Genshin Impact: The 5 best character cards in Genius Invokation TCG you should get

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Rhodeia, Fischl, Ganyu, and Keqing are among the strongest character cards in Genshin Impact's Genius Invokation TCG. Read on to find out why! (Photos: HoYoverse)
Rhodeia, Fischl, Ganyu, and Keqing are among the strongest character cards in Genshin Impact's Genius Invokation TCG. Read on to find out why! (Photos: HoYoverse)

Character cards are the heart and soul of your deck in Genshin Impact's Genius Invokation TCG.

Much like the playable characters of the main game, the character cards in Genius Invokation TCG have different weapon types, elemental alignments, and varying sets of skills that, when used effectively and in the right composition, will ensure you win every duel.

As of Genshin Impact version 3.3, there are a total of 27 character cards in Genius Invokation TCG.

While most of them are comprised of playable characters, others are world bosses and enemies.

The list of currently available character cards include Barbara, Bennett, Chongyun, Collei, Cyno, Diluc, Diona, Fatui Pyro Agent, Fischl, Ganyu, Jadeplume Terrorshroom, Jean, Kaeya, Kamisato Ayaka, Keqing, Maguu Kenki, Mirror Maiden, Mona, Ningguang, Noelle, Razor, Rhodeia of Loch, Stonehide Lawachurl, Sucrose, Xiangling, Xingqiu, and Yoimiya.

However, players don't have an unlimited amount of invitations they can use to acquire every single character card, so you will have to carefully choose which ones you want to get.

While you can choose whichever cards you want and build your deck as you see fit, the character cards listed will be our own recommendations for your decks to have a good foundation going forward as you duel:


(Photo: HoYoverse)
(Photo: HoYoverse)

Cryo is one of the strongest elements in Genius Invokation TCG, as it lets you prevent enemy cards from moving with the Freeze reaction, deal Piercing damage to all three enemy cards with Superconduct, or greatly increase the damage of one attack with Melt.

The ability to trigger those reactions alone makes Cryo characters a good pick in Genius Invokation TCG, and two such characters are among the absolute strongest in the game.

The first of those two is Ganyu. Just like in the main game, Ganyu is all about area-of-effect damage in Genius Invokation TCG with her special 'Frostflake Arrow' Normal Attack and 'Celestial Shower' Elemental Burst.

Frostflake Arrow hits all three enemy character cards when used, dealing 2 Cryo DMG to the active character and 2 Piercing DMG to the remaining characters on standby. This powerful ability costs 5 Cryo elemental dice to use, however, so you either need lucky rolls or the right support cards to use it consistently.

Frostflake Arrow deals even more damage if you use Ganyu's talent card, 'Undivided Heart'.

Meanwhile, Celestial Shower deals 1 Cryo DMG to the active character and 1 Piercing DMG to others on standby. It also summons 1 Sacred Cryo Pearl that does that same effect during the end phase for two rounds.

Ganyu can quickly clear through the enemy board with the right setup, so make sure you have support cards that give her as much elemental dice to use as possible. Equipping the Blizzard Strayer artifact card or having the Cryo Resonance cards, if you're running her alongside another Cryo character, will greatly help in this regard.


(Photo: HoYoverse)
(Photo: HoYoverse)

The other top tier Cryo character in Genius Invokation TCG aside from Ganyu is Kamisato Ayaka.

While Ganyu is all about damaging the entire enemy board, Ayaka excels in switching in and out of combat and dealing tons of single-target damage.

Ayaka's bread-and-butter is her 'Kamisato Art: Senho' Passive Skill, which converts the Physical DMG dealt by her Normal Attacks to Cryo DMG whenever she switches in to be the active character.

This lets you begin your turns with your other characters before switching over to Ayaka and triggering one of the strong Cryo-related elemental reactions. For example, you can start your turn with Diluc and use his skill to apply Pyro to an enemy then switch over to Ayaka and use her Normal Attack, which will then trigger Melt and greatly increase her damage.

Ayaka's Cryo-infused Normal Attacks can further be enhanced by her 'Kanten Senmyou Blessing' talent card, which increases the Cryo DMG she gains from Kamisato Art: Senho while letting you spend one less elemental die when switching to her.

Strengthen your Ayaka by equipping her with weapon cards to boost her damage and artifact cards to reduce her elemental dice usage.

Support cards like Katheryne and 'Leave it to me!' are particularly great to have, as they will let you switch over to Ayaka and attack with her in just one turn.


(Photo: HoYoverse)
(Photo: HoYoverse)

Another strong element in Genius Invokation TCG is Electro, which can trigger a variety of elemental reactions that can fit different playstyles.

Overload increases the damage of your attack while also forcing your opponent to switch cards and disrupts their strategy, Electro-Charged and Superconduct lets you deal Piercing DMG to whittle down the enemy team, while Bloom and Quicken lets you deal stronger single-target damage.

When it comes to enabling these strong Electro-related reactions, Fischl is definitely the best option out there thanks to her 'Nightrider' skill. It lets her deal 1 Electro DMG to her target, which is enough to trigger reactions, but what makes it so good is that it also summons Oz to deal additional Electro DMG during the end phase for two rounds.

While her skill makes Fischl the ideal support character, she can also be the main damage dealer herself. Her burst, 'Midnight Phantasmagoria', deals 4 Electro DMG to your target as well as 2 Piercing DMG.

Equipping her talent card, 'Stellar Predator', also helps in this regard by giving her bonus Electro DMG when using Normal Attacks when Oz is on the field.

You can reliably start games with Fischl as your active character to summon Oz before quickly switching out to your other characters to trigger as many reactions as you can. To help with this, artifact cards and support cards like 'When the Crane Returned' are must-haves on your deck.


(Photo: HoYoverse)
(Photo: HoYoverse)

While Fischl is the Electro character of choice for dealing damage and triggering reactions from off-field, Keqing is your best bet when you want someone to stand and deliver.

Keqing's skill, 'Stellar Restoration', deals 3 Electro DMG to your target and creates a special 'Lightning Stilleto' card. You can use Lightning Stiletto to immediately switch Keqing to be your active character and have her use Stellar Restoration and give her an Electro infusion.

With that, you can start the match with Keqing as your active character to use her skill and create a Lightning Stilleto card. You can then switch to your other characters to use their skills and apply the necessary elements, after which you can use Lightning Stilleto to bring Keqing back and trigger reactions.

While Keqing's Stellar Restoration combo is great at single-target damage, she can also clear the entire field with her 'Starward Sword' burst.

At the cost of 4 Electro dice and 3 energy, Keqing can deal 4 Electro DMG to her main target as well as 3 Piercing DMG. If the entire enemy team is affected by elements like Dendro or Pyro, Keqing can finish them off in one fell swoop with her burst.

Make Keqing even stronger with weapon cards, artifact cards, and resonance cards. Having support cards that can quickly give her energy to use her burst are also recommended.

Rhodeia of Loch

(Photo: HoYoverse)
(Photo: HoYoverse)

Hydro is yet another strong element in Genius Invokation TCG, able to trigger a variety of reactions that fit practically any playstyle.

Whether you want to buff single-target damage with Vaporize or Bloom, deal Piercing DMG with Electro-Charged, or stop enemies in their tracks with Frozen, Hydro can fit your every need. Or in other words, "The power of water is its ability to take any shape..."

While Rhodeia of Loch is one of the most annoying world bosses in the main game, she is also one of the strongest characters in Genius Invokation TCG.

Her strength comes from her ability to flood the battlefield with summons that deal Hydro DMG to enemies during the end phase, letting her set up Hydro-related reactions. Not only that, a Rhodeia flanked by an army of summons is also able to eliminate an enemy with a single attack.

Rhodeia's bread-and-butter skills are 'Oceanic Mimic Summoning' and 'The Myriad Wilds', which lets her summon three types of Oceanic Mimics. Oceanic Mimic Summoning summons one Mimic at the cost of 3 Hydro dice while The Myriad Wilds summon two Mimics at the cost of 5 Hydro dice.

There are three types of Oceanic Mimics: the Ferret, Frog, and Raptor. The Ferret deals 2 Hydro DMG with 2 usages, the Frog deals 2 Hydro DMG for 2 usages while also decreasing the damage received by the active character, while the Raptor deals 1 Hydro DMG with 3 usages.

Once you have all three summons on the field, you can then use Rhodeia's 'Tide and Torrent' burst to eliminate a single enemy at the cost of 3 Hydro dice and 3 energy. It deals a base of 2 Hydro DMG, but will deal an additional 2 DMG for every friendly summon on the field.

Having all three Mimics on the field lets Tide and Torrent deal 8 Hydro DMG. Nothing can survive that, especially if it also triggers damage-buffing reactions like Vaporize when it hits.

Having artifact cards or dice-giving support cards lets Rhodeia summon her army of Mimics as quickly as possible. Once all three are on the field, use her burst to deal a fatal blow to an enemy. If they, or another character on standby, still somehow remain, then the Mimics can finish them off during the end phase.

If you haven't dived deep into the wonderful world of Genius Invokation TCG yet, then read our guide to help you channel the heart of the cards and send all opposing duelists to the Shadow Rea— err, I mean the Abyss.

Yan Ku is a full-time dog parent, part-time (gacha) gamer, and part-time writer.

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