Nilou
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HydroSword

Genshin Impact

Nilou Best Build

Hydro
Sword

Best Nilou Builds

Hydro Support Build

Nilou is an unflexible HP-scaling unit that shines in Bloom teams thanks to her Elemental Skill.

Best Nilou Weapons

Best
Key of Khaj-Nisut
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Key of Khaj-Nisut

HP

HP increased by 20%. When an Elemental Skill hits opponents, you gain the Grand Hymn effect for 20s. This effect increases the equipping character's Elemental Mastery by 0.12% of their Max HP. This effect can trigger once every 0.3s. Max 3 stacks. When this effect gains 3 stacks, or when the third stack's duration is refreshed, the Elemental Mastery of all nearby party members will be increased by 0.2% of the equipping character's max HP for 20s.

Optional
Favonius Sword
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Favonius Sword

Energy Recharge

CRIT hits have a 60/70/80/90/100% chance to generate 1 Elemental Orb, which will regenerate 6 Energy for the character. Can only occur once every 12/10.5/9/7.5/6s.

Best Nilou Artifacts

Best

Gilded Dreams
Gilded Dreams
HP% / HP% / HP%
(2)

Elemental Mastery +80

Tenacity of the Millelith
Tenacity of the Millelith
HP% / HP% / HP%
(2)

HP +20%

Optional

Heart of Depth
Heart of Depth
HP% / HP% / HP%
(2)

Hydro DMG Bonus +15%

Tenacity of the Millelith
Tenacity of the Millelith
HP% / HP% / HP%
(2)

HP +20%

Nilou Skills Talents

Dance of Samser

Dance of Samser

Normal Attack

Normal Attack

Performs up to 3 consecutive sword strikes.

Charged Attack

Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to perform a twirling slash.

Plunging Attack

Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact.

Dance of Haftkarsvar

Dance of Haftkarsvar

Elemental Skill

Nilou will enter the Pirouette state, dealing Hydro DMG to nearby opponents based on her Max HP. While she is in the Pirouette state, Nilou's Normal Attacks and Elemental Attacks will cause her to enter the Sword Dance and Whirling Steps stances respectively, causing DMG she deals to be converted to Hydro DMG that cannot be overridden and that is considered Elemental Skill DMG. In these stances, Nilou's third dance step will end Pirouette, and has the following effects:

  • Sword Dance: unleashes a Luminous Illusion that deals Hydro DMG to opponents it touches and grants Nilou the Lunar Prayer effect. This effect converts Nilou's Normal Attacks into Sword Dance techniques, and her final hit will unleash a Luminous Illusion.
  • Whirling Steps: Nilou unleashes a Whirling Water Wheel that deals AoE Hydro DMG and creates a Tranquility Aura that follows your active character around and applies Wet to opponents within its AoE.

Nilou is unable to perform Charged Attacks when under the effect of Pirouette or Lunar Prayer. These effects will be removed once she leaves the field.

Dance of Abzendegi: Distant Dreams, Listening Spring

Dance of Abzendegi: Distant Dreams, Listening Spring

Elemental Burst
Begins the dance of faraway dreams and springs that hear, causing a Lotus of Distant Waters to bloom, dealing AoE Hydro DMG based on Nilou's Max HP and applying the Lingering Aeon effect to all opponents hit. After an interval, opponents affected by Lingering Aeon will take Hydro DMG.

Nilou Passive Talents

Court of Dancing Petals

Court of Dancing Petals

Unlocked at Ascension 1

When all characters in the party are all Dendro or Hydro, and there are at least one Dendro character and one Hydro character:
The completion of the third dance step of Nilou's Dance of Haftkarsvar will grant all nearby characters the Golden Chalice's Bounty for 30s.
Characters under the effect of Golden Chalice's Bounty will increase the Elemental Mastery of all nearby characters by 100 for 10s whenever they are hit by Dendro attacks. Also, triggering the Bloom reaction will create Bountiful Cores instead of Dendro Cores.
Such Cores will burst very quickly after being created, and they have larger AoEs.
Bountiful Cores cannot trigger Hyperbloom or Burgeon, and they share an upper numerical limit with Dendro Cores. Bountiful Core DMG is considered DMG dealt by Dendro Cores produced by Bloom.
Should the party not meet the conditions for this Passive Talent, any existing Golden Chalice's Bounty effects will be canceled.

Dreamy Dance of Aeons

Dreamy Dance of Aeons

Unlocked at Ascension 4

Every 1,000 points of Nilou's Max HP above 30,000 will cause the DMG dealt by Bountiful Cores created by characters affected by Golden Chalice's Bounty to increase by 9%.
The maximum increase in Bountiful Core DMG that can be achieved this way is 400%.

White Jade Lotus

White Jade Lotus

Unlocked Automatically

When Perfect Cooking is achieved on Food with Adventure-related effects, there is a 12% chance to obtain double the product.

Nilou Constellations

Dance of the Waning Moon

Dance of the Waning Moon

Constellation Lv. 1

Dance of Haftkarsvar will be enhanced as follows:

  • Luminous Illusion DMG is increased by 65%.
  • The Tranquility Aura's duration is extended by 6s.

The Starry Skies Their Flowers Rain

The Starry Skies Their Flowers Rain

Constellation Lv. 2

After characters affected by the Golden Chalice's Bounty deal Hydro DMG to an opponent, that opponent's Hydro RES will be decreased by 35% for 10s. After a triggered Bloom reaction deals DMG to opponents, their Dendro RES will be decreased by 35% for 10s.
You need to have unlocked the "Court of Dancing Petals" Talent.

Beguiling Shadowstep

Beguiling Shadowstep

Constellation Lv. 3

Increases the Level of Dance of Abzendegi: Distant Dreams, Listening Spring by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.

Fricative Pulse

Fricative Pulse

Constellation Lv. 4

After the third dance step of Dance of Haftkarsvar's Pirouette hits opponents, Nilou will gain 15 Elemental Energy, and DMG from her Dance of Abzendegi: Distant Dreams, Listening Spring will be increased by 50% for 8s.

Twirling Light

Twirling Light

Constellation Lv. 5

Increase the Level of Dance of Haftkarsvar by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.

Frostbreaker's Melody

Frostbreaker's Melody

Constellation Lv. 6

For every 1,000 points of Max HP, Nilou's CRIT Rate and CRIT DMG will increase by 0.6% and 1.2% respectively.
The maximum increase in CRIT Rate and CRIT DMG via this method is 30% and 60% respectively.

Nilou Ascension Costs

Nilou gets a boost to HP% as they ascend.

Rank
Lvl
Cost
Mat #1
Mat #2
Mat #3
Mat #4
1
20
20000
Varunada Lazurite Sliver1
Varunada Lazurite Sliver
Padisarah3
Padisarah
Fungal Spores3
Fungal Spores
2
40
40000
Varunada Lazurite Fragment3
Varunada Lazurite Fragment
Perpetual Caliber2
Perpetual Caliber
Padisarah10
Padisarah
Fungal Spores15
Fungal Spores
3
50
60000
Varunada Lazurite Fragment6
Varunada Lazurite Fragment
Perpetual Caliber4
Perpetual Caliber
Padisarah20
Padisarah
Luminescent Pollen12
Luminescent Pollen
4
60
80000
Varunada Lazurite Chunk3
Varunada Lazurite Chunk
Perpetual Caliber8
Perpetual Caliber
Padisarah30
Padisarah
Luminescent Pollen18
Luminescent Pollen
5
70
100000
Varunada Lazurite Chunk6
Varunada Lazurite Chunk
Perpetual Caliber12
Perpetual Caliber
Padisarah45
Padisarah
Crystalline Cyst Dust12
Crystalline Cyst Dust
6
80
120000
Varunada Lazurite Gemstone6
Varunada Lazurite Gemstone
Perpetual Caliber20
Perpetual Caliber
Padisarah60
Padisarah
Crystalline Cyst Dust24
Crystalline Cyst Dust
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