Next to Artifacts, weapons are the most important part of a good character build in Genshin Impact. The playable characters fight with either a Catalyst, Bow, Sword, Polearm, or Claymore, and not all weapons are equally good since their stats and attributes are different. Most importantly, weapons are ranked from 1 to 5 stars, with the latter being the very best and, of course, the rarest.
It can be hard to get good 4- or 5-star weapons in Genshin Impact, especially for new players. Fortunately, there are plenty of great 3-star weapons to use in the meantime. The following 3-star weapons truly stand out among the crowd, especially once a player has leveled, ascended, and refined them.
Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers
Even though it has only 3 stars, the Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers Catalyst is one of the best support weapons in Genshin Impact. Its base stats are not that special, but its passive is great; whenever the character wielding this Catalyst swaps places with another character, the latter will have up to 48% more attack power (depending on weapon refinement level) for a duration of ten seconds.
This makes it very useful to the team as long as this Catalyst is equipped by an HP-focused support.
The Magic Guide Catalyst deals good damage when equipped by the right character. For starters, its secondary stat increases the wearer\’s Elemental Mastery. Although it has the lowest base attack of all three-star Catalysts, the Magic Guide has a great damage output if equipped by either Hydro or Electro damage dealers.
Thanks to its passive, all damage against enemies affected by the Hydro or Electro element is increased by 12% to 24%. As causing an Elemental Reaction is not even necessary, this Catalyst is an easy damage-dealer to use with any Hydro or Electro character.
The Slingshot is an extremely useful weapon for DPS bow characters such as Fischl. If a Normal or Aimed shot hits the enemy within 0.3 seconds of being fired, it can increase the damage dealt with up to 60%.
The secondary stat also grants a higher critical hit chance, which makes this a great DPS weapon. The only drawback is that damage will be decreased by 10% if the shot takes longer than 0.3 seconds. So, as long as the wielder stays close to the target, this 3-star is great for dealing high damage.
This means that the character wielding the Harbinger of Dawn is very dependent on having a great healer on the team, or a large supply of healing foods. As long as the player is able to keep the HP above that threshold though, this melee weapon is very useful for damage-dealing.
This sword has a decent base attack and grants additional attack power as a secondary stat. Furthermore, it has the potential to deal massive damage thanks to its passive ability; every hit has a 50% chance to deal between 240% and 400% (depending on refinement level) damage to an enemy.
This can occur every 11 seconds if the highest refinement level is reached. As the high damage output can be easily wasted on a weaker enemy with low HP, the Fillet Blade is best used to defeat bigger enemies.
The Cool Steel Sword is a great weapon to have for all Hydro and Cryo DPS characters. It increases damage against enemies affected by the Hydro or Cryo element by up to 24%. It also has increased attack power as its secondary stat. This makes Cool Steel a very decent 3-star weapon in almost any situation.
Cool Steel is especially useful when having both a Hydro and Cryo character on the team though. After making the enemy wet and consequently freezing them, Cool Steel can hit away at the stunned enemy.
The Black Tassel Polearm increases damage done against slimes by up to 80%. This is very useful in Genshin Impact, as slimes are one of the most common enemies. Slimes are found in abundance in both the wild and in dungeons. To have a weapon specialized in killing slimes is therefore no unnecessary luxury.
The only drawback is the secondary stat which grants additional HP. This is a little less useful considering that this weapon will be equipped by a Polearm damage dealer such as Xiangling. When used by early-game characters though, it can\’t hurt to have extra slime-killing abilities and some additional protection at the same time.
This heavy Claymore weapon can deal a lot of damage. Not only does the secondary stat increase the already decent base attack power, but using the character\’s Elemental Skill will also grant up to 120% increased attack power in a small area for all Normal and Charged Attacks.
This effect will last for fifteen seconds. The Debate Club is best used by a character meant for DPS. Furthermore, as the effect is triggered by the Elemental Skill, it works great for a character with a low Elemental cooldown.
The Bloodtainted Greatsword does not have the highest base attack of all three-star Claymores, but it still has the potential to be the best damage-dealer. Its passive ability increases damage against enemies affected by Pyro or Electro by up to 24%. An Elemental Reaction is thus not required.
This weapon is a great fit for any Pyro or Electro character build for high damage output, such as Diluc, especially if they have a relatively low Elemental cooldown. Furthermore, this Greatsword grants additional Elemental Mastery as a secondary stat.