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Nahida Build Guide (Artifacts, Weapons and More)

Lesser Lord Kusanali, Nahida

Hello folks, and welcome back! Genshin Impact’s version 3.2 just dropped, and players can finally roll for Sumeru’s Archon, Nahida, the newest character release in Genshin Impact’s available lineup of units. In this guide, we’ll discuss how to build Nahida,  giving information on her Ascension and Talent stats, materials, and costs. After careful analysis, we will also share our thoughts and suggestions on her talent upgrade priority, constellations, artifacts, weapons, and team comps. As always, let us begin with a brief introduction to the character.

Nahida, Titled: “Physic of Purity,” is Sumeru’s Archon. She is a 5-star Dendro catalyst user. Her attacks deal DMG based off ATK and Elemental Mastery; her builds will try to find a balance between the 2 stats. Her kit allows her to function as a Main/Sub-DPS character in your teams.

A Summary

Nahida makes use of her Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst to deal DMG. A DMG-focused build on Nahida would make use of the Gilded Dreams/Deepwood Memories sets. Her best in-slot weapon is A Thousand Floating Dreams, with the 4-star option being The Widsith.

Nahida’s Ascension and Talent Costs/ Mats

Ascending Nahida past certain milestones provides her with a boost in Elemental Mastery. Considering her kit (which you will be made privy to, soon), leveling up your Nahida is the best way to increase her DMG output.

Nahida’s Ascension Costs

Travelers will have to gather large amounts of Nagadus Emerald to upgrade Nahida. You will also find yourself in need of numerous Kalpalata Lotus littered all over Sumeru. Players will have to cull Fungi by the dozen to farm their Spores, Pollen, and Cyst Dust. Version 3.2 also brings with it the Dendro Hypostasis, whom the traveler will have to periodically brave in combat to obtain Quelled Creepers

Ascension Level Materials Required Mora Cost
Level 20 x1 Nagadus Emerald Sliver
x3 Kalpalata Lotus
x3 Fungal Spores
Level 40 x3 Nagadus Emerald Fragment
x2 Quelled Creeper
x10 Kalpalata Lotus
x15 Fungal Spores
Level 50 x6 Nagadus Emerald Fragment
x4 Quelled Creeper
x20 Kalpalata Lotus
x12 Luminescent Pollen
Level 60 x3 Nagadus Emerald Chunk
x8 Quelled Creeper
x30 Kalpalata Lotus
x18 Luminescent Pollen
Level 70 x6 Nagadus Emerald Chunk
x12 Quelled Creeper
x45 Kalpalata Lotus
x12 Crystalline Cyst Dust
Level 80 x6 Nagadus Emerald Gemstone
x20 Quelled Creeper
x60 Kalpalata Lotus
x24 Crystalline Cyst Dust
Totals x1 Nagadus Emerald Sliver
x9 Nagadus Emerald Sliver
x9Nagadus Emerald Sliver
x6 Nagadus Emerald Sliver

x18 Fungal Spores
x30 Luminescent Pollen
x36 Crystalline Cyst Dust

x46 Quelled Creeper

x168 Kalpalata Lotus

Material Requirements for Ascending Nahida

Nahida’s Talent Upgrade Costs

The following numbers give an overview of the items needed to upgrade ONE of Nahida‘s THREE combat talents. Players may find some of these items expensive or hard to get, making talent priorities all the more necessary. The Ingenuity series can be awarded to the traveler if they successfully complete the Steeple of Ignorance domain in Sumeru on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

Talent Level Materials Required Mora Cost
Level 2 x3 Teachings of Ingenquity
x6 Fungal Spores
Level 3 x2 Guide to Ingenquity
x3 Luminescent Pollen
Level 4 x4 Guide to Ingenquity
x4 Luminescent Pollen
Level 5 x6 Guide to Ingenquity
x6 Luminescent Pollen
Level 6 x9 Guide to Ingenquity
x9 Luminescent Pollen
Level 7 x4 Philosophies of Ingenquity
x4 Crystalline Cyst Dust
x1 Puppet Strings
Level 8 x6 Philosophies Ingenquity
x6 Crystalline Cyst Dust
x1 Puppet Strings
Level 9 x12 Philosophies of Ingenquity
x9 Crystalline Cyst Dust
x2 Puppet Strings
Level 10 x16 Philosophies of Ingenquity
x12 Crystalline Cyst Dust
x2 Puppet Strings
x1 Crown of Insight
Totals x3 Teachings of Ingenquity
x21 Guides of Ingenquity
x38 Philosophies of Ingenquity

x6 Fungal Spores
x22 Luminescent Pollen
x31 Crystalline Cyst Dust

x6 Puppet Strings

x1 Crown of Insight

Talent Upgrade Requirements for Nahida’s Combat

Nahida’s Talents

Nahida‘s talents focus mainly on enhancing the character’s DPS capabilities. Her Elemental Skill marks nearby enemies and deals periodic DMG when the traveler procs Elemental Reactions. The unit’s Elemental Burst compliments her skill, providing certain quality-of-life changes that allow for more DMG.

Nahida’s Passive Talents

On All Things Meditated

Nahida can use All Schemes to Know (E-skill) to interact with some harvestable items within a fixed AoE.
This skill may even have some other effects…

Holding Nahida‘s Elemental Skill and aiming it at certain items can make them instantly appear in your inventory, and the best part, at range.

Compassion Illuminated

When unleashing Illusory Heart, the Shrine of Maya will gain the following effects: The Elemental Mastery of the active character within the field will be increased by 25% of the Elemental Mastery of the party member with the highest Elemental Mastery. You can gain a maximum of 250 Elemental Mastery in this manner.

This passive will be incredibly useful when figuring out what teams and artifact builds to equip Nahida with. This buff greatly enhances character’s relying on EM for DMG output, such as Kazuha, Tighnari, and Cyno.

Awakening Elucidated

Each point of Nahida’s Elemental Mastery beyond 200 will grant 0.1% Bonus DMG and 0.03% CRIT Rate to Tri-Karma Purification from All Schemes to Know. A maximum of 80% Bonus DMG and 24% CRIT Rate can be granted to Tri-Karma Purification in this manner.

*coughs* Pretty self-explanatorily broken.

Nahida’s Normal Attack

Normal Attack: Akara

Nahida normal attacking in the test domain
Nahida’s Normal Attacks
Nahida attacking a mitachurlk with her charged attacks
Nahida’s Charged Attacks

Nahida performs a 4-strike attack sequence, dealing Dendro DMG upon hit. This ability isn’t the units primary source of DMG, so players should upgrade it last if they have grown really attached to the character. Otherwise, players can leave it as is, as it has little to no part to play in her main-DPS capabilities.

Nahida’s charged attack is interesting; it seems to have an AoE-based DMG system built into it and can also easily hit flying enemies.

Nahida’s Elemental Skill

All Schemes to Know

Nahida using her Elemental Skill on Slimes and Hilichurls
Nahida Elemental Skill Tap
Nahida marking some Hilichurls and Slimes with the Seed of Skandha
Nahida Elemental Skill Hold

A refreshingly interesting ability, when players tap the Elemental Skill button (binded to “E” on a standard keyboard), Nahida unleashes “karmic bonds of wood and tree from her side,” dealing AoE Dendro DMG and marking up to 8 opponents with the Seed of Skandha.

Alternatively, players can also Hold the skill button, entering “Aiming Mode” for 5s, allowing you to manually select the opponents (upto a maximum of 8) you wish to mark with the Seed of Skandha.

The Seed of Skanda will “link” the marked enemies together, forming a chain. This chain holds for a certain distance and will dissipate if enemies move out of this distance, not compromising the integrity of the entire chain. Triggering Elemental Reactions on these enemies (or making them take DMG from Dendro Cores and/or its subsequent Burgeon and Hyperbloom reactions) will unleash the Tri-Karma Purification attack.

Tri-Karma Purification deals Dendro DMG to all opponents who are linked with the DMG affectee. This DMG is based off of Nahida‘s ATK and Elemental Mastery, and can only occur once every 2.5s.

Nahida’s Elemental Burst

Illusory Heart

Nahida's Elemental Burst, Shrine of Maya
Nahida’s Elemental Burst

Unrelated: Nahida‘s Elemental Burst animation is gorgeous, hats off to the devs for coming up with this.

Nahida expands the Shrine of Maya, and, depending on the number of certain vision bearers in your party, obtains the following buffs to her kit:

  • Pyro: While Nahida remains within the confines of the shrine, the DMG dealt by Tri-Karma Purification (obtained by using her Elemental Skill) is increased. This increase further increases if you have 2 members on your team who are Pyro.
  • Electro: Unless Nahida wanders from the shrine, the CD of Tri-Karma Purification is decreased. Cooldown is further decreased if you have 2 members on your team who are Electro.
  • Hydro: Shrine of Maya‘s duration is increased.

This wonderful guide by Kamilio does a great job of summarising her kit and talents!

Nahida’s Constellations

I need to make a brief note here.. C0 Nahida is a fantastic unit. Please do not feel forced to roll for a character’s constellations. They are nice to have and can boost a character’s effectiveness, but they aren’t worth spending real-world currency on unless you have a large reserve of expendable income. 

Nahida‘s constellations are well thought out and easy to understand and use in combat situations.

However, if you do end up getting more constellations, congratulations! Let us get you familiar with Nahida‘s Stella Fortuna.

Constellation Lv.1

The Seed of Stored Knowledge

Nahida's C1 states: When the Shrine of Maya is unleashed and the Elemental Types of the party members are being tabulated, the count will add 1 to the number of Pyro, Electro, and Hydro characters respectively.
Nahida’s C1

Recall Nahida‘s Elemental Burst provides her with some buffs based on the number of Pyro, Electro, and/or Hydro characters in your team; this constellation perpetually locks the buffs you get from your team’s Elemental composition. Always providing the maximum amount of buffs.

Constellation Lv.2

The Root of All Fullness

Nahida's C2 states Opponents that are marked by Seeds of Skandha applied by Nahida herself will be affected by the following effects: ·Burning, Bloom, Hyperbloom, and Burgeon Reaction DMG they receive can score CRIT Hits. CRIT Rate and CRIT DMG are fixed at 20% and 100% respectively. ·Within 8s of being affected by Quicken, Aggravate, Spread, DEF is decreased by 30%.
Nahida’s C2

Note: Burning, Bloom, Hyperbloom, and Burgeon reactions cannot CRIT under normal circumstances. However, this constellation enables Nahida‘s Seeds of Skandha to score CRITs at a fixed 20% CRIT Rate and 100% CRIT DMG.

Furthermore, within 8s of being affected by ElectroDendro reactions, the opponent’s DEF decreases by 30%.

Constellation Lv.3 + Lv.5

The Shoot of Conscious Attainment + The Leaves of Enlightening Speech

Nahida's C3 states that
Increases the Level of All Schemes to Know by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Her C5 states that 
Increases the Level of Illusory Heart by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Nahida’s C3 and C5

These two constellations buff the talent level of every character in the Genshin world; in Nahida‘s case (like most characters), the unit’s C3 upgrades their Elemental Skill and C5, their Elemental Burst.

Constellation Lv.4

The Stem of Manifest Inference

Nahida's C4 states: When 1/2/3/4 (or more) nearby opponents are affected by All Schemes to Know‘s Seeds of Skandha, Nahida’s Elemental Mastery will be increased by 100/120/140/160.
Nahida’s C4

A decent constellation, boosts the character’s Elemental Mastery depending on the number of opponent’s affected by Seeds of Skandha.

Constellation Lv.6

The Fruit of Reason’s Culmination

Nahida’s C6

This constellation single handedly pays homage to Nahida‘s power as one of the seven Archon’s of Teyvat.

After using her Elemental Burst and Skill (in that order), if Nahida hits a marked opponent with her Normal and/or Charged attacks, she will unleash Tri-Karma Purification: Karmic Oblivion. This ability deals Dendro DMG based on 200% of Nahida‘s ATK and 400% of her Elemental Mastery to the enemy and all linked enemies. Tri-Karma Purification: Karmic Oblivion is considered Elemental Skill DMG and can be triggered once every 0.2s

This ability lasts for 10s and will be removed after Nahida has unleashed 6 instances of Tri-Karma Purification: Karmic Oblivion.

Nahida’s Best Artifact Sets

To make full use of her capabilities, Nahida challenges the player to find the right balance between ATK and Elemental Mastery. To reach her maximum potential, we recommend players farm the Gilded Dreams and Deepwood Memories sets to complement their Nahida build. Players can also make use of the Wanderer’s Troupe set to fill in any empty slots.

Deepwood Memories

Deepwood Memories
Deepwood Memories

The 2-peice bonus gives the equipping character 15% Dendro DMG bonus. Equipping 4 of these pieces onto your character will reduce the opponents Dendro resistance by 30% for 8s upon Elemental Skill or Burst activation.

Gilded Dreams
Gilded Dreams

Equipping 2 pieces of this set increases the unit’s EM by 80, further increasing the unit’s ATK by 14% for every Dendro character in your party, You can increase your Nahida‘s EM by 100 as a result of two other characters in your party.

As for which one’s better, we honestly cannot say for sure. The reason being, both sets are good and can work for Nahida‘s builds, however, it is important to make note of the scenario you are in. For personalised DMG (Nahida’s own raw DMG), we recommend building Nahida with the Gilded Dreams set, for a more generalised, supportive build, equipping Nahida with the Deepwood Memories set isn’t a bad choice either, especially if no one else on your team is making use of it.

Nahida’s Best Stats on Artifact Sets

As mentioned earlier, Nahida scales off ATK and Elemental Mastery. So it is important to build her with both stats, mixing and matching them in the right proportions. Getting atleast 1000 EM will be efficient for your build, investing the rest into CRIT Rate and CRIT DMG will bring the most out of your build.

Nahida’s Best Weapons

A Thousand Floating Dreams

A Thousand Floating Dreams
Catalyst : A Thousand Floating Dreams

Nahida‘s signature weapon, A Thousand Floating Dreams, was released alongside the character.

Party members other than the equipping character will provide the equipping character with buffs based on whether their Elemental Type is the same as the latter or not. If their Elemental Types are the same, increase Elemental Mastery by 32. If not, increase the equipping character’s DMG Bonus from their Elemental Type by 10%. Each of the aforementioned effects can have up to 3 stacks. Additionally, all nearby party members other than the equipping character will have their Elemental Mastery increased by 40. Multiple such effects from multiple such weapons can stack.

These stats are at Refinement Rank 1.

Kagura’s Verity

Kagura's Verity
Catalyst : Kagura’s Verity

This Catalyst is Yae Miko‘s signature weapon.

The weapons passive, A Thousand Nights’ Dawnsong states: Party members other than the equipping character will provide the equipping character with buffs based on whether their Elemental Type is the same as the latter or not. If their Elemental Types are the same, increase Elemental Mastery by 32. If not, increase the equipping character’s DMG Bonus from their Elemental Type by 10%. Each of the aforementioned effects can have up to 3 stacks. Additionally, all nearby party members other than the equipping character will have their Elemental Mastery increased by 40. Multiple such effects from multiple such weapons can stack.

All percentages and constant boosts are displayed at Refinement Rank 1.

The Widsith

The Widsith
Catalyst : The Widsith

The Widsith is the perfect all-rounder weapon for most catalyst users. The weapons passive bonus, Debut states : When a character takes the field, they will gain a random theme song for 10s. This can only occur once every 30s.

  • Recitative: ATK is increased by 60%.
  • Aria: Increases all Elemental DMG by 48%.
  • Interlude: Elemental Mastery is increased by 240.

Mappa Mare

Mappa Mare
Catalyst: Mappa Mare

Mappa Mare is a decent f2p option; its forgeable and easy to use/understand for most players, the weapons passive, Infusion Scroll, states : Triggering an Elemental reaction grants a 8% Elemental DMG Bonus for 10s. The bonus has max 2 stacks.

Nahida’s Best Teams

Nahida is a wonderful all-rounder character who is quickly becoming one of the communities favourite thanks to her placement capabilities.

Nahida can work in any team that needs a Dendro character for reactions, support, or DMG, we highly recommend the Traveler try some out and let us know about their discovery in the comments!


It’s been a while, but Genshin Impact finally released a new Archon, completing the quartet Archon team consisting of Raiden Shogun, Zhongli, Venti, and now our latest entry, Nahida. Did you enjoy playing with her? Do you think she’s balanced or too OP? What do you think about her teams? Let us know in the comment section, dear reader. We value your feedback!

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