Ningguang In-Depth Guide


Author: Harnas | Featured Character: Ningguang | Element Type: Geo | Game Version 1.5.0

Intro

To talk about Ningguang, in short: she is kind of a 5 star in disguise.

In my own opinion she is the best character (and dps) in game. Why? 

  • She is a 4 star, which means the chance you get her is easier compared to the shiny 5 star character.
  • Her damage is so broken (maybe even surpass some 5 star), that even up to the time me writing this guide, some whales are using her as their main dps. 
  • Ara ara powah, but in a elegant way :>

Note: in this guide the author will refer Ningguang's talents as:

E = Elemental skill = Jade Screen

Q = Elemental burst skill = Starshatter

Mainguide

You probably consider Ningguang as a dps character, but she also has support capability in a way.

I will write my guide based on analysis of her talents and on-field combat abilities.

It is a wall of text, so if you are too lazy for it, just read the text in bold :>


1. Her Normal attack has a small scale (50.4% at Lv10 Talent), so the damage output is quite low. However, when a normal attack successfully hits an opponent, it will grant her 1 Star Jade flying around with maximum stack of 3 Star Jades. When she does Charged attack, those Star Jades will fly with her attack, dealing additional damage (89.3% at Lv10 Talent). The Charged attack damage is also really high (313% at Lv10 Talent).

-> Focus on stacking up the Star Jades and then shooting the hell out of opponents using her Charged Attack is the optimized way of dealing damage. 

-> The jades have quite a long shooting range, so you can just stay far away and "throw rocks at enemies".


2. Her Normal and Charged attack speed is slow though, because of the animation. But there is a trick to cancel it, which I will show you later :>


3. Her talent "Backup Plan" is another reason you want to focus on her Charged attack. Whenever she has Star Jades flying around, the Charged attack does not cosume Stamina.

-> Like, you know Hutao right? (If not check my other guide on her :>). She also deals damage using her Charged attack and that consumes Stamina, hence she cannot deal huge pp damage all the time. At Constellation 1, she gains kind of what this "Backup Plan" is (when she casts her Elemental skill, the Charged attack does not consume Stamina).

-> So what you get here in Ningguang is a whole C1 of another 5 star character. Now you feel how broken Ningguang is right?


4. Her E drops a big Jade Screen on enemies, dealing big damage (438% at Lv11 Talent). This Screen can also absorb damage. Also, it boosts 12% Geo DMG Bonus to character that passes through it, thanks to another talent of her (Strategic Reverse). 

-> You get quite big damage when this screen hits enemies. It makes Ningguang have kind of a defensive ability since it can shield her and other characters from incoming damage. It's very useful versus archers or mages for example.

-> Moreover, it can do some minor support, since it gives instant 12% Geo DMG Bonus not just to her but also other characters. That is quite a huge number, because a +20 Gold Geo DMG Bonus Artifact only gives 46.6%, which you have to sacrifice time/resin for (and pain, I know ;w;) to get a good one.   


5. Her Q deals massive damage by shooting out "a great number of gems". If the Jade Screen from her E is nearby, it will be converted into gems as well. Energy cost = 40.

-> You might want to cast her E first, then get into the Jade Screen casted to get extra 12% Geo DMG Bonus, then cast her Q for big damage.

-> The fact that Energy cost is only 40 makes it so easy to spam her Q.


6. I think you already knew when reading this guide, but she is a Catalyst user. This means her damage output is purely Geo element.

-> This has advantage of creating crytalize reactions, giving her an extra shield for defensive purpose. Also, it is easier to charge up Energy for her Q.


7. Her last talent, "Trove of Marvelous Treasures" will mark locations of Ores near your position on map.

-> Use her for ore farming for Weapon's EXP materials.

Alright, that enough for the analysis.

Now we move on to Mechanics, where I will show you tricks you can do to convert Ningguang to a real Machine gun ┣¨キ(〃゚3゚〃)┣¨キ

Mechanics

1. Attack animation cancel trick

As I mentioned above, her Normal attack animation is quite long, but there is a trick to cancel it. With animation cancel, she does damage literally fast like a machine gun, not gonna lie ✧ᏊⓛꈊⓛᏊ.

-> Just move your Ningguang in whatever direction you like (normally forward) ->hold that movement key -> then do her Normal attack-> Profit :D.

-> Video demonstration: https://youtu.be/o64wzJDgUr4.


2. How to optimize her Normal attack and "Backup Plan" talent?

You can play her in either of these ways, up to your choice:

  • Do 3 Normal attack to max stack the Star Jade -> 1 Charged attack to shoot out huge damage -> Rinse and repeat. This will optimize the damage from all Star Jades.
  • Do 1 Normal attack to get the Star Jade -> 1 Charged attack -> 1 Normal attack again -> 1 Charged attack -> and so on. This will optimize the "Backup Plan" since you need only 1 Star Jade for "no Stamina consumption on Charged attack" effect.
  • Big note: make sure your Normal attack hits the enemy, or else no Star Jade :<
  • Big note 2: make sure to go through her Jade Screen (cast her E and go through that screen) to gain extra damage bonus for your attack.

3. You are able to cast her Q now, what to do to optimize the damage output?

I will mention again the procedure:

  • Cast her E to drop the Jade Screen and deal extra damage
  • Go through that Jade Screen to gain extra 12% Geo DMG Bonus
  • Cast Q
  • Enjoy the scene Σξ=ꈊ=ノҘノ

Team Compositions

Example combination


Character Selection

Rotation

This is just an example of team combination. You can mix her with whoever you want since to be honest Ningguang is quite a good standalone character. But of course, a bonus on team combination is always good for her. Just make sure you have:

  • A Geo character to get 2x Geo team bonus. Preferably someone who can create shield to protect your Ningguang.
  • In this case I use 2x Pyro team bonus. Since it gives extra ATK, a boost for her of course.
  • I use Bennett in here, because he is a good support. He can heal while also give ATK boost for Ningguang using his Q.
  • Then we have Xiangling. She is good for her base Element Mastery stats, and her Q is just awsome to combine with Ningguang for Crystallize reaction.

Weapons

Choice Number #1 - Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds


Weapon Ability

Increases Movement Speed SPD by 10%. When in battle, earn a 6/8/10/12/14% Elemental DMG Bonus every 4s. Max 4 stacks. Lasts until the character falls or leaves combat.

Usage Description

The (best) universal weapon for any DPS Catalyst character in my opinion. You have an extra Elemental DMG Bonus from its passive, increasing movement speed, and also its substat is CRIT Rate :>


Choice Number #2 - Memory of Dust


Weapon Ability

Usage Description

This is, canon-wise speaking, her signature weapon. Though in my opinion Lost Prayer is still better.

This weapon has ATK substats, providing better ATK stats for her since her base ATK is actually quite low.

She is a Catalyst user, which means you can always create a shield around her using Crystalize reaction, making this weapon a good one on her with its passive.


Choice Number #3 - Solar Pearl


Weapon Ability

Normal Attack hits increase Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst DMG by 20/25/30/35/40% for 6s. Likewise, Elemental Skill or Elmental Burst hits increase Normal Attack DMG by 20/25/30/35/40% for 6s.

Usage Description

A weapon that you can get from Battle Pass. Its passive gives a huge boost on her damage output, and the substats is CRIT Rate :>


Choice Number #4 - Blackcliff Amulet


Weapon Ability

Defeating an enemy increases the next Elemental Burst's DMG by 24/30/36/42/48%. Lasts for 3s. Max 3 stacks.

Usage Description

You need to save up Starglitter to buy this from the shop. But it is worth since the weapon has CRIT DMG substats, and the passive is quite universal to most Catalyst users.


Choice Number #5 - The Widsith


Weapon Ability

When a 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 60/70/80/90/100%.

Aria: Increases all Elemental DMG by 48/60/72/84/96%.

Interlude: Elemental Mastery is increased by 240/300/360/420/480.

Usage Description

It has CRIT DMG substats and you can use it to maximize damage output of Ningguang's Q.

Artifactsetup

Artifact Setup #1 - Best combination for dps Ningguang


Archaic Petra gives Geo DMG Bonus to her, while Gladiator will fix the problem of low base ATK.

  • CRIT Rate - make sure to have at least 50%
  • CRIT DMG
  • ATK - for her low base ATK
  • HP - since her base HP is kind of low so you might need a bit for a thicker Jade Screen + make her more tanky
  • Energy Recharge - if you want to charge up or Ning's Q faster, which is really optional
  • Elemental Mastery - For a thicker Elemental shield made by Crystallize reaction

1st Setbonus (Archaic Petra)

Gain a 15% Geo DMG Bonus.

2nd Setbonus (Archaic Petra)

If the wielder of this artifact set uses Sword, Claymore or Polearm, increases their Normal Attack DMG by 35%


Artifact Setup #2 - Alternative combination for dps Ningguang


Noblesse will give a boost on her Q, making the damage output even higher :>

  • CRIT Rate - make sure to have at least 50%
  • CRIT DMG
  • ATK - for her low base ATK
  • HP - since her base HP is kind of low so you might need a bit for a thicker Jade Screen + make her more tanky
  • Energy Recharge - if you want to charge up or Ning's Q faster, which is really optional
  • Elemental Mastery - For a thicker Elemental shield made by Crystallize reaction

1st Setbonus (Archaic Petra)

Gain a 15% Geo DMG Bonus.

2nd Setbonus (Archaic Petra)

Using an Elemental Burst Increases all party member's ATK by 20% for 12s. This effect cannot stack.

Conclusion

In my own opinion, Ningguang is quite an easy character to build.

She is good already at Constellation 0 and can carry you even in the end-game content, while you don't have to invest much gems into her.

Up till this time of writting the guide, I am at AR56 and she is still my main dps, even though I have a bunch of good 5 star dps character like Klee, Xiao, Hutao and so on. Hence, I can say that she needs just a small investment, but huge gain here.

So the tl;dr of this guide is, if you already get convinced of building her (✿ ͡◕ ᴗ◕)つ━━✫・*。:

  • Use her Normal attack to stack up the Star Jade -> shoot out that Charged attack and enjoy.
  • Make sure to use the animation cancel trick to convert her into a machine gun.
  • Make sure to use that Jade Screen from her E to optimize the damage.
  • Her Q has a really small cost (40 Energy), so try to spam it.
  • She can help you in your ore farming journey :>
  • Small note: she can shoot enemies in high grounds in certain cases (like archers, geo mages, and even the annoying Eye of the Storm).

Welp, that's it for now. I hope you enjoy her at the fullest ♡  (ʘ ꒳ ʘ✿)