Best Build for Beidou in Genshin Impact

Best Build for Beidou in Genshin Impact
Beidou is a 4-star Electro Electro claymore character in Genshin Impact. This guide covers the best builds, weapons and artifacts for Beidou.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent DPS unit
    • One of the highest DPS ceilings in the game
    • Flexible as you just want a driver/trigger for her Burst
  • Core of most Taser comps
  • Powerful constellations
  • Great unit available in Paimon's Bargains
  • C2 is a massive damage increase (up to 66% damage increase)
    • As an early constellation, some would advise not using Beidou until she's C2
  • Needs multiple targets (Ideally 2) to unlock damage
  • Flexible with energy requirements but you'll generally want to bring an Electro battery
  • Lacks access to reactions that scale up her own damage
  • Hard to optimize stats


Normal Attack

Normal Attack
Perform up to 5 consecutive strikes.

Charged Attack
Drains Stamina over time to perform continuous slashes.
At the end of the sequence, perform a more powerful slash.

Plunging Attack
Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact.

Elemental Skill

Nothing to worry about. Should anyone raise a hand against her or her men, she will avenge it ten-fold with sword and thunder.

Accumulating the power of lightning, Beidou swings her blade forward fiercely, dealing Electro DMG.

Lifts her weapon up as a shield. Max DMG absorbed scales off Beidou's Max HP.
Attacks using the energy stored within the greatsword upon release or once this ability's duration expires, dealing Electro DMG. DMG dealt scales with the number of times Beidou is attacked in the skill's duration. The greatest DMG Bonus will be attained once this effect is triggered twice.
The shield possesses the following properties:

  • Has 250% Electro DMG Absorption Efficiency.
  • Applies the Electro element to Beidou upon activation.
Elemental Burst

Recalling her slaying of the great beast Haishan, Beidou calls upon that monstrous strength and the lightning to create a Thunderbeast's Targe around herself, dealing Electro DMG to nearby opponents.

Thunderbeast's Targe

  • When Normal and Charged Attacks hit, they create a lightning discharge that can jump between opponents, dealing Electro DMG.
  • Increases the character's resistance to interruption, and decreases DMG taken.

A maximum of 1 lightning discharge can be triggered per second.


Conqueror of Tides
Conqueror of Tides
Utility Passive

Decreases swimming Stamina consumption of your characters in the party by 20%.
Not stackable with Passive Talents that provide the exact same effects.

Ascension 1

Counterattacking with Tidecaller at the precise moment when the character is hit grants the maximum DMG Bonus.

Lightning Storm
Lightning Storm
Ascension 4

Gain the following effects for 10s after unleashing Tidecaller with its maximum DMG Bonus:

  • DMG dealt by Normal and Charged Attacks is increased by 15%. ATK SPD of Normal and Charged Attacks is increased by 15%.
  • Greatly reduced delay before unleashing Charged Attacks.


Sea Beast's Scourge
Sea Beast's Scourge
Level 1

When Stormbreaker is used:
Creates a shield that absorbs up to 16% of Beidou's Max HP for 15s.
This shield absorbs Electro DMG 250% more effectively.

Upon the Turbulent Sea the Thunder Arises
Upon the Turbulent Sea, the Thunder Arises
Level 2

Stormbreaker's arc lightning can jump to 2 additional targets.

Summoner of Storm
Summoner of Storm
Level 3

Increases the Level of Tidecaller by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.

Stunning Revenge
Stunning Revenge
Level 4

Upon being attacked, Beidou's Normal Attacks gain an additional instance of 20% Electro DMG for 10s.

Crimson Tidewalker
Crimson Tidewalker
Level 5

Increases the Level of Stormbreaker by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.

Bane of Evil
Bane of Evil
Level 6

During the duration of Stormbreaker, the Electro RES of surrounding opponents is decreased by 15%.


For a detailed breakdown of the best Beidou teams go to the Beidou team guide page.


Off-Field DPS Build

Beidou can be an On-field DPS but her kit was designed with flexibility of having other units trigger her Burst so playing her as an Off-field DPS plays towards that strength. Regardless of field-time, Beidou will deal lots of damage and its better to play through her (with your trigger as a co-star/enabler) rather than have her support your trigger.

Talent Priority

Burst > Skill
Most of Beidou's damage comes from her burst, her counters can do a good amount of damage if you can consistently land them.

Stat Priority

Main stats: ATK/Electro/Crit
Substats: Crit/ATK/ER
In optimized builds, you really don't want to sacrifice the ATK% sands piece for an ER sands piece.

Weapon Weapons
Best Weapons

Wolf's Gravestone is ranked highest due to its massive ATK stats as well as its team ATK buff from its passive.

Wolfish Tracker
Increases ATK by 20~40%. On hit, attacks against opponents with less than 30% HP increase all party members' ATK by 40~80% for 12s. Can only occur once every 30s.

Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers (TTDS) or Bennett allows this weapon to push past Wolf's Gravestone. Beidou's Burst being static/snapshot allows her to bypass the downsides of the passive. Overall, Serpent Spine provides a lot of stats that at R1 its a fine weapon and at R5 this can be her best weapon.

Serpent Spine
Star Star Star Star
Every 4s a character is on the field, they will deal 6~10% more DMG and take 3~2% more DMG. This effect has a maximum of 5 stacks and will not be reset if the character leaves the field, but will be reduced by 1 stack when the character takes DMG.
Weapon Variations
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Decent Damage

On Beidou's common comps this weapon beats R5 Sea-Lord at R1. R3 is the comfortable breakpoint and at R5 it's better than most 5★ weapons.

Star Star Star Star
Watatsumi Wavewalker
For every point of the entire party's combined maximum Energy capacity, the Elemental Burst DMG of the character equipping this weapon is increased by 0.12~0.24%. A maximum of 40~80% increased Elemental Burst DMG can be achieved this way.
Burst Uptime

Relevant in comps that need more ER. Overcapping ER on Beidou hurts this weapon's ranking over alternatives.

Skyward Pride
Energy Recharge
Star Star Star Star Star
Sky-ripping Dragon Spine
Increases all DMG by 8~16%. After using an Elemental Burst, Normal or Charged Attack, on hit, creates a vacuum blade that does 80~160% of ATK as DMG to opponents along its path. Lasts for 20s or 8 vacuum blades.

This weapon is only relevant if you can consistently get good skill counters as Beidou.

Sacrificial Greatsword
Energy Recharge
Star Star Star Star
After dealing damage to an opponent with an Elemental Skill, the skill has a 40~80% chance to end its own CD. Can only occur once every 30~16s.
F2P Options

Beidou's main F2P weapon. It provides lots of ATK and burst DMG buff but it is unfortunately an event-exclusive weapon.

Oceanic Victory
Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 12~24%. When Elemental Burst hits opponents, there is a 100% chance of summoning a huge onrush of tuna that charges and deals 100~200% ATK as AoE DMG. This effect can occur once every 15s.

Slightly worse stats than Sea-Lord but a cost-effective option.

On hit, Normal or Charged Attacks have a 50% chance to deal an additional 240~480% ATK DMG to opponents within a small AoE. Can only occur once every 15s.

It's a good weapon but it relies on keeping its passive active for full potential. Additionally, 24 starglitter is expensive.

Press the Advantage
After defeating an opponent, ATK is increased by 12~24% for 30s. This effect has a maximum of 3 stacks, and the duration of each stack is independent of the others.

Beidou does count towards the passive and it needs refines for the passive to truly shine.

Lithic Axiom - Unity
For every character in the party who hails from Liyue, the character who equips this weapon gains 7~11% ATK increase and 3~7% CRIT Rate increase. This effect stacks up to 4 times.
Artifact Artifacts
Best Sets

In general the best set for Beidou as you may feel the need for extra ER to comfortably Burst. Farming for this set is generally advised as this set is very good on a lot of units.

2 Energy Recharge +20%.
4 Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 25% of Energy Recharge. A maximum of 75% bonus DMG can be obtained in this way.
Artifact Variations
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Better than Emblem of Severed Fate at low ER but also has the flexibility of being 2PC units. This flexibility helps increase your overall DPS.

2 Elemental Burst DMG +20%.
2 Electro DMG Bonus +15%.
Any Combination

These set combinations are weaker in terms of damage but are much easier to farm.

2 ATK +18%.
2 Energy Recharge +20%.
2 Electro DMG Bonus +15%.
2 Elemental Burst DMG +20%.
Niche Sets

If you have good 4pc set for Beidou this can be an option. Would not go out of my way to farm for this set.

2 Electro RES increased by 40%.
4 Increases DMG against opponents affected by Electro by 35%.

Beidou is usually deals the most damage in her parties so using 4pc Noblesse in a support context may not be the best use of your resources.

2 Elemental Burst DMG +20%.
4 Using an Elemental Burst increases all party members' ATK by 20% for 12s. This effect cannot stack.

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