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Best Genshin Impact characters: a tier list of every playable character in Genshin Impact

This tier list reveals the best characters in Genshin Impact

Looking for an up-to-date tier list of the best Genshin Impact characters? Genshin Impact offers the opportunity to gain a whole load of fancy pants characters through using the gacha system by earning (or paying for) Wishes. Is your cool new anime boy as good as he looks in battle though? It's hard to say - the rarities for each character don't necessarily correspond to their quality and stats.

With that in mind, here's our tier list of the best Genshin Impact characters (up to and including latest addition Thoma) - I hope your pulls are up the top!

Genshin Impact tier list of best characters

  • SS Tier: Bennett, Ganyu, Venti, Zhongli
  • S Tier: Barbara, Diluc, Eula, Hu Tao, Kaedehara Kazuha, Kamisato Ayaka, Klee, Razor, Sucrose, Tartaglia, Xiao, Xingqiu
  • A Tier: Albedo, Jean, Keqing, Mona, Ningguang, Qiqi, Raiden Shogun, Sangonomiya Kokomi, Thoma, Yanfei, Yoimiya
  • B Tier: Aloy, Beidou, Chongyun, Diona, Fischl, Kaeya, Noelle, Rosaria, Sayu, Xiangling
  • C Tier: Kujou Sara, Lisa, Traveler, Xinyan
  • D Tier: Amber

On this page we'll talk a bit about each character in detail, starting with the SS Tier characters and working our way down the list. We'll also cover the different attacks, skills, and passives of each character.


SS Tier Characters in Genshin Impact

Promotional art of the character Bennett from Genshin Impact.

Bennett

Bennett fills out the classic character role of a rough ‘n’ tumble kid with all the energy to create his own destiny. Armed with a Pyro sword, he’s the only member of ‘Benny’s Adventure Team’ after everyone else quit on him, but the Adventurers’ Guild has kept the team around. Not because he’s particularly strong though, just because he’d be sad otherwise. Despite this, Bennett’s healing and damage-boosting abilities have landed him a spot at the top of our tier list.

If you're lucky enough to have pulled Bennett, be sure to head over to our best Bennett build guide!

Ganyu

Although she’s quiet and composed, when armed with a strong weapon and solid artifacts, Liyue Qixing emmisary Ganyu’s Cryo abilities turn her into one of Genshin Impact’s strongest DPS characters. Adding Ganyu to your team will help you prevail over small enemies and bosses alike thanks to her unique set of abilities.

Take a look at our best Ganyu build guide for more details on this character's abilities.

Venti

Venti the Bard is surprisingly powerful. Maybe he’s got some secrets up his sleeve. His wind (Anemo) abilities make him a great support-type character who excels at crowd control and debuffing enemies. With the power of Anemo, he can also apply other elements to large groups of enemies, something that few other characters can do.

If you've got Venti on your side, check out our Venti build advice here!

Zhongli

As an Archon alongside Venti, it’s no surprise that Zhongli has godlike powers. The Geo polearm user has proven extremely tactful against all enemies (despite his horrible money management skills), meaning he’ll make a great addition to any team.

If you're lucky to have the Geo Archon on your team, check out our Zhongli build advice here!


S Tier Characters in Genshin Impact

Promotional art of the character Barbara from Genshin Impact.

Barbara

Barbara is something of an ‘idol’, adored by all the citizens of Mondstadt and possessing enormously strong healing abilities. She took advantage of the city’s liberty and freedom to stay true to herself to go from zero to hero in the hearts of the residents, and now the whole town vibes to her tunes. Thanks to her excellent healing abilities and easily obtainable Constellations, Barbara is our favorite healer.

Barbara has the distinction of being widely agreed to be Genshin Impact's best free-to-play character. To find out how to get her for free and what makes her so special, take a look at our best Barbara build guide.

Diluc

Diluc Ragnvindr is a damage-dealing machine. This rich boy can get out his claymore and rain absolute death down on enemies, with huge base damage which only grows with his abilities — both his Normal Attacks and Pyro abilities do massive damage if you build him well.

Diluc's a powerful guy, though he's only as good as your build is. If you're looking to build your Diluc, check out our best Diluc build guide.

Eula

As a descendant of the infamous Lawrence Clan, Eula isn’t exactly loved by everybody in Mondstadt. Unfortunate past aside, however, Eula’s abilities make her a stellar damage dealer.

If you've got Mondstadt's icy Eula on your side, you'll want to build her as best as possible to reach her full potential. Here's our best Eula build guide!

Hu Tao

You’ll most often find Hu Tao working at the Wangsheng Funeral Parlor, where she serves as the 77th Director. While she takes her job seriously, outside of work, she’s Liyue’s biggest prankster and always has spirits at her side, some of which she even brings into battle. Hu Tao is a solid option to add to your team thanks to her Pyro abilities.

No matter who's on your team, the fiery Hu Tao will make a solid addition to your crew if you've built her correctly. If you're working on your build, why not check out our best Hu Tao build guide?

Kaedehara Kazuha

Kaedehara Kazuha is Genshin Impact’s first character from Inazuma and a temporary member of Beidou’s crew. He’s often composed and enjoys spending time outside, however, he’s also no stranger to harnessing the power of Anemo in battle to perform some killer moves — he even has crowd control abilities similar to Venti's!

If you're looking to improve your Kazuha build, check out our Kazuha build advice here!

Kamisato Ayaka

Kamisato Ayaka is a lady of high status in Inazuma, but that doesn't mean she's scared of getting her hands a little dirty in support of your team. The kind Cryo Sword user is excellent in battle thanks to her Cryo abilities, which work well when paired with other elements to form Elemental Reactions.

If you pulled Ayaka, check out our Ayaka build advice here!

Klee

Klee is a tiny magical girl who uses Pyro spells to burn foes. A mischievous so-and-so, Klee is a member of the Knights of Favonius, but being a nutty child with fire powers has been locked in solitary confinement for the safety of everyone around her. She loves playing with live explosives, which she uses with precision in battle to perform impressive feats of arson.

If you're lucky enough to have Klee, check out our Klee build advice here!

Promotional art of the character Razor from Genshin Impact.

Razor

Razor is a mysterious boy, rarely seen by Mondstadt’s population. He instead travels around the forest with a pack of wolves, referred to as ‘Wolf Boy’ by some. His pack is his family, and seeks revenge only on those who harm his family (the family being a bunch of wolves). Thanks to Razor's hunger for vengeance and his strong Normal Attacks, he's one of the best 4-star characters out there.

Have you recently added Razor to your pack? You'll need to equip him with a strong weapon and appropriate artifacts to reach his full potential — see what we'd recommend in our best Razor build guide.

Promotional art of the character Sucrose from Genshin Impact.

Sucrose

Sucrose is an alchemist who travels the world researching ‘ultimate truth’. She has a weird way of showing it though, causing the population of Mondstadt to cower in fear as her experimentations go wild. She also loves to cause havoc in battle, attempting to use Anemo abilities to thwart enemies with her creatively-named magic spells. Similar to Venti and Kazuha, Sucrose's Anemo abilities lend her the power of crowd control, something useful when dealing with large groups of enemies.

If you're adding Sucrose to your team, make sure you're prepared! Her build is a bit different from other crowd control characters, something we explain in our best Sucrose build guide.

Tartaglia (Childe)

Tartaglia, occasionally known as “Childe,” is unpredictably fierce: you’ll spot him caring for his younger brother one minute and appearing as a weekly boss the next. He’s known for using a bow despite being weakest with one — everything he does is for the thrill of the fight. His unique playstyle enables both close-range and long-range combat, making him a strong character in almost any situation.

Having Childe on your side is one of the best moves you can make for your team. He's a bit tricky to build, though. If you're looking to build Childe, here's our best Childe build guide!

Xiao

Xiao looks like a young man, but he’s actually thousands of years old. He’s a no-nonsense type, keeping his mouth shut and letting his weapons do the talking. Xiao's Anemo abilities and impressive Plunging Attacks often lend him the upper hand in battle. Apparently, he struggles to hold back in combat because he’s used to fighting uber-powerful dark forces. Scary.

If you've got Xiao on your team, check out our Xiao build advice here!

Promotional art of the character Xingqiu from Genshin Impact.

Xingqiu

A meek, calm boy on the surface, Xingqiu has a more outgoing, cheeky side to him. Famous around Liyue Harbour, he is the son of one of the richest merchants in the area. Studious and talented, he was being groomed to become a great asset to his father’s business. However, his talents lay elsewhere. A keen martial artist and fighter, Xingqiu seeks justice in the world while being a great sub-DPS character.

Alongside Bennett, Barbara, and Razor, Xingqiu is one of the best characters who's an easy pull from the gacha. So be sure to check out our guide to the best Xingqiu build when he joins your team!


A Tier Characters in Genshin Impact

Albedo

As the reclusive Chief Alchemist for the Knights of Favonius, Albedo is always working on a project, whether it’s art or alchemy. His powers as an alchemist, however, are so powerful that he deems himself a threat to Mondstadt and often conducts his experiments in Dragonspine. Despite Albedo worrying about the threat his alchemical abilities pose to mankind, he’s not afraid to bring them into battle, making him a great sub-DPS.

For advice on how to set up Albedo if you're lucky enough to nab him for your party, see our best Albedo build guide.

Jean

She’s hard as nails and acting Grand Master of the Knights, known as the ‘Dandelion Knight’. Basically, she’s the lead cop of Mondstadt. Don’t let that put you off though, her sword and Anemo abilities can deal with large groups of enemies, and her personality is steadfast to a fault.

Getting Jean in your party is a bit of a coup, so be sure to make the most of her with the help of our best Jean build guide.

Keqing

Keqing is a Liyue-based character who uses an Electro sword. Her sceptical approach to life and policy make her abrasive but helpful. She runs Liyue while Rex Lapis sits around not doing much all year, so it’s understandable that she feels the humans of Liyue should have more of a say in their future than some random god. Keqing's Electro abilities will aid you in battle, and her moveset even allows for teleportation.

Mona

Mona is an astrologer, and she should add me on Co-Star. She’s often skint and refuses to profit off of her astrology. I’m actually not sure what Genshin Impact’s astrology is or whether their stars are the same, but her birthday is August 31st making her a Virgo. Just like me! Though Mona's pretty cool, she's not the best 5-star, and we would recommend saving your pulls for someone else.

Promotional art of the character Ningguang from Genshin Impact.

Ningguang

Ningguang, the flying Geo magic lady who owns Liyue’s Jade Chamber, is absolutely loaded and uses this to her advantage, with everyone in Liyue staying on her good side. Her air of mystique means no one quite knows what she’s up to. Ningguang is incredibly tricky to build, but if you know what you're doing, she can be a beast.

Qiqi

Qiqi, an apprentice and herb gatherer at the Bubu Pharmacy, is a sword-wielder who is also apparently an unkillable zombie. Qiqi's a solid healer, though you're better off wishing for someone like Barbara, whose Constellations are much easier to obtain at 4-star rarity, instead.

A close-up of Raiden Shogun, Genshin Impact's latest hero. Text reads "Genshin Impact".

Raiden Shogun (Baal)

Genshin's third playable Archon, Raiden Shogun, is definitely the coldest of the Archons. Despite this, she'll be surprisingly willing to join your team and lend a helping hand, though we wouldn't rank her quite high as the other Archons.

If you're lucky enough to have the Electro Archon on your side, check out our Raiden Shogun build advice here!

Sangonomiya Kokomi floats underwater, surrounded by jellyfish and other aquatic creatures.

Sangonomiya Kokomi

Sangonomiya Kokomi is a 5* event-limited character, so as you'd expect she's pretty good. This aquatic rebel leader could potentially be your most powerful healer or support fighter, but curiously she's completely unable to land a critical hit with any of her attacks, which (just barely) keeps her out of the S Tier.

For our advice on the best build for Kokomi, check out our guide!

Thoma's character intro card from Genshin Impact. Text in image reads: "Protector from afar. The Kamisato clan's housekeeper. A well-known 'fixer' in Inazuma."

Thoma

Pyro Polearm user Thoma serves as somewhat of a weaker version of Zhongli, though he's a great alternate at 4-star rarity. Thanks to his experience as the chief retainer of Inazuma’s Kamisato Clan, Thoma's always willing to lend a helping hand in battle, whether it's with his strong shields or his versatile set of Pyro attacks.

If you've got the kind Thoma on your team, why not spruce up his build with our best Thoma build guide?

Yanfei

As one of Liyue’s adepti, Yanfei has unnatural powers. However, Yanfei doesn’t lend much attention to her adeptal heritage, instead working as a fiery and outgoing legal advisor. She’s always happy to lend a hand to people in legal trouble, and she’ll be even happier to assist you in battle with her Pyro moveset similar to Klee's.

Pulled Yanfei from the gacha? Check out our best Yanfei build guide for our suggestions on how best to add her into your adventuring party.

Yoimiya

Pyro Bow user Yoimiya’s bubbly personality goes hand in hand with the fireworks she sells at Naganohara Fireworks. Although her kit has been criticized by players, Yoimiya serves as a much stronger version of Amber (sorry, Amber…) and will make for a unique main DPS well-suited for almost any team.

If you pulled Yoimiya, check out our Yoimiya build advice here!


B Tier Characters in Genshin Impact

Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn as she appears in Genshin Impact.

Aloy

Though Aloy's a crossover character, she still makes a solid addition to your team, even ranking above some of Genshin's own. The Cryo Bow wielder originally comes from Horizon Zero Dawn, and she was free to obtain for players above Adventure Rank 20 during Version 2.2 (from October to November 2021). Sadly her time in the game has now passed, but anyone who claimed her while she was around gets to keep her in their party roster.

If you're looking for build advice on Genshin's first free 5-star (other than Traveler), check out our Aloy build guide here!

Promotional art of the character Beidou from Genshin Impact.

Beidou

Beidou is pretty cool. Her giant Electro claymore can absolutely bonk enemies if you level it right, and as the Captain of the Crux - the fleet of sailors in Liyue Harbour, she gets the opportunity to do so often. Loved by her crew and feared by her foes, she's got a pretty great moveset as well.

If you've pulled Beidou from the gacha, be sure to check out our best Beidou build guide.

Promotional art of the character Chongyun from Genshin Impact.

Chongyun

Chongyun is a professional exorcist. Not sure how one gets into that line of work, but if demons fear him then who am I to judge? Rethink, reskill, reboot, I guess. His family were all exorcists (again, what? Never mind) but Chongyun was always more powerful than the rest thanks to his Cryo abilities and massive Claymore.

If you've come into possession of Chongyun, have a look at our best Chongyun build guide.

Diona

While she’s the bartender at Mondstadt’s Cat’s Tail, the young half-cat-half-girl Diona not-so-secretly despises the wine industry, blaming it for her father’s alcoholism. Diona isn’t afraid to bring her bartending abilities into battle, however, though you won't get a ton out of them unless you've mastered the art of building tricky characters.

If you have Diona in your party, take a peek at our best Diona build guide to find out how best to deploy her.

Fischl

Fischl is a bow-wielding Electro-powered girl who travels the world with Oz, her night raven. The night raven has Electro abilities too. She’s a weird lass, but at 4-star rarity, you have a much higher chance of getting her on your team as opposed to the likes of Venti and Diluc.

If Fischl (and Oz) are on your team, check out our Fischl build advice here!

Kaeya

Introduced early on in the story, Kaeya is an eyepatch-wearing anime boy who’s fiercely loyal to Acting Grand Master Jean of the Knights of Favonius. You’ll often find him doing Jean’s dirty work, but never complaining about it - his charming and confident demeanour always shining through. His icy powers are handy in combat too if you use them well.

Since Kaeya is one of the better free-to-play characters in the game, you might want to keep him around for a bit. Have a look at our best Kaeya build guide for more information.

Promotional art of the character Noelle from Genshin Impact.

Noelle

Noelle is a character you’ll probably earn from the Beginner's Wish bundle. She’s a maid with a big sword, dealing Geo damage and dreaming of a star-studded future as a Knight of Favonius. She’s a hard worker and will always help with anything, which is just as well considering her mediocre stats. Don’t worry though - Noelle can still pack a punch.

Though Noelle isn't one of Genshin Impact's starting characters, your odds of pulling her from the gacha are unusually high. Check out our best Noelle build guide to see how best to position her within your party.

Rosaria

As the edgiest sister of the Church of Favonius ever, Rosaria spends her time skipping church events and forgetting her Archon’s name (“Blessings from the Anemo Archon Barsibato? Wait... no, it's Bartobas...?”). While her connections to the religious side of the church are weak at best, she acts as somewhat of a hitman for the church, eliminating threats around Mondstadt and helping you out in battle with her Cryo Polearm.

If you've picked up Rosaria for your party, be sure to check out our guide to the best Rosaria build to help you choose her best weapons, artifacts, and more.

Sayu

The tiny Sayu is a ninja that tends to spend her days sleeping high up in Inazuma’s trees. Despite her laziness, she’s able to curl up into a ball and deal damage by rolling into opponents, giving her one of Genshin’s most unique movesets to date.

If you've got Sayu, check out our Sayu build advice here!

Xiangling

Xiangling is an extremely accomplished chef who you might have already helped in her quest to cook the perfect spicy food. When she’s not doing this though, she’s jabbing baddies with her Pyro polearm and her round companion Guoba. If you've got her Constellations, she's a pretty great character to have early on in the game.

Xiangling is one of the few non-starter characters in Genshin Impact you can claim for free. To find out how to do this — and how best to develop her skills once you have her — check out our best Xiangling build guide.


C Tier Characters in Genshin Impact

A close-up of Kujou Sara, Genshin Impact's latest hero. Text reads "Genshin Impact".

Kujou Sara

Kujou Sara is essentially Baal's Bow counterpart. She's definitely not as strong as the 5-star Baal, though Kujou Sara is a lot easier to obtain. There are definitely stronger Electro characters than Kujou Sara, though with Genshin's limited Electro roster, obtaining others might be difficult.

If you pulled Kujou Sara, look no further! Find out how to build her by reading our Kujou Sara build guide here.

Promotional art of the character Lisa from Genshin Impact.

Lisa

As the carefree and flirty librarian of the Knights of Favonius, Lisa will join your roster early on in the game as she’s a free character. She’ll most likely accompany you as you get used to Genshin Impact, using her witchy skills to assist you in battle early on in the game. Once you begin earning more characters, though, it's likely Lisa will lose a spot on your team, which is probably for the better (sorry, Lisa...).

Check out our best Lisa build guide for details on how to make the most of your time with her.

Both male and female versions of Genshin Impact's starting Traveler character standing side-by-side.

Traveler

This is your player character. Available from the start, you can mold their personality however you wish with dialogue choices, and are stuck with Paimon screeching in your ear non-stop. You can also use different elements with the Traveler - Anemo, Geo, or Electro - which you can switch to and from by using the element’s relevant statue. Since Traveler is your starter character, it's safe to say you'll probably only be using them for puzzle solving.

If you're wondering how best to develop your starting character, we've put together a guide on the best Traveler build to help you out.

Xinyan

As Liyue’s resident rock star, Xinyan’s untraditionally punk demeanor turns more than a few heads. However, she’s also gained a significant fanbase thanks to the molds she’s broken along the way, and and you’ll get plenty of cool guitar riffs (and sem-decent shields) if you add her to your team.

If you've pulled Xinyan from the gacha, have a look at our best Xinyan build guide to learn how to make the most of her strengths.


D Tier Characters in Genshin Impact

Promotional art of the character Amber from Genshin Impact.

Amber

Amber is a smiley so-and-so who greets you with suspicion before immediately joining your party for some reason. Her bow attacks seem solid at first, but eventually you’ll find better bow characters and she’ll become extremely underwhelming with her poor attack, defence, and health.

If you want to know more about playing as Amber (or her companion Baron Bunny), have a look at our best Amber build guide.


That’s all for our Genshin Impact character tier list! It’s a big one, but hopefully you have more of an idea as to where to go with your character choices. Now, why not check out our Genshin Impact codes guide to get yourself some free Primogems, or find out how to earn more Primogems to increase your likelihood of pulling some of the S tier characters?

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