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Defense, abbreviated in-game as DEF, is a measure of how much incoming damage to a character or enemy is reduced.

The higher the defense, the less damage is taken from attacks. Defense can be modified by:

  • raising your character level
  • equipping artifacts or weapons that provide DEF or DEF% attributes
  • certain character talents or constellations
  • food items that provide a temporary defense boost when consumed
  • other environmental factors such as Infusion Stones

Defense is calculated as:

For both characters and enemies, defense reduces incoming damage based on this formula:[1]

The incoming damage will then be multiplied by

Enemy Defense

Defense Multiplier (%) vs Attacker's level for a Lv. 10 (blue) and Lv. 90 (red) defender.
In both cases damage is halved (50%) relative to attack power when attacker and defender levels are equal [any DEF reduction ignored]

Characters have defense attributes based on their base stats, levels, weapons, artifacts, and any buffs (e.g. Food).

Enemy defense is given as:

Defense reduces incoming damage, but its effectiveness is dependent on the attacker's level:[2]

  • In general this means that damage received is half (50%) of the attack power (also Incoming Damage used in the equations) at equal foe levels.
  • The change in damage due to differences in level is relatively small, less than a 10% relative difference for a level difference of 20 (and far less at high levels).

For enemies with debuffed defense:

  • The key difference of skills that decrease or reduce defense to the skills that ignored defense is that the former changes the actual attribute's values, increasing all damage that factors in defense while the latter is only applicable to a specific skill/attack of the character that triggers it. As of Version 2.5, only Raiden Shogun's C2 - Steelbreaker and Yae Miko's C6 - Forbidden Art: Daisesshou currently possess this effect.
Intermediate Equations

The DEF Multiplier formula from above:

Given the expression for damage reduction as:

Plug in enemy defense to produce the damage reduction for enemies:


Subtract the damage reduction from 1 to get a defense multiplier for incoming damage.

Damage received vs. Defense reduction (at equal foe and character levels).
(At 100% defense reduction 100% of potential damage is received)

To consider debuffs that decrease an enemy's defense, multiply the enemy defense accordingly.

Character Ascensions

1 Character has DEF as their ascension stat:

Character DEF (Lv. 90)
30.0%

Increasing Character Defense

Talents

4 Talents match the category selection:

Character Name Description Type
Gorou Gorou Heedless of the Wind and Weather Heedless of the Wind and Weather After using Juuga: Forward Unto Victory, all nearby party members' DEF is increased by 25% for 12s. 1st Ascension Passive
Eula Eula Icetide Vortex Icetide Vortex Sharp frost, swift blade.

Press
Slashes swiftly, dealing Cryo DMG.
When it hits an opponent, Eula gains a stack of Grimheart that stacks up to 2 times. These stacks can only be gained once every 0.3s.

Grimheart
Increases Eula's resistance to interruption and DEF.

Hold
Wielding her sword, Eula consumes all the stacks of Grimheart and lashes forward, dealing AoE Cryo DMG to opponents in front of her.
If Grimheart stacks are consumed, surrounding opponents will have their Physical RES and Cryo RES decreased.
Each consumed stack of Grimheart will be converted into an Icewhirl Brand that deals Cryo DMG to nearby opponents.
Elemental Skill
Gorou Gorou Inuzaka All-Round Defense Inuzaka All-Round Defense Deals AoE Geo DMG and sets up a General's War Banner.

General's War Banner
Provides up to 3 buffs to active characters within the skill's AoE based on the number of Geo characters in the party at the time of casting:
  • 1 Geo character: Adds "Standing Firm" - DEF Bonus.
  • 2 Geo characters: Adds "Impregnable" - Increased resistance to interruption.
  • 3 Geo characters: Adds "Crunch" - Geo DMG Bonus.

Gorou can deploy only 1 General's War Banner on the field at any one time.
Characters can only benefit from 1 General's War Banner at a time. When a party member leaves the field, the active buff will last for 2s.

Hold
Adjust the location of the skill.

Elemental Skill
Gorou Gorou Juuga: Forward Unto Victory Juuga: Forward Unto Victory Displaying his valor as a general, Gorou deals Aoe Geo DMG and creates a field known as General's Glory to embolden his comrades.

General's Glory
This field has the following properties:
  • Like the General's War Banner created by Inuzaka All-Round Defense, provides buffs to active characters within the skill's AoE based on the number of Geo characters in the party. Also moves together with your active character.
  • Generates 1 Crystal Collapse every 1.5s that deals AoE Geo DMG to 1 opponent within the skill's AoE.
  • Pulls 1 elemental shard in the skill's AoE to your active character's position every 1.5s (elemental shards are created by Crystallize reactions).

If a General's War banner created by Gorou currently exists on the field when his ability is used, it will be destroyed. In addition, for the duration of General's Glory, Gorou's Elemental Skill "Inazuka All-Round Defense" will not create the General's War Banner.
If Gorou falls, the effects of General's Glory will be cleared.

Elemental Burst

Constellations

4 Constellations match the category selection:

Character Name Description Level
Arataki Itto Arataki Itto Jailhouse Bread and Butter Jailhouse Bread and Butter When the Raging Oni King state caused by Royal Descent: Behold, Itto the Evil! ends, all nearby party members gain 20% DEF and 20% ATK for 10s. 4
Lisa Lisa Electromagnetic Field Electromagnetic Field Holding Violet Arc has the following effects: 2
Xiao Xiao Transcension: Extinction of Suffering Transcension: Extinction of Suffering When Xiao's HP falls below 50%, he gains a 100% DEF Bonus. 4
Yun Jin Yun Jin Flower and a Fighter Flower and a Fighter When Yun Jin triggers the Crystallize Reaction, her DEF is increased by 20% for 12s. 4

Artifacts

3 Artifact Sets match the category selection:

Set Rarity Pieces Bonuses
Lucky Dog 1-3★ Lucky Dog's CloverLucky Dog's Eagle FeatherLucky Dog's HourglassLucky Dog's GobletLucky Dog's Silver Circlet 2 Piece: DEF increased by 100.
4 Piece: Picking up Mora restores 300 HP.
Defender's Will 3-4★ Guardian's FlowerGuardian's SigilGuardian's ClockGuardian's VesselGuardian's Band 2 Piece: DEF +30%
4 Piece: For each different element present in your own party, the wearer's Elemental RES to that corresponding element is increased by 30%.
Husk of Opulent Dreams 4-5★ Bloom TimesPlume of LuxurySong of LifeCalabash of AwakeningSkeletal Hat 2 Piece: DEF +30%
4 Piece: A character equipped with this Artifact set will obtain the Curiosity effect in the following conditions:
When on the field, the character gains 1 stack after hitting an opponent with a Geo attack, triggering a maximum of once every 0.3s.
When off the field, the character gains 1 stack every 3s.
Curiosity can stack up to 4 times, each providing 6% DEF and a 6% Geo DMG Bonus.
When 6 seconds pass without gaining a Curiosity stack, 1 stack is lost.

Weapons

Substat

4 weapons match the category selection:

Icon Name Rarity Base ATK (Lv. 90) 2nd Stat (Lv. 90) Passive Ability
Weapon Cinnabar Spindle.png Cinnabar Spindle 4 Stars 41
(454)
DEF 15%
(69.0%)
Spotless Heart
Elemental Skill DMG is increased by 40~80% of DEF. The effect will be triggered no more than once every 1.5s and will be cleared 0.1s after the Elemental Skill deals DMG.
Weapon Whiteblind.png Whiteblind 4 Stars 42
(510)
DEF 11.3%
(51.7%)
Infusion Blade
On hit, Normal or Charged Attacks increase ATK and DEF by 6~12% for 6s. Max 4 stacks (24~48% total). Can only occur once every 0.5s.
Weapon Traveler's Handy Sword.png Traveler's Handy Sword 3 Stars 40
(448)
DEF 6.4%
(27.5%)
Journey
Each Elemental Orb or Particle collected restores 1~2% HP.
Weapon White Iron Greatsword.png White Iron Greatsword 3 Stars 39
(401)
DEF 9.6%
(43.9%)
Cull the Weak
Defeating an opponent restores 8~16% HP.

Passive

4 weapons match the category selection:

Icon Name Rarity Base ATK (Lv. 90) 2nd Stat (Lv. 90) Passive Ability
Weapon Redhorn Stonethresher.png Redhorn Stonethresher 5 Stars 44
(542)
CRIT DMG 19.2%
(88.2%)
Gokadaiou Otogibanashi
DEF is increased by 28~56%. Normal and Charged Attack DMG is increased by 40~80% of DEF.
Weapon Deathmatch.png Deathmatch 4 Stars 41
(454)
CRIT Rate 8%
(36.8%)
Gladiator
If there are at least 2 opponents nearby, ATK is increased by 16~32% and DEF is increased by 16~32%. If there are fewer than 2 opponents nearby, ATK is increased by 24~48%.
Weapon Prototype Rancour.png Prototype Rancour 4 Stars 44
(565)
Physical DMG Bonus 7.5%
(34.5%)
Smashed Stone
On hit, Normal or Charged Attacks increase ATK and DEF by 4~8% for 6s. Max 4 stacks. Can only occur once every 0.3s.
Weapon Whiteblind.png Whiteblind 4 Stars 42
(510)
DEF 11.3%
(51.7%)
Infusion Blade
On hit, Normal or Charged Attacks increase ATK and DEF by 6~12% for 6s. Max 4 stacks (24~48% total). Can only occur once every 0.5s.

Food

No Food match the category selection.

Increasing Party Defense

Talents

3 Talents match the category selection:

Character Name Description Type
Gorou Gorou Heedless of the Wind and Weather Heedless of the Wind and Weather After using Juuga: Forward Unto Victory, all nearby party members' DEF is increased by 25% for 12s. 1st Ascension Passive
Gorou Gorou Inuzaka All-Round Defense Inuzaka All-Round Defense Deals AoE Geo DMG and sets up a General's War Banner.

General's War Banner
Provides up to 3 buffs to active characters within the skill's AoE based on the number of Geo characters in the party at the time of casting:
  • 1 Geo character: Adds "Standing Firm" - DEF Bonus.
  • 2 Geo characters: Adds "Impregnable" - Increased resistance to interruption.
  • 3 Geo characters: Adds "Crunch" - Geo DMG Bonus.

Gorou can deploy only 1 General's War Banner on the field at any one time.
Characters can only benefit from 1 General's War Banner at a time. When a party member leaves the field, the active buff will last for 2s.

Hold
Adjust the location of the skill.

Elemental Skill
Gorou Gorou Juuga: Forward Unto Victory Juuga: Forward Unto Victory Displaying his valor as a general, Gorou deals Aoe Geo DMG and creates a field known as General's Glory to embolden his comrades.

General's Glory
This field has the following properties:
  • Like the General's War Banner created by Inuzaka All-Round Defense, provides buffs to active characters within the skill's AoE based on the number of Geo characters in the party. Also moves together with your active character.
  • Generates 1 Crystal Collapse every 1.5s that deals AoE Geo DMG to 1 opponent within the skill's AoE.
  • Pulls 1 elemental shard in the skill's AoE to your active character's position every 1.5s (elemental shards are created by Crystallize reactions).

If a General's War banner created by Gorou currently exists on the field when his ability is used, it will be destroyed. In addition, for the duration of General's Glory, Gorou's Elemental Skill "Inazuka All-Round Defense" will not create the General's War Banner.
If Gorou falls, the effects of General's Glory will be cleared.

Elemental Burst

Constellations

1 Constellations match the category selection:

Character Name Description Level
Arataki Itto Arataki Itto Jailhouse Bread and Butter Jailhouse Bread and Butter When the Raging Oni King state caused by Royal Descent: Behold, Itto the Evil! ends, all nearby party members gain 20% DEF and 20% ATK for 10s. 4

Scaling with Character's Defense

Talents

These talents scale with the character's DEF. 12 Talents match the category selection:

Character Name Description Type
Gorou Gorou A Favor Repaid A Favor Repaid Gorou receives the following DMG Bonuses to his attacks based on his DEF: 4th Ascension Passive
Albedo Albedo Abiogenesis: Solar Isotoma Abiogenesis: Solar Isotoma Albedo creates a Solar Isotoma using alchemy, which deals AoE Geo DMG on appearance.

Solar Isotoma
has the following properties:
  • When opponents within the Solar Isotoma field take DMG, the Solar Isotoma will generate Transient Blossoms which deal AoE Geo DMG. DMG dealt scales off Albedo's DEF.
  • Transient Blossoms can only be generated once every 2s.
  • When a character is located at the locus of the Solar Isotoma, the Solar Isotoma will accumulate Geo power to form a crystallized platform that lifts the character up to a certain height. Only one crystallized platform can exist at a time.
  • Solar Isotoma is considered a Geo construct. Only one Solar Isotoma created by Albedo himself can exist at a time.

Hold to designate the location of the skill.

Elemental Skill
Arataki Itto Arataki Itto Bloodline of the Crimson Oni Bloodline of the Crimson Oni Arataki Kesagiri DMG is increased by 35% of Arataki Itto's DEF. 4th Ascension Passive
Yun Jin Yun Jin Breaking Conventions Breaking Conventions The Normal Attack DMG Bonus granted by Flying Cloud Flag Formation is further increased by 2.5%/5%/7.5%/11.5% of Yun Jin's DEF when the party contains characters of 1/2/3/4 Elemental Types, respectively. 4th Ascension Passive
Noelle Noelle Breastplate Breastplate Summons protective stone armor, dealing Geo DMG to surrounding opponents and creating a shield. The shield's DMG Absorption scales based on Noelle's DEF.
The shield has the following properties:
  • When Noelle's Normal and Charged Attacks hit a target, they have a certain chance to regenerate HP for all characters.
  • Possesses 150% DMG Absorption efficiency against all Elemental and Physical DMG.

The amount of HP healed when regeneration is triggered scales based on Noelle's DEF.

Elemental Skill
Yun Jin Yun Jin Cliffbreaker's Banner Cliffbreaker's Banner Deals AoE Geo DMG and grants all nearby party members a Flying Cloud Flag Formation.

Flying Cloud Flag Formation
When Normal Attack DMG is dealt to opponents, Bonus DMG will be dealt based on Yun Jin's current DEF.
The effects of this skill will be cleared after a set duration or after being triggered a specific number of times.
When one Normal Attack hits multiple opponents, the effect is triggered multiple times according to the number of opponents hit. The number of times that the effect is triggered is counted independently for each member of the party with Flying Cloud Flag Formation.
Elemental Burst
Noelle Noelle Devotion Devotion When Noelle is in the party but not on the field, this ability triggers automatically when your active character's HP falls below 30%:
Creates a shield for your active character that lasts for 20s and absorbs DMG equal to 400% of Noelle's DEF.
The shield has a 150% DMG Absorption effectiveness against all Elemental and Physical DMG.
This effect can only occur once every 60s.
1st Ascension Passive
Gorou Gorou Juuga: Forward Unto Victory Juuga: Forward Unto Victory Displaying his valor as a general, Gorou deals Aoe Geo DMG and creates a field known as General's Glory to embolden his comrades.

General's Glory
This field has the following properties:
  • Like the General's War Banner created by Inuzaka All-Round Defense, provides buffs to active characters within the skill's AoE based on the number of Geo characters in the party. Also moves together with your active character.
  • Generates 1 Crystal Collapse every 1.5s that deals AoE Geo DMG to 1 opponent within the skill's AoE.
  • Pulls 1 elemental shard in the skill's AoE to your active character's position every 1.5s (elemental shards are created by Crystallize reactions).

If a General's War banner created by Gorou currently exists on the field when his ability is used, it will be destroyed. In addition, for the duration of General's Glory, Gorou's Elemental Skill "Inazuka All-Round Defense" will not create the General's War Banner.
If Gorou falls, the effects of General's Glory will be cleared.

Elemental Burst
Yun Jin Yun Jin Opening Flourish Opening Flourish Ms. Yun may just be acting out fights on stage, but her skills with the spear are real enough to defend against her foes.

Press
Flourishes her polearm in a cloud-grasping stance, dealing Geo DMG.

Hold
Takes up the Opening Flourish stance and charges up, forming a shield. DMG Absorption is based on Yun Jin's Max HP and has 150% effectiveness against all Elemental DMG and Physical DMG. The shield lasts until she finishes unleashing her Elemental Skill.
When the skill is released, when its duration ends, or when the shield breaks, Yun Jin will unleash the charged energy as an attack, dealing Geo DMG.
Based on the time spent charging, it will either unleash an attack at Charge Level 1 or Level 2.
Elemental Skill
Arataki Itto Arataki Itto Royal Descent: Behold, Itto the Evil! Royal Descent: Behold, Itto the Evil! Time to show 'em the might of the Arataki Gang! For a time, Itto lets out his inner Raging Oni King, wielding his Oni King's Kanabou in battle.
This state has the following special properties:
  • Converts Itto's Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attacks to Geo DMG. This cannot be overridden.
  • Increases Itto's Normal Attack SPD. Also increases his ATK based on his DEF.
  • On hit, the 1st and 3rd strikes of his attack combo will each grant Arataki Itto 1 stack of Superlative Superstrength.
  • Decreases Itto's Elemental and Physical RES by 20%.

The Raging Oni King state will be cleared when Itto leaves the field.

Elemental Burst
Xinyan Xinyan Sweeping Fervor Sweeping Fervor Xinyan brandishes her instrument, dealing Pyro DMG on nearby opponents, forming a shield made out of her audience's passion.
The shield's DMG Absorption scales based on Xinyan's DEF and on the number of opponents hit.
  • Hitting 0 – 1 opponents grants Shield Level 1: Ad Lib.
  • Hitting 2 opponents grants Shield Level 2: Lead-In.
  • Hitting 3 or more opponents grants Shield Level 3: Rave, which will also deal intermittent Pyro DMG to nearby opponents.

The shield has the following special properties:

  • When unleashed, it infuses Xinyan with Pyro.
  • It has 250% DMG Absorption effectiveness against Pyro DMG.
Elemental Skill
Noelle Noelle Sweeping Time Sweeping Time Gathering the strength of stone around her weapon, Noelle strikes the opponents surrounding her within a large AoE, dealing Geo DMG.
Afterwards, Noelle gains the following effects:
  • Larger attack AoE.
  • Converts attack DMG to Geo DMG that cannot be overridden by any other elemental infusion.
  • Increased ATK that scales based on her DEF.
Elemental Burst

Constellations

4 Constellations match the category selection:

Character Name Description Level
Albedo Albedo Opening of Phanerozoic Opening of Phanerozoic Transient Blossoms generated by Abiogenesis: Solar Isotoma grant Albedo Fatal Reckoning for 30s:
  • Unleashing Rite of Progeniture: Tectonic Tide consumes all stacks of Fatal Reckoning. Each stack of Fatal Reckoning consumed increases the DMG dealt by Fatal Blossoms and Rite of Progeniture: Tectonic Tide's burst DMG by 30% of Albedo's DEF.
  • This effect stacks up to 4 times.
2
Noelle Noelle Must Be Spotless Must Be Spotless Sweeping Time increases Noelle's ATK by an additional 50% of her DEF.
Additionally, every opponent defeated during the skill's duration adds 1s to the duration, up to 10s.
6
Xinyan Xinyan Rockin' in a Flaming World Rockin' in a Flaming World Decreases the Stamina Consumption of Xinyan's Charged Attacks by 30%. Additionally, Xinyan's Charged Attacks gain an ATK Bonus equal to 50% of her DEF. 6
Yun Jin Yun Jin Flower and a Fighter Flower and a Fighter When Yun Jin triggers the Crystallize Reaction, her DEF is increased by 20% for 12s. 4

Enemy Defense Modifiers

Decreasing Enemy Defense

Enemy defense can be affected by various abilities:

Talents

1 Talent matches the category selection:

Character Name Description Type
Lisa Lisa Static Electricity Field Static Electricity Field Opponents hit by Lightning Rose have their DEF decreased by 15% for 10s. 4th Ascension Passive

Constellations

3 Constellations match the category selection:

Character Name Description Level
Kamisato Ayaka Kamisato Ayaka Ebb and Flow Ebb and Flow Opponents damaged by Kamisato Art: Soumetsu's Frostflake Seki no To will have their DEF decreased by 30% for 6s. 4
Klee Klee Explosive Frags Explosive Frags Being hit by Jumpy Dumpty's mines decreases opponents' DEF by 23% for 10s. 2
Razor Razor Bite Bite When casting Claw and Thunder (Press), opponents hit will have their DEF decreased by 15% for 7s. 4

Ignoring Enemy Defense

Constellations

2 Constellations match the category selection:

Character Name Description Level
Raiden Shogun Raiden Shogun Steelbreaker Steelbreaker 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's DEF. 2
Yae Miko Yae Miko Forbidden Art: Daisesshou Forbidden Art: Daisesshou The Sesshou Sakura's attacks will ignore 60% of the opponent's DEF. 6

Increasing Enemy Defense

Enemy Defense can be increased via Cryo Infusion Stones.

Other Languages

Language Official Name Literal Meaning
English DEF
Chinese
(Simplified)
防御力
Fángyù-lì
Defensive Power
Chinese
(Traditional)
防禦力
Fángyù-lì
Japanese 防御力
Bougyo-ryoku[!]
Defensive Power
Korean 방어력
Bang'eo-ryeok
Defensive Power
Spanish DEFDEF
French DÉFDEF
Russian Защита
Zashchita
Thai พลังป้องกัน
Vietnamese Phòng NgựDefense
German VTDDEF
Indonesian DEF
Portuguese DEFDEF

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