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Nilou is a 5-Star Hydro Sword character released in Genshin Impact. Check out this Nilou build guide for her best builds, best Artifacts, best weapons, team comps, and talent priority!
|Best Builds||Team Comps||Materials||Dish|
|Lotos Somno Chapter|
|To the Wise||Act 2||Act 3|
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EN Voice Actor: Dani Chambers
JP Voice Actor: Kanemoto Hisako
Character Tier List | Best Characters
|Lvl 20||3,066||47||147||HP 0%|
|Lvl 80||14,117||214||677||HP 28.80%|
• Changes Dendro Cores into a more powerful version called Bountiful Cores.
• Applies strong debuffs to enemies from her second constellation.
• Bountiful Cores do great damage against multiple enemies.
• Requires a fixed team build (Hydro + Dendro) to fully utilize her talents.
• Requires a healer to recover from friendly fire damage due to Dendro Core explosions.
4. Iron Sting (F2P Option)
|Artifact Main Stats||
Sands: HP% or Energy Recharge
|Artifact Substats||HP%, Energy Recharge, Flat HP, Elemental Mastery|
|Recommended Energy Recharge||±170% Energy Recharge|
This Nilou build focuses on her best role as a Sub-DPS who enables the creation of Bountiful Cores. You will want to stack HP% Main Stats and use a 2pc Tenacity of the Millelith set with a 2pc Vourukasha's Glow set to increase her Bountiful Core damage.
3. Iron Sting
|Artifact Main Stats||
|Artifact Substats||HP%, Elemental Mastery, Energy Recharge|
|Recommended Energy Recharge||±150% Energy Recharge|
Nilou can work as an on-field unit that can create Bountiful Cores by applying Hydro via her Sword Dance form. The Sacrificial Sword is a very good weapon here since it enables you to use both Elemental Skill forms for Nilou to maximize her Hydro application on enemies.
Nilou can take advantage of the Vourukasha's Glow 4pc effect due to self damage from her Bountiful cores. But you can also stick to the standard 2pc. HP%/HP% artifact set combo to reduce the amount of resin you need to farm!
|1st||Elemental Burst||Elemental Skill|
|2nd||Elemental Skill||Elemental Burst|
|3rd||Normal Attack||Normal Attack|
It's important to note that while useful, highly investing in Nilou's talents is not necessary for increasing her main source of DMG, which are bountiful cores.
Elemental Burst should be prioritized if Nilou is played off-field while her Elemental Skill should be prioritized if she's on-field.
2-PC: HP +20%
|Vourukasha's||2-PC: HP +20%|
2-PC: HP +20%
4-PC: Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst DMG will be increased by 10%. After the equipping character takes DMG, the aforementioned DMG Bonus is increased by 80% for 5s. This effect increase can have 5 stacks. The duration of each stack is counted independently. These effects can be triggered even when the equipping character is not on the field.
2-PC: HP +20%
|Noblesse||2-PC: Elemental Burst DMG +20%|
In general, a 2pc. Tenacity of the Millelith and 2pc. Vourukasha's Glow should be Nilou's go-to Artifact sets for maximizing her Bountiful Core damage.
List of Artifacts and Set Bonuses
|1st||Key of Khaj-Nisut||
Bonus Stat: HP% 14.4%
Skill Effect: HP increased by 20%. When an Elemental Skill hits opponents, you gain the Grand Hymn effect for 20s. This effect increases the equipping character's Elemental Mastery by 0.12% of their Max HP. This effect can trigger once every 0.3s. Max 3 stacks. When this effect gains 3 stacks, or when the third stack's duration is refreshed, the Elemental Mastery of all nearby party members will be increased by 0.2% of the equipping character's max HP for 20s.
Bonus Stat: Elemental Mastery 43
Skill Effect: Increases DMG by 10%. When characters with Freedom-Sworn trigger Elemental Reactions, they gain a Sigil of Rebellion (once every 0.5s). This triggers even if they aren't on the field. When you reach 2 Sigils, they will be consumed which grants nearby party members 20% ATK and 16% Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attack DMG for 12s. Once triggered, you gain no Sigils for 20s. The same buffs from the Millennial Movement series does not stack.
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.
Any weapon that has HP% Bonus Stats will be very good for Nilou to increase her Bountiful Core DMG. Unfortunately, only the Key of Khaj-Nisut (a 5-star weapon) currently fits this role.
Elemental Mastery or Energy Recharge Substat weapons are the second best type of weapons for Nilou. Elemental Mastery can be very useful for situations where she triggers a Bountiful Core reaction while Energy Recharge can be useful if you need Nilou to use her Elemental Burst off cooldown.
Bonus Stat: Elemental Mastery 36
Skill Effect: Dealing Elemental DMG increases all DMG by 6% for 6s. Max 2 stacks. Can occur once every 1s.
The Iron sting is Nilou's Best F2P craftable weapon since it increases all of her damage thanks to its passive and Elemental Mastery, which will increase her Bountiful Core damage in the situations where she triggers them.
The Sapwood Blade can also be considered as a more supportive option and if you need ER. However, it has the same problems as having Elemental Mastery stats on Nilou in the sense that the passive will only be useful if she triggers a Bloom reaction.
|Recommended Weapons||How to Get|
Nilou works great in a triple Hydro team with a single Dendro damage dealer. This ensures that all Bountiful cores comes from the Dendro unit, making it very easy to maximize Bountiful Core damage by simply equiping the Dendro unit with Triple EM Artifacts
A double Hydro and double Dendro Team has the potential to make more Bountiful cores compared to the triple Hydro team. However ownership of Bountiful cores becomes more messy, making it mandatory for everyone to at least invest some stats into Elemental Mastery.
Nilou as a Main DPS will have her act as the primary enabler for applying Hydro on Enemies. It is best if Nilou uses a Sacrificial Sword as an on-field unit so that she can use her two Dance Forms to apply Hydro on enemies.
Once her Sword Dance form's duration has ended, you can swap to Barbara to keep applying Hydro on enemies.
|Rating||Constellation Effect / Merits|
|C1||★★☆||• Enhances her Elemental Skill, increasing its DMG or its duration depending on the dance.|
|C2||★★★||• Greatly debuffs the enemy's Hydro and Dendro resistance.|
Nilou's best constellation is The Starry Skies Their Flowers Rain, which is her second constellation. It's the best one to unlock if you plan on heavily investing in Dendro Core-focused teams. This provides a huge DPS increase for your Hydro and Dendro characters while also being very easy to trigger.
Dance of the Waning Moon
Dance of Haftkarsvar will be enhanced as follows:
·Luminous Illusion DMG is increased by 65%.
·The Tranquility Aura's duration is extended by 6s.
The Starry Skies Their Flowers Rain
After characters affected by the Golden Chalice's Bounty deal Hydro DMG to an opponent, that opponent's Hydro RES will be decreased by 35% for 10s. After a triggered Bloom reaction deals DMG to opponents, their Dendro RES will be decreased by 35% for 10s. You need to have unlocked the "Court of Dancing Petals" Talent."
Increases the Level of Dance of Abzendegi: Distant Dreams, Listening Spring by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15."
After the third dance step of Dance of Haftkarsvar's Pirouette hits opponents, Nilou will gain 15 Elemental Energy, and DMG from her Dance of Abzendegi: Distant Dreams, Listening Spring will be increased by 50% for 8s.
Increases the Level of Dance of Haftkarsvar by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
For every 1,000 points of Max HP, Nilou's CRIT Rate and CRIT DMG will increase by 0.6% and 1.2% respectively. The maximum increase in CRIT Rate and CRIT DMG via this method is 30% and 60% respectively.
|1||Use Nilou's Elemental Skill (ending with a third Elemental Skill).|
|2||Use the Elemental Skill and Burst of your other Sub-DPS and Support characters.|
|3||Swap to your Main DPS and do your Main DPS rotations.|
|4||Repeat the cycle when Nilou's Elemental Skill duration ends.|
|1||Use the Elemental Skill and Burst of your other Sub-DPS and Support characters.|
|2||Use Nilou's Elemental Skill (ending with a third Elemental Skill). If using the Sacrificial Sword, use her Sword Dance form after (ending with a Normal Attack).|
|3||Swap to a Hydro Catalyst user when Nilou's Elemental Skill ends to deal Hydro damage.|
|3||Repeat the cycle when the off-field Dendro damage ends.|
Nilou's Elemental Skill deals AoE Hydro damage, converts her attacks to Hydro, and has two forms that can change depending on what you do after activating the Elemental Skill.
If the third dance step from Dance of Haftkarsvar is a Normal Attack she will enter the Sword Dance form. This form converts all Normal Attacks into Hydro DMG and sends out a wave that deals Hydro DMG.
If Nilou uses her Elemental Skill again for her third dance step, she will enter the Whirling Steps form. During this form Nilou will twirl around, dealing AoE Hydro DMG. At the end of the attack, she will create a Tranquility Aura that applies the wet status around the enemies within the AoE.
Nilou's Elemental Burst deals AoE Hydro damage and applies a special state on the opponents hit. This special state will detonate after a short time, dealing Hydro DMG.
The Golden Chalice's Bounty state will only be available if the entire party consists of only Dendro and Hydro characters. This state will trigger after the third hit from Dance of Haftkarsvar.
During this state, all characters will have increased Elemental Mastery and will create Bountiful cores instead of Dendro Cores when triggering the bloom reaction. Bountiful Cores are bigger, more powerful, and explode instantly.
Nilou's Passive Talent gives her a certain chance of producing extra dishes when cooking recipes with Adventure-related Effects. Adventure-related effects include food that increases stamina or reduces cold buildup.
Fungal Spores ×15
|Daily Domain Drops||Enemy Drops||Weekly Boss Drops|
Teachings of Praxis
Raiden Shogun Challenge Reward
Tears of the Calamitous God
|Guide to Praxis||Luminescent Pollen|
|Philosophies of Praxis||Crystalline Cyst Dust|
|Performs up to 3 consecutive sword strikes.
Charged Attack: Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to perform a twirling slash.
Plunging Attack: Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact.
|Attribute||Effect (Lvl 1)|
|Charged Attack DMG||50.2%+54.4%|
|Charged Attack Stamina Cost||20|
|Low/High Plunge DMG||128%/160%|
|Enters the Pirouette state, dealing Hydro DMG to nearby opponents based on Nilou's Max HP.
While she is in the Pirouette state, Nilou's Normal Attacks and Elemental Skill will cause her to enter the Sword Dance and Whirling Steps stances respectively, causing DMG she deals to be converted to Hydro DMG that cannot be overridden and that is considered Elemental Skill DMG
"In these stances, Nilou's third dance step will end Pirouette, and has the following effects based on the type of said dance step:
- Sword Dance: unleashes a Luminous Illusion that deals Hydro DMG to opponents it touches and grants Nilou the Lunar Prayer effect. This effect converts Nilou's Normal Attacks into Sword Dance techniques, and her final hit will unleash a Luminous Illusion.
- Whirling Steps: Nilou unleashes a Whirling Water Wheel that deals AoE Hydro DMG and creates a Tranquility Aura that follows your active character around and applies Wet to opponents within its AoE.
Nilou is unable to perform Charged Attacks when under the effect of Pirouette or Lunar Prayer. These effects will be removed once she leaves the field."
|Attribute||Effect (Lvl 1)|
|Skill DMG||3.34% Max HPtd>|
|Sword Dance/Whirling Steps 1-Hit DMG||4.55%/3.26% Max HP|
|Sword Dance/Whirling Steps 2-Hit DMG||5.14%/3.96% Max HP|
|Luminous Illusion/Water Wheel DMG||7.17%/5.06% Max HP|
|Lunar Prayer Duration||8s|
|Tranquility Aura Duration||12s|
|Begins the dance of faraway dreams and springs that hear, causing a Lotus of Distant Waters to bloom, dealing AoE Hydro DMG based on Nilou's Max HP and applying the Lingering Aeon effect to all opponents hit.After an interval, opponents affected by Lingering Aeon will take Hydro DMG.|
|Attribute||Effect (Lvl 1)|
|Skill DMG||18.4% Max HP|
|Lingering Aeon DMG||22.5% Max HP|
|When all characters in the party are all Dendro or Hydro, and there are at least one Dendro character and one Hydro character:
The completion of the third dance step of Nilou's Dance of Haftkarsvar will grant all nearby characters the Golden Chalice's Bounty for 30s upon its completion.
Characters under the effect of Golden Chalice's Bounty will increase the Elemental Mastery of all nearby characters by 100 for 10s whenever they are hit by Dendro attacks. Also, triggering the Bloom reaction will create Bountiful Cores instead of Dendro Cores. Such Cores will burst very quickly after being created, and they have larger AoEs.
Bountiful Cores cannot trigger Hyperbloom or Burgeon, and they share an upper numerical limit with Dendro Cores. Bountiful Core DMG is considered DMG dealt by Dendro Cores produced by Bloom. Should the party not meet the conditions for this Passive Talent, any existing Golden Chalice's Bounty effects will be canceled.
|Every 1,000 points of Nilou's Max HP above 30,000 will cause the DMG dealt by Bountiful Cores created by characters affected by Golden Chalice's Bounty to increase by 9%. The maximum increase in Bountiful Core DMG that can be achieved this way is 400%|
|When Perfect Cooking is achieved on Food with Adventure-related effects, there is a 12% chance to obtain double the product.|
Nilou was available as a rate-up character during the first phase of Version 3.6, from April 12, 2023 until May 2, 2023, alongside Nahida's rerun banner.
This is her very first rerun banner, so she will likely have more in the near future. Stay tuned for more updates!
Version 3.6 Livestream Summary
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|Nilou Banner||Wish Sim||All Wishes|
Nilou is a 5-star Hydro character from Sumeru who uses a Sword as her weapon. You first meet Nilou during Chapter 3: Act 1 Archon quest, where she eventually plays a key role in unlocking Sumeru's mysteries!
|Title||The Star of Zubayr Theater|
|Special Dish||Swirling Steps|
|Skins & Namecards||Outfit: Neither Flower Nor Mist
Namecard: Lotus Dance
|Furnishing||Coalesced Brilliance & Of Twirling Dances Unfettered|
|Genshin Impact Version 3.1 Phase 2|
|Release Date||October 14, 2022|
Nilou was officially released as a playable character during the second phase of Version 3.1 on October 14, 2022.
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3.1 Livestream Recap and Special Program Summary
|Alhaitham||The strengths and weaknesses of a performing artist are quite clear. Nilou Knows how to play to her strengths, which enables her to live a happy and simple life.|
|Collei||She seems a little absent-minded. If she ever comes to perform around Gandharva Ville, I'm worried she'll end up wandering off into the forest and getting lost... So I'll have to watch out for her, as a responsible forest ranger trainee should.|
|Cyno||I can sense her enthusiasm and passion for dancing - it has become an integral part of her being. I hope that she will always be able to use the art she loves to bring happiness to other people.|
|Dehya||Now that the whole saga with the Akademiya's over, I guess she can finally dance as much as she wants. She offered me some of her face powder last time I saw her, but in this line of work, it'd be wasted on me, so I told her to give it to Candace instead. Hmm... I wonder how she's liking it? I need to go check. sometime...|
|Dori||She's a good dancer, but definitely not making the most of her time by staying in Sumeru... I mean, it's a complete waste of her talent. If I took her on tour across all Teyvat, do you have any idea how much Mora I'd rake in?|
|Faruzan||I remember her; she's a courteous girl. I've only been to the Grand Bazaar a few times, but she's already remembered my name and face, and she's even tried to get the others to stop arguing with me. She really gets it! All youngsters should be more like her.|
|Kaveh||Nilou's talent as a dancer is indisputable. Zubayr Theater really lucked out when they recruited her. I've heard that she has a great personality too — she always smiles and says encouraging things to her audience when she's performing. Once I can find some time, I'll have to catch one of her shows.|
|Nahida||I once borrowed someone else's body to ask her if she'd mind allowing Lesser Lord Kusanali to watch her dance... Actually, I had already watched her lots of times before in secret, but I wanted to attend her dance at the Sabzeruz Festival properly, in person, as a sign of respect. Anyway, it turned out that she gently declined the offer... I was a little sad about that.|
She sometimes comes to watch my performances. She's a really hard-working Trainee Forest Ranger. One time, she warned me about getting lost. What did she mean by that? It's not like I've gotten lost before...
I don't really like interacting with people from the Akademiya because they don't view the arts too kindly. I often wonder what they do when they're bored... Huh, Cyno plays Genius Invokation TCG? I can't believe it...
It's hard to believe that so many things have happened recently... I wanted to pick out a good present for Dehya and Dunyarzad, but I just can't make up my mind. Everyone at the Grand Bazaar has given me many suggestions, but if I took them all, it'd be too much... What should I do...
The big-spending merchant Dori has watched me dance before. I remember that she talked with Mr. Zubayr once, and then never came back. Did something happen? ...Huh? She wanted me to go on tour around Teyvat? No way, Mr. Zubayr definitely would've refused for me! ...Ahh, please tell me he has...
I heard he was the one who built the magnificent Palace of Alcazarzaray. He must have had a wonderful time making such a masterpiece, like when I'm in the middle of dance practice. Just thinking about dancing for everyone gives me so much happiness and motivation.
About Lesser Lord Kusanali
The people of the Greater Bazaar love Lesser Lord Kusanali. I'd love to hear her thoughts on my Dance of Sabzeruz... Oh, no, no, forget it... If she were in the right audience, I'd stage fright...
I hear he's a really talented botanist. He must be good at telling apart mushrooms. At least, he would never have to worry about eating a poisonous one... I'm so jealous.
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