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Genshin Impact confirms damage buffs to Electro and Swirl Elemental reactions in the next update

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(Image via miHoYo)
Tariq Hassan
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Modified 04 May 2021
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Genshin Impact players are sure to have used many Elemental Reactions during their journey, but they may have noticed some lag behind others in terms of utility. While some reactions like Melt, Freeze, and Vaporize are incredibly powerful, others like Electro-Charged and Swirl can seem less powerful.

It seems that miHoYo has noticed this as the last Developer Discussion has addressed this issue. Buffs to these reactions are confirmed to be on the way.

Players can read more about these buffs here.

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Genshin Impact: Damage buff to Elemental Mastery and other reactions

The Developers Discussions are a way for miHoYo to inform players of changes that are coming to Genshin Impact in the future. The latest Developers Discussion covered several topics, and the final part of the post brought up the changes to Elemental Mastery and buffs to several reactions.

The post points out that some players have noted that Elemental Reactions are not working at certain distances, and miHoYo has revealed that this is due to coding restrictions placed on reactions in prior versions.

Now that time has passed, these restrictions can be lifted, and players will be able to utilize their reactions from longer distances. Players will also be seeing a buff to Elemental Mastery's DMG Bonus, though the details of this are still unknown.

Elemental Mastery already increases the strength of Elemental Reactions, and an increase to its effect on these reactions may mean an overall damage increase for all characters.

Characters above level 60 will also be receiving a buff to the damage dealt by major reactions like Electro-Charged, Superconduct, Overloaded, Swirl, and Shatter. These are all Elemental Reactions that are not commonly used by players due to their low damage output and sometimes negative effects.

With this buff, players will most likely be using these Elemental Reactions more often, especially in tandem with the changes to Elemental Mastery increasing their damage even further.

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Genshin Impact: Swirl, Electro Charged, Shatter, Crystallize, and more buffed

(Image via Genshin Impact)
(Image via Genshin Impact)

Genshin Impact players who are fans of the Electro Element may be rejoicing at the news that Elemental Reactions like Electro-Charged, Superconduct, and Overloaded will be receiving a buff in this coming update.

These reactions are primarily caused by Electro characters, and while each of them have some benefits, they also have downsides like Overloaded’s explosion that pushes enemies away or Superconduct’s low base damage.

A buff to these reactions could mean that Electro is a more viable source of damage and open the door for Electro supports to be used more often.

Other Genshin Impact Elemental Reactions getting buffed are Swirl and Shatter. While Swirl is commonly used by players with Anemo supports like Venti and Sucrose, Shatter is almost never used due to its low damage and its detrimental effect on the much more powerful Freeze reaction.

Crystallize is also getting a large boost to the DMG Absorption on the shields generated, making Crystallize shields more useful in battle. This could make Crystallize shields much more useful, as they currently block much less damage than character generated shields.

These buffs could allow these underutilized Elemental Reactions to become viable alternatives to the meta reactions like Vaporize and Melt.

It is expected that Elemental Mastery will play a large role in enhancing the effects of these newly buffed reactions, and players may see new options opening up in their battle styles.

These reactions have been on the latter end of the Elemental Reaction scale ever since the launch of Genshin Impact. These buffs could change things completely.

Players who have been waiting to use their Electro characters may find themselves with new powerful characters on their hands, while Anemo and Geo characters will see more utility in the future.

It remains to be seen how these reactions will be buffed, but if the buffs are powerful enough, it might change the meta of Genshin Impact forever.

Also read: Genshin Impact 1.5 F2P Primogems guide: How to get 12000+ free Primogems in 1.5 update

Published 03 May 2021
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