If you’re just diving into the world of Teyvat in Genshin Impact, then you’re probably just enjoying being able to climb on things and glide around. At some point though, you’ll need to start thinking about how to build a team in Genshin Impact, and it’s not something that the game does a great job of explaining to players.
Before we dive into this, it’s worth familiarising yourself with the different roles in Genshin Impact, because knowing what you want each character on your team to do is a huge boon when building your perfect team. With that out of the way, let’s get stuck into our guide on how to build a team in Genshin Impact.
How to build a team in Genshin Impact
Ultimately, you can absolutely just plonk four characters together and call it a day, but it probably won’t work all that well. Instead, the most common thing you’ll want to do is have one Main DPS, two Sup DPS characters or offensive supports, and a single defensive support character.
An example team of this for early players could be something like Razor, Xiangling, Xingqiu, and Barbara. Razor here will be dealing a lot of physical damage and the odd bit of Electro damage as well. Both Xingqiu and Xiangling have bursts that deal incredible damage even when they’re off-field, and the two will react to each other for even larger numbers, and then Barbara is there to cast her healing abilities when needed.
Another thing you’ll need to consider when building a team is your elemental resonance and potential reactions. In the previous team, you have two Hydro characters which boosts everyone’s health substantially, but you’ve also got a lot of Hydro application and Xiangling’s Pyro burst. These two will create vaporize reactions which amplify the damage of either the hydro attacks or the pyro ones.
A lot of teams will have this kind of setup, but not all of them. Take Taser teams for example, which are built around the interaction between Electro and Hydro, which causes Electro-Charged which deals extra damage over time to everything affected by it. You can build a team like this with a combination of Hydro and Electro characters, but you can also throw in an Anemo character with the Viridescent Venerer set to help boost the damage.
A Taser team could be made up of Sucrose as your driver/Main DPS, Xingqiu for your Hydro damage as well as a little bit of a defensive boost and some light healing, Fischl for a lot of Electro damage and energy generation, and Beidou for more Electro damage and a shield to boot. You could also build this team with Heizou as the driver, or have someone like Venti or Kazuha playing the support role while you use a catalyst user like Kokomi or Yae Miko as the driver.
These teams still have a character you’ll be mostly controlling and a mix of Sub DPS and support characters, but it changes slightly depending on your own preferences and what you’re aiming to do. You can also build a team around a single damage dealer, which is generally referred to as a hypercarry.
There are a few different potential hypercarries in the game: Wanderer, Itto, Xiao, and Cyno are all strong examples. These teams tend to forego a Sub DPS character in favour of just having three supports, all of which are aimed at making your Main DPS as powerful as possible. Taking Wanderer as an example, you can run him with Faruzan as an enemy debuffer and to buff Wanderer, Bennet or Yun Jin to help boost your attack power or the damage of your normal attacks, and Zhongli or Thoma to help generate a shield to protect him from interruption and keep your health up.
A hypercarry team is generally a little bit easier to build and play because you know that all you need to do is make sure your supports have used their bursts and skills, and then switch to your Main DPS and just hit things until everything is dead. However, they can also be a little inflexible due to the rigid nature of the Main DPS.
With all of that in mind, most teams will consist of a Main DPS, two Sub DPS characters, and one defensive support character. You can swap out a Sub DPS for an offensive support if you want, but knowing what roles you need filling and which characters on your team should be doing what is a huge boon when you get to more challenging content.