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Genshin Impact - What is Elemental Mastery and Effects

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 Elemental Reactions, who uses the EM stat, the best characters who can use Elemental Mastery, and how to increase it in this guide!

What Is Elemental Mastery?

Improves Elemental Reactions

Genshin - Elemental Reactions with Elemental Mastery

Elemental Mastery is a character stat that improves the damage and effects of Elemental Reactions. The higher your Elemental Mastery, the more powerful the reactions will have.

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.

Note that the Dendro element has not been released yet, and therefore has no effect on Burning reaction.

List of All Effects of Elemental Mastery

Elemental Reaction Elemental Mastery Effect
Vaporize Increases the damage multiplied by the reacting element.
Melt Increases the damage multiplied by the reacting element.
Overload Increases the Pyro AoE reaction damage.
Superconduct Increases the Cryo AoE reaction damage.
Electro-Charged Increases the Electro AoE reaction damage.
Shattered Increases the Physical damage dealt when Frozen enemies are hit by a Claymore or Geo.
Swirl Increases the Swirled Element's AoE damage.
Crystallize Increases the shield's effect from the element reacted.

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 Uses Elemental Mastery?

The One Who Applies the 2nd Element

Genshin - Elemental Mastery Use

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.

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.

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.

Best Characters for Elemental Mastery

Best Characters to Build Elemental Mastery

Best Characters for Elemental Mastery Stat
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.
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.
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.
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.
Diluc Image Diluc • Diluc can output high and consistent Pyro DMG especially with Vaporize or Melt. It is recommended to build Elemental Mastery sands on him if you are using an ATK% weapon.
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.
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.

Balance Elemental Mastery and ATK/Crit

Do 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!

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 and Circlet of Logos. You can also receive Elemental Mastery by rolling on substats.

How to Farm Artifacts

Some Artifact Sets Have Elemental Mastery Bonuses

Genshin - Wanderer

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

Artifact Sets with Elemental Mastery Bonuses
WandererWanderer's Troupe 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
Freedom-Sworn Image Freedom-Sworn Kitain Cross Spear Image Kitain Cross Spear Rainslasher Image Rainslasher
Dragon Dragon's Bane Sacrificial Fragments Image Sacrificial Fragments The Stringless Image The Stringless
Windblume Ode Image Windblume Ode The Alley Flash Image The Alley Flash 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.
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.

Elemental Mastery as Ascension 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 Icon Lisa Genshin - Xiangling Icon Xiangling Genshin - Kazuha Icon Kazuha Genshin - Sayu Icon Sayu

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