Genshin Impact Zhongli Guide: Best Build, Artifacts, Team, & More!

Zhongli is a bit of a weird character. We’re still not sure what kind of role he really fulfills in Genshin Impact. He has a shield which doesn’t seem to do enough, an ultimate which doesn’t do enough damage and doesn’t petrify enemies for long enough, and then he has some weird attacks, and his Geo stele. We’ll explain what these are later on, but Zhongli is a weird one, so invest in him at your own risk. You can make him work, but he’s no Diluc, Venti, or Mona.

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Abilities

Zhongli’s charged basic attack involves teleporting and having polearms plunge into the ground from above. Dominus Lapidis, his basic ability, summons a stone stele out of the ground and can also make nearby Geo structures explode. What you’re meant to do is knock foes back with your basic attacks and use the stele plunging forth out of the ground to knock up enemies again. Meanwhile, his ultimate is just a giant AOE that petrifies enemies in place.

Honestly it’s fitting that Zhongli releases alongside Xinyan, as both have a shield mechanic. While Xinyan’s scales off of DEF, for Zhongli it’s based on Max HP. With both of these characters focusing on DPS, it’s nice to have a secondary stat to give some attention to.

  • Rain of Stone (Basic Attack)
    • Normal Attack: Performs up to six rapid strikes.
    • Charged Attack: Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to lunge forward, causing stone spears to fall along his path.
    • Plunging Attack: Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging enemies along the path and dealing AOE DMG upon impact.
  • Dominus Lapidis (Basic Ability)
      • Every mountain, rock, and inch of land is filled with the power of Geo, but those who can wield such powers freely are few and far between.
      • Tap: Commands the omnipresent power of the earth to solidify into a Stone Stele, dealing AOE Geo DMG. Additionally, the Stone Stele will resonate with other Geo Constructs in the vicinity, dealing Geo DMG to surrounding enemies. The Stone Stele is considered a Geo Construct, and can both be climbed and used to block attacks. Only one Stele may exist at any one time.
      • Hold: Causes nearby Geo energy to explode, providing the following effects:
        • Creates a shield of jade. The shield’s DMG absorption scales based on Zhongli’s Max HP, and absorbs Geo DMG 250% more effectively.
        • Causes AOE Geo DMG.
        • If there are nearby targets with the Geo element, it will drain a large amount of Geo element from a maximum of two such targets. This effect does not cause DMG.
  • Planet Befall (Ultimate)
    • Brings a falling meteor down to earth, dealing massive Geo DMG to opponents caught in its AOE and applying the Petrification status to them.
      • Petrification: Opponents affected by the Petrification status cannot move.
  • Resonant Waves (Passive 1) – Ascension 1
    • When the Jade Shield takes DMG, it will Fortify. Fortified characters have five percent increased Shield Strength. Can stack up to five times, and lasts until the Jade Shield disappears.
  • Dominance of Earth (Passive 2) – Ascension 4
    • Planet Befall deals additional DMG equals to 33% of Zhongli’s Max HP.
  • Arcanum of Crystal (Passive 3) – Unlocked
    • Refunds 15% of the ores used when crafting Polearm-type weapons.

Build

Weapon Options

Prototype Grudge (Attack Focused) – After Using an Elemental Skill, increases Normal and Charged Attack DMG by 8% for 12 seconds. Max 2 stacks.

Halberd (Budget) – Normal Attacks deal an additional 160/200/240/280/320% DMG. Can only occur once every 10 seconds.

Crescent Pike – After picking up an Elemental Orb, Normal and Charged Attacks deal an additional 20% ATK as DMG for 5 seconds.

Primordial Jade Wing Spear (5-Star): This is an excellent weapon if you’re choosing to use Zhongli as a support DPS character. Its base attack is one of the highest in the game, and coupled with his quick attack rate, stacking its critical damage bonuses is a breeze. On hit, attack will increase by 3.2 percent up to seven times, every .3 seconds. If you snag all of those stacks at once, damage is increased by 12 percent at its lowest level, and up to 21 percent at its highest.

White Tassel (3-Star): For a more budget option, this spear is a solid choice, as it increases all normal attack damage by 24 percent at its base level. If your Zhongli is all about DPS, this is a good, basic choice.

Artifacts

For now we’re going to focus on maximizing Zhongli’s attack, though there may be better artifacts. If you’re on a budget with limited offerings, Adventurer will help increase his maximum HP for scaling.

Gladiator’s Finale (5-Star) – (2) ATK +18%. (4) If the wielder of this artifact set uses a sword, claymore, or polearm, increases their normal attack damage by 35 percent.

Bloodstained Chivalry (5-Star) – (2) Physical DMG +25%. (4) After defeating an opponent, increases Charged Attack DMG by 50 percent, and reduces its Stamina cost to zero for ten seconds.

Team

Because of the importance of DPS and healers, we recommend using Zhongli in your utility slot. He’s not good enough to be a primary DPS and doesn’t really have enough shields to be more useful than other shield providing characters though.

  • Top Tier Team
    • Main DPS: Diluc
    • Secondary DPS: Mona
    • Healer: Qiqi
    • Support: Zhongli
  • Budget Team
    • Main DPS: Razor
    • Secondary DPS: Xiangling
    • Healer: Barbara
    • Support: Zhongli

Talent Materials

  • Talent Level-Up Material: Teachings/Guide/Philosophies of Gold
  • Common Ascension Material: Slime Condensate/Secretions/Concentrate
  • Weekly Material: Tusk of Monoceros Caeli

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. The good news is just one constellation really does improve the quality of life for Zhongli, allowing you to summon two stone steles instead of just one.

  • Level 1 – Rock, the Backbone of Earth: Increases the maximum number of Stone Steles created by Dominus Lapidis that may exist simultaneously to two.
  • Level 2 – Stone, the Cradle of Jade: Planet Befall grants nearby characters on the field a Jade Shield when it descends.
  • Level 3 – Jade, Shimmering through Darkness: Increases the Level of Dominus Lapidis by three. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
  • Level 4 – Topaz, Unbreakable and Fearless: Increases Planet Befall’s AOE by 20% and increases the duration of Planet Befall’s Petrification effect by two seconds.
  • Level 5 – Lazuli, Herald of Order: Increases the Level of Planet Befall by three. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
  • Level 6 – Chrysos, Bounty of Dominator: When the Jade Shield takes DMG, 40% of that incoming DMG is converted to HP for the current character. A single instance of regeneration cannot exceed eight percent of that character’s Max HP.

Ascension Information

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

  • 1st Ascension (Max Level 40) – 1 Prithiva Topaz Sliver, 3 Cor Lapis, 3 Slime Condensate
  • 2nd Ascension (Max Level 50) – 3 Prithiva Topaz Fragments, 2 Basalt Pillars, 10 Cor Lapis, 15 Slime Condensate
  • 3rd Ascension (Max Level 60) – 6 Prithiva Topaz Fragments, 4 Basalt Pillars, 20 Cor Lapis, 12 Slime Secretions
  • 4th Ascension (Max Level 70) – 3 Prithiva Topaz Chunks, 8 Basalt Pillars, 30 Cor Lapis, 18 Slime Secretions
  • 5th Ascension (Max Level 80) – 6 Prithiva Topaz Chunks, 12 Basalt Pillars, 45 Cor Lapis, 12 Slime Concentrate
  • 6th Ascension (Max Level 90) – 6 Prithiva Topaz Gemstones, 20 Basalt Pillars, 60 Cor Lapis, 24 Slime Concentrate

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

Guide put together with contributions from Aiden Strawhun.

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Dillon Skiffington

Dillon is the Guides Editor at Fanbyte. He can't seem to quit games as a service or looter shooters — unfortunate news for his backlog, really. Can't get enough game art, soundtracks, or space games.

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