Hu Tao Guide and Best Builds

Hu Tao Guide and Best Builds for Genshin Impact

Hu Tao is a 5-star Pyro Polearm Character main DPS in Genshin Impact who mainly focuses on Charged Attacks and Vaporize to deal powerful on-field damage to single target enemies.

Last updated on Jun 05, 2024 at 11:00 by Shikhu
A Rating
Pyro Element
Polearm Weapon
Brianna Knickerbocker EN Voice Actor
Rie Takahashi JP Voice Actor

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Incredibly High Single-Target Damage.
  • +High Damage Ceiling.
  • +Self Healing using their Burst.
  • +Can provide CRIT Rate for the party.
X Weaknesses
  • -More Mechanically difficult attack combos using Charged Attack cancels.
  • -Can run into stamina issues at C0.
  • -Very Reliant on either Xingqiu or Yelan to apply Hydro for Reactions.

Hu Tao Vape DPS Build

Hu Tao's primary method to deal damage is by increasing vaporize damage to enemies that already have hydro applied to them.

BiS Weapon Staff of Homa
Alternative Weapons
  1. Staff of the Scarlet Sands
  2. Ballad of the Fjords
  3. Deathmatch
  4. Dragon's Bane
Best Artifacts
  1. Crimson Witch of Flames
Main Stats
  • Sands Stats: HP%
  • Goblet Stats: Pyro DMG
  • Circlet Stats: CRIT Rate or CRIT DMG
Substat Priority
  1. Elemental Mastery to around 100
  2. CRIT Rate/DMG
  3. Elemental Mastery to 200-300
  4. HP %
  5. ATK %
Talent Priority
  1. Normal Attack
  2. Elemental Skill
  3. Elemental Burst

Staff of Homa is by far her best weapon massively increasing your damage, the 2 main weapons. Staff of Homa and Staff of the Scarlet Sands will likely warrant different circlet substats due to one weapon offering CRIT Rate and the other CRIT DMG. Ultimately it depends on your luck with Artifacts.

There are caps to the attack bonus granted from Hu Tao's skill, Guide to Afterlife and her Paramita Papilio state (Pyro infused state). This scales off her max HP but caps at 400% of her base attack. This means a weapon with a low base attack will decrease your HP limit.

You generally want a few hundred Elemental Mastery to fully take advantage of Crimson Witch while not losing damage from CRIT or HP.


Combos and How to Play Hu Tao

Using Hu Tao's Elemental Skill ( Guide to Afterlife) allows you to infuse your weapon with Pyro making all damage from Hu Tao, while on-field, Pyro damage as well as providing you with a massive attack boost at the cost of HP. Having your HP under 50%, your damage will be further increased (once you unlock her second passive talent Sanguine Rouge) meaning you want to always keep her under 50% HP. Being under 50% HP also increases the damage and healing of your elemental burst, Spirit Soother.

When under Guide to Afterlife, your charged attacks also apply Blood Blossom, making enemies take Pyro damage every 4 seconds. With this and high scaling on charged attack damage, charged attacks are your main way to deal damage and how you normally cause Vaporize with any Hydro application currently impacting enemies.

At C0 you ideally want to jump cancel as soon as damage is dealt to save stamina but this can be difficult especially on mobile so do not worry if you cannot always time it right. Practice makes perfect. At C1 however, you can simply dash cancel due to not needing to save stamina, dash canceling at the end of the attack is also faster therefore increasing your damage as well as being more comfortable.

When possible, use Spirit Soother near the end of Guide to Afterlife so that the animation does not take time away from your damage buff and Pyro infusion.


Hu Tao's Best Team Comps

Hu Tao's main team compositions involve Xingqiu and/or Yelan. Using one or both of these characters for hydro application, Hydro resonance to buff HP as well as incredibly off-field damage. Other setups involve an additional Pyro character for Pyro resonance to increase damage instead. Healers are never recommended in any situation due to always wanting under half HP so use shielders.


Hu Tao Double Hydro

Main DPS Sub DPS Sub DPS Support
Hu Tao Xingqiu Yelan Zhongli
Hu Tao Furina Bennett

Generally, Hu Tao's best team compositions use 2 hydro off-field DPS for application as well as damage. Zhongli is the preferred support due to having one of the strongest shields and resistance shreds. Kaedehara Kazuha can instead be used for grouping and slightly better resistance shred. But the downside is that you lose survivability which can make certain fights harder. Hu Tao has a high enough base HP as well as the damage reduction and small heals from Xingqiu making it enough to survive on.

Hu Tao also has great Anti-Synergy with Furina. The DMG buffs provided by both Furina and Bennett can be incredibly powerful even with Hu Tao being consistently above 50% HP.


Hu Tao Viridescent Venerer Vape

Main DPS Sub DPS Swirl Support
Hu Tao Sucrose Thoma

This composition uses a Pyro character, for example Thoma and an Anemo character, such as Sucrose to swirl Pyro and buff Hu Tao by lowering enemy resistance due to your Anemo character having the Viridescent Venerer artifacts. Many variations use a range of Pyro characters and either Sucrose or Kaedehara Kazuha. Thoma generally being one of the better options for a shield, especially if using Yelan.


Hu Tao Plunge Team

Main DPS Sub DPS Support Support
Hu Tao Yelan Furina Xianyun

With the release of Xianyun, Hu Tao now has a powerful Plunge Attack focused team. Xianyun is a great healer who further enables the DMG buffs provided by Furina while Yelan continues to bring Hydro application. Xianyun also buffs Plunging Attack DMG while increasing jump height therefore enabling this Plunge-based gameplay.


Hu Tao's Ascensions, Talents, and Constellations

Hu Tao Ascensions Hu Tao Talents Hu Tao Constellations

Hu Tao Ascension Passives and Materials

Unlock Ascension Passive Explanation
With Character 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.
1st Ascension 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 CRIT Rate increased by 12% for 8s.
4th Ascension Sanguine Rouge When Hu Tao's HP is equal to or less than 50%, her Pyro DMG Bonus is increased by 33%.

Hu Tao requires a range of materials to ascend to the 6th ascension. Starting from the second ascension she gains additional CRIT DMG as her bonus stat giving a total of 38.4% increased CRIT DMG at the final ascension. The total cost to upgrade all ascensions is:

Source Quantity
Mora 420,000 Mora
Boss Material 46x Juvenile Jade
Ascension Material
Local Specialty 168x Silk Flower
Enhancement Material
  • 18x Whopperflower Nectar
  • 30x Shimmering Nectar
  • 36x Energy Nectar

Hu Tao's Talents

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

Type Talent Name Brief Explanation
Normal Normal Attack: Secret Spear of Wangsheng Standard normal attack dealing 6 strikes. Charged attack is a forward lunge dealing damage.
Elemental Skill Guide to Afterlife
  • Costs 30% of your HP. Infuses your weapon with Pyro, increases damage and interruption resistance.
  • When using charged attacks you apply Blood Blossom dealing damage and applying Pyro every 4 seconds.
Elemental Burst Spirit Soother Pyro AoE which deals damage and heals for the first 5 enemies it hits. Deals increased damage and healing if your HP is at 50% or below.

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 Diligence
  • 21x Guide to Diligence
  • 38x Philosophies of Diligence
Enhancement Material
  • 6x Whopperflower Nectar
  • 22x Shimmering Nectar
  • 31x Energy Nectar

Hu Tao's Constellations

Crimson Bouquet (C1) is the constellation you want to aim for. This helps to increase DPS significantly allowing you to have as many charge attacks as possible consistently. This also increases survivability due to having the stamina to avoid attacks before and after your burst.

Order Name Explanation
C1 Crimson Bouquet While in a Paramita Papilio state activated by Guide to Afterlife, Hu Tao's Charged Attacks do not consume Stamina.
C2 Ominous Rainfall
  • Increases the Blood Blossom DMG 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.
C3 Lingering Carmine
  • Increases the Level of Guide to Afterlife by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C4 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 CRIT Rate increased by 12% for 15s.
C5 Floral Incense
  • Increases the Level of Spirit Soother by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C6 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 DMG sustained. Additionally, for the next 10s, all of her Elemental and Physical RES is increased by 200%, her CRIT Rate is increased by 100%, and her resistance to interruption is greatly increased.
  • This effect triggers automatically when Hu Tao has 1 HP left.
  • Can only occur once every 60s.


  • 05 Jun. 2024: Reviewed for 4.7.
  • 31 Jan. 2024: Guide updated for 4.4, Furina added to teams and Xianyun plunge also.
  • 29 Nov. 2023: Guide added.
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