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Jingliu Guide

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Introduction

Jingliu is our first Limited 5★ Ice character and follows the Path of Destruction. Emulating the phases of the Moon, she also transitions between two phases, one where she accumulates stacks of Syzygy and one where she can unleash powerful Blast AoE skills while draining the HP of her teammates. Like many other Destruction units, she brings a nice mix of AoE and single-target damage to any team.

New Content 

InfographicUpdated Relic ranking, added Firmament Frontline: Glamoth.
RelicsAdded 2-Pc and 4-Pc Pioneer Diver of Dead Waters.
Planar OrnamentsUpdated with Firmament Frontline: Glamoth, and added considerations about Izumo Gensei and Takama Divine Realm.
Notable SynergiesAdded Ruan Mei, Sparkle, Gallagher, and Huohuo. Rearranged Sustain section.
TeamsUpdated teams with newer characters. Removed Silver Wolf team due to redundancy with full guide. Changed Jingliu-Blade section to Dual Damage Dealer to account for Pure Fiction teams. Added new examples of premium teams.

Infographic

Design: euphorysm | Content: jas, skylarke

Character Overview

Jingliu’s kit revolves around her special mechanic of Syzygy stacks, and the enhanced state that comes with it. When Jingliu gains two Syzygy stacks, she will enter the Spectral Transmigration state, in which she will gain a CRIT Rate buff and an ATK buff fueled by draining the HP of her teammates. Spectral Transmigration converts her Skill into an Enhanced Skill, which consumes Syzygy stacks instead of SP. The majority of Jingliu’s gameplay focuses on getting into her Spectral Transmigration state, and staying there as long as possible.

Playstyle

Jingliu invariably wants to use her Skill on every turn to enter her Spectral Transmigration state and deal the majority of her damage. Although her Basic ATK does generate the same amount of Energy as her normal Skill, its lack of Syzygy generation to fuel Enhanced Skills means it should be avoided at all costs. 

Proper timing of buffs will help to maximize damage output, as Jingliu is almost entirely reliant on being in the Spectral Transmigration state to deal most of her damage. When Jingliu is not in the Spectral Transmigration state, avoid using fast-expiring buffs such as Bronya and Sparkle’s Ultimate, as Jingliu’s 100% Action Advance on entering her enhanced state will consume their duration much faster. If poorly timed, it’s possible for none of Jingliu’s Enhanced Skills to be buffed.

Her SP use is rather variable, going from full negative during her downtime to neutral during her enhanced state’s uptime. This small amount of extra SP during her Spectral Transmigration can be used by her teammates to keep uptime on their effects.

Her Ultimate should be used during her enhanced state in the vast majority of scenarios. Her enhanced Ultimate does a significantly larger amount of damage compared to her non-enhanced Ultimate, which results in a very large loss of damage when using it out of her Spectral Transmigration state. In addition, her Ultimate is the only way to gain additional Syzygy stacks during her enhanced state. Using her Ultimate outside of that state results in the loss of its damage, as well as the damage from an additional use of her Enhanced Skill. 

Keep in mind that Jingliu does not lose her Spectral Transmigration state until the end of the turn in which she reaches zero Syzygy stacks. As long as Jingliu’s Ultimate is used before the turn ends, she can extend the state. 

However, there are a few cases in which her Ultimate should be used unenhanced, such as:

  1. To prevent imminent death by causing a Weakness Break or killing a dangerous enemy.
  2. To finish off the last enemies of a wave in order to conserve cycles.
  3. To trigger her Spectral Transmigration state early, which is most relevant against weak mobs.

Otherwise, even if Jingliu needs to hold her Ultimate for a turn or two, it is worth delaying the usage of her Ultimate to ensure it is used when she is in the Spectral Transmigration state, as the damage output is otherwise pitiful compared to its damage when enhanced.

Traces

Basic ATK

Basic ATK | Lucent Moonglow

Trace Description

Lucent Moonglow [Single Target]

Deals Ice DMG equal to 50%/100%/110% of Jingliu’s ATK to a single enemy.

Does not generate Syzygy stacks, making it practically worthless to use as her damage is significantly weaker outside of Spectral Transmigration.

Skill

Skill | Transcendent Flash

Trace Description

Transcendent Flash [Single Target]

Deals Ice DMG equal to 100%/200%/220% of Jingliu’s ATK to a single enemy and obtains 1 stack(s) of Syzygy.

Moon On Glacial River [Blast]

Deals Ice DMG equal to 125%/250%/275% of Jingliu’s ATK to a single enemy, and deals Ice DMG equal to 62.5%/125%/137.5% of Jingliu’s ATK to adjacent enemies. Consumes 1 stack(s) of Syzygy. Using this ability does not consume Skill Points.

Transcendent Flash: Only generates 20 Energy. Mainly used for getting into Spectral Transmigration.

Moon on Glacial River: This is the Bread and Butter of her kit and deals Blast AoE damage. Generates 30 Energy compared to Transcendent Flash’s 20. Each use of her Enhanced Skills consumes 1 stack of Syzygy instead of SP.

Ultimate

Ultimate | Florephemeral Dreamflux

Trace Description

Florephemeral Dreamflux [Blast]

Deals Ice DMG equal to 180%/300%/324% of Jingliu’s ATK to a single enemy, and deals Ice DMG equal to 90%/150%/162% of Jingliu’s ATK to any adjacent enemies. Gains 1 stack(s) of Syzygy after attack ends.

Damage is significantly worse when used outside of Spectral Transmigration. It is worth delaying Ultimate usage to ensure it is used within the state. Her Ultimate can be used to extend the Spectral Transmigration state if used before the end of the turn it would normally expire.

Talent

Talent | Crescent Transmigration

Trace Description

Crescent Transmigration [Enhance]

When Jingliu has 2 stack(s) of Syzygy, she enters the Spectral Transmigration state with her Action Advanced by 100% and her CRIT Rate increases by 40%/50%/52%. Then, Jingliu’s Skill “Transcendent Flash” becomes enhanced and turns into “Moon On Glacial River,” and becomes the only ability she can use in battle. When Jingliu uses an attack in the Spectral Transmigration state, she consumes HP from all other allies equal to 4% of their respective Max HP (this cannot reduce allies’ HP to lower than 1). Jingliu’s ATK increases by 540% of the total HP consumed from all allies in this attack, capped at 90%/180%/198% of her base ATK, lasting until the current attack ends. Jingliu cannot enter the Spectral Transmigration state again until the current Spectral Transmigration state ends. Syzygy can stack up to 3 times. When Syzygy stacks become 0, Jingliu will exit the Spectral Transmigration state.

The 100% Action Advance means you will consume an extra turn duration of all buffs on Jingliu when entering Spectral Transmigration. The HP drain has a very high conversion rate, meaning that you will not be required to go out of your way to build a particularly high amount of HP on your teammates. Around 10000 total HP from your three other teammates is required to max out her Talent’s ATK buff.

Technique

Technique | Shine of Truth

Trace Description

Shine of Truth [Impair]

After using this Technique, creates a dimension around Jingliu that lasts for 20 seconds, and all enemies in this dimension will become Frozen. After entering combat with enemies in the dimension, Jingliu immediately regenerates 15 Energy and obtains 1 stack(s) of Syzygy, with a 100% base chance of Freezing enemy targets for 1 turn(s). While Frozen, enemy targets cannot take action, and receive Ice Additional DMG equal to 80% of Jingliu’s ATK at the start of every turn. Only 1 dimension created by allies can exist at the same time.

Applies to all waves if enemies were within the Technique AoE, but can be a double edged sword due to stacks messing with rotations

A2 Bonus

Ascension 2 Bonus Ability | Deathrealm

Trace Description

Deathrealm

While in the Spectral Transmigration state, increases Effect RES by 35%.

While nice for QoL, ultimately not very impactful at all.

A4 Bonus

Ascension 4 Bonus Ability | Sword Champion

Trace Description

Sword Champion

After using Transcendent Flash, the next action will be Advanced Forward by 10%.

Does not apply to her Enhanced Skill, Moon On Glacial River. Functionally, it only speeds up one unenhanced Skill per Ultimate. It is nice for getting back into the Spectral Transmigration state a little faster but otherwise is not too notable. 

Mostly worth unlocking for the Traces behind it.

A6 Bonus

Ascension 6 Bonus Ability | Frost Wraith

Trace Description

Frost Wraith

While in the Spectral Transmigration state, increases Ultimate DMG by 20%.

Nice boost to Ultimate damage within Spectral Transmigration, further encourages using it within that state.

Note: Trace levels shown are 1/10/12 (Basic ATK 1/6/7).

Trace Priority

= >
Skill = Talent ≥ Ultimate > Basic ATK

Skill levels enhance her Enhanced Skill, which is where the majority of her damage comes from. Talent levels increase the ATK and CRIT Rate buff she grants herself, and her Ultimate, while making up less of her overall damage than her Enhanced Skill, still packs a heavy punch and is worth leveling. Her Basic ATK can be safely ignored, as it is never optimal to use.

Eidolons

Eidolon 1

Eidolon 1 | Moon Crashes Tianguan Gate

Eidolon Description

When using her Ultimate or Enhanced Skill, Jingliu’s CRIT DMG increases by 24% for 1 turn(s). If only one enemy target is attacked, the target will additionally be dealt Ice DMG equal to 100% of Jingliu’s ATK.

Decent CRIT DMG buff after using Ultimate or Enhanced Skill, and the single-target bonus is nice but not always applicable. Highly variable as to actual value it provides; see E1 vs S1 for more info.

Eidolon 2

Eidolon 2 | Crescent Shadows Qixing Dipper

Eidolon Description

After using Ultimate, increases the DMG of the next Enhanced Skill by 80%.

Allows for windows of high burst damage after using her Ultimate.

Eidolon 3

Eidolon 3 | Halfmoon Gapes Mercurial Haze

Eidolon Description

Ultimate Lv. +2, up to a maximum of Lv. 15.
Talent Lv. +2, up to a maximum of Lv. 15.

Ultimate and Talent levels are nice. Slightly changes the amount of teammate HP needed for her buff.

Eidolon 4

Eidolon 4 | Lunarlance Shines Skyward Dome

Eidolon Description

During the Spectral Transmigration state, the ATK gained from consuming allies’ HP is additionally increased by 90% of the total HP consumed from the entire team. The cap for ATK gained this way also increases by 30%.

Noticeably increases the amount of ATK Jingliu gains during Spectral Transmigration.

Does not cause her to drain more HP from her allies, as this only affects the ATK conversion.

Eidolon 5

Eidolon 5 | Night Shades Astral Radiance

Eidolon Description

Skill Lv. +2, up to a maximum of Lv. 15.
Basic ATK Lv. +1, up to a maximum of Lv. 10.

Enhanced Skill makes up the majority of her damage, so Skill levels are always appreciated. 

Basic ATK levels, however, contribute essentially nothing.

Eidolon 6

Eidolon 6 | Eclipse Hollows Corporeal Husk

Eidolon Description

When Jingliu enters the Spectral Transmigration state, the Syzygy stack limit increases by 1, and Jingliu obtains 1 stack(s) of Syzygy. While she is in the Spectral Transmigration state, her CRIT DMG increases by 50%.

In certain cases will allow 2 Ultimates during 1 Spectral Transmigration without the use of Tingyun. A strong overall boost to her damage. Greatly increases the amount of time spent in Spectral Transmigration.

Build

Light Cones


I Shall Be My Own Sword
Jingliu’s BiS. Every attack in the Spectral Transmigration state will be buffed by the fully stacked passive, as she will first drain her teammates’ HP, gaining 3 stacks. The stacks will then be cleared after her Skill does damage. Gains a little more value if used with other sources of DEF reduction, such as 4-Pc Genius of Brilliant Stars.

On the Fall of an Aeon
F2P BiS. Its actual value will vary with the frequency of Weakness Breaks caused by Jingliu.

A Secret Vow
A Secret Vow is quite a good option, particularly at S5. It is very competitive even without triggering the passive effect, because Jingliu does not have much DMG% in her kit. Good if Fall of an Aeon is occupied by another unit and you have this Light Cone lying around.

Under the Blue Sky
Under the Blue Sky is a decent 4★ option. While weaker than A Secret Vow, the passive is relatively easy for Jingliu to trigger if weak mobs are present due to her Skill’s Blast targeting.

Collapsing Sky
Surprisingly strong for a 3★ Light Cone, but still far weaker than any of the above options. Usable if there are literally no other options.

Relics

Relic Sets


4-Pc Hunter of Glacial Forest
Despite the mediocre uptime Jingliu has on this set without Tingyun, it still provides her slightly more damage than most 2-Pc/2-Pc mixes. 

However, keep in mind that its partnered set, Eagle of Twilight Line, is rather niche, especially compared to the Genius/Guard Cavern. Farming for the Hunter set may not be the most efficient choice for your account.

4-Pc Genius of Brilliant Stars
Second best after 4-Pc Hunter of Glacial Forest with a debuff. It performs better when used together with significant amounts of other forms of DEF Shred from teammates like Pela or Silver Wolf, or Jingliu’s signature Light Cone, I Shall Be My Own Sword. It also is favored in situations where the enemy is Quantum Weak. Otherwise, it is only slightly outperformed by 4-Pc Hunter of Glacial Forest.

Its partner Relic in its Cavern, Guard of Wuthering Snow, is an excellent pick for squishier supports paired with Jingliu, making farming for 4-Pc Genius rather Fuel-efficient. 

Keep in mind that DEF reduction from all sources has a cap of 100%, after which DEF cannot be reduced any further.

2-Pc Hunter of Glacial Forest / 2-Pc Pioneer Diver of Dead Waters
This combination is competitive with 4-Pc Hunter of Glacial Forest if debuffs like Ruan Mei or Pela’s Ultimates are present to activate 2-Pc Pioneer’s effect. However, this locks Jingliu to always playing a debuffer teammate if she wants the full benefit of her Relics.

If you happen to be farming the Pioneer Cavern and get a few good pieces, this combination is a reasonable option.
2-Pc CombinationsCombinations of 2-Pc Hunter of Glacial Forest with 2-Pc Messenger Traversing Hackerspace, 2-Pc Musketeer of Wild Wheat, or 2-Pc Prisoner in Deep Confinement are very competitive with 4-Pc Hunter. Use these combinations if you have better substats. Note that Jingliu’s lower-than-average Base SPD (96 SPD) means the 2-Pc Hackerspace effect is worth slightly less in terms of SPD substats than it would on some other units.

4-Pc Pioneer Diver of Dead Waters
Although 4-Pc Pioneer can theoretically be competitive with other options, it requires uptime on multiple debuffs, and becomes useless if her team cannot consistently inflict debuffs. 

Compared to the options above, it’s an impractical and niche option, and should not be intentionally farmed for Jingliu.

Planar Ornaments


Rutilant Arena
BiS. The majority of her damage comes from her Enhanced Skill, and she is also severely lacking in innate DMG%. 

Due to Jingliu’s large CRIT Rate bonus during her enhanced state, it is not suggested to stack CRIT Rate on Jingliu to activate Rutilant Arena outside of her enhanced state.

Firmament Frontline: Glamoth
A decent option, but is dependent on its 135 SPD threshold. 

Although 160 SPD is hard to achieve without dedicated SPD buffers such as Asta and Hanya, 135 SPD is easy to reach with just SPD Boots and 2 SPD substat rolls. Even without the bonus from 160 SPD, Glamoth remains better than all other options save Rutilant Arena. The bonus from 160 SPD does not allow Glamoth to surpass Rutilant Arena, so do not go out of your way to activate it.

Inert Salsotto
Even though it is worse than Rutilant Arena and Firmament Frontline: Glamoth, Inert Salsotto has the advantage of being active at all times instead of only during Jingliu’s enhanced state. While using Jingliu’s Ultimate without being in her enhanced state is generally a large damage loss, it can be useful for quickly ending a fight.

Space Sealing Station
Because of her Talent, Jingliu has little need for the ATK% granted by Space Sealing Station, but also struggles to make use of most other Planar Ornaments besides those that offer CRIT. Of the non-CRIT sets, Space Sealing Station is the best option for Jingliu and can serve as a temporary stopgap until you acquire a decent Rutilant Arena set.

Izumo Gensei and Takama Divine Realm
Jingliu is rarely played with a second Destruction unit, making this Planar set a worse Space Sealing Station in most situations. Even with a second Destruction unit such as Blade to activate the extra 12% CRIT Rate, this Planar set cannot outperform Rutilant Arena, and should only be used if you do not have another option.

Stats


Body

Boots

Sphere

Rope
CRIT DMGSPDIce DMG%ATK%

Substats

CRIT Rate / CRIT DMG > SPD > ATK%

Due to the large amount of CRIT Rate her Talent provides and how much of her damage is loaded into the Spectral Transmigration state, Jingliu does not need more than around 50% CRIT Rate. With Talent at level 10, the bare minimum to activate Rutilant Arena is 20%, but running higher amounts is strongly suggested for consistency.

ERR Rope?

Due to her large ATK buffs inherent in her kit, an ERR% Rope is not significantly worse than an ATK% Rope in damage, but it does not lead to any practical and consistent breakpoints. Benefiting from an ERR% Rope is often dependent on getting Energy from external factors such as kills and getting hit.

ATK Boots?

While ATK Boots can be considered if using Bronya on an extremely fast build, the overall damage is comparable to SPD Boots on Jingliu with a slower Bronya. Furthermore, a Bronya built with such high SPD takes a noticeably higher level of investment. 

Without Bronya, ATK Boots should not be considered at all. 

SPD?

Jingliu has a fairly high amount of SPD in her base kit due to her Traces, and with SPD Boots this brings her up to 130 without any substats.

E1 or S1?

While her E1 sounds great on paper, only the 24% CRIT DMG is unconditionally useful. Her signature Light Cone I Shall Be My Own Sword provides great unconditional bonuses that she can easily trigger during Spectral Transmigration and will typically lead to more damage over the course of a battle. E1 gains more value the longer a fight is purely single-target, potentially surpassing her signature Light Cone if the fight stays in single-target long enough. Many fights against Elites and Bosses involve them summoning weaker enemies, making the value of E1 highly variable.

Notable about E1 is the fact that it is dynamic; If adjacent enemies die in the middle of an attack, E1’s extra Ice Damage will activate for the subsequent hits, giving it greater consistency if Jingliu has the damage to quickly clear out adjacent mobs.

Overall, Jingliu is already a very strong unit at E0 with F2P options, and both should be considered luxury pulls.

Character Comparisons

Dan Heng • Imbibitor Lunae

Dan Heng • Imbibitor Lunae Sticker 03 - Celestial Eyes Above Mortal Ruins

Both characters follow the Destruction path and feature Blast targeting. Imbibitor Lunae’s damage is more front loaded, provided he has the SP to use Fulgurant Leap every turn. Jingliu is more prone to downtime, being reliant on the Spectral Transmigration state to deal most of her damage. Imbibitor Lunae’s performance also scales noticeably better with Eidolons compared to Jingliu, in particular, his E2. 

On the flip side, Jingliu consumes significantly less Skill Points, enabling the usage of more SP hungry supports, which makes her team compositions much more flexible and easier to play. Imbibitor Lunae’s teams are often stricter in terms of unit choices as well as playstyle due to his high SP consumption. 

Jingliu is also somewhat tankier at base than Imbibitor Lunae.

Blade

Blade Sticker 03 - Even Immortality Ends

Jingliu is similar to Blade in that she uses less SP than most traditional damage units, spending many turns without using any SP. However, her overall consumption is slightly higher due to the fact that it will take two non-enhanced Skills for her to enter Spectral Transmigration and she can typically use three Enhanced Skills while she is in the Spectral Transmigration state before repeating the cycle. 

Unlike Blade, her damage does NOT scale with HP.

Yanqing

Yanqing Sticker 01 - Final Closed Beta

Yanqing and Jingliu both are Ice damage dealers with significant CRIT buffs in their kits.

However, despite their combat similarities in the story, their kits are very distinct from one another in game. Yanqing is more teammate-dependent, requiring a powerful shielder like Gepard for best results, whereas Jingliu’s main condition is only draining a small amount of teammate HP. 

Although both have a powerful hit in their Ultimate, for Yanqing, his Ultimate and the Skill directly following it represents the vast majority of his damage. For Jingliu, her damage is spread out further between her Ultimate and Enhanced Skills.

Keep in mind that if running both Jingliu and Yanqing together, her HP drain does not affect his Soulsteel Sync buff.

Notable Synergies

Damage Dealers

Blade Sticker 01 - Final Closed Beta
Blade
Jingliu’s ability to reduce her teammates’ HP allows her to accelerate the activation of Blade’s Talent without relying on enemy attacks, as well as build up more damage for his Ultimate. More frequent Talent activations lead to both more damage and more Energy for Blade.

As Jingliu only consumes 4% of a character’s Max HP when attacking in her Spectral Transmigration state, and Blade’s Talent only requires 5 stacks to activate, this synergy has the added benefit of helping Blade to sustain himself without an Abundance character managing his HP.

Buffers / Debuffers


Bronya
Bronya once again reigns as the supreme support for a selfish hypercarry unit. Jingliu has very little DMG% in her kit, making Bronya’s Skill buff incredibly potent when used while Jingliu is in Spectral Transmigration. The Action Advance from Bronya helps to get Jingliu back into Spectral Transmigration more quickly. Note that Jingliu’s 100% Advance Forward when entering Spectral Transmigration means that Jingliu will cause Bronya’s buff to expire.

Ruan Mei
One of Jingliu’s best teammates, providing potent DMG% and RES PEN for essentially no effort. Ruan Mei’s buffs are tied to her own turns, which prevents desyncs due to Jingliu’s frequent Advances. Her increased Break Efficiency can also improve the uptime of On the Fall of an Aeon.

Ruan Mei’s signature Light Cone, Past Self in Mirror, provides QoL for Jingliu as well with its extra 10 Energy per wave. 

Due to Ruan Mei and Jingliu’s shared Type, she can carry Planetary Rendezvous, although it does result in Ruan Mei’s Ultimate being delayed by a turn compared to Memories of the Past. Ruan Mei can also use Penacony, Land of the Dreams as an option for further buffs.

Sparkle
Similarly to Bronya, Sparkle can provide large amounts of DMG%, CRIT DMG, and a potent 50% Action Advance. Although Jingliu herself does not need Sparkle’s SP burst as much as other damage dealers, Sparkle does allow for more SP-hungry teammates to be played, as well as enabling more flexible SP use in general. 

The Fast Skillspam playstyle, in which Sparkle is run as fast as possible, is the best choice, since Jingliu wants to minimize downtime and enter her enhanced state as fast as possible.
Pela Sticker - Celestial Eyes Above Mortal Ruins
Pela
Pela’s AoE DEF Shred and high SP generation make her a great Jingliu partner. Additionally, her E4 can inflict Ice RES Shred on enemies, allowing for even more damage at the cost of slightly more SP usage.
Tingyun Sticker 01 - Final Closed Beta
Tingyun
Tingyun’s ATK buffs are fairly diluted on Jingliu due to her Talent’s incredible amount of ATK, but Tingyun still ends up being a potent support for Jingliu due to the Energy and DMG% provided by her Ultimate. Due to the Action Advance from Jingliu’s Talent, she will use up the duration on Tingyun’s buff faster than other units, potentially requiring more frequent Skill usage from Tingyun to compensate.

Sustain

Jingliu’s persistent team damage adds up over time, and appreciates the presence of a dedicated healing unit to mitigate it. If your team is dead, Jingliu can’t take their HP to fuel her damage. 


Gallagher
Gallagher’s ability to inflict debuffs enables Jingliu to more consistently benefit from the Pioneer Diver of Dead Waters 2-Pc Set Effect. He has the highest healing out of all 4★ options even while being run fully SP positive.

His healing may struggle in Bronya or Sparkle teams where they rarely attack, forcing him to use his Skill more frequently.
Lynx Sticker 03 - Celestial Eyes Above Mortal Ruins
Lynx
Lynx applies Healing-over-Time with everything she does, easily allowing her to keep up with Jingliu damaging her teammates. She also provides potential Energy utility.

Without an ERR Rope or kills, Jingliu often finds herself 5 Energy short of a five-action Ultimate. This difference can be made up for by a singular hit or a kill. A ERR Rope is a noticeable drop in damage, however, so simply getting a hit on Jingliu every rotation is preferable. 

Lynx’s Taunt buff from her Skill turns the chance of Jingliu being hit from a coin flip to a near-guarantee if the enemy attacks two or more times.
Huohuo Sticker 04 - The Crepuscule Zone
Huohuo
Huohuo’s Ultimate can let Jingliu get her Ultimate a turn faster, which can allow for one extra Enhanced Skill during her Spectral Transmigration  state and decrease her downtime. Its ATK% buff, although not as significant, is appreciated.

Jingliu’s low SP use can also allow for Huohuo to use her Skill more often, improving healing, cleanse amount, and Ultimate uptime. 

However, If Jingliu is run with SP-heavy teammates such as Bronya, Huohuo will struggle to maintain uptime, and other SP-positive healers may be a better option.

Preservation Units
As of the current Version, all Preservation units lack high amounts of healing, potentially leading to issues if healing cannot be sourced elsewhere, especially in extended fights. 

However, in shorter fights such as in Pure Fiction, Preservation units can be used for other utility, such as buffs, SP, or one-shot protection. As long as the fight ends before Jingliu kills your team, you’re in the clear.

Notable Anti-Synergies

Anti-Synergies

Arlan Sticker - Second Closed Beta
Arlan
Arlan will naturally take himself to 1 HP given time, removing Jingliu’s ability to generate ATK from his HP. Arlan also wants dedicated shielders such as Gepard, who struggle to keep up with Jingliu’s teammate damage and have their Shields expire sooner when placed on Jingliu.

Teammate Gearing

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Low Investment Characters
Jingliu converts the HP of her allies into ATK for herself, and damages them in the process. Underleveled and under-equipped allies have less HP to convert into damage output and are more at risk of dying to enemy attacks as a result of this HP drain.

A total of 10,000 Max HP is required to max her buff throughout her three other teammates. Uneven distribution is fine, such as two teammates with 3,000 HP and one with 4,000).

Teams

Jingliu Hypercarry

Flex Support — Jingliu— Sustain — Flex Support

This is the easiest team archetype to play with Jingliu. Similar to other 5★ carries, a team like this focuses on boosting Jingliu’s damage output with support units. 

For team order, placing Jingliu in the second or third position allows her to have a higher chance of being hit for Energy, and takes advantage of her tankiness compared to the typical hypercarry support (the second position is suggested for aesthetic reasons). Sustain units also tend to have a high amount of defensive stats, and also do well in a central position while squishier supports should be relegated to the sides. 

Example Teams

F2P
Asta — Jingliu — Lynx— Yukong

Although Asta and Yukong’s ATK% buffs are less important for Jingliu, their SPD and CRIT buffs are very useful, as well as the ability to Break.

Lynx can be replaced with any other Abundance unit, but is already an excellent choice.

4★ Only
Pela — Jingliu — Gallagher — Tingyun

An excellent and accessible option with only 4★ teammates. 

Tingyun’s Ultimate provides incredible value here, as the DMG% greatly enhances Jingliu’s damage, and the Energy provided helps Jingliu to use her Ultimate much more frequently. A 3-turn Ultimate build on Tingyun may be preferred here, assuming she still has the HP to survive and fuel Jingliu’s Talent. 

Pela in this team mostly brings DEF Shred, although the extra Ice Toughness damage can be useful against Elites and Bosses. Pela also tends to have SP to spare in this team, leaving room to use her Skill if at Eidolon 4 or higher. 

In this team in particular, Gallagher will have excellent healing for all units due to Pela, Tingyun, and Jingliu’s relatively high attack frequencies. It’s worth noting that due to Gallagher’s debuff, this is one of the few team setups in which 4-Pc Pioneer Diver of Dead Waters could be viable for Jingliu if Pela is holding Resolution Shines As Pearls of Sweat and/or is E4.

Bronya Fu Xuan
Fu Xuan — Jingliu — Bronya — Pela

This team believes that offense is the best defense. Fu Xuan can slow down Jingliu’s HP drain, but she cannot indefinitely sustain the team. 

The most practical way of running Bronya in this team is the Slow Skillspam playstyle, which has her slightly slower than a Jingliu with SPD Boots. Bronya can also run the Fast Skillspam playstyle, in which she has as much SPD as possible while Jingliu uses ATK% Boots, but the increase is marginal for the amount of investment required. 

Fu Xuan’s buffs are not tied to Jingliu’s turns, preventing them from expiring when Jingliu triggers her 100% Advance Forward effect. Fu Xuan’s massive pool of Max HP and Max HP buffs help Jingliu to cap her Talent’s ATK bonus. 

Ruan Mei Bronya
Ruan Mei — Jingliu — Luocha — Bronya

One of Jingliu’s best teams in general. Running Slow Skillspam Bronya is still optimal, but keep in mind that Ruan Mei’s SPD buff is a percentage, not a flat amount, which can result in Bronya acting first with closer SPD values (such as 135 on Jingliu, 134 on Bronya). Adjust your builds accordingly. 

If running Slow Skillspam Bronya, Luocha’s high SP positivity is especially appreciated. Units that require more SP usage, such as Fu Xuan and Huohuo, can result in SP imbalance and massive damage loss. 
To replace Luocha with a more offensive and SP-intensive unit such as Fu Xuan or Huohuo, check out less SP-intensive Bronya playstyles such as Fast Alternating and Fast Double Alternating on the Bronya Guide.

Huohuo Sparkle
Tingyun — Jingliu — Huohuo — Sparkle

This team’s overall SP positivity allows for Sparkle to be played in a Fast Skillspam playstyle in which she has as much SPD as possible, and for Huohuo to alternate between her Skill and Basic ATK. Although the combination of Tingyun and Huohuo’s Ultimates cannot allow Jingliu to stay in her enhanced state indefinitely, it does allow Jingliu to get her Ultimate more frequently, improving the number of Enhanced Skills.

Dual Damage Dealer

Jingliu — Damage Dealer — Flex — Sustain

When played with other damage dealers,  Jingliu’s build remains the same, but allies who apply multi-target buffs and debuffs like Fu Xuan and Pela become more valuable.

It should be noted that currently, dual damage dealer teams are generally weaker than using a hypercarry team composition with either of the damage dealers. Their main use case would be in Pure Fiction, but can also be used in accounts lacking either sufficiently built supports or a sufficient amount of supports for multiple hypercarry teams.

Example Teams

Destined Destruction
 Fu Xuan — Blade — Jingliu — Pela

Jingliu and Blade have very solid synergy. Her damage to allies triggers Blade’s Talent, resulting in more frequent attacks as a result. With Jingliu’s 1st Eidolon, their synergy becomes even more noteworthy as Blade’s AoE and Blast damage helps to isolate enemies for Jingliu’s incredible single-target damage.

Destined Destruction relies on the synergy between Jingliu and Blade to rapidly trigger Blade’s Talent, while maximizing Blade’s AoE damage potential through Fu Xuan’s buffs and Pela’s debuffs. As both Blade and Fu Xuan scale with Max HP, Jingliu’s Talent will always grant the maximum possible amount of ATK. 

When running Destined Destruction, team arrangement is important, as Blade should be positioned between Fu Xuan and Jingliu to maximize his odds of being hit by Blast attacks, and Fu Xuan and Pela should be given the corner positions to keep Pela as safe as possible.

Herta Dual Damage Dealer
 Herta — Ruan Mei — Jingliu — Bronya

For Pure Fiction content with tankier enemies, Jingliu can be a viable option to take down Elites while Herta cleans up weaker enemies. Bronya can help reduce Jingliu’s downtime, which is especially significant with the low amount of available cycles, and her Ultimate can buff both Jingliu and Herta. Ruan Mei provides survivability through improving Weakness Breaks and potent damage buffs. Sparkle also works as a Bronya alternative that allows Herta to use her Skill instead of her Basic ATK.

This team is best played against Ice Weak enemies to keep a high uptime on Freeze and take full advantage of Ruan Mei.

FAQ

Q: “Can Jingliu kill her teammates?”

A: No. She stops draining HP when her teammates are at 1 HP. This also means that she does not receive an ATK% buff from that teammate. 

Q: “Is Jingliu’s downtime really that significant?”

A: Her Action Advance upon entering Spectral Transmigration helps to mitigate her downtime significantly, but you will generally have at least one turn of downtime where all Jingliu can accomplish is her normal Skill. Her downtime is a fundamental mechanic that must be played around in order to get the most out of her. This may include using Energy generating supports to help her get her Ultimate faster, or careful use of her Ultimate to extend Spectral Transmigration.

Q: “Can Jingliu be a Sub DPS?”

A: While dual damage unit team comps are certainly viable, Jingliu does not bring any inherent synergy to any other damage dealer besides Blade. Even in those teams, Jingliu ends up owning the lion’s share of the team’s damage. Overall, while a dual damage dealer setup is definitely viable, it is often not much stronger, or even weaker than a dedicated hypercarry setup for either of the two units.

Q: “Does Jingliu need to cap her ATK buff?”

A: While Jingliu does not strictly need to fully cap her ATK buff, it is ideal to do so to maximize damage. Furthermore, it is very easy to max it out assuming a full 4 unit team with decently leveled Relics. 

Q: “How much sustain does Jingliu need? Does she need 5★ units or double-sustain?”

A: Jingliu’s team HP drain is not significant enough that her team is on the verge of death on every turn, but is noticeable enough to affect gameplay. Her HP drain amounts to a couple hundred per unit per Enhanced Skill, about as much as a weak enemy hit. This means that units without or with weak healing, such as Preservation units, do not pair well with her if no additional healing is supplied for example from 4-Pc Guard of Wuthering Snow.

Credits

Authors

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Editors

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References

JL ATK and Energy by Soul Fish

Changelog

  • 22 October 2023 – Published for v1.4
  • 29 November 2023 – Added Infographic for v1.4
  • 17 April 2024 – Updated for v2.1

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