Every 4-Star Character, Ranked on Genshin Impact

Every 4-Star Character, Ranked on Genshin Impact ...

So you haven't yet had 5-star characters? Not to worry, Genshin Impact doesn't exactly pressure players to have the best damage or the best team compositions around. Because surprise, 4-star characters are actually viable in-game regardless of the content level.

They may not be as flashy as 5-star characters, but at least players don't spend a lot of money on them. If you're not careful, not all of them are good when it comes to math and efficiency. Knowing which 4-star characters are worth having in a party is also helpful.

Updated July 30, 2022 by Sid Natividad: Genshin Impact isn't often spoiled by developers, but any 4-star character can make some lasting impressions. They fill a critical hole as they can't be more powerful than 5-star characters, but they're nonetheless fascinating.

Players can anticipate several new 4-star characters in Genshin Impact, including a few new ones since the list was created.

25 Amber

  • Low attack
  • Makes up for it with pyro abilities
  • Good for lighting up torches

Amber has been at the bottom of the pile since the game began, and is ranked as the worst character when it comes to damage. Still, she has her uses, such as lighting up braziers from afar if players are too lazy to get close.

24 Lisa

  • Slow electro application
  • Abilities and talents reduce enemy defenses
  • Has niche usage in a Eula team, but not much outside that

Lisa is excellent for climbing, and for those who want a witch-type character (even though she is a librarian). However, her attacks are simply too slow or too weak.

She does electro damage, which is one of the game's weakest components. Her abilities do not mesh well with her playstyle, since they require her to be in the thick of things.

23 Xinyan

  • Semi-reliable shielder
  • C4 variant works well in a Eula team
  • Not reliable as a pyro DPS

Despite being the only pyro claymore user other than Diluc, Xinyan remains as unpopular as ever. This is most likely due to her over-the-top abilities.

Her Elemental Burst is a split of physical and pyro damage, and she requires a high defense. It's difficult to build her one way without distracting from the other aspects.

22 Thoma

  • Good for pyro resonance
  • Has a shield

Thoma is in a bit of a niche role because despite being a pyro character, he isn't as popular as mainstays like Bennett. His focus is on strengthening shields and also ensuring that other characters get plenty of energy.

If players desire what Thoma can offer, there may be better options. It's also apparent that his weapons are mismatched with his abilities, as many expect polearm-wielders to at least be sub-DPS or at least have decent damage outputs.

21 Kaeya

  • Excellent melee cryo application
  • Makes water traversal easy
  • Works well in a Diluc, Hu Tao, or Klee team
  • Can be a DPS carry

Kaeya, as the primary DPS, can be useful, but he is largely overshadowed by even 4-star DPS-based actors, who may well provide adequate support for a Diluc melt composition. Other cryo users simply prefer to live longer periods of effect.

20 Kuki

  • Has decent healing abilities
  • Scales with HP
  • Electro element allows good energy generation

Kuki Shinobu was placed in a similar position to Thoma. Before she came out, there were already dozens of other characters that did what she was good at.

Kuki may be a good choice for those who need a healer and someone who can complete electro resonance at the same time. Besides, her style is complex and mysterious, which is quite different from a lot of other characters.

19 Chongyun

  • Excellent cryo application and infusion
  • Elemental Burst is difficult to aim
  • Works well as a cryo support for pyro DPS mains

Chongyun is one of the best 4-star DPS players in terms of dealing with cryo status in a large area. However, his Elemental Burst, while damaging, is too small and can miss a lot. Players mostly include him in the party because his Elemental Skill is superb.

18 Barbara

  • Both abilities heal
  • Decent hydro application
  • Can function as a janky DPS, thanks to vaporize reactions

Barbara is the only healer players who can get a 5-star rating if they don't have any 5-star players. She heals well, but she does it much slower than Qiqi or Jean.

Barbara has no other purpose than to be a healer; her attacks are too weak and she's too slow on the hydro application to deal with Frozen status often. Still, any port in a storm is good if free-to-play players need some healing.

17 Razor

  • High physical damage
  • Fast attacks, not much CRIT Rate needed
  • Claymore user, great for general combat
  • Lowered Stamina cost is underrated

No Xiao? No problem. Razor performs a similar role, except with less physical damage and greater concern for personal safety.

He's one of the few "selfish" DPS characters in the game, but worth the price of ascension and leveling. Just slap a 4-piece Gladiator's Finale set on him and let him rip.

16 Noelle

  • Fills in many roles
  • Has a strong shield
  • Can heal while attacking
  • C6 variant can benefit greatly from poor DEF artifact rolls
  • Claymore user, making her great for general combat

Noelle is a tank, a healer, and a DPS who lives up to her title as a dutiful maid should. If given the proper defense-centric artifacts at constellation six, Noelle can become one hell of a beast, since her ATK would scale off her DEF. Players shouldn't be surprised if they see a level 80 or 90 Noelle in the late game.

15 Ningguang

  • High geo damage
  • Decent defenses with the Jade Screen
  • Generates shield particles fast
  • Marks resources on the map

Zhongli, Albedo, and Ningguang (heck, noelle) are on a roll with their most recent geo damage improvements. She just became a regular contributor to the endgame META as a sought-after DPS in domains and can generate shields to boot.

14 Rosaria

  • Gives out tons of CRIT Rate
  • Good cryo application
  • Can also work as a DPS

Rosaria is a viable candidate for a pyro character support due to her ongoing off-field Elemental Burst, which continually causes cryo damage. As such, Rosaria is a good sub-DPS to have.

If players wish, they may make her a fully-fledged DPS. All they need is a reverse-melt setup. She's also a polearm user, so her DPS is decent, but not as strong as a claymore user for dealing with shields.

13 Beidou

  • High damage ceilings
  • Needs lots of patience to time her counterattack
  • C6 variant can match C0 Eula for DPS
  • Requires lots of field time to function as a sub-DPS or DPS

Beidou is an underrated fan favorite since she can both be a tank and a DPS, making her a fantastic main character. The only issue is that she's slow to react to the damage and relies on enemies attacking her before she can live up to her potential as a great DPS.

12 Fischl

  • Excellent electro application and support
  • Long cooldowns
  • C6 variants can become an amazing physical DPS
  • Bow user; ranged attacks are always better

Fischl is the other fantastic DPS at constellation six. Her physical attack output is so high she practically becomes a machine gun. Of course, she does well as electro support at lower constellations.

11 Yanfei

  • Strong charge attacks
  • Pyro element makes her viable as a DPS carry
  • Requires hydro or cryo support to function as a fully-fledged DPS

Yanfei is Klee's closest 4-star alternative right now, and she's proven herself to be quite a skilled pyro damage dealer. She's always a good choice if players provide her with adequate support characters like Xingqiu or Kaeya.

Yanfei's charged attacks make her an excellent choice in the Spiral Abyss and other late-game content in Genshin Impact. Granted, most pyro characters (with the exception of Amber and Xinyan) will excel if given a proper reaction setup.

10 Sayu

  • Anemo healer
  • Great for fast traversals & exploration
  • Anemo element gives her access to elemental resistance shred

Sayu is a fantastic all-around support character that provides healing as well as a significant damage boost for teams that depend on elemental damage or elemental reactions. Moreover, she has a hold variant for her ability that allows her to roll fast over long distances.

9 Gorou

  • Great for geo resonance
  • Provides plenty of defensive buffs for teammates
  • Great for ensuring that other characters don't get interrupted
  • Also great for DEF-scaling characters

Gorou is a great defensive partner for players who don't have Zhongli, because he provides a lot of defense for the party, and this includes resistance to interruption. As their damage increases, Gorou can be an excellent teammate for C6 Noelle, Arataki Itto, or even Albedo.

8 Yun Jin

  • Good for Geo resonance
  • Has a shield
  • Provides stacking attack speed buffs

Yun Jin's role is more important than ever with the addition of relatively new 5-star players who rely on their normal attacks to deal damage. Together with her geo resonance ability, she makes a valuable addition to teams that rely on normal or even charged attacks.

7 Kujou Sara

  • Provides lots of energy particles due to electro element
  • Can buff teammates like Bennett
  • Deals good off-field damage

Kujou Sara is also a little bit of everything in the support and sub-DPS department. She can provide energy for the team. However, where she excels at is giving buffs to teammates.

6 Heizou

  • Anemo character
  • Good substitute for Sucrose
  • Versatile roles

Heizou is currently one of the latest and greatest four-star characters in Genshin Impact to be released because he's both an anemo user and an all-around character. Thanks to his anemo, he has excellent support abilities for Viridescent Venerer.

With a jack-of-all-trades like Heizou, he also deals decent damage and can utilize elemental skill well in a team.