Hu Tao is a 5 Star Pyro Polearm character in Genshin Impact. She is one of the 6 top-tier DPS characters in Genshin, alongside the likes of Eula, Raiden or Ganyu.

Her unique skill set allows her to deal much more damage while at low HP. However, this requires some dodging skills from Hu Tao users to avoid getting killed. In this article, Gurugamer is going to showcase a complete Genshin Impact Hu Tao build guide for Main DPS.

Hu Tao Ghost Genshin Impact
Hu Tao is a powerful Pyro DPS in Genshin Impact.

1. Hu Tao Strengths & Weaknesses

Hu tao’s potential damage output is very high and one of the main factors of that is her elemental reactions. Hu Tao's teams are usually built around either Melt or Vaporize.

Strengths Weaknesses
High Charged Attack and Elemental Burst DMG. Lacks AoE attacks outside of Elemental Burst
High Base CRIT DMG. Elemental Skill drains HP to boost DMG, which makes her rather tricky to use
High Base HP and DEF.
Provides CRIT Rate for other party members.

The reason Hu Tao is so powerful is that her charge attack has no internal cooldown. This means that on top of having a higher multiplier than her auto-attack combo, we can consistently trigger either Melt or Vaporize for as long as her skill is active and we have stamina. With C1 removing her stamina requirement, Hu Tao can become a DPS machine without limits.

2. Genshin Impact Hu Tao build (High End)

  • Main DPS: Hu Tao
  • Sub DPS: Xingqiu
  • Support: Zhongli + Albedo

In this team, Hu Tao will be the main DPS, triggering Vaporize with support from Xingqiu. As Xingqiu's rain swords apply Hydro constantly, Hu Tao should be able to launch a high number of Vaporize procs.

Hu Tao Voi Xingqiu
Xingqiu is more or less the best Hydro support in the game to date.

While Xingqiu is the best, it is possible to just replace him with other Hydro characters like Mona or Barbara. However, if performance is what you are looking for, Xingqiu is the best.

Zhongli is probably the best shielder for Hu Tao, providing her with enough protection to stay at low HP. Albedo is a flex pick that provides extra off-field damage and gives Hu Tao extra damage via Geo resonance.

3. Genshin Impact Hu Tao build (F2P Friendly)

  • Main DPS: Hu Tao
  • Sub DPS: Xingqiu
  • Support: Xiangling + Sucrose

The main combo in this build is still Hu Tao and Xingqiu, however, the supporting cast has changed. Xiangling is here to provide Pyro boost through her 1st and 6th constellations as well as the Chili that Guoba drops after obtaining her 4th ascension.

Sucrose
Sucrose can contribute greatly to a reaction based team with Hu Tao.

It is possible to replace her with Bennett if you need more heal. Either Pyro character would provide Pyro resonance for Hu Tao, which results in extra damage.

Sucrose is a valued member of any team that deals a large majority of their damage as one type because she can utilize the Viridescent Veneer set reducing the enemy’s resistance to the element she swirls with by 40%. Her ability to pass off elemental mastery to her other teammates results in even bigger reaction damage.

4. Hu Tao best weapons & artifacts

Weapon

The perfect weapon to use on Hu Tao is the Staff of Homa. It is a powerful weapon with bonus damage based on max HP, which fits Hu Tao's build to a T. Furthermore, the damage bonus also works the same as Hu Tao's skill, which becomes more than doubled when the wielder is at 50% HP or lower.

best weapon for Hu Tao
Staff of Homa is still the best weapon for Genshin Impact Hu Tao Build.

The Free-To-Play choices for Hu Tao are the Dragon's Bane (Increases DMG against enemies affected by Hydro or Pyro by 20%), Deathmatch, or Prototype Starglitter.

Other 5 Star spears like Skyward Spine or Primordial Jade Winged-Spear can be a decent generic choice on Hu Tao, however, they aren't nearly as good as the Staff of Homa.

Artifact

Crimson Witch of Flames 4-piece is the artifact of choice for Hu Tao Main DPS build. It increases her Pyro and reaction damage massively, which is essential in a Melt or Vaporize comp.

Crimson Witch of Flames
Crimson Witch of Flames is the perfect artifact set for Pyro characters.
  • 2-Piece Set: Pyro DMG Bonus +15%
  • 4-Piece Set: Increases Overloaded and Burning DMG by 40%. Increases Vaporize and Melt DMG by 15%. Using an Elemental Skill increases 2-Piece Set effects by 50% for 10s. Max 3 stacks.

Alternatively, players can use either Noblesse Oblige or Shimenawa's Reminiscence on Hu Tao. The former is a generic set that fits all characters while the latter boost Hu Tao's charged attacks, which is her main source of damage.

5. Best constellation for Hu Tao

Hu Tao has two power spikes at constellations 1 and 6. However, people generally agreed that C1 alone is enough for most Hu Tao builds.

  • With C1, while in the Paramita Papilio state activated by her skill, Hu Tao's Charge Attacks do not consume Stamina. This allows Hu Tao to maximize her damage potential, spamming her Charge attacks without having to manage stamina. Charged attacks spam while dodging removes some of Hu Tao's biggest weaknesses.
  • However, if you get C1, C2 is also worthwhile. If you have her absolutely maxed, at 45k HP she would get an additional 4.5k per procs on her blood blossom. At ~300% attack, and a base attack of 4k, blood blossom will do around 12k base per proc. In general, It adds between 30% and 40% damage scaling off HP, letting you build her tanky. Her Q also applies blood blossom, which adds additional HP scaling damage as well as possibly doubling the overall burst potential.
  • Hu Tao's C6 lets her cheat death, and is generally considered one of the best constellations in the game.

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