Genshin Impact Best Weapons List | The Best Genshin Impact Weapons

By Josh Broadwell
14 June 2021 12:30 GMT

Keeping up with Genshin Impact weapons can be a little overwhelming at times. There’s dozens of swords, spears, and magic books, each with their own unique abilities and rank, but not every weapon is worth your enhancement materials.

Four and five-star weapons are the best weapons in Genshin Impact, even though you’re at the mercy of the game’s gacha system when it comes to obtaining them. Our weapons list guide details each of these weapons, what their special skills are, and how you can make them even stronger.

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Understanding Genshin Impact weapons

Each weapon has a base attack stat, a secondary stat of some kind, and a special “Refinement skill,” and naturally, each category is full of its own jargon.

Here’s what each secondary stat term means:

  • Attack: a permanent attack boost
  • Critical damage: a permanent increase to critical hit damage
  • Critical hit: a permanent increase to the weapon’s likelihood of landing a critical hit
  • Elemental recharge: How fast your Elemental Burst meter refills during combat
  • Elemental Mastery: A number determining how much damage your Elemental Reactions deal (when two elements combine on an enemy). The higher the number, the better

Refinement skills are unique effects each weapon has. You can enhance these further through refining the weapon, but don’t confuse that with taking it to the smithy. Refining weapons in Genshin Impact requires you to use a duplicate of that weapon and spend some Mora.

It’s easier to do with three-star weapons and under, since you’ll find those in abundance. Four and five-star weapons are rare as it is, so unless you plan on spending lots of money and testing your luck (which we don’t recommend doing), you’ll probably be working with the base refinement skill for a while.

Fortunately, four- and five-star weapons are strong enough where sticking with the base skill is viable for the entire game.

How to enhance weapons in Genshin Impact

You enhance Genshin Impact weapons similar to how you enhance characters, though obviously with different materials. Weapon levels cap out every 10-20 levels and require an Ascension using materials found mostly in Domains (also a good place for earning Adventure Rank XP).

Once you choose “enhance” from the weapon selection screen, you’ll use Enhancement Ore or other low-ranking weapons to level up weapons in between Ascension phases. Just make sure you don’t accidentally mulch another weapon you want in the process.

Enhancement Ore is plentiful, but you can make more by taking Iron Ore and other minerals to the smithy in Liyue Harbor or Mondstadt.

This screen is also where you’ll refine a weapon, assuming you’ve got a duplicate to use for the process.

Genshin Impact weapons list

We’ve divided our weapon list by weapon type and star rank. Since three-star weapons and under are common and not worth keeping once you get something better.

Note that the values listed here are from each weapon at level 20. They’ll be lower when you first acquire the weapon and, of course, higher when you Ascend them.

Genshin Impact swords


Genshin Impact five-star sword list
NameAttackStatRefinement Skill
Aquila Favonia133Physical damage +15.9%Attack increases by 20%.
After taking damage, regenerate HP equal to 100% attack and deal 200% attack damage to surrounding enemies. Only happens once every 15 seconds
Primordial Jade Cutter110Critical hit rate +17%HP increases by 20%. Attack increases by 1.2% of the user's max HP
Skyward Blade122Energy recharge +21.2%Critical rate +4%. Using Elemental Burst triggers Skypiercing Might, increasing movement and attack speed by 10% and increasing normal and charged attack by an extra 20% of total attack power. Lasts 12 seconds
Summit Shaper122Attack +19.1%Shield strength increases by 20%. Landing hits on opponents increases attack by 4% for eight seconds and stacks five times. If shield is active, attack increases by 100% instead.
Freedom Sworn Sword122Elemental Mastery + 76Increases damage by 10%. Triggering Elemental Reactions generates Sigils of Rebellion. Gaining two Sigils increases normal, charged, and plunging attack by 16% and overall attack by 20% for 20 seconds.

The Skyward Sword is easily the best five-star sword, since its secondary stat feeds into the refinement skill and makes it easier to boost your abilities and fire off Elemental Bursts faster than normal.

Genshin Impact four-star sword list
NameAttackSecondaryRefinement Skill
Blackcliff Longsword119Attack +10.6%Increases attack by 13% for 30 seconds after defeating an enemy. Can stack three times.
Favonius Sword90Energy recharge +23.6%Critical hits have a 60% chance of restoring +6 energy.
Festering Desire109Energy recharge +17.7%Increases Elemental Skill damage by 16% and Elemental Skill critical chance by 6%
Iron Sting109Elemental Mastery +64Dealing Elemental damage increases all damage dealt by 6% for six seconds. Stacks twice
Lion's Roar109Attack +15.9%Damage to enemies afflicted with Pyro or Electro increased by 20%
Prototype Rancour119Physical damage +13.3%Normal and charged attacks increase attack and defense by 4% for six seconds. Stacks four times
Royal Longsword109Attack +15.9%Critical hit rate increases by 8% every time a hit lands. Stacks five times, but a critical hit resets the percentage
Sacrificial Sword99Energy recharge +23.6%Elemental Skills have 40% chance to end their cooldown timer after being used
Sword of Descension 94Attack +13.5%Normal and charged attacks have a 50% chance of dealing an additional 200% damage in an AoE attack.
The Alley Flash128Elemental Mastery +21Damage dealt +12%. Effect stops for five seconds after taking damage
The Black Sword109Critical rate +10.6%Normal and charged attacks deal +20% damage. 60% of attack value is regenerated as HP after landing a critical hit.
The Flute109Attack +15.9%Normal and charged attacks generate Harmonics on hit. Gaining five Harmonics unleashes an AoE attack.

Iron Sting and the Black Sword tie as the best four-star swords. Anything increasing Elemental damage is a good thing, while Black Sword turns your DPS character into a healer if you score a critical hit, which you probably will thanks to its secondary stat.

Genshin Impact claymores

Genshin Impact five-star claymore list
NameAttackSecondaryRefinement Skill
Skyward Pride133Energy recharge +14.1%Increases all damage by 8%. Using an Elemental Burst, normal, or charged attack creates a vacuum blade that does 80% of attack as damage to opponents along its path. Lasts for 20 seconds or eight vacuum blades.
Song of Broken Pines145Physical damage +8%Attack increased by 16%. Hits create a Sigil of Whispers. Four Sigils are consumed to activate the Banner Hymn and increase attack by 20% and attack speed by 12% for 12 seconds.
The Unforged122Attack +19.1%Shield strength increases by 20%. Landing hits on opponents increases attack by 4% for eight seconds and stacks five times. If shield is active, attack increases by 100% instead.
Wolf's Gravestone122Attack +19.1%Attack +20%. Targeting foes with less than 30% HP increases party attack by 40% for 12 seconds. Only happens once every 30 seconds

Five-star claymores are a bit trickier than other Genshin Impact weapons since it depends on which character you’re using. For tanks such as Noelle, The Unforged and its attack boost every time a shield activates is ideal. DPS wielders would benefit from Skyward Pride and its extra damage.

Genshin Impact four-star claymore list
NameAttackSecondaryRefinement Skill
Blackcliff Slasher109Critical hit damage +21.2%Defeating an enemy increases attack by 12% for 30 seconds. Stacks three times
Favonius Greatsword99Energy recharge +23.6%60% chance of critical hits restoring 6 energy points
Lithic Blade109Attack +15.9%Having party members from Liyue increases attack by 7% and critical chance by 3%. Stacks four times
Prototype Archaic119Attack +10.6%Normal or charged attacks have a 50% chance to deal an additional 240% damage in an AoE attack
Rainslasher109Elemental Mastery +64Enemies afflicted with Electro or Hydro receive an additional 20% damage
Royal Greatsword119Critical damage +14.1%Critical rate increases by 8% every time a hit is landed. Stacks five times, but a critical hit resets the percentage
Sacrificial Greatsword119Energy recharge +11.8%Elemental Skills have 40% chance of ending their cooldown after being used
Serpent Spine109Critical hit rate +10.6%Every four seconds a character is on the field, they deal 6% more damage and take 3% more damage. Stacks five times, and receiving damage removes one stack
Snow-Tombed Starsliver119Physical damage +13.3%Normal and charged attacks have a 60% chance of forming and dropping an Everfrost Icicle , dealing 80% AoE damage. Enemies affected by Cryo are dealt 200% damage.
The Bell109HP +15.9%Taking damage creates a shield that absorbs 20% HP worth of damage and increases damage dealt by 12%. Lasts 10 seconds and only works every 45 seconds
Whiteblind109Defense +19.9%Normal and charged attacks increase attack and defense by 6% for six seconds. Stacks four times

The same considerations apply here. Tanks would get the most from The Bell since it increases their ability to withstand damage. Snow-Tombed Starsliver is a good four-star alternative to Skyward Pride, though DPS and tanks would benefit from Prototype Archaic’s random attack boost.

Genshin Impact polearms

Genshin Impact five-star polearm list
NameAttackSecondaryRefinement Skill
Primordial Jade Winged-Spear133Critical hit rate +8.5%Every 0.3 seconds, attack increases by 3.2% for six seconds. Stacks seven times, and the maximum number of stacks increases total damage by an additional 12%
Skyward Spine133Energy recharge +14.1%Increases critical rate by 8% and normal attack speed by 12%. Normal and charged attacks have a 50% chance to trigger a vacuum blade that deals 40% of attack value as damage in a small AoE.
Staff of Homa122Critical damage +25.4%Increases HP by 20%. Attack increases by 0.8% of max HP, or 1% of max HP if HP is 50% or less
Vortex Vanquisher122Attack +19.1%Shield strength increases by 20%. Landing hits on opponents increases attack by 4% for eight seconds and stacks five times. If shield is active, attack increases by 100% instead.

The Primordial Jade Winged-Spear is simple and effective. In place of fancy gimmicks, you get a reliable attack boost to clear the field.

Genshin Impact four-star polearm list
NameAttackSecondaryRefinement Skill
Blackcliff Pole109Critical damage +21.2%Attack increases by 12% for 30 seconds after defeating an enemy. Stacks three times
Crescent Pike119Physical damage +13.3%Obtaining an Elemental particle increases normal and charged attack by 20% for five seconds
Deathmatch99Critical hit rate +14.1%If there are at least two enemies nearby, attack increases by 16%. If there are fewer than two enemies nearby, attack increases by 24%.
Dragon's Bane99Elemental Mastery +85Enemies afflicted with Hydro or Pyro receive 20% more damage
Dragonspine Spear99Physical damage +26.5%Normal and charged attacks have a 60% chance of forming and dropping an Everfrost Icicle , dealing 80% AoE damage. Enemies affected by Cryo are dealt 200% damage.
Favonius Lance119Energy recharge +11.8%60% chance of critical hits restoring 6 energy points
Lithic Spear119Attack +10.6%Having party members from Liyue increases attack by 7% and critical chance by 3%. Stacks four times
Prototype Starglitter109Energy recharge +17.7%Using an Elemental Skill increases normal and charged attack by 8% for 12 seconds
Royal Spear119Attack +10.6%Critical rate increases by 8% every time a hit is landed. Stacks five times, but a critical hit resets the percentage

The Blackcliff Pole is a good standard polearm for any character, though the Dragonspine Spear has a better chance of dealing higher damage. Prototype Starglitter is best if your polearm user relies on Elemental abilities a lot.

Genshin Impact bows

Genshin Impact five-star bow list
NameAttackSecondaryRefinement Skill
Amos' Bow122Physical damage +19.8%Increases normal attack and aimed attack damage by 12%. After a normal or aimed attack is fired, damage increases by a further 8% every 0.1 seconds the arrow is in the air for up to five times.
Elegy for the End122Energy recharge +21.2%Increases Elemental Mastery by 60. Using an Elemental Skill or Burst creates a Sigil of Remembrance. Four Sigils are consumed and create the Farewell Song effect, which increases Elemental Mastery by a further 100 and attack by 20%
Skyward Harp133Critical hit rate +8.5%Critical damage +20%. Landing hits has a 60% chance of creating an AoE effect dealing 125% of your physical attack damage

There’s not much to choose from here, but the Elegy for the End stands out as the best five-star bow. Its base attack and secondary complement physical and Elemental characters, and the skill boosts damage output even further, despite taking a while to activate.

Genshin Impact four-star bow list
NameAttackSecondaryRefinement Skill
Alley Hunter110Attack +10.6%While the character equipped with this weapon is in the party but not on the field, their damage increases by 2% every second up to a max of 20%. When the character is on the field for more than four seconds, the buff decreases by 4% per second.
Blackcliff Warbow119Critical damage +14.10%Attack increases by 12% for 30 seconds after defeating an enemy. Stacks three times
Compound Bow99Attack +26.5%Normal and aimed shots increase attack by 4% and attack speed by 1.2% for six seconds. Stacks for times.
Favonius Warbow99Energy recharge +23.6%Critical hits have a 60% chance of restoring six energy points
Prototype Crescent109Attack +9%Aimed shots at weak points increase attack by 36% and movement speed by 10% for 10 seconds
Royal Bow109Attack +15.9%Dealing damage increases critical rate by 8%. Stacks five times, but landing a critical hit resets the percentage
Rust109Attack +15.9%Normal attack damage increases by 40% but aimed shot damage decreases by 10%
Sacrificial Bow119Energy recharge +11.8%Elemental Skill has a 40% chance of ending its cooldown after being used
The Stringless109Elemental Mastery +64Increases Elemental Skill and Burst damage by 24%
The Viridescent Hunt109Critical hit rate +10.6%Normal and aimed shots have a 50% chance to generate a Cyclone, which will continuously pull in surrounding foes, dealing 40% of attack stat as damage every 0.5 seconds for four seconds
Windblume Ode109Elemental Mastery +64Attack increases by 16% for six seconds after using an Elemental Skill

The Blackcliff Bow and Compound Bow are excellent for DPS characters, especially if you don’t rely on aimed shots often. Windblume Ode is designed for Venti, but works very well with any Elemental-oriented bow user, such as Fischl or Diona.

Genshin Impact catalysts

Genshin Impact five-star catalyst list
NameAttackSecondaryRefinement Skill
Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds122Critical rate +12.7%Movement speed increased by 10%. Elemental damage increased by 8% every four seconds. Stacks four times and lasts until character leaves the field
Memory of Dust122Attack +19.1%Shield strength increases by 20%. Landing hits on opponents increases attack by 4% for eight seconds and stacks five times. If shield is active, attack increases by 100% instead.
Skyward Atlas133Attack +12.7%Increases Elemental damage by 12%. Normal attacks have a 50% chance to make clouds attack enemies for 15 seconds, dealing 160% of your attack as damage. Only happens once every 30 seconds

Like with bows, there’s not much to choose from here. Skyward Atlas is the best of the bunch, with a double bonus of dealing extra damage and making clouds attack your enemies.

Genshin Impact four-star catalyst list
NameAttackSecondaryRefinement Skill
Blackcliff Agate109Critical damage +21.2%Defeating an enemy increases attack by 12% for 30 seconds. Stacks three times
Eye of Perception99Attack +21.2%Normal and charged attacks have a 50% chance of generating a Bolt of Perception every four seconds. The Bolt deals 240% attack damage and bounces between enemies up to four times
Favonius Codex109Energy recharge +17.7%60% chance of critical hits restoring 6 energy points
Frostbearer109Attack +15.9%Normal and charged attacks have a 60% chance of forming and dropping an Everfrost Icicle , dealing 80% AoE damage. Enemies affected by Cryo are dealt 200% damage.
Mappa Mare119Elemental Mastery +42Elemental Reactions increase Elemental damage by 8% for 10 seconds. Stacks twice
Prototype Amber109HP +15.9%Using an Elemental Burst regenerates four Energy points every two seconds for six seconds. Party members regenerate 4% HP for six seconds.
Royal Grimoire11910.6%Critical rate increases by 8% every time a hit is landed. Stacks five times, but a critical hit resets the percentage
Sacrificial Fragments99Elemental Mastery +85%Elemental Skills have 40% chance of ending their cooldown after being used
Solar Pearl109Critical hit rate +10.6%Normal attacks increase Elemental Skill and Burst damage by 20% for six seconds, and vice versa
The Widsith109Critical damage +21.2%When a character takes the field, they obtain a random theme song for 10 seconds. This can only occur once every 30 seconds. Recitative: attack is increased by 60%. Aria: Increases all Elemental damage by 48%. Interlude: Elemental Mastery increases by 240.
Wine and Song119Energy recharge +11.8%Using a normal attack decreases the stamina consumption of sprint or alternate sprint by 14% for five seconds. Additionally, using sprint or alternate sprint ability increases attack by 20% for five seconds

Eye of Perception and Frostbearer are good four-star alternatives to Skyward Atlas. Ending up with Solar Pearl or Mappa Mare is a nice situation as well, though. Both increase your Elemental damage, which is the primary kind of damage catalyst-users inflict.

Of course, getting a weapon is only the start. You need the right character to wield it and maybe even a place to relax and take a break for a while.

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