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

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Welcome to Nahida's Build Guide!

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.

Nahida as shown in youtube trailer

Nahida’s Passive Talents

Talent NameTalent Description
On All Things MeditatedNahida 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 IlluminatedWhen 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 ElucidatedEach 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.
Nahida’s Passive Talents

Nahida’s Normal And Charged Attacks

Nahida performs a 4-strike attack sequence, dealing Dendro DMG upon hit.

Nahida normal attacking in the test domain
Nahida’s Normal Attacks

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 attacking a mitachurlk with her charged attacks
Nahida’s Charged Attacks

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

A brief note is necessary here.. Nahida at C0 is an amazing 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 aren’t worth spending real-world currency on unless you have a large reserve of expendable income.


The Seed of Stored Knowledge

When Nahida‘s Elemental Burst is activated, the number of Pyro, Hydro, or Electro characters in your teams is increased by 1.

The Root of All Fullness

The unit’s C2 empowers Bloom, Burning, Hyperbloom, and Burgeon Reaction, allowing them to CRIT, which is impossible otherwise.

This CRIT Rate and DMG are fixed at 20% and 100%, respectively, and cannot be manipulated.

Decreases DEF of opponents by 30% if they’re affected by Quicken, Aggravate, or Spread within 8s.

The Shoot of Conscious Attainment

The Leaves of Enlightening Speech

The characters C3 and C5 upgrade the talent levels of Nahida’s Elemental Skill and Burst, respectively.

The Stem of Manifest Inference

Nahida‘s C4 further buffs her Elemental Skill, providing a 100/120/140/160 Elemental Mastery boost if there are 1/2/3/4 enemies nearby.

The Fruit of Reason’s Culmination

After using her Elemental Burst, if Nahida hits an opponent with her Elemental Skill, Nahida deals 200% of her ATK and 400% of her Elemental Mastery as Dendro DMG.

This DMG is considered Skill DMG and can be triggered once every 0.2s.

The effect lasts up to 10s, and nullifies after 6 instances have been procced.
Nahida’s Constellations

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.

Artifact NameDescription
Deepwood Memories (4-piece)
Deepwood Memories
2-Piece Bonus
Dendro DMG Bonus +15%

4-Piece Bonus
After Elemental Skills or Bursts hit opponents, the targets’ Dendro RES will be decreased by 30% for 8s. This effect can be triggered even if the equipping character is not on the field
Gilded Dreams (4-piece)
Gilded Dreams
2-Piece Bonus
Elemental Mastery +80

4-Piece Bonus
Proccing an Elemental Reaction increases 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 Non-Dendro characters in your party.

–> for 8s
Nahida’s Best Artifact Set Builds

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

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

  • 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.
Yelan, Raiden, Kuki

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.

  • 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.
Baizhu, Nilou, Xingqiu

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, or an all rounded support like Baizhu.

  • 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.
Fischl, Beidou, Kazuha

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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A rookie writer and an experienced player of games. Can be found playing Minecraft, Genshin Impact and LoL. In his free time he writes, plays games, codes, reads books or annoys the people around him.
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