Transparent splash art for Raiden Shogun from Genshin Impact

Raiden Shogun

"I command the thunder in all corners of the world to cease. Rest well tonight."

Ei, her Eternal Excellency the Raiden Shogun, the Almighty Narukami Ogosho God of Thunder, is the Electro Archon ruling over the nation of Inazuma. She governs with an iron fist of discipline, driving her nation toward the Eternity they desire.

Raiden is a flexible character with a variety of excellent playstyles. Ranging from hyper-carry on-field, energy generator, off-field coordinated attacker, and hyperbloom trigger. Every player can find a style that fits their play.

That being said, the Electro Archon has obstacles. Her short burst window makes it difficult to regain the maximum amount of energy. And she has very specific build requirements for each playstyle, making her very stat hungry.

Raiden Shogun
Plane of Euthymia
Image of Raiden Shogun from Genshin Impact
Rarity Icon for the 5 Star Rating
Element Icon for the Electro element in Genshin ImpactElectro
Weapon Symbol for the Polearm type in Genshin ImpactPolearm
Nation Symbol for Inazuma in Genshin ImpactInazuma
Birthdate 6/26
Base Stats (Lv.90)
Hp 12,907
Atk 337
Def 789
Ascension Energy Recharge: 32%


Common Drop

Image of Handguard common drop material from Genshin ImpactRaiden uses the handguards family. Although they are an infamously-known difficult material to gather, wandering rōnin are found in every area of Inazuma.

Local Specialty

Image of Amakumo Fruit local specialty from Genshin ImpactAmakumo Fruit is Raiden’s local specialty. They’re harvested exclusively on Seirai Island. The same island that became the battlefield for her final showdown with the Thunderbird thousands of years ago.

Talent Book

Image of Light talent material from Genshin ImpactThe Shogun uses the family of Light talent books from Inazuma. They can be obtained from the Violet Court on Kannazuka Island on Wednesdays, Saturdays, or Sundays.

Normal Boss

Image of Storm Beads normal boss material from Genshin ImpactRaiden can obtain the material Storm Beads by returning to Seirai Island and silencing remnants of the Thunderbird.

Weekly Boss

Image of Molten Moment weekly boos material from Genshin ImpactTo get the material Molten Moment for her high-level talents, Raiden must turn Signora to ash once again.


Normal Attack: Origin

Icon for Raiden's normal attack in Genshin Impact

Normal Attack: "Performs up to 5 consecutive spear strikes."

Charged Attack: "Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to perform an upward slash."

Plunging Attack: "Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact."

There isn’t anything special to talk about Raiden’s normal attacks.

Since this brings nothing to her kit, they can stay at level 1. Although, if you enjoy playing her on-field outside of her burst, then go for it.

Elemental Skill: Transcendence: Baleful Omen

Icon for Raiden's skill in Genshin Impact"The Raiden Shogun unveils a shard of her Euthymia, dealing Electro DMG to nearby opponents, and granting nearby party members the Eye of Stormy Judgment."

Eye of Stormy Judgement: "When characters with this buff attack and deal DMG to opponents, the Eye will unleash a coordinated attack, dealing AoE Electro DMG at the opponent's position. Characters who gain the Eye of Stormy Judgment will have their Elemental Burst DMG increased based on the Energy Cost of the Elemental Burst during the Eye's duration.

Energy Generation: .5 particles (On Coordinated Attack)

Raiden’s skill lasts for 25 seconds, which makes it an excellent, consistent source of Electro damage and application. While it only procs on one enemy per tick, it has a decent AOE which can hit nearby enemies or trigger bloom cores.

It isn’t as strong as other Electro characters’ off-field skills, but it has 100% uptime, isn’t anchored to an area, or disappears with waves of enemies. This easy-of-use makes it hard to replace.

If Raiden is in your team, she should always have her skill in use. Level it as high as possible. It also gives the team a damage buff to their Bursts, so giving it a crown is worth it.

Elemental Burst: Secret Art: Musou Shinsetsu

Icon for Raiden's burst in Genshin ImpactEnergy Cost: 90 "Gathering truths unnumbered and wishes uncounted, the Raiden Shogun unleashes the Musou no Hitotachi and deals AoE Electro DMG, using Musou Isshin in combat for a certain duration afterward. The DMG dealt by Musou no Hitotachi and Musou Isshin's attacks will be increased based on the number of Chakra Desiderata's Resolve stacks consumed when this skill is used."

Musou Isshin: "While in this state, the Raiden Shogun will wield her tachi in battle, while her Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attacks will be infused with Electro DMG, which cannot be overridden. When such attacks hit opponents, she will regenerate Energy for all nearby party members. Energy can be restored this way once every 1s, and this effect can be triggered 5 times throughout this skill's duration. While in this state, the Raiden Shogun's resistance to interruption is increased, and she is immune to Electro-Charged reaction DMG. While Musou Isshin is active, the Raiden Shogun's Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attack DMG will be considered Elemental Burst DMG."

So much is jam-packed into Musou Shinsetsu. It delivers a powerful burst of damage upon activation, grants all team members a huge amount of energy, and transforms Raiden into a sword character. She deals increased damage through a variety of unique buffs granted by her skill, passive talents, and equipment.

Although it has the highest energy cost at 90, if Raiden is built correctly, she won’t have issues gaining it back. Unsheathe the Musou no Hitotachi frequently and witness why all fear its lightning.

Some interesting facts about Musou Shinsetsu is energy is gained even when no damage is dealt. So against enemies with Abyss Shields or Electro slimes, as long as contact is made, energy will be granted. It also grants the highest level of interruption resistance. She will never stagger or get knocked back while in this form.

Raiden’s burst is the highest priority for any team. It greatly increases the damage dealt and the energy restored to the team.

Overall Talent Priority

Raiden overall has high talent needs, but how high they should go depends on the playstyle she’s used for. They should be maxed if used as a main, on-field DPS. But they can stay lower if she’s the dedicated Electro trigger for hyperblooms.

Passive Talents

Icon for Raiden's first passive in Genshin ImpactAll-Preserver

"Mora expended when ascending Swords and Polearms is decreased by 50%."

All-Preserver is a unique passive that saves Mora. But once you’ve hit a point in the game, Mora will never be in shortage.

Icon for Raiden's second passive in Genshin ImpactWishes Unnumbered

"When nearby party members gain Elemental Orbs or Particles, Chakra Desiderata gains 2 Resolve stacks. This effect can occur once every 3s."

Wishes Unnumbered helps Raiden gain more stacks of her unique buff, which increases her Burst damage. Although, it doesn’t have that much of an impact most of the time.

Icon for Raiden's third passive in Genshin ImpactEnlightened One

"Each 1% above 100% Energy Recharge that the Raiden Shogun possesses grants her 0.6% greater Energy restoration from Musou Isshin and 0.4% Electro DMG Bonus."

Raiden’s 4th Ascension passive is the neat bow that ties her whole kit together. She revolves around energy: high energy costs grant more damage, recharging energy, and gaining buffs when allies use or gain energy. Enlightened One encourages Raiden to be built with Energy Recharge, which she desperately needs. The more ER, the more extra benefits gained.


Constellation 1: Ominous Inscription

Icon for Raiden's first constellation in Genshin Impact"Chakra Desiderata will gather Resolve even faster. When Electro characters use their Elemental Bursts, the Resolve gained is increased by 80%. When characters of other Elemental Types use their Elemental Bursts, the Resolve gained is increased by 20%."

On paper, Ominous Inscription allows Raiden Shogun to run more diverse teams with lower burst energy costs. But at the end of it all, it’s a minor damage increase during her burst.

Constellation 2: Steelbreaker

Icon for Raiden's second constellation in Genshin Impact"While using Musou no Hitotachi and in the Musou Isshin state applied by Secret Art: Musou Shinsetsu, the Raiden Shogun's attacks ignore 60% of opponents' DEF."

Steelbreaker turns Raiden into the true omnipotent god she’s portrayed in lore. Ignoring the massive chuck of the enemy’s defense gives her a whopping, on average, 40% damage increase.

Constellation 3: Shinkage Bygones

Icon for Raiden's third constellation in Genshin Impact"Increases the Level of Secret Art: Musou Shinsetsu by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15."

Constellation 3 is the typical Burst level increase.

Constellation 4: Pledge of Propriety

Icon for Raiden's fourth constellation in Genshin Impact"When the Musou Isshin state applied by Secret Art: Musou Shinsetsu expires, all nearby party members (excluding the Raiden Shogun) gain 30% bonus ATK for 10s."

Pledge of Propriety is nice but after unlocking Constellation 2, Raiden will be on the field much more than any other teammate. This won’t be utilized nearly as much as it might seem.

Constellation 5: Shogun's Descent

Icon for Raiden's fifth constellation in Genshin Impact"Increases the Level of Transcendence: Baleful Omen by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15."

This increases the skill by 3 levels.

Constellation 6: Wishbearer

Icon for Raiden's sixth constellation in Genshin Impact"While in the Musou Isshin state applied by Secret Art: Musou Shinsetsu, attacks by the Raiden Shogun that are considered part of her Elemental Burst will decrease all nearby party members' (not including the Raiden Shogun herself) Elemental Burst CD by 1s when they hit opponents. This effect can trigger once every 1s and can trigger a total of 5 times during Musou Isshin's duration."

Wishbearer grants Raiden the only occasion in-game to decrease the cooldown of her allies’ skills. While it seems powerful, it really depends on the specific team and rotation. Some teams just won’t benefit from it at all.

Constellation Final Thoughts

Raiden has possibly the most powerful C2 in the game for personal damage. But the rest are mediocre other than that.


Symbol for 5 star rarity in Genshin Impact 5* Weapons

Image of the weapon Engulfing Lighntning from Genshin ImpactEngulfing Lightning

Base ATK: 608
Sub Stat: 55.1% Energy Recharge

Timeless Dream: Eternal Stove: (R1) "ATK increased by 28% of Energy Recharge over the base 100%. You can gain a maximum bonus of 80% ATK. Gain 30% Energy Recharge for 12s after using an Elemental Burst."

Engulfing Lightning is Raiden’s signature weapon and synergies perfectly with her kit. It gives her a massive amount of Energy Recharge, boosts her attack based on Energy Recharge, and increases it further while unleashing the Musou no Hitotachi.

This is the best all-around weapon.

Image of the weapon Staff of the Scarlet Sands from Genshin ImpactStaff of the Scarlet Sands

Base ATK: 542
Sub Stat: 44.1% Crit Rate

Heat Haze at Horizon's End: (R1) "The equipping character gains 52% of their Elemental Mastery as bonus ATK. When an Elemental Skill hits opponents, the Dream of the Scarlet Sands effect will be gained for 10s: The equipping character will gain 28% of their Elemental Mastery as bonus ATK. Max 3 stacks."

Staff of Scarlet Sands is an option for those wanting to build Raiden as an Aggravate or Hyperbloom trigger. She’ll need a lot of Elemental Mastery for that playstyle, so this weapon pairs nicely. Although it should be mentioned this weapon is less powerful outside that specific build.

Image of the weapon Skyward Spine from Genshin ImpactSkyward Spine

Base ATK: 674
Sub Stat: 36.8% Energy Recharge

Timeless Dream: Eternal Stove: (R1) "Increases CRIT Rate by 8% and increases Normal ATK SPD by 12%. Additionally, Normal and Charged Attacks hits on opponents have a 50% chance to trigger a vacuum blade that deals 40% of ATK as DMG in a small AoE. This effect can occur no more than once every 2s."

Skyward Spine is the more accessible 5* option. It gives Energy Recharge, a little Crit Rate, but increases her ATK SPD. It’s not much, but gives a couple more slashes during her Burst. This makes it easier to gain the maximum amount of energy from her Burst, and it’s kinda fun watching her slash the fabrics of space faster.

Icon for 5 star rarity in Genshin ImpactSymbol for 4 star rarity in Genshin Impact4* Weapons

Image of the weapon The Catch from Genshin Impact"The Catch"

Base ATK: 510
Sub Stat: 45.9% Energy Recharge

Shanty: (R5) "Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 32% and Elemental Burst CRIT Rate by 12%."

“The Catch” is an excellent, all-rounded 4* option. It gives a chunk of Energy Recharge, increases her Burst damage, and it's free to R5 if you're willing to put in the effor to catch all the fish.

The only downsides are it's an excellent polearm on many characters, Genshin doesn't have the best fishing mini-game, and it's ugly

Image of the weapon Favonius Lance from Genshin ImpactFavonius Lance

Base ATK: 565
Sub Stat: 30.6% Energy Recharge

Windfall: (R5) "CRIT Hits have a 100% chance to generate a small amount of Elemental Particles, which will regenerate 6 Energy for the character. Can only occur once every 6s."

If your team is still lacking Energy despite Raiden’s burst, Favonius Lance can fill that gap. The two downsides to this weapon are the requirements to build high Crit Rate, and it doesn’t improve Raiden’s personal damage.

Many characters love the Favonius series, which makes R5ing them more difficult. Keep this in mind when choosing weapons as they scale much better with refinements more than others.

Image of the weapon Kitain Cross Spear from Genshin ImpactKitain Cross Spear

Base ATK: 565
Sub Stat: 110 Elemental Mastery

Samurai Conduct: (R5) "ncreases Elemental Skill DMG by 12%. After Elemental Skill hits an opponent, the character loses 3 Energy but regenerates 5 Energy every 2s for the next 6s. This effect can occur once every 10s. Can be triggered even when the character is not on the field."

Kitain Cross Spear is a craftable option for the Aggravate/Hyperbloom, high Elemental Mastery build. It gives EM and increases her Skill damage. The Energy it provides won’t have an impact though.


Desired Stats

Icon for the Sands of Eon artifact slot in Genshin ImpactSands of Eon

Energy Recharge% > EM

Energy Recharge is the best option for the Sands slot. ER is the best stat for Raiden as it gives additional bonuses on top of increasing her energy income. Especially combined with her signature weapon and Emblem of Severed Fate.

But if you are going for a full Elemental Mastery, Aggravate/Hyperbloom build, EM could slot in. Although Energy Recharge is still better.

Icon for the Goblet of Eonothem artifact slot in Genshin ImpactGoblet of Eonothem

Element Dmg% = EM

Raiden’s Goblet is very simple. Use an Electro DMG% goblet if going for the traditional build. Use Elemental Mastery if going for an Aggravate/Hyberbloom build. And if you want somewhere in the middle, use whichever has the best sub-stats.

Icon for the Circlet of Logos artifact slot in Genshin ImpactCirclet of Logos

EM = Crit Rate% = Crit Dmg%

The same goes for the Circlet. Use a Crit Rate% or Crit Dmg% if going for the traditional build. Use Elemental Mastery if going for an Aggravate/Hyberbloom build. And if you want somewhere in the middle, use whichever has the best sub-stats.

If using Favonius Lance, equip a Crit Rate% Circlet.

Sub Stats

Energy Recharge% > EM > Crit Rate% = Crit Dmg%

Energy Recharge is the first stat to aim for. Shoot for a range of 240-260%, with the maximum being at 300% total.

After that, the sub-stat focus depends on the specific build and playstyle. If going for a traditional on-field playstyle, aim for a good amount of Crit Rate and Crit Dmg%. Throw in some Atk% and Elemental Mastery when able.

If going for an Aggravate/Hyperbloom build, Elemental Mastery should be the primary target with a bit of Crit Rate and Crit Dmg% included.

Emblem of Severed Fate

Icon for the Emblem of Severed Fate artifact set in Genshin Impact2-Pieces: " Energy Recharge +20%"
4-Pieces: " Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 25% of Energy Recharge. A maximum of 75% bonus DMG can be obtained in this way."

Emblem of Severed Fate is the best all-around, traditional build artifact set for Raiden. It further increases her ability to convert Energy Recharge into additional buffs.

Thundering Fury

Icon for the Thundering Fury artifact set in Genshin Impact2-Pieces: " Electro DMG Bonus +15%"
4-Pieces: "Increases DMG caused by Overloaded, Electro-Charged, Superconduct, and Hyperbloom by 40%, and the DMG Bonus conferred by Aggravate is increased by 20%. When Quicken or the aforementioned Elemental Reactions are triggered, Elemental Skill CD is decreased by 1s. Can only occur once every 0.8s."

Hypercarry and Aggravate/Hyperbloom aren’t the only builds for Raiden. Although they aren’t as strong, she can be used in other reaction teams like Overloaded, Electro-Charged, or Superconduct. Thundering Fury is a decent set for these playstyles, but it’s only decent for these playstyles. It’s not great as a generic set.

Gilded Dreams

Icon for the Gilded Dreams artifact set in Genshin Impact2-Pieces: "Increases Elemental Mastery by 80."
4-Pieces: "Within 8s of triggering an Elemental Reaction, the character equipping this will obtain buffs based on the Elemental Type of the other party members. ATK is increased by 14% for each party member whose Elemental Type is the same as the equipping character, and Elemental Mastery is increased by 50 for every party member with a different Elemental Type. Each of the aforementioned buffs will count up to 3 characters. This effect can be triggered once every 8s. The character who equips this can still trigger its effects when not on the field."

Gilded Dreams is the set to use for the Elemental Mastery build for Aggravate and Hyperbloom. Although, Gilded Dreams does benefit Aggravate teams more than Hyperbloom teams.

Flower of Paradise Lost

Icon for the Flower of Paradise Lost artifact set in Genshin Impact2-Pieces: "Increases Elemental Mastery by 80."
4-Pieces: "The equipping character's Bloom, Hyperbloom, and Burgeon reaction DMG are increased by 40%. Additionally, after the equipping character triggers Bloom, Hyperbloom, or Burgeon, they will gain another 25% bonus to the effect mentioned prior. Each stack of this lasts 10s. Max 4 stacks simultaneously. This effect can only be triggered once per second. The character who equips this can still trigger its effects when not on the field."

Flower of Paradise Lost is the Hyperbloom equivalent of Gilded Dreams.

In recap, if wanting the traditional build, use Emblem of Severed Fate. If wanting an Aggravate build, use Gilded Dreams. If wanting a Hyperbloom build, use Flower of Paradise Lost. And if wanted to experiment with other reaction teams, use Thundering Fury.


Raiden Hypercarry

The Raiden Hypercarry team aims to maximize her damage while in Burst. Teammates that have powerful, off-field Bursts, buffing Bursts, or high-cost Bursts are fantastic allies. Some of these include Bennet, Xingqiu, Xiangling, Kazuha, Sara, Yae Miko, Yelan, Nahida, and Baizhu.


Raiden’s Aggravate or Hyperbloom team is more restrictive, but just as powerful. The team requires at least one Dendro ally, and one Hydro (unless going for a pure Aggravate team). Typically, you want to avoid teammates of other elements like Pyro, Geo, Cryo, and Anemo. They will steal the Electro element needed for Aggravate or Hyperbloom. Great teammates for this set-up include Xingqiu, Yae Miko, Yelan, Nahida, Kokomi, Ayato, Alhaitham, and Baizhu.