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Genshin Impact v2.1 tier list: All characters ranked from best to worst

Take a look at the best and worst characters in Genshin Impact up to version 2.1 before embarking on your adventure through Teyvat.
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.

With a total of 37 characters currently available in-game, and four more in version 2.1, it can be difficult to know which are your best options, before you embark on your journey to defeat Teyvat's biggest threats.

So in this article, we bring you 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 utility in combat make them essential pieces for any team.

Genshin Impact character tier list - How it works

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Our Genshin tier list will be divided into four main levels, depending on the characters' overall performance. (Picture: Tierlists.com)

These tier lists will be divided into four 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 goes 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 favourites, however, this will give you a better point of view on how to build your team the best way possible.

Without further ado, let's get started.

Bow Characters

Genshin Impact 2.1 tierlist bow characters
Genshin Impact's Bow characters tier list. (Picture: miHoYo / Tierlists.com)

Thanks to his elemental burst, Venti can create a lot of CC while his high energy recharge rate allows him to spam his abilities faster. As for Ganyu, she can do lots of skill combos that can deal with large mobs of enemies.

Tartaglia has one of the biggest DPS dealers thanks to all his arsenal, also having melee damage using his Hydro daggers. Yoimiya can deal some good DPS, thanks to her attacks based on fireworks as well as her Pyro AoE skills. Diona can provide lots of shields and heals, while her Cryo abilities can easily freeze several enemies at once.

Fischl can deal tons of Electro DMG thanks to her crow Oz, being useful for many elemental reactions. Amber is useful for puzzles and can be good for an emergency whenever you need to explode something with Pyro, however, if you already have Yoimiya, then forget about Amber.

Catalyst Characters

Genshin Impact 2.1 tierlist catalyst characters
Genshin Impact's Catalyst characters tier list. (Picture: miHoYo / Tierlists.com)

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 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.

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

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. Lisa’s Electro skills are good due to her high base ATK, but these are just of little use compared to other Electro characters.

Claymore Characters

Genshin Impact 2.1 tierlist claymore characters
Genshin Impact's Claymore characters tier list. (Picture: miHoYo / Tierlists.com)

Diluc is one of the best DPS characters in the game, with the highest base attack power and devastating Pyro abilities. Eula is also another great 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. Sayu can deal damage and also heal party members, and her elemental skill deals impressive amounts of damage as she spins across the battlefield. Chongyun’s Cryo abilities allow him to do lots of elemental reactions that can immobilize and overcome any enemy if paired with a good Hydro character.

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. Noelle may be a little weak compared to others, however, her defensive stats and abilities make her one of the tankiest characters in the game. 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.

Polearm Characters

Genshin Impact 2.1 tierlist polearm characters
Genshin Impact's Polearm characters tier list. (Picture: miHoYo / Tierlists.com)

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 make 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 2.1 tierlist sword characters
Genshin Impact's Sword characters tier list. (Picture: miHoYo / Tierlists.com)

Although Bennett doesn’t have 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.

Kaedehara Kazuha has a lot of potential both as a DPS and as a support character, with Anemo abilities that can strike your enemies around, to create incredible elemental reactions. Kamisato Ayaka is also a great damage dealer, while her Cryo affinity can be used for lots of reactions to exterminate all enemies around.

Albedo counts with skills that make him more viable to deal with hordes of enemies. Jean’s versatility as support and sub-DPS is fantastic for your team, with CC abilities and HP regen.

Qiqi has good attack stats as well as healing abilities that affect your whole team, Kaeya is one of those characters that after the start of the main story, falls 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 can deal quite some damage in his Electro variant, along with useful elemental reactions. Nonetheless, his Anemo variant can also be useful for some quick fights or when Pyro and Electro effects are on the table, and finally, we don’t recommend his Geo variant, as there are lots of Geo characters more useful.

Genshin Impact 2.1 complete tierlist
Genshin Impact's complete characters tier list. (Picture: miHoYo / Tierlists.com)

As you can see, the Raiden Shogun, Kujou Sara, Sangonomiya Kokomi and Aloy are still to be added to the tier lists, however, you will have to wait a couple of days before we add them, so we can judge their power and potential to rank them rightfully.

In the meantime, check everything that awaits you in version 2.1 in the link below.

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