Tartaglia Guide and Best Builds

Childe (Tartaglia) Guide and Best Builds for Genshin Impact

Childe (Tartaglia) is a 5-star Hydro Bow user in Genshin Impact who can change stances with his Elemental Skill. Our Childe build guide will focus on his Best Artifacts, Team Comps, Ascension Materials and More.

Last updated on Feb 11, 2024 at 14:12 by Shikhu
A Rating
Hydro Element
Bow Weapon
Griffin Burns EN Voice Actor
Kimura Ryohei JP Voice Actor

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Powerful rapid Hydro application for Elemental Reactions.
  • +Riptide has amazing quadratic scaling.
  • +Unique passive, increasing the parties Normal Attack level by 1.
X Weaknesses
  • -You are unable to Plunge in Melee Stance.
  • -Extremely long cooldown on their Elemental Skill.
  • -The fix to his long cooldown is locked behind constellations.

Childe (Tartaglia) Main DPS Build

Tartaglia's primary build is that of a Main DPS where he is on-field dealing powerful Hydro DMG and facilitating various Elemental Reactions.

BiS Weapon Polar Star
Alternative Weapons
  1. Aqua Simulacra
  2. Hunter's Path
  3. Thundering Pulse
  4. Skyward Harp
  5. Amos' Bow
  6. Prototype Crescent
  7. The Viridescent Hunt
  8. King's Squire
Best Artifacts
  1. Nymph's Dream
  2. Heart of Depth
Main Stats
  • Sand Stats: ATK %
  • Goblet Stats: Hydro DMG
  • Circlet Stats: CRIT Rate / CRIT DMG
Substat Priority
  1. CRIT Rate
  3. ATK %
  4. Elemental Mastery
  5. Energy Recharge
Talent Priority
  1. Elemental Skill
  2. Elemental Burst
  3. Normal Attack

All of Tartaglia's 5-star options listed are incredibly competitive and can be better than other weapons with the right setup and situation. Polar Star as his signature weapon tends to be his BiS and will be if you are able to get 2-3 stacks at the start of your rotation. Without these stacks, weapons such as Aqua Simulacra tend to be more powerful.

Nymph's Dream is Tartaglia's best artifact set having amazing synergy with Polar Star due to both having similar stack mechanics. Heart of Depth is his second best option but Tartaglia can not fully utilise its effects.

With regards to substats, Tartaglia focuses on CRIT Rate, CRIT DMG and ATK % with a Hydro DMG goblet to increase his Elemental Damage. CRIT Rate can actually be more important to Tartaglia due to it applying Riptide with his 4th Ascension Passive Sword of Torrents.


Energy Recharge Requirements

Tartaglia's Energy Recharge requirements vary based on if you are using your Elemental Burst in your Ranged Stance or Melee Stance as well as if any party members use a Favonius weapon. For example, it is common for Kaedehara Kazuha to use a Favonius Sword.

Another aspect to consider which is not included inside the table is the Energy gained from Foul Legacy: Understream (C1) which generates 4 Energy per enemy defeated with Riptide.

It can be hard to know exactly how many enemies would be defeated in a single rotation with different fights having differing amounts of enemies. That being said, it is roughly 15% less for every enemy who would be defeated that rotation. I would just be careful when considering it as not all fights will have easy enemies to pick off for Energy.

Setup C0
Melee Stance Burst 210 - 230%
Bow Stance Burst 140 - 160%
Melee Stance Burst + 1 Fav 190 - 210%
Bow Stance Burst + 1 Fav 130 - 140%

Combos and How to Play Childe (Tartaglia)

Tartaglia's gameplay revolves around his 2 different stances. Melee Stance and ranged stance. These are activated when using his Elemental Skill Foul Legacy: Raging Tide. A very important thing to consider is that "The longer Tartaglia stays in his Melee Stance, the longer the CD." You generally only want to stay in his Melee Stance for around 10 seconds so that the cooldown does not get too long.

Tartaglia's Elemental Burst Havoc: Obliteration also changes depending on what stance he is in. His ranged stance doing Ranged Stance: Flash of Havoc and in Melee stance, Melee Stance: Light of Obliteration.

The Ranged Burst applies Riptide and gives 20 Energy back, the Melee Burst deals more DMG and utilises Riptide to deal further damage afterwards. Riptide is explained below.


Riptide Explained

Tartaglia's gameplay primarily revolves around his Riptide mechanic which marks opponents and can then do various effects. You can mark opponents with Riptide in the following ways:

  • Charged Attacks while in his Bow stance.
  • Ranged Stance: Flash of Havoc, his Elemental Burst while in Bow stance.
  • CRIT Hits in Melee stance due to Sword of Torrents (A4).

Once an enemy is marked, you can then utilise Riptide to deal damage in these ways:

  • Riptide Flash - A fully-charged Aimed Shot that hits an opponent affected by Riptide deals consecutive bouts of AoE DMG. Can occur once every 0.7s.
  • Riptide Burst - Defeating an opponent affected by Riptide creates a Hydro burst that spreads Riptide to nearby opponents hit.
  • Riptide Slash - Hitting an opponent marked by Riptide with a melee attack performs Riptide Slash that deals AoE Hydro DMG.
  • Riptide Blast - When his Elemental Burst hits an opponent affected by Riptide, it clears their Riptide status and triggers a Hydro Explosion that deals AoE Hydro DMG. This is considered Elemental Burst DMG.

Hitting enemies with Riptide triggers independent versions of Riptide Slash. This makes it important to try and group enemies ideally with Anemo characters.


Prestacking Buffs

Tartaglia also has the ability to prestack the effects of his best weapon Polar Star and his best artifact set Nymph's Dream. This equipment gains DMG stacks when Normal, Charged, Skill and Bursts take place and hit opponents.

To "prestack" means to pre-emptively gain these stacks before dealing your most powerful hits from your Elemental Skill and Burst. One rotation for this is Skill > Normal Attack > Charged Attack.


Childe (Tartaglia) Best Team Comps

Listed below are some team comps which can be used with Tartaglia such as his most popular International team composition and variants.


Childe International

Main DPS Sub DPS Sub DPS Support
Tartaglia Xiangling Bennett

This is by far Tartaglia's most popular team composition, generally with Kaedehara Kazuha instead of Sucrose. Xiangling provides consistent Pyro application as well as Pyro Resonance when paired alongside Bennett who provides healing and powerful ATK buffs. Your Anemo character helps to group enemies for Riptide as well as RES Shred when using Viridescent Venerer


Childe Hyperbloom

Main DPS Dendro Electro Hydro

Tartaglia can also be played in Hyperbloom teams, his on-field Hydro application allows you to not need characters such as Xingqiu or Yelan. Instead, having an off-field Dendro and Electro character for Elemental Reactions. Tartaglia will also want a second Hydro character for additional Hydro appliation so that during the downtime on his Melee Stance, there are still reactions ongoing.

Kuki Shinobu is the preferred Electro character for Hyperbloom with her ability to both heal and effectively apply Electro although Baizhu or Yaoyao make great Dendro options instead. Depending on how often your Dendro character can apply Dendro for reactions, you may want 2 Dendro characters.


Childe Taser

Main DPS Sub DPS Support Support
Tartaglia Fischl Beidou Bennett

Electro-Charged, also known as Taser focuses on the Elemental DMG dealt mainly by Tartaglia and Beidou. With Bennett providing increased ATK buffs and healing as needed and Fischl acting as a battery and additional off-field Electro DMG.


Childe Ascension Passive Team

Main DPS Support Support Support
Neuvillette Tartaglia Kaedehara Kazuha Zhongli

I wanted to also list this team more so to explain a "Team Composition" which has started to occur more since the release of Neuvillette which players may see in Neuvillette showcases or during Spiral Abyss data/rankings. In this team, Tartaglia has no field time in this team and provides no benefit outside of his Master of Weaponry Passive which helps to increase the Normal Attack level for Neuvillette therefore dealing more damage.


Tartaglia's Ascensions, Talents and Constellations

Tartaglia's Ascensions Tartaglia's Talents Tartaglia's Constellations

Childe's (Tartaglia) Ascension Passives and Materials

Unlock Ascension Passive Explanation
With Character Master of Weaponry Increases your own party members' Normal Attack level by 1. Does not apply to other party members in co-op mode.
1st Ascension Never Ending Extends the duration of Riptide by 8s.
4th Ascension Sword of Torrents When in Melee Stance, any CRIT hits for Normal and Charged Attacks will apply Riptide.

Tartaglia requires a range of materials to ascend to the 6th ascension. Starting from the second ascension they gain Hydro DMG as he levels, giving a total of 28.8% Bonus Hydro DMG at the final ascension. The total cost to upgrade all ascensions is:

Source Quantity
Mora 420,000 Mora
Boss Material 46x Cleansing Heart
Ascension Material
Local Specialty 168x Starconch
Enhancement Material
  • 18x Recruit's Insignia
  • 30x Sergeant's Insignia
  • 36x Lieutenant's Insignia

Childe's (Tartaglia) Talents

Listed below is each talent and a simplified explanation of how they work.

Type Talent Name Brief Explanation
Normal Normal Attack: Cutting Torrent

Deals 6 hits with either stance, Charged Attacks from the bow apply the Riptide status but not during melee stance. While the Normal Attack button is used for Melee Stance, most scaling is from the Elemental Skill instead. Riptide Burst (riptide on kill) however scales on Normal Attack regardless of which stance eliminated the enemy.

The mechanics of riptide are explained earlier in the guide.

Elemental Skill Foul Legacy: Raging Tide

Initially changes Tartaglia to Melee Stance, converting Normal and Charged Attacks into Hydro DMG while also allowing the use of Riptide Slash. This also increases his Interruption RES and removes Plunging Attacks.

The cooldown of the Elemental Skill does not start until Melee Stance ends. The duration of the cooldown depends on how long Tartaglia has been inside of Melee Stance.

Elemental Burst Havoc: Obliteration

Performs either of the 2 Elemental Bursts depending on Tartaglia's stance:

  • Ranged Stance: Flash of Havoc deals AoE Hydro DMG around an enemy, applies Riptide and refunds 20 Energy.
  • Melee Stance: Light of Obliteration deals AoE Hydro DMG around Tartaglia and activates Riptide Blast.

To upgrade a single talent to level 10, it costs:

Source Quantity
Mora 1,625,500 Mora
Special Material 1x Crown of Insight
Boss Material 6x Shard of a Foul Legacy
Domain Material
  • 3x Teachings of Freedom
  • 21x Guide to Freedom
  • 38x Philosophies of Freedom
Enhancement Material
  • 6x Recruit's Insignia
  • 22x Sergeant's Insignia
  • 31x Lieutenant's Insignia

Childe's (Tartaglia) Constellations

Tartaglia has a lot of early constellations which provide quality of life enhancements to his gameplay more so than direct damage increases until C3 onwards. This means that for more damage, you need to invest heavily into his constellations. Foul Legacy: Tide Withholder (C1) is a nice constellation if you do want something less expensive to aim for by easing the penalty which comes with his Melee Stance.

# Name Explanation
C1 Foul Legacy: Tide Withholder Decreases the CD of Foul Legacy: Raging Tide by 20%
C2 Foul Legacy: Understream When opponents affected by Riptide are defeated, Tartaglia regenerates 4 Elemental Energy.
C3 Abyssal Mayhem: Vortex of Turmoil
  • Increases the Level of Foul Legacy: Raging Tide by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C4 Abyssal Mayhem: Hydrospout If in Melee Stance, triggers an additional Riptide Slash. This is independent of any Riptide triggered by Tartaglia.
C5 Havoc: Formless Blade
  • Increases the Level of Havoc: Obliteration by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C6 Havoc: Annihilation When using Havoc: Obliteration in Melee Stance, reset the cooldown of Foul Legacy: Raging Tide.


  • 11 Feb. 2024: Guide added.
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