After a bit of a dry spell, the characters of Mondstadt are back on the release roster for Genshin Impact with the arrival of the Spindrift Knight herself, Eula Lawrence.
As with every character banner, choosing to spend your primogems is an important decision, unless you're a cetacean-class player, in which case, please, you do you.
So let's break down Eula's Born of Ocean Swell character event wish to see if the Captain of the Knights of Favonius Reconnaissance Company will be worth your hard-earned primos.
All about Eula
Eula is a character best used as a burst-damage dealer, and deals both Physical and Cryo damage. Unsurprisingly, the Pale Flame artifact set seems built for her, though you're not necessarily limited to that option
Her Icetide Vortex Elemental Skill and Glacial Illumination Elemental Burst both heavily favour Physical damage (DMG), so the two piece Pale Flame or Bloodstained Chivalry would serve you well here. She's likely to pair well with the two-piece Gladiator set for the Attack (ATK) bonus, the Noblesse Oblige for the bonus damage on her Elemental Skill, or even the Gambler's set for additional skill damage (come on, miHoYo, give us a 5* Gambler's option already!).
As a Claymore user, Eula's Normal Attack numbers are pretty decent, comparable to Diluc's 4-strike and higher than Beidou's, the only other Claymore user with a 5-strike Normal Attack.
Because of her reliance on Physical DMG, the obvious weapon choices for her would be the Song of Broken Pines, released in the weapons banner with her, or the Snow-Tombed Starsilver, the craftable Claymore you first get in Dragonspine and a good F2P option.
The weapons with ATK% substats, like the Wolf's Gravestone, the Prototype Archaic and the Royal Greatsword should all work decently with her, as would the Serpent Spine from the battle pass with its CRIT Rate%.
The Blackcliff Slasher can also do the trick, but like some of the other Blackcliff weapons, its bonus won't trigger when you're in battle against a single boss. Both the Blackcliff Slasher and the Royal Greatsword also need your precious Starglitter, so they might not be options for those who'd rather exchange them for more Fates.
By virtue of being a 5* weapon, The Unforged will likely outperform a 4* weapon, but its bonus would require you pairing with a character that can shield. However, since shields are the meta these days, it's likely you'd have either Zhongli or Diona and keeping them in your team line-up would not be too problematic. Diona would also give Cryo resonance and the extra Crit Rate against Frozen or Cryo-affected enemies.
The Skyward Pride, with its Energy Recharge substat, may not perform as well as some of the other weapons mentioned above. Similarly, the 4* weapons without ATK% or Physical DMG% bonuses would probably not allow Eula to maximise her potential.
And, given that she's not from Liyue and would already incur a slight penalty to bonuses, you can also rule out the Lithic Blade unless you really don't have resources to build a new weapon. Due to the time it takes to farm resources, I wouldn't recommend looking at anything below 4*, since a good F2P option already exists in the Snow-Tombed Starsilver.
Talents and Constellations
If you're using Eula only for her Elemental Burst, that should be your priority with talent materials, given that her Burst will trigger a Physical DMG explosion regardless of whether it ends or Eula leaves the field.
However, if you intend to use Eula as a more traditional, stay on the field and fight main DPS, it is recommended to evenly distribute her talents, and you can consider putting more into her Normal Attack if you intend to go for her Constellation 3 (you cetacean, you). Given that her Elemental Burst is still a huge part of her kit, I would still recommend investing in it.
For Constellations, her C1 has a very obvious Physical DMG enhancement, which would make it a decent upgrade for anyone using Eula as a main DPS, as would her C2, which decreases the cooldown when using her Elemental Skill when held down (as opposed to just activating her Skill with a tap).
However, if you are intending to use Eula as a Burst DPS (meaning you rotate her in after stacking buffs and debuffs and trigger, literally, her Burst), she looks perfectly viable at C0, with only her C4 and C6 bringing benefits to it. Again, if you have a blowhole and feed exclusively on krill, please go ahead and bring home that C6 Eula. If not, those primos might be better spent on the next banner or an attempt to get the Song of Broken Pines for her, depending on how lucky you feel.
As for the other characters...
As with any character banner, it is also good to consider the 4* characters and their uses.
By now, everyone should be familiar with Xingqiu, and having him to help freeze your enemies with Frozen would be nice, along with the additional damage and damage reduction he brings. Xingqiu also fits well into a variety of teams, so having him and additional Constellations of him should bring benefits overall. Equip him with the F2P Festering Desire or the Sacrificial Sword, a full Noblesse kit and you're pretty much set. You can read more about Xingqiu in our breakdown when he was on Hutao's banner.
As an Electro character, Beidou and Eula can trigger Superconduct, which shreds Physical resistance and opens up enemies to Eula's Physical DMG potential. There's also nothing like slamming a perfectly-timed counter from Beidou's Elemental Skill into enemies and feeling like Meliodas from Nanatsu no Taizai (The Seven Deadly Sins). However, do note that Beidou is also a Claymore user, so using her and Eula on the same team would depend very heavily on your available weapons.
Xinyan, too, is another Claymore user, so the same question about your available weapons would apply here as well if you're intending to use her with the Spindrift Knight. That said, Xinyan herself is a great Burst DPS with a shield that you could consider pairing with a more traditional DPS-build Eula, especially since the two of them together will create those tasty Melt reaction numbers.
Interestingly enough, if you had weapons for the three Claymore users, a team of Xinyan, Xingqiu, Beidou and Eula would be quite formidable, capable of triggering some good Elemental Reactions, buffs and damage shred. And, given that the three 4* characters are from Liyue, you could even get away with using the Lithic Blade amongst your Claymores.
Overall, Eula looks to be a fun addition to a roster, though her reliance on Physical DMG as part of her kit would mean less of those juicy Elemental Reaction numbers you'd see on Diluc or Hutao.
That being said, all Genshin Impact characters can be viable damage dealers if built correctly, and who knows what other combos Eula could bring once people have had more time to test her with the rest of the Genshin cast.
GellyPanda is a casual gamer who occasionally dabbles into gatcha games.
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