The Raiden Shogun has arrived once more. Despite everything, this tyrannical god manages to join the fray. First summonable back in Genshin Impact Version 2.1, she returns once again in the second half of version 4.3, and you can still use this guide for Baal the Raiden Shogun for her best build for weapons and artifacts. Seemingly ‘obsessed’ with the idea of ‘Eternity’, Baal ordered the Vision Hunt Decree, chasing down and obtaining the Visions of the Inazuma people for the sake of reaching ‘divinity’. Our Electro Archon has mastered two types of weapons, with a polearm as her main, and a tachi as her trump card.

Raiden Shogun, also known as Baal, is a 5-Star Polearm-wielding Electro character, specializing in massive bursts of damage and high-frequency applications of the Electro element. Electro has always been the underdog in a lot of DPS charts since the game’s release, and Baal’s arrival has changed all of that. Her Elemental Skill makes her an amazing support for Electro-reaction and Superconduct teams, while her Burst turns her into possibly one of the best Sub-DPS characters in the game. 

Raiden Shogun Baal Abilities Overview

Transcendence: Baleful Omen is Baal’s Elemental Skill. She unveils a shard of her Euthymia, dealing a burst of Electro DMG around her, and granting nearby allies the Eye of Stormy Judgment. This buff provides allies with a coordinated attack, dealing AoE Electro damage to the target. 

This ability is her bread and butter for the supporting role, which is ideal for applying a lot of electro reactions, and along with a bit of damage each time it strikes. The damage isn’t spectacular, but it’s a great supplement to her more powerful Elemental Burst.

Secret Art: Musou Shinsetsu is Baal’s Elemental Burst. Baal immediately deals massive Electro damage around her, and activates Musou Isshin for 7 seconds. During Musou Isshin, her attacks are significantly enhanced, deal Electro damage, and generate energy for the whole party in a set number of attacks. 

The duration and cooldown of her Burst are moderately short, which makes her more of a secondary DPS rather than a main DPS character. There’s a certain mechanic to this ability, which are Resolve stacks. When your other characters spend energy, they get converted into Resolve stacks for Baal. These Resolve stacks are consumed after Secret Art: Musou Shinsetsu’s activation, which then significantly enhances her damage during Musou Isshin.

Baal also provides a lot of team-wide energy during her Burst, which solidifies her role as a Sub DPS character.

As as Sub-DPS, players should focus on leveling her Elemental Skill, as that would be her source of off-field damage. Her Elemental Burst comes next, and finally her Normal Attack. Should the player build her as a Main DPS instead, then focus on her Elemental Burst, first, then her Elemental Skill, and finally her Normal Attack.

Best Weapon Build for Baal Raiden Shogun

All values shown here is at max refinement

Engulfing Lightning -ATK increased by 56% of Energy Recharge over the base 100%. You can gain a maximum bonus of 120% ATK. Gain 50% Energy Recharge for 12s after using an Elemental Burst.

Tailor-made for the Raiden Shogun, this weapon provides a lot of base ATK, Energy Recharge, and additional ATK based on her current ER stat. The weapon’s ER-to-ATK conversion pumps up her damage significantly, which makes it essentially her best-in-slot.

Deathmatch – If there are at least 2 opponents nearby, ATK is increased by 32% and DEF is increased by 32%. If there are fewer than 2 opponents nearby, ATK is increased by 48%.

Tried and tested, this Battle Pass weapon has been a staple on a lot of DPS-oriented polearm users, and Baal is no exception. Despite its relatively low base ATK, it compensates for its very high Crit Rate substat, and a sizable ATK boost from its passive. 

Ballad of the Fjords – When there are at least 3 different Elemental Types in your party, Elemental Mastery will be increased by 240.

Speaking of Battle Pass weapons, Battle of the Fjords is a good weapon for Raiden Shogun if the player plans to make a team centered around Hyperbloom. As the player will have an Electro, Dendro, and Hydro member in their team, they will easily be able to get up to 240 Elemental Mastery the weapon provides. Not only that, but players will also get up to 27% CRIT Rate from this weapon's Substat.

The Catch – Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 32% and Elemental Burst CRIT Rate by 12%.

This weapon is–on paper–the best 4-star option for the Raiden Shogun, as it provides a lot of ATK, ER, and boosts to her Elemental Burst. However, having ER as the weapon’s substat makes it challenging to balance a good Critical ratio for Baal. Although, thanks to its accessibility, The Catch is still a great weapon to use.

Best Artifact Build for Baal Raiden Shogun

Emblem of Severed Fate (4-piece) – This set provides a decent 20% ER, while also converting 25% of the character’s ER into bonus Elemental DMG, up to 75%. Baal heavily benefits from a lot of ER from this artifact, so it’s no surprise that this set supplements Baal’s setup quite well. 

The practical stat allocation would be ER on the sands (ATK% if the weapon already provides ER), ATK% on the goblet, and Crit Rate/DMG on the circlet. Since one of Baal’s talents provides her with 0.4 Electro DMG bonus for every point in ER above 100%, a practical 200% ER setup gives her 40% Electro DMG, which is almost as good as an Electro DMG goblet. Having an ATK% Goblet gives Baal the much needed ATK% stat that’s missing in the whole setup, and ends up increasing her DPS than having an Electro DMG goblet.

2-piece Thundering Fury &  2-piece Gambler– This setup focuses on maximum damage on her Elemental Skill, which acts much like a turret that works when Baal is not on the field. This mixed set sacrifices a lot of Elemental Burst damage, but can sometimes be better on teams that specialize in off-field damage. This makes Baal so much more useful with this artifact set. The main downside of this artifact set combo, however, is that Gambler is an artifact set that caps at 4-Star, so the player will be wanting in stats. Gladiator's Finale, or any of the ATK +18% artifact sets are good alternatives.

4-piece Flower of Paradise Lost or 4-piece Gilded Dreams – If the player instead wants to focus on making Raiden Shogun the Electro applier for Hyperbloom teams, then these two artifact sets will do perfectly. What Artifact set you equip on Raiden Shogun will depend on what other Artifact sets her team has, as it's ideal to not have the same Artifact sets on the same team when running Dendro compositions. If the player will go this route, focus on Elemental Mastery, both for substats and for the Main Stats.

Best Team Composition for the Baal Raiden Shogun

International Team – The world-famous International Team is called as such because of the sheer amount of damage the team can put out, especially in Spiral Abyss. The team includes Raiden Shogun as the Main DPS, Xiangling and Xingqiu as the Sub-DPS characters, and Bennett as the Support.

Electro-Charge Sucrose – Surprisingly, Baal fits in this team comp like a tight glove. This team relies on Sucrose dealing constant swirls while delivering three different off-field abilities to create reactions. The combination of Beidou’s burst, Baal’s skill, and Xingqiu’s Burst create a non-stop barrage of Electro-charged reactions. The caveat of the original setup is that all the character’s bursts are very costly (at 80 Energy), which Baal easily fixes thanks to her Musou Isshin Energy restoration.

Eula Battery Eula simply needs two things: Energy for her 80-cost burst, and Electro for her Superconduct. Baal perfectly supplements her, while also filling Eula’s downtime when her Burst is on cooldown. Musou Isshin’s Energy restoration gives a lot of Energy that Eula needs, while Baal’s Elemental Skill is a long-lasting Electro turret that provides constant Superconducts for Eula.

Universal Sub-DPS – Baal can still fill in for many teams, especially those that use a lot of high-cost Elemental Bursts. Her team-wide energy restoration is universally useful, like in Kazuha and Beidou comps. Her Electro application might not be very desirable on a lot of meta comps, though players can easily choose not to activate her skill, but only her burst for the Energy and damage.

Hyperbloom Teams – Thanks to the introduction of Dendro, Hyperbloom compositions involving the Raiden Shogun works well. Raiden Shogun will be the team's Sub-DPS, with either Nahida or Alhaitham as the Sub-DPS. One other Dendro character is needed for the Dendro Resonance, and a Hydro applicator like Xingqiu or Yelan to round up the team. Make sure to adjust Raiden Shogun's weapon and Artifact build to fit into the team.

The Raiden Shogun is a great support who can provide a lot of utility with her build, and sometimes bursts of damage when needed. She has a lot of intricacies as an Electro character, but Travelers who can make good use of Baal with her build will find her as a meta-defining Archon, even up to today.