The best Genshin Impact Zhongli build

Zhongli is one of the best Genshin Impact characters for a very good reason - use our DPS and support builds for Zhongli to see what makes him so good

Zhongli in Genshin Impact

Searching for the best Genshin Impact Zhongli build? When Zhongli was first released, the Genshin Impact community expressed their disappointment that this five star Geo polearm character couldn’t be used as a viable DPS character. The devs went out of their way to buff Zhongli and the Geo element overall, giving him powerful upgrades to earn a high spot on our Genshin Impact tier list.

Zhongli will always be one of the better Genshin Impact characters because his abilities are practically unmatched. Whether you’re looking for a strong DPS character, or a support character to create power shields, Zhongli can truly do it all. Pair Zhongli with different characters to experiment with elemental reactions – these combinations can help you deal even more damage on the battlefield.

Zhongli is getting another banner as part of Genshin Impact 2.4 along with Ganyu and others, look out for it on January 25, 2022. Here’s everything you need to know about how to create the best Genshin Impact Zhongli build.

BEST GENSHIN IMPACT ZHONGLI DPS BUILD

The Genshin Impact 1.3 update greatly improved the elemental resonance effect from having two Geo characters in a party. Enduring Rock now provides a damage buff of 15% to any party members protected by a shield. This update is responsible for creating the DPS version of Zhongli due to the amount of buffs it provided him, as well as the Geo element overall.

Rain of Stone now deals damage on par with the best DPS characters. When combined with the Stone Stele from Dominus Lapidis, the Geo AoE damage coupled with the normal attack chain is seriously impressive. You can take this further by adding Geo characters to your team like Ningguang – she can place her own Geo constructs, stacking more damage on Stone Stele’s regular attack pattern.

While Zhongli’s damage does scale to his health, this DPS build focuses on Genshin Impact artifacts that provide buffs to his attack, crit rate, and crit damage. The two piece Gladiator’s Finale and Bloodstained Chivalry are perfect for Zhongli as they provide huge boosts to his damage output. Gladiator’s Finale increases Zhongli’s overall attack by 18%, and Bloodstained Chivalry increases his physical damage by 25%.

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One of the best weapons for Zhongli is the Staff of Homa. As mentioned earlier, Zhongli’s attack damage scales to his health, and this weapon instantly increases his health by 20%. He also receives an attack bonus of 0.8% of Zhongli’s max health, which can go up to extremely high numbers with the correct artifact set. Lastly, the third effect increases Zhongli’s damage once his health drops below 50%.

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Pair Zhongli with another Geo character to maximise his damage output. Ideally someone like Albedo works well in a support DPS role, or Itto in a similar role as he gains a massive buff when paired with other Geo characters. It’s important to note that even when built as a DPS character, Zhongli is still capable of providing his party members with strong shields. Don’t forget to use his shields if you ever want to pair Zhongli up with other powerful DPS characters like Hu Tao and Razor.

BEST GENSHIN IMPACT ZHONGLI SUPPORT BUILD

Zhongli’s Jade Shield ability from Dominus Lapidis can produce some of the best forms of protection in the game, providing you use the correct build. One aspect of Zhongli that makes him extremely powerful as a support character is his ability to create shields that scale depending on his max health. This means you can protect any of your weaker characters with shields that can withstand over 20,000 damage once set up correctly.

To improve Zhongli’s shields, focus on artifacts that contain health, flat HP, and energy regeneration. The Archaic Petra is perfect as it provides Zhongli with lots of health and increases his Geo damage at the same time. This support build does sacrifice some of the damage from Zhongli’s elemental burst. If you can make up the damage by protecting one of your DPS characters, this is definitely a worthwhile trade.

Due to the destructive power of Planet Befall, we want to regenerate plenty of energy to use this powerful ability every 12 seconds. Equip Zhongli with the Skyward Spine for the highest energy recharge rates. If that’s not possible due to the weapon’s rarity, use the Favonius Lance which gives Zhongli’s Geo attacks a nice damage bonus.

Zhongli attacking with his Elemental Burst: Planet Befall in Genshin Impact

One of the downsides to healers is that you have to avoid damage before healing, whereas Zhongli’s shields activate almost instantly and prevent flinching. Without having to worry about dodging enemy attacks with your DPS characters, you can focus entirely on dealing as much damage as possible.

Zhongli’s shields can become so powerful with Chrysos, Bounty of Dominator that eventually you won’t need a dedicated healer in your party. With this constellation, Zhongli’s Jade Shield now has the ability to heal party members when taking damage, transforming him into one of the best shielders and healers in the game.

Using Zhongli in a support role allows you to safely attack with any DPS character. Klee is the perfect example of a character that heavily benefits from Zhongli’s Jade Shields, as her elemental skill is powerful but can negatively affect your party. We also recommend Yun Jin, the recently released Geo support character who provides huge damage boosts to her party. This works particularly well with Zhongli as your party earns an additional damage boost when using the Jade Shields thanks to the Geo resonance buff.

Be warned, however, that shields are going to receive a nerf in the Genshin Impact 2.5 update. We don’t know how much of an impact this is going to have on Zhongli’s support build, but his effectiveness could change in the future.

GENSHIN IMPACT ZHONGLI ABILITIES

Normal attack: Rain of Stone

  • Normal Attack: Perform up to six consecutive spear strikes
  • Charged Attack: Drain stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to any enemies along the way
  • Plunging Attack: Attack from mid-air to strike the ground, dealing damage to enemies along the path and dealing AoE damage upon impact

Elemental Skill: Dominus Lapidis

  • Press: Channel the power of earth to solidify into a Stone Stele, dealing AoE Geo damage. Summoned Stone Steles will resonate with other Geo Constructs in the surrounding area, dealing Geo damage to any nearby enemies. As a Geo Construct, the Stone Stele can be climbed on and used to block enemy attacks
  • Hold: Causes nearby Geo energy to explode and cause the following effects
    • Create a Jade Shield that absorbs damage depending on Zhongli’s max health. The Jade Shield also absorbs Geo damage 250% more effectively
    • Deals AoE Geo damage
    • Drains a large amount of Geo element from a maximum of two targets

Elemental Burst: Planet Befall

Zhongli summons a falling meteor to crash down on his enemies, dealing Geo damage to any enemies caught within its area of effect. The meteor also applies a Petrification status to all enemies, stopping them from moving.

Zhongli in Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact Zhongli Constellations

  • Rock, the Backbone of Earth: Increases the number of Stone Steles created by Dominus Lapidis that may exist by two
  • Stone, the Cradle of Jade: Planet Befall grants nearby party members a Jade Shield when it descends
  • Jade, Shimmering through Darkness: Increases the level of Dominus Lapidis by three, up to a maximum of 15
  • Topaz, Unbreakable and Fearless: Increases Planet Befall’s AoE by 20% and increases the Petrification effect by an additional two seconds
  • Lazuli, Herald of the Order: Increases the level of Planet Befall by three, up to a maximum of 15
  • Chrysos, Bounty of Dominator: When the Jade Shield takes damage, 40% of the incoming damage is converting into health for the current character. A single instance of health regeneration cannot exceed 8% of that character’s max health

Genshin Impact Zhongli Passive Talents

  • Dominance of Earth: Planet Befall deals additional damage scaling to 33% of Zhongli’s max health
  • Arcanum of Crystal: Grants a 15% ore refund when crafting polearm-type weapons
  • Resonant Waves: When the Jade Shield takes damage, it will Fortify. This effect can stack up to five times, and lasts until the Jade Shield disappears
    • Fortified characters have 5% increased shield strength

And that’s all we have on the best Genshin Impact Zhongli build. To get the most out of Zhongli’s excellent support abilities, definitely check out our best Ganyu and Eula builds to take your party’s damage output to another level. If you’re new to the game, be sure to check out our best Genshin Impact weapons guide to discover what the best four-star weapons are.