Diluc is a Genshin Impact staple. The Pyro-Claymore user has been at the top of the game’s meta since launch, with one of the highest DPS out there. Here’s the ultimate guide to The Dark Side of Dawn, including the best Diluc build, weapons, and artifacts to max him out.
Diluc is a five-star Pyro character that carves through any enemy like butter with his massive Claymore weapon. He can infuse his weapon with Pyro, dishing out plenty of damage and combining for some massive elemental reactions with other characters.
If you’re lucky enough to have just hit Diluc with a Wish, or are just looking to min-max your star DPS, we’ve got the ultimate guide right here including the best build, weapons, and artifacts.
- Diluc abilities
- Diluc constellations
- Best Diluc artifacts
- Best Diluc weapons
- Diluc Talent Level-Up and Ascension guide
- Diluc trailer
- Best Diluc team comp
Normal Attack: Tempered Sword
- Normal Attack: Diluc performs up to 4 consecutive strikes.
- Charged Attack: Diluc drains Stamina over time to perform continuous slashes. At the end of the sequence, he performs a more powerful slash.
- Plunging Attack: Diluc plunges from mid-air to strike the ground, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AOE damage upon impact.
Diluc’s Charged Attack is pretty much useless, but he has very high Plunging Attack damage. You can weave both Normal and Plunging attacks into your combos — especially after using his Elemental Burst.
Elemental Skill: Searing Onslaught
Diluc’s basic ability lets the Pyro character perform a forward slash that deals Pyro DMG. However, it’s not just a one-and-done: Diluc can use it three times consecutively in a short period and combo it with elemental reactions to hit hard.
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It’s good to weave in basic attacks while casting Searing Onslaught as it acts as an animation cancel, meaning he can swing his Claymore like a Sword and increase his DPS drastically.
Elemental Burst: Dawn
Diluc’s Elemental Burst brings down a Phoenix from the skies, dealing massive Pyro damage and knocking opponents back. He then imbues his sword with Pyro, transforming his basic attacks into hard-hitting elemental ones.
Once you ascend him to level 60, the duration of infusion is increased, and you’ll get bonus Pyro damage too. Combining it with another big AOE Burst means you can get plenty of elemental reactions too.
Get multiple copies of Diluc? Then you have these insane constellation buffs to look forward to.
- Level 1 — Conviction: Diluc deals 15% more DMG to opponents whose HP is above 50%.
- Level 2 — Searing Ember: When Diluc takes DMG, his ATK increases by 10% and his ATK SPD increases by 5%. Lasts for 10s. This effect can stack up to 3 times and can only occur once every 1.5s.
- Level 3 — Fire and Steel: Increases the Level of Searing Onslaught by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
- Level 4 — Flowing Flame: Casting Searing Onslaught in rhythm greatly increases damage dealt. 2s after casting Searing Onslaught, casting the next Searing Onslaught in the combo deals 40% additional DMG. This effect lasts for 2s.
- Level 5 — Phoenix, Harbinger of Dawn: Increases the Level of Dawn by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
- Level 6 — Flaming Sword, Nemesis of Dark: After casting Searing Onslaught, the next 2 Normal Attacks within the next 6s will have their DMG and ATK SPD increased by 30%. Additionally, Searing Onslaught will not interrupt the Normal Attack combo.
There’s one amazing Artifact set for Diluc, and that’s the Crimson Witch of Flames. Basically any Pyro character benefits from the set, increasing their damage. You can choose to replace it with Gladiator’s Finale or Berserker though if you’re on a budget.
You’re looking for any artifacts that boost CRIT DMG, CRIT Rate, ATK% or Pyro DMG Bonus too, so if you get a bad roll on one artifact’s stats, be sure to keep hunting them down!
Crimson Witch of Flames
|2-Piece Set: Pyro DMG Bonus +15%. 4-Piece Set: Increases Overloaded and Burning DMG by 40%. Increases Vaporize and Melt DMG by 15%. Using an Elemental SKill increases 2-Piece Set effects by 50% for 10s. Max 3 stacks.|
|2-Piece Set: ATK +18%. 4-Piece Set: If the wielder of this artifact set uses a Sword, Claymore or Polearm, increases their Normal Attack DMG by 35%.|
|2-Piece Set: CRIT Rate +12% 4-Piece Set: When HP is below 70%, CRIT Rate increases by an additional 24%.|
The best Diluc build requires one hard-hitting Claymore weapon, and that’s Wolf’s Gravestone. With plenty of attack in its base stats and an ability that only doubles down on it, it can give him ridiculous DPS.
There are some budget options including the battle pass weapon Serpent Spine and the craftable Prototype Archaic. Both just increase his damage, simply put.
Take a look at the list of Diluc’s best weapons in Genshin Impact below.
|Increases ATK by 20/25/30/35/40%. On hit, attacks against enemies with less than 30% HP increase all party members’ Base ATK by 40/50/60/70/80% for 12s. Can only occur once every 30s.|
|Every 4s a character is on the field, they will deal 6/7/8/9/10% more DMG and take 3/2.7/2.4/2.1/1.8% more DMG. This effect has a maximum of 5 stacks and will not be reset if the character leaves the field, but will be cleared when the character takes DMG.|
|On hit, Normal or Charged Attacks have a 50% chance to deal an additional 240/300/360/420/480% ATK DMG to opponents within a small AoE. Can only occur once every 15s.|
In order to get the best Diluc build, like every Genshin Impact character, you’ll have to farm for Ascension and Talent Level-Up materials.
Most of Diluc’s materials can be obtained pretty easily in Mondstadt; farming mobs like Skirmishers, running around Wolvendom for Small Lamp Grasses, and slaying the Pyro Regisvine and Hypostasis bosses.
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As for Talent Level-Ups, you’ll want to focus on getting his Normal Attack maxed out first, before his Searing Onslaught and Dawn. After all, you’ll be doing a lot of basic attacking with him.
Diluc Talent Level-Up Materials
|Talent Level-Up Materials|
|Talent Level-Up Materials||Teachings of Resistance x9||Guide to Resistance x63||Philosophies of Resistance x114|
|Common Ascension Materials||Recruit’s Insignia x18||Sergeant’s Insignia x66||Lietenant’s Insignia x93|
|Weekly Boss Materials||Dvalin’s Plume x18|
Diluc Ascension Materials
|Ascension Level||Mora Cost||Materials|
|1||20,000||Agnidus Agate Sliver x1||–||Small Lamp Grass x3||Recruit’s Insignia x3|
|2||40,000||Agnidus Agate Fragment x3||Everflame Seed x2||Small Lamp Grass x10||Recruit’s Insignia x15|
|3||60,000||Agnidus Agate Fragment x6||Everflame Seed x4||Small Lamp Grass x20||Sergeant’s Insignia x12|
|4||80,000||Agnidus Agate Chunk x3||Everflame Seed x8||Small Lamp Grass x30||Sergeant’s Insignia x18|
|5||100,000||Agnidus Agate Chunk x6||Everflame Seed x12||Small Lamp Grass x45||Lieutenant’s Insignia x12|
|6||120,000||Agnidus Agate Gemstone x6||Everflame Seed x20||Small Lamp Grass x60||Lieutenant’s Insignia x24|
Being one of the first characters in Genshin Impact, Diluc got his gameplay trailer pretty quickly. It dives into his backstory as the owner of the Dawn Winery, and his plaudits in Mondstadt.
It also showcases just how powerful his high-damage Pyro-Claymore combo is. The narrator says Diluc “has mastered the art of violence”, and truth be told, they’re 100% correct.
With Diluc, you want to maximize his Elemental damage by pairing him with Hydro and Cryo allies. Xingqiu and Chongyun are great at this, as they can both easily allow Diluc to proc Vaporize and Melt. The elemental reactions only increase his stellar base DPS.
If you’re looking to buff Diluc’s raw damage, then you’ll need Sucrose — with a few Constellation buffs and the right artifacts and weapons to make it work really well.
Another Pyro support or secondary like Bennett is a good idea to get the Elemental Resonance buff too. You can run Diona if you need a bit more healing though.
He might not be as good as he was at the launch of Genshin Impact, but with the best Diluc build you can make him shine.
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