Childe Guide: Mastering Tartaglia in Genshin Impact

Childe Guide: Mastering Tartaglia in Genshin Impact
Last updated:
February 15, 2024

Welcome to the ultimate guide for mastering Tartaglia (also known as Childe) in Genshin Impact.

Tartaglia, renowned for his versatile Hydro abilities and dynamic playstyle, offers a unique experience on the battlefield.

This guide dives into his talents, best builds, and complex mechanics, equipping you with the knowledge to unleash his full potential.

Childe Guide: Best Builds and Team Compositions

Talents and Mechanics

in game tartaglia talent elemental burst details in genshin impact

Elemental Skill: Foul Legacy Raging Tide

This skill transforms Tartaglia from a ranged bow user to a melee hydro attacker.

The longer he stays in melee form, the longer the cooldown.

It can range from 6 to 36 seconds.

While in melee form, his normal attacks deal hydro damage, and critical hits apply the 'Riptide' effect on enemies.

Riptide causes AoE hydro damage upon defeating an enemy or performing charged attacks.

Elemental Burst: Havoc Obliteration

Tartaglia's Elemental Burst varies based on his stance.

In Ranged Stance: Shoots a hydro arrow that causes AoE hydro damage and applies Riptide.

In Melee Stance: Performs a slashing attack with larger AoE hydro damage. This consumes the Riptide effect for additional damage.

The burst in melee stance generally deals more damage, making it favorable for DPS maximization.

Normal Attack: Cutting Torrent

Normal bow attacks apply when Tartaglia is in his ranged stance.

His charged shot inflicts Riptide on critical hits, which synergizes with his melee form to trigger AoE hydro damage.

Passive Talents

Never Ending (A1): Extends Riptide duration, ensuring continuous hydro damage over time.

Sword of Torrents (A4): When Tartaglia is in Foul Legacy: Raging Tide’s Melee Stance, his normal and charged attacks apply Riptide status to enemies.

Talent Priority

Elemental Skill

This should be your primary focus.

Tartaglia's DPS largely comes from his melee stance, making this talent a top priority.

Enhancing this skill increases his hydro damage during melee attacks and reduces the cooldown, allowing for more frequent stance changes and sustained DPS.

Elemental Burst

This is your second priority.

Tartaglia's Elemental Burst, especially in melee form, deals significant AoE hydro damage and can be a game-changer in battles.

Leveling up this talent increases the burst's damage output and can lead to massive AoE hydro damage, particularly effective in group fights.

Normal Attack

This is a lower priority compared to his Elemental Skill and Burst.

While his ranged attacks are useful, Tartaglia's main strength lies in his melee combat.

Therefore, this talent should be leveled up last.

Focus on this talent more if you often find yourself using Tartaglia in his ranged stance or rely heavily on applying Riptide through charged shots.

Optimal Artifacts Build

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Heart of Depth (4-Piece)

Increases Hydro DMG by 15% (2-piece) and boosts Normal and Charged Attack DMG by 30% for 15 seconds after using an Elemental Skill (4-piece).

Designed for Tartaglia, enhancing both his Hydro DMG and melee stance attacks.

Noblesse Oblige (4-Piece) / (2-Piece with 2-Piece Heart of Depth)

Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 20% (2-piece) and increases all party members' ATK by 20% for 12 seconds after using an Elemental Burst (4-piece).

Excellent for boosting Tartaglia's already powerful Elemental Burst and benefiting the whole team.

Shimenawa's Reminiscence (4-Piece)

Increases Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attack DMG by 50% at the cost of 15 energy after using an Elemental Skill.

Effective for a more aggressive playstyle focusing on Normal and Charged Attacks, but requires good energy management.

Main Stats Priority

Sands: ATK% or Elemental Mastery (if focusing on reaction-based damage like Vaporize).

Goblet: Hydro DMG Bonus.

Circlet: CRIT Rate or CRIT DMG (depending on what you need to balance Tartaglia's CRIT Rate to CRIT DMG ratio, ideally around 1:2).

Substats Priority

CRIT Rate and CRIT DMG: Essential for maximizing damage output.

ATK%: Further boosts his overall damage.

Elemental Mastery: Enhances reaction damage, useful if Tartaglia is often triggering reactions like Vaporize.

Energy Recharge: Helpful but not a priority unless struggling with energy sustain.

Weapon Choices

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5-Star Weapons

Skyward Harp

Enhances overall CRIT chance, synergizing well with Tartaglia's DPS role.

Increases CRIT DMG and has a chance to deal small AoE damage upon CRIT hits.

Ideal for boosting both his normal and charged attack damage in melee form.

Haran Geppaku Futsu

Offers a balance of CRIT Rate and DMG, beneficial for Tartaglia’s CRIT-focused build.

Increases Elemental Skill and Burst damage, complementing his playstyle.

A strong choice for players focusing on his Elemental Skill and Burst damage.

Polar Star

Enhances Tartaglia’s ability to land critical hits.

Boosts Elemental Skill and Burst DMG, aligning well with his kit.

A top-tier choice for maximizing Tartaglia's damage output.

Thundering Pulse

Boosts ATK% and CRIT DMG while also increasing Normal Attack damage.

Great for Childe as it complements his playstyle.

Aqua Simulacra

Enhances CRIT DMG and HP%.

It also boosts damage dealt by 20% even if the wearer is not on-field.

Hunter's Path

Boosts CRIT Rate and Elemental DMG, and both greatly benefit Tartaglia's playstyle.

It also enhances Charged Attack damage based on his Elemental Mastery, making it a great choice for a reaction damage composition.

4-Star Weapons


Significantly increases Normal Attack DMG while reducing Charged Attack DMG.

Enhancing Tartaglia's rapid-fire Normal Attacks in melee form.

Less effective for Charged Attack playstyles.

Viridescent Hunt (Battle Pass Bow)

Useful for achieving a balanced CRIT Rate/Damage ratio.

Creates cyclones that can pull enemies together, enhancing his AoE capabilities.

Offers both DPS enhancement and crowd control.

Prototype Crescent

Directly increases Tartaglia's overall attack power.

Increases ATK upon hitting weak spots, beneficial in ranged stance.

A solid free-to-play option, craftable in-game.

Blackcliff Warbow (Starglitter Exchange)

Complements a CRIT Rate-focused artifact build.

Boosts ATK after defeating an enemy, more suited for situations with multiple mobs.

Hamayumi (Inazuma Craftable Bow)

Provides increased Normal and Charged Attack DMG when energy is full.

A viable choice for players lacking Gacha weapons, especially in teams with good energy recharge support.

Team Composition

in game tartaglia team setup with xiangling bennett and kazuha in genshin impact

Vaporize Team

Core Members: Tartaglia, Xiangling, Bennett

Fourth Slot (Flex): Sucrose, Kazuha, or Venti

Tartaglia applies Hydro for Xiangling to trigger Vaporize reactions.

Bennett provides healing and ATK boost, enhancing overall DPS.

An Anemo character (Sucrose, Kazuha, or Venti) can group enemies and spread elemental effects with Swirl reactions, also boosting reaction damage with the Viridescent Venerer artifact set.

Freeze Team

Core Members: Tartaglia, Ganyu/Qiqi/Diona, Kaeya/Rosaria

Fourth Slot (Flex): Anemo support (Sucrose, Kazuha) or Fischl for Electro-Charged reactions.

Tartaglia and Cryo characters alternate applying their respective elements to freeze enemies, controlling the battlefield and preventing enemy attacks.

Anemo supports enhance elemental reactions and crowd control.

Fischl can add Electro for additional Electro-Charged reactions.

Electro-Charged Team

Core Members: Tartaglia, Fischl/Beidou, Xingqiu

Fourth Slot (Flex): Anemo support or a healer (Bennett, Barbara)

Combines Hydro and Electro to trigger continuous Electro-Charged reactions, dealing consistent AoE damage.

Xingqiu adds additional Hydro application, enhancing Tartaglia's damage and enabling more frequent reactions.

Fischl or Beidou for consistent Electro application.

An Anemo character can group enemies and enhance reactions, while a healer ensures team survivability.

Taser Team (Hydro/Electro)

Core Members: Tartaglia, Fischl, Beidou

Fourth Slot (Flex): Anemo support or a healer

Focuses on rapid Electro-Charged reactions for high AoE damage.

Fischl and Beidou provide off-field Electro application, synergizing well with Tartaglia’s rapid Hydro application.

Anemo character for crowd control or a healer for sustainability.


in game tartaglia constellation overview in genshin impact

C1: Foul Legacy Tide Withholder

Decreases the cooldown of Tartaglia's Elemental Skill, Foul Legacy: Raging Tide, by 20%.

Allows more frequent switching between his melee and ranged stances, enhancing DPS flexibility and uptime.

C2: Sword of Torrents

When enemies are defeated while affected by Riptide, Tartaglia regenerates 4 Elemental energy.

This constellation greatly helps with his Energy Recharge needs.

C4: Abyssal Mayhem Hydro-Spout

If Tartaglia is in Foul Legacy: Raging Tide's melee stance, triggers Riptide Slash against opponents on the field affected by Riptide every 4 seconds, otherwise triggers Riptide Flash.

Automatically triggers Riptide effects, boosting AoE Hydro damage passively and improving overall DPS in melee stance.

C6: Havoc Annihilation

When Havoc: Obliteration is cast in melee stance, it returns 20% of its Energy Cost and resets the cooldown of Foul Legacy: Raging Tide.

Allows immediate reuse of Elemental Skill after using the Elemental Burst in melee mode, greatly enhancing DPS uptime and fluidity of combat rotations.

Advanced Combat Tips

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Stance Management

Stay in Tartaglia's melee stance for around 9 seconds before switching back.

This ensures a reasonable cooldown (15 seconds) for his Elemental Skill, maintaining a balance between his melee and ranged combat effectiveness.

Keep track of the cooldown of Tartaglia's Elemental Skill.

Prolonged use of the melee stance increases cooldown time, potentially leaving you without access to his most strong attacks.

Riptide Usage

Use charged shots in Tartaglia’s ranged stance to apply Riptide to enemies.

This becomes crucial in setting up for his melee stance, where Riptide effects are maximized.

Once in melee stance, focus on enemies marked with Riptide.

Your normal attacks will trigger Riptide Slash, dealing AoE Hydro damage.

Elemental Burst Strategy

Use Tartaglia's Elemental Burst at the end of his melee stance duration for maximum damage output.

If you’re in melee stance, the burst does more damage but consider the ranged burst for its shorter animation and energy refund.

This is particularly useful in rotations that require quick switching to other characters.

Normal Attack Combos

A common and effective combo in melee stance is to execute two normal attacks followed by a charged attack.

This balances DPS output with stamina consumption.

If you're using a weapon like Rust, adjust your attack pattern to focus more on normal attacks, as Rust boosts normal attack damage at the expense of charged attack damage.

Final Thoughts on Childe

Childe is a top-tier Hydro DPS character offering high burst damage and versatility.

Understanding his cooldown mechanics, optimal rotations, and team compositions is crucial to unleashing his full potential.

Whether in a Vaporize setup or an Electro-Charged team, Childe can be a formidable DPS in the right hands.