If you’ve been playing Genshin Impact for a while now, you’ve most likely run into the inevitable struggle of leveling up your artifacts. In order to fully level up your best artifacts, you’ll have to break down a lot of other artifacts for EXP. To ensure you always have enough, we’ll be going over the best artifact farming routes in Genshin Impact today.
How to Farm Artifacts in Genshin Impact
While the easiest way to obtain high-rarity artifacts is through spending Original Resin in domains and doing your weekly boss clears, you’re limited by how slowly resin regenerates. Yes, looting treasure chests is another good way of obtaining large amounts of artifacts, but chests are finite and will eventually run out.
With that in mind, there are two major ways to do artifact farming on your own time in Genshin Impact:
- Interacting with specific Investigation Points.
- Killing elite enemies with the hope of them dropping an artifact.
We’ll go into the details in their respective sections below.
Investigation Points Artifact Farming
The various sparkling investigation points that you encounter throughout your journey are one of the best ways to farm artifacts…at least for common 1-star artifacts. But everything adds up over time, and you’ll be desperately scrounging for every point of artifact EXP eventually.
Before we cover our recommended artifact farming routes in Genshin Impact, there’s a couple rules you’ll want to know.
1. Only certain investigation points will give you artifacts.
Ideally, the point you investigate gives you artifacts and Mora, as these have a chance of spawning more than one artifact when you investigate them. Our routes largely consist of these.
2. Not every investigation point respawns (our routes only include respawning ones).
Nearly all of our recommend spots are on a 24-hour respawn timer after you interact with them. It’s recommended to do your artifact farming in one go around the same time each day.
3. Investigation points will only spawn if you’ve interacted with less than 100 per daily reset.
Technically, you can exceed this limit by interacting with 99 investigation points, then going to an area that spawns, say, 20 investigation points. Those extra 19 points will still be interactable once you hit 100. Just don’t leave the area and they won’t despawn.
With those rules in mind, let’s go over the best artifact farming routes with investigation points.
Best Artifact Farming Routes (Investigation Points)
We’ll be breaking our routes by region and numbering them so you can easily keep track of how many investigation points you’ve gone through in a single day. We strongly recommend having all the nearby Waypoints unlocked before attempting artifact farming in Genshin Impact.
Only investigate the points we’ve marked with a box if you want artifacts. Any unmarked point will drop other miscellaneous items like ingredients, ores, or weapons.
Red boxes are the best and indicate points that can drop multiple artifacts and Mora. Orange boxes only drop a single artifact, but have a chance of granting a 2-star artifact (equivalent to two 1-star artifacts).
While it may seem a bit overwhelming at first, doing this a couple times will ingrain the routes into your muscle memory. If you make a mistake, don’t worry. You can always try again the next day.
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Fitting that the birthplace of Mora is the most abundant in artifacts.
Qingce Village (1–4)
Northeast of Dihua Marsh (5–10)
Dihua Marsh (11–14)
Guili Plains (15–19)
West of Dihua Marsh (20–33)
Note: Point H actually consists of three small leaf piles that can be cleared with Anemo (and Pyro, but that’s slower) to reveal points that give 200 Mora each. These points do not count against your 100 investigation daily limit for some odd reason and respawn daily as well.
Jueyun Karst (34–46)
Note: Be careful around point H. There are a lot of Investigation Points that are useless. We did our best to showcase the correct one.
Tianqiu Valley (47–49)
West of Liyue (50)
Onward to the land of thunder and lightning. It contains shocking amounts of artifacts.
Narukami Island (51)
Violet Court Island (52–55)
Kujou Encampment (56–65)
Yashiori Island (66–67)
Seirai Island (68–73)
Search the land of knowledge for ancient artifacts.
Lokapala Jungle (74–78)
Sumeru City (79–86)
Vissudha Field (89–91)
Port Ormos (92)
Aaru Village (93–95)
Note: Point A is located on top of the plateau overlooking the city. Follow the route above to find a climbable wall to reach it.
Land of Upper Setekh (96–99)
Investigation Points 100+
Assuming you followed our guide perfectly, you’ll have investigated 99 points. At this point, you want to find an area that’s absolutely teeming with Investigation Points. As we mentioned above, doing so will let you surpass the typical daily limit of spawning only 100 Investigation Points.
We have two locations that we strongly suggest for this, but both require clearing a couple per-requisites to fully access.
The first option is the Tatarasuna smelting facility. This massive area is home to a ton of Investigation Points that will give you a nice mix of artifacts, Mora, ore, and weapons. However, unless you’ve cleared the entirety of the Tatara Tales quest chain, the entire area will be radiated with Balethunder.
This makes it incredibly annoying to traverse the area without taking huge chunks of damage or constantly running to the nearest Electrogranum for temporary relief. Unfortunately, if you haven’t cleared Tatara Tales, it takes seven real life days to fully progress through the quest chain.
Additionally, while the amount of Investigation Points in the area is nice, it does take a bit of time to fully comb through. If you rather get your artifact farming done a little quicker, we recommend the next spot.
This abandoned pirate boat is littered with a respectable amount of Investigation Points and only requires solving a couple rather intuitive puzzles to fully access it. While there are less Investigation Points in comparison to Tatarasuna, it’ll take you only a quarter of the time to fully traverse and clear it.
The entrance (once you unlock it) is located at the southeast end of the boat. If you get stuck at any point trying to solve the puzzles, then follow this quick video guide to fully unlock access to the ship.
Elite Enemies Artifact Farming
As we mentioned above, the other main method of farming artifacts is going around and defeating elite enemies with the hope of them dropping either a 3-star or 4-star artifact. Elite enemies have approximately an 11% chance to drop an artifact when beaten.
Do note that you’ll have to be at World Level 4 (or higher) for enemies to potentially drop a 4-star artifact. We recommend going elite hunting at the highest World Level available to also increase the amount of Mora they drop, as you’ll need plenty of coin to level up your characters and artifacts.
There is a daily limit to obtaining drops from elite enemies. However, it’s 400 times per daily reset, so you’re not very likely to hit the cap unless you plan on becoming the physical embodiment of an extinction event.
The following enemies count as elite enemies and have a chance of dropping artifacts:
- Mitachurls / Lawachurls (the big, bulky Hilichurls)
- Abyss Mages
- Fatui Pyro Agent / Mirror Maiden / Cicin Mages
- All machine enemies (Ruin Guards, Sentinels, etc.)
- Rifthounds (big and small)
- Black Serpent Knights
- Vishaps (big and small)
- Eye of the Storm
- The Great Snowboar King
While the Kairagi (red and purple samurais) of Inazuma and stronger Eremite warriors (the ones wielding elemental relics) of Sumeru feel like they should be classified as elite enemies, they are not. Defeating them will not give a chance at artifacts.
Best Places to Find Elite Enemies
Instead of giving you set routes to follow for this, we recommend using the fan-run interactive map for Genshin Impact (or the official one made by miHoYo if you prefer that one). You can set the filters to only showcase elite enemies and go hunting at your leisure.
If you don’t care to use either site yourself, then we’ve included four locations rife with elite enemies.
Also, yes, both sites have a filter for artifacts as well, but the information isn’t always accurate and lacks details. You’re more likely to accidentally interact with an Investigation Point that gives you cooking ingredients.
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