Best build for Genshin Impact Nilou: Weapons, artifacts, and talent priorities

Genshin Impact Nilou guide: Best build, weapons, artifacts, and more

Nilou rerun is on its way in the Genshin Impact 3.6 update. She is the icon of ‘Zubayr Theater’ and a Hydro vision user from Sumeru. She is also a niche unit that brags a dedicated fan base that worships her expertise in the Bloom reaction. 

Nilou can convert additional HP to raw damage from one of her passives. Thus, building her to trigger an explosive Bloom team should be an easy task for you. In today’s guide, you will learn about what weapons, artifacts, and talents to prioritize on Nilou to unleash her peak potential in Genshin Impact.


How to best build Nilou in Genshin Impact

Nilou's passive boost her Bountiful Core damage
Nilou’s passive boost her Bountiful Core damage (Image courtesy of HoYoverse)

As mentioned earlier, Nilou is a niche 5-star character in Genshin Impact. Her 1st Ascension passive, Court of Dancing Petals, allows her to create Bountiful Cores instead of Dendro Cores. These Cores have a faster trigger time and exhibit larger AoE making her extremely potent for Bloom DPS.

Moreover, her 2nd Ascension passive increases her Core damage by 9% for every 1,000 points of HP above 30,000. Thus, you can build Nilou with HP to funnel it to her damage output. 

When it comes to her weapon, there is not a lot in the game for you to choose from. The following are some of the available options that you can use for Nilou in Genshin Impact. 

Key of Khaj-Nisut 

Consider pulling for the Key of Khaj-Nisut for Nilou if you have wishes to spare. It is her signature weapon in the game that boasts a healthy amount of HP% from the secondary stat. 

The passive on the weapon also records an increase of 20% HP when the Elemental Skill hits an enemy. Additionally, it puts a lingering effect on the equipping character allowing them to convert their HP% to Elemental Mastery. The passive of the weapon synergizes well with her kit to further increase her Bloom damage. 

Iron Sting

Nilou F2P weapon in Genshin Impact
F2P weapon for Nilou (Image courtesy of HoYoverse)

To stick to the F2P route you can equip her with the Iron Sting which is one of the game’s craftable swords. The Elemental mastery from the weapon will increase the damage numbers from her reactions. Additionally, the weapon is sufficient at Refinement level 1 and thus you can save your valuable billets. 

Here are some of her alternate weapon options in the game that you can use. 

  • Sacrificial Sword: Great option to refresh her elemental skill for more Hydro uptime. 
  • Favonious Sword: She will gain a large amount of Energy Recharge to build her ultimate faster. 
  • Sapwood Blade: Can provide both Elemental Mastery and Energy Recharge. 
  • Freedom Sworn: A 5-Star option that provides EM and works better than Iron Sting. 

You must keep in mind that Nilou is specifically designed for Bloom compositions. Therefore, the mentioned weapons are listed for that specific purpose.


Artifacts and talent priorities Best 4-Piece artifact set for Nilou

Best 4-Piece artifact set for Nilou (Image courtesy of HoYoverse)The 4-Piece Flower of Paradise Lost is the best-in-slot set for Nilou in Genshin Impact. The set bonus offers an 80% increase in Bloom, Burgeon, and Hyperbloom damage on top of the 80 Elemental Mastery. You can farm for this artifact in the City of Gold domain from Sumeru. 

Here is a combination of broken artifact sets that you can use as her alternate option. 

  • 2-Piece Tenacity of Milelith (for 20%HP}
  • 2-Piece Emblem of Severed Fate (to obtain 20% Energy Recharge)
  • 2-Piece Gilded Dreams2-Piece Wanderer’s Troupe (offers 80 Elemental Mastery) 
  • 2-Piece Heart of Depth (for 15% Hydro DMG bonus)
Broken artifact sets for Nilou
Broken artifact sets for Nilou (Image courtesy of HoYoverse)

When it comes to her talents, it is not necessary to increase her normal attack. As a matter of fact, if you use her on a Bloom team in Genshin Impact, any talent level on her abilities is insignificant to the reaction. However to maximize her damage output you can focus on her Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst which have decent multipliers.


Overall, Nilou is a very straightforward character that you can use in reaction outside of Bloom, for her Hydro application. However, her competitors are Yelan, Xingqiu, and Kokomi which are simply better for those reactions.

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