Finally, the General of the Watatsumi Army, Gorou, is a playable character in Genshin Impact. We first laid eyes on him during the previous Archon Quests, where he stood side-by-side the Divine Priestess Sangonomiya Kokomi fighting in the Vision Hunt Decree against Raiden Shogun and the Tengu Kujou Sara.
Gorou is a fairly easy Geo support character to build and doesn’t require a lot of investment. In this article, we’ll discuss his best artifacts, weapons, and playstyles. The best Gorou build utilizes the Canine Warrior’s Geo DMG Bonus buffs to its full potential!
Breakdown of Talents and Playstyles
Gorou’s main role in a party is to buff your Geo carries. He can be played optimally even without the best artifacts; he’s the best Geo support to build that won’t leave you Mora-less. His Elemental Skill: Inazuka All-Round Defense depends not on his stats but mostly on his talent level.
Once activated, Gorou releases a banner that deals AoE Geo DMG. The flag provides different buffs to your team depending on the number of Geo characters present. One Geo character equals a DEF Bonus, two Geo characters mean increased interruption resistance, and three Geo characters equal Geo DMG Bonus.
The ability’s placement can be positioned on the field by holding down the Elemental Skill button. The banner is not a Geo construct and generates two Geo particles. A cute paw above Gorou’s head will indicate how many buffs are activated.
Next, Gorou’s Elemental Burst Juuga: Forward Unto Victory provides the same multiple buffs to your team as his Elemental Skill. Activated, it deals AoE Geo DMG and creates a field called General’s Glory. Gorou’s Burst follows the character around in the form of a cute floating puppy. In addition, his Burst pulls a crystalized shard to your character every 1.5 seconds.
It’s worth mentioning that Gorou’s playstyle changes the more constellations he has, mainly his fourth and sixth ones. His fourth constellation allows you to play Gorou as a healer, while his sixth constellation increases the CRIT DMG of all nearby party members’ GEO DMG. This buff will greatly change the DMG of your Geo carries as it lasts for a whopping 12 seconds.
The optimal rotation for a Gorou team composition typically goes like this:
- Use Gorou’s Elemental Skill (E) and switch to Geo carry.
- Save up enough Energy to activate Gorou’s Elemental Burst (Q).
- Switch back to Gorou and activate his Elemental Burst to give Geo carries buffs.
Additionally, here’s a more specific rotation with Geo carries like Itto, Noelle, and other support/sub-DPS characters like Albedo on the team:
- Use Gorou’s Elemental Skill (E).
- Switch to Albedo and activate his Elemental Skill (E).
- Then, switch to Itto or Noelle and activate their Elemental Skills (E).
- Return to Gorou when his Elemental Burst (Q) is up and activate.
- Switch back to Geo carry and activate Elemental Burst (Q) and attack.
Popular Genshin creators like Zy0x, IWinToLoseGaming, TenTen, and Xlice all point to the 4-star Favonius Warbow as the best weapon for the Canine Warrior for its high Energy Recharge and useful passive that has a chance to generate Energy.
If you plan to use the Favonius Warbow on Gorou, you’ll need to focus on getting a substantial amount of CRIT Rate on your artifacts to get the extra Energy particles.
Other notable weapons on Gorou are the 4-star Sacrificial Bow for its Energy Recharge and the 5-star Elegy For the End.
The best Gorou build is not complete with an in-depth look into his artifacts. As mentioned a while ago, if you have Gorou at C4, his build will slightly change to build him as a healer ideally.
The recommended artifact sets to build on Gorou are a 2-piece Husk of Opulent Dreams paired with a 2-piece Emblem of Severed Fate. The 2-piece Husk will boost Gorou’s DEF by 30%, while the 2-piece Emblem boosts Energy Recharge by 20%, perfect for Gorou, who relies on a quick turnaround of skills.
If you don’t have a character already running a 4-piece Noblesse Oblige, you can also build Gorou with this artifact set. This set goes well with characters like Ningguang and other characters that will need the 20% ATK bonus.
The main stats to get are an Energy Recharge or DEF% Sands, DEF% Goblet, and a CRIT Rate Circlet to proc the Favonius Warbow passive. You’ll need at least a 50% CRIT Rate to proc the passive.
If you have a C4 Gorou, you can run a DEF Sands. Other than that, go for an ER Sands. Gorou needs around 180 to 200 plus ER to be played efficiently. If you already have enough CRIT Rate gained from the other pieces’ substats, you can opt for a DEF% Circlet to focus on Gorou’s healing.
- Energy Recharge
- CRIT Rate/DMG
- DEF %
Low investment, substantial buffs, and easy to build- Gorou is worth having in a party with a Geo carry. If you still haven’t gotten the 4-star Doggo General, there are still a few days left on his banner! We hope this article helped steer you in the right direction to building the best Geo support for your team.