The best part of the open-world fantasy game Genshin Impact is its beautifully crafted characters. Many video games with multiple playable characters tend to have trouble differentiating each character from the other; you end up with a game where everyone looks alike. This is not the case for Genshin Impact.
Currently, there are 47 playable characters in the game, with 32 girls and 16 boys (including Aether). The list below ranks ten of the best male characters in Genshin Impact based on their power and popularity.
Gorou is a 4 star Geo bow user whose bravery knows no bounds. He is the reliable general of the Watatsumi Armor and answers to Sangonomiya Kokomi. As a support character, Gorou uses his skills to boost the carry’s DEF and Geo DMG, making him ideal for teams with a Geo carry.
This Geo character is quite easy to build and doesn’t require a lot of investment. Conveniently, when he reaches C4, he can heal active party members with his Elemental Burst. What else can he not do?
Next up is none other than everyone’s favourite, Fatui Harbinger, Tartaglia or Childe. As the eleventh and youngest Fatui Harbinger, Tartaglia thrives in dangerous situations and loves thrilling battles. He’s a 5-star Hydro who fights with a bow.
Tartaglia has a unique fighting style as he is one of the only characters in the game who can switch between melee and ranged attacks with his elemental skill. Its combat animations are smooth and it deals massive damage in-game.
As a synthetic human created from a powerful alchemist, Albedo lacks human interaction skills. You could tell he’s doing his best to be human. The 5-star Geo character works as the chief alchemist of the Knights of Favonius. In combat, he fights with a sword and serves as support for his teammates.
Albedo was released on December 23, 2020, and it’s had a one-banner rerun since then. His elemental skill makes it easier to explore Teyvat, as he can place a geo construct elevated on the ground. At C0, Albedo shines as a support and sub-DPS.
Despite being the deadly vessel of the Anemo Archon Barbatos, Venti does not behave as one would expect of a high deity. Venti is a deaf, free-spirited bard who spends his days drunk on wine. However, in battle, he is a powerful 5-star Anemo arc character with skills that make it easier to fight monsters.
Whether you play Venti as an under-DPS or a support, he can deal massive damage even at C0. It first became available on September 28, 2020, as the first 5-star introduced in Genshin Impact.
It’s no surprise that the exuberant crimson oni Arataki Itto would fight a bunch of kids in any kid’s game. Itto is a playable 5-star Geo character who wields a massive Claymore. It’s best to play as the primary DPS in any party, especially in a party with multiple Geo characters.
The leader of the Arataki Gang has a high base CRIT rate and an elemental skill that taunts enemies, making him ideal as a team’s primary damage dealer. Itto was first released on December 14, 2021 on the Oni’s Royale event banner. It hasn’t had any banner reruns and won’t be anytime soon.
Xiao, or Alatus, is Liyue’s silent protector assigned by Morax to ward off the evil spirits that tormented the city. The Mighty Adeptus is a playable 5-star Anemo character who fights with a polearm. Xiao’s style of play involves rapid up and down movements which can make some players feel queasy.
If the traveler is in need, you can expect Xiao to be there in a heartbeat. No one is quite sure what the mysterious adept does in his spare time, but it’s safe to say that you’ll never find him hanging out in crowded areas. Xiao is a powerful primary field DPS that relies heavily on close range attacks.
Xingqui is an irreplaceable 4-star Hydro Sword character that ranks high in C6’s rankings. Since it is a 4 star with multiple methods of returning home, it is not difficult to bring it to its highest constellation. The young man has a chivalrous heart and comes from a worthy family. He enjoys reading books and spending time with his best friend Chongyun.
Xingqui has high ATK speed, an elemental skill that reduces DMG, and an elemental burst that applies Hydro. He excels in teams with Pyro like Hu Tao, Diluc, and Klee. His primary role in battle is an under-DPS who constantly sets up Hydro reactions for his ranges. If you haven’t built your Xingqui yet, this is your cue to start farming!
Although Bennet thinks he only brings misfortune to those around him, he is arguably the strongest 4-star support character that buffs, heals, and deals damage. When Bennet was a baby, he was discovered by an elderly Mondstadt Adventurer. Benny founded Benny’s Adventurer’s Guild but is its only member.
Like Xingqui, it is more convenient and easier to obtain Constellations for the young adventurer. Bennet is a powerful support character as all of his skills are useful in any team setting. As a versatile supporting character, Bennet brings more fortune than he realizes.
When Kazuha first came out, many travelers didn’t think he would be a powerful character and skipped his banner. Unfortunately, they were wrong. Wandering Samurai consistently tops the leaderboards for his powerful howl abilities and focused elemental reaction damage.
Kazuha is a gentle samurai who loves poetry, wields Anemo vision, and fights with a sword. Before joining The Crux, he devoted his life to the famous Kaedehara clan. As a sub-DPS or support, Kazuha proves himself to be an invaluable unit.
Even if the 5-star Zhongli loses his skills and drops down the rankings, he probably won’t lose his position as the best in the hearts of many Genshin Impact players. Zhongli has geo-vision and wields a polearm. In battle, he uses his skills to support his teammates.
Although he works as a consultant for the Wangsheng Funeral Home, Zhongli is also the Geo Archon’s current death vessel, Morax. Zhongli has a powerful shield that can resist almost all enemy attacks. His Elemental Burst has great AoE and even petrifies enemies. There’s nothing to hate about the Geo Archon – it’s the perfect package and one of Genshin’s best boys!
All character ranking articles in Genshin are always subject to a lot of scrutiny. It is difficult to conform to a list because several factors are involved and new updates tend to change these lists. What do you think of our top ten Genshin Impact male characters? Do you agree or do you think a character deserves to be higher? Let us know in the comments below!