Genshin Impact: How to build Nahida to spread Dendro through your enemies' hearts
Nahida, also known as the Dendro Archon Lesser Lord Kusanali, is finally making her debut in the first half of Genshin Impact version 3.2!
The game's fourth playable Archon is a 5-star Catalyst user that greatly empowers any team that relies on Dendro elemental reactions to dish out damage.
While Nahida may be the youngest (and smallest!) Archon of the bunch, her intellect and mastery over Dendro should be feared.
Here’s what you need to know before pulling for her!
Physic of Purity
Nahida’s Elemental Skill, All Schemes to Know, is the most unique and important part of her kit. First off, it functions differently depending on whether you press or hold it.
When pressed, Nahida deals area-of-effect Dendro DMG in front of her and marks up to eight opponents with the Seed of Skandha.
When held, Nahida instead enters an aiming mode (much like in the Fayz Trials event back in version 3.0) that increases her resistance to interruption and lets you select up to eight opponents in a limited area that will receive Dendro DMG. These opponents will also be marked with the Seed of Skandha.
The enemies marked by the Seed of Skandha will be linked to one another up to a certain distance, and inflicting them with elemental reactions will unleash the Tri-Karma Purification, dealing Dendro DMG that scales off of Nahida’s Attack and Elemental Mastery.
Nahida's skill isn’t only limited to combat. You can also use it to gather certain plants and read the minds of people who have an Akasha Terminal.
Nahida’s burst, Illusory Heart, unleashes the Shrine of Maya onto a huge area, giving certain buffs based on the elemental affiliation of other characters in your party, such as:
Pyro: increases the DMG of Tri-Karma Purification
Electro: decreases the interval between Tri-Karma Purifications
Hydro: increases the duration of the Shrine of Maya
Having two characters of each elemental type will also further increase the buff each element can provide.
Nahida’s Passive, Compassion Illuminated, increases the Elemental Mastery of the active character within the field of the Shrine of Maya by 25% of the Elemental Mastery of the character in your party with the highest Elemental Mastery. The maximum bonus you can get from this passive is 250 Elemental Mastery.
Finally, the Awakening Elucidated passive grants Nahida 0.1% Bonus DMG and 0.03% Crit Rate to Tri-Karma Purification form All Schemes to Know for each point of her Elemental Mastery above 200. Through this, she can gain a maximum of 80% bonus DMG and 24% Crit Rate.
Thanks to her versatile kit, Nahida can play as both an off-field Sub DPS or the on-field Main DPS.
In both cases, much of your damage will come from the Tri-Karma Purification from All Schemes to Know, so levelling up this talent should be your highest priority.
Illusory Heart should be levelled next, as the buffs it will provide are indispensable.
Levelling up Nahida's Normal Attacks will depend on what playstyle you're going for.
If you want her to be your on-field Main DPS, then levelling it up is necessary. Otherwise, you can forego levelling up this talent.
When using Nahida in combat, use her skill first to mark as many of your opponents as you can with Seed of Skandha.
After that, use her burst then switch to your other characters and trigger elemental reactions, which will let Nahida deal damage from off-field with Tri-Karma Purifications.
The Dendro Archon descends
Nahida is essential to many teams that revolve around Dendro-based reactions, so here are a few:
Nilou’s Bountiful Bloom
If you have Nilou, then Nahida will be a very important part of her team composition. Nahida can either act as the lone Dendro applicator alongside Nilou and two other Hydro characters, or pair with Dendro Traveller or Collei for a more balanced approach.
Nahida can be set in a team that consists of either Cyno, Keqing, or Yae Miko as the Dendro applicator to help trigger the Aggravate reaction. The party should consist of: your chosen Electro DPS, Nahida, an Anemo support with 4-pc Viridescent Venerer, and a flexible slot for either a Battery, Healer, or Shielder.
Nahida will be paired with an Electro and Hydro team that focuses on the Hyperbloom reaction to deal DMG. The team should consist of Nahida, Fischl or Yae Miko, Xingqiu or Kokomi, and Sucrose, Kazuha, or Venti.
Nahida can be run alongside with Thoma, Xingqiu or Kokomi, and Sucrose, Kazuha, or Venti to create exploding Dendro Cores.
With Nahida being the game's fourth playable Archon, we now have enough of them to field an All-Archon Team with Nahida, Raiden Ei, Venti, and Zhongli.
This composition is basically just an Aggravate team for Raiden Ei.
Nahida will act as the off-field Sub DPS and Dendro applicator, Venti will be the Anemo Support with 4-piece Viridescent Venerer, while Zhongli will be the Shielder.
You can still run a normal build for your Raiden Ei with this composition, as Nahida's Compassion Illuminated passive will give her enough Elemental Mastery while in the Shrine of Maya.
Nahida’s best weapon will be the new 5-star Catalyst, A Thousand Floating Dreams, as it is tailor-made for her kit. But if you’re not too keen on spending Primogems on the weapon banner (what with Scaramouche coming in 3.3), you can choose to give her these alternatives:
Kagura’s Verity (5-star Gacha)
Sacrificial Fragments (4-star, Gacha)
The Widsith (4-star, Gacha)
Wandering Evenstar (4-star, Gacha)
Mappa Mare (4-star, Craftable)
Fruit of Fulfilment (4-star, Craftable)
For Artifacts, you can never go wrong with equipping her with a full set of Deepwood Memories, as it increases her Dendro DMG and decreases the Dendro RES of her opponents.
However, if you already have a Dendro Character in your team holding Deepwood Memories, you can instead go for the 4-piece Gilded Dreams, which increases her Elemental Mastery and ATK depending on the elemental affiliation of the other characters in your party.
Nahida wants as much Elemental Mastery as possible, so getting Elemental Mastery as the main stat for your sands, goblet, and circlet is a must. If you want a more DPS approach, a Crit Rate/DMG Circlet, whichever you’re lacking in, will also work.
As for substats, prioritise Elemental Mastery and Crit Rate/DMG, though Energy Recharge or ATK% are also welcome.
Nahida is featured in a double banner alongside Yoimiya in the first half of Genshin Impact version 3.2. The current version will run until 6 December.
Genshin Impact versions 3.0, 3.1, and 3.2 will have shortened run times of five weeks instead of the usual six weeks, likely to catch up to the game's original release schedule after the release of version 2.7 was delayed back in April.
Yan Ku is a full-time dog parent, part-time (gacha) gamer, and part-time writer.
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