The best Genshin Impact Hu Tao build

Hu Tao from Genshin Impact.
February 8, 2023: Hu Tao is back in her second re-run banner from February 8, 2023.

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 first rerun appeared in the November 2021 2.2 update, with another arriving in February 2023 in 3.4 alongside Yelan.

What is the Best Hu Tao Build?

Best Weapon
Alternative Weapon
Best Artifacts
Alternative Artifacts
Pyro DPS Build
Staff of Homa
Primordial Jade-Winged Spear
Crimson Witch of Flames (4 Pieces)
Gladiator's Finale (2 Pieces) & Crimson Witch of Flames (2 Pieces)

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.

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

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.

Hu Tao's Weapon screen
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What Are the Best Weapons for Hu Tao?

How to Obtain
Staff of Homa
Critical Damage
Reckless 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.
Primordial Jade Winged-Spear
Critical Rate
Eagle 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%.
Critical Rate
Gladiator: 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%.
Blackcliff Pole
Critical Damage
Press 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.
Prototype Starglitter
Energy Rechar
Magic Affinity: After using an Elemental Skill, increases Normal and Charged Attack Damage by 8% for 12 seconds. Max 2 stacks.

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.

Hu Tao's Artifact screen
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What Are the Best Artifacts for Hu Tao?

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.
Critical 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.

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.

Hu Tao Artifact Stats

Main Stat
Sub Stats
Critical Rate, Critical Damage, Attack%, HP%
Critical Rate, Critical Damage, Attack%, HP%
Critical Rate, Critical Damage, Attack%, HP
Pyro Damage Bonus%
Critical Rate, Critical Damage, Attack%, HP%
Critical Damage / Critical Rate
Critical Rate/ Critical Damage, Attack%, HP%, HP

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.

What Are Hu Tao's Skills and Talents?

Normal Attack
Performs up to 6 consecutive spear strikes.
Charged Attack
Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to enemies along the way.
Plunging Attack
Descends from mid-air to strike the ground, damaging enemies along the path and dealing AoE damage upon landing.
Elemental Skill - Guide to Afterlife
Hu 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 Soother
Commands 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 By
When 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 Rouge
When Hu Tao's HP is equal to or less than 50%, her Pyro damage Bonus is increased by 33%.
Talent#3 - The More the Merrier
When Hu Tao cooks a dish perfectly, she has a 18% chance to receive an additional "Suspicious" dish of the same type.

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.

Hu Tao's Constellation screen
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What Are Hu Tao's Constellations?

Crimson Bouquet
While in a Paramita Bouquet state activated by Guide to Afterlife, Hu Tao's Charge Attacks do not consume Stamina.
Ominous Rainfall
Increases 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 Carmine
Increases the level of Guide to Afterlife by 3, up to a maximum level of 15.
Garden of Eternal Rest
Upon 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 Incense
Increases the level of Spirit Soother by 3, up to a maximum level of 15.
Butterfly's Embrace
Triggers 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.

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.

What Are Hu Tao's Ascension Materials?

Ascension Rank
Required Level
Required Materials
20000 Mora, Agnidus Agate Sliver x1, Silk Flower x3, Whopperflower Nectar x3
40000 Mora, Agnidus Agate Fragment x3, Juvenile Jade x2, Silk Flower x10, Whopperflower Nectar x15
60000 Mora, Agnidus Agate Fragment x6, Juvenile Jade x4, Silk Flower x20, Shimmering Nectar x12
80000 Mora, Agnidus Agate Chunk x3, Juvenile Jade x8, Silk Flower x30, Shimmering Nectar x18
100000 Mora, Agnidus Agate Chunk x6, Juvenile Jade x12, Silk Flower x45, Energy Nectar x12
120000 Mora, Agnidus Agate Gemstone x6, Juvenile Jade x20, Silk Flower x60, Energy Nectar x24

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.

What Are Hu Tao's Talent Level Up Materials?

Daily Drops
Enemy Drops
Weekly Drops
Teachings/Guide/Philosophies of Diligence
Whopperflower/Shimmering/Energy Nectar
Shard of a Foul Legacy

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

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!

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