Mastering Gorou in Genshin Impact: A Comprehensive Guide

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Genshin Impact Gorou character guide (2)
Welcome, fellow Travelers, to our comprehensive guide on Gorou, the 4-Star Geo Bow character in Genshin Impact. As the trusted general of the Watatsumi Army, Gorou brings unwavering reliability and courage to the battlefield, making him an exceptional support character.

We aim to comprehensively understand Gorou’s unique abilities and playstyle, empowering you to master his potential. Whether you optimize his support capabilities, leverage his passive talent, or create a synergistic team composition, this guide will equip you with the knowledge needed to become a skilled Gorou player in Genshin Impact.

Understanding Gorou’s Abilities:

Understanding Gorou's Abilities

Ripping Fang Fletching (Normal Attack and Charged Attack)

Gorou’s Normal Attack allows him to perform up to 4 consecutive shots. While aiming, stone crystals accumulate on the arrowhead, allowing him to release a Charged Attack that inflicts Geo damage. The general of the Watatsumi Army can also unleash a shower of arrows in mid-air, dealing area-of-effect damage with his Plunging Attack. 

Inuzaka All-Round Defense (Elemental skill)

Inuzaka All-Round Defense deals area-of-effect Geo damage and sets up a General’s War Banner when activated.

General’s War Banner: The General’s War Banner provides buffs to active characters within its area of effect.

  • 1 Geo character: “Standing Firm” – DEF Bonus.
  • 2 Geo characters: “Impregnable” – Increased resistance to interruption.
  • 3 Geo characters: “Crunch” – Geo DMG Bonus.

Gorou can deploy only one General’s War Banner on the field at a time, and each character can benefit from only one banner at a time. If a party member leaves the field, the active buff lasts 2 seconds.

Hold: Holding the skill allows you to adjust the location of the General’s War Banner.

Juuga: Forward Unto Victory (Elemental burst)

Gorou showcases his valor as a general by unleashing AoE Geo damage and creating a field known as General’s Glory to empower his comrades.

General’s Glory possesses the following properties:

  • Similar to the General’s War Banner from Inazuka All-Round Defense, it buffs to active characters within its area of effect based on the number of Geo characters in the party. It also moves with the active character.
  • It generates 1 Crystal Collapse every 1.5 seconds, dealing AoE Geo damage to a single opponent within its area of effect.
  • Every 1.5 seconds, it pulls one elemental shard in its area of effect to the position of the active character. These elemental shards are created by Crystallize reactions.
  • It will be destroyed if Gorou’s General’s War Banner is present on the field when using this ability. Additionally, while General’s Glory is active, Gorou’s Elemental Skill “Inazuka All-Round Defense” will not create the General’s War Banner.
  • If Gorou is defeated, the effects of General’s Glory will be cleared.

Ascension 1: “Unmindful of Wind and Weather”

  • After using Juuga: Forward Unto Victory boosts all nearby party members’ Defense (DEF) by 25% for 12 seconds.

Ascension 4: “A Favor Repaid”

Gorou gains the following bonus based on his DEF.

  • Inuzaka All-Round Defense: Skill damage increases by 156% of DEF.
  • Juuga: Forward Unto Victory: Skill damage and Crystal Collapse damage increase by 15.6% of DEF.

Passive Ability: “Seeker of Shinies” 

  • Reveals the location of unique Inazuma resources on the mini-map.

Unlocking Gorou’s Potential:

Gorou’s Constellations:

  • Rushing Hound: Swift as the Wind – reduces the cooldown of Inuzaka All-Round Defense when characters (excluding Gorou) within the General’s War Banner or General’s Glory deal Geo damage.
  • Sitting Hound: Steady as a Clock – extends the duration of General’s Glory when a nearby active character obtains an Elemental Shard from a Crystallize reaction.
  • Mauling Hound: Fierce as Fire – increases the level of Inuzaka All-Round Defense by 3.
  • Lapping Hound: Warm as Water – periodically heals active characters within General’s Glory.
  • Striking Hound: Thunderous Force – increases the level of Juuga: Forward Unto Victory by 3.
  • Valiant Hound: Mountainous Fealty – boosts the CRIT DMG of nearby party members’ Geo damage based on the buff level of the skill field.

Gorou’s Ascension Materials: 

Lv.20→Lv.40

  • Prithiva Topaz Silver ×1
  • Sango Pearl ×3
  • Spectral Husk ×3

Lv.40→Lv.50

  • Prithiva Topaz Fragment ×3
  • Perpetual Heart ×2
  • Sango Pearl ×10
  • Spectral Husk ×15

Lv.50→Lv.60

  • Prithiva Topaz Fragment ×6
  • Perpetual Heart ×4
  • Sango Pearl ×20
  • Spectral Heart ×12

Lv.60→Lv.70

  • Prithiva Topaz Chunk ×3
  • Perpetual Heart ×8
  • Sango Pearl ×30
  • Spectral Heart ×18

Lv.70→Lv.80

  • Prithiva Topaz Chunk ×6
  • Perpetual Heart ×12
  • Sango Pearl ×45
  • Spectral Nucleus ×12

Lv.80→Lv.90

  • Prithiva Topaz Gemstone ×6
  • Perpetual Heart ×20
  • Sango Pearl ×60
  • Spectral Nucleus ×24

Gorou’s Talent Level-Up Materials: 

Daily Domain Drops (Wed/Sat/Sun)

  • Teachings of Light
  • Guide to Light
  • Philosophies of Light

Enemy Drops

  • Specters Spectral Husk
  • Spectral Heart
  • Spectral Nucleus

Weekly Boss Drops

  • La Signora Challenge Reward – Molten Moment

Recommendations

To elevate his support capabilities, level up Gorou’s Elemental Skill first to give your team stronger buffs. The next talent to focus on is his Elemental Burst as it generates an elemental shard every 1.5 seconds, providing continual protection for your group and increasing their resilience in battle.

Building Gorou:

Gorou Geo Support Build

Weapon: Favonius Warbow

Substitute:

  • 1. Elegy For The End
  • 2. End Of The Line (F2P)

Best Artifact: The Exile x4

Artifact Stats:

  • Sands: Energy Recharge
  • Goblet: Geo DMG Bonus / DEF
  • Circlet: CRIT Rate / DEF

Priority Sub-Stats:

  • Energy Recharge
  • DEF%
  • CRIT Rate
  • CRIT Damage

Enhancing Gorou’s Performance:

To enhance Gorou’s performance, substats and set bonuses play a vital role. Prioritize artifacts with substats like DEF%, Energy Recharge, and CRIT Rate. The Husk of Opulent Dreams set, with its DEF bonus and Geo DMG Bonus, is recommended. Customize Gorou’s build based on your playstyle and team composition for optimal results.

Customizing Gorou’s Build:

Tailor Gorou’s build to suit your preferences. For a support role, prioritize DEF% main stats and Energy Recharge to maximize his support capabilities. If you want him to excel in burst damage, focus on DEF, Energy Recharge, and CRIT Rate, utilizing the Favonius Warbow. Consider teaming him up with other Geo characters for synergistic effects. Experiment with different substats, artifact sets, and weapons to find the ideal setup for Gorou.

Playstyle and Strategies:

  • Synergize Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst: To maximize Gorou’s support potential, combine his Elemental Skill, Inazuka All-Round Defense, to deploy the General’s War Banner, and follow it with his Elemental Burst, Juuga: Forward Unto Victory, to create the General’s Glory field. This powerful combo provides buffs and increased damage for your team while maintaining a wide area of effect.
  • Build a Geo Team: Gorou excels when teamed up with other Geo characters. Including multiple Geo characters in your party will unlock stronger buffs and benefits from the General’s War Banner and General’s Glory. 
  • Strategic Placement: Place the General’s War Banner and General’s Glory strategically on the battlefield. Position them where your team members can easily access the buffs and take advantage of the generated elemental shards and Crystal Collapse damage.
  • Leverage Elemental Reactions: Gorou’s abilities generate elemental shards through Crystallize reactions. Take advantage of these shards by triggering additional elemental reactions with other characters in your team. This will enhance overall damage output and provide valuable benefits, such as shields from Crystallize reactions.
  • Consider Energy Recharge and Favonius Warbow: Focus on building Gorou with Energy Recharge substats or equip him with the Favonius Warbow. These options will increase Gorou’s energy regeneration rate, allowing more frequent usage of his potent Elemental Burst.
  • Timing and Coordination: In co-op, coordinate Gorou’s abilities with other team members’ elemental skills and bursts. Synchronizing his support abilities with those of other characters can result in devastating elemental combinations and maximize overall damage output.
  • Control the Field and Stay Mobile: Gorou’s abilities provide field control advantages. Utilize the General’s Glory field to dictate the battlefield, draw enemies into its range, and benefit from continuous Crystal Collapse damage and the generation of elemental shards.

Team Compositions with Gorou:

Gorou, the defense-boosting support character, synergizes well with specific characters in Genshin Impact. Here are recommendations for team compositions and strategies:

Best Party for Gorou:

  • Gorou (Support): 
  • Arataki Itto (DPS): 
  • Albedo (Sub-DPS): 
  • Raiden Shogun (Battery):

Other Compatible Compositions:

  • Albedo and Zhongli: 
  • Arataki Itto, Ningguang, and Noelle: 
  • Raiden Shogun, Xinyan, and Kokomi: 

Free-to-Play Friendly Party:

  • Gorou (Support): 
  • Noelle (DPS): 
  • Geo Traveler (Sub-DPS): 
  • Kaeya (Sub-DPS): 

Strengths and Weaknesses of Gorou in Different Roles:

  • Strengths: Gorou excels as a supporting character, boosting defense and Geo damage. The general of the Watatsumi Army synergizes well with defense-scaling Geo characters, enhancing their damage output. Gorou’s abilities provide interruption resistance and damage amplification.
  • Weaknesses: Gorou’s Elemental Burst has a high energy cost, requiring energy support from other characters or energy recharge artifacts. The general of the Watatsumi Army’s support capabilities primarily focuses on defense and Geo damage, limiting flexibility in team compositions requiring different support or elemental reactions.

Gorou shines as a formidable support character in Genshin Impact, offering the ability to bolster defense and Geo damage for the team. The general of the Watatsumi Army’s strengths are empowering defense-scaling Geo characters, providing interruption resistance, and amplifying overall damage output. 

To fully unleash Gorou’s potential, players are encouraged to practice and experiment with his abilities, discovering synergistic team compositions and strategies that suit their playstyle. 

 

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