Genshin Impact Elemental Reactions and Combinations Guide

The elemental combo system in Genshin Impact is both powerful and tricky. Here's what you need to know about elements for solo play and multiplayer.

Genshin Impact's elemental attacks are one of the game's most defining, but tricky-to-understand, features. These attacks work similarly to those found in other games action RPGs, but elements offer a level of depth you might not be used to.

You can inflict elemental damage by attacking enemies just like you'd expect, but you can also combine elements for an even greater impact in MiHoYo's free-to-play game.

In this Genshin Impact guide, we'll cover how elemental attacks work and list the many elements and elemental combos the game has to offer. 

How Elements Work in Genshin Impact

As you'd expect, elemental damage is more powerful than standard damage on certain enemies. Depending on the enemy and what element it's weak to, you'll want to prioritize certain elemental attacks over others.

For example, you can use the Pyro elemental attack on enemies weak to fire, or the Hydro element on enemies weak to water.

Elemental attacks also have varying degrees of effectiveness based on the environment around enemies as well. 

If your enemies are in water, using Electro attacks will increase the effectiveness of the elemental attack, causing Electro damage over a period of time. The same can be said about combining Pyro with Dendro; if your enemies are around nature, dishing out Pyro attacks will cause burning over time. 

List of Elements

Here is a list of all the elements and their corresponding names in Genshin Impact:

  • Anemo  Wind 
  • Cryo  Frost
  • Dendro  Nature 
  • Electro  Lightning 
  • Geo  Earth 
  • Hydro  Water 
  • Pyro  Fire 

Elemental Combos

As mentioned above, you can cause Elemental Reactions by combining two or more elements. Below is a list of the various elemental combos you can execute in Genshin Impact

  • Blizzard = Cryo + Anemo  Bypass enemy defenses 
  • Burn = Dendro + Pyro  Inflicts Pyro damage over time
  • Crystalize = Geo + Cryo, Electro, Hydro, or Pyro  Grants a crystal shield 
  • Dust = Geo + Anemo  Knocks enemies back
  • Electro-Charged = Electro + Hydro  Inflicts Electro damage over time
  • Fire-Storm
  • Frozen = Cryo + Hydro  Freezes enemy
  • Magma = Geo + Pyro  Applies fire shield that burns enemies
  • Melt = Cryo + Pyro  Inflicts additional damage
  • Mud = Geo + Hydro  Slows enemy movement and attack speed
  • Overloaded = Electro + Pyro  Initiates AoE Pyro attack
  • Poison = Dendro + Hydro  Initiates AoE poison attack 
  • Shatter = Geo + Cryo  Increases chances of landing critical attack
  • Superconduct = Cryo + Electro  Initiates Cryo AoE attack and lowers enemy's physical resistance by 50%
  • Swirl = Anemo + Cryo, Electro, Hydro, or Pyro  Inflicts additional elemental damage and causes spreading
  • Thorn = Geo + Dendro  Inflicts bleeding to enemies and leaves sharp traps that cause damage
  • Vaporize = Hydro + Pyro  Inflicts additional damage

As you play Genshin Impact, you'll come across temples, which serve as dungeons, that throw enemies and puzzles at you. To make the most out of your dungeon crawling, you can bring up to a party of four with you  each with their own elemental abilities. 

The elements assigned to each character will offer various effects when combined with one another, so be sure to pay attention to which elements you have in your party.

How to Check a Party Member's Element

You can check which element is tied to a party member by looking at the icon above their heads, next to their names, in the party select screen. 

Powerful Party Element Combos

Here are some elemental combinations that you'll want to keep an eye out for. To get the desired buff, you must have characters with those elements in your party.

  • Enduring Rock = Geo + Geo  Improves your party's resistance to interruption and increases your attack damage by 15% when protected by a shield
  • Fervent Flames = Pyro + Pyro  Decreases the impact Cryo has on your party by 40% and increases attack by 25%
  • Soothing Water = Hydro + Hydro  Decreases the impact Pyro has on your party by 40% and increases healing by 30%
  • Impetuous Winds = Anemo + Anemo  Lowers your party's stamina consumption by 15%, increases movement speed by 10%, and shortens Skill CD by 5%
  • High Voltage = Electro + Electro  Decreases the impact Hydro has on your party by 40% and Superconduct, Overloaded, and Electro-Charged have a 100% chance to generate an Electro Elemental Particle 
  • Shattering Ice = Cryo + Cryo  Decreases the impact Electro has on your party by 40% and increases critical rate by 15% towards enemies impacted by Cryo
  • Protective Canopy = Any four unique Elements  Increases all Elemental resistance by 15%

And that wraps up everything you need to know about elemental combos in Genshin Impact. Be sure to keep checking back in for more tips, and if this guide helped you out, don't forget to visit the Genshin Impact hub page here for more. 


Joseph loves Nintendo and horror games. When he's not writing about video games he can usually be found petting his cats and listening to some Progressive Metal. He thinks Meshuggah is tight. Twitter: @JosephYaden

Published Mar. 17th 2021

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