23 Jul 2021 3:03 PM +00:00

The best Genshin Impact Albedo build

What is the best Genshin Impact Albedo build? On top of being able to conjure up shields without even being on the field, both Albedo's Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst abilities can deal frequent and earth-shattering damage without too much work, boosting his teammates' DPS in the process. He isn't much to write home about to start with, but with the best Genshin Impact Albedo builds and a team centred around his particular set of skills, you'll have yourself a sub DPS unit that can quickly and efficiently switch in to deal staggering amounts of AoE damage.

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Genshin Impact Albedo character art
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How Do I Get Albedo in Genshin?

Albedo was obtainable shortly after the release of the patch that introduced the area of Dragonspine, where he served as a major character during its storyline. He featured as the rate-up character in the Secretum Secretorum banner.

Will Albedo Get a Rerun?

As soon as Klee had her rerun at the start of patch 1.6, a pattern began to form that suggested Albedo would get a rerun, giving players another chance to unlock him or his constellations. As of patch 2.0, however, he has yet to return, and it's unknown if he ever will.

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What Are the Best Albedo Builds?

Below are two of the best Albedo builds right now. You can keep reading to find out the hows and whys of these particular Albedo builds, but if you've used him before, you'll quickly understand the thought process behind his best weapon and artifact choices.

Simply put, the best Albedo builds use his DEF stat scaling to increase his damage, relying secondly on building up his Geo DMG, CRIT DMG and CRIT Rate to ensure his Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst deals the most amount of damage possible with each use.

Of course, which of the two best Albedo builds you choose will depend entirely on how you plan to play the Geo character. He's a versatile choice, after all. We'll go over good party compositions after this, but let's focus on kitting him out first.

Role Best Weapon Alternative Weapon Best Artifacts Alternative Artifacts
Elemental Skill Sub DPSHarbinger of Dawn / Festering DeFestering Desire / Traveler's Handy SwordArchaic Petra (four piece set)Tenacity of the Millelith (four-piece set)
Elemental Burst Sub DPSSkyward BladeFestering Desire / Harbinger of DawnArchaic Petra + Noblesse ObligeArchaic Petra (two-piece) or Noblesse Oblige (two-piece

Elemental Skill Sub DPS Build

For the most part, building Albedo around his Elemental Skill will be the better, more accessible approach for the average player. His Elemental Skill comes off cooldown almost as fast as you can switch out and back in.

As it does respectable damage when dropped on or slightly near enemies, it's a good way to increase the character's DPS as opposed to just letting its lingering on-hit effect be its only use.

Elemental Burst Sub DPS Build

By focusing on ways to boost Albedo's easily charged Elemental Burst, you can deal massive amounts of burst damage in a wide area, leaving a large DMG buff behind for other characters to then clean up with. This will obviously climb further after unlocking Albedo's second constellation (at which point it's the go-to build) but even before that, if you happen to have the right items to build him this way, it's not a bad approach.

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A lineup of the best Albedo team comp.
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What Are the Best Team Comps for Albedo?

Although the area left by his Elemental Skill is large, the area DMG of its effect is not. It's not necessary, but getting the most out of Albedo's kit requires finding a way to group enemies up so that each trigger of his Elemental Skill hits multiple opponents.

As his talents and weapons all complement the team well with his own skills, using characters that can group enemies up and rapidly damage them with their own talents will make a big difference. Here's a great Albedo team comp to use if you're able:

Character Element
AlbedoGeo
DilucPyro
FischlElectro
VentiAnemo

Right now, this is one of the best team comps for Albedo at virtually any level. Having Fishcl at Constellation six will make a big difference, but the core idea remains the same:

  • Use Venti's Elemental Burst to pull a group of enemies together.
  • Drop Albedo's Elemental Skill on top of them.
  • Use Diluc's Elemental Burst to trigger the Geo AoE damage and infuse the Venti's Anemo cyclone with Pyro for Swirl damage.
  • Use Fischl to drop Oz on the pack and burst them down with her rapid Normal Attacks.
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It's complicated, but each of these characters requires little Energy, and they all have high Energy Recharge thanks to their chaining reactions. It's one of the best team comps for Albedo right now, allowing for virtually non-stop Elemental Burst barrages.

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What Are the Best Weapons for Albedo?

As Albedo doesn't lean much on his Normal Attacks, the weapon he uses is based purely on the stats it provides. Base ATK comes as standard on his top picks, but it's the CRIT DMG, Energy Recharge, or DEF% bonus stat and effects you're looking to put to use with these.

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Weapon Rarity Stats Effect How to Obtain
Harbinger of DawnThree-starBase ATK / CRIT DMGWhen HP is above 90%, increases CRIT Rate by 14%.Wish
Traveler's Handy SwordThree-starBase ATK / DEF %Each Elemental Orb or Particle collected restores 1% HP.Chests / Crash Course Quest
Festering DesireFour-starBase ATK / Energy ReIncreases Elemental Skill DMG by 16% and Elemental Skill CRIT Rate by 6%.Event

In a rare case for any five-star character in Genshin Impact, Albedo puts the very common three-star weapon Harbinger of Dawn to better use than some gacha swords. Festering Desire from the limited-time Dragonspine event was another great option, given it was available for free at the same time as him.

If you still have it from the Kaeya unlock quest or find it in a chest in the overworld, the Traveler's Handy Sword is another surprisingly useful three-star weapon for Albedo.

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What Are the Best Artifacts for Albedo?

Albedo makes a great case for the Geo Artifact sets that looked a little pointless before he was introduced. Thanks to just how frequently he can deal Geo damage through his Elemental Skill and rapidly recharging Elemental Burst, anything you can do to boost this stat will help.

As Albedo is commonly used as a sub-DPS unit, a full Archaic Petra set works well. It boosts his Geo damage for when he sets up his Elemental Skill, then allows other team members to gain a damage bonus as it lingers on the field.

Noblesse Oblige works in a similar manner, only boosting Albedo's powerful Elemental Burst especially, giving his teammates a healthy 20% damage boost in the process.

Best Artifacts Two-piece Effect Four-piece Effect
Archaic PetraGain a 15% Geo damage Bonus.Upon obtaining an Elemental Shard Created through a Crystallize Reaction, all party members gain a 35% damage Bonus for that particular element for 10 seconds. Only one form of Elemental damage Bonus can be gained in this manner at any one time.
Noblesse ObligeElemental Burst damage +20%.Using an Elemental Burst increases all party members' Attack by 20% for 12 seconds. This effect cannot stack.
Tenacity of the MillelithHP +20%When an Elemental Skill hits an opponent, the Attack of all nearby party members is increased by 20% and their Shield Strength is increased by 30% for 3 seconds.

Albedo Artifact Stats

Before you go trying to grind these artifacts, it's best to know which stats to look out for. Leveling up an artifact with less-than-favourable stats is a waste of precious materials and Mora. For Albedo, it's a matter of building up his damage by stacking DEF whenever possible. Once you've found a Geo DMG goblet, just work on stacking DEF, CRIT Rate, and CRIT DMG through various sub stat rolls.

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Slot Main Stat Sub Stats
FeatherATKDEF, CRIT Rate, CRIT DMG
FlowerHPDEF, CRIT Rate, CRIT DMG
HourglassDEF% or Energy RechargeDEF, CRIT Rate, CRIT DMG
GobletGeo DMG BonusDEF, CRIT Rate, CRIT DMG
HeadpieceCRIT Rate or CRIT DMGDEF, CRIT Rate, CRIT DMG

What Are Albedo's Skills and Talents?

Albedo excels as a Geo Sub DPS unit. His Elemental Burst will trigger an Elemental Mastery buff for the entire party, so triggering Elemental Reactions will deliver great results thanks to it, which will be reflected with this setup. The Archaic Petra and Noblesse Oblige sets will be the best options, accompanied by the Skyward Blade.

Attack Effect
Normal Attack (tap)Perform up to 5 rapid strikes
Charged Attack (hold)Deal two rapid strikes, pushing the target and Albedo away.
Plunge (hold in air)Deals area damage.
Elemental Skill - Abiogenesis: Solar IsotomaDrops a Geo construct on the target location, which will lift up when a friendly character steps on it. While active, once every two seconds, enemies hit within the area around the construct will take AoE Geo damage based off Albedo's DEF.
Elemental Burst - Rite of Progeniture: Tectonic TideDeals AoE Geo damage in the area in front of Albedo. If used within Abiogenesis: Solar Isotoma, seven Fatal Blossoms will explode, dealing AoE Geo damage to enemies within its area of affect.
Talent #1Transient Blossoms generated by Abiogenesis: Solar Isotoma deal 25% more DMG to opponents whose HP is below 50%.
Talent #2Using Rite of Progeniture: Tectonic Tide increases the Elemental Mastery of nearby party members by 125 for 10s.
Passive When Albedo crafts Weapon Ascension Materials, he has a 10% chance to receive double the product.
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Albedo's constellation page in Genshin Impact.
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What Are Albedo's Constellations?

If you're lucky enough to pull Albedo multiple times, you'll quickly unlock the true potential of his powerful Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst. His second Constellation is the true aim in the situation. With it, the damage of Albedo's Elemental Burst will scale rapidly, as enemies are struck within his ever-present Elemental Skill. As his cooldowns are virtually non-existent, it means a near-constant 120% damage boost to an already painful ability.

Constellation Effect
Flower of EdenTransient Blossoms generated by Albedo's Abiogenesis: Solar Isotoma regenerate 1.2 Energy for Albedo.
Opening of PhanerozoicAlbedo gains a stack of Fatal Reckoning for each Transient Blossom generated by Abiogenesis: Solar Isotoma up to a maximum of four times. Each stack increases the damage of the next Rite of Progeniture: Tectonic Tide by 30% of Albedo’s DEF.
Grace of HeliosIncreases the Level of Abiogenesis: Solar Isotoma by 3.
Descent of DivinityActive party members within the Solar Isotoma field have their Plunging Attack DMG increased by 30%.
Tide of HadeanIncreases the Level of Rite of Progeniture: Tectonic Tide by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Dust of PurificationActive party members within the Solar Isotoma field who are protected by a shield created by Crystallize have their DMG increased by 17%.

What Are Albedo's Ascension Materials?

Ascending Alebdo boosts his HP, ATK, DEF, and Geo DMG. Those last two are incredibly important to Alebdo's damage potential. You'll notice him become vastly more powerful as you raise him through the ranks. And, thankfully, it isn't too hard to do so. Cecilia and Sealed Scrolls aren't commonly used and can be easily gathered. After that, it's just a matter of farming Geo Hypostasis for Basalt Pillars and Prithivia Topaz.

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Ascension Rank Required Level Required Materials
One2020,000 Mora, Prithiva Topaz Sliver x1, Cecilia x3, Divining Scroll x3
Two4040,000 Mora, Prithiva Topaz Fragment x3 Basalt Pillar x2, Cecilia x10, Divining Scroll x15
Three5060,000 Mora, Prithiva Topaz Fragment x6, Basalt Pillar x4, Cecilia x20, Sealed Scroll x12
Four6080,000 Mora, Prithiva Topaz Chunk x3, Basalt Pillar x8, Cecilia x30, Sealed Scroll x18
Five70100,000 Mora, Prithiva Topaz Chunk x6, Basalt Pillar x12, Cecilia x45, Forbidden Curse Scroll x12
Six80120,000 Mora, Prithiva Topaz Gemstone x6, Basalt Pillar x20, Cecilia x60, Forbidden Curse Scroll x24

What Are Albedo's Talent Level Up Materials?

Another important part of building Albedo is remembering to level up his talents and abilities. The order in which you go about this will change slightly depending on the role you expect Albedo to play in your team, but here's the most common Albedo talent upgrade order:

  • Elemental Skill
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  • Elemental Burst
  • Basic Attack

Here are the materials you'll need to max out his talents:

Daily Drops Enemy Drops Weekly Drops
Teachings/Guide/Philosophies of BalladDivining/Sealed/Forbidden Curse ScrollTusk of Monoceros Caeli

In fact, you don't really need to level up his basic attack at all. Given there's a good chance you'll be using a three-star weapon with this guy, that should be all the reason you need to understand he's not here to simply slash at enemies. His damage comes more or less exclusively from his Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst.