Thoma, previously known for his role as an off-field Pyro support and shielder in Genshin Impact, has found a new and effective role in Burgeon teams.
This guide explores how to maximize Thoma's potential in these teams, focusing on his artifacts, weapons, and team compositions.
Let's dive in!
Complete Thoma Guide: Best Builds and Team Compositions
Understanding Thoma's Role
Off-Field Pyro Support: Thoma excels in providing consistent Pyro application and strong shielding while not being the active character. This is crucial in Burgeon teams where Pyro is a key element for triggering reactions.
Burgeon Reaction Enhancer: In Bloom-based teams, Thoma's ability to apply Pyro helps in triggering Burgeon reactions, resulting in significant AoE damage.
Shielding Ability: His talent for creating sturdy shields makes him valuable in protecting the active character, especially in intense combat scenarios.
Thoma's Key Talents
Normal Attack: Swiftshatter Spear
Delivers a series of spear strikes, with Pyro infusion potential during his Elemental Burst, helping in consistent Pyro application.
Elemental Skill: Blazing Blessing
Creates a Blazing Barrier that absorbs damage based on Thoma's Max HP.
The barrier's strength is enhanced when used in together with his Elemental Burst.
Key for providing damage absorption and Pyro application.
Elemental Burst: Crimson Ooyoroi
On activation, it deals AoE Pyro damage and generates a lesser version of the Blazing Barrier.
When the active character lands Normal Attacks, it triggers Fiery Collapse, dealing AoE Pyro damage.
This is crucial for setting up Burgeon reactions.
The burst’s duration and the shield's strength benefit from his HP, making HP an important stat for Thoma.
Imbricated Armor (1st Ascension Passive)
Increases the Blazing Barrier's damage absorption.
Additional bonuses are provided based on Thoma's Max HP.
Enhances shield durability, making Thoma a reliable protector in various team compositions.
Flaming Assault (4th Ascension Passive)
A portion of Thoma's Max HP is added to his Fiery Collapse damage during his Elemental Burst.
This passive creates a synergy between his defensive (HP) and offensive capabilities.
Snap and Swing (Utility Passive)
When fishing successfully in Inazuma, Thoma grants a 20% chance to score a double catch.
More of a quality-of-life passive, offering utility outside of combat.
Thoma's Elemental Burst, Crimson Ooyoroi, should be the primary focus.
It's crucial for both his shielding and Burgeon reaction roles.
The burst triggers Fiery Collapse, providing consistent Pyro application necessary for Burgeon reactions.
Additionally, it generates a Blazing Barrier, contributing to team protection.
Leveling up this talent increases both the damage of Fiery Collapse and the strength of the barrier, aligning with his dual role.
Thoma's Elemental Skill is important for its initial shield generation.
Upgrading this talent increases the Blazing Barrier's damage absorption, directly enhancing Thoma's protective capabilities.
A stronger shield from the Elemental Skill means better sustainability in prolonged battles.
His Normal Attack sequence, while useful, is less critical for Thoma in a support role.
Upgrade this if Thoma is used more actively in combat or if your team composition relies heavily on his normal attacks for triggering reactions.
Building Thoma's Artifacts
This set is ideal for Thoma in a Burgeon team, as it substantially increases his Elemental Mastery, directly boosting Burgeon reaction damage.
The 4-piece bonus is particularly effective since Burgeon teams typically consist of multiple elements.
Flower of Paradise Lost
Designed for Bloom reaction teams like Burgeon, this set offers a significant damage boost for Burgeon reactions.
The Elemental Mastery bonus is beneficial for Thoma’s role in increasing these reactions.
Mixed Sets for Elemental Mastery
Two pieces from sets like Wanderer's Troupe or Instructor
Each set grants a +80 Elemental Mastery bonus for 2 pieces.
If full sets of Gilded Dreams or Flower of Paradise Lost are not available, mixing these sets can be an effective alternative to stack Elemental Mastery.
Alternative Sets for Balanced Builds
If balancing shield strength and reaction damage, consider these options:
Tenacity of the Millelith: Boosts HP for stronger shields. 4-Piece bonus enhances team ATK and shield strength.
Noblesse Oblige (for burst support): Enhances Elemental Burst damage and team ATK with its 4-piece bonus.
Main Stats Priority
- Sands: Elemental Mastery or Energy Recharge (if ER is a concern)
- Goblet: Elemental Mastery (to maximize reaction damage)
- Circlet: Elemental Mastery or HP% (if additional shielding strength is needed)
Elemental Mastery > Energy Recharge > HP% (balance ER and HP% based on team needs and Thoma's role).
Favonius Lance (4-Star Gacha)
Offers Energy Recharge, ensuring consistent burst availability.
Generates energy particles on CRIT hits, beneficial for teams requiring frequent Elemental Burst usage.
Ideal for teams where Thoma's burst is crucial, and additional energy support is needed.
Dragon's Bane (4-Star Gacha)
Increases Elemental Mastery significantly.
Boosts damage against enemies affected by Hydro or Pyro, common in Burgeon teams.
A strong choice for maximizing Thoma's reaction damage, particularly effective in teams with constant Hydro application.
The Catch (4-Star, Obtainable from Fishing)
Provides Energy Recharge and increased Elemental Burst damage.
Further boosts Burst CRIT Rate and DMG, enhancing Thoma's off-field DPS potential.
Excellent for players focusing on Thoma's burst damage and who have reliable Energy Recharge from other sources.
Prototype Starglitter (4-Star Craftable)
Offers Energy Recharge.
Increases Normal and Charged Attack DMG after using Elemental Skill.
A viable alternative for Energy Recharge, though its passive is less effective for Thoma’s playstyle in Burgeon teams.
Synergizing with Team Compositions
Core Team Composition
Essential for Hydro application.
Xingqiu, with his consistent Hydro application, can ensure regular triggering of the Burgeon reaction.
Key for Dendro application and core of Burgeon teams.
This slot can vary based on the team's needs.
Thoma's Role and Build Focus
Thoma's main job is to maintain his shield and trigger Burgeon reactions.
Focus on Elemental Mastery to increase reaction damage and HP/energy recharge for shield durability and skill uptime.
With a Hydro character, Thoma can continually trigger Burgeon while providing shields.
This synergy creates a balance of offense and defense.
The Dendro character lays the foundation for Burgeon reactions.
Prioritize characters who can reliably apply Dendro for consistent reactions.
For increased debuffing and crowd control, an Anemo support with Viridescent Venerer set can greatly enhance overall team damage.
If more damage output is required, a secondary DPS can be included, especially useful in single-target scenarios.
Thoma's Constellations: Enhancing Performance
C1: A Comrade's Duty
When Thoma's own active shield is present, the shield strength increases by an additional 5% for each stack of his "Blazing Blessing" passive.
Improves shield durability, especially in extended fights, making him more reliable for protection.
C2: A Subordinate's Skills
Crimson Ooyoroi, Thoma's Elemental Burst, duration is increased by 3 seconds.
C4: Long-Term Planning
After using Crimson Ooyoroi, Thoma regenerates 15 energy for himself.
Improves his energy economy, making it easier to maintain burst uptime for continuous shielding and Burgeon triggering.
C6: Burning Heart
While protected by the shield generated by Crimson Ooyoroi, normal, charged, and plunging attack DMG for all party members is increased by 15%.
Boosts overall team damage output, making Thoma a more versatile support character.
Advanced Tips for Burgeon Thoma
Master Elemental Rotation
Ensure the proper application of Dendro and Hydro for Thoma to trigger Burgeon.
Swap to Thoma right after applying Dendro and Hydro to optimize Burgeon frequency.
Use Thoma's Elemental Skill and Burst to maintain continuous shielding.
Keep track of shield strength.
Stack shields from both skill and burst for maximum protection.
Energy Recharge Balance
Monitor the energy needs of your team.
Thoma’s C4 can help in his energy regeneration.
Choose weapons like Kitain Cross Spear or Favonius Lance for better energy management.
Elemental Mastery Optimization
Focus on Elemental Mastery in artifacts for enhanced Burgeon damage.
Look for substats that boost Elemental Mastery and Energy Recharge.
Final Thoughts on Thoma
Thoma's new role in Burgeon teams opens up exciting gameplay possibilities.
By focusing on Elemental Mastery and balancing it with HP, you can use Thoma effectively as an off-field damage dealer and shielder.
With the right team composition and artifact setup, Thoma can significantly contribute to the team's overall damage output, particularly in AoE scenarios.
Whether used in Burgeon teams or as a traditional shieldbot, Thoma proves to be a versatile and valuable asset in Genshin Impact.