The Ultimate Geo Character Tier List that Defines Genshin Impact’s Meta in 2024

Asil Ahsan
By Asil Ahsan
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Credits: Hoyoverse

Geo is back in Genshin Meta, and it’s high time to build Geo Characters. This Genshin Impact Geo Characters Tier list will help you with that.

Among the seven elements in Genshin Impact, Geo seems to be the most niche due to the lack of reaction-based damage you can do with this element. Geo characters are often regarded in a support role or require heavy investments that many players tend to ignore, building around this element apart from some exceptions.

Read more: Genshin Impact: Best DPS Characters Tier-List

But with the release of Fontaine and new characters like Navia coming to the game, Geo is getting a rebuff with new artifact sets and team comps. That’s why if you want to build your Geo characters, then now is the right time to do so.

In this tier list, I’ve ranked the currently available 8 Geo characters based on their kit, DPS & support capabilities, spiral abyss usage rate, and my personal experience with them. Keep in mind that this ranking may change once the new artifact set & Navia is released in the game at version 4.3.

The Genshin Impact meta is constantly shifting, and Geo is overdue for some attention from miHoYo. So, if you want a new experience in Spiral Abyss & overall game content, then I recommend you follow this guide and give Geo a try!

Tier-list & Ranking Explained

Take a look at the following to understand my reasoning behind each tier:

TierDescription
SSCharacters placed in this tier are meta-defining. They are being used in the spiral abyss by the majority of players and offer unique mechanics, support & DPS potential than any other, making them a game changer if you can use them in your teams.
SThe S-tier is for characters that excel extremely in most teams and are part of the Genshin meta. But some cons hold them back from getting to the SS tier. Like having a constellation requirement or High DPS & low support potential or vice versa or not being versatile enough to be effective in every type of spiral abyss run.
AA tier is a place for characters with excellent DPS or Support qualities but only excel at one role perfectly or aren’t versatile enough to be used varietally.
BThis tier is dedicated to characters requiring good investments and offering better performance with constellations. They are a standard choice at C0 but truly shine at C6 with proper gears.
The characters in this tier list are able to provide good support or DPS output in most combat scenarios.
CCharacters in the C tier don’t have the best mechanics and do not have many team synergies. Their damage and support output is decent but nothing meta-defining, but with heavy investments and specific team comps, they can hold out a decent performance.
DThis tier is for characters that offer a standard damage and support output, which can easily be neglected as there are better alternatives in the game.
Genshin Tier-list & Ranking Explained

Best Geo Character Tier List

Character NameRoleRank
ZhongliShielder, Sub DPS, Burst DPS, Support, DPSSS
NaviaMain DPS
IttoMain DPSS
AlbedoSupport, Burst SupportA
NoelleHealer, Tank, DPS, Shielder, Burst DPS, Main DPSB
GorouSupport, DEF Buffer
NingguangBurst DPS, Geo Damage Buffer, Main DPS
YunjinSupport, Normal Attack BufferC
TravelerBurst SupportD
Best Geo Characters Patch 4.3

Top 8 Geo Characters in Genshin Impact Ranked

Here is my pick for the best geo characters in Genshin Impact till patch 4.2:

9. Traveler

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Spiral Abyss Usage Rate: 2.8%

Role: Burst DPS, Construct-Support

CategoryDetails
Talent PriorityElemental Burst > Elemental Skill > Normal Attack
Best SupportsZhongli, Albedo, Ningguang
Artifacts– 4-piece Tenacity of the Millelith
– 4-piece Noblesse Oblige
– 2-piece Noblesse Oblige + 2-piece Archaic Petra
– 4-piece Archaic Petra
Stat PriorityCrit Rate/Crit Damage, ATK percent, Energy Recharge
Quick Build Guide: traveler (Geo)

Placed at 8th, Traveler plays the role of a versatile Geo sub-DPS in your team. He can also act as a Geo resonance team member who does off-field damage with his geo constructs. Moreover, he is also an excellent addition for over-world exploration with his Geo construct placement.

His elemental Skill allows you to place a Geo construct on the field, and you can follow that one up with another two after your skill cooldown. You can also aim the constructs by holding your elemental skill button. This becomes especially useful when you are out exploring the world.

Geo traveler’s elemental burst is an AoE attack that will create a geo-construct cage where you can trap your enemies. This also does DOT (Damage over Time).

The constellations on Geo Traveler are also decent and offer a good damage increase when you reach c6. As you receive the constellations through Archon quests, it shouldn’t be a problem for any players to get them fast and quickly.

But the overall kit for Geo traveler is clunky. There aren’t any dedicated artifact sets that you can use to pump up the damage, and while the support capabilities are good, they aren’t great, and there are far better options.

Team synergies are also an issue with this character. Yes, you can put him in almost any team, but you won’t be able to reach the full potential of your main DPS with Geo traveler as your primary support.

He hardly synergizes with other characters except for Zhongli & Albedo. If you have these two on your team, you don’t need Geo Traveler and can opt for better characters that benefit from their kits.    

That’s why he is placed at the D tier in this Best Geo Character tier list.

Pros

  • F2P friendly
  • Constellations can be obtained through archon quests
  • Can be used in various team comps
  • Good for over-world exploration
  • Burst can lock enemy movement to a certain radius

Cons

  • While Traveler is a versatile unit, his effectiveness in most team comps isn’t that effective.
  • Doesn’t offer a significant damage boost as a support
  • Requires high investment support characters to be effective

8. Yun Jin

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Spiral Abyss Usage Rate: 0.7%

Role: Support, Normal Attack Buffer, Burst Support

CategoryDetails
Talent PriorityElemental Burst > Elemental Skill > Normal Attack
Best SupportsGorou, Albedo
Artifacts– 4-piece Husk of Opulent Dreams
– 4-piece Noblesse Oblige
Stat PriorityDEF, DEF percent, Energy Recharge
Quick Build Guide: YunJin

In 7th place is Yun Jin. This opera singer from Liyue plays the normal and charge attack damage buffer role in the Genshin Impact meta. She is a decent unit if you are looking for a normal attack boost.

Other than that, her kit can be lackluster as there isn’t much going on in the first place. A unique mechanic of Yun Jin’s kit is her elemental Skill that can offer you a full counter if you can time it right.

Her normal attack buff comes from her elemental burst, which scales with the amount of defense/DEF stat she has. This makes her quite easy to build, as Genshin’s artifact RNG heavily supports DEF stats.

She is ranked at the C tier because she doesn’t play any other role besides burst support that boosts normal & charge attack damage.

Pros

  • Easy to build with minimal resource requirement
  • DEF stat focus character
  • Can counter enemy attacks
  • Boost normal & charge attack damage of other characters

Cons

  • Works only with characters focused on normal attack
  • Doesn’t offer any sort of support other than normal attack buff
  • Don’t have good team synergies with elemental-focused teams

7. Ningguang

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Spiral Abyss Usage Rate: 0.1%

Role: Main DPS, Burst DPS, Construct-Support, Geo Damage Buffer

CategoryDetails
Talent PriorityElemental Burst > Elemental Skill > Normal Attack
Best SupportsZhongli, Albedo, Bennet
Artifacts– 2-piece Noblesse Oblige + 2-piece Archaic Petra
– 4-piece Archaic Petra
Stat PriorityCrit Rate/Crit Damage, ATK percent, ATK
Quick Build Guide: Ningguang

One of the earliest characters in Genshin Impact, Ningguang, was the go-to Geo DPS before the introduction of Itto in the game. She is ranked 6th in this list due to her effectiveness in meta-team comps.

But she is still positioned at B tier due to her effectiveness as both a DPS & Geo support in the game. If you are prepared to commit to a Geo team but don’t want the complexity or have the primos for Itto, then she is the best choice out there.

Ningguang’s elemental Skill creates a passable barrier that blocks upcoming projectile and small to mid-elemental attacks. When a character passes through her barrier, they will get a 12% Geo damage bonus for 10 seconds, which is ideal for her as you can use her burst at that time to boost your DPS.

Her Jade screen or elemental Skill is also counted as a Geo construct, so it will provide DoT if you have other constructs present from other Geo characters.

Pros

  • Easy to build
  • Increases Geo damage bonus of the party
  • Good F2P weapon options
  • Can work with a variety of teams

Cons

  • Requires expensive supports like Zhongli to provide optimal damage output
  • Damage multipliers aren’t on par with the latest characters
  • Needs all constellations to work perfectly as a main DPS

6. Gorou

Best Def Buffer
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Spiral Abyss Usage Rate: 0.8%

Role: Burst Support, Damage Buffer

CategoryDetails
Talent PriorityElemental Burst > Elemental Skill > Normal Attack
Best SupportsItto, Albedo, Yun Jin
Artifacts– 4-piece Noblesse Oblige
– 4-piece Husk of Opulent Dreams
Stat PriorityDEF, DEF percent, Energy Recharge
Quick Build Guide: Gorou

Placed at B tier and ranked 5th on this list is Gorou. If you are looking for dedicated Geo & DEF support, then you can’t go wrong with Gorou.

Both his elemental Skill and burst provide a DEF increase to the party, which is ideal for Geo characters that scale with defense.

Not only that but when you unlock his C6, you will be able to provide additional crit damage to your DPS character. His personal damage isn’t that great, to begin with; otherwise, I would’ve put him higher on the list.

Pros

  • Dedicated Geo support
  • Scales with DEF
  • Simple mechanics

Cons

  • Only suited for Geo teams
  • Don’t have any dedicated weapons
  • Full potential is locked under constellations

5. Noelle

Best Geo 4 star
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Spiral Abyss Usage Rate: 0.4%

Role: Main DPS, Burst DPS, Healer, Shielder

After the release of Furina in version 4.2, Noelle has once again become one of the best choices for a 4-star DPS character in Genshin Impact. Her kit synergizes perfectly with Furina’s HP increase/decrease mechanic, and you will be able to get the most damage out of her when she is on the field. That is why she is placed at 4th on this list.

Noelle was one of the first characters that was introduced to us in Genshin. All of us obtained her in the ‘Beginner Wish’ banner. She is an excellent healer and tank that will help you survive even the toughest of enemies in the game.

Her shield is a key part of her kit, which you can activate by pressing the elemental skill button. This shield will also provide you with heals. To trigger healing, you will have to activate the shield and then go to Noelle’s elemental burst and hit your opponents.

If you can build her properly, then she can be an extremely good burst DPS, too. That is why she is at the top of the B tier in this list. Her playstyle is also simple. Just press the elemental burst and keep on attacking until it runs out of time.

She fills the role of support, tank, burst DPS & primary DPS altogether. That is why Noelle is considered to be one of the best 4-start characters in the game.

CategoryDetails
Talent PriorityElemental Burst > Elemental Skill > Normal Attack
Best SupportsFurina, Ningguang, Albedo, Zhongli
Artifacts– 4-piece Noblesse Oblige
– 2-piece Noblesse Oblige + 2-piece Archaic Petra
– 4-piece Archaic Petra
– 4-piece Retracing Bolide
– 2-piece Noblesse Oblige + 2-piece Retracing Bolide
Stat PriorityCrit Rate/Crit Damage, DEF percent, Energy Recharge
Quick Build Guide: Noelle

Pros

  • Can be obtained at the beginning of the game
  • Fills multiple roles
  • Can fit into almost every team comp
  • Has different artifact options
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Runs into energy issues
  • The kit can be very slow & clunky

4. Albedo

Best Geo Support
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Spiral Abyss Usage Rate: 3.1%

Role: Burst Support, Construct-Support, Geo Particle Generator

CategoryDetails
Talent PriorityElemental Skill > Elemental Burst > Normal Attack
Best SupportsGorou, Zhongli
Team RoleBurst DPS, Support
Artifacts– 4-piece Husk of Opulent Dreams
– 4-piece Noblesse Oblige
– 2-piece Noblesse Oblige + 2-piece Golden Troupe
– 4-piece Tenacity of the Millelith
Stat PriorityCrit Rate/Crit Damage, ATK/Defense percent, Energy Recharge
Quick Build Guide: Albedo

On his initial release, Albedo was considered to be a bad investment by many players. Some said he only gets good with constellations, while others neglected him completely. But now that case is completely different.

With his geo constructs, high passive damage, almost permanently active elemental Skill, and 125 elemental mastery make him a versatile option in almost any team comps out there. So, if you want to fill your team’s flex slot, then Albedo can be your guy.

Albedo also scales with defense, and his best in the slot is actually an event 4-star weapon, ‘Cinnabar Spindle,’ but he can use other 4-star and 5-star options as well.

Pairing him up with another Geo character is the best option, but you can have him in any team and still enjoy loads of passive damage. Due to all of these reasons, I have placed him in the A tier.

Pros

  • Can fit in any team comps
  • Massive passive damage
  • Elemental Skill won’t deplete if used optimally
  • Not reliant on constellations

Cons

  • The best-in-slot weapon was an event-exclusive
  • Summoned Geo construct can be destroyed easily

3. Itto

Best Geo DPS
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Spiral Abyss Usage Rate: 2.9%

Role: Main DPS, Burst DPS

CategoryDetails
Talent PriorityElemental Burst > Normal Attack > Elemental Skill
Best SupportsZhongli, Albedo, Gorou
Artifacts– 4-piece Husk of Opulent Dreams
– 2-piece Noblesse Oblige + 2-piece Archaic Petra
– 2-piece Noblesse Oblige + 2-piece Husk of Opulent Dreams
Stat PriorityCrit Rate/Crit Damage, DEF percent, Energy Recharge
Quick Build Guide: Itto

The dedicated main DPS of Geo, Arataki Itto, is ranked 2nd in this list and placed at the S tier due to his massive DPS potential. Itto can seem easy to master, but his kit is the most complicated among Genshin Impact characters.

Itto’s damage comes from his elemental burst, which allows him to unleash the power of Oni hidden in him. In this state, you will be able to gain Superlative Superstrength stacks. You will be able to get up to 5 stacks, which will drastically increase your overall damage.

His elemental Skill also offers decent damage multipliers. This Skill summons Ushi, a miniature bull that will distract enemies while you keep on hitting your enemies.

Itto scales with DEF, which makes farming artifacts a bit easier. But if you want to unleash the full power of Itto, then you will have to make a commitment.

The best team for Itto consists of Zhongli, Albedo & C6 Gorou. As you can see, you will have to obtain two limited 5-star characters and 7 Gorous from the banners. Then, there is also the part of building each character from the ground up. So, it’s a big commitment, to say the least.

But once your team is ready, then you will see the numbers fly off as your Itto goes berserk on his enemies.

Pros

  • Ascension stats provide a crit rate
  • Taunting mechanics in the elemental Skill
  • Offers high damage multipliers
  • Artifact farming is easier than others

Cons

  • Has a complex stack mechanic
  • Needs 5-star support to reach full potential

2. Navia

Best Geo Character: Navia
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Spiral Abyss Usage Rate: Unknown

While Itto is decent Geo DPS, no other Geo character comes close to what Navia can pull off with the right build. The current president of Spina di Rosula is, without a doubt, the most fun character I have played in Genshin in the past few updates. Moreover, she offers incredibly high damage multipliers that will leave you in awe.

Her elemental skill is the primary source of her damage, and unlike most of the latest 5-star releases, unless you are comparing her with her C6, she will put up a hell of a competition at C0. Keep in mind she still doesn’t have any dedicated support yet, so once those characters are released, she’ll just be more broken.

Unlike most other Geo DPS, she doesn’t require you to pull out mono Geo or high-investment 5-star supports. Pair her up with any other element pick up the Geo shards and use her umbrella to blast off your enemies!!!

CategoryDetails
Talent PriorityElemental Skill > Elemental Burst > Normal Attack
Best SupportsBennett, Furina, Zhongli, Albedo
Team RoleMain DPS
Artifact4-piece Nighttime Whispers in the Echoing Woods
Stat Priority CRIT Rate/DMG, ATK%, Energy Recharge
Quick Build Guide: Navia

Pros

  • One of the highest damage dealers in Genshin Impact
  • Easy to build without any complications
  • Comes with good 4 star supports and weapons

Cons

  • Her mechanics is different from the usual style Genshin players are used to

1. Zhongli

Best Geo Character
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Spiral Abyss Usage Rate: 64.8%

Role: Shielder, Burst DPS, Construct-Support

CategoryDetails
Talent PriorityElemental Skill > Elemental Burst > Normal Attack
Best SupportsAlbedo, Ningguang
Team RoleTank, Shielder, Burst DPS, Support
Artifacts– 4-piece Tenacity of the Millelith
– 4-piece Noblesse Oblige
– 2-piece Noblesse Oblige + 2-piece Archaic Petra
– 4-piece Archaic Petra
– 2-piece Noblesse Oblige + 2-piece Retracing Bolide
– 4-piece Retracing Bolide
Stat PriorityHP, HP percent, Crit Rate/Crit Damage, ATK percent
Quick Build Guide: Zhongli

At the top spot, placed in the SS tier, is none other than the CEO of Geo, Zhongli. Understandably, the Geo archon will reign supreme over all the other Geo characters.

Zhongli offers a nearly unbreakable shield that instantly turns the difficulty in Genshin Impact from hard to easy. His elemental Skill creates a Geo pillar, but if you hold the elemental skill button, then you will generate a shield around you.

This shield is HP scaled. So, just put as much health on your Zhongli as possible, press the elemental skill button, and become invincible.  

That is not all. He is also a very good burst DPS. His elemental burst offers very high scaling. So, you can deal massive AoE damage with proper artifacts and stats. But that isn’t even the main selling point of his elemental burst.

When Zhongli’s elemental burst hits an opponent, they will be petrified for 4 seconds. You can use this time to switch up and build up a powerful attack from your main DPS.

Zhongli can also be used as a main normal attack-based physical DPS. This is due to the fact that his normal attacks are fast, and you have decent polearm options that can support this build.

If you happen to unlock C6, then your shield will also provide you healing. So, not only are you getting an invincible tank and burst support that can petrify enemies, but you will also be able to get healing. (if you have C6)

That’s why Zhongli is the best Geo character in Genshin Impact.

Pros

  • Best shielder/tank in the game
  • Burst can petrify enemies
  • Easy to build due to HP scaling

Cons

  • Don’t have any dedicated signature weapon

Read more: Genshin Impact: Standard Banner Characters Tier-List

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