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will al haitham be a 5 star?

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Alhaitham is a Dendro DPS without a doubt. Slapping Crit DMG and Crit Rate on him would likely deal decent damage, but it wouldn’t be as powerful as a build that boosts Aggravate, Quicken, or Bloom damage based on his Elemental Mastery. That said, it’ll be a priority to choose weapons and artifacts that boost his Elemental Mastery and Dendro DMG.

Here’s how to build Alhaitham to balance team synergy with Dendro damage.

Light of Foliar Infusion, Alhaitham’s signature weapon, is the best pick if you decide to roll for it. It can increase the wielder’s Crit DMG by over 80 percent when fully leveled and increases damage based on Elemental Mastery. This assumes that Alhaitham will be stacked with Elemental Mastery, which many players should do when optimizing him for a reaction-based Dendro team. His Elemental Skill infuses his normal attacks with Dendro DMG, so there wouldn’t be a problem activating the weapon’s ability.

Many of the other five-star swords should also work with Alhaitham thanks to high Crit DMG and Crit Rate. Mistsplitter Reforged boosts Crit DMG and Elemental DMG, and Haran Geppaku Futsu does the same but with Crit Rate instead of Crit DMG. There are nuances between the two, but the end result is the same: more damage.

Primordial Jade Cutter also works purely because of Crit Rate. Its ability raises attack based on Max HP, which isn’t a priority to Alhaitham.

Last but not least, Freedom Sworn empowers Alhaitham’s Dendro elemental reactions with its Elemental Mastery. There are many four-star swords can do the same, even if they don’t raise the Elemental Mastery as high or have as powerful of an ability, though.

Iron Sting, Toukabou Shigure, and Xiphos’ Moonlight all have Elemental Mastery as their main stats. It just matters which one works best for you — or which one you can get your hands on. Toukabou Shigure was an event weapon, so if you missed out on that, it’s already out of the running. However, Iron Sting and Xiphos’ Moonlight are fully craftable weapons.

Black Sword is a popular pick for its Crit Rate and ability, but it’s only available on the paid-for battle pass. If you already have it, great. If you don’t want to pay, don’t worry about it.

Harbinger of Dawn, a free-to-play favorite for DPS characters, also works because of its high Crit DMG. It might not be too impressive at first, but a fully refined version drastically improves that. Pulling on banners over time will get you enough copies to fully refine it in no time.

If you’re running Alhaitham solo, both four-piece Deepwood Memories or Gilded Dreams work as viable options. Deepwood Memories is for the Dendro DMG boost and Dendro RES debuff, and Gilded Dreams is for Elemental Mastery. If you already have a Dendro character with Deepwood Memories, it’s highly recommended you equip a four-piece Gilded Dreams set, though.

Gilded Dreams raises Alhaitham’s Elemental Mastery and also increases his attack by 14 percent for each Dendro party member. This works especially well when running him on a double Dendro team with Collei, Dendro Traveler, or Yaoyao. He would also get 50 Elemental Mastery for party members of different elements. Alhaitham typically takes the role of the Dendro driver (the one causing elemental reactions), so he should be the teammate stacked with Elemental Mastery. It’s just that you can deal even more damage with the Deepwood Memories Dendro RES debuff, which activates even when the equipping character is off the field.

Gilded Dreams

Deepwood Memories

Lora Marnhout