Best Build for Hu Tao in Genshin Impact

Best Build for Hu Tao in Genshin Impact
Hu Tao is a 5-star Pyro Pyro polearm character in Genshin Impact. This guide covers the best builds, weapons and artifacts for Hu Tao.

Pros & Cons

  • Highest Single-Target Potential
  • Famous for reaction damage potential
    • Her Charged Attacks can always Vaporize, and her combos can also have a lot of Vaporize potential.
  • Has Access to Flexible compositions
  • Unique design allows her to be relatively tanky
  • Her value is limited by player's skill expression
    • Animation-cancelling and stamina management are core concepts for her gameplay.
    • Viridescent Venerer setups are infamously difficult
    • HP management leads to an impression that Hu Tao needs shield support to be playable
  • Really needs high investment to be impactful
  • C1 is an easy temptation.
    • Likely the best C1 in the game (this leads the impression that you need C1 to allow better damage through easier playstyle.)
    • C0 is infamous as "stamina constrained" where C1's stamina related effect allows for better stamina usage.
  • Optimized comps need Xingqiu
    • Xingqiu enables most of Hu Tao's damage while providing good defensive utility and as a co-star in damage.
    • Xingqiu also enables most of Hu Tao's party flexibility


Secret Spear of Wangsheng
Secret Spear of Wangsheng
Normal Attack

Normal Attack
Performs up to six consecutive spear strikes.

Charged Attack
Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to opponents along the way.

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

Guide to Afterlife
Guide to Afterlife
Elemental Skill

Only an unwavering flame can cleanse the impurities of this world.
Hu Tao consumes a set portion of her HP to knock the surrounding enemies back and enter the Paramita Papilio state.

Paramita Papilio

  • Increases Hu Tao's ATK based on her Max HP at the time of entering this state. ATK Bonus gained this way cannot exceed 400% of Hu Tao's Base ATK.
  • Converts attack DMG to Pyro DMG, which cannot be overridden by any other elemental infusion.
  • Charged Attacks apply the Blood Blossom effect to the enemies hit.
  • Increases Hu Tao's resistance to interruption.

Blood Blossom
Enemies affected by Blood Blossom will take Pyro DMG every 4s. This DMG is considered Elemental Skill DMG.
Each enemy can be affected by only one Blood Blossom effect at a time, and its duration may only be refreshed by Hu Tao herself.

Paramita Papilio ends when its duration is over, or Hu Tao has left the battlefield or fallen.

Spirit Soother
Spirit Soother
Elemental Burst

Commands a blazing spirit to attack, dealing Pyro DMG in a large AoE.
Upon striking the enemy, regenerates a percentage of Hu Tao's Max HP. This effect can be triggered up to 5 times, based on the number of enemies hit.
If Hu Tao's HP is below or equal to 50% when the enemy is hit, both the DMG and HP Regeneration are increased.


The More the Merrier
The More the Merrier
Utility Passive

When Hu Tao cooks a dish perfectly, she has a 18% chance to receive an additional "Suspicious" dish of the same type.

Flutter By
Flutter By
Ascension 1

When a Paramita Papilio state activated by Guide to Afterlife ends, all allies in the party (excluding Hu Tao herself) will have their CRIT Rate increased by 12% for 8s.

Sanguine Rouge
Sanguine Rouge
Ascension 4

When Hu Tao's HP is equal to or less than 50%, her Pyro DMG Bonus is increased by 33%.


Crimson Bouquet
Crimson Bouquet
Level 1

While in a Paramita Papilio state activated by Guide to Afterlife, Hu Tao's Charge Attacks do not consume Stamina.

Ominous Rainfall
Ominous Rainfall
Level 2

Increases the Blood Blossom DMG by an amount equal to 10% of Hu Tao's Max HP at the time the effect is applied.
Additionally, Spirit Soother will also apply the Blood Blossom effect.

Lingering Carmine
Lingering Carmine
Level 3

Increases the Level of Guide to Afterlife by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.

Garden of Eternal Rest
Garden of Eternal Rest
Level 4

Upon defeating an enemy affected by a Blood Blossom that Hu Tao applied herself, all nearby allies in the party (excluding Hu Tao herself) will have their CRIT Rate increased by 12% for 15s.

Floral Incense
Floral Incense
Level 5

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

Butterfly's Embrace
Butterfly's Embrace
Level 6

Triggers when Hu Tao's HP drops below 25%, or when she suffers a lethal strike:
Hu Tao will not fall as a result of the DMG sustained. Additionally, for the next 10s, all of her Elemental and Physical RES is increased by 200%, her CRIT Rate is increased by 100%, and her resistance to interruption is greatly increased.
This effect triggers automatically when Hu Tao has 1 HP left.
Can only occur once every 60s.


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


DPS Build

Hu Tao's damage mostly comes from Charged Attacks. Failing her Charged Attack combos severely punish Hu Tao's damage.

Talent Priority

Normal Attack = Skill = Burst
The easy answer is to just keep Hu Tao's talents roughly the same level with each other at all times. If you need the order, Normal Attack should go first as it is the source of your consistent DPS followed by your skill for the HP-ATK conversion to boost your Normal Attack. Her Burst is excellent for nuke damage and should not be neglected.

Stat Priority

Main stats: HP or EM/Pyro/Crit
Substats: Crit, HP EM
Generally you value HP sands over EM as HP also acts as a defensive stat allowing for greater room for error. Dragon's Bane provides a lot of EM as well so it generally pushes you towards HP Sands pieces. Remember that Hu Tao values raw stats so its more of finding the right balance of stats.

Weapon Weapons
Best Weapon

Hu Tao's personal weapon and her true 5* weapon.

Staff of Homa
Star Star Star Star Star
Reckless Cinnabar
HP increased by 20~40%. Additionally, provides an ATK Bonus based on 0.8~1.6% of the wielder's Max HP. When the wielder's HP is less than 50%, this ATK bonus is increased by an additional 1~1.8% of Max HP.

Although ATK as a stat isn't Hu Tao's main focus, this weapon is really valuable for its high Crit Rate and encourages you to run a EM sands.

Heat Haze at Horizon's End
The equipping character gains 52~104% of their Elemental Mastery as bonus ATK. When an Elemental Skill hits opponents, the Dream of the Scarlet Sands effect will be gained for 10s: The equipping character will gain 28~56% of their Elemental Mastery as bonus ATK. Max 3 stacks.
Best 4★ Weapon

(At R5) in Optimized comps, this is Hu Tao's best weapon after Homa

Dragon's Bane
Elemental Mastery
Star Star Star Star
Bane of Flame and Water
Increases DMG against opponents affected by Hydro or Pyro by 20~36%.
Weapon Variations
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Stat Sticks

A strict upgrade over White Tassel, a good R1 option weapon option and the Crit Rate is very welcome on Hu Tao

Star Star Star Star
If there are at least 2 opponents nearby, ATK is increased by 16~32% and DEF is increased by 16~32%. If there are fewer than 2 opponents nearby, ATK is increased by 24~48%.

This is a good weapon on Hu Tao if you already have it. Sadly this isn't strictly better than Deathmatch or Dragon's Bane}}

Eagle Spear of Justice
On hit, increases ATK by 3.2~6.0% for 6s. Max 7 stacks. This effect can only occur once every 0.3s. While in possession of the maximum possible stacks, DMG dealt is increased by 12~24%.

Hu Tao's main F2P option

White Tassel
Star Star Star
Increases Normal Attack DMG by 24~48%.
Artifact Artifacts
Maximum Damage

Crimson Witch vs. Shimenawa... (buckle up) Shimenawa deals more damage by changing how Hu Tao plays and is desirable because the 4pc Emblem set its partnered with is also very good in general; however, Crimson Witch provides more with 2pc flexiblity and greater consistency without sacrificing damage but suffers from having an atrocious farming process..

2 Pyro DMG Bonus +15%.
4 Increases Overloaded and Burning DMG by 40%. Increases Vaporize and Melt DMG by 15%. Using an Elemental Skill increases the 2-Piece Set Bonus by 50% of its starting value for 10s. Max 3 stacks.

Hu Tao's endgame artifact set.

2 ATK +18%.
4 When casting an Elemental Skill, if the character has 15 or more Energy, they lose 15 Energy and Normal/Charged/Plunging Attack DMG is increased by 50% for 10s. This effect will not trigger again during that duration.

The recommendation for Shimenawa comes from the fact that your account is likely overall better by farming for Emblem set. There is a real chance you won't need to farm better Crimson Witch sets to fully utilize Hu Tao's potential.

Artifact Variations
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Artifact Flexibility, preferable over 4pc sets depending on substats
2 Pyro DMG Bonus +15%.
2 Increases Elemental Mastery by 80.
2 HP +20%.
Not ideal

Good set if you have Zhongli but even then not really recommended to farm for this set

2 Increases Shield Strength by 35%.
4 While protected by a shield, gain an additional 40% Normal and Charged Attack DMG.

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