There are plenty of ways to play Genshin Impact. No matter how you play though you’re going to want at least one or two dps characters. Your high damage dealer that lets you cut through mobs like a knife to hot butter.

For players looking to pick the best dps for them there are certainly a lot of options. Back in 2021, one of Hoyoverse’s co-founders even revealed that they plan to release 17 new characters every year. 

As of version 2.6 there are 27 characters with DPS potential so today we’re going over the top 10 and how you can use them most effectively. 

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Top 10 Best DPS Characters in Genshin Impact, Ranked

With the right build and weapon any of these characters can easily be a literal game-changer for your Genshin team.

This is an “all else equal” ranking so do keep in mind:

  • This list is a general overview of DPS characters and what each of their strong suits are.
  • We’re assuming each character is fully ascended (thus unlocking all passive talents).
  • Team comps can make any of these characters more or less useful depending on who you have!
  • Don’t just play a character because the meta says they’re strong, play a character because you enjoy playing them.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to it! We’ve got these in order from “worst” to best (among the best!), starting with #10.

10/10

Yoimiya

Yoimiya
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To start off our list we have heiress to the Naganohara Fireworks Empire, Yoimiya! 

Yoimiya is a 5-star pyro bow user with a bubbly personality who is well liked throughout Inazuma. Don’t let her chipper attitude mislead you though, she’s a huge pyromaniac.

What Makes Yoimiya so Good?

The best thing about Yoimiya is her high pyro damage potential. While she is a bow user, you’ll want to keep her at mid-range. Her charged shots do some extra damage but her elemental skill and burst are more effective when used closer to your target.

Her elemental skill imbues normal attacks with pyro damage and is great when used to combo with another character’s element.

Yoimiya’s burst “Ryuukin Saxifrage” deals AoE pyro damage and marks a single enemy with Aurous Blaze. While an enemy is marked by Aurous Blaze any damage dealt by other team members will deal small AoE pyro damage. If the marked enemy is defeated before the duration ends the effect will move to another nearby enemy.

Her burst has a low energy cost so it can be used rapidly to deal pyro damage though it generally works best in combination with other members of your party. Her 2nd passive talent “Summer-Night’s Dawn” grants other party members an ATK boost while her burst is active which is especially helpful for teams with a 2nd dps or a sub-dps.

The drawback with Yoimiya is that she’s really not great at going up against mobs. Despite her burst dealing AoE damage it’s still pretty centralized so you can easily get knocked around if she’s surrounded. Her normal attacks also target enemies at random meaning she can switch targets while that hilichurl is still coming at you.

Artifact Sets

For the best Yoimiya build you’ll want to support her pyro damage, so giving her a 4 piece 5-star Crimson Witch of Flames will really get you dealing high damage numbers in no time.  You can also give her 4 piece 5-star Shimanawa’s Reminiscence to boost her ATK. 

If you’re looking for a 4-star alternative, 4 piece Martial Artist will also increase ATK damage.

Regardless of which artifacts you give her, you’ll want to prioritize the following stats: ATK %, Pyro DMG Bonus, and CRIT Rate/DMG.

9/10

Tartaglia (Childe)

Tartaglia (Childe)
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Coming in at ninth on our list of the top DPS Characters in Genshin Impact is everyone’s favorite Harbinger, Childe! He’s a 5 star hydro bow user with a complicated history but whether you love him or hate him, you have to admit Tartaglia is one of the strongest characters in the game. 

What Makes Tartaglia so Good?

When Childe’s elemental skill is managed properly he becomes a real threat to any enemy you come across. Utilizing “Foul Legacy: Raging Tide” lets you absolutely demolish mobs by switching from his bow to a melee stance and allowing you to get up close and personal with some enemies.

Similarly to Yoimiya, Childe also marks enemies. The difference is that enemies affected by Childe’s “Riptide” effect will take AoE hydro damage when he attacks them, unlike Yoimiya who requires other party members to make attacks for her AoE pyro damage to kick in. 

Another difference from Yoimiya is that Childe doesn’t need to use his burst to apply Riptide. His passive talent “Sword of Torrents” allows him to apply it whenever he hits an enemy while in melee stance AND whenever he crits.

Unfortunately Childe is one of the most complex characters to use and will be tricky for newbie players. While he has incredible damage potential you’ll need to keep a close eye on how long he stays in melee stance to avoid long skill cooldowns. 

Another thing to note is Childe cannot perform plunging attacks while in melee stance so he will probably be taken out if you fall off a cliff at the wrong time.

Artifact Sets

The best artifact set for Childe is the 4 piece 5 star Heart of Depth which will both increase his hydro damage and ATK damage after using his elemental skill.

The 4 star Martial Artist is a good substitute though if you haven’t made it to Dragonspine yet. 

Artifact stats you’ll want to prioritize are ATK % or Elemental Mastery, Hydro DMG Bonus, and CRIT Rate/DMG.

8/10

Raiden Shogun

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We would be remiss if we tried to rank dps characters without the 5 star electro polearm Raiden Shogun. Inazuma’s Electro Archon is a formidable warrior who can fit into most teams with ease. Her range of roles allows her to be an asset even if you aren’t using her as a dps.

What Makes Raiden Shogun so Good?

There are a few ways you can play Raiden. She can work as a dps, sub-dps, or even a support depending on what kind of team comp you have. Since we’re talking about dps characters though let’s talk about her straight dps potential.

Raiden’s elemental skill “Transcendence: Baleful Omen” will deal electro damage in conjunction with your party’s attacks when they deal damage to enemies. This gives her a whole lot of elemental damage combo potential. As useful as her skill is though, her burst is what most players really pay attention to.

Raiden Shogun’s burst “Musou Shinsetsu” not only deals a huge amount of electro damage, it also regenerates energy for the party when she hits opponents. This makes her a heavy hitter who can also help you regain energy for characters with high cost bursts. 

Similarly to Childe, Raiden Shogun’s elemental burst also switches her weapon from a polearm to a sword but the duration is much shorter and she will still be able to make plunging attacks with her sword. 

One of Raiden’s few drawbacks though is that her burst can be incompatible with some characters like Beidou. 

Artifact Sets

If you’re looking for the best artifact sets for Raiden your top two sets will be the 5 star Emblem of Severed Fate set or the 5 star Noblesse Oblige set. They’re both great for her but Severed Fate will let her use her burst more often while Noblesse will increase her burst damage without increasing frequency.

The Exile is a great 4 star substitute set and also increases energy recharge like Emblem of Severed Fate. 

Artifact stats should prioritize ATK%, Energy Recharge, Electro DMG Bonus, and CRIT Rate/DMG regardless of set.

7/10

Arataki Itto

Arataki Itto
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No matter what he says, Arataki “Numero Uno” Itto didn’t make our top spot. Instead we have the loveable 5 star geo claymore oni sitting at number 7 on our top dps characters list.

What Makes Arataki Itto so Good?

Itto is the definition of a heavy hitter. His playstyle is all about using charged attacks to deal high damage after gaining Superlative Superstrength stacks. His elemental skill also summons the geo construct Ushi who draws aggro from nearby enemies. Ushi is the auxiliary member of the Arataki Gang who deals high geo damage upon summoning and gives Itto Superlative Superstrength stacks after getting hit.

If you use Itto’s skill while using his burst, Ushi’s already high damage is bolstered even more. Then all you need to do to clear the field is start swinging charged attacks. You won’t even consume stamina when consuming Superlative Superstrength stacks so feel free to slash away.

While Itto has the perk of having a high base CRIT Rate, his highest damage attacks take some time to set up. Gaining Superlative Superstrength stacks is a process that can only be rushed so much. His burst also has a high energy cost so you’ll spend most of your time relying on his elemental skill.

Artifact Sets

Since Itto’s skills scale based on his DEF, you’ll want to equip him with the 4 piece 5 star Husk of Opulent Dreams set. This will give him a 30% DEF boost on top of extra temporary DEF boosts when dealing geo damage.

For a 4 star alternative Defender’s Will also gives a 30% DEF boost but does not synergize with Itto’s geo damage like the Husk set does. 

For stat priorities you’ll obviously want as much DEF % as you can get, but looking for a Geo DMG Bonus and CRIT Rate/ DMG stats is also helpful.

6/10

Xiao

Xiao
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As a yaksha, the 5 star anemo polearm Xiao is about the closest thing to a demon slayer that Genshin Impact has thus far (sorry Chongyun!). His status as one of the fiercest warriors of Liyue has thus earned him spot number 6 on our top DPS characters list.

What Makes Xiao so Good?

Xiao is one of the few characters that can use plunging attacks on demand and his burst converts that plunging damage into anemo damage. So if ever you need a character to clear out a mob Xiao is definitely your guy.

When using his elemental burst, Xiao puts on his yaksha mask and is able to leap great heights. Not only that, his attack AoE and DMG are both increased continuously while wearing the mask. He does continuously lose HP in this state though so keep an eye on his health bar. 

The best part about using Xiao is dealing as much plunging damage as you can by jumping and attacking enemies below. With the right build each attack can deal 15k+ damage to grouped up enemies per hit which is pretty epic. 

His elemental skill “Lemniscatic Wind Cycling” allows Xiao to surge forward and deal anemo damage to enemies. That in itself is pretty average but the cool thing is that you can also use his skill in the air (up to two times) to surge forward while gliding.

The annoying thing with Xiao is that while using his burst to deal plunging damage you can also push enemies away. Spread too far and enemies become harder to hit which can prolong your battles. 

Artifact Sets

Version 2.6 saw the release of Xiao’s own 5 star artifact set, Vermillion Hereafter. The 4 piece effect for this artifact works directly with his decreased HP post-burst and increases ATK. If you don’t want to grind for the right artifacts though, 5 star Gladiator’s Finale is a great 2nd choice set. 

The 4 piece 4 star set Berserker is another good choice for Xiao since it also plays off decreased HP. 

When picking artifacts, look for ATK%, Anemo DMG Bonus, and CRIT Rate/DMG stats.

5/10

Kamisato Ayato

Kamisato Ayato
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The young Yashiro Commissioner Kamisato Ayato is a 5 star hydro sword user who has already climbed the ranks of our Genshin DPS list. His intellect and battle prowess make him deadly enough that even Abyss Lectors would think twice about taking him on.

What Makes Kamisato Ayato so Good?

Unlike the other dps characters on our list, Ayato’s strong point doesn’t lay in singular high damage attacks. His burst places a large AoE field which deals hydro damage to enemies within it and increases allied normal attack damage too. 

His burst is good but you aren’t going to see any impressive hits dealing 20k or more damage. Realistically it will be around 7k if you’ve got a strong build.

What truly makes Ayato strong is his elemental skill “Kamisato Art: Kyouka”. When using his skill, Ayato creates a hydro afterimage of himself and swiftly strikes enemies with high amounts of hydro damage. His rapid attacks in this state can easily deal 60k+ damage over multiple hits.

While the elemental skill does have a bit of a cool down, it begins as soon as the skill is activated even while Ayato is still using it. By the time his attacks return to normal it won’t be long at all until he can activate his skill again.  

Artifact Sets

Xiao wasn’t the only character to get an artifact set released in version 2.6. The other 5 star set released along with Vermillion Hereafter was Echoes of an Offering. Both sets increase ATK by 18% at the 2 piece level but Echoes has a chance to increase ATK by an additional 70% when normal attacks hit an opponent. That effect works well with Ayato’s elemental skill.

For now the best 4 star artifact set alternative is the Martial Artist set which will increase normal and charged attack damage.

Artifact stat priorities should be ATK%, Energy Recharge, Hydro DMG Bonus, and CRIT Rate/DMG.

4/10

Eula

Eula
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At number four on our list is the Captain of the Reconnaissance company of the Knights of Favonius. The 5 star cryo claymore user Eula! 

Miss Lawrence may not be welcomed by the majority of Monstadt’s residents but anyone who’s gotten to know her knows there’s a heart of gold under her icy exterior.

What Makes Eula so Good?

Unlike other characters in Genshin Impact, Eula’s elemental burst primarily deals physical damage rather than elemental damage. It does still deal cryo damage but the biggest hit is AoE physical damage. That means you do have to play her a little bit differently but with the right build her burst damage potential is 100k+. Ideal for clearing out enemy mobs and boss monsters.

The biggest reason Eula is so high in our ranks of dps characters is due to her high burst damage but it helps that she also resists interruptions while attacking due to gaining Grimheart stacks (a huge plus for claymore users with slow ATK speeds).

Even if you don’t end up using Eula on your primary Genshin team, her passive talent Aristocratic Inspection is a blessing to any player. It gives a 10% chance to double talent materials when crafting. (Super helpful to anyone leveling up other characters’ talents).

While Eula has huge damage potential, she takes some setting up just like Itto to deal her top damaging hits. Her skill cooldown is also pretty slow so she works best on teams with a secondary or sub-dps.

Artifact Sets

In order to really up Eula’s burst damage, the 4 piece 5 star set Pale Flame is what you’ll want to get. It boosts physical damage and increases ATK after using an elemental skill (stacking twice which is perfect for Eula whose skill has two charges). If you’d rather not farm artifacts you can give her 2 piece Bloodstained Chivalry to focus on upping her physical damage bonus.

For players looking at 4 star alternatives, the Martial Artist set won’t boost physical damage but will still up normal and charged attacks. 

Artifact stats to look for are ATK %, Physical DMG Bonus, and CRIT Rate/DMG.

3/10

Kamisato Ayaka

Kamisato Ayaka
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The young lady of the Yashiro Commission is undoubtedly one of the most versatile dps characters in the game. This 5 star cryo sword user is able to switch between dps and sub-dps while also being incredibly handy for players who just want to explore Teyvat. 

What Makes Kamisato Ayaka so Good?

Ayaka has a ton of good points, it’s almost hard to pick just a few to highlight. First up is her passive talent, “Kamisato Art: Senho”. This talent is an alternative sprint similar to Mona’s which allows her to run on water. Unlike Mona’s though, Ayaka can apply cryo to nearby enemies when she stops sprinting. Her attacks are also infused with cryo for a short time after sprinting too.

Further down our ranks we’ve mentioned characters who deal rapid smaller amounts of damage with their elemental skills. We’ve also mentioned other characters who deal high amounts of damage with their bursts. Ayaka is one of the few characters who does both and does both extremely well. 

Ayaka’s elemental skill deals cryo damage in a small AoE while boosting normal and charged attack DMG. Small enemies will also be launched giving her some space to deal with stronger enemies first. 

For her burst, Ayaka creates an icy storm which slashes at enemies then explodes. Her burst deals high damage to enemies caught in it and is great at freezing when coupled with a hydro character. While her burst deals high amounts of damage, Ayaka is still not quite as strong as the top 2 dps characters on our list.

Artifact Sets

The best 5 star set for Ayaka will be the 4 piece Blizzard Strayer set. Not only does it boost her cryo damage, it also increases her CRIT rate against enemies affected by cryo.

Players looking for a 4 star alternative should go with the 4 piece Martial Artist set to increase normal and charged attacks. 

Unlike other characters on this list Ayaka has a high base CRIT Rate so artifact stats should prioritize ATK %, Cryo DMG Bonus, and CRIT Damage.

2/10

Hu Tao

Hu Tao
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At number two on our list of the top dps characters in Genshin Impact is the Wangsheng Funeral Parlor’s director, Hu Tao! Our favorite creepy 5 star pyro polearm has been a shoe-in for the top dps ranks ever since her introduction in version 2.2. 

What Makes Hu Tao so Good?

When talking about damage potential Hu Tao is hands down one of the top dogs in the game. Her burst deals huge amounts of pyrod amage in an AoE and deals even more if her HP is below 50%. While her burst also consumes HP it grants a regenerative effect which heals characters. Don’t count on it for much healing though,  it’s one of the weakest healing effects in the game.

Even without relying on her burst, Hu Tao’s stats alone are some of the highest in the game. She has high base HP, DEF, and even CRIT DMG. She can also increase the CRIT Rate for other characters in your party which is invaluable for dual dps teams.

Hu Tao’s main drawback is the intense HP management that goes into playing her well. Her highest damage dealing is done when she’s in the red so even a stray swing from a common hilichurl could take her out.

Artifact Sets

Going with the 4 piece 5 star Crimson Witch of Flames artifact set is the best way to take advantage of Hu Tao’s high pyro damage burst attacks while also boosting elemental reaction damage too. 

While you’re working on getting the right Crimson Witch pieces you can also use 4 piece 4 star Berserker artifacts. The Berserker set will increase CRIT Rate when HP is below 70%, taking advantage of Hu Tao’s own strengths and constant need for low HP.

Since HP is so important to Hu Tao you’ll want to prioritize HP % (over ATK%), Pyro DMG Bonus, and CRIT Rate/ DMG.

Now without further adieu here’s our number one for the top dps character in Genshin Impact!

1/10

Ganyu

Ganyu
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Who else but Liyue’s local secretarial adeptus could have taken our number one spot? The 5 star cryo bow user Ganyu may get a little tired from time to time but on her next banner rerun make sure you don’t sleep on her.

What Makes Ganyu so Good?

The most important thing for Ganyu is her charged shot. It deals massive damage. It also creates a small AoE which is fantastic for taking out mobs… Or Timmy’s pigeons. 

Most of Ganyu’s attacks are actually AoE. Her elemental skill creates an icy flower which draws aggro then explodes and her elemental burst creates a sphere of cryo energy which rains icicles down in the affected field. Both her skill and burst deal large amounts of cryo damage and are great to use against single targets or multiple.

Another perk to Ganyu is her high base CRIT DMG. While playing Ganyu it’s incredibly satisfying to attack enemies from afar and see their hp drop by 10k+ in single hits thanks to her high CRIT DMG. 

Thanks to her passive talent “Harmony between Heaven and Earth”, Ganyu also increases cryo damage by 20% while party members are within her burst AoE.

Artifact Sets

Depending on how you want to play Ganyu there are multiple artifact sets that work well for her. If you want to stick with the main dps role then 4 piece 5 star Shimanawa’s Reminiscence will be your best bet. Its increased charge attack damage is perfect for Ganyu’s charged shots.

The best 4 star set alternative would be a 4 piece Martial Artist to again get that (lesser) charged attack bonus. 

Artifact stats should prioritize ATK %, Cryo DMG Bonus, and CRIT Rate/ DMG.

Honorable 4-star Mention: Noelle

Noelle
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This list is filled with 5 stars but we wanted to specially mention the best 4 star dps character. The 4 star geo claymore battle maid for the Knights of Favonius is a great character for new players. Noelle is also good for anyone who doesn’t feel like taking up gambling.

What Makes Noelle so Good?

Noelle unfortunately has low DMG unless you can get her constellation to C6. At that point her burst damage scales with her DEF and you can actually start dealing some decent damage. 

Her final constellation also adds duration to her elemental burst by 1 second for each enemy defeated.

Artifact Sets

Even if you haven’t gotten Noelle to C6, you’ll still want to focus on upping her DEF so equipping her with the 5 star 4 piece Husk of Opulent Dreams will be your best option. 

4 piece Defender’s Will is the next best thing in 4 star sets if you haven’t unlocked Inazuma yet. 

Stat priorities will be DEF %, DEF %, and more DEF%. Since her elemental skill does heal you can also look for artifacts with a Healing Bonus but this is a dps list.

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