Alhaitham, a Dendro five-star character in Genshin Impact, stands out for his on-field damage potential.
This guide covers everything from his optimal builds and playstyles to team compositions.
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Comprehensive Alhaitham Guide: Maximizing His Potential in Genshin Impact
Alhaitham’s Talents and Abilities
Elemental Skill: Universality An Elaboration on Form
When activated, Alhaitham dashes forward, dealing Dendro damage.
Holding the skill adjusts the dash's direction.
The skill generates "Chisel-Light Mirrors," which are central to his kit.
With at least one mirror, Alhaitham's attacks become Dendro-infused, essential for triggering elemental reactions.
Using the skill with no mirrors generates two; otherwise, it adds one more, up to a maximum of three.
Elemental Burst: Particular Field Fetters of Phenomena
On casting, deals multiple instances of AOE Dendro damage.
The number of hits scales with the mirrors consumed.
Consumes all mirrors upon activation.
If no mirrors are present at the start, it generates three after a short delay.
The burst's damage output varies, offering either a high immediate burst (using it with mirrors) or sustained damage (using it to generate mirrors).
Normal Attack: Sands of Brilliance
A series of five rapid sword strikes.
When mirrors are active, his normal attacks deal Dendro damage, key for elemental reactions.
Elemental Skill: Prioritize this for mirror generation and Dendro infusion, which are critical for his DPS output.
Elemental Burst: Also important for burst damage and additional mirror generation.
Normal Attack: Should be leveled up alongside the Elemental Skill and Burst for consistent damage.
Artifact Sets and Stats for Alhaitham
Gilded Dreams (4-Piece)
Enhances his Elemental Mastery significantly, crucial for both his damage output and elemental reactions.
Deepwood Memories (4-Piece)
If Alhaitham is the only Dendro in the team, this set can be more beneficial for its Dendro resistance reduction on enemies.
Mix and Match
Pair two pieces of Gilded Dreams/Wanderer's Troupe/Deepwood Memories for a balanced boost in Elemental Mastery and Dendro DMG.
Elemental Mastery (Sands)
Amplifies reaction damage and personal damage from mirrors.
Directly boosts the effectiveness of Dendro reactions (Spread, Hyperbloom), enhancing overall DPS.
Dendro DMG Bonus (Goblet)
Increases damage of all Dendro-infused attacks.
Complements his innate Dendro infusion, maximizing output during his on-field time.
Crit Rate or Crit Damage (Circlet)
Achieve an ideal ratio of Crit Rate to Crit Damage (approximately 1:2).
If Alhaitham's innate Crit DMG from ascension is high, focus more on Crit Rate to balance.
Crit Rate and Crit Damage: Enhance overall damage consistency and spikes. Tailor these stats based on your Circlet choice and his innate Crit stats.
Elemental Mastery: If not adequately covered by the Sands artifact.
Energy Recharge: If struggling to recharge his Elemental Burst, invest in Energy Recharge. Do not overly sacrifice damage stats for Energy Recharge.
Weapon Choices for Alhaitham
Light of Foliar Incision (Signature Weapon)
Boosts Crit DMG significantly; enhances damage based on Elemental Mastery.
Maximizing Alhaitham's damage potential.
Best choice if available, especially for players focusing on maximizing Alhaitham's DPS.
Primordial Jade Cutter
Offers high Crit Rate, enhancing his critical hit consistency.
Excellent alternative for players lacking his signature weapon.
Provides Elemental Mastery and boosts team DPS.
Viable option if focusing on reaction-based damage, especially in teams capitalizing on Dendro reactions.
Balances Crit stats and boosts elemental damage.
Suitable for players seeking a balance between Crit stats and elemental damage.
Increases Elemental Mastery, enhancing reaction damage.
F2P players or those prioritizing Dendro reaction damage.
The Black Sword
Boosts Crit Rate and increases normal and charged attack damage.
Players focusing on Alhaitham's normal attack DPS.
Enhances Elemental Skill damage and Crit Rate.
Good option for players who frequently use Alhaitham’s Elemental Skill.
Harbinger of Dawn
Extremely effective when HP is above 90%, offering high Crit DMG.
Players who can maintain high HP, such as those using shield supports.
Kagotsurube Isshin (Event Weapon)
Provides Elemental Mastery and boosts ATK based on EM.
Great for F2P players, especially in reaction-focused builds.
Helps with Energy Recharge while providing decent ATK.
Useful for players needing more frequent Elemental Burst uptime.
Reduces Elemental Skill cooldown based on mirror hits.
Increases skill usage frequency, but may not significantly alter rotations in optimized play.
Useful for players who rely heavily on his Elemental Skill.
Provides Elemental Mastery based on mirror count.
Enhances reaction damage, useful in reaction-focused builds.
Players prioritizing Dendro reactions in their team compositions.
Buffs team Elemental Mastery and increases Alhaitham’s Dendro damage.
Enhances both team support capability and personal damage.
Those using Alhaitham in a supportive DPS role or in elemental reaction-heavy teams.
Gains Crit Rate and Crit DMG when generating excess mirrors.
Major boost to critical hit efficiency, significantly enhances DPS.
Players aiming for peak damage output and who frequently maintain maximum mirrors.
Best Team Compositions
Uses the Quicken reaction (Dendro + Electro) leading to Spread, Aggravate, or Hyperbloom.
Focus on sustained elemental reactions with Alhaitham as the primary damage dealer, aided by Electro and Dendro supports.
Exploits the Hyperbloom reaction (Dendro + Electro + Hydro).
Xingqiu or Kokomi for rapid Hydro application, enabling Hyperbloom.
Kuki Shinobu or Fischl for Electro application.
Enhances Dendro resonance and ensures energy supply.
A more reaction-heavy setup focusing on triggering Hyperbloom for high burst damage.
Mixed Reaction Teams (Quick Bloom)
A blend of Quicken and Hyperbloom reactions.
Xingqiu and Fischl/Yae Miko for dual elemental application.
To maintain Dendro resonance and assist in energy management.
Balances between Quicken and Hyperbloom, offering a mix of steady and burst damage.
Specialized Reaction Teams
Involves a Dendro and Pyro combo for Burgeon reaction.
Dendro and Hydro combination, potentially with Nilou for Bloom-focused strategies.
Advanced Tips for Combat
Maximizing Mirror Usage
Always aim to have three mirrors active for the highest damage output.
Use his Elemental Skill or Charged Attack to refresh mirrors.
Initiate combat with his Elemental Burst if you have no mirrors, as it generates three instantly.
This maximizes mirror uptime right from the start of the fight.
Elemental Skill and Burst Synchronization
Begin your rotation with Alhaitham's Elemental Burst to gain an immediate damage boost from the mirrors.
After the initial burst, use the Elemental Skill to maintain mirror count, alternating with Charged Attacks to regenerate mirrors.
Elemental Reaction Chains
Coordinate with your team to set up continuous elemental reactions.
Spread (Dendro + Electro) and Hyperbloom (Dendro + Electro + Hydro) are particularly effective.
Ensure your team members' skills complement Alhaitham’s Dendro infusion for maximum reaction damage.
Energy Recharge Management
Maintain enough energy recharge on Alhaitham to ensure his Elemental Burst is available as frequently as possible.
Use another Dendro character in your team for better energy regeneration.
Optimizing Attack Patterns
Follow a rhythm of Normal Attacks, Elemental Skill, and Charged Attacks to keep the mirrors active and deal consistent damage.
Don't use the Elemental Skill or Charged Attack prematurely to avoid wasting the opportunity to regenerate a mirror.
Alhaitham’s versatility as a Dendro DPS makes him a valuable addition to many teams in Genshin Impact.
His ability to increase Dendro reactions, combined with the right artifacts and weapons, can unleash significant damage on the field.
Whether in Quicken, Hyperbloom, or other Dendro-centric teams, Alhaitham's effectiveness is notable, making him a worthwhile character to build and play.