Genshin Impact Hu Tao Guide: Best Build, Artifacts, & Team for Patch 1.3 (March 2021)

Moment of Bloom? More like Moment of BOOm.

After a short break, Genshin Impact is back with another new 5-Star character for everyone to chase. Meet Hu Tao. She’s the latest burst damage dealer according to MiHoYo which means she’ll slot in alongside Diluc and Klee as the primary DPS in your team. That’s great news for everyone who is yet to pull one of them as Pyro is currently overrepresented compared to the rest of the elements. Miss out on Hu Tao and chances are Diluc and Klee will be back in a Wish before too long. If you already have Diluc or Klee, however, there’s not real reason to pull for Hu Tao unless you’re particularly attached to her visuals or kit.

In this guide, we take a look at Hu Tao and how to truly make her shine with the best team comp, best weapons, and best artifacts.

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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.

Genshin Impact Hu Tao with Ghost

Build

Weapon Options

We’ve got some bad news. MiHoYo pretty much custom built the new Staff of Homa for Hu Tao as it increases HP and provides more scaling off of maximum HP. Sadly it’s only available via the weapons banner and it has a 5-Star rarity. Needless to say, unless you’re dropping some cash or one of the most dedicated players out there, you probably can’t afford to get both. If you don’t have that, Skyward Spine is probably the best option out of the remaining 5-stars.

For the 4-Star crowd, Dragon’s Bane is a safe choice as Blood Blossom should keep enemies ticking with fire damage.

Staff of Homa (5-Star) – HP increased by 20%. Additionally, provides an ATK bonus based on 0.8% of the wielder’s maximum HP. When the wielder’s HP is less than 50%, this ATK bonus is increased by an additional 1% of maximum HP.

Skyward Spine (5-Star) – Increases Crit Rate by 8% and increases normal attack speed by 12%. Additionally, normal and charged attack hits on opponents have a 50% chance to trigger a vacuum blade that deals 40% of attack as damage in a small AOE. This effect can occur no more than once every two seconds.

Dragon’s Bane (4-Star) – Increases damage against opponents affected by Hydro or Pyro by 20%.

Artifacts

As a reminder, you want to boost Hu Tao’s maximum HP as much as possible. Your secondary focus should likely be on ATK and attack percentage. Make sure to grab the Pyro damage bonus on the appropriate piece.

There are a few different options on the 5-Star front. Lavawalker is something you only want to do if you’re going to commit to the four piece set. You can go half and half on Crimson Witch of Flames and Gladiator’s Finale or go all-in. Berserker is probably the best available 3/4-Star set because it synergizes with Hu Tao’s desire to not have full health.

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%.

Gladiator’s Finale – (2) ATK +18%. (4) If the wielder of this artifact set uses a sword, claymore, or polearm, increases their Normal Attack damage by 35%.

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

Team

As we mentioned, Hu Tao is a primary DPS akin to Klee or Diluc. Right now, the most common team composition strategy is for you main and secondary DPS to be of the same element and then another element to set of elemental reactions.

  • Top Tier Team
    • Main DPS: Hu Tao
    • Secondary DPS: Bennett
    • Sub DPS: Xingqiu
    • Support: Jean
  • Budget Team
    • Main DPS: Hu Tao
    • Secondary DPS: Xiangling/Bennett
    • Sub DPS: Chongyun
    • Support: Sucrose/Diona

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)

Genshin Impact Hu Tao and Ghost Back to Back

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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5 Comments

  1. I’ve learned that if you’re in a pinch and only have the prototype star glitter refining the white tassel really evens out her damage. adds 48% normal attack percent and roughly 20% crit rate increase on top with the skill that leads to some pretty good dps. it’s not the best but I think it’s better than star glitter at least fully refined star glitter might be a little bit better though since of energy recharge. In summary, if you want to run more dps then run white hassle especially if you don’t have dragons bane or deathmatch especially if you’re ftp and rolled her.

  2. Wouldn’t it be better to chase crit stats instead of attack stats? Her ascension is crit damage, and her bare attack is low which makes attack percentage not as desirable.

  3. Somehow I like to have Barbara on team instead of Chongyun, she is able to do ticks of heal instead of a full health heal (Keeping Hutao’s life on check) and gives her the Melt effect as well. Chongyun doesn’t really helps too much, because her elemental skill can’t be overriden, if its for melt on Hutao’s elemental burst, then is better Diona + Sucrose than Diona/Sucrose + Chongyun.Welp, if there’s anyone that got Ganyu (Not me, as usual), will work even better.

    1. If you must have melt i would suggest running kaeya + hutao since diona heals (anti-synergy) and applies cryo slower than kaeya, I would suggest running xingqiu over kaeya for 2 reasons, firstly since his heals are minimal with the addon of support damage from his Burst and vaporize/reverse vap, it would also be better for xingqiu since he scales off the field character’s crit rate and damage which means he gets the full effect of hutao’s ascension stats ontop of his attacks stats. Second would be that xingqiu is a more flexible support compared to kaeya, this is becuase of his element, hydro mixed with pyro gives damage, with electro gives crowd control damage and staggers and with cryo he freezes, further more he has healing and damage mitigation in his kit with a really high damage burst elemental skill, giving you more returns for around the same investment. Side note: Ganyu has a ICD(internal cooldown) that is longer than kaeya, this means kaeya applies cryo faster than ganyu can

  4. thanks for the guide, i really looking forward to maximizing her potential, but still struggling for Diluc like really hard lol.
    thanks anyway

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