Nahida Genshin Impact Guide

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Once I stepped on the lands of Sumeru, I was mesmerized by the beauty of the wilderness and vast meadows upon the horizon. Beautiful birds, calm rivers, wild animals, and soothing music enticed me into the land of wisdom. I remember posing with Nilotpala lotuses with my friends and started hoarding the things that glimmered in the distance.

I was overwhelmed by the wave of new content and wanted to explore every single part of Sumeru. After the archon quest, I met with Collei and Tighnari and set on my new journey to discover the whereabouts of my sibling.

Soon enough, the calm pace of the story turns into a thunderstorm of mysteries. You learn about Fatui’s horrific experiments on countless children like Collei and how human lives are, in their eyes, a necessary sacrifice to forward their evil schemes.

In search of answers, the Traveler seeks the archon, only to find that she is confined somewhere. Eventually, after completing the archon quests, the dust settles, and we get to meet the Dendro archon Nahida, who, in my opinion, is the best archon so far.

She helps the Traveler in the story and goes out of her way to help her people and seeks the truth of many mysteries surrounding Teyvat.

In this Nahida Genshin Impact guide, I will accompany you on an adventure to learn more about this new archon, who helps the Traveler throughout the story, and has nothing but goodwill in her heart for others.

I will discuss her best artifacts, weapons, and team compositions that can help defeat enemies and protect your best buddies against any peril. With that being said, harness the power of Dendro and join me on this Nahida guide!

Nahida, The God of Wisdom

Lesser lord Kusanali, also known as the Dendro archon, is a really sweet character whom you meet in Sumeru. Unlike other archons, who didn’t provide valuable information to the Traveler, Nahida tries her best to find their sibling and shares any crucial information that may be useful to the Traveler.

Despite her appearance, she’s very mature, gentle, and affectionate. Though she has low self-esteem, Nahida wants to help her people to redeem herself as a worthy archon and is always learning something new.

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Protect Nahida at all costs!

Misunderstanding Nahida for an amateur would be a mistake. Despite their differences, Nahida was able to bargain with Dottore and persuade him to destroy his clones. As a part of their agreement, she learned about Teyvat’s secrets from him, parting with the Electro Gnosis as a result.

Nahida clearly knows how to separate personal boundaries and take logical stances in need of an hour. I was impressed by her talks with Dottore because Dottore isn’t naive.

We are talking about an exchange between a man who’s the second of eleven Fatui harbingers and the god of wisdom. Sumeru’s archon quests were phenomenal, and I must say the story was mind-blowing.

Nahida is indeed a helping hand that the Traveler sought for so long, and with mysteries revolving around the “fake sky,” it’s just a matter of time before a massive confrontation will happen between the Traveler, abyss, and Celestia. I don’t know who’s right or wrong for now, but I know that Nahida is on our side and will try her best to aid the Traveler.

She is the reason why Scaramouche is a changed person now, and even after committing unforgivable crimes, Nahida has empathetic enough to give Scaramouche another chance to live a new life.

Ascension & Talent Level Up

I’d advise leveling her to the maximum level to benefit from reaction damage and her elemental mastery ascension bonus stat. The elemental mastery is a vital part of her kit because it’s connected with her elemental skill damage and Dendro reaction’s damage triggered by her.

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Ascension materials preview

Here are Nahida’s ascension materials:

  • Mora x 420,000
  • Kalpalata lotus x 168
  • Fungal spores x 18
  • Luminescent pollen x 30
  • Crystalline cyst dust x 36
  • Quelled creeper x 46
  • Nagadus emerald sliver x 1
  • Nagadus emerald fragment x 9
  • Nagadus emerald chunk x 9
  • Nagadus emerald gemstone x 6
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Talent material preview

Here’s a list of Nahida’s talent level-up materials:

  • Mora x 1,652,500
  • Fungal spores x 6
  • Luminescent pollen x 22
  • Crystalline cyst dust x 31
  • Puppet strings x 6
  • Crown of insight x 1
  • Teachings of ingenuity x 3
  • Guide to ingenuity x 21
  • Philosophies of ingenuity x 38

I’d suggest prioritizing her elemental burst and elemental skill over the normal attack, but if you want to play her as an on-field character, invest equally in her normal attacks.

Combat Talents

Normal Attack: Akara

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Skill attributes: Akara

Normal attack: Nahida deals 4 attacks in a row that deal Dendro damage to enemies in front of her

Charged attack: After consuming a certain amount of stamina, Nahida deals area-of-effect Dendro damage to enemies in front of her

Plunging attack: Nahida deals AoE Dendro damage on the ground by plunging from mid-air

You can use her normal attacks to apply Dendro on enemies for reactions. She has a beautiful attack animation and a charge attack that covers a decent area in front of her. You can use a combination of her normal attack and charged attack to trigger reactions.

Elemental Skill: All Schemes to Know

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Skill attributes: All schemes to know

Nahida deals an AoE Dendro damage that marks up to 8 enemies with the Seed of Skandha.

Hold: You enter an aiming mode that lasts up to 5 seconds and can select up to 8 enemies. In the aiming mode, you can select enemies in a limited area, and Nahida’s resistance to interruption will be increased.

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Nahida can mark the opponents
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The enemies will be connected with each other

Seed of Skandha: Enemies marked by the seed will be interlinked up to a specific distance. Once you trigger elemental reactions on enemies affected by the seeds or take damage from Dendro cores ( Burgeon or Hyperbloom damage), Nahida will initiate Tri-Karma purification on connected enemies to deal Dendro damage that will scale off her attack and elemental mastery.

Nahida can trigger at most 1 Tri-Karma purification in a short period.

I love this skill! You can use the tap version of the skill to quickly apply Dendro and the Tri-Karma purification effect to nearby enemies. With a combination of normal talent, you can benefit from high Dendro application for reaction.

Regarding the hold version of her skill, you can swap to a camera-like mode and easily mark the enemies. I loved playing Nahida in the abyss because I could mark enemies from a distance and connect them with the nearby ones to trigger chain-reaction damage.

You can generate energy particles by initiating the Tri-Karma purification. The best thing about Nahida is a minimal 50 burst cost that can be easily recharged, so you don’t have to worry about building energy recharge on her. I highly suggest you benefit from this skill as it provides a massive source of off-field damage to your active character.

Elemental Burst: Illusory Heart

Nahida deploys a vast field that will have different effects on the Tri-Karma purification depending on the elemental type of characters:

  • Pyro: The damage dealt is increased
  • Electro: The interval between each Tri-Karma purification decreases
  • Hydro: The field’s duration increases
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Skill attributes: Illusory heart

These bonuses will apply even if Nahida is not an active character and party members are in the effective field. The effects will increase further if there are at least 2 team members of mentioned elemental types.

Nahida’s burst is so extensive that it can cover a whole abyss chamber. It has a massive radius and spans a vast zone in which you can benefit from its unique effects.

The burst’s duration is longer than the cooldown, so you can almost have 100 % uptime. With a low burst cost of 50 energy, you can funnel a few energy particles to her and cast the burst again.

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Elemental burst animation
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Nahida’s elemental burst can cover a lot of area

The burst heavily depends on the team composition you use. Its effects correlate to the elemental type of characters and modify the Tri-Karma purification accordingly. I would say she’s really good in Dendro-reaction-heavy teams where you need a consistent Dendro application.

I would prefer to use Nahida with Electro characters to reduce the trigger time of Tri-Karma purification and utilize more reaction damage in the team. That will help to increase the overall team’s damage output.

Passive: Compassion Illuminated

When using the elemental skill, the burst’s field will obtain the following effects:

The elemental mastery of an active character in the burst’s field increases by 25 % of the elemental mastery of the team members with the highest elemental mastery. A maximum of 250 units of elemental mastery can be gained in this manner.

A unique passive that helps boost a character’s elemental mastery. The elemental mastery helps to buff the reaction damage, and it’s recommended to stack elemental mastery on a character who will trigger reactions.

Nahida can be a good character to stack the elemental mastery on. Whether playing her as on-field or off-field support, you can share the elemental mastery with your active character and benefit from more reaction damage.

A reaction like vaporize can greatly benefit from the elemental mastery buff and yield massive damage. As I always say, wherever is a reaction; there is elemental mastery. Well, of course, there are a few exceptions.

Passive: Awakening Elucidated

Each unit of Nahida’s EM above 200 units will grant a 0.1 damage bonus and 0.03% CRIT rate to Tri-Karma purification from her elemental skill; all schemes to know. With Tri-Karma purification, you can obtain a maximum 80 % damage bonus and a 24 % CRIT rate.

The passive is oriented towards stacking more elemental mastery on Nahida. It heavily favors going for a complete EM build on her artifact set and achieving extra 800 elemental mastery.

Remember that external sources of elemental mastery, like weapon substats, character passives, or artifact’s EM bonuses, can be considered while calculating the total EM value for Nahida. This is a really good passive because it perfectly synergizes with Nahida’s playstyle and grants her amazing buffs.

Passive: On All Things Meditated

You can use Nahida to collect things in the overworld by swapping to the aiming mode. Hold your skill, get into the aiming mode, span over the items, and easily grab them.

With the skill, you can collect the items nearby you or use the hold version to mark them. You can also collect the underground or protected items in a structure. If you can make them you can collect them.

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You can use the hold version of her skill on NPCs.
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You can read NPC’s thoughts on the screen

Another unique characteristic of this skill is that you can read the mind of named NPCs in the game. I’m not kidding. In the archon quest, you’d see Nahida reading others’ minds, and that’s the case with her passive.

You can use the hold version of your skill towards enemies and see smiley-like art on them. After that, their thoughts will show on your screen.

Constellations

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Nahida’s constellation: Sapientia Oromasdis

C1: The Seed of Stored Knowledge

When Nahida’s elemental burst is used, the count of the characters’ elemental type in her burst’s table is increased by 1.

The constellation amplifies the effects you get from Nahida’s elemental burst. With Pyro, Electro, or Hydro characters, you can increase damage, less reaction trigger time, or longer burst duration.

This constellation focuses on the attributes of the burst, where you have different buffs if you have 2 characters from the same element.

C2:The Root of All Fullness

Once Nahida applies Seeds of Skandha on enemies, they will come under the following effects:

  • The enemies’ defense decreases by 30 % for 8 seconds if they are affected by Quicken, Spread, or Aggravate reactions.
  • The CRIT rate and CRIT damage of Burning, Hyperbloom, Bloom, and Burgeon reactions are fixed at 20 % and 100 %, respectively. These reactions will be able to hit critically.

A really good constellation. Hands down, one of the best constellations for Nahida if you want to play her as an on-field damage dealer.

You can use her in any team that benefits from Dendro reactions and even use her as a support to shred enemies’ defense. This constellation makes her viable for both an on-field DPS and support.

C3: The Shoot of Conscious Attainment

The level of Nahida’s elemental burst, All schemes to know, increases by 3 with a maximum limit of 15.

C4: The Stem of Manifest Inference

Nahida’s elemental mastery increases by 100/120/140/160 when 1/2/3/4 (or more ) enemies are affected by Seeds of Skandha.

The more elemental mastery Nahida has, the better reaction damage would be. Still, a good stopping point would be 1000 EM because her passive provides a maximum of 80 % damage bonus, and stacking more elemental mastery would be overkill.

C5: The Leaves of Enlightening Speech

The level of Nahida’s elemental burst, Illusory Heart, increases by 3 with a limit of 15. The constellation further enhances her elemental burst’s effect depending on your team’s number of Pyro, Electro, and Hydro characters.

C6: The Fruit of Reason’s Culmination

Once Nahida uses her normal or charged attack to hit enemies affected by Seeds of Skandha after using her elemental burst, she will deal Dendro damage that will scale off 200 % of her attack and 400 % of her elemental mastery. This will trigger Tri-Karma purification: karmic oblivion on an enemy and extend to all connected enemies.

The damage dealt by Tri-Karma purification: karmic oblivion has a cooldown of 0.2 seconds and is considered elemental skill damage.

The constellation heavily focuses on Nahida as the main damage dealer. You get a massive boost in Dendro damage, and with the ability to CRIT those reactions, you can stack more CRIT rate or CRIT damage on Nahida.

However, to benefit from this constellation, you must pair Nahida with good support and trigger Dendro reactions. Even after unlocking this constellation, you can play her as a support.

Weapons

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Nahida with the Sacrificial Fragments

You can equip a weapon with offensive substats like CRIT rate, CRIT damage, or ATK % on Nahida if you want to play her as an on-field DPS, and go with energy recharge or EM substat if you will use her as a support. Besides that, let’s talk about a few notable mentions.

A Thousand Floating Dreams ( 5-star )

Nahida’s signature weapon features an elemental mastery substat and a passive, increasing elemental mastery and elemental damage bonus.

The weapon synergizes perfectly with Nahida in a support role and can definitely fit in any team composition. If you can afford to wish on the weapons banner, then, by all means, go for this weapon and equip this on Nahida.

Kagura’s Verity ( 5-star )

Yae Miko’s signature weapon is another amazing choice on Nahida if you want to benefit from an on-field DPS role. The weapon features a CRIT damage substat and a passive that increases the skill damage up to 3 times with a stacking mechanism.

On top of that, the character gains an all-elemental damage bonus on three stacks. Nahida’s low-skill cooldown can easily benefit from this passive and help her as an on-field DPS for the team.

Hakushin ring ( 4-star )

The weapon features an energy recharge substat that helps to refill Nahida’s elemental burst faster. The weapon also features a unique passive that focuses on Electro-related elemental reactions and grants an elemental damage bonus related to the element in that particular reaction.

You can benefit from this weapon’s passive if you use Nahida in an aggravate, spread, or hyperbloom team. You can refine the weapon to the maximum level if you have enough prototype billets in your inventory.

Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers ( 3-star )

Though this weapon features an HP substat, the key focus is on the passive. The passive buffs the attack of switched character with a cooldown of 20 seconds.

You can use this on Nahida to switch to a hypercarry like Raiden Shogun and easily boost her damage potential. In a team like Raiden Shogun, Nahida, Kazuha, and Bennett, you can massively buff Raiden’s attack and obliterate enemies in the blink of an eye.

Artifacts

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Nahida with the Deepwood memories artifact set

Deepwood Memories

The artifact set emphasizes using elemental bursts and skills to reduce enemies’ Dendro resistance. This will help to increase the Dendro reaction’s damage, including Spread, Bloom, and Hyperbloom.

You cannot swirl the Dendro element with Anemo, so this artifact set is an awesome choice to deal more damage to enemies whose Dendro resistance decreases.

You can also equip this artifact set on characters like Kokomi, Fischl, or Zhongli. The main focus is to deal damage with elemental skills or bursts. The set works even if the character is off the field.

Gilded dreams

You can use this artifact set to increase the elemental mastery of a character and the whole team. Elemental mastery plays a key role in increasing the reaction damage, and I highly suggest you go over our guide on Elemental mastery to know more about it.

Basically, the complete set increases the attack and elemental mastery depending on the number of characters from an element. So, you can rely on this set on Nahida if you want to benefit from better reaction damage and equip Deepwood Memories on another character.

Tenacity of the Millelith

The artifact set helps to increase the health of an active character and attack percentage with the shield strength of the team members with its complete set bonus. You can use Nahida with this artifact set to buff your team members’ attack, as her kit relies on using her elemental skill and burst.

You can quickly the hold version of her skill to mark the enemies and swap to your hypercarry to instantly benefit from the increased attack. It’s a good artifact set if you run shield characters like Diona, Zhongli, or Layla and can tank incoming damage.

Noblesse Oblige

The De-facto artifact set for supporting characters that can help to buff the burst damage and provide a team-wide attack bonus. The best thing about the artifact set is that it can be equipped on other characters for the attack bonus and free Nahida for the Deepwood memories artifact set.

Artifacts Summary

Nahida can be playing on the field and as a support in a team, and depending on her role, her artifact requirements change. You can have a complete elemental mastery artifact combination on her to benefit from reaction damage with a constraint that the overall EM value doesn’t exceed 1000 units.

That helps her to share the elemental mastery with her passive and benefit from a damage bonus on her skill that scales with her elemental mastery.

Another combination would be to go with EM or ATK % on sands, Dendro damage bonus or EM on the goblet, and CRIT rate or CRIT damage on the circlet for an on-field damage dealer role.

Reactions like spread scale off damage bonus and CRIT, so Nahida will benefit from these attributes. Still, some elemental mastery will benefit one of her artifact pieces.

Team Compositions

Mono Dendro: Nahida Collei Dendro Traveler Flex

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A sample team

A mono Dendro team is beneficial if you face elemental enemies like Hydro Slimes and Electro slimes. You can benefit from Dendro reactions in these team compositions.

For additional support, you can add a character like Zhongli, Albedo, or Diona. Usually, Anemo, Cryo, and Geo elements don’t have significant reactions with the Dendro element, so you can easily swap those characters in the Flex slot.

I’d suggest you have a character with Deepwood memories to reduce Dendro resistance from enemies. You can equip Collei with the Favonius warbow and Deepwood memories to achieve the same.

Quicken: Nahida Electro Flex Flex

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A sample team

Quicken teams focus on aggravate and spread reactions. These reactions usually go hand-in-hand with each other and massively benefit Electro and Dendro damage dealers.

You can have characters like Keqing, Cyno, or Raiden Shogun benefit from the aggravate reactions to amplify the Electro damage. Conversely, you can have Dendro characters triggering the spread reaction to deal more Dendro damage.

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Quicken aura enables Aggravate and Spread reactions

The Quicken aura plays a key role in these teams, and you can have an Anemo character to shred the Electro resistance from enemies. Likewise, equipping a character with Deepwood memories can reduce enemies’ Dendro resistance. You can have Tighnari, Dendro Traveler, or Collei on your team to utilize this set’s effects.

Bloom: Nahida Hydro Flex Flex

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A sample team

Bloom teams are in the hype and focus on utilizing bloom seeds to deal Dendro damage. Besides the usual Dendro characters, you can have Hydro characters like Nilou, Yelan, Kokomi, Xingqiu, or Ayato on the field to trigger the Bloom reactions.

Depending on your requirements, you can also go with a double resonance team setup with two Dendro and two Hydro characters in the team.

Hyperbloom: Nahida Hydro Electro Flex

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A sample team

Nahida’s high Dendro application rate helps generate bloom seeds that can be further enhanced with the Electro application to trigger hyperbloom. You can play her as an on-field character to apply Dendro on enemies and have characters like Xingqiu, Yelan, or Kokomi for the Hydro application.

To trigger Hyperbloom, you can have characters like Raiden, Fischl, or Kuki Shinobu in your team to easily trigger the reactions. Besides these three core elements in the team, you can have another character to support your team.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: As a Free-to-play Player, which Constellation should be My Stopping Point?

Answer: You can stop at the second constellation. The constellation helps to buff the reaction damage. It enables Burning, Bloom, Hyperbloom, and Burgeon reactions for critical hits on enemies.

On top of that, Quicken, Aggravate and Spread reactions decrease enemies’ defense by 30 %. You can benefit from an extra damage boost and defense shred to deal more damage to enemies.

Question: How Good is Nahida at C0; without any Extra Constellations?

Answer: She’s really good at C0. I’m playing her in the abyss with different 4-star weapons, and the results have been amazing. I’d suggest you use her as a support in your team with a hypercarry like Raiden Shogun or as an on-field character with supporting characters like Fischl, Kuki Shinobu, and Xingqiu.

If you want better damage output, I urge you to use her elemental skill wisely to mark the enemies. Her elemental skill is really good against a group of enemies.

Question: How Good are Archons in General? Should I always Get Archons?

Answer: The archons are incredible playable characters who feature a plethora of abilities without any extra constellations. I have Venti, Zhongli, Raiden Shogun, and Nahida, all without any constellations, and they have helped me clear all the spiral abyss floors easily. You can fixate them in any role in the team.

Whether you want a supporting character, an on-field DPS, or a utility, you can rely on archons to do the same. Indeed, I highly recommend you to wish on archons and try to get them.

I won’t mind purchasing a welkin to stack up some primogems. Though, if you have some money, then do spend wisely. I don’t advocate spending a lot of money on the game and have only bought one welkin and battlepass.

The Wisdom of Puranas and Vedas

Throughout the episode with the Dendro archon, Scaramouche, and the sages, we got to know how the people of Sumeru were being controlled by the Akasha terminal. Limited information was available to people, and they would believe anything from the Akasha.

Indeed, Sumeru featured an intricate story that showcased the corrupt nature of sages and how their whole order participated in a malicious plot to create a false god.

After confining their archon, Nahida, the sages left no stone unturned to go against the principles of humanity and experiment on their own people.

Luckily, everything turned out well, and Nahida was free from the chains. I really loved this Sumeru experience and how Nahida is an amazing archon for her people and the Traveler. She’s more like a friend to the Traveler and always watches out for their back.

That was it for the Nahida guide, and I hope to meet you in another guide. Feel free to check out our guides on different regions like Mondstadt, Enkanomiya, Liyue, and Inazuma!

Though Mondstadt is my favorite region, Sumeru did make me question my choice. I suppose, now, I’m more inclined towards Sumeru.

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