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The best builds for Baal in Genshin Impact

Baal posing with her Electro sword in one of Inazuma's domains
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So you've got Baal in Genshin Impact and want to use her—but what's the best Baal build? The Raiden Shogun arrived in Genshin Impact 2.1, though we already saw what she could do up close and personal when we fought her in the Inazuma Archon quest. Unsurprisingly, it turns out she's pretty powerful.

The Raiden Shogun is the ultimate battery, and basically scales with a single stat, gaining increased Electro damage and energy restoration based on her energy recharge. Her burst deals more damage based on other characters charging it with their bursts, but when she uses hers, she can recharge theirs in turn, creating a deadly cycle of burst feeding burst.

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There's also more to the Raiden Shogun than meets the eye. If you've played through the new 2.1 Archon quest, you'll have realised there's a lot of crazy stuff that relates to her character, such as the fact that Baal isn't actually her name at all.

In this Genshin Impact Raiden Shogun build guide, I'll go into her abilities, constellations, and how to make the most of her with some builds.

Builds

The best Genshin Impact Baal build

Since the Raiden Shogun's Electro damage scales with her energy recharge, any good build for her will try to stack it as high as possible.

Electro DPS

  • Weapons: Engulfing Lightning

The new five-star polearm that arrives in version 2.1 is perfect for Raiden—unsurprising when you consider it's actually her weapon. Engulfing Lightning provides a secondary stat boost to energy recharge, and increases attack 28% of however much energy recharge you have over the base 100%. This offers a maximum bonus of 80%. You also get 30% bonus energy recharge for 12 seconds after casting an elemental burst.

As Raiden's Electro damage scales for every 1% of energy recharge she has over the base 100%, Engulfing Lightning simply adds another layer to that effect.  Some other possible four-star picks are Prototype Starglitter, the Favonius Warlance, or even the new fishing reward spear for version 2.1, The Catch. Though you'll need to farm some Golden Koi if you want it.

  • Artifact: Emblem of Severed Fate

Just as with Sara, the Emblem of Severed Fate artifact set is great for the Raiden Shogun. With a two-piece, she gains 20% energy recharge, further strengthening her, and for four-pieces she gets yet another  bonus based on energy recharge, increasing burst damage by 25% of the stat. You can get a max bonus of 75% this way. Though Engulfing Lightning and Severed Fate both have caps on the damage bonus they can offer Raiden based on energy recharge, her passive ability, Enlightened One, does not. 

This means she should be able to reach some fairly great numbers. If you don't have full Severed Fate, you could also add a couple of pieces of Thundering Fury for the Electro damage bonus, or Exile and Scholar, for their 20% energy recharge boost.

How to unlock

How to get Baal in Genshin Impact

You can currently wish for the Raiden Shogun as part of the Reign of Serenity banner. She's featured alongside four-star Electro archer, Kujou Sara, as well as Anemo support character, Sucrose, and Pyro polearm-wielder, Xiangling.

Abilities

Baal's abilities

Here are the Raiden Shogun's abilities, passives, and Constellations:

Normal Attack: Origin
Normal:Performs up to five consecutive spear strikes.
Charged:Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to perform an upward slash.
Plunging: Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE damage upon impact.

Elemental Skill
Transcendence - Baleful Light:The Raiden Shogun unveils a shard of her Euthymia, dealing Electro damage to nearby opponents, and granting nearby party members the Eye of Stormy Judgement.
Eye of Stormy Judgement:When characters with this buff attack and hit opponents, the Eye will unleash a coordinated attack, dealing AoE Electro damage at the opponent's position. The Eye can initiate one coordinated attack every 0.9s per party.

Elemental Burst
Secret Art - Musou Shinsetsu:Gathering truths unnumbered and wishes uncounted, the Raiden Shogun unleashes the Musou no Hitotachi and deals AoE Electro damage, using Musou Isshin in combat for a certain duration afterward. The damage dealt by Musou no Hitotachi and Musou Isshin's attacks are based on the number of Shogan Byakugen no Rin's Resolve stacks consumed when this skill is used.
Musou Isshin:While in this state, the Raiden Shogun will wield her Tachi in battle, while her Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attacks will be infused with Electro damage, which cannot be overridden. When such attacks hit opponents, she will regenerate Energy for all nearby party members. Energy can be restored this way once every Is, and this effect can be triggered five times throughout this skill's duration. While in this state, the Raiden Shogun's resistance to the interruption is increased, and she is immune to Electro Charged reaction damage.
Shogan Byakugen no Rin:When nearby party members use their Elemental Bursts, the Raiden Shogun will build up Resolve based on the amount of energy they consume. The maximum amount of Resolve stacks is 60.

Passives
Wishes Unnumbered:When nearby party members gain Elemental Orbs or Particles, Shogan Byakugen no Rin gains two Resolve stacks.
Enlightened One:Each 1% above 100% Energy Recharge that the RAiden Shogun possesses grants her 0.6% greater Energy restoration from Musou Isshin and 0.4% Electro damage bonus.
All Preserver:Mora expended when ascending Swords and Polearms decreased by 50%

Constellations
Ominous Inscription:Shogan Byakugen no Rain will gather Resolve even faster. When Electro characters use their Elemental Bursts, the Resolve gained is increased by 80%. When characters of other Elemental Types use their Elemental Bursts, the Resolve gained is increased by 20%.
Pledge of Propriety:When the Musou Isshin state applied by Secret Art: Musou Shinsetsu expires, all nearby party members (excluding the Raiden Shogun) gain 30% bonus ATK for 10s.
Shinkage Bygones:Increases the Level of Secret Art: Musuo Shinsetsu by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Steelbreaker:While in the Musou Isshin state applied by Secret Art: Musou Shinsetsu, the Raiden Shogun's attacks ignore 60% of opponents' DEF.
Shogun's Descent:Increases the Level of Transcendence: Baleful Light by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Wishbearer:While in the Musou Isshin state applied by Secret Art: Musou Shinsetsu, the Raiden Shogun's Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attacks will decrease all nearby party members' (but not including the Raiden Shogun herself) Elemental Burst CD by 1s when they hit opponents. This effect can trigger once every 1s and can trigger a total of 5 times during the state's duration.

Ascension materials

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Baal Ascension materials

Character

In order to level the Raiden Shogun, you're going to need the usual Vajrada Amethyst for Electro characters, but you'll also require Storm Beads, which you can get from the Thunder Manifestation on Seirai Island after you complete the Seirai Stormchasers quest. You're also going to need some world materials:

  • Amakumo Fruit
  • Old Handguard

The Amakumo Fruit can be found all over Seirai Island—this Amakumo Fruit locations guide should help you find them. Since Old Handguards and their upgraded versions were Ayaka's ascension material, most people should be familiar with them by now. They are dropped by Nobushi—the wandering swordsmen you can find all over Inazuma.

Talent

Here's what you'll need to ascend the Raiden Shogun's talents:

  • Teachings of Light
  • Old Handguard
  • Crown of Insight
  • Molten Moment

You can get Teachings of Light-series items from the Violet Court domain on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. As mentioned, Old Handguards and their upgraded variants are dropped by Nobushi of different world levels, and you can the Crown of Insight from seasonal activities, or upgrading the Frostbearing Tree in Dragonspine, or the Sacred Sakura in Inazuma.

The final material, Molten Moment, is gained by defeating the new La Signora weekly boss on level 70 and above.

Can you beat Baal in Genshin Impact?

The Raiden Shogun is kind of a unique character, since except for Tartaglia, she's the only playable character that you actually have to fight against. During the Inazuma Archon quest, you'll be forced to face her down in a tough boss fight in her own secluded realm. So how do you beat the Raiden Shogun?

Well, the bad news is you can't⁠—the first time at least. Once you damage her a certain amount, she will activate Vision Hunt Decree, and stop you from using elemental abilities, and soon after the fight ends. Still, it can be a tough little boss battle, especially if your DPS characters are Electro. Here are some tips to get through it if you're struggling:

  • Keep your distance: unless you're a master of evasion, staying close to the Raiden Shogun for any length of time is a death sentence. I found it was better to run in and strike between attacks, before evading away, Dark Souls-style.
  • Telegraphing attacks: some of the Raiden Shogun's attacks are heavily telegraphed, such as when she raises her blade into the air for an AoE, or when she spins the blade to her side, and comes rushing at you from across the arena. Be warned that she also often follows up her combo with a ranged Electro attack that you have to dodge even at a distance.
  • Bring support: Shields and healing are especially useful in this fight. I found that Barbara was a great pick, since she can heal at range using her elemental skill, allowing her to top off characters while staying at a safe distance.

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