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Everything you need to know about Dendro in Genshin Impact

Things are about to get earthy.

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Welcome to the jungle. Genshin Impact 3.0 is just around the corner along with the long-awaited country of Sumeru and the Dendro element. The Land of Wisdom is the perfect place for a plant-based element with its lush rainforests (and deserts). All there’s left to do is understand how it works.

While we have warriors who wield flaming claymores, frosty bows and arrows, and characters who zap around the battlefield like lightning, we don't have any who use Dendro yet. That finally changes in August when our first Dendro characters, Tighnari and Collei, join the roster.

Here’s what we know so far about Dendro.

Tighnari is one of the upcoming Dendro characters.


When is the Genshin Impact Dendro release date?

The Dendro element debuts in Genshin Impact 3.0 along with Sumeru. As a reminder, the 3.0 update will launch on August 24, 2022.

Sumeru is home to the Dendro element and the Dendro Archon, Lesser Lord Kusanali. It’s known as a nation filled with academics, sandy deserts, and lush rainforests. Some images of Sumeru City's 3D modeling even leaked a while back, and you can still find them on Imgur.

Are there any Genshin Impact Dendro characters?

Baizhu should be a Dendro.


Yes, two Dendro characters will debut in Genshin Impact 3.0 and more are on the way. These are the ones we know about so far and their statuses:

  • Tighnari (5-star Dendro Bow user) - Coming in Genshin Impact 3.0
  • Collei (4-star Dendro Bow user) - Coming in Genshin Impact 3.0
  • Kusanali (5-star Dendro character) - Unknown release
  • Alhaitham (5-star Dendro Sword user) - Rumored Dendro character
  • Baizhu - Rumored Dendro character
  • Yaoyao - Rumored Dendro character

Tighnari will be the first 5-star Dendro character in Genshin Impact. Collei, his trainee forest ranger, will also be a 4-star on his banner in the first half of Genshin Impact 3.0.

Lesser Lord Kusanali is an especially likely candidate for the next Dendro 5-star. She’s the Dendro Archon, so she has to be a Dendro user. Alhaitham also appeared in the Genshin Impact 3.0 promotional animation, so it’s only a matter of time before he joins the cast too.

At this point, Baizhu and Yaoyao aren’t worth waiting for until HoYoverse gives us another reason to expect them. The two of them were rumored Dendro characters back before the Inazuma region even existed, but they haven’t received much attention since the early leaks.

What are the current Genshin Impact Dendro reactions?

Dendro used to only have the Burning reaction in the game, which happens when you apply Pyro to Dendro and cause the fire to spread to other surfaces. Since then, leakers have dug up the other reactions ahead of the Dendro element’s release in the Genshin Impact 3.0 update.

Dendro isn’t like other elements. It has subcategories under two main reactions: Catalyze and Bloom. Catalyze has subreactions Spread and Aggravate, and Bloom has subreactions Hyperbloom and Burgeon. Here’s what reputable leakers have shared via Discord messages and tweets.

Quicken (Dendro + Electro)

Quicken, also known as Catalyze, happens when players mix Dendro with Electro. Genshin Intel claims that an additional Dendro or Electro attack to a Catalyzed target triggers Spread/Aggravate, dealing bonus damage to the target.

The following excerpt comes from a loading screen in the 3.0 beta (via Wangsheng Funeral Parlor Discord):

When creatures affected by this status are attacked by Dendro or Electro again, another reaction will then be triggered. When a Quickened entity is attacked by Dendro or Electro, they will trigger Spread and Aggravate respectively, which will cause additional DMG. Use the specialties of the Quicken reaction and use Electro or Dendro attacks to unleash greater power.

Spread and Aggravate cause additional damage to Quickened enemies. Leakers have yet to share the multipliers compared to leaving the enemy in a Quickened state, though.

Bloom (Dendro + Hydro)

Bloom, like the name might suggest, combines Dendro and Hydro. The loading screens from the Genshin Impact 3.0 beta described Bloom as such:

When Dendro meets Hydro, the resulting Bloom reaction will generate Dendro Cores. These mysterious Dendro crystallizations will undergo another layer of reactions when they come into contact with fire or electricity. Only a certain number of such Dendro Cores may exist at any one time.

Then, the Dendro Cores from Bloom have their own reactions.

  • Hyperbloom (Dendro Core + Electro) - When Dendro Cores created by Dendro and Hydro reacting with one another encounter Electro, they will create Sprawling Shots. This reaction is known as Hyperbloom.
  • Burgeon (Dendro Core + Pyro) - When Dendro Cores created by Dendro and Hydro reacting with one another encounter Pyro, they will explode violently. This is a derivative of the Bloom reaction that has been dubbed "Burgeon."

As per Genshin Intel, Hyperbloom and Burgeon do 1.5 times the amount of damage as Rupture.In other words, applying Electro or Pyro does more damage than leaving Dendro Cores alone to Rupture.

Are there any Genshin Impact Dendro enemies?

Yes, some enemies are capable of using Dendro. Though they are less common, you can spot Dendro Slimes pretending to be flowers, and they'll ambush you when you aren't paying attention. There are also Dendro Samachurls who summon thorny barriers to block your way and Dendro Mitachurls whose shields you have to burn in order to hit them properly.

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