How to Play Raiden Shogun in Genshin Impact

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The Raiden Shogun, her Excellency, the Almighty Narukami Ogosho, and the one who promised the people of Inazuma an unchanging Eternity is none other than the Electro Archon. It is known through tales that the Raiden Shogun is a warrior who slew many gods and conquered other races.

How to Play Raiden Shogun in Genshin Impact

Her true name is “Raiden Ei” Before becoming the Shogun. She was a samurai responsible for seeing that the previous Shogun’s orders were carried out. The previous Electro Archon was her twin, Raiden Makoto, who perished in one great battle they had to face.

When Makoto passed, Ei, who was just a kagemusha, took the role of the Raiden Shogun, the new Electro Archon. In hopes of preserving and no longer losing what she has left, Raiden Ei wished to have stillness and freeze all things while they were still good. To pursue Eternity.

How to Get Raiden Shogun

Raiden Shogun is a 5-star character that can only be obtained by making wishes on a time-limited Character Wish Banner. This banner will only feature a special 5-star character if that character is involved in the game’s current contents, like story quests and events.

If Raiden Shogun is currently featured on the Character Wish Banner, you will have a chance to do a test run of the character and see if you like her play style.

Please see our guide here to learn more about acquiring characters in Genshin Impact.

Team Role and Party Composition

Main Damage-Dealer or DPS Character

Although Raiden Shogun, like the other Archons Venti and Zhongli, was introduced as a supporting character, she can still be assigned your main DPS. This means she will be on the field more often than the other characters in your team.

She will be making a lot of normal attacks as your main DPS, but with the right build, her play style can use her elemental burst most of the time.

Sub-DPS or Off-Field DPS Character

As a sub DPS or off-field DPS, Raiden Shogun works well with any DPS character thanks to the nature of Eye of Stormy Judgment, which is created by her elemental skill.

However, you would still need to keep Raiden Shogun on the field to use and maximize her elemental burst. Thus, she is not a full off-field DPS.

Support Characters for Raiden Shogun

Defensive Support

Shielders or shield makers like Zhongli, Noelle, Diona, Thoma, and Xinyan work well with Raiden Shogun.

Healers like Barbara, Jean, Qiqi, and Kokomi are good support characters for Raiden Shogun. Kokomi and her elemental skill can help trigger the Electro-Charged elemental reaction for added damage. In contrast, Qiqi’s elemental skill can trigger the Superconduct elemental reaction and increase the physical damage taken by the opponents.

Unless you are confident with your dodging skills, a shielder and a healer should always be welcome to Raiden Shogun’s team.

Damage Support

The damage-boosting support character for Raiden Shogun can be Rosaria, thanks to her passive talent Shadow Samaritan. This talent increases the party members’ Critical Rate by 15% of Rosaria’s Critical Rate whenever she uses her elemental burst.

Of course, Bennett is one of the best damage boosters for most DPS characters because his elemental burst increases the ATK of the team. You can also add Mona to the equation of increasing the damage of your Raiden Shogun because Mona’s elemental burst applies the Omen debuff to opponents, which increases the damage they will take.

Off-field DPS or damage characters who work well with Raiden Shogun include Yelan and Xingqiu for an Electro-Charge elemental reaction team, or Beidou and Fischl with her Oz, who both can also work as Energy batteries for the Electro Archon.

Talents and Play Styles

Combat Talents

Normal Attack: Origin

With this talent, Raiden Shogun can perform up to 5 consecutive strikes with her spear. Holding the button for this move will have her make a charged attack by performing an upward slash while consuming a certain amount of Stamina.

This move can also be used mid-air; when doing so, Raiden Shogun will strike the ground below. This will damage the opponents along the path of the plunging strike and deal AOE damage upon impact.

Elemental Skill: Transcendence: Baleful Omen

When this skill is used, Raiden Shogun will unveil a shard of her Euthymia to deal Electro damage to nearby opponents and grant her party members the Eye of Stormy Judgment.

When characters granted the buff the Eye of Stormy Judgment deal damage to opponents, the Eye will unleash a coordinated attack that deals AOE Electro damage at the opponent’s position. Also, in the duration of the Eye of Stormy Judgment, the said characters will have the damage of their elemental bursts increased based on the Energy Cost of the elemental burst.

However, the coordinated attacks generated by the characters not controlled by you—such as co-op party members—will only deal 20% of the normal coordinated attack damage to the Eye.

This combat talent makes Raiden Shogun a sub-DPS or an off-field DPS character because you can switch to your main DPS while the Eye of Stormy Judgment buff is active.

Elemental Burst: Secret Art: Mosou Shinetsu

Using the elemental burst will have the Raiden Shogun unleash the Musou no Hitotachi to deal AOE Electro damage and use Musou Isshin in combat for a certain duration.

While in Musou Isshin state, the Raiden Shogun will wield her Tachi in battle and her normal charge. Her attacks in this state will also be considered as Elemental Burst damage. Plunging attacks will be infused with Electro Damage, which cannot be overridden with any other elemental infusion.

During the duration of the Raiden Shogun’s elemental burst, her resistance to interruption will be increased, and she will be immune to Electro-Charged elemental reaction damage. When she hits opponents in this state, all nearby party members will regenerate Energy up to 5 times.

The damage dealt by the Musou no Hitotachi and Musou Isshin’s attacks will be increased based on the number of Chakra Desiderata’s Resolve stacks consumed when this elemental burst is used.

Chakra Desiderata is indicated by the purple dots in the back of your active character when the Raiden Shogun is in the party. Whenever nearby party members use their elemental burst, stacks of Resolve will build up based on the Energy Cost of those party members’ elemental burst.

A maximum of 60 stacks of Chakra Desiderata’s Resolve can be built up, and they will be cleared when 300 seconds have passed since the Raiden Shogun left the field.

To maximize the damage of her elemental burst, it is recommended that you build the maximum amount of Chakra Desiderata’s Resolve before using this talent.

Passive Talents

Wishes Unnumbered

With this passive talent unlocked, when nearby party members gain Elemental Orbs or Particles, Chakra Desiderata gains 2 Resolve stacks, and this effect can occur every 3 seconds.

This will help to quickly build up the maximum Resolve of Chakra Desiderata and allow the highest possible damage boost to the Raiden Shogun’s elemental burst.

Enlightened One

This passive talent will enhance the Energy restoration effect of Mosou Isshin and, at the same time, grant the Raiden Shogun Electro Damage bonus based on the amount of Energy Recharge she possesses above the base of 100%.

For each 1% Energy Recharge above the base 100%, 0.6% greater Energy can be restored from Musou Isshin, and 0.4% of Electro Damage bonus is granted.

Utility Passive Talent: All-Preserver

The Raiden Shogun’s utility passive is used when ascending melee-type weapons. When you ascend swords and polearms and have Raiden Shogun as one of the characters you own, the Mora expended for such enhancement will be decreased by 50%.

Constellation: Imperatrix Umbrosa

Constellation Level 1: Ominous Inscription

With this constellation level unlocked, Chakra Desiderata will gather Resolve even faster. When Electro characters use their Elemental Bursts, the Resolve gained is increased by 80%. When characters of other elemental types use their elemental bursts, the Resolve gained increases by 20%.

This effect makes having another Electro character in Raiden Shogun’s party work as a super battery and allows her to spam her elemental burst.

Constellation Level 2: Steelbreaker

Unlocking this constellation level will enhance the Raiden Shogun’s damage while the effect of her elemental burst is active.

With Steelbreaker, while using Musuo no Hitotachi and in the Musou, Isshin state applied by Secret Art: Musou Shinetsu, the Raiden Shogun’s attacks ignore 60% of the opponents’ Defense.

Constellations 1 and 2 of the Raiden Shogun boost her capability as the main DPS character with a play style that focuses on building up Resolve for Chakra Desiderata and spamming into the Musou Isshin state most of the time.

Constellation Level 3: Shinkage Bygones

This constellation level increases the level of the Raiden Shogun’s elemental burst, Secret Art: Musuo Shinsetsu, by three and upgrades its maximum level to 15.

Constellation Level 4: Pledge of Propriety

When Musou Isshin state applied by Secret Art: Musuo Shinetsu expires, all party members will gain a 30% ATK bonus for 10 seconds. The 4th constellation level of the Raiden Shogun has this effect. However, this effect does not apply to the Raiden Shogun herself.

Constellation Level 5: Shogun’s Descent

Shogun’s Descent, the Raiden Shogun’s 5th constellation level, increases the level of her elemental skill, Transcendence: Baleful Omen, by 3. It also upgrades the skill’s maximum level from 10 to 15.

Constellation Level 6: Wishbearer

Unlocking this final constellation level will give the effect that while in the Musou Isshin state applied by the Secret Art: Musuo Shinetsu and the attacks by the Raiden Shogun that are considered part of her elemental burst hit opponents, all nearby party members will have the cooldown time of their elemental bursts decreased by 1 second.

However, this effect can only be triggered once every second with a total of 5 times during the Musou Isshin’s duration and will not be applied to the Raiden Shogun herself.

Constellation levels 4 and 6 highlights the Raiden Shogun’s abilities as a support character.

How to Build Raiden Shogun

Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst Type

Whatever the role of the Raiden Shogun is in your team, her play style should focus on casting her elemental skill to have the Eye of Stormy Judgment active and use her elemental burst to get into the Musou Isshin state.

This means that she will be dealing Electro elemental damage, and thus Electro Damage bonus should be prioritized in building her. The next stat to consider is her Energy Recharge since her buffs are based on it, and she will need a lot to reach the 90 Energy Cost of her elemental burst quickly.

Critical Rate and Critical Damage should not be ignored because this will still play a role in her overall damage output. A decent amount of ATK will also add to the numbers she can dish out when dealing damage to opponents.

Weapon: Polearm

Polearms are the Raiden Shogun’s weapon, and the ones she needs are those with Energy Recharge as its secondary stat due to the nature of her kit. Polearms with Critical Rate and Critical Damage as secondary stats are also good for her because her role is to deal damage, and these weapons can increase her damage output.

5-Star Polearms

Engulfing Lightning

This time-limited 5-star weapon has energy Recharge as its secondary stat and a passive effect titled Timeless Dream: Eternal Stove that increases the ATK of the character by a certain percentage of Energy Recharge over the base 100%.

After using an elemental burst, the character will gain a 30% Energy Recharge for 12 seconds.

This polearm is considered the BiS weapon for Raiden Shogun and will not only allow her to spam her elemental burst, despite having a high Energy Cost of 90 but also increasing the damage of the talent based on her Energy Recharge. It works best paired with the Emblem of Severed Fate artifact set.

Primordial Jade Winged-Spear

The Primordial Jade Winged-Spear (PJWS) is the most flexible polearm for characters that lean towards being a damage dealer. It has Critical Rate as its secondary stat, which allows you to easily reach the ideal amount needed and focus on Critical Damage.

The passive effect of this weapon is called Eagle Spear of Justice, and it increases the character’s ATK for 6 seconds when an attack hits an opponent. This can be stacked up to 7 times, and when the maximum possible stack is reached, the damage dealt by the character is increased.

Raiden Shogun’s play style is high-speed normal attack combos. She will easily trigger the maximum stack of the PJWS’s passive effect.

Calamity Queller

With this weapon’s ATK secondary stat Raiden Shogun’s maximum ATK will be greatly increased, and her elemental damage will also be increased by at least 12%. This makes this a great option for a DPS type.

As part of this polearm’s passive effect, Extinguishing Precept, every time Raiden Shogun uses her elemental skill, she will obtain the Consummation, increasing her ATK by 3.2% for 20 seconds. Consummation can be stacked up to 6 times, and with the 6 seconds cooldown time of Raiden Shogun’s elemental skill, the maximum stack of Consummation can be obtained.

4-Star Polearms

The Catch

The Catch is a weapon with Energy Recharge as its secondary stat and a passive effect titled Shanty that increases the elemental burst damage of the character and the Critical Rate of that skill.

This 4-star polearm is one of the weapons you can get for free by crafting it with the town smithy. All you need is to unlock the fishing mini-game feature of the game and catch the necessary materials for it.

This weapon is considered a good alternative to the Engulfing Lightning and sits well with Raiden Shogun’s playstyle, which involves using her elemental burst more often.

Prototype Starglitter

This polearm is a decent weapon for Raiden Shogun, especially when you cannot get any good weapon for her from the Wish Banners. This can be obtained by crafting with the town smithy as long as you have the necessary materials.

This weapon’s secondary stat is Energy Recharge which can help prepare Raiden Shogun’s elemental burst. The passive effect of this weapon, Magic Affinity, increases the normal and charged attack of the character after using an elemental skill. This effect can be stacked up to 2 times.

However, since the cooldown time of Raiden’s elemental skill is 10 seconds, and Magic Affinity only lasts 12 seconds, this passive effect cannot be maximized by the Electro Archon.

Deathmatch

This Battle Pass polearm is known for the high Critical Rate bonus it gives as a secondary stat. It can give a 36.8% Critical Rate at weapon level 90, much higher than the 22.1% that the Primordial Jade Winged-Spear gives.

Blackcliff Pole

The Blackcliff Pole spear is one of the best 4-star options for a DPS polearm user because of its secondary stat that gives a Critical Damage Bonus. It also gives more attack bonuses when the character using this weapon defeats an enemy.

With Raiden’s fast-speed attacks and easy-to-spam elemental skill, using the Blackcliff Pole in situations with smaller and weaker enemies will maximize the weapon’s features.

This 4-star polearm can only be obtained by exchanging Masterless Starglitters in the Paimon’s Bargains shop.

Wavebreaker’s Fin

Watatsumi Wavewalker, the passive effect of this weapon can be good due to the 90 Energy Cost of Raiden Shogun’s elemental burst. However, this effect will be maximized if the characters in the team also have elemental burst talents with high energy costs like hers. This is another 4-star spear that focuses on increasing the maximum ATK of the user.

Artifacts for Raiden Shogun

4-Piece Artifact Sets

Emblem of Severed Fate

The 2-piece set of this artifact gives a bonus of 20% Energy Recharge, and if four pieces are equipped, the elemental burst damage of the character will be increased by 25% of the character’s Energy Recharge. A maximum of 75% bonus damage can be obtained in this manner.

This means that with the 4-piece set of Emblem of Severed Fate equipped, the higher the character’s energy recharge, the higher the damage of their elemental burst.

A full 4-piece set of this artifact is considered the best-in-slot and is even designed for Raiden Shogun because she needs a boost to her Energy Recharge and her play style involves spamming her elemental burst.

Echoes of an Offering

Like the two above, the 2-piece set of this artifact gives an 18% ATK bonus. If a 4-piece set is equipped, when normal character attacks hit opponents, there is a 36% chance that it will trigger the Valley Rite buff. This buff will increase the normal attack damage by 70% of the character’s ATK.

With Raiden Shogun’s normal attack combo play style, triggering the Valley Rite buff will not be a problem.

Gladiator’s Finale

This artifact set is probably designed to fit melee characters whose play style involved normal attacks flawlessly. Equipping the character with four pieces of this artifact set will increase their ATK by 18% and further damage their normal attacks by 35% if they use a sword, polearm, or claymore as a weapon.

Combined 2-Piece Artifact Sets

Regardless of type and team role, you can still equip Raiden Shogun with artifacts that are combinations of different sets to achieve a decent damage output.

Thundering Fury

The Thundering Fury can give a bonus of 15% added Electro damage for its 2-piece, which makes it easy if you only need that bonus. Wearing four pieces of this artifact will increase the Electro-related Elemental Reactions if the user triggers it. If this Elemental Reaction gets triggered, that elemental skill’s cooldown will be reduced by 1 second.

Noblesse Oblige

The 2-piece Noblesse Oblige artifact set grants a 20% increase to the character’s elemental burst damage. Since Raiden Shogun’s normal, charged, and plunging attack damages are considered elemental burst damage.

The Gladiator’s Finale, Shimenawa’s Reminiscence, Echoes of an Offering, and Vermillion Hereafter all give an 18% ATK bonus with 2-piece sets.

The 2-piece sets of the artifacts set listed above can also be combined, and you will still get decent stats and damage output for Raiden Shogun.

Artifact Parts’ Main Stat

A Goblet of Eonothem with the primary stat of Electro Damage bonus should be equipped for both main and sub-DPS Raiden Shogun.

Energy Recharge as its primary stat for the Sands of Eon is a must for faster Energy regeneration and allows more use of the elemental burst.

Depending on your Raiden Shogun needs, you can choose to have a Circlet of Logos with either Critical Rate, Critical Damage, or ATK as its main stat.

Character Ascension: The Raiden Shogun

Raiden Shogun can be ascended to 6 phases to reach the maximum character level of 90. Passive talents and special ascension stats will also be unlocked when she ascends to certain phases.

Ascension Materials for Raiden Shogun

Mora: 420,000

Mora is Genshin Impact’s main currency unit. It is accepted in all the nations of Teyvat and is also used to upgrade weapons, artifacts, talents, and character levels.

Storm Beads: 46

These are Crackling Electro pearls that the Thunder Manifestation leaves behind. You can get a few of these when you defeat the pure Electro energy creature in its nest at the top of Amakumo Peak in Seirai Island, Inazuma.

Amakumo Fruit: 168

Fruit of the Amakumo grass that, when held up to your ear, will give you the sound of it crackling with a tiny current. This Inazuma local specialty grows and is only found in Seirai Island, Inazuma.

Vajrada Amethysts

These mineral crystals can be obtained from boss enemies manipulating the Electro element. Boss enemies include Electro Regisvines, Electro Hypostasis, Primo Geovishap, the Raiden Shogun Puppet, the Thunder Manifestation, and even Azhdaha.

You can also get these from quest and commission rewards by crafting them using the ones with lower rarity levels.

The amounts needed for each are as follows: Vajrada Amethyst Sliver: 1; Vajrada Amethyst Fragments: 9; Vajrada Amethyst Chunks: 9; Vajrada Amethyst Gemstones: 6.

Nobushi Handguards

These are different types of handguards mounted on the blades of Nobushis of all levels.

Handguards of higher rarity can also be crafted using the ones with lower rarity. You can obtain these handguards by defeating Fiery Might and Dancing Thunder Kairagi, Hitsukeban, Jintouban, and Kikouban Nobushi. It can also be purchased from Paimon’s Bargains shop in exchange for Masterless Stardusts.

The amount needed for each is as follows: Old Handguard: 18; Kageuchi Handguard: 30; Famed Handguard: 36.

Ascension Phases

Ascension Phase 1

This first ascension will be done after the character reaches level 20, and they cannot proceed to the next level without ascending to the next phase. The character level cap will be increased to 40, and Raiden Shogun’s first passive talent, Wishes Unnumbered, will be unlocked.

Materials: Mora – 20,000; Vajrada Amethyst Sliver – 1; Amakumo Fruit– 3; Old Handguard – 3;

Unlocked Talent: Wishes Unnumbered (1st Passive Talent);

Ascension Phase 2

Ascension Phase 2 can be reached at character level 40 and will increase the character level cap to 50. After this ascension, the character’s talents can be upgraded or leveled up. Raiden Shogun will also unlock a special ascension stat on this phase: the Energy Recharge Bonus of 8%.

Materials: Mora – 40,000; Vajrada Amethyst Fragments – 3; Amakumo Fruit– 10; Old Handguard – 15; Storm Beads – 2;

Unlocked Special Stat: 8% Energy Recharge Bonus;

Unlocked Feature: Allows leveling combat talents from 1 to 2;

Ascension Phase 3

After reaching level 50, Raiden Shogun can ascend to ascension phase 3, increasing her character level cap to 60. The 3rd ascension phase will double the Energy Recharge Bonus special stat from 8% to 16%. Additionally, Raiden Shogun’s combat talents can then be increased up to level 4.

Materials: Mora – 60,000; Vajrada Amethyst Fragments – 6; Amakumo Fruit– 20; Kageuchi Handguard – 12; Storm Beads – 4;

Unlocked Stat: Energy Recharge Bonus increased from 8% to 16%;

Unlocked Feature: Allows leveling combat talents from 2 to 4;

Ascension Phase 4

At level 60, you can ascend Raiden Shogun to ascension phase 4 and upgrade her character level cap to 70. After ascending, you will unlock her second Passive Talent, Enlightened One, and all her Combat Talents can be leveled up to 6.

Materials: Mora – 80,000; Vajrada Amethyst Chunks – 3; Amakumo Fruit– 30; Kageuchi Handguard – 18; Storm Beads – 8;

Unlocked Feature: Allows leveling combat talents from 4 to 6;

Unlocked Talent: Enlightened One (2nd Passive Talent);

Ascension Phase 5

The 5th ascension phase can be reached when Raiden Shogun is at level 70, and ascending will increase her character level cap to 80. Her special ascension stat, Energy Recharge Bonus, will be increased to 24% at this phase. Raiden Shogun’s combat talents will also have an upgrade to their level cap from 6 to 8.

Materials: Mora – 100,000; Vajrada Amethyst Chunks – 6; Amakumo Fruit– 45; Famed Handguard – 12; Storm Beads – 12;

Unlocked Stat: Energy Recharge Bonus increased from 16% to 24%;

Unlocked Feature: Allows leveling combat talents from 6 to 8;

Ascension Phase 6

Raiden Shogun’s final ascension phase is at level 80, and it will increase her character level cap to 90. Her special ascension stat, the Energy Recharge Bonus, will be increased to 32%, and her Combat Talents can now be upgraded to the maximum level of 10.

Materials: Mora – 120,000; Vajrada Amethyst Gemstones – 6; Amakumo Fruit– 60; Famed Handguard – 24; Storm Beads – 20;

Unlocked Stat: Energy Recharge Bonus increased from 24% to 32%;

Unlocked Feature: Allows leveling combat talents from 8 to 10;

Talent Level-Up Materials for Raiden Shogun

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.

Aside from Mora and Slime excretions, leveling up Raiden Shogun’s combat talents will also need a few Molten Moments.

Molten Moment

A Molten Moment is a deformed fragment containing Signora’s great might after she unleashed her original power. You can get some of these by defeating her in the Duel to the Fiery Death at Tenshukaku.

Talent Level Scroll: Light

The talent scrolls you will need for Raiden Shogun to master her combat capabilities are the ones of the “Light” series, which you can obtain from the Violet Court Domain of Mastery: Vine–Infested Ruins in Narukami Island, Inazuma.

These scrolls include the Teachings of Light, Guide to Light, and the Philosophies of Light. The last two can be crafted using the crafting bench in the town.

Crown of Insight

Leveling a combat talent up from level 9 to 10 will need a Crown of Insight, a special item that can only be obtained as a reward from the game’s events.

Mora: 1,652,500;

Old Handguard: 6;

Kageuchi Handguard: 22;

Famed Handguard: 31;

Teachings of Light: 3;

Guide to Light: 21;

Philosophies of Light: 38;

Molten Moment: 6;

Crown of Insight: 1;

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