Freminet, introduced in Genshin Impact's 4.0 update, emerges as a distinctive four-star character with versatile playstyles.
This guide dives into optimizing Freminet’s capabilities, exploring his unique abilities, ideal artifacts, weapon choices, and team synergies.
Mastering Freminet in Genshin Impact: Optimal Builds and Strategies
Understanding Freminet's Abilities
Elemental Skill - Pressurized Floe
Dual Casting Mechanic: Freminet's skill can be cast twice, with a timer set after the first cast.
Pressure Levels: Normal attacks performed between the first and second skill cast increase the pressure level, from zero to four.
- Cryo Damage: At level zero, the second cast deals maximum cryo damage.
- Physical Damage: At level four, it switches to maximum physical damage.
- Intermediate Levels: Levels 1 to 3 offer a mix of cryo and physical damage.
Elemental Burst - Shadowhunter's Ambush
The burst significantly reduces the cooldown of Pressurized Floe, enhancing Freminet’s ability to quickly alternate between skill casts.
Normal attacks within the burst period deal additional cryo damage.
Each normal attack during the burst mode adds two pressure levels, allowing quicker access to level four for maximum physical damage.
Lasts for 10 seconds with a cooldown of 15 seconds, and an energy cost of 60.
Triggering shatter (freezing and then breaking the freeze with a claymore hit) with Freminet boosts his skill damage by 40% for 5 seconds.
This motivates pairing him with hydro characters for freeze-shatter play.
His skill can occasionally deal this unique type of damage, useful against certain Fontaine enemies.
Freminet's Unique Playstyle Dynamics
Cryo-Focused Play: For a cryo-centric approach, Freminet should use his burst followed by immediate skill casts at low pressure levels to maximize cryo damage.
Physical Damage Strategy: For physical damage, he should intersperse normal attacks between skill casts to reach higher pressure levels, thus boosting physical damage output.
For a Cryo-Damage Build
Primary Focus - Elemental Skill (Pressurized Flow)
This is Freminet's core talent for a cryo build.
Maximizing this skill enhances cryo damage output, especially important when the skill is used at lower pressure levels.
Secondary Focus - Elemental Burst
While the burst itself deals cryo damage, its main utility lies in reducing the cooldown of the Elemental Skill, allowing for frequent cryo damage application.
Least Priority - Normal Attacks
In a cryo-centric build, normal attacks are less critical as they primarily serve to build pressure levels between skill casts rather than being the main source of damage.
For a Physical-Damage Build
Equal Focus - Elemental Skill and Normal Attacks
Here, both talents are crucial.
The Elemental Skill at higher pressure levels delivers strong physical damage, while normal attacks are needed to quickly ramp up these pressure levels.
Secondary Focus - Elemental Burst
While still important for its cooldown reduction, the burst's role is more supportive in enabling the rapid cycling of the Elemental Skill and enhancing normal attacks.
Freminet's passive talents play a significant role in optimizing his performance, especially the one that enhances skill damage after triggering shatter reactions.
This makes it advantageous to include hydro characters in the team for freeze and shatter synergies.
If you have access to Freminet's constellations, they can influence talent prioritization.
For instance, certain constellations enhance his skill or normal attack damage, which might shift the focus slightly.
Optimal Artifacts for Freminet
Cryo Damage Build
Blizzard Strayer Set
This set is particularly effective for a cryo-focused Freminet.
It offers a 15% Cryo DMG Bonus and up to 40% CRIT Rate increase when attacking enemies affected by Cryo or Frozen.
This set highlights Freminet's cryo damage, especially when consistently freezing enemies.
Gladiator's Finale or Shimenawa's Reminiscence: These sets can be used for an ATK% boost if you're struggling with Blizzard Strayer's CRIT Rate requirements.
Mix and Match: A combination of two pieces of Blizzard Strayer and two pieces of Gladiator's Finale or Shimenawa's Reminiscence for Cryo DMG Bonus and ATK% is also a viable option.
Physical Damage Build
Pale Flame Set
This set is the go-to choice for a physical DPS Freminet.
It provides a 25% Physical DMG Bonus and, when the Elemental Skill hits an enemy, increases ATK by 9% for 7 seconds.
This effect stacks up to 2 times and can be triggered every 0.3 seconds.
Once 2 stacks are reached, the 2-piece set effect is increased by 100%.
For a more consistent Physical DMG Bonus, this set offers a 25% increase.
You can mix and match two pieces of Bloodstained Chivalry with two pieces of Pale Flame for a balanced boost.
Main Stats and Sub-Stats Prioritization
- Sands: ATK% is generally the best choice for both builds.
- Goblet: Cryo DMG Bonus for a cryo build, and Physical DMG Bonus for a physical build.
- Circlet: CRIT Rate or CRIT DMG, depending on your current ratio. Aim for a 1:2 ratio between CRIT Rate and CRIT DMG.
- Sub-Stats: Focus on CRIT Rate, CRIT DMG, ATK%, and Energy Recharge. For a physical build, you can also consider some flat ATK.
Cryo Build: Ensure you're consistently applying Cryo to enemies for the maximum benefit from Blizzard Strayer.
Physical Build: Pair with characters who can apply Superconduct (Electro + Cryo) for reduced physical resistance on enemies.
For Physical DPS Build
Best 5-Star Options
Wolf's Gravestone: Boosts base ATK and significantly increases ATK when hitting enemies with low HP, enhancing Freminet's overall damage output.
The Unforged: Offers increased shield strength and ATK bonus, beneficial if paired with a shielder.
Song of Broken Pines: Provides Physical DMG Bonus and increased ATK speed, which synergizes well with Freminet's playstyle.
Best 4-Star Options
Serpent Spine: Increases CRIT Rate and damage dealt, but be mindful of the increased damage taken. Works excellently with Freminet's rapid attack style.
Prototype Archaic: A solid option for consistent additional ATK and potential for extra AoE damage.
Snow-Tombed Starsilver: An ideal choice for F2P players, providing Physical DMG Bonus and potential for additional cryo damage.
For Cryo DPS Build
Best 5-Star Options
Skyward Pride: Enhances Energy Recharge, allowing for more frequent use of Freminet’s Elemental Burst, and provides additional damage through its vacuum blade effect.
Best 4-Star Options
Serpent Spine: Again, a strong choice for its CRIT Rate increase and consistent damage boost.
Prototype Archaic: Provides an extra source of damage and a good ATK bonus, making it a versatile choice.
Snow-Tombed Starsilver: While more tailored for physical DPS, it remains a viable option for a cryo build due to its base ATK and cryo-related passive.
Energy Recharge vs. Attack Power
For a more burst-focused playstyle, a weapon with Energy Recharge like Skyward Pride can be more beneficial.
Otherwise, focus on increasing Freminet's ATK and CRIT stats.
Choose a weapon that complements your team composition and Freminet’s role.
For instance, if he's your main DPS in a physical damage team, a weapon like Serpent Spine or Prototype Archaic would be ideal.
Team Composition and Synergies
Physical DPS Freminet
Characters like Xingqiu or Childe.
They enable frequent shattering for Freminet’s passive buffs and facilitate freeze reactions.
Superconduct is crucial for maximizing physical damage.
Hydro support for Shatter, boosting Freminet's skill damage.
Dendro in the flex slot can turn the team into a Hyperbloom-focused composition.
Cryo DPS Freminet
For freezing enemies, enhancing crowd control and enabling shatter.
Focus on freeze and shatter mechanics.
Anemo support for debuffing enemies and grouping them, enhancing Freminet’s AoE capabilities.
Cryo support for resonance, bolstering Freminet's cryo damage.
C1: Enhanced Elemental Skill
Freminet’s C1 increases the crit rate of his Elemental Skill, Pressurized Floe, by 15%.
This boost significantly enhances the damage potential of his skill, particularly beneficial for a cryo build where the skill is used frequently.
C2: Improved Energy Management
This constellation allows Freminet to regenerate energy more efficiently.
After using his Elemental Skill, he regains 2 energy for each enemy hit, up to 3 energy if the skill is at level 4.
This energy gain aids in faster burst recharge, enabling more frequent use of his Elemental Burst, Shadowhunter's Ambush.
C4: Additional Attack Bonus
Grants up to 18% attack bonus when triggering Frozen or Superconduct reactions.
This constellation synergizes well with teams focused on shatter or superconduct, amplifying Freminet’s overall damage output in these setups.
C6: Crit Damage Enhancement
Similar to C4, but instead of attack bonus, Freminet receives up to 36% crit damage when triggering Frozen or Superconduct.
This constellation significantly elevates his damage potential, making it particularly valuable for maximizing his DPS in physical or cryo-focused teams.
Final Thoughts on Freminet
While Freminet’s damage output may not top the charts, his unique mechanics and versatile builds make him a fun and engaging addition to many team compositions.
His ability to fit into both cryo and physical teams, along with potential hyperbloom synergies, offers players creative flexibility in combat strategies.