So, you got lucky in Genshin Impact update 1.3, did you? If you’re reading this, then it’s obvious you have the 77th manager of the Wangsheng Funeral Parlor: Hu Tao. More than just being excessively cute and smug, Hu Tao is one of the fastest DPS-type characters with some of the best critical damages in the game.
However, she’s not just the usual DPS character. You will need her to die; okay, ALMOST dies to utilize her skills more effectively. So, if you’re looking for a practical guide to play her, read here for our basic and advanced guide on Hu Tao.
Let’s get right into it. Hu Tao is a fighter that likes to take risks – both lore-wise and in combat. It’s funny because it suits her character as an undertaker. Her kit is fun and is a great choice if you are the button-masher type because, oh boy, she does a lot of button mashing.
The More the Merrier (Passive)
This is quite a funny passive talent because miHoYo is just straight-up making a meme out of Hu Tao. After all, she is pretty mischievous and frequently chaotic. Check out her passive: The More the Merrier. If she cooks a dish perfectly, you get an 18% chance of making a Suspicious version of that dish.
For many of the meta slaves, this is useless for players such as us at Games. This part is a humorous feature that we assume miHoYo tells its player base to stop playing the game too seriously. Come on; it’s passive on making bad food. That’s part of her character, which they cleverly implemented into the game.
After all, she wants her Funeral Parlor business to keep on booming, and she’s doing her part in poisoning your fellow characters. On a side note, she will not stop chasing after Qiqi until she gets a proper burial.
Sacred Spear of Wangsheng (Normal Attack)
Now, let’s move on to her more severe talents. The Sacred Spear of Wangsheng is a flurry of basic attacks. If you hold down the attack button, she will charge through the enemy and cost her stamina. But, if you have a Constellation 1 bonus on her, charging through the enemy will not cost energy (and the only way to get a second Hu Tao is to whale hard for her banner, or you’re just fortunate).
Guide to Afterlife (Skill Activation)
Her skill activation is when things start to get fun. However, this is also where the risk comes in. Once activated, she will receive a portioned loss of HP but will knock any nearby enemies.
While ablaze, she enters into a Paramita Papilio state. This state adds Pyro damage to her normal attacks. It turns all her atk dmg into Pyro dmg, which is very useful against Cryo, Hydro, and Electro enemies. Additionally, enemies will get marked with the Blood Blossom, which will cause them to take Pyro damage every 4 seconds. Blood Blossom resets if she activates her skill on an enemy again.
At C2, her Blood Blossom damage gets even bigger the lower her health is. C3, the duration for Guide to Afterlife gets longer. At C4, every defeated enemy affected by Blood Blossom will activate a 12% crit bonus for 15 seconds for all party members.
Spirit Soother (Ultimate Skill)
This is an AoE damage where she bonks all nearby enemies with her friendly ghost that isn’t Casper. It can hit up to 5 enemies, and each contact with an enemy grants her a huge portion of HP and Damage bonus. This is only most useful if her health is at 50% or below.
Trust us, we tried using Spirit Soother while she was at 90% health, and the damage was terrible. If you have C5, you can increase the level by three and can stack up to 15.
Flutter By (Party Passive)
This skill increases all party members’ crit rate to 12% for 8 seconds right after her Paramita Papilio state ends.
Sanguine Rouge (Damage Passive)
Whenever her health falls below 50%, she gains 33% more damage for her Pyro skills. That’s why you can consider players who love to use Hu Tao as either suicidal or glass cannon.
At C6, her damage and defense go into overdrive when her health falls below 25%. At 1 HP, the effect starts automatically and will not die until after 60 seconds and she receives an enemy hit.
You can go three ways: Gladiator’s Finale, Resolution of Sojourner, or Adventurer. Gladiator’s Finale is our personal preference because the polearm bonus and added crit damage proc naturally with her kit. Resolution of Sojourner is also good if you want to make her charge attack crits deal even more damage (which is ideal if you have her at C1).
Adventurer is the safest route but is also the most boring type and something meta slaves would recommend, but it’s just no fun. The only reason you’d bring it is if you do not have a healer in your team.
Of course, the Staff of Homa is the best for her, both canon-wise and gameplay-wise. Homa helps in adding even more bonus damage if the user has low health. So, naturally, it pairs with Hu Tao. But, if you are the salty kind or if you happen to be a gigantic foolish megalodon like Tectone and spend $1000 on the Homa banner with no results, your best alternative is the ever-faithful Dragon’s Bane. Or, if you purchased the Battle Pass, Deathmatch is good too. You whale.
Is Hu Tao Worth Pulling
Of course, she is. If you’re in it for the fun chaotic damage, go for her. On the other side, if you’re in it for the cute smug, do it. If you’re in it because her voice actor is also Megumin from Konosuba, then you are a weeb of culture.