Genshin Impact

What is Elemental Mastery and Best Way to Use

Genshin Impact - Elemental Mastery Guide

Elemental Mastery is a character stat that increases the damage and effects of Elemental Reactions in Genshin Impact. Learn the effects of Elemental Mastery on Reactions, who uses the stat, the best characters, and how to improve it in this guide!

What is Elemental Mastery?

Improves Elemental Reactions

Genshin - Elemental Reactions with Elemental Mastery

Elemental Mastery is an attribute that amplifies the Elemental Reactions. The higher your Elemental Mastery, the more powerful the reactions will be!

Make sure to raise your Elemental Mastery for your Main DPS characters that rely on Elemental Reactions like Vaporize or Melt to maximize their damage output!

List of Elemental Reactions

Effects of Elemental Mastery

Genshin - Elemental Mastery Effect to Vaporize

Elemental Mastery can buff all elements and their reactions. Most elemental reactions are offensive, and Elemental Mastery simply adds more damage to the reaction damage. On the other hand, Geo reactions increases the Shield's effectivity.

List of All Effects of Elemental Mastery

Elemental Reaction Elemental Mastery Effect
Geo IconCrystallize
Increases the shield's effect from the element reacted.
Anemo IconSwirl
Increases the Swirled Element's AoE damage.
Pyro IconHydro IconVaporize
Increases the damage multiplied by the reacting element.
Cryo IconPyro IconMelt
Increases the damage multiplied by the reacting element.
Electro IconHydro IconElectro-Charged
Increases the Electro AoE reaction damage.
Electro IconPyro IconOverload
Increases the Pyro AoE reaction damage.
Cryo IconElectro IconSuperconduct
Increases the Cryo AoE reaction damage.
Hydro IconCryo IconFrozen
Has no effect unless a character triggers Shatter.
Increases the Physical damage dealt when Frozen enemies are hit by blunt attack.
Dendro IconElectro IconQuicken
Creates the Quicken Aura for seven seconds. When either Dendro or Electro is applied to a Quickened enemy, it will increase the damage by the reacting element.
Dendro IconElectro IconElectro IconAggravate
When Electro is applied to a Quickened enemy, it will increase that instance of Electro damage based on the character's Elemental Mastery.
Dendro IconElectro IconDendro IconSpread
When Dendro is applied to a Quickened enemy, it will increase that instance of Dendro damage based on the character's Elemental Mastery.
Dendro IconHydro IconBloom
Creates Dendro Cores. Dendro Cores stay in the field until an Element triggers the Core. Otherwise, it will explode deal minor AoE Dendro damage based on the triggerer's Elemental Mastery.
Dendro IconHydro IconPyro IconBurgeon
A Pyro Character that triggers a Dendro Core will make it burst, dealing AoE Dendro damage based on the Pyro character's Elemental Mastery.
Dendro IconHydro IconElectro IconHyperbloom
An Electro Character that triggers a Dendro Core will home a Sprawling Shot to an Enemy, dealing a small AoE of Dendro damage based on the Electro character's Elemental Mastery.
Dendro IconPyro IconBurning
Continuously deals Pyro damage until it wears off. Deals minor single-target Pyro damage based on their Elemental Mastery.

Note that Elemental Mastery has no known effect when applying the Frozen reaction.

Update 1.6 Changes

The following changes to Elemental Mastery was applied in Version 1.6.

Version 1.6 Elemental Mastery Changes
・ Increases the damage caused by major reactions (Electro-Charged, Superconduct, Overloaded, Shatter, and Swirl) when a character reaches level 60 and above
・Increase the Base Shield DMG Absorption for shields generated by Crystallize reactions
・Increases the DMG Bonus provided by Elemental Mastery for major reactions. (Refer to the attributes panel in-game for the exact DMG Bonus amount.)

Who Activates Elemental Mastery?

The One Who Applies the 2nd Element

Genshin - Activates Elemental Mastery

The character that applied the 2nd element is the one whose Elemental Mastery is taken into account. You should upgrade your Main DPS's Elemental Mastery especially those that have Pyro, Hydro, or Cryo element to improve their damage output.

Sub-DPS and Supports generally do not need Elemental Mastery, as they are the ones applying the 1st Element. Instead, they benefit more from Energy Recharge to output more Elemental Bursts.

Best Characters to Use Elemental Mastery

Characters to Build Elemental Mastery

Best Characters for Elemental Mastery Stat
Hu Tao Image Hu Tao • Hu Tao in tandem with Xingqiu can deal consistent Vaporize. It is recommended to have some Elemental Mastery on her artifact substats.
Kazuha Image Kazuha • Kazuha transforms Elemental Mastery into Elemental DMG Bonus for the teammate based on the Swirled element. Stacking Elemental Mastery will also increase his own personal damage from Swirl.
Nahida Image Nahida • Nahida provides high Elemental Mastery bonus to an active party member in the duration of her Elemental Burst. It is also recommended to stack EM stats for Nahida as each point of her EM surpassing 200 grants 0.1% DMG bonus and 0.03% CRIT Rate for her Elemental Skill.
Alhaitham Image Alhaitham • Alhaitham's abilities scale with Elemental Mastery along with ATK. He thrives with Elemental Reactions involving Bloom or Quicken, which makes him dependent on the stat.
Sucrose Image Sucrose • Sucrose provides Elemental Mastery to her teammates based on her own Elemental Mastery. Stacking Elemental Mastery on her Artifacts provides a huge damage increase to your Main DPS.
Tartaglia Image Tartaglia • Tartaglia's Elemental Burst scaling is huge. It is recommended to have some Elemental Mastery on him if you are planning to trigger Vaporize.
Venti Image Venti • Venti's Elemental Burst infuses an Element and constantly Swirls it to all enemies trapped inside the vortex. Having Elemental Mastery weapons such as The Stringless is recommended.
Xiangling Image Xiangling • Xiangling can consistently Vaporize or Melt when she's teamed up with fast Elemental appliers like Tartaglia or Xingqiu for Hydro.

Elemental Mastery either as main stat or sub stat on artifacts or weapons can greatly increase their damage output or their support capabilities. It is recommended to build some Elemental Mastery on their stats to maximize their effects.

How much Elemental Mastery is good?

500~1000 for Elemental Mastery-Stacking Characters

For characters that primarily stacks Elemental Mastery, such as Anemo or Dendro Supports or Sub-DPS like Sucrose, Kazuha, or Nahida, you need as much Elemental Mastery as possible. A minimum of 500 and 1000 Elemental Mastery at max is the best for such characters.

100> for Melt or Vaporize Reactors

For characters that thrives from reactions like Melt or Vaporize, an Elemental Mastery count of around 100 is best for such characters. If you can't reach this number yet, you can make up by stacking more CRIT Rate and DMG as possible.

Elemental Mastery vs. ATK

Elemental Mastery Alone is Not Enough

Genshin - Searing Onslaught Damage

Elemental Mastery increases the damage multiplier on the initial damage you deal to enemies when causing an elemental reaction. This means raising only Elemental Mastery won't deal high damage if you don't increase your character's ATK stat.

Balance Elemental Mastery and ATK/Crit

Do take note that Elemental Mastery has diminishing returns if you do not build enough ATK or Crit Rate/Crit DMG on them, so make sure you are also building these important stats!

A healthy build is to find a middle ground between raising Elemental Mastery and other stats like Crit DMG and ATK, as most Elemental Skills scale with the latter.

How to Increase Elemental Mastery

Equip Artifacts with Elemental Mastery

Genshin - Elemental Mastery Sands
You can raise your Elemental Mastery by equipping artifacts with Elemental Mastery stat. Some artifacts have Elemental Mastery as their main stat, such as the Sands of Eon, Goblet of Eonothem, and the Circlet of Logos. You can also receive Elemental Mastery by rolling on substats.

How to Farm Artifacts

Some Artifact Sets Have Elemental Mastery Bonuses

There are artifact sets that can increase your Elemental Mastery as well. Seek these out if you want to improve your character's Elemental Mastery.

Artifact Sets with Elemental Mastery Bonuses
WandererWanderer's Troupe Gilded Dreams ImageGilded Dreams
Flower of Paradise Lost ImageFlower of Paradise Lost Instructor ImageInstructor

List of Artifacts

Equip Weapons with Elemental Mastery

Genshin - Rainslasher Elemental Mastery
There are also weapons that increase Elemental Mastery as a substat for the weapon. Some weapons also have bonus passive effects that give Elemental Mastery!

Weapons with Elemental Mastery Substat

List of Weapons
A Thousand Floating Dreams Image A Thousand Floating Dreams Freedom-Sworn Image Freedom-Sworn Mailed Flower Image Mailed Flower
Kitain Cross Spear Image Kitain Cross Spear Rainslasher Image Rainslasher Dragon Dragon's Bane
Sacrificial Fragments Image Sacrificial Fragments The Stringless Image The Stringless Wandering Evenstar Image Wandering Evenstar
Makhaira Aquamarine Image Makhaira Aquamarine Xiphos Xiphos' Moonlight Windblume Ode Image Windblume Ode
The Alley Flash Image The Alley Flash Moonpiercer Image Moonpiercer Toukabou Shigure Image Toukabou Shigure
Mappa Mare Image Mappa Mare Iron Sting Image Iron Sting Bloodtainted Greatsword Image Bloodtainted Greatsword
Magic Guide Image Magic Guide Emerald Orb Image Emerald Orb Raven Bow Image Raven Bow
Dark Iron Sword Image Dark Iron Sword

List of Weapons

Characters Who Can Increase Elemental Mastery

Genshin - Characters Who Increase Elemental Mastery

Some Characters can provide Elemental Mastery for their teammates with their Talents or Constellations.

Talents that Increase Elemental Mastery

Character Talent Effect
Albedo Image Albedo Homuncular Nature Using Elemental Burst increases the Elemental Mastery of nearby party members by 125 for 10s.
Nahida Image Nahida Compassion Illuminated When unleashing Illusory Heart, the Shrine of Maya will gain the following effects: The Elemental Mastery of the active character within the field will be increased by 25% of the Elemental Mastery of the party member with the highest Elemental Mastery.
Sucrose Image Sucrose Catalyst Conversion When Sucrose triggers a Swirl effect, characters in the party with the matching element have their Elemental Mastery increased by 50 for 8s.
Sucrose Image Sucrose Mollis Favonius When her Elemental Skill or Elemental Burst hit an enemy, increases all party members' (excluding Sucrose) Elemental Mastery based on 20% of Sucrose's Elemental Mastery for 8s.

Constellations that Increase Elemental Mastery

Character Constellation Effect
Diona Image Diona C6
Cat's Tail Closing Time
Characters within Signature Mix's radius will gain the following effects based on their HP amounts: • Increases Incoming Healing Bonus by 30% when HP falls below or is equal to 50%. • Elemental Mastery increased by 200 when HP is above 50%.
Kazuha Image Kazuha C2
Yamaraashi Whirlwind
Increases Kazuha's own Elemental Mastery by 200 and other characters within the field of his Elemental Burst by 200.
This does not stack.
Nahida Image Nahida C4
The Stem of Manifest Inference
When 1/2/3/4 (or more) nearby opponents are affected by All Schemes to Know's Seeds of Skandha, Nahida's Elemental Mastery will be increased by 100/120/140/160.

Elemental Mastery as Ascension Stat

Characters with Elemental Mastery Bonus Stat

Some characters have Elemental Mastery bonus as their Ascension stat. This allows you to increase their Elemental Mastery faster, while allowing you to build other stats easily like ATK and Crit DMG.

Characters with Elemental Mastery Bonus
Genshin - Lisa IconLisa Genshin - Kazuha IconKazuha Genshin - Nahida IconNahida
Genshin - Sayu IconSayu Genshin - XianglingXiangling

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9 Anonymousover 2 years

wdym bugged? it's the only reaction keeping both elements on target, target next to it also get damaged, and has set dmg that is affected by char lvl + em, similarly to bugs there

8 Anonymousover 2 years

wrong, it depends on the chars, take a Lisa full EM none attack, hitting a wet target and she'll dominate

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