Diluc, once hailed as the top DPS in Genshin Impact, has seen increased competition from newer characters.
However, his availability as a standard character and consistent performance as a Pyro DPS make him a worthwhile option.
This guide will dive into building and optimizing Diluc for various team compositions, including his talents, weapons, artifacts, and constellations.
A Comprehensive Diluc Guide: Best Builds and Team Compositions
Talents: Maximizing Diluc's Kit
Normal Attack: Tempered Sword
Diluc’s normal attack chain consists of a four-hit combo.
It’s essential to focus on this for consistent damage output.
Prioritize upgrading this talent as it forms the foundation of Diluc’s DPS output.
The four-hit combo is fast and efficient, seamlessly integrating with his Elemental Skill.
Elemental Skill: Searing Onslaught
This skill can be used three times consecutively, dealing significant Pyro damage.
It's the core of Diluc's Pyro DPS capability.
- Time the skill to follow up normal attacks for fluid combos.
- Each use generates energy, aiding in burst uptime.
- Avoid long gaps between uses to prevent premature cooldown.
Upgrade this talent early for enhanced damage, as it is crucial for triggering Pyro-based elemental reactions.
Elemental Burst: Dawn
Summons a Phoenix, dealing AoE Pyro damage and infusing Diluc’s normal attacks with Pyro.
Initiate combos with the burst to infuse attacks with Pyro, crucial for elemental reactions like Vaporize and Melt.
Offers crowd control by pushing smaller enemies away.
Low energy cost (40) makes it readily available.
Upgrading this talent increases both the initial burst damage and the overall damage output during the Pyro infusion phase.
Relentless (Ascension 1)
Reduces stamina cost for charge attacks and increases their duration.
While not central to Diluc's main combo, it offers flexibility in prolonged fights.
Blessing of Phoenix (Ascension 4)
Extends Pyro infusion from the burst and grants a 20% Pyro DMG bonus.
This talent is crucial as it significantly boosts Diluc's Pyro damage output, making it a priority for upgrades.
Diluc's Elemental Skill is his primary source of Pyro damage.
It can be used consecutively three times, dealing substantial damage and enabling Pyro-related elemental reactions.
Increasing the skill level significantly boosts its damage output, making it essential for maximizing DPS.
Diluc's normal attack combo is a crucial part of his gameplay, especially when his Elemental Skill is on cooldown.
A four-hit combo that is the backbone of his physical damage output.
Upgrading this talent increases the damage of each strike, contributing to overall DPS and filling gaps between skill uses.
While powerful, Diluc's Elemental Burst is used less frequently than his Elemental Skill and normal attacks.
Summons a Phoenix for AoE Pyro damage and infuses Diluc's attacks with Pyro, useful for triggering reactions.
Ideal for starting combat scenarios, especially in teams built around elemental reactions like Vaporize and Melt.
Enhances initial burst damage and Pyro infusion effectiveness.
Crimson Witch of Flames (Primary Choice)
Designed for Diluc, this set boosts his Pyro damage significantly and enhances his ability to execute powerful Vaporize and Melt reactions.
Ideal for teams where Diluc is the primary DPS, capitalizing on elemental reactions.
An alternative set if you're focusing on elemental reactions like Melt or Vaporize.
It gives +80 Elemental Mastery and various buffs depending on the elemental type of other team members.
Gladiator's Finale (Early Game/Alternative Set)
A good early game option or alternative if Crimson Witch pieces are not available or optimal.
While it lacks the specialized Pyro boost, it offers a solid increase to Diluc’s overall attack power.
Main Stats Priority
- Sands: ATK% or Elemental Mastery (if focusing on elemental reactions like Vaporize/Melt).
- Goblet: Pyro DMG Bonus.
- Circlet: CRIT Rate or CRIT DMG (depending on which stat needs balancing based on Diluc's weapon and substats).
- Focus on CRIT Rate and CRIT DMG to maximize damage output.
- ATK% and Elemental Mastery are also valuable, enhancing overall DPS and reaction damage.
- Energy Recharge can be beneficial but isn't a top priority given Diluc's low burst cost and energy generation from his skill.
Top-Tier Weapon Choices for Diluc
Provides a significant ATK boost and increases all party members' ATK when attacking enemies with low HP.
Enhances Diluc's raw damage output and benefits the whole team, making it a top choice for maximizing DPS.
Serpent Spine (Battle Pass Weapon)
Offers CRIT Rate and increases damage dealt while reducing the damage taken.
Ideal for players who can manage its stacking mechanic, rewarding aggressive playstyles.
Boosts CRIT DMG and increases DEF, which also enhances attack power.
Excellent for Diluc, especially when paired with a CRIT Rate-focused build.
Free-to-Play and Accessible Options
Prototype Archaic (Craftable)
Provides a solid ATK boost and has a chance to deal extra AoE damage.
Easily obtainable and craftable, making it a great starting weapon for Diluc.
Blackcliff Slasher (Starglitter Exchange)
Increases CRIT DMG and boosts ATK after defeating an enemy.
A viable choice for players who have access to Starglitter and seek a more offensive weapon.
Enhances reaction-based damage, suitable for Vaporize or Melt team compositions.
Best used when Diluc is paired with Hydro or Electro characters for frequent elemental reactions.
Specialized Weapon Choices
The Unforged (Shield Synergy)
Provides increased shield strength and ATK boost when shielded.
Offers additional energy recharge, facilitating frequent use of Diluc's Elemental Burst.
Generates vacuum blades that deal extra damage, enhancing his overall DPS.
Vaporize Team Composition
Amplify Diluc's Pyro attacks with Hydro characters for Vaporize reactions.
- Hydro Support: Xingqiu or Mona. They provide consistent Hydro application for frequent Vaporize reactions.
- Sub DPS/Support: Characters like Fischl or Beidou to add Electro for additional reaction damage or Bennett for ATK boosts and healing.
- Anemo Support: Sucrose or Venti for crowd control and elemental resistance reduction with Viridescent Venerer set.
Melt Team Composition
Bring Cryo characters to set up Melt reactions with Diluc’s Pyro attacks.
- Cryo Support: Chongyun for infusing Cryo with his skill or Rosaria for consistent Cryo application.
- Utility/Healer: Diona for shields and healing or Qiqi for sustained healing.
- Flex Slot: Anemo character for Swirl and debuffs or a second Pyro like Bennett for resonance and support.
Overload or Viridescent Team
Strengthens Electro characters for Overload reactions or Anemo for Swirl and debuffs.
- Electro Sub DPS: Fischl or Beidou for Electro application.
- Anemo Support: Kazuha or Jean for Swirl reactions and additional utility.
- Support: Bennett for healing and ATK buff or a shield character like Zhongli for protection.
Sub-DPS or Secondary Reaction Focus
Diluc as the main DPS with a secondary element for additional reactions.
- Pyro-Electro: Diluc with an Electro character for Overload.
- Pyro-Hydro: Pairing with a Hydro character for constant Vaporize setups.
Diluc with characters offering varied utility and reactions.
- Support/Healer: Bennett or Barbara.
- Utility: Zhongli for shields, Xingqiu for Hydro application, or an Anemo character for debuffs.
- Sub-DPS: Characters like Fischl or Ganyu for off-field damage.
Diluc deals 15% more DMG to enemies whose HP is above 50%.
Increases overall DPS, particularly effective in the initial phases of combat against high-HP enemies.
C2: Searing Ember
When Diluc takes damage, his ATK increases by 10%, and his ATK SPD increases by 5%.
These effects last for 10s and can stack up to three times.
Provides a substantial ATK and ATK SPD boost, enhancing both his damage output and combo execution speed.
C4: Flowing Flame
Casting Searing Onslaught in rhythm greatly increases damage.
Two seconds after using Searing Onslaught, casting the next Searing Onslaught in the combo deals 40% additional DMG. This effect lasts for 2s.
Encourages a rhythmic use of his Elemental Skill, rewarding timing and skillful play with increased damage.
C6: Flaming Sword, Nemesis of Dark
After using Searing Onslaught, the next two normal attacks within the next 6s will have their DMG and ATK SPD increased by 30%.
Additionally, Searing Onslaught will not interrupt the normal attack combo.
Transforms his combat style, allowing for fluid integration of normal attacks and skills.
Significantly boosts his damage potential during the combo window.
Combos and Gameplay
Standard DPS Combo
Sequence: Normal Attack (NA) x 4 → Elemental Skill (ES) → NA x 4 → ES → NA x 4 → ES.
This combo weaves in his Elemental Skill between normal attacks to maximize Pyro application and damage.
It's a fundamental combo that ensures consistent DPS.
Sequence: Elemental Burst (EB) → ES → NA x 4 → ES → NA x 4 → ES.
Ideal to initiate combat or when Elemental Burst is off cooldown.
The Elemental Burst infuses Diluc's sword with Pyro, enhancing subsequent attacks.
Advanced Combos and Tips
Elemental Reaction Focus
Begin with a Hydro/Cryo application from a support character, then execute Diluc's Burst-Centric Combo for increased reaction damage.
Ensure Diluc's EB or ES is timed right after the application of Hydro/Cryo to maximize reaction damage.
Using Elemental Burst Wisely
Elemental Burst infuses Diluc’s normal attacks with Pyro.
Use this for enhanced Pyro damage and elemental reactions.
Due to Elemental Burst’s low energy cost, it can be used frequently.
Pair with supports like Xingqiu or Bennett for energy regeneration and additional buffs.
Crowd Control and Positioning
Diluc’s Elemental Burst can push smaller enemies away.
Use this strategically to control enemy positioning.
If enemies get knocked back, reposition quickly to continue the assault.
Anemo supports like Sucrose or Venti can help gather enemies for more effective AOE damage.
Final Thoughts on Diluc
While Diluc may not be the certain best Pyro DPS anymore, his easy accessibility, solid performance, and enjoyable gameplay keep him relevant in Genshin Impact.
Whether in a Vaporize, Melt, or Overload team, Diluc can effectively carry his weight and offer a satisfying combat experience.
Despite the introduction of newer characters, he remains a strong and fun choice for any player’s roster.