The Raiden Shogun returns in Genshin Impact version 3.3! Here's how you can build her
The Electro Archon is easily one of the best characters in the game
The Almighty Raiden Shogun returns yet again in the second half of Genshin Impact version 3.3!
This 5-star Electro Polearm user and Inazuma's Archon is a great addition to your team, as she is one of the absolute best characters in the game.
With her support-oriented skill and fearsome burst, she can easily cut through all your enemies in both the overworld and Spiral Abyss. Just ask the Fatui Harbinger La Signora (RIP)!
We’re sure you don’t need convincing to tap into your Primogem hoard and pull for the Raiden Shogun, but if you need a last minute sign, this article is it!
Here’s everything you need to know about the Raiden Shogun; from talent priority, constellations, teams, and gear!
Her Excellency, The Almighty Narukami Ogosho, God of Thunder
The Raiden Shogun’s kit, like the rest of the Archons, is designed to let them take on both support and DPS roles.
However, out of all the other Archons released so far, the Raiden Shogun boasts the potential to become one of the absolute best DPS characters in all of Genshin Impact.
The Raiden Shogun’s skill, Transcendence: Baleful Omen, summons an Eye of Stormy Judgement that unleashes coordinated attacks that deal area-of-effect Electro DMG. More importantly, it also increases the active character’s Elemental Burst DMG based on the energy cost of their burst.
When other party members use their bursts, the Raiden Shogun will gain stacks of Chakra Desiderata, which will increase the damage dealt by Raiden Shogun's own burst. The amount of Chakra Desiderata stacks you have is denoted by the ring that appears on the back of the active character.
The Raiden Shogun’s burst, Secret Art: Musou Shinsetsu, unleashes the fearsome Musou no Hitotachi that deals massive area-of-effect Electro DMG in front of her before putting her in the Musou Isshin state.
While in the Musou Isshin state, the Raiden Shogun's attacks are infused with Electro DMG and will be considered Elemental Burst DMG. Her attacks will also regenerate energy for your whole team.
The Raiden Shogun’s A1 passive, Wishes Unnumbered, helps you gain Chakra Desiderata stacks faster by giving you stacks whenever a party member gains elemental particles.
Meanwhile, her A4 passive, Enlightened One, encourages you to build Energy Recharge. For every 1% of the Raiden Shogun’s Energy Recharge above 100%, she gets .6% greater energy restoration from Musou Isshin and .4% Electro DMG bonus. 250% Energy Recharge is the sweet spot you should aim for.
Your talent priority should be ascending her burst first, followed by her skill, then her normal attacks.
Imperatrix Umbrosa: The Constellations to go for
Raiden Shogun has arguably the best constellation progression in the game, so investing on her is a great upgrade to your account if you’re a Raiden Main! Here are the constellations you should go for:
Her C1, Ominous Inscription, makes it even easier to gain max Chakra Desiderata stacks, as it massively increases the stacks you gain from the bursts of Electro characters while also significantly increasing the amount given by non-Electro characters.
C2, Steelbreaker, is the best to get, as it allows the Raiden Shogun to ignore 60% of your enemies’ DEF while in her burst. This is arguably the best constellation in the game, being a C6-level constellation available as early as C2 that massively increases the Raiden Shogun's DPS.
The Raiden Shogun's strength peaks at C3, Shinkage Bygones, which further boosts her damage output by increasing the level cap of her burst by three.
The rest of the Raiden Shogun’s constellations are more focused on supporting her teammates. While you're free to get her to C6 if you want, just know that after C3, any other investments into constellations will not directly increase her own damage output.
The Thunder God's vassals
Raiden Shogun excels in a variety of team compositions where she can act as both a sub DPS and battery. Of course, she can also shine as the team's Main DPS while also buffing her teammates bursts with her skill.
Here are the best characters to pair with her, as well as the team compositions you can focus on for building a team that includes the Raiden Shogun:
Raiden National: Raiden Shogun, Bennett, Xiangling, Xingqiu/Yelan
The 'National' team works great for Raiden Shogun. Bennett provides buffs and healing, Xiangling provides massive Pyro DMG from off-field, while Xingqiu also gives off-field Hydro DMG. Yelan can also be a great replacement for Xingqiu if you have her, as her burst can also buff Raiden Shogun's own damage. This composition lets you trigger Overload, Electro-Charged, and Vaporize.
Raiden Hypercarry: Raiden Shogun, Bennett, Kaedehara Kazuha, Kujou Sara
This is the Raiden Shogun's best team, as Bennett, Kazuha, and Sara will all be giving her massive damage buffs to push her damage output to its maximum potential.
However, it can get expensive to fully invest in this lineup. You will need to reach Kujou Sara’s C6 to gain a 60% Electro Crit DMG bonus, give Kazuha his signature weapon Freedom Sworn, as well as equip on Bennett swords that have the highest base ATK, either the Aquila Favonia or Mistsplitter Reforged.
But it's well worth all the investment, as there is nothing in the game that can stand against a fully-invested Raiden Hypercarry team (except for Electro-immune enemies, of course).
With that said, this team is still very powerful at low investment. You just need to have a C6 Sara and as much Elemental Mastery on Kazuha as possible, on top of having a 4-piece Viridescent Venerer set.
Mono-Electro: Raiden Shogun, Yae Miko, Kujou Sara/Lisa/Kuki Shinobu, Kaedehara Kazuha/Jean
This team focuses on dealing pure Electro DMG, with Yae Miko or Lisa dealing off-field Electro DMG while Sara and Kazuha provides damage buffs.
If you need a healer, you can either replace Kazuha with Jean or Sara with Kuki Shinobu. Either way, you will get worse buffs while still retaining survivability. After all, your DPS potential is useless if your team can't survive enemy attacks.
Superconduct: Eula, Raiden Shogun, Rosaria, Bennett/Layla/Zhongli
Raiden Shogun acts as sub DPS, battery, and Electro applicator to trigger the Superconduct reaction, which lowers Physical RES.
Eula will be the Main DPS, but Rosaria can work just fine. Rosaria can also become the off-field Cryo support in this lineup, while Bennett can be added as another buffer. He is not a necessity, though, and you can opt for shielders like Layla or Zhongli instead, whichever you prefer to use.
Spread: Tighnari/Nahida, Raiden Shogun, Dendro Traveler/Collei, Zhongli/Noelle
Raiden Shogun, like in the Superconduct team comp, will act as the Electro applicator and reaction trigger for Spread, which increases Dendro DMG.
Tighnari or Nahida can be the main DPS, while Dendro Traveler, Collie, or if you chose Tighnari as the main, Nahida will act as secondary Dendro supports. Zhongli or Noelle will complete this lineup as the shielder.
Hyperbloom: Raiden Shogun, Nahida, Dendro Traveler/Collei, Kokomi/Xingqiu/Yelan
This team focuses on adding Electro to the Dendro Cores created by the Bloom reaction, which triggers Hyperbloom and deals homing Dendro DMG to enemies. Raiden Shogun will act as the trigger, while the chosen Dendro and Hydro characters will create the Dendro cores.
In order for the Raiden Shogun to work in this lineup, you will instead have to build 4-piece Gilded Dreams and stack as much Elemental Mastery as possible. While it's admittedly a waste of the Raiden Shogun's kit, it's still a viable alternative build if you want to run a Hyperbloom team and have no other characters to enable it.
Shine eternal with these gear!
As for her gear, the Raiden Shogun's best weapon is, of course, the Engulfing Lightning. It gives her a ton of much-needed Energy Recharge, an ATK bonus based on your Energy Recharge, and even more Energy Recharge after using her burst!
But if you’re not gunning to pull in the weapon banner (but really, you should, it’s one of the best ones so far!) you can make do with these alternatives:
Staff of Homa (5-star, Gacha)
The Staff of Homa's Crit DMG substat makes it a good generalist polearm. While the Raiden Shogun doesn’t care much for its passive, this weapon's beastly stats makes it her best 5-star alternative.
Primordial Jade Winged Spear (5-star, Gacha)
Another generalist polearm that’s a good option as it ascends with Crit Rate. The passive can also work well for Raiden Shogun, increasing her ATK, and allowing you to focus on building up Energy Recharge with her artifacts instead.
Skyward Spine (5-star, Gacha)
The Skyward Spine gives Energy Recharge, but not as much as Engulfing Lightning, while also granting Crit Rate with one of its passive effects.
The Catch (4-star, farmable)
The Catch is the best 4-star weapon you can give your Raiden Shogun. and it’s completely free!
While it can be a hassle to fish all around Inazuma for it, it's well worth the effort. At refinement rank 5, it can rival even 5-star weapons (of course except Engulfing Lightning) with its passive, which increases both Crit Rate and DMG of your burst.
Wavebreaker’s Fin (4-star, Gacha)
This polearm gives a whole lot of ATK and increases Burst DMG based on the total energy cost of your party. At high refinement and with a team that has high-energy cost bursts, Wavebreaker’s Fin can outperform both The Catch and alternative 5-star weapons for the Raiden Shogun!
What about artifacts?
As for artifacts, the best and only option to give Raiden Shogun is a complete set of Emblem of Severed Fate, as it can increase her Energy Recharge by 20% and buff her Burst DMG by up to 75%, depending on 25% of your ER.
For main stats, you can go two ways, depending if you have her equipped with Engulfing Lightning, so:
With Engulfing Lightning: Energy Recharge sands, Electro DMG/ATK% goblet (depending on which has better substats), Crit circlet (depending if you need more Crit Rate or Crit DMG)
Without Engulfing Lightning: Energy Recharge sands, ATK% goblet, Crit circlet (depending if you need more Crit Rate or Crit DMG)
For substats, focus on getting as much Energy Recharge, Crit Rate, Crit DMG, and ATK as possible!
The Raiden Shogun features in a double character banner with Kamisato Ayato in the second half of Genshin Impact version 3.3. This is one of the best banners released in the game so far, and if you're torn on which one to pull for, we've got you covered.
Genshin Impact is currently in version 3.3, which is expected to run until mid-January 2023.
Yan Ku is a full-time dog parent, part-time (gacha) gamer, and part-time writer.
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