Beidou Genshin Impact Guide

Beidou Genshin Impact Guide

Throughout your time playing Genshin Impact, you get to know all sorts of factions that exist across all the nations of Teyvat. Whether it’s the Knights of Favonius guarding the city of freedom, or the Millelith protecting the borders of Liyue; you will come across all sorts of organizations.

Some will welcome you, whereas others will be hostile in nature. Wherever the Traveler goes, they cross paths with influential personalities and uncover new paths.

Such is the case with our Captain Beidou, whom the Traveler meets for the first time on her ship, where she commends their fight with Osial to save Liyue. Beidou has a straightforward and bold personality and acknowledges the Traveler’s triumphs over the lands.

With an unrestrained personality, a heart as vast as the ocean, and enough strength to split sea beasts in half, Beidou’s feats uphold her reputation.

Being the uncrowned lord of the ocean, Beidou’s might is known in Liyue and is among the only few to have an audience with the Tianquan of Liyue, Ningguang. Let’s learn more about the captain of the Crux fleet and see what abilities she has.

Team composition ideas, best weapons, and potent artifacts, in this Beidou Genshin Impact guide, I’ll go over each and every detail to help you build Beidou to slay countless enemies.

Beidou, Queen of the Crux Fleet

Beidou is a well-respected captain among the crew of the Crux fleet and commands an armed fleet with numerous members. What people call legends are the stories that Beidou has experienced herself and earned the respect of her comrades.

There are only a few in Liyue who can match her laundry list of naval achievements. She is someone who stands on an equal footing with Ningguang and collaborates with her for the greater good of Liyue.

beidou, queen of the crux fleet
Wait, what is she drinking? O.O

With a straightforward personality, Beidou doesn’t like to play mind games and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. She’s someone who always seeks out the truth and doesn’t show mercy to liars.

She lives her life to the fullest and is generous to those working for her. Beidou epitomizes the term “Ride or die” when it comes to her crew and is always keen to take on new challenges.

The Crux is all about a fleet of loyal followers and a captain with the heart of a lion. Throughout the game’s quests, you will witness her valor and help the Traveler to reach Inazuma, the land of eternity.

I had goosebumps when the cutscene played where the Traveler boarded the Crux and left for Inazuma. Beidou also comes to the Traveler’s rescue with her fleet and Kazuha and, in an instant, turns the tide of war.

She is an amazing character who’s always fun to interact with and lives on the edge. Beidou follows the rule of “First come, first serve.” Whoever reaches the treasure first walks away a little richer, and it’s usually not a wise decision to try to steal from her. 

Ascension & Talent Level Up

Beidou’s ascension stat Electro damage bonus helps to increase her off-field damage capabilities. I would suggest you invest in her and get her past level 80 ascension to benefit from an Electro damage boost.

beidou ascension & talent level up
Ascension materials preview

Here’s a list of ascension materials you need for Beidou:

  • Mora x 420,000
  • Noctilucous jade x 168
  • Treasure hoarder insignia x 18
  • Silver raven insignia x 30
  • Golden raven insignia x 36
  • Lightning prism x 46
  • Vajrada amethyst sliver x 1
  • Vajrada amethyst fragment x 9
  • Vajrada amethyst Chunk x 9
  • Vajrada amethyst gemstone x 6
beidou's talent levels
Beidou/s talent materials preview

Talent material required to level up talent to the maximum

  • Mora x 1,652,500
  • Dvalin’s sigh x 6
  • Crown of insight x 1
  • Treasure hoarder insignia x 6
  • Silver raven insignia x 22
  • Golden raven insignia x 31
  • Teachings of gold x 3
  • Guide to gold x 21
  • Philosophies of gold x 38

Beidou’s normal attacks can be leveled up if you want to play her as the main damage dealer. However, that’s not recommended in case of Physical damage, but when you want her to trigger reactions. This playstyle focuses on her fourth constellation.

Generally speaking, you need to level up her elemental burst and skill to capitalize on the maximum damage boost. Beidou’s elemental burst makes her shine even in the harshest battles.


Normal Attack: Oceanborne

normal attack - oceanborne
Skill attributes: Normal attack

Normal attack: Beidou strikes up to 5 strikes in a row

Charged attack: Beidou strikes her claymore in a continuation and consumes stamina to do so. Beidou ends the sequence with a powerful slash

Plunging attack: Beidou jumps down from mid-air on the ground to deal area damage to enemies

You shouldn’t level up this talent unless you want to have Beidou as the main damage dealer and support her with other characters.

Elemental Skill: Tidecaller

Press: Beidou swings her claymore in front of her to deal Electro damage

elemental skill - tidecaller
Skill attributes: Tidecaller
beidou's skill
Beidou’s skill can be used to counter enemies

Hold: Beidou lifts up her claymore as a shield to absorb incoming damage. Her shield scales off her maximum health with 250 % Electro damage efficiency and applies Electro on Beidou once activated.

The hold version of her skill releases energy stored in the greatsword to deal Electro damage and scales off the number of times Beidou received incoming attacks. The maximum damage bonus is achieved once this effect is triggered twice.

A really unique elemental skill that gives you a sense of victory whenever you pull off a perfect counter. I’m not talking about the seven deadly sins. This is Beidou’s skill which has two versions.

The tap version is good for a short window of time and allows you to counter the attack instantly. On the other hand, you can hold the skill to counter multiple attacks and unleash an Electro damage burst.

Honestly, pulling off a perfect counter takes some practice, and you have to track an enemy’s attack precisely to make your move successfully. I’ve found this skill to be insanely helpful whenever I face a horde of hilichurls.

They annoy me while I’m trying to protect a monolith. I would go in front of them, take a few hits, and unleash a wave of Electro damage back at them to throw them away. Sometimes, it’s enough to wipe them off the area, making it easier to clear an abyss chamber.

Elemental Burst: Stormbreaker

Beidou creates a Thunderbeast’s targe around her that deals Electro damage to nearby enemies.

elemental burst - stormbreaker
Skill attributes: Stormbreaker.

Thunderbeast’s targe has the following properties:

  • Character’s resistance to interruption and damage reduction increases
  • Upon hitting normal or charged attacks, a lightning discharge jumps among enemies that deal Electro damage

Many electro-charged teams use Beidou’s elemental burst because of its ability to jump back and forth between enemies. You can use Beidou’s elemental skill and burst to benefit from shielding and damage reduction at the same time and switch to your main damage dealer.

Beidou is a really good off-field damage dealer whose abilities persist on the battlefield to help the main damage dealer and deal Electro damage.

Another perk about her burst is that it snapshots whenever you use it, which means an external buff like Bennett’s burst will be taken into account and add up to Beidou’s burst. That attack buff will remain until Beidou’s burst expires and massively boost the damage output.

Beidou’s burst cost is 80, which may seem high for a team, but if you can manage to add a character who can act as a battery for her, then it’s quite easy to achieve a flexible team rotation. Characters like Sucrose or Fischl are good candidates for generating energy particles for other characters.

Passive: Retribution

If you counterattack with Tidecaller at the precise moment, the character is hit will grant a maximum damage bonus.

Honestly, this may be hard to pull off because you really need to focus on the game to make a perfect counter. I’ve played quite a lot with Beidou and would say that you can definitely do a perfect counter; however, you need to be attentive to the game and watch out for your surroundings.

Passive: Lightning Storm

Beidou will gain the following effects after unleashing Tidecaller with its maximum damage for 10s

  • Delay before charged attacks are decreased
  • Damage and attack speed of normal and charged attack increases by 15 %

This passive focus is on buffing up Beidou’s first talent, which focuses on her normal and charged attacks. Suppose you want to have Beidou as your main damage dealer and support her with other support characters.

In that case, this passive will be beneficial. However, I wouldn’t suggest you go that route because that may require you to invest heavily in other characters.

Passive: Conqueror of Tides

The stamina consumption rate while swimming decreases by 20 %, and it doesn’t stack with other talents with the same effect.

A really good passive that helps you to swim for longer distances. I’ve lost count of times when I drowned in the early game and eventually started to collect oculi to increase my stamina bar.

Still, there were times when I was venturing into underground domains filled with water and had no resting place in sight. That’s where I used to switch to Beidou to utilize this passive and reach my destination without drowning my characters.


beidou's constellations
Constellation: Victor mare

Sea Beast’s Scourge

A shield is created after you use the Stormbreaker that absorbs up to 16 % of Beidou’s maximum health for 15s. In the case of Electro damage, the shield absorption increases to 250 %

The constellation is good for Beidou to provide extra shielding to your characters, but I won’t advise you to build up an HP artifact for her. The constellation can help you when facing non-corrosive enemies and running a team without a healer.

Still, don’t depend on this constellation to provide an unbreakable shield because it will be weak and can be broken easily.

Upon the Turbulent Sea, The Thunder Arises

The lightning created by the Stormbreaker’s arc jumps up to 2 additional enemies.

As a free-to-play player, you can easily get Beidou’s constellations from the Paimon’s bargains shop and reach this constellation. I highly recommend you unlock this constellation as it helps to buff Beidou’s elemental burst and provides more Electro application on the field.

There will be more lightning discharges, and you will churn out severe damage to enemy groups.

There have been multiple events where Beidou was given for free and If you still don’t have her, then start saving up Masterless Starglitter to purchase her copies from the in-game shop.

Summoner of Storm

A decent constellation that increases Beidou’s elemental skill, Tidecaller, by 3 levels.

Stunning Revenge

For 10 seconds, Beidou’s normal attacks will get an extra instance of 20 % Electro damage upon being attacked.

The constellation won’t be of much use if you plan to run Beidou as an off-field damage dealer. I wouldn’t recommend using her as the main damage dealer because the end results might result in a DPS loss. Her standard attacks deal Physical damage, and that won’t work against enemies with high Physical resistance.

Still, if you want to play her to trigger reactions, then using her normal attacks while her burst is active is a good route to follow for aggravate reactions. That way, you can benefit from this constellation’s effects.

Crimson Tidewalker

This constellation helps to increase the level of Stormbreaker by 3 with a maximum cap of 15

Bane of Evil

The Electro resistance of enemies decreases by 15 % when the Stormbreaker is in effect. This constellation can yield awesome results when paired with an Anemo character equipped with the Viridescent venerer artifact set. Remember that it will affect enemies in an area, and you should be wary of your position on the battlefield.


Beidou is a versatile character that is suitable for almost all the claymores in the game. You have to equip a claymore with an offensive attribute and balance the energy recharge on her artifacts. Unless you want to build her as a physical damage dealer, you should avoid using claymores with Physical damage as a substat.

beidou's weapons
Beidou with the serpent spine

Here is the list of apt claymores with their substats that you can equip on Beidou:

Rarity  Claymore Substat (% age)
5-star Redhorn Stonethresher CRIT damage
5-star Skyward Pride Energy recharge
5-star Song of Broken Pines Physical damage bonus
5-star The Unforged Attack
5-star Wolf’s Gravestone Attack
4-star Akuoumaru Attack
4-star Blackcliff slasher CRIT damage
4-star Favonius Greatsword Energy recharge
4-star Luxurious Sea-Lord Attack
4-star Rainslasher Elemental Mastery
4-star Serpent Spine CRIT rate
4-star Sacrificial Greatsword Energy recharge


beidou's artifacts
Beidou with the emblem of severed fate artifact set

Emblem of the Severed Fate

An amazing artifact set for Beidou that provides extra energy recharge and additional burst damage, which scales off the total energy recharge.

This artifact set is really good on Beidou as you can use the 4-piece effect to buff the burst damage and benefit from an energy recharge sands on artifacts. Generally, this artifact set is good for characters with high burst costs.


Thundersoother is a good set for teams with Electro characters because the 2-piece set helps to increase the Electro resistance and the complete set helps to buff damage against enemies affected by Electro.

This set’s effects will come into play when you have characters like Kuki Shinobu, Fischl, or the Raiden Shogun in your team and have a good off-field Electro application on opponents. A good set for Electro characters that depend on aggravate reactions.

Thundering Fury

Thundering fury is a niche set that’s oriented toward reaction-based teams. With the introduction of Dendro reactions, you can trigger Quicken aura and Aggravate reactions, which can aid Beidou in churning better damage.

I would suggest you go over our Dendro reaction guide to grasp essential concepts of Aggravate reactions. That will help you pair Beidou with suitable off-field supports that can potentially buff her damage output.

Noblesse Oblige

A defacto set for characters who want to be off-field supports for your team. This set is usually preferred on support characters because it helps to buff the burst damage and provide a team-wide attack buff.

The 2-piece effect provides 20 % extra burst damage, and the 4-piece adds up 20 % attack bonus to the whole team. Use this set only when you don’t have any other options and want to benefit from a support artifact.

Artifacts Summary

For the sands, you can equip an attack percentage or energy recharge attribute to fulfill Beidou’s energy recharge requirements. Her 80 burst cost is hefty if you don’t have a dedicated character to battery her.

A character like Fischl or Raiden is a solid contender for the spot and helps Beidou get her burst back. As for the goblet, the Electro damage bonus would be the choice to go with CRIT rate or damage on the circlet.

Team Compositions

Before moving on to team compositions, let’s talk about Raiden Shogun’s synergy with Beidou. There was a massive uproar in the community when Beidou’s burst didn’t work with Shogun’s burst. That limited amazing team compositions with Raiden as a hypercarry, but this doesn’t mean she cannot work with Beidou.

Raiden can definitely work with Beidou but not as a hypercarry who can benefit from Beidou’s burst. You can use Raiden as a burst damage dealer or charge other characters’ bursts. I advise you to check our Raiden guide to learn about her mechanics and make the most use of her. She’s one of the best characters in the game.

Mono Electro: Beidou Electro Anemo Flex

mono electro - beidou electro anemo flex
A sample team
  • Beidou, Cyno, Kazuha, Kuki Shinobu
  • Beidou,Kuki Shinobu , Kazuha, Fischl
  • Beidou, Keqing, Kazuha, Kuki Shinobu

In a mono Electro team, you should focus on dealing with as much Electro damage as possible. Anemo characters are invaluable in these teams because they can shred the elemental resistance from enemies. You can swirl Electro on them to deal more Electro damage.

Beidou’s burst bounces off enemies, while characters like Kuki Shinobu can heal an active character. Depending on your requirements, you can also switch one character to the Raiden Shogun because she can act as a burst DPS in time of need.

Physical: Beidou Cryo Flex Flex

physical - beidou cryo flex flex
A sample team
  • Beidou, Qiqi, Fischl, Kaeya
  • Beidou, Kaeya, Fischl, Zhongli
  • Beidou, Rosaria, Fischl, Kuki Shinobu

Physical damage teams are rare as most of the enemies, like Ruin guards, have quite a high physical resistance. Definitely, you can trigger superconduct to shred their physical resistance by 40 %, but in that case, you are better off using elemental damage teams because of reaction damage.

Still, if you want to have Beidou as the main damage dealer, then a Cryo character is a must to trigger superconduct. Additionally, you can have a shield character to protect your active character. In physical damage teams, you don’t have to focus on burst or energy recharge because normal attacks are the main key to damage.

However, if you want to build energy recharge on Beidou just to trigger superconduct and equip the crescent pike on Zhongli, you can definitely do that. By doing that, Zhongli will be the main damage dealer, and Beidou an Electro support.

Hyperbloom: Beidou Hydro Dendro Flex

hyperbloom - beidou hydro dendro flex
A sample team
  • Beidou, Kokomi, Collei, Fischl
  • Beidou, Xingqiu, Nahida, Fischl
  • Beidou, Xingqiu, DendroTraveler, Kuki Shinobu

Hyperbloom teams focus on the reaction between bloom seeds and the Electro element. Once Dendro and Hydro come in contact with each other, you will notice a bloom seed on the floor. After you use Electro on that seed, the seed will lock on and move to an enemy dealing AoE Dendro damage in a small area.

I love to use Hyperbloom teams because I can focus purely on Dendro reactions and get away from Anemo-dependent team comps. Anemo is good for swirling an element and increasing that element’s damage; however, in Hyperbloom teams, the main focus is on Hyperbloom reactions and not elemental damage.

The Dendro artifact sets like Deepwood memories or Gilded dreams are awesome choices for Dendro characters. I would definitely recommend you try a Hyperbloom team.

Electro-charged: Beidou Hydro Flex Flex

electro-charged - beidou hydro flex flex
A sample team
  • Beidou, Xingqiu, Sucrose, Fischl
  • Beidou, Yelan, Kazuha, Fischl
  • Beidou, Ayato, Sucrose, Fischl

Electro-charged teams focus on a reaction between the Electro element and Hydro one. You can use Hydro characters like Xingqiu, Yelan, Kokomi, or Ayato to apply Hydro on enemies and pair them up with Anemo characters like Sucrose, Venti, or Kazuha to benefit from the Viridescent venerer artifact set.

I would suggest you go with Sucrose, as she can share elemental mastery with other characters, and it helps to increase the reaction damage.

A team by the name of Sucrose taser is a popular choice among the community, which consists of Sucrose, Fischl, Xingqiu, and Xiangling. These characters help to deal a lot of damage to enemies and help to clear the abyss floors faster.

Overload: Beidou Pyro Flex Flex

overload - beidou pyro flex flex
A sample team
  • Beidou, Yoimiya, Fischl, Sucrose
  • Beidou, Klee, Sucrose, Fischl
  • Beidou, Diluc, Sucrose, Kuki Shinobu

An overload team is a potential option, but the reaction does not deal much damage. So far, in my experience, I have used overload teams once or twice but was able to clear floor 12 easily.

Usually, in this team, Beidou will be off-field support to provide Electro application, and a Pyro damage dealer will trigger the reactions. I suggest you bring an Anemo character like Sucrose or Kazuha to benefit from the elemental mastery boost.

Preferably Sucrose because she can share her elemental mastery with other characters, which in turn helps to increase the reaction damage.

Aggravate: Beidou Dendro Flex Flex

aggravate - beidou dendro flex flex
A sample team
  • Beidou, Nahida, Sucrose, Fischl
  • Beidou, Collei, Kuki Shinobu, Fischl
  • Beidou, Dendro Traveler, Cyno, Kazuha

Aggravate reactions focus on dealing damage with Electro and Dendro characters. Once an enemy gets a Quicken aura, you can use Dendro to trigger spread or Electro to aggravate. The best thing about Quicken aura is that whether you apply Electro or Dendro, the aura stays for some time, giving you a window to trigger either reaction.

I’d highly recommend you check our Dendro reaction guide, where we discuss these reactions in detail. Extensive examples, factors affecting a reaction, or even some advanced concepts mentioned there will help you optimize your team comps.

Electro characters like Fischl, Raiden Shogun, or Cyno are solid contenders for off-field support with Beidou and can even take up the role of a burst DPS. Keep in mind that Beidou’s burst doesn’t work with Raiden’s burst.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Does the Raiden Shogun Works with Beidou? How can I Use Raiden shogun with Beidou?

Answer: Raiden shogun indeed works with Beidou, but, Beidou’s burst doesn’t work with Raiden’s. The developers made a change, and a massive uproar was in the community back when Raiden was announced. To use Raiden with Beidou, I suggest you run her as a Burst DPS and fill up any loss your team may incur otherwise.

Teams like Beidou, Raiden, Sucrose, and Nahida can definitely work out for aggravate reactions. You can use Raiden to charge other characters’ bursts.

Question: As a Free-to-play Player, which Constellation should I Target on Beidou?

Answer: Her second constellation is a major upgrade to her damage potential, and I highly recommend you get her up to the second constellation. You can deploy your elemental burst on the field to benefit from an increase in lightning discharges.

On top of that, you can couple that with other characters like Fischl, Sucrose, or Xingqiu to run a taser team composition and deplete enemies’ health bars quite fast.

Question: Which Teams should I Use Beidou in? Should I Use her Against a Single Enemy or a Group of Enemies?

Answer: Technically, she is good in both teams, but when you are against a group of enemies, you can notice a large number of discharges bouncing off on them. The damage scaling is quite high in a group, and you will be able to use her efficiently in almost all the team compositions in the game.

Even in the case of a single enemy like Maguu kenki, you can use Beidou and benefit from her massive off-field damage. There have been many events in the game where she was given for free and usually available in the Paimon’s bargains shop.

Captain Beidou, Final Thoughts

Beidou is an amazing 4-star off-field support character who can help your team with her incredible elemental burst, Stormbreaker. You can deploy her burst on the battlefield to take care of enemies in the group and add more constellations to increase the strength.

I highly suggest you build her for an aggravate or electro-charged team for the abyss. She can provide your characters with a shield to absorb some incoming damage and synergizes perfectly with Fischl and Xingqiu.

As far as her weapons and artifacts are concerned, the main issue is to balance out energy recharge, and if you can optimize that, everything will be good to go.

If your Beidou has less energy recharge, you can equip a weapon like a Favonius Greatsword to fill the gap. I would highly suggest you take a peek over our guides on Dendro reactions to know more about hyperbloom, bloom and aggravate reactions.

That said, the time’s come to wrap up the guide, and I hope to see you soon.

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