Here is the build guide for Mona, one of the best Hydro characters in Genshin Impact.
Mona Megistus is a playable 5-star Hydro catalyst character in Genshin Impact. An astrologist of knowledgeable skill and high pride, Mona has settled in Mondstadt to avoid suffering the ire of her master after unwittingly reading the latter’s diary.
Mona is mainly played as Hydro support, but she can be played as a Sub-DPS or a main DPS. She is best known for her role as an enabler, as she helps players to achieve some outlandish damage-per-screenshot numbers. She was the first exploration character to have an alternative sprint, making her travel in the water much faster. Mona can be obtainable from the Character Event banners or Standard banner. Her unique skills and abilities make Mona one of the best supports in the game.
Here is a comprehensive build guide for Mona, one of the best overall Hydro characters in Genshin Impact.
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Mona Build Guide
Normal Attack: Ripple of Fate
Perform up to 4 water splash attacks that deal Hydro DMG.
Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to deal AoE Hydro DMG after a short casting time.
Gathering the might of Hydro, Mona plunges towards the ground from mid-air, damaging all opponents in her path. Deals AoE Hydro DMG upon impact with the ground.
Elemental Skill: Mirror Reflection of Doom
Creates an illusory Phantom of Fate from coalesced waterspouts.
The Phantom has the following special properties:
- Continuously taunts nearby opponents, attracting their fire.
- Continuously deals Hydro DMG to nearby opponents.
- When its duration expires, the Phantom explodes, dealing AoE Hydro DMG.
Utilizes water currents to move backwards swiftly before conjuring a Phantom.
Only one Phantom created by Mirror Reflection of Doom can exist at any time.
Elemental Burst: Stellaris Phantasm
Mona summons the sparkling waves and creates a reflection of the starry sky, applying the Illusory Bubble status to opponents in a large AoE.
Traps opponents inside a pocket of destiny and also makes them Wet.
Renders weaker opponents immobile.
When an opponent affected by Illusory Bubble sustains DMG, it has the following effects:
- Applies an Omen to the opponent, which gives a DMG Bonus, also increasing the DMG of the attack that causes it.
- Removes the Illusory Bubble, dealing Hydro DMG in the process.
During its duration, increases DMG taken by opponents.
Illusory Torrent | Alternate Sprint
Mona cloaks herself within the water’s flow, consuming stamina to move rapidly.
When under the effect of Illusory Torrent, Mona can move at high speed on water.
Applies the Wet status to nearby opponents when she reappears.
“Come ‘n’ Get Me, Hag!”
After she has used Illusory Torrent for 2s, if there are any opponents nearby, Mona will automatically create a Phantom.
A Phantom created in this manner lasts for 2s, and its explosion DMG is equal to 50% of Mirror Reflection of Doom.
Increases Mona’s Hydro DMG Bonus by a degree equivalent to 20% of her Energy Recharge rate.
Principium of Astrology
When Mona crafts Weapon Ascension Materials, she has a 25% chance to refund one count of one material out of all the crafting materials used.
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Mona Artifact Set Guide
Mona can be played as a Main DPS, Sub DPS, or event as a Support, depending on how you decide to gear her with artifacts. These are the best artifact sets for Mona.
- Heart of Depth
2-piece set: Hydro DMG Bonus +15%
4-piece set: After using an Elemental Skill, increases Normal Attack and Charged Attack DMG by 30% for 15s.
2-piece set: Increases Elemental Mastery by 80.
4-piece set: Upon triggering an Elemental Reaction, increases all party members’ Elemental Mastery by 120 for 8s.
- Noblesse Oblige
2-piece set: Elemental Burst DMG +20%
4-piece set: Using an Elemental Burst increases all party members’ ATK by 20% for 12s. This effect cannot stack.
- Emblem of Severed Fate
2-piece set: Energy Recharge +20%
4-piece set: Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 25% of Energy Recharge. A maximum of 75% bonus DMG can be obtained in this way.
Best Weapons for Mona
Mona has many weapon options for her DPS, Sub DPS, and Support builds. These are the best weapons for Mona.
Base Attack: 42, at Level 90: 510
CRIT DMG: 12.0%, at Level 90: 55.1%
When a character takes the field, they will gain a random theme song for 10s. This can only occur once every 30s.
Recitative: ATK is increased by 60%.
Aria: Increases all Elemental DMG by 48%.
Interlude: Elemental Mastery is increased by 240.
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Base Attack: 48, at Level 90: 674
ATK: 7.2%, at Level 90: 33.1%
Increases Elemental DMG Bonus by 12%. Normal Attack hits have a 50% chance to earn the favor of the clouds. which actively seek out nearby opponents to attack for 15s, dealing 160% ATK DMG. Can only occur once every 30s.
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Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds
Base Attack: 46, at Level 90: 608
CRIT Rate: 7.2%, at Level 90: 33.1%
Increases Movement SPD by 10%. When in battle, gain an 8% Elemental DMG Bonus every 4s. Max 4 stacks. Lasts until the character falls or leaves combat.
Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers
Base Attack: 39, at Level 90: 401
HP: 7.7%, at Level 90: 35.2%
When switching characters, the new character taking the field has their ATK increased by 24% for 10s. This effect can only occur once every 20s.
Base Attack: 44, at Level 90: 565
Elemental Mastery: 24, at Level 90: 110
Triggering an Elemental reaction grants a 8% Elemental DMG Bonus for 10s. Max 2 stacks.
Depending on your Mona build, she has a few easily available weapons, and some are a bit difficult to obtain. The Widsith is the overall best in slot weapon for Mona and every other catalyst character because of its high CRIT DMG and passive stat, which will buff ATK and Elemental Mastery. Skyward Atlas and Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds are two really good 5-stars options for a Sub-DPS Mona build. Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers, despite being a 3-star weapon is considered the best catalyst in the game because the passive buffs the ATK of characters and is suitable for a support Mona build. Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers is easily obtainable because 3-star weapons are easy to get from any banner because of the high drop rate. Finally, Mappa Mare is a free-to-play craftable catalyst which is great for Mona for her support build.
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Standard DPS Build
4-piece Emblem of Severed Fate or 2-piece Noblesse Oblige, or 2-piece Heart of Depth
Flower, Feather, Energy Recharge, Hydro DMG Bonus, CRIT Rate or DMG
Hydro Support Build
4-piece Noblesse Oblige or 4-piece Emblem of Severed Fate
Flower, Feather, Energy Recharge, Hydro DMG Bonus, CRIT Rate or DMG
Recommended Energy Recharge: 180%-200%
Mona is a versatile character and can function in various roles, but her main playstyle revolves around debuffs, disrupting, and crowd control. Mona can be played as a Main DPS, Sub-DPS, or Hydro support, depending on how you build her.
For Hydro support build, 4-piece Noblesse Oblige or 4-piece Emblem of Severed Fate or Instructor are her best artifact sets. For her DPS build, 4-piece Emblem of Severed Fate or 2-piece Heart of Depth and Noblesse Oblige are pretty good sets for her.
Mona’s Elemental Skill, Mirror Reflection of Doom, conjures an illusory Phantom of Fate made of watersprouts. The Phantom of Fate taunts enemies, diverting their attention to the Phantom rather than Mona. It also continuously causes Hydro DMG to enemies in range, exploding once the duration is over, causing AoE Hydro DMG. Holding her Elemental Skill will teleport Mona backward while simultaneously summoning Phantom of Fate in the location the skill was activated.
Mona’s Elemental Burst, Stellaris Phantasm, summons waves of water to recreate a starry sky. This applies the Illusory Bubble status effect to enemies within a fairly large AoE. Illusory Bubble has a few effects on enemies caught up in the attack. First, it makes them Wet, smaller enemies are stunned, and an additional status effect, Omen, is applied to enemies who are attacked within the Illusory Bubble. Enemies attacked in the Bubble remove the Illusory Bubble and deal Hydro damage.
With Mona’s elemental control, she can become a solid asset to use with other heavy elemental burst users. Mona can fit into any team requiring an enabler and damage dealer, such as Diluc, Ayaka, Ganyu, and Hu Tao teams. She is excellent support for Freeze teams because of her Hydro application, and her ability to debuff enemies makes her incredible support for any team.
Best Team Comp
Mona can be slotted into every team comp in Genshin Impact that requires a Hydro applier/damage dealer. Here we listed some of the popular team comps for Mona.
- Ganyu, Venti, Mona, Diona
- Mona, Diluc, Ganyu, Bennett
- Hu Tao, Mona, Kazuha, Diona
- Ayaka, Mona, Venti, Diona
Mona Ascension Materials
|Lv.20 → Lv.40||Philanemo Mushroom ×3|
Varunada Lazurite Sliver ×1
Whooperflower Nectar ×3
|Lv.40 → Lv.50||Philanemo Mushroom ×10|
Varunada Lazurite Fragment ×3
Whooperflower Nectar ×15
Cleansing Heart ×2
|Lv.50 → Lv.60||Philanemo Mushroom ×20|
Varunada Lazurite Fragment ×6
Shimmering Nectar ×12
Cleansing Heart ×4
|Lv.60 → Lv.70||Philanemo Mushroom ×30|
Varunada Lazurite Chunk ×3
Shimmering Nectar ×18
Cleansing Heart ×8
|Lv.70 → Lv.80||Philanemo Mushroom ×45|
Varunada Lazurite Chunk ×6
Energy Nectar ×12
Cleansing Heart ×12
|Lv.80 → Lv.90||Philanemo Mushroom ×60|
Varunada Lazurite Gemstone ×6
Energy Nectar ×24
Cleansing Heart ×20
Talent Upgrade Materials for Mona
These are the total number of materials required to level up the talents of Mona. Please multiply these materials by 3 because Mona has three types of upgradeable talents.
|3||Teachings of Resistance|
|21||Guide to Resistance|
|38||Philosophies of Resistance|
|6||Ring of Boreas|
|1||Crown of Insight|
That’s it for the updated Mona build guide in Genshin Impact. Keep an eye on GameRiv for more build guides and future Genshin Impact content.
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