Hu Tao DPS Build Guide

Hu Tao Build Guide
Hu Tao Build Guide

Hu Tao is one of the best DPS in Genshin Impact, sitting comfortably with Ganyu at the top of tier list since her release.

Overview

Hu Tao Elemental Skill, Guide to Afterlife will apply Paramita Papilio state by taking portion of her HP and when in this state:

  • All Hu Tao attack will converted to Pyro DMG.
  • She got ATK increase based on her Max HP.
  • Charged attack will apply Blood Blossom effect, applying Pyro DMG every 4s (8 effect duration so that’s 2 ticks)

So basically when you are using her elemental skill, spam charged attack as much as you can. Might take sometime to get used to, especially when it comes to stamina usage (solved by her C1).

Guide to Afterlife Skill Attributes
Guide to Afterlife Skill Attributes

Hu Tao Elemental Burst: Spirit Soother will yeet her ghost friend to the enemy, dealing AoE Pyro DMG and regenerates percentages of her max HP. This effect can be triggered up to 5 times, based on the number of enemies hit.

Spirit Soother Skill Attributes
Spirit Soother Skill Attributes

Important Notes

It’s important to keep Hu Tao HP under 50% all the times because her second passive, Sanguine Rouge give her 33% Pyro DMG increase.

Sanguine Rouge Talent Info
Sanguine Rouge Talent Info

Her first passive talent, Flutter By will give all party members other than Hu Tao 12% CRIT Rate increase for 8s.

Flutter By Talent Info
Flutter By Talent Info

For important constellations, C1 will solve her stamina consumption problem.

Constellation Lv 1 - Crimson Bouquet
Constellation Lv 1 – Crimson Bouquet

Weapon

Staff of Homa is the best weapon for Hu Tao. With CRIT DMG% substats, and Reckless Cinnabar effect that synergize well with her kit.

HP increased by 20%. Additionally, provides an ATK Bonus based on 0.8/1/1.2/1.4/1.6% of the wielder’s Max HP. When the wielder’s HP is less than 50%, this ATK Bonus is increased by an additional 1/1.2/1.4/1.6/1.8% of Max HP.

5Star Primordial JadePrimordial Jade Winged Spear5Star Vortex Vanquisher
Vortex Vanquisher

Primordial Jade Winged Spear is another good 5 star weapon for her with it’s CRIT Rate% substats and more ATK increase from it’s effect. Vortex Vanquisher also good alternative if you can keep shield up most of the times.

4 StarPolearm Deathmatch
Deathmatch
4Star Dragons Bane
Dragons Bane
4Star Blackcliff Pole
Blackcliff Pole
The Catch Polearm
The Catch

Deathmatch as usual is one of the best 4 star for DPS character with it’s CRIT Rate% boost and effect that will always up. Dragons Bane is the best if you are using Hu Tao for Vaporize team since it’s effect will give DMG increase to enemy affected by Hydro or Pyro.

Blackcliff Pole is another good alternative, obtainable from Paimon Bargain Shop. However this weapon require defeating an opponent to gain the buff so it’s good for mobs but not recommended for boss fight.

The recently released weapon, The Catch is your F2P option and might be the best for burst dps Hu Tao. This weapon effect at refinement rank 5 will increase elemental burst DMG by 32% and elemental burst CRIT Rate by 12%.

Artifacts

4 Shimenawa Reminiscence

4 Shimenawa Set Bonus
4 Shimenawa Set Bonus

4 Shimenawa Reminiscence recommended for Hu Tao if you are prioritizing her charged attack over elemental burst for dps. This artifact will give 50% DMG increase for normal, plunging, and charged attack by sacrificing 15 energy everytime Hu Tao using her elemental skill.

Hu Tao will still using her Elemental Burst but not as often. Also, Hu Tao Elemental Skill, Guide to Afterlife have 9s duration and Shimenawa buff will active for 10s so this effect have 100% uptime.

4 Crimson Witch of Flames

Recommended to use if you are running Hu Tao with elemental reaction team (melt and vaporize). 2 set will give 15% Pyro DMG Bonus while it’s 4 set gives DMG increase for elemental reactions.

2 Crimson Witch + 2 Tenacity of the Millelith

2 Crimson Witch + 2 Tenacity of Millelith Set Bonus
2 Shimenawa + 2 Crimson Witch Set Bonus

Good alternative for overall DPS. 2 Crimson Witch will give 15% Pyro DMG Bonus and 2 Tenacity of the Millelith will gives 20% more HP which will boost her elemental skill ATK. Also, more HP = higher survivability.

Artifact Stats

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HP%Pyro DMG Bonus%CRIT DMG/CRIT Rate%
Substats
CRIT Rate% > CRIT DMG% > HP%/HP > ATK%/ATK > Elemental Mastery > energy Recharge%