Wriothesley Best Guide: Weapon, Artifacts, Teams In-Depth Guide - Genshin Impact
Wriothesley, the Duke of Fortress of Meropide. As a 5-star Cryo character, Wriothesley's primary role is a support DPS character, relying on his Elemental Skill (E) Wriothesley uses the catalyst.
This guide will delve into his talents, constellations, weapon and artifact recommendations, and team compositions.
Wriothesley Build Guide
Birthday: November 23rd.
Element: Cyro ❄️
Role Ranking: Main DPS
First Release: Version 4.1, Oct 2023
Every hit of Wriothesley's normal attack (A) deals with Cryo damage. When using his normal attack on the surface of water, he quickly freezes a thin layer of ice on the water's surface. This adds another method for crossing bodies of water with "Frozen Waters."
What makes his normal attacks stand out is that they are a series of punch-based moves known as "Repulse Punches." These stylish Repulse Punches are Wriothesley's primary means of dealing with damage, making them a priority for talent upgrades.
There are five stages in his normal attack sequence. Each hit on an enemy inflicts Cryo damage, with the exception of the fourth stage, which hits twice. This means that a full combo of normal attacks delivers a total of six hits. The cryo application follows a cooldown of approximately 1.5 seconds. Hits from the normal attack that possess cryo application can apply a Cryo status (weak cryo) to enemies.
When continuously using normal attacks, if you interrupt by using E or sprinting, the combo counter for Wriothesley's normal attack won't reset. This mechanism aligns with the playstyle of a boxer who moves opportunistically, dodging and aiming between attacks. In practical combat, this mechanic enhances Wriothesley's maneuverability. It's especially friendly for unleashing the highest damage fifth stage of his normal attack sequence but requires consistent, swift execution, as the intervals are quite short, and it should be performed seamlessly.
- Charge Attack
Every hit from his heavy attack applies Weak Cryo to enemies.
In terms of single-hit damage multipliers, the heavy attack boasts the highest multiplier among Wriothesley's talent abilities. However, under normal circumstances, the heavy attack is not his primary means of dealing damage. The main reason for this is that, in normal conditions, each use of the heavy attack consumes 50 stamina, which cannot sustain continuous heavy attacks.
Upon reaching character level 20 "There Shall Be a Plea for Justice" and unlocking his first ascension passive talent, it optimizes the stamina consumption and provides a damage bonus mechanism, turning the heavy attack into one of his primary means of damage output.
❄Plunging Attack functions similarly to other catalyst characters. It can be triggered by using A when in mid-air or freefall. In practical combat, this is not frequently used, as it is not a primary means of damage output and lacks auxiliary mechanics. It can be overlooked.
- Elemental Skill: Icefang Rush
Wriothesley's Elemental Skill, Icefang Rush, is similar to Yoimiya's Elemental Skill. It lacks direct damage capabilities and primarily serves to enhance his normal attacks (A).
Upon using this skill, he enters the "Chilled Punishment" state, commonly referred to as "E state," which is indicated by a visual icon (the dog-head symbol) displayed on the screen.
In this state:
- Wriothesley gains resistance to interruption (Crowd Control effects).
It's important to note that this resistance isn't particularly strong and won't withstand powerful attacks that send him flying. Even when combined with resistance from Xingqiu's Elemental Skill (Gentle Rain), it still won't effectively prevent being interrupted. To improve the smoothness and playability of Wriothesley's normal attacks (A), it's advisable to pair him with a character who can provide shields.
- When Wriothesley's health is above 50%, his normal attacks (A) receive a damage multiplier.
This damage bonus only applies to his normal attacks (A) and requires him to maintain his health above 50%. This bonus works similarly to Yoimiya's Elemental Skill. It increases the damage of his normal attacks (A), meaning it multiplies the damage from the elemental skill by the normal attack damage multiplier.
From the information provided, it's evident that prioritizing the upgrade of his normal attacks (A) over his elemental skill (E) leads to a higher overall damage multiplier. Therefore, focusing on upgrading his normal attacks should be the priority. If you have a Crown of Insight to spare, it's recommended to use it on either his elemental skill or normal attack. However, if you can only upgrade one of them, the normal attack should take precedence.
❄ The term "Crown of Insight" refers to the items used to upgrade talents from level 9 to 10 when there's no constellation effect present. Here you can find more information about the Crown of Insight.
- Elemental Burst
Wriothesley's Elemental Burst, Darkgold Wolfbite, unleashes a series of attacks against enemies within a frontal area. These attacks occur over a 0.5-second period, totaling five instances of damage. The first and fourth instances apply a weak Cryo status (ice) to enemies they hit. This means the first and fourth instances can trigger reactions, such as Melt. In the case of Melt, it's essential to understand that you need two instances of Cryo (ice) before it can consume one instance of Pyro (fire).
Once these five damage instances are completed, there is an additional delay of 0.5 seconds before Wriothesley's Elemental Burst deals one instance of damage with "Abiogenesis."
While Wriothesley's Abiogenesis damage is considered Cryo damage, it does not have the ability to apply Cryo status (ice).
To trigger Wriothesley's Abiogenesis damage, you must use his Elemental Burst (Q). This particular design choice may discourage players from considering the Shimenawa 4-piece set bonus, as it relies on shielded characters to trigger the set's additional 35% normal and charged attack bonus, and Wriothesley's playstyle focuses more on freezing and shattering elemental reactions. However, we will talk about the best artifacts on him later.
Wriothesley's constellations enhance his mechanics and provide damage benefits, optimizing his playstyle.
- C1: Terror for the Evildoers
Suggest getting it if you really want to improve his damage.
When a character within the AoE of Wriothesley's Elemental Burst deals Cryo damage to an enemy, it reduces the cooldown of his Elemental Burst by 2 seconds. It's a handy ability for more frequent Burst usage.
- C2: Shackles for the Arrogant
In this constellation, Cryo application by Wriothesley has a 15% increased crit rate against frozen or Cryo-affected enemies. It's a great boost to his damage output in scenarios where enemies are frozen.
- C3: Punishment for the Frauds
It decreases the cooldown of Wriothesley's Elemental Burst by 15%. This reduces the downtime of his Burst ability, allowing you to use it more often.
- C4: Redemption for the Suffering
When Wriothesley's Energy is lower than 35%, the crit rate of his Elemental Burst is increased by 10% and its energy cost is decreased by 10. This constellation helps with energy management for Burst uptime.
- C5: Mercy for the Wronged
It increases the level of Wriothesley's Elemental Burst by 3, which enhances the Burst's damage output.
- C6: Esteem for the Innocent
Suggest to get it if you really love Wriothesley.
When Wriothesley is under the effects of Frozen Justice's Cryo rate bonus, the cooldown of his Elemental Burst is reduced by 15%. This constellation allows for more frequent use of his Burst when in Cryo-focused scenarios.
For Wriothesley's weapon, we should focus on
- Crit DMG
- Crit Rate
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Wriothesley primarily relies on his Normal Attack (A) as his main source of damage, with his Charged Attack (heavy attack) serving as a secondary option. All of his damage multipliers are based on his own attack stat. Therefore, weapons that provide sub-stats like Critical Rate, Attack %, or Cryo Damage Bonus, along with damage bonuses for Normal and Charged Attacks, are well-suited for him.
Each weapon offers different values and sub-stat bonuses, so you should choose a weapon based on the stats you need to optimize Wriothesley's performance.
The Artifacts stats that we should focus on:
- Crit DMG
- Crit Rate
- ATK %
- Elemental Mastery
- Energy Recharge
Main Stats on the Artifacts
- Sand (ATK)
- Goblet (Cryo DMG)
- Circlet (Crit DMG/Crit Rate)
Brave Heart Artifact