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The best builds for Arataki Itto in Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact's Arataki Itto in his elemental burst animation.
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Looking for a great Genshin Impact Itto build? The Oni gang leader is back for a banner re-run, alongside the new Electro hero, Kuki Shinobu (opens in new tab). Arataki Itto isn't a slouch—except in the delinquent aspects of his character. Just as Kokomi (opens in new tab) was a super-Barbara (opens in new tab), Itto is kind of a super-Noelle. He doesn't have the maid knight's shields or healing, but he does have the same defense-based attack buff for his burst state, as well as Geo infusion.

Like Noelle, this makes him pretty easy to build, and with the Geo-focused artifact set from the Slumbering Court (opens in new tab) domain, he's set to be a strong addition to any team, especially if you run him with Gorou. In this Genshin Impact Itto build guide, I'll give you the usual details in regards to abilities and ascension materials, but also a theorycrafted build for the five-star Geo character. 

Builds

The best Genshin Impact Itto build

Arataki Itto's real strength is his normal and charged attacks and how he buffs them with stacks of Superlative Superstrength and the Raging Oni King state he gains from his burst.

Geo DPS

  • Weapon: Redhorn Stonethresher

As usual, the best weapon for Itto is the five-star claymore that's dropping alongside him. The Redhorn Stonethresher is a pretty straightforward weapon, boosting defense by 28% and normal and charged attack damage by 40% of defense. Considering the attack buff from Itto's burst is also based on defense, this should help him deal some impressive damage.

A good alternative four-star claymore would probably be Whiteblind, since it also increases defense, and when you land a normal or charged attack, boosts both attack and defense by 6% for six seconds, stacking up to four times. Whiteblind is also a decent free-to-play weapon as you can forge and refine it yourself.

  • Artifact: (4) Husk of Opulent Dreams

The Husk of Opulent Dreams is one of the two new artifact sets that were introduced in Genshin Impact 2.3 (opens in new tab). While the other set is made for healers, this one was basically made for Itto. First, it boosts defense by 30% for two-pieces, which further adds to Itto's burst attack buff, and for four-pieces it introduces a stackable called Curiosity.

You get Curiosity by hitting characters with Geo attacks, which synergises well with Itto's burst. It can also be gained every three seconds that a character is off the field. Curiosity grants a 6% bonus to defense and Geo damage for every stack up to four, but a stack will dissipate every six seconds you don't gain one. As you'd imagine, even more defense and Geo damage, makes Itto even stronger.

How to unlock

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How to get Itto in Genshin Impact

Arataki Itto's banner, Oni's Royale, returns on June 21 and runs until July 12. He's joined by version 2.7's new four-star character, Kuki Shinobu as well as Geo bow-user Gorou and Chongyun. Arataki Itto first arrived on December 14, 2021, during the 2.3 update and this is his first banner re-run.

Abilities

Arataki Itto's abilities 

Here are Itto's abilities, passives, and Constellations:

Normal Attack: Fight Club legend
NormalPerform up to 4 consecutive strikes. When his 2nd and 4th attack hits opponents, Itto will gain stacks of Superlative Superstrength. Max 5 stacks. Triggering this effect will refresh the current duration of any existing stacks.
ChargedWhen holding to a initiate a Charged Attack, you may continuously press to use Arataki Kesagiri slashes without using any Stamina. Each Arataki Kesagiri slash will consume 1 stack of Superlative Superstrength. When the final stack is consumed, Itto will unleash a powerful attack. If there are no more stacks, he will perform a Saichimonji Slash.
PlungingPlunges from mid-air to strike the ground, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE damage upon impact.

Elemental Skill
Masatsu Zetsugi: Akaushi Burst!Hurls Ushi, the young akaushi bull and auxiliary member of the Arataki Gang, dealing Geo damage to opponents. When Ushi hits opponents, Arataki Itto will gain 1 stack of Superlative Superstrength. Ushi will remain on the field and provide support in the following ways: Taunts surrounding opponents and attracts their attacks. Inherits HP based on a percentage of Arataki Itto's Max HP. When attacked, it will provide Arataki Itto with 1 Superlative Superstrength stack. One stack can be gained this way once every 2 seconds. It will flee when its HP reaches 0 or its duration ends. It will grant Arataki Itto 1 stack of Superlative Superstrength as it leaves.
HoldAdjust throwing angle. Ushi is considered a Geo construct and Arataki Itto can only have 1 Ushi that he has deployed on the field at any one time.

Elemental Burst
Royal Descent: Behold, Itto the Evil!For a time, Itto lets his inner Raging Oni King emerge, using his Oni King's Kanabou in battle. This state has the following special properties: Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attacks will be converted to Geo. This cannot be overridden. Itto's ATK will be increased based on his DEF. His Normal Attack SPD will also be increased. On hit, the first and third attacks of his Normal Attack combo will grant Itto 1 stack of Superlative Superstrength. Itto's Elemental and Physical RES is reduced by 20%. The Raging Oni King state will be cleared when Itto leaves the field.

Passives
Arataki IchibanWhen Arataki Itto uses consecutive Arataki Kesgiri, he obtains the following effects: Each slash causes the subsequent slash to have 10% more ATK SPD. Max ATK SPD increase is 30%. Greatly increases his resistance to interruption. These effects will be cleared once he stops performing consecutive slashes.
Bloodline of the Crimson OniArataki Kesagiri DMG is increased by 35% of Arataki Itto's DEF.
Woodchuck ChuckedWhen a party member uses attacks to obtain wood from a tree, they have a 25% chance to get an additional log of wood.

Constellations
Stay Awhile And Listen UpAfter using Royal Descent: Behold, Itto the Evil, Itto gains two stacks of Superlative Superstrength. After one second, Itto will gain a stack of Superlative Superstrength every 0.5 seconds for 1.5 seconds.
Gather 'Round, It's a Brawl!After using Royal Descent: Behold, Itto the Evil, each party member whose element is Geo will decrease that skill's CD by 1.5 seconds and restore 6 energy to Arataki Itto. A maximum of 4.5 seconds CD can be decreased and 18 Energy restored in this manner.
Horns lowered, Coming ThroughIncreases level of Masatsu Zetsugi:Akaushi Burst! By 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Jailhouse Bread and Butter When the Raging Oni King state caused Royal Descent: Behold, Itto the Evil, Itto has ended , all party members gain 20% increased defense and attack for 10 seconds
10 Years of Hanamizaka FameIncreases the level of Royal Descent: Behold, Itto the Evil by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Arataki Itto, Present!Arataki Itto's Charged Attacks deal 70% increased Crit DMG. Additionally, when he uses Arataki Kesagiri, he has a 50% chance to not consume stacks of Superlative Superstrength.

Ascension materials

Arataki Itto looking angry and punching his fist into his palm.

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Arataki Itto's Ascension materials 

Character

You'll need to find specific Ascension materials to level up Arataki Itto. Geo Hypostases and Golden Wolflords drop the Prithiva Topaz items, and Riftborn Regalia are dropped by Golden Wolflords over level 30. You'll also need the following items:

  • Onikabuto
  • Slime Condensate/Secretions/Concentrate

Onikabuto are found in various areas in Inazuma, but these strange beetles are often seen on Narukami Island. Slime items are dropped—rather unsurprisingly—by slimes. You shouldn't have any issue finding these enemies, but they're often found around bodies of water. 

Talents

Here are the items you'll need to level up Arataki Itto's talents:

  • Teachings/Guide/Philosophies of Elegance
  • Slime Condensate/Secretions/Concentrate
  • Ashen Heart
  • Crown of Insight

The Elegance items are obtained from the Violet Court domain on Tuesdays,  Fridays, and Sundays while, as mentioned above, the Slime items are dropped from slime enemies of different world levels. The Ashen Heart is a reward for defeating the weekly boss La Signora at level 70 or above. Lastly, the Crown of Insight is a reward for upgrading the Frostbearing Tree in Dragonspine or the Sacred Sakura in Inazuma. You can also get it from various seasonal activities, like the recent Shadows Amidst Snowstorms event. 

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