Last modified: Oct 14, 2020 5:36 PM The fight at Genshin Impact revolves around the idea of the elements. Normal attacks from anyone except Catalyst users deal non-elemental damage by default, but using each character’s innate elemental skills and bursts, they can deal elemental damage, apply elemental effects, or imbue their elemental power weapons, allowing their normal attacks to finally get into action. Elemental reactions occur when two elements come into contact with each other. With 6 character elements and 7 elements existing in one form or another on Teyvat’s monsters, there are a lot of reactions that can take place, creating a complex and often confusing combat loop. Having a good grasp of the Elemental Weaknesses table can dramatically speed up fights, prevent embarrassing deaths, and best of all, cause massive damage. Elements Throughout Teyvat, 5 elements dominate the perch; Pyro, Cyro, Electro, Hydro and Anemo, and Geo representing fire, ice, electricity, water, wind and earth respectively. A sixth, Dendro, represents nature, but only obstacles like shields and wooden structures can be found, as opposed to characters and enemies. The first four can be viewed as primary elements, reacting with each other in various ways. Anemo and Geo, on the other hand, react with all of the elements in one (or two) ways, making them secondary elements. Elemental Reaction Effects Before learning how to trigger elemental reactions effectively, it is important to know what each person can do. From crowd control to damage over time, the elements can function in a number of ways: Electro-Charge Inflicts periodic Electro damage Superconductor Inflicts Cyro AoE damage and reduces the target’s physical DEFO explosions, inflicting Pyro AoE DMG and breaking geo shields. caused the reaction warning Spray Deals elemental area damage and removes Wet or Scorching Frozen Freezes target in place for a while – Geo can then induce Shatter for massive damage Whirlwind Reacts with the first element it connects with, causing damage of this type and spread its effects Crystallize Generates a crystal which, when selected up, creates a shield based on the element that caused it, absorbing a set amount of damage. Damage from the opposite element or the same element is absorbed less or more efficiently How to Trigger Elemental Reactions In combat, it is essential to know how the elements can work both in your favor and against you. He begins by applying an Affliction, then combining it with another element to cause a reaction. For example: Using a hydro attack or entering water will inflict “Wet” on the target. A Cryo attack would then cause the Freeze chain reaction, making them stand still for a while. In this specific case, using a Geo attack on a frozen target would react and provoke a Shatter, dealing massive damage and ending the chain. Some targets, however, might be immune to this exact reaction – a Slime naturally locked in Cryo would resist. at the initial. Hydro attacks, preventing Wet from ever applying. Instead, a Pyro attack could be used to inflict “Melt”, possibly removing their ice armor, or a Geo attack could be used to inflict similar Shatter at the end of the original reaction. Elements can react together in different ways for different effects. Being inflicted with Wet could cause your own Electro attacks to trigger Electro-Charge, dealing damage to your own character over time, giving you a reason to take Pyro damage to trigger Vaporize, removing the Wet condition and regaining it. balance on the battlefield. Here is how each element reacts to another in battle: Electro + Pyro = OverloadHydro = Electro-ChargeIce = SuperconductPyro + Electro = OverloadIce = MeltHydro = VaporizeCryo + Hydro = FreezePyro = MeltElectro = Superconduct ChargeHydro + Cryo = FreezePyro = with VaporizeEl react which element, causing respectively the Swirl or Crystallize effect. Swirl deals damage corresponding to the type of element it first comes into contact with and spreads its effects to other targets as an area of effect, making it ideal for quickly applying the same effect to multiple enemies. Geo, meanwhile, reacts with an element to create such crystals on the ground. Collect them to get an elemental shield – like Pryo. It will take increased damage from negative-reacting elements like Hydro, but will absorb additional damage from positively-reacting elements like Cryo.