The Best Genshin Impact Hu Tao Build

What is the best Genshin Impact Hu Tao build? The 77th Director of the Wangsheng Funeral Parlor, Hu Tao, pretends to be a quirky and cheerful girl when in reality she’s the "Versemonger of the Darkest Alleys", able to communicate with ghosts. While she enjoys pranking people, her abilities on the battlefield are no joke, and she’s one of the best Pyro characters in the game.

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Hu Tao's Wish screen
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How Do I Get Hu Tao in Genshin Impact?

Hu Tao's banner, Moment of Bloom, is receiving a rerun in version 2.2, and releases on November 2. You'll also be able to wish for new Pyro character, Thoma, Cryo archer, Diona, and claymore-wielder, Sayu. This banner will last for around three weeks, taking us to the end of the current version.

What is the Best Hu Tao Build?

Hu Tao works excellently as Main Pyro DPS, similarly to Diluc. Not only does she display great offensive Pyro abilities but also her Elemental Burst regenerates her HP. As she also receives an attack boost from her max HP in her Paramita Papilio state, and HP regen from her burst, she can take quite a bit of damage and still bounce back.

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Role Best Weapon Alternative Weapon Best Artifacts Alternative Artifacts
Pyro DPS BuildStaff of HomaPrimordial Jade-Winged SpearCrimson Witch of Flames (4 Pieces)Gladiator's Finale (2 Pieces) & Crimson Witch of Flames (2 Pieces)

Pyro DPS Build

The Staff of Homa and Primordial Jade Winged-Spear, while the best candidates for this build with their bonus on Critical Damage, can be a bit tricky to obtain. What you want to do in that case is to use either Deathmatch or Blackcliff Pole, which work well as replacements for that weapon.

The Crimson Witch of Flames artifact set is by far the best for this build but since getting your hands on it can be tricky, you can replace it temporarily with the Noblesse Oblige or Berserker sets.

What Are the Best Team Comps for Hu Tao?

Hu Tao is a Pyro Main DPS character that plays extremely well either alone or with others but shines especially well if you can trigger as many reactions as possible. For this, companions that can do that such as Xingqiu or Bennett are recommended, and also whoever can give her some extra juice, like Zhongli.

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Character Element
Hu TaoPyro
BennettPyro
XingqiuHydro
ZhongliGeo
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Hu Tao's Weapon screen
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What Are the Best Weapons for Hu Tao?

Weapons like The Staff of Homa or Primordial Jade Winged-Spear and their boost on Critical damage are the only real good options for this build. You can also find a more affordable and equally good alternative in the form of the Deathmatch or Blackcliff Pole. Last but not least, if you’re looking for a craftable option, you can obtain the Prototype Starglitter if you still don’t have any of the former.

Weapon Rarity Stats Skills How to Obtain
Staff of Homa5-StarCritical DamageReckless Cinnabar: HP increased by 20%. Additionally, provides an Attack Bonus based on 0.8% of the wielder’s Max HP. When the wielder's HP is less than 50%, this Attack Bonus is increased by an additional 1% of Max HP.Wishes
Primordial Jade Winged-Spear5-StarCritical RateEagle Spear of Justice: On hit, increases Attack by 3.2% for 6 seconds. Max 7 stacks. This effect can only occur once every 0.3 seconds. While in possession of the maximum possible stacks, Damage dealt is increased by 12%.Wishes
Deathmatch4-StarCritical RateGladiator: If are there at least 2 enemies nearby, Attack increased by 16% and Defense increased by 16%. If there are less than 2 enemies nearby, Attack is increased by 24%.Wishes
Blackcliff Pole4-StarCritical DamagePress the Advantage: After defeating an opponent, Attack is increased by 12% for 30 seconds. This effect has a maximum of 3 stacks, and the duration of each stack is independent of the others.Wishes
Prototype Starglitter 4-StarEnergy RecharMagic Affinity: After using an Elemental Skill, increases Normal and Charged Attack Damage by 8% for 12 seconds. Max 2 stacks.Forge
Hu Tao's Artifact screen
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What Are the Best Artifacts for Hu Tao?

Depending on which build you choose to make, you may need Crimson Witch of Flames, Berserker, and Noblesse Oblige sets for DPS purposes. How many of these you choose to equip on her 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.

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Artifacts Two-Piece Effect Four-Piece Effect
Crimson Witch of FlamesPyro 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.
BerserkerCritical Rate +12%When HP is below 70%, Critical Rate increases by an additional 24%.
Noblesse Oblige Elemental Burst damage +20%.Using an Elemental Burst increases the entire party’s Attack by 20% for 12 seconds. This effect cannot stack.

Hu Tao Artifact Stats

Given Hu Tao's set of skills, you want to develop Critical Rate and Critical Damage as the main stats, and focus on boosting HP as the sub-stat.

Slot Main Stat Sub Stats
FeatherAttackCritical Rate, Critical Damage, Attack%, HP%
FlowerHPCritical Rate, Critical Damage, Attack%, HP%
HourglassHP%Critical Rate, Critical Damage, Attack%, HP
GobletPyro Damage Bonus%Critical Rate, Critical Damage, Attack%, HP%
HeadpieceCritical Damage / Critical RateCritical Rate/ Critical Damage, Attack%, HP%, HP

What Are Hu Tao's Skills and Talents?

Hu Tao's Skills involve a delicate dance around draining your own HP with the Elemental Skill and regenerating it by using the Elemental Burst. You need to learn how to time the using of those two skills, and once mastered, Hu Tao is easily one of the best DPS units in the game.

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Attack Effect
Normal AttackPerforms up to 6 consecutive spear strikes.
Charged AttackConsumes a certain amount of Stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to enemies along the way.
Plunging AttackDescends from mid-air to strike the ground, damaging enemies along the path and dealing AoE damage upon landing.
Elemental Skill - Guide to AfterlifeHu Tao consumes a portion of her HP to knock the surrounding enemies back and enter the Paramita Papilio state. Paramita Papilio -Increases Hu Tao's Attack based on her Max HP at the time of entering this state. Attack Bonus gained this way cannot exceed 400% of Hu Tao's Base Attack. -Converts attack damage to Pyro damage, which cannot be overridden by any other elemental infusion. -Charged attacks apply the Blood Blossom effect to the enemies hit. -Increases Hu Tao's resistance to interruption. Blood Blossom Enemies affected by Blood Blossom will take Pyro damage every 4 seconds. This damage is considered Elemental Skill damage. Each enemy can be affected by only one Blood Blossom effect at a time, and its duration may only be refreshed by Hu Tao herself. Paramita Papilio ends when its duration is over, or Hu Tao has left the battlefield or fallen.
Elemental Burst - Spirit SootherCommands a blazing spirit to attack, dealing Pyro damage in a large AoE. Upon striking the enemy, regenerates a percentage of Hu Tao's Max HP. This effect can be triggered up to 5 times, based on the number of enemies hit. If Hu Tao's HP is below or equal to 50% when the enemy is hit, both the damage and HP Regeneration are increased.
Talent#1 - Flutter ByWhen a Paramita Papilio state activated by Guide to Afterlife ends, all allies in the party (excluding Hu Tao herself) will have their Critical Rate increased by 12% for 8 seconds.
Talent#2 - Sanguine RougeWhen Hu Tao's HP is equal to or less than 50%, her Pyro damage Bonus is increased by 33%.
Talent#3 - The More the MerrierWhen Hu Tao cooks a dish perfectly, she has a 18% chance to receive an additional "Suspicious" dish of the same type.
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Hu Tao's Constellation screen
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What Are Hu Tao's Constellations?

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If you get to pull Hu Tao multiple times, you will eventually reach a level of the constellation that will turn her into an excellent DPS unit, with improvements on all her Skills and their respective cooldowns, making Hu Tao a great Main DPS for your party.

Constellation Effect
Crimson BouquetWhile in a Paramita Bouquet state activated by Guide to Afterlife, Hu Tao's Charge Attacks do not consume Stamina.
Ominous RainfallIncreases the Blood Blossom damage by an amount equal to 10% of Hu Tao's Max HP at the time the effect is applied. Additionally, Spirit Soother will also apply the Blood Blossom effect.
Lingering CarmineIncreases the level of Guide to Afterlife by 3, up to a maximum level of 15.
Garden of Eternal RestUpon defeating an enemy affected by a Blood Blossom that Hu Tao applied herself, all nearby allies in the party (excluding Hu Tao herself) will have their Critical rate increased by 12% for 15 seconds.
Floral IncenseIncreases the level of Spirit Soother by 3, up to a maximum level of 15.
Butterfly's EmbraceTriggers when Hu Tao's HP drops below 25%, or when she suffers a lethal strike: Hu Tao will not fall as a result of the damage sustained. Additionally, for the next 10 seconds, all of her Elemental and Physical Resistance is increased by 200%, her Critical Rate is increased by 100%, and her resistance to interruption is greatly increased. This effect triggers automatically when Hu Tao has 1 HP left, only once every 60 seconds.

What Are Hu Tao's Ascension Materials?

Ascending Hu Tao boosts her Critical Damage stats more than anything else, a welcomed improvement that makes her a great DPS. Farming the Primo Geovishap can take a bit, but for improving a unit as helpful as Hu Tao is for your team it's worth the effort.

Ascension Rank Required Level Required Materials
12020000 Mora, Agnidus Agate Sliver x1, Silk Flower x3, Whopperflower Nectar x3
25040000 Mora, Agnidus Agate Fragment x3, Juvenile Jade x2, Silk Flower x10, Whopperflower Nectar x15
36060000 Mora, Agnidus Agate Fragment x6, Juvenile Jade x4, Silk Flower x20, Shimmering Nectar x12
47080000 Mora, Agnidus Agate Chunk x3, Juvenile Jade x8, Silk Flower x30, Shimmering Nectar x18
580100000 Mora, Agnidus Agate Chunk x6, Juvenile Jade x12, Silk Flower x45, Energy Nectar x12
690120000 Mora, Agnidus Agate Gemstone x6, Juvenile Jade x20, Silk Flower x60, Energy Nectar x24

What Are Hu Tao's Talent Level Up Materials?

An important part of building Hu Tao is remembering to level up her 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 Hu Tao talent upgrade order:

  • Elemental Skill
  • Elemental Burst
  • Normal Attack
Daily Drops Enemy Drops Weekly Drops
Teachings/Guide/Philosophies of DiligenceWhopperflower/Shimmering/Energy NectarShard of a Foul Legacy

And that's everything you need to know about Genshin Impact Hu Tao! You now have all the info you need to make the most of the 77th Director of the Wangsheng Funeral Parlor in combat. Good luck!