Known as either Childe or Tartaglia (or Tortilla, as his fans on the Genshin Impact forums like to call him), this Fatui good guy is still one of the best DPS characters in the game. Furthermore, as a member of the Support/Sub DPS-focused Hydro Element, he’s the only one of his Vision group able to fulfill the role of Main DPS. You’ll therefore be happy to hear that Tartaglia is about to get a rerun Banner in Genshin Impact Version 2.2. If you didn’t get him from the ‘Farewell of Snezhnaya’ Banner before, make sure you have your Primogems ready on October 13. Here’s our Tartaglia build guide to help you bring out that raw Fatui power!
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Tartaglia is unique in that he can switch his regular Bow for melee weapons using his Elemental Skill. Note that his attacks change depending on his current stance, so you have a lot of different playstyle options. It’s usually best to start with some ranged attacks (unless your Critical Rate is very high) to apply Riptide to your opponents, and then switch to melee for massive AOE Hydro damage.
There’s one very important thing to keep in mind when Tartaglia’s on the team though: the longer he stays in melee mode (after using the Elemental Skill), the longer the cooldown. You can reset the Skill manually by pressing it a second time. If you let the 30 second timer run out, the cooldown will be even longer. So always try to prevent that!
- Cutting Torrent (Basic Attack) (Ranged Stance)
- Normal Attack: Shoots up to six consecutive arrows with a bow.
- Charged Attack: An aimed shot with increased damage. This can also inflict hydro damage and inflict the Riptide status effect.
- Riptide Flash: Fully-charged aimed shots that hit enemies affected by Riptide deals consecutive AOE DMG. Can occur once every 0.7 seconds.
- Riptide Burst: Defeating an enemy that has the riptide status will create a hydro burst and inflict Riptide on surrounding enemies.
- Plunging Attack: A shower of arrows rains down and deals hydro AOE damage.
- Foul Legacy: Raging Tide (Basic Ability) (Melee Stance)
- Press: Performs up to six consecutive hits with a melee weapon.
- Hold: Consumes stamina to deal hydro damage in a cross slash.
- Riptide Slash: Hitting enemies with the riptide status effect deals hydro AOE damage. Hydro damage dealt in this was is considered elemental skill damage, and can only occur once every 1.5 seconds. This ability can also only be used twice, or within a window of 30 seconds. The longer this stance is used, the longer the cooldown as well.
- Havoc: Obliteration (Ultimate)
- Ranged Stance – Flash of Havoc: Fires a hydro arrow to deal hydro AOE damage and can inflict Riptide.
- Melee Stance – Light of Obliteration: Performs a large AOE slash dealing hydro damage and can cause Riptide Burst.
- Never Ending (Passive 1) – Ascension 1
- Extends Riptide status effect by eight seconds.
- Sword of Torents (Passive 2) – Ascension 4
- While in his melee stance, Tartagalia’s normal and charged attacks to critical damage, and will apply Riptide.
- Master of Weaponry (Passive 3) – Unlocked
- Increases all party members (of your own) attack levels by one.
The Best Tartaglia Build
If you manage to get the new 5-Star Bow Polar Star from the upcoming Weapon Wish Banner, you’re basically done. No need to even consider another weapon for our Snezhnayan friend; the Polar Star offers his much-needed Critical Rate boost, a high Base Attack, and an awesome attack boost that works perfectly with Tartaglia’s varied playstyle.
Don’t worry if you already got the Skyward Harp though (or basically any other 5-Star Bow that isn’t Elegy for the End), they are great as well. Skyward Harp stands out for its Critical Damage boost, but make sure you have a high enough Critical Rate on your Artifacts.
Those of you without 5-Star Bows (or tons of Primogems) may go for the Rust Bow or Viridescent Hunt instead. Rust is good if Tartaglia is your main DPS, and Viridescent has a Critical Rate stat. If you don’t have these either, just go for a Bow with a high Attack stat or Critical Rate like Prototype Crescent or the Slingshot.
Polar Star (5-Star) – Increases Critical Rate. If a Normal/Charged Attack, Elemental Skill, or Elemental Burst (counted independently) hits an opponent, Tartaglia gains one stack of Byakuya Kyousei. He can gain a maximum of four, which increases his Attack Power by 48%.
Skyward Harp (5-Star) – Critical Damage is increased by up to 40%. Hits have a chance (up to 100% at max Ascension) to inflict AOE damage, which deals 125% Physical Attack Damage. May occur once every two to four seconds.
Rust (4-Star) – Increases Tartaglia’s Attack Power. Normal Attack damage is increased by up to 80%, but Charged Attack damage is decreased by 10%.
The Viridescent Hunt (4-Star) – Increases Critical Rate. Upon hit, Normal and Charged shots have a 50% chance to generate a cyclone that will attract enemies and deal up to 80% Attack Damage (every half second for a duration of four seconds). This effect may occur once every 14 seconds.
Best Tartaglia Artifacts
If you want Tartaglia to lead your team, the obvious choice is the Heart of Depth Artifact set. It will increase his Hydro damage and boost his Normal and Charged Attacks. However, if you don’t have this set or you lean more towards the “jump in, use Burst, jump out” playstyle (Hydro Sub DPS), you might want to give him the Noblesse Oblige and Gladiator’s Finale combo instead. Either of those with just a two piece Heart of Depth would also work.
As for the Artifact stats and sub stats; a great Tartaglia Artifact build starts with high Attack Power on the Sands of Eon slot. While Energy Recharge would be useful to charge Tartaglia’s powerful Burst, it’s best to get it from sub stats instead.
On the Goblet Artifact slot, you may either choose Attack Power again or a Hydro Damage bonus. The latter is probably better (depending on sub stats), but harder to find. The Circlet is a bit more complicated; Critical Damage would be best, but go for Critical Rate if you don’t have it as a sub stat on other Artifacts.
Heart of Depth – (2) Grants a 15% Hydro damage bonus. (4) Normal and Charged Attack damage increases by 30% for a duration of 15 seconds after using an Elemental Skill.
Noblesse Oblige – (2) Elemental burst damage increased by 20%.
Gladiator’s Finale – (2) Attack increased by 18%.
Best Team for Tartaglia
When it comes to Tartaglia it’s helpful to use a Hydro healing character, as Hydro Elemental Resonance will increase incoming healing by 30% and decrease the team’s vulnerability to Pyro. Two Cryo’s is also great: besides the obvious Freeze combo with Tartaglia, the Elemental Resonance may increase Tartaglia’s Critical Rate, which in turn improves his chances of casting Riptide.
Alternatively, Tartaglia greatly benefits from Pyro allies, not only because of the Elemental Resonance (+15% Attack Power), but also because of the powerful Vaporize Reactions they can provide. A Pyro Sub DPS like Xiangling and a Pyro Support like Bennett makes a very good team.
Note that not all your Sub DPS characters have to be passive, as Tartaglia usually leaves the battlefield when his Elemental Skill is in cooldown. Furthermore, as his abilities work best when his enemies are grouped together, it is very handy to have a crowd control character like Venti on the team.
Top Tier Team
- Main DPS: Tartaglia/Childe
- Sub DPS: Venti (Crowd Control), Xiangling, Fischl
- Sub DPS/Support: Bennett, Diona, Qiqi
- Support: Xingqiu, Raiden Shogun (Burst Battery)
- Main DPS: Tartaglia/Childe
- Sub DPS: Kaeya, Lisa, Xiangling
- Support: Barbara
- Talent Level-Up Material: Teachings of freedom, Guide to Freedom, Philosophies of Freedom
- Common Ascension Material: Recruit’s Insignia, Sergeant’s Insignia, Lieutnenat’s Insignia
- Weekly Material: Shard of a Foul Legacy
We’re putting the constellation information here at the bottom because it’s incredibly difficult to rank these up in any meaningful way outside of sheer luck. He’s got some powerful ones, but you’ll need to pull him a handful of times before you gain access to the really powerful stuff.
- Level 1 — Foul Legacy: Tide Withholder:
- Decreases cooldown of Foul Legacy: Raging Tide by 20 percent.
- Level 2 — Foul Legacy: Understream
- Produces four elemental energy when enemies inflicted with Riptide are defeated.
- Level 3 — Abyssal Mayhem: Vortex of Turmoil
- Raises the level of Foul Legacy: Raging Tide by three. Max level is 15.
- Level 4 — Abyssal Mayhem: Hydrosprout
- If Tartaglia is in Foul Legacy: Raging Tide’s Melee Stance, triggers Riptide Slash against opponents on the field affected by Riptide every four seconds, otherwise, triggers Riptide Flash. Riptide Slashes and Riptide Flashes triggered by this Constellation effect are not subject to the time intervals that would typically apply to these two Riptide effects, nor do they have any effects on those time intervals.
- Level 5 — Havoc: Formless Blade
- Raises level of Havoc: Obliteration by three. Max level is 15.
- Level 6 — Havoc: Annihilation
- If Havoc: Obliteration is cast in melee form, the cooldown of Foul Legacy: Raging Tide is reset. This will only take effect upon the return to ranged stance.
Here’s what you’ll need to maximize Childe’s level cap.
- 1st Ascension (Max Level 20) – Varunada Lazurite Sliver, 3 Starconch, 3 Recruit’s Insignia
- 2nd Ascension (Max Level 40) – 3 Varunada Lazurite Fragment, 2 Cleansing Heart, 10 Starconch, 15 Recruit’s Insignia
- 3rd Ascension (Max Level 50) – 6 Varunada Lazurite Fragment, 4 Cleansing Heart, 30 Starconch, 12 Sergeant’s Insignia
- 4th Ascension (Max Level 60) – 3 Varunada Lazurite Chunk, 8 Cleansing Heart, 30 Starconch, 18 Sergeant’s Insignia
- 5th Ascension (Max Level 70) – 6 Varunada Lazurite Chunk, 12 Cleansing Heart, 45 Starconch, 12 Lieutenant’s Insignia
- 6th Ascension (Max Level 80) – 6 Varunada Lazurite Gemstone, 20 Cleansing Heart, 60 Starconch, 24 Lieutenant’s Insignia
Guide originally written by Aiden Strawhun, updated by Marloes Valentina Stella.