Genshin Impact version 3.0 is finally here! Alongside the release of a new nation in Sumeru as well as the new Dendro element, the game's first-ever 5-star Dendro character, Tighnari, will also be making his debut.
Tighnari is a formidable Bow user, deftly wielding the Dendro element to cause confusion among enemies with his elemental skill and unleash a barrage of Dendro-infused arrows with his elemental burst and Charged Attacks.
While he will be available in the Standard Banner starting in version 3.1, you shouldn't be skipping Tighnari's debut in version 3.0's Limited Event Banner if you really want him.
Here’s everything you need to know about Tighnari's kit as well as his best weapons, artifacts, and teams compositions:
Go Go Forest Rangers!
As the first 5-star aligned to both Sumeru and Dendro to be introduced in Genshin Impact, it was only fitting that Tighnari's kit is tailored towards being a DPS to showcase the strength of the game's newest nation and element.
Tighnari's main sources of damage are his Charged Attacks and elemental burst, which let him shoot multiple Dendro-infused arrows at once.
At Charged Attack level 2, Tighnari's arrows will become Wreath Arrows, which is infused with Dendro and, upon hitting an enemy, will create four Clusterbloom Arrows that home in on nearby enemies and deal Dendro DMG.
Tighnari's Elemental skill, Vijnana-Phala Mine, gives him an opening to unleash his torrent of arrows. When used, the skill summons a Vijnana Stormheart, which deals area-of-effect Dendro damage while creating a Vijnana-Khanda field that taunt enemies.
Not only that, while the field is active, Tighnari’s Charged Attack time is decreased, letting him shoot arrows much faster until the field disappears or once he has fired three Wreath Arrows.
Tighnari's Elemental Burst, Fashioner’s Tanglevine Shaft, is his bread-and-butter. When cast, it releases six Tanglevine Shafts at once that homes in on enemies to deal Dendro DMG. After a Tanglevine Shaft hits an enemy, it will also create a secondary wave that also tracks down enemies and deal Dendro DMG.
A force of nature
With his kit, Tighnari can easily fit in your party as a DPS, either as the main on-field DPS or as a quickswap sub-DPS.
To take full advantage of Tighnari's strengths, make sure to form a team around him that can pro the various Dendro elemental reactions. In short, a Tighnari party will usually be comprised of him, a Dendro support, and two characters aligned with either Pyro, Hydro, or Electro.
Those last two slots can be flexible, you can have two characters of the same element or one character from each element. We highly recommend going with at least one Electro character to proc the Spread reaction, which increases Dendro DMG.
If you want to go for a premium team, a good composition comprised of all 5-stars will be Tighnari, Raiden Shogun, Kokomi, and Zhongli.
Tighnari will, of course, act as the team's main on-field DPS. Both Raiden Shogun and Yelan will act as the sub-DPS characters that deal damage from off-field before switching in to dish out on-field damage while Tighnari's abilities are on cooldown.
Finally, Kokomi rounds out the team as the healer with the potential of buffing other party members when equipped with the Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers or dealing damage of her own with the Ocean-Hued Clam artifact set.
For a more wallet-friendly team, you can try these team Tighnari + 4-star compositions instead, which have the same philosophy as the premium team:
Tighnari, Collei, Fischl, Barbara/Xingqiu
Tighnari, Lisa, Barbara/Xingqiu, Bennett
A ranger needs his weapons and gear
Tighnari's best-in-slot equipment include his signature bow, the Hunter's Path, as well as the new Deepwood Memories artifact set.
The Hunter's Path gives Tighnari some much-needed Crit Rate while also increasing the damage of his Charged Attacks based on his Elemental Mastery with its passive.
Meanwhile, the Deepwood Memories artifact set increases its wielder's Dendro DMG by 15% with the 2-piece set bonus and decreases the Dendro Resistance of enemies hit by skills or bursts with the 4-piece set bonuses.
Of course, farming new artifact sets is always a hassle, and it might take you weeks to get the artifacts you want for Tighnari. While you're still searching for the perfect Deepwood Memories artifacts, equipping pre-Sumeru sets like the Wanderer's Troupe is a worthy alternative.
Here are the main stats you should be looking for in Tighnari's artifacts:
Sands: Elemental Mastery or ATK%
Goblet: Elemental Mastery (recommended as off-piece, change to Dendro DMG Bonus asap)
Circlet: Crit Rate/Crit DMG
If the Hunter’s Path isn’t in your radar, other 5-star options you can try out are the Amos’ Bow and the Polar Star.
Even if the Amos' Bow is tailored for Ganyu, the similarities between Ganyu and Tighnari means he can benefit from the bow’s passive that increases its wielder's Charged Attack damage. Its ATK substat is a bit of a disappointment though because we’ll always want more Crit Rate or Crit DMG.
While the Polar Star’s requirements to proc the passive can be a pain, Tighnari cooldowns and energy requirements are low enough that you can still easily proc the passive given you have a decent amount of energy recharge and/or a battery in your team. It also ascends with Crit Rate which is a big plus.
Elegy for the End is also a great option as it plays more into the fact that, as a Dendro character, Tighnari will be proccing a lot of elemental reactions. The passive increases your Elemental Mastery, although it ascends with Energy Recharge (when it’s not really that needed).
As for Tighnari's 4-star options, the gacha-obtainable Stringless is going to be his best bet. Not only does it ascend with Elemental Mastery, it also increases your skill and burst damage. If you’re wanting for Crit you can also choose the Battle Pass weapon Viridescent Hunt, which nicely fits the Dendro aesthetic as a bonus.
Aside from being a formidable DPS character, Tighnari’s role as a leader among Sumeru's Forest Rangers will be helpful for Travelers exploring the new region, as his passive marks local Sumeru specialties on the mini map.
Considering the sprawling landscape of Sumeru, having Tighnari in your team can be a breeze when you’re on the hunt for ascension materials for both him and other characters from the region.
Genshin Impact version 3.0 will run from 24 August to 28 September, featuring the release of Sumeru, Dendro, new characters, and a ton of other content.
Genshin Impact versions 3.0, 3.1, and 3.2 will have shortened run times of five weeks instead of the usual six weeks, likely to catch up to the game's original release schedule after the release of version 2.7 was delayed back in April.
Yan Ku is a full-time dog parent, part-time (gacha) gamer, and part-time writer.
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