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Genshin Impact Barbara build and materials guide

How to build Genshin Impact’s singing superstar
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The best Genshin Impact Barbara build transforms Mondstadt’s darling icon into a capable healer, who is able to help trigger powerful reactions to support the team’s damage output. As Barbara is one of the few Genshin Impact characters that are guaranteed to join your roster, you’re probably curious about how best to use her.

Barbara’s Elemental Skill, Let the Show Begin, summons a watery ring around her that will circle and heal the currently active character periodically. It also applies the Hydro effect to surrounding enemies as well as Barbara – the latter is a bit of a weakness. While this skill is active, Barbara heals all of her teammates by making Normal and Charged Attacks.

Her Elemental Burst, Shining Miracle, is a straight-up heal for the entire team, which is based on Barbara’s maximum HP, just like the healing her skill provides. While Barbara is very focused on being a healer, there are some offensive applications of her talents you should keep in mind.

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Best Barbara weapons – Genshin Impact

Maximum HP is your greatest consideration if you’re using Barbara as your party’s healer. In that case, Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers, a mere 3-star catalyst, should be the weapon of choice. Increasing Barbara’s HP to boost her healing, this weapon also provides an Attack boost to the character you switch in after her.

Here are the best weapons for Barbara as a healer in Genshin Impact:

  • Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers (3-star catalyst)
  • Everlasting Moonglow (5-star catalyst)
  • Prototype Amber (4-star catalyst)

However, you can also play Barbara a bit differently and focus on triggering Dendro-Hydro reactions with her. For such a Bloom build you’ll want to focus on Elemental Mastery and mainly use Barbara’s Normal and Charged Attacks on enemies affected by the Dendro effect. This will rapidly generate Dendro Cores, which explode for some big damage numbers. A Thousand Floating Dreams, the signature weapon of Nahida, is your best choice in that case. It provides various Elemental Mastery boosts to the entire team, maximizing reaction damage.

Here are the best weapons for Barbara as a BloomSupport in Genshin Impact:

  • A Thousand Floating Dreams (5-star catalyst)
  • Sacrificial Fragments (4-star catalyst)
  • Wandering Evenstar (4-star catalyst)
  • Mappa Mare (4-star catalyst)
  • Fruit of Fulfillment (4-star catalyst)

Best Barbara artifacts – Genshin Impact

You’ll definitely want to choose Barbara’s artifact set depending on the role you envision for her. We’ll start with a build focused on healing once again. In that case a full Ocean-Hued Clam set serves you very well by boosting her Healing Bonus and creating a damage effect based on the amount of HP that was restored.

You should get the following stat distribution on Barbara’s Ocean-Hued Clam set:

  • Flower: HP (main stat), HP %, Energy Recharge, Elemental Mastery, Attack % (secondary stats)
  • Plume: Attack (main stat), HP %, HP, Energy Recharge, Elemental Mastery (secondary stats)
  • Sands: HP % (main stat), HP, Energy Recharge, Elemental Mastery, Attack % (secondary stats)
  • Goblet: HP % (main stat), HP, Energy Recharge, Elemental Mastery, Attack % (secondary stats)
  • Circlet: Healing Bonus % (main stat), HP %, HP, Energy Recharge, Elemental Mastery (secondary stats)

If you’re aiming to use Barbara in a Bloom team, full sets of Flower of Paradise Lost or Gilded Dreams are fantastic options. Both increase Elemental Mastery and provide bonuses that boost the damage output through Bloom reactions.

You should aim for the following stat distribution on Barbara’s artifacts for a Bloom build:

  • Flower: HP (main stat), Elemental Mastery, Energy Recharge, Attack %, HP % (secondary stats)
  • Plume: Attack (main stat), Elemental Mastery, Energy Recharge, Attack %, HP % (secondary stats)
  • Sands: Elemental Mastery (main stat), Energy Recharge, Attack %, HP %, HP (secondary stats)
  • Goblet: Elemental Mastery (main stat), Energy Recharge, Attack %, HP %, HP (secondary stats)
  • Circlet: Elemental Mastery (main stat), Energy Recharge, Attack %, HP %, HP (secondary stats)

Best Barbara teams – Genshin Impact

Bloom teams have been mentioned a bunch throughout this guide, so here’s an example for such a composition:

  • Nilou (Main DPS), Nahida (Sub DPS), Dendro Traveler (Sub DPS), Barbara (Support).

Two Hydro and Dendro characters apiece create both elemental resonances, which increases Barbara's healing as well as the damage of the Bloom reaction. The singer works with Nahida and Dendro Traveller to set things up for Nilou, whose Bountiful Cores deal additional damage.

Alhaitham, Kamisato Ayato, Candace, and Tighnari are other Main DPS characters that Barbara works well with in such a squad. Collei can be fielded instead of Dendro Traveler.

Barbara contributes Hydro Resonance again here, in this case boosting Yelan’s DPS. Her healing is exceedingly consistent, which helps the team stay alive. Sucrose or Venti are good alternatives to Kazuha, as usual, and provide crowd control as well as shredding the elemental resistances of opponents.

In Freeze teams, Barbara is also a solid option for the necessary Hydro part, though a character like Kokomi is much stronger than Jean's little sister in almost every aspect.

Barbara ascension materials – Genshin Impact

You’ll want to quickly raise Barbara’s level when you finally get her, which means that you’ll need to farm her ascension materials. You’ll also require some material to upgrade her talents.

Here’s what you need to get Barbara to level 90:

  • Varunada Lazurite Sliver x1
  • Varunada Lazurite Fragment x9
  • Varunada Lazurite Chunk x9
  • Varunada Lazurite Gemstone x6
  • Divining Scroll x18
  • Sealed Scroll x30
  • Forbidden Curse Scroll x36
  • Philanemo Mushroom x168
  • Cleansing Heart x46
  • Mora x2,092,530

Varunada Lazurite drops from Hydro-affiliated bosses, which is perfect because you can also get Cleansing Hearts from one of these: Rhodeia of Loch. You can find her in the lake in the north of Liyue. Divining Scrolls are loot from Samachurls, the Hillichurl priests wielding totems and elemental powers.

Philanemo Mushrooms are only found in Mondstadt, where you’ll want to look for them on the buildings in the capital as well as in Springvale. They’re a bit annoying to get, so in that regard Nahida has really been a game changer with her exploration ability. The best way to earn more Mora is to farm golden Ley Line Blossoms.

Here’s what you need to upgrade all of Barbara’s talents to their maximum level:

  • Divining Scroll x18
  • Sealed Scroll x66
  • Forbidden Curse Scroll x93
  • Teachings of Freedom x9
  • Guide to Freedom x63
  • Philosophies of Freedom x114
  • Ring of Boreas x18
  • Crown of Insight x3
  • Mora x4,957,500

To further Barbara’s career as an idol you’ll need to sacrifice more Samachurls – such is the music business’ nature. Books of Freedom are obtained from the Forsaken Rift Domain to the south of Springvale on Monday, Thursday, and Sunday, while the Rings of Boreas you require have to be won from battling Andrius, the Wolf of the North, in the grand arena-like ruin he uses as his lair.

Crowns of Insight are a rare item gained from time-limited events or regional reward mechanics like the Tree of Dreams in Sumeru or Inazuma’s Grand Narukami Shrine.