Raiden Shogun, a popular Electro character in Genshin Impact, is known for her powerful Elemental Burst and versatility in various roles.
This guide covers all aspects of her kit, including optimal playstyles, builds, and team compositions.
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Raiden Shogun Guide: Builds, Artifacts, Weapons & Team Setup
Raiden Shogun's Abilities
Elemental Skill: Transcendence Baleful Omen
Activating this skill grants the Eye of Stormy Judgment buff.
It contributes AoE Electro damage, although not the primary source of her damage.
Grants Elemental Burst damage bonus to party members based on their burst's energy cost and Raiden Shogun's talent level.
Lasts for 25 seconds with a 10-second cooldown, ensuring high uptime.
Elemental Burst: Secret Art Musou Shinsetsu
Transforms Raiden Shogun into an Electro-infused damage powerhouse.
Converts attacks into Electro damage, replenishing energy for the team.
Damage scales with the number of bursts used prior and their energy cost.
Benefits from energy recharge, Electro damage bonuses, and burst damage enhancements.
High at 90, but manageable due to Raiden's energy recharge focus.
Lasts for 7 seconds, with an 18-second cooldown.
Wishes Unnumbered: Generates additional resolve stacks from elemental orbs/particles, boosting burst damage.
Enlightened One: Enhances Electro damage and energy restoration based on Raiden Shogun's energy recharge rate.
Elemental Burst: Primary focus for leveling, as it's the main source of her damage and team utility.
Elemental Skill: Next priority, enhances the burst's effectiveness and provides a consistent damage boost.
Normal Attack (Origin): Lower priority, as its scaling is separate and less impactful compared to the burst.
Building Raiden Shogun: Artifacts
Optimal Artifact Sets
Emblem of Severed Fate (4-Piece): This set synergizes perfectly with Raiden Shogun's high Energy Recharge needs and her burst-focused damage output.
Thundering Fury (2-Piece) + Gladiator's Finale/Noblesse Oblige (2-Piece): For a more balanced approach between Electro damage and overall attack or burst damage.
Shimenawa's Reminiscence (4-Piece): Potentially beneficial for a more attack-focused build, but generally less effective than Emblem of Severed Fate.
Ideal Main Stats
Primary Stat: ATK% or Energy Recharge.
Depends on Raiden Shogun’s overall Energy Recharge from sub-stats and weapon.
If sufficient energy is obtained, opt for ATK%.
Primary Stat: Electro Damage Bonus.
ATK% if lacking adequate sub-stats or if Electro Goblet is not available.
Primary Stat: Crit Rate or Crit Damage.
Based on balancing her Crit Rate and Crit Damage ratio, ideally aiming for a 1:2 ratio.
Energy Recharge (until the desired threshold is reached), Crit Rate, Crit Damage, ATK%.
Ensure a good balance between Crit stats and Energy Recharge.
Overemphasis on Energy Recharge might lead to lower damage output.
Raiden Shogun's Weapons
Engulfing Lightning (Best-in-Slot)
Provides a significant boost in Energy Recharge, which is a crucial stat for Raiden.
Increases Attack based on Energy Recharge over the base 100%.
Also grants increased Energy Recharge after using an Elemental Burst.
This weapon is made for Raiden, enhancing her Electro damage through increased Energy Recharge.
The Catch (Free-to-Play Best Choice)
Easily obtainable through fishing and in-game currency.
Offers Energy Recharge and increases Elemental Burst damage and critical rate.
An excellent option for players without access to 5-star weapons, offering substantial burst damage enhancement.
Staff of Homa
Provides a high Crit Damage bonus and boosts HP.
The weapon’s effect increases Attack based on max HP, and further increases Attack when HP is less than or equal to 50%.
A powerful option for increasing Raiden Shogun’s damage output, especially effective in teams where she serves as the main DPS.
Increases Shield Strength and Attack.
Attack is further increased when hitting enemies.
Suitable for a more defensive playstyle, offering a balance between offense and defense.
Primordial Jade Winged-Spear
Increases Crit Rate and provides an Attack bonus after hitting an enemy.
A strong alternative for enhancing Raiden's crit rate and overall damage, especially in absence of Engulfing Lightning.
Boosts Energy Recharge and increases Crit Rate.
Has an additional effect of increasing Normal Attack Speed and triggering additional damage.
A viable option for players needing more Energy Recharge, though it generally offers less damage potential compared to other 5-star weapons.
Deathmatch (From Battle Pass)
Increases Crit Rate and grants an Attack bonus based on the number of enemies around the user.
A solid choice for players who require a Crit Rate boost and consistently engage in combat with fewer enemies.
Kitain Cross Spear
Increases Elemental Mastery and reduces Energy Cost for Elemental Skills at the expense of HP.
Useful for a playstyle focused on Elemental Reactions, but the HP cost requires careful management.
Provides Energy Recharge and has a chance to generate Elemental Orbs on Crit Hits, aiding energy regeneration.
Good for teams where Raiden is a primary energy battery, though it generally offers less direct damage enhancement.
Raiden Shogun's Constellations
C1: Ominous Inscription
Increases Resolve gain from Electro characters' Elemental Bursts by 80%.
Enhances Raiden's ability to generate Resolve stacks, boosting her Elemental Burst damage.
Especially beneficial in Electro-heavy teams.
Raiden's Elemental Burst ignores 60% of opponents' DEF.
This is a major power spike, drastically increasing her damage output during the Burst phase.
This makes her more effective against high-defense enemies.
C4: Pledge of Propriety
After using Musou Isshin, increases all nearby party members' ATK by 30% for 10 seconds.
Offers a team-wide ATK boost, enhancing the overall DPS of the team.
Useful in various team compositions for a general damage increase.
While using Musou Isshin, Raiden restores 0.6 Energy to all nearby characters (excluding herself) for every 1% Energy Recharge she has, every second.
Transforms Raiden into a potent energy battery, replenishing the team's energy rapidly.
Ideal for teams with high energy demands or those relying on frequent Burst usage.
Raiden Shogun's Team Compositions
Raiden as Main DPS (Hypercarry)
Focuses on triggering continuous Electro-Charged reactions, with Anemo support enhancing elemental damage and group control.
Uses Superconduct reaction to reduce physical resistance, enhancing Raiden's physical damage alongside her Electro damage.
Maximizes Electro resonance for energy regeneration, focusing on Raiden's burst damage.
Flex slot varies based on team needs.
Raiden as Sub-DPS/Support
Composition: Xiangling (DPS), Raiden Shogun, Xingqiu, Bennett.
Raiden aids in energy recharge, enabling frequent use of other characters' Elemental Bursts.
A classic team for sustained high DPS output.
Raiden provides energy support for Eula's high-cost burst while also fitting in as a sub-DPS.
Xiao Synergy Team
Raiden enhances Xiao's burst uptime, while Geo and Anemo supports provide damage boosts and survivability.
Advanced and Niche Compositions
Focuses on triggering the Hyperbloom reaction with Dendro and Hydro, with Raiden enhancing Electro damage.
Beidou Synergy Team
Composition: Beidou (DPS), Raiden Shogun, Xingqiu, Anemo support.
Contrary to popular belief, Raiden can synergize well with Beidou by alternating bursts and providing energy recharge.
Composition: Raiden Shogun, Sucrose/Kazuha (for EM boost), Pyro support (e.g., Yanfei/Bennett), Flex slot.
Increases elemental reactions like Overload, Melt, or Vaporize, with Sucrose/Kazuha amplifying the reaction damage.
Raiden Shogun’s Combat and Combo Efficiency
Before activating Raiden's Burst, use other characters’ Elemental Bursts to build Resolve stacks.
After activation, prioritize using normal attacks followed by a charged attack to maximize DPS.
A typical combo pattern: Three normal attacks followed by a charged attack, repeated throughout the Burst duration.
Energy Management and Burst Rotation
Energy Recharge Optimization
Maintain sufficient Energy Recharge to use Raiden's Burst on cooldown.
Balance between ER and offensive stats (ATK, CRIT Rate/Damage) depending on team composition and Raiden's role.
Burst Rotation Synergy
Coordinate with team members' Bursts to ensure constant energy flow and Resolve stack building.
For teams with high energy requirements, Raiden's role becomes crucial in managing and providing energy.
Raiden Shogun stands out for her high damage output and ability to support team energy needs.
Her flexibility in various team compositions and roles, along with a powerful elemental burst, makes her a valuable character in any player's roster.
Whether as a main DPS or a supportive figure, Raiden Shogun's presence on the battlefield is always impactful.