Genshin Impact DPS tier list following update 2.2

Kenneth Williams • October 23, 19:18

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Every single character in Genshin Impact has its own specialty. Some are meant to support elemental reactions or keep the squad healthy. Others are for turning Hilichurls into ragdolls. With more than a dozen dedicated DPS characters, some stand out more than others. Here is the definitive tier list for Genshin Impact DPS characters, and what makes for a particularly strong character. 

This tier list considers characters to be at constellation level 0. It also assumes good, but not perfect, weapons and builds for characters in 2.2. Keep in mind that literally any Genshin character can be used as a main DPS with the right investment. Players have the flexibility to build up anyone to be their primary damage-dealer, but these are the characters that most comfortably fit into that role.

Ganyu, Eula, Diluc, and Ayaka top Genshin Impact tier list

Ganyu, Eula, Diluc, and Ayaka sit in the S tier of the Genshin Impact DPS tier list. This group of four represents the absolute best DPS characters in Genshin, though their relative power changes depending on the circumstances. The main advantage these four have over the A tiers is that they’re always ready to dish out big numbers without setup. They can reliably use a variety of weapons and offer good elemental reactions without a ton of investment.

Ganyu deals a monstrous amount of damage with her charged shots. Her arrows explode when they land, dealing massive damage in a large AOE. Her elemental burst is also great for group fights, though she doesn’t work well with many popular supports.

Eula’s skill and burst both take advantage of stacking effects, so she can one-shot almost anything under the right conditions. Her inherent crit damage boost makes her a great point character even without her precious Grimheart stacks.

Diluc is still one of the best five-star characters on the standard banner for good reason. His elemental burst and skill are a constant source of pyro damage, making him a perfect counter to shielded enemies. Inherent crit rate also makes him easy to build, and nearly any greatsword works well on Diluc.

Finally, Ayaka makes the top tier because of how well she synergizes with popular supports. Xiangling, Xingqiu, Bennett, Diona, and nearly every other good four-star works well. Ease of use is a major theme for S-tier DPS picks.

Hu Tao, Childe near the top of Genshin Impact DPS characters

Many of the characters in this tier can deal just as much damage as the S tier counterparts, but only under the right conditions. Everyone in this tier works perfectly fine as the main DPS with the right team or playstyle. This list also includes characters who can’t always be the main damage-dealer by their very design.

Take the Raiden Shogun for example. She does a ton of support damage with her skill, but even the best Baal builds require a lot of Chakra Desiderata stacks for her burst to truly shine. Childe is similarly limited by his elemental skill cooldown. Hu Tao hits hardest when she herself is one tap away from death. These characters are still completely valid to use as main DPS, they just take more work than the S tiers.

Chongyun, Yanfei among characters near bottom of Genshin Impact tier list

The bottom level of the Genshin Impact damage-dealer tier list consists of characters that can’t quite match the damage output of the ones listed above.

Under the right circumstances, these characters can be solid options for taking on anything in Teyvat. However, they just can’t match the damage output of the higher tiers, even with the best equipment and build.

These low tiers usually make up for their lower damage by moonlighting in other roles. Noelle and Jean are both excellent healers for domains and Spiral Abyss. Chongyun and Yanfei are good for teams that don’t have another cryo or pyro DPS. Beidou is a great source of invincibility frames. But once again, with the proper investment, these characters can still shine.

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