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Genshin Impact Element guide: All Elements, Elemental Reactions, and Status Effects

Genshin Impact Diluc Fire
Genshin Impact Diluc Fire (Image credit: miHoHyo)

Water, Earth, Fire, Air. Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony...oh wait. Wrong fandom. Ahem. Genshin Impact is a magical game where every playable character is the master of an Element. The way that these Elements interact with each other sometimes results in added effects or damages to your opponents. So, you'll definitely want to take advantage of certain Elemental combinations in order to defeat enemies more efficiently.

Depending on what Elements the characters in your party have can also result in party bonuses. Here's everything you need to know about Genshin Impact Elements, Status Effects, Elemental Reactions, and Elemental Resonance.

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Genshin Impact Elements

Genshin Impact Venti

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There are currently seven different Elements in Genshin Impact, though it's possible that more will be added into the game as time goes on. Different nations across Teyvat worship different members of The Seven Archons. These are godly individuals who bestow their elemental powers on their followers.

ElementNationArchon
Anemo (Wind)MondstadtBarbados (Venti)
Cryo (Ice)SnezhnayaThe Tsaritsa
Dendro (Nature)SumeruGod of Wisdom
Electro (Lightning)InazumaThe Immortal Shogun
Geo (Earth)LiyueRex Lapis
Hydro (Water)FontaineGod of Justice
Pyro (Fire)NatlanMurata

Status Effects

Genshin Impact Diluc Cryo Slime

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When cast on enemies, certain elements can cause status effects:

ElementStatus Effect
CryoThe opponents Movement Speed gets reduced.
ElectroElectro spreads in water and affects any enemies who are Wet.
HydroWhen a character or enemy touches water they become Wet, which opens up the possibility for an Elemental Reaction.
PyroBurns the affected individuals and causes damage for a certain length of time.

Ley Line Disorders

Genshin Impact Ley Line

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There are some enemies and challenges that emit elemental auras. If players get too close to these enemies or enter these challenges, characters on the field can be affected with the following Disorders.

DisorderElementStatus Effect
Condensed IceCryoMakes it so you consume more Stamina.
Engulfing StormElectroMakes it so your Energy Recharge constantly drains.
Slowing WaterHydroMakes CD take much longer by -80%, so you have to wait an extended period for a move to be usable again.
Smoldering FlamesPyroMakes it so you get damaged by burns repeatedly over a certain amount of time.

Elemental Reactions

Genshin Impact Frozen

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When some Elements collide with other Elements it can result in an Elemental Reaction that can cause added damage or other effects to those nearby.

ReactionElemental CombinationsEffect
BurningDendro + PyroInflicts Pyro DMG to the affected individual over time.
CrystalizeGeo + Cryo, Electro, Hydro, or PyroCreates floating crystals on the battlefield. When picked up, these create an Element shield around the player.
Electro-ChargedElectro + HydroContinuously inflicts Electro DMG to the affected individual over time.
FrozenCryo + HydroTemporarily freezes the target in place.
MeltCryo + PyroDeals extra DMG to those affected.
OverloadedElectro + PyroInflicts those within its influence with AoE Pyro DMG.
SuperconductCryo + ElectroReduce the target's Physical RES by 50% while dealing AoE Cryo DMG.
SwirlAnemo + Cryo, Electro, Hydro, or PyroSpreads any Elements that the wind comes in contact with and deals extra Elemental DMG.
VaporizeHydro + PyroDoes more DMG than usual.

Elemental Resonance

Genshin Impact four characters in a party

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Elemental Resonance are passive effects that happen when certain combinations of elemental characters fill your party. These effects also stack. For example, if your party is made up of two Geo characters and two Pyro characters, everyone in your party will benefit from the effects of Enduring Rock and Fervent Flames.

ReactionElementsEffect
Enduring Rock2 x GeoYour interruption resistance goes up and if your characters are protect by a shield, their Attack DMG increases by 15%.
Fervent Flames2 x PyroIncreases your ATK by 25% while making it so Cryo effects last 40% less of their usual time.
High Voltage2 x ElectroSuperconduct, Overloaded, and Electro-Charged Reactions will always generate an Electro Elemental Particle with a CD of 5s. Additionally, any Hyrdro effects will last 40% less of their usual time.
Impetuous Winds2 x AnemoDecreases Stamina Consumption by 15%, reduces Skill CD by 5%, and increases Movement SPD by 10%.
Protective CanopyFour unique ElementsAll Elemental RES increases by 15%.
Shattering Ice2 x CryoIncreases your Party's CRIT Rate against Cyro Frozen enemies by 15%. Also, reduces the effect time of Electro by 40%.
Soothing Waters2 x HydroYou party's incoming healing increases by 30% while any Pyro effects last 40% less of their usual time.

Genshin Impact Elements

There's a lot to discover while exploring Genshin Impact's massive open world. Hopefully knowing more about each type of Element and how it reacts to others will help you along your journey. There's always something new happening in the world of Teyvat, like the exciting crossover event bringing Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn into Genshin Impact as a playable character.

Rebecca Spear is a staff writer for Android Central who loves following the latest tech, drawing with her Wacom, and playing video games. You can find her posting about her pets, art, and video game preferences on Twitter @rrspear.