In Genshin Impact, cooperation and strategic gameplay are emphasized, with each team consisting of four characters fulfilling distinct roles. While players tend to prioritize DPS characters and even healers, Genshin support characters are also vital to your team’s success. They serve as a lifeline for damage dealers, enabling them to maximize their output.
Generally speaking, support roles in Genshin Impact are the characters that don’t fall under a DPS or healer capacity. Rather, they fill in roles such as buffers, debuffers, batteries, shielders, crowd control, and enablers. They are well-suited to be effective even while not being present on the battlefield.
With that, here are the top 5 Genshin support characters that you should try to get in your team.
Kaedehara Kazuha is a great support character in Genshin Impact due to his incredible utility. He is a valuable asset to almost any team composition, particularly those that rely on Elemental Reactions. Unlike Venti, Kazuha’s Elemental Skill, “Chihayaburu,” has decent crowd control and can pull together even larger enemies like Mitachurls.
His Elemental Burst, “Kazuha Slash,” provides a significant boost to the party’s Elemental Damage at a reasonable energy cost. It deals AoE Anemo DMG to opponents and can deal additional elemental DMG if you use Hydro, Pyro, Cryo, or Electro.
Overall, Kazuha is an incredibly versatile character with few weaknesses. His all-around tool set makes him one of the most valuable support characters in the game. He is rather easy to build unless you decide to fully commit to the 4-pc Viridescent Venerer artifact set.
Dendro Archon Lesser Lord Kusanali, also known as Nahida, is a great support character. As a 5-star catalyst user, she can consistently create Dendro-infused attacks and trigger Dendro Applications off-field. Better yet, they are without an internal cooldown (ICD). These make her invaluable to any team compositions that focus on Dendro-based reactions.
Her Elemental Skill, “All Schemes to Know,” deals considerable AoE Dendro DMG. It also marks up to eight enemies with the Seed of Skandha. This Seed constantly applies Dendro on the enemies and can help create Elemental Reactions.
Although her Elemental Burst, “Illusory Heart,” may not seem impressive at first glance, it is actually a great way to boost her and her allies’ damage. It has a wide area of effect and long duration, making it one of the best in the game.
Bennett is considered by many as a great support in Genshin Impact, depending on your team’s compositions. He wields a Pyro sword and is capable of healing and buffing your team simultaneously. All these and more make him a staple in the most powerful team compositions.
A well-equipped Bennett can be devastating to any enemies he faces, even outperforming characters like Barbara in terms of healing. This is possible due to specialized builds that focus on turning Bennett into a highly effective support character.
The only time his effectiveness wanes is when players unlock his C6. This is because his burst, “Fantastic Voyage,” infuses the element Pyro into the weapons of any sword, claymore, and polearm-wielding character. It may sound great, but veterans of the game would know how combo-breaking that is.
Xingqiu, a 4-star Hydro sword user, has been available since the game’s launch. He is well-known for his off-field elemental application. With his Elemental Burst, “Guhua Sword: Raincutter,” he can summon Hydro swords that attack enemies alongside the on-field character. This allows for high-damage Hydro reactions that can easily dispatch enemies.
What sets him apart from, say Yelan, is his Elemental Skill, “Guhua Sword: Fatal Rainscreen.” This skill provides Damage Reduction as long as the on-field character has at least one Rain Blade. If equipped with the Sacrificial Sword, Xingqui can also generate energy particles for the whole team.
Another neat addition is Xingqui’s first ascension passive, “Hydropathic.” With it, the active character gets healed based on 6% of Xingqui’s max HP when a Rain Sword is shattered or its duration expires.
The Raiden Shogun is a versatile character who excels as an energy-charging support. She can fit into any team composition that requires an Electro vision, a Sub-DPS burst unit, and a support unit that helps recharge the teams’ Elemental Burst, especially those with high energy costs. Her unique abilities and skill set make her one of the best support characters to acquire in Genshin Impact.
Raiden’s Elemental Skill, “Transcendence: Baleful Omen,” is particularly useful in enabling Elemental reactions. It applies consistent Electro damage off-field while providing a buff that boosts the party’s Elemental Burst Damage.
Furthermore, her Elemental Burst, “Secret Art: Musou Shinsetsu,” is incredibly powerful and can be used as a Burst-DPS, especially when combined with other Elemental Bursts. Players who prefer to keep Raiden on the field can also benefit from her ability to generate Energy for herself and the party during this time, by using electro-infused attacks.
Top Genshin Support Characters: Honorable Mention
Zhongli, Geo Archon hailing from Liyue, is highly coveted due to his incredibly powerful shield. By holding down his elemental skill, “Dominus Lapidis” he can summon a Geo pillar that deals damage and provides a shield for your team.
Zhongli’s shield is considered the strongest in the game, and when built properly, he can absorb a significant amount of incoming damage. Not only that, but characters protected by his Jade Shield will decrease the Physical RES and Elemental RES of opponents by 20%.
His burst, “Planet Befall,” is also valuable as it deals quick and devastating AoE Geo damage. It can even temporarily turn nearby enemies into statues, providing an excellent opportunity to switch to another character and dish out more damage.
And those are our picks for the best Genshin Support Characters to date. All of them are great additions to your team as you brave the game’s open world or take on the challenges of the Spiral Abyss. For more lists and helpful articles such as this, visit our website regularly and follow our socials.