapon for Aalto?

As Aalto is a sub-DPS, you want to aim for weapons that will help his energy regeneration or boost attack. The best pistol for Aalto is Static Mist with an energy regeneration boost, but you can also use some four-star (and more attainable) weapons like the Novaburst or Cadenza, which regenerates energy for Aalto.

Weapon Effect
Static Mist (five-star) Increases energy regeneration by 12.8%. When Aalto casts his outro skill, his attack increases by 10%. This effect lasts for 14 seconds
Novaburst (four-star) Increases his attack by 4% when Aalto dashes or dodges. This can stack three times and lasts for eight seconds
Cadenza (four-star) When Aalto uses his resonance skill, he gains eight concerto energy. This can trigger once every 20 seconds
Pistols of Night (three-star) Increases Aalto’s attack by 8% for ten seconds when his intro skill triggers
Undying Flame (four-star) When Aalto uses his intro skill, his resonance skill damage bonus increases by 20% for 15 seconds

What are the best echoes for Aalto?

When picking an echo set for Aalto, it’s best to aim for a five-piece set of moonlit clouds or two pieces of sierra gale and two pieces of moonlit clouds for the energy regeneration and aero damage boosts. If you want to use Aalto as a main DPS, you’re better off equipping him with a full set of sierra gale echoes, however, he performs better as a sub-DPS and aero damage buffer.

The best main echo to equip Aalto with is the Impermanence Heron. A Chaserazor or Feilian Beringal can add some hefty aero attacks, but the buff you get from the Impermanence Heron can really add to your main DPS damage when you swap to them.

Aalto stat recommendations

When it comes to Aalto’s echoes, we recommend prioritizing options that have the following stats:

Main stats

  • Energy regeneration
  • Aero damage
  • Crit damage/crit rate
  • Attack

Sub-stats

  • Energy regeneration
  • Crit rate/crit damage
  • Attack

What’s the best Aalto team comp?

Aalto works the best as a sub-DPS and buffer for Jiyan – and future aero DPS characters. Make sure to use Aalto’s outro skill to swap to them and activate the aero damage bonus.

The best synergies for Aalto are:

  • Wuthering Waves Jiyan – as mentioned above, Aalto can provide a 23% aero damage bonus to Jiyan when his outro skill triggers. Aalto’s Mist Avatar acts as a taunt, drawing enemies toward it, which means you can activate Jiyan’s resonance liberation and hit them all at once
  • Wuthering Waves Verina or Wuthering Waves Baizhi – both excellent choices for healers. Really, it depends on who you have – Verina can buff attack with her resonance liberation, but if you have Baizhi at S5, she can fully resurrect a team member who falls in battle. This is perfect if you’re tackling harder bosses
  • Wuthering Waves Jianxin – She can benefit from Aalto’s aero damage bonus, along with providing some healing and a shield if you’re planning on using him on field a bit more
  • Wuthering Waves Sanhua – Sanhua can boost Aalto’s basic attack damage, making him more of a DPS, if that’s what you’re going for. If you have her equipped with a full set of moonlit cloud echoes, you can get an extra damage boost from that, too.

Here’s an example of an Aalto team comp:

Slot one Slot two Slot three

Aalto
Wuthering Waves Jiyan icon
Jiyan
Wuthering Waves Verina icon
Verina

What are Aalto’s ascension materials?

As always, you’ll need a few materials to ascend Aalto.

Ascension rank Materials required
One – level 20 5k shell credits and four LF howler cores
Two – level 40 10k shell credits, four wintry bells, three roaring rock fists, four MF howler cores
Three – level 50 15k shell credits, eight wintry bells, six roaring rock fists, eight MF howler cores
Four – level 60 20k shell credits, 12 wintry bells, nine roaring rock fists, four HF howler cores
Five – level 70 40k shell credits, 16 wintry bells, 12 roaring rock fists, eight HF howler cores
Six – level 80 80k shell credits, 20 wintry bells, 16 roaring rock fists, four FF howler cores

Here’s where to find all of Aalto’s ascension materials:

  • Roaring rock fists – this item drops from the Feilian Beringal boss located in the Giant Banyan tree, in the Dim Forest
  • Wintry bell – these flowers grow around the Gorges of Spirits and Tolling Stream areas
  • LF, MF, HF, and FF howler cores – obtain from normal enemies, the store, the weapon shop, or forgery challenges
  • Shell credits – shell credits are the in-game currency, which you can obtain via farming, enemy and boss drops, through quests, or by selling things in the in-game store

wuthering waves aalto wearing sunglasses and a white jacket

What are Aalto’s forte materials?

To get Aalto as good as he can be, you need to upgrade his forte skills. Here are Aalto’s total forte materials and where to find or buy them:

  • 25 LF howler cores, 28 MF howler cores, 40 HF howler cores, and 57 FF howler cores
    • Obtain from normal enemies, the store, the weapon shop, or forgery challenges
  • 25 impure phlogiston, 28 extracted phlogiston, 55 refined phlogiston, and 67 flawless phlogiston
    • Obtain from the Marigold Woods forgery challenge, via the synthesizer, Jinzhou’s weapon shop, or Jinzhou’s souvenir store
  • 26 monument bells
    • Obtain from the Bell-Borne Geochelone weekly challenge
  • 2,030,000 shell credits

Aalto skill priority

Aalto’s resonance skill and basic attack are his key skills to focus on, so build them in this order:

  • Resonance skill > basic attack > forte circuit > resonance liberation > intro skill

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