Nilou in Genshin Impact is a 5 star Hydro character to say the least. She is mostly played with Dendro characters to create Bloom reactions. Ideal for multi-targeting, she will inflict heavy damage even in the abyss. But for this, you must meet specific conditions and equip it well. We explain in this complete guide how to give the best Genshin Impact Nilou build. Thanks to our tips and tricks, you will know which artifacts and weapons to equip her with, as well as in which teams to play her.
How to get Nilou in Genshin Impact ?
You can only unlock Nilou in Genshin Impact when she is featured in a Character Event Wish.
Nilou was released in Genshin Impact on October 14, 2022. You will now have to wait for a rerun to be able to unlock Nilou if you don't have it yet or to mount its constellations.
Constellations of Nilou
Nilou excels even without any of its constellations in Genshin Impact. But you can obviously make her even more powerful. One example is her C2 The Starry Skies Their Flowers Rain, which lowers the Hydro and Dendro resistance of enemies by 35% for 10 seconds.
How to play Nilou in Genshin Impact ?
Nilou in Genshin Impact is an atypical sub-DPS whose interest lies mainly in his liabilities. These offer him a unique gameplay.
Thanks to the Court of Dancing Petals passive, if you play only Hydro and Dendro heroes on your team, all of your characters will benefit from the Golden Chalice’s Bounty effect after Nilou casts her elemental ability.
Your heroes' elemental mastery will be boosted by 100 points for 10 seconds if they receive Dendro damage. Most importantly, you will generate Bountiful Cores with the Bloom reactions (Hydro and Dendro) caused by Nilou's elemental ability. These cores explode much faster than regular Dendro cores and have a larger impact area.
And thanks to the Dream Dance of Aeons passive, every 1000 HP of Nilou above 30,000 HP increases the damage of Bountiful Cores by 9% (up to a maximum of 400%).
This way you will generate huge damage simply by creating Bountiful Cores. This combo is ideal for hurting as many enemies as possible at the same time.
To create Bountiful Cores, you must trigger the Whirling Steps with Nilou's elemental attack: Dance of Haftkarsvar. Indeed, this one has several postures. After casting it, your normal attacks will be infused with Hydro and do more damage.
But this is not the move we are interested in. To create Bountiful Cores, cast Nilou's elemental attack three times in Genshin Impact until a wheel of water surrounds him. This will inflict Hydro area damage and drench enemies within range. Then simply apply the Dendro element to your enemies to materialize nuclei of abundance and watch them explode.
For an ideal rotation, start by materializing Nilou's Water Wheel in Genshin Impact with his elemental attack, apply Dendro on all your enemies, then attack with Hydro or Dendro characters to multiply the reactions. Your opponents will then fall like flies.
As a bonus, you don't really need to raise Nilou's skills since it's mostly his liabilities that matter.
Nilou can also be played as a more traditional Hydro DPS to apply Hydro in a team with characters other than Dendro and Hydro, but she will be less interesting than Ayato, Yelan or Xingqiu in this role.
Nilou's elemental rampage, Dance of Abzendegi: Stream of Distant Dreams, will also be able to inflict additional damage, but is dispensable.
What is the best equipment for Nilou in Genshin Impact ?
As explained in Nilou's gameplay section, it is with her Bountiful Cores that she does the most damage. To do this, the trick is to increase Nilou's HP as much as possible. Also increase her elemental mastery to do more damage with Dendro elemental reactions.
In this guide we reveal the best artifacts and weapons to equip Genshin Impact Nilou build to enjoy an optimal build.
The best artifacts to equip on Nilou in Genshin Impact
The best artifact option for Nilou in Genshin Impact is to combine two sets of equipment:
- The set of 2 pieces of equipment Tenacity of the Millelith to increase the HP by 20%;
- 2 pieces from the Wanderer's Troupe or Gilded Dreams sets to increase Elemental Mastery by 80 points.
You can also opt for 2 pieces of the Heart of Depth artifact set if you want to play Nilou as a DPS. It grants a 15% Hydro damage bonus.
And if you are new to Genshin Impact, the Instructor artifact set is a good option. With 2 pieces you boost elemental mastery by 80 points and with 4, triggering an elemental reaction will increase the elemental mastery of all your team members by 120 points for 8 seconds.
For primary stats, always go for HP. For secondary stats, choose artifacts with maximum HP, elemental mastery, critical rate, critical damage or energy recharge.
The best weapons for Nilou
To complete Genshin Impact Nilou build, we recommend weapons that increase his HP or his elemental mastery. Preferably one-handed swords that grant buffs to the other members of your team.
The Key of Khaj-Nisut is without a doubt the best weapon to equip on Nilou in Genshin Impact. It increases HP considerably and can also boost the elemental mastery of the equipped character as well as that of the other members of your team.
But if you don't have Nilou's signature weapon, there are other options:
- Freedom-Sworn: The one-handed sword increases elemental control and boosts your team's damage;
- Xiphos' Moonlight: The weapon also increases the elemental mastery and energy recharge of the equipped character and the other members of your team.
You can also forge very good weapons at the blacksmith:
- Iron Sting: Its secondary statistic increases elemental mastery and with its passive triggering elemental reactions increases the damage inflicted on enemies;
- Sapwood Blade: This one-handed sword increases energy recharge and generates a sheet of consciousness after performing a Dendro-related elemental reaction. The character who picks it up has their elemental mastery increased by 60 points for 12 seconds.
Finally, if you want to play Nilou as a DPS, we recommend the Primordial Jade Cutter in your build. The sword increases the critical rate and the HP, while granting a bonus of ATK according to the max HP.
Nilou's ascension and aptitude materials in Genshin Impact
If you want to raise Nilou to level 90 in Genshin Impact with the right build, you will need to collect the following resources:
- 1 Sliver, 9 Fragments, 9 Chunks and 6 Gemstones of Varunada Lazurite as well as 46 Perpetual Caliber you get on the Aeonblight Drakes;
- 168 Padisarah: these flowers grow mostly in areas of Sumeru with buildings. Locate them directly with the interactive map of Teyvat;
- 18 Fungal Spores, 30 Luminescent Pollen and 36 Crystalline Cyst Dust. You will find them on the Fungus (you will also need them for the skills);
And to increase Nilou's skills:
- Teaching of Praxis, Guide to Praxis, and Philisophies of Praxis. These items are available on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays in the Tower of Ignorance dungeon;
- Tears of the Calamitous God (from level 7): You will get them by fighting Narukami no Mikoto the Destroyer.
In which team should Nilou play in Genshin Impact ?
If Nilou in Genshin Impact can be played in any team needing a Hydro applicator, it is especially in teams exclusively composed of Dendro and Hydro characters that she will shine the most.
Currently, the best team to play Nilou in Genshin Impact is Nilou / Nahida / Yelan or Xingqiu / Kokomi or Barbara. Our advice is to choose Nahida, which is enough to apply the Dendro element alone. You can also choose 2 Hydro characters to complete your team.
Xingqiu and Yelan will do good damage while Kokomi will be used to heal in addition to applying Hydro. It is essential to play a healer with Nilou since the cores of abundance inflict damage to your characters when they explode.
But if you don't have Nahida, you can also play Nilou with Collei and the Traveler Dendro in addition to Kokomi or Barbara for healing. In addition, to perform with Nilou, we recommend that you raise the elemental mastery of the characters you play with as much as possible.
How tall and how old is Nilou from Genshin Impact ?
Nilou is a dancer from the Zubayr Theater based in Sumeru. Rather young, she was born on December 3 and should be between 15 and 17 years old. The young woman is about 1m61 tall.
That's it for this guide dedicated to Nilou from Genshin Impact. We hope that our tips and tricks have helped you better understand his gameplay. In summary, this is a niche character that only works in a very limited number of teams. However, if you play it with Hydro and Dendro characters, you will do huge damage in multi-target, including in the abyss.
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