Razor is one of those characters that might feel a little harder to play as, but after getting a hang of his kit will feel very satisfying. If I were to give a comparison at how he’s supposed to be played, think of him as the character from Bloodborne—it rewards a very aggressive, all-offense playstyle, which is befitting his wolf-inspired aesthetic.
He wants to keep clawing and slashing his way through their barrier, leaving no opening until they’re torn to shreds. This is made even more evident with his Elemental Burst, Lightning Fang, where he summons a wolf spirit to aid him in his barrage; a mix of physical and Electro damage that normally comes with a lot of set up from ally enablers—the Wolvendom native can do it all by himself, and he’s meant to do it as often as possible.
While Electro-based reactions are perceived as rather lackluster compared to other elements like Pyro or Cryo, Razor’s hyper-aggressive pressure actually makes him a flexible powerhouse that makes up for the lack of “punch” that electro-users (except Fischl using her physical damage build) can’t normally work around unoptimized.
Razor Best Artifacts
Because you want Razor to be constantly putting offensive pressure onto the enemy mobs, get as much attack stats in as possible. If there are sub-stats increasing critical rate and damage, all the better. The Gladiator’s Finale set comes into mind, as it gives a flat attack percent as its two-piece bonus, and the complete four-set will up his normal attacks by a substantial amount as well.
The caveat for the Gladiator set is that farming them is quite Resin inefficient in the long run. It usually drops from boss enemies, like the Regisvines, the Hypostases, and the weekly World bosses (which fittingly enough, includes the Wolf of the North in Wolvendom), and they cost double (or triple for the weekly bosses) the Resin compared to a normal artifact Domain run.
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A suggested alternative, should you not have the perfect sub-stats for the entire Gladiator set, would be to run two of Thundering Fury and Bloodstained Chivalry each. This should boost both the normal attack and Electro damage coming from his aforementioned Burst and his skill, Claw and Thunder.
A more budget-friendly option while you’re building up the Gladiator set is to run four Brave Heart artifacts. It has the same attack percentage up, and it has a HP shredding boost if the enemy has more than 50% of its HP.
Razor Best Weapons
If its appearance to trigger the Wolf of the North boss fight wasn’t a hint enough, Razor’s best weapon is his apparent signature one, Wolf’s Gravestone. Not only does provide two levels of attack percentage buffs—one on its secondary stat and the other on its passive—but it also gives a stronger percent boost to your allies as well when the enemy’s health is below a certain threshold, benefiting the overall power of any team composition.
Skyward Pride can also work as an alternative 5-star weapon, giving all damage across the board through its two passives and accentuating Razor’s excellent Energy Recharge even further.
More accessible weapons also greatly suit his playstyle; the Favonius Greatsword generates orbs for Energy Regen whenever critical hits land, and the Sacrifical Greatsword can immediately refresh Claw and Thunder to immediately use it again.
Razor also happens to be as budget-friendly in weapons as well, as the craftable Prototype Animus and the free Dragonspine weapon Snow-Tombed Starsilver both provide additional DPS numbers to Razor’s overall damage. The latter in particular works well with Cryo support.
Razor Best Teammates
As mentioned earlier, Electro may be considered lacking in power compared to the rest of the elements, but Razor’s aggressive kit allows him to completely overcome that hurdle. As such, he’s going to need allies that should give him additional firepower when he commits to his onslaught.
Xiangling, Bennett and Klee come into mind for creating significant Pyro support, especially when they activate their respective bursts, only for Razor to come in and constantly proc Overload damage with both abilities. Mona, Xinqiu, and Barbara can apply frequent Wet status for him to take advantage of and constantly apply Electro-charge effects.
Qiqi and Chongyun are especially good for Razor for their respective reasons; Qiqi can provide constant healing with her abilities (especially her skill), and Chongyun’s own skill turns all melee weapon attacks into Cryo damage. Both will easily cause constant Superconduct reactions, furthering the overall damage due to the RES shred.
Honorable mention goes to Zhongli, whose tanky shield can protect Razor when he’s going on the full offensive, and further shred down the resistances of enemies in its area of effect.
Are Razor's Constellations Good?
Because Razor is part of the permanent roster that can appear in wishes, getting him all six Constellations is not a matter of if, but a matter of when; so, expect him to keep showing up as you commit to wishes.
His first Constellation will boost his attack the more he keeps getting Elemental Orbs. The second one won’t be that noticeable until you come across enemies with large HP values like those in the Spiral Abyss. It’s when he gets to his fourth Constellation where he truly begins to hurt a lot more, as once unlocked Claw and Thunder will apply a DEF shred on enemies hit for an amount of time.
The final one will charge up his sword on occasion with Electro for the next normal attack or to create a Sigil for more Energy Regen, further speeding up the recharge process to activate Lightning Fang as soon as possible.
Much like his playstyle, his Constellations ramp up in effectiveness, and in eventuality Razor will hit all six if he keeps spooking players. Razor a great DPS pick that can be flexible on the team comp, if they’re willing to commit to making the wolf as strong as he can be.