A young-looking man in a green robe who freely wanders the streets of Mondstadt is one of the city’s many local bards. Venti is an unknown bard who seems to come from nowhere and one who would sometimes sing ancient songs while at other times would hum unfamiliar ones that no one has ever heard of.
The name of this child-looking bard is “Venti,” who is also the Anemo Archon Barbatos. He once ruled the nation of Mondstadt but refused to be a tyrant, so he departed and gave people the gift of freedom.
Barbatos is fond of the mortal world and wants to roam Mondstadt as “Venti” freely. He has even constructed a glass ornament which he uses as a fake Vision. He then gave this the ability to turn into the wooden lyre “Der Fruhling.”
At the early parts of the game, you first encounter Venti in the forest when you make your way to the City of Freedom. You find him comforting the dragon known by the people of Mondstadt as Stormterror Dvalin.
You will then notice him several times inside the city but will be very elusive. Aside from the Archon quest, Venti will also appear in an event related to the festival celebrated by the people of Mondstadt.
How to Get Venti
Venti is not a permanent character, which means he is only available for wishing if he is a featured character in the time-limited character event wish banner.
He was the first featured character when the game was released in September 2021. Venti has since had several banner reruns.
As what the developers mentioned in an interview before, characters will have a rerun if they have a part in the new story content of the game. With Venti being the Anemo Archon Barbatos, he will surely get several more reruns.
To know more about acquiring characters in Genshin Impact, please see the guide linked here.
Team Role and Party Composition
Venti manipulates the Anemo element and uses it for offensive and escape tactics. Since he is the Anemo Archon Barbatos, he does not need a Vision to use the element. However, he wears a fake Anemo Vision on his waist to avoid suspicions and freely live low-key as a mortal bard.
The Anemo archon’s kit is designed for him to be a damage support character. With bow and arrow as his choice of weapon, Venti can throw long-ranged attacks and provide supporting damage against opponents from a safe distance.
Since Anemo combined with Pyro, Hydro, and Cryo will trigger the Swirl elemental reactions, Venti’s elemental combat talents will help provide additional damage through Swirl.
The special effect of Venti’s elemental burst talent will also make him a battery of some, if not all, of his teammates by providing additional energy particles to them.
Despite being designed and introduced as a support character, no one stops an adventurer who chooses to build his Anemo Archon as a DPS character. He can be a good DPS but can further shine in this role when higher constellation levels are unlocked.
Talents and Play Style
Windrider is Venti’s first passive talent, and this reduces the gliding stamina consumption of the entire party.
With Embrace of Winds—the passive talent unlocked on Venti’s first ascension phase—holding the elemental skill Skyward Sonnet allows him to create an upcurrent that lasts for 20 seconds.
Windrider and Embrace of Winds are very helpful when exploring the world of Teyvat—saving you stamina and allowing you to move to higher places with less climbing.
Stormeye, which gets unlocked when ascending Venti to the fourth ascension phase, regenerates 15 energy for Venti after the effects of his elemental burst end. If an element has been absorbed throughout the duration of this elemental burst, the characters in the party with that same element also get 15 energy restored for them.
Divine Marksmanship is Venti’s normal and charged attack talent, allowing him to perform six consecutive shots with a bow.
Aimed shots will allow a more precise attack and for it to be fully charged to deal Anemo damage.
Venti’s elemental skill talent is Skyward Sonnet, which allows him to summon a Wind Domain at an opponent’s location and deal AOE Anemo damage to that spot. If enemies are light enough, this skill will launch them.
When you hold the button for this elemental skill talent, a larger Wind of Domain will be summoned around Venti to deal an AOE Anemo attack with higher damage. This will also launch a lightweight opponent within the area of effect as Venti rides the wind into the air.
After launching enemies into the air, they will fall slowly, allowing you to proceed to do normal attack combos or aimed shots and ultimately defeat the said enemies before they can recover. When launched enemies hit the ground, they will also take fall damage.
Wind’s Grand Ode is the elemental burst of the Anemo Archon, and when this talent is cast, a huge Stormeye forms to suck in opponents and deal continuous Anemo damage to them.
This elemental burst is one of the talents that are perfect for crowd control, especially in areas and domains where many smaller opponents need to be defeated. The continuous damage and elemental absorption effect of Wind’s Grand Ode’s Stormeye is also very helpful when dealing with opponents that use elemental shields.
Only one element can be absorbed by the Wind’s Grand Ode’s Stormeye. But, you can select what element it absorbs by throwing an elemental attack at it before any other element gets absorbed.
Constellation: Carmen Dei
Constellation Level 1: Splitting Gales
With this constellation active, Venti’s fully charged aimed shots send out three Anemo arrows instead of one. However, the damage dealt by the two additional arrows is only 33% of the original arrow’s damage.
This constellation allows a new play style that lets you use aim shots without precisely aiming at the target. It also enables you to break items without switching to your melee characters.
Constellation Level 2: Breeze of Reminiscence
This constellation boosts the effect of Venti’s elemental skill talent. With this, the opponents hit by Skyward Sonnet would have their resistance to Anemo and Physical attacks reduced by 12% for 10 seconds.
If the opponents hit by Skyward Sonnet are launched into the air, they will suffer an additional 12% reduction to their Anemo and Physical damage resistance.
Even though the entire party benefits from this debuff to the enemy, the best way to maximize this is to cast Skyward Sonnet, do a normal hit combo while waiting for the 6-second cool down of the elemental skill and then cast it again. You can also hit the opponents with Skyward Sonnet first before casting Venti’s elemental burst.
Constellation Level 4: Hurricane of Freedom
Venti’s constellation level 4 grants him a 25% Anemo damage bonus for 10 seconds whenever he picks up an elemental orb or particle.
This enhances his capability to provide damage support to the team and even his role as a DPS character. Especially in situations where multiple weaker opponents are present and elemental particles are easy to collect.
To ensure that you trigger this constellation effect, you can also just cast an elemental skill.
Constellation Level 6: Storm of Defiance
The last constellation level of Carmen Dei is one that greatly enhances the damage to the opponents that were struck by the Anemo Archon’s elemental burst.
With Storm of Defiance, enemies that took damage from Wind’s Grand Ode will have their Anemo resistance decreased by 20%. If an elemental absorption was triggered, the target’s resistance to the absorbed element would also be reduced by 20%.
Constellation levels 3: Ode to Thousand Winds and 5: Concerto dal Cielo increases the level of Venti’s elemental skill and burst talents by three and upgrades their maximum level from 10 to 15.
How to Build Venti
Anemo Damage Support
Being the Anemo Archon, Venti manipulates the Anemo element and uses it in combat. With this in mind it is best to focus on increasing his Anemo damage and give him a decent amount of ATK and Critical stats.
This build will boost his overall damage, making him a good DPS and damage support.
Burst Spam Type
This build is for the kind of game play where you focus on casting Venti’s elemental burst Wind’s Grand Ode whenever it is ready.
The Wind’s Grand Ode has an energy cost of only 60%, which is not difficult to collect, especially with Venti’s elemental skill that can almost be spammed. The Stormeye created by this talent lasts for 8 seconds and will cool down for 15 seconds.
Swirl Elemental Reaction Type
Swirl is the elemental reaction if Anemo is used on enemies affected by Pyro, Cryo, or Hydro. Despite throwing a lot of Anemo attacks, Swirl build is not ideal for Venti because it sacrifices other stats, therefore lowering his overall damage.
Also, note that Swirl does not proc or trigger critical hits, and to increase the damage of Swirl, you need a lot of Elemental Mastery.
This is perhaps the most versatile 5-star bow in-game, and it is a permanent item, which means you can get it in both the standard and weapon event banners regardless if it is featured or not.
Skyward Harp has the highest base ATK among all available bows in the game with a secondary stat of critical rate. The passive effect grants a boost in Critical damage, and hits to an opponent has a chance to inflict a small AOE attack that deals Physical damage.
These stat bonuses are fairly balanced and make it easy for you to build and get good damage output for any DPS bow character.
This time-limited 5-star bow has Crit Rate as its secondary stat and a passive that increases the damage of Venti’s elemental skill and elemental burst.
When using this bow, any attack from Venti that hits an opponent grants him a stack of ATK increase buffs. A maximum of 4 stacks can be gained, and each stack lasts 10 seconds.
Another 5-star bow that can only be obtained when featured in the weapon banner is the Thundering Pulse. This one dramatically boosts Venti’s Critical damage with its secondary stat.
Thanks to the passive effect of the bow, Venti’s ATK also increases by 40%, and he gains a stack of Thunder Seal which increases the damage of his normal attacks. If Venti damages opponents using his normal attack and elemental skill, or if his energy is less than 100%, he gains another stack of Thunder Seal.
The Amos Bow is the other 5-star bow permanent to both banners, just like the Skyward Harp. This weapon is also a good bow for a damage dealer, but Venti’s playstyle won’t fully utilize it.
Although this weapon increases the damage of the user’s normal and charged attacks, the second effect is better for a character that focuses on long-ranged attacks like Ganyu.
Elegy for the End
This weapon has an energy recharge as its secondary stat bonus, making it a good choice if your Venti is built to be a burst type.
After absorbing another element or triggering a Swirl, Venti’s elemental burst can do Swirl damage up to 7 times. If he uses this, he also gains a boost in Elemental Mastery, which somehow increases the damage of Swirl.
The Stringless is the most common choice of a 4-star bow by players using Venti. It has a secondary stat of Elemental Mastery, which helps in boosting the Swirl elemental reactions that Venti triggers. Its passive effect will also increase the damage of Venti’s elemental skill and elemental burst without any requirement.
If your Venti play style is spamming his elemental skill and elemental bursts, then this weapon should be one you must consider.
The Viridescent Hunt and Blackcliff Warbow
If you focus on Venti’s overall damage output, especially if he is one of the DPS characters in the team, these two weapons are excellent choices.
Hamayumi, Mouun’s Moon, Prototype Crescent, and Rust
These four are bows with ATK as the secondary stat bonus and all have passive effects that do not hinder any of Venti’s attacks.
Sacrificial Bow and Favonius Warbow
These are the two 4-star bows with Energy Recharge as its secondary stat.
The Sacrificial Bow has a passive effect that gives you more chances to use Venti’s elemental skill. The Favonius Warbow, on the other hand, quickly fills Venti’s energy meter and has his elemental burst ready right after its cooldown ends.
Aside from weapons, artifacts are the main source of stat for the characters in Genshin Impact. Choosing the right artifact sets and combinations maximizes the build you are aiming for to make your Venti the best one.
Viridescent Venerer’s Diadem
The 4-piece set of this artifact increases the damage of Venti’s Anemo attacks by 15% and the damage of Swirl by 60%. When Swirl is triggered, the opponent’s elemental resistance to the element infused in the Swirl decreases by 40%.
If you plan on building a Venti with a play style that focuses on triggering Swirl elemental reaction, then this should be your artifact of choice.
For a support type Venti with a play style that is more into throwing elemental burst attacks to the enemies, the Noblesse Oblige is a good artifact set.
With four pieces equipped, Venti’s elemental burst damage increases by 20%, and when he uses the talent, all party members will have an ATK boost of 20% for 12 seconds.
Emblem of Severed Fate
This artifact set increased Venti’s Energy Recharge by 20% and the damage of his elemental burst by 25% of his energy recharge.
If the play style you prefer for your Venti is spamming his elemental burst, why not try the Emblem of Severed Fate four-piece.
Since artifacts and their stats are obtained randomly, farming the perfect or even the good ones would take time. However, you can always combine two-piece sets of different artifact sets to build your characters decently for them to be good enough to continue exploring the vast world of Teyvat.
For a DPS build Venti, a combination of artifact sets is the most common route. A two-piece set of Viridescent Venerer’s Diadem combined with another two-piece set of Noblesse Oblige, Gladiators Finale, or Shiminawa’s Reminiscence is a good option.
You can also have any combination of these four artifact sets depending on what you have and which ones have the best stats.
Ascending a character to the next ascension phase allows them to unlock special stats and talents and remove the current level cap. Every time you ascend a character, you need several items to be used as their ascension materials. Listed below are the ones you need to increase the Anemo Archons level.
This butterfly of pure Anemo energy can only be obtained by defeating the Anemo Hypostasis.
This flower is a Mondstadt local specialty and usually grows on hills and high places where the harsh wind blows. A lot of these can be found in Starsnatch Cliff.
Vayuda Turquoise Silvers, Fragments, Chunks, and Gemstones
These mineral crystals can be obtained from boss enemies that use Anemo. You can also get these from quest and commissions rewards. Crafting these is also possible.
Slime Condensate, Secretions, and Concentrate
These are the stuff you get from all types of Slimes when you defeat them. These are essences with slightly different properties after undergoing a few processing.
Talent Level-Up Materials
Building a character includes increasing the level of their combat talents, and each level will require certain items as materials for the leveling up process.
For Venti, you need Mora, Slimes essences, and the Tail of Boreas, which is a handful of tail scales from the Great Wolf King of the North.
You can get this material when you defeat Lupus Boreas the Dominator of Wolves, who is the noble soul that watches over Wolvendom.
The talent books you will need for him to master his combat capabilities are the ones of the “Ballad” series, which you can obtain from the Forsaken Rift Domain of Mastery: Realm of Slumber.
The books include the Teachings of Ballad, Guide to Ballad, and the Philosophies of Ballad. The last two can be crafted using the crafting bench in the town.