In an ideal world, you have at least 50% Crit Rate and 100% Crit Damage on your DPS. Unfortunately, this is not an ideal world and Genshin artifact luck is always “prepare for the worst, becasue if an artifact has flat Defense or HP, it will roll that way every time.”
The 1:2 Crit Rate to Crit Damage ratio is golden – for every 1% CritRate, 2% Crit Damage.
Some characters gain Crit Rate or Crit Damge as they level up – Keqing, for example, gains Crit Damage for a grand total of 88.4% after ascension 6 (post ascension, level 80) and absolutely eats up Crit Rate – one of her best weapons is the Black Sword, from the Battle Pass, which has Crit Rate as its substat. (In comparison, every character has a base Crit Damage of 50%, meaning the damage of every Crit hit is multiplied by 1.5)
Razor does not gain Crit Rate or Crit Damage with ascnsions, he gets Physical Damage bonus instead.
Attack percent is great in early game, but Crit Rate and Crit Damage will eclipse it eventually. Weapons with Crit Rate or Crit Damage substats take pressure off you when looking for artifacts, but some of Razor’s best weapons, namely Wolf’s Gravestone and Prototype Archaic, both have Attack % as substats.
I know I said 1:2 ratio of Crit Rate to Crit Damage, but Razor, as a claymore user, has slower attacks than other weapon types. You probably want to have more Crit Rate, because him missing a Crit hit is significantly more damage lost in comaprison to, say, a polearm user like Xiangling whose attacks deal less damage but are much faster.
I would equip Razor with artifact main stats like this:
- Headpiece – Crit Rate % (or Crit Damage %, in the case when having a Crit Rate helmet would push your Crit Rate past 100%)
- Flower – Flat HP (fixed main stat)
- Goblet – Physical damage %
- Feather – Flat Attack (fixed main stat)
- Timepiece – Energy Recharge % or Attack %
For substats, I would suggest looking for Crit Rate, Crit Damage, Attack %, Energy Recharge, then Elemental Mastery in that order. If you have an artifact with the right main stat but bad substats, you can keep it equipped but unenhanced. I do that a lot – don’t worry about having perfect artifacts. You just need good enough, becasue perfect is impossible here.
Side note – it is possible for you to have more than 100% Crit Rate, meaning every single hit is a crit. You don’t get any bonus for it, though. You might want to stop about 80% to 85% Crit Rate, given food buffs and other charcters’ abilities and talents can boost your Crit Rate.
Thank you for reading and good luck with the artifact drops.