Keeping up with Genshin Impact weapons can be a little overwhelming at times. There’s dozens of swords, spears, and magic books, each with their own unique abilities and rank, but not every weapon is worth your enhancement materials.
Four and five-star weapons are the best weapons in Genshin Impact, even though you're at the mercy of the game's gacha system when it comes to obtaining them. Our weapons list guide details each of these weapons, what their special skills are, and how you can make them even stronger.
Understanding Genshin Impact weapons
Each weapon has a base attack stat, a secondary stat of some kind, and a special "Refinement skill," and naturally, each category is full of its own jargon.
Here’s what each secondary stat term means:
- Attack: a permanent attack boost
- Critical damage: a permanent increase to critical hit damage
- Critical hit: a permanent increase to the weapon’s likelihood of landing a critical hit
- Elemental recharge: How fast your Elemental Burst meter refills during combat
- Elemental Mastery: A number determining how much damage your Elemental Reactions deal (when two elements combine on an enemy). The higher the number, the better
Refinement skills are unique effects each weapon has. You can enhance these further through refining the weapon, but don’t confuse that with taking it to the smithy. Refining weapons in Genshin Impact requires you to use a duplicate of that weapon and spend some Mora.
It’s easier to do with three-star weapons and under, since you’ll find those in abundance. Four and five-star weapons are rare as it is, so unless you plan on spending lots of money and testing your luck (which we don’t recommend doing), you’ll probably be working with the base refinement skill for a while.
Fortunately, four- and five-star weapons are strong enough where sticking with the base skill is viable for the entire game.
How to enhance weapons in Genshin Impact
You enhance Genshin Impact weapons similar to how you enhance characters, though obviously with different materials. Weapon levels cap out every 10-20 levels and require an Ascension using materials found mostly in Domains (also a good place for earning Adventure Rank XP).
Once you choose “enhance” from the weapon selection screen, you’ll use Enhancement Ore or other low-ranking weapons to level up weapons in between Ascension phases. Just make sure you don’t accidentally mulch another weapon you want in the process.
Enhancement Ore is plentiful, but you can make more by taking Iron Ore and other minerals to the smithy in Liyue Harbor or Mondstadt.
This screen is also where you'll refine a weapon, assuming you've got a duplicate to use for the process.
Genshin Impact weapons list
We’ve divided our weapon list by weapon type and star rank. Since three-star weapons and under are common and not worth keeping once you get something better.
Note that the values listed here are from each weapon at level 20. They'll be lower when you first acquire the weapon and, of course, higher when you Ascend them.
- Genshin Impact swords
- Genshin Impact claymores
- Genshin Impact polearms
- Genshin Impact bows
- Genshin Impact catalysts
Genshin Impact swords
|Genshin Impact five-star sword list|
|Aquila Favonia||133||Physical damage +15.9%||Attack increases by 20%. After taking damage, regenerate HP equal to 100% attack and deal 200% attack damage to surrounding enemies. Only happens once every 15 seconds|
|Primordial Jade Cutter||110||Critical hit rate +17%||HP increases by 20%. Attack increases by 1.2% of the user's max HP|
|Skyward Blade||122||Energy recharge +21.2%||Critical rate +4%. Using Elemental Burst triggers Skypiercing Might, increasing movement and attack speed by 10% and increasing normal and charged attack by an extra 20% of total attack power. Lasts 12 seconds|
|Summit Shaper||122||Attack +19.1%||Shield strength increases by 20%. Landing hits on opponents increases attack by 4% for eight seconds and stacks five times. If shield is active, attack increases by 100% instead.|
|Freedom Sworn Sword||122||Elemental Mastery + 76||Increases damage by 10%. Triggering Elemental Reactions generates Sigils of Rebellion. Gaining two Sigils increases normal, charged, and plunging attack by 16% and overall attack by 20% for 20 seconds.|
The Skyward Sword is easily the best five-star sword, since its secondary stat feeds into the refinement skill and makes it easier to boost your abilities and fire off Elemental Bursts faster than normal.
|Genshin Impact four-star sword list|
|Blackcliff Longsword||119||Attack +10.6%||Increases attack by 13% for 30 seconds after defeating an enemy. Can stack three times.|
|Favonius Sword||90||Energy recharge +23.6%||Critical hits have a 60% chance of restoring +6 energy.|
|Festering Desire||109||Energy recharge +17.7%||Increases Elemental Skill damage by 16% and Elemental Skill critical chance by 6%|
|Iron Sting||109||Elemental Mastery +64||Dealing Elemental damage increases all damage dealt by 6% for six seconds. Stacks twice|
|Lion's Roar||109||Attack +15.9%||Damage to enemies afflicted with Pyro or Electro increased by 20%|
|Prototype Rancour||119||Physical damage +13.3%||Normal and charged attacks increase attack and defense by 4% for six seconds. Stacks four times|
|Royal Longsword||109||Attack +15.9%||Critical hit rate increases by 8% every time a hit lands. Stacks five times, but a critical hit resets the percentage|
|Sacrificial Sword||99||Energy recharge +23.6%||Elemental Skills have 40% chance to end their cooldown timer after being used|
|Sword of Descension||94||Attack +13.5%||Normal and charged attacks have a 50% chance of dealing an additional 200% damage in an AoE attack.|
|The Alley Flash||128||Elemental Mastery +21||Damage dealt +12%. Effect stops for five seconds after taking damage|
|The Black Sword||109||Critical rate +10.6%||Normal and charged attacks deal +20% damage. 60% of attack value is regenerated as HP after landing a critical hit.|
|The Flute||109||Attack +15.9%||Normal and charged attacks generate Harmonics on hit. Gaining five Harmonics unleashes an AoE attack.|
Iron Sting and the Black Sword tie as the best four-star swords. Anything increasing Elemental damage is a good thing, while Black Sword turns your DPS character into a healer if you score a critical hit, which you probably will thanks to its secondary stat.
Genshin Impact claymores
|Genshin Impact five-star claymore list|
|Skyward Pride||133||Energy recharge +14.1%||Increases all damage by 8%. Using an Elemental Burst, normal, or charged attack creates a vacuum blade that does 80% of attack as damage to opponents along its path. Lasts for 20 seconds or eight vacuum blades.|
|Song of Broken Pines||145||Physical damage +8%||Attack increased by 16%. Hits create a Sigil of Whispers. Four Sigils are consumed to activate the Banner Hymn and increase attack by 20% and attack speed by 12% for 12 seconds.|
|The Unforged||122||Attack +19.1%||Shield strength increases by 20%. Landing hits on opponents increases attack by 4% for eight seconds and stacks five times. If shield is active, attack increases by 100% instead.|
|Wolf's Gravestone||122||Attack +19.1%||Attack +20%. Targeting foes with less than 30% HP increases party attack by 40% for 12 seconds. Only happens once every 30 seconds|
Five-star claymores are a bit trickier than other Genshin Impact weapons since it depends on which character you're using. For tanks such as Noelle, The Unforged and its attack boost every time a shield activates is ideal. DPS wielders would benefit from Skyward Pride and its extra damage.
|Genshin Impact four-star claymore list|
|Blackcliff Slasher||109||Critical hit damage +21.2%||Defeating an enemy increases attack by 12% for 30 seconds. Stacks three times|
|Favonius Greatsword||99||Energy recharge +23.6%||60% chance of critical hits restoring 6 energy points|
|Lithic Blade||109||Attack +15.9%||Having party members from Liyue increases attack by 7% and critical chance by 3%. Stacks four times|
|Prototype Archaic||119||Attack +10.6%||Normal or charged attacks have a 50% chance to deal an additional 240% damage in an AoE attack|
|Rainslasher||109||Elemental Mastery +64||Enemies afflicted with Electro or Hydro receive an additional 20% damage|
|Royal Greatsword||119||Critical damage +14.1%||Critical rate increases by 8% every time a hit is landed. Stacks five times, but a critical hit resets the percentage|
|Sacrificial Greatsword||119||Energy recharge +11.8%||Elemental Skills have 40% chance of ending their cooldown after being used|
|Serpent Spine||109||Critical hit rate +10.6%||Every four seconds a character is on the field, they deal 6% more damage and take 3% more damage. Stacks five times, and receiving damage removes one stack|
|Snow-Tombed Starsliver||119||Physical damage +13.3%||Normal and charged attacks have a 60% chance of forming and dropping an Everfrost Icicle , dealing 80% AoE damage. Enemies affected by Cryo are dealt 200% damage.|
|The Bell||109||HP +15.9%||Taking damage creates a shield that absorbs 20% HP worth of damage and increases damage dealt by 12%. Lasts 10 seconds and only works every 45 seconds|
|Whiteblind||109||Defense +19.9%||Normal and charged attacks increase attack and defense by 6% for six seconds. Stacks four times|
The same considerations apply here. Tanks would get the most from The Bell since it increases their ability to withstand damage. Snow-Tombed Starsliver is a good four-star alternative to Skyward Pride, though DPS and tanks would benefit from Prototype Archaic's random attack boost.
Genshin Impact polearms
|Genshin Impact five-star polearm list|
|Primordial Jade Winged-Spear||133||Critical hit rate +8.5%||Every 0.3 seconds, attack increases by 3.2% for six seconds. Stacks seven times, and the maximum number of stacks increases total damage by an additional 12%|
|Skyward Spine||133||Energy recharge +14.1%||Increases critical rate by 8% and normal attack speed by 12%. Normal and charged attacks have a 50% chance to trigger a vacuum blade that deals 40% of attack value as damage in a small AoE.|
|Staff of Homa||122||Critical damage +25.4%||Increases HP by 20%. Attack increases by 0.8% of max HP, or 1% of max HP if HP is 50% or less|
|Vortex Vanquisher||122||Attack +19.1%||Shield strength increases by 20%. Landing hits on opponents increases attack by 4% for eight seconds and stacks five times. If shield is active, attack increases by 100% instead.|
The Primordial Jade Winged-Spear is simple and effective. In place of fancy gimmicks, you get a reliable attack boost to clear the field.
|Genshin Impact four-star polearm list|
|Blackcliff Pole||109||Critical damage +21.2%||Attack increases by 12% for 30 seconds after defeating an enemy. Stacks three times|
|Crescent Pike||119||Physical damage +13.3%||Obtaining an Elemental particle increases normal and charged attack by 20% for five seconds|
|Deathmatch||99||Critical hit rate +14.1%||If there are at least two enemies nearby, attack increases by 16%. If there are fewer than two enemies nearby, attack increases by 24%.|
|Dragon's Bane||99||Elemental Mastery +85||Enemies afflicted with Hydro or Pyro receive 20% more damage|
|Dragonspine Spear||99||Physical damage +26.5%||Normal and charged attacks have a 60% chance of forming and dropping an Everfrost Icicle , dealing 80% AoE damage. Enemies affected by Cryo are dealt 200% damage.|
|Favonius Lance||119||Energy recharge +11.8%||60% chance of critical hits restoring 6 energy points|
|Lithic Spear||119||Attack +10.6%||Having party members from Liyue increases attack by 7% and critical chance by 3%. Stacks four times|
|Prototype Starglitter||109||Energy recharge +17.7%||Using an Elemental Skill increases normal and charged attack by 8% for 12 seconds|
|Royal Spear||119||Attack +10.6%||Critical rate increases by 8% every time a hit is landed. Stacks five times, but a critical hit resets the percentage|
The Blackcliff Pole is a good standard polearm for any character, though the Dragonspine Spear has a better chance of dealing higher damage. Prototype Starglitter is best if your polearm user relies on Elemental abilities a lot.
Genshin Impact bows
|Genshin Impact five-star bow list|
|Amos' Bow||122||Physical damage +19.8%||Increases normal attack and aimed attack damage by 12%. After a normal or aimed attack is fired, damage increases by a further 8% every 0.1 seconds the arrow is in the air for up to five times.|
|Elegy for the End||122||Energy recharge +21.2%||Increases Elemental Mastery by 60. Using an Elemental Skill or Burst creates a Sigil of Remembrance. Four Sigils are consumed and create the Farewell Song effect, which increases Elemental Mastery by a further 100 and attack by 20%|
|Skyward Harp||133||Critical hit rate +8.5%||Critical damage +20%. Landing hits has a 60% chance of creating an AoE effect dealing 125% of your physical attack damage|
There's not much to choose from here, but the Elegy for the End stands out as the best five-star bow. Its base attack and secondary complement physical and Elemental characters, and the skill boosts damage output even further, despite taking a while to activate.
|Genshin Impact four-star bow list|
|Alley Hunter||110||Attack +10.6%||While the character equipped with this weapon is in the party but not on the field, their damage increases by 2% every second up to a max of 20%. When the character is on the field for more than four seconds, the buff decreases by 4% per second.|
|Blackcliff Warbow||119||Critical damage +14.10%||Attack increases by 12% for 30 seconds after defeating an enemy. Stacks three times|
|Compound Bow||99||Attack +26.5%||Normal and aimed shots increase attack by 4% and attack speed by 1.2% for six seconds. Stacks for times.|
|Favonius Warbow||99||Energy recharge +23.6%||Critical hits have a 60% chance of restoring six energy points|
|Prototype Crescent||109||Attack +9%||Aimed shots at weak points increase attack by 36% and movement speed by 10% for 10 seconds|
|Royal Bow||109||Attack +15.9%||Dealing damage increases critical rate by 8%. Stacks five times, but landing a critical hit resets the percentage|
|Rust||109||Attack +15.9%||Normal attack damage increases by 40% but aimed shot damage decreases by 10%|
|Sacrificial Bow||119||Energy recharge +11.8%||Elemental Skill has a 40% chance of ending its cooldown after being used|
|The Stringless||109||Elemental Mastery +64||Increases Elemental Skill and Burst damage by 24%|
|The Viridescent Hunt||109||Critical hit rate +10.6%||Normal and aimed shots have a 50% chance to generate a Cyclone, which will continuously pull in surrounding foes, dealing 40% of attack stat as damage every 0.5 seconds for four seconds|
|Windblume Ode||109||Elemental Mastery +64||Attack increases by 16% for six seconds after using an Elemental Skill|
The Blackcliff Bow and Compound Bow are excellent for DPS characters, especially if you don't rely on aimed shots often. Windblume Ode is designed for Venti, but works very well with any Elemental-oriented bow user, such as Fischl or Diona.
Genshin Impact catalysts
|Genshin Impact five-star catalyst list|
|Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds||122||Critical rate +12.7%||Movement speed increased by 10%. Elemental damage increased by 8% every four seconds. Stacks four times and lasts until character leaves the field|
|Memory of Dust||122||Attack +19.1%|
|Skyward Atlas||133||Attack +12.7%||Increases Elemental damage by 12%. Normal attacks have a 50% chance to make clouds attack enemies for 15 seconds, dealing 160% of your attack as damage. Only happens once every 30 seconds|
Like with bows, there's not much to choose from here. Skyward Atlas is the best of the bunch, with a double bonus of dealing extra damage and making clouds attack your enemies.
|Genshin Impact four-star catalyst list|
|Blackcliff Agate||109||Critical damage +21.2%||Defeating an enemy increases attack by 12% for 30 seconds. Stacks three times|
|Eye of Perception||99||Attack +21.2%||Normal and charged attacks have a 50% chance of generating a Bolt of Perception every four seconds. The Bolt deals 240% attack damage and bounces between enemies up to four times|
|Favonius Codex||109||Energy recharge +17.7%||60% chance of critical hits restoring 6 energy points|
|Frostbearer||109||Attack +15.9%||Normal and charged attacks have a 60% chance of forming and dropping an Everfrost Icicle , dealing 80% AoE damage. Enemies affected by Cryo are dealt 200% damage.|
|Mappa Mare||119||Elemental Mastery +42||Elemental Reactions increase Elemental damage by 8% for 10 seconds. Stacks twice|
|Prototype Amber||109||HP +15.9%||Using an Elemental Burst regenerates four Energy points every two seconds for six seconds. Party members regenerate 4% HP for six seconds.|
|Royal Grimoire||119||10.6%||Critical rate increases by 8% every time a hit is landed. Stacks five times, but a critical hit resets the percentage|
|Sacrificial Fragments||99||Elemental Mastery +85%||Elemental Skills have 40% chance of ending their cooldown after being used|
|Solar Pearl||109||Critical hit rate +10.6%||Normal attacks increase Elemental Skill and Burst damage by 20% for six seconds, and vice versa|
|The Widsith||109||Critical damage +21.2%||When a character takes the field, they obtain a random theme song for 10 seconds. This can only occur once every 30 seconds. Recitative: attack is increased by 60%. Aria: Increases all Elemental damage by 48%. Interlude: Elemental Mastery increases by 240.|
|Wine and Song||119||Energy recharge +11.8%||Using a normal attack decreases the stamina consumption of sprint or alternate sprint by 14% for five seconds. Additionally, using sprint or alternate sprint ability increases attack by 20% for five seconds|
Eye of Perception and Frostbearer are good four-star alternatives to Skyward Atlas. Ending up with Solar Pearl or Mappa Mare is a nice situation as well, though. Both increase your Elemental damage, which is the primary kind of damage catalyst-users inflict.