Genshin Impact has recently released its 1.4 Update. No new 5-star character is scheduled to be released, so it might give players some space to breathe and raise the characters they have been neglecting. One of these characters might be the 5-star character Albedo.

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Albedo was featured on the Limited Banner in version 1.2. He is a Geo sword-user and is best used as a support for his swap-in then swap-out playstyle. He even earned the nickname "Geo Fischl" for this. Albedo offers high supportive utility without having to be on the field, similar to Fischl's raven familiar, Oz.

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Updated on November 25, 2021, by Nahda Nabiilah: Around one year upon his initial release, Albedo fans can now rejoice. The Chief Alchemist of Mondstadt will finally have his own rerun. He will also be the star of the next event, making it no surprise that he's the featured unit.

Not only a rerun banner but Genshin Impact 2.3 also brings a new artifact for defense-focused Geo characters. Furthermore, Travelers will also get a Refinement Rank 5 4-star sword for free. This new sword can easily be Albedo's best weapon. But is it really better than Harbinger of Dawn?

Albedo's Talent Overview

Albedo dealing over 10000 damage on his Transient Blossom

Albedo can perform nicely even on low-budget materials, but players should keep in mind that his Normal attack has a low multiplier, making him a poor choice as a main DPS. However, his Skill, Solar Isotoma, can deal massive damage without Albedo having to be on-field.

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The damage of Solar Isotoma comes from the Transient Blossom, which occurs once every 2 seconds in a small AOE. This skill scales with defense, and can easily deal 10k plus damage.

Unfortunately, Albedo has a small issue with split-scaling. His Elemental Skill scales with defense, but his Burst scales with attack. Because Albedo's better built on defense, players may find his Elemental Burst underwhelming. Luckily, his burst grants the team 125 Elemental Mastery for 10 seconds after it is cast. So it can serve as a buff skill rather than a damage skill.

Best Artifact For Albedo

Five different artifact sets that are potentially good for Albedo

Because his Transient Blossom scales with defense, players are recommended to focus on this stat to maximize his potential. Albedo will not require attack, so for his main stat, players can use:

  • Timepiece: Defense
  • Goblet: Geo DMG Bonus
  • Headwear: Critical Rate or Critical Damage

For his artifact sets, there are several alternatives that players can use:

4-Husk Of Opulent Dreams

The new artifact released in Genshin Impact 2.3 is easily Albedo's new best-in-slot set. The 2-set increases defense by 30%, while the 4-set effect increases Albedo's Geo DMG and defense by up to 24% (over 12-16s). So in total, the Chief Alchemist will enjoy 54% extra defense, and 24% Geo Bonus.

2-Archaic Petra + 2-Husk Of Opulent Dreams

This is the best set players can go for if they're unable to get a 4-set Husk of Opulent Dreams. Albedo will get a 15% Geo Bonus and 30% defense with this artifact combo.

2-Archaic Petra + 2-Noblesse Oblige

This set will increase the damage of Albedo's burst by 20%. His burst will not deal a lot of damage on defense build, so this is a viable choice if players wish to see higher damage. This is also a great choice if players have Albedo at C2.

2-Archaic Petra + 2-Gladiator's Finale

Gladiator's Finale increases Albedo Attack by 18%. This will amplify the damage of Albedo's skill upon casting and his burst. This set is a good option if players have great substats with it.

Other than the mentioned few, here are some other alternatives players can use for Albedo. They're not highly recommended, but can do the job quite well:

  • 4-Archaic Petra: Upon obtaining an Elemental Shard created through a Crystallize Reaction, all party members gain a 35% DMG Bonus for that particular element for 10s. Only one form of Elemental DMG Bonus can be gained in this manner at any one time.
  • 2-Defender's Will: DEF +30%.
  • 2-Gambler: Increases Elemental Skill DMG by 20%.

Best Weapon For Albedo

Albedo holding Festering Desire and Harbinger of Dawn

Albedo's best-in-slot weapon used to be the 3-star weapon Harbinger of Dawn. This weapon offers Critical Damage as its substat and Critical Rate on its passive, allowing Albedo to obtain an extra of 46.9% Critical Damage, and 28% Critical Rate from only the weapon. Harbinger of Dawn's 28% Critical Rate can only be maintained if players can keep his HP above 90%, but this won't be a problem since Albedo will be swapped out after casting his skill.

In Version 2.3, players can get the 4-star sword, Cinnabar Spindle, for free. This weapon is designed specifically for Albedo, granting high substat (69% defense), but low base Attack (454). Luckily, since the Chief Alchemist doesn't need Attack, this won't be an issue. Other than the stat, the weapon's passive is also brilliant for Albedo. Cinnabar Spindle grants extra Elemental Skill Damage by 80% of his defense. Even though players will have less Critical Rate and Critical Damage, this 4-star weapon manages to outperform Harbinger of Dawn.

In conclusion, Cinnabar Spindle is better than Harbinger of Dawn for Albedo.

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Another alternative is the free weapon given out on 1.2, Festering Desire. This weapon will amplify Albedo skill's damage via its passive and will allow him to gain his burst faster because of its Energy Recharge substat.

Best Teammates For Albedo

Ningguang admiring a Glaze Lily

Albedo's ease of use allows him to be viable for any kind of team. He can easily fit with anyone and perform greatly all the same. If players ever wonder who to use on their last party slot, Albedo can be the answer. Albedo is excellent if players are running a Geo DPS such as Ningguang. He will create Geo resonance with her, and they will synergize in creating energy particles, allowing them to burst more often.

Other than that, Gorou, a unit released in Version 2.3, is an amazing support for Geo characters that rely on defense. This includes characters like Albedo, Arataki Itto, and the Favonius Maid, Noelle.

Genshin Impact is now available on Mobile, PC, PS4, and PS5. A Switch version is in development.

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