Genshin Impact Hu Tao Build Guide: Team & Materials for Patch 2.2 (November 2021)

Moment of Bloom? More like Moment of BOOm.

She’s known as the creepiest person in Liyue, but death-obsessed Hu Tao is actually a lifesaver. In the sense that she’ll incinerate your enemies before they have time to reach you. So, if you’re looking for an extremely powerful (albeit unconventional) Pyro DPS, keep an eye out for Hu Tao’s rerun banner on November 2!

With the lowest base Attack of all characters in the game, the Director of the Wangsheng Funeral Parlor is one of the strangest Genshin Impact characters to build. She has a unique attack system which requires sacrificing her own HP, making it hard to find the right weapon and Artifact set. 

If you need some help, take a look at this in-depth guide and get the perfect Hu Tao build!

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Hu Tao’s Abilities

Hu Tao is unique in that she’s the first character who consumes health to use her abilities. This is fine, however, because she grows more powerful when she’s at or below 50 percent health. In short, she has two modes: her default and Paramita Papilio. This is a state she enters after casting her basic ability. In it, she gains ATK based on her maximum HP, converts all of her damage to Pyro damage, and give enemies the Blood Blossom debuff with her charged attacks.

This Blood Blossom debuff causes enemies to take Pyro damage every four seconds for eight seconds and can only be refreshed by Hu Tao.

With her ultimate, Hu Tao swings her ghost around, dealing Pyro damage in a big circle around her. Each enemy hit restores HP to Hu Tao with a cap of five enemies providing the effect. It both heals for more and deals more damage if Hu Tao is below 50 percent HP when cast.

Her ascensions help too with a 33% buff to her Pyro damage at Ascension 4.

Secret Spear of Wangsheng (Basic Attack)

    • Normal Attack: Perform up to six consecutive strikes.
    • Charged Attack: Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to opponents along the way.
    • Plunging Attack: Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging enemies along the path and dealing AOE DMG upon impact.

Guide to the Afterlife (Basic Ability)

    • Hu Tao consumes a set portion of her HP to knock the surrounding enemies back and enter the Paramita Papilio state.
      • Paramita Papilio:
        • Increases Hu Tao’s ATK based on her maximum HP when entering the state. The ATK bonus gained this way cannot exceed 400% of Hu Tao’s base attack.
        • Converts ATK damage to Pyro damage, which cannot be overridden by any other elemental infusion.
        • Charged attacks apply the Blood Blossom effect to enemies hit.
        • Increases Hu Tao’s resistance to interruption.
      • Blood Blossom:
        • Enemies affected by Blood Blossom take Pyro damage every four seconds. This damage is considered elemental skill damage.
        • Each enemy can be affected by only one Blood Blossom effect at a time, and its duration may only be refreshed by Hu Tao herself.
        • Paramita Papilio ends when its duration is over, or Hu Tao has left the battlefield or fallen.

Spirit Soother (Ultimate)

    • Commands a blazing spirit to attack, dealing Pyro damage in a large AOE.
    • Upon striking the enemy, regenerates a percentage of Hu Tao’s maximum HP. This effect can be triggered up to five times based on the number of enemies hit.
    • If Hu Tao’s HP is below or equal to 50% when the enemy is hit, both the damage and HP regeneration are increased.

Flutter By (Passive 1) – Ascension 1

    • When a Paramita Papilio state activated by Guide to Afterlife ends, all allies in the party (excluding Hu Tao herself) will have their Crit Rate increased by 12% for eight seconds.

Sanguine Rouge (Passive 2) – Ascension 4

    • When Hu Tao’s HP is equal to or less than 50%, her Pyro damage bonus is increased by 33%.

The More the Merrier (Passive 3) – Unlocked

    • When Hu Tao cooks a dish perfectly, she has an 18% chance to receive an additional Suspicious dish of the same type.

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Best Hu Tao Build

Hu Tao Weapon Options

The Staff of Homa is absolutely perfect for Hu Tao. In addition to increasing her overall HP, it grants her a major HP-based attack bonus which gets even stronger on low health. Many players won’t be lucky enough to get this one, so we also need to look at some alternatives. 

Engulfing Lightning is the second-best Polearm for our Pyro undertaker, as Hu Tao really needs to fill that Energy bar quickly. Consider The Catch or Favonius Lance as 4-Star substitutes. If you can get the Energy from an Artifact instead, however, the best 4-Star weapon choice is Dragon’s Bane. It will help you create very powerful Elemental Reactions, especially if you go for a team composition with Xingqiu.

Before you make your final weapon choice, remember that Hu Tao’s Ascension stat increases her Critical Damage. If your Energy Recharge is good enough but you lack Critical Rate on your Artifacts, go for the 5-Star Primordial Jade-Winged Spear or 4-Star Deathmatch instead.

Staff of Homa (5-Star) – Increases Critical Damage as a secondary stat. HP is increased by up to 40%. Provides an Attack bonus based on 0.8-1.6% of the wielder’s max HP, and when max HP is less than 50%, the bonus is increased by an additional 1% of max HP.

Engulfing Lightning (5-Star) – Increases Energy Recharge. Attack is increased by up to 56% of the Energy Recharge above 100% to a maximum bonus of 120%. After using an Elemental Burst, gain up to 50% Energy Recharge for 12 seconds.

Dragon’s Bane (4-Star) – Grants an Elemental Mastery bonus and increases damage against opponents affected by Hydro or Pyro by up to 36%.

Primordial Jade-Winged Spear (5-Star) – Increases Critical Rate. On hit, Attack is increased by up to 6% for a duration of six seconds (once every 0.3 seconds, seven stacks max). When in possession of the maximum amount of stacks, damage is increased by up to 24%.

Deathmatch (4-Star) – Increases Critical Rate. Also increases Attack and Defense by up to 32% when there are at least two opponents nearby. Attack is instead increased by up to 48% if less than two opponents are close.

Best Hu Tao Artifacts

Again, there are several stats you can go for here. The full Crimson Witch of Flames set is a great choice, and probably the most obvious one. However, a 2-piece Crimson Witch with a 2-piece Tenacity of the Millelith is really strong as well, and might be better if you don’t rely on Elemental Reactions much. 

You can use a full Lavawalker set too, but remember that you can get that Pyro bonus elsewhere and the 2-piece effect isn’t any good. If you’re a beginning player, you probably need the Berserker set to increase Critical Rate or Emblem of Severed Fate for more Energy. 

Speaking of stats, don’t just go for HP%. While it also depends on your weapon and set choice, Critical Damage on the Circlet slot is usually best if you have enough Critical Rate (if you don’t, go for the latter instead). Try to get Pyro damage on the Goblet slot (otherwise HP or Elemental Mastery), and HP% on the Sands of Eon slot.

Crimson Witch of Flames – (2) Pyro damage bonus +15%. (4) Increases Overloaded and Burning damage by 40%. Increases Vaporize and Melt damage by 15%. Using an Elemental Skill increases the 2-piece set bonus by 50% of its starting value for 10 seconds. Maximum of three stacks.

Lavawalker –  (2) Pyro resistance increased by 40%. (4) Increases damage against opponents affected by Pyro by 35%.

Tenacity of the Millelith –  (2) +20% HP.

Emblem of Severed Fate – (2) +20% Energy Recharge.

Berserker – (2) Crit Rate +12%. (4) When HP is below 70%, Crit Rate increases by an additional 24%.

Best Teams for Hu Tao

Obviously, the role of main DPS goes to Hu Tao. That leaves three spots for Sub DPS and Support characters. Just to clarify; you don’t need another main DPS for when the Elemental Skill is in cooldown. Our Pyro main DPS only has to wait seven seconds, during which you also have to trigger her Elemental Burst. A Support and two passive Sub DPS characters will suffice. 

The support role is one of the trickiest parts in this team composition. A healer like Bennett may seem like an awesome choice, but you would have to be very careful with your timing, as you don’t want to lose Hu Tao’s Pyro damage bonus (when her HP is 50% or lower). You should therefore consider using a shield support instead of a healer. Zhongli is best, but 4-Stars like Thoma or Diona are great as well. 

As for the Sub DPS roles, go for a passive Pyro like Xiangling if you don’t have Pyro Elemental Resonance (Attack +25%) yet. The other Sub DPS character should be focused on the strongest Elemental Reactions. Thanks to his Rainswords, Xingqiu can create absolutely devastating Vaporize Reactions together with our Pyro undertaker. Alternatively, Cryo characters like Chongyun or Aloy are great. Only use Electros if you’re willing to invest a lot in Elemental Mastery, as this Reaction doesn’t make use of Hu Tao’s Critical Damage.

Top Tier Team

  • Main DPS: Hu Tao
  • Sub DPS: Xingqiu, Mona, Aloy, Chongyun, Xiangling
  • Support: Zhongli, Diona

Budget Team

  • Main DPS: Hu Tao
  • Sub DPS: Xiangling, Chongyun, Bennett, Fischl
  • Support: Diona, Thoma, Noelle

Talent Materials

  • Talent Level-Up Material: Teachings/Guide/Philosophies of Diligence
  • Common Ascension Material: Whopperflower/Shimering/Energy Nectar
  • Weekly Material: Shard of a Foul Legacy (Dropped by 70+ Childe)

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Constellation

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. It’s hard to understate how much better Ominous Rainfall makes Hu Tao. With it, her Blood Blossom damage increases by 10 percent of her maximum HP, plus her ultimate can give enemies the status effect. At it’s lowest level, Blood Blossom only does 3.8 percent of her maximum HP and just short of 8 percent at level 15. In short, it nearly quadruples the amount of damage it does at the lowest level.

Butterfly’s Embrace is obviously powerful and it provides a huge buff alongside survivability, but it’s just not feasible for most Genshin players to chase down.

  • Level 1 – Crimson Bouquet: While in a Paramita Papilio state activated by Guide to Afterlife, Hu Tao’s charge attacks do not consume stamina.
  • Level 2 – Ominous Rainfall: Increases the Blood Blossom damage by an amount equal to 10% of Hu Tao’s maximum HP at the time the effect is applied. Additionally, Spirit Soother will also apply the Blood Blossom effect.
  • Level 3 – Lingering Carmine: Increases the level of Guide to Afterlife by three. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
  • Level 4 – Garden of Eternal Rest: Upon defeating an enemy affected by a Blood Blossom that Hu Tao applied herself, all nearby allies in the party (excluding Hu Tao herself) will have their Crit Rate increased by 12% for 15 seconds.
  • Level 5 – Floral Incense: Increases the level of Spirit Soother by three. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
  • Level 6 – Butterfly’s Embrace: Triggers when Hu Tao’s HP drops below 25%, or when she suffers a lethal strike:
    • Hu Tao will not fall as a result of the damage sustained. Additionally, for the next tens seconds, all of her elemental and physical resistance is increased by 200%, her Crit Rate is increased by 100%, and her resistance to interruption is greatly increased.
    • This effect triggers automatically when Hu Tao has 1 HP left.
    • Can only occur once every 60 seconds.

Ascension Information

Here’s what you’ll need to maximize Hu Tao’s level cap.

  • 1st Ascension (Max Level 20) – 1 Agnidus Agate Sliver, 3 Silk Flowers, 3 Whopperflower Nectar
  • 2nd Ascension (Max Level 40) – 3 Agnidus Agate Fragments, 2 Juvenile Jade, 10 Silk Flowers, 15 Whopperflower Nectar
  • 3rd Ascension (Max Level 50) – 6 Agnidus Agate Fragments, 4 Juvenile Jade, 20 Silk Flowers, 12 Shimmering Nectar
  • 4th Ascension (Max Level 60) – 3 Agnidus Agate Chunks, 8 Juvenile Jade, 30 Silk Flowers, 18 Shimmering Nectar
  • 5th Ascension (Max Level 70) – 6 Agnidus Agate Chunks, 12 Juvenile Jade, 45 Silk Flowers, 12 Energy Nectar
  • 6th Ascension (Max Level 80) – 6 Agnidus Agate Gemstones, 20 Juvenile Jade, 60 Silk Flowers, 24 Energy Nectar

And that’s it! Is there anything we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

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