While people assumed other Genshin characters would be released alongside Sumeru, Hoyoverse dropped in Collei and Tighnari to surprise the players. Followed by drip marketing, the hype for these characters went up for being the first Dendro characters.
For so long, we have been using the original 6 elements, and with the Dendro as the last element, the set is now complete. And With that, a whole new range of team compositions and reactions is on the plate.
In this Genshin Impact Collei guide, we’ll learn more about her. From her story to her team builds, I’ll join you on this mesmerizing journey and eat Pita pockets. Tie your laces, get your backpack ready and let’s glide over this fantastic guide for our favorite ranger!
Collei, A Cute Character
People following the official Genshin Impact manga already know about Collei and her backstory with the Fatui. The manga emphasizes Collei’s story and how her life turned upside down after crossing paths with the Fatui.
Having survived horrible human experiments and been cursed with a disease, Collei hasn’t given up and always looks on the bright side. If you haven’t read the manga and want to know about our favorite forest ranger trainee, hop on to our manga guide to learn more about her.
As you enter the Sumeru region, you will go through a chain of quests and meet Collei and Tighnari quite early. After some time, going through ups and downs and working, a bond of friendship grows between the Traveler and Collei.
To the Traveler’s surprise, Collei already knows about them because she is close to Amber. She informs that Amber occasionally writes letters to her about her adventures. Collei and Traveler share a meal of Pita pocket and venture on their adventures together for some time.
Ascension & Talent Level-Up
Collei’s ascension materials are rather hard to find, but they are available in the Sumeru region. You have to fight with the new Jadeplume Terrorshroom boss and get the boss drops to ascend her. Additionally, you need Rukkashava Mushrooms and Hilichurl drop materials.
I would say they are easier to get, but the mushrooms may be a bit tricky. Let’s go over the ascension materials you need to level her up to 90.
- Mora = 420,000
- Majestic Hooked Beak = 46
- Nagadus Emerald Sliver = 1
- Nagadus Emerald Fragment = 9
- Nagadus Emerald Chunk = 9
- Nagadus Emerald Gemstone = 6
- Rukkashava Mushrooms = 168
- Firm arrowhead = 18
- Sharp arrowhead = 30
- Weathered arrowhead = 36
The Talent level-up materials are straightforward to get. After battling the Raiden Shogun boss, you have to fight a few Hilichurls to get their drops and rewards from End of the Oneiric Euthymia.
I know the real name is long, but you understand what I mean. Alright, here is a quick glance over Collei’s talent materials for leveling up a single talent
- Mora = 1,652,500
- Firm arrowhead = 6
- Sharp arrowhead = 22
- Weathered arrowhead = 3
- Teachings of Praxis = 3
- Guide to Praxis = 21
- Philosophies of Praxis = 38
- Tears of Calamitous God = 6
- Crown of Insight = 1
If you want to level up Collei’s talents, I suggest you prioritize her Elemental Burst and Elemental skill. I wouldn’t recommend leveling up her normal attack unless you want to go for a physical damage build with her.
Normal Attack: Supplicant’s Bowmanship
Normal Attack: Collei performs up to 4 consecutive shots with a bow
Charged Attack: Performs a more precise aimed shot with an increase in damage. While aiming, Dendro energy will concentrate on the arrowhead. A fully charged arrow will deal Dendro damage.
Plunging attack: Collei fires off a shower of arrows in mid-air before falling and striking the ground, dealing area-of-effect damage upon impact.
Collei’s normal attacks are rather simple. Just like Amber’s normal attack, her normal attack doesn’t have any special features to the charging level and deals elemental damage upon impact.
Collei throws out a Floral Ring that deals 1 instance of Dendro damage to enemies it comes into contact with. The Floral ring will come back after a set time and deal Dendro damage again.
A rather unique Elemental skill that throws a bow dealing Dendro damage to the enemies with the potential of triggering a reaction. The Bow comes back to the character even if you swap Collei out.
The skill deals around 250% damage at talent level 9, which can be increased with extra constellations.
Trusty Cuilein-Anbar comes to save the day! Collei throws the doll named Cuilein-Anbar, causing an explosion that deals area-of-effect Dendro damage, creating a Cuilein-Anbar zone.
Cuilein-Anbar will bounce around within this zone, dealing area-of-effect Dendro damage.
Anbar sounds suspiciously close to Amber. I would say this is an amazing elemental burst in terms of animation. I love the zone where Dendro kitties jump around here and there and deal damage to the enemies.
Collei’s elemental burst cost is 60, which makes her rather easy to use, and you can avoid building too much high energy recharge on her. Though, I would recommend you to at least equip her with Energy recharge sands or an Energy recharge weapon on her.
If you trigger Burning, Quicken, Aggravate, Spread, Bloom, Hyperbloom, or Burgeon reactions before the Floral Ring returns, it will grant the character the Sprout effect which will continuously deal Dendro damage equivalent to 40 % of Collei’s attack to nearby enemies for 3 s.
If another Sprout effect is triggered during its initial duration, the initial effect will be removed. Damage dealt by Sprout is considered Elemental Skill damage.
The Sprout effect is similar in terms of looks to the Dendrogranum circling around you. Let’s suppose you have Fischl on the field, and she’s attacking an enemy; once you throw your Bow, there will be a Quicken reaction, and upon its return, you will get Sprouts around you dealing damage to the enemies in your vicinity. The best thing about this passive is that it covers all the Dendro reactions, making her a suitable Dendro support character.
The Languid Wood
When a team character within the Collri-Anbar Zone triggers Burning, Quicken, Aggravate, Spread, Bloom, Hyperbloom, or Burgeon reactions, the zone’s duration will increase by 1 second. A single Trump-Card Kitty can be extended up to 3 seconds.
The passive simply means that you must be in the zone created by your elemental burst, where random kitties would damage the enemies. Not only are you covering all the Dendro reactions with this passive, but you are also extending the duration of your elemental burst.
Gliding Champion of Sumeru
Decreases gliding Stamina consumption for your team members by 20 %. This passive doesn’t stack with Passive talents that provide the same effects.
Seems like Amber has taught Collei the art of gliding over the wind and is really good for exploring vast land areas. If you don’t have Tighnari, I highly recommend using Collei for exploration because you have to apply Dendro to some totems, and using a Dendro bow character makes things easier. I’ve been using Tighnari for the same but if I didn’t have him, I would have 100 % used Collei for the same.
I won’t recommend using Collei as the primary damage dealer, as her kit and constellations are support oriented. It’s better if you focus on building her more as a support than in the primary damage-dealing role.
Other fantastic characters can fill that role and have Collei in a shining support role.
When in the party and not on the field, Collei’s Energy recharge increases by 20 %
A good constellation oriented towards Collei, not taking the field time and filling into the role of support.
Through Hill and Copse
This constellation changes Passive talent Floral Sidewinder to this:
Upon return, the Floral Ring will grant the character the Sprout effect from Floral Sidewinder, dealing 40 % of Collei’s attack as Dendro damage to nearby enemies for 3 s. From the moment of using Floral Brush to the moment when this instance of Sprout effect ends, if any of your team members trigger Burning, Quicken, Spread, Aggravate, Hyperbloom, Bloom, or Burgeon reactions, the Sprout effect will extend by 3 s.
The Sprout effect can only be extended this way once. If another Sprout effect is triggered during its initial duration, the initial effect will be gone. This constellation requires you to have unlocked the Floral Sidewinder passive talent.
It might seem confusing at first, but the only thing this constellation means is that your Elemental skill is now able to trigger the Sprout passive.
Scent of Summer
This constellation increases the level of Floral Brush by 3. The maximum upgrade level is 15
Gift of the Woods
Using Trump-Card Kitty will increase all nearby characters’ Elemental Mastery by 60 for 12 seconds (not including Collei herself)
A good constellation that favors Collei being Dendro support in reaction-based teams. If you don’t know what Elemental mastery means, then I highly recommend you to check our Elemental mastery guide.
This constellation increases the Level of Trump-Card Kitty by 3. The maximum upgrade level of talent is 15.
Forest of Falling Arrows
When the Floral Ring hits, it will create a miniature Cuilein-Anbar that will deal 200 % of Collei’s attack as Dendro damage. Each Floral Brush can only create one such miniature Cuilein-Anbar.
Quite self-explanatory. With this constellation, you are getting a boost in Collei’s elemental skill damage.
Special Food, Yearning
- Rarity: 3-star
- Original Dish: Pita Pocket
- Recipe: Raw Meat x 3, Flour x 3, Tomato x 2, Milk x 2
- Effect: Restores 40 % of Max HP and an additional 2,350 HP to the selected character.
This is a really good dish that can restore a lot of health to your character. There’s plenty of Raw meat in sumeru from all the wild animals you can hunt.
However, you must process and buy other ingredients that may take a while with the daily shop resets and mora expenditure. Ultimately, it depends on the number of ingredients you have.
Let’s go over Collei’s artifacts and discuss the attributes you need on her. Usually, you are looking for an Energy recharge on the sands, a Dendro damage bonus on the goblet, and a CRIT rate on the circlet.
But these are general stats you should look for on Collei; however, if you want to tweak her build, you can switch to other stats like Elemental mastery in reaction-based teams.
2-piece set: Increases Dendro damage by 15%
4-piece set: After Elemental skill or burst hits the enemies, their Dendro RES decreases by 30 % for 8 seconds. This effect can be triggered even if the equipping character is off the field.
Deepwood Memories is an amazing set if you want to use Collei as Dendro support. After using her Elemental skill or burst, you can instantly reduce enemies’ Dendro resistance and deal better Dendro damage if you have Tighnari in your team.
I highly recommend using this artifact set in a team where a Dendro character is because you cannot swirl Dendro. Thus Viridescent venerer is of no use.
Emblem of the Severed Fate
2-piece set: Increases Energy recharge by 20%
4-piece set: Elemental burst’s damage increases by 25% of energy recharge with a maximum cap of 75% damage bonus
You might find this a bit surprising, but this is a good set on Collei that can help compensate for her burst cost. You can have almost 100 % uptime on her Elemental burst if you use an Energy recharge weapon on her combined with this artifact set.
2-piece set: Increases Elemental burst damage by 20%
4-piece set: After using an elemental burst, all party members’ attack increases by 20% in 12 seconds, and this effect cannot stack.
An overall goto set for general support characters that can provide overall team buff with their Elemental burst
Usually, you are looking for a decent Energy recharge on Collei to have better uptime on her Elemental burst, Dendro damage bonus, and CRIT rate. Unless you want to have Collei trigger elemental reactions, you can go with an Elemental mastery piece on the circlet.
2-piece set: Increases Elemental Mastery by 80
4-piece set: Within 8s of triggering an Elemental Reaction, the character equipping this will obtain buffs based on the Elemental Type of the other team members, attack increases 14% for each team member whose Elemental Type is the same as the equipping character, and Elemental Mastery is increased by 50 units for every team member with a different Elemental Type.
Each of the buffs, as mentioned earlier, will count up to 3 characters. This effect can be triggered once every 8s. The character who equips this can still trigger its effects when not on the field.
I don’t recommend building Elemental mastery on Collei and using her to trigger Dendro reactions. Mostly, it’s because of the fact that her kit isn’t much suited for Elemental reactions and her constellations are more support oriented. If you want to build Elemental mastery on her, feel free to do so.
I recommend you go with an energy recharge sands with Elemental mastery on the goblet and circlet. It would be better if you could use Favonius warbow. Still, if you have a dedicated battery character, then Stringless, Windblume Ode, or Elegy of the End would be awesome choices.
Elegy of the End ( 5 – star )
Elegy of the End features an Energy recharge substat that will help Collei to get her burst back better. Additionally, the Bow features an Elemental damage bonus and Elemental mastery bonus that can help her better deal with Dendro’s damage and reaction damage.
Favonius Warbow ( 4 – star )
Favonius Warbow is a powerhouse of Energy recharge as both the substat and passive features Energy recharge and energy particles, respectively. You can proc the passive by a CRIT hit on an enemy that generates energy particles for the character. Make sure to collect the particles because only after that will you see energy adding up in your elemental burst.
Sacrificial Bow will help Collei to use her Elemental skill two times, and it features an Energy recharge substat. I won’t go into terms like Internal cooldown but simply say there’s no delay in triggering reactions with Collei’s elemental skill, so having this Bow on her is good if you want to proc her ascension passive that summons a sprout around her.
Fading Twilight is an event weapon that was featured previously. If you have the weapon, then you can use this on Collei if you want to act her as a support that can buff your character’s damage. The Bow has three states where the damage bonus increases as you hit enemies with attacks in a certain time. Overall this weapon is a good support weapon that can potentially increase the overall team damage output.
If you want to build Collei to trigger reactions in a team, then having Stringless on her is really a good choice. The weapon features Elemental mastery that will boost her reaction damage, and the passive gives skill and damage bonus. You can also refine the weapon to make the passive more potent. Still, I suggest you keep multiple copies if you want to use it on a character like Venti.
The weapon is good for team compositions with high burst costs because the passive gives the character a damage boost that scales the total energy cost of the team. Teams where you have the Raiden shogun as a hyper carry works best with weapons that feature such weapons because you can regenerate energy for your team and keep the rotation going.
If you have not checked our Dendro reactions guide, then I highly recommend you do. Some new Dendro reactions and sub-reactions are worth taking a look at, and I’m sure down the line you will have a decent knowledge of them. I’ve put Anemo in the team compositions so those characters can use the Viridescent Venerer artifact set to shred elemental resistance from the enemies.
Characters like Kaedehara Kazuha, Sucrose, or Sayu are good at scaling off Elemental Mastery and provide team utilities and buffs in dire situations. Overall, I’d say any Anemo character you have in your team is sufficient to benefit from the Viridescent Venerer artifact set.
Quicken, Aggravate, Spread
Collei Electro Anemo Flex
Once Dendro and Electro react, you can have Quicken status on the enemies that give you access to sub-reactions like Aggravate or Spread. Applying Dendro or Electro on the enemies will trigger Spread or Aggravate.
Usually, Collei would support this team, with another character like Tighnari being the second Dendro character in the team. You can have Collei as support and synergize well with the Dendro resonance to boost Tighnari’s Elemental mastery.
Collei Anemo Hydro Flex
Bloom teams focus on creating Bloom seeds so that they can deal damage to the enemies surrounding them. Usually, you need a good off-field Hydro character like Kokomi or Kamisato Ayato to apply Hydro to nearby enemies. However, if you can have better uptime on Collei’s burst, you can swap in and out her to trigger Bloom reactions.
Collei Anemo Hydro Electro
Hyperbloom is a sub-reaction available once you trigger Bloom on the enemies. The only difference here is that you mostly would be running a rainbow team composition where all the characters are of different elements. You can swap out Anemo for the Dendro resonance if you want. Still, the sheer value of Viridescent Venerer is quite dominant.
In Hyperbloom teams, Electro characters like Yae Miko, the Raiden Shogun, Fischl, or Kuki Shinobu are amazing units that can provide off-field damage and apply Electro to seeds to turn them into homing projectiles.
Collei Tighnari Traveller Flex
If you want to have only one type of damage, you can go with these Dendro characters available as of now and have another character in the Flex slot to support the team. A character like Zhongli is invaluable in these teams, or an Electro character can help you trigger the Spread reaction.
The spread reaction is ultimately a Dendro damage reaction that can help you increase the damage output. Fischl is like Xingqiu to vaporize teams because of how valuable her passives are now.
Basically, she’s quite good in teams that trigger Electro reactions, and Spread needs Dendro and Electro to become viable.
A Few Questions
Question: Do you recommend using Collei in Sumeru’s exploration?
Answer: I am currently using Tighnari for exploration in Sumeru because I got him early on the banner. However, if I had not gotten Tighnari, I planned to use Collei in the first place. Usually, it happens that free character at the start of a new region is really good for exploration. Like Beidou was given for free during Inazuma, there might be puzzles or exploration objectives that require that element’s character. I agree that we have Traveler, who has access to every element released for them, but having an extra character from the same element is a perk.
There are so many objectives in Sumeru that require a bow character, and Collei being a Dendro bow character, helps out with that. For instance, there are Withering zones that you have to clear after attacking the Withering plants with Dendrogranum. Using a bow character helps to clear that fast because you can maintain a distance from the enemies and avoid falling down quickly.
Question: Do you think I should build Collei if I want to roll on future Dendro characters?
Answer: If I consider the current situation, I would say you should build her. She’s a 4-star character, and you may likely get her constellations on future banners. Most of the time, 4-star characters are amazing supports, and Collei’s constellations are additional optimizations to her overall kit. I’d highly recommend you build her for future use because she’s a good Dendro support character in some situations. For example, it’s good with Collei to pair her up with either Dendro Traveler or Tighnari to benefit from the Dendro resonance or have her apply Dendro off the field.
Question: I keep hearing negative views about Collei and how she’s not good in the meta. What should I do?
Answer: If you like a character, you build that character. As simple as that. There are team compositions where even Amber is really good. It doesn’t matter whether the character is meta or not. Unless you really care about clearing the spiral abyss with all 36 stars, I don’t think you need to worry about the meta. I’ve been playing the game for almost 2 years and haven’t really obsessed about the meta. Although I will prefer meta team compositions and have used them in the past when I’m in the overworld, I will use the weirdest team compositions you can find.
A few days back, I was using Tighnari, Bennett, Raiden, and Kazuha and had to revive my characters because they were taking Burning damage. I strongly advise you to not pay much attention to negativity and play whatever character you like.
Collei, Author’s Thoughts
Collei’s an amazing and cute character with one of the most wholesome interactions with the Traveler. She’s an innocent character who will go above and beyond to help her fellow companions and always look out for them.
I’ve read about her story in the manga, but witnessing her in the game is a whole other level of experience, and I want her to be in more future quests. Like Amber, she cares about the Traveler and shows a genuine interest in being a good friend who will always help in need.
Although you might see a lot of sources claiming not to invest resources in Collei just because she’s not worth it. I would suggest the opposite. If you love a character, you should build them.
That was all about the Collei Genshin Impact guide, and I hope you are ready to build her. Feel free to check out our other Genshin Impact guides and, most importantly, take a look over the Dendro reactions guide.
There have been many changes in the reactions, and sub-reactions have been introduced to the game. I’m sure it will help you to understand the reactions better and form new team compositions in the future.