Even Albert Einstein tried to answer this question without any success: who is the strongest Genshin Impact character?
In this updated tier list, we are gonna answer this super hard question thanks to game knowledge and the help of an astrophysicist from Harvard handed out by dream himself.
Genshin Impact came out with the new patch 1.3 bringing a ton of new changes like Xiao, character buffs, nerfs, and weapons and I know you want to know how all these new things will impact the Tier list.
Character Tier List
Remember, in this game you can make every character the strongest one with the right build. This tier list is my opinion based on my experience.
As I said any character can be a DPS in this game, even barbara can be built to one shot every single mob in the game but the overall character mechanics, base stats, and skills make just a handful of characters suitable for being called DPS unit.
Ganyu turns out to be a crazy op character. She can cover both sub DPS with the insane ultimate up time that can basically be always up and running but her strong point is for sure the charge attack build. The damage she can output with a single charge shot is easily higher than 80% of the ultimate attack for all the characters in Genshin Impact. In one word she is insane!
Tartaglia is for sure the strongest hydro DPS in the game if you are lucky enough to have him. He is truly fun to play and can synergize well with many team compositions and he has one of the strongest ultimate damage for sure. For all these reasons he deserves the highest DPS spot in this tier list.
This amazing character has been proven over and over again as the most reliable DPS unit in the game. The best element for reaction makes him a good fit in almost any team composition. He can provide insane damage even at constellation 0 and he must be the go-to S-tier character for Genshin impact.
With Klee the bomber that can truly destroy every single enemy with infinite bomb spam. With a proper jump attack and some resources invested in her, she can provide Diluc type damage.
Xiao is the fan-favorite character since closed beta test one and for his tier list position, I considered everything about Xiao even his weak points. His element that of course is not meant to be the DPS element and the lack of element regeneration that binds him to a second Anemo character in your team. Even with all of this, the highest base attack, the super-fast mechanics, and the insane plunge attack damage numbers even at constellation 0 make him the strongest Anemo DPS in the game with a well-deserved S-tier.
Venti is my personal favorite character. If you don’t have him don’t worry he might come in update 1.4 with a banner rerun. He is the best support in the game and he is second to none when it comes to crowd control and sub DPS. He will be Xiao’s best friend when it comes to DPS and energy recharge but when it comes to raw DPS I think that an A-tier is a high enough rank for him.
The underwhelming character that turned out to be a real archon god in update 1.3. All the amazing shield buffs, attack mechanics, and of course, the super op resistance down to enemies nearby made him super strong in this update. But it’s not over, a new weapon the Staff of Homa will create an unstoppable burst/tank character that will make any boss fight a walk in the park for your team.
You have probably seen some videos on youtube about generating the crazy damage numbers and what all those experiments had in common was Mona. This character is one of the strongest sub-DPS thanks to her ultimate it can enable damage like no one else. She is for sure in the S tier when it comes to sub DPS but from a pure DPS standpoint, she is not the best out there.
Albedo is a very strong damage enabler and the +125 elemental mastery is amazing when it comes to elemental reactions. His elemental skill the geo buff and all his passives make him the best fit in many team compositions.
The other character that is always present in all those high damage videos is Bennett. The unbeatable support character that will make your damage skyrocket like no one else. This amazing character can benefit a lot from a high constellation but nonetheless, he can always provide an insane support capability with crazy attack buffs and healing capability. He deserves the highest rank on this support tier list. Even though some people even use him as a DPS, his stats and skill mechanics do not suggest that role. I will include him only in the sub DPS rank where he doesn’t shine because of the hard-to-obtain elemental reaction.
Jean can do it all and even if the DPS is not the best use for her she is an overall beast in the support role. She can even create elemental reactions being a good sub DPS.
Xingqiu is the strongest hydro reaction character. His constellations make him a beast if paired for example with a Keqing or Xiao or any other character that could benefit from his skills. He deserves the S tier for Sub Dps thanks to the crazy reactions. He also has some support tools but not the focus of the character.
Qiqi is the best healer in the game and she can be very good if paired with Xiao. She can even be built with a Noblesse Oblige set if you feel like you have already enough healing and want to focus more on the damage.
Keqing Is amazing when it comes to DPS and explorations mechanics thanks to the teleport. She is also one of the most fun to play with and for me, in this tier list, an A tier is the best fitting rank for her.
Fischl is an incredible addition to any team composition and the Oz that accompanies her enables an incredible elemental reaction and damage capability. She deserves A-tier both in DPS and sub DPS roles.
Razor is undeniably the definition of a pure main DPS. He is the classic character where the spam attack, dodge, and spam again is the best strategy. He is one of the strongest if not the strongest 4-star main DPS in the game.
Noelle is incredible and she is one of the best additions to the teams if you are just starting the game. She can provide shield and healing to the team making her ok support but with a high enough constellation, she can provide an incredible DPS output converting defense into attack. Investing in her might turn out to be one of the best decisions you can go for.
Ningguang Is the strongest single target DPS unit in the game. At max constellations, she can basically cast a double burst making insane damage to any bosses. She is one of the best characters to invest constellation-wise. Consider her as a safe bet when choosing your free 4-star character this season. She can actually support as well thanks to some shield capability but it’s definitely not her role.
Lisa can do some damage thanks to elemental reaction but it’s undeniable that overall there are better choices. I would rate her C-tier DPS and B-tier Sub DPS elemental reaction capability.
Chongyun is a very underrated character. Unlike Diluc he can cover sub DPS and even a field control role. Even though he doesn’t shine as a pure DPS he can still make some damage if built correctly. He deserves a higher grade for the sub DPS tier thanks to the very useful elemental skill that can enable elemental reactions like crazy. He is one of the best team characters you can use and as a Support, he doesn’t have that many tools other than Steady Breathing to be rated higher than B-tier.
Xiangling is a very versatile free character that can carry you throughout all the current content thanks to her amazing Crescent Pike synergy and the very good support mechanics. For the few lucky people to have her at max constellation she is for sure one of the best pyro sub DPS to have in your party especially if your main DPS is a pyro himself. Even if you have a low constellation don’t worry, with her ultimate mechanic and the Gouba always on the field you will be able to create all those elemental reactions you need to bring your damage to the next level.
Barbara is one of the best raw healers in the game. If you need some party healing, she is one of the best characters to have at your party. She is especially good in the early stages of the game and can be super useful against hard bosses.
I’m not a fan of the Traveler in their current state and their constellations are underwhelming but they are for sure a good investment for the future. I’m sure that when Inazuma comes they will gain a higher value in your teams.
Kaeya must be the most underrated character ever. He got some love in the last update with the cryo set but he still needs a lot of investment to be strong enough as a DPS. I like him in a freeze team composition thanks to the sword he uses that doesn’t shred ice but overall there are better options of course. B tier ranking for both sub-DPS and DPS is a good fit for him.
Sucrose is an amazing character that sometimes could even be a better choice than Venti. In Fact, she will not force the enemy out of range of a Diluc or a Razor for example. That’s why for some team’s compositions she is one of the best swirl enablers. She is a must-have, especially with a high enough constellation.
Xinyan is an ok pyro sub DPS and she also has some support capability thanks to her passives. I think that there are for sure better options but she is very situational. Sometimes she might be the best character to use against pyro units thanks to her shield but for the sake of this tier list, I will rate her B tier in both support and sub DPS.
Beidou doesn’t shine when it comes to raw DPS. Her counterattack mechanic could be tedious and you cannot always rely on that. When it comes to damage enabling though try to pair her with a Tartaglia if you have him of course. The damage will be truly insane just for this team composition she deserves the A tier as a sub DPS and B tier for raw damage.
Diona is a very nice healer that can also provide some freezing mechanics if paired with a good hydro character. She benefits a lot from high constellations and she can prove to be an op healer.
Amber can be useful in some situations but B tier as a sub DPS is the max she can do.
Hu Tao is crazy strong and she is the first character ever to be able to reach 2 million damage. She has a unique ability that whenever you use her with a low hp, her damage increases a lot. She is by far the strongest burst DPS in the game right now.
Wrapping It Up!
Please play this game with whoever character you like. Even the traveler that I ranked so poorly can be very fun and enjoyable to play for you. This game does not require a specific team to clear any of the hardest content and you can get through everything with the starting characters so please remember the first rule of Genshin impact and that is having fun and play this game however you want.
Feel free to let me know in the comments what you think about the list!