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Hu Tao Rating and Best Builds

Genshin Impact - Hu Tao Rating and Best Builds

Hu Tao is a 5-Star Pyro Polearm character in Genshin Impact. Check out Hu Tao's build, ascension materials, best weapons, best artifacts, talent priority, skills, teams, and our rating of the character in this build guide!

Hu Tao
Story Quest
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Genshin - Hu Tao Builds and RatingBuild Guide Ghostly March ImageSpecialty Dish
Papilio Charonitis Chapter
Genshin - Act 1Yet the Butterfly Flutters Away Genshin - Act 2Act 2 Genshin - Act 3Act 3

Hu Tao Rating and Info

Character Information

Hu Tao
SS Rank Icon
Voice Actors EN Voice Actor: Brianna Knickerbocker
JP Voice Actor: Takahashi Rie

Tier List Rankings

Main DPS Sub-DPS Support Exploration
Genshin - SS Icon N/A N/A Genshin - C Icon

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Hu Tao's Stats

HP Attack Defense Ascension Stat
Lvl 20 3,141 45 177 CRIT DMG 50%
Lvl 80 14,459 99 815 CRIT DMG 88.4%

Hu Tao's Strengths and Weaknesses

• HP conversion to ATK contributes a huge amount of boost to her already good scaling and Vaporize potential.
• Monstrous DPS against boss-type enemies or in single target situations.
• Elemental Burst enables her to be self-sufficient especially with her high-risk, high-reward playstyle.
• Provides CRIT Rate for other party members.
• Often struggles against wild groups of enemies as she lacks AoE attacks outside of Elemental Burst.
• Fast application of the Pyro element reduces her best team comp choices, often necessitating either Xingqiu or Yelan.
• Unless you have her C1, limited stamina can dampen her performance and smoothness in playstyle.

Best Builds for Hu Tao

Hu Tao Main DPS Build 1

Best Weapon
Replacement Weapons
Best Artifacts
Main Stats
Genshin - HourglassSands: HP%
Genshin - GobletGoblet: Pyro DMG Bonus
Genshin - CircletCirclet: CRIT DMG or CRIT Rate
Substats CRIT Rate, CRIT DMG, HP%, Elemental Mastery

This Hu Tao build increases Vaporize and Melt DMG thanks to The Crimson Witch of Flames. Despite it being best artifact set for Hu Tao, it is very tedious to get since you will have to deal with getting Lavawalker artifacts in the Hidden Palace of Zhou domain.

Hu Tao Main DPS Build 2

Best Weapon
Replacement Weapons
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Main Stats
Genshin - HourglassSands: HP%
Genshin - GobletGoblet: Pyro DMG Bonus
Genshin - CircletCirclet: CRIT DMG or CRIT Rate
Substats Energy Recharge, CRIT Rate, CRIT DMG, HP%

If you want a viable artifact set that's worth spending resin on, you can get the Shimenawa's Reminiscence set in the Momiji-Dyed Court. Even if you don't get the right artifact set, you will still get the Emblem of Severed Fate which is great for a lot of Sub-DPS characters.

Hu Tao will still be able to deal a lot of DMG in this build thanks to the Normal and Charged Attack buff, but do note that this set will make you lose energy after using your Elemental Skill, so find some Energy Recharge substats in your artifacts to make up for it.

Hu Tao's Talent Priority

Main DPS
1st Normal Attack or Elemental Skill
2nd Elemental Burst

Hu Tao's Normal Attack Talent and Elemental Skill should be leveled up equally, as these talents are Hu Tao's bread and butter. Don't forget to upgrade your Elemental Burst as well if you need more DMG and self healing.

Best Artifacts for Hu Tao

Hu Tao Artifact Rankings

Artifact Artifact Bonuses
1st Genshin - Crimson Witch of Flames Image Crimson Witch of Flames 2-PC: Pyro DMG Bonus +15%.
4-PC: Increases Overloaded, Burning, and Burgeon DMG by 40%. Increases Vaporize and Melt DMG by 15%. Using an Elemental Skill increases 2-Piece Set effects by 50% for 10s. Max 3 stacks.
2nd Genshin - Shimenawa Shimenawa's Reminiscence 2-PC: ATK +18%.
4-PC: When casting an Elemental Skill, if the character has 15 or more Energy, they lose 15 Energy and Normal/Charge/Plunging Attack DMG is increased by 50% for 10s. This effect will not trigger again during that duration.
3rd Genshin - Marechaussee Hunter Image Marechaussee Hunter 2-PC: Normal and Charged Attack DMG +15%
4-PC: When current HP increases or decreases, CRIT Rate will be increased by 12% for 5s. Max 3 stacks.

Best 4-Star Artifact for Hu Tao

Artifact Artifact Bonuses
Genshin - The Exile Image The Exile 2-PC: Energy Recharge +20%
4-PC: Using an Elemental Burst regenerates 2 Energy for all party members (excluding the wearer) every 2s for 6s. This effect cannot stack.

List of Artifacts and Set Bonuses

Hu Tao Best Weapons

Hu Tao Weapon Rankings

Weapon Weapon Information
1st Genshin Impact - Staff of Homa Image Staff of Homa Bonus Stat: CRIT DMG 14.4%
Skill Effect: HP increased by 20%. Additionally, provides an ATK Bonus based on 0.8% of the wielder’s Max HP. When the wielder's HP is less than 50%, this ATK Bonus is increased by an additional 1% of Max HP.
2nd Genshin Impact - Staff of the Scarlet Sands Image Staff of the Scarlet Sands Bonus Stat: CRIT Rate 9.6%
Skill Effect: The equipping character gains 52% of their Elemental Mastery as bonus ATK. When an Elemental Skill hits opponents, the Dream of the Scarlet Sands effect will be gained for 10s: The equipping character will gain 28% of their Elemental Mastery as bonus ATK. Max 3 stacks.
3rd Genshin Impact - Ballad of the Fjords Image Ballad of the Fjords Bonus Stat: CRIT Rate 6.0%
Skill Effect: When there are at least 3 different Elemental Types in your party, Elemental Mastery will be increased by 120.

Best Free-to-Play Weapon for Hu Tao

Weapon Weapon Information
Genshin Impact - White Tassel Image White Tassel Bonus Stat: CRIT Rate 5.1%
Skill Effect: Increases Normal Attack DMG by 24%.

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Hu Tao Best Team Comp

Hu Tao Double Hydro Team Comp

Main DPS Sub-DPS Support Support
Genshin - Hu Tao Hu Tao Genshin - Xingqiu Xingqiu Genshin - Yelan Yelan Genshin - Kazuha Kazuha
Genshin - Hu Tao Hu Tao Genshin - Xingqiu Xingqiu Genshin - Yelan Yelan Genshin - Zhongli Zhongli

All best Hu Tao teams need Xingqiu in their party as Xingqiu's Rainswords apply Hydro faster than Hu Tao's application, allowing her to consistently Vaporize the enemy.

Having Yelan not only provides even more consistent off-field Hydro application, but will also provide a DMG boost to Hu Tao's already insane single target DMG as well as HP resonance.

Hu Tao Double Geo Vaporize Party

Main DPS Sub-DPS Sub-DPS Support
Genshin - Hu Tao Hu Tao Genshin - Xingqiu Xingqiu Genshin - Albedo Albedo Genshin - Zhongli Zhongli

This Hu Tao Team Comp relies on the Geo Resonance which allows Hu Tao to deal more DMG and is effective against mobs. Albedo provides an Elemental Mastery Bonus for Hu Tao using his Elemental Burst and Zhongli protects with his strong shield.

Hu Tao Free-to-Play Team

Main DPS Sub DPS Support Support
Genshin - Hu Tao Hu Tao Genshin - Xingqiu Xingqiu Genshin - Sucrose Sucrose Genshin - Thoma Thoma
Genshin - Hu Tao Hu Tao Genshin - Xingqiu Xingqiu Genshin - Sucrose Sucrose Genshin Impact - Yanfei - C4Yanfei

In Hu Tao's free-to-play team, you can use Thoma as a shielder with Sucrose acting as a debuffer. You can also use Yanfei as a shielder if you have her 4th constellation unlocked

Hu Tao Best Constellations

Papilio Charontis

Constellation and Effects

Hu Tao's Constellations
C1 Crimson Bouquet
While in a Paramita Papilio state activated by Guide to Afterlife, Hu Tao's Charge Attacks do not consume Stamina.
C2 Ominous Rainfall
Increases the Blood Blossom DMG by an amount equal to 10% of Hu Tao's Max HP at the time the effect is applied.
Additionally, Spirit Soother will also apply the Blood Blossom effect.
C3 Lingering Carmine
Increases the Level of Guide to Afterlife by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C4 Garden of Eternal Rest
Upon defeating an enemy affected by a Blood Blossom that Hu Tao applied herself, all nearby allies (excluding Hu Tao herself) will have their CRIT Rate increased by 12% for 15s.
C5 Floral Incense
Increases the Level of Spirit Soother by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C6 Butterfly's Embrace
Triggers when Hu Tao's HP drops below 25%, or when she suffers a lethal strike:
Hu Tao will not fall as a result of the DMG sustained. Additionally, for the next 10s, all of her Elemental and Physical Res is increased by 200%, her CRIT Rate is increased by 100%, and her resistance to interruption is greatly increased.
This effect triggers automatically when Hu Tao has 1 HP left.
Can only occur every 60s.

Best Constellations Rating and Explanation

Rating Constellation Effect / Merits
C1 ★★★ • Charge attacks cost 0 stamina while Hu Tao's Elemental Skill is active.
• Increases Hu Tao's overall DPS.

C1 Is Her Best Constellation

C1 is Hu Tao's best constellation for players who want to maximize her damage. The only requirement for it to show it's true value is that players will need to cancel her Charged Attack animation with dashes.

Hu Tao Ascension and Talent Materials

Hu Tao Ascension Materials


Hu Tao Talent Level-Up Materials

Daily Domain Drops Enemy Drops Weekly Boss Drops
Genshin Impact - Teachings of Diligence Image Teachings of Diligence
Genshin Impact - Whopperflower Nectar Image Whopperflower Nectar
Childe Challenge Reward
Genshin Impact - Shard of Foul Legacy Image Shard of Foul Legacy
Genshin Impact - Guide to Diligence Image Guide to Diligence Genshin Impact - Shimmering Nectar Image Shimmering Nectar
Genshin Impact - Philosophies of Diligence Image Philosophies of Diligence Genshin Impact - Energy Nectar Image Energy Nectar

Talent Materials per Level

How to Use Hu Tao

Elemental Skill Strengthens DMG

Genshin - Hu Tao Elemental Skill
Hu Tao's Elemental Skill allows her to sacrifice a certain amount of HP to infuse her weapon with the Pyro element. In addition to converting all damage to Pyro DMG, Hu Tao also receives an ATK boost.

Use with caution, as overuse of Hu Tao's Elemental Skill might leave you with too little HP!

Works Well with Off-Field Supports

Genshin - How to Use Hu Tao DPS 2
Using characters with Elemental Skills or Elemental Bursts that stay on the field for a long time and then switching to Hu Tao will let you trigger elemental reactions easily and increase DMG output!

Heal with Hu Tao's Elemental Burst

Genshin - Hu Tao Elemental Burst

Hu Tao's Elemental Burst allows her to swing around a fire spirit, dealing huge Pyro DMG in a wide area and healing herself. If Hu Tao has less than 50% HP, the DMG and healing are increased!

Use this to manage Hu Tao's HP loss!

Since Hu Tao's Elemental Skill sacrifices your health, you will need to keep an eye on Hu Tao's health! Her Elemental Burst balances it out by dealing damage and healing Hu Tao at the same time.

Stronger when below 50% HP

Genshin - Hu Tao Below 50% HP

After unlocking her second passive talent, Sanguine Rouge, Hu Tao will be able to deal increased Pyro DMG when at 50% HP or under. If you want to deal the most DMG out of Hu Tao, we recommend keeping her below 50% HP.

Use Shields to Keep Hu Tao alive

Hu Tao at low HP can be vulnerable in getting knocked out after a few hits. In order to keep Hu Tao alive while her HP is low, use shields from other characters so that Hu Tao can safely deal a lot of DMG.

Hu Tao Talents (Skills)

Normal Attack: Secret Spear of Wangsheng

Talent Description
Performs up to 6 consecutive spear strikes.
Charge Attack
Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to opponents along the way.
Plunge Attack:
Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE damage upon impact.

Attribute Effect (Lvl 1)
1-Hit DMG 46.90%
2-Hit DMG 48.30%
3-Hit DMG 61.10%
4-Hit DMG 65.60%
5-Hit DMG 33.3%+35.2%
6-Hit DMG 86.0%
Charged Attack 136.0%
Charged Attack Stamina Cost 25.0
Plunge DMG 65.4%
Low/High Plunge DMG 131%/163%

Guide to Afterlife

Talent Description
Only an unwavering flame can cleanse the impurities of this world.
Hu Tao consumes a set portion of her HP to knock the surrounding enemies back and enter the Paramita Papilio state.
Paramita Papilio State:
・Increases Hu Tao’s ATK based on her Max HP at the time of entering this state. ATK Bonus gained this way cannot exceed 400% of Hu Tao’s Base ATK.
・Converts attack DMG to Pyro DMG, which cannot be overridden by any other elemental infusion.
Increases Hu Tao’s resistance to interruption.
Paramita Papilio ends when its duration is over, or when Hu Tao has left the battlefield or fallen.

In the Paramita Papilio state, Hu Tao’s Charged Attacks apply the Blood Blossom effect to enemies it hits.
Blood Blossom Effect:
Enemies affected by Blood Blossom will take Pyro DMG every 4s. This DMG is considered Elemental Skill DMG.
Each enemy can be affected by only one Blood Blossom effect at a time, and its duration may only be refreshed by Hu Tao herself.

Attribute Effect (Lvl 1)
Activation Cost 30% Current HP
ATK Increase 3.84% Max HP
Blood Blossom DMG 64%

Spirit Soother

Talent Description
Commands a blazing spirit to attack, dealing Pyro DMG in a large AoE.
Upon striking the enemy, regenerates a percentage of Hu Tao's Max HP. This effect can be triggered up to 5 times, based on the number of enemies hit. If Hu Tao's HP is below or equal to 50% when the enemy is hit, both the DMG and HP Regeneration are increased.
Flavor Text:
Supernatural activity by those who have already left this world is a source of great anxiety for the Wangsheng Funeral Parlor. In such cases, cremation always lets Hu Tao find peace of mind. The more anxious she feels, the stronger the flames.

Attribute Effect (Lvl 1)
Skill DMG 303%
Low HP Skill DMG 379%
Skill HP Regeneration 6.26% Max HP

Flutter By

Talent Description
When a Paramita Papilio state activated by Guide to Afterlife ends, all allies in the party (excluding Hu Tao herself) will have their CRIT Rate increased by 12% for 8s.

Sanguine Rouge

Talent Description
When Hu Tao's HP is equal to or less than 50%, her Pyro Damage Bonus is increased by 33%

The More the Merrier

Talent Description
When Hu Tao cooks a dish perfectly, she has an 18% chance to receive an additional ''Suspicious'' dish of the same type.

How to Get Hu Tao

Get from Version 4.1 Phase 1 Banners

Genshin Impact - Moment of Bloom Gacha and Wish Guide
Banner Status Inactive

Hu Tao's rerun banner was in Phase 1 of Version 4.1 from September 27, 2023 until October 17, 2023, and ran alongside Neuvillette's release banner.

Hu Tao is an exclusive 5-star character, which means you cannot get her by any other means. Another rerun of her banner might happen in the near future, so stay tuned for more updates!

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