Best Support Characters You Should Build Right Now in Genshin Impact

Asil Ahsan
By Asil Ahsan
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Credit: miHoYo

In Genshin Impact, then you’ll need good support to complement your DPS. This best support character tier list can help.

When it comes to team building and maximum damage in Genshin Impact, you must have the proper support characters to boost your main damage dealer. But with new characters releasing in every patch, it can be hard to determine what is the best support character for your team.

That is where this Genshin Impact best support character tier list comes in. We have analyzed past Spiral Abyss data released from HoYolab users and compared them with the most used teams to create this tier list.

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

Leveling up these characters won’t be detrimental for any of the upcoming characters as supports offer much more versatility and use rate than a primary DPS character. So, it is a good investment for your resources and more.

Make sure to stick to the end of this guide so that you can understand the reasons behind our character placements in this tier list.

Don’t be disheartened if you can’t find your favorite supports in this list; all characters in Genshin Impact are usable in team comps. These are just our top picks aligned with the top picks of the majority of the players.  

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.
Tier-list & Ranking Explained

Best Support Characters in Genshin Impact

Character NameRoleRank
NahidaDendro Support, Buffer, DPSSS
KazuhaSupport, Buffer, Debuffer, Burst Support
YelanMain DPS, Driver, Burst DPS, Sub-DPS
ZhongliShielder, Sub DPS, Burst DPS, Support DPSS
XingqiuBurst Support, Healer
KokomiHealer, Buffer, Driver
BennettATK Buffer, Healer, Burst Support, Burst DPS
BaizhuHealer, ShielderA
Kuki ShinobuSupport, Healer, Burst Support
XianglingBurst Support
ShenheBuffer, Burst SupportB
MonaBuffer, Burst Support
FaruzanBurst Support, BufferC
FischlSupport, Burst Support
DionaHealer, Shielder, SupportD
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Top 15 Support Characters in Genshin Impact

Here’s a breakdown of my picks for the top 15 support characters in Genshin Impact right now, going from worst to best.

15. Diona

Genshin Impact: Best Support Character Diona
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Spiral Abyss Usage: 4.4%

CategoryDetails
Talent PriorityElemental Burst > Elemental Skill > Normal Attack
Best SupportsXingqiu, Kazuha
Team RoleBurst Support, Healer, Shielder
Artifact– 4-piece Noblesse Oblige
– 2-piece Maiden + 2-Noblese Oblige
– 4-piece Retracing Bolide
Stat PriorityEnergy Recharge, elemental Mastery, Crit Rate/Crit Damage, ATK percent
Quick Build Guide: Diona

First on this list in the D-tier is Diona. A 5.5% of players are using her in the Abyss at the moment, but she is still a solid 4-star healer and shielder. Most free-to-play Cryo teams rely on Diona due to her filling two roles at the same time.

While she doesn’t provide any defense shred like Zhongli, and her 80 energy recharge cost is quite high, with proper HP artifacts and weapon management, Diona can be a good option if you don’t have a dedicated healer or shielder in your team.

She excels in freeze teams, especially with constellations. But you can also use her in melt teams like the OG Diluc Diona combo.  

14. Fischl

Genshin Impact: Best Support Character Fischl
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Spiral Abyss Usage: 21.9%

CategoryDetails
Talent PriorityElemental Burst > Elemental Skill > Normal Attack
Best SupportsBennet, Xingqiu, Kazuha
Team RoleBurst DPS
Artifact– 4-piece Noblesse Oblige
– 4-Emblem of Severed Fate
– 4-piece Golden Troupe
Stat PriorityEnergy Recharge, elemental Mastery, Crit Rate/Crit Damage, ATK percent
Quick Build Guide: Fischl

The Prinzessin der Verurteilung is up next on our list in the C tier. Fischl’s support damage comes from Oz, and the more constellation you have on her, the better this damage becomes. She would’ve been placed higher on this list if her power scaling hadn’t drastically increased with cons.

That being said, Fischl can play support roles in every electro-based team out there. You can put her up with electro-damage team comps with Hydro DPSs like Childe or Ayato, and she can also be overloaded with team support.

But the team comp where she shines the most is in Quicken or Dendro teams. Due to Oz applying electro with every hit you make on your opponent, the quicken status can easily be achieved when Fischl is on the team. You can take it one step further if you have a Hydro support or driver that synergizes with her in a Dendro comp.

That is why she has been the go-to support choice for 8 % of total teams in Spiral Abyss.

13. Faruzan

Genshin Impact: Best Support Character Faruzan
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Spiral Abyss Usage Rate: 9.8%

CategoryDetails
Talent PriorityElemental Burst > Elemental Skill > Normal Attacks
Best SupportsBennet
Team RoleSupport
Artifacts2-piece Noblesse Oblige + 2-piece Emblem of Severed Fate
Stat PriorityEnergy Recharge
Quick Build Guide: Faruzan

Sharing the C-tier with Fischl is Faruzan. She is the dedicated support for Anemo teams, and if you main an Anemo DPS like Xiao or Wanderer, then you must use Faruzan.

Her burst improves your Anemo damage significantly. There is also a massive difference between C0 and C6 Faruzan. C6 makes her an SS tier Anemo support. She has a high-cost burst, so you must build her around that.

Due to her not being compatible with any other elements and her true support potential being locked through constellations, she is placed a bit low on this tier list. 9.8% of teams in Abyss utilize Faruzan as their primary Anemo support.

12. Mona

Genshin Impact: Best Support Character Mona
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Spiral Abyss Usage: 14.4%

CategoryDetails
Talent PriorityElemental Burst > Elemental Skill > Normal Attack
Best SupportsBennet, Kazuha, Sucrose
Team RoleBurst Support, ATK Buffer
Artifact– 4-piece Noblesse Oblige
– 2-piece Noblesse Oblige + 2-Emblem of Severed Fate
– 4-piece Emblem of Severed Fate
Stat PriorityEnergy Recharge, elemental Mastery, Crit Rate/Crit Damage, ATK percent
Quick Build Guide: Mona

Very few can top the damage buffs that Mona provides when it comes to burst support. Her elemental skill allows her to distract enemies, which is ideal for any team in Genshin Impact. But what makes her stand out the most is her versatility.

You can equip Mona with the Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers, use her burst, and then just let your main DPS cook. Ideally, they use their bursts to get the maximum damage. That is why almost every optimal burst DPS team uses Mona as support. With 14.4% of players using her in Abyss, she is placed at the B tier in this list.

11. Shenhe

Genshin Impact: Best Support Character Shenhe
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Spiral Abyss Usage: 33.7%

CategoryDetails
Talent PriorityElemental Skill > Elemental Burst > Normal Attack
Best SupportsKokomi, Kazuha
Team RoleCryo Buffer, Burst Support
Artifact– 4-piece Noblesse Oblige
– 2-piece Noblesse Oblige + 2-Gladiator’s Fury
– 2-piece Gladiator + 2 Piece Vermillion/Echoes
– 2-piece Gladiator + 2 Piece Vermillion/Echoes
Stat PriorityEnergy Recharge, elemental Mastery, Crit Rate/Crit Damage, ATK percent
Quick Build Guide: Shenha

In Genshin Impact, if you want the ideal Cryo support, then Shenhe stands at the top among all the other options. Her elemental skill, passive, and burst are all targeted to boost the Cryo damage of your DPS character.

Every Cryo team created for Abyss incorporates her as a support, and that’s why 33.7% of players are using her on a regular basis. She is often paired with Ayaka or Ganyu. She also synergizes perfectly with Chongyun and Rosaria as well.

Her constellations are also balanced, making her a strong support even at C0, but the more you add up, the better. Due to her being only a single element-focused support, she is placed in the B tier; otherwise, she could’ve easily made the A or S tier.

10. Xiangling

Genshin Impact: Best Support Character Xiangling
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Spiral Abyss Usage: 41.6%

CategoryDetails
Talent PriorityElemental Burst > Elemental Skill > Normal Attack
Best SupportsBennet, Xingqiu, Kazuha
Team RoleBurst DPS
Artifact– 4-piece Noblesse Oblige
– 2-piece Noblesse Oblige + 2-Crimson Witch
– 4-piece Crimson Witch
Stat PriorityEnergy Recharge, elemental Mastery, Crit Rate/Crit Damage, ATK percent
Quick Build Guide: Xiangling

One of the first characters you are able to obtain in Genshin is Xiangling, and let’s just say you can’t make a list of best supports without including her in it. Her elemental skill will not only apply Pyro but also give a nice 15% attack buff. But her main support damage comes from her elemental skill, which continuously applies Pyro to your opponents.

In Genshin, pyro-based reactions are able to provide the most damage. She is also a versatile driver & support. This can be seen in her different team comps, especially in the national team variations. Having these impressive feats, Xianling is placed at the A tier on our list, and the player base also supports this as she is picked by 41.6% of Spiral Abyss teams in Genshin Impact.

9. Kuki

Genshin Impact: Best Support Character Kuki Shinobu
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Spiral Abyss Usage: 51.7%

CategoryDetails
Talent PriorityElemental Skill > Elemental Burst > Normal Attack
Best SupportsKokomi, Nahida, Xingqiu
Team RoleHealer, Driver, Burst DPS, Support
Artifact– 4-piece Thundering Fury
– 4 piece Deep Wood Memories
– 4-piece Noblese Oblige
Stat PriorityEnergy Recharge, elemental Mastery, Crit Rate/Crit Damage, ATK percent
Quick Build Guide: Kuki Shinobu

Before the release of Dendro, Kuki was left out as a good support and was labeled a bad investment by many. But miHoYo pulled an Uno reverse when Dendro was released, as Kuki synergizes perfectly with Quicken and other Dendro teams.

She also plays the role of a healer, so you are getting a driver and a healer in one combo. Moreover, unlike most other supports, her burst and skill damage is quite good.

The community also agrees with these claims, as she has been picked by 51.7% of players in their Spiral Abyss run. That’s why she shares the A-tier with the other magnificent supports.

8. Baizhu

Genshin Impact: Best Support Character Baizu
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Spiral Abyss Usage: 57%

CategoryDetails
Talent PriorityElemental Skill > Elemental Burst > Normal Attack
Best SupportsNahida, Xingqiu, Kazuha
Team RoleHealer, Shielder, Burst Support
Artifact– 4-piece Deepwood Memories
– 4-piece Tenacity of the Millilith
– 4-piece Maiden Beloved
Stat PriorityHP, HP%, Energy Recharge, elemental Mastery
Quick Build Guide: Baizhu

With new regions come new enemies with massive health bars and high damage multipliers. If you are planning on clearing the highest difficulty content in Genshin, which is the Spiral abyss, then your team needs a healer.

If you are running a Dendro team, then you can get a driver and a healer with Baizhu. His play style is a bit unique as he will require some on-field action to be properly utilized. But if you get additional support to improve your Dendro damage like in a hyperbloom team, then Baizhu will shine the most.

57% of players are using him in their teams. Most of the time Baizhu gets paired with either Nilou, Ayato, or any other Hydro drivers. Due to the damage potential & effectiveness of Dendro and the need for a healer in the team, Baizhu places in the A tier on our list.

7. Kokomi

Genshin Impact: Best Support Character Kokomi
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Spiral Abyss Usage: 59.7%

CategoryDetails
Talent PriorityElemental Skill > Elemental Burst > Normal Attack
Best SupportsKazuha
Team RoleHealer, Burst Support, Driver
Artifact– 4-piece Tenacity of the Millilith
– 2-Maiden’ Beloved + 2-piece Tenacity of the Millilith
– 4-Maiden’s Beloved
Stat PriorityEnergy Recharge, elemental Mastery, Crit Rate/Crit Damage, ATK percent
Quick Build Guide: Kokomi

Healer, Hydro applicator, and Thrilling Tales support – if you start to point out the boosts Kokomi provides with her kit, you will understand why she is placed in the S tier in this list.

Both her elemental skill and burst are aimed towards healing your characters. And if you are able to get her timing right, then you will be able to keep her elemental skill active indefinitely due to the uniqueness of her kit.

Kokomi is a magnificent support that you can use in any team comp. She shines most in Dendro, electro, and freeze teams the most. That’s why 59.7% of players are using this fish priestess in their party.

6. Bennet

Genshin Impact: Best Support Character Bennet
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Spiral Abyss Usage: 61.9%

CategoryDetails
Talent PriorityElemental Burst > Elemental Skill > Normal Attack
Best SupportsXingqiu, Kazuha, Any ATK focused Unit
Team RoleBuffer, Healer, Burst DPS, Support
Artifact– 4-piece Noblesse Oblige
– 2-piece Noblesse Oblige + 2-Crimson Witch
– 4-piece Crimson Witch
Stat PriorityEnergy Recharge, HP, HP%
Quick Build Guide: Bennet

The introduction of Dendro has changed the Genshin meta. Otherwise, Bennet would easily be this tier list’s number-one support character. He provides the role of a healer, driver, and buffer simultaneously, which is the primary reason why 61.9% of players use him in their teams.

All of his support capabilities come from his elemental burst. It will heal your characters up to 70% of their total health; the regeneration depends on his max health. He also provides a massive boost in your character’s attack with his burst. This ATK boost is based on how much ATK Bennet has.  

That’s not all. You can pair him up with 4 piece Noblese artifacts, and he will provide more damage buff to your DPS. With a 12-second time frame, you will have unlimited heal and damage buff with Bennet.

You can use Bennet in almost every team comps out there. But he has a bit of negative synergy with Dendro comps (except Burgeon). He is placed in the S tier at this moment. But who knows, he might be on top when Natalan is released.

5. Xingqiu

Genshin Impact: Best Support Character Xingqiu
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Spiral Abyss Usage: 65%

CategoryDetails
Talent PriorityElemental Burst > Elemental Skill > Normal Attack
Best SupportsBennet, Fischl, Kazuha
Team RoleHealer, Burst DPS, Support
Artifact– 4-piece Emblem of Severed Fate
– 2-piece Noblesse Oblige + 2-Emblem of Severed Fate
– 4-piece Noblises Oblige
Stat PriorityEnergy Recharge, Crit Rate/Crit Damage, ATK percent
Quick Build Guide: Xingqiu

Another 4-star support that stands over most 5-star supports in the game is Xingqiu. Both his elemental skill and burst apply Hydro to your opponents, allowing you to easily trigger vaporize, hyperbloom, freeze, or electro charge. Moreover, they have a very good damage multiplier and will also heal your characters.

His elemental skill also acts as a shield that tackles upcoming damage. Pair him with noblesse, and you will get a healer, shielder (conditional), and driver all at once.

That is why 65% of the player base uses him in their teams, and we have placed him in the S tier.

4. Zhongli

Genshin Impact: Best Support Character Zhongli
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Spiral Abyss Usage: 67.1%

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%, Crit Rate/Crit Damage, ATK%
Quick Build Guide: Zhongli

There isn’t a better shielder in the game than Zhongli. Having him on your team basically removes the need for a healer unless you face enemies who can chip away at your health even if you are protected.

Along with his superior healing, Zhongli offers damage resistance removal, which makes your DPS deal more damage to the opponents. His burst petrifies the enemies, which you can use to launch attacks much more easily and comfortably.

Overall, Zhongli makes the game significantly easier. Maybe that is why 67.1% of players use him in their abyss runs, and we have placed him at the peak of the S tier.  

3. Yelan

Genshin Impact: Best Support Character Yelan
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Spiral Abyss Usage: 70%

CategoryDetails
Talent PriorityElemental Skill > Elemental Burst > Normal Attack
Best SupportsBennet, Xingqiu, Kazuha, Fischl, Zongli, Nahida
Team RoleMain DPS, Burst DPS, Driver, Support
Artifact– 4-piece Emblem of Severed Fate
– 2-piece Noblesse Oblige + 2-Heart of Depth
– 4-Heart of Depth
Stat PriorityHP, HP% Crit Rate/Crit Damage, Elemental Mastery, Energy Recharge
Quick Build Guide: Yelan

Starting off in the SS tier, we have Yelan, a player favorite with 70% player picks. She offers incredible Hydro application and damage with her burst. She can be a great driver for any Hydro reaction-based team.

What’s more, she is a great overworld support as well. Her elemental skill will allow you to traverse distances fast and effectively without sacrificing stamina. Her support and DPS capabilities both improve with more constellations.

But even at C0, her damage and support prowess is topmost in the game.

2. Kazuha

Genshin Impact: Best Support Character Kazuha
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Spiral Abyss Usage: 82.2%

CategoryDetails
Talent PriorityElemental Burst > Elemental Skill > Normal Attacks
Best SupportsBennet
Team RoleSupport/Burst DPS/Driver
Artifacts4-piece Viridescent Venier
Stat PriorityElemental Mastery, Crit-Rate, Crit Damage
Quick Build Guide: Kazuha

When picking the best overall support in Genshin Impact, you will undoubtedly have to give the crown to Kazuha. He is an Anemo support that improves your DPS’s damage through his elemental skill, burst, and passives.

Paired with the Viridescent Venier artifact set, every elemental attack you do with Kazuha will decrease the opponent’s damage resistance to that element. This makes him extremely versatile, and you can put him up in any team comp. His personal damage is not bad, either.

He doesn’t need any constellation to be good, but his C2 takes his damage to a new level. So, if you are hoping to invest in constellations, you should definitely keep Kazuha in mind. With all these going on for him, Kazuha is easily placed in the SS tier with a player pick rate of 82.2%

1. Nahida

Genshin Impact: Best Support Character Nahida
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Spiral Abyss Usage: 83.1%

CategoryDetails
Talent PriorityElemental Skill > Elemental Burst > Normal Attack
Best SupportsKokomi, Kuki, Xingqiu, Yelan
Team RoleDriver, Burst DPS, Support
Artifact– 4-piece Deepwood Memories
– 2-piece Deepwood Memories + 2-Gilded Dreams
– 4-piece Gilded Dreams
Stat PriorityElemental Mastery, Energy Recharge
Quick Build Guide: Nahida

In Dendro Meta, there is one support that reigns supreme, and that is the Dendro archon herself – Nahida. You can put Nahida in any Dendro team comp, and be assured that she will crank up the damage tenfold.

Her burst enables the damage effects of dendro attacks. But it is her elemental skill that applies dendro for a long period on your opponent.

Moreover, she is designated to be an EM-based character. If you want to explore more damage from support, then you can put Thrilling tales on her, too.

With Dendro teams being the Meta, Nahida is labeled as the best support choice with a massive 83.1% pick rate. That is why she is placed right at the top in the SS tier in our tier-list

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Asil Ahsan is a Genshin Impact writer at GameRiv. Asil is an avid gamer and book reader. He primarily focuses on AAA tittles and Gacha games and loves to watch anime and eat food!