Let's take a look at everyone's favourite flame-throwing Genshin Impact fighter Diluc. He's a rare pull, but if you manage to get him, we suggest you try to get the best Diluc build.
What is the best build for the coveted hero? One of the first characters you encounter in Genshin Impact's story, Diluc is the owner and bartender of Angel’s Share tavern and the Dawn Winery in Monstadt: a rich nobleman by birth and descendant of Ragnvindr, the Dawn Knight. This stoic character also has an alter ego, a vigilante persona named “Darknight Hero”, the nocturnal guardian of the city. He's a Pyro elemental, and wields a claymore as weaponry.
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How Do I Get Diluc in Genshin?
Diluc is obtainable by spending wishes in the Wanderlust Invocation standard banner. Good luck obtaining him!
Diluc hasn't had a banner rerun recently, but his new skin - Red Dead of Night - is available for purchase. The skin comes with its own story, and is featured in the Hidden Strife Event.
What Are the Best Diluc Builds?
Being a purely aggressive DPS, Diluc doesn’t have the versatility that other units such as Jean or Venti possess, so the approach to equipping him it’s pretty much straightforward. Our recommended builds will be pretty much the same with some variations on whether they emphasize boosting Pyro damage or raw Attack.
Below are two of the best Diluc builds right now. You can keep reading to find out the hows and whys of these particular Diluc builds, but if you've used him before, you'll quickly understand the thought process behind his best weapon and artifact choices.
|Role||Best Weapon||Alternative Weapon||Best Artifacts||Alternative Artifacts|
|Pyro DPS Build||Wolf's Gravestone||Prototype Archaic||Crimson Witch of Flames (4 Pieces)||Gladiator's Finale (2 Pieces) & Crimson Witch of Flames (2 Pieces)|
|Physical DPS Build||Song of Broken Pines||Wolf's Gravestone||Pale Flame (2 Pieces) & Bloodstained Chivalry (2 Pieces)||Gladiator's Finale (2 Pieces) & Bloodstained Chivalry (2 Pieces)|
Pure Pyro DPS
While Wolf’s Gravestone is the perfect choice for this build, it is also a difficult weapon to obtain, so as a great alternative you can craft Prototype Archaic. The Crimson Witch of Flames set not only gives a juicy 15% extra bonus on Pyro damage, but also boosts the Elemental Reactions related to Pyro. The cherry on top is the ability to boost its own 2 Piece effect every time we use an Elemental Skill. Simply the best choice.
Physical DPS Build
Weapons that boost physical damage are the only real good option for this build, which makes The Song of Broken Pines easily the best option for Diluc. You can also find a more affordable alternative that’s equally good in Wolf's Gravestone if you’re still don’t have the former. A 2-2 mixed set of Pale Flame and Bloodstained Chivalry is the best option for the same reason as the greatsword since Diluc needs as much Physical DMG as he can get.
What Are the Best Team Comps for Diluc?
On the battlefield, he’s a great Main DPS unit and a greatsword user that can hit heavily, making him a great asset for an offensive role. Bennett provides great elemental Resonance, with Xingquiu acting as the trigger for Elemental Reactions and Sucrose providing the needed support.
What Are the Best Weapons for Diluc?
Weapons like Wolf's Gravestone that boost Attack or Song of the Broken Pines and its boost on Physical Damage are the only real good options for these builds. You can also find a more affordable and equally good alternative in the form of the Snow-Tombed Starsilver. Last but not least, if you’re looking for a craftable option, you can obtain the Prototype Archaic if you still don’t have any of the former.
|Weapon||Rarity||Base Attack||Additional Stat||How to Obtain|
|Wolf's Gravestone||5-Star||46||ATK 10.8%||Wishes|
|Serpent Spine||4-Star||42||CRIT Rate 6.0%||Battle Pass Reward|
|Skyward Pride||5-Star||48||Energy Recharge 8%||Wish|
|Prototype Archaic||4-Star||44||ATK 6.0%||Forge|
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What Are the Best Artifacts for Diluc?
Depending on which build you choose to make, you may need the Crimson Witch of Flames set in case you want to use Diluc as a Pyro DPS, or Pale Flame for Physical DPS purposes. How many of these you choose to equip on him will depend on your gameplay, so it is suggested that you test different builds, how they work as mixed or full sets and you can decide then.
|Artifacts||Two-Piece Effect||Four-Piece Effect|
|Crimson Witch of Flames||Pyro damage Bonus +15%||Increases Overloaded and Burning damage by 40%. Increases Vaporize and Melt damage by 15%. Using an Elemental Skill increases the 2 Piece Bonus by 50% for 10 seconds. Max 3 stacks.|
|Pale Flame||Physical damage +25%||When an Elemental skill hits an opponent, Attack is increased by 9% for 7 seconds. This effect stacks up to 2 times and can be triggered once every 0.3s. Once 2 stacks are reached, the 2 piece bonus is increased by 100%.|
|Bloodstained Chivalry||Physical damage +25%||After defeating an opponent, increases Charged Attack damage by 50% and reduces its Stamina cost to 0 for 10 seconds.|
|Gladiator's Finale||Attack +18%.||If the wielder of this artifact set uses a Sword, Claymore or Polearm, increases their Normal Attack damage by 35%.|
Diluc Artifact Stats
Given Diluc's set of skills, you want to develop Attack and Critical values as the main stats and focus on boosting Elemental Mastery as the sub-stat.
|Slot||Main Stat||Sub Stats|
|Feather||Attack||Critical Rate, Critical Damage, Attack%, Elemental Mastery|
|Flower||HP||Critical Rate, Critical Damage, Attack%, Elemental Mastery|
|Hourglass||Attack%||Critical Rate, Critical Damage, Elemental Mastery, Energy Recharge|
|Goblet||Pyro Damage Bonus||Critical Rate, Critical Damage, Attack%, Elemental Mastery|
|Headpiece||Critical Rate/ Critical Damage||Critical Rate/ Critical Damage, Attack%, Elemental Mastery, Energy Recharge|
What Are Diluc's Skills and Talents?
Beidou's Elemental Skill, Tidecaller, can be a bit difficult to perfect, but extremely useful and fun to play once mastered, if timed correctly. Stormbreaker will also obliterate the enemies around you, making Beidou a great option as Main DPS
|Normal Attack||Performs up to 4 consecutive strikes.|
|Charged Attack||Charged Attack Drains Stamina over time to perform continuous slashes, with a more powerful slash at the end.|
|Plunging Attack||Diluc descends from mid-air to strike the enemies below, dealing AoE damage upon impact.|
|Elemental Skill - Searing Onslaught||Performs a forward slash that deals Pyro damage. This skill can be used 3 times consecutively. Enters a cooldown of 10 seconds if it’s not cast again within a short period.|
|Elemental Burst Dawn||Releases flames that deal Pyro damage and knockback nearby enemies. When the flames come back to the weapon, Diluc will summon a Phoenix that flies forward and deals Pyro damage to all the enemies in its path. Once it reaches its destiny, the Phoenix explodes causing a large amount of AoE Pyro damage. Normal and Charged Attacks will additionally deal Pyro damage for 8 seconds.|
|Talent#1 - Relentless||Diluc's Charged Attack Stamina Cost is reduced by 50%, and its duration is increased by 3 seconds.|
|Talent#2 - Blessing of Phoenix||The Pyro Enchantment provided by Dawn lasts 4 more seconds. Diluc gains a 20% Pyro damage bonus while this effect is active.|
|Talent#3 - Tradition of the Dawn Knight||Refunds 15% of the ores used when crafting Claymore-type weapons.|
What Are Diluc's Constellations?
If you get to pull Diluc multiple times, you will eventually reach a level of the constellation that will turn him into an excellent DPS unit, with improvements on all his Skills and their respective cooldowns, making Diluc a great tool to tackle the offensive on the battlefield.
|Conviction||Diluc deals 15% more damage to enemies whose HP is above 50%.|
|Searing Ember||When Diluc takes damage, his base Attack increases by 10%, and his Attack SPD increases by 5%, for 10 seconds. It can stack up to 3 times and it’ll trigger only once every 1.5 seconds.|
|Fire and Steel||Increases the level of Searing Onslaught by 3, up to a maximum of 15.|
|Flowing Flame||Within 2s of using Searing Onslaught, casting the next one deals 40% additional Damage. This effect lasts for the next 2 seconds.|
|Phoenix, Harbinger of Dawn||Increases the level of Dawn by 3, up to a maximum of 15.|
|Flaming Sword, Nemesis of Dark||After using Searing Onslaught, the next 2 Normal Attacks within the next 6 seconds will have their damage and Attack Speed increased by 30%. Searing Onslaught won’t interrupt the Normal Attack combo.|
What Are Diluc's Ascension Materials?
Ascending Diluc boosts his Attack and Critical Rate stats more than anything else, a welcomed improvement that makes him a great Main DPS. Farming the Pyro Regisvine can take a bit, but for improving a unit as helpful as Diluc is for your team it's worth the effort.
|Ascension Rank||Required Level||Required Materials|
|1||20||20000 Mora, Agnidus Agate Sliver x1, Small Lamp Grass x3, Recruit's Insignia x3|
|2||50||40000 Mora, Agnidus Agate Fragment x3, Everflame Seed x2, Small Lamp Grass x10, Recruit's Insignia x15|
|3||60||60000 Mora, Agnidus Agate Fragment x6, Everflame Seed x4, Small Lamp Grass x20, Sergeant's Insignia x12|
|4||70||80000 Mora, Agnidus Agate Chunk x3, Everflame Seed x8, Small Lamp Grass x30, Sergeant's Insignia x18|
|5||80||100000 Mora, Agnidus Agate Chunk x6, Everflame Seed x12, Small Lamp Grass x45, Lieutenant's Insignia x12|
|6||90||120000 Mora, Agnidus Agate Gemstone x6, Everflame Seed x20, Small Lamp Grass x60, Lieutenant's Insignia x24|
What Are Diluc's Talent Level Up Materials?
An important part of building Diluc 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 him to play in your team, but here's the most common Diluc talent upgrade order:
- Normal Attack
- Elemental Skill
- Elemental Burst
|Daily Drops||Enemy Drops||Weekly Drops|
|Teachings/Guide/Philosophies of Resistance||Recruit's/ Sargeant's/ Lieutenant's Insignia||Dvalin's Plume|
And that's everything you need to know about Genshin Impact Diluc! You now have all the info you need to make the most of Darknight Hero in combat. Good luck!