That said, if you are willing to put the time in - or just want to use your main character - there is a lot of creativity and power hidden within their kit. Here are the firm foundations you’ll want to start out.
Genshin Impact Traveller (Geo) guide
There’s an argument for most high-end Swords on the Traveller, but here are a few of the front runners:
Sword of Descension
It’s hard not to talk about the Sword of Descension in regards to a Traveller build. Yes, it’s got good stats, but having a unique ability activatable only when it’s equipped by the Traveller will always make this Sword a high-priority choice for your main character. Generally speaking, it favours a damage-heavy build, but it’ll work for most playstyles.
If you do want to push for a more supportive build - which is generally easier to accomplish than a DPS build for the Geo Traveller - then Skyward Blade should be top of the priority list. Energy Recharge means more Wake of Earths, which means more battlefield terrain and more Crit Rate amps courtesy of Constellation Level 1. Use your burst, then get wailing on opponents with Sky-piercing Fang’s damage boosts, before switching out.
A jack-of-all-trades weapon that works well for either a DPS or support build. Chord means either a nice damage blast at the end of a burst combo for a supportive/quick-swap style of play or another source of damage if you want the Traveller to be more consistent DPS.
Another good option for a build that wants to prioritise terrain control. Energy Recharge means Wake of Earth is up more often, and Windfall doubles down on that. While you can run Sacrificial Sword in a similar mindset, Wake of Earth is largely more valuable to get off cooldown, so Favonius Sword edges it out slightly.
A DPS focus for the Geo Traveller largely revolves around Gladiator’s Finale in various permutations. As always, a full 4-piece is very effective, but it’s a set in high demand. To get around that, going for 2-piece Noblesse Oblige to fill in the gaps, and add on to the wide-ranging AoE of the Traveller’s Elemental Burst can be a good choice, as can running 2-piece Archaic Petra for the added Geo DMG.
On the other end of the spectrum, a supportive Geo Traveller wants to look towards Full Archaic Petra for the potential 35% DMG bonus off crystalised shards (you’ll want to pre-apply elements for that crystalise), or full Noblesse Oblige to get even more value out of Wake of Earth. You can even run a 2/2 split between the two for more individual power, favouring a Burst Carry playstyle.
If you’re finding it difficult to gather enough of these upper-end artifacts, 2-piece Berserker plus a +18% ATK set is a good fallback for DPS, while full The Exile makes a good option for a more supportive focus.
With what artifacts you want in mind, here are the stats you want to be looking for on them:
DPS Stat Priority
- Physical DMG Goblet (key)
- Crit Rate (50~%+)
- Crit DMG
- Energy Recharge
Support Stat Priority
- Geo DMG Goblet (key)
- Energy Recharge
- Elemental Mastery
- Crit Rate
The Geo Traveller isn’t the easiest character to play, partly because it’s only too easy to get in your own way.
Both their strength and their weakness is to create a lot of new battlefield terrain, quickly. Used creatively you can block off archers from firing with the walls of their Elemental Burst, and use their Elemental Skill to gain a height advantage and attack larger enemies while safe from their melee attacks.
At their worst, they just get in the way, plain and simple. You suddenly find yourself cut off from your key target, or more irritatingly suddenly stuck climbing a meteorite you just summoned. It’s partly why the Geo Traveller isn’t that highly regarded.
If you have Constellation Level 1 (which is easy to acquire via progressing through the game) then being within the walls created by Wake of Earth ups your team’s Crit Rate, which is always a potent buff, and provides easier utility to play around than unpredictable terrain.
Another interesting interaction to keep your eyes on is the Constellation Level 2 ability, Rockcore meltdown, that causes damage when the meteorite created by Starfell Sword is destroyed. There are a few niche interactions where this can be really strong - notably when facing Andrius, as you can place a meteorite easily in his path when he charges midway through the fight multiple times.
As for teammates, the Traveller can work with most allies, though as a Geo user they don’t have any strong damaging Elemental Reactions. With that in mind, you can pair them up with Ningguang, Noelle or Zhongli in some combination to benefit from all the Geo energy flying around and charging up Elemental Bursts faster. Zhongli, in particular, synergises well with the Geo traveller, due to how his pillar resonates with the Geo constructs the Traveller can make.
And with that, your faithful Geo Protagonist is ready to rumble. Good luck with using all that terrain to your advantage!