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Genshin Impact Tier List: The best characters for October 2020

Genshin Impact Tier List: The best characters for October 2020
Genshin Impact: Tier List for Combat
  • Genshin Impact: Tier List for Exploration
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Genshin Impact is taking the world by storm, and our tier list of the best characters helps you make those crucial decisions!, Which of the 23 playable characters should you choose? Which elements should you mix? Read on!

Genshin Impact Tier List: The best characters for October 2020

Genshin Impact has had a blistering start, with more than 10 million players in pre-registration for the miHoYo-developed title.

There are currently 23 playable characters that can join your Traveller, all with their own unique gameplay, strengths and skills.

Because of the variety, we're offering two different tier lists, one focused on combat and the other on exploration and dealing with puzzles.

  • Tier List for Combat
  • Tier List for Exploration

Tier List for Combat

NOTE: This tier list does not take into account abilities that are useful for exploration, such as Mona's waterwalking. Our rankings break down the list as following:

  • S-Tier characters pick themselves, really,
  • A-Tier are great, either alone or augmenting the S-tier.
  • B-Tier will service you just fine in combat.
  • C-Tier are only to be used if you absolutely have to.
  • Amber... *cue sad music*
Genshin Impact tier list for combat. Image courtesy of TierMaker. - Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact tier list for combat. Image courtesy of TierMaker.

Tier List Last Updated: October 19

S-Tier Characters

Diluc

Pyro

If you've pulled Diluc, he needs to be in your team. It doesn't get much more straightforward than that.

His Elemental Skill Searing Onslaught can be cast three times in a row for pretty significant Pyro damage, while his Elemental Burst Dawn is a humongous AoE attack that can clear waves should you be swarmed at close quarters.

In short, he's probably going to be your main man on the battlefield. Plus, his blasé attitude to the rather stuffy Knights makes him uber-cool.

Venti

Anemo

Venti is another five-star pull you can obtain, and as such he's a top character to have in your team.

He'll absolutely replace the Traveler as your go-to Anemo character, and his crowd-control abilities will help you dominate the battlefield.

His Elemental Burst Wind's Grand Ode offers fantastic synergy with that of Diluc, for example — pull all your enemies in with the vortex, then unleash the Phoenix for huge elemental-chain damage!

Fischl

Electro

Having Fischl in your team is all about taking advantage of everyone's favourite birb, Oz.

Starting off by unleashing your feathery friend means it's super simple to create Elemental Reactions that involve Electro, including Overloaded and Electro-Charged, for damage amplification.

Plus, a little Lightning Smite never hurt anyone... except your enemies!

Qiqi

Cryo

You're going to need Cryo in your team at some point, and Qiqi is undoubtedly the best of that frosty bunch.

Her Elemental Skill Herald of Frost deals damage AND heals your team, while those heals can be ramped up even more by applying the Elemental Burst's Preserver of Fortune debuff. Simply hit an affected enemy to see that life regenerate!

In short, she's the ideal support to round off your squad!

Keqing

Electro

This Electro swordswoman brings the shock factor thanks to her ability to easily chain Elemental Reactions.

Keqing is simple to grasp as a melee fighter, and thanks to mobility buffs is ideal for darting in and out to deal damage at short or medium ranges.

Some pretty hefty AoE damage thanks to her Elemental Burst, Starward Sword, is also pretty useful!

A-Tier Characters

Xiao

Anemo

Want damage? Pick Xiao.

This newcomer is capable of some pretty sizeable chaos with his spear, and can take some punishment too thanks to his Lv.4 Constellation, which increases DEF by 100% when below 50% health.

Offensively, he benefits from up to six normal melee strikes, while his Elemental Skill, Lemniastic Wind Cycling, is a fantastic way to dart through enemies.

His real selling point though is the Bane of All Evil Elemental Burst. Although it drains your HP when active, you'll gain attack range and damage - meaning this Anemo character is wonderful for switching in for a little shock and awe.

Jean

Anemo

Jean is the Acting Grand Master of the Knights of Favonius, and as such she just has to be decent, right?

More a support than attacker, Jean synergises well with others - in particular Diluc, so she's a great choice for a balanced lineup.

Her Anemo-based Elemental Skill, Gale Blade, is great for setting up enemies for a takedown by stronger fighters, while her Elemental Burst, Dandelion Breeze, will absolutely turn the tide of battle thanks to its superior healing power.

Mona

Hydro

Mona is one of those who is pretty handy as an all-round character, and this largely comes from her ability to control the battlefield.

Her Hydro-based Elemental Skill, Mirror Reflection of Doom creates a welcome diversion for tanking enemies, culminating with a handy AoE explosion, and can be held to create space between you and your opponents.

Her Elemental Burst, Stellaris Phantasm, sets up Elemental Reactions utilising Wet very well, meaning someone like Diluc can come in and deal even more punishment thanks to Vaporize.

Xiangling

Pyro

Xiangling's position in this tier list ultimately depends on whether you use Diluc or not, as having two Pyro characters adds a nice little 25% bonus to ATK that benefits the red-haired warrior greatly.

However, she's also quite a nifty fighter in her own right, nimble and able to dart through opponents either as a means of escape or to set up combos.

Her Elemental Skill Guoba Attack is great for tanking up stationary enemies, but her Elemental Burst, Pyronado, is even better for clearing out waves of close-range enemies that may be overwhelming you.

Barbara

Hydro

Not really someone you'll depend on for damage output, Barbara is a dependable mage whose Hydro-based healing will be crucial in those drawn-out boss fights.

Her Elemental Skill, Let the Show Begin, is great for setting up combos that use the Wet reaction, such as Electro-Charged or Frozen, while her Elemental Burst, Shining Miracle, is a massive AoE heal that can help the party reset and keep on fighting.

Her Lv.6 Constellation, Dedicating Everything to You, can even revive and fully-heal a fallen party member providing she's not on the field, which is a fantastic get-out-of-jail-free card in a boss fight!

Chongyun

Cryo

Chongyun is an exorcist, so let him banish the spirits of bad battles!

In short, this silver-haired character is all about dealing as much Cryo damage as possible. His Elemental Skill smashes the ground, dealing AoE damage, and creates a field in which all further damage from melee weapon-based characters is converted to the cold element for a short while. This is great for bursting enemies down,

His Elemental Burst, Cloud-parting Star, is seriously impressive, summoning three giant blades to pound enemies and knock them up into the air.

Other Characters

While the characters above are who we believe to be the strongest, others aren't entirely useless and can be helpful in a bind.

For example, Razor can be very useful in solo-grinding early on, thanks to some solid DPS and a giant spirit wolf that aids you in battle, while Bennett can mix up his basic attacks and even pinch-heal other party members.

In terms of Geo characters, Ningguang can be useful in zoning enemies with her Jade Screen ability, while Noelle provides some much-needed shielding for when you need a straight-up tank.

Even Amber can be useful in a battle, if set up correctly — while she's become a meme in the community, did you know her Fiery Rain Elemental Burst can scale beyond 600% damage, as well as granting movement speed and ATK buffs?

Like any tier list, this tier list is subjective, and draws on our playing experience and the power and usefulness of the different characters in combat.

This ranking will evolve over time with the arrival of new characters or following possible balance changes.

All tier list images courtesy of TierMaker. Check them out and make your own tier lists!

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Just We Two Gamers 7 months ago

Beeep thats bull**** Xingqiu and Sucrose are ssssssssss and is razor s because he has a jojo stand

Zac Radclif Gabriel Cruz -29 9 months ago

Why the fuck is Diluc D tier WHY IS HIS NAME STARTS WITH A LETTER D OR SOMETHING, DILUC IS THE STRONGETS CHARACTER

Griever Blade 11 months ago

well that site make sense specially on the part <br /> "Like any tier list, this tier list is subjective, and draws on our playing experience and the power and usefulness of the different characters in combat."<br /> <br /> because all tier list are trash and good player can make anything works fine no matter the opinion of others ... but at last this site mention subjectivity and that even Amber can be useful.<br /> <br /> (and there shall be downvote ;P because those who abide by the tier and guide will hate that)

ph_gizmo 11 months ago

Lmao Aether on C but Lumine on B when they're the same character with the same move set.

Wayne 1 year ago

Ok look, I may have just been reading through the comment section for a lol<br /> But in all honesty if people are misinterpreting the Tier list I don't think you can fault them because it is confusing.<br /> "Tier List for Battles" link: https://www.millenium.gg/guide/20583.html<br /> "Tier List for Exploration" link: https://www.millenium.gg/guide/20583.html?page=2<br /> ^Both of these links will lead you to a different page but the Tier list for combat shows the SAME IMAGE as the Tier list shown for exploration. <br /> @Milkameluna, I think you just made an editing error and attached the same image in both. Please update it so you can put all the keyboard warriors to bed :)

Wayne 1 year ago

Ok look, I may have just been reading through the comment section for a lol<br /> But in all honesty if people are misinterpreting the Tier list I don't think you can fault them because it is confusing.<br /> "Tier List for Battles" link: https://www.millenium.gg/guide/20583.html<br /> "Tier List for Exploration" link: https://www.millenium.gg/guide/20583.html?page=2<br /> ^Both of these links will lead you to a different page but the Tier list for combat shows the SAME IMAGE as the Tier list shown for exploration. <br /> @Milkameluna, I think you just made an editing error and attached the same image in both. Please update it so you can put all the keyboard warriors to bed :)

Javiera Cuadra 1 year ago

To people commenting here: Learn to read

Daniel Ward 1 year ago

Keqing as a C for general combat. Obviously, you must not have her. This page is a joke.

Daniel Ward 1 year ago

Keqing as a C for general combat. Obviously, you must not have her. This page is a joke.

Daniel Ward 1 year ago

Keqing as a C for general combat. Obviously, you must not have her. This page is a joke.

Daniel Ward 1 year ago

Keqing as a C for general combat. Obviously, you must not have her. This page is a joke.

Nicolas Coral 1 year ago

For most of the Brain Dead people that are trashing this Tier List, this is for EXPLORATION, must of the S tier got a passive that makes them good for exploring, like Glide stamina reduced cost, or sprint reduced cost.

Nicolas Coral 1 year ago

For most of the Brain Dead people that are trashing this Tier List, this is for EXPLORATION, must of the S tier got a passive that makes them good for exploring, like Glide stamina reduced cost, or sprint reduced cost.

Nicolas Coral 1 year ago

For most of the Brain Dead people that are trashing this Tier List, this is for EXPLORATION, must of the S tier got a passive that makes them good for exploring, like Glide stamina reduced cost, or sprint reduced cost.

Why How 1 year ago

Everybody move on, we got an idiot here

Odeszyra 1 year ago

So why is Amber in S in the image? Are you high..? Lmao, this whole list is a hot ass mess. Even if you ignore the Amber part nothing makes sense on this..

Odeszyra 1 year ago

So why is Amber in S in the image? Are you high..? Lmao, this whole list is a hot ass mess. Even if you ignore the Amber part nothing makes sense on this..

Zhi Ming 1 year ago

This tier list its literally trash its not accurate at all all the c tier should be in s tier except fir benett

Saturno Blaze 1 year ago

Xiao A and Support (?) Xiangling DPS LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Grzegorz Mazur 1 year ago

You do not make sense at all... First you link Lisa as C char (picture), then you give her 3xS in the table... so in the end, is she good or not ?

Grzegorz Mazur 1 year ago

You do not make sense at all... First you link Lisa as C char (picture), then you give her 3xS in the table... so in the end, is she good or not ?

Grzegorz Mazur 1 year ago

You do not make sense at all... First you link Lisa as C char (picture), then you give her 3xS in the table... so in the end, is she good or not ?

Nai Muhiniyi 1 year ago

weird. xiangling is stronger than razor, keqing, mona but is just ranked as B? lol

Devil king 1 year ago

I wished with almost 4600 primogems, & i didn’tget any 5★ or4★ characte? <br /> Whta happened to miyoho?

Devil king 1 year ago

I wished with almost 4600 primogems, & i didn’tget any 5★ or4★ characte? <br /> Whta happened to miyoho?

Devil king 1 year ago

I wished with almost 4600 primogems, & i didn’tget any 5★ or4★ characte? <br /> Whta happened to miyoho?

Devil king 1 year ago

I wished with almost 4600 primogems, & i didn’tget any 5★ or4★ characte? <br /> Whta happened to miyoho?

Devil king 1 year ago

I wished with almost 4600 primogems, & i didn’tget any 5★ or4★ characte? <br /> Whta happened to miyoho?

Devil king 1 year ago

I wished with almost 4600 primogems, & i didn’tget any 5★ or4★ characte? <br /> Whta happened to miyoho?

Devil king 1 year ago

I wished with almost 4600 primogems, & i didn’tget any 5★ or4★ characte? <br /> Whta happened to miyoho?

Devil king 1 year ago

I wished with almost 4600 primogems, & i didn’tget any 5★ or4★ characte? <br /> Whta happened to miyoho?

Devil king 1 year ago

I wished with almost 4600 primogems, & i didn’tget any 5★ or4★ characte? <br /> Whta happened to miyoho?

Leo Nikolov 1 year ago

Worst review ever, none of those are correct, play the game and don't copy past from other places and old information!!!

Tom Hemming 1 year ago

Xianliang and sucrose are 2of the best DPS in the game lol, have you even played? Also Klee and Xiao aren't available yet.

lulu gruty 1 year ago

This list is trash. It's just a copy from other tier list

Tohya 1 year ago

I think your "C" ranks got changed to "S" in your table. In the overall rankings I can figure it out, but in the Abyss, Dungeon and Boss columns it's not so easy.

Sark Aztik 1 year ago

Sucrose a support? And D tier? If you build Sucrose correctly she has high burst damage. I don't know how she could be a support either as both of her attacks are damage only.<br /> <br /> This looks to be a cookie cutter of pretty much every list out there.

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