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The term snapshotting refers to the state in which attributes are fixed on a long-lasting ability, effect, entity, or summon based on the character's attributes during the ability's activation. A snapshotted ability will not receive the additional buffs the character obtains after its activation.

For example, Xiangling's Pyronado will receive the ATK Bonus for the entirety of its duration when cast inside Bennett's Fantastic Voyage field — even if Xiangling walks outside the buff's area of effect or it expires prematurely. However, the ATK Bonus will not affect Pyronado if cast before Bennett's Fantastic Voyage - regardless of whether Xiangling stays in the buff's area of effect.

In some cases, weapons can also snapshot their own effects. For example, a bow that increases attack on a weak spot hit may increase the attack of the hit that triggered this effect.

Buffs

Buffs are effects that improve a character's ability or attributes. While they can arise from character talents, constellations, artifact sets, weapon passives, or other external sources.

  • Static Buffs - The buff does not scale off any attribute, or if the attribute which the buff scales off changes during the buff's duration, the buff will not change.
  • Dynamic Buffs - If the attribute which the buff scales off changes during the buff's duration, the buff will change.
  • Direct Buffs - Buffs that do not modify the damage dealer's attributes, and instead directly apply to real-time damage calculations. These buffs are completely unaffected by snapshotting. This is a separate concept from Static and Dynamic Buffs and coexists with them.

Static

Talents and Constellations

Character Ability Attribute Notes
Homuncular Nature 4th Ascension Passive: Homuncular Nature Elemental Mastery
Kanten Senmyou Blessing 4th Ascension Passive: Kanten Senmyou Blessing Cryo DMG Bonus
Harmony between Heaven and Earth 4th Ascension Passive: Harmony between Heaven and Earth Cryo DMG Bonus
Flutter By 1st Ascension Passive: Flutter By Crit Rate
Garden of Eternal Rest 4th Constellation: Garden of Eternal Rest
Poetics of Fuubutsu 4th Ascension Passive: Poetics of Fuubutsu Elemental Damage Bonus
Yamaarashi Tailwind 2nd Constellation: Yamaarashi Tailwind Elemental Mastery
Blazing Delight 6th Constellation: Blazing Delight Pyro DMG Bonus
Sango Isshin 6th Constellation: Sango Isshin Hydro DMG Bonus
Prophecy of Oblivion 4th Constellation: Prophecy of Oblivion Crit Rate
Invincible Stonewall 1st Constellation: Invincible Stonewall Crit Rate
Hurricane of Freedom 4th Constellation: Hurricane of Freedom Anemo DMG Bonus
Transcendence: Baleful Omen Elemental Skill: Transcendence: Baleful Omen Elemental Burst Damage Bonus
Spirit Communion Seal 4th Ascension Passive: Spirit Communion Seal (Press) Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst DMG Bonus
Adapt With Ease 4th Ascension Passive: Adapt With Ease Damage Bonus
Vitality Burst 2nd Constellation: Vitality Burst Hydro DMG Bonus
Fantastic Voyage Elemental Burst: Fantastic Voyage ATK Bonus
Fire Ventures With Me 6th Constellation: Fire Ventures With Me Pyro Damage Bonus
Cat's Tail Closing Time 6th Constellation: Cat's Tail Closing Time Elemental Mastery Bonus
Tengu Stormcall Elemental Skill: Tengu Stormcall ATK Bonus
Sin of Pride 6th Constellation: Sin of Pride Electro CRIT Damage
Strategic Reserve 4th Ascension Passive: Strategic Reserve Geo DMG Bonus
Sweeping Time Elemental Burst: Sweeping Time ATK Bonus
Must Be Spotless 6th Constellation: Must Be Spotless
Regina Probationum 1st Ascension Passive: Regina Probationum Crit Rate
Shadow Samaritan 4th Ascension Passive: Shadow Samaritan Crit Rate
Catalyst Conversion 1st Ascension Passive: Catalyst Conversion Elemental Mastery Bonus
Mollis Favonius 4th Ascension Passive: Mollis Favonius Elemental Mastery Bonus
"...Now That's Rock 'N' Roll!" 4th Ascension Passive: "...Now That's Rock 'N' Roll!" Phys DMG Bonus As of 11/21/2021, there are no abilities that deal phys DMG and snapshot

Weapons

Weapons can offer static buffs in the following ways:

Other Sources

Source Type of Buff
Momiji-Dyed Court Floor Panels[Note 1] Pyro / Cryo Damage Bonus
Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers ATK Bonus
4-piece of Archaic Petra Elemental DMG Bonus
4-piece of Noblesse Oblige ATK Bonus
4-piece of Pale Flame ATK Bonus and Phys DMG Bonus
4-piece of Tenacity of the Millelith ATK Bonus
4-piece of Instructor Elemental Mastery for Vaporize and Melt Reactions
4-piece of Berserker Crit Rate
Enduring Rock DMG and Shield Strength Bonus

Dynamic

Talents and Constellations

Character Ability Attribute Notes
Spring Spirit Summoning Elemental Skill: Spring Spirit Summoning Damage Bonus of Cryo Attacks
Cliffbreaker's Banner Elemental Burst: Cliffbreaker's Banner Damage Bonus of Normal Attacks

Direct

Talents and Constellations

Character Ability Attribute Notes
Transcendence: Baleful Omen Elemental Skill: Transcendence: Baleful Omen Elemental Burst Damage Bonus
Spring Spirit Summoning Elemental Skill: Spring Spirit Summoning Damage Bonus of Cryo Attacks
Spirit Communion Seal 4th Ascension Passive: Spirit Communion Seal (Press) Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst DMG Bonus
Centered Spirit 2nd Constellation: Centered Spirit Cryo CRIT Damage
Adapt With Ease 4th Ascension Passive: Adapt With Ease Damage Bonus
Valiant Hound: Mountainous Fealty 6th Constellation: Valiant Hound: Mountainous Fealty Geo CRIT Damage
Sin of Pride 6th Constellation: Sin of Pride Electro CRIT Damage
Cliffbreaker's Banner Elemental Burst: Cliffbreaker's Banner Damage Bonus of Normal Attacks

Other Sources

Source Type of Buff
4-piece of Blizzard Strayer Crit Rate
Shattering Ice Crit Rate

Talents

Talents are character abilities that can receive static or dynamic buffs. While there are several talents that can be intuitively determined to be non-snapshottable, some are not - as such, it is important to clarify and distinguish the two types:

  • Snapshottable Talents - Attributes are fixed after an ability's activation.
  • Non-Snapshottable Talents - Damage is recalculated during every instance of the ability's activation based on the character's current attributes.

Note: Most talents that were not included do not have a delay on their damage or effects upon their activation. Non-Snapshottable talents isn't an exhaustive list but is used to provide clarity to some talents that may have similar mechanics but do not snapshot.

Snapshottable

Character Ability Notes
Abiogenesis: Solar Isotoma Elemental Skill: Abiogenesis: Solar Isotoma Transient Blossom DMG
Kamisato Art: Kyouka Elemental Skill: Kamisato Art: Kyouka Water Illusion DMG
Kamisato Art: Suiyuu Elemental Burst: Kamisato Art: Suiyuu Bloomwater Blade DMG
Dawn Elemental Burst: Dawn DoT and Explosion DMG
Celestial Shower Elemental Burst: Celestial Shower Ice Shard DMG
Trail of the Qilin Trail of the Qilin Skill DMG
Dandelion Breeze Elemental Burst: Dandelion Breeze Field Entering/Exiting DMG
Kazuha Slash Elemental Burst: Kazuha Slash DoT and Additional Elemental DMG
Kamisato Art: Soumetsu Elemental Burst: Kamisato Art: Soumetsu Cutting DMG and Bloom DMG
Jumpy Dumpty Elemental Skill: Jumpty Dumpty Mine DMG
Mirror Reflection of Doom Elemental Skill: Mirror Reflection of Doom Damage over Time and Explosion Damage
Adeptus Art: Herald of Frost Elemental Skill: Adeptus Art: Herald of Frost Herald of Frost DMG and Healing over time and on-hit
Kurage's Oath Elemental Skill: Kurage's Oath Regeneration and Ripple DMG
Wind's Grand Ode Elemental Burst: Wind's Grand Ode Damage over Time and Additional Elemental DMG
Great Secret Art: Tenko Kenshin Elemental Burst: Great Secret Art: Tenko Kenshin Tenko Thunderbolt DMG
Dominus Lapidis Elemental Skill: Dominus Lapidis Stone Stele Resonance DMG
Fiery Rain Elemental Burst: Fiery Rain Fiery Rain DMG Per Wave
Explosive Puppet Explosive Puppet Explosion DMG
Stormbreaker Elemental Burst: Stormbreaker Lightning DMG
Signature Mix Elemental Burst: Signature Mix Continuous Field DMG
Nightrider Elemental Skill: Nightrider Oz's ATK DMG
Glacial Waltz Elemental Burst: Glacial Waltz
Gyoei Narukami Kariyama Rite Elemental Burst: Gyoei Narukami Kariyama Rite
Lightning Rose Elemental Burst: Lightning Rose
Violet Arc Elemental Skill: Violet Arc Snapshots at skill cast with Press DMG and at skill release on Hold DMG
Rites of Termination Elemental Burst: Rites of Termination Ice Lance DoT
Yoohoo Art: Mujina Flurry Elemental Burst: Yoohoo Art: Mujina Flurry DMG and healing
Yoohoo Art: Fuuin Dash Elemental Skill: Yoohoo Art: Fuuin Dash Windwheel and Whirlwind Kick DMG
Forbidden Creation - Isomer 75 / Type II Elemental Burst: Forbidden Creation - Isomer 75 / Type II DoT and Additional Elemental DMG
Guoba Attack Elemental Skill: Guoba Attack
Pyronado Elemental Burst: Pyronado Pyronado DMG

Non-Snapshottable

Character Ability Notes
Glacial Illumination Elemental Burst: Glacial Illumination Lightfall Sword Base DMG and Stack DMG
Guide to Afterlife Elemental Skill: Guide to Afterlife Blood Blossom DMG
Starward Sword Elemental Burst: Starward Sword
Stellaris Phantasm Elemental Burst: Stellaris Phantasm
Secret Art: Musou Shinsetsu Elemental Burst: Secret art: Musou Shinsetsu
Transcendence: Baleful Omen Elemental Skill: Transcendence: Baleful Omen Coordinated DMG
Cutting Torrent Normal Attack Skill: Cutting Torrent Riptide Flash DMG and Riptide Burst DMG
Foul Legacy: Raging Tide Elemental Skill: Foul Legacy: Raging Tide Riptide Slash DMG
Havoc: Obliteration Elemental Burst: Havoc: Obliteration Riptide Blast DMG
Ryuukin Saxifrage Elemental Burst: Ryuukin Saxifrage Aurous Blaze Explosion DMG
Yakan Evocation: Sesshou Sakura Elemental Skill: Yakan Evocation: Sesshou Sakura Sesshou Sakura DMG
Depth-Clarion Dice Elemental Burst: Depth-Clarion Dice Exquisite Throw DMG
Midnight Phantasmagoria Elemental Burst: Midnight Phantasmagoria Falling Thunder DMG
Sanctifying Ring Elemental Skill: Sanctifying Ring Grass Ring of Sanctification DMG
Lightning Fang Elemental Burst: Lightning Fang Soul Companion DMG
Crimson Ooyoroi Elemental Burst: Crimson Ooyoroi Fiery Collapse DMG
Guhua Sword: Raincutter Elemental Burst: Guhua Sword: Raincutter Rain Sword DMG
Riff Revolution Elemental Burst: Riff Revolution Pyro DoT
Sweeping Fervor Elemental Skill: Sweeping Fervor Shield's DoT

Elemental Reactions

Primarily, the previous sections only take account physical or elemental damage from character abilities. Reactions have a dependency elemental mastery, but depending on its type it may or may not snapshot.

Starting from Version 1.4, the snapshotting of elemental mastery for transformative reactions such as Electro-Charged, Overloaded, Shatter, Superconduct, and Swirl was removed, and replaced with real-time damage calculations. Therefore, transformative reaction damage bonus from elemental mastery buffs gained after an snapshottable talent's activation is still gained even after its activation - increasing damage of the talent. In short, order or timing is no longer an issue and is only limited by the buff's duration.

For example, the Superconduct damage triggered by Ganyu's Celestial Shower will be boosted by Sucrose's Catalyst Conversion even after Ganyu's talent is cast. Prior to the version changes, the Superconduct damage would only be boosted if Sucrose's talent was triggered before Ganyu's burst.[1]

  • Amplifying Reactions (Melt and Vaporize) - Bonus elemental mastery can be snapshotted to snapshottable talents, but are fully bound to its limitations.
  • Transformative Reactions (Electro-Charge, Overload, Shatter, Superconduct, and Swirl) - Bonus elemental mastery bypasses snapshotting entirely.

In summary, the amplification reaction damage bonus resulting from buffs to elemental mastery can be considered to be a static buff while the transformative reaction damage bonus resulting from the same buffs can be considered to be a dynamic buff.

Notes

  1. For example, if one casts Pyronado while standing on a Pyro panel, the Pyronado will retain the 60% Pyro DMG Bonus for its whole duration, even if one steps outside of the Pyro panel. On the other hand, if one casts Pyronado while outside of a Pyro panel, then it cannot be buffed further during its duration even if one walks on to a Pyro panel.

Change History

Released in Version 1.0
Version 1.4

Version 1.0

  • Snapshotting was released.

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