When you’re playing Genshin Impact, you’re inevitably going to take some damage. Whether you get grazed by a stray attack or caught up in corrosion, it’s good to have a healer on standby. Food only goes so far in the Abyss! To that end, we’re ranking the best healers in Genshin Impact.
In general, only a select few characters are intended to be dedicated healers. Most of them provide other forms of utility or are fully offensive units in their own rights. With that in mind, we’ll go over what you can expect from each healer, what builds you should be looking at, and how to fully utilize them.
Let’s get started!
For the sake of our list, we’ll be defining healers as characters capable of healing other team members. In other words, we’re not including characters capable of only self-healing. Additionally, we’ll be primarily ranking characters based off their healing utility.
So who’s the best healer in Genshin Impact? Let’s find out, starting with out with our ninth pick and moving up to the number one best.
Xingqiu (4 Star – Hydro Sword)
Role: Off-Field Support | Healing scales with: Max HP
Starting off our list of the best healers in Genshin is Xingqiu. If you weren’t aware that Xingqiu is technically a healer, we can’t blame you. His healing output is incredibly minimal and requires you to invest heavily in his HP. Each time one of his rain swords is destroyed or expires, the active character heals for 6% of Xingqiu’s max health (but only after unlocking his first ascension passive).
Given that there’s no real incentive to build HP on Xingqiu, this heal is rather unremarkable. Thankfully, the rain swords themselves provide rather strong damage mitigation, interruption resistance, and apply Hydro to enemies on contact (great for setting up Vaporize teams).
Instead, aim to maximize his burst’s uptime by building Energy Recharge to maintain both offensive and defensive rain swords. Make sure to obtain an artifact goblet with Hydro DMG Bonus — it’ll boost the damage mitigation from his rain swords. We recommend building the Emblem of Severed Fate artifact set and obtaining a weapon with bonus Energy Recharge like the Sacrificial Sword (bonus points for resetting his skill cooldown).
Interestingly, his unremarkable heal is actually ideal for enabling powerful Pyro Polearm users like Hu Tao and Xiangling. Both characters are often equipped with the Staff of Homa, which activates a massive damage boost if they’re below 50% HP. The small heal provides just enough sustain without having to worry about overhealing.
Bennett (4 Star – Pyro Sword)
Role: Attack Buffer and Burst Healer | Healing scales with: Max HP
Everyone’s favorite unlucky adventurer and the king of damage supports is next! Bennett’s heal is often overlooked, as everyone’s more interested in his attack buff. However, it’s still far more noticeable than Xingqiu’s healing, hence his spot on this list.
Bennett’s burst deals damage and creates a massive circle on the ground that buffs any ally within it in one of two ways. If they’re below 70% HP, the circle will heal them periodically for an amount based on Bennett’s max HP. Once they’re above 70%, the circle will provide a massive attack buff based on Bennett’s base attack stat.
Unsurprisingly, most players dislike the healing because it means they’re missing out on a damage buff. Plus, the burst doesn’t heal past 70% HP, which is less than ideal for most characters.
Thankfully, Bennett’s first constellation removes the HP restriction, so his burst will always provide the attack buff. Sadly, it still won’t heal past 70%. This arguably works in his favor if you have his second constellation, which boosts his Energy Recharge by 30% if he remains below 70% HP.
Since Bennett’s main value lies in his burst and attack buff, you’ll want to build enough Energy Recharge for him to burst again as soon as it’s off cooldown. To that end, we recommend building the Noblesse Oblige artifact set to further enhance his damage boost to the team. For weapons, prioritize weapons with high ATK stats like the Mistsplitter Reforged. If you need a cheaper four-star variant, Festering Desire and Prototype Rancour will suffice.
Diona (4 Star – Cryo Bow)
Role: Shielder and Burst Healer | Healing scales with: Max HP
The catty alcohol-hating bartender of Monstadt is next on our list, shielding her teammates and providing healing through various mixtures. Diona is more about preventing damage than healing, but she can easily patch up any damage that manages to get through.
Diona can only heal via her burst. She’ll throw out a special concoction that deals a burst of Cryo damage and creates a lingering Drunken Mist AOE. This mist damages enemies and provides periodic healing to all allies within it (based off Diona’s max HP). While dependent on your luck, if you manage to get Diona’s sixth constellation, you’ll be able to drastically boost healing by 30% if the active character standing in the mist is below 50% HP.
However, it’s her shield that’s the most useful part of her kit. No need to heal if you don’t take damage! Depending on whether your tap or hold her skill, Diona throws out 2–5 Icy Paws that lock onto the nearest enemy. Each paw that hits an enemy grants a few seconds of shield time, absorbing damage according to her max HP. Plus, her first ascension passive boosts the movement speed of shielded characters and reduces their stamina consumption by 10%!
We recommend leveling up her shield skill to at least Rank 7, as its duration increases until that point. From there, you should use the hold variant of her skill, as it only has a three-second down time.
Unlike our previous entries, it’s completely practical (and ideal, in most cases) to stack as much HP as possible to boost Diona’s healing and shield strength. Just make sure you have enough Energy Recharge to burst on demand.
To this end, we recommend combining the two-set bonus from both Emblem of Severed Fates and the Tenacity of the Millelith artifact sets. This will give you a strong bonus to both Energy Recharge and Max HP. As for weapons, we recommend either the Sacrificial Bow or Favonius Warbow to ensure sufficient Energy Recharge.
Sayu (4 Star – Anemo Claymore)
Role: Elemental Reaction and Burst Healer | Healing scales with: Elemental Mastery and ATK
The tiny sleepy ninja Sayu has one of the more unique mechanics for activating her heals. Every time she triggers a Swirl reaction, the party will regain HP scaling with her Elemental Mastery. However, you must unlock her first ascension passive to get this healing, and it’s limited by a two-second cooldown. Thankfully, the hold variant of her skill lets her keep rolling around for up to ten seconds — more than enough time to trigger a couple Swirl reactions. You can also end it early if you just want more energy particles.
On top of that, her burst deals a large chunk of AOE Anemo damage, heals instantly, and summons a friendly Daruma. This Daruma will periodically either attack enemies or heal allies depending on your active character’s HP. If you’re below 70% HP, the Daruma will heal the nearest active character (scaling with Sayu’s ATK). Otherwise, it’ll attack the nearest enemy.
Much like Bennett, her first constellation removes the HP check and lets the Daruma attack and heal at the same time. We strongly suggest aiming for this to make Sayu a consistent healer. If you’re very lucky, you can get her sixth constellation. This allows the Daruma to scale with Sayu’s Elemental Mastery (on top of her ATK) when healing and attacking.
To maximize Sayu’s efficiency, you’ll want to stack as much Elemental Mastery and Energy Recharge as possible while mixing in some ATK bonuses. As Sayu is an Anemo character, we recommend going for the Viridescent Venerer artifact set to boost her Anemo damage and shred the enemy’s elemental resistance. To that end, we suggest equipping her with either a Sacrificial Greatsword to utilize her skill more often or the Katsuragikiri Nagamasa for the plentiful energy particles it creates.
Qiqi (5 Star – Cryo Sword)
Role: Healing DPS and Burst Healer | Healing scales with: ATK
The forgetful zombie pharmacist is a dreaded character, but an incredibly useful healer nonetheless. Qiqi actually has some of the strongest healing potential in the game, but she’s limited by her long skill cooldown and somewhat poor energy generation. However, the proper build will set up her teammates for massive damage while sustaining through any incoming damage.
Her skill spawns a Herald of Frost that encircles your active character for fifteen seconds, providing periodic healing (scaling with Qiqi’s ATK) and damaging nearby foes with Cryo — great for setting up Melt reactions. If Qiqi herself attacks enemies while the Herald is active, she’ll provide additional healing to the entire team.
On top of that, her burst also provides another continuous layer of healing. Activating it will cause a pulse of Cryo to originate from Qiqi that damages enemies and marks them with Talismans. Attacking marked enemies will heal the active character for large chunks (also scaling with Qiqi’s ATK).
Her burst also has a two-second invincibility frame, so you can use it to dodge an incoming attack as well. Once you unlock her second ascension passive, you have a 50% chance to apply a Talisman for six seconds to an enemy. Unfortunately, that passive is on a thirty-second cooldown.
Qiqi’s constellations only bolster her healing at the first and sixth level. The first helps generate more energy particles, and the sixth empowers her burst to revive any downed teammates to 50% health once every fifteen minutes.
Of course, given that she’s a 5-star character, it may be a bit hard to obtain multiple constellations.
As for what to build on her, Qiqi presents a unique opportunity. She’s one of the few characters who can take advantage of the four-piece bonus on the Tenacity of the Millelith artifact set. Her skill works off-field and deals damage periodically enough to trigger the artifact’s ATK bonus. On top of that, you should aim to build enough Energy Recharge to burst on demand and supplement it with as much ATK as possible for more damage and healing.
We very strongly recommend equipping the Sacrificial Sword to her for the skill reset potential. Otherwise, look for a weapon that offers considerable ATK bonuses, like The Flute.
Barbara (4 Star – Hydro Catalyst)
Role: Burst Healer and Healing DPS | Healing scales with: Max HP
Barbara is the most iconic healer in the game, likely because every player is guaranteed to get her after finishing the Prologue. Barbara is the closest unit to a dedicated healer in the game, and one that players will cherish in the early stages.
Barbara’s entire toolkit is dedicated to enabling consistent healing and having her burst on standby for emergencies. Her skill generates an aura that periodically heals the active character. All of Barbara’s attacks heal the entire team while the aura is active, scaling with her max HP. Charged attacks will even heal four times the usual amount!
Her first ascension passive even reduces the stamina consumption of your active character by 12%, while the second passive extends the duration of the aura by one second for each elemental particle gained (up to five seconds total). Combined, this allows Barbara to absolutely spam charged attacks to heal up the entire team while her skill is active.
There are two downsides though to this skill. One is that the cooldown is a bit on the longer side, and the second is that it perpetually infuses your active character with Hydro. This can be a huge problem when fighting Cryo enemies, as you’ll be constantly Frozen and locked in place.
As for her burst, it’s one of the best instant heals in the game. It provides a huge flat amount of healing and up to 40% of Barbara’s max HP to the entire team. Simple and effective.
All of Barbara’s constellations provide a significant boost to her healing. Her second constellation lowers the cooldown on her skill by 15%, and her sixth constellation automatically restores a character to full health when they go down once every fifteen minutes. Since she’s a four-star character, there’s a pretty good chance you can max out her constellation!
For her build, we suggest going for the Maiden’ Beloved artifact set early on and transitioning to the Ocean-Hued Clam set later on. Both sets provide strong healing bonuses, with the first being pure healing and the second one providing good AOE damage.
You’ll want to stack as much HP as possible while having enough Energy Recharge to burst. If you want to focus purely on healing, build and equip the Prototype Amber. Alternatively, use Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers to set up an ATK buff to your party’s main DPS.
Jean (5 Star – Anemo Sword)
Role: Healing DPS and Burst Healer | Healing scales with: ATK
The acting grandmaster of the Knights of Favonius lives up to her name as the Dandelion Knight. Jean is one of the most aggressive healers in the game, standing at the front lines with her Anemo-infused blade and healing her allies through her attacks.
The bulk of Jean’s healing comes through her first ascension passive. This passive grants all of her normal attacks a 50% chance to heal the entire party for 15% of Jean’s ATK. There’s no cooldown on this, and a single attack that hits multiple enemies can proc multiple instances of healing.
Jean’s burst creates a field around her that launches all enemies into the air, inflicts Anemo damage, and immediately heals the party for a large amount (scaling with her ATK). The field continues to regen health for allies within it and can be used to cleanse status effects on characters. You’ll spend most of your time normal attacking enemies and triggering Swirl reactions to generate energy particles for her burst.
Jean’s constellations all revolve around bolstering her party’s offensive capabilities, so none of them are really needed to bolster healing.
Just like Sayu, we’re going to recommend building the Viridescent Venerer artifact set. Given Jean’s much more offensive nature, the damage bonus from the set will be even more noticeable and will set up the rest of your team to do more than enough damage.
We suggest aiming for a healthy mix of ATK, Crit stats, and Energy Recharge to cover all her bases. The Primordial Jade Cutter is the best weapon suited for her needs, but a cheaper alternative like the craft-able Amenoma Kageuchi will more than suffice.
Kokomi (5 Star – Hydro Catalyst)
Role: Healer/DPS Hybrid | Healing scales with: Max HP
The only healer in the game who’s a limited banner character. Kokomi is largely a more offensive variant of Barbara, capable of dealing considerable damage while steadily healing the party at the same time.
Despite having a rough release and being derided for having a negative 100% Crit Rate passive, Kokomi has become a devastating powerhouse with the recent Ocean-Hued Clam artifact set.
Her skill creates a jellyfish that lingers on the field for twelve seconds. This jellyfish periodically heals the active character (scaling with Kokomi’s max HP), and damages enemies. It’s a core part of her kit, and proper usage of her burst can help it stay up almost indefinitely.
While her burst is centered around enhancing her attacks, they also heal all allies every time she hits an enemy with a normal/charged attack. Both the damage and healing scales with max HP, turning her into an incredibly lethal healer.
Kokomi’s ascensions largely bolster her offensive prowess, but her second constellation dramatically boosts her healing on characters with 50% or less health. Both her jellyfish and burst enhanced attacks will heal for an additional percentage of her max HP.
You can run either Tenacity of the Millelith or the Ocean-Hued Clam set to great effect on her. The first takes a more passive support role, while the second is good for massacring enemies with healing-juiced clam bombs.
Either way, we recommend building as much HP and ATK as possible while ensuring she has enough Energy Recharge to burst consistently. Her signature weapon, Everlasting Moonglow, grants her everything she needs, but Prototype Amber is a very close second.
Noelle (4 Star – Geo Claymore)
Role: DPS/Tank/Healer Hybrid | Healing scales with: DEF
Anyone who invests in Noelle can tell you why she’s the best healer in Genshin Impact. To begin, she can only heal when hitting enemies with attacks while her skill’s shield is active. The heal affects the entire party, but has only a 50% chance of triggering. Each enemy hit by an attack can trigger the healing, though.
Thankfully, both her shield’s durability and the healing done scales with Noelle’s DEF. If you build it enough, you’ll never have to worry about the shield breaking and will heal huge chunks of health whenever it triggers.
Despite having a slower attack speed, Noelle can use her charge attack to spin around and rapidly hit all surrounding enemies. Doing this right after activating her shield will usually be enough to fully heal your team.
If you were worried about her skill’s long cooldown, unlock her second ascension passive as quickly as you can. Every four attacks she makes will lower the cooldown by one second. If you’re actively using her, you can basically negate the cooldown.
Her burst infuses her attacks with Geo and drastically increases their range, and its damage scales incredibly well with her DEF. Activating it immediately after using her shield is another great way to heal up quickly while staggering the enemy.
As for her constellations, Noelle is probably the one character who benefits the most from higher constellation levels. Her first constellation is your primary goal for healing. Tt guarantees each attack heals when her skill and burst are both active at the same time. Her sixth constellation further boosts her damage with DEF and (more importantly) adds one second to its duration with each defeated enemy.
A Constellation 6 Noelle who’s stacking DEF is one of the scariest things in the game. You’ll hit nearly everything with tremendously buffed attacks, have a near indestructible shield, heal off every hit, and generate enough energy to immediately do it all over again.
To achieve this, we strongly recommend equipping the Husk of Opulent Dreams artifact set. Besides granting you a massive DEF boost, it’ll also super charge her burst damage. Stack as much DEF as you can humanely obtain while prioritizing having enough Energy Recharge to burst on cooldown.
For her weapon, we strongly suggest going Whiteblind. It’s practically tailored to providing Noelle additional DEF and helping her stay on the field longer.
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That’s it for our guide on the best healers in Genshin Impact. We hope you’re now fully armed with the knowledge to choose the best healer for your team! As always, if you have any comments or thoughts you want to share with us, subscribe and leave your ideas below.