Genshin Impact Catalyst Tier List: Best in Slot & Best F2P options in Genshin 2.5

Genshin Impact 2.5 has a particular focus on Catalysts with two of the 5-star characters featured in banners being Catalyst users, and the Free Weapon of this update being the Oathsowrn Eye.

With this, it's the perfect time to dive into the pool of Genshin Impact Catalysts to find out which are the strongest, the most useful, and of course, which are the best free to play (F2P) options.

Catalyst Tier List

Main DPS
Sub DPS
Support
S
The Widsith, Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds, Skyward Atlas
Kagura's Verity, The Widsith
The Widsith, Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers
A
Kagura's Verity, Dodoco Tales, Solar Pearl
Skyward Atlas, Favonius Codex, Oathsworn Eye, Sacrificial Fragments
Prototype Amber, Everlasting Moonglow, Favonius Codex
B
Memory of Dust, Royal Grimoire, Wine and Song, Blackliff Agate
Mappa Mare, Solar Pearl, Hakushin Ring
Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds, Oathsworn Eye, Hakushin Ring, Sacrificial Fragments
C
Frostbearer, Eye of Perception, Emerald Orb, Magic Guide, Twin Nephrite
Wine and Song, Otherworldly Story, Magic Guide, Emerald Orb
Mappa Mare, Magic Guide

Strongest Genshin Impact Catalysts in 2.5

One of the qualities that every player looks at is the firepower of a weapon. These are the Catalyst with the highest potential to inflict damage.

Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds

  • Max ATK - 608
  • Secondary stat - 33.1% Crit Rate
  • Passive R5: Increases Movement SPD by 10%. When in battle, gain an 16% Elemental DMG Bonus every 4s. Max 4 stacks. Lasts until the character falls or leaves combat.

The Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds, is the weapon with more consistent DMG output, considering the Crit. Rate stat and the passive.

The Skyward Atlas

  • Max ATK - 674
  • Secondary stat - 33.1% ATK
  • Passive R5: Increases Elemental DMG Bonus by 24%. Normal Attack hits have a 50% chance to earn the favor of the clouds. Which actively seek out nearby opponents to attack for 15s, dealing 320% ATK DMG. Can only occur once every 30s.

This Catalyst offers the highest raw DMG of any, however, there is a catch in its passive. This passive includes a very long cooldown and it is activated by using Normal Attacks, while most Catalyst characters are ability-based.

The Widsith

  • Max ATK - 510
  • Secondary stat - 55.1% Crit. DMG
  • Passive R5: When a character takes the field, they will gain a random theme song for 10s. This can only occur once every 30s.
    • Recitative: ATK is increased by 120%.
    • Aria: Increases all Elemental DMG by 96%.
    • Interlude: Elemental Mastery is increased by 480.

The Widsith is a very complex weapon, in spite of being a 4-star Catalyst is in the top tier for all roles.

The secret of The Widsith lay in its passive that provides three different massive buffs that allow to Nuke enemies, the only problem is learning how to time them correctly.

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Catalysts with the Best Passives

Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers

  • Max ATK - 410
  • Secondary stat - 35.2% HP
  • Passive R5: When switching characters, the new character taking the field has their ATK increased by 48% for 10s. This effect can only occur once every 20s.

Despite being a 3-star catalyst, Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers is the best weapon for support characters, thanks to a very significant ATK buff to teammates that is very easy to use.

Blackliff Agate

  • Max ATK - 510
  • Secondary stat - 55.1% Crit. DMG
  • Passive R5: After defeating an opponent, ATK is increased by 24% for 30s. This effect has a maximum of 3 stacks, and the duration of each stack is independent of the others.

The weapon provides very good stats, and a passive that can stack up to 62% extra ATK, however, the weapon is becoming obsolete, with Spiral Abyss chambers including big bosses instead of big mobs.

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Best F2P Catalysts

In the case of Catalyst, some of the best weapons are pretty available for most players. For example, the Widsith a 4-star weapon from the Standard Banner and Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers a 3-star are at the top.

However, one of the reasons is that Genshin Impact has no very good 5-star options for this type of weapon. Most Catalysts are tailor-made or niche.

Kagura's Verity tried to change the path, but it is a very expensive option that is powerful but not as much as you'd expect for this cost in comparison to other options.

Oathsworn Eye

  • Max ATK - 565
  • Secondary stat - 27.6% ATK
  • Passive R5: Increases Energy Recharge by 48% for 10s after using an Elemental Skill.

The Genshin Impact 2.5 free weapon has a very decent ATK coefficient and its passive addresses one of the most important aspects of the game, the generation of Energy Particles.

Favonius Codex

  • Max ATK - 510
  • Secondary stat - 45.9% Energy Recharge
  • Passive R5: CRIT hits have a 100% chance to generate a small amount of Elemental Particles, which will regenerate 6 Energy for the character. Can only occur once every 6s.

The weapon is good for Support and Sup-DPS characters, allowing them to refresh their abilities constantly with the Energy Recharge stat and its passive.

Honorable Mention to Dodoco Tales, the weapon is very good for most characters, unfortunately, was time-limited during the Golden Apple Archipielago.

With a possible return of the Archipielago, we hope the Catalyst is back as well.

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