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What Is The Best Zhongli Build In Genshin Impact?

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With the rumors of Zhongli's return in Genshin Impact 1.5, let us take a look at two of his most powerful builds.

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Zhongli, the mysterious consultant of the Wangsheng Funeral Parlor, is a Geo Polearm user, and secretly Morax, the Geo Archon.

With a wealth of historical information at his fingertips, Zhongli appreciates the finer things in life, rarely considering their cost.

Unfortunately for Childe, a contract he struck with Zhongli means he is stuck fitting the bill for Zhongli's fine taste and generous nature.

A 5-Star DPS, Zhongli received powerful buffs after his initial release, making him one of the most dangerous characters in the game.

Zhongli Best Artifacts

Genshin Impact: Zhongli's artifacts screen
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DPS: One of Zhongli's build makes him a powerful damage dealer

Sub-DPS Build

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For those who would like to build Zhongli with physical damage in mind, the best set of artifacts to use are from the Gladiator's Finale set.

Players should focus on pieces ATK%, Physical DMG, and CRIT DMG.

The 2-piece set gives Zhongli an ATK increase of 18%, while the 4-piece set gives him a DMG boost of 35%.

Geo Support Build

Arguably Zhongli's better build sees the Geo Archon as a Geo support, granting shields to protect characters and creating pillars to resonate damage to area foes.

This build uses either a 4-piece Archaic Petra set or 2-pieces from the set along with 2-pieces from Noblesse Oblige.

A 2-piece Archaic Petra set gives Zhongli a 15% boost to Geo DMG, while the 4-piece gives characters shielded from an Elemental Shard a 35% DMG bonus of the shard's element.

The 2-piece Noblesse Oblige bonus grants 20% to Elemental Burst DMG.

When choosing pieces from these sets, players should look for ATK%, Geo DMG, and Crit DMG.

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Zhongli Best Weapons in Genshin Impact

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POLEARM: Zhongli is a swift and maneuverable fighter

Sub-DPS Build

The 4-Star Crescent Pike is the way to go when building Zhongli for raw damage.

The Crescent Pike is forged with 1 Northlander Polearm Billet, 50 Crystal Chunks, 50 White Iron Chunks, and 500 Mora.

At Level 1, its stats are as follows:

  • Base ATK: 44
  • Secondary Stat Type: Physical DMG Bonus
  • Secondary Stat: 7.5%
  • Ability: Infusion Needle - After picking up an Elemental Orb/Particle, Normal and Charged Attacks deal an additional 20% ATK as DMG for 5s.
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When refined to Level 5, Infusion Needle grants an additional 40% ATK instead of 20%.

When Crescent Pike is leveled up to Level 90, its stats are as follows:

  • Base ATK: 565
  • Secondary Stat Type: Physical DMG Bonus
  • Secondary Stat: 34.5%

Geo Support Build

When building Zhongli for Geo Support, his best weapon is the 5-Star Skyward Spine, followed by the 4-Star Deathmatch.

Skyward Spine can only be obtained via Genshin Impact's Wish system, while Deathmatch is a Battle Pass weapon.

The Skyward Spine has the following stats at Level 1.

  • Base ATK: 48
  • Secondary Stat Type: Energy Recharge
  • Secondary Stat: 8%
  • Ability: Blackwing - Increases CRIT Rate by 8% and increases Normal ATK SPD by 12%. Additionally, Normal and Charged Attacks hits on opponents have a 50% chance to trigger a vacuum blade that deals 40% of ATK as DMG in a small AoE. This effect can occur no more than once every 2s.
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When refined to Level 5, Blackwing becomes: "Increases CRIT Rate by 16% and increases Normal ATK SPD by 12%.

Additionally, Normal and Charged Attack hits on opponents have a 50% chance to trigger a vacuum blade that deals 100% of ATK as DMG in a small AoE. This effect can occur no more than once every 2s."

At Level 90, the Skyward Spine's stats are as follows:

  • Base ATK: 674
  • Secondary Stat Type: CRIT Rate
  • Secondary Stat: 38.8%
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The 4-Star alternative to the Skyward Spine is Deathmatch, which has the following stats at Level 1:

  • Base ATK: 41
  • Secondary Stat Type: CRIT Rate
  • Secondary Stat: 8%
  • Ability: Gladiator - If there are at least 2 opponents nearby, ATK is increased by 16% and DEF is increased by 16%. If there are less than 2 opponents nearby, ATK is increased by 24%.

When refined to Level 5, Gladiator's becomes: "If there are at least 2 opponents nearby, ATK is increased by 32% and DEF is increased by 32%. If there are less than 2 opponents nearby, ATK is increased by 48%."

At Level 90, Deathmatch has the following stats:

  • Base ATK: 454
  • Secondary Stat Type: CRIT Rate
  • Secondary Stat: 8%
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Zhongli Best Teammates

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TRAVELER: At least they're good for something

Zhongli works best when he has another Geo character that can create constructs for his pillars to resonate with.

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The only two characters that currently create constructs other than Zhongli are Ningguang and the Geo Traveler.

While Ningguang is a powerful character in her own right, the Traveler can create several Geo barrels with a low CD, allowing players to corral enemies and deal constant damage as Zhongli's pillars create resonance with the barrels.

Xinyan provides extra shielding that damages enemies, keeping characters safe and allowing Zhongli to pump out extra DMG while he works.

Bennett provides healing, damage buffs, and Elemental Resonance with Xinyan, granting the entire party an ATK increase of 25%.

This team's goal is to use the Traveler to get as many constructs out as possible and then use Zhongli to shield himself while popping a pillar.

Xinyan and Bennet provide extra support if needed for harder battles, healing the party and providing extra damage buffs and shielding as necessary, especially when waiting for Zhongli's shield CD.

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Are His Constellations Good?

Genshin Impact: Zhongli's constellations
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CONSTELLATION: Geo support to the max
  • Rock, the Backbone of Earth - Constellation Level 1
    • Increases the maximum number of Stone Steles created by Dominus Lapidis that may exist simultaneously to 2.
  • Stone, the Cradle of Jade - Constellation Level 2
    • Planet Befall grants nearby characters on the field a Jade Shield when it descends.
  • Jade, Shimmering through Darkness - Constellation Level 3
    • Increases the Level of Dominus Lapidis by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
  • Topaz, Unbreakable and Fearless - Constellation Level 4
    • Increases Planet Befall's AoE by 20% and increases the duration of Planet Befall's Petrification effect by 2s.
  • Lazuli, Herald of the Order - Constellation Level 5
    • Increases the Level of Planet Befall by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
  • Chrysos, Bounty of Dominator - Constellation Level 6
    • When the Jade Shield takes DMG, 40% of that incoming DMG is converted to HP for the current character. A single instance of regeneration cannot exceed 8% of that character's Max HP.
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Every single one of Zhongli's constellations is fantastic, especially when he is built as a Geo Support.

Having the ability to create two pillars with his first constellation doubles the amount of resonant damage on the field, which is huge when paired with the Geo Traveler.

Extra shielding for other friendly characters is great for co-op Domain runs or Boss fights.

Levels 4, 5, and 6 are the cream of the crop, adding more certification time and even offering a bit of healing when characters protected by a Jade shield take damage.

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