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Hydro Traveler Rating and Best Builds

Genshin Impact - Traveler (Hydro) Rating and Best Builds

The Hydro Traveler is a sword user wielding the Hydro element in Genshin Impact 4.0. See their best weapons and artifacts, team comps, and our rating of this character in this guide!

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Hydro Traveler Rating and Info

Character Information

Traveler (Hydro)
Rating
D Rank Icon
Rarity
★★★★★
Element
Weapon
Voice Actors EN Voice Actor: Zach Aguilar / Sarah Miller-Crews
JP Voice Actor: Horie Shun (M), Yuki Aoi (F)

Tier List Rankings

Main DPS Sub-DPS Support Exploration
N/A D N/A C

Character Tier List

Traveler (Hydro)'s Stats

HP Attack Defense Ascension Stat
Lvl 20 2,342 140 147 ATK 0%
Lvl 80 10,122 198 635 ATK 24%

Hydro Traveler Strengths and Weaknesses

Hydro Traveler's Strengths
• F2P alternative Sub-DPS in any Bloom team comps aside from Burgeon.
• Higher Constellations unlock more support tools.
Hydro Traveler's Weaknesses
• Lackluster Hydro Application.
• DMG Split Scales from HP and ATK stats.
• High Elemental Burst Cost.
• Short Elemental Burst duration below C2.
• Relatively low DMG scaling.

Is Hydro Traveler Good?

Unless Fontaine releases more characters that could help their kit, Hydro Traveler is not a good character to build for. As an extremely potent element, Hydro should arguably be their best version. However, their kit leaves much to be desired.

Hydro Traveler Best Builds

How to Build Hydro Traveler

The Hydro Traveler can be built as a Sub-DPS with the usual Hydro DMG bonus and CRIT stats. You can choose between ATK or HP depending on which piece has better sub-stats.

You can also build the Hydro Traveler as a Bloom Driver with a lot of Elemental Mastery stats and the Flower of Paradise Lost to deal a lot of Bloom reaction DMG

Hydro Traveler Sub DPS Builds

All-Purpose Hydro

Best Weapon
Replacement Weapons
Best Artifacts
Artifact Main Stats
Genshin - HourglassSands: ATK% or HP%
Genshin - GobletGoblet: Hydro DMG Bonus
Genshin - CircletCirclet: CRIT Rate or CRIT DMG
Artifact Sub Stats CRIT Rate, CRIT DMG, Elemental Mastery, Energy Recharge, ATK% or HP%
Recommended Energy Recharge ±180% Total Energy Recharge

This Sub DPS build for Hydro Traveler lets you take advantage on increasing the damage of their Elemental Skill on Hydro-related reactions except Bloom. Using the Golden Troupe won't benefit your Burst, but the damage potential of your Skill compensates the loss.

You may also use another 2-piece of Heart of Depth if you wish to balance the Burst damage.

Bloom Driver

Best Weapon
Replacement Weapons
Best Artifacts
Artifact Main Stats
Genshin - HourglassSands: Elemental Mastery or Energy Recharge
Genshin - GobletGoblet: Elemental Mastery
Genshin - CircletCirclet: Elemental Mastery or CRIT Rate (if using Favonius Sword)
Artifact Sub Stats Energy Recharge, Elemental Mastery, CRIT Rate (if using Favonius Sword)
Recommended Energy Recharge ±200% Total Energy Recharge

If you wish to use Hydro Traveler for Bloom Teams, build Elemental Mastery and Energy Recharge to increase their efficiency in creating bloom cores.

Note that the Hydro Traveler's Burst travels in a straight line with a short duration, so it's unreliable to use as your sole Hydro applicator.

Hydro Traveler Talent Priority

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

The Hydro Traveler's Elemental Skill should be prioritized as their main damaging ability. Elemental Burst can be good to level up, but its unreliability means that you can only use it

Hydro Traveler Best Artifacts

Hydro Traveler Artifacts Rankings

Artifact Artifact Bonuses
1st Genshin - Nymph Nymph's Dream 2-PC: Hydro DMG bonus +15%
Genshin - Golden Troupe Image Golden Troupe 2-PC: Elemental Skill DMG +20%
2nd Genshin - Nymph Nymph's Dream 2-PC: Hydro DMG bonus +15%
Genshin - Heart of Depth Image Heart of Depth 2-PC: Hydro DMG bonus +15%
3rd Genshin - Flower of Paradise Lost Image Flower of Paradise Lost 2-PC: Elemental Mastery +80
4-PC: The equipping character's Bloom, Hyperbloom, and Burgeon reaction DMG are increased by 40%. Additionally, after the equipping character triggers Bloom, Hyperbloom, or Burgeon, they will gain another 25% bonus to the effect mentioned prior. Each stack of this lasts 10s. Max 4 stacks simultaneously. This effect can only be triggered once per second. The character who equips this can still trigger its effects when not on the field.

Alternative 4-Star Artifact

Artifact Artifact Bonuses
Genshin - Gambler Image Gambler 2-PC: Increases Elemental Skill DMG by 20%.
4-PC: Defeating an enemy has a 100% chance to remove Elemental Skill CD. Can only occur once every 15s.

List of Artifacts and Set Bonuses

Hydro Traveler Best Weapons

Hydro Traveler Weapon Rankings

Weapon Weapon Information
1st Genshin Impact - Primordial Jade Cutter Image Primordial Jade Cutter Base ATK: 542
Bonus Stat: CRIT Rate 44.1%
Skill Effect: HP increased by 20%. Additionally, provides an ATK Bonus based on 1.2% of the wielder’s Max HP.
2nd Genshin Impact - Wolf-Fang Image Wolf-Fang Base ATK: 510
Bonus Stat: CRIT Rate 27.6%
Skill Effect: DMG dealt by Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst is increased by 16%. When an Elemental Skill hits an opponent, its CRIT Rate will be increased by 2%. When an Elemental Burst hits an opponent, its CRIT Rate will be increased by 2%. Both of these effects last 10s separately, have 4 max stacks, and can be triggered once every 0.1s.
3rd Genshin Impact - Favonius Sword Image Favonius Sword Base ATK: 454
Bonus Stat: Energy Recharge 61.3%
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.

Best Free-to-Play Weapon for Hydro Traveler

Weapon Weapon Information
Genshin Impact - Finale of the Deep Image Finale of the Deep Base ATK: 565
Bonus Stat: ATK 27.6%
Skill Effect: When using an Elemental Skill, ATK will be increased by 12% for 15s, and a Bond of Life worth 25% of Max HP will be granted. This effect can be triggered once every 10s. When the Bond of Life is cleared, a maximum of 150 ATK will be gained based on 2.4% of the Bond when cleared for 15s.

List of Swords

All Recommended Weapons for Hydro Traveler

Recommended Weapons How to Get
Gacha
Battle Pass
Gacha
Gacha
Event
Crafted
Fishing
Crafted

List of Swords

Hydro Traveler Best Team Comps

Hydro Traveler Freeze Team

Main DPS Sub-DPS Sub-DPS Support
Genshin - Ayaka Ayaka Genshin - Kazuha Kazuha Genshin - Traveler (Hydro) Traveler (Hydro) Genshin - Diona Diona

In a Freeze team, the Hydro Traveler can act as a second DPS after a Cryo Main DPS like Ayaka unleshes their Elemental Burst. You can swirl both Hydro and Cryo with Kazuha, which should compensate the Traveler's lack of AoE outside of their burst.

Hydro Traveler in Nilou Bloom Team

Main DPS Sub-DPS Sub-DPS Support
Genshin - Nilou Nilou Genshin - Nahida Nahida Genshin - Traveler (Hydro) Traveler (Hydro) Genshin - Baizhu Baizhu
Genshin - Nilou Nilou Genshin - Nahida Nahida Genshin - Traveler (Hydro) Traveler (Hydro) Genshin - Yaoyao Yaoyao

These team compositions specialize in the use of Dendro cores. Nilou and Nahida can help generate Dendro Cores easily, while a healer like Yaoyao or Baizhu can restore the party's HP.

Hydro Traveler Hyperbloom Team

Main DPS Sub-DPS Sub-DPS Support
Genshin - Nahida Nahida Genshin - Raiden Raiden Genshin - Traveler (Hydro) Traveler (Hydro) Genshin - Yaoyao Yaoyao
Genshin - Alhaitham Alhaitham Genshin - Xingqiu Xingqiu Genshin - Traveler (Hydro) Traveler (Hydro) Genshin - Shinobu Shinobu

The Hydro Traveler can function as a Bloom enabler. They can work together with Dendro characters like Nahida or Alhaitham to generate Bloom cores. Xingqiu or Yelan can provide extra Hydro application to help with said reaction.

Raiden or Shinobu can trigger the the Dendro cores created by the characters mentioned and the latter can provide healing to keep the party alive.

Hydro Traveler Best Constellations

Viator/Viatrix

Constellation and Effects

Traveler (Hydro)'s Constellations
Genshin - Traveler (Hydro) C1 C1 Swelling Lake
Picking up a Sourcewater Droplet will restore 2 Energy to the Traveler.
Genshin - Traveler (Hydro) C2 C2 Trickling Purity
The Movement SPD of Rising Waters' bubble will be decreased by 30% and its duration increased by 3s.
Genshin - Traveler (Hydro) C3 C3 Turbulent Ripples
Increases the Level of Aquacrest Saber by 3. Maximum upgrade Level is 15.
Genshin - Traveler (Hydro) C4 C4 Pouring Descent
When using Aquacrest Saber, an Aquacrest Aegis that can absorb 10% of the Traveler's Max HP in DMG will be created and will absorb Hydro DMG with 250% effectiveness. It will persist until the Traveler finishes using the skill.
Once every 2s, after a Dewdrop hits an opponent, if the Traveler is being protected by Aquacrest Aegis, the DMG Absorption of the - Aegis will be restored to 10% of the Traveler's Max HP. If the Traveler is not presently being protected by an Aegis, one will be redeployed.
Genshin - Traveler (Hydro) C5 C5 Churning Whirlpool
Increases the Level of Rising Waters by 3. Maximum upgrade Level is 15.
Genshin - Traveler (Hydro) C6 C6 Tides of Justice
When the Traveler picks up a Sourcewater Droplet, they will restore HP to a nearby party member with the lowest remaining HP percentage based on 6% of said member's Max HP.

Best Constellations Rating and Explanation

Rating Constellation Effect / Merits
C2 ★★★ • Reduces the Movement SPD of the Burst, making Hydro Application more consistent.
• Provides a Longer Burst duration.
C6 ★★☆ • Sourcewater Droplets can heal an ally with the lowest HP when the Traveler picks them up.

Unlock All Hydroculus and do Archon Quests

Though a long process, the Traveler's Hydro Constellations are free, so get it if you can! If you feel that it's not worth your time then you can stop at their 2nd Constellation.

Hydroculus Locations and Map Guide

Hydro Traveler Ascension and Talent Materials

Hydro Traveler Ascension Materials

Lv.20→Lv.40
Lv.40→Lv.50
Lv.50→Lv.60
Lv.60→Lv.70
Lv.70→Lv.80
Lv.80→Lv.90

Hydro Traveler Talent Level-Up Materials

Daily Domain Drops Enemy Drops Weekly Boss Drops
Genshin Impact - Teachings of Equity Image Teachings of Equity Fontemer Aberrants Genshin Impact - Transoceanic Pearl Image Transoceanic Pearl Apep Challenge Reward
Genshin Impact - Worldspan Fern Image Worldspan Fern
Genshin Impact - Guide to Justice Image Guide to Justice
Genshin Impact - Guide to Order Image Guide to Order
Genshin Impact - Guide to Equity Image Guide to Equity
Genshin Impact - Transoceanic Chunk Image Transoceanic Chunk
Genshin Impact - Philosophies of Justice Image Philosophies of Justice
Genshin Impact - Philosophies of Order Image Philosophies of Order
Genshin Impact - Philosophies of Equity Image Philosophies of Equity
Genshin Impact - Xenochromatic Crystal Image Xenochromatic Crystal

How to Use Hydro Traveler

Aquacrest Saber - Elemental Skill

The Traveler's Elemental Skill has two effects based on if the Skill button is pressed or held.

Press Mode

Genshin - Hydro Traveler Tap Skill

The Traveler sends forth a Torrent Surge that deals DMG to enemies in a straight line. Useful for when enemies are lined up in front of you.

Hold Mode

Genshin - Hydro Traveler Hold Skill

The Traveler will enter a maunal aiming mode and continuously fire off Hydro projectiles at enemies. In this mode, the Traveler will be stationary and cannot move while firing. During this mode, the Traveler will consume HP at certain intervals.

While using this Skill, it might be best to have the Traveler protected with a shield or their resistance to interruption increased.

Rising Waters - Elemental Burst

Genshin - Hydro Traveler Elemental Burst

The Traveler manifests a large water bubble and sends it forward. The bubble will slowly move forward, dealing Hydro DMG to any opponent it touches.

This Talent can be used against enemy mobs directly in front of you. Use this as an off-field Hydro support for other party members, enabling Hydro Elemental Reactions.

Sourcewater Droplets Restore HP

Genshin - Hydro Traveler Sourcewater Droplets

If the Hold version of the Traveler's Skill hits opponents, it can drop up to 4 Sourcewater Droplets that can restore the Traveler's HP when picked up.

The Sourcewater droplets cannot be used to heal other characters aside from the Traveler.

Hydro Traveler Talents (Skills)

Normal Attack: Foreign Stream

Talent Description
Perform up to 5 rapid strikes.
Charge Attack
Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to unleash 2 rapid sword strikes.
Plunge Attack:
Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging enemies along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact.

Attribute Effect (Lvl 1)
1-Hit DMG 44.5%
2-Hit DMG 43.4%
3-Hit DMG 53.0%
4-Hit DMG 58.3%
5-Hit DMG 70.8%
Charged Attack DMG 55.9%+60.7%
Charged Attack Stamina Cost 20.0
Plunge DMG 63.9%
Low/High Plunge DMG 128%/160%

Aquacrest Saber

Talent Description
Unleashes a torent that can cleanse the world.

Press
Sends a Torrent Surge forward that will deal Hydro DMG to opponents it comes into contact with.
Hold Attack:
Enter Aiming Mode and constantly fire off Dewdrops in the direction in whcih you are aiming, dealing Hydro DMG to opponents they hit.
When the Skill ends, it will send a Torrent Surge forward that will deal Hydro DMG to opponents it comes into contact with.
Suffusion: When using the Hold configuration of this skill, if the Traveler's HP is higher than 50%, the DMG dealt by Dewdrops will increase based on the Traveler's Max HP, and the Traveler will lose a fixed amount of HP every second.
Arkhe: Pneuma
At certain intervals, after using Torrent Surge, this skill will unleash a Spiritbreath Thorn that pierces opponents, dealing Pneuma-aligned Hydro DMG.

Attribute Effect (Lvl 1)
Torrent Surge DMG 189.30%
Dewdrop DMG 32.80%
Spiritbreath Thorn DMG 32.80%
Spiritbreath Thorn Interval 9.0s
Suffusion HP Cost 4.00% Max HP
Suffusion DMG Bonus 0.64% Max HP
Hold Duration Max 6.0s
CD 10.0s

Rising Waters

Talent Description
Unleashes a slow-moving floating bubble that deals continuous Hydro DMG to nearby opponents.

Attribute Effect (Lvl 1)
Skill DMG 101.90%
Duration 4.0s
CD 20.0s
Energy Cost 80

Spotless Waters

Talent Description
After the Dewdrop fired by Hold Mode of the Aquacrest Saber hits an opponent, a Sourcewater Droplet will be generated near the Traveler. If the Traveler picks it up, they will restore 7% HP.
1 Droplet can be created this way every second, and each use of Aquacrest Saber can create 4 Droplets at most.

Clear Waters

Talent Description
If HP has been consumed via Suffusion while using the Hold Mode Aquacrest Saber, the Torrent Surge at the skill's end will deal Bonus DMG equal to 45% of the total HP the Traveler has consumed in this skill via Suffusion.
The maximum DMG Bonus that can be gained this way is 5,000.

How to Get Hydro Traveler

Resonate with Hydro Statue of the Seven

Genshin Impact - Fontaine Cliff Overlook

Much like the Anemo, Geo, Electro, and Dendro variants of the Traveler, resonating with a Statue of the Seven in Fontaine will give the Traveler Hydro powers and abilities.

Fontaine Map Guide

Hydro Traveler's In-Game Information

Hydro Traveler Release Date

Genshin Impact Version 4.0
Genshin - Version 4.0
Release Date August 16, 2023

The Traveler was able to resonate with Hydro when Fontaine got released in Version 4.0 on August 16, 2023!

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