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Genshin Impact - Gorou Rating and Best Builds

Gorou is a 4-Star Geo Bow character in Genshin Impact. Learn about Gorou's build, ascension materials, best weapons, best artifacts, talent priority, skills, teams, and our rating of the character in this build guide!

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Gorou Rating and Info

Character Information

Gorou Icon
Rating: S Rank Icon

Rarity: ★★★★
Element: Geo ImageGeo

Weapon: Bow ImageBow

EN Voice Actor: Cory Yee
JP Voice Actor: Hatanaka Tasuku

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Gorou's Stats

HP Attack Defense Ascension Stat
Lvl 20 2,061 63 140 Geo DMG Bonus 0%
Lvl 80 8,907 193 603 Geo DMG Bonus 24%

Gorou's Strengths and Weaknesses

• Boosts DEF, interruption resistance, and Geo DMG.
• Buffs the entire party's DEF after using Elemental Burst.
• C4 can heal active characters during Elemental Burst.
• C6 can increase Geo CRIT DMG.
• Displays Inazuma Specialties on the minimap.
• Only good in a Geo team.
• Elemental Burst has a high Energy Cost.

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Main Stats
Genshin - HourglassSands: DEF% or Energy Recharge
Genshin - GobletGoblet: DEF%
Genshin - CircletCirclet: DEF%
Substats DEF%, Energy Recharge, CRIT Rate

Gorou as a support, especially at C4, maximizes his utility by having DEF% Mainstat artifacts. You can consider getting Energy Recharge as a Mainstat to ensure his Elemental Burst is available after cooldown. Make sure to invest in CRIT Rate when using the Favonius Bow!

Gorou's Talent Priority

1st Elemental Skill
2nd Elemental Burst
3rd Normal Attack

Gorou's main utility comes from his Elemental Skill, so it's leveled up first. His Elemental Burst replicates his Elemental Skill's utility and deals DMG, so it's leveled up second. His Normal Attacks can be left alone at level 1.

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Best Artifacts Ranked

Rating Set Bonus
Best Husk of Opulent Dreams • DEF +30%
• A character equipped with this Artifact set will obtain the Curiosity effect in the following conditions: When on the field, the character gains 1 stack after hitting an opponent with a Geo attack, triggering a maximum of once every 0.3s. When off the field, the character gains 1 stack every 3s. Curiosity can stack up to 4 times, each providing 6% DEF and a 6% Geo DMG Bonus. When 6 seconds pass without gaining a Curiosity stack, 1 stack is lost.
Second Best Emblem of Severed Fate • Energy Recharge +20%.
• Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 25% of Energy Recharge. A maximum of 75% bonus DMG can be obtained in this way.
Third Best Noblesse Oblige • Elemental Burst DMG +20%.
• Using an Elemental Burst increases all party members' ATK by 20% for 12s. This effect cannot stack.

Alternative Artifact Set

Set Bonus
The Exile • Energy Recharge +20%
• Using an Elemental Burst regenerates 2 Energy for all party members (excluding the wearer) every 2s for 6s. This effect cannot stack.

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Top 3 Gorou Weapons

Weapon Weapon Information
1st Genshin Impact - Elegy for the End Image Elegy for the End Bonus Stat: Energy Recharge 12.0%
Skill Effect: Increased Elemental Mastery by 60. Gain sigils when dealing damage with Elemental Skill or Burst every .2s even when off-field. At 4 sigils, all sigils will be consumed and Elemental Mastery is increased by 100 and ATK increased by 20% for 12s. Once the effect is triggered, you cannot gain Sigils for 20s. The same buffs from the Millennial Movement series does not stack.
2nd Genshin Impact - Favonius Warbow Image Favonius Warbow Bonus Stat: Energy Recharge 13.3%
Skill Effect: CRIT Hits have a 60% chance to generate a small amount of Elemental Particles, which will regenerate 6 Energy for the character. Can only occur once every 12s.
3rd Genshin Impact - Sacrificial Bow Image Sacrificial Bow Bonus Stat: Energy Recharge 6.7%
Skill Effect: After damaging an opponent with an Elemental Skill, the skill has a 40% chance to end its own CD. Can only occur once every 30s.

Best Free-to-Play Weapon for Gorou

Weapon Weapon Information
Genshin Impact - Favonius Warbow Image Favonius Warbow Bonus Stat: Energy Recharge 13.3%
Skill Effect: CRIT Hits have a 60% chance to generate a small amount of Elemental Particles, which will regenerate 6 Energy for the character. Can only occur once every 12s.

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Best Characters and Strategies

Character Element Weapon
Genshin Impact - Itto ImageItto
・Gorou can support Itto and increase his DEF, and Geo DMG Bonus.
Genshin Impact - Albedo ImageAlbedo
・Gorou can buff Albedo's Elemental Skill and increase the Transient Blooms' Geo DMG.
Genshin Impact - Ningguang ImageNingguang
・Improves Ningguang's Geo DMG and Interruption resistance.
Genshin Impact - Noelle ImageNoelle
・Gorou can increase Noelle's DEF, and Geo DMG.

Gorou Best Constellations

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Canis Bellatoris

Constellation and Effects

Gorou's Constellations
C1 Rushing Hound: Swift as the Wind
When characters (other than Gorou) within the AoE of Gorou's General War Banner or General's Glory deal Geo DMG to opponents, the CD of Gorou's Inuzaka All-Round Defense is decreased by 2 seconds. This effect can occur every 10 seconds.
C2 Sitting Hound: Steady as a Clock
While General's Glory is in effect, its duration is extended by 1s when a nearby active character obtains an Elemental Shard from a Crystallize Reaction.
This effect can occur once every 0.1s. Max extension is 3s.
C3 Mauling Hound: Fierce as Fire
Increases the level of Inuzaka All-Round Defense by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C4 Lapping Hound: Warm as Water
When General's Glory is in the ''Impregnable'' or ''Crunch'' states, it will also heal active characters within its AoE by 50% of Gorou's own DEF every 1.5s.
C5 Striking Hound: Thunderous Force
Increases the level of Juuga: Forward Unto Glory by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C6 Valiant Hound: Mountainous Fealty
For 12s after using Inuzaka All-Round Defense or Juuga: Forward Unto Victory, increases the CRIT DMG of all nearby party members' Geo DMG based on the buff level of the skill's field at the time of use:
• ''Standing Firm'': +10%
• ''Impregnable'': +20%
• ''Crunch'': +40%
This effect cannot stack and will take reference from the last instance of the effect that is triggered.

Best Constellations Rating and Explanation

Rating Constellation Effect / Merits
C4 ★★★ • Adds healing to Gorou's Elemental Burst.
C6 ★★☆ • Increases Geo CRIT DMG of all Geo members in the party.

C4 to Add Healing

Unlocking Gorou's 4th constellation fixes the issue of needing a healer in mono-geo team comps. This will make any Geo team nearly unbeatable thanks to the shields and healing provided.

Gorou Ascension and Talent Materials

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Gorou Ascension Materials


Gorou Talent Level-Up Materials

Daily Domain Drops Enemy Drops Weekly Boss Drops
Genshin Impact - Teachings of Light Image Teachings of Light
Genshin Impact - Spectral Husk Image Spectral Husk
La Signora Challenge Reward
Genshin Impact - Molten Moment Image Molten Moment
Genshin Impact - Guide to Light Image Guide to Light Genshin Impact - Spectral Heart Image Spectral Heart
Genshin Impact - Philosophies of Light Image Philosophies of Light Genshin Impact - Spectral Nucleus Image Spectral Nucleus

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Buff Party Members with Gorou's Elemental Skill

Genshin - Gorou - Elemental Skill Example
Inuzaka All-Round Defense

Buffs Based on Number of Geo Characters

Elemental Skilll Buffs by Geo Characters in Party
1 Geo Character DEF Bonus
2 Geo Characters DEF Bonus + Increased resistance to interruption
3 Geo Characters DEF Bonus + Increased resistance to interruption + Increased Geo DMG Bonus

Gorou's Elemental Skill, Inuzaka All-Round Defense, deals AoE DMG and sets up a ''General's War Banner'' that provides a number of buffs to active characters within the skill's static AoE based on the number of Geo Characters in the party.

Gorou himself is included in the number of Geo Characters needed for his Elemental Skill, so you just need two more Geo Characters to gain the full buffs!

Buff Party Members and Deal DMG with Gorou's Elemental Burst

Genshin - Gorou - Elemental Burst Example
Juuga: Forward Unto Victory

Gorou's Elemental Burst, Juuga: Forward Unto Victory, works the same way as his Elemental Skill, but the AoE of this skill manifests in a small, floating dog that follows the active character for the duration of the skill. This talent also periodically deals Geo DMG to a single opponent in its AoE.

Locate Inazuma Specialties with Gorou's Passive Talent

Genshin - Gorou - Seeker of Shinies
Gorou's Passive Talent, Seeker of Shinies, allows the player to detect nearby Inazuma-Exclusive Items, such as Naku Weed and Sango Pearls, as long as Gorou is in the party.

Gorou Talents (Skills)

Normal Attack: Ripping Fang Fletching

Talent Description
Perform up to 4 consecutive shots with a bow.
Charge Attack
Perform a more precise Aimed Shot with increased DMG. While aiming, stone crystals will accumulate on the arrowhead. A fully charged crystalline arrow will deal Geo DMG.
Plunge Attack:
Fires off a shower of arrows in mid-air before falling and striking the ground, dealing AoE DMG upon impact.

Attribute Effect (Lvl 1)
1-Hit DMG 37.8%
2-Hit DMG 37.2%
3-Hit DMG 49.5%
4-Hit DMG 59.0%
Aimed Shot 43.9%
Fully-Charged Aimed Shot 124%
Plunge DMG 56.8%
Low/High Plunge DMG 114%/142%

Inuzaka All-Round Defense

Talent Description
Deals AoE Geo DMG and sets up up a General's War Banner.
General's War Banner
Provides up to 3 buffs to active characters within the skill's AoE based on the number of Geo characters in the party at the time of casting:
・1 Geo character: Adds ''Standing Firm'' - DEF Bonus.
・ 2 Geo characters: Adds ''Impregnable'' - Increased resistance to interruption.
・3 Geo characters: Adds ''Crunch'' - Geo DMG Bonus.
Gorou can deploy only 1 General's War Banner on the field at any one time. Characters can only benefit from 1 General's War Banner at a time. When a party member leaves the field, the active buff will last for 2s.
Flavor Text:
"Take up this formation and we'll be safe - I guarantee it!" As a general and a leader of troops, the last thing Gorou wants is to see is those who follow him getting hurt.

Attribute Effect (Lvl 1)
Skill DMG 107.2%
DEF Increase 206
Geo DMG Bonus 15%
Duration 10.0s
CD 10.0s

Juuga: Forward Unto Victory

Talent Description
Displaying his valor as a general, Gorou deals AoE Geo DMG and creates a field known as a General's Glory to embolden his comrades.
General's Glory
・Buffs active characters in the AoE based on the Geo characters in the party. Moves with your active character.
・Generates 1 Crystal Collapse every 1.5s that deals AoE Geo DMG to 1 enemy in the AoE.
・Pulls 1 elemental shard in the AoE to your position every 1.5s (elemental shards by Crystallize reactions).
If a General's War Banner created by Gorou currently exists on the field when this ability is used, it will be destroyed. In addition, for the duration of General's Glory, Gorou's Elemental Skill "Inuzaka All Round Defense" will not create the General's War Banner.
If Gorou falls, the effects of General's Glory will be cleared.
Flavor Text:
"We have the high ground!" Gorou can ever so slightly change the terrain of the battlefield to help win victory. This technique has seen him through many battles against seemingly superior opposition.

Attribute Effect (Lvl 1)
Skill DMG 98% DEF
Crystal Collapse DMG 61% DEF
Duration 9.0s
CD 20.0s
Energy Cost 80

Heedless of the Wind and Weather

Talent Description
After using Juuga: Forward Unto Victory, all nearby party members' DEF is increased by 25% for 12s.

A Favor Repaid

Talent Description
Gorou receives the following DMG Bonuses to his attacks based on his DEF:
Inuzaka All-Round Defense: Skill DMG increased by 156% of DEF
Juuga: Forward Unto Victory: Skill DMG and Crystal Collapse DMG increased by 15.6% of DEF

Seeker of Shinies

Talent Description
Displays the location of nearby resources unique to Inazuma on the mini-map.

How to Get Gorou

Pull from Any Active Banner

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Genshin Impact - Farewell of Snezhnaya GachaFarewell of Snezhnaya Genshin Impact - Epitome Invocation GachaEpitome Invocation
Genshin Impact - Wanderlust Invocation GachaWanderlust Invocation Genshin Impact - Everbloom Violet GachaEverbloom Violet

Gorou is available at a normal rate on all Standard Wish Banners except Beginner's Wish. This means you can get him from Wanderlust Invocation, Epitome Invocation, and the current Character Event Wishes.

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Gorou's In-Game Information

Character Thoughts on Gorou

Character In-Game Thoughts
Genshin Impact - Heizou ImageHeizou General Gorou's constant suspicion made my trip to Watatsumi Island much more eventful... Everywhere I went, there were soldiers keeping me under close surveillance. Honestly, I was a regular, boring tourist just like everybody else. So what if I happen to be a detective in my day job? I was clearly minding my own business there.
Genshin Impact - Itto ImageItto Oh yeah, the doggy general in the resistance... Hey, I've gotta hand it to him, he may be on the small side, but he's got quite the fighting spirit. Also, he gives off this vibe that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, almost as if he understands my innermost feelings... I mean, I've barely met the guy, so that's kinda weird.
Genshin Impact - Kazuha ImageKazuha When I was a wanted man, the resistance gave me a lot of help. The time I spent with Gorou was brief, but he left a deep impression on me. He's the type of person who says whatever's on his mind. He shares the highs and lows of his subordinates, and is never afraid to draw his sword for the sake of a friend. That's the kind of person I can really get along with.
Genshin Impact - Kokomi ImageKokomi Gorou is an exceptional general... sincere, determined, and courageous. He has a strong camaraderie with the troops and is able to come up with creative battle plans. He does, however, have one shortcoming... He often lets the excitement of battle get to his head. If you are ever deployed to the battlefield together, be sure to have a good rein on him when things get underway.
Genshin Impact - Sara ImageSara Gorou is to Sangonomiya Kokomi as I am to the Raiden Shogun. He is fiercely loyal, and I have great respect for this. It's a shame we're on opposing sides, so we'll never get to work together... Still, I am glad to have an admirable foe. Also... I hear he's a fifth-born son. That just makes it even better.
Genshin Impact - Yae Miko ImageYae Miko He certainly has a beautiful tail. Although... mine's a little softer.

Gorou's Thoughts About Others

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Genshin Impact - Ayaka ImageAyaka About Ayaka
The Yashiro Commission operates as part of the Shogunate, but on many issues they tend to side with the people of Inazuma. In fact, the Shirasagi Himegimi has managed to establish an excellent reputation for herself, despite facing pressure from both sides. I suppose she must know how to keep her composure at all times and navigate sensitive situations tactfully... There's much I could learn from her.
Genshin Impact - Beidou ImageBeidou About Beidou
Captain Beidou values camaraderie, and her exceptional abilities command respect. She once said that she prefers to avoid involving her companions in disputes that don't concern them, which I can completely understand. That's why I only request her help when we have no one else to turn to.
Genshin Impact - Heizou ImageHeizou About Heizou
You mean that sneaky detective that never seems to actually be working on a case? Well, no one from the Shogunate can be fully trusted, so I'll be keeping my eyes and ears on him! On a separate note, he does have some talent for investigation. But how can we know that this isn't all part of some nefarious scheme?? Hmm. Only time will tell, I suppose.
Genshin Impact - Kazuha ImageKazuha About Kazuha
I've seen all kinds of wandering samurai before, and Kazuha is categorically a different breed from the others. He's like a gust of wind that sweeps through the land. Though he never stays for long, he is always able to contribute something to those who are around him. When I fought alongside him, I learned more about what it means to be truly carefree and without constraints. In any case, I think that Kazuha and I make a great team together!
Genshin Impact - Kokomi ImageKokomi About Kokomi
Duties: As the leader of Watatsumi Island, Her Excellency is responsible for assessing the scenario and formulating a plan. It is then my duty to put every detail of the plan into action and to keep the situation under control on the front line. We are united with the whole resistance in achieving a single purpose: victory.
Attitude: I have only the utmost respect for Her Excellency. Without her ingenious and insightful strategies, the resistance could never have come as far as it has today. But if you ask me, it seems that deep down she prefers a much quieter existence. So when there's no pressing military matters, I try not to disturb her too much.
Genshin Impact - Raiden ImageRaiden About Raiden
Grr, the Raiden Shogun... I could never bring myself to accept her past actions, no matter what her reasoning may have been. Though a peace treaty has been signed between Watatsumi Island and the Shogunate, I refues to let my guard down. If conflict ever breaks out again, I will resume my place back on the front line.
Genshin Impact - Sara ImageSara About Sara
I have nothing good to say about the Shogun's Army, but Kujou Sara is perhaps the most honorable officer among their ranks. We've met each other countless times in battle, emerging both victorious and defeated at different times. 'sigh' I know now that it's not realistic to think this way, but I did use to wonder what things would be like if those like her could value the wishes of the people and be free from the grip of the Shogunate.
Genshin Impact - Sayu ImageSayu About Sayu
Hmm, according to our intel, she is a ninja proficient in the art of infiltration — a skill set which could prove very useful in some of Her Excellency's special operations... However, our intel also indicates that she could be difficult to recruit as she is rather unruly, and often disappears without a trace. Hmm? She's with the Yashiro Commission? Oh, well forget it then.
Genshin Impact - Yae Miko ImageYae Miko About Yae Miko
Oh, her... I'd be prefer not to talk about her. Can we change the topic? Or, if there are any tasks I can take off your hand, I'll gladly oblige! Anything at all? ...Ahem, let's just say it'd be best for my general well-being if we can avoid talking about her...

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