Zhongli is more than just a five-star Geo character in Genshin Impact, he is the Geo Archon himself. The unassuming Liyue know-it-all is one of the strongest characters thanks to his massive shields. Here’s the best Zhongli build in Genshin Impact, with his top artifacts, weapons, and more.
Zhongli is a fan-favorite character in Genshin Impact — and it’s for more than just his good look or his status in Liyue. He is an incredibly powerful Geo Polearm that can boost your allies with big shields and buffs (with the right artifacts), all while being no slouch himself damage-wise.
We’ve got the best Zhongli build in Genshin Impact here, including the artifacts and weapons you need to make the most out of him.
- Zhongli abilities
- Zhongli constellations
- Best Zhongli artifacts
- Best Zhongli weapons
- Zhongli Talent Level-Up and Ascension materials
- Zhongli trailer
- Best Zhongli team comp
Normal Attack: Rain of Stone
- Normal Attack: Performs up to 6 consecutive spear strikes.
- Charged Attack: Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to lunge forward, causing stone spears to fall along his path.
- Plunging Attack: Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact.
Elemental Skill: Dominus Lapidis
Zhongli’s Elemental Skill, Dominus Lapidis works in two ways. If you press it down, it will create a Stone Stele. However, hold down your skill button, and you’ll explode Geo energy around your pillars, dealing AOE damage and shielding allies. It will also drain nearby Geo enemies of their armor.
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The shield also acts as an offensive tool, reducing enemy resistances in a small AOE around them. The Stone Stele can also be climbed, and will resonate intermittently to deal Geo DMG in an area.
Elemental Burst: Planet Befall
Zhongli brings a falling meteor down to earth, dealing massive Geo DMG to opponents caught in its AoE and applying the Petrification status to them. Aside from it being the most epic looking ability in the game, it’s great for holding enemies in place before swapping to an ally to do massive damage.
With enough constellations, it will also generate a shield for allies akin to Dominus Lapidis.
Lucky enough to find multiple copies of Zhongli? He has some great constellations you can take advantage of:
- Level 1 — Rock, the Backbone of Earth: Increases the maximum number of Stone Steles created by Dominus Lapidis that may exist simultaneously to 2.
- Level 2 — Stone, the Cradle of Jade: Planet Befall grants nearby characters on the field a Jade Shield when it descends.
- Level 3 — Jade, Shimmering through Darkness: Increases the Level of Dominus Lapidis by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
- Level 4 — Topaz, Unbreakable and Fearless: Increases Planet Befall’s AoE by 20% and increases the duration of Planet Befall’s Petrification effect by 2s.
- Level 5 — Lazuli, Herald of the Order: Increases the Level of Planet Befall by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
- Level 6 — Chrysos, Bounty of Dominator: When the Jade Shield takes DMG, 40% of that incoming DMG is converted to HP for the current character. A single instance of regeneration cannot exceed 8% of that character’s Max HP.
Because Zhongli doesn’t rely on Geo DMG (or being on field) as much as a DPS, taking a full artifact set of Archaic Petra isn’t necessarily required. In fact, it’s better to invest in Noblesse Oblige, given how much of Zhongli’s kit revolves around his big-hitting Elemental Burst. Tenacity of the Millelith is a top option too, boosting his shield strength after dropping his pillar.
Of course, a four-set of Archaic Petra isn’t bad — the Crystallize buff is nice — but it can be more effective to run a 2-2 split with Noblesse Oblige.
|Archaic Petra||2-Piece Set: Gain a 15% Geo DMG Bonus. 4-Piece Set: Upon obtaining an Elemental Shard Created through a Crystallize Reaction, all party members gain a 35% DMG Bonus for that particular element for 10s. Only one form of Elemental DMG Bonus can be gained in this manner at any one time.|
|Noblesse Oblige||2-Piece Set: Elemental Burst DMG +20%. 4-Piece Set: Using an Elemental Burst increases all party members’ ATK by 20% for 12s. This effect cannot stack.|
|Tenacity of the Millelith||2-Piece Set: HP +20% 4-Piece Set: When an Elemental Skill hits an opponent, the ATK of all nearby party members is increased by 20% and their Shield Strength is increased by 30% for 3s. This effect can be triggered once every 0.5s. This effect can still be triggered even when the character who is using this artifact set is not on the field.|
Zhongli has an arsenal of polearm weapons he can make use of in Genshin Impact, At the top of the class, Staff of Homa stands out on Zhongli because of the HP increase while also giving him an ATK bonus based on that.
Primordial Jade Winged-Spear is also a great option, although does prompt Zhongli to get more field time compared to something like Prototype Starglitter due to the stacking ATK bonus (the latter is a great option if you lack Energy Recharge).
Pick one of the best Zhongli weapons listed below, and you’ll have a great time:
|Staff of Homa||HP increased by 20%. Additionally, provides an ATK Bonus based on 0.8% of the wielder’s Max HP. When the wielder’s HP is less than 50%, this ATK Bonus is increased by an additional 1% of Max HP.|
|Primordial Jade Winged-Spear||Increases CRIT Rate by 8% and increases Normal ATK SPD by 12%. Additionally, Normal and Charged Attacks hits on enemies have a 50% chance to trigger a vacuum blade that deals 40% of ATK as DMG in a small AoE. This effect can occur no more than once every 2s.|
|Prototype Starglitter||On hit, increases ATK by 3.2% for 6s. Max 7 stacks. This effect can only occur once every 0.3s. While in possession of the maximum possible stacks, DMG dealt is increased by 12%.|
While Zhongli hails from Liyue, most of his Talent Level-Up and Ascension materials can be found all around Teyvat.
Basalt Pillars are farmed from Geo Hypostases in Guyun Stone Forest (so too are the Prithiva Topaz ores) while the Slime materials can be farmed in almost every location on the map. The Cor Lapis local specialty will be dotted around Liyue’s western mountains and caves, especially near Mt. Hulao.
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Here’s how much of these materials you need to farm to max out your Zhongli in Genshin Impact:
Zhongli Talent Level-Up materials
|Talent Level-Up Materials|
|Talent Level-Up Materials||Teachings of Gold x9||Guide to Gold x63||Philosophies of Gold x114|
|Common Ascension Materials||Slime Condensate x18||Slime Secretions x66||Slime Concentrate x93|
|Weekly Boss Materials||Tusk of Monoceros Caeli x18|
Zhongli Ascension materials
|Ascension Level||Mora Cost||Materials|
|1||20,000||Prithiva Topaz Sliver x1||–||Cor Lapis x3||Slime Condensate x3|
|2||40,000||Prithiva Topaz Fragment x3||Basalt Pillar x2||Cor Lapis x10||Slime Condensate x15|
|3||60,000||Prithiva Topaz Fragment x6||Basalt Pillar x4||Cor Lapis x20||Slime Secretions x12|
|4||80,000||Prithiva Topaz Chunk x3||Basalt Pillar x8||Cor Lapis x30||Slime Secretions x18|
|5||100,000||Prithiva Topaz Chunk x6||Basalt Pillar x12||Cor Lapis x45||Slime Concentrate x12|
|6||120,000||Prithiva Topaz Gemstone x6||Basalt Pillar x20||Cor Lapis x60||Slime Concentrate x24|
Zhongli’s Geshin Impact trailer, named Dominance of Earth, diving into his backstory not only as a consultant at the Wangsheng Funeral Parlor, but also during his time as the Geo Archon.
It also goes into some of his combos, dealing how well he pairs up with other Geo allies and just how much damage his shields can soak up (spoiler: it’s a lot).
Zhongli best works as a Sub DPS rather than a Main DPS, mostly because of how effective his shields are at protecting allies while he’s off the field. You can drop your skills, then have your harder hitting allies finish off the work.
However, before you get a high DPS character in, you need to build out Geo Resonance because of how Zhongli’s skills work. Albedo and Ningguang work best for this, but literally any Geo ally — including the Traveler — that can help his pillar resonate more damage is great.
Then, any allies that can deal massive amounts of damage in quick succession around Zhongli’s petrification are a great fit. Childe (Tartaglia) and Hu Tao fit the bill here nicely. Throw in a support in there like Xingqiu or Bennett for some extra healing, and you’ve got yourself a very well-rounded team comp.
Zhongli can slot into pretty much any team comp in Genshin Impact to great success, but shines when you build a roster around him.
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