What is Elemental Mastery in Genshin Impact?

by Dealon Brounx
Elemental Mastery

Today I want to talk about Elemental Mastery. Elemental mastery is one of those stats, that’s a little bit overwhelming at first. It’s a little bit confusing, the game isn’t completely clear with how it works. Honestly, it doesn’t tell you everything you need to know. So, we’re going to be talking about Elemental Mastery and how you can use it to your advantage and also how it works.

So, the higher character’s Elemental Mastery, the stronger the elemental energy that can be released.

Increases damage caused by vaporizing melt. Also increases damage caused by overloaded, superconduct, electro-charged, shadowed and shattered and swirl. Increases the damage absorption of shields created through crystallized. So, basically this is increasing the damage caused by elemental reactions. Now that’s all well and good, but there’s actually a couple things that the game doesn’t tell you. If you don’t know, there are two different types of reactions – transformative and amplifying. Transformative is the first one we’re going to talk about real quick and those are any reactions that involve electro or animal. If you are doing any reactions with two electro or animal, these do not scale with attack, critiacal damage, elemental damage. It’s only your character’s level and Elemental Mastery.

Now, when it comes to amplifying reactions, these are melt and vaporize. These do scale with attack, crit and they multiply your damage, but they also scale off of elemental mastery. That’s why they do so much more damage, than your electro reactions. However, they’re more complicated to use. The reason why is, if you’re going around the outer circle, there is a certain way you need to go.

So, if you’re going clockwise, your damage is going to be 2x or a hundred percent extra damage. You go counterclockwise, you’ll only be doing 50 extra damage. So, both of these really like elemental mastery one more than the other. So, if you’re using any electro or animal reactions, you’re really going to want to prioritize elemental mastery, because that’s where you’re going to be getting your bonuses. Whereas with the where is the melt and vaporize you’ll be getting bonuses from elsewhere. So, you don’t necessarily have to focus on it!

Now, the question is, should you be focusing on Elemental Mastery early on in the game?

I say no. Most of your damage bonuses are gonna be coming from attack. Before you’re getting consistent five-star gear, you’re gonna be switching out your gear quite often, because of that you don’t really want to be investing in these four star three and four star artifacts, that have elemental mastery. When we get to the point, where you are getting five star artifacts. There’s probably some character builds, where you’re going to want it.

Do we know exactly what those are yet?

Not exactly, maybe the beta testers do, who have spent hours playing this game, but we don’t really know what those builds look like yet. So, we will get there, if your gear has some sub stats, then – sweet. It is some extra damage, you’re going to be getting. However, you do not need to focus on it, just yet keep focusing on that attack power. Get that attack up and later on in the game we will focus on builds with Elemental Mastery and pyro damage bonus, crowded damage bonus. So, that was the quick breakdown of elemental mastery! It’s not really that complicated, but before you know how it works, it is a little bit confusing.


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