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Genshin Impact Weapons Ranked: The Master List

Serpent Spine
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Genshin Impact weapons span a vast arsenal which is split into 5 different categories. To create a proper ranking, and to make it easier on the eyes, we’ll be ranking them in tiers based on their categories. We’ll take into account the weapon’s rating, recommended users, and where to get them. Be prepared for a long list!

Even with all these weapons, your characters will only be able to wield one weapon at a time. So make sure to choose the best of the best according to their effects and what pairs well with your characters. Without further delays, let’s get into this massive Genshin Impact weapon tier list!

A quick note: We have ranked the weapons based on their weapon type and tiers so don’t freak out when you see Summit Shaper at number one on our list as we just happened to rank swords first.

Sword

S-tier

Summit shaper

Summit Shaper
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Rating: 5 Star

Recommended Users: Jean, Bennett, Qiqi, Geo Traveler

Where To Get It: Wish

Currently the best sword in the game with one of the highest base attacks. The Summit Shaper increases shield strength and is stackable, so it is a weapon suitable for characters working on defense and support. 

The weapon grants a buff that allows you to have an increased attack when it hits your opponents which reaches up to 100% when a shield is active. Even its passive effect grants an increase in your base attack.

Mistsplitter reforged

Mistsplitter Reforged
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Rating: 5 Star

Recommended Users: Xingqiu, Keqing, Kamisato Ayaka, Kaedehara Kazuha, Geo Traveler, Anemo Traveler

Where To Get It: Wish

Mistsplitter Reforged is for those who wish to deal a ton of elemental damage to their opponents. It’s an Inazuman electro sword, so its design is reminiscent of Inazuma’s architecture and Shogun. 

The sword deals stackable elemental damage and bonus elemental damage, so it’s good for DPS sword wielders that depend on their elemental abilities. As for its passive effect, it grants increased critical damage when put to use.

Skyward blade

Skyward Blade
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Rating: 5 Star

Recommended Users: Jean, Bennett, Xingqiu, Keqing

Where To Get It: Wish

The Skyward Blade is a sought-after Genshin Impact weapon that adds an extra boost to your character when you use your elemental burst with ‘Skypiercing Might’. Your CRIT rate, movement, and ATK speed increase, and your normal and charged attack deal more damage. It’s an all-rounder suitable for characters that could deal high damage. Plus, you’ll get energy recharge as a passive effect.

Primordial Jade cutter

Primordial jade Cutter
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Rating: 5 Star

Recommended Users: Jean, Kaeya, Bennett, Xingqiu, Qiqi, Albedo, Kamisato Ayaka, Kaedehara Kazuha

Where To Get It: Wish

Almost all the sword-wielding characters are suitable to use the Primordial Jade Cutter, so you don’t have to worry about finding a suitable character. Getting the sword itself is a challenge though, as it is a rare weapon with a low probability of appearing when it comes to wishing on banners. 

The Primordial Jade Cutter allows for an increase in HP up to 40% with an attack bonus based on its wielder’s HP, and its passive allows for an increase in critical rate.

Aquila favonia

Aquila Favonia
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Rating: 5 Star

Recommended Users: Jean, Bennett, Keqing, Qiqi, Geo Traveler, Anemo Traveler

Where To Get It: Wish

Aquila Favonia allows for an increase in attack, and if your character takes damage, it will trigger ‘Falcon’s Defiance’. This will regenerate HP equal to the attack and deal increased damage to your enemies. This sword’s passive effect grants a physical damage bonus as well. 

Based on lore, this Genshin Impact weapon is the legendary sword for the Knights of Favonius which has been around for centuries – which explains its Monstadt design influences.

Freedom sworn

Freedom Sworn
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Rating: 5 Star

Recommended Users: Kaeya, Albedo, Kaedehara Kazuha, Geo Traveler, Anemo Traveler

Where To Get It: Wish

As an embodiment of Monstadt’s free spirit, Freedom Sworn is set to get you out of any tight situation you’ll find yourself in. This sword grants a Sigil of Rebellion when elemental reactions are triggered, and with 2 sigils, you’ll be able to obtain ‘Millennial Movement: Song of Resistance’. 

This will increase your overall attack damage and attack as you fight through clusters of enemies. An added bonus would be its passive effect which allows for better elemental mastery.

A-tier

The black sword

The Black Sword
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Jean, Keqing

Where To Get It: Battle Pass Bounty

The Black Sword adds more damage to normal and charged attacks and regenerates HP through attacks that land a critical hit. The passive effect for this sword focuses on increasing the critical rate of its user. The sword itself has a dark rumored story behind it, that talks about its user getting drunk off of blood from slaughtering enemies (which explains the red-colored design). A great Genshin Impact battle pass weapon inclusion.

The flute

The Flute
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Jean, Qiqi, Keqing

Where To Get It: Wish

A little on the rare and unique side when it comes to weapons, The Flute allows its wielder to harness the power of music through Harmonics. Harmonics could help deal up to 200% increased attack damage to enemies which lasts up to 30s. 

Best paired with characters who have fast attacks and could pull off some major AoE attacks. A great sword if you don’t have a 5-star sword around. Its passive helps increase the attacks of your character as well.

The alley flash

The Alley Flash
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Jean, Kaeya, Bennett, Xingqiu, Keqing, Kaedehara Kazuha

Where To Get It: Wish

The Alley Flash is probably one of the rarer Genshin Impact weapons to get on this list, although its abilities are pretty subpar. The sword increases the damage dealt by its wielder, but this can also be disrupted when your character takes damage. 

This is why characters that have fast attacks and are not easily disrupted are great matches for this sword. The sword’s passive effect focuses on increasing elemental mastery, so it’s not all about damage.

Royal longsword

Royal Longsword
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Keqing

Where To Get It: Starglitter Exchange

As a weapon you can exchange for in Paimon’s Bargains, the Royal Longsword is on the better side of the 4-star spectrum. This sword allows you to increase your CRIT rate when you start damaging your enemy. Its effects are also stackable, but once you’ve gotten a CRIT hit, it resets. As for its passive effects, this longsword helps in increasing your attacks.

Prototype rancour

Prototype Rancour
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Bennett, Keqing

Where To Get It: Crafting/Adventure Rank reward

Genshin Impact’s crafting system doesn’t really get talked about often, mainly because there’s not much to talk about. However, the Prototype Rancour is one of the few weapons you can get in the game through crafting. You just need some Crystal Chunks, White Iron Chunks, and the Northlander Sword Billet to forge it. 

If you’re too busy to forge, you’ll get it when your Adventure Rank levels up higher, so it’s up to you. The sword allows you to have an increased base attack and defense on hit and is stackable.

B-tier

Iron sting

The Black Sword
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Kaeya, Xingqiu, Anemo Traveler, Keqing

Where To Get It: Crafting

Similar to the Prototype Rancour, the Iron Sting can be forged with Crystal Chunks, White Iron Chunks, and the Northlander Sword Billet. It’s one of those special cases where a weapon can be crafted rather than wished for or found. 

The Iron Sting will allow you to deal increased damage whenever you deal any elemental damage. Its passive focuses on increasing elemental mastery as well. Using a character with strong elemental abilities would be a bonus with this Genshin Impact weapon.

Sword of descension

Sword of Descension
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Traveler Geo, Traveler Anemo

Where To Get It: Wish

When your character hits an enemy with their normal or charged attack, there is a 50% chance to deal 200% attack damage in a small AoE. This is useful for those who need a little added damage and power to their attacks, as even its passive effect helps increase attacks. 

This sword is best equipped by the Traveler, as they get extra perks – the Traveler’s attack will instantly increase by 66 when this sword is equipped.

Lion’s roar

Lion's Roar
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Keqing

Where To Get It: Wish

Best used for Pyro or Electro characters as it increases damage affected by those elemental abilities. Keqing is the only sword wielder available so far that matches these criteria, so if you’re looking for a sword for her, Lion’s Roar could do the trick. The sword’s passive also allows for an increase in attack for its wielder.

Sacrificial sword

Sacrificial Sword
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Xingqiu, Qiqi, Bennett, Kazuha, Geo Traveler, Anemo Traveler

Where To Get It: Wish

An ominous petrified sacrificial sword. After you damage an enemy with an elemental skill, the skill itself has a chance to end its own cooldown period, so it can be put to use faster. At max level, this sword can grant great energy recharge to its wielder as well. 

Its passive effect bumps up the energy recharge effect, so you’ll get double the energy. This Genshin Impact weapon is great for users that rely heavily on their elemental abilities during battle.

Festering desire

Festering Desire
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Jean, Kaeya, Xingqiu, Albedo, Anemo Traveler, Geo Traveler

Where To Get It: Event

Festering Desire was given out as part of Albedo’s event: The Chalk Prince and the Dragon back in update 1.2, so there’s no way to get it now unless they bring it back somehow. As such, it’s a weapon that works well with Albedo if you happen to have him in your arsenal.

The weapon’s effects focus on increasing your character’s elemental skill damage and elemental skill critical rate. Plus, its energy recharge passive helps with regenerating any energy lost during battles. Great for users that rely on their elemental abilities, and/or have strong elemental skills.

Favonius sword

Favonius Sword
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Kaeya, Bennett, Qiqi, Kazuha, Geo Traveler, Anemo Traveler

Where To Get It: Wish

If you’re looking at this right now, the Favonius Sword is up for grabs on the weapons wish banner until February 15th! For the Favonius Sword, your CRIT hits have a chance of creating an elemental orb that will regenerate 6 energy for your character to use up. 

This sword is for characters that need an endless source of energy as they go through battles, even its passive focuses on energy recharge. It’s an obvious battery weapon.

Cinnabar spindle

Cinnabar Spindle
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Albedo

Where To Get: Event

The best character for the Cinnabar Spindle is Albedo due to its passive skill effects that scale his elemental skill with DEF. This sword increases elemental skill damage based on your character’s DEF and resets after the damage is dealt. 

As it is one of the more tailor-made weapons, it was only available during Albedo’s run and ongoing event. Seeing as character reruns are a thing, we’re just hoping to see it again in the future.

Blackcliff longsword

Blackcliff Longsword
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Xingqiu, Keqing

Where To Get It: Starglitter Exchange

You can get this sword from Paimon’s Bargain shop whenever it is available! This sword grants you increased attack once you defeat an enemy, and is stackable up to 3 times. Your attack will just keep increasing and reset after the third time, which makes for an easy win when it comes to battles. Its passive focus is on increasing critical damage, so what’s not to love about this Genshin Impact weapon?

Amenoma kageuchi

Amenoma Kageuchi
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Kaeya, Ayaka, Kazuha, Jean, Bennett, Keqing, All Traveler Types

Where To Get It: Crafting

This weapon has a unique effect and is designed as a sort of battery for the characters that need a lot of energy. After casting an elemental skill during battle, you will gain 1 Succession Seed, and three may exist at the same time. Using your elemental burst will consume all the seeds, each granting 6 energy to the wielder. 

To forge this weapon, you’ll need a Northlander Sword Billet, Amethyst Lump, and White Iron Chunks.

C-tier

Skyrider sword

Skyrider Sword
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Rating: 3 Star

Recommended Users: Jean, Qiqi, Keqing, Geo Traveler

Where To Get It: Wish

A sword formerly yielded by a famous Skyrider of Monstadt. This sword allows its user to have a slight increase in movement speed and attack when they use their elemental burst. Its bonus passive effects allow for some minor energy recharge as well.

Harbinger of Dawn

Harbinger of Dawn
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Rating: 3 Star

Recommended Users: Kaeya, Xingqiu, Albedo

Where To Get It: Wish

Perhaps the feel-good buff from this sword is what gives it the added charm, aside from its classic design. The sword allows for an increase in critical rate, but only if your character’s HP is above 90%.

Its passive allows for an increase in critical damage. A taxing task to keep an eye on your health while in battle, so it deserves to be set low on our list of Genshin Impact weapons.

Traveler’s handy sword

Traveler's Handy Sword
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Rating: 3 Star

Recommended Users: Albedo

Where To Get It: Chest

One of the more prestigious swords you can get from chests on your adventures, the Traveler’s Handy Sword allows its wielders to restore their HP each time they collect an elemental orb or particle. Not that handy in hindsight, but you get what you can for free!

Fillet blade

Fillet Blade
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Rating: 3 Star

Recommended Users: Xingqiu, Kaeya, Geo Traveler, Anemo Traveler

Where To Get It: Wish

With the Fillet Blade, its bonus effect adds to your attack, and its other effects include a 50% chance to deal increased attack damage to a single enemy on hit. It’s pretty standard Genshin Impact weapon and can deal substantial damage with the right character.

D-tier

Dark iron sword

Dark Iron Sword
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Rating: 3 Star

Recommended Users: Keqing

Where To Get It: Vendor

Upon causing any of these elemental reactions: Overloaded, Superconduct, Electro-Charged, Electro-infused Swirl; base attack of the character will increase. Best incorporated with characters that will induce these elemental reactions for more effect, for now, it would be Keqing, as it is more electro focused.

Cool steel

Cool Steel
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Rating: 3 Star

Recommended Users: Kaeya, Xingqiu

Where To Get It: Wish

You’re guaranteed to get this sword as part of a throwaway wish, or if you’re having a bad luck streak. Cool Steel is best wielded by characters with Hydro or Cryo elemental abilities. Mainly because it increases damage against enemies affected by those elements, so Kaeya and Xingqiu would do well to wield it. 

Silver sword

Silver Sword
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Rating: 2 Star

Recommended Users: –

Where To Get It: Chest

A step up from the 1 Star Dull Blade, but it’s basically the same. The Silver Sword just has a slightly higher damage output when it is wielded. Can be found everywhere in chests, and has no special effects or passives.

Dull blade

Dull Blade
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Rating: 1 Star

Recommended Users: –

Where To Get it: Chest

The most basic Genshin Impact weapon and probably the first you’ll come across. Basically the tutorial weapon for sword-wielding characters. This sword can easily be found in chests and everywhere else, but it doesn’t have any special effects.

Polearm

S-tier

Staff of homa

Staff of Homa
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Rating: 5 Star

Recommended Users: Xiao, Zhongli, Hu Tao, Rosaria, Thoma, Raiden Shogun

Where To Get It: Wish

The best polearm in the entire game, the Staff of Homa increases the HP of its wielder and provides an attack bonus based on its wielder’s HP. When your HP is less than half, the attack bonus will increase by an additional amount of max HP. This polearm’s passive allows for an increase in critical damage as well.

A great weapon for characters like Hu Tao that has to cut their life in half in order to deal significant damage with their abilities. It is believed that this weapon was tailor-made for her character, but other characters could try putting it to use.

Primordial Jade winged-spear

Primordial Jade Winged Spear
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Rating: 5 Star

Recommended Users: Xiao, Xiangling, Zhongli, Hu Tao, Rosaria

Where To Get It: Wish

This Genshin Impact weapon is most commonly associated with Xiao, as it is the best weapon for his character that acts largely as a DPS/sub-DPS. It even matches his green character design, so it wouldn’t be far fetched to think that its his canon weapon.

On hit, this polearm increases the attack of its wielder, stackable up to 7 times. The max stack will deal increased damage. Even the passive of this polearm helps in increasing the critical rate of your attacks.

Engulfing lightning

Engulfing Lightning
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Rating: 5  Star

Recommended Users: Xiangling, Rosaria, Thoma, Raiden Shogun, Shenhe

Where To Get It: Wish

As with most Inazuman weapons, this polearm has an energy recharge passive. It’s also referred to as ‘The Grasscutter’ by some, as it is a Naginata used to cut grass in Japan. This polearm allows for an increase in attack based on energy recharge. You can gain a max amount of 120% attack and 50% energy recharge when you use an elemental burst. 

Pair this up with Raiden for the best battery combo your team has ever seen, it matches her aesthetic and abilities anyway.

Vortex vanquisher

Vortex Vanquisher
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Rating: 5 Star

Recommended Users: Zhongli, Shenhe, Yun Jin

Where To Get It: Wish

This is the best polearm for defensive characters who could produce shields like Zhongli. Its passive focuses on attacks, but its main effects help increase the shield strength of your characters. Scoring hits on your enemies with this polearm will increase your attacks and is stackable up to 5 times.

Genshin Impact characters protected by a shield will even have their attack increase by 100%.

Skyward spine

Skyward Spine
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Rating: 5 Star

Recommended Users: Xiao, Xiangling, Zhongli, Hu Tao, Rosaria, Shenhe, Yun Jin

Where To Get It: Wish

This polearm is a solid all-rounder for those who are looking for a universal weapon to build. Skyward Spine increases its wielder’s critical rate and attack speed. Your normal and charged attacks will have a 50% chance to trigger a vacuum blade dealing attack damage in a small AoE. It’s passive grants energy recharge, so this polearm is a good safe bet if you’re looking for a 5-star Genshin Impact weapon!

Calamity queller

Calamity Queller
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Rating: 5 Star

Recommended Users: Xiao, Xiangling, Zhongli, Rosaria, Raiden Shogun, Shenhe

Where To Get It: Wish

The latest 5-star weapon inclusion that came with the 2.4 update, Calamity Queller helps mostly with elemental abilities. Right off the bat, you’ll get a 12% elemental damage bonus. Using an elemental skill, you’ll obtain a ‘Consummation’ which causes your attack to increase by 3.2% per second, max 6 stacks. Its passive effects focus on attacks as well.

The catch

The Catch
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Xiangling, Zhongli, Hu Tao, Rosaria, Thoma, Raiden Shogun, Shenhe

Where To Get It: Vendor

A unique weapon in general, The Catch is a trident-like polearm that you can buy from the Inazuma Fishing Association for 20 Rusty Koi, 20 Golden Koi and 6 Raimei Angelfish. This polearm increases elemental burst damage and its wielder’s elemental burst critical rate. 

Overall, a fun weapon to have around and a powerful one if you’re up for the challenge of fishing for the amount of fish needed for an exchange. Most players walk away at the idea of fishing, so good luck!

A-tier

Favonius Lance

Favonius Lance
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Xiao, Xiangling, Zhongli, Rosaria, Thoma, Raiden Shogun

Where To Get It: Wish

As part of the Favonius series of weapons, this polearm is great for energy recharge. When you land a critical hit, there’s a chance for you to generate one elemental orb which will, in turn, generate 6 energy for your character. This polearm is equipped with an energy recharge passive as well, so it is useful for characters who rely on their elemental abilities and skills in battle. Overall, it’s a solid Genshin Impact weapon.

Wavebreaker’s fin

Wavebreaker's Fin
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Xiangling, Zhongli, Hu Tao, Rosaria, Thoma, Raiden Shogun

Where To Get It: Wish

Wavebreaker’s Fin is a rather unique polearm. The Watatsumi Wavewalker effect will calculate the total energy cost of your party’s elemental burst – the higher the total energy cost, the stronger the wielder’s elemental burst damage. 

The Wavebreaker’s Fin is a great weapon for team compositions with mainly DPS characters that rely on their elemental abilities. Hard-hitting DPS characters like Hu Tao and Rosaria would do well with it.

Kitain cross spear

Kitain Cross Spear
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Xiangling, Rosaria

Where To Get It: Crafting

The Kitain Cross Spear can be forged by putting together the Northlander Polearm Billet, Amethyst Lump and White Iron Chunks. This polearm increases the elemental skill damage of its wielder. With this polearm, you lose energy in order to gain more energy as you progress through a battle. An interesting concept, and easily forged as you wish.

B-tier

Prototype starglitter

Prototype Starglitter
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Xiao, Xiangling, Zhongli, Hu Tao

Where To Get It: Crafting

The Prototype Starglitter can be forged at the blacksmith with the Northlander Polearm Billet, Crystal Chunks and White Iron Chunks. It’s easy to forge and still packs a punch compared to most polearms. Free players, this might be the one for you.

This polearm increases your normal and charged attack damage after using an elemental skill and it offers substantial energy recharge as a passive.

Blackcliff pole

Blackcliff Pole
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Xiao

Where To Get It: Starglitter Exchange

You can get this weapon through the Paimon’s Bargains shop, so all you need to do is save up enough Starglitter. The Blackcliff Pole increases your character’s attack after defeating an enemy, so you’ll progressively get stronger through battle. 

It has increased critical damage as a passive as well, great for team battles and dungeon runs. Xiao’s powerful attack could put this polearm to good use if you’ve got nothing else to give him.

Dragonspine spear

Dragonspine Spear
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Xiangling, Rosaria

Where To Get It: Crafting

As you go through the game, you’ll come across the Festering Fang quest, where you’ll get to collect the materials needed to forge the Dragonspine Spear. The materials needed are Northlander Polearm Billet, Starsilver and Vitalized Dragontooth. 

There’s a chance of an Everfrost Icicle forming above your enemy whilst using this weapon. This icicle deals AoE attack damage to your surroundings, and those affected by Cryo will take up to 360% attack damage.

Crescent pike

Crescent Pike
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Xiangling, Zhongli, Rosaria

Where To Get It: Crafting

Another polearm that you can forge on your own. Just gather up a Northlander Polearm Billet, Crystal Chunks and White Iron Chunks. When your character picks up an elemental orb or particle, normal and charged attacks will deal additional attack damage. The passive for this polearm grants a physical damage bonus as well.

C-tier

Deathmatch

Deathmatch
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Xiao, Xiangling, Zhongli, Hu Tao, Rosaria, Raiden Shogun

Where To Get It: Battle Pass Bounty

For those who would love an extra perk in their Genshin Impact Battle Pass Weapons, the Deathmatch is up for grabs. If there are two opponents and above nearby, the wielder’s attack and defence will increase. If there is only one enemy nearby, then only the attack will increase.

Its passive effect influences your critical rate as well. A pretty interesting polearm, and unique in its own way.

Dragon’s bane

Dragon's Bane
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Xiangling, Hu Tao

Where To Get It: Wish

Best polearm for Hydro or Pyro characters only, as its effects apply to characters with those elemental abilities. Dragon’s Bane increases damage towards enemies affected by Hydro or Pyro, so equipping it with characters who can inflict those elemental reactions on enemies is a plus. It even grants its user increased elemental mastery as a passive.

Royal spear

Royal Spear
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Xiao, Xiangling, Hu Tao

Where To Get It: Starglitter Exchange

As you damage an opponent with this polearm, your critical rate will increase and is stackable up to 5 times. One critical hit on your enemies will reset the effect, so you can have multiple critical hits with high damage.

This is a great Genshin Impact weapon for hard-hitting characters, as even its passive focuses on increasing your attack.

Lithic spear

Lithic Spear
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Xiao, Xiangling, Zhongli

Where To Get It: Wish

This weapon is only great for characters that are from Liyue, so that explains the low ranking for us. Plus, it doesn’t really bring much to the table in terms of effects and passives either.

The character will gain an increase in attack and their critical rate which can be stacked up to 4 times. Its passive increases its wielder’s attack slightly and that’s it. 

D-tier

White tassel

White Tassel
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Rating: 3 Star

Recommended Users: Xiao, Rosaria

Where To Get It: Chest

Probably the best free polearm you’ll get from chests as you journey through the game. The White Tassel increases your normal attack damage and has a passive that focuses on increasing your critical rate slightly when in battle.

Halberd

Halberd
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Rating: 3 Star

Recommended Users: Xiao, Xiangling

Where To Get It: Chest

The Halberd increases your normal attack damage and has a passive ability that increases your attack. It’s a polearm you’ll come across quite often in chests throughout your adventures as well.

Black tassel

Black Tassel
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Rating: 3 Star

Recommended Users: 

Where To Get It: Wish

The Black Tassel is a lower-end Genshin Impact weapon that you’ll be annoyed to get when you’re wishing on a banner hoping for a 5 star to pop out. It’s one of those weapons or items that pop up when you least want it to. The only thing it does is increase damage against slimes. It has a passive that helps with increasing your HP, but that doesn’t do much either.

Iron point

Iron Point
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Rating: 2 Star

Recommended Users: –

Where To Get It: Chest

Similar to Beginner’s Protector, but deals slightly higher damage. Easy to get through chests as you adventure through the game. It has no special effects or passives to it either, and it can be used by anyone or not at all.

Beginner’s protector

Beginner's Protector
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Rating: 1 Star

Recommended Users: –

Where To Get It: Chest

The easiest and most common polearm for you to get for free in the game as it is a tutorial beginner weapon that does not have any special effects or passives attached to it. This weapon can be used for any character, but you will definitely change it out the moment you find something better.

Bow

S-tier

Thundering pulse

Thundering Pulse
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Rating: 5 Star

Recommended Users: Fischl, Tartaglia Childe, Yoimiya, Kujou Sara, Aloy

Where To Get It: Wish

The most powerful bow currently in the Genshin Impact meta, Thundering Pulse offers an increase in attack and grants Thunder Emblems. These Thunder Emblems increase normal attack damage and can be stacked up to 3 times. 

You can get the emblems by dealing damage with your normal attack, casting elemental skills, and when your energy is less than 100%. Inazuman made, which is obvious by its electrifying design.

Skyward harp

Skyward Harp
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Rating: 5 Star

Recommended Users: Amber, Venti, Fischl, Tartaglia Childe, Ganyu, Kujou Sara, Aloy

Where To Get It: Wish

The Skyward Harp is a great bow that most players have now associated with Venti, mainly because of its lore. This bow symbolizes the connection between Dvalin and the Anemo Archon which is (spoilers alert) Venti. This bow increases critical rate damage and allows for a small AoE damage to take place which deals some physical attack damage.

The bow’s passive is to increase critical rate as well, so your critical rate damage will be quite high with this bow as your Genshin Impact weapon of choice.

Amos’ bow

Amos' Bow
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Rating: 5 Star

Recommended Users: Amber, Tartaglia Childe, Ganyu, Yoimiya

Where To Get It: Wish

This bow increases your normal attack and aimed shot damage. Your damage increases for every arrow you shoot and is stackable up to 5 times. Its passive boosts the attack of your character, so if you’re good at aiming, this is the bow for you.

Most players tend to avoid bows and bow characters for this reason, but if you enjoy it, you could essentially be unstoppable.

Elegy for the end

Elegy For The End
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Rating: 5 Star

Recommended Users: Venti, Fischl, Ganyu, Yoimiya, Kujou Sara, Gorou

Where To Get It: Wish

Trying to figure out the effects of this bow can be quite daunting as you’re greeted with a long explanation, but we’ll simplify it for you. The Elegy For The End bow grants an increase in elemental mastery, so you will be granted a Sigil of Remembrance when your elemental skills/bursts hit enemies. 

When you’ve collected 4 Sigil of Remembrance, the ‘Millennial Movement: Farewell Song’ is triggered. This increases elemental mastery and attacks of any nearby party members. This bow also offers an energy recharge passive for its user.

Rust

Rust
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Fischl, Tartaglia Childe, Yoimiya

Where To Get It: Wish

One of the 4-star weapons that are powerful and worthy enough to jump to the S-Tier, surpassing 5 stars. This weapon is most commonly associated with Tartaglia Childe, due to its effects and design that matches his character entirely. 

Rust allows for an increase in normal attack damage and rapid-fire but a decrease in aimed shot damage. It’s a great Genshin Impact weapon for those who don’t enjoy aimed shots and prefer to just shoot continuously at enemies. Its passive allows for an attack boost as well, so it is great for high damage bow characters.

Polar Star

Polar Star
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Rating: 5 Star

Recommended Users: Amber, Venti, Fischl, Tartaglia Childe, Kujou Sara, Aloy, Ganyu, Yoimiya

Where To Get It: Wish

A powerful bow for those looking for a weapon that can cause substantial damage. The Polar Star allows for increased elemental skill and elemental burst damage. Once your opponent is hit with a normal attack, charged attack, elemental skill or elemental burst, an Ashen Nightstar is created. This Ashen Nightstar increases your attacks and can be stacked up to 4 times.

The Polar Star is also one of the newer bows introduced in Genshin Impact, and it seems like a great match for Tartaglia Childe’s elemental abilities for now. So if you don’t have Rust around, Polar Star will do the trick.

A-tier

Windblume ode

Windblume Ode
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Amber, Venti, Fischl, Ganyu, Tartaglia

Where To Get It: Windblume Event

An exclusive weapon from the yearly Windblume event, this bow is a great representation of the season and its events that revolve around Anemo, wishes, and freedom. When using an elemental skill, you are granted a wish that increases your attack. 

The passive for this bow focuses on elemental mastery, and it would be nice to have Venti using it mainly because Windblume correlates to his character pretty well.

The stringless

The Stringless
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Amber, Venti, Tartaglia Childe, Ganyu, Fischl

Where To Get It: Wish

One of the more beloved 4 star bows, The Stringless holds similar effects to the Windblume Ode. The bow grants an increase in elemental skill and elemental burst damage with an increased elemental mastery passive.

This bow is best used for characters that focus on their elemental abilities to deal significant damage. It’s a simple and highly effective bow that gets the job done.

Hamayumi 

Hamayumi
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Amber, Fischl, Tartaglia Childe, Ganyu

Where To Get It: Crafting

The Hamayumi bow can be forged through crafting, and you’ll have to gather a Northlander Bow Billet, Amethyst Lumps, and White Iron Chunks for it. Once that is done, you’ll have a bow that grants you increased normal attack damage and charged damage. However, these effects depend on your energy to increase. Overall, it helps increase your attack as a passive effect as well.

Blackcliff warbow

Blackcliff Warbow
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Amber, Fischl, Tartaglia Childe, Ganyu

Where To Get It: Starglitter Exchange

Head to Paimon’s Bargains with your Starglitter for this warbow. This weapon grants increased attack each time you defeat an enemy with a maximum of 3 stacks. You’ll progressively land higher attacks and damage as you continue to go through battles.

Its passive allows for increased critical damage as well. This Genshin Impact weapon is great for those pesky transportation quests or dungeon runs!

The viridescent hunt

The Viridescent Hunt
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Amber, Fischl, Tartaglia Childe, Ganyu

Where To Get It: Battle Pass Bounty

If you play your cards right and are diligent in playing the game every day, you’ll have a chance to grab the Viridescent Hunt as part of the Genshin Impact Battle Pass weapons’ bounty.

This bow allows for increased attack damage to surrounding enemies by pulling them in with a cyclone. Your aimed shots and normal attacks have a 50% chance of generating the said cyclone. Its passive increases critical rate as well.

Sacrificial bow

Sacrificial Bow
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Fischl, Diona, Kujou Sara, Gorou

Where To Get It: Wish

For the Sacrificial Bow, its special effects would be up to an 80% chance for your elemental skill to end its own cooldown with a passive that focuses on energy recharge. This weapon is great for characters who rely on their abilities and have long cooldowns like Diona and her healing.

B-tier

Mouun’s Moon

Mouun's Moon
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Amber, Venti, Fischl, Tartaglia Childe, Ganyu, Kujou Sara, Aloy

Where To Get It: Wish

Similar to the Wavebreaker’s Fin polearm, the Mouun’s Moon bow takes your party’s combined maximum energy capacity and uses it to increase your elemental burst damage.

This Genshin Impact weapon falls under the Watatsumi Wavewalker effect, as with other corresponding weapons of this series. Its passive allows for an increased attack as a bonus.

Mitternachts waltz

Mitternachts Waltz
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Fischl

Where To Get It: Wish

This bow was essentially made for Fischl and it compliments her character so well, from its design to its functionality. The Mitternachts Waltz allows for increased elemental skill damage every time you use a normal attack and each elemental skill that hits your opponents will increase normal attack damage. 

This bow’s passive grants a physical damage bonus as well. As Fischl relies heavily on her elemental abilities, this bow will help her do some damage. 

Predator

Predator
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Aloy, Ganyu

Where To Get It: Event

This bow was a special offering for PlayStation users to claim once they reach Adventure Rank 20. It’s an exclusive which makes it intriguing but impossible for some players to obtain if they don’t own a PlayStation. The Predator bow exclusively works for characters that inflict Cryo damage, but mainly Aloy.

Characters that deal Cryo damage will receive an increase in normal and charged attack damage when using this weapon. When equipped by Aloy, her attack increases by 66.

Royal bow

Royal Bow
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Tartaglia

Where To Get It: Starglitter Exchange

Another bow to be had through the Paimon’s Bargains shop by exchanging Starglitter, The Royal Bow increases your critical rate when damaging enemies and is stackable up to 5 times. It resets after 5 times, so you can keep getting critical hits over and over as you continue. Its passive increases its wielder’s attack.

Prototype crescent

Prototype Crescent
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Amber, Ganyu

Where To Get It: Crafting

This weapon can be crafted, all you need is a Northlander Bow Billet, Crystal Chunks, and White Iron Chunks. This bow can be difficult to use, as its only special effect focuses on aimed shots which we all collectively despise.

If you hit weak points with an aimed shot, your movement speed and attack will increase slightly. For this bow, its passive effect focuses on increasing your attacks slightly.

Favonius warbow

Favonius Warbow
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Amber, Venti, Fischl, Ganyu, Diona, Tartaglia Childe, Gorou, Kujou Sara

Where To Get It: Wish

Your critical hits will have a chance of creating Elemental particles that generate 6 energy for your character, similar to the rest of the weapons in the Favonius series – Favonius Sword, Favonius Lance, etc.

Its passive works on the energy recharge of your character. With that said, it is a Genshin Impact weapon that could be used by any character, as everyone needs a little energy boost.

Compound bow

Compound Bow
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Fischl

Where To Get It: Crafting

By collecting a Northlander Bow Billet, Crystal Chunks and White Iron Chunks, you’ll be able to craft this bow. For this bow’s effects, your normal and charged attack will increase attack and normal attack speed, stackable up to 4 times. Its passive also offers a physical damage bonus to its users.

Alley Hunter

Alley Hunter
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Venti, Fischl, Kujou Sara

Where To Get It: Wish

The Alley Hunter bow allows its user to have an increase in attack and critical rate damage while on the battlefield. However, if your character takes damage then it will be reset, even if this effect is stackable up to 5 times. The bow’s passive allows for an increase in critical rate as well.

C-tier

Slingshot

Slingshot
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Rating: 3 Star

Recommended Users: Amber, Ganyu

Where To Get It: Wish

This bow allows for an increase in damage if your normal attack or aimed shot hits a target, but if not then it will decrease your damage. The trade-off is not worth it unless you’ve already got pretty good aim. The practical thing would be to tell you to practice, but if you’re playing this game on a mobile phone then you’ll need a whole lot of luck.

Sharpshooter’s oath

Sharpshooter's Oath
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Rating: 3 Star

Recommended Users: Amber, Ganyu

Where To Get It: Wish

This bow only provides increased damage towards weak spots, so if you have this around you might want to just aim for weak spots while shooting your enemies. Its passive provides an increase in critical damage, so it’s not a total loss after all. Again, aiming is important here!

Recurve bow

Recurve Bow
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Rating: 3 Star

Recommended Users: Diona

Where To Get It: Chest

This bow is probably the highest quality you can find in your explorations. With this in hand, defeating enemies could help restore your HP. Better to pair it with healers like Diona if you’re doing a free run or can’t seem to find any good bows around. Even its passive focuses on increasing your character’s HP.

Raven bow

Raven Bow
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Rating: 3 Star

Recommended Users: Amber, Tartaglia Childe

Where To Get It: Wish

This Genshin Impact weapon exclusively works for Hydro and Pyro characters only as its effects only work for enemies affected by those elements. The character’s damage will increase on those affected by Hydro and Pyro with an added elemental mastery passive.

Characters like Amber and Tartaglia Childe would benefit the most here.

D-tier

Messenger

Messenger
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Rating: 3 Star

Recommended Users: Amber, Ganyu

Where To Get It: Chest

A slightly better upgrade than the ones below for free bows. The Messenger deals additional attack damage and critical damage for any aimed shots that hit enemy weak spots. Its passive focus on increased critical damage as well. Like we’ve previously mentioned, you better start practising your aim!

Seasoned Hunter’s bow

Seasoned Hunter's Bow
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Rating: 2 Star

Recommended Users: –

Where To Get It: Chest

This bow is a minor upgrade from the Hunter’s Bow in terms of attack, but that’s it. This bow can be found commonly in chests, so there’s no lack of it. There are no passives or special effects tied to this weapon, and you’ll exchange it as soon as you find a better one.

Hunter’s bow

Hunter's Bow
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Rating: 1 Star

Recommended Users: –

Where To Get It: Chest

This is a beginner and tutorial bow that you will most commonly find on your adventure. This bow does not offer any passives or special effects for your characters, and you’ll probably switch it out as soon as possible.

Claymore

S-tier

Wolf’s gravestone

Wolf's Gravestone
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Rating: 5 Star

Recommended Users: Diluc, Razor, Noelle, Beidou, Chongyun, Xinyan

Where To Get It: Wish

Arguably the best claymore available in the game, and one of Genshin Impact’s best weapons. Wolf’s Gravestone increases its wielder’s attack, and any attacks against enemies with HP lower than 30% will increase all party members’ base attacks. Its passive focuses on an increase in attack for its wielder as well. 

This claymore packs a punch, and since claymore users are usually heavy damage dealers in the game, this is the best weapon of choice.

Song of broken pines

Song of Broken Pines
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Rating: 5 Star

Recommended Users: Razor, Xinyan, Eula

Where To Get It: Wish

Similar to the other weapons in the ‘Millennial Movement’ series, the Song of Broken Pines helps with increasing attacks. Once your normal or charged attacks hit your enemies, a Sigil of Whispers will appear. Consuming 4 sigils will allow nearby party members to obtain ‘Millennial Movement: Banner Hymn’ that increases normal attack speed and attack. 

Skyward pride

Skyward Pride
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Rating: 5 Star

Recommended Users: Diluc, Razor, Noelle, Itto, Xinyan, Chongyun

Where To Get It: Wish

Skyward Pride resembles Dvalin’s power and freedom, as dictated by lore, so its really cool to see it glow. This claymore is great if you’re looking to deal substantial damage from all angles. Its effect increases all damage and after using an elemental burst, normal or charged attack, a vacuum blade is created. 

This will then deal more physical damage to your enemies. The claymore even grants energy recharge as its passive effect.

The unforged

The Unforged
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Rating: 5 Star

Recommended Users: Noelle, Beidou, Xinyan

Where To Get It: Wish

This is the best claymore for support or defense characters that deal with shields. The Unforged helps with increasing shield strength and any hits on opponents increase your character’s attacks. Effects are stackable up to 5 times. Its passive focus is on increasing attacks as well, so you’ll get defence and attack boosts. Its design is reminiscent of geo constructs, and its functionality reflects those abilities.

Redhorn stonethresher

Redhorn Stonethresher
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Rating: 5 Star

Recommended Users: Diluc, Razor, Noelle, Xinyan, Itto

Where To Get It: Wish

The Redhorn Stonethresher is another claymore for the defense and support characters as it increases defense. Its wielder’s normal and charged attack damage increased based on defence as well. The passive for this claymore focuses on critical damage, so you can aid your DPS characters well.

Akuoumaru

Akuoumaru
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Diluc, Razor, Noelle, Chongyun, Beidou, Xinyan

Where To Get It: Wish

Part of the Watatsumi Wavewalker series of weapons, the Akuoumaru occupies similar elements as those weapons. All the maximum energy points of your party members help to increase the elemental burst damage of this weapon.

A maximum point of up to 80% increased elemental burst damage can be acquired with this weapon, and its passive is a bonus increase in attack.

A-tier

Serpent spine

Serpent Spine
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Diluc, Razor, Noelle, Beidou, Xinyan, Eula, Itto

Where To Get It: Battle Pass Bounty

If you worked through your Genshin Impact Battle Pass weapon’s bounty, there’s a potential to be rewarded with this cool looking weapon made out of bones. The Serpent Spine is definitely one of the cooler looking weapons in the game. 

However, this weapon has a give and take effect. You’ll get to deal more damage, but you will also take more damage. This effect is stackable up to 5 times and everything will be reset or a stack is reduced once your character takes damage. Its passive effect increases your critical rate.

Prototype archaic

Prototype Archaic
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Razor, Chongyun, Xinyan

Where To Get It: Crafting

The Prototype Archaic can be forged by gathering a Northlander Claymore Billet, Crystal Chunks, and White Iron Chunks. Its bonus passive effect increases its wielder’s attack and its overall effect allows its wielder to deal substantial attack damage with a small AoE. 

This is a great Genshin Impact weapon for explosive characters to deal damage, and this is a weapon you’re most likely to encounter when wishing on banners.

Whiteblind

Whiteblind
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Noelle, Itto

Where To Get It: Crafting

To forge the Whiteblind, you’ll be needing a Northlander Claymore Billet, Crystal Chunks, and White Iron Chunks. Head over to the Blacksmith to forge it. As for its effects, the Whiteblind increases its wielder’s base attacks and defence once on hit. Its passive is an increase in defence, so it’s best to pair this weapon up with some defensive or support characters like Noelle or Itto.

Sacrificial greatsword

Sacrificial Greatsword
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Diluc

Where To Get It: Wish

The Sacrificial Greatsword, similar to others in the Sacrificial series, focuses on reducing the cooldown of its wielder’s elemental skill when put to use. Its passive focus on energy recharge, and this makes it a great weapon for claymore wielders that have long ability cooldowns or powerful abilities for more ability spams. Equipping this with Diluc will allow you to paint the town red.

Luxurious sea-lord

Luxurious Sea Lord
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Diluc, Razor, Noelle, Beidou, Eula, Chongyun, Xinyan

Where To Get It: Event Reward

Although watching a character beat their enemies to death with a comically large fish can be pretty amusing, the Luxurious Sea Lord is a rare weapon to obtain. It also packs quite the punch, which is fun. 

This fish increases your elemental burst damage and once your burst hits your opponents, a gigantic tuna is summoned that deals attack and AoE damage. I’d get it just to see the tuna falling from the sky the next time it comes around.

Snow-tombed starsilver

Snow-Tombed Starsilver
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Razor, Xinyan, Eula

Where To Get It: Crafting

You can craft this icy-looking Genshin Impact weapon by gathering a Northlander Claymore Billet, Crystal Chunks, and Starsilver. Either that or simply getting it for free by exploring Dragonspine and collecting all of the Stone Tablets to unlock a secret room. 

Either way, the Snow-Tombed Starsilver allows an Everfrost Icicle to form above your opponents when they are hit with your normal or charged attacks. The icicles will grant AoE attack damage and those affected by Cryo will receive extra attack damage. This effect is similar to that of the Dragonspine Spear as they originate from the same location.

Blackcliff slasher

Blackcliff Slasher
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Diluc, Itto

Where To Get It: Starglitter Exchange

You can head on over to Paimon’s Bargains for this one and exchange it with some Starglitter. The Blackcliff Slasher, as with previous weapons of the Blackcliff series, increases your character’s attack every time an enemy is defeated. It is stackable up to 3 times and its passive grants increased critical damage. 

A good pair for characters that already have a high damage output and can easily defeat enemies like Diluc and Itto.

Favonius greatsword

Favonius Greatsword
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Diluc, Xinyan

Where To Get It: Wish

As part of the Favonius series of weapons, this claymore focuses on increasing critical hits in order to produce elemental orbs, each granting 6 energy for its wielder. Its passive is to increase energy recharge, as with previous weapons.

If you’re looking for a Genshin Impact weapon that helps with energy recharge or a ‘battery weapon’, then this is it.

B-tier

Lithic blade

Lithic Blade
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Beidou, Chongyun, Xinyan

Where To Get It: Wish

The Lithic Blade, as with all weapons from this series (look at Lithic Spear under Polearm) has special effects for characters that hail specifically from Liyue. The Liyue characters that equip this weapon in battle have an increased attack and critical rate that is stackable up to 4 times. Its passive also builds on attacks. 

As such, we recommend Liyue characters like Beidou, Xinyan and Chongyun to wield this massive claymore in battle.

Rainslasher

Rainslasher
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Beidou, Razor

Where To Get It: Wish

This claymore is best wielded by those with Hydro or Electro abilities as it grants extra damage to any enemy affected by Hydro or Electro. Its passive allows for better elemental mastery as well.

Claymore users with Electro like Beidou and Razor would do well. So far, there are no Hydro claymore users yet, but hopefully, that changes in the future.

Royal greatsword

Royal Greatsword
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Razor, Xinyan, Chongyun

Where To Get It: Starglitter Exchange

Easily attainable if you have enough Starglitter, you can just go to Paimon’s Bargains and get this royal blue claymore. The Royal Greatsword allows your character to have an increased critical rate when damage is inflicted upon your enemies. The passive effect for this claymore focuses on increasing attacks.

The Bell

The Bell
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Noelle, Beidou, Xinyan

Where To Get It: Wish

One of the more common claymores you’ll be able to attain if you have bad luck when wishing on banners and events. The Bell is a substantial weapon nonetheless and can be great in the right hands. If your character happens to take damage, a shield will appear to absorb damage based on your max HP. 

The shield can only last up to 10 seconds or until it is broken. As you are protected by the shield, your damage infliction will continue to increase.

Katsuragikiri nagamasa

Katsuragikiri Nagamasa
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Beidou, Chongyun, Sayu

Where To Get It: Crafting

This claymore can be forged with a Northlander Claymore Billet, Amethyst Lumps and White Iron Chunks. Some people have decided to pair this claymore up with Sayu, mainly because it seems to fit her ninja personality. The claymore grants elemental skill damage and once it hits an opponent you’ll lose 3 energy which will be gained back every 2 seconds. 

Skyrider greatsword

Skyrider Greatsword
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Rating: 3 Star

Recommended Users: Razor, Xinyan, Eula

Where To Get It: Wish

The Skyrider Greatsword allows for increased normal and charged attacks, stackable up to 4 times. The sword also grants a physical damage passive bonus to its character. You’ve heard of the Skyrider Sword – well, this is the Greatsword version, which means it has the same properties and silly lore but it’s bigger than your average supposedly 6-foot tall character.

Debate club

Debate Club
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Rating: 3 Star

Recommended Users: Diluc, Razor, Noelle, Beidou, Chongyun, Xinyan, Eula

Where To Get It: Wish

Okay, you’ll probably get really annoyed when you keep getting Debate Clubs as repeats in your banner wishes, but when maxed out fully, it can be pretty great for a free player to use. It does the job and deals extra damage after your character uses an elemental skill, normal or charged attack. 

Overall, anyone can put this Genshin Impact weapon to use and perhaps its versatility saves it from being thrown into the C tier.

C-tier

White iron greatsword

White Iron Greatsword
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Rating: 3 Star

Recommended Users: Noelle

Where To Get It: Wish

The White Iron Greatsword allows for a minor restoration of HP whenever you defeat an enemy. Characters like Noelle would pair well with this claymore as she works to support and defend the party and might need the extra health boost. Plus, it has an increased defence passive to boost your character.

Ferrous shadow

Ferrous Shadow
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Rating: 3 Star

Recommended Users: Noelle, Xinyan

Where To Get It: Wish

Ferrous Shadow has a slight HP boost to help your character if you need one. For its effects, when your character’s HP falls below 70% this claymore allows your charged attack damage to increase and are harder to interrupt by enemies. You just become a tiny bit invincible. 

Bloodtainted greatsword

Bloodtainted Greatsword
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Rating: 3 Star

Recommended Users: Diluc, Razor, Beidou, Xinyan

Where To Get It: Wish

This Bloodtainted Greatsword is useful for Pyro or Electro users only as it deals increased damage on enemies affected by those elements. Characters that could trigger those elements would benefit the most out of this sword, so Diluc, Razor, Xinyan and Beidou would work well.

D-tier

Old merc’s pal

Old Merc's Pal
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Rating: 2 Star

Recommended Users: –

Where To Get It: Chest

This weapon is slightly better than the Waster Greatsword below, but only by its base attack and rating. Other than that, you can find this sword basically anywhere in chests. As such, it is also treated as an item that could help with higher weapon enhancements instead. Kind of like scraps.

Waster greatsword

Waster Greatsword
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Rating: 1 Star

Recommended Users: –

Where To Get It: Chest

This is a beginner tutorial-like weapon that you’ll encounter the most when it comes to claymores in the game. This weapon does not have any special effects or passives and can easily be found anywhere. Train with it for a short while, then get a better weapon!

Catalyst

S-tier

Skyward atlas

Skyward Atlas
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Rating: 5 Star

Recommended Users: Lisa, Klee, Mona, Yanfei

Where To Get It: Wish

The best catalyst for your characters would be the Skyward Atlas, as it gives the highest base damage while increasing the elemental damage bonus for your characters. Its effect is also rather unique in nature – this catalyst has a 50% chance of spawning clouds with normal attacks. The clouds will actively look for and attack any nearby enemies. Its passive also focuses highly on attack bonuses.

Do you know how people always warn you that you might get struck by lightning? Well, this catalyst makes that a real possibility. Plus, it’s one of Genshin Impact’s best weapons.

The widsith

The Widsith
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Lisa, Klee, Mona, Sucrose, Yanfei

Where To Get It: Wish

We would put The Widsith on the unique and rare side of catalysts. As your character enters the battlefield, a random theme song will start playing. Sort of like a battle song in a movie, which adds to the ambiance. 

Aside from that little splash of fun, this catalyst increases its wielder’s attack up to 120%. It also increases elemental damage up to 96% and elemental mastery up to 480. In terms of passive effects, it helps with increasing critical damage.

Solar Pearl

Solar Pearl
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Klee, Mona, Ningguang

Where To Get It: Battle Pass Bounty

The Solar Pearl is one of the weapons that you can get for completing the game’s battle pass. You’ve gotta grind for it, but it could very much be worth the hassle. Every time your normal attack hits, it will increase elemental skill and elemental burst damage for your character. Every time your elemental skill and elemental burst hits it will also increase your normal attack damage. 

Its passive effect also increases the critical rate of your character. This 4-star Genshin Impact weapon is truly worthy of a 5-star rating.

Lost prayer to the sacred winds

Lost Prayer To The Sacred Winds
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Rating: 5 Star

Recommended Users: Klee, Mona, Yanfei

Where To Get It: Wish

This catalyst helps by increasing movement speed and adds an elemental damage bonus to your characters. Its passive focuses on increasing the critical rate for its users. It ranks pretty high up as its base attack easily towers over the other available catalysts.

Pairing it with high damage characters like Klee, Mona and Yanfei would just cause absolute chaos on the battlefield.

A-tier

Memory of Dust

Memory of Dust
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Rating: 5 Star

Recommended Users: Ningguang

Where To Get It: Wish

This is for the characters that have a dispensable shield and would work for defense or support roles. For catalyst users, there’s only one that would best put this weapon to use, and that would be Ningguang. The Memory of Dust catalyst increases shield strength, and anytime you score a hit on your opponents, your attack will increase. This is stackable up to 5 times. 

While being protected by the shield, this effect will increase by 100%. Its passive focus is on increasing your character’s attack, so you can have a boost for defence and attack at the same time.

Sacrificial fragments

Sacrificial Fragments
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Rating: 5 Star

Recommended Users: Lisa, Klee, Sucrose, Mona

Where To Get It: Wish

As part of the Sacrificial series of weapons, the Sacrificial Fragments catalyst has similar effects as the other weapons. It allows its users to damage opponents with their elemental skills and in turn grant them a faster cooldown rate. Its passive effect is increased elemental mastery, as such, it packs quite a punch.

Dodoco tales

Dodoco Tales
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Klee, Mona, Yanfei, Ningguang

Where To Get It: Event 

This catalyst has been dubbed as Klee’s weapon and it matches her personality and character design directly. As for its effects, Dodoco Tales allows any normal attack hits on enemies to increase charged attack damage. Any charged attack that lands on opponents will also increase the wielder’s attack. Since Klee is a powerful character, this will only amplify her strength and explosiveness in battle.

Everlasting moonglow

Everlasting Moonglow
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Rating: 5 Star

Recommended Users: Barbara, Sangonomiya Kokomi

Where To Get It: Wish

This 5-star Genshin Impact weapon has largely fallen off the rails mainly because it can only be used by healers and is tailor-made for Sangonomiya Kokomi especially. The Everlasting Moonglow allows for you to have an increased healing bonus, and your normal attack damage will increase depending on the max HP of your character. 

Your normal attacks will also restore energy after you use your elemental burst. Even its passive focuses highly on increasing HP.

B-tier

Hakushin ring

Hakushin Ring
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Lisa

Where To Get It: Crafting

Probably one of the easiest weapons to craft, all you need is a Northlander Catalyst Billet and Amethyst Lumps. However, this catalyst can only be used by an Electro character for its full potential. This means that the only person able to wield it in the current meta would be Lisa. 

Once an Electro elemental reaction is triggered, nearby party members that helped trigger the reaction are given an elemental damage bonus. This is non-stackable.

Mappa Mare

Mappa Mare
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Lisa, Klee, Sucrose, Mona

Where To Get It: Crafting

You can craft this catalyst at the blacksmith with a Northlander Catalyst Billet, Crystal Chunks, and White Iron Chunks. The Mappa Mare catalyst allows you to get an elemental damage bonus when triggering any elemental reactions. Its passive effects also focus on increasing elemental mastery.

Prototype Amber

Prototype Amber
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Barbara, Sucrose, Ningguang

Where To Get It: Crafting

At the blacksmith, you can forge the Prototype Amber with the following materials: Northlander Catalyst Billet, Crystal Chunks, and White Iron Chunks.

This Genshin Impact weapon allows for the regeneration of energy every time you use an elemental burst. All your party members will also regenerate HP as you use this weapon. Its passive effect also helps with increasing HP. Overall, a great weapon for healers and support characters.

Blackcliff agate

Blackcliff Agate
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Klee, Ningguang, Yanfei

Where To Get It: Starglitter Exchange

Another weapon to spend your Starglitter on! The Blackcliff Agate increases its wielder’s attack each time an enemy is defeated which is the same for most (if not all) the weapons in the Blackcliff series. This effect has a maximum of 3 stacks, with a passive that increases critical damage stats.

Pair it with high damage dealers and you’ll find that defeating enemies on the battlefield is a breeze.

Frostbearer

Frostbearer
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Klee, Mona, Ningguang, Yanfei

Where To Get It: Crafting

The Frostbearer can be easily crafted with Crystal Chunks and Starsilver. As it came from the same location as the Dragonspine Spear polearm and Snow-Tombed Starsilver claymore, it holds the same elements for its effects. The Everfrost Icicle will form above enemies once hit with normal or charged attacks and deals AoE attack damage.

Those affected by Cryo will be inflicted with more attack damage as well.

Royal grimoire

Royal Grimoire
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Klee, Ningguang, Yanfei

Where To Get It: Starglitter Exchange

Another catalyst you could choose to spend your Starglitter on would be this Royal Grimoire. As you damage your enemies, your critical rate will increase and this effect is stackable up to 5 times.

The passive for this catalyst helps with increasing attacks as well. Again, it’s better paired off with characters that deal high burst damage.

Twin nephrite

Twin Nephrite
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Rating: 3 Star

Recommended Users: Klee, Ningguang

Where To Get It: Chest

Probably the best catalyst you’ll get from chests, the Twin Nephrite catalyst allows you to have an increased movement speed and attack each time you defeat an enemy. Besides, its passive effect increases the critical rate for your character as well. If you’re looking for a free weapon to equip your catalyst user, this would be a great choice.

C-tier

Eye of perception

Eye of Perception
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Lisa, Klee, Sucrose, Mona, Ningguang

Where To Get: Wish

The Eye of Perception is an interesting and unique catalyst overall. When wielding this catalyst, there’s a 50% chance of firing a Bolt of Perception which deals up to 240% attack damage. This bolt bounces between enemies a maximum of 4 times, and its passive grants a slight increase in attack.

Thrilling tales of dragon slayers

Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers
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Rating: 3 Star

Recommended Users: Lisa, Barbara, Mona, Sucrose, Kokomi

Where To Get It: Wish

In terms of effects for this catalyst – each time you switch characters, the new character will have their attack increased. For its passive, this catalyst helps with increasing your HP slightly. Truly though, it is one of those banner weapon duds, where you’ll get frustrated for getting multiple times while wishing. 

Probably best to put it to use with Barbara, as you’ll only need her for healing so you’ll switch her out more often than not.

Favonius codex

Favonius Codex
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Lisa, Barbara, Sucrose, Mona

Where To Get It: Wish

As with the Favonius weapon series, the Favonius Codex allows for the generation of an elemental orb that grants 6 energy. This depends on the critical hit of your character. It also provides an energy recharge passive effect to your character. Everyone needs a little energy recharge once in a while, but compared to the effects of the other catalysts, this deserves to be ranked low.

Wine and Song

Wine and Song
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Rating: 4 Star

Recommended Users: Lisa, Klee, Mona, Ningguang, Yanfei

Where To Get It: Wish

This catalyst depends on how many of your party members are from Monstadt. Depending on that, it will increase its wielder’s attack damage up to 16% and movement speed up to 5%. It also has energy recharge abilities as its passive effect. If you don’t have many Monstadt characters, you should just sit this one out.

Otherworldly story

Otherworldly Story
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Rating: 3 Star

Recommended Users: Lisa, Barbara, Sucrose

Where To Get It: Wish

For this catalyst, picking up any elemental orb or particle will recover up to 2% of HP. It’s not much, but it is better than nothing. This Otherworldly Story catalyst has an energy recharge passive effect as well which might help slightly.

Magic guide

Magic Guide
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Rating: 3 Star

Recommended Users: Lisa, Mona, Barbara, Sangonomiya Kokomi

Where To Get It: Wish

This catalyst is only best for Hydro or Electro characters as they can trigger elemental reactions and inflict enemies with increased Hydro or Electro elemental damage. Luckily, there are a lot of Hydro characters that wield catalysts, aside from Lisa that uses Electro.

This Magic Guide has a passive that increases elemental mastery as well.

Emerald orb

Emerald Orb
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Rating: 3 Star

Recommended Users: Mona, Lisa

Where To Get It: Wish

When elemental reactions like Vaporize, Electro-Charged, Frozen, or Hydro-Swirl happen, your character’s base attack will increase. The passive effect for this Elemental Orb catalyst also happens to be an increase in elemental mastery for your character.

D-tier

Pocket grimoire

Pocket Grimoire
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Rating: 2 Star

Recommended Users: –

Where To Get It: Chest

Slightly better than the Apprentice’s Notes catalyst purely based on its base attacks. The Pocket Grimoire is a Genshin Impact weapon that has no effects or passives, and can be found commonly everywhere in chests, should you need it.

Apprentice’s notes

Apprentice's Notes
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Rating: 1 Star

Recommended Users: –

Where To Get It: Chest

The most common, beginner weapon you’ll get for catalyst characters. You can find these everywhere in chests as you go along and they do not have anything special to them. This weapon has no effects or passives to bring to your character.

To Conclude

You’ve made it to the end! Hopefully, this master list of Genshin Impact weapons tier lists proves to be useful for you in deciding which weapon to use for your characters. Now, you might want to rest your eyes for a minute before launching the game. Have fun and remember, there are a lot of factors that go into picking a weapon. Just make sure to pick the one you have fun using!

Sarah Paul

Written by Sarah Paul

I dip my toes in all things nerdy. I started writing and never looked back! I'll write about anything under the sun if you give me the chance, but my loyalty currently lies with nerd culture.

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