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Genshin Impact v1.6 tier list: All characters ranked from best to worst

Take a look at the best characters for your party before embarking on your adventure through Teyvat in Genshin Impact.
Genshin Impact v1.6 tier list: All characters ranked from best to worst

With each patch and update, new characters have been added to the extensive roster of Genshin Impact, allowing players to enjoy and adapt their play style according to their quests and preferences.

Currently, with a total of 34 characters available in-game, and a dozen more to be added with the debut of the Inazuma region, starting with the update 1.7, it can be difficult to know which are your best options once you want to embark on your journey to defeat Teyvat's biggest threats.

So in this article, we bring you a guide with the tier lists of each of the best characters according to their main weapons. Although some of them may be difficult to obtain due to their rarity, their effectiveness and usefulness in combat make them essential pieces for any team.

Genshin Impact character tier list - How it works

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These tier lists will be divided into five levels, which we will describe below:

  • S-Tier: The best characters in the game, taking into account the current metagame.
  • A-Tier: Characters that are remarkable and very good, useful for whatever situation you face.
  • B-Tier: Good characters who can balance our team if we don't have the best.
  • C-Tier: Not-so-bad characters, but they should be replaced by better ones as soon as you get the chance to do so.

This comes without saying, but it's worth pointing out nonetheless, tier lists are not an exact science, especially in a game where most of your party preferences will depend on your luck or even your own likings, however this will bring you a better point of view on how to build your team on the best way possible.

Without further ado, let's get started.

Bow Characters

Genshin Impact Bow characters tier list
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Thanks to his Elemental Burst, Venti has a lot of CC while his high energy recharge rate allows him to spam his abilities faster, as for Ganyu, she can create lots of skill combos that can deal with large mobs of enemies.

Tartaglia has one of the biggest DPS thanks to all his arsenal, also having melee damage using his Hydro daggers, and Diona can provide lots of shields and heals, while her Cryo abilities can easily freeze several enemies at once.

Fischl can deal continuous Electro DMG thanks to her crow Oz, being useful for many Elemental reactions, and finally Amber is useful for puzzles and can be good for an emergency whenever you want to explode enemy camps or want to deal with wood shields and structures.

Catalyst Characters

Genshin Impact Catalyst characters tier list
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Thanks to her bombs and her high base attack stats, Klee can become as strong as a supernova in battle, although her range can be a little tricky. Mona is the one of the best Supports as she can immobilise several enemies at once, allowing for Cryo reactions, and her taunting Phantom can protect your other units.

Yanfei, has a lot of strong Charged attacks thanks to her Scarlet Seals passive, that increase her damage potential, while Sucrose can launch enemies into the air with her Anemo skills, and her Burst allows to make some good Elemental reactions in a gigantic vortex.

Barbara is the healer by excellence, fantastic for emergencies, although she has the lowest base attack in the game, Ningguang’s unique shield can help you shape the combat as it blocks projectiles and grants buffs, and her attacks can deal lots of DPS, and Lisa’s Electro skills are good due to her high base attack, but is just a little useful compared to other Electro characters advancing in the story.

Claymore Characters

Genshin Impact Claymore characters tier list
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Diluc is one of the best DPS characters in the game, with the highest base attack power and devastating Pyro abilities, however, the introduction of Eula in the update 1.6 has settled her as the best alternative, as she can deal massive amounts of physical damage thanks to her stacks, her Cryo capabilities, and her fast strikes.

Razor is among the best close combat characters thanks to his skills that increase his melee damage, however his lack of utility with Elemental reactions can be quite hard to deal with. Beidou is a character with explosive power that can deal with any challenge you find in front, however, she depends on how much you enhance her power, so unless you have the resources to get her full potential, it will not be worth having her on your team.

Chongyun’s Cryo abilities allow you to do lots of Elemental reactions that can immobilize and overcome any enemy, if paired with a good Hydro character. Noelle may be a little weak compared to others, however her defensive stats and abilities makes her one of the tankiest ones. As for Xinyan, she has the best base attack of all 4-star characters, becoming a good option in case you don’t have Diluc or a good Pyro character on hand yet

Polearm Characters

Genshin Impact Polearm characters tier list
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Hu Tao’s attacks can deal large amounts of Pyro DMG thanks to her Elemental skill, and combined with her Burst, she can become an OP high-damage dealer. Zhongli’s Geo abilities makes him one of the most wanted characters around the game, with big damage outputs and a lot of resilience in combat.

Xiao is a character based on DPS, being capable of hitting multiple enemies at the same time and with his Burst, becomes a demon that can destroy anything on his path.

Rosaria’s arsenal makes her a very useful character for her Cryo AoE reactions, and Xiangling can be a good alternative for a Pyro character thanks to her area skills and rapid attacks.

Sword Characters

Genshin Impact Sword characters tier list
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Although Bennett has not that impressive attack stats, his damage bonuses and healings as well as his good Elemental control makes him one of the best utility characters. Moving onto Xingqiu, his Elemental skills can provide DMG reduction as some great Elemental reactions, making him a fantastic Sub-DPS unit.

Albedo counts with skills that makes him more viable to deal with hordes of enemies, while Qiqi has good attack stats as well as healing abilities that affect your whole team.

Jean’s versatility as a Support and Sub-DPS is fantastic for your team, with CC abilities and HP regen, and Kazuha has a lot of potential both as a DPS and as a Support character, with Anemo abilities that can struck your enemies around, to create incredible Elemental reactions.

Kaeya is one of those characters that after the start of the main story, falls down against another Sword-user, however his Cryo skills can be quite useful sometimes, and Keqing has some of the best combinations in stats that along with her Electro power, makes her an amazing melee fighter.

Finally, the Traveler’s attacks are not very damaging, but his/her ability to change Elements compensates it.

Genshin Impact full character tier list
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And that's all, with this we conclude our deep character tier list, while we hope it helps you to enjoy your journey through Teyvat to the fullest.

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