Genshin Impact Weapons: Types, Rarities, How To Obtain And Level Them

Like other RPGs, weapons are an important part of building your characters in Genshin Impact. Not only do they provide the bulk of your attack power, but the weapon’s passive ability provides an opportunity to create synergy with the rest of a character’s build. Whether you are looking to put together a character that focuses on pure DPS, healing, or tanking, picking the right weapon is an important part of the build. Here’s everything you need to know about weapons in Genshin Impact.

Different Weapon Types And Rarities

Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn with her Bow weapon
Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn with her Bow weapon

In Genshin Impact, there are five different types of weapons: swords, claymores, bows, polearms, and catalysts. Every character is limited to a single type of weapon that they can equip and only one weapon can be equipped at a time. In addition to the five main categories, weapons also have rarities, ranging from a one-star to a five-star ranking. Weapons with a higher rarity have better stat scaling, so a level 20 three-star sword will typically have a lower ATK stat than a level 20 five-star sword.

Weapons of three-star rarity or higher have both a secondary stat and a passive ability. The secondary stat can be additional ATK, DEF, Crit chance, or any of the other stat types in the game. The secondary stat scales along with the weapon’s level, just like the main ATK stat. Passive abilities come in a much wider variety, sometimes giving additional damage against enemies affected by Pyro or Cryo elements, or just giving the wielder one of three random buffs whenever you switch to that character. The passive abilities are specific to each named weapon and can only be improved by refinement, which we will get into later.

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Author: James Carr