Diluc is one of the first characters you encounter in Genshin Impact. The owner and bartender of Angel’s Share tavern and the Dawn Winery, he's 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 Mondstadt. In-game, though, this claymore user is one of the strongest DPS units, a character that functions especially well when you max out his constellation tree, making him a must in any team.
How to get Diluc
Here’s when it gets complicated. Being a 5-star unit, Diluc has a 0,6% of drop chance in the Standard Banner at all times. Of course, you can also wait for him to be featured in an Event Banner with higher chances, but that’s kind of a double-edged sword since there’s no way to predict if that will happen. Regardless of where you decide to invest your Wishes, good luck trying to get him, and if you did, congratulations! Now let’s talk about how he works in combat.
Character Overview, Skills, and Talents
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.
In terms of equipment priority, Diluc shines when you build him with 5-star weapons and artifact sets, especially with the “Wolf's Gravestone” claymore and the “Crimson Witch of Flames” artifact set. However, since getting those can take a while, you can use pretty good alternatives such as the Berserk set or the Sacrificial Sword, easier to obtain.
Normal Attack - Tempered Sword
Performs up to 4 consecutive strikes.
Drains Stamina over time to perform continuous slashes, with a more powerful slash at the end.
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.
Diluc's Charged Attack Stamina Cost is reduced by 50%, and its duration is increased by 3 seconds.
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.
Tradition of the Dawn Knight
Refunds 15% of the ores used when crafting Claymore-type weapons.
Constellation - Noctua
Diluc deals 15% more damage to enemies whose HP is above 50%.
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.
Within 2s of using Searing Onslaught, casting the next one deals 40% additional DMG. 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.
Best Weapons for Diluc
Bonus Stats - Energy Recharge
Skill - Composed
After damaging an opponent with an Elemental Skill, it has a 40/50/60/70/80% chance to end its own cooldown. It’ll trigger only once every 30/26/22/18/14 seconds.
Bonus Stats - Critical Rate
Skill - Wavesplitter
Every 4 seconds a character is active in combat, they will deal 6/7/8/9/10% more damage and take 3/2.7/2.4/2.1/1.8% more damage. This effect has a maximum of 5 stacks and will not be reset if the character goes inactive, but it’ll be reset when the character takes damage.
Bonus Stats - Attack
Skill - Wolfish Tracker
Increases Attack by 20/25/30/35/40%. On hit, attacks against enemies with less than 30% HP will increase all party members' Base Attack by 40/50/60/70/80% for 12 seconds. It’ll trigger only once every 30s.
Best Artifacts for Diluc
Crimson Witch of Flames
2 Piece Bonus: Gain a 15% Pyro damage Bonus.
4 Piece Bonus: Increases Overloaded and Burning damage by 40%. Increases Vaporize and Melt damage by 15%. Using an Elemental Skill increases 2 Piece Set effects by 50% for 10 seconds. It stacks up a maximum of 3 times.
2 Piece Bonus: Attack +18%.
4 Piece Bonus: If the wielder of this artifact set uses a Sword, Claymore or Polearm, increases their Normal Attack damage by 35%.
2 Piece Bonus: Critical Rate +12%
4 Piece Bonus: When HP is below 70%, Critical Rate increases by an additional 24%.
Example Builds for Diluc
Pure Pyro DPS
Weapon - Sacrificial Greatsword
While not as aggressive as the 5-star ones, this claymore it’s easier to obtain and has a skill that works extremely well in this context, since being able to end the cooldown of the Elemental Skill will help to trigger the Artifact set 4 Piece effect (more on that below).
Artifacts - Crimson Witch of Flames (4 pieces)
This set of artifacts 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.
Pure Attack DPS
Weapon - Wolf's Gravestone
There isn’t really a better Claymore in terms of raw Attack damage. Especially effective on co-op since not only boosts Diluc but also all the party members.
Artifacts - Gladiator's Finale (4 pieces)
Nothing too complex, but certainly effective, using 4 pieces will boost our Attack and Normal Attack damage, making it a great set that isn’t too difficult to obtain.