After fans speculated, Zhongli was finally officially announced as archon geo character in Genshin Impact. Known as Rex Lapis or Morax, the land-based Gnosis holder has many unique abilities. Moreover, his Elemental Burst can call meteors with very high damage.
Following its release in the latest banner, many yearn to have Zhongli. Not many are also confused how effective builds are to maximize this character.
Elemental Zhongli’s ability named Dominus Lapidis made him able to remove geo pillars. Later, this pillar can give damage along with other Geo Construct such as Ningguang’s ability or your Main Character. If pressed, this Elemental can break Geo’s energy and make Zhongli create Shield for your character.
At first glance, this Elemental ability does emphasize Geo’s style of play that tends to be more passive. Meanwhile, Planet Befall’s Elemental Burst creates meteors with 400% damage and leaves enemies to be exposed to petrify aka stun for a fairly long time.
Zhongli banner comes as well as one of his best weapons, Vortex Vanquisher that can provide additional Shield up to ATK%. Two other 5-star Polearm weapons, Primordial Jade or Skyward Spine can also be used in this character to add physical damage to his body.
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If you’re an unlucky player getting the weapon through gacha, you can target Favonius Lance’s weapon to add Energy Recharge to get Planet Befall out faster. Meanwhile, Crescent Pike can also be created from the crafting system in the game.
Geo-detached artifacts can be obtained from the Domain in Guyun Stone Forest. Later, the set of Archaic Petra or Retracing Bolide can add damage from Geo or strengthen the Shield. If you play Zhongli as the main DPS, a combination of 2 sets of Archaic Petra and Retracing Bolide can be used.
Meanwhile, if you only use Zhongli for Burst, add two sets of Nobless Oblige and use Retracing Bolide. Later, the set of Archaic Petra can be used for Noelle’s character that you can pair with Zhongli to activate Elemental Resonance from Geo.
Geo elements only have one reaction, crystalize which allows them to absorb Shield with certain types of elements. This can be a drawback because geo elements can’t add to their damage. However, Zhongli and other Geo characters have bigger average damage so they are stronger.
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You can use four Geo characters at once, namely Main Character, Noelle, and Ningguang to create Geo synergy. Later, these four characters can get the opportunity to share orb elements to activate Burst continuously.