Wriothesley Guide and Best Builds

Wriothesley Guide and Best Builds for Genshin Impact

Wriothesley is a 5-star Cryo character in Genshin Impact who utilizes massive gauntlets of ice to face off against his opponents, despite being a Catalyst user. Best known for his ability to main DPS on Melt and Freeze teams. Wriothesley packs a solid punch, literally, and has a great toolkit to brawl on the battlefield.

Last updated on Dec 14, 2023 at 15:40 by Tectonix
A Rating
Cryo Element
Catalyst Weapon
Joe Zieja EN Voice Actor
Daisuke Ono JP Voice Actor

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Powerful Brawler
  • +Solid Cryo Spreader
  • +Low Energy Recharge requirements
  • +Easy to have Elemental Burst every rotation
X Weaknesses
  • -Needs a healer typically even at C1
  • -Shielders are recommended
  • -Keeping his HP up can be problematic

Wriothesley Main DPS Build

Wriothesley focuses on Cryo damage, with all of his attacks utilizing that element. This means he can instantly spread Cryo on the battlefield and drive several reactions as well as deal out a substantial amount of damage. He has a unique mechanic of sacrificing his HP to amp up his damage during his Elemental Skill, which directly affects his normal attacks and grants him an interruption resistance. These benefits will keep him on the field to do continuous damage, staying in his opponents face the entire time without worry of knock backs. However, it is recommended to have a back up healer despite his first Ascension allowing him to regain Health from Charged Attacks once every 5 seconds.

BiS Weapon Cashflow Supervision
Alternate Weapons
  1. Tulaytullah's Remembrance
  2. Flowing Purity — Great F2P weapon
  3. Ballad of the Boundless Blue
Best Artifacts
  • 4-piece Options
    1. Marechaussee Hunter
    2. Blizzard Strayer
    3. Shimenawa's Reminiscence
  • 2-piece Option
    • Marechaussee Hunter — Normal and Charged Attack DMG +15%
    • Blizzard Strayer — Cryo DMG Bonus +15%
Main Stats
  • Sand Stats: ATK %
  • Goblet Stats: Cryo DMG
  • Circlet Stats: CRIT Rate / CRIT DMG
Substat Priority
  1. CRIT Rate
  3. ATK %
  4. Energy Recharge
Talent Priority
  1. Normal Attack
  2. Elemental Skill
  3. Elemental Burst

Wriothesley's signature weapon, Cashflow Supervision, is his best in slot. This weapon grants him an Attack speed buff and a bonus to his Normal and Charged attacks based on his HP changes. This is perfect for him as he drains his own health with Normal attacks and can heal up with his Charged attack. The next alternative is the Tulaytullah's Remembrance, which is nearly on par with his signature weapon. Again, this weapon focuses on Attack Speed and increases his Normal attack damage up to a maximum value of 48%. Lastly, we include the 4-star option, Flowing Purity, which directly increases Wriothesley's Cryo damage and amplifies his maximum HP. Also, at the end of the effect he gains an additional elemental bonus for a limited time.

Wriothesley's Artifact choice is quite straight forward with the Marechaussee Hunter set fitting perfectly into his toolkit and character design. The second best choice is the Blizzard Strayer boosting his CRIT Rate and granting even more if enemies are frozen. Lastly, we need to mention the Shimenawa's Reminiscence set for the great normal and charged attack boost after casting an elemental skill.

A final note about Wriothesley's Energy Recharge requirements must be made. If you want to use his Elemental Burst every other rotation, set his Energy Recharge to around 125%, lowering this value by 10% per Cryo teammate he has. If you want Wriothesley to be able to use his Burst every time, you will need to double this Energy Recharge requirement. While this is possible, it is not recommended, as it takes away from his damage sub stats too much.


Combos and How to Play Wriothesley

As we have mentioned, Wriothesley is solely focused on Cryo damage and has some unique mechanics with his Elemental Skill, Icefang Rush. The skill boosts his Normal attack damage and adds to his interruption resistance while his Health is above 50%, however, his Health decays with each normal attack he does. He can be healed up through his charged attack, but this takes practice and time to master. What we want to aim for is set up an attack combination that can help balance his Health out creating a dire need for healing. To accomplish this there are two main combos we want to use.

  1. Normal Attack x 3 then a single Charged Attack — this maintains his health quite easily, but can be costly on Stamina and usually only used for a C0 Wriothesley.
  2. Normal Attack x 5 then a single Charged Attack — this combination works best when is has his C1 constellation, offering him an enhanced Charged Attack. This combination is also favored all the way up to C6.

His Elemental Burst, Darkgold Wolfbite, is fairly straightforward with 5 hits of Cryo damage followed up by an explosion at the end. This has a decent energy cost of 60 and cooldown of 15 seconds, setting up for some great rotational game play. However, this is not the biggest source of his DPS while on-field. Wriothesley’s Normal attack/Charged attack combinations are the biggest component of his damage. This makes leveling his Normal attack talent the most important and simply brawling with him while your teammates add elements or buffs he can interact with is the best way to play him.

Lastly, one of the most commonly asked questions about Wriothesley is whether or not to run a healer with him. The simple answer is running a healer with him makes him feel a lot smoother. His C1 constellation does somewhat eliminate the need for one if you play him properly. For most players, adding Kuki Shinobu or Baizhu will be a great addition for the Elemental Reactions and the added healing will just smooth out any potential missteps.


Wriothesley's Best Team Comps

Wriothesley has a very wide range of teams he can function quite well with, especially Freeze teams which he can play a main role in almost any team.


Wriothesley Freeze Team

Main DPS Hydro Spreader Buffer Healer Support
Wriothesley Furina Kaedehara Kazuha Charlotte

Playing this Freeze team is fairly straightforward. Furina is an amazing Hydro spreader making it very easy for this Freeze comp to keep the enemies locked down. We have added Charlotte for her healing abilities and the added CRIT Rate bonus from Cryo Resonance. Kazuha is our buffer in this team and Wriothesley is on-field brawler. There is no set rotation, just keep in mind to have your Elemental abilities constantly spreading on the field to keep your freezes renewed.


Wriothesley Melt Team

Main DPS Sub DPS Buffer Main DPS
Wriothesley Kaedehara Kazuha Bennett

This Melt team focuses on maximizing Wriothesley’s damage output through Melt reactions. Kazuha is the buffer and will use the Viridescent Venerer set to shred resistances, while we spread Pyro with our Pyro flex slot and Bennett to some degree. All of this Pyro will be ready for Wriothesley to hit with his Cryo attacks to drive our Melt reactions for big damage.


Wriothesley Quicken Team

Main DPS Dendro Spreader Electro Spreader/Healer Hydro Spreader
Wriothesley Collei Kuki Shinobu Xingqiu

This Quicken team starts its rotation by getting some solid Freeze reactions from Wriothesley and Xingqiu’s Hydro blades. Then we use Kuki Shinobu to trigger Electro against the frozen targets. Finally, Collei will come on to the field for her great ability to spread Dendro and trigger Quicken on the enemies. The hardest part of this rotation is maintaining your Freezes as you will fast swap through Kuki and Collei using all their elemental abilities on top of each other.


Wriothesley's Ascensions, Talents, and Constellations

Wriothesley Ascensions Wriothesley Talents Wriothesley Constellations

Wriothesley Ascension Passives and Materials

Unlock Ascension Passive Explanation
With Character The Duke's Grace When Wriothesley crafts Weapon Ascension Materials, he has a 10% chance to receive double the product.
1st Ascension There Shall Be a Plea for Justice When Wriothesley's HP is less than 60%, he obtains a Gracious Rebuke. The next Charged Attack of his Normal Attack: Forceful Fists of Frost is enhanced to become Rebuke: Vaulting Fist. It does not consume Stamina, deals 50% increased DMG, and after hitting restores HP for Wriothesley equal to 30% of his Max HP. You can gain a Gracious Rebuke this way once every 5s.
4th Ascension There Shall Be a Reckoning for Sin When Wriothesley's current HP increases or decreases, if he is in the Chilling Penalty state conferred by Icefang Rush, Chilling Penalty gains one stack of Prosecution Edict. Max 5 stacks. Each stack increases Wriothesley's ATK by 6%.

Wriothesley requires a range of materials to ascend to the 6th ascension. Starting from the second ascension he gains additional CRIT DMG as he gains levels, giving a total of 38.4% CRIT DMG at the final ascension. The total cost to upgrade all ascensions is:

Source Quantity
Mora 420,000 Mora
Boss Material 46x "Tourbillon Device"
Ascension Material
Local Specialty 168x Subdetection Unit
Enhancement Material
  • 18x Meshing Gear
  • 30x Mechanical Spur Gear
  • 36x Artificed Dynamic Gear

Wriothesley's Talents

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

Type Talent Name Brief Explanation
Normal Normal Attack: Forceful Fists of Frost Standard normal attack deals 5 Cryo DMG attacks. Charged attack will unleash a Cryo AoE DMG around him. Plunging attacks strike the ground below with an AoE of Cryo Damage.
Elemental Skill Icefang Rush Wriothesley charges forward and enters a state of enhanced Normal Attacks based on his current HP levels. He will increase his damage as long as his health stays above 50%.
Elemental Burst Darkgold Wolfbite Wriothesley activates his Cryo Gauntlets and strikes the area with multiple Cryo AoE attacks in front of him.

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 Primordial Greenbloom
Domain Material
  • 3x Teachings of Order
  • 21x Guide to Order
  • 38x Philosophies of Order
Enhancement Material
  • 6x Meshing Gear
  • 22x Mechanical Spur Gear
  • 31x Artificed Dynamic Gear

Wriothesley's Constellations

All of Wriothesley's constellation are helpful, right up to his C6. However, Wriothesley's C1 constellation is usually the target for most players.

# Name Explanation
C1 Terror for the Evildoers

The Gracious Rebuke from There Shall Be a Plea for Justice is changed to the following.

When Wriothesley's HP is less than 60% or while he is in the Chilling Penalty state caused by Icefang Rush, when the fifth attack of Repelling Fists hits, it will create a Gracious Rebuke. 1 Gracious Rebuke effect can be obtained every 2.5s.

Additionally, Rebuke: Vaulting Fist will obtain the following enhancementd.

  • The DMG Bonus gained will be further increased to 200%.
  • When it hits while Wriothesley is in the Chilling Penalty state, that state's duration is extended by 4s. 1 such extension can occur per 1 Chilling Penalty duration.
C2 Shackles for the Arrogant When using Darkgold Wolfbite, each Prosecution Edict stack from the Passive Talent "There Shall Be a Reckoning for Sin" will increase said ability's DMG dealt by 40%. You must first unlock the Passive Talent There Shall Be a Reckoning for Sin.
C3 Punishment for the Frauds
  • Increases the Level of Normal Attack: Forceful Fists of Frost by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C4 Redemption for the Suffering

The HP restored to Wriothesley through Rebuke: Vaulting Fist will be increased to 50% of his Max HP. You must first unlock the Passive Talent There Shall Be a Plea for Justice.

Additionally, when Wriothesley is healed, if the amount of healing overflows, the following effects will occur depending on whether he is on the field or not. If he is on the field, his ATK SPD will be increased by 20% for 4s. If he is off-field, all of your own party members' ATK SPD will be increased by 10% for 6s. These two methods of increasing ATK SPD cannot stack.

C5 Mercy for the Wronged
  • Increases the Level of Darkgold Wolfbite by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C6 Esteem for the Innocent The CRIT Rate of Rebuke: Vaulting Fist will be increased by 10%, and its CRIT DMG by 80%. When unleashed, it will also create an additional icicle that deals 100% of Rebuke: Vaulting Fist's Base DMG as Cryo DMG. DMG dealt this way is regarded as Charged Attack DMG. You must first unlock the Passive Talent There Shall Be a Plea for Justice.


  • 14 Dec. 2023: Guide added.
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