Genshin Impact Raiden Shogun: The Best Build

The Electro Archon, aka the almighty Raiden Shogun, Baal, is finally here. Genshin Impact 2.1 update added the Reign of Serenity character event wish banner from which players can obtain Baal using Intertwined Fate, Genesis Crystals, or Primogems. Baal is a five-star electro user and a polearm wielder. After play-testing her for three days with different weapons and artifacts. We are here with the best build for Baal in Genshin Impact.

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Best Build for Raiden Shogun, Baal

Here are some of the best builds for the Raiden Shogun.

Best Weapon for Baal

The Raiden Shogun’s signature weapon, Engulfing Lightning, is the best weapon for her. Its sub-stat increases the Energy Recharge% of the character wielding the weapon and its weapon ability, Eternal Stove – increases the ATK by 28% of Energy Recharge over the base 100%.

Using the ability, players can gain a maximum bonus of 80% ATK and 30% Energy Recharge for 12s after using the Elemental Burst. For players who don’t know, Raiden Shogun’s ability scales with Energy Recharge and increase in ATK% based on ER is a bonus that allows players to deal big damage. And so far, out of all the ER% weapons available in Genshin Impact, the Engulfing Lightning is the best option for Baal.

Here are some other polearm weapons that may not look like a good choice at first glance. But are player tested and are the best weapons that fit perfectly with the Raiden Shogun’s abilities.

  • Staff of Homa
    • Sub-stat – CRIT DMG increase by 14.4%.
    • Ability – HP increased by 20%. Additionally, provides an ATK Bonus based on 0.8% of the wielder’s Max HP. When the wielder’s HP is less than 50%, this ATK bonus is increased by an additional 1% of Max HP.
  • Vortex Vanquisher
    • Sub-stat – ATK increase by 10.8%.
    • Ability – Increases Shield Strength by 20%. Scoring hits on opponents increases ATK by 4% for 8s. Max 5 stacks. Can only occur once every 0.3s. While protected by a shield, this ATK increase effect is increased by 100%.
  • The Catch
    • Sub-stat – Energy Recharge increase by 10.0%.
    • Ability – Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 16% and Elemental Burst CRIT Rate by 6%.

Best Artifact for Baal

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The Emblem of Severed Fate is the best artifact set for the Raiden Shogun, Baal. Players can use two pieces of Emblem of Severed Fate and two pieces of Thundering Fury. However, that is not recommended. We have tried it along with the Noblese Oblige artifact set and it not only restricts Baal’s support capabilities, but it also makes her damage underwhelming.

With that being said, here are the stat bonus you get by equipping four pieces of the Emblem of Severed Fate artifact set.

  • Energy Recharge +20%
  • Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 25% of Energy Recharge. A maximum of 75% bonus DMG can be obtained in this way.

Best Free to Play Build for Baal

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The Catch and four-pieces of the Emblem of Severed Fate artifact set is the best free-to-play build for the Raiden Shogun, Baal. You can use Prototype Starglitter or the Favonius Lance instead of The Catch, but they deal around 8 – 12% less damage.

So, if you already have a fully raised Prototype Starglitter or the Favonius Lance, you can use them as a placeholder for The Catch.

Which of Baal’s Talents You Should Raise First?

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Players who are low on talent books and mora should focus on raising Baal’s Secret Art: Musou Shinsetsu. The second priority should be given to her elemental skill, Transcendence: Baleful Omen.

Baal’s normal attacks have a terrible ATK multiplier. So, we would suggest you avoid investing in her normal attacks.

Baal’s Constellations

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Baal’s first and second constellations are somewhat game-changing. The first constellation allows Baal’s Chakra Desiderata to stack up more quickly. A good thing for players who are looking for using Baal as support.

Meanwhile, her second constellation Steelbreaker ignores 60% of the enemy’s defense. So we would highly recommend players to go for a C2 Baal.

Should I Go For C2 Baal or the Engulfing Lightning?

The answer is simple if you are looking for good support capability and overall damage output, you should go for a C2 Baal and use The Catch, instead of Engulfing Lightning.

But, if you are someone who is swayed by the aesthetics of weapons and characters. Then there is no point in talking about damage or anything else. Being one of the first, and maybe the last Naginata in the entirety of Genshin Impact, players can go for the Engulfing Lightning, as the difference is damage and support output is less than 6~7%.

Should I Go For ATK, Energy Recharge or Electro Damage Bonus Sands for Baal?

Minimum Stats for Baal. Image Credit: Hritwik, miHoYo

While choosing the Sands artifact piece, the best thing to do is to go with the stat that you are lacking. Here are the ideal stats for Baal that you should aim for –

  • Crit Rate – 40% or above.
  • Crit DMG – 150% or above.
  • Energy Recharge – Minimum: 200% and Maximum: 300%.
  • Electro Damage Bonus – Around 78% or more. [It scales with ER]

There’s a lot more to the Genshin Impact 2.1 update. Check out our Genshin Impact guides section for more information.

Genshin Impact is a free-to-play gacha-based role-playing game currently available on PC, PS4, PS5, Android, and iOS.

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Hritwik Raj
Hritwik is a guides writer who has been writing about video games for almost a decade. He is a Computer Science graduate who has always been into gaming. Most of the time, you will find him covering News and Guides for various publications. And when he is not working, you will find him fighting with his friends about how good of a gamer he is. His favorite games include Fallout 76, Borderlands 2, Call of Duty, Apex Legends, Destiny 2, Souls series, Genshin Impact, and The Last of Us.

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