Does happiness even exist anymore? In Genshin Impact, it supposedly does but not in the way many players think. Sadly, happiness isn’t found in contentment with the current roster of 4-star characters available. Otherwise, millions of players wouldn’t have gambled away billions of dollars just to get the coveted 5-star characters.

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Needless to say, happiness in Genshin Impact lies in being lucky enough to have a 5-star character, because they are the best when it comes to the game. It just so happens that their number keeps increasing with every update. Taking them all into account, which of them is the best?

Updated September 5, 2021, by Sid Natividad: At the halfway point of 2021, while things are slow to progress in the real world, Genshin Impact developers have no chill. They’ve been releasing new 5-star characters left and right at a breakneck pace, and it has notably upset the power balance. So it’s high time to re-evaluate the new power hierarchy among the game’s most desirable characters, complete with the newest additions. Now that the latest update has gone live and several more 5-star characters have been added, it’s high time to evaluate what’s the standing on the latest characters. This is a big one since most of them are from Inazuma and they’ve begun invading the top rankings with their stellar cast and impressive entrances. That, and there’s also the fact that most of the latest 5-star characters are powerful enough to shake up the current META.

20 The Traveler

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  • Element: Anemo/Geo
  • Weapon: Sword

The answer to that question is debatable, but it’s certainly not this one. The Traveler, whether it’s Aether (boy) or Lumine (girl) is the only free 5-star character that players will ever obtain. Even then, this one’s not exactly thrilling to have. Aether and Lumine are both just support characters, and they’re not even the best at what they do.

The only advantage they have over others is the fact that they can switch elements. In the near future, however, they’re bound to become more important as more cities and regions are added to the game, most likely expanding the Traveler’s elemental pool.

19 Qiqi

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  • Element: Cryo
  • Weapon: Sword

As a healer, Qiqi is one of the worst in the game. This is ironic since she’s a 5-star character and was actually one of the best until the game started introducing more practical healing characters. As a result, Qiqi is now considered one of the worst 5-star characters in the game.

When it comes to dealing and applying cryo damage, Qiqi is also mediocre. Her skill and burst both have long cooldowns, making them impractical and clunky. Moreover, Qiqi has no energy generation, so she’s generally unreliable. She badly needs a buff.

18 Keqing

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  • Element: Electro
  • Weapon: Sword

As for the most powerful electro-based character in Genshin Impact right now? That would be Keqing – sorry, Razor fans. Still, Electro is considered the worst elemental right now. Keqing, like Qiqi, needs some buffs in order for both of them to keep up.

Her element isn’t that much better, meaning her physical damage can compete well for her electro builds. What makes her a fun character, though, is her ability to teleport around the battlefield and zip past opponents with ease. Keqing can use this ability to travel as well.

17 Jean

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  • Element: Anemo
  • Weapon: Sword

Jean’s skillset reflects her personality well. She’s a workaholic and tries to do everything herself. As such, Jean also loves to fill in for many roles in the party. Her element is Anemo (or wind), making her an awesome DPS companion since Swirl is one of the most powerful elemental reactions.

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On top of that, Jean can also heal decently, though not as well as the more dedicated healers in the party. She’s perfect for anyone looking to save a character slot in their current party, since Jean can count as both DPS support and healer.

16 Mona

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  • Element: Hydro
  • Weapon: Catalyst

Genshin Impact’s popular tier listing put Mona in the sub-DPS class or role, making her quite a sight on the battlefield both for her aesthetics and her skillset. She can easily cover the battlefield in hydro damage and status effects.

Hydro happens to be one of the best elements in the game. It’s also the most versatile, as players can use it for crowd control with cryo and DPS with pyro or electro. Unlike other DPS characters, Mona isn’t selfish, and can also be a supplementary damage dealer in addition to being the main one.

15 Albedo

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  • Element: Geo
  • Weapon: Sword

Speaking of selfless characters, Albedo is another sub-DPS character who’s actually better than the Traveler at utilizing the geo element. All is forgiven for using a geo-focused Albedo since his Elemental Skill gives tons of shield and also has lots of utility.

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His skill can drastically increase the DPS and defensive capability of characters along with the low cooldown. In addition to having more exciting skills than the Traveler, Albedo’s passives also grant a significant amount of energy recharge.

14 Raiden Shogun

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  • Element: Electro
  • Weapon: Polearm

The latest 5-star character to be released at the time of writing, Raiden Shogun’s launch was met with much controversy. Apparently, some players expected more from her, being an Archon character and all. There’s also the fact that her element, Electro is one of the weakest right now in terms of elemental reactions.

Still, that didn’t prevent her from flexing some interestingly high damage numbers. Others have even resorted to making her the main DPS. With all that’s been said and done, Raiden Shogun is still a capable sub-DPS and a viable main DPS.

13 Yoimiya

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  • Element: Pyro
  • Weapon: Bow

Plenty of players who were anticipating Yoimiya’s arrival had high expectations since she came after Ayaka, which is an awesome DPS carry. Also, some in the community expected Yoimiya to be a Pyro version of Ganyu, Genshin Impact‘s current apex predator.

While she didn’t meet some of those expectations, Yoimiya is still a good Pyro DPS. Thanks to her element and her fast attacks, she can produce some quick and damaging Vaporize or Melt volleys. Her gameplay is also simple and she can double as a buffer for the entire team.

12 Aloy

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  • Element: Cryo
  • Weapon: Bow

PlayStation players ought to count themselves lucky as Aloy, despite being a free 5-star character, is more robust and viable than some of the worst 5-star options such as Qiqi. Aloy’s abilities are simple enough, her Elemental Burst deals a big chunk of instant damage.

Meanwhile, her Elemental Skill gives her Cryo infusion and also deals instant Cryo damage. With these, she can produce some dizzying reverse Melt combos and also a reliable Freeze setup. Anyone who doesn’t have Ganyu will surely appreciate Aloy as an Alternative.

11 Tartaglia

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  • Element: Hydro
  • Weapon: Bow

For a more solid hydro character that isn’t a healer or isn’t Mona, Tartaglia (aka Childe) is miles better. He’s the only pure DPS hydro character right now, and the fact that he uses a bow makes him a desirable addition to any party.

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The ranged form of attacks makes him more difficult to damage, compared to other DPS characters. Tartaglia’s playstyle is also exciting since he can switch to melee and dish out even more damage for faster attacks and better precision.

10 Klee

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  • Element: Pyro
  • Weapon: Catalyst

Want to deal the most pyro damage in the shortest amount of time, all from a relatively safe distance? Look no further than Klee. Klee throws out bombs like it’s nobody’s business, and when she gets bored of that, she leaves landmines all over the battlefield.

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When paired with Albedo (assuming the player is lucky enough to have them both), Klee can become an invincible reign of fire and terror that most enemies can’t hit. The only thing preventing her from being a selfish DPS character is her pyro element. She can become helpless when facing pyro Abyss Mages or pyro slimes.

9 Diluc

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  • Element: Pyro
  • Weapon: Claymore

Right now, it seems that Genshin Impact’s developers are intent on continuously dethroning Diluc for the standard benchmark DPS. He’s seen better days, but he’s still easily one of the most effortless damage dealers in the game.

Give him support, and he’ll suddenly become a speedrunner’s dream main character. Diluc can clear battlefields with one button and do it again a few seconds later since his skills have a low cooldown. He’s perfect in every way. The worst thing about Diluc is how hard it is to get him.

8 Xiao

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  • Element: Anemo
  • Weapon: Polearm

As far as Anemo characters go, Xiao is quite a wild breeze since he’s the only DPS-focused among them. He also deals the most damage out of all the Anemo users. Compared to other top-tier DPS characters, Xiao is one of the best.

He can easily out-damage established heavy-hitters like Childe or Diluc, who both rely on elemental reactions. What makes him amazing is that Xiao doesn’t even rely on elemental reactions in order to do this. That doesn’t mean he’s an independent DPS, though – he needs some Anemo battery characters because of his energy issues.

7 Ayaka

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  • Element: Cryo
  • Weapon: Sword

Ayaka was one of the first 5-star characters to be released alongside the Inazuma update and she made quite the avalanche. Her playstyle is simple enough but that doesn’t mean her damage ceiling is lackluster. She can easily match the top-tier DPS characters if built right.

Sure enough, building her correctly is also painlessly uncomplicated. Just give her four pieces of the Blizzard Strayer set and an offensive-focused sword and let her rip. As an added bonus, she can trap enemies in a Frozen state while she chips away at them until there’s nothing left.

6 Venti

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  • Element: Anemo
  • Weapon: Bow

Venti is the best support in the game, and also the best Anemo character. He can easily change the layouts of the battlefield by introducing a vortex that sucks in all enemies, opening them up to stacks of Swirl elemental reactions.

His Elemental Skill also allows him to create updrafts that let players fly and glide and also sends enemies up in the air for some crowd control. Venti then does all of this with his bow, making him a reliable last resort for when other party members are dead and range is the only line of defense left.

5 Kazuha

Kazuha
  • Element: Anemo
  • Weapon: Sword

Kazuha, otherwise known as a better Venti, “power crept” the Anemo god in such a way that it makes him more desirable. Kazuha can do what Venti can but more affordably. He has a crowd control ability that’s more spammable since it’s his Elemental Skill.

Moreover, Kazuha can grant heaps of Elemental Mastery and also provide constant Swirl applications with his Elemental Burst. He’s like Venti and Sucrose combined. To that end, he has seen extensive usage when it comes to players trying out the maximum damage their DPS teams can reach.

4 Zhongli

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  • Element: Geo
  • Weapon: Polearm

Geo has seen the biggest buff, and since Genshin Impact is a game of numbers, the majority of players love to focus their efforts on seeing huge damage numbers. Geo characters now provide some of the biggest buffs in the game and spearheading his major change is the Geo Archon himself, who now goes by Zhongli.

Zhongli is pretty necessary right now in order to progress in the Spiral Abyss and against some bosses without much difficulty. His Elemental Skill does so much, such as providing two kinds of shields, reducing damage resistance, and adding additional damage. When all else fails, players can simply pull down a meteor on top of all the enemies.

3 Hu Tao

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  • Element: Pyro
  • Weapon: Polearm

The advent of Hu Tao has spelled doom for Klee, Diluc, or just about any other pyro character since their damage simply pales in comparison to hers. Hu Tao once held the record for the second-highest damage in the game, at around 2 million in a single burst.

There’s nothing she can’t kill in a blink under the right circumstances. Players still shouldn’t expect to reach such astronomical damage numbers easily, since Hu Tao needs an elaborate Melt or Vaporize set up, as well as some risky plays that bring her close to death.

2 Eula

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  • Element: Cryo
  • Weapon: Claymore

Too bad Hu Tao couldn’t keep her record for the highest damage dealer in the game. Eula, the latest 5-star character and certified DPS Queen, has managed to reach more than 4 million damage in a single instance. That’s the highest record right now in the game.

As additional tests go on, players can expect higher numbers, maybe even exceeding 5 million. Even more amazing is how all that damage is solely physical and not elemental. Regular players who don’t spend life savings-worth of cash on Genshin Impact can still expect regular 6-digits of physical damage from Eula. That’s still plenty powerful.

1 Ganyu

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  • Element: Cryo
  • Weapon: Bow

Eula might be the new DPS on the block. Still, certain drawbacks prevent her from dethroning the certified Ice Queen, Ganyu. Ganyu doesn’t rely on skills or bursts in order to deal six digits of damage every two seconds; she just needs her charged attacks.

Moreover, her abilities make her more flexible and thus allows her more consistent damage outputs over prolonged fights. One additional luxury that Ganyu has over other DPS characters is that she’s a bow user. Thus, it’s easy to make her untouchable to the point where she can trivialize the whole game.