The best Genshin Impact Raiden Shogun build

A guide to the best weapons, artifacts, team composition and more for a 2.5 friendly Raiden Shogun build - including advice for F2P players

Searching for the best Genshin Impact Raiden Shogun build? Also known as Raiden Ei or Baal (depending on the circumstances), she is the main villain in the Inazuma storyline and recently joined the ever growing roster of new Genshin Impact characters. The Archon has proven very popular since she was introduced, and now we know there will be a Raiden Shogun rerun banner in the second half of Genshin Impact 2.5, alongside a Kokomi rerun banner.

We’ve put together his handy guide to bring you all of the up-to-date information on what the best Raiden Shogun build is. Make sure to grab all of Raiden Shogun’s ascension materials as well as you plan for her abilities. Though she wields a sword in most of the game’s cutscenes, Raiden is actually an Electro polearm user, pulling out her sword via her elemental burst. While you can easily funnel a team into supporting Raiden Shogun as the main DPS, she can also act as a very good support herself for other high-damage characters as Raiden’s abilities still cause problems for enemies without her needing to be centre stage.

Here’s everything we know about the best Raiden Shogun build, including weapons, artifacts, team composition, and even some advice for F2P players.

GENSHIN IMPACT Raiden Shogun SUPPORT BUILD

  • Weapon: Engulfing Lightning (polearm)
  • Artifacts: Emblem of Severed Fate (four-piece)

Five-star characters usually release alongside a special weapon designed with their stats in mind. It’s clear that Raiden Shogun is no ordinary character as she launched with both a custom polearm, Engulfing Lightning, and artifact set, Emblem of Severed Fate.

Related: Genshin Impact character tier list

Engulfing Lightning increases Ei’s attack by 28% over the base 100%, giving her up to 80% bonus attack. She also gains 30% energy recharge for 12 seconds after using her elemental burst, guaranteeing an attack bonus every time you use her special ability.

Alternatives include the Staff of Homa, which increases HP by 20% and provides an attack bonus based on max HP, and Primordial Jade Winged-Spear, which increases attack by 3.2% every time you land a hit for 6 seconds. You can stack this up to 7 times, with a further 12% attack buff if you manage to hit max stack.

Severed Fate’s two-piece set bonus gives Ei an additional 20% to her energy recharge rate, while the four-piece set increases her elemental burst damage by 25% of her energy recharge (up to a maximum of 75%). Energy recharge is extremely important to Raiden as her abilities require lots of power – this build ensures she has plenty of energy at all times.

Genshin Impact Yae Miko and Raiden Shogun together under the moonlight, due to appear on upcoming Genshin Impact banners

Raiden Shogun build team composition

To take advantage of all this energy, we’re going to want a main DPS character like Kazuha to defeat enemies while Ei’s elemental skill is active. Combining Electro with Anemo is a great way to cause the Swirl elemental reaction, dealing plenty of area of effect damage without any effort.

As a support character, Raiden Shogun spends a lot of her time off the field after she activates her elemental skill. Where Ei differentiates herself from most support characters is her elemental burst – this ability requires her to be active on the battlefield. So she plays a support and sub-DPS hybrid role, where someone like Fischl mostly stays off the field.

There are a couple of different team comps you can build around this fact. She pairs well with newly released Yae Miko, who also needs a battery character like Raiden Shogun to help with energy recharge as she will be on the field a lot. You can also pair her with a Cryo character like Rosaria or Eula to maximise damage output.

There’s even an argument to run two Cryo characters alongside Ei to deal the most damage possible. With a Cryo character in the party, we can trigger Superconduct, reducing enemies’ physical defence by 50%. Rosaria works well in this role as she’s a fantastic battery – Ganyu is also a great option, though she arguably works better in the main DPS role.

Genshin Impact Raiden Shogun build F2P

For free-to-play players or those looking to get the most out of Raiden without spending too much money, The Catch is an excellent free alternative weapon, as it’s quite easy to obtain provided you catch the required amount of rare fish

The four-piece Severed Fate artifact set is by far the best option for bringing out Raiden’s potential, and luckily it’s available to get for free just by running the Momiji-Dyed Court domain. The Exile is another worthy set that you can get for free as well, as it focuses on energy recharge and Elemental Burst interactions.

In terms of team composition, an Electro or Anemo Traveller can complement a more DPS-focused Raiden team, alongside someone like Barbara for healing.

Related: Genshin Impact free weapons guide

And that’s all you need to know to create the best Raiden Shogun build in Genshin Impact. Be sure to redeem the latest Genshin Impact codes to ensure you have enough primogems for the next Genshin Impact banner.

Additional contributions by Joe Robinson