Hu Tao Build Guide – Melt the Meta in Genshin Impact

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By Adiba Chowdhury Himel Mahmud
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Here’s a complete guide on how to make the 77th Director of the Wangsheng Funeral Parlor from Genshin Impact as powerful as possible.

Hu Tao is a playable 5-star Pyro polearm character in Genshin Impact. Hu Tao is the 77th Director of the Wangsheng Funeral Parlor, managing Liyue’s funerary affairs and working alongside Zhongli.

Considered one of the strongest Pyro characters in the game, Hu Tao can deal insane damage with her skills, and often one-hits enemies with her powerful elemental burst.

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Moreover, Hu Tao is one of the few DPS characters relying on all three of her attacking skills. Her damage comes from activating her Elemental Skill, infusing her normal attacks with Pyro, and then using her charged attacks to damage the enemies.

We have made a comprehensive build guide for Hu Tao regarding her weapon options, new team comps, and how to kit her with optimal artifacts properly.

Quick Look: Hu Tao Build Guide

KitFocus On
AttributeHP%, Elemental Mastery, Crit Rate/DMG
WeaponsStaff of Homa
Artifacts4-piece Crimson Witch of Flames
TalentElemental Skill > Normal Attack > Elemental Burst
Team RoleMain DPS
Hu Tao Build Overview

Hu Tao Talents Overview

Normal Attack: Secret Spear of Wangsheng

Hu Tao Normal attacks. Credit: Hoyoverse
Hu Tao Normal attacks. Credit: Hoyoverse
  • Normal Attack – Performs up to 6 consecutive spear strikes.
  • Charged Attack – Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to opponents along the way.
  • Plunging Attack – Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact.

Elemental Skill: Guide to Afterlife

Hu Tao Elemental Skill. Credit: Hoyoverse
Hu Tao Elemental Skill. Credit: Hoyoverse

Only an unwavering flame can cleanse the impurities of this world.

Hu Tao consumes a set portion of her HP to knock the surrounding enemies back and enter the Paramita Papilio state.

Elemental SkillEffect
Paramita Papilio– Increases Hu Tao’s ATK based on her Max HP at the time of entering this state. ATK Bonus gained this way cannot exceed 400% of Hu Tao’s Base ATK.
– Converts attack DMG to Pyro DMG, which cannot be overridden by any other elemental infusion.
– Charged Attacks apply the Blood Blossom effect to the enemies hit.
– Increases Hu Tao’s resistance to interruption.
Paramita Papilio ends when its duration is over, or Hu Tao has left the battlefield or fallen.
Blood Blossom– Enemies affected by Blood Blossom will take Pyro DMG every 4s. This DMG is considered Elemental Skill DMG.
– Each enemy can be affected by only one Blood Blossom effect at a time, and its duration may only be refreshed by Hu Tao herself.
Hu Tao Elemental Skill

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Elemental Burst: Spirit Soother

Hu Tao Elemental Burst. Credit: Hoyoverse
Hu Tao Elemental Burst. Credit: Hoyoverse
  • Commands a blazing spirit to attack, dealing Pyro DMG in a large AoE.
  • Upon striking the enemy, regenerates a percentage of Hu Tao’s Max HP. This effect can be triggered up to 5 times, based on the number of enemies hit.
  • If Hu Tao’s HP is below or equal to 50% when the enemy is hit, both the DMG and HP Regeneration are increased.

Passive Talents

Flutter ByWhen a Paramita Papilio state activated by Guide to Afterlife ends, all allies in the party (excluding Hu Tao herself) will have their CRIT Rate increased by 12% for 8s.
Sanguine RougeWhen Hu Tao’s HP is equal to or less than 50%, her Pyro DMG Bonus is increased by 33%.
The More the MerrierWhen Hu Tao cooks a dish perfectly, she has an 18% chance to receive an additional “Suspicious” dish of the same type.
Hu Tao Passive Talents

Hu Tao Constellations

Hu Tao Constellations
Hu tao Constellations
Constellation NameDescription
Crimson Bouquet (C1)While in a Paramita Papilio state activated by Guide to Afterlife, Hu Tao’s Charged Attacks do not consume Stamina.
Ominous Rainfall (C2)Increases the Blood Blossom DMG by an amount equal to 10% of Hu Tao’s Max HP at the time the effect is applied.
Additionally, Spirit Soother will also apply the Blood Blossom effect.
Lingering Carmine (C3)Increases the Level of Guide to Afterlife by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Garden of Eternal Rest (C4)Upon defeating an enemy affected by a Blood Blossom that Hu Tao applied herself, all nearby allies in the party (excluding Hu Tao herself) will have their CRIT Rate increased by 12% for 15s.
Floral Incense (C5)Increases the Level of Spirit Soother by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Butterfly’s Embrace (C6)– Triggers when Hu Tao’s HP drops below 25%, or when she suffers a lethal strike:
– Hu Tao will not fall as a result of the DMG sustained. Additionally, for the next 10s, all of her Elemental and Physical RES is increased by 200%, her CRIT Rate is increased by 100%, and her resistance to interruption is greatly increased.
– This effect triggers automatically when Hu Tao has 1 HP left.
– Can only occur once every 60s.
Hu tao constellation details

Best Artifact Set For Hu Tao

Crimson Witch of flames, Best set for Hu Tao
Crimson Witch of Flames, Best set for Hu Tao

The 4-piece Crimson Witch of Flames artifact set is the best for Hu Tao because the 2-piece set will increase Hu Tao’s Pyro damage by 15%. The 4-piece set will increase her Overload, Burning, and Burgeon damage by 40% and Vaporize and Melt damage by 15%.

Besides the Crimson Witch of Flames set, Hu Tao can also use Shimenawa’s Reminiscence artifact set because it will increase her normal and charged attack damage by 50% after casting her Elemental Skill.

If you don’t have good stats or can not find proper artifacts in Crimson Witch of Flames or Shimenawa’s Reminiscence, you can use 2-piece Crimson Witch of Flames and 2-piece Wanderer’s Troupe or Flower of Paradise Lost.

Best Artifact Stats for HuTao

ArtifactStat Priority (Main/Sub)
FlowerHP/Crit Rate (CR), Crit Damage (CD), Elemental Mastery (EM), HP%
FeatherATK/CD, CR, HP%, EM
SandsHP%/CD, CR, HP%, EM
GobletPyro Damage Bonus/ CD, CR, HP%, EM
CircletCRIT Rate, CRIT DMG/EM, HP%
Hu TAo best Artifact Stats

Best Weapons for Hu Tao

Staff of Homa
Staff of Homa

Hu Tao has some good weapon options, including some 4-star weapons. There are the best weapons for Hu Tao:

Staff of HomaHu Tao’s signature and her best-in-slot weapon. Staff of Homa is arguably the best polearm in the game, and it is considered the go-to weapon choice for every single DPS polearm character. The weapon has good base ATK, high CRIT DMG stats, increases the wielder’s HP by 20%, and provides ATK bonus when the character’s HP is under 50%.
Staff of Scarlett SandsStaff of the Scarlet Sands is Hu Tao’s second-best weapon because of its high CRIT Rate. Although this weapon’s passive requires Hu Tao to run a different EM build, it shines when Hu Tao is properly kitted.
Primordial Jade Winged-SpearCan be obtained from the Standard Banner and be used on Hu Tao if there aren’t any other good 5-star weapons.
DeathmatchThis 4-star polearm can be obtained from the Battle Pass but can be an excellent weapon because of its decent CRIT Rate stats. The passive gives a decent ATK% bonus as well.
Dragon’s BaneGreat weapon that gives a lot of Elemental Mastery for Hu Tao, and the weapon’s passive gets better with each refinement.
Best weapons for Hu Tao

Hu Tao Build Type: Main DPS

Hu Tao is an on-field Main DPS character and requires good Hydro and Cryo support characters in her party. There are some of Hu Tao’s best team compositions:

Hu Tao's Best Team Comp
Hu Tao’s Best Team Comp
  • Hu Tao + Xingqiu + Yelan/Furina + Zhongli
  • Hu Tao + Xingqiu + Albedo + Zhongli
  • Hu Tao + Xingqiu + Kazuha + Bennett
  • Hu Tao + Furina + Kazuha + Zhongli/Diona
  • Hu Tao + Rosaria + Kazuha + Diona

Hydro characters such as Xingqiu, Yelan, and Furina are essential for Hu Tao in Vaporize team comps. They will increase Hu Tao’s damage when she uses her charged attacks or Elemental Burst on enemies. I suggest using two Hydro characters in the party because they will constantly apply Hydro on enemies for Hu Tao to make her attacks on them for the most vaporized damage.

Besides Vaporize teams, Hu Tao can also be used in some Melt and Burgeon teams; however, her damage in those team comps is not currently viable.

Hu Tao Playstyle

Hu Tao’s playstyle requires her to stay on the field as much as possible. Firstly, you must cast the elemental skills and bursts of your support characters so they can start applying Hydro or Cyro on enemies.

After that, you need to cast Hu Tao’s elemental skill, “Guide to Afterlife” which will make her lose a portion of her HP and turn normal attacks infused with Pyro, damaging enemies with melt or vaporized reactions.

It should be mentioned that Hu Tao’s elemental skill has an uptime of 9 seconds and a cooldown of 16 seconds, so you will have a downtime of 7 seconds before you can cast her skill again.

Hu Tao’s elemental burst, “Spirit Soother,” casts a blazing spirit that deals high AoE pyro damage. Her elemental burst has a really good damage multiplier, and after hitting an enemy, Hu Tao will regenerate some of her HP. It is recommended that you use Hu Tao’s elemental burst only after

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By Adiba Chowdhury Deputy Evergreen Editor
Adiba Chowdhury is the Deputy Editor of the Evergreen section at GameRiv. Adiba is an avid gamer, artist, and anime lover. She expresses her love for RPGs, JRPGs, and Action Adventure games by writing about evergreen titles with lasting impressions for GameRiv.
Himel Mahmud is a Staff Writer and Social Media Manager at GameRiv. A former FIFA Professional, Himel has been playing video games forever. He plays video games passionately, loves football and an avid music listener.