TL;DR Guide for Beidou

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 is the captain of a pirate crew. They just tell their crewmates what to do so their job gets easier. Make sure to help your captain or walk the plank (it's cause Beidou is a pirate).

PSA #2:

Both Beidou's abilities scale off ATK, but her E also scales with HP. She's arguably one of the most satisfying characters to play, which really do make her "bae doe." BUCKLE DOWN ME MATEY, WE'RE GOIN' ON A TRIP WITH THIS TL;DR.


Passive

Conqueror of Tides

Decreases all party members' swimming Stamina consumption by 20%.

E - Tidecaller

IMPORTANT TIP: There are 2 ways to use E.

  1. Tap E to instantly slash in front of her dealing electro damage.

  2. Hold E to put up a shield that absorbs damage and release to dish that damage + more back to the enemy.

Using E will apply electro proc on yourself, so just be careful not to take hydro damage or you will stun lock yourself.


PSA #3:

Her E has some explaining to do:

  1. The shield from holding E scales with HP. The more HP = more you can store damage (but you don't need to build HP).
  2. The SHIELD WILL BREAK IF THE DAMAGE ABSORBED EXCEEDS IT'S TOTAL HEALTH. This will forcibly release the E and you WILL TAKE THE EXCESS DAMAGE.
  3. Taking 2 instances of damage while holding E will grant it maximum damage (caps at 2 stacks).

Example: no attacks blocked = 200%, one attack blocked = 400%, two attacks blocked = 800%


Retribution

Counterattacking with Tidecaller at the precise moment when the character is hit grants the maximum DMG Bonus.

Basically you need to learn how to use her E to dish maximum damage. It isn't strict, so you can still get perfect counters if you do it a second too early or late. YOU CAN TELL IT'S A PERFECT COUNTER BECAUSE A GIANT ELECTRO AURA WILL OCCUR.


Lightning Storm

Gain the following effects for 10s after unleashing Tidecaller with its maximum DMG Bonus:

  •     DMG dealt by Normal and Charged Attacks is increased by 15%. ATK SPD of Normal and Charged Attacks is increased by 15%.
  •     Greatly reduced delay before unleashing Charged Attacks.

Getting a perfect counter or taking 2 instances of damage while holding E procs this passive. Makes Beidou slap like an actual truck. My advice is getting good at perfect countering arrows from Hilchurls and you'll be a master.

Tidecaller - Lvl. 4 Example Stats

Shield DMG Absorption 18.0% max hp+1837
Base DMG 152%
DMG Bonus on Hit Taken 200%
CD 7.5s

This is her bread and butter. Learn how to master this quickly if you want to really watch Beidou slap her simps around.

Q - Stormbreaker

Beidou said "nah" to taking damage, so her ultimate reduces damage taken and also dishes damage while you normal/charged attack. STAYS WHEN YOU SWAP CHARACTERS (which is why she can also be a great electro support!).

Stormbreaker - Lvl. 4 Example Stats

Skill DMG 152%
Lightning DMG 120%
DMG Reduction 24%
Duration 15.0s
CD 20.0s

Weapons

WEAPON #1 (Recommended for MAXIMUM BOOTY): Wolf's Gravestone

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

Has base ATK scaling and do I really need to say anything? She's already a dumpster truck by herself, this weapon just makes her the landfill.


WEAPON #2 (Recommended for early bonk go to horny jail): Debate Club

How do I get it D: ? - Go slap some monsters and steal their chests, or it's time to roll boys (gacha)

Has base ATK scaling and synergizes really well with Beidou since she focuses on normal/charged attacks.

If you have Prototype Animus, Skyrider Greatsword, or Rainslasher, they are all extremely good replacements as well!

ARTIFACTS

ARTIFACT #1 (Recommended for maximum slappage): Martial Artist + Berserker (2 pieces each)

How do I get it D: ? - Martial Artist at Hidden Palace of Zhou Formula Domain (AR 30 locked, 20 Resin per run). Berserker at any World Boss (40 Resin per run), or slap a few monsters and steal their chests.

You can also run 2-set Sojourner or Brave Heart instead of Martial Artist (or just both of those at the same time) as well.


ARTIFACT #2 (Recommended for HIYAH *shield spam*): Thundering Fury

How do I get it D: ? - Midsummer Courtyard Domain (AR 30 locked, 20 Resin per run).

Compliments her E and Q damage, but also helps her spam E for faster Lightning Storm passive proc.


You can run Gladiator's Finale if you want, but I highly recommend Martial Artist over the other two sets.

Summary

PSA #4:

DO NOT WORRY ABOUT STACKING HP. You can still focus on ATK% > CRIT% > CRIT DMG > ATK/Elemental Mastery as you don't want to be AFK holding E a long time. It's better to honestly have the shield shatter and return to doing normal attack parses (your Flower of Life should be more than enough)!

Main stats: ATK% Sands / Electro DMG% Goblet / CRIT% or CRIT DMG Circlet

Substats: CRIT% > CRIT DMG > ATK > EM


QUICK SHOUT OUT TO DSGAMING. I consider him to be the father of Beidou information, and if you're interested in making her your main, PLEASE go check out his channel.  Linked here!