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Genshin Impact Nilou Guide for best build, artifacts, weapons, and more

Nilou, the brand new five-star character who has just got her release in Genshin Impact as a playable character with the 2nd phase banners of Version 3.1. She bears Hydro Element and uses Swords as her weapon. Nilou is a very unique character with her ability to modify the DendroxHydro reaction which we have never seen in any other character so far. So let’s dive deep into the guide of Genshin Impact Nilou discussing the best build, artifact sets, weapons, and more.

Genshin Impact Nilou Talent and Playstyle

Nilou’s main strength lies in team’s focusing on Dendro Core’s meaning her main selling point as a character is her unique ties in with the DendroxHydro reaction. Her entire kit scales off of HP and her main META playstyle right now is solely focused on this reaction.

Playing her with anything other than DendroxHydro can be fun to try out, but it won’t yield results any better than her best META playstyle. Her skill has a unique attribute that will give the player either Hydro infusion on Normal attack or a surrounds her with a circle of water that applies Hydro overtime.

Her Burst deals massive amount of single instance damage and adds an effect on enemies called Lingering Aeon which deal another wave of damage to the enemy after a while.

Her Talent Level up Priorities are Elemental Skill > Elemental Burst > Normal Attack

Passive Talents (Important)

When it comes to Nilou, her Passive talents are actually what defines her as a character. Her passive 1, Court of Dancing Petals works only when her whole team consist of Dendro and Hydro teammates only which in turn renders her ability to get played in any other team except DendroxHydro suboptimal.

Talent Description
When all characters in the party are all Dendro or Hydro, and there are at least one Dendro character and one Hydro character:

The completion of the third dance step of Nilou’s Dance of Haftkarsvar will grant all nearby characters the Golden Chalice’s Bounty for 30s upon its completion.

Characters under the effect of Golden Chalice’s Bounty will increase the Elemental Mastery of all nearby characters by 100 for 10s whenever they are hit by Dendro attacks. Also, triggering the Bloom reaction will create Bountiful Cores instead of Dendro Cores. Such Cores will burst very quickly after being created, and they have larger AoEs.

Bountiful Cores cannot trigger Hyperbloom or Burgeon, and they share an upper numerical limit with Dendro Cores. Bountiful Core DMG is considered DMG dealt by Dendro Cores produced by Bloom. Should the party not meet the conditions for this Passive Talent, any existing Golden Chalice’s Bounty effects will be canceled.

Her passive talent 2 Dreamy Dance of Aeon is a strong passive that opens up her ability to work as a Strong Support for Dendro core teams where she isn’t the trigger for the Dendro Core explosion.

Talent Description
Every 1,000 points of Nilou’s Max HP above 30,000 will cause the DMG dealt by Bountiful Cores created by characters affected by Golden Chalice’s Bounty to increase by 9%. The maximum increase in Bountiful Core DMG that can be achieved this way is 400%


Nilou’s Constellations
C1Dance of the Waning MoonDance of Haftkarsvar will be enhanced as follows:
– Luminous Illusion DMG is increased by 65%.
– The Tranquility Aura’s duration is extended by 6s.
C2The Starry Skies Their Flowers Rain: After characters affected by the Golden Chalice’s Bounty deal Hydro DMG to an opponent, that opponent’s Hydro RES will be decreased by 35% for 10s. After a triggered Bloom reaction deals DMG to opponents, their Dendro RES will be decreased by 35% for 10s. You need to have unlocked the “Court of Dancing Petals” Talent.”
C3Beguiling Shadowstep: Increases the Level of Dance of Abzendegi: Distant Dreams, Listening Spring by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.”
C4Fricative Pulse: After the third dance step of Dance of Haftkarsvar’s Pirouette hits opponents, Nilou will gain 15 Elemental Energy, and DMG from her Dance of Abzendegi: Distant Dreams, Listening Spring will be increased by 50% for 8s.
C5Twirling Light: Increases the Level of Dance of Haftkarsvar by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C6Frostbreaker’s Melody: For every 1,000 points of Max HP, Nilou’s CRIT Rate and CRIT DMG will increase by 0.6% and 1.2% respectively. The maximum increase in CRIT Rate and CRIT DMG via this method is 30% and 60% respectively.

Artifacts Sets to farm for Nilou in Genshin Impact

As of now, Nilou does not have any best in slot 4-piece Artifacts sets and she prefers mix match between 2 different artifact sets. The best mix match artifacts you can go for her are,

2 piece Tenacity of the MillelithHP +20%
2 piece Gilded Dream / Wanderer’s Troupe
Elemental Mastery +80
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2 piece Tenacity of the MillelithHP +20%
2 piece Heart of Depth
Hydro Damage +15%
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Artifact stats and sub stats you should be focusing on are…

PieceMain StatSub Stat
SandsHP%HP, EM, Energy Recharge
CircletHP%HP, EM, Energy Recharge
GobletHP%HP, EM, Energy Recharge

Best weapon for Nilou in Genshin Impact

1. Key of Khaj-Nisut

Key of Khaj-Nisut is Nilou’s signature weapon and also her Best in slot weapon. it provides Nilou with a monstrous HP Sub-stat and a passive that synergizes with her whole Kit. with a whopping total of 88% HP and a passive that has team buff effects, this weapon is currently unrivaled by any other weapon for nilou.

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SkillSunken Song of the Sands: HP increased by 20%. When an Elemental Skill hits opponents, you gain the Grand Hymn effect for 20s. This effect increases the equipping character’s Elemental Mastery by 0.12% of their Max HP. This effect can trigger once every 0.3s. Max 3 stacks. When this effect gains 3 stacks, or when the third stack’s duration is refreshed, the Elemental Mastery of all nearby party members will be increased by 0.2% of the equipping character’s max HP for 20s.

2. Xiphos’ Moonlight

The newly released Four-star sword Xiphos’ Moonlight is really all rounded weapon you can equip nilou with. it has a sub-stat of Elmental Mastery which increases Dendro Core Damage which is her main kit and it also has a Skill that reduces her overall energy requirement by converting her EM into Energy Recharge.

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Bonus EffectElemental Mastery
SkillJinni’s Whisper: The following effect will trigger every 10s: The equipping character will gain 0.036% Energy Recharge for each point of Elemental Mastery they possess for 12s, with nearby party members gaining 30% of this buff for the same duration. Multiple instances of this weapon can allow this buff to stack. This effect will still trigger even if the character is not on the field.

3. Favonius Sword

The Favonius Sword is an excellent choice for any energy hungry character and Nilou is no exception. it has a energy recharge sub stat that she can use as well as a passive that works great on her and her teammates . The weapon passive generates extra particles on critical hits that any character can catch and fill up their energy bar.

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Base ATK41
Bonus EffectEnergy Recharge + 13.3%
SkillWindfall: CRIT Hits have a 60% chance to generate a small amount of Elemental Particles, which will regenerate 6 Energy for the character. Can only occur once every 12s.

Talent and Ascension Materials

To level up Nilou to level 90, the following Materials and Mora is needed.

Lv.20→Lv.40Varunada Lazurite Sliver ×1, Mora ×20,000, Fungal Spores ×3, Padisarah ×3
Lv.40→Lv.50Varunada Lazurite Fragment ×3, Mora ×40,000, Fungal Spores ×15, Padisarah ×10, Perpetual Caliber ×2
Lv.50→Lv.60Varunada Lazurite Fragment ×6, Mora ×60,000, Luminescent Pollen ×12, Padisarah ×20, Perpetual Caliber ×4
Lv.60→Lv.70Varunada Lazurite Chunk ×3, Mora ×80,000, Luminescent Pollen ×18, Padisarah ×30, Perpetual Caliber ×8
Lv.70→Lv.80Varunada Lazurite Chunk ×6, Mora ×100,000, Crystalline Cyst Dust ×12, Padisarah ×45, Perpetual Caliber ×12
Lv.80→Lv.90Varunada Lazurite Gemstone ×6, Mora ×120,000, Crystalline Cyst Dust ×24, Padisarah ×60, Perpetual Caliber ×20

Talent Materials

The following materials are required to level up one talent to level 10. 

Daily Domain Drops available on Wed/Saturday/Sun

  • Teaching of Praxis x3
  • Guide to Praxis x21
  • Philosophies of Praxis x38

Enemy Drops

  • Fungal Spores x6
  • Luminescent Pollen x22
  • Crystalline Cyst Dust x32

Weekly Boss Drops

  • Raiden Shogun Challenge Reward Tears of the Calamitous God x6

Best team comp for Nilou in Genshin Impact

Unlike other characters, Nilou doesn’t have wide options when it comes to picking teammates as she is limited to choosing from only Hydro and Dendro Element characters. The best way to pick out her character is by going for 2 Hydro and 2 Dendro teams. Since we do not have a Dendro healer in the game yet, we are limited between only 2 character and they are,

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  • Kokomi ( Five-Star)
  • Barbara (Four-Star)

and as for the 2 Dendro partner we are also left with picking from 2 Character as the amount of Dednro characters available in the game are not that much. so for Dendro team mates yo need to choose both

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  • Dendro MC
  • Collei

Special Dish

With a new character comes a new dish. Nilou brings with her a dish called Swirling Steps.

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Effect: Decreases all party members’ climbing and sprinting Stamina consumption by 25% for 1500s. In Co-Op Mode, this effect only applies to your own character(s).

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