Nahida Guide and Best Builds

Nahida Guide and Best Builds for Genshin Impact

Nahida is the Dendro archon of Sumeru and a 5-star Catalyst user in Genshin Impact. She functions as both an on-field and off-field Dendro applicator as well as an Elemental Mastery buffer. This guide will focus on Nahida's best builds, artifacts, weapons and best team compositions.

Last updated on Jan 30, 2024 at 20:17 by Shikhu
S Rating
Dendro Element
Catalyst Weapon
Kimberley Anne Campbell EN Voice Actor
Yukari Tamura JP Voice Actor

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Extremely powerful Dendro application both on-field and off-field
  • +Provides large Elemental Mastery bonuses to the party
  • +Low Elemental Burst cooldown and Energy costs
  • +Incredibly powerful C2 and C6
X Weaknesses
  • -Low HP and Defense meaning damage can be more impactful
  • -Elemental Skill's aim mode can be more difficult to use on Mobile and Console

Off Field Nahida Build

Nahida is best played off-field, swapping in often to apply her Elemental Skill and then swapping to other characters such as a DPS that can create further reactions with Dendro using her passive to share her Elemental Mastery with the party.

BiS Weapon A Thousand Floating Dreams
Alternative Weapons
  1. Wandering Evenstar
  2. Kagura's Verity
  3. Sacrificial Fragments
Best Artifacts
  1. Deepwood Memories
  2. Gilded Dreams
Main Stats
  • Sand Stats: Elemental Mastery
  • Goblet Stats: Elemental Mastery or Dendro DMG
  • Circlet Stats: Elemental Mastery or CRIT Rate / DMG
Substat Priority
    1. Energy Recharge to ~130%
    2. 1000 Elemental Mastery
    3. CRIT Rate / DMG
    4. Elemental Mastery
Talent Priority
  1. Elemental Skill
  2. Elemental Burst
  3. Normal Attack

Obtaining as close to 1,000 Elemental Mastery as possible (after other party buffs) is incredibly important to maximise both of your Ascension passives, Compassion Illuminated and Awakening Elucidated. While you can still benefit from more than 1,000 Elemental Mastery, the damage increases start to fall off and CRIT becomes better.

Nahida's best artifact set depends on who is in the team. Gilded Dreams is Nahida's best artifact option with its Elemental Mastery boosting effects. But the Dendro RES from Deepwood Memories is more important overall. This means you want Deepwood on another character such as Dendro Traveler. If no one can wear Deepwood, than Nahida should.

This generally means you want a weapon with Elemental Mastery and depending on your artifact substat RNG you will need a Goblet and Circlet that give Elemental Mastery. Ideally when possible start by replacing the Goblet first and then the Circlet.


On Field Nahida Build

Due to her strong Elemental application, Nahida is easily played as the only Dendro character for any Dendro-related reaction such as Hyperbloom and Burgeon. As a Catalyst user, Nahida is able to apply Dendro with each attack making her useful on-field and her Elemental Skill can trigger with her Normal Attacks to increase your damage.

BiS Weapon A Thousand Floating Dreams
Alternative Weapons
  1. Kagura's Verity
  2. The Widsith
  3. Skyward Atlas
Best Artifacts
  1. Deepwood Memories
  2. Gilded Dreams
Main Stats
  • Sand Stats: Elemental Mastery
  • Goblet Stats: Dendro DMG
  • Circlet Stats: CRIT Rate / DMG
Substat Priority
    1. Energy Recharge to ~120%
    2. CRIT Rate / DMG
    3. Elemental Mastery
    4. ATK %
Talent Priority
  1. Elemental Skill
  2. Normal Attack
  3. Elemental Burst

When on-field, the majority of Nahida's personal damage comes from her Elemental Skill, All Schemes to Know, and subsequent reactions. The main reaction Nahida triggers is Spread, this scales off of Elemental Damage and CRIT DMG, not Elemental Mastery, hence the shift in stat priorities compared to off-field.

As mentioned on the other build, wear Deepwood Memories is Nahida's best set if no one else is wearing this set. Otherwise if another character can, Gilded Dreams is her best set.


Combos and How to Play Nahida

You often want to start with her Elemental Skill, All Schemes to Know, to tether as many enemies as possible so that subsequent reactions can deal more damage using Tri-Karma Purification (from Seed of Skandha). Tri-Karma does have a limit of up to 8 characters at a single time, however.

Apply your Elemental Burst and start swapping to the other members of your party who will now be buffed due to the burst. Periodically swap back to Nahida to reuse All Schemes to Know again either for new waves of enemies or due to its powerful Dendro application to maintain any ongoing reactions.

Using Illusory Heart is a huge buff to your team, dealing increased damage from All Schemes to Know as well as buffing the entire parties Elemental Mastery up to a maximum of 250.


Out of Combat Gameplay

Nahida has 2 very unique gameplay benefits that take place outside of combat surrounding All Schemes to Know.

Nahida can collect up to 4 nearby items from the open world at a time using her Elemental Skill such as berries and flowers. This does not work for animals/collectables that move such as Scarabs in the desert.

Nahida can also use her Elemental Skill on NPCs in Sumeru to read their thoughts and gain additional dialogue. This is mainly for normal NPCs out in the world but at times can be used on other playable characters for example during an event.


Nahida's Best Team Comps

Nahida's best team comps all revolve around Dendro's reactions, that being Quicken, Bloom, Burgeon and Hyperbloom. Dendro is an incredibly powerful element arguably the best in the game and having Nahida helps massively.


Nahida Hyperbloom Teams

Main DPS Sub DPS Sub DPS Support
Nahida Zhongli
Alhaitham Nahida Kuki Shinobu

Hyperbloom almost always wants you to pair Nahida with either Raiden Shogun or Kuki Shinobu, both are beneficial to be able to trigger Hyperbloom. The Electro character always wants to be built with Elemental Mastery, which makes Kuki Shinobu a better choice. Raiden Shogun works with other team compositions which would require you to build 2 sets of artifacts to also allow her to work in Hyperbloom.


Nilou Bloom Team

Sub DPS Sub DPS Sub DPS Support
Nahida Nilou Sangonomiya Kokomi
Nahida Nilou Furina Baizhu

Nahida has amazing synergy with Nilou being able to proc her bountiful cores incredibly fast. So fast that you may need to be careful with the damage that Dendro cores deal back to you. This team does not really have much of a Main DPS with all 4 characters contributing to either Hydro or Dendro and bringing their own benefits. This can lead to varying damage numbers as no specific character is the cause of the blooms.

Furina can be a great addition to this team with her Fanfare stacks and pairs really well with Kokomi and Baizhu.


Nahida Cyno Quickbloom Team

Main DPS Sub DPS Sub DPS Support
Cyno Nahida Furina Baizhu

Nahida is perfect for Quickbloom as a Sub DPS allowing Electro characters to deal high damage. Cyno's best variant of this team includes Nahida, Furina and Baizhu. The teams abilities line up smoothly with Cyno's Elemental burst.


Nahida Burgeon Team

Main DPS Pyro Reaction Sub DPS Support
Nahida Thoma Yelan Sangonomiya Kokomi

Nahida is great for creating Dendro Cores and helping to set up Burgeon in Burgeon teams. Compositions generally want 2 Hydro and 1 Pyro to maintain an effective balance of elements. Pyro will then always reacts with the Cores and not Hydro which could cause Vaporize reactions instead. Thoma shines in Burgeon when built with Elemental Mastery due to how effectively he can trigger Burgeon.


Nahida's Ascensions, Talents, and Constellations

Nahida Ascensions Nahida Talents Nahida Constellations

Nahida Ascension Passives and Materials

Unlock Ascension Passive Explanation
With Character Of All Things Meditated Nahida can use All Schemes to Know to interact with some harvestable items within a fixed AoE. This skill may even have some other effects... (like allowing you to see the thoughts of Sumeru NPC's)
1st Ascension Compassion Illuminated

When unleashing Illusory Heart, the Shrine of Maya will gain the following effects.

  • The Elemental Mastery of the active character within the field will be increased by 25% of the Elemental Mastery of the party member with the highest Elemental Mastery.
  • You can gain a maximum of 250 Elemental Mastery in this manner.
4th Ascension Awakening Elucidated
  • Each point of Nahida's Elemental Mastery beyond 200 will grant 0.1% Bonus DMG and 0.03% CRIT Rate to Tri-Karma Purification from All Schemes to Know.
  • A maximum of 80% Bonus DMG and 24% CRIT Rate can be granted to Tri-Karma Purification in this manner.

Nahida requires a range of materials to ascend to the 6th ascension. Starting from the second ascension they gain Elemental Mastery as their bonus stat giving a total of 115 increased Elemental Mastery at the final ascension. The total cost to upgrade all ascensions is:

Source Quantity
Mora 420,000 Mora
Boss Material 46x Quelled Creeper
Ascension Material
Local Specialty 168x Kalpalata Lotus
Enhancement Material
  • 18x Fungal Spores
  • 30x Luminescent Pollen
  • 36x Crystalline Cyst Dust

Nahida's Talents

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

Type Talent Name Brief Explanation
Normal Normal Attack: Akara Both normal and charged attacks deal Dendro.
Elemental Skill All Schemes to Know
  • Chain enemies together within a certain distance. When reactions or Dendro Core damages an enemy, Nahida will use Tri-Karma Purification to all connected enemies dealing Dendro damage based on Attack and EM.
  • Pressing the skill acts as a small AoE, holding allows you to look around and tether enemies manually from further away.
Elemental Burst Illusory Heart
  • Large AoE that buffs based on your team's elements up to 2 times.
  • Pyro increases your Tri-Karma damage, Electro decreases Tri-Karma cooldown before it can hit again, Hydro increases the duration of Burst.
  • Boosts Elemental Mastery with 4th Ascension, Awakening Elucidated.

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 Puppet Strings
Domain Material
  • 3x Teachings of Ingenuity
  • 21x Guide to Ingenuity
  • 38x Philosophies of Ingenuity
Enhancement Material
  • 6x Fungal Spores
  • 22x Luminescent Pollen
  • 31x Crystalline Cyst Dust

Nahida's Constellations

Nahida's best Constellation by far is her C2 The Root of All Fullness and is arguably one of the best in the game. It offers huge damage increases and even a gameplay mechanic otherwise unavailable. This being the ability to CRIT Burning, Bloom, Hyperbloom and Burgeon damage which otherwise is impossible to CRIT. The defense decrease is also a helpful damage increase.

# Name Explanation
C1 The Seed of Stored Knowledge When you use your Elemental Burst, it gains 1 of each of the Pyro, Electro and Hydro benefits immediately. It still caps at 2.
C2 The Root of All Fullness
  • Enemies marked by your Elemental Burst take Crits from Dendro reactions.
  • Fixed at 20% rate and 100% damage.
  • Enemy defence reduced by 30% if hit by Quicken, Aggravate or Spread.
C3 The Shoot of Conscious Attainment
  • Increases the Level of All Schemes to Know by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C4 The Stem of Manifest Inference When 1/2/3/(4 or more) nearby opponents are affected by All Schemes to Know's Seeds of Skandha, Nahida's Elemental Mastery will be increased by 100/120/140/160.
C5 The Leaves of Enlightening Speech
  • Increases the Level of Illusory Heart by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C6 The Fruit of Reason's Culmination When enemies are marked by your Elemental Skill and your Burst is active, attacks from Nahida deal massive damage up to 6 times. This also generates energy.


  • 30 Jan. 2024: Additional updates and improvements to the guide for her 4.4 Rerun.
  • 29 Nov. 2023: Guide added.
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