Gameplay tips and character summary
We’ve already talked about Yelan’s weapons, artifacts, talent priorities, and build in Genshin Impact. So, is she worth it?
Given her kit, one can think of Yelan as akin to Xingqiu (i.e., an elemental burst that triggers additional hits from normal attacks). Yelan does best when you’re not using her all the time to carry the team for you, which means you’ll need to invest on a main DPS character, too. But, it goes beyond that, since Yelan’s Turn Control passive boosts the party’s HP as long as you’ve got different element types (subsequently increasing the damage of her abilities due to HP% scaling). And, lastly, you’ll want to take the cost of her burst and particle generation.
Given the above, you’re looking at this particular setup:
- Ideal duo:
- Yelan (Hydro) – Pop her elemental skill and pass through enemies to tag them with Lifeline explosions. Then, pop her burst to spawn your dice turret before swapping to another character.
- Option #1: Raiden Shogun (Electro) – She’ll ensure that your team has their bursts recharged quickly.
- Option #2: Xingqiu (Hydro) – Xingqiu is Hydro, so you won’t get the maximum boost from the Turn Control passive. But, you’ll still have a setup where there’s another Hydro character striking down opponents while off-field. Plus, he can help generate particles for Yelan.
- Extra buff and main DPS:
- Yun Jin (Geo) – This is mostly due to Yun Jin’s passive talent, where the normal attack damage bonus of her burst is increased based on different elemental types in your party.
- Main DPS option #1: Yoimiya (Pyro) – While there are several main DPS characters in Genshin Impact, Yoimiya synergizes with Yun Jin as she primarily spams her normal attack.
- Main DPS option #2: Hu Tao (Pyro) – Hu Tao is one of the strongest main DPS characters in the game. That being said, you’ll want to land a few hits with her normal attack to trigger Yelan’s Exquisite Throw dice turret.
The only downside, of course, is that you won’t have a healer for some high-end battles (and Xingqiu’s heals aren’t that reliable against Corrosion). In that case, you could drop someone like Yun Jin in favor of a healer with a different element type (i.e., Jean/Sayu for Anemo and Qiqi for Cryo).
Another option is to use Yelan as a nuke sequence, meaning she’ll be more active. For this, you’ll probably want to get the Sacrificial Bow and Constellation 1 (C1) for the extra elemental skill charge. The sequence is: skill -> burst -> auto-attack x2 -> skill -> auto-attack x2. Quickly alternate between her skill and auto-attacks while her burst is active so the dice turret continuously shoots out projectiles.
But, the question remains: should you actually get her?
That’s entirely up to you, as she can be considered Xinqiu 2.5 (similar element and role). Since Xingqiu is one of the best characters in the game, here’s what you get with Yelan:
- High damage scaling thanks to the HP stat.
- Someone who can add to your Taser or Vape comp.
- A similar function/role for your second Spiral Abyss team.
- Another “turret-style” ability alongside other off-field/sub-DPS characters.
- Powerful nuke sequence when you reliably trigger the projectiles from her burst.
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