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Genshin Impact Swords Guide and Tips

Comparision of different swords and its analysis in Genshin Impact!

In case a player is new to Genshin Impact, he would not get much variety and choices when it comes to the weapons. Early-game players should just use whatever they can get their hands on, whether it’s a dull Blade, Silver Sword, or any 3* weapons. After unlocking the ‘wishes’, they can obtain many gacha weapons with a rarity of 3* and above. It is a fact that the higher the rarity, the better the sword. In this article, we will analyze swords in Genshin Impact, analyze and compare them with each other, and guide players to use them in-game.

Genshin Impact Swords Guide: Analysis of swords based on roles

Players should remember that each sword has its purpose and use in its own way, depending on how one plans on building the characters. Genshin Impact has an array of different characters with kits utilized in specific roles. Different playable characters serve different purposes. For comparison, the main roles that will be emphasized are:

Team roles

  1. DPS: Short for damage per second. Your main attacker in a party will do the big damage.
  2. Support: Pretty self-explanatory. They help your DPS by maxing their full damage capacity with their support capabilities.


When choosing swords for the DPS, the main priority should go in this order: Base Attack >Substat> Passive. The higher the Base Attack of the sword, the better. In terms of substats, having Crit Damage/Crit Rate is favored more than the others. Passives are always situational when choosing one since it depends entirely on which passive would suit your character the best in your build.

Genshin Impact DPS Swords Guide
Genshin Impact DPS Swords Guide: Tier List based on DPS capabilities of each 3* sword and above ( Image via Tiermaker)


For most Support characters, Substat> Passive > Base Attack is the order of priority. Unless the character is Bennett, who needs a high base attack in order to increase his attack buff, Supports don’t usually require a high base attack. Energy Recharge is more of a priority in the Substat, since their Elemental Bursts are charged up more frequently for usage and as Supports, their capabilities lie on their Elemental Bursts. Elemental Mastery (EM) and HP are of similar importance also as some characters scale off of them.

Genshin Impact Swords Support Guide: Tier List based on Support capabilities of each 3* sword and above (Image via Tiermaker)
Genshin Impact Swords Support Guide: Tier List based on Support capabilities of each 3* sword and above

Genshin Impact Swords Guide: Comparision of swords of each rarity

5* Swords

Mistsplitter Reforged 

The sword gains a 12~24% Elemental DMG Bonus for all elements and receives the might of the Mistsplitter’s Emblem.

At stack levels 1/2/3, Mistsplitter’s Emblem provides an 8/16/28~16/32/56% Elemental DMG Bonus for the character’s Elemental Type. The character will obtain 1 stack of Mistsplitter’s Emblem in each of the following scenarios: Normal Attack deals Elemental DMG (stack lasts 5s), casting Elemental Burst (stack lasts 10s); Energy is less than 100% (stack disappears when Energy is full). Each stack’s duration is calculated independently.
Viable for all DPS characters since It gives an Elemental DMG Bonus.    Not good for support characters but the high Base Attack is suitable for Bennett      



CRIT Rate increased by 4~8%. Gains Skypiercing Might upon using an Elemental Burst: Increases Movement SPD by 10%, increases ATK SPD by 10%, and Normal and Charged hits deal additional DMG equal to 20~40% of ATK. Skypiercing Might lasts for 12s.Can be given to DPS for the high base attack and passive but not that viable.   It is also not suitable for Supports since ER is low and passive is for DPS characters.  

It may be given to Bennett for the high Base Atk and ER stat
Haran GeppakuFutsu

  BASE ATK: 46 SUBSTAT: 7.2%

(CRIT Rate %)
Obtain 12~24% All Elemental DMG Bonus. When other nearby party members use Elemental Skills, the character equipping this weapon will gain 1 Wavespike stack. Max 2 stacks. This effect can be triggered once every 0.3s. When the character equipping this weapon uses an Elemental Skill, all stacks of Wavespike will be consumed to gain Rippling Upheaval: each stack of Wavespike consumed will increase Normal Attack DMG by 20~40% for 8s.Suitable for all DPS because of Elemental DMG bonus, high ATK, and Crit. Not viable for Supports.


(Elemental Mastery)
A part of the “Millennial Movement” that wanders amidst the winds. Increases DMG by 10~20%. When the character wielding this weapon triggers Elemental Reactions, they gain a Sigil of Rebellion. This effect can be triggered once every 0.5s and can be triggered even if said character is not on the field. When you possess 2 Sigils of Rebellion, all of them will be consumed and all nearby party members will obtain “Millennial Movement: Song of Resistance” for 12s. “Millennial Movement: Song of Resistance” increases Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attack DMG by 16~32% and increases ATK by 20~40%. Once this effect is triggered, you will not gain Sigils of Rebellion for the 20s. Of the many effects of the “Millennial Movement,” buffs of the same type will not stack.Not for DPS characters.  Best Support Sword as it increases attack dmg, NA, Charged, and Plunging DMG. Best Suitable for Kaedehara Kazuha for the EM substat and party buffs.
Primordial Jade Cutter


(Crit Rate)
HP increased by 20~40%. Additionally, provides an ATK Bonus based on 1.2~2.4% of the wielder’s Max HP.Good for all DPS. For high ATK and crit. Passive is not utilized by any DPS characters yet since it is HP scaling.   Not suitable as a support sword.
Aquila Favonia


(Physical DMG Bonus)
ATK is increased by 20~40%. Triggers on taking DMG: the soul of the Falcon of the West awakens, holding the banner of the resistance aloft, regenerating HP equal to 100~160% of ATK and dealing 200~320% of ATK as DMG to surrounding opponents. This effect can only occur once every 15 s.Only suitable for Jean, Kaeya and Traveller As a Physical DPS build. May be viable for other DPS although there are other alternatives.   Bennett can use it for high-base attack
Summit Shaper

Base ATK:46 SUBSTAT:10.8% (ATK)
Increases Shield Strength by 20~40%. Scoring hits on opponents increases ATK by 4~8% for 8s. Max 5 stacks. Can only occur once every 0.3s. While protected by a shield, this ATK increase effect is increased by 100%.Can be used for DPS characters if there are no other alternatives.

Passive is useful only if DPS is shielded and gains an ATK bonus. It is not viable for Supports.

4* Swords

Sapwood Blade

BASE ATK: 44 SUBSTAT: 6.7% (Energy Recharge)
After triggering Burning, Quicken, Aggravate, Spread, Bloom, Hyperbloom, or Burgeon, a Leaf of Consciousness will be created around the character for a maximum of 10s. When picked up, the Leaf will grant the character 60~120 Elemental Mastery for 12s. Only 1 Leaf can be generated this way every 20s. This effect can still be triggered if the character is not on the field. The Leaf of Consciousness’ effect cannot stack.Only suitable if the character is Dendro   Best for Support Dendro build for DendroTraveller.   Best F2P (Free-To-Play) Option for Bennett as it has a high base attack.
The Alley Flash

Increases DMG dealt by the character equipping this weapon by 12~24%. Taking DMG disables this effect for 5s.Kaedehara Kazuha can utilize it fully due to high EM.
The Black Sword

BASE ATK:42 SUBSTAT:6% (Crit Rate)
Increases DMG dealt by Normal and Charged Attacks by 20~40%. Additionally, regenerates 60~100% of ATK as HP when Normal and Charged Attacks score a CRIT Hit. This effect can occur once every 5s.Suitable DPS sword for almost all characters although not F2P friendly (Battle-Pass Weapon).   Not viable for Support
Royal Longsword

Upon dealing damage to an opponent, increases the CRIT Rate by 8~16%. Max 5 stacks. A CRIT hit removes all existing stacks.Suitable for DPS characters although there are other better alternatives. Can only be purchased on Paimon’s Shop.   Not viable for Support.
Prototype Rancour

(Physical DMG Bonus)
On hit, Normal or Charged Attacks increase ATK and DEF by 4~8% for 6s. Max 4 stacks. This effect can only occur once every 0.3s.Only useful for Physical DPS-built characters like Jean, Kaeya and Traveller. (F2P friendly)   Not suitable for Supports. Possible for Bennett due to the high base attack although there is a better alternative.

When a Normal, Charged, or Plunging Attack hits an opponent, it will whip up a Hewing Gale, dealing AoE DMG equal to 180% of ATK and increasing ATK by 15% for 8s. This effect can be triggered once every 8s.Viable for almost all DPS characters.   Not support friendly
The Flute

Normal or Charged Attacks grant a Harmonic on hits. Gaining 5 Harmonics triggers the power of music and deals 100~200% ATK DMG to surrounding enemies. Harmonics last up to 30s, and a maximum of 1 can be gained every 0.5s.Viable for DPS characters.   Not support friendly
Sacrificial Sword

After dealing damage to an opponent with an Elemental Skill, the skill has a 40~80% chance to end its own CD. Can only occur once every 30~16s.Not viable for DPS characters.   One of the best swords for Support Characters. Full refinement can have elemental skill be used twice all the time. Best suited for Xingqiu due to his long Elemental Skill cooldown.    

After casting an Elemental Skill, gain 1 Succession Seed. This effect can be triggered once every 5s. The Succession Seed lasts for 30 s. Up to 3 Succession Seeds may exist simultaneously. After using an Elemental Burst, all Succession Seeds are consumed and after 2s, the character regenerates 6~12 Energy for each seed consumed.Viable for DPS characters especially for Kamisato Ayaka and Kaeyadue to their low Elemental Skill cooldown which makes it easier to obtain seeds and consume them. It is not suitable for Supports.
Lion’s Roar

Increases DMG against enemies affected by Pyro or Electro by 20~36%Passive is mostly suitable for Keqing. Suitable for almost all DPS characters.   Not Support friendly.
Iron Sting

Dealing Elemental DMG increases all DMG by 6~12% for 6s. Max 2 stacks. Can only occur once every 1s.Not DPS friendly.   Best F2P option for Kaedehara Kazuha for the high EM.
Festering Desire

Increases Elemental Skill DMG by 16~32% and Elemental Skill CRIT Rate by 6~12%Only players who have done the 1.2 Event have access to it.   Not a good sword DPS and support-wise. For support, there are far better alternatives.
Favonius Sword

Genshin Impact Dori Guide

CRIT hits have a 60~100% chance to generate a small amount of Elemental Particles, which will regenerate 6 Energy for the character. Can only occur once every 12~6s.Not good for DPS.   One of the best swords for Support characters. Almost all supports can take advantage of it. At refinement 5 it can provide ER for your party which is useful in the long run.
Cinnabar Spindle

Elemental Skill DMG is increased by 40~80% of DEF. The effect will be triggered no more than once every 1.5s and will be cleared 0.1s after the Elemental Skill deals DMG.Obtainable from Version 2.3 Event. Only feasible for DEF scaling characters like Albedo
Blackcliff Longsword

BASE ATK: 44 SUBSTAT:8% (Crit DMG)  
After defeating an opponent, ATK is increased by 12~24% for 30 s. This effect has a maximum of 3 stacks, and the duration of each stack is independent of the othersCan be purchased at Paimon’s shop only. A bit more F2P friendly as it provides Crit DMG and the passive provides ATK. Viable for DPS.   Not Support Friendly.

Honourable Mentions (Swords)

Harbinger of Dawn

BASE ATK: 39 SUBSTAT: 10.2% (Crit DMG)
When HP is above 90%, increases the CRIT Rate by 14~28%.A good 3* weapon and in some cases can outperform 4* ones if the passive is used best (As it is a situational weapon). It still falls short due to the low Base Attack.  

That’s all for the comparison and analysis of all the swords in Genshin Impact.

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