Version 3.0 has just released, and Tighnari is a brand new 5-star Dendro Bow user. Dendro is a new element added to the game, and everyone is excited to see how strong Dendro will be.
Since Tighnari has just come out, this guide will be based on first impressions, but I’ll be updating the guide as we learn more.
In this article, I’ll be going over everything you need to know about Tighnari, including his playstyle, best artifacts, weapons, teams, and more.
Normal Attack – Khanda Barrier-Buster
Tighnari’s normal attacks are nothing to write home about. It’s a simple string of 4 attacks, and you should basically never use them.
On the other hand, Tighnari’s Charged Attack will be a major portion of his kit. A level 1 charge will infuse the attack with Dendro, and a level 2 charge will fire a Wreath Arrow.
“Upon hit, the Wreath Arrow will create 4 Clusterbloom Arrows that will track nearby opponents automatically and deal Dendro DMG.”
This Charged Attack will synergize with other parts of Tighnari’s kit, but just know that it’ll be a large portion of his overall damage.
Elemental Skill – Vijnana-Phala Mine
The damage and taunt portion of this skill is a little bit useful, but nothing to think too much about. Using the skill will also decrease Wreath Arrow’s charge time by 2.4s. This will end when the skill duration ends or after Tighnari fires 3 Wreath Arrows.
This skill is what allows Tighnari to spam his Charged Attack effectively. Without it, the Charged Attack takes quite a while to charge up to level 2.
Elemental Burst – Fashioner’s Tanglevine Shaft
There’s nothing too crazy about Tighnari’s Burst. It simply fires 6 arrows and those arrows hit again similar to the Wreath Arrow.
This Burst will provide a solid amount of damage to rotations, but you don’t have to worry too much about it.
Character Talent Priority
Here’s a quick talent priority for Tighnari.
Normal Attack > Elemental Burst > Elemental Skill
A majority of Tighnari’s damage will be through his Charged Attack, so leveling up his NA Talent is a priority. After that, his Burst will provide a solid damage increase as well. Lastly, Tighnari’s skill is the last priority as the main use of his Skill is to lower the Wreath Arrow CD.
As you ascend character, he will gain Dendro DMG Bonus.
Keen Sight: After Tighnari fires a Wreath Arrow, his Elemental Mastery is increased by 50 for 4s.
This ascension is important to keep in mind as a lot of Tighnari’s damage will scale with Elemental Mastery (specifically with Spread reaction). This means that you will want to open up combos with a Wreath Arrow to gain this bonus.
Scholarly Blade: For every point of Elemental Mastery Tighnari possesses, his Charged Attack and Fashioner’s Tanglevine Shaft DMG are increased by 0.06%.
The maximum DMG Bonus obtainable this way is 60%.
This is another reason to build Tighnari with Elemental Mastery. With 1000 EM, Tighnari will basically get a 60% DMG bonus.
Encyclopedic Knowledge: Displays the location of nearby resources unique to Sumeru on the mini-map.
Character Best Combos
Tighnari isn’t too difficult to play with as his skills are quite simple to use.
The basic combo for Tighnari is:
Elemental Skill -> 3 Charged Attacks -> Burst
This is the basic idea of Tighnari. Use his skill to shorten the duration of charging, unleash your 3 Wreath Arrows, and finish with a Burst. This can be your basic combo when doing simple things like exploring the overworld, smacking Hilichurls, etc.
Team Rotation Combo
When using Tighnari, there’s a high chance that you will want to swap to other team members and use their skills and bursts in your rotation. Luckily, Tighnari’s skill lasts for 12 seconds. This means you can press E, swap to other members, and swap back to Tighnari to unleash 3 Wreath Arrows.
Elemental Skill -> Swap Team Members (anduse skills/bursts) -> Swap Back to Tighnari -> 3 Charged Attacks -> Skill -> 3 Charged Attacks -> Burst
With this rotation, you can use different team members’ abilities and swap back when Tighnari’s skill is almost off cooldown. This lets you do a whopping 6 Charged Attacks in quick succession.
Note: With any of these combos, you can start off with Tighnari’s Burst. The Burst won’t get the A1 (Ascension 1) passive, but will reset your energy so that when you use Tighnari’s skill, you can gain particles. This is an option if you need to particles / energy recharge. However, since Tighnari’s Burst only costs 40, you may not need to consider this.
As usual, we don’t believe that any 5-stars need constellations in order to perform well. They are nice boosts to have, but be sure to spend responsibly.
We will simply cover these constellations for information purposes to let you know what give the most impact. Overall, Tighnari’s first two constellations are solid increases, but aren’t exceptional. From there, C3 and C5 contribute very little, where as C4 and C6 are the best constellations.
- C1: Medium Impact
- C2: Medium Impact
- C3: Low Impact
- C4: High Impact
- C5: Low Impact
- C6: High Impact
Constellation 1: Beginnings Determined at the Roots
Tighnari’s Charged Attack CRIT Rate is increased by 15%.
Constellation 2: 2. Origins Known From the Stem
When there are opponents within the Vijnana-Khanda Field created by Vijnana-Phala Mine, Tighnari gains 20% Dendro DMG Bonus.
The effect will last up to 6s if the field’s duration ends or if it no longer has opponents within it.
Constellation 3: Fortunes Read Amongst the Branches
Increases the Level of Fashioner’s Tanglevine Shaft by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Constellation 4: Withering Glimpsed in the Leaves
When Fashioner’s Tanglevine Shaft is unleashed, all nearby party members gain 60 Elemental Mastery for 8s. If the Fashioner’s Tanglevine Shaft triggers a Burning, Bloom, Quicken, or Spread reaction, their Elemental Mastery will be further increased by 60. This latter case will also refresh the buff state’s duration.
Constellation 5: Comprehension Amidst the Flowers
Increases the Level of Vijnana-Phala Mine by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Constellation 6: Karma Adjudged From the Leaden Fruit
Wreath Arrow’s charging time is decreased by 0.9s, and will produce 1 additional Clusterbloom Arrow upon hit. This arrow deals 150% of Tighnari’s ATK as DMG.
Tighnari has shown to be a main DPS that plays somewhat similarly to Ganyu. However, Ganyu has some added flexibility due to her off field Burst, where as Tighnari’s Burst plays into his on field DPS role.
Dendro also leans heavily into Elemental Mastery builds, which makes damage through things like Spread and Aggravate quite strong.
If you are excited to play a new Element with Dendro, and like the Charged Shot mechanics of Tighnari, you should consider wishing for him. However, he will be added to the Standard Pool, so you may get a Tighnari on future limited banners if you lose a 50/50.
Here are some options for Tighnari’s best artifact sets.
4 Piece Wanderer’s Troupe
The 4-piece Wanderer’s Troupe is our recommendation for the best general case set for Tighnari. The Elemental Mastery is extremely relevant for Dendro and his Ascension 4 Passive. The 4-piece bonus is also a lot of damage for the Wreath Arrows and is unconditional.
The new two sets are both also good considerations for Tighnari.
Gilded Dreams is a powerful set for buffing up the Elemental Mastery of Tighnari. However, if you have supports like Sucrose or Kazuha, you may want to use Wanderer’s Troupe instead. Even still, if you want to farm the new domain, Gilded Dreams is a very competitive set.
Lastly, Deepwood Memories is another consideration. If you have a character on your team that can run 4-piece Deepwood Memories, than you are better off running a different set on Tighnari. The best part is that almost any support can run Deepwood Memories 4-piece to trigger the Dendro RES shred.
If for some reason you have no one on your team with Deepwood Memories, you should definitely run it on Tighnari. This will beat out Gilded and Wanderer’s by a solid margin if so.
Dendro damage and reactions are slightly different from other Main DPS characters due to the scaling with Elemental Mastery. As such, we recommend these main stats.
- Circlet: Crit Rate / Crit DMG
- Sands: Elemental Mastery / ATK%
- Goblet: Dendro DMG%
The interesting thing about the Spread reaction is that it will scale off things like Crit, Dendro DMG, Elemental Mastery, Character Level, but not ATK%. This is why an Elemental Mastery Sands can be very strong.
However, you may not want to completely ignore ATK% as if you have Sucrose or Kazuha buffing a lot of Elemental Mastery, you may deal more damage with an ATK% Sands. Atk will increase your Charged Attacks and talent scaling, but the Spread reaction will scale with everything else.
Here’s the order of sub stats to prioritize:
- Elemental Mastery
- Crit Rate / Crit DMG
- Energy Recharge*
We don’t know at what intervals Elemental Mastery and Crit become more or less stronger, so just think of them as both very high priority substats.
Energy Recharge: 100% / 150%
The thing about ER depends on your rotation. If you use Tighnari’s skill twice in your rotation, you likely won’t need any ER and can stay at 100%. If your team only has room to use Tighnari’s skill once, you will want more ER in order to burst consistently.
As usual, with 5-star weapons, many of them are strong stat sticks and will beat out lower star weapons.
This is Tighnari’s signature weapon and is currently the best option for his damage. This is tailor made for Tighnari and further scales off Elemental Mastery. This means if you have Hunter’s Path, you should definitely run an EM Sands over ATK%.
5-Star Stat Sticks
Other 5-star weapons are simply good stat sticks and will mostly outperform 4 or 3-star weapons.
- Polar Star
- Aqua Simulacra
- Thundering Pulse
- Skyward Hard
- Amos Bow
3 and 4-Star Weapons
The first recommendation is actually a 3-star weapon: Slingshot. The Slingshot’s R5 bonus increases Charged Attack Damage by 60% if the arrow lands within .3s. This means you need to stay close to enemies, but the damage increase is basically on par or better than other 4-star weapons.
The low base attack doesn’t matter as the damage bonus will apply to Spread reactions. This is how this 3-star weapon can compete with other weapons.
Other 4-star Weapons
These other weapons provide their own unique passives, and some are better than others, but they are mostly similar. The benefit with these weapons is that you will not need to play close range to get the bonus from Slingshot.
- Viridescent Hunt
- Windblume Ode (Event Weapon)
These three options are quite comparable to Slingshot, so we recommend these if you have them and want more comfort in longer range.
- Fading Twilight
- Prototype Crescent
- King’s Squire
These three options are all decent, but are quite a dropoff from Slingshot and are only recommended if you already have them or really don’t want to play close range.
Tighnari Spread Team
So far, the generally agreed strongest team build for Tighnari is to build around Spread. Spread happens when Dendro reacts with Quicken which is from Dendro and Electro reacting.
As such, almost every team with Tighnari is recommended to run Fischl. As for the other 2 slots, you can fill them with Electro (for more application and Aggravate), Dendro (for more Spread damage and energy particles), or Anemo (for support and grouping). Lastly, you can also run a shielder for more comfort.
Some recommended characters to fill up the Spread team are characters with off field Electro application like Yae Miko or Kuki Shinobu for healing. More Electro characters means you will proc more reactions like Quicken, Aggravate, and Spread.
Another option is to run a second Dendro character with Collei or Dendro MC. These are the only two options for now, and they somewhat suffice. This will proc more Spread reactions, and are good candidates to hold the Deepwood Memories artifact set.
Next up, we have the two strongest Anemo options for the team. Both Kazuha and Sucrose provide the team Elemental Mastery with their support kit, which benefits Tighnari. Unforunately, you cannot Swirl Dendro to get the VV bonus, but the EM bonus is still very strong.
Lastly, we have Zhongli and Diona are more recommendations as a flex slot. This is recommended if you want to run the Slingshot weapon which puts you in close range. Being in close range makes you prone to disruption, and so a shielder can help a lot with the comfort of playing close range.
With all of these considerations, here are some example teams you can run.
All in all, Tighnari and a new and exciting addition to Genshin Impact. The Dendro element has opened up new possiblities in team building, and we will only learn more as time passes.
If Tighnari is exciting to you, definitely consider wishing on his banner. Even though he will be added to the Standard Pool, you may not get him for a long time if you wait.
On the other hand, if you aren’t too excited for Tighnari, you can simply wait and see if you happen to get one in the future when you lose a 50/50.