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Genshin Impact Leaks: How Will Dendro Affect the Meta?

The unreleased Element has appeared in the Genshin Impact beta.

Updated: May 6, 2022 10:58 pm
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Elements and Elemental Reactions are at the heart of Genshin Impact’s combat system. Every character in the game controls one particular Element, which they do so from owning a Vision of that type. And when two different Elements meet, an Elemental Reaction is triggered which deals increased DMG. Since the game’s release, one Element has yet to make its way into the game: Dendro. But now, Dendro has been added to Genshin Impact’s beta, and with it comes a sprinkling of information from leaker Genshin Intel.

When will Dendro be added to Genshin Impact?

This is one of the big questions on everyone’s minds, and unfortunately there isn’t a clear-cut answer. Some early rumours suggested Dendro would be added in 2.8, but this is yet to be reliably confirmed. Many players assume that Dendro will be added into the game with the addition of Sumeru, the region of the Dendro Archon. And since Sumeru is the next region players will explore, it’s likely Sumeru will be added in Version 3.0; just as Inazuma was added in Version 2.0. However, this has not been confirmed, and Genshin Intel states that they do not know when Dendro will be added. So for now, the answer is something along the lines of, ‘at some point in the future.’

What are the Dendro Reactions?

Unlike Pyro, Hydro, Cryo and Electro, Dendro only has three Reactions: Intensified, Overgrown, and Burning. Burning, the Pyro-meets-Dendro Reaction, is already in the game thanks to the occasional Dendro Samachurls and Slimes that you’ll encounter. But the other two are brand-new; Intensified is triggered when mixing Dendro and Electro, and Overgrown comes from the combination of Dendro and Hydro.

According to Genshin Intel, Intensified drops 1 Electro Particle, and Dendro and Electro DMG to the affected enemy is increased for 7s. Overgrown drops seeds which become mushrooms, and the mushrooms explode upon Hydro application, dealing AoE Dendro DMG. Interestingly, there is no Cryo-related Reaction, and Dendro cannot react with Anemo or Geo, either. This means that it cannot be Swirled, nor can it Crystallize.

How will Dendro affect the meta?

Given that we currently don’t have any DMG multipliers for either of the new Reactions, it’s difficult to speculate how powerful these Reactions will be. Depending on Intensified’s Electro DMG increase, it could be quite a significant buff to Electro DPS characters, who are already seen as weaker when compared to the big Pyro and Cryo DPS characters. For example, Yae Miko could see a boost to her DPS potential, and Raiden could become even stronger than she already is.

As for Overgrown, it seems like it will favour lots of Hydro application, so characters like Tartaglia and Ayato could do well in Overgrown team comps. But once again, seeing as we don’t know what the DMG multipliers for this will be, we don’t know if this will be more powerful or beneficial than other Hydro-based reactions, such as Electro-Charged. For now, all we can do is wait for more information.

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