The Spark Knight of the Knights of Favonius is an adorable pyromaniac with a penchant for explosives. She was also one of the first 5-star characters introduced to Genshin Impact! That’s right — today, we’re talking about Klee and going over the best Klee builds in Genshin Impact.
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Building a Strong Character: Klee
When we talk about building characters in Genshin Impact, we assume a few things. Our first assumption is that characters are fully leveled. That means they’ve been totally ascended, their talents are at Level 10, and their weapons are at Level 90.
We typically don’t expect constellations to be leveled or weapons to be refined, though. While these both help make characters much stronger, they can be hard to achieve without shelling out some serious money. Genshin Impact is a free-to-play game, thus we try to keep our guides free-to-play friendly, too.
Despite expecting character constellations and weapon refinements to be at their base levels, we may still mention their effects. Unless stated, though, all stats will be post-ascension and pre-constellation/refinement.
Best Klee Builds: The Basics
Klee is a 5-star Pyro Catalyst character in Genshin Impact. Her best roles are going to be DPS or Support. Unfortunately, her kit just isn’t built for sub-DPS, and even Support can be tricky to optimize for.
Depending on her role, you may want to prioritize different stats or weapons. Usually, players will want to increase Klee’s ATK and keep her on a team that can set off Elemental Reactions.
We’ll cover this in more detail later, but Klee’s Elemental Burst is kind of weak. You’re better off prioritizing her other talents — specifically, her Normal Attack and Elemental Skill. The type of build you have will determine which should take top priority.
No matter how you use Klee, she’s an absolute asset to have while exploring. As a Pyro Catalyst character, she can easily trigger Pyro torches or other Pyro based puzzles without needing to wait on Elemental Skill cooldowns.
Before getting into build specifics, let’s talk about what kind of materials you’ll need to get Klee ready for exploring Teyvat.
When building a new character, you’ll need a lot of resources. The majority of what you need will be boss items, enemy drops, and Mora. Luckily, if you’ve been playing for a little while, you will likely have most of what you’ll need already.
If you’re short on resources, you’ll need to put in some time grinding for and gathering materials. To get enough boss drop items alone, you will need to defeat the Pyro Regisvine at least twenty times.
Thankfully, you won’t have a hard time finding enough local specialty items (for Klee, that’s Philanemo Mushroom). While you will need a lot to ascend Klee, her passive talent All Of My Treasures! will make locating Monstadt’s unique resources a breeze. All you’ll need to do is add Klee to your party and check around Monstadt, Dawn Winery, and Springvale.
To fully ascend Klee, you will need:
- 420k Mora
- 46 Everflame Seed (4-star boss drop)
- 1 Agnidus Agate Sliver (2-star ascension material)
- 9 Agnidus Agate Fragment (3-star ascension material)
- 9 Agnidus Agate Chunk (4-star ascension material)
- 6 Agnidus Agate Gemstone (5-star ascension material)
- 168 Philanemo Mushroom (1-star item)
- 18 Divining Scoll (1-star enemy drop)
- 30 Sealed Scroll (2-star enemy drop)
- 36 Forbidden Curse Scroll (3-star enemy drop)
If you’re low on Agnidus Agate, you can convert other ascension materials. To convert ascension materials, you just need an excess of one material and enough Dust of Azoth for the conversion.
Using the 2-star item Dust of Azoth, you can take extra Prithiva Topaz (or another gem ascension material) and convert it to Agnidus Agate at the Alchemy Table. One Dust of Azoth can convert one Sliver, 3 can convert Fragments, 9 can convert Chunks, and 27 can convert Gemstones.
If you’ve never come across Dust of Aozth before, that’s because it is available almost exclusively through the Shop in Paimon’s Bargains. It can be purchased with Masterless Stardust.
To fully ascend one of Klee’s talents, you will need:
- 1,625,500 Mora
- 6 Divining Scroll (1-star enemy drop)
- 22 Sealed Scroll (2-star enemy drop)
- 31 Forbidden Curse Scroll (3-star enemy drop)
- 3 Teachings of Freedom (2-star talent material)
- 21 Guide to Freedom (3-star talent material)
- 38 Philosophies of Freedom (4-star talent material)
- 6 Ring of Boreas (5-star weekly boss drop)
- 1 Crown of Insight (5-star talent material)
Ascension materials aren’t the only ones that can be converted. Players running low on Ring of Boreas can convert other talent materials dropped by the same boss. The Alchemy Table also allows players to convert the 5-star items Spirit Locket of Boreas and Tail of Boreas into more Ring of Boreas. Each conversion consumes one Dream Solvent.
If you’re running low on Dream Solvent, you can find more of the 4-star item by defeating weekly bosses, who each have a chance to drop it. We suggest trying to obtain Ring of Boreas directly rather than relying on Dream Solvent, though. Since Dream Solvent is a random drop, there is no guarantee how much you’ll get or if you’ll even get any from week to week.
Klee’s three levelable talents have differing priority depending on what kind of role she plays on your team. Either her Elemental Skill or Normal Attack should have highest priority, with her Elemental Burst coming in last.
While Elemental Burst usually has a pretty high priority when building characters, Klee’s has low damage potential. It also doesn’t linger after she leaves the field, which makes it harder to trigger Elemental Reactions with the rest of your party. She doesn’t typically stay on the field often when playing support, meaning her Elemental Burst could be cut short and its effect wasted.
Having low damage and more restricted Elemental Reactions kind of nullifies the two biggest pros to Elemental Bursts and pushes it down in priority for all Klee builds. We’ll go over exact priorities later on in build specifics.
1. Normal Attack: Kaboom!
When using her Normal Attack, Klee throws three explosive attacks that deal AOE Pyro DMG. Her charged attack consumes stamina and has her throw a slightly more explosive attack, which also deals AOE Pyro DMG.
The upside of Klee’s Normal Attack Talent is that it has quite high ATK DMG for a Catalyst character. Her Normal Attack DMG ranges from 129% to 161% at Level 10 and her Charged Attack deals up to 283% ATK DMG. There is also loads of potential for Elemental Reactions, since every one of Klee’s attacks deal Pyro DMG.
The downside is that Klee’s Normal Attacks have a long animation and can leave her vulnerable to interruption or enemies. Jumping at the right time after making an attack can help cancel the animation and let her move freely more quickly.
Also make sure to watch out for patches of dry grass! Klee’s attacks have a tendency to set everything on fire, which can deal damage to your party.
2. Elemental Skill: Jumpy Dumpty
Klee’s Elemental Skill has two base charges. When used, she throws a large, round bomb called a Jumpy Dumpty. Jumpy Dumpty will bounce three times, igniting and dealing AOE Pyro DMG with each bounce. After the third bounce, Jumpy Dumpty will split into eight smaller mines.
The mines explode when they come into contact with an enemy or after 15 seconds, whichever comes first. The mines can be gathered via certain characters’ Anemo Elemental Skills (including Kazuha, Sucrose, Jean, and the Anemo Traveler).
Enemies hit by Jumpy Dumpty itself will be dealt up to 171% ATK DMG, while enemies hit by mines will be dealt 59% DMG per mine. If a second Jumpy Dumpty is thrown and splits into mines, the mines of the first will explode automatically, regardless of their time on the field.
Klee’s first Passive Talent, Pounding Surprise, gives her a 50% chance to gain an Explosive Spark after dealing damage with her Normal Attacks and Jumpy Dumpty. Explosive Sparks increase Klee’s Charged Attack DMG by 50% and eliminates Stamina cost for the attack.
3. Elemental Burst: Sparks ‘n’ Splash
Klee’s Elemental Burst summons Sparks ‘n’ Splash for up to 10 seconds. While her Elemental Burst is active, AOE Pyro DMG is dealt continuously. While her Elemental Burst is great for setting things ablaze, it’s less great for dealing damage. Klee’s Elemental Burst damage taps out at only 76% DMG.
Klee mains shouldn’t be too sad, though. Constellations can seriously power up her Elemental Burst damage, both by increasing the level of her Talent up to 13 and by directly dealing 555% DMG when she leaves the field during her Elemental Burst’s duration.
Klee’s 6th Constellation also grants party members a 10% Pyro DMG Bonus after using her Elemental Burst. Other characters in your party will then generate 3 energy every 3 seconds while her Elemental Burst is on the field.
If you aren’t unlocking Klee’s Constellations, though, her Elemental Burst isn’t that great and we suggest focusing on her other talents.
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s get into the best weapons for Klee. The Skyward Atlas is going to be the best possible pick for her, but we’ve also included some 4-star alternatives to offer a few more options.
1. Skyward Atlas: 5-Star Catalyst
Your first choice when picking a weapon for Klee builds should be the 5-star catalyst, Skyward Atlas. No matter the role Klee has on your team, this is her best weapon. Its Base ATK is the highest in Genshin Impact, at 674 (as of Version 2.8). Its secondary stat is ATK% and increases Klee’s ATK by 33%, which is nothing to sneeze at, either.
Its main effect is where it really shines, though. Wandering Clouds increases Elemental DMG by 12%. Not only is that a nice little boost, Normal Attacks have a 50% chance to “earn the favor of the clouds.” This effect seeks out nearby opponents to attack and deals 160% ATK DMG. At higher levels of refinement, Elemental DMG is increased by 24% and the Favor of the Clouds effect deals 320% ATK DMG to enemies.
Having the increased DMG directly is great for DPS Klee builds, of course, but Favor of the Clouds also makes the Skyward Atlas great for support builds. The effect is still good for characters who won’t be on the field quite as long.
To fully ascend the Skyward Atlas, you’ll need:
- 225k Mora
- 5 Boreal Wolf’s Milk Tooth (2-star weapon material)
- 14 Boreal Wolf’s Cracked Tooth (3-star weapon material)
- 14 Boreal Wolf’s Broken Fang (4-star weapon material)
- 6 Boreal Wolf’s Nostalgia (5-star weapon material)
- 23 Dead Ley Line Branch (2-star enemy drop)
- 27 Dead Ley Line Leaves (3-star enemy drop)
- 41 Ley Line Sprout (4-star enemy drop)
- 15 Firm Arrowhead (1-star enemy drop)
- 23 Sharp Arrowhead (2-star enemy drop)
- 27 Weathered Arrowhead (3-star enemy drop)
2. The Widsith: 4-Star Catalyst
The Base ATK for the Widsith isn’t quite as high as the Skyward Atlas, only reaching 510 at Level 90. The secondary stat helps make up for it by increasing CRIT DMG by up to 55.1%. With the right artifacts equipped to increase CRIT Rate, Klee’s bombs will pack quite a punch.
The Widsith’s main effect, Debut, gives Klee one of three theme songs when she takes the field. Each song has its own buff that’s applied for 10 seconds. “Recitative” increases ATK by 60%, “Aria” increases Elemental DMG by 48%, and “Interlude” increases Elemental Mastery by 240 for the duration. At higher refinement levels, the buffs increase up to twice their base amounts.
Each theme song can be more or less useful depending on your build, but overall, the Widsith is a great 4-star catalyst for Klee.
To fully ascend the Widsith, you’ll need:
- 150k Mora
- 3 Boreal Wolf’s Milk Tooth (2-star weapon material)
- 9 Boreal Wolf’s Cracked Tooth (3-star weapon material)
- 9 Boreal Wolf’s Broken Fang (4-star weapon material)
- 4 Boreal Wolf’s Nostalgia (5-star weapon material)
- 15 Dead Ley Line Branch (2-star enemy drop)
- 18 Dead Ley Line Leaves (3-star enemy drop)
- 27 Ley Line Sprout (4-star enemy drop)
- 10 Damaged Mask (1-star enemy drop)
- 15 Stained Mask (2-star enemy drop)
- 18 Ominous Mask (3-star enemy drop)
3. Mappa Mare
For players wanting to save their primogems, we do have a recommendation for the best free-to-play Catalyst option for Klee.
The Mappa Mare is a bit different from the other Catalyst options for Klee. Its Base ATK is slightly higher than the Widsith at 565, but its secondary stat is Elemental Mastery. That means Klee’s attacks on their own won’t do as much damage when using this weapon.
That isn’t to say she won’t be dealing damage — it just means she’ll be most effective when triggering Elemental Reactions. That means putting a little more thought into the rest of your team to make sure you can reliably set up and trigger Elemental Reactions.
The main effect of this weapon is even more reason to pick your team carefully, since it also relies on Elemental Reactions. The Infusion Scroll effect increases Elemental DMG by 8% when an Elemental Reaction is triggered for up to 10 seconds. This effect can even stack up to two times. At higher refinement, the Elemental DMG Bonus increases to up to 16%.
As a forgeable weapon, it is easier to refine than the other options for Klee builds. You’ll just need to forge the weapon a few times in order to refine it and increase its stats.
To forge the Mappa Mare, you’ll need:
- 1 Northlander Catalyst Billet (4-star forging material)
- 50 Crystal Chunk (1-star item)
- 50 White Iron Chunk (1-star item)
- 500 Mora
Though refinement is easier for forgeable weapons than other weapons, it can still be a pain. Primarily due to the difficulty in obtaining weapon billets.
A single Catalyst Billet can be purchased from Mingxing Jewelry in Liyue. Players can also find a couple as rewards for completing certain tasks, but most of your Billets will come from facing weekly bosses. Billets have a random drop chance, so there’s no telling if you’ll get one, let alone a Catalyst Billet. Try to stay patient!
While you’re acquiring Catalyst Billets, you will also need some materials to ascend the Mappa Mare.
To fully ascend the Mappa Mare, you’ll need:
- 150k Mora
- 3 Grain of Aerosiderite (2-star weapon material)
- 9 Piece of Aerosiderite (3-star weapon material)
- 9 Piece of Aerosiderite (4-star weapon material)
- 4 Chunk of Aerosiderite (5-star weapon material)
- 15 Fragile Bone Shard (2-star enemy drop)
- 18 Sturdy Bone Shard (3-star enemy drop)
- 27 Fossilized Bone Shard (4-star enemy drop)
- 10 Slime Condensate (1-star enemy drop)
- 15 Slime Secretions (2-star enemy drop)
- 18 Slime Concentrate (3-star enemy drop)
Best Klee Builds: DPS
DPS Klee builds should focus on having high attack power. Unlike support builds, DPS Klee will be dealing most of her damage directly while staying on the field for longer amounts of time.
While this build will use Elemental Reactions, it isn’t as focused on them as support roles. What it does focus on is knocking enemies around with explosions and dealing high amounts of Pyro damage.
Any of the weapons mentioned above are a good fit for DPS Klee builds. The 5-star Catalyst Skyward Atlas and the 4-star Widsith are especially good choices for DPS Klee’s. Both Catalysts will directly increase Klee’s ATK while also granting some buffs to her Elemental DMG (potentially, anyway).
The high ATK is exactly what you want for this build, and both of these Catalysts encourage characters to be on the field longer to make better use of their effects. This is especially true for the Wandering Clouds effect of the Skyward Atlas.
While the Mappa Mare is viable for DPS Klee builds, it does much better as a Support weapon. This Catalyst’s secondary stat and effect are both related closely to Elemental Reactions, which can be easier to trigger when Klee isn’t on the field quite as often as a DPS build would demand.
Overall, the best artifact set for Klee is the 5-star Crimson Witch of Flames set. Its two-piece effect increases Pyro DMG by 15%, which is nice. The four-piece effect increases Overloaded and Burning DMG by 40% and increases Vaporize and Melt DMG by 15%. Furthermore, using an Elemental Skill increases the two-piece effect by an additional 50% for 10 seconds.
Crimson Witch of Flames is basically the set for Pyro DPS characters. Obviously, most of this artifact set’s effect focuses on Elemental Reactions. If your team isn’t really built for that, we also recommend swapping in a two-piece Gladiator’s Finale (or any other set that increases ATK% at the two-piece level).
For players wanting a 4-star alternative artifact set, we suggest the Martial Artist set. The two-piece effect increases Normal and Charged Attack DMG by 15%. The four-piece effect increases Normal and Charged Attack DMG by another 25% after using an Elemental Skill.
The increased Normal and Charged Attack DMG is perfect for Klee, whose Normal Attack Talent should be highest. It will increase her already high regular attacks without needing to focus on Elemental Reactions.
No matter which artifact set you end up choosing, you’ll want to be picky when it comes to specific artifacts. The right artifacts can take your Klee builds from mid to amazing. Finding the right stats on the right artifacts may take some time, so be patient and don’t be afraid to use stand-in artifacts.
Primary stats for the Flower of Life and Plume of Death are locked into HP and ATK, respectively. Primary stats for the other artifacts are much more fluid, though.
In general, you’ll want artifacts with the following stats:
- Sands of Eon: ATK%
- Goblet of Eonothem: Pyro DMG Bonus
- Circlet of Logos: CRIT DMG or CRIT Rate
Substats can add just as much to a character as primary stats. Unfortunately, you never know how artifact substats will turn out, since stats are increased at random throughout the leveling up process.
Substats for DPS Klee builds should prioritize Elemental Mastery, CRIT DMG, CRIT Rate, and ATK%. Since she will be making more attacks compared to other builds, having as much CRIT DMG and Rate as possible will be especially important.
Talents can be hard to level all at once so we’ve prioritized them in level of importance to this build.
- Normal Attack
- Elemental Skill
- Elemental Burst
DPS Klee builds will have high ATK, and her base ATK already being so high will mean you want to use her Normal Attacks the most. They have high damage potential, even more than her Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst. That means they will be dealing the most damage and can easily set off Elemental Reactions, too.
After her Normal Attack talent, you will want to focus on her Elemental Skill. It has the next highest damage potential and can generate energy for Klee when Jumpy Dumpty hits enemies during its bounces.
The lowest priority is Klee’s Elemental Burst. It has low damage potential and doesn’t really do much that Klee’s Elemental Skill and Normal Attack talents don’t, so if you need to save your Mora and resources, we suggest cutting back on this talent.
DPS Klee builds do well in most teams, so your team is largely up to you. We do recommend having a Hydro character around to literally put out fires, though. Support characters who can buff team members like Bennett are also a good idea.
(Bennett, Sucrose, Mona)
Best Klee Builds: Support
As mentioned before, Support Klee builds can be tricky to optimize. It is not impossible to have a support Klee, just keep in mind that most of her support abilities are locked behind constellation levels.
With her 2nd constellation level, Explosive Fangs, Klee debuffs enemies who are hit by her Jumpy Dumpty’s mines. Her 6th constellation, Blazing Delight, also generates energy for the rest of the party after she uses her Elemental Burst. Both effects are fantastic for support builds, though extremely difficult to come by.
Ignoring her constellation, support Klee builds should focus on switching on and off the field quickly. Her main tasks in this role will be setting off Pyro Elemental Reactions and applying Pyro to enemies, then swapping out with another character on your team. Her attacks can weaken enemies and even throw them back while you set up for your DPS character’s attack.
Support Klee builds can also use any of the weapons we recommended above. The buffing abilities of the Skyward Atlas and the Widsith will boost Klee’s attack power while on the field. The long effect cooldowns of the weapons won’t matter as much, since most players will be cycling through the rest of their team during those cooldowns anyway.
As mentioned above, the Mappa Mare is a better support weapon than DPS one. The effect is much more reliable and the secondary stat will help Klee trigger some really big Elemental Reactions. The Elemental DMG Bonus may only last for 10 seconds, but at full refinement, having a 32% Elemental DMG Bonus on command is great for a support role who doesn’t need to be on the field quite so often.
Our artifact set suggestion for Support Klee builds is similar to DPS builds. The 5-star Crimson Witch of Flames is still the best artifact set. Despite being a Support character, Klee will still be doing damage so the two-piece 15% Pyro DMG Bonus is still helpful. The four-piece Elemental Reaction buff is especially good for Support Klee builds who will be triggering Elemental Reactions off-field with her Jumpy Dumpty mines.
Unlike DPS builds though, the 4-star alternative artifact set we recommend for Support builds is the Gambler set. Its two-piece effect increases Elemental Skill DMG by 20%. The four-piece effect grants Klee a 100% chance to end her Elemental Skill cooldown when she defeats an enemy.
Since Support Klee builds will prioritize her Elemental Skill, having an artifact set which boosts her Elemental Skill only makes sense. The four-piece effect will be less helpful, since Klee already has two charges of her Elemental Skill, but it can still be helpful nonetheless.
No matter which set you choose, you will want artifacts with the following stats:
- Sands of Eon: ATK%
- Goblet of Eonothem: Pyro DMG Bonus
- Circlet of Logos: Elemental Mastery
The stat priorities aren’t so different from DPS builds, the biggest difference is the importance of Elemental Mastery to Support builds. Elemental Mastery should also show up in your substats too, along with CRIT Rate and ATK%.
Talent priorities for support Klee builds are as follows:
- Elemental Skill
- Normal Attack
- Elemental Burst
Klee’s role will involve popping onto the field, triggering her Elemental Skill, then switching out to another character while her Jumpy Dumpty bounces and splits off into mines. Your new character can then trigger an Elemental Reaction from the exploding Jumpy Dumpty mines.
To increase the damage dealt by her Elemental Skill then, it only makes sense to level up her Elemental Skill talent. It will allow her to apply Pyro to the environment and enemies around you in a very short amount of time which can’t really be done with her Normal Attack or her Elemental Burst.
After her Elemental Skill, you can choose to prioritize her Normal Attack or Elemental Burst. Since her Elemental Burst can get cut off as soon as she exits the field though, we wouldn’t choose it above her Normal Attacks.
For Support Klee builds, we suggest having a strong Anemo or Electro DPS character with another support character who can heal. Having Anemo or Electro on your team will give you an easy way to trigger Elemental Reactions. The healer then comes in handy for the fire damage likely to follow.
(Raiden, Sucrose, Bennett)
Join the High Ground
Those are our recommended Klee builds in Genshin Impact — thanks for reading! Are you trying something different that you think works better? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check out our other Genshin Impact character builds too (we just did a guide on Kazuha). We’re always adding more, so if your main isn’t there yet, they should be soon!
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