Genshin Impact Childe DPS Build Guide

by 2Board

PSA #1: Both Childe’s abilities scale off ATK. Slap on some ATK if you want your hydro master-at-arms to do some serious damage.

Passive – Riptide

Riptide is bread and butter of his kit. Can be applied with a charged bow shot or hitting enemies in melee form

IMPORTANT TIP: 2 Different things can happen when Riptide is applied to an enemy

  1. Riptide Flash – Hitting a charged bow shot will proc Riptide and deal 3 ticks of hydro DMG
  2. Riptide Burst – Killing an enemy will deal AoE hydro DMG. Applies Riptide to nearby foes

Elemental Skill – Foul Legacy: Raging Tide

Literally a hydro Taskmaster

PSA #2: Buckle up, there’s a lot to digest for E (send help)

  1. Turns Childe from range to melee form
  2. Does hydro DMG instead of physical DMG
  3. Hitting E again will return you back to range form AND WILL PUT E ON CD
  4. E CD is based on how long you were in melee form.
  • Every 5s in E = Roughly 6-7s added to CD
  • WAITING OUT THE WHOLE 30 SEC PUNISHES YOU AND MAKES IT 45 SEC CD (DO NOT DO THIS)

Hitting enemies that have Riptide applied in melee form does AoE Hydro DMG

Use E only in burst situations (for reaction proc’ing), breaking shields, or when your Q is almost ready. Otherwise, you’re wasting CD time (literally)

Passive Talent – Sword of Torrents

Hit CRIT in melee form = applies Riptide

Elemental Burst – Havoc: Obliteration

Boy oh boy, this thing stupid broke

PSA #3: Q has 3 important facts (help me pls… my brain D: )

  1. Using in range form does a massive AoE Hydro DMG, knocks enemies up, applies Riptide, and returns 20 energy
  2. Using in melee form does a swing that does AoE Hydro DMG, knocks enemies back, and proc’s Riptide Blast
  3. Riptide Blast – Enemies with Riptide applied will take massive AoE Hydro DMG

9 TIMES OUT OF 10, WE HAVE FOUND MELEE FORM Q TO BE MUCH BETTER FOR BOTH DAMAGE, CC, AND BREAKING SHIELDS IN ABYSS

Passive Talent – Never Ending

Makes Riptide last longer

Passive Talent – Master of Weaponry

A walking talent book. Makes Normal Attack talent up one level for all party members (including himself)

WEAPON #1 (Recommended for Super Soaker 9000): Rust

How do I get it D: ?: It’s time to roll boys (gacha)

Has base ATK scaling and weapon skill applies really well to melee form

Currently debating what is best in slot for Childe. However, Viridescent Hunt, Skyward Harp, Amos Bow, and Blackcliff Warbow have been tested as well, and Rust/Skyward was extremely consistent (Skyward proc was kind of bad though since you’re prioritizing hydro DMG still…)

Stringless has been yet to be tested, but will update as it looks extremely viable since E and Q damage (for Riptide proc) both benefit from it’s weapon skill

When Alley Hunter comes out, it will be a contender

WEAPON #2 (Recommended for early wet towel slaps):

How do I get it D: ?: It’s time to roll boys (gacha)

Has base Elemental Mastery scaling and basically a free damage buff

Funny enough, this thing actually slaps really hard early. Can be replaced with Compound Bow or even Slingshot until you get Weapon #1 rolls (you don’t get the benefit from Slingshot)

ARTIFACT #1 (Recommended for big boy numbers): Noblesse Oblige

How do I get it D: ?: Clear Pool and Mountain Cavern Domain (AR 35 locked, 20 Resin per run)

Go into melee form, slap really fast right before Q, use Q, and slap hard. Plays like a burst window DPS

ARTIFACT #2 (Recommended for early smack): Gladiators + Gamblers

How do I get it D: ?: Gladiators at any World Boss (40 Resin per run). Gamblers at Clear Pool and Mountain Cavern Domain (AR 35 locked, 20 Resin per run)

ATK is poggers

By the way: 4-set Gamblers feels extremely good early, sucks A TON late

You can also run Wanderer’s Troupe later on for crazy CRIT charged attack numbers (assuming you have the appropriate CRIT stats). Subsequently, early you can also just stack 2-set any 18% ATK+ sets or pair with 2-set Berserker if you’re struggling to hit 50% CRIT%

PSA #4: Here is the consensus after testing for 5-6 hours last night – Childe performs much better as a sub DPS/burst DPS UNTIL you get C6 (or even C1). His E CD is just a pain to deal with, and you will get more consistent damage from previous DPS picks. When we (testers) were able to manage E CD’s well, Abyss 12 was a joke. When they didn’t (let the CD near max), Abyss 8 felt like hell

Main stats: ATK% Sands / Hydro DMG% Goblet / CRIT% Circlet

Substats: CRIT% > CRIT DMG > ATK/Elemental Mastery > Elemental Recharge

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