Genshin Impact: Nahida Build Guide (Artifacts, Weapons and More)

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Lesser Lord Kusanali, Nahida

Hello folks, and welcome back! Genshin Impact’s version 3.2 just dropped, and players can finally roll for Sumeru’s Archon, Nahida, the newest character release in Genshin Impact’s available lineup of units. In this guide, we’ll discuss how to build Nahida,  giving information on her Ascension and Talent stats, materials, and costs.

After careful analysis, we will also share our thoughts and suggestions on her talent upgrade priority, constellations, artifacts, weapons, and team comps. As always, let us begin with a brief introduction to the character.

Nahida, Titled: “Physic of Purity,” is Sumeru’s Archon. She is a 5-star Dendro catalyst user. Her attacks deal DMG based on ATK and Elemental Mastery; her builds will try to find a balance between the 2 stats. Her kit allows her to function as a Main/Sub-DPS character in your teams.

A Summary

Nahida makes use of her Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst to deal DMG. A DMG-focused build on Nahida would make use of the Gilded Dreams/Deepwood Memories sets. Her best in-slot weapon is A Thousand Floating Dreams, with the 4-star option being The Widsith.

Nahida’s Ascension and Talent Costs/ Materials

Ascending Nahida past certain milestones provides her with a boost in Elemental Mastery, starting from 28.8 at 2nd phase ascension and increasing up to 115.2 at ascension phase 6.

Considering her kit (which you will be made privy to soon), leveling up your Nahida is the best way to increase her raw DMG output.

Nahida’s Ascension Costs

Travelers will have to gather large amounts of Nagadus Emerald to upgrade Nahida. You will also find yourself in need of numerous Kalpalata Lotus littered all over Sumeru.

Players will have to cull Fungi by the dozen to farm their Spores, Pollen, and Cyst Dust. Version 3.2 also brings with it the Dendro Hypostasis, whom the traveler will have to periodically brave in combat to obtain Quelled Creepers.

Ascension Level
Materials Required
Mora Cost
Level 20x1 Nagadus Emerald Sliver
x3 Kalpalata Lotus
x3 Fungal Spores
Level 40x3 Nagadus Emerald Fragment
x2 Quelled Creeper
x10 Kalpalata Lotus
x15 Fungal Spores
Level 50x6 Nagadus Emerald Fragment
x4 Quelled Creeper
x20 Kalpalata Lotus
x12 Luminescent Pollen
Level 60x3 Nagadus Emerald Chunk
x8 Quelled Creeper
x30 Kalpalata Lotus
x18 Luminescent Pollen
Level 70x6 Nagadus Emerald Chunk
x12 Quelled Creeper
x45 Kalpalata Lotus
x12 Crystalline Cyst Dust
Level 80x6 Nagadus Emerald Gemstone
x20 Quelled Creeper
x60 Kalpalata Lotus
x24 Crystalline Cyst Dust
Totalsx1 Nagadus Emerald Sliver
x9 Nagadus Emerald Sliver
x9Nagadus Emerald Sliver
x6 Nagadus Emerald Sliver

x18 Fungal Spores
x30 Luminescent Pollen
x36 Crystalline Cyst Dust

x46 Quelled Creeper

x168 Kalpalata Lotus
Material Requirements for Ascending Nahida

Nahida’s Talent Upgrade Costs

The following numbers give an overview of the items needed to upgrade ONE of Nahida‘s THREE combat talents. Players may find some of these items expensive or hard to get, making talent priority management all the more necessary.

The Ingenuity series can be awarded to the traveler if they successfully complete the Steeple of Ignorance domain in Sumeru on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

Talent Level
Materials Required
Mora Cost
Level 2x3 Teachings of Ingenuity
x6 Fungal Spores
Level 3x2 Guide to Ingenuity
x3 Luminescent Pollen
Level 4x4 Guide to Ingenuity
x4 Luminescent Pollen
Level 5x6 Guide to Ingenuity
x6 Luminescent Pollen
Level 6x9 Guide to Ingenuity
x9 Luminescent Pollen
Level 7x4 Philosophies of Ingenuity
x4 Crystalline Cyst Dust
x1 Puppet Strings
Level 8x6 Philosophies Ingenuity
x6 Crystalline Cyst Dust
x1 Puppet Strings
Level 9x12 Philosophies of Ingenuity
x9 Crystalline Cyst Dust
x2 Puppet Strings
Level 10x16 Philosophies of Ingenuity
x12 Crystalline Cyst Dust
x2 Puppet Strings
x1 Crown of Insight
Totalsx3 Teachings of Ingenuity
x21 Guides of Ingenuity
x38 Philosophies of Ingenuity

x6 Fungal Spores
x22 Luminescent Pollen
x31 Crystalline Cyst Dust

x6 Puppet Strings

x1 Crown of Insight
Talent Upgrade Requirements for Nahida’s Combat

Nahida’s Talents

Nahida‘s talents focus mainly on enhancing the character’s DPS capabilities. Her Elemental Skill marks nearby enemies and deals periodic DMG when the traveler procs Elemental Reactions.

The unit’s Elemental Burst compliments her skill, providing certain quality-of-life changes that allow for more DMG.

Nahida’s Passive Talents

The passive talents for Nahida are as follows:

On All Things Meditated

Nahida can use All Schemes to Know (E-skill) to interact with some harvestable items within a fixed AoE.
This skill may even have some other effects…

Holding Nahida‘s Elemental Skill and aiming it at certain items can make them instantly appear in your inventory, and the best part, at range.

Compassion Illuminated

When unleashing Illusory Heart, the Shrine of Maya will gain the following effects: The Elemental Mastery of the active character within the field will be increased by 25% of the Elemental Mastery of the party member with the highest Elemental Mastery. You can gain a maximum of 250 Elemental Mastery in this manner.

This passive will be incredibly useful when figuring out what teams and artifacts build to equip Nahida with. This buff greatly enhances characters relying on EM for DMG output, such as Kazuha, Tighnari, and Cyno.

Awakening Elucidated

Each point of Nahida’s Elemental Mastery beyond 200 will grant 0.1% Bonus DMG and 0.03% CRIT Rate to Tri-Karma Purification from All Schemes to Know. A maximum of 80% Bonus DMG and 24% CRIT Rate can be granted to Tri-Karma Purification in this manner.

This passive gives players an idea of how much Elemental Mastery Nahida needs for maximum effectiveness. This number is (80/0.1) + 200 or (24/0.) + 200, which equates to 1000 Elemental Mastery. Too much or too little can reduce the character’s effectiveness.

Thus, players should aim to reach this number and stay within its boundaries.

Nahida’s Normal Attack

Here’s how Nahida’s normal attack patterns work:

Normal Attack: Akara

Nahida normal attacking in the test domain
Nahida’s Normal Attacks
Nahida attacking a mitachurlk with her charged attacks
Nahida’s Charged Attacks

Nahida performs a 4-strike attack sequence, dealing Dendro DMG upon hit. This ability isn’t the unit’s primary source of DMG, so players should upgrade it only if they have grown really attached to the character. Otherwise, players can leave it as is, as it has little to no part to play in her main-DPS capabilities.

Nahida’s charged attack is interesting; it seems to have an AoE-based DMG system built into it and can also easily hit flying enemies.

Nahida’s Elemental Skill: All Schemes to Know

A refreshing and exciting ability, when players tap the Elemental Skill button (bound to “E” on a standard keyboard), Nahida unleashes “karmic bonds of wood and tree from her side,” dealing AoE Dendro DMG and marking up to 8 opponents with the Seed of Skandha.

Nahida using her Elemental Skill on Slimes and Hilichurls
Nahida Elemental Skill Tap

Alternatively, players can also Hold the skill button, entering “Aiming Mode” for 5s, allowing you to manually select the opponents (up to a maximum of 8) you wish to mark with the Seed of Skandha.

Nahida marking some Hilichurls and Slimes with the Seed of Skandha
Nahida Elemental Skill Hold

The Seed of Skanda will “link” the marked enemies together, forming a chain. This chain holds for a certain distance and will dissipate if enemies move out of this distance, not compromising the integrity of the entire chain. Triggering Elemental Reactions on these enemies (or making them take DMG from Dendro Cores and/or its subsequent Burgeon and Hyperbloom reactions) will unleash the Tri-Karma Purification attack.

Tri-Karma Purification deals Dendro DMG to all opponents who are linked with the DMG affectee. This DMG is based off of Nahida‘s ATK and Elemental Mastery, and can only occur once every 2.5s.

Nahida’s Elemental Burst: Illusory Heart

Nahida's Elemental Burst, Shrine of Maya
Nahida’s Elemental Burst

Unrelated: Nahida‘s Elemental Burst animation is gorgeous; hats off to the devs for coming up with this.

Nahida expands the Shrine of Maya, and, depending on the number of certain vision bearers in your party, obtains the following buffs to her kit:

  • Pyro: While Nahida remains within the confines of the shrine, the DMG dealt by Tri-Karma Purification (obtained by using her Elemental Skill) is increased. This increase further increases if you have 2 members on your team who are Pyro.
  • Electro: Unless Nahida wanders from the shrine, the CD of Tri-Karma Purification is decreased. Cooldown is further decreased if you have 2 members on your team who are Electro.
  • Hydro: Shrine of Maya‘s duration is increased.

This wonderful guide by Kamilio does a great job of summarising her kit and talents!

Nahida’s Constellations

I need to make a brief note here.. C0 Nahida is a fantastic unit. Please do not feel forced to roll for a character’s constellations. They are nice to have and can boost a character’s effectiveness, but they aren’t worth spending real-world currency on unless you have a large reserve of expendable income. 

However, if you do end up getting more constellations, congratulations! Let us get you familiar with Nahida‘s Stella Fortuna.

A Summary Of Nahida’s Constellations

Nahida‘s constellations are well thought out and easy to understand and use in combat situations.

  • Her C1 allows your Burst’s buff effect to be increased.
  • The unit’s C2 empower’s Bloom and its subsequent reactions, allowing them to CRIT, which is impossible otherwise.
  • The character’s C3 and C5 increase the talent level of her skill and burst, respectively.
  • Nahida‘s C4 further buffs her Elemental Skill, providing a decent Elemental Mastery boost if there are at least four enemies nearby.
  • Nahida‘s C6 is exceptionally powerful, capable of dealing powerful bouts of Dendro DMG upon using her Elemental Burst and Elemental Skill in order.

Constellation Lv.1 – The Seed of Stored Knowledge

Nahida's C1 states: When the Shrine of Maya is unleashed and the Elemental Types of the party members are being tabulated, the count will add 1 to the number of Pyro, Electro, and Hydro characters respectively.
Nahida’s C1

Recall Nahida‘s Elemental Burst provides her with some buffs based on the number of Pyro, Electro, and/or Hydro characters in your team; this constellation perpetually locks the buffs you get from your team’s Elemental composition. Always providing the maximum amount of buffs, equivalent to having two of the previously mentioned vision bearers in your team.

Constellation Lv.2 – The Root of All Fullness

Nahida's C2 states Opponents that are marked by Seeds of Skandha applied by Nahida herself will be affected by the following effects: ·Burning, Bloom, Hyperbloom, and Burgeon Reaction DMG they receive can score CRIT Hits. CRIT Rate and CRIT DMG are fixed at 20% and 100% respectively. ·Within 8s of being affected by Quicken, Aggravate, Spread, DEF is decreased by 30%.
Nahida’s C2

Note: Burning, Bloom, Hyperbloom, and Burgeon reactions cannot CRIT under normal circumstances. However, this constellation enables Nahida‘s Seeds of Skandha to score CRITs at a fixed 20% CRIT Rate and 100% CRIT DMG.

Furthermore, within 8s of being affected by ElectroDendro reactions, such as Quicken, Aggravate, or Spread, the opponent’s DEF decreases by 30%.

Constellation Lv.3 + Lv.5 – The Shoot of Conscious Attainment + The Leaves of Enlightening Speech

Nahida's C3 states that Increases the Level of All Schemes to Know by 3.Maximum upgrade level is 15.Her C5 states that Increases the Level of Illusory Heart by 3.Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Nahida’s C3 and C5

These two constellations buff the talent level of every character in the Genshin world; in Nahida‘s case (like most characters), the unit’s C3 upgrades their Elemental Skill, and C5, their Elemental Burst.

Constellation Lv.4 – The Stem of Manifest Inference

Nahida's C4 states: When 1/2/3/4 (or more) nearby opponents are affected by All Schemes to Know‘s Seeds of Skandha, Nahida’s Elemental Mastery will be increased by 100/120/140/160.
Nahida’s C4

A decent constellation, it boosts the character’s Elemental Mastery depending on the number of opponents affected by Seeds of Skandha. To proc this effect at maximum effectiveness, the number of enemies marked by the Seeds of Skhanda should be at least 4, providing a maximum 160-point Elemental Mastery boost.

Constellation Lv.6 – The Fruit of Reason’s Culmination

Nahida's C6
Nahida’s C6

This constellation single-handedly pays homage to Nahida’s power as one of the seven Archons of Teyvat.

After using her Elemental Burst and Skill (in that order), if Nahida hits a marked opponent with her Normal and/or Charged attacks, she will unleash Tri-Karma Purification: Karmic Oblivion.

This ability deals Dendro DMG based on 200% of Nahida‘s ATK and 400% of her Elemental Mastery to the enemy and all linked enemies. Tri-Karma Purification: Karmic Oblivion is considered Elemental Skill DMG and can be triggered once every 0.2s

This ability lasts for 10s and will be removed after Nahida has unleashed 6 instances of Tri-Karma Purification: Karmic Oblivion.

Nahida’s Best Artifact Sets

To make full use of her capabilities, Nahida challenges the player to find the right balance between ATK and Elemental Mastery. To reach her maximum potential, we recommend players farm the Gilded Dreams and Deepwood Memories sets to complement their Nahida build. Players can also make use of the Wanderer’s Troupe set to fill in any empty slots.

Deepwood Memories

Deepwood Memories
Deepwood Memories

The 2-piece bonus gives the equipping character a 15% Dendro DMG bonus. Equipping 4 of these pieces onto your character will reduce the opponent’s Dendro resistance by 30% for 8s upon Elemental Skill or Burst activation.

Gilded Dreams
Gilded Dreams

Equipping 2 pieces of this set increases the unit’s EM by 80, further increasing the unit’s ATK by 14% for every Dendro character in your party. You can increase your Nahida‘s EM by 100 as a result of two other characters in your party.

As for which one’s better, we honestly cannot say for sure. The reason is both sets are good and can work for Nahida‘s builds. However, it is important to make a note of the scenario you are in.

For personalized DMG (Nahida’s own raw DMG), we recommend building Nahida with the Gilded Dreams set; for a more generalized, supportive build, equipping Nahida with the Deepwood Memories set isn’t a bad choice either, especially if no one else on your team is making use of it.

Nahida’s Best Stats on Artifact Sets

As mentioned earlier, Nahida scales off ATK and Elemental Mastery. So it is important to build her with both stats, mixing and matching them in the right proportions.

Getting at least 1000 EM will be efficient for your build, and investing the rest into CRIT Rate and CRIT DMG will bring the most out of your build.

Nahida’s Best Weapons

Here are all the possible weapons that work great with Nahida’s kit in general:

A Thousand Floating Dreams

A Thousand Floating Dreams
Catalyst : A Thousand Floating Dreams

Nahida‘s signature weapon, A Thousand Floating Dreams, was released alongside the character.

Party members other than the equipping character will provide the equipping character with buffs based on whether their Elemental Type is the same as the latter or not. If their Elemental Types are the same, increase Elemental Mastery by 32.

If not, increase the equipping character’s DMG Bonus from their Elemental Type by 10%. Each of the effects above can have up to 3 stacks. Additionally, all nearby party members other than the equipping character will have their Elemental Mastery increased by 40. Multiple such effects from multiple such weapons can stack.

*Note: The mentioned stats are at Refinement Rank 1.*

In simpler terms, if Nahida is equipping this weapon, and your team has other Dendro characters like Collei or Tighnari, Nahida gets an Elemental Mastery increase of 32 points per character, sharing her Element type. In this case, this increase equals 64 points.

If this is not the case, and a team member has a different colored vision than the character equipping this weapon, Nahida gets a 10% DMG bonus per character. This weapon also buffs the rest of your team, giving each party member a 40-point boost in their Elemental Mastery count.

Kagura’s Verity

Kagura's Verity
Catalyst : Kagura’s Verity

This Catalyst is Yae Miko‘s signature weapon.

The weapons passive, A Thousand Nights’ Dawnsong states:

Party members other than the equipping character will provide the equipping character with buffs based on whether their Elemental Type is the same as the latter or not. If their Elemental Types are the same, increase Elemental Mastery by 32. If not, increase the equipping character’s DMG Bonus from their Elemental Type by 10%.

Each of the aforementioned effects can have up to 3 stacks. Additionally, all nearby party members other than the equipping character will have their Elemental Mastery increased by 40. Multiple such effects from multiple such weapons can stack. All percentages and constant boosts are displayed at Refinement Rank 1.

Nahida can make good use of the insanely high ATK stat and CRIT DMG sub-stat for her personal DMG output. Equipping this weapon onto Nahida also allows players to invest more into their Elemental Mastery artifact pieces, making reaching that 1000-point Elemental Mastery benchmark easier.

The Widsith

The Widsith
Catalyst : The Widsith

The Widsith is the perfect all-rounder weapon for most catalyst users. The weapon’s passive bonus, Debut, states :

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 60%.
  • Aria: Increases all Elemental DMG by 48%.
  • Interlude: Elemental Mastery is increased by 240.

All of these stat bonuses greatly complement ‘Nahida‘s kit, whose DMG is based ATK and Elemental Mastery. An increase in Elemental DMG is, of course, appreciated by a character like Nahida, who is a catalyst user and does not rely on Physical DMG.

Mappa Mare

Mappa Mare
Catalyst: Mappa Mare

Mappa Mare is a decent f2p option; it’s forgeable and easy to use/understand for most players. The weapons passive, Infusion Scroll, states:

Triggering an Elemental reaction grants an 8% Elemental DMG Bonus for 10s. The bonus has, at max, 2 stacks.

Magic Guide

Magic Guide
Magic Guide

For newer players who are pulling for Nahida, the Magic Guide catalyst is an excellent early-game option. The weapon’s passive bonus, Bane of Storm and Tide, increases DMG dealt against opponents affected by Hydro and Electro by 24% at Refinement Rank 5.

Nahida can make good use of its Elemental Mastery sub-stat as well, making it easier to reach that 1000-point benchmark we discussed when talking about her passive talents.

Please look at the screenshot from Zy0x‘s Youtube Channel for a generalized weapon ranking. Also, note these rankings were done using specific artifact pieces that not everyone may own.

Nahida's Best Weapons
Weapon Rankings, Nahida’s Best Weapons

Nahida’s Best Teams

Nahida is a wonderful all-rounder character who is quickly becoming one of the community’s favorites thanks to her placement capabilities.

Hyperbloom Teams

Some examples include a Hyperbloom team, pairing Nahida with Electro and Hydro support. Lisa, Raiden Shogun, Kuki Shinobu, Fischl, and Yae Miko can be great Electro Support characters.

Hydro Supports can include Yelan, Xingqiu, and Kokomi. Note, these teams depend on Nahida being your on-field Dendro applier, using her Normal and Charged attacks, Elemental Skills, and Bursts to quickly apply Dendro for the appropriate reactions.

Bloom Teams

Nilou pairs especially well with Nahida. Using Nilou‘s Bountiful Cores mechanic, making your team off only Hydro and/or Dendro characters, players can expect massive bursts of DMG coming from either of these 2 characters.

You can use Kokomi (or Barbara) along with the NilouNahida pair. Both characters can apply Hydro from off-field, making them useful for allowing Nahida to auto-attack.

The last slot in your teams can be an offensive character like Tartaglia, Ayato, or Yelan.

Quicken Teams

Cyno, Yae Miko, Keqing, and Beidou can function as your team’s Main-DPS characters. At least two Electro characters are recommended since their resonance will greatly improve their Energy Recharge capabilities. Your second Electro character can be a “battery” like Fischl.

In most team comps, your last character will be a healer/shielder/generalized support characters like Sucrose, Kazuha, and Zhongli. Bennett is also a viable option if you don’t mind the burn reaction.

Nahida can work in any team that needs a Dendro character for reactions, support, or DMG; we highly recommend the Traveler try some out and let us know about their discovery in the comments!


It’s been a while, but Genshin Impact finally released a new Archon, completing the quartet Archon team consisting of Raiden Shogun, Zhongli, Venti, and now our latest entry, Nahida. Did you enjoy playing with her? Do you think she’s balanced or too OP? What do you think about her teams? Let us know in the comment section, dear reader. We value your feedback!

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