The Dendro Archon herself can be played as either a sub DPS or the main DPS as she can continuously deal Dendro damage with her Tri-Karma Purification, both on-field and off.
Her Elemental Skill is “All Schemes to Know” and has two versions, a press and a hold version.
When pressed, Nahida would deal AoE Dendro damage and can mark up to 8 opponents with the Seed of Skandha which effects we will elaborate later.
When holding the Elemental Skill, Nahida will enter Aiming Mode, much like Bow characters, for a maximum of 5 seconds and can mark up to 8 opponents. When released, she will deal Dendro damage to marked opponents and also mark them again, this time with the Seed of Skandha.
Enemies marked with Seed of Skandha are linked with one another and should any one of these enemies are attacked with an elemental reaction or from a dendro core, Nahida will unleash Tri-Karma Purification on all connected opponents, dealing Dendro damage scaling on her Attack and Elemental Mastery.
Her Elemental Burst is “Illusory Heart” where she manifests the Court of Dreams and expands the Shrine of Maya, bringing multiple effects depending on your team.
If your team has a Pyro character, the damage of Tri-Karma Purification is increased. With Electro, the speed of her Tri-Karma Purification is increased. If Hydro is present in your team, the duration of her Elemental Burst is increased.
When multiple of the same element is present, the buff from the element on her Burst is doubled. For example, with two Pyro, the damage increase from Tri-Karma Purification is doubled.
Nahida’s first passive is “On All Things Meditated” and what it does is that you can pick up harvestable items using the hold version of Elemental Skill. You can even read the minds of certain NPCs.
Her second passive is “Compassion Illuminated”, buffing the Elemental Mastery active character in the field of her Elemental Burst scaling with the party member who has the highest Elemental Mastery.
Nahida’s third passive is “Awakening Elucidated”, buffing the damage and crit rate of her Tri-Karma Purification for every point of her Elemental Mastery that is beyond 200.
|Goblet||Elemental Mastery / Dendro Bonus Damage|
|Circlet||Elemental Mastery / Crit Rate / Crit Damage|
For Artifact main stats, you could go full Elemental Mastery on all three artifacts if you prefer to have play Nahida off-field as she can constantly proc Elemental Reactions with the Tri-Karma Purification and the buff she provides with her “Awakening Elucidated” scales with Elemental Mastery.
Dendro Bonus damage for goblet and either Crit Rate or Crit Damage for circlet when you want to play Nahida as an on-field DPS.
|2-Piece: Dendro DMG Bonus +15%|
|4-Piece: After Elemental Skills or Bursts hit opponents, the targets’ Dendro RES will be decreased by 30% for 8s. This effect can be triggered even if the equipping character is not on the field.|
|2-Piece: Elemental Mastery +80.|
|4-Piece: Within 8s of triggering an Elemental Reaction, the character equipping this will obtain buffs based on the Elemental Type of the other party members. ATK is increased by 14% for each party member whose Elemental Type is the same as the equipping character, and Elemental Mastery is increased by 50 for every party member with a different Elemental Type. Each of the aforementioned buffs will count up to 3 characters. This effect can be triggered once every 8s. The character who equips this can still trigger its effects when not on the field.|
Deepwood is the best choice for Nahida when playing her as both on-field and off-field as she can constantly dish out Dendro damage no matter her playstyle. The Dendro shred from the 4-piece bonus is extremely valuable for this very situation.
Gilded Dreams is the artifact for you if you want to play Nahida specifically off-field and want to play off her Tri-Karma Purification. Multiple elements present in your team not only provide bonus Elemental Mastery from the 4-piece bonus of the set, but it will also activate the multiple buffs of her Elemental Burst.
|A Thousand Floating Dreams||5★||Elemental Mastery||Party members other than the equipping character will provide the equipping character with buffs based on whether their Elemental Type is the same as the latter or not. If their Elemental Types are the same, increase Elemental Mastery by 32. If not, increase the equipping character's DMG Bonus from their Elemental Type by 10%. Each of the aforementioned effects can have up to 3 stacks. Additionally, all nearby party members other than the equipping character will have their Elemental Mastery increased by 40. Multiple such effects from multiple such weapons can stack.||A Thousand Floating Dream is her BiS and only Nahida alone can actually fully make use of this weapon. The weapon’s passive is tailored for Nahida, especially for her Elemental Burst, providing an even more damage bonus the more elements you have in your team.|
|Kagura's Verity||5★||Crit Damage||Gains the Kagura Dance effect when using an Elemental Skill, causing the Elemental Skill DMG of the character wielding this weapon to increase by 12% for 16s. Max 3 stacks. This character will gain 12% All Elemental DMG Bonus when they possess 3 stacks.||Kagura’s Verity is your choice for on-field DPS Nahida as the short cooldown on her Elemental Skill allows Nahida to fully maximise the buff provided from the weapon’s passive.|
|Sacrificial Fragments||4★||Elemental Mastery||After damaging an opponent with an Elemental Skill, the skill has a 40% chance to end its own CD. Can only occur once every 30s.||Sacrificial Fragments is the pick when you want to dish out Tri-Karma Purification on a lot of enemies as the refresh on the cooldown of her Elemental Skill means you can mark even more enemies with Seed of Skandha.|
|The Widsith||4★||Crit Damage||When the character takes the field, they will gain a random theme song for 10s. This can only occur once every 30s. Recitative: ATK is increased by 60%. Aria: Increases all Elemental DMG by 48%. Interlude: Elemental Mastery is increased by 240.||The Widsith is for on-field DPS Nahida as along with the Crit Damage substat, all the passive buffs it provides are all beneficial to Nahida even if it is randomised.|
|Nilou||5★||Hydro||Nilou will find herself shine even more when pairing up with Nahida as both of them provide buff to Elemental Mastery and play around Dendro Cores. With Nilou’s Bountiful Cores and Nahida’s Tri-Karma Purification, you’ll find yourself carpet bombing enemies in just matter of seconds.|
|Cyno||5★||Electro||Cyno finally gets to fully utilize the Elemental Mastery part of his kit as with Nahida, he will be able to constantly proc Aggravate and dish out even more Electro damage.|
|Kazuha||5★||Anemo||Kazuha or any Anemo characters works well with Nahida as the Elemental Shred from Viridiscent Venerer is extremely valuable.|
|Kokomi||5★||Hydro||Kokomi is the best Hydro applier you could get and Nahida’s fast Dendro application, you can constantly produce Dendro cores and make use of Nahida’s Tri-Karma Purification.|
Nahida is the prime Dendro character that you could get, which is fitting as she is the Dendro Archon. Not only can she constantly dish out Dendro damage, she also opens up so many possible combinations thanks to multiple buffs that her Elemental Burst can activate the more elements you have.
Her Elemental Burst also opens so many opportunities for old characters to shine. Diluc in particular can proc both Burning and Burgeon quite solidly for Nahida’s Tri-Karma Purification.
The Seed of Skandha also lasts for quite a long duration so you do not have to fret yourself from swapping your characters quickly to trigger Elemental Reactions.
Her main weakness is that you cannot run a mono Dendro with her as she heavily relies on Elemental Reactions to proc her Tri-Karma Purifications and with no multiple elements, her Elemental Burst is basically not functional. Pretty ironic that the Dendro Archon cannot synergies with her fellow element.
While she can theoretically dish out damage at an absurd speed, she also needs Elemental Reactions for that to even be possible so you cannot just plainly attack enemies with Nahida. For players that mainly have one single DPS out most of the time, Nahida would fall off in terms of damage in this case.
Should You Pull
Yes. She is the Dendro Archon, the Archon that has been helping you throughout your adventures in Sumeru. If her character teaser was not enough to make you feel like rolling for her and burning down the Sages, then I have questions.
Nevertheless, I respect your choice. After all, we have our local wanderer doing the fandago just looming in the corner, waiting for the next patch after Nahida.
Even if she is built to be a sub DPS and could also be played as DPS, she can only dish out constant amounts of Dendro damage and not nukes level of damage like Hu Tao and Ganyu.
There’s also the fact that she does not benefit from having Cryo and Geo, much like every other Dendro character, so that rules her out from being a part of Eula or Zhongli’s team in Spiral Abyss and those two are prominent characters for the Abyss.
In the end, Meta or not, whether you roll or not is all up to you. However, I really recommend pulling for her as she makes even the oldest of the characters like Diluc shine thanks to her Elemental Burst.