Day 1: Violet Lightning Concerto I – Pure Electro Hypostasis
The first challenge in Genshin Impact‘s Hypostatic Symphony event is the Violet Lightning Concerto I.
This boss, known as the Pure Electro Hypostasis, has the following modifiers/variations:
|Challenge Timer: |
|Boss HP increase: |
|+50% Cryo resistance||40|
|+50% Physical resistance||40|
|-25% character ATK when HP is below 50%||40|
|-50% crit damage for the entire party||50|
|-80% energy recharge for the entire party||50|
|Switching characters increases the damage taken by all characters by 25%; stacks up to 4 times||50|
|+50% boss ATK||60|
|-20% party movement speed||60|
|Characters take +75% increased damage for 10 seconds after sprinting||60|
|+100% elemental skill cooldown||60|
|+10% crit rate and +20% crit damage for the active character when HP is higher than 90%||-50 (deducted from score; also affected by multiplier)|
|+30% shield strength||-50 (deducted from score; also affected by multiplier)|
In the Violet Lightning Concerto I, the Pure Electro Hypostasis is surrounded by several blocks. If these blocks are hit by Electro damage from any source, they’ll cast sparks within a circular area-of-effect.
These circles will persist throughout the encounter, but they can be cleansed with Cryo or Pyro abilities. Beware of using Pyro in melee, though, because you could get hit by an overload explosion.
The Homing Orbs of Death
As far as I’ve noticed, this boss has one tweaked attack. When it turns into a diamond, it’ll fire three orbs in a sequence, and these will chase you around the room. If the orbs get near you, your character’s HP will get depleted. Moreover, these orbs will also explode, dealing massive damage (if you picked mods that increase the boss’ attack or the damage that you take, your characters could be annihilated).
There are, however, a few reliable methods to ensure your survival:
- You can wait for the orbs to get closer, then jump over them.
- You can move backward so the orb follows you, then dash towards the orb to dodge it completely.
- A more reliable method, though, is to use Ningguang’s or the Geo Traveler’s skills. At least one of the orbs would get blocked, allowing any bow user to snipe the center of the diamond for a few seconds.
- I’ve heard that taunt skills (i.e., Ganyu’s, Mona’s, or Amber’s) would aggro the orbs, but I’ve never seen that happen in my experience.
Those precious seconds to DPS
RNG can and will screw you over at times, so beware of that. Boss attacks, the inherent animations, and accompanying idle status will determine how often you can dish out damage:
- Rotating beams – Dash towards the boss so you can wail away while it’s firing beams. This is an opportune time to nuke the boss’ health.
- Drill – Technically, anytime it does the drill already costs you those precious seconds.
- Single punch or wall smash – You get a few seconds to do damage.
- Triple combo (punch, scissors, hammer) – You’ll be able to do a lot of damage while the boss is idle.
- Tetris blocks – You can snipe the boss while dodging all the crap on the ground, but it can be tricky.
- Diamond and homing orbs – You barely have enough time to attack. If the boss casts this ability often and you selected the low timer penalties, you’re screwed.
- UFC Octagon – The boss very rarely does this ability. But, if it does and you managed to dodge/dash past the first pillar before the cage forms, you’ve practically won. The casting time takes a long while, allowing you to deal a ton of damage. However, if you get stuck inside the cage, you’re done for and you might as well restart (unless Venti, Albedo, or Zhongli help you escape quickly).
Boosted characters and my team’s composition
The following characters deal +20% increased damage: Ganyu, Xiangling, Diluc, and Chongyun. I actually had three of them (only Chongyun wasn’t included). Instead, I replaced him with Qiqi for emergency healing.
- I had Ganyu active most of the time since her charged shots provide a lot of DPS. The arrows also nullify the effects of the spark circles on the ground.
- Xiangling was there just to drop Guoba from time to time.
- I did have Diluc, though I also tested out Albedo (just so his shields could soak some hits).
- Qiqi was my emergency healer since I’ve yet to level Bennett.
Once the boss’ health is down to a sliver, it’ll switch to its final stand. The main difference here is that there are clusters of regeneration crystals. There are two sets of smaller crystals and there’s also a larger chunk.
This is where things can get hectic especially if your cooldowns aren’t ready. That’s why I had Xiangling. She can drop Guoba next to one cluster before going to another set and popping her ult. Then, I’ll switch to either Diluc or Ganyu to destroy the rest.