Genshin Impact: Essential Artifacts and Sets Guide!

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Artifacts in Genshin Impact are special items that grant stat bonuses to characters. They can be obtained in a variety of ways in the game, whether through chests, completing Domains, completing quests, defeating bosses, etc. In total, it is possible to equip 1 artifact in each of the slots found in the "Character>Artifacts" menu.

How artifacts work

Each artifact belongs to a slot that grants bonuses to specific primary attributes. Are they:

  • Life's flower: Vida (HP).
  • feather of death: Attack.
  • sand of time: Percentage bonus on various attributes like Attack, Defense, Elemental Proficiency, Health, etc.
  • Chalice of Eráthema: Same as the Sand of Time slot, with additional bonus Elemental Damage.
  • Logos Tiara: Critical Rate, Critical Damage, Elemental Proficiency, and Healing Bonus.

In addition to the primary bonuses, artifacts can confer secondary bonuses on any of the attributes mentioned above. For example: in the image above, an artifact from the Flower of Life slot will give HP bonuses and may also give secondary Elemental Proficiency bonuses. For this reason, there is no reason to list the artifacts themselves, as there are numerous artifacts with the same name, but which grant different bonuses.

Just like weapons and characters, artifacts are also divided into 5 levels of rarity (demonstrated by the number of stars) and can also be strengthened using weaker artifacts like "food". Every 4 levels, the artifact will gain 1 extra secondary bonus, with the level cap based on the rarity of the item:

  • 1 Star = Max Level 4
  • 2 Star = Max Level 8
  • 3 Star = Max Level 12
  • 4 Star = Max Level 16
  • 5 Star = Max Level 20

Therefore, defining the best artifacts for each character is very simple: just choose those with the highest primary and secondary bonuses for the attributes you need. This means, for example, that if your character deals damage with Elemental Proficiency, there's no point in equipping a 5-star level 20 artifact that only provides Heal Buffs.

Artifact sets

In addition to the primary and secondary bonuses, each artifact in the game belongs to a Set of items that, when combined with other items from the same group, provide even more bonuses. As a rule, the effects of Sets are obtained by equipping 2 or 4 artifacts from the same group. Check out the effects table below:

Set with 2 pieces with 4 pieces
Sojourner's Resolution Attack +18% Increases Charged Attack Critical Rate by 30%
Berserker Critical Rate +12% When HP is below 70%, 24% bonus to Critical Rate
Inverted Meteor Shield strength +35% While shielded, gain +40% damage to Normal Attack and Charged Attack
Guardian Base Defense +30% Increases Elemental Resistance by 30% for each element present in your party
Wanderers Group Elemental Proficiency +80 Increases Charged Attack Damage by 35% if the character uses a bow or catalyst
angry thunder Dano Electro + 18% Increases damage dealt by Overcharged, Electrically Charged, and Superconducting by 40%. Triggering these effects decreases Elemental Ability Cooldown by 1 second. It can only occur once every 0.8 seconds.
Brave Heart Attack +18% +30% Damage against enemies with more than 50% HP
the exile Energy recharge +20% Using an Elemental Blast regenerates 2 Energy for other party members every 2 seconds for 6 seconds. This effect does not stack
Instructor Elemental Proficiency +80 After using an Elemental Skill, all party members gain +120 Elemental Proficiency for 8 seconds
Gambler Elemental Ability Damage +20% Defeating an enemy has a 100% chance to remove the Elemental Skill Cooldown. Can only happen once every 15 seconds
Or Scholar Energy recharge +20% Collecting Energy provides 3 Energy to all party members who use a bow or catalyst. Can only occur once every 1 seconds
Martial artist Increases Normal Attack and Charged Attack damage by 15% After using an Elemental Skill, increase Normal Attack and Charged Attack damage by 25% for 8 seconds
the traveling doctor Increases healing received by 20% Using an Elemental Blast restores 20% HP
Adventurous HP +1000 Opening chests regenerates 30% of Max Health over 5 seconds
Thunder Peacemaker Sage Electro Resistance +40% Increases Damage dealt to enemies affected by Electro by 35%
Fire Crossing Sage Pyro Resistance +40% Increases Damage dealt to enemies affected by Pyro or Burn by 35%
The lucky one Defense +100 Collecting Mora restores 300 HP
Old Royal Ritual Elemental Blast Damage +20% Using an Elemental Blast increases the Attack of all party members by 20% for 12 seconds. This effect does not stack
Maiden of Regretful Love Character Healing Effectiveness +15% Using an Elemental Skill or Burst increases the healing received by all party members by 20% for 10 seconds
Bloodstained Knight Physical damage +25% Upon defeating an enemy, increases Charged Attack Damage by 50% and reduces its Stamina cost to 0 for 10 seconds
little miracle All Elemental Resistances +20% Elemental damage taken increases the corresponding Elemental Resistance by 30% for 10 seconds. Can only occur once every 1 seconds
Gladiator's Last Oath Attack +18% If the artifact's user uses a sword, claymore (double sword) or staff, increases Normal Attack Damage by 35%
Green Shade Dano Anemo + 15% Increases Whirlwind damage by 60%. Decreases Elemental Resistance of element included in Whirlwind by 40% for 10 seconds
The Witch of the Crimson Flames Dano Pyro + 15% Increases the damage of Overloaded and Burn by 40%. Increases the damage of Vaporize and Fuse by 15%. Using an Elemental Skill increases the effect of the 2-piece set by 50% for 10 seconds. Stacks up to 3 times.
Archaic Stone Dano Geo + 15% When collecting a crystal created by an Elemental Reaction, all party members gain 35% Resistance against that element for 10 seconds. Only one form of Elemental Resistance can be gained at a time.

There are even some rarer artifacts that form 1-piece "Sets", that is, just equip them and their extra bonuses will take effect:

  • Prayers for Spring: User is affected 40% less time by Cryo element.
  • Prayers for Destiny: User is affected 40% less time by the Hydro element.
  • Prayers for Enlightenment: User is affected 40% less time by the Pyro element.
  • Prayers for Wisdom: User is affected 40% less time by the Electro element.

Attention: As this is a recent game, it is common for the community to discover new sets of artifacts from time to time. We will keep the table above updated whenever a new one is discovered.

See also:

  • The best teams in Genshin Impact!
  • Essential tips for beginners in Genshin Impact
  • Genshin Impact: the best characters in the game!
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