Genshin Impact Raiden Shogun
An in-depth guide on how to build Genshin Impact’s Electro Archon and God of Eternity, the Raiden Shogun.
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The Raiden Shogun is a 5-star Electro Polearm character who specialises as an Electro Burst / Sub-DPS, and is only available on the Character Event Wish banner while she is a featured character. Keep reading to find out what materials are needed to Ascend Raiden, her best builds and an overview of how to use her effectively.
Raiden Ascension Stat
All characters in Genshin Impact have a particular stat that levels up alongside their base stats. For Raiden, this extra stat is Energy Recharge. This will not only help her charge up her Burst quicker, but it will also help her deal more DMG overall.
Raiden Ascension Materials
Once you have obtained Raiden and maxed her to Level 20, she can be further levelled up through Ascension. The materials you will need to Ascend Raiden are as follows:
|Level 20||Vajrada Amethyst Sliver x 1|
Amakumo Fruit x 3
Old Handguard x 3
|Level 40||Vajrada Amethyst Fragment x 3|
Storm Bead x 2
Amakumo Fruit x 10
Old Handguard x 15
|Level 50||Vajrada Amethyst Fragment x 6|
Storm Bead x 4
Amakumo Fruit x 20
Kageuchi Handguard x 12
|Level 60||Vajrada Amethyst Chunk x 3|
Storm Bead x 8
Amakumo Fruit x 30
Kageuchi Handguard x 18
|Level 70||Vajrada Amethyst Chunk x 6|
Storm Bead x 12
Amakumo Fruit x 45
Famed Handguard x 12
|Level 80||Vajrada Amethyst Gemstone x 6|
Storm Bead x 20
Amakumo Fruit x 60
Famed Handguard x 24
Vajrada Amethyst Slivers, Fragments, Chunks and Gemstones can be obtained by defeating Electro Hypostasis, located in Mondstadt, and the Thunder Manifistation, located in Inazuma.
Storm Beads can be obtained by defeating the Thunder Manifistation, located in Inazuma.
Amakumo Fruit can be found across Seirai Island, Inazuma. They are mainly located around Amakumo Peak.
Old Handguard, Kageuchi Handguard and Famed Handguard can be obtained by defeating Nobushi, which can be found throughout Inazuma.
Raiden Talent Materials
In order to make Raiden stronger, you’ll need to upgrade her talents. The materials you will need are as follows:
- Old Handguard
- Kageuchi Handguard
- Famed Handguard
- Teachings of Light
- Guide to Light
- Philosophies of Light
- Molten Moment
The Teachings, Guide and Philosophies of Light can be obtained by completing the Domain of Mastery: Violet Court every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Meanwhile, Molten Moment is a potential drop from the Weekly Signora Challenge.
Raiden Best Weapons
Depending on what kind of build you’re looking to use, Raiden has a few good weapon options:
|Primordial Jade Winged-Spear||5-star|
|Staff of Homa||5-star|
Raiden’s best in slot is Engulfing Lightning; this weapon was designed to enhance her skillset, with its high Energy Recharge substat. It will also increase her ATK by 28% of her Energy Recharge over the base 100%, for a maximum bonus of 80% ATK. It also increases her Energy Recharge for 12s after using her Elemental Burst. If you don’t have Engulfing Lightning, you still have a few 5-star options. Skyward Spine also has an Energy Recharge substat, although it’s not as high as Engulfing Lightning’s, and will also give a little CRIT Rate. Primordial Jade Winged-Spear is also a solid choice if you’re in need of CRIT Rate, and it has a nice passive which increases ATK on hit, which stacks up to 7 times. Staff of Homa has a huge CRIT DMG substat, and will grant an ATK bonus based on Raiden’s Max HP. When HP is less than 50%, this ATK bonus is increased. Therefore, to get the maximum out of this weapon, Raiden needs to be consistently under 50% HP.
Raiden can also make great use of the 4-star weapon “The Catch”, which is F2P friendly, has a high Energy Recharge substat of 45.9% at Level 90, and an incredible passive: it increases Elemental Burst DMG and Elemental Burst CRIT Rate, which is perfect for Raiden’s high DMG Burst. The Favonius Lance can work in the meantime if you aren’t able to get your hands on “The Catch” just yet. Alternatively, you could also use Wavebreaker’s Fin thanks to its Burst-buffing passive. However, you should ideally be aiming for “The Catch” or a 5-star weapon in the long run.
Raiden Best Artifacts
There’s only one Artifact set you want to use on Raiden: 4-Piece Emblem of Severed Fate. It increases her Energy Recharge by 20%, and increases Elemental Burst DMG by 25% of Energy Recharge. This means that her Burst will charge up faster, and deal more DMG when it’s charged.
For low-level players, 4-Piece The Exile works well until you’re able to get higher level Artifacts.
For your Artifact main stats, you will want to run:
|Sands||Energy Recharge / ATK%|
|Goblet||ATK% / Electro DMG Bonus|
|Circlet||CRIT DMG / Rate|
Raiden can be quite complicated to build, Artifact main stat-wise. Because of the many ways she can scale off Energy Recharge, it can be difficult to decide how much is enough, and when you should start investing in other stats such as ATK%. The ideal amount of total Energy Recharge Raiden should have is about 200-250%. Any more than this, and you lose out on potential precious CRIT stats in your Artifact substats. Any less than this, you might struggle to keep her Burst up on cooldown, and you won’t be getting as many stat increases from her Ascension Talent, ‘Enlightened One.’ This Talent makes it so that each 1% above 100% Energy Recharge that the Raiden Shogun possesses grants her 0.6% greater Energy Restoration from Musou Isshin, and 0.4% Electro DMG Bonus; therefore, having a significant amount of Energy Recharge on her is a must.
In terms of Artifact main stats, generally if your Raiden is using Engulfing Lightning, she should use an Energy Recharge Sands and an Electro DMG Bonus Goblet. This will give her enough Energy Recharge for Engulfing Lightning to convert into ATK%, and the Electro DMG will further increase her DMG output. With any other weapon, you can pretty much just use the Artifact with the best substats, or the combination of Artifacts that will get her in the ideal total Energy Recharge range. So in particular, if you’re using a weapon that doesn’t have an Energy Recharge substat, be sure to include it on her Sands’ main stat.
In terms of Artifact substats, you’ll want to focus on Energy Recharge, ATK%, Elemental Mastery, and both CRIT DMG and CRIT Rate.
How to use Raiden
Her Elemental Skill, Transcendence: Baleful Omen, deals Electro DMG to nearby opponents, and grants nearby party members the Eye of Stormy Judgement. When characters with this buff attack and deal DMG to opponents, the Eye will unleash a coordinated attack, dealing AoE Electro DMG at the opponent’s position. Characters who gain the Eye of Stormy Judgement will have their Elemental Burst DMG increased based on the Energy Cost of the Elemental Burst during the Eye’s duration. The Eye can initiate one coordinated attack every 0.9s per party. Coordinated attacks generated by characters not controlled by you deal 20% of the normal DMG.
Her Elemental Burst, Secret Art: Musou Shinsetsu, unleashes the Musou no Hitotachi and deals AoE Electro DMG, using Musou Isshin in combat for a certain duration afterward. The DMG dealt by Musou no Hitotachi and Musou Isshin’s attacks will be increased based on the number of Chakra Desiderta’s Resolve Stacks consumed when this skill is used.
While in the Musou Isshin state, Raiden will wield her tachi in battle, while her Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attacks will be infused with Electro DMG, which cannot be overridden. When such attacks hit opponents, she will regenerate Energy for all nearby party members. Energy can be restored this way once every 1s, and this effect can be triggered 5 times throughout this skill’s duration. While in this state, the Raiden Shogun’s resistance to interruption is increased, and she is immune to Electro-Charged reaction DMG. While Musou Isshin is active, the Raiden Shogun’s Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attack DMG will be considered Elemental Burst DMG.
When nearby party members (excluding Raiden herself) use their Elemental Bursts, the Raiden Shogun will build up Resolve stacks based on the Energy Cost of these Elemental Bursts. The maximum number of Resolve stacks is 60.
Best Team Comps
Raiden acts as a very good battery for her team, as well as a Burst / Sub-DPS who can deal high DMG when casting her Burst. Because of this, she can work on a variety of different teams. For example, the “Raiden National” team consists of herself, Xingqiu, Xiangling and Bennett. Xingqiu and Xiangling act as off-field Burst DPS characters, proccing different Reactions while Raiden is in the Musou Isshin state and dealing Electro DMG. Not only will Raiden be dealing a lot of DMG, but she’ll battery the whole team so their Bursts are ready for the next rotation. Bennett, as always, acts as a trusty buffer and healer, keeping the team in tip-top shape and increasing their ATK while he’s at it.
Raiden also works very well alongside Eula. Her Skill, used in tandem with Eula’s Skill, will trigger Superconduct on your opponents and decrease their Physical RES. During Eula’s Burst’s cooldown, Raiden can use her Burst to generate Energy for Eula, whilst also dealing DMG during this downtime. Likewise, Raiden can work nicely with Yae, as she can help somewhat negate Yae’s high Burst Energy Cost of 90.