Raiden Shogun Build, Best Artifacts and Weapons
Genshin Impact Raiden Shogun Build - Raiden Shogun is the first new Electro-elemental character in Genshin Impact introduced in version 2.1, along with Kujou Sara.
He is the third Archon, out of the seven Archons in Teyvat, who resides in Inazuma. He was introduced as Archon Electro, after Venti and Zhongli were released. Given the powerful abilities of his two predecessor Archons, will Raiden Shogun be able to keep up with them?
Raiden Shogun Overview
Genshin Impact describes Raiden Shogun as a support character. He has a unique skillset and gameplay. Simply put, Raiden Shogun deals Electro damage, both through his Elemental Skill and Burst, while replenishing their respective energy when his Elemental Burst is active.
Raiden Shogun's Elemental Skill is capable of dealing Electro damage whenever a character deals damage to surrounding enemies, whether they are active on the field or not. The duration of his Elemental Skill is very long, but with a fairly short cooldown. This makes his Elemental Skill always ready to use.
The downside is that this skill will only work every time the character deals damage to the enemy and not every time the character actively attacks. Therefore, this skill cannot penetrate the Abyss Mage shield and the like. This skill can still be active if it hits Fatui or Lawachurl armor.
Raiden Shogun's Elemental Burst will deal damage and will turn Raiden Shogun's attack into Electro for a few seconds. In addition, every time Raiden successfully attacks an enemy, he will charge one team's energy.
In his Elemental Skill and Burst, there are two mechanics worth noting. Raiden Shogun will deal additional damage to a team's Elemental Burst, based on their energy consumption. The greater the cost, the greater the bonus.
The second mechanic is Resolve Stack. Every time one team's Elemental Burst is activated, the stronger Raiden Shogun's Elemental Burst is activated afterward. The indicator can be seen from the purple circle behind the active character.
Therefore, it is recommended to use Elemental Burst from other characters, before using Raiden Shogun's Elemental Burst. The Resolve Stack will be fully charged, when the circle behind the character is fully lit.
Raiden Shogun Artifact Recommendations
The recommended artifacts for Raiden Shogun build are 4 Emblems of Severed Fate, as most of his power lies in Elemental Burst. In addition, through his passive talent, every Energy Recharge he has will provide an additional Electro Damage Bonus.
As an alternative artifact, you can use between 2 Noblesse Oblige, 2 Emblem of Severed Fate, and 2 Thundering Fury. However, this alternative artifact is only recommended if you don't already have a good 4 Emblems of Severed Fate.
For his stat, Raiden Shogun wants a sizable Energy Recharge. Apart from Raiden's energy cost of 90, Energy Recharge also serves as additional damage. By having 200% Energy Recharge alone, Raiden Shogun already has an Electro Damage Bonus that is almost equivalent to +20 Goblet.
Main Stat: ATK% / Energy Recharge / Electro Damage Bonus?
The ideal stat is key to Raiden Shogun's optimal performance. But how to determine the correct stat?
As mentioned earlier, Raiden Shogun's Energy Recharge provides Electro Damage Bonus. However, too much Energy Recharge makes Raiden Shogun's damage not optimal, if his Attack is low. Therefore, it is necessary to pay attention when using the main stat on artifacts, between Energy Recharge or ATK%.
The main stat referred to here is the main stat for Sands of Eon. For Goblet of Eonothem, you can either use the artifact with the ATK% main stat or Electro Damage Bonus. Both will provide relatively the same output. Therefore, use the artifact that has the better sub stat. For Circlet of Logos, keep using Crit Rate/DMG.
If Raiden Shogun's Energy Recharge is between 200%-250%, just from weapons and artifact substats, then you can use the main stat ATK%. Meanwhile, if Raiden Shogun uses a weapon with a sub stat other than Energy Recharge, then you should use Sands of Eon with the main stat Energy Recharge.
Sub stat priority:
- Crit Rate/DMG
- Energy Recharge
- Elemental Mastery
Raiden Shogun Weapon Recommendations
For weapons, we will divide them into two categories, namely the best weapon and the best F2P weapon.
Raiden Shogun's best weapon is held by Engulfing Lighning. This weapon is designed for Raiden Shogun, both stat-wise, visually and in its passive effects. This weapon can fulfill Raiden Shogun's Energy Recharge and Attack needs with a large amount.
For alternative weapons, you can use Primordial Jade Winged Spear, Skyward Spine, Staff of Homa, Vortex Vanquisher and Deathmatch. The 5-star weapons certainly have a higher base attack compared to the 4-star weapons, so it is advisable to use them.
For the best F2P weapon, you can use The Catch. You can get this weapon from the fishing feature, which was introduced in version 2.1. Its Energy Recharge sub stat as well as its passive effects are perfect for Raiden Shogun.
For alternative F2P weapons, you can use the Favonius Lance, Prototype Starglitter, or Blackcliff Pole.
Raiden Shogun Team Composition
Quickswap is a term used for team compositions whose gameplay relies more on rotation and the use of Elemental Skill & Burst, rather than just using one main DPS. Generally, this team contains sub DPS and support.
Raiden Shogun has good synergy in this team. In addition to providing considerable damage, he can help replenish the energy needed by a team. One example of a suggested Quickswap team contains Raiden Shogun, Xiangling, Xingqiu, and Bennet. Besides containing strong and easily obtainable sub DPS, this team will utilize Vaporize, Overload, and Electro-charged reactions together.
Eula and Raiden Shogun have great synergy. In addition to accessing Superconduct, Raiden Shogun can increase Eula's Elemental Burst damage and replenish his energy. Large energy requirements have always been a major problem for Eula and Raiden Shogun can solve it. One example of this team is Raiden Shogun, Eula, Beidou, and Diona. You can replace Beidou with Fischl if you're facing a boss or single target enemy.
Besides Eula, specific characters that have synergy with Raiden Shogun are Tartaglia or Childe. The composition in question is Firework, but replaces Fischl with Raiden Shogun. This team composition will utilize Electro-charged reactions to take out large numbers of enemies.
Tartaglia did not have an Energy problem, but he had a problem when his Elemental Skill was on cooldown. Raiden Shogun can fill the void. You can replace Bennet with a Healer or Shielder.
Tips & Tricks
The following are some tips and tricks that you might be able to use:
- Team composition can affect how much Energy Recharge Raiden Shogun needs. If there are other Electro characters in the team, then 180-200% Energy Recharge is enough. And if Raiden Shogun is the only Electro character on the team, Energy Recharge is recommended to be above 200%.
- Although the combination between Beidou and Raiden Shogun looks interesting, this combo cannot be used. Beidou's Elemental Burst will not work as long as Raiden Shogun attacks during his Elemental Burst. This has been officially stated by miHoYo.
- Indeed, every use of Elemental Burst in one team will strengthen Raiden Shogun's Burst, but that does not mean that activating Raiden Shogun's Elemental Burst must wait for the Resolve Stack to be full. Do not let the Resolve Stack that is not full block the rotation which results in damage that is not optimal.
- If you have Yoimiya or other pyro characters, you can also pair them with Raiden Shogun. However, it should be noted that by generating an Overload reaction, you have to chase after the bouncing enemies. This sometimes disrupts the rotation because it takes more time to catch up to the enemy.
Like any other character, Raiden Shogun build has advantages and disadvantages. Indeed, Raiden Shogun has not been able to rival the strength of the two Archons before him, but that does not mean this character is a bad character.
Raiden Shogun is able to open up a variety of different teams and can even change the artifact build of some characters because it offers energy replenishment. This can be seen in his synergy with Eula.
For now, Raiden Shogun provides a solution to a problem that doesn't yet exist. This condition is similar to when Archon Geo, Zhongli, was first released in version 1.1. At that time, there were not many enemies that required players to carry Shielder characters. This is much different now in version 2.1, with enemies such as the Geovishap and Azdaha variants, which will deal massive damage to players without shields.