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Genshin Impact – Elemental Combo Guide

Genshin Impact‘s elemental attacks are one of the game’s most defining features. It’s great to pull off a combo, not only is it visually stunning but it’s crucial as you get further along in the game. This may be a little hard to understand at first going in, that’s why we’re here to help! In this guide, we’re going to cover how elemental attacks work and list all the combos and how they work.



In Genshin Impact each character can inflict a specific type of elemental damage, depending on their class. After an enemy has been hit with that elemental status you can then use another team member with a different element to combine the two elements for an even greater impact.

To check a character’s assigned element just check on the icon above their head next to their names in the party select screen. There are 7 types of elements in Genshin Impact with some relating as well to the environmental elements.

Anemo (Wind) – Traveler (starts with Anemo), Jean, Venti, Sucrose, Xiao
Geo (Earth)Traveler (can switch to Geo by interacting with Statues of the Seven in Liyue region), Noelle, Ningguang
Pyro (Fire) – Amber, Diluc, Xiangling, Bennett, Klee
Cryo (Ice)Kaeya, Chongyun, Qiqi
Electro (Lightning) – Lisa, Fischl, Razor, Beidou, Keqing
Hydro (Water) – Barbara, Mona, Xingqiu
Dendro (Nature) – N/A


How Elements Work

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As you’d expect, elemental damage is more powerful than standard damage on certain enemies. Depending on the enemy and what element it’s weak to, you’ll want to prioritize certain elemental attacks over others. For example, you can use the Pyro elemental attack on enemies weak to fire, or the Hydro element on enemies weak to water.

Elemental attacks also have varying degrees of effectiveness based on the environment around enemies as well. 

If your enemies are in the water, using Electro attacks will increase the effectiveness of the elemental attack, causing Electro damage over a period of time. The same can be said about combining Pyro with Dendro; if your enemies are around nature, dishing out Pyro attacks will cause burning over time. 


Elemental Reactions

ReactionElement 1Element 2Effect
BurnPyroDendroPyro damage over time
OverloadedPyroElectroAoE Pyro attack
MagmaPyroGeoFire shield that burns enemies
VaporizePyroHydroAdditional damage
MeltPyroCryoAdditional damage
SuperconductCryoElectroAoE Cryo attack
Lowers enemy physical resistance by 50%
ShatterCryoGeoIncrease CRIT chances
BlizzardCryoAnemoBypass enemy defences
FrozenCryoHyrdoFreezes enemy
Electro-ChargedElectroHydroElectro damage over time
PoisonHydroDendroAoE poison attack
MudGeoHydroSlows enemy movement and atk speed
Creates traps that cause damage
CrystalizeGeoCryo / Electro / Hydro / PyroGrants a crystal shield
DustAnemoGeoKnocks enemies back
SwirlCryo / Electro / Hydro / PyroAnemoAdditional elemental damage and some AoE

Powerful Elemental Combinations

Now, a lot of you had some questions about the best team combinations list in Genshin Impact. While your team should be built keeping the elemental reactions in mind you can also keep in mind these more powerful elemental combinations. To get these desired buffs, you must have characters with these elements in your party.

ComboElement 1Element 2Effect
Enduring RockGeoGeoImproves your party’s resistance to interruption and increases your attack damage by 15% when protected by a shield
Fervent FlamesPyroPyroDecreases the impact Cryo has on your party by 40% and increases attack by 25%
Soothing WaterHydroHydroDecreases the impact Pyro has on your party by 40% and increases healing by 30%
Impetuous WindsAnemoAnemoLowers your party’s stamina consumption by 15%, increases movement speed by 10%, and shortens Skill CD by 5%
High VoltageElectroElectroDecreases the impact Hydro has on your party by 40% and Superconduct, Overloaded, and Electro-Charged have a 100% chance to generate an Electro Elemental Particle 
Shattering IceCryoCryoDecreases the impact Electro has on your party by 40% and increases critical rate by 15% towards enemies impacted by Cryo
Protective Canopy4 Unique ElementsIncreases all Elemental resistance by 15%

If you’re interested in more Genshin Impact guides be sure to check our list here. Including the best team builds here and our best weapons list.

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