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This is Game8's latest tier list ranking of all characters available in Genshin Impact as of December 2020. Find out our picks for the best characters currently available in the game, and vote on your favorite characters as well.

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Tier List Changes (January 13)

Update Date Character Summary
01/13 • Main DPS
• Support Characters
• Game8 Japan Tier List: Various Tier Shifts and Constellation Adjustments
• C0 Tier List: Various Tier Shifts
01/13 Ganyu Image Ganyu Moved to Main DPS SS Tier
Moved to Sub DPS SS Tier
Moved to C0 Main DPS SS Tier
Moved to C0 Sub DPS S Tier

Genshin Impact Tier List

C0 Overall Ranking

DPS Sub-DPS Support
Genshin - SS Rank Icon
Diluc Image Klee Image Ganyu Image Tartaglia Image
Venti Image Albedo Image
Zhongli Image Venti Image Jean Image
S Rank Icon
Keqing Image
Fischl Image Xingqiu Image Mona Image Ganyu Image Tartaglia Image
Albedo Image Qiqi Image Bennett Image Barbara Image Sucrose Image Diona Image
A Rank Icon
Razor Image Ningguang Image
Zhongli Image Xiangling Image Chongyun Image
B Rank Icon
Xinyan Image Jean Image Beidou Image Noelle Image Chongyun Image
Jean Image Kaeya Image Traveler (Geo) Image Traveler (Anemo) Image
Xinyan Image Chongyun Image
C Rank Icon
Lisa Image Sucrose Image Amber Image
Noelle Image Ningguang Image Xingqiu Image

Game8 Japan's Overall Ranking

Constellation levels listed below are considered the ideal level for that character's role.
For example:
• Ningguang gains a small support passive at C4, but no further impactful support passives past C4. Thus Nigguang is added to Support B Tier at C4.
• Xinqiu is already a high ranked Sub-DPS and is considered at his best at C4 and above.
DPS Sub-DPS Support
Genshin - SS Rank Icon
Ganyu Image Diluc Image Tartaglia Image Klee Image
Albedo Image Venti Image Ganyu Image Xingqiu Image Fischl Image Mona Image
Zhongli Image Diona Image Bennett Image Venti Image Jean Image
S Rank Icon
Razor Image Ningguang Image Keqing Image Noelle Image
Chongyun Image Zhongli Image Tartaglia Image Xiangling Image Jean Image
Albedo Image Qiqi Image Barbara Image Sucrose Image
A Rank Icon
Xinyan Image Jean Image Mona Image Chongyun Image Fischl Image Beidou Image
Sucrose Image Kaeya Image
Amber Image Traveler (Geo) Image
B Rank Icon
Amber Image Lisa Image Traveler (Geo) Image Traveler (Anemo) Image
Chongyun Image Xingqiu Image Xinyan Image Noelle Image Ningguang Image
C Rank Icon

Ranking Critera and Role Breakdown

Tier List Overview Criteria

Genshin - SS Rank Icon ・Characters that perform above and beyond others in their respective roles.
・Characters that easily become core party members.
S Rank Icon ・Characters with high performance in their respective roles, but don't push the limits interms of Talents and Constellations.
A Rank Icon ・Characters with solid performance in their respective roles.
・Characters that shine in specific party compositions.
B Rank Icon ・Functional characters that will be quickly replaced due to their talents, stats, etc.
C Rank Icon ・Characters with limited combat utility.
・Characters more suited for exploration.

Role Breakdown

Role Function
DPS ・The main damage dealer of the party.
・Characters with consistent high damage output.
Sub DPS ・Uses Elemental Skills or Bursts to provide Elemental Reactions to support main DPS.
・Charactesr with flexible Elemental Skill or Burst utility.
Support ・Provides healing and sustainablity to the party.
・Provides buffs and debuffs.

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Best DPS

SS Rank DPS

Character Element Rarity Weapon
Genshin Impact - Ganyu ImageGanyu Frost Icon ★5 Bow Icon
・Level 2 Charged Shot is great vs mobs of enemies.
・Using her Charged Shot after her Elemental Burst creates a high damage skill combo.
C6 removes the charge up for her Charged Shot after her Elemental Burst.
Genshin Impact - Diluc ImageDiluc Fire Icon ★5 Claymore Icon
・Pyro Element meshes well with the claymore for heavy firepower
・Elemental Skill has a short cooldown time.
・Elemental Burst is powerful with a wide range.
Genshin Impact - Klee ImageKlee Fire Icon ★5 Catalyst Icon
・Attacks primarily with wide-range damage, cleaning up swaths of foes.
・Powerful explosive attacks allow her to take advantage of Elemental Reactions.
Genshin Impact - Tartaglia ImageTartaglia Water Icon ★5 Bow Icon
・Deals large amounts of damage in Melee Mode.
・Gets insanely strong at full constellation.
・Switches from Bow to dual blades.

S Rank DPS

Character Element Rarity Weapon
Genshin Impact - Keqing ImageKeqing Lightning Icon ★5 Sword Icon
・Powerful AoE attacks and Elemental Reations.
・Can easily attack the weak point of enemies.
Genshin Impact - Razor ImageRazor Lightning Icon ★4 Claymore Icon
・Uses his burst to increase his damage output greatly.
・High damage from the combination of claymore and melee attacks.
Genshin Impact - Ningguang ImageNingguang Earth Icon ★4 Catalyst Icon
・High single target DMG.
・C1 Attacks Deal AoE DMG
・Jade Screen blocks projectiles and grants buffs.
Genshin Impact - Noelle ImageNoelle Earth Icon ★4 Claymore Icon
・Balances ATK and DEF stats for great sustain DMG.
・Elemental Burst boots DMG.
C6 further boosts DMG based on DEF

A Rank DPS

Character Element Rarity Weapon
Genshin Impact - Xinyan ImageXinyan Fire Icon ★4 Claymore Icon
・Great against multiple enemies.
・Burst increases Physical DMG.
・Can increase Physical DMG with Constellations.
Genshin Impact - Mona ImageMona Water Icon ★5 Catalyst Icon
・Powerful Charge Attacks
・DMG increases with Energy Recharge.
C1 can further boost Vaporize DMG..
Genshin Impact - Jean ImageJean Wind Icon ★5 Sword Icon
・Can launch enemies with her Charge attack and Elemetnal Skill.
・Large AoE Elemental Burst is great agains many enemies.
Genshin Impact - Fischl ImageFischl Lightning Icon ★4 Bow Icon
・Constant DMG from Normal attacks and Oz.
・Easy to set up Elemental Reactions with.
Constellations boost Oz's up time and DMG.
Genshin Impact - Chongyun ImageChongyun Frost Icon ★4 Claymore Icon
・Elemental Skill changes melee attacks to the Cryo Element, allowing for easy Elemental Reaction setup.
Constellations further boost Elemental Skill DMG.
Genshin Impact - Beidou ImageBeidou Lightning Icon ★4 Claymore Icon
・Counter stance and shield provide great defense and offense.
. ・C1 Increases reliablity of Beidou's shield.

Best Sub DPS

SS Rank Sub DPS

Character Element Rarity Weapon
Genshin Impact - Albedo ImageAlbedo Earth Icon ★5 Sword Icon
• Persisting AoE Elemental Skill
• Elemental Burst deals multiple damage instances
Elemental Burst Damage Increases at C2
Genshin Impact - Venti ImageVenti Wind Icon ★5 Bow Icon
・Powerful crowd controll from Elemental Burst.
・High energy recharge rate.
Constellations reduce enemy elemental resistances.
Genshin Impact - Ganyu ImageGanyu Frost Icon ★5 Bow Icon
・All Skills have an AoE effect great agains mobs of enemies.
・Elemental Skill provides a decoy to reduce aggro.
With high Energy Recharge her Elemental Burst is almost always up.
Genshin Impact - Fischl ImageFischl Lightning Icon ★4 Bow Icon
・Oz stays on the field to deal continuous Electro DMg.
・Skill and Burst keep Oz uptime high.
C6 further incrases OZ's DMG based on Fish's ATK and uptime..
Genshin Impact - Xingqiu ImageXingqiu Water Icon ★4 Sword Icon
・Elemental Burst and Skill provides DMG reduction as well as Elemental Reaction Triggers.
・High Recharge Rate on Elemental Skill keeps Rainsword uptime high.
Genshin Impact - Mona ImageMona Water Icon ★5 Catalyst Icon
・Elemental Skill can provide crowd control to support Main DPS.
・Elemental Burst massively amplifies Vaporize DMG.
C1 increases Elemental Reaction DMG further.

S Rank Sub DPS

Character Element Rarity Weapon
Genshin Impact - Zhongli ImageZhongli Earth Icon ★5 Polearm Icon
・High Attack Elemental Recharge and Burst DMG.
・Shields support Main DPS and is strong against Geo enemies.
・Powerful crowd controll via Petrify from Elemental Burst.
Genshin Impact - Chongyun ImageChongyun Frost Icon ★4 Claymore Icon
・Elemental Skill changes melee attacks to the Cryo Element, allowing for easy Elemental Reaction setup.
Constellations further boost Elemental Skill DMG.
Genshin Impact - Tartaglia ImageTartaglia Water Icon ★5 Bow Icon
・Reliable massive DMG from Elemental Burst.
・Can quickly and easily trigger multiple Vaporize Reactions
・Ranged and melee stances offers flexibility against various enemies.
Genshin Impact - Jean ImageJean Wind Icon ★5 Sword Icon
・Elemental skill is effective agains multiple enemies.
・Elemental Skill has a large AoE and provides heals.
C2 Increases party mobility and ATK speed.
Genshin Impact - Xiangling ImageXiangling Fire Icon ★4 Polearm Icon
・Can inflict multiple instances of Pyro DMG with Elemental Skill and Burst.
・Elemental burst persists on Main DPS.
・Best paired with other Pyro units.

A Rank Sub DPS

Character Element Rarity Weapon
Genshin Impact - Sucrose ImageSucrose Wind Icon ★4 Catalyst Icon
・Can group up enemies with Elemental Burst.
・Elemental Burst makes multiple swirl and elemental reaction triggers.
Genshin Impact - Kaeya ImageKaeya Frost Icon ★4 Sword Icon
・Low Elemental Skill coooldown
・Elemental Skill will persist on Main DPS.

B Rank Sub DPS

Character Element Rarity Weapon
Genshin Impact - Lisa ImageLisa Lightning Icon ★4 Catalyst Icon
・Elemental Skill and Burst have wide AoE.
C2 provides DEF buff and makes her debuff easier to apply.
Genshin Impact - Amber ImageAmber Fire Icon ★4 Bow Icon
・Can quickly and easily apply Pyro DMG with Charge Attack or Burst.
・Can taunt enemies to support Main DPS.
Genshin Impact - Traveler (Anemo) ImageTraveler (Anemo) Wind Icon ★5 Sword Icon
・Provides AoE crowd control with elemental Skill and Burst.
・High Elemental SKill Recharge Rate.
Genshin Impact - Traveler (Geo) ImageTraveler (Geo) Earth Icon ★5 Sword Icon
・High Elemental Skill DMG.
・Can block enemies with Elemental Skill and Burst.
C4 increases Elemental Burst Recharge Rate.

Best Support

SS Rank Support

Character Element Rarity Weapon
Genshin Impact - Zhongli ImageZhongli Earth Icon ★5 Polearm Icon
・Can quickly depoly shields and petrify enemies.
C2 provides shields in Co-op via Elemental Burst.
Genshin Impact - Venti ImageVenti Wind Icon ★5 Bow Icon
・Provides strong consistant crowd control.
・Elemental Skill can be uses to dodge attacks and crowd control small enemies.
Genshin Impact - Bennett ImageBennett Fire Icon ★4 Sword Icon
・Elemental Burst provides heals, ATK Buffs and Pyro infusion.
・High Elemental Recharge Rate.
C1 Increases Elemental Burst utility.
Genshin Impact - Diona ImageDiona Frost Icon ★4 Bow Icon
・Constantly provides sheilds and heals.
C1 increases Elemental Burst Recharge Rate
Buffs shielded character's DMG at C6.
Genshin Impact - Jean ImageJean Wind Icon ★5 Sword Icon
・Elemental Skill and Charge attack can crowd control enemies.
・Elemental Burst actas as a burst AoE heal.
C6 provides DMG Reduction for Elemental Burst.

S Rank Support

Character Element Rarity Weapon
Genshin Impact - Albedo ImageAlbedo Earth Icon ★5 Sword Icon
・Constant shields via Crystalize Reactions.
・Elemental Skill can support Bow and Catalyst users
C6 boosts party DMG within Elemental SKill AoE.
Genshin Impact - Qiqi ImageQiqi Frost Icon ★5 Sword Icon
・Easy-to-use melee attack sets her apart.
・Cryo attacks can create Elemental Reactions to freeze enemies' movement.
・Skills are easy to use together with other characters.
Genshin Impact - Barbara ImageBarbara Water Icon ★4 Catalyst Icon
・Boasts top-class healing abilities.
・At Constellation Level 6, gains the ability to revive downed teammates to 100% health.
Genshin Impact - Sucrose ImageSucrose Wind Icon ★4 Catalyst Icon
・Elemental Burst provides crowd control.
・Can lower enemey elemental resistances.
Constellations provide more charges for her Elemental Skill.

A Rank Support

Character Element Rarity Weapon
Genshin Impact - Amber ImageAmber Fire Icon ★4 Bow Icon
C6 increases party speed and ATK.
・Elemental Skill provides crowd control.
Genshin Impact - Traveler (Geo) ImageTraveler (Geo) Earth Icon ★5 Sword Icon
C1 increases Elemental Burst Crit Rate.
・Provides shields via Crystalize reactions.

B Rank Support

Character Element Rarity Weapon
Genshin Impact - Chongyun ImageChongyun Frost Icon ★4 Claymore Icon
・Elemental Skill increases ATK Speed and provides Cryo DMG infusion for melee characters.
・High Recharge Rate makes Elemental Skill application constant.
Genshin Impact - Xingqiu ImageXingqiu Water Icon ★4 Sword Icon
・Rainswords provide DMG reduction, Heals based on Xinqiu's Max hp and DMG.
・High Elemental Rechage ensures constant uptime on Rainswords.
Genshin Impact - Xinyan ImageXinyan Fire Icon ★4 Claymore Icon
・Elemental Skill provides shield and Pyro DMG.
・Shield provides Physical DMG Buff.
Genshin Impact - Noelle ImageNoelle Earth Icon ★4 Claymore Icon
・Elemental Skill shields and provides Heals.
・Shield can activate as emergency defense even when not on the field.
Genshin Impact - Ningguang ImageNingguang Earth Icon ★4 Catalyst Icon
・Jade Screen provides Geo DMG buff when passing through.
C4 adds AoE defense buff to Jade Screen

Exploration Tier List

Tier List Summary

Genshin - SS Rank Icon
Venti Image Mona Image Klee Image
S Rank Icon
Kaeya Image Razor Image Amber Image Keqing Image Qiqi Image Ningguang Image Zhongli Image
A Rank Icon
Diluc Image Chongyun Image Beidou Image Traveler (Geo) Image Noelle Image Xinyan Image
B Rank Icon
Diona Image Fischl Image Bennett Image Barbara Image Jean Image
C Rank Icon
Tartaglia Image Traveler (Anemo) Image Xiangling Image Xingqiu Image Sucrose Image Lisa Image

Best Exploration Characters In-Depth

Best Exploration Characters In-Depth

Character Element Rarity Weapon
Venti Image Venti Wind ImageAnemo (Wind) ★5 Bow
・Can fly upwards with Elemental Skill.
・Can reduce stamina consumed when gliding.
Mona Image Mona Water ImageHydro (Water) ★5 Catalyst
・Can sprint across water allowing for unimpeded crossing.
Klee Image Klee Fire ImagePyro (Fire) ★5 Catalyst
・Using Klee will show the exact location of all all nearby Mondstadt Specialty items.

Tier List Criteria

Elemental Skill and Burst Utility is Highly Consisdered

Ranking Factor
  • Elemental Skills and Bursts that can be taken advantage of even after swapping.
  • Elemental Reaction trigger effectiveness of Elemental Skills and Bursts.
  • Simply speaking, Elemental Skills and Bursts that are easy to use are rated highly. This list considers how easily Elemental Reactions can be triggered as well as if the skill effects continue if characters are swapped. As Elemental Reactions are a major part of how combat functions in Genshin Impact, this list also considers how Elemental Skills and Bursts factor into party composition and synergy as well.

    Character Versatility is Valued Greatly

    Ranking Factors
  • Whether or not a character is dependant on others for full functionality.
  • Strengths as a stand-alone character.
  • This list rates characters and their versatility on an individual basis rather than as part of specific party compositions. Characters that can smoothly clear Domains and easily handle Bosses solo are highly valued.

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    480 Anonymousabout 4 hours

    >>470 >she shits on diluc and childe when they can't react though? The hypostasis event proved that with solo keqing clears on all days. She is only "weak" because electro can't melt nor vaporise. Maybe lot of people haven't realised how OP melt and vaporise is?

    479 Anonymousabout 20 hours

    Keqing is the most fun to play

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