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The seven Elements of Genshin Impact are special Status Effects and types of Damage that can be applied in specific orders to trigger Elemental Reactions.

Visions

Some beings in Teyvat are mysteriously granted Visions, which are external apparatuses that allow their owners to wield the elements. Visions take the form of crystals, each with the symbol and color of one element.

When an allogene dies, their Vision becomes a Masterless Vision, losing its power and all indicators of its element. Sometimes, Masterless Visions will resonate with a new person. For this reason, Masterless visions are a commodity sought by the extremely rich.[1]

There are seven elements in Teyvat, each with a corresponding Archon and their own nation that worships said Archon. While Archons are powerful, it is unknown what the nature of the relationship between an Archon and their element is. Similarly, while regions are heavily affected by the element of their Archon, it is unknown what the nature of the relationship between a region and its element is.

Elements and Reactions

First Element
Pyro
Pyro
Hydro
Hydro
Electro
Electro
Cryo
Cryo
Anemo
Anemo
Geo
Geo
Dendro
Dendro
Second
Element
Pyro
Pyro
Reverse Vaporize
(1.5× DMG)
Overloaded Melt
(2× DMG)
Swirl Crystallize Burning
Hydro
Hydro
Vaporize
(2× DMG)
Electro-Charged Frozen
Electro
Electro
Overloaded Electro-Charged Superconduct
Cryo
Cryo
Reverse Melt
(1.5× DMG)
Frozen Superconduct
Anemo
Anemo
Swirl
Geo
Geo
Crystallize
Dendro
Dendro
Burning

Elemental Damage Bonus

These refer to Damage Bonuses (DMG Bonus) applied to specific elements.

Elemental Resistance

These refer to a character or enemy's Resistance (RES) to a particular elemental type of damage.

Ley Line Disorders

Within the Spiral Abyss and certain Domains, monsters or objects may have an aura that causes a harmful effect upon characters in its AoE. This is separate from the Enemy Special Element Skill Auras on monsters (see below).

Auras

Certain enemies like those on Floors 9-12 of the Spiral Abyss may have Auras that cause certain buffs, debuffs, or attacks during battle.

Elemental Nodes

Certain Domains and some parts of the overworld have Elemental Nodes or Infusion Stones that imbue nearby enemies with elemental affixes that can increase their offense and defense.

Gauge Unit Theory

This theory intends to explain Same Element Superposition, Elemental Reactions, Shield Breaking and other mechanics related to Elements.

Trivia

  • The Dendro element is currently the only element without any playable characters.
  • 'Shattered' is unique for being affected by enemy's physical resistance than elemental resistance.
  • The Traveler is the only character in the game whose element can be changed as a playable character. Resonating with Statues of the Seven from different regions will cause the Traveler to change their element based on the region of the Statue of the Seven resonated with (e.g. resonating with a Statue of the Seven in Liyue will cause the Traveler's current Element to change to Geo). No other playable characters can have their elements changed, including characters who can canonically wield more than one element, such as Tartaglia (he has a Hydro Vision and an Electro Delusion, but as a playable character, Tartaglia only wields Hydro) and Kazuha (who briefly resonated with an Electro Vision, in addition to his own Anemo Vision).

References

  1. Ningguang's Character Story: Vision

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