Genshin Impact

Swirl Reaction Guide

Genshin Impact - Swirl Reaction Guide

Swirl is an elemental reaction in Genshin Impact that occurs when Anemo meets Pyro, Hydro, Electro, or Cryo. Learn how to use Swirl, the best characters, and the best teams for it in this guide!

What is the Swirl Reaction?

Genshin - Anemo Character and Elements

Swirl is the elemental reaction result that happens when Anemo reacts to Pyro, Hydro, Electro, and/or Cryo. It is a gateway reaction that not only does damage on its own, but sets the enemies up for other reactions.

This results in a tempest of elemental reactions swirling for high damage, especially when paired with Viridescent Venerer, Swirl's Best-in-Slot Artifact Set.

How to Trigger Swirl

Apply Pyro, Hydro, Electro, or Cryo

Genshin - Elements Applied

To trigger Swirl, the target must at least be afflicted with any or more of the above elements. This also applies to elemental beings such as slimes and hypostases.

However, it is worth noting that if the enemy is an elemental being, they are likely immune, or are highly resistant to their own element.

Apply Anemo

Genshin - Anemo Applied

When Anemo comes into contact with the afflicted enemy, it will deal two instances of damage to them, with one being raw anemo damage, and the other being the swirled element.

In these cases, the raw anemo damage scales with the Anemo Character's ATK and CRIT stats, but the swirled element's damage is based off the Anemo Character's Level and Elemental Mastery.

Improving Swirl Damage with EM

Genshin - Elemental Mastery Sands

To maximize the use of Swirl, players are advised to stack as much Elemental Mastery as possible, in addition to leveling their Anemo Characters to Level 90.

Something to note is that the potency of buffs applied by some Anemo Characters actually scale off of Elemental Mastery too, so having a lot can increase the buff's effectiveness.

Double Swirling

Genshin - Double Swirl

If more than two elements are present at the time of casting, those two elements will Double Swirl, causing their respective reaction and creating a third instance of damage.

Since the Anemo Character is the one producing these reactions, the damage also scales from their Elemental Mastery. This Double Swirl mechanic is part of the reason why Swirl itself is so versatile.

Elemental Infusion / Absorption

Some Anemo Characters are able to infuse their abilities with the absorbed reaction, which is what causes the second, and sometimes continuous instance of Swirl damage.

It is worth noting that there is a priority of which elements will be infused. The higher they are on the priority list, the more they will overtake the other reactions.

Elemental Infusion Priority
Pyro > Hydro > Electro > Cryo

Best Characters for Swirl


All Anemo units have the capacity to be Swirl units if geared with the 4-piece Viridescent Venerer set, but some characters are better suited for the role than others.

Kaedehara Kazuha

Kaedehara Kazuha is the premier Anemo support for many reasons, with an amazing skillset that deals respectable damage and buffs that are among one of the best in the game.

Flexible and viable in almost every situation, his near-uncontested grouping with his elemental skill and buffing from his Elemental Burst and A2 Passive make him stand out as a top choice.

Kazuha Rating and Best Builds


Even this far into the pool of characters, Sucrose still remains a solid choice for Swirl teams as an Anemo grouper, buffer, and driver.

With the potent Elemental Mastery buffs from her A1 and A2 passive, she enables the team to shred down enemies unfortunate enough to be caught in her Elemental Skill and Burst.

Sucrose Rating and Best Builds

Xianyun (Cloud Retainer)

Xianyun (Cloud Retainer) is the premier choice for a plunge-focused team, able to buff the party's plunging damage, as well as being a strong healer.

Her Elemental Skill and Burst enables both her and her team to Swirl elements together with every plunge attack, only further supplemented by her A1 and A2 passive.

Xianyun Rating and Best Builds


Jean functions as both a Sub-DPS, capable of outputting respectable damage on her own, and a potent healer support that can keep the party topped up.

She is a unique choice in the sense that her healing scales off ATK, incentivizing players who build her for damage, and her Elemental Burst self-applying Anemo to the active character.

Jean Rating and Best Builds


The Anemo Archon himself takes the spot when it comes to grouping up enemies in one place, able to negate this weakness that is present in some team comps.

With his impressive lockdown capabilities, he indirectly enables Taser and Freeze comps to do more damage because of the frequency of his infused Elemental Burst.

Venti Rating and Best Builds

Shikanoin Heizou

Shikanoin Heizou takes another unique spot as both a Swirl-based DPS and a traditional Anemo DPS, trading the supportive roles of most Anemo Characters for a more damage-focused one.

Rather than directly supporting the team with utility and Elemental Mastery buffs, he opts to personally drive reactions forward and deal damage, shredding them down for his team.

Shikanoin Heizou Rating and Best Builds

Best Teams for Swirl

Soup Teams

Support (Driver) Main DPS Sub-DPS Support
Sucrose Image Sucrose Xingqiu Image Xingqiu Fischl Image Fischl Bennett Image Bennett
Kazuha Image Kazuha Ayato Image Ayato Nahida Image Nahida Shinobu Image Shinobu

Soup teams follow the basic principle of having 3 elements present on the field, along with an Anemo unit to Swirl them all together.

This often leads to an abundance of elemental damage from the plethora of different reactions that occur.

Taser Teams

Main DPS (Driver) Sub-DPS Sub-DPS Support
Heizou Image Heizou Yelan Image Yelan Yae Miko Image Yae Miko Shinobu Image Shinobu
Support (Driver) Main DPS Sub-DPS Support
Venti Image Venti Ayato Image Ayato Raiden Image Raiden Shinobu Image Shinobu

Taser teams take the raw damage of Hydro and Electro and introduce Anemo into the mix, adding onto the team's cumulative damage.

With Hydro and Electro being constantly Swirled by the Anemo Unit, this buffs the raw damage from both the Electro and Hydro DPS.

Vaporize Teams

Support (Driver) Main DPS Support Sub-DPS
Xianyun Image Xianyun Gaming Image Gaming Bennett Image Bennett Furina Image Furina
Kazuha Image Kazuha Tartaglia Image Tartaglia Bennett Image Bennett Xiangling Image Xiangling

These teams excel at enabling both Vaporize and Reverse Vaporize due to Double Swirling Pyro and Hydro.

In addition to that, most Vaporize teams feature Anemo supports that buff the team's damage via traditional damage buffs, or increasing their Elemental Mastery.

Freeze Teams

Support (Driver) Main DPS Sub-DPS Support
Kazuha Image Kazuha Ayaka Image Ayaka Shenhe Image Shenhe Mona Image Mona
Venti Image Venti Ayato Image Ayato Rosaria Image Rosaria Kaeya Image Kaeya

Freeze teams are notorious for their lower overall damage since Freeze is not a damaging reaction. This makes Anemo groupers and buffers particularly important for this comp.

In these scenarios, Anemo units will typically swirl Hydro to keep up the continuous freeze, giving their Main DPS the opportunity to deal uninterrupted damage to the opponent.

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