A cute little catgirl and a prodigy at making cocktails and other alcoholic beverages, Diona is a bow user that works at The Cat’s Tail. This tavern located in Mondstadt started growing more popular since she joined as the bartender, which is extremely ironic since she hates alcoholic drinks. However, on the battlefield Diona acts as a top-tier Cryo Support character, being proficient at healing and providing shields to her teammates.
How to get Diona
Currently, Diona is obtainable in the “Energy Amplifier Initiation” event, which will run until May 17th, 2021, and we got you covered with this event guide. She’s also obtainable by spending wishes in the Standard Banner “Wanderlust Invocation”. Good luck obtaining her, and now let’s talk about how she develops in combat!
Character Overview, Skills, and Talents
Diona is versatile enough to be able to fill the role of Supporter or Healer, depending on what you need. Her shielding abilities are extremely useful in battle and while almost any party setup will benefit from them, she’s able to find really good synergy with companions like Razor or Keqing, providing the opportunity of acting as backup and the ability to trigger Superconduct Elemental Reactions. In terms of equipment, however, we have several possible approaches depending on our budget and arsenal.
Weapons like the Sacrificial Bow will always be welcomed, since cutting the cooldown of Elemental Skills is always useful, but perhaps the Favonius Warbow helps Diona to shine even brighter, adding a significant boost on Energy Recharge and Elemental Orb generation. Artifact sets like Noblesse Oblige work perfectly within a Support context, and Beloved Maiden/The Exile will boost her Energy Recharge and Healing Effectiveness values, which is always a useful thing for a Healing build.
Normal Attack - Katzlein Style
Performs up to 5 consecutive shots with a bow.
Perform a more precise Aimed Shot with increased damage. While aiming, biting frost accumulates on the arrowhead. A fully charged frost arrow will deal Cryo damage.
Fires off a shower of arrows in mid-air before falling and striking the ground, dealing AoE damage upon impact.
Elemental Skill - Icy Paws
Diona shoots an Icy Paw that deals Cryo damage to opponents and creates a shield on hit. The shield's damage Absorption scales based on Diona's Max HP, and its duration depends on the number of Icy Paws that hit their target.
Quickly shoots off 2 Icy Paws.
Dashes back before shooting five Icy Paws. The shield created by a Hold attack will gain a 75% damage Absorption Bonus and a 250% Cryo damage Absorption Bonus. It will also cause your active character to become affected by Cryo after it forms, for a short duration.
Elemental Burst - Signature Mix
Tosses out a special cold brew that deals AoE Cryo damage and creates a Drunken Mist in an AoE.
This mist continuously deals Cryo damage to opponents within the AoE, and regenerates the HP of characters within it.
Cat's Tail Secret Menu
Characters shielded by Icy Paws have their Movement Speed increased by 10% and their Stamina Consumption decreased by 10%.
Opponents who enter the AoE of Signature Mix have a 10% reduced Attack for 15 seconds.
Complimentary Bar Food
When Perfect Cooking is achieved on a dish with restorative effects, there is a 12% chance to obtain double the product.
Constellation - Feles
A Lingering Flavor
Regenerates 15 Energy for Diona after the effects of Signature Mix.
Shaken, Not Purred
Increases Icy Paws' damage by 15%, and increases its shield's damage absorption by 15%. When the Icy Paws hit their targets, creates a shield for other nearby characters on the field, with 50% of the Icy Paws shield's damage absorption, for 5 seconds.
Increases the Level of Signature Mix by 3, up to a maximum level of 15.
Wine Industry Slayer
Within the radius of Signature Mix, Diona's charge time for aimed shots is reduced by 60%.
Double Shot, On The Rocks
Increases the level of Icy Paws by 3, up to a maximum level of 15.
Cat's Tail Closing Time
Characters within Signature Mix's AoE will gain the following effects based on their HP:
-Increasing Incoming Healing Bonus by 30% when HP falls below or is equal to 50%.
-Elemental Mastery increased by 200 when HP is above 50%.
Best Weapons for Diona
Bonus Stat: Energy Recharge
Skill - Composed
After damaging an opponent with an Elemental Skill, the skill has a 40/50/60/70/80% chance to end its own cooldown. Can only occur once every 30/26/22/18/14s.
Bonus Stat: Energy Recharge
Skill - Windfall
CRIT hits have a 60/70/80/90/100% chance to generate 1 Elemental Orb, which will regenerate 6 Energy for the character. Can only occur once every 12/10.5/9/7.5/6s.
Bonus Stat: HP
Skill - Cull the Weak
Defeating an opponent restores 8% HP.
Best Artifacts for Diona
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: Elemental Burst damage +20%.
4 Piece Bonus: Using an Elemental Burst increases all party members' Attack by 20% for 12 seconds. This effect cannot stack.
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.
Example Builds for Diona
Weapon - Sacrificial Bow or Favonius Warbow
While being able to cut down the cooldown with the Sacrificial Bow is certainly useful, I’d prioritize the Favonius Warbow if you can afford it, since being able to generate even more Elemental Orbs is better overall.
Artifacts - Noblesse Oblige (4 piece bonus)
The Noblesse Oblige set will activate after our Elemental Bursts, providing an Attack buff to the party, which is fitting for a supporting role.
Weapon - Recurve Bow
In a build focused on healing like this, having a weapon that accompanies that approach is always preferred, and the Recurve Bow heals its user with every enemy defeated, so it’s more than an adequate option.
Artifacts - Maiden Beloved or The Exile (4 piece bonus)
Maiden Beloved will boost Diona’s Healing Effectiveness, but since it can be tricky to get our hands on these artifacts, a good replacement for it it’s The Exile set, which will boost Diona’s Energy Recharge and Regeneration.