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The best build for Tighnari in Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact 3.0 character Tighnari in Avidya forest
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Tighnari is one of the three characters that has arrived with the Sumeru update, and like Collei (opens in new tab), he's also an archer that belongs to the brand new Dendro element that's been introduced in version 3.0 (opens in new tab). Dendro is the power of plants, and though it already exists in Genshin Impact in a minor form, the Sumeru update is the first time we've seen Dendro vision characters.

So, what do we know about the fox boy? Unlike Collei, who features in the Genshin Impact prequel manga, we don't know much about him except that he's the head of the Avidya Forest rangers. His kit of abilities is also pretty wild, firing arrows that break up into multiple homing projectiles. 

In this Genshin Impact Tighnari build guide, I'll go over a potential setup, as well as his abilities and Ascension materials so you can get a better idea of what this five-star Dendro character is capable of.

Builds

The best Genshin Impact Tighnari build

Tighnari's main source of damage is through his Charged Attacks, though he gains extra damage from Elemental Mastery, thanks to his Scholarly Blade passive. This passive also happens to buff his Elemental Burst, so you should make sure to prioritise Elemental Mastery in whichever build you settle on.

  • Weapon: Hunter's Path

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the new five-star weapon in version 3.0 is Tighnari's best weapon overall. The passive skill not only increases his Charged Attacks by a considerable amount but it multiplies it by his Elemental Mastery stat. The increased Crit Rate can't be ignored either.

While the Hunter's Path bow is by far the best option for Tighnari, other options such as Polar Star or Amos' Bow can do pretty well. If you're after an easy-to-get alternative to those, The Stringless is a passable four-star option. Just be warned that none will outshine Hunter's Path as far as straight damage goes.

  • Artifacts: (4) Deepwood Memories

This new artifact set is a good all-rounder for Tighnari. As well as offering a flat percentage-based increase to his Dendro damage, an enemy's resistance to that element will also be reduced by 30% for a set amount of time, even when Tighnari is off the field.

If you're struggling with decent drops or you just want an alternative while you farm, Wanderer's Troupe will work well in the meantime. The two-piece bonus increase Elemental Mastery while the four-piece offers a hefty 35% damage increase to Charged Attacks.

How to unlock

How to get Tighnari in Genshin Impact

Tighnari's banner, Viridescent Vigil, is live now and will run throughout the first phase of the update, with Collei as a four-star alternative.

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Abilities

Tighnari's abilities

Here are Tighnari's abilities, passives, and constellations:

Normal attack: Khanda Barrier-Buster
NormalFires up to four consecutive shots with a bow.
Charged Fires a precise charged shot that deals more damage. Charge level one fires an arrow that deals Dendro damage. Charge level two fires a Wreath Arrow that deals Dendro damage and spawns four Clusterbloom Arrows that track opponents and deal Dendro damage.
PlungingFires off a shower of arrows before hitting the ground, dealing AoE damage on impact.

Elemental skill
Vijnana-Phala MineTighnari throws a Vijnana Stormheart that deals AoE Dendro damage and creates a Vijnana-Khanda field that confuses enemies within. Tighnari also gains the Vijnana-Penetrator effect which decreases Wreath Arrow charge time by 1.5 seconds. This effect ceases after three Wreath Arrows are fired.

Elemental burst
Fashioner's Tanglevine ShaftFires six Tanglevine Shafts that track opponents and deal Dendro damage. After these hit, they create another wave of Tanglevine Shafts.

Passives
Encyclopedic KnowledgeDisplays the location of nearby Sumeru resources on the mini-map.
Keen SightAfter firing a Wreath Arrow, Tighnari's elemental mastery is buffed by 50 for four seconds.
Scholarly BladeFor every point of Tighnari's elemental mastery, his charged attack and Fashioner's Tanglevine Shaft damage are increased by 0.05 percent. The max bonus from this is 50 percent.

Constellations
Beginnings Determined at the RootsTighnari's charged attack crit rate is increased by 15 percent.
Origins Known From the StemWhen opponents are within the Vajna-Khanda Field, Tighnari gains 20 percent increased Dendro damage for six seconds.
Fortunes Read Amongst the BranchesIncreases the level of Tanglevine Fashioner's Shaft by three. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Withering Glimpsed in the LeavesWhen Fashioner's Tanglevine Shaft is used, all party members gain 60 elemental mastery for eight seconds. If it triggers Burning, Bloom, Aggravate, or Spread reactions, their elemental mastery will be buffed by a further 60 and the duration of the buff will be refreshed.
Comprehension Amidst the FlowersIncreases the level of Vijnana-Phala Mine by three. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Karma Adjudged From the Leaden FruitWreath Arrow's charge time is decreased by 0.9 seconds and produces an extra Clusterbloom Arrow on hit.

Ascension materials

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Tighnari's Ascension materials

Here are Tighnari's materials for ascending his talents and leveling him up.

Character

The Nagadus Emerald variants drop from the Jadeplume Terrorshroom boss in Sumeru, and as luck would have it, the Majestic Hooked Beak item is also rewarded for defeating the same boss. You'll also need:

  • Nilotpala Lotus
  • Fungal Spores/Luminescent Pollen/Crystalline Cyst Dust

Nilotpala Lotus only bloom at night and can be found around water in the Sumeru region—the Teyvat Interactive Map (opens in new tab) should help you locate them. The other items are dropped by different levels of Fungi enemies around Sumeru.

Talent

Here's what you'll need for Tighnari's talents:

  • Admonition Scrolls
  • Fungal Spores/Luminescent Pollen/Crystalline Cyst Dust
  • The Meaning of Aeons
  • Crown of Insight

The Admonition Scrolls can be obtained from the Steeple of Ignorance domain in Sumeru on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays. As above, the Fungal Spores and their variants are dropped by Fungi enemies and the Meaning of Aeons is a potential drop from the weekly Guardian of Eternity boss in the Trounce Domain.

Finally, the Crown of Insight is usually a reward for a single event per season. You can get some by upgrading the Frostbearing Tree in Dragonspine with Crimson Agate, the Sacred Sakura in Inazuma with Electro Sigils, or by levelling the Lumenstone Adjuvant gadget in the Chasm.

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Sean's first PC games were Full Throttle and Total Annihilation and his taste has stayed much the same since. When not scouring games for secrets or bashing his head against puzzles, you'll find him revisiting old Total War campaigns, agonizing over his Destiny 2 fit, or still trying to finish the Horus Heresy. Sean has also written for EDGE, Eurogamer, PCGamesN, Wireframe, EGMNOW, and Inverse.

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