Barbara is the most effective support character in Genshin Impact currently and provides a consistent wet effect to enemies. Most of her skills and abilities scale with her max health, so equipping her with artifacts to increase her health will make Barbara more effective in the long run. This is a complete guide on how to play Barbara in Genshin Impact.
Attacks and Skills
Attack: Whisper of Water – Barbara’s basic attack is a 4-part water attack that is basically splashes of water. Each splash deals Hydro damage, and her charged attack deals AoE Hydro damage. Both have a chance to get enemies wet.
Elemental Skill: Let the Show Begin – This Elemental Skill is one of the most effective at healing, and works great when fighting Pyro or Electro enemies. Let the Show Begin summons water to surround Barbara, and deals Hydro damage to any enemies that get close to her. This ability scales with Barbara’s max health, and it heals her and her teammates in two ways. When using her basic and charged attacks while the ability is active, Barbara will heal her teammates, healing four times as much if she uses her charged attack. Over time in slow intervals, the skill will heal the active character, although not as efficiently as Barbara does with her attacks. Be warned: this will apply the wet status to anyone it heals, making fighting Cryo enemies in Genshin Impact a struggle for Barbara.
Elemental Burst: Shining Miracle – This is hands down one of the quickest and most effective healing Elemental Bursts in Genshin Impact, Shining Miracle is a handy get-out-of-jail-free card when your characters are stuffed and on the verge of death. This ability heals for massive amounts scaled off of Barbara’s max health.
Glorious Season: Ascension 1 – The Stamina Consumption of characters within Let the Show Begin’s Melody Loop is reduced by 12%.
Encore: Ascension 4 – When a character gains an Elemental Orb, the duration of Let the Show Begin’s Melody Loop is extended by one second, and the max extension is five seconds.
With My Whole Heart: When a Perfect Cooking is achieved on a dish with restorative effects, there is a 12% chance to obtain double the product.
C1: Gleeful Song – Barbara regenerates 1 Energy every 10s.
C2: Vitality Burst– Decreases the cooldown of Let the Show Begin by 15%. During the ability’s duration, the current character gains a 15% Hydro damage Bonus.
C3: Star of Tomorrow– Increases the Level of Shining Miracle by three, and the maximum level is 15.
C4: Attentiveness be My Power– Every enemy hit by Barbara’s Charged Attack regenerates one Energy for her. A maximum of five energy can be regenerated in this manner with anyone Charged Attack.
C5: The Purest Companionship– Increases the level of Let the Show Begin by three, and the maximum level is 15.
C6: Dedicating Everything to You– When Barabra is not active and a teammate dies, they are automatically revived and regenerate their health up to 100%. This can only occur every 15 minutes.
Artifacts & builds
Barbara is one of the best healers in Genshin Impact and can do support her team while inflicting Hydro damage and status effects. All of her healing abilities scale based on her max health, which means that artifacts that increase her max health and healing efficiency will be your best friend.
The two best artifact options for Barbara are Maiden Beloved, and Exile if you haven’t earned enough of the Maiden Beloved to get the 2-set bonus. The 2-set bonus that Maiden Beloved provides is a 15% increase in character healing effectiveness. The 4-set bonus is a perk that increases healing received by all party members by 20% for 10 seconds when an elemental skill or burst is activated.
The Exile artifact will increase your energy recharge rate by 20% and increase the frequency and which Barbara can use her abilities. In Genshin Impact, the number one key to success is utilizing elemental reactions as much as possible. Barbara paired up with Beido or Razor makes for consistent elemental reactions and damage.
The catalyst weapon selection in Genshin Impact is pretty underwhelming so far, so the best choice for Barbara is Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers. Prototype Malice is a popular choice if you plan on keeping Barbara on the field and act as a last resort to heal a dying team.