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Genshin - Hydro Element Guide

Hydro is the Water Element in Genshin Impact and is 1 out of 7 Elements in the game. Check out this guide to learn about Hydro's Strengths, Weaknesses, Hydro Elemental Reactions, and Hydro Characters in the game.

What is the Hydro Element?

Genshin's Water Element

Hydro is the Water Element in Genshin Impact, with Fontaine being the designated Hydro region.

Hydro Status Effect

Hydro on Characters

Hydro being applied to your character has no negative effects on its own. However, this also means that Hydro Elemental Reactions can affect you (like being Frozen by Cryo) if the enemies have elemental attacks.

Hydro Aura

Genshin - Hydro Aura Slowing Water
Name Slowing Water
Effect Increases Elemental Burst and Elemental Skill cooldown by 100%

Slowing Water doubles the Elemental Skill and Burst cooldowns of your characters. It can come from a Leyline Disorder or an Enemy Aura. This debuff can only be removed by using a cleanse ability or applying a different element (except Electro) to yourself.

Hydro Resonance

Soothing Water

Affected by Pyro for 40% less time. Increases Max HP by 25%.

Hydro Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths, Weaknesses, and Immunities

Best For Pyro Elemental Shields
Pyro Elemental Armor
Second Best For Electro Elemental Shields
No Effect On Cryo Elemental Shields
Hydro Elemental Shields
Cryo Elemental Armor
Electro Elemental Armor

Hydro is very strong against Pyro Elemental Shields and Pyro Elemental Armor. It has no effect on Hydro Elemental Shields, Cryo Elemental Shields, Cryo Elemental Armor, and Electro Elemental Armor.

Elemental Shields need to be completely removed to do damage to an enemy, while Elemental Armor does not need to be completely removed to do damage to an enemy.

Shields used by Mitachurls don't have to be destroyed either as long as you hit the opponent's body.

List of Hydro Reactions

Genshin - Elemental Reaction - Vaporize.png

Hydro can react to multiple Elements in the game. Some reactions change damage according to the order of the first element applied.

Reaction Element Order Reaction Effect
PyroHydro
Vaporize
Hydro attacks deal 2x more damage if Hydro is applied after Pyro.
2. Hydro Hydro
HydroPyro
Reverse Vaporize
1. Hydro Hydro
Pyro attacks deal 1.5x more damage if Pyro is applied after Hydro.
HydroCryo
Frozen
Hydro Hydro
Freezes enemies. The effect will trigger from any order.
Any order
HydroElectro
Electro-Charged
Hydro Hydro
Deals Electro damage over time and spreads to nearby enemies. The effect will trigger from any order.
Any order
HydroAnemo
Swirl
1. Hydro Cryo
Anemo spreads Hydro around the target and then deals Hydro and Anemo damage.
HydroGeo
Crystalize
1. Hydro Cryo
Drops a Hydro shard that creates a Hydro shield which absorbs damage and has bonus resistance to Hydro damage when picked up.
2. Geo Geo
HydroDendro
Bloom
Hydro Hydro
Creates a Dendro Core.
Any order

List of Hydro Characters

Current Hydro Characters

Character Rarity Weapon Rating
Genshin Impact - Ayato ImageAyato 5★ Sword S Rank Icon
Genshin Impact - Kokomi ImageKokomi 5★ Catalyst S Rank Icon
Genshin Impact - Mona ImageMona 5★ Catalyst S Rank Icon
Genshin Impact - Yelan ImageYelan 5★ Bow S Rank Icon
Genshin Impact - Tartaglia ImageTartaglia 5★ Bow S Rank Icon
Genshin Impact - Candace ImageCandace 4★ Polearm ?
Genshin Impact - Barbara ImageBarbara 4★ Catalyst A Rank Icon
Genshin Impact - Xingqiu ImageXingqiu 4★ Sword S Rank Icon

Upcoming Hydro Characters

Upcoming Hydro Characters
Genshin Impact - Nilou ImageNilou

Nilou is a new character announced in the Sumeru Preview Teaser 03. She has been confirmed as a Cryo character from Genshin Impact's official Twitter account.

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