TL;DR Guide for Albedo

A guide by 2Board_on reddit who has given permission for us to post this - you can find the original guide on reddit here.

It is intended to be a brief overview of the strengths/weaknesses of the character, with the authors own opinions on the best currently available gear to pair with the character.

Overview & Passive

PSA #1:

A DPS and their Supports have a unique relationship: DPS bullies the Supports into doing their homework, then hands it in to look like they're really smart -- that is a DPS.

PSA #2:

Both Albdeo's abilities scale off ATK, but DEF can play a huge role depending on his constellation. He can practically bring anything to life, but chose frickin ROCK FLOWERS... b r o.


Passive

Genius Unearthed

When Albedo crafts Weapon Ascension Materials, he has a 10% chance to recieve double the product.

E - Abiogenesis: Solar Isotoma

PSA #3: IMPORTANT TIPS REGARDING E

  1. THE FIELD STAYS WHEN YOU SWAP CHARACTERS

  2. E is NOT an enchantment like Chongyun's E

  3. Transient Blossom procs (the Geo DMG) only occurs when you damage enemies INSIDEthe field. If they're outside the field, they will not receive the Geo DMG proc

  4. Transient Blossom procs occurs roughly every 2 seconds (it's basically like a Geo version of Xingqiu's Q)

The transient blossom procs are essential to his kit, but it does not mean you should double-down on DEF% main stats unless you're strictly planning on centralizing your build on E. A single DEF% Sands will be more than fine!


Calcite Might

Transient Blossom generated by Abiogenesis: Solar Isotoma deal 25% more DMG to enemies whose HP is below 50%.

Basically the Geo DMG procs slap harder.

Abiogenesis: Solar Isotoma - Lvl. 8 Example Stats

Skill DMG 209%
Transient Blossom DMG 214% DEF
Duration 30.0s
CD 4.0s

Man literally plants a Geo flower into the ground, doing AoE Geo DMG and creates a field. Hold to choose placing location. YOU CAN STAND ON THE CENTER OF THE FLOWER TO MAKE IT INTO AN ELEVATOR! Slap enemies inside the field to do some extra Geo DMG.

Q - Rite of Progeniture: Tectonic Tide

IMPORTANT TIP: You do NOT need to be in the field to cause the 7 Geo explosions. His E just has to be on spawned, and you can cast Albedo's Q anywhere to cause the explosions!

JUST MAKE SURE ALBEDO'S E IS OUT BEFORE YOU Q!


Homuncular Nature

Using Rite: of Progeniture: Tectonic Tide increases the Elemental Mastery of nearby party members by 125 for 10s.

Just use Q then proc elemental reactions. Albedo = Geo Sucrose.


Talent Leveling Order: E > Normal > Q (E > Q > Normal for burst DPS/Support).

Rite of Progeniture: Tectonic Tide - Lvl. 8 Example Stats

Elemental Burst DMG 588%
Fatal Blossom DMG 115.2% each
CD 12.0s
Energy Cost 40

Literally drops a giant rock flower infront of you, dealing massive AoE Geo DMG. Spreads it's pollen, since it also causes 7 mini AoE Geo explosions inside Albedo's E.

Weapons

WEAPON #1 (Recommended for DPS): Aquila Favonia

How do I get it D: ?: It's time to roll boys (gacha)

Has base Phys DMG% scaling and basically the weapon skill wipes the floor.

PSA #4: We're still testing, but - Albedo's playstyle benefits Geo DMG% across all roles. Saw roughly a 2.4k more burst DMG and 300-400 Transient Blossom damage with Archaic Petra.

Aquila Favonia vs. Skyward Blade vs. The Black Sword (For Geo DMG DPS).

With more realistic projections (assuming players chose The Black Sword for every BP so far), R3 The Black Sword does surpass R1 Skyward Blade by roughly 1.4k total DPS. So if you don't have Aquila Favonia, The Black Sword will also be fine.

In-game tests, Aquila's only gimmick is playing recklessly to proc the weapon skill. Otherwise it's extremely strong for a normal attack reliant main DPS/sub DPS like Albedo.


WEAPON #2 (Recommended for a pretty flower Support): Festering Desire

How do I get it D: ? - Dragonspine Storyline

Has base Energy Recharge scaling and the weapon skill affects both initial E + transient blossom procs (effect stays even after swapping).

Harbinger of Dawn is also an easy sword to refine/level. Just make sure to basically stay 100% HP, or you'll lose a lot of CRIT% (which effectively also punishes your CRIT DMG).

Favonius Sword,Sacrificial Sword, and Fillet Blade are also great choices for support Albedo (if you want to focus burst).

ARTIFACTS

ARTIFACT #1 (Recommended for massive DPS): Gladiator's Finale

How do I get it D: ? - Any World Boss (40 Resin per run).

+18% ATK benefits everything, but more so because Albedo's kit revolves around normal attacking.

For burst DPS however, 2-set Noblesse+ 2-set Archaic Petra will perform better (3k+ DMG markup) at the loss of damage consistency from normal attacks.


ARTIFACT #2 (Recommended for sturdy Supporting): Noblesse Oblige

How do I get it D: ? - Clear Pool and Mountain Cavern Domain (AR 35 locked, 20 Resin per run).

Burst just hurts more, and you buff your team (go team!)

Archaic Petra is also great, but just be aware of picking up wrong element-infused crystallize gems -- otherwise your DPS will never benefit from the 4-set bonus. Noblesse is just a much easier, safer buff (if you're used to Archaic Petra, go have fun).

Can run The Exile set for earlier support builds as well, as it will basically turn Albedo into an overkill energy generator

Summary

PSA #5:

C2 Albedo changes things for both burst DPS and Support Albedo, as it does give some precedent to getting DEF%/DEF substats. Not worth enough to replace Geo DMG% or CRIT values, but it makes getting DEF substats more tolerable (as your E proc's and Q damage does increase).

Main stats: DEF% Sands / Geo DMG% Goblet / CRIT% or CRIT DMG Circlet

Substats: CRIT% > CRIT DMG > DEF% > ATK