When it comes to Genshin Impact, there are a lot of characters you encounter throughout your journey. While some may be non-existent in the story, others play a crucial role. In Genshin Impact, where you have the seven archons who rule their respective regions in the world of Teyvat. Treated similar to the gods in the game’s lore, Archons have vital roles in the game and possess powers that can obliterate mountains in the blink of an eye.
Such is the character of Raiden Shogun, who is the vessel of the electro archon and serves as the ruler of Inazuma. Since her introduction to the story, the game took a sudden turn of events, and the story became more thrilling. She indeed is a game-changing character who can open up a versatile amount of team comp options and weapon options when it comes to her abilities.
Since Raiden launched, I’ve never swapped her out of my team because of how useful she is in the Spiral Abyss. And here I’ll be going over one of my favorite characters in the game, which has immense meta potential. Sit back, and relax, in this Raiden Shogun Genshin Impact guide I’ll go over her details, the best Raiden Shogun build and I’ll be giving my remarks to make things more understandable.
Raiden Shogun Character Details
Raiden Shogun, also known as Baal, is a 5-star electro-polearm character from Inazuma, a vessel of the electro archon. While believing in eternity, she holds dominance over Inazuma and has dual personalities. While Raiden Ei is her true identity, Raiden Shogun is like a doll who follows her master’s commands. As you follow through the story quests and archon quests, you will learn about both sides of Raiden and go through several emotions. I would let you judge her actions in the game’s lore and avoid ruining the backstory for you.
Raiden shogun has been featured in 2 promoted banners, which ran in September 2021 and March 2022. Raiden Shogun is one of the strongest characters in Genshin Impact and holds massive potential for team compositions. I would say she’s a game-changing character because, after her introduction, team building changed significantly. Well, that’s one among the seven archons for you! They have badass abilities, don’t they?
Let’s go over her ascension materials and talent materials to get an overview of how many days you need to spend farming. To get Raiden Shogun to level 90 you will need:
|Vajrada Amethyst Sliver = 1||Amakumo Fruit = 168||Mora = 2,092,530|
|Vajrada Amethyst Fragment = 9||Old Handguard = 18|
|Vajrada Amethyst Chunk = 9||Kageuchi Handguard = 30||Storm Beads = 46|
|Vajrada Amethyst Gemstone = 6||Famed Handguard = 36|
|Single Talent Ascension Requirements|
|Teachings of Light = 3||Old Handguard = 6||Molten Moment = 6|
|Guide to Light = 21||Kageuchi Handguard = 22||Crown of Insight = 1|
|Philosophies of Light = 38||Famed Handguard = 31||Mora = 1.6 + million|
Normal Attack: Origin
Normal Attack: Raiden Performs up to 5 consecutive spear strikes
Charged attack: Raiden Consumes a specific amount of Stamina to perform an upward slash
Plunging Attack: Plunges from mid-air to hit the ground below, damaging enemies along the path and deals area of effect damage upon impact
I don’t think you need to level up Raiden’s normal talents because you won’t be using them. Only level these up if you have a lot of extra materials or just want to max her out to be a completionist.
Elemental Skill: Transcendence: Baleful Omen
Raiden unveils a shard of her Euthymia, dealing Electro DMG to nearby enemies, and granting nearby team members the Eye of Stormy Judgement.
Eye of Stormy Judgement
- When characters with this bonus attack deal damage to opponents, the eye will unleash a coordinated attack, dealing area of effect electro DMG at the opponent’s position
- Characters who gain the eye of Stormy Judgement will have their elemental burst DMG increased based on the characters’ Energy cost of the elemental burst during the eye’s duration.
The eye can initiate one joint attack every 0.9 per team. Coordinated attacks generated by party members not controlled by you deal 20 % of the average damage.
Let’s discuss this talent in two halves for the sake of better understanding. After using the elemental skill, the eye will deal coordinated damage to your active character once every 0.9 seconds. I don’t think the damage is suitable as an off-field ability. However, still, it’s better to generate a few energy particles and apply electro element for reaction potential.
The best thing about this elemental skill is that 25 seconds allows you to complete the rotation with a cooldown of 10 seconds efficiently. That means you have 100 % uptime on the elemental skill. The damage isn’t significant because you get around 75 % joint attack damage at talent level 10.
Secondly, using the elemental skill will help to increase your team member’s burst DMG, including Raiden herself. You have additional elemental burst DMG of 0.3 % per energy. You get a 24 ( 0.3 * 80 burst cost ) % damage bonus for a character like Xingqiu. So, you should have characters who have a higher burst cost so that you can take benefit from this elemental skill.
I would say that elemental skill doesn’t have marginal damage but the utility it brings to the table for team support is massive. The higher the burst cost, the higher the damage bonus for your characters. So, before starting rotation in a team, you should use Raiden’s elemental skill if you want to have better damage.
Elemental Burst: Secret Art: Musou Shinsetsu
Gathering truths unnumbered and wished uncounted, the Raiden Shogun Unleashes the Musou no Hitotaachi and deals area of effect electro DMG. Using Musou no Hitotachi and Musou Isshin’s attacks will increase based on the number of Chakra Desiderata’s Resolve stacks consumed when this skill is used.
I’d be honest; half of the enemies’ vaporize in Raiden’s burst animation. Case close, rest in peace, and thanks for sweet energy particles.
While in this state, Raiden Shogun will wield her Tachi in battle while her regular, charged, and plunging attack infuses with electro DMG. Normal attack: Origin cannot override all of these attacks.
Raiden will regenerate energy for all nearby team members when such attacks hit enemies. Energy can be gained this way once every 1s, and she can trigger this effect 5 times throughout this skill’s duration.
While in this state, the Raiden’s resistance to the interruption is increased, and she is immune to electro-charged reaction damage.
While Musou Isshin is active, the Raiden’s regular, charged, and plunging attack damage will be considered elemental burst DMG.
The effects of Musou Isshin will clear when the Raiden Shogun leaves the field.
Beidou doesn’t work with Raiden because her attacks in the elemental burst are considered elemental burst attacks and not normal or charged attacks. You get an electro infusion on your attacks. The damage will be based on elemental burst talent level and not scale off average attack damage.
While in this state, Raiden will generate energy for all party members once every second, stacks up to five times. Also, you can use this burst as long as you are on the battlefield and cannot trigger it unless you’re off the cooldown. The best thing about this talent is that you can play aggressively against enemies because your resistance to interruption increases, immune to electro-charged reaction damage.
Resistance to interruption is quite good as you can face tank enemies and stagger them with your attacks. When Raiden is in her elemental burst, you can play as aggressively you want to and just keep on shredding enemies in your way.
When nearby team members ( excluding the Raiden Shogun) use their elemental bursts, the Raiden will build up Resolve stacks based on the characters’ Energy cost of those elemental bursts.
The maximum number of resolve stacks is 60. The resolve gained by chakra desiderata will clear after 300 s after the Raiden Shogun leaves the field
Let’s summarize the talent stats; At talent level 10, you get around 7 % initial + 1.30 % attack damage bonus per resolve stack. And you can obtain around resolve stacks 0.2 per energy consumed. Musou Isshin restores 2.5 energy in 7 seconds, and the elemental burst costs 90 energy with a cooldown of 18 seconds.
With a base damage of around 720+ % combined with extra damage bonuses, you get from Raiden’s abilities are pretty impressive. And enables you to chase enemies if they are in her range, which means once you are in front of her elemental burst, there’s no point saving you. She tore islands and monsters in half in the lore in just a single slash of her attack.
Talent levelup priority : Secret Art: Musou Shinsetsu > Transcendence : Baleful Omen > Normal Attack : Origin
When nearby party members gain elemental orbs or particles, Chakra Desiderata gains 2 resolve stacks. This effect can occur once every 3 s.
This excellent passive can help you gain resolve stacks while performing a rotation, and other team members can get energy particles. This passive feels like Raiden is still on the field and building herself more substantial for the next rotation.
Each 1 % above 100 % Energy recharge that the Raiden Shogun possesses grants her the following:
- 0.6 % greater energy restoration from Musou Isshin
- 0.4 % Electro DMG bonus
Game-changing passive indeed! Characters have a base value of 100 % energy recharge, which means if you are building energy, recharge on Raiden. You are getting better energy restoring capabilities from her elemental burst and electro DMG bonus that scales off her energy recharge. Because of the sheer effect of this passive, building energy recharge on Raiden becomes extremely important that helps you to get her burst back in a single rotation. I’ve seen some of my teams or friends’ teams getting Raiden’s burst back just in a few hits, but also they had C1 Raiden with Engulfing lightning.
Mora expended when ascending Sword weapons and polearms decreases by 50 %
The extremely underrated passive talent of Raiden shogun. Unlocking this talent will help you save tons of mora while ascending swords and polearms. With various characters using polearms and swords, savings resources will help you invest in other weapons or characters.
C1: Ominous Inscription
Chakra Desiderata will gather Resolve even faster. When electro characters use their elemental bursts, the resolve gained increases by 80 %. When characters of other elemental types use their elemental bursts, the resolve achieved increases by 20 %
Your resolve generation will be faster, and the damage bonus will increase from the skill. The best thing about this constellation is that even if Raiden is off the field, you can still obtain resolves with better generation potential.
While using Musou no Hitotachi and in the Musou Isshin state applied by Secret Art: Musou shinsetsu, the Raiden shogun’s attacks ignore 60 % of the opponents’ defense.
A good stopping point if you are a free-to-play player. This constellation helps you obliterate enemies in a flash because of its sheer value in ignoring enemies’ defense.
C3: Shinkage Bygones
Increases the level of secret art: Musou Shinsetsu by 3. The maximum upgrade level is 15
Another insane constellation for Raiden can also be considered a stopping point for her. ELemental burst DMG is off the charts, and you can even one-shot tankier enemies at this point.
C4: Pledge of Propriety
When the Musou Isshin state applied by Secret Art: Musou Shinsetsu expires, all nearby party members ( excluding the Raiden Shogun ) gain a 30 % attack bonus for 10 s
Whenever you are playing Raiden, the rotation is generally like this. Raiden’s elemental skill, the team’s bursts, and then Raiden’s elemental burst to take the most benefit of her abilities. I won’t go into nitty-gritty details as that may be confusing. Still, the general rotation is what it seems like above.
After unlocking this constellation, you can provide insane utility to the team because you can regenerate energy, provide a damage bonus, ignore defense, and give an attack boost.
C5: Shogun’s Descent
Increases the level of Transcendence: Baleful Omen by 3. The maximum upgrade level is 15.
There is an increase in the elemental skill that doesn’t have enough damage, but something is still better than nothing.
While in the Musou Isshin state applied by Secret Art: Musou Shinsetsu, attacks by the Raiden Shogun are considered part of her elemental burst. And that will decrease all nearby party members ( excluding Raiden Shogun ). Elemental burst cooldown by 1 s when she hit opponents. This effect can trigger once every 1 s and activate 5 times during Musou Isshin’s duration.
At this point, Raiden becomes insane support for the team because you can reduce the cooldown of other team members’ elemental bursts.
Emblem of the Severed Fate
- 2-piece set bonus: Increases energy recharge by 20 %
- 4-piece set bonus: Increases elemental burst DMG by 25 % of energy recharge. The character can obtain a maximum of 75 % damage bonus.
the is hands down the best build and artifact set for Raiden Shogun! This set is built for her because of its synergy with her abilities and boosts her overall burst DMG. Raiden Shogun’s abilities scale quite well with her energy recharge. This set provides a 4-piece bonus where her energy recharge gets converted to burst DMG. This is insanely helpful when you are running Raiden Shogun as a battery or hyper-carry. Whatever role you want to put Raiden shogun into, you should use this artifact set on her and take the most benefit from set bonuses.
The emblem of the severed fate is hands down the best artifact set for Raiden Shogun that synergizes well with her abilities. I’m running energy recharge on Sands, electro DMG bonus on goblet, and CRIT rate on the circlet with the Catch weapon. Generally, there are some team comp options to use attack percent on sands or goblets. But that will require you to compare a lot of artifact substats and testing to choose which works better on Raiden.
Suppose you have characters like Kujo Sara or Bennett or catalyst characters with Thrilling tales of Dragon Slayers. In that case, you should use energy recharge sands on Raiden. Otherwise, you can also opt for attack percent sands on her with an electro DMG bonus on the goblet. I’ve listed a tool below in the questions to help you optimally compare artifact options if you want to reach complete perfection. But generally, it’s better to stick with standard builds that can save you hours of research. It would be best to look for substats that offer you CRIT rate, CRIT damage, or energy recharge. Generally, keep Raiden in the 200-250 energy recharge range to get her burst back faster.
You should go with attack percent on sands with electro DMG goblet without external attack buffs. You can also go with attack percent on sands and goblet combination. Raiden is a versatile character and can equip different stats on artifacts pieces. Still, overkilling attack percent or energy recharge may underperform in results.
Engulfing lightning was the featured weapon alongside Raiden Shogun, and it features energy recharge as its’ secondary stat. The passive is a massive boost to Raiden shogun’s damage potential.
It offers attack percent increases which scale off energy recharge. On top of that, you get extra energy recharge after using an elemental burst.
This is the best weapon for Raiden shogun and offers 100 % uptime on Raiden Shogun’s elemental burst. It’s unlikely that you will face energy recharge issues with this weapon because of its synergy with Raiden shogun and the emblem of the severed fate.
Skyward Spine offers one of the highest base attacks and energy recharge as its secondary stat. The passive helps to increase a small amount of CRIT rate and deals additional physical damage in a small area.
I would say that the passive doesn’t bring enough utility. Still, the base attack and energy recharge are good enough for this weapon to equip on Raiden Shogun.
Primordial Jade Winged-Spear
Jade spear offers plenty of base attacks with CRIT rate as its secondary stat that helps characters equip CRIT damage goblet. The passive increases attack percent that stacks up to seven times. The damage starts to increase further once you reach the maximum stacks possible.
Overall, the Jade spear is quite an offensive weapon because of its passive effect on increasing attack percent, CRIT rate secondary stat, and damage boost. You can equip this weapon on Raiden Shogun and increase your chance of hitting a critical elemental burst. But, you may run into energy recharge issues. You should equip energy recharge sands and have plenty of energy recharge substats to compensate.
Staff of Homa
This weapon is recommended with HuTao because of its passive to increase health and provide an attack bonus based on health. The staff of Homa has a remarkable CRIT damage secondary stat that helps to optimize your CRIT ratios and deal critical hits on elemental burst.
I don’t think you will be taking benefit from its passive because it gets better when you are in low health; that happens in HuTao’s case. But you can take advantage of around 66% CRIT damage, which is insanely good for Raiden Shogun.
The Catch is a free weapon you can obtain after exchanging fish at the Inazuma fish association. It is the best free-to-play option for Raiden Shogun that offers energy recharge as its secondary stat. And the passive helps to increase burst DMG and burst DMG crit rate.
Also, you can obtain all its’ refinements if you are determined enough to torment yourself for a few days to grind enough to get all fishes.
Favonius lance offers energy recharge as its secondary stat. The passive helps generate energy particles on a CRIT hit. You can generate 6 energy particles with a cooldown and have a 100 % uptime on your elemental burst.
This is also a better option if you want to get your elemental burst back faster and keep spamming it for better damage and energy regeneration.
Prototype Starglitter offers energy recharge as its secondary stat and is readily available through crafting at a blacksmith’s shop. You can forge it with a prototype billet and ores at a blacksmith’s shop.
But the passive doesn’t help much with Raiden Shogun’s abilities because it helps to increase normal and charged attack damage up to 2 stacks. If you don’t have a Favonius lance, using this weapon is a good option.
Wavebreaker’s fin offers attack percent as a secondary stat and a pretty high base attack of 620 being a 4-star weapon. While the attack percent boost is relatively minimal, the passive helps to boost elemental burst DMG that is suitable for Raiden Shogun.
The passive helps to buff elemental burst DMG that scales off a party member’s elemental burst cost. Higher the energy cost, the better the elemental burst DMG bonus. This is quite an excellent weapon for Raiden Shogun and can beat 5-star options at higher refinements.
Mono-Electro – Raiden Electro Anemo Flex
You can easily use a mono electro team with Raiden, Kazuha, Fischl, or Yae and Bennett. Unfortunately, you cannot use Beidou’s elemental burst on top of Raiden’s elemental burst because of the game design and talent descriptions.
Having an anemo character like Kazuha will help you to both shred elemental resistance and provide an elemental damage bonus at the same time. Depending on your team requirements, you can either swap in anemo character to benefit from elemental resonance or a character to deal with specific enemies.
Vaporize – Raiden Pyro Hydro Flex
Generally, the most recommended team composition in this variation is Raiden, Bennett, Xiangling, and Xingqiu. Bennett can provide a massive attack boost to team members, and Xiangliing can trigger vaporize reactions with Xingqiu.
I’ve been using this team since I got Raiden and clearing all spiral abyss rotations so far with 36-stars. Depending on the situation, sometimes I swap in Sucrose or Kazuha to shred enemies’ elemental resistance with the help of the Viridescent Venerer artifact set.
Electro-Charged – Raiden Hydro Anemo Flex
Electro-charged teams trigger transformative reactions that don’t deal as much damage amplifying reactions do to the opponents. But it may happen that you don’t have suitable characters and you want to run an electro-charged team.
Some team compositions with Beidou can deal a massive amount of damage. Still, Beidou’s elemental burst doesn’t synergize well with Raiden.
You can use Hydro characters like Xingqiu, Mona, or Kokomi and Electro characters like Yae Miko, Fischl, or Lisa to run electro-charged teams.
One-Shot Teams – Raiden Sara Bennett Flex
This team benefits from external buffs with a catalyst user equipped with Thrilling tales of Dragonslayers for pumping attack to Raiden. One-shot teams focus on pumping as many buffs possible to Raiden.
You can benefit most from this team when you have Sara at constellation C6, where she can give extra CRIT damage to electro characters. You can either put Kazuha or Mona in Flex spot with Thrilling tales of Dragonslayers to pump extra attack.
Kazuha being a viridescent Venerer artifact user, will help shred elemental resistance and boost elemental damage bonus at the same time. If you want to use a catalyst user, you should either use Mona or Sucrose to benefit from previously mentioned weapons or artifacts.
One-shot teams focus on boosting a character’s damage potential to oblivion and throwing enemies to the afterworld.
A Few questions?
Question: How many constellations should I pull for Raiden Shogun if I’m a free-to-play player?
Answer: I would say her second and third constellations are massive damage boosts. You should stop at her third constellation; otherwise, her second constellation is a good stopping point. You get a defense to ignore bonus at the second constellation that allows Raiden to deal a massive amount of elemental burst DMG and shred enemies into pieces. Her third constellation is to boost her elemental burst talent and further increase her damage-expanding capabilities.
Question: How good is Raiden as a battery for the team?
Answer: I would say Raiden is quite a good character. If you have decent energy recharge on her, you can use her to fuel other characters’ elemental bursts. I make sure I have Raiden’s elemental burst before going further into the spiral abyss because she can help to recharge other characters’ bursts. I like to make a short disclaimer that you should have optimal energy recharge substats on characters to get their elemental bursts back faster.
Also, Raiden refunds flat energy that isn’t affected by energy recharge substats but still is a good addition when she is in her elemental burst form. Energy recharge is also termed an end-game stat because it becomes essential to have elemental bursts to deal massive damage in the spiral abyss.
Question: There are many team compositions with Raiden; what should I do?
Answer: I know that there are a lot of team compositions with Raiden and her team characters, and it could be overwhelming for players to choose what’s best for them. I would recommend an open-source tool that you can use to compare your artifacts and help you to make an informed decision. Genshin Optimizer! I’ve heard about this tool from many Genshin communities I have joined. If you want to have the most optimal comparison among artifacts, this should be your choice.
Raiden Shogun is a game-changing character, and she can make most of the content easy. Her immense burst potential and energy recharge abilities make her different from other characters on the roster. And she shines extremely well in proving team-support capabilities that are unrivaled to this day
. I’m a fan of her when it comes to clearing end-game content like the spiral abyss because of how easy she makes fighting enemies. The new abyss reset today, and I cleared it successfully with 36-stars using Raiden in the teams on my main account. I’ve not found any account with Raiden and not using her in the spiral abyss; it’s unlikely that a player will not like her meta potential.
In the end, if you want to wait for a character’s re-run in the future and Hoyoverse announces a Raiden re-run, you should start saving up. Raiden is a character who won’t disappoint you in the long run, and I hope that’s true till the game’s end.