Presented as the Deaconess of the Church of Favonius and also an Idol in Mondstadt, Barbara appears early in the story, showing a kind and cheerful personality that fits her miraculous healing powers extremely well. On the battlefield, Barbara is one of the best Support units and a ridiculously overpowered healer, and the ability to pop Hydro element makes her a great companion for DPS units like Keqing or Diluc that go along with her elemental reactions.
How to get Barbara
First and foremost, you will get a Barbara entirely for free after finishing the Quest “Prologue Act III: Song of the Dragon and Freedom” and reaching Adventure Rank 10. Barbara is also obtainable by spending wishes in the Wanderlust Invocation standard banner, and she also has shown up in the past in some Event Banners and the Paimon Bargains shop.
Character Overview, Skills, and Talents
Barbara excels as a Healer, being able to even revive defeated characters when you reach Level 6 in the Constellation tree. You can try to build an overall support setup of course, but she shines especially well when you focus on her Healing abilities. She will benefit greatly from the HP Regeneration provided by the Prototype Amber weapon and the Healing Effectiveness boost from the Maiden Beloved artifact set, and the spellbook Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers and The Exile fit her Support setup.
Normal Attack - Whisper of Water
Perform up to 4 water splash attacks that deal Hydro damage.
Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to deal AoE Hydro damage after a short casting time.
Barbara descends towards the ground from mid-air, damaging all enemies in her path and dealing AoE Hydro damage upon landing.
Elemental Skill - Let the Show Begin
Summons water droplets that form a Melody Loop, dealing Hydro damage to surrounding enemies and afflicting them with the Wet status.
Barbara's Normal Attacks heal all party members and nearby allied characters for a certain amount of HP, which scales with Barbara's Max HP. Her Charged Attack generates 4 times the amount of healing. It also regenerates a certain amount of the active character's HP at regular intervals and applies the Wet status to the character and enemies who come in contact with them.
Elemental Burst - Shining Miracle
Heals friendly forces and all party members for a large amount of HP that scales with Barbara's Max HP.
The Stamina Consumption of characters within Let the Show Begin's Melody Loop is reduced by 12%.
When a character gains an Elemental Orb, the duration of Let the Show Begin's Melody Loop is extended by 1 second, up to a maximum extension of 5 seconds.
With My Whole Heart
When Perfect Cooking is achieved on a dish with restorative effects, there is a 12% chance to obtain double the product.
Constellation - Crater
Barbara regenerates 1 Energy every 10 seconds.
Reduces the cooldown of Let the Show Begin by 15%. During the ability's effect, the active character gains a 15% Hydro damage Bonus.
Star of Tomorrow
Increases the Level of Shining Miracle by 3, up to a maximum of 15.
Attentiveness be My Power
Every enemy hit by Barbara's Charged Attack regenerates 1 Energy for her. A maximum of 5 energy can be regenerated in this manner with any Charged Attack.
The Purest Companionship
Increase the Level of Let the Show Begin by 3, up to a maximum of 15.
Dedicating Everything to You
When Barbara is inactive and the active character falls, it automatically revives. Fully regenerates this character’s HP by 100%. This effect can be triggered only once every 15 mins.
Best Weapons for Barbara
Bonus Stat: HP
Skill - Gilding
Using an Elemental Burst regenerates 4 Energy every 2 seconds, for 6 seconds. Additionally, all party members will regenerate 4% HP every 2 seconds during this.
Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers
Bonus Stat: HP
Skill - Legacy
When switching characters, the new character taking the field has their Attack increased by 24% for 10 seconds. This effect can only occur once every 20 seconds.
Bonus Stat: Energy Recharge
Skill - Windfall
CRIT Hits have a 60% chance to generate a small number of Elemental Particles, which will regenerate 6 Energy for the character. Can only occur once every 12 seconds.
Best Artifacts for Barbara
2 Piece Bonus: Character Healing Effectiveness +15%.
4 Piece Bonus: Using an Elemental Skill or Burst increases healing received by all party members by 20% for 10 seconds.
2 Piece Bonus: Energy Recharge +20%.
4 Piece Bonus: Using an Elemental Burst regenerates 2 Energy for all the other party members every 2 seconds, for 6 seconds. This effect cannot stack.
2 Piece Bonus: Increases Elemental Mastery by 80.
4 Piece Bonus: After using Elemental Skill, increases all party members' Elemental Mastery by 120 for 8 seconds.
Example Builds for Barbara
Full Healer Build
Weapon - Prototype Amber
Prototype Amber can be crafted pretty early in the game, so you can start with the right foot equipping her with this Catalyst weapon that regenerates HP after an Elemental Burst.
Artifacts - Maiden Beloved (4 piece set)
The increase in Healing Effectiveness and amount of healing received makes it just the perfect choice for this build.
Overall Support Build
Weapon - Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers
Switching characters with this weapon will boost the Attack of whoever goes next, which not only is a great buff but also makes it especially helpful at the moment of creating Elemental Reactions like Superconduit or Vaporize.
Artifacts - The Exile or Instructor (4 piece set)
In this case, is just a matter of what you prefer or what fits better within your playstyle since both sets are equally good, with The Exile focusing on Energy Regeneration and Instructor on boosting Elemental Mastery.