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Klee Guide: Fleeing Sunlight

Written by jamie#9248
Updated for 3.1

Spark Knight Klee of the Knights of Favonius, reporting for duty! …There’s some more, but uh, I forgot. I’m not so good at remembering…

Preface

Inarguably the cutest playable character in Genshin Impact, Klee was the headline act of the second limited-time Event Banner from version 1.0. With a mixture of adorableness and Genshin’s arguable peak popularity in Genshin’s 1st year, Klee was unofficially recorded with the Highest Single Day iOS Sales in China, 2nd Highest Overall Banner iOS Sales in China, 2nd Highest Overall Banner iOS + Android Sales in Japan. This year there have been a few banners which have matched and eclipsed Klee’s initial run, but her initial dominance made its mark.

Despite her undeniable popularity, Klee is certainly an uncommon choice in late-game content. Klee may have dominated the early versions which heavily favoured both her and the Pyro Element in general, but as content progressed and new characters with new teams were released and discovered, her playstyle and skill floor requirements just aren’t returning the same dividends as some others, those of which could be stronger and easier to play. Simply put, Klee isn’t the easiest character to control.

Nevertheless, Klee is still able to form the backbone for a variety of teams easily strong enough to blow through the Spiral Abyss. Her personal gameplay is very unique and skill expressive; fluent veterans will squeeze out tons of utility and mileage from her. She also has untapped potential which may be unleashed with future supporting characters. Overall, Klee is a bundle of joy both as a character and in combat, and investing into her will bring you happiness.


*Source: CN iOS sales via chandashi.com JP iOS + Android sales via game-i.daa.jp credit aljini10 for work https://www.reddit.com/r/Genshin_Impact/comments/o0qvrq/banner_sales_as_of_june_14th/

Strengths and Weaknesses

Klee’s Strengths

Play to these strengths.

Playstyle
  • Very skill expressive character with tons of movement and animation cancels.
  • Her “strongest team” damage wise—Mono Pyro—is also the simplest to play, allowing you to focus on this skill expression.
  • Charged Attacks have very high poise damage allowing you to juggle/stunlock enemies.
  • Stunlocked enemies are unable to attack Klee therefore shields aren’t needed.
  • Elemental Skill and Burst snapshots buffs.
  • Elemental Skill can be used for off-field damage.
Team Building
  • High synergy with Genshin Impact’s most popular supports.
  • Provides great teamwide Energy generation through her A4 Talent and Elemental Skill.
  • Entire kit has AoE damage and works even better with grouping.
  • Doesn’t need Xingqiu.
  • High Pyro application to enable Reactions from teammates.
Build
  • Has several viable artifact options so easy to build.
  • Viable F2P weapon option: Dodoco Tales.
  • R5 Widsith is a 4* Catalyst and has a higher damage ceiling than any 5* Catalyst, on top of being “easier” to acquire.

Klee’s Weaknesses

Considerations you may need to take.

Playstyle
  • Kit identity suggests she was designed to excel in Co-Op.
  • Mobile players and players of lesser skill may find her tricky to play.
  • Players who cannot maintain the offense may feel uncomfortable without a shield.
  • Elemental Burst has the smallest AoE in her kit, enemies need to be well grouped/consolidated.
Team Building
  • Difficult to make a full 4-man team with high synergy, reaction teams usually round out with flaws.
  • Strongest teams use some of the games most popular supports, can make it hard to field a second team.
  • Bennett can be considered essential.
  • Klee is not really a hypercarry, so investment in the entire team is recommended.
Build
  • Does not have a signature artifact set to elevate her damage.
  • Weapons with ramp-up buffs like Lost Prayer of the Sacred Winds and Memory of Dust do not scale with her entire kit.
  • 5* Catalysts have lackluster passives and are mainly as stat sticks.

Talents

Normal Attack

Normal Attack | Kaboom!

Normal Attack

Klee’s Normal and Charged Attacks are considered heavy attacks. Resultantly, in combat she can break Geo shields and constructs quickly, and shatter freeze. Outside of combat she can mine ores.

If aiming to play optimally to any degree, Klee’s full 3-hit Normal Attack combo should never be used in any circumstance. Due to a mixture of talent scaling and slow speed, both her 2nd and 3rd hits are objectively weaker than just repeating her 1st hit over & over with animation cancels, known as Machine Gun. The guide will touch on later how to achieve this. Though understand that ultimately even situations which warrant Machine Gun spamming are rare due to her high Charged Attack damage, which you almost always want to weave into your combos instead. Note, when Normal Attacks deal DMG, Klee has a 50% chance to obtain an Explosive Spark, via her 1st Ascension Passive, Pounding Surprise.

Her Normal Attacks are mainly single-target with poor AoE. These attacks (and her Charged Attacks) are projectile based, compared to most other Catalyst users which are hitscan, meaning due to its lobbing animation it does give her a limited range.

Charged Attack

Consumes 50 Stamina normally, and 0 Stamina whilst under the effects of Pounding Surprise.

One of the pillars of Klee’s kit, the simplest (and overall strongest) way to weave this into gameplay is to simply double-click. Klee will do the 1st hit of her Normal Attack and quickly follow this up with a Charged Attack, denoted as N1C. Spamming this double-click in rhythm provides Klee with her highest Talent% combo, though even with Pounding Surprise procs, this will deplete her Stamina rapidly. With this note—better triggering her 1st Ascension Passive, Pounding Surprise, and helping synergy with Xingqiu—it is often recommended to instead weave N1C > N2C (Machine Gun to Charged Attack) > repeat combos instead. Achieving N2C will be covered later in the guide.

Klee’s Charged Attack is very noticable in that it has a high stagger potential. She will often break enemies’ poise and send them flying. This also serves as a defensive function. This ability can also be used in conjunction with Venti’s Elemental Burst, where her Charged Attack can throw even the largest enemies in the air and make them locked into Venti’s burst. This knockback direction is independent of an enemy’s position within the hitbox, meaning the Charged Attack does not diverge groups of enemies.

The hitbox and overall range for her Charged Attack is much larger than one would assume, both horizontally and vertically. Practical application of this means this hits enemies inside Venti’s burst, even if they are fully staggered and lifted. It also forms a large part of her AoE damage coverage. 

Plunge Attack

Like other Catalyst users, her Plunge Attack is Elemental. However it is un-notable and irrelevant for 99% of gameplay. This is not considered a heavy attack.

Elemental Skill

Elemental Skill | Jumpy Dumpty

Klee throws Jumpy Dumpty which bounces 3 times, with sizable AoE damage potential with each bounce. After this, the bomb splits into 8 mines, which will set off if an enemy comes into its small range. Hitting an enemy will produce 4 Pyro Elemental Particles, though each usage of the Skill can only produce this once.

With two charges, this provides heavy front-loaded damage but with a long 20 second cooldown, allowing Klee to potentially terminate an enemy if there’s enough damage to bypass the following cooldown issue. When using the two charges in succession, the mines of the first one will explode early to make way. Whilst hitting an enemy with either the initial Jumpy Dumpty damage or the following mines, Klee has a 50% chance to obtain an Explosive Spark via her 1st Ascension Passive—Pounding Surprise. Therefore, one can weave in charge attack combos in between Jumpy Dumpty charge uses, but it is not recommended.

The initial Jumpy Dumpty hits have a fair amount of AoE—both horizontal and vertical—and will hit enemies caught in Venti’s burst for example. Kazuha’s suction also keeps Jumpy Dumpty pulled in whilst it is active. in As for the mines, Sucrose’s, Kazuha’s, Anemo Traveler’s, and Jean’s suction abilities will suck in these mines, allowing more damage opportunities. However, none of Venti’s skills will move these mines. This is acknowledged by Mihoyo as not a bug but a design decision.

Each mine has its own ICD on Pyro application; however, these mines share an ICD on Pyro application with her Normal Attacks. Meaning, they can both steal reactions and allow Klee to do more reactions due to increased amounts of attacks. See the ICD Theory page for more in-depth info.

If using 4pc Crimson Witch or Kagura’s Verity
Pro Tip: By immediately cancelling her Skill with her Burst (Press E then Q really fast), before Jumpy Dumpty even gets thrown or goes on CD, the game will consider a Skill to have been casted while Klee still has the Skill charge left.

Example:
E > Press Q Fast > E > E

Klee will gain one more stack than what is normally possible from both 4pc Crimson Witch passive and Kagura’s Verity passive, for a total of 3 stacks with 2 succesful Skill casts. (Update: A variation of this bug has been patched as of Version 2.6)
Note: This is a separate mechanic to cancelling her Skill with her Burst just after Jumpy Dumpty is thrown, an animation cancel used to cut down on Klee’s Skill animation. This will be covered in the Animation Cancels section.

Elemental Burst

Elemental Burst | Sparks ‘n’ Splash

For 10 seconds, summons groups of projectile hits every 2 seconds which home in on nearby enemies. It deals damage in 6 waves, and on each wave, there is a 35% chance for 3 hits to occur, 50% chance for 4 hits to occur, and 15% chance for 5 hits to occur. 

If you switch out within 10 seconds, the Burst effects end and will not continue. Therefore, it is encouraged to use her Burst as soon as she swaps in (or after Normal/Charged attacks if needed to buff her with specific weapon conditions).

Klee’s attributes are snapshotted on cast, meaning buffs like Bennett’s Elemental Burst, Noblesse Oblige 4pc Set Bonus, Instructor 4pc Set Bonus, etc. will increase the damage of Sparks ‘n’ Splash for the whole duration as long as they were present when the Elemental Burst was casted.

Ascension 1 Passive

Ascension 1 Passive | Pounding Surprise

When Jumpy Dumpty (both initial bounces and the following mines) and Normal Attacks deal DMG, Klee has a 50% chance to obtain an Explosive Spark. This Explosive Spark is consumed by the next Charged Attack, which costs no Stamina and deals 50% increased DMG. Whilst Klee is using this Explosive Spark, she has increased interruption resistance. This will prevent her from being staggered.

This spark can only be generated every 4 seconds, and both methods of obtaining it share this cooldown.

Explosive Spark DMG increase:

Assuming Level 90 (additive so 50% spark + 46.6% Pyro Goblet + 28.8% Ascension + 15% CW or 35% LW)

w/Crimson Witch (CW) 2pc
240.4/190.4 = 26% DPS increase

w/Crimson Witch 4pc + 3 Stacks
262.9/212.9 = 23% DPS increase

w/Lavawalker 4pc
260.4/210.4 = 23% DPS increase

Ascension 4 Passive

Ascension 4 Passive | Sparkling Burst

When Klee’s Charged Attack results in a CRIT, all party members gain 2 Elemental Energy.

Energy obtained is flat and therefore not affected by the Energy Recharge% attribute of Klee nor other members of the team. Despite not doing damage, “would have been” crits on shielded enemies will also proc this passive.

Constellations

Constellation 1

Constellation 1 | Chained Reactions

Attacks and Skills have a certain chance to summon sparks that bombard opponents, dealing DMG equal to 120% of Sparks ‘n’ Splash’s DMG.

If Klee is used as an enabler (roles are covered later), this is strictly an upgrade in both damage and Elemental application. However in Vaporise carry teams, this brings more inconsistency to her Vaporise% with Xingqiu as a support, although minimal if Xingqiu has Constellation 6. Therefore it can be either a DPS loss or gain depending on where these procs do occur.

This additional damage is considered as Elemental Burst damage, therefore the Noblesse Oblige 2pc Set Bonus boosts this, and additionally Solar Pearl’s passive both boosts this and its own application counts as a condition to boost her Normal Attack damage too.

Constellation 2

Constellation 2 | Explosive Frags

Being hit by Jumpy Dumpty’s mines decreases opponents’ DEF by 23% for 10s.

Her overall best Constellation and one of the few sources of DEF Shred in the game. A huge boost to both her and her team’s damage output that also allows for her to justifiably be played in a supportive role. The Team DPS increase will typically range from 13% to 18% depending on the enemy’s level, which is significant. Note that Constellation 4 is also needed in conjunction to truly transition, however in practical gameplay it is not necessary and also comes with a steeper cost.

Further Constellations are practically out of reach for F2P and light spenders. If the player has the resources to do so, C2 is definitely the recommended stopping point to boost both Klee’s ceiling and future proof potential without being unrealistic.

Constellation 3

Constellation 3 | Exquisite Compound

Increases the level of Jumpy Dumpty by 3.

A multiplicative increase in Skill damage by roughly 18-21% depending on talent level.

Constellation 4

Constellation 4 | Sparkly Explosion

If Klee leaves the field during the duration of Sparks ‘n’ Splash, her departure triggers an explosion that deals 555% of her ATK as AoE Pyro DMG.

Practically, this is significant as it allows Klee to be fully realised as both a debuff support and a Sub DPS with huge a Burst potential. As an on-field DPS, this is also a strict DPS increase when triggered shortly before the Burst expiration, and allows more versatility as previously she loses damage when switching early. This Burst has a higher-than-normal Elemental application gauge at 2B. As great as this is, especially in conjunction with C2, is it only within the reach of heavy spenders.

Constellation 5

Constellation 5 | Nova Burst

Increases the Level of Sparks ‘n’ Splash by 3.

A multiplicative increase in Burst damage by roughly 18-21% depending on Talent Level.

Constellation 6

Constellation 6 | Blazing Delight

While under the effects of Sparks ‘n’ Splash, other members of the party will continuously regenerate Energy. When Sparks ‘n’ Splash is used, all party members will gain a 10% Pyro DMG Bonus for 25s.

Arguably her least useful constellation. 10% Pyro DMG Bonus isn’t a lot in the grand scheme, and as with her 4th Ascension Passive, the Energy produced is flat and not affected by Energy Recharge% modifiers. However, the amount of Energy is still noticeable (9 energy in total will be restored for every character in the team once the Burst runs its course) and will alleviate a fair amount of weight from her supports, allowing them to be built for more damage. Ultimately, this C6 isn’t anywhere near as as strong as other 5* C6 like Ganyu’s, Hu Tao’s, or Eula’s; so acquire this purely for completionists sake.

Learning How To Control And Enhance Klee

TL;DR: Relative to other characters in Genshin Impact, Klee is a high ceiling character with a learning curve. At base, she needs these optimisations to reach performance levels of other top-tier characters, who you might probably find much easier to play. Satisfaction however, is a different story.

Klee is at a significant disadvantage if you are unable to break her free of her base shackles. Like all other offensive Catalysts users, her default, uninterrupted combos are slow and clunky. Klee also deals a lot of her damage through strong but slow Charged Attack. She is also naturally easily staggered, so getting hit in a slow animation can send this kid flying. When played badly, things can get ugly.

On the flipside, almost everything in her kit can be animation cancelled, meaning these slow individual attacks can be shortened and chained together to paste overall smoother and higher damage ceiling combos. Klee is also uniquely able to move in between combos, which is a crucial time save and optimisation due to her explosions often throwing even the biggest enemies all over the place. Learning to mix jump cancels and dash cancels when applicable makes a huge difference.

Note: Klee has numerous different cancels, many of which are not covered in this guide. What is covered below are cancels you should learn and will be doing for the majority of your Klee gameplay. These are the most relevant and useful.

Animation Cancels

The examples below show common animation cancelling strategies and timing. You can use movement; walking, jumping, or dashing to cancel animations with the appropriate timing.

Normal Attack

Animation cancelling Klee’s Normal Attack is also known as “Machine Gun”.


For general purpose damage: Hold a directional key while clicking attack. The timing is precise.

As mentioned earlier, situations which warrant Machine Gun spamming are rare due to her high Charged Attack damage, which you almost always want to weave into your combos instead. For example, when you have ran out of Stamina, using Machine Gun is effective.

Attack (Talent Level 6)FramesTalent%/s
Default 3 Hit Combo148127
Machine Gun36168

Around a 32% DPS increase (depending on timing). Use it!

Dash Cancels

Jump Cancels

Moving whilst attacking is more relevant than purely using Machine Gun. You can do this either by dashing or jumping between attacks. Dashing is both slightly faster and safer due to i-frames, but has the heavily downside of depleting your Stamina reserve, which is crippling for Klee in most cases. Therefore jump cancelling is more universally recommended, though as well as being slightly slower, is dangerous to use in practice due to being unable to dodge in the air.

N1C/N2C

N1C: Normal to Charged Attack
N2C: Machine Gun x2 to Charged Attack (higher chance of acquiring a spark)

Charged Attacks are ideally cancelled by Normal Attacks, which require you to click again immediately after the laser fires. Simply, you double-click in rhythm. You can also jump or dash in between double-clicks if you need to move. Again, dash cancelling has the highest DPS and survivability, but when combined with constant Charged Attacks, Klee’s Stamina reserve rapidly depletes. N2C is used in several situations: to get more consistent sparks, to slow down Stamina depletion rates, and also to increase reaction rates in certain Vaporise teams.

You should never really be doing a Charged Attack without 1 or 2 Normal Attacks preceding it, due to the damage boost from Pounding Surprise.

Attack (Talent Level 6)FramesTalent%Talent%/s
N1C78321246
w/Spark378290
N2C118422214
w/Spark479243

FAQ: When should I use N1C vs N2C?

Spam N1C:

  • Generally for maximum damage per second.
  • When you have high amounts of Stamina available.
  • To initially break an enemy’s poise the fastest and start the technique of juggling.

Spam N2C:

  • To conserve Stamina due to it applying more Pounding Surprise bonuses per Charged Attack.
  • For more consistency in keeping enemies permanently juggled/stunlocked.

Alternate between them:

  • When played with Xingqiu to consistently vaporise her Charged Attacks.
  • For a middle ground of high DPS and Stamina conservation.

Elemental Burst

Klee’s Sparks ‘n’ Splash can be used to cancel any animation. It just needs to be casted at the right time, before another attack is fully released. It is important to find the correct timing, as cancelling the Jumpy Dumpty animation too early will actually stop that attack from happening.

As mentioned throughout in the guide, this commonly has 2 usages.

  1. Cancelling Jumpy Dumpty after it leaves Klee’s hands, in order to save time on the animation.
  2. Cancelling Jumpy Dumpty before it even appears, i.e. pressing Burst very fast. This doesn’t actually use Jumpy Dumpty and the charge remains, however the game still registers this as a use. The reason for this is to gain an extra passive stack on either 4pc Crimson Witch or Kagura’s Verity.

Juggling/Stunlocking Enemies

The best defence is a good offence! Klee’s Charged Attacks are very useful for breaking enemies poise, and maintaining offence through consistent Charged Attacks can allow her to juggle most enemies and keep them stunlocked. Becoming proficient in these techniques is key to taking Klee further beyond, and can enable you to trivialise many fights. In fact, mastering juggling is what enables many players to solo the Spiral Abyss using only Klee.

Once enemies’ poise is broken, the recommended way to keep them juggled is with N2CJ or N1CJ. This both reduces Stamina expenditure and allows Klee to follow enemies and stay on top of things. The key is consistent Charged Attacks to prevent enemies from getting a chance to recover.

Klee can juggle Fatui and prevent them from even getting a shield up.

Klee stunlocking and completely dismantling the big bad wolves in Floor 12 of the Abyss. EZ

As mentioned earlier, these juggled enemies can be thrown into Venti’s Vortex even if they are originally too heavy for it. This is a huge benefit to the two characters’ synergy by giving you multiple layers of grouping and crowd control.

Jumpy Dumpty Usage And Being Strategic With It

As covered in the initial Talents section, Klee’s Elemental Skill Jumpy Dumpty starts with two initial charges, and therefore from the start of combat one can use these two however and whenever to suit the situation. Its drawback being, each charge (excluding cooldown reduction shenanigans) will take 20 seconds per use to reload. Essentially, this means that the 1st rotations will have 2 Jumpy Dumpty uses (and therefore from the start of every Abyss chamber) with each following rotation only typically having access to 1*. This gives a strategic element to how one can take advantage of this.

*Some niche teams can end up rotating faster than 20s, which can make them awkwardly desync with Jumpy Dumpty’s cooldown. Adjust as needed

Here are 2 popular ways you can use this:

  1. Using the 1st charge to battery the team (if using The Widsith, Klee needs to already be in the 1st team slot position). Most notably in Mono Pyro compositions, rotations can be led with Jumpy Dumpty, instead of something else to apply initial Pyro aura application onto enemies. This is typically followed up with a teammate’s Swirl for early buffs, debuffs and potential grouping. This initial usage has two benefits.

    – Providing a surge of Pyro Elemental Particles to help battery up the team’s Elemental Bursts between chambers. This smoothes out gameplay and lessens concerns of finishing chambers without Bursts being fully charged up.

    – Although lacking many buffs compared to being used later in rotations during Klee’s damage window, Jumpy Dumpty and the ensuing mines, especially in conjunction with Kazuha’s Elemental Skill for suction, still typically would produce higher upfront damage than whatever you would typically use for initial Pyro application.

    The second Jumpy Dumpty can be used later in Klee’s main damage window as normal, after the team has fully set up.
  2. Using both charges consecutively during Klee’s main on-field damage window. Unlike many other carries in Genshin Impact, she doesn’t have a “nuke” option. This generally gives these other characters big advantages not just in speedrunning, but importantly, frontloaded damage is inherently optimal against HP-thresholded enemies and fights with limited damage windows. In fact, dealing similar amounts of total damage but faster is ideal as downtime doesn’t matter once all the opponents are cleared. Well Klee doesn’t have this single instance of nuke damage, but she does have something.

    When using two charges in succession, the mines of the first will explode early to make way. This means in a period of a few seconds, you can potentially see 6 Jumpy Dumpty bounces, 16 mine explosions, 5 Burst lasers, as well as any Normal and Charged Attack uses, all fully buffed and highly concentrated. Now in conjunction with the rest of the team’s off-field attacks, like Xiangling’s Guoba and Pyronado, Kazuha’s field and swirls, it’s not far off from a “nuke”.

Talent Priority

The value of Klee’s Charged Attacks vary a lot in terms of her overall share of damage, depending on teams compositions and field time. Longer field time = more overall damage from Charged Attacks, especially when adding Amplifying Reactions.

Regardless she still has considerable damage from both her Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst, especially in popular Mono Pyro teams. For high level players at endgame, it can be argued that her Skill is in fact her most powerful Talent. For example, in the Mono Pyro team with Bennett, Kazuha, and Xiangling, her damage distribution against 1 enemy can be calculated to be as follows:
1st rotation: NA/CA 32% Skill 41% Burst 25%.
Consecutive rotations: NA/CA 42% Skill 25% Burst 31%.

Importantly, note that these distributions are assuming fully completed rotations. The faster enemies are defeated, the more relevant her Skill is, due to the ability to rapidly dump out its damage share. No matter which way you cut it, it’s hard to dub Klee a Charged Attack focused character like popular belief may mistakenly suggest.

Therefore, talent priorities are recommended:

Normal Attack = Elemental Skill > Elemental Burst
Crown Normal Attack and/or Elemental Skill if interested

If constellations are unlocked, recommendations don’t change unless C4 is obtained and Klee is transitioned to usage only as a support, in which case Normal Attack leveling can stop and focus should be shifted to just the Elemental Skill.

Weapons

Full sheet with details can be found in the resources section. Weapons that are not mentioned are not relevant enough and not recommended for consideration.

Overview

Weapons % of R1 Widsith
1st Rotation
R5 The Widsith* (1st rotation w/2x E nukes) 149.4%
Kagura’s Verity* (1st rotation w/2x E nukes) 132.2%
LPSW* (1st rotation w/2x E nukes) 124.7%
R5 The Widsith (1st rotation w/1x E) 120.7%
R1 Skyward Atlas* (1st rotation w/2x E nukes) 121.3%
Klee starts fights with multiple charges of her Elemental Skill. This gives these rotations a huge surge in burst damage, and some weapons can even scale slightly better.
Miscellaneous
R1 LPSW* (1st rotation w/E battery opener) 112.8%
This is just an example of using Klee’s extra charge at the start of fights to battery the team instead.
Sustained
R5 The Widsith (3 rotations over 60s) 110.2%
R1 LPSW (sustained) 101.1%
R1 The Widsith (3 rotations over 60s) 100.0%
R1 Skyward Atlas (sustained) 99.2%
R1 Solar Pearl* (fully buffed rotation) 97.9%
R1 Memory of Dust (no shield) 93.1%
The Widsith (no passive on) 89.8%
R5 Dodoco Tales (normal rotation) 86.0%
This is the damage you can expect when using only 1x Jumpy Dumpty per rotation for sustained fights over a long period.


Weapons are used in a Mono Pyro Klee-Bennett-Kazuha-Xiangling team which includes team buffs.
32% Pyro DMG via Kazuha, 1070 ATK via Bennett Q, C6 Xiangling, C6 Bennett
Rotation used is mostly E > Q > 4N1C > N1; *indicates slight differences
Kagura’s Verity uses a bug and is subject to being patched


TL;DR: The Widsith is great at all levels but one should consider this more of an indication that the current 5* catalyst weapon roster is lackluster and mostly stat sticks with poorly utilised passives.

Note: It’s assumed that The Widsith uses 2 out of 3 buffs (either Elemental DMG% or ATK%), and for most builds the damage output is essentially identical. If you are using a team in which Klee is regularly causing “Amplifying Reactions”, she will also benefit from the EM buff. Please understand that when using The Widsith in compositions where Klee is an enabler instead, that should you proc this EM buff, it essentially does nothing and for this period Widsith’s value will be heavily hampered. Even when this unbuffed situation occurs, know that Widsith is still an inherently solid weapon with a Crit Damage substat. Note for Abyss gameplay: If you get this EM buff—denoted ingame as ♪♬—and you care about clear time, it is advised to reset the chamber.

4* Weapons

The Widsith
The Widsith is, with caveats, by far her strongest 4* weapon, and overall if R5. When played correctly, it is so far ahead of its contemporaries even considering downtime. Do not be fooled by the 10s on, 20s off impression. Since Klee front loads her Jumpy Dumpties and snapshots her Burst when she switches in, she generally isn’t wanting to be on the field much longer than 10 seconds anyway. If you can clear the content in this one rotation, then fantastic, The Widsith at R5 even significantly outperforms 5* weapons. If you can’t, then no buff will be obtained for the second rotation. But the buffs will be back for the 3rd duration, so as you can see this huge buff can have uptime ranging from 100% to 50% to 66%. Again to stress, The Widsith still dominates factoring in the downtime. R1 > R5 is approximately a 10% increase in Klee’s total damage.

The caveats are that aside from Vaporise compositions with Klee carrying, other teams do not benefit from the EM buff, denoted ingame as ♪♬. This will occur 33% of the time, and requires plowing through or restarting a chamber.
Dodoco Tales
Obtained for free at R5 in version 1.6, alongside her rerun, Dodoco Tales is a very viable weapon. It is overall much weaker than The Widsith, but regardless trumps most 4* weapons. In a fully buffed team this weapon gets significantly weaker due to ATK and DMG Bonus saturation.

This weapon’s strengths are its significant boost to Klee’s Charged Attacks, so if one were to extend Klee’s damage windows playing expressively, it is possible to close the gap with The Widsith. For this playstyle, you will want to start her field time with an N1C before using her Elemental Skill cancelled into her Burst. This is needed in order to snapshot the weapon passive’s buffs correctly. This is noticeably annoying and fairly counterintuitive.

However for more tight rotations, noticeably with Mono Pyro’s quickswap-eqsue style, it’s not really worth delaying her Skill and Burst; the small ATK% overall buff to both does not outweigh having her Burst active longer for the extra proc. Also note the Charged Attack that initially applies the ATK% boost does not get it applied onto itself.
Solar Pearl
Obtained via Battle Pass, Solar Pearl is also amongst Klee’s top tier 4* weapons. Alongside its strength in damage, the Crit Rate boost also synergises with her Ascension 4 Passive, so you will see a slight increase in team energy gain.The drawback is pretty clear. It’s passive boosts everything apart from Charged Attacks. That’s not to say Klee’s Charged Attacks are weak with this weapon, rather it could’ve been a lot better.

Solar Pearl also requires a slight change in playstyle in order to properly buff all her damage sources. At minimum you must start Klee’s field time with a Normal Attack. It is recommended to animation this Normal Attack into a Jumpy Dumpty and cancel that into her Elemental Burst.

5* Weapons

Kagura’s Verity
Can be considered BiS for players who don’t want to deal with The Widsith’s RNG. Caution: Its power with Klee is entirely reliant on a bug, and one of these beneficial bugs has already been patched as of Version 2.6. Don’t specifically pull for Kagura’s Verity without understanding this.

How to abuse the stacking bug (similar to 4pc CW):
E > Press Q Fast > E > E
Its passive will boost her Elemental Skill damage 3 times and then boost rest of her skillset moderately. Note, this is unable to be maintained for consecutive rotations, but E > Press Q Fast > E can still be used to increase Elemental Skill damage.

Link to Kagura’s Verity investigations by solo#3333
Note: The investigations above are from Version 2.5, check Klee’s Evidence Vault for the most updated information.
Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds
Marginally weaker than Kagura’s Verity over time, but still highly recommended due to it coming from the Standard Banner/Off Rates rather than needing to put dedicated pulls towards it.

While the passive looks strong on paper, the bonus resets upon swap-out, and the long ramp-up time means that Klee’s Elemental Burst will never benefit from it fully. It’s amazing in 4-player Co-Op as well as exploration, for when you have Klee on the field nearly all the time. If Klee has heavy ATK stat saturation via buffs like Bennett’s Burst, Noblesse Oblige, which is a fairly common build situation, Lost Prayer performs essentially the same or slightly stronger than Skyward Atlas. Importantly it can then be considered fairly better due to its stat spread enabling higher crit value to benefit Klee’s Ascension 4 Passive.

Also note, if Klee is swapped out whilst the passive is at 0 stacks but with time on the internal counter, say 3 seconds out of the 4 needed, when she switches back in this counter will resume and only 1 second will need to pass for the first stack to be live. The movement bonus is also very noticeable and useful.
Skyward Atlas
Good 5* option generally speaking, though overtaken by both The Widsith R5 when used properly, and often Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds in a fully buffed team. Not only does this boast the highest base stat for catalysts, but also has free stats from passive, and a bonus cloud to do DPS on top of that. However, the cloud damage is considered physical damage, so it’s a small bonus, but a bonus nonetheless. These passive hits account for less than 4% of Klee’s total damage. Although minor damage, it is important to note that, once proc’d, the physical passive continues even after Klee has left the field.
Memory of Dust
Very similar raw power to Skyward Atlas, but thematically designed to be played alongside a shielder. Mathematically, it’s difficult to be precise about comparing it due to the intrinsic differences in regards to building stacks per hit and designing different teams. Although regardless, in a 1 to 1 comparison, Skyward Atlas’s passive Elemental DMG Bonus and cloud hits, although small, will generally make it perform better.

Practically too, at present it is challenging to build a composition to take advantage of this. Using a “weaker” team to accommodate such a shielder just to get an additional 20% ATK is a net loss, even if that shielder is Zhongli. However, this is only from the lens of overall team damage min-maxing, so if you want to optimise Klee’s damage and intend on playing with a shielder, then it thematically goes hand in hand with Memory of Dust.

Artifacts

Actual artifact performance can vary significantly depending on substat rolls on your personal account. Know that Klee does not have a specific artifact set effect that transcends stats, like Viridescent Venerer would for an Anemo character, Blizzard Strayer on a freeze team, or also how Diluc or Bennett Main DPS can make full use of Crimson Witch of Flames stacking passive. Therefore all recommendations for Klee are fairly close to one another, and rankings will shift for you depending on how good your pieces are. Overall, with equal substats, BiS sets can do around 2-5% more damage (depending on teams), which is valuable or insignificant entirely depending on how much you want to min-max.

Note: It is highly recommended to treat the following section as a general guideline. Ultimately, we recommend using the Genshin Optimizer to finalize your builds. In particular, it allows you to choose team buffs and can more accurately judge the correct balance between offensive stats for artifacts specific to your account. In case you need one, here’s a great tutorial for how to use Genshin Optimizer:
Genshin Optimizer Video Tutorial: MAX YOUR DAMAGE in 5 MINUTE!!!! [Optimizer Tutorial]

Set Recommendations

Universal

Combining a 2pc Crimson Witch of Flames with a 2pc 18% ATK creates Klee’s most universal set. 15% Pyro DMG and 18% ATK is competitive for all builds, whether or not Klee is triggering Reactions. Importantly, many players could easily have Gladiator’s Finale or Shimenawa’s Reminiscence artifacts with strong substats, therefore this combination could make up your overall strongest set.

For Enabler Builds

Teams using Klee as an Enabler revolve around her constantly applying Pyro onto enemies, leaving them with a consistent Pyro aura. 4pc Lavawalker provides 35% DMG Bonus to all attacks in this scenario, which–given equal substats–makes this set the overall strongest in these compositions. It is important to note that some enemies like Slimes have innate Elemental auras, meaning damage will be lost due to the inability to maintain a Pyro aura on them.

For Reaction Builds

4pc Crimson Witch of Flames—if the player is lucky to have obtained strong pieces—is very beneficial in teams where Klee triggers Reactions. Note that this Vaporise damage boost stacks additively with Elemental Mastery. 

The 15% Pyro DMG boost from the initial 2pc set is combined with a 7.5%-15% additional Pyro DMG boost depending on Jumpy Dumpty charges. By abusing the stacking bug, Klee will gain an extra stack (2 or 3 total stacks) than normally possible from the 4pc passive. 

With 2 charges: E > Press Q Fast > E > E (gains 3 stacks)
With 1 charge: E > Press Q Fast > E (gains 2 stacks)

(Update: A variation of this bug has been patched as of Version 2.6)

Regardless of supports, Klee has standard elemental application ICD on most of her attacks, so she cannot trigger Reactions on every hit.

Niche/Copium Substitutes

With good sub stats, a 2pc Wanderer’s Troupe can substitute in a Main DPS Reaction team. Also if you happen to have C1 on Klee, it’s damage is boosted by Noblesse Oblige’s 2pc set effect, so it can work as a universal substitute with any composition if you have very strong sub stats.

Stat Priority

All builds use the same main stats on these artifacts. ATK% on the Timepiece, Pyro DMG% on the Goblet, and Crit Rate/DMG on the Circlet. Sub stat priorities are Energy Recharge% until sustainable for teams (only a few rolls needed if teaming with another Pyro, closer to 140% if solo) > CRIT Rate/DMG >> ATK% >>> ATK > Rest.

However with Main DPS Reaction teams, Elemental Mastery is just as important as ATK% for sub stats, and can be used on the Timepiece as the main stat if you have very strong sub stats. Emphasis on very strong, even in Reaction teams Klee performs a lot of non Reaction damage, and therefore ATK% is still preferable.

Synergies and Interactions

Klee is a very versatile character. As with most other Pyro carries, with Hydro supports she can be played as a main carry who’s damage is “amped” by Vaporise Reactions to unleash strong personal damage. Moreover, due to her explosive mayhem via consistently strong and frequent Pyro application, she is also able to be used as an “enabler” in Reverse Melt or Overload compositions, where she lays the Pyro foundation for powerful Electro or Cryo supports to create more “shared” team damage. Lastly, her most popular use is with “Mono Pyro” compositions, where teams forgo Reactions and Klee is run alongside characters like Bennett and Xiangling with grouping and Viridescent Venerer support via a final Anemo member. With fully synergistic teammates, (and Energy requirements being alleviated due to shared Pyro Particles) this madness has enough buffs to make sure you don’t take brute force lightly.

A word of caution: Do not try to play teams with both Cryo and Hydro supports. As touched on earlier, Klee’s attacks are heavy attacks, and therefore the Shatter Reaction is prioritized before Vaporise or Melt, which is significantly weaker in performance than either.

An important note about shields/resistance to interruption

As touched on earlier, Klee is more squishy than the average character, meaning she is more prone to getting staggered out of an attack than most others. This is compounded by her relatively limited range, promoting in-your-face gameplay. Therefore she cannot keep distance over enemies and therefore fairly susceptible to melee attacks. Fortunately, there are several ways to alleviate this issue.

Shields: Zhongli (Hold Elemental Skill), Beidou (Elemental Burst with Constellation 1), Diona (Elemental Skill)

Interrupt Resistance
Talent: Whilst casting a Charge Attack with an Explosive Spark active, Klee has increased interrupt resistance. This will prevent her from being staggered.
Characters: Zhongli (Hold Elemental Skill), Beidou (Elemental Burst), Xingqiu (Elemental Skill), Geo Traveler (Elemental Burst but uncommon in Klee Teams)

Note, Xingqiu’s resistance to interruption isn’t actually that strong by itself to render Klee stagger proof against most stronger attacks. However this will stack with other’s for example when combined with Beidou, you get full resistance.

However, it is important to understand that by having to use one of these supports you may be restricting her team diversity and potentially having to remove another supportive character who could contribute more to her overall team damage. For instance, a Reverse Melt composition with Zhongli would have to forgo either Bennett (who 1. provides significant damage to both Klee and the Cryo Sub DPS, 2. without him Klee may encounter energy issues), or the Anemo grouper (Venti/Sucrose/Kazuha), which losing that crowd control would again hamper both Klee and the stationary Sub DPS Rosaria.

Overall, although it may require a lot more skill and care with Klee, improving your dodging skills and not having to rely on shields/resistance to interruption as a crutch gives you much more freedom and in many instances, allows you to run overall stronger teams.

FAQ: Does Klee need a shield?

Use a shield if you:

  • Are playing special events (i.e. Vagabond) with very high damaging enemies.
  • Already meet DPS checks easily and want to complete end-game content more comfortably.
  • Play on mobile and cannot play fluidly without it.
  • Have difficulty managing Stamina or keeping Klee safe.
  • Do not consider yourself skilled.
  • Are playing without a healer.

Don’t use a shield if you:

  • Are able to consistently crowd control enemies via Anemo grouping or Klee’s juggling/stunlocking.
  • Are good at dodging and timing attacks carefully to not leave yourself vulnerable.
  • Want to play Klee’s highest damage potential teams which don’t have a shielder.
  • Consider the team’s healing adequate.

How synergistic is she with the current roster?

TL;DR: Klee has very good synergy with the Pyro and Anemo cast, both damage and utility wise. Therefore she currently excels in Mono Pyro teams. For Reaction-focused teams, Klee is just missing that one final piece. Your experience won’t be perfect and you will find that these teams will typically have 1 teammate with varying degrees of anti-synergy. Therefore it is highly encouraged to read and digest the team building sections of this guide, and then go ingame and finetune your own teams to fit your own playstyle.

FAQ: Why is Vaporise less important on Klee?

Contrary to popular belief, it actually has little to do with her applying “too much Pyro to work”, since there are teams and playstyles which can get her Vaporising consistently.

Many Pyro carries in Genshin Impact deal damage with one Talent source at a time.

  • A typical Hu Tao uses her Normal and Charged Attacks, and will pause those to use her Burst.
  • Diluc has his Burst and then alternates between Normal Atks and Elemental Skills.
  • Xiangling does initially have both Guoba and Pyronado as DMG sources, but the majority of her window, especially in AoE uses Pyronado as her single reactive source.
  • Bennett alternates with Normal Attacks, Elemental Skill and Bursts.

Klee is unlike these others, and failure to understand this is the root source of misplay and poor analysis of her strategies.
She weaves Normal and Charged Attacks with Burst lasers firing and mines explode around them. By herself, she is constantly dealing damage distributed almost evenly from all 3 of her Talents, and furthermore all these Talents provide DMG via multiple fast, smaller, and sustained hits.

For the other characters, especially with favorable Elemental application ICD, their type of playstyle scales well with Vaporise/Melt. Their power budget in an attack sequence being generally distributed through 1 attack at a time makes great use of these Reaction multipliers. Vaporise is only a multiplier after all. Purely a 1.5x or 2x multiplier that also unlocks Elemental Mastery for an additional unique multiplier. The more frequently a character can react the more consistent their access to these multipliers are.

Yet, as insinuated, these Amplifying Reactions are ultimately only multipliers. For Klee, even if one were to practice a gameplay style which allows consistent Vaporise Reactions for one of these Talent sources, like her Normal and Charged Attacks, this is only adding a multiplier onto what is normally around 1/3 of her total damage.

Instead, why not look for ways to 100% of her total damage via universal Pyro DMG buffs like Kazuha’s A4 or Xiangling’s C6? Even if these multipliers may appear smaller, the ability for these to boost her Skill and Burst can make them much more synergistic overall.

It can help to see similarities with a more understood character, Tartaglia. Whilst a minority do try his playstyle in Forward Vape/Sunfire teams, the vast majority recognize that his performance is stronger, flexible and more practical outside of this. Klee is like this too.

What future teammates does Klee look out for?

Look out for future off-field damage dealers that stand to gain from a “driver” like Klee who can sustain significant pyro application on field. Even more so if their attacks are mobile and can move with Klee amidst the chaos. Overall, Klee as an reaction enabler is in the position to utilise a support like this much better than her pyro contemporaries, so solidifying a stronger niche in the future will keep her in good stead.

In terms of indirect buffs as a whole, Klee luckily has several unique identifiers that are not currently exploited in-game, but have a shot at being targeted in the future:

  • High hit count. Hit count mechanics are not something explored much in Genshin Impact, but are common in Honkai Impact 3rd, Genshin’s sister game. Examples would range from Skills that scale higher the more hits are dealt, to Bosses with Shields that need take a certain amount of hits to be taken down.

    Klee in full swing has a barrage of hits across the game period, but if you consider things like a new artifact set or Support for Pyro characters, or a Catalyst weapon, narrowing the prospective characters even further makes Klee stand out more in these situations.

    Whilst Genshin hasn’t moved much in this scale, it is possible to see signs of small advancements considering characters like Yunjin’s Buffs or Quicken reactions. Whilst these do not consider Hit count directly, additive increases like these, typically, are designed to be beneficial towards attacks which hit fast with lower multipliers (with Quicken also factoring in Elemental application rate), as opposed to slower hits with higher base multipliers.
  • Full range of attack sources. Klee is one of the few characters, who in their natural role is attacking with Normal Attacks, Charge Attacks, Elemental Skill hits and constant Elemental Burst hits. For Bow characters, Polar Star already exists as an example weapon that increases in performance with diverse attack activation. Even then, Polar Star’s Buffs last 12s per attack, a fairly long time. Klee could maintain uptime of Buffs with far shorter durations. There aren’t many other Catalyst or Pyro characters who tread into this territory, so anything new here can also be effective.

General Synergies

So we’ve covered Klee’s strengths, weaknesses, and considerations that need to be made when building a team. It is important to stress that despite not having access to an amazingly synergistic Sub DPS teammate currently, Klee does have synergy with strong supports who often appear as the consistent backbone to the wide variety of compositions available.

Is Bennett needed in every Klee team? Due to the large variety of strategies, not really, but it is important to understand how well he synergises with Klee, and therefore how borderline irreplaceable he is. Firstly, he enables Klee to require essentially no additional energy recharge bonuses to produce her Burst on demand. Secondly, Klee herself and the vast majority of team mates regardless of exact composition have snapshottable abilities, on top of benefitting hugely from Bennett’s huge attack buff in general, so his supportive boosts provide huge increases in overall team DPS.

When can he be replaced? (click to expand)


1. Xiangling can substitute for additional Pyro Energy to Klee, and her personal output is strong enough that to a degree it can mitigate overall team damage loss from losing Bennett’s attack buff. Generally speaking, given Xiangling has enough Energy Recharge to accommodate, she can work as a universal replacement outside of Vaporise teams. The main downside to using her instead is having to adjust for a potentially longer rotation.

2. In tough content, a full shield may be preferable to relying on Bennett’s healing. Zhongli himself can fill Bennett’s shoes, with his strong shield that also decreases the Elemental RES and Physical RES of opponents nearby by 20%. Note, in 99% of situations, this resulting damage increase will be noticeably weaker than what Bennett would have provided, but it does work as a substitute. Also understand that Zhongli replacing Bennett will leave Klee needing much more Energy Recharge bonus to cover for the resulting loss in Pyro energy, so for example you can say Zhongli+Xiangling are needed in order to fill Bennett’s slot.

Due to Xiangling’s high off-field damage and high Pyro application rate, she is often played in a wide variety of teams in Genshin Impact. However, a common theme with her teams is that they generally have to accommodate her high Energy demands, and therefore most of her teams either spend significant portions of time having to battery her, or have higher than average rotation lengths. Due to Klee’s prowess in Energy generation, especially high Pyro Particle generation with her initial two charges of Jumpy Dumpty, this allows Klee-Bennett-Xiangling teams to be one of the few Xiangling teams where her costly Burst is not burdensome and easily used off-cooldown.

Further synergy is provided with Xiangling’s C1 and C6 constellations (even Klee’s C6 for high spenders) , small damage increases however, they can add up. Notably, since Xiangling’s Burst does not normally snapshot her C6, therefore it is typically considered a weak constellation, Klee is able to perfectly make use of it. Xiangling’s Pyronado will also follow Klee around, and Snapshots team buffs similar to Klee’s Burst, allowing the duo tons of freedom for movement and positioning as needed with little drawback.

Many people may look at Xiangling’s EM ascension stat and Pyronado’s reaction potential and then write off her multipurpose kit for synergy in Pyro teams with Klee. However, we should remember that the small starting roster was designed to cover for multiple team variations in mind. It is perfectly reasonable to conclude these two were also intended to be paired together by Hoyoverse.

Although he doesn’t suck up Klee’s mines, Venti deals very strong damage (when he actually aims straight!) and has incredible synergy with Klee and many of her teammates. As incredible as Venti is, his main drawback is due to throwing enemies into his burst, there are a relatively limited number of characters who can continue onslaughts of damage to enemies within his burst. Aside from Normal Attacks which have a tendency to be thrown too low, Klee can do this with all her attacks. Furthermore, Venti’s burst provides elemental infusion which is extremely helpful especially in conjunction with Xingqiu, as this constant Hydro application allows Klee to Vaporise Jumpy Dumpty hits she otherwise could not. With Reverse Melt teams, this infusion allows Cryo supports to be melting even before Klee switches in. It is an extremely advantageous position to be a character that can synergise with Venti. However please note Mihoyo has steadily scaled back on Venti favorable content and you might find limited effectiveness of his strengths in current end-game situations.

Kazuha is a key top tier support character that synergises incredibly with Klee. On the surface, unlike Venti his suction ability is able to pull in Klee’s Jumpy Dumpty and mines, but most importantly is his general prowess in easily applying Viridescent Venerer debuffs in both mono-elemental and reaction teams. He typically performs much better applying this than other Anemo characters.This is in addition to his ability to give himself and his teammates an Elemental DMG Bonus% when swirling an element. This puts him in a position where his team damage boosting benefits are often too hard to ignore. To top it off, his suction effects, although weaker than Venti’s, do not have the potential to send enemies flying in the air, giving him much better synergy with common Klee teammates Rosaria and Xiangling.
Overall, although in a strict 1:1 comparison he may not be as useful as Venti in certain mobbing combat situations where Venti’s crowd control expertise is too valuable, these factors make him inarguably much more synergistic in the majority of other situations with Klee. You will probably find he is often an ideal fit no matter what idea or team play style you decide on building.

Venti and Kazuha can be somewhat substituted with Sucrose. She brings additional sources of damage boosts to the table via her Elemental Mastery sharing talents and potential to wield Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers. She can also provide elemental infusion and gathering, although not as strong. Importantly, she is a 4* character who also does her job at low constellations and with a 3* weapon, making her very handy and cheap for any account.

Ultimately, Venti’s significantly stronger crowd control, personal damage and energy refunds via his Ascension 4 Passive Talent, Stormeye, his overall contribution is sizably larger and therefore make up stronger Klee teams. Moreover, Kazuha’s damage boosts can in a vacuum be smaller, but his ability to better execute VV debuffs ultimately synergises a lot better with Klee’s teams by being able to buff multiple members with DMG Bonus%. This is especially important as Klee teams often have high amounts of non-reaction damage.

With Klee’s teams never relying purely on her own damage, Zhongli’s universal RES Shred via his shield is incredibly handy to increase the output of several team damage sources. In addition, as mentioned earlier Klee can benefit highly from his Interrupt Resist, allowing her to plow through damage without getting staggered from incoming hits. This can be especially important in compositions where Klee is the Enabler, as losing hits from her also results in weaker output from the rest of the team.

An unfortunate weakness with Zhongli is that teams are limited to 4 members, and due to his weak energy output, slotting him in place of someone else can leave Klee teams, especially herself, in an energy deficit. Additionally, his slot in Klee teams is often competing with Bennett or Venti, who have both proven to provide tons of energy and boost teams to generally much higher damage output. When using Zhongli, this loss in energy and damage output is something you have to weigh out.

Energy Recharge Guidelines

Note: Multiple ballpark figures are given. For average players, in order to prepare for all situations, build for the higher value. Starts of fights/Abyss Chambers will allow Klee two uses of her Skill, meaning you can build lower if you can avoid sustained fights. If you do not meet these Energy requirements, it’s not the end of the world as you can easily create Energy with the team’s Elemental Skills, as the small cost of a longer rotation. Due to Klee’s low reliance on Amplification, most teams easily allow this flexibility.

Teams

Mono Pyro/Pure Pyro

Core: Klee + Bennett
Amplification: Kazuha/Venti
Triple Pyro: Xiangling
Niche: Sucrose/Zhongli/Jean/Thoma

FAQ: Why Mono Pyro? Aren’t big Vaped Charged Attack numbers stronger?

Important: A common misconception of newer players is thinking that this team is played as a consolation, because Klee “cannot take advantage of Reactions”. This is incorrect, this team is played due to the incredible synergy between all 4 characters. It just happens to not have Reactions (beyond Swirl). High DMG per screenshot ≠ High DMG per second! Charged Attacks are only a portion of Klee’s natural damage output, whereas these teams amplify 100% her output (see Talent Priority to learn more).

A team having or not having Reactions like Melt/Vaporise has zero predisposition to whether it makes a good team. Do not be fooled into thinking Reactions are the be all and end all for team building. To learn more about the team, in particular see Team Description and Circular Synergy Breakdown.

Mono Pyro Recommended Team #1 (可莉三火)
Klee/Kazuha/Bennett/Xiangling
Abyss Gauntlet RunsVS PMAVS Golden Wolflord
https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1Eg411A7Wx
https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV13L4y1x7Lo
https://youtu.be/N5Ads7pp-wI
https://youtu.be/oU3pjjQWy2I
https://youtu.be/OYHb_rkqdKo 
https://youtu.be/-I6aCFEwcEA
https://youtu.be/E-8w7U7OIP0
https://youtu.be/9MfV4T8qzOY
https://youtu.be/rIOWhqAm6H8
https://youtu.be/esZiWM4xCk8

If you’re interested in this team, I highly recommend watching the video guide for a thorough breakdown on concepts and many different ways this team can be played.

The premise is simple: Viridescent Venerer’s Pyro infused debuff provides a 27.7% damage increase against the typical enemy (who has 10% base resistance). Without having to worry about reactions and controlling aura application, it is extremely simple and easy to keep this debuff on enemies. Coupled with Xiangling’s inconsistent C1 debuff and her small but solid 15% Pyro DMG boost from her C6, team damage is amplified enough to not have to fret about not using amplification reactions. The main drawback is due to going all in with Pyro, it is not as efficient for shield breaking scenarios, which are fairly common in end game content.

Kazuha is a tremendous addition to the roster, as not only is he very good at applying VV, but unlike Sucrose’s EM sharing, his team buffs will benefit non-reaction teams with the additional Pyro DMG bonus. He also has additional synergy with Klee and Xiangling as his Skill will draw in mines and Gouba. Another benefit to Kazuha is his respectable damage whilst on the field using Skills and regenerating energy. Xiangling Elemental Burst has a longer cooldown than the others, so the team’s rotations generally extend to around 20-22s to accommodate her. 

This team is very rotationally flexible and feels smooth to play in both Single Target and AoE content. Rotationally flexible, meaning you can easily delay Xiangling’s burst until needed, add extra Kazuha Skill usage for on demand grouping, or even stay on Klee longer or shorter depending on if juggling is valued or the enemies are already dead. This is in comparison to some other Hypercarry lead teams in the game which can have strict set-ups and set infusion/damage windows.

One significant value proposition with this team is its high floor on damage output. Essentially, aside from Klee’s basic attacks, the entire team’s output snapshots a ton of buffs and abilities do not require triggers like needing constant normal attacks. Xiangling’s Pyronado will spin regardless, Klee’s Burst will home onto enemies, and even her leftover mines will be pulled to wherever the player positions Kazuha. This can make the team easier to pilot than other Klee teams and even other Xiangling teams as there can be less variance in total output from a skilled player vs one of less skill; by the time Klee EQE’s, most of the work is done. Of course, skilled players effectively positioning, animation canceling and Charge Attacking during Klee’s damage window will produce greater numbers, but the team’s combined sources of guaranteed damage is sizable.

The point isn’t even finished, as this is not only referring to the damage itself, but team Energy too. Even though Klee’s Charge Atks generate good tail-end energy for the team, the rest of the team’s Skills, including potentially two of Klee’s Skill charges, are front loaded before Klee’s basic attack damage window. This means whether enemies are defeated earlier than expected, or at the end of a rotation, it’s highly likely you will start the next Abyss chamber with the team’s Energy in a healthy situation. This is exemplified by Klee being able to start an alternate rotation with her first Skill charge, allowing her to even patch up the team before a fight really starts. This makes the team incredibly fluid across an entire Abyss Floor, and is proven with consistently strong performances in Continuous speedruns.

KleeKazuhaBennettXiangling
Example Weapons:
Dodoco Tales
The Widsith
Artifacts:
2pc ATK/2 CW or 4pc Lavawalker
ER% Ballpark:
125% w/long fights
100% w/fights under 40s
Example Weapons:
Iron Sting
Favonius Sword
Artifacts:
4pc Viridescent Venerer
ER/EM/EM or EM/EM/EM
ER% Ballpark:
170% w/long fights
160% w/fights under 40s
Example Weapon:
Prototype Rancour
Artifacts:
4pc Noblesse Oblige
ER/Pyro/CRIT or ATK/Pyro/CRIT
ER% Ballpark:
155% w/long fights
125% w/fights under 40s
Example Weapon:
“The Catch”
Artifacts:
4pc EoSF
ATK/Pyro/CRIT
ER% Ballpark:
200% w/long fights
170% w/fights under 40s
First Rotation OnlyExample Rotation #2Energy Rotation #3Fast Setup Rotation #4
Bennett E or Klee N1 > Kazuha Tap E + Plunge + Q > Bennett Q + E > Xiangling Q + E > Kazuha (Hold or Tap) E + Plunge > Klee N1 + E + Q + E + 4N1C > Repeat from Example Rotation #2Bennett E > Kazuha Tap E + Plunge + Q > Bennett Q + E > Xiangling Q + E > Kazuha (Hold or Tap) E + Plunge > Klee N1 + E + Q + 4N1C + N1 > RepeatKlee E > Kazuha Tap E + Plunge + Q > Bennett Q + E > Xiangling Q + E > Kazuha (Hold or Tap) E + Plunge > Klee N1 + E + Q + 4N1C + N1 > RepeatKlee N1 > Kazuha Q > Bennett Q + E > Xiangling Q + E > Kazuha (Hold or Tap) E + Plunge > Klee N1 + E + Q + E + 4N1C + N1 > Kazuha Tap E + Plunge > Repeat from Kazuha Q

Klee E (only for the first rotation) / Bennett E (use instead if doing multiple rotations) >
Sucrose E + Q > Bennett Q + E >
Xiangling Q + E > Sucrose E >
Klee N1 + E + Q + 5N1C + N1 > Repeat

Sucrose’s E is used twice per rotation, which should be sustainable with Constellation 1 and Sacrificial Fragments.

VS Golden Wolflord: https://youtu.be/haJ1yO77_tI

Kazuha:

  • Pyro only teammates makes it easy for him to swirl the correct Element.
  • Mono reaction team means all party members utilise his DMG% buff.
  • Suction for both Klee’s mines and Guoba. Klee’s mines dramatically increase the power of his Skill.

Klee:

  • Maximises all team buffs and debuffs (Xiangling C1, C6, Bennett C6, easy 100% VV uptime). Amplifies all her damage.
  • Kazuha’s stamina reduction via Passive Talent improves dash cancel and Charge Attack flexibility.
  • Makes full use of Xiangling’s C6 which typically has low value.
  • Front Loaded Skill and its energy generation allows flexible play to be adapted as needed.

Xiangling:

  • C1 inflicts small debuff and C6 provides small buff for the entire team.
  • Pyronado follows the player model so works effectively with both Kazuha’s and Klee’s forms of crowd control.
  • More Pyro teammates to fluidly generate energy for her Burst.

Bennett:

  • Entire team has abilities that can Snapshot his buffs.
  • Large amounts of Pyro energy particles allows him to easily build for damage.

Note: This is categorised as an Enabler team due to its playstyle and rotation strategies having similarities with other more true “reaction enabling” teams. However Klee is still technically the Main DPS of this team and outputs the most damage in both single-target and AoE situations.

However in mob situations, there is an opportunity to achieve better performance with the King of trash compacting himself, Venti. His synergy refunds all Pyro teammates 15 Flat Energy after Wind’s Grand Ode ends, as well as generating extra Anemo Particles for Kazuha. Since the whole team now has matching cooldowns, this allows a very smooth and constant rotation of characters, and Klee now doesn’t even need to be on the field that long.

Mono Pyro Recommended Team #2
Klee/Bennett/Venti/Kazuha
Abyss Gauntlet Runs
https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1yT411775f/
https://youtu.be/HFtRVfcQXEI

This variation scales incredibly well in AoE content with tons of enemies (though unfortunately this is happening less and less in the Abyss). On the surface one could argue that Klee is the member getting carried, and while it is true that she ends up being the least important component of the team, she brings enough to the table to where she would become the best choice for the 4th character.

  1. With her Skill and Charged Attack, she generates a lot of Energy for the brief time she is on-field, further lowering Energy Recharge requirements.
  2. Shielding support isn’t too justified due to the team’s constant crowd control.
  3. Unlike Xiangling, Klee can comfortably hit enemies within Venti’s Vortex.
  4. Moreover, some enemies are too heavy to be thrown into Venti’s Vortex naturally, however Klee’s Charged Attacks can fling these enemies and force them into it. In fact in general, with her solid natural crowd control due to high staggering ability, this team’s themes are further highlighted.
  5. Strictly looking at damage, Klee actually has strong front loaded damage dealing capabilities, and this team does not need her to be on the field long dealing dwindling sustained damage. Burst, 1 or 2 Jumpy Dumpties and around 3 N1C’s can do the job, whilst also leaving mines off-field for Kazuha to draw in.
KleeBennettVentiKazuha
Example Weapons:
Dodoco Tales
The Widsith
Artifacts:
2pc ATK/2 CW or 4pc Lavawalker
ATK/Pyro/CRIT
ER% Ballpark:
140% w/long fights
100% w/fights under 30s
Example Weapon:
Prototype Rancour
Artifacts:
4pc Noblesse Oblige
ER/Pyro/CRIT or ATK/Pyro/CRIT
ER% Ballpark:
150% w/long fights
120% w/fights under 30s
Example Weapons:
Favonius Warbow
The Stringlesss
Artifacts:
4pc Viridescent Venerer
EM/EM/EM
ER% Ballpark:
Additional substats not necessary
Example Weapons:
Iron Sting
Favonius Sword
Artifacts:
4pc Viridescent Venerer
ER/EM/EM or EM/EM/EM
ER% Ballpark:
140% w/long fights
130% w/fights under 30s
First Rotation OnlyExample Rotation #2Example Rotation #3
Klee N1 > Kazuha Hold E + Plunge + Q > Bennett E + Q > Venti E + Q > Klee N1 + E + Q + N1 + E + 3N1C > Venti E > Repeat from Kazuha in Example Rotation #2Klee N1 > Kazuha Hold E + Plunge + Q > Bennett E + Q > Venti E + Q > Klee Q + N1 + E + 3N1C + N1 > Venti E > Repeat from KazuhaBennett E + Q > Kazuha Hold E + Plunge + Q > Venti E + Q > Klee Q + N1 + E + 3N1C + N1 > Venti E > Repeat
Mono Pyro Recommended Team #3 (using Zhongli w/Archaic Petra)
Klee/Bennett/Zhongli + Xiangling or Kazuha

Pros:

  • Makes a solid substitute for Kazuha with the added benefit of a shield: Provides 20% universal debuff + 35% Pyro DMG boost which is easily obtainable due to only having Pyro teammates.
  • Alternatively can be played alongside Kazuha to form a team with both strong grouping and shielding.

Cons:

  • Having to farm a full Archaic Petra set. Generally very niche so most players may not even have pieces.
  • Due to the shards often spawning slightly away from Zhongli, it is ultimately not amazingly convenient to pick up and makes awkward moments.
  • Can pick up wrong elemental shards when fighting enemies with innate elemental auras. The team’s damage output gets moderately neutered in this situation.
  • Whilst this has similar damage buffs in theory, you lose grouping and crowd control plus Kazuha’s naturally strong sub-dps output.

Bennett E > Zhongli Hold E + Pick up Shard >
Bennett Q + E > Xiangling Q + E >
Klee N1 + E + Q + 4N1C + N1 >
Bennett E > Xiangling N3 > Repeat

Niche Substitutes

Sucrose: Copium substitution for Kazuha, nonetheless performs well. At Constellation 6, to a degree she can emulate Kazuha’s DMG Bonus% buffs, but this is not necessary, as her grouping, Viridescent Venerer debuff and burst damage bring value regardless. Needs to be built for Elemental Burst spamming, rather than her typical builds which stack Elemental Mastery stats as high as possible. Recommended ER depends on execution and frequency of Elemental Skill usage, but generally you are looking at over 200% with Favonious Codex. Sacrificial Fragments is great and Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers is possible, especially with her further boosting the team through passing 48% ATK% bonus to Xiangling, however with the large energy requirements needed, using TTDS may be tough.
Jean: Can fill in for Kazuha or Venti to cover Viridescent Venerer debuff duties. Unlike others, she will not provide additional buffs/debuffs to the team, hence her being an overall downgrade however her additional healing in tandem with Bennett’s can improve survivability (this can be handy to combat corrosion). She can also position Klee’s bombs through holding her Elemental Skill. Ultimately, she is Klee’s carer so this is fun for role playing purposes.
Thoma: Can fill in for any position, providing a solid shield as well as Pyro application and damage, albeit neither in substantial amounts. As Xiangling is rarely played without Bennett, the most viable slot for Thoma is replacing Bennett. The team will lose a chunk of attack (Well built Bennett Burst’s alone typically provides somewhere around a 40-50% total damage increase to character), but Thoma’s shield can be very comfortable, and importantly will allow you the luxury of playing Bennett on your other team. Overall, if you really need a shield, the aforementioned Zhongli team is still much stronger.

Overall Conclusion on Mono Pyro Teams

Pros:

  • The buffs and debuffs are consistent and strong enough to rival and even surpass reaction teams in output.
  • The two most popular variants are Klee’s strongest teams. Both are highly competitive with top meta teams in the game.
  • No need to worry about reactions. Therefore it is very beginner-friendly to play.
  • The popular teams make full use of Klee’s kit, and accommodate her strengths, enabling a lot of fluidity, skill expression, and creativity for how long/short you want her to be on field and what actions to do.
  • Generates a lot of Pyro Particles, alleviating energy requirements significantly. Therefore not reliant on funneling, which makes Xiangling much easier and straightforward to play than her more traditional teams.
  • Mono Pyro can uniquely be played with two Anemo units like Kazuha and Venti. High damage, strong grouping, strong crowd control. This is straightforward.

Cons:

  • Very restricted team when facing shield breaking content. Although Anemo supports can break shields well in AoE situations, it’s still overall inefficient compared to having the “correct” elements
  • Furthermore, content with required shield breaking often requires it for both chambers. Both Bennett and Xiangling are very useful for this content, therefore not only is your other team losing them as general damage options, but also shield breaking options.
  • Teams are noticeably weaker without Constellations on Xiangling. Her C1 and C6 are small but contribute well to overall team damage. Her C4 is obviously huge for her personal output.
  • Xiangling’s accuracy is very poor when enemies are thrown into Venti’s Burst. It is not recommended to play both together due to this anti-synergy.
  • Mono Pyro compositions suffer the most from the player not having Kazuha, There are several solid substitutions but ultimately still downgrades. Therefore it is not actually that accessible. Furthermore playing both Venti and Kazuha makes the team a potentially inaccessible triple 5* comp.
  • No shields within these specific lineups, there are alternatives but crowd control must be sacrificed with small moderate overall damage loss.

Vaporise

Core: Klee + Hydro
Hydro Application: Xingqiu/Yelan/Mona
Utility: Bennett/Kazuha/Venti/Sucrose/Zhongli

As with all Pyro characters, Klee’s damage can be amplified in a Reverse Vaporise team. (Hydro application via a support, Pyro damage dealer reacts to cause Vaporise for a base 1.5x damage modifier). Note: this is generally not recommended, as touched on in FAQ: Why is Vaporise less important on Klee

Hydro Applicator Options

NOTE: It is never recommended to withhold Klee’s Elemental Burst for “consistent” Vape strategies. It is a big part of her damage.

Xingqiu, an accessible 4*, has a long lasting Elemental Burst providing Klee high uptime of Vaporise Reactions. His Hydro swords produced from his Burst fire from range, and often apply before Klee’s projectile attacks hit. He will also provide additional Hydro application from the radiating swords if Klee hugs enemies, which is crucial to maintain consistency of application. Note, his hydro swords only fire when Klee uses a Normal Attack, which can make for unnatural gameplay.

He does however come with more downsides. Due to the inconsistent nature of both his and Klee’s projectile-based attacks, and situations where Klee is not hugging enemies, at base these Reactions can be inconsistent. Occasionally, Klee’s Pyro attacks will become the aura instead, and Xingqiu will end up dealing a weak Vaporise hit instead. Nevertheless, this inconsistency is virtually solved if his Constellation 6 is acquired. Now, every third hit will apply an additional two swords, which provide an extra application of Hydro aura onto the enemy that Klee is about to hit. This acts as a hard reset to solve any situations with an unexpected Pyro aura. When using Xingqiu as the sole Hydro applicator, it is recommended as Klee to use N2C N1C combos repeatedly to sync for consistent Vaporized Charge Attacks.

Yelan will also work well in these teams, mainly due to her own natural synergy with Xingqiu. Functioning similarly by requiring Normal Attacks, alone she will not be able to provide Hydro application for the Vaporise composition to function sufficiently (in fact, Klee will enable Yelan to Forward Vaporise her own attacks for a 2x damage multiplier). Yet together with Xingqiu, the increased application can allow Klee to spam anything, notably N1C combos instead of workarounds.

Her Ascension Talent 4 will also provide buffs to Klee’s output, as well as team repositioning and mini-grouping via her Hold E Skill. These damage buffs and dynamic movement are much appreciated, especially as the fixed core of Klee-Xingqiu-Yelan leaves a lot needed from the 4th teammate.

Alternatively, Mona’s Burst is on a shorter 15 second cooldown, and does not require Normal Attacks. So providing her typically large Energy requirements are met, rotation and playstyle wise she can feel more natural to pair with Klee. Her Burst will apply a brief Omen to increase the team’s Burst damage done in a short window. It is important to understand that her personal Hydro application is slower compared to the others, therefore she is always recommended to be combo’d with Anemo infusion for additional infused Hydro application.

Vaporise Example Team #1
Klee/Bennett/Xingqiu/Yelan

For players without Kazuha or want to play Vaporise compositions, this is a good pick. As explained above, the relentless Hydro application from the team will allow Klee to do whichever combos you wish and Vaporise her Charged Attacks consistently. Furthermore, as also mentioned Yelan provides DMG%, repositioning, and mini-grouping which are helpful to cover Kazuha’s impact. In fact her repositioning is actually pretty useful as it allows Stamina regeneration.

However, not all is well. The lack of proper Anemo grouping not only reduces the consistency of Klee’s mines being used, but even in general reduces QoL without proper crowd control. Secondly, as mentioned throughout the guide, even with perfect Hydro application, Klee is still Vaporising only around ⅓ of her Normal Attacks, Elemental Skill and Burst due to standard ICD on those hits. Lastly, whilst Bennett is essential for completing the team with healing, Energy and significant buffs to Klee, his buff will not apply to the Hydro pair. This leaves the team synergy much to be desired.

Nonetheless, this team is a strong alternative option mainly for Bossing encounters. The extra Hydro application can also have great value for shield-breaking content.

KleeBennettXingqiuYelan
Example Weapons:
Dodoco Tales
The Widsith
Artifacts:
2pc ATK/2pc CW or 4pc CW
ATK/Pyro/CRIT
ER% Ballpark:
125% w/long fights
100% w/fights under 42s
Example Weapon:
Prototype Rancour

Artifacts:
4pc Noblesse Oblige or Instructor
ER/Pyro/CRIT
ER% Ballpark:
170%
Example Weapons:
Sacrificial Sword
Favonius Sword
Artifacts:
4pc EoSF or 4 Noblesse Oblige
ATK/Hydro/CRIT
ER% Ballpark:
160% w/Sacrificial Sword and C6
185% below C6
Example Weapon:
Favonius Warbow

Artifacts:
4pc EoSF
HP/Hydro/CRIT or HP
ER% Ballpark:
165%
Vaporise Example Team #2 (Support Klee)*
Yelan/Kazuha/Klee/Flex

*Note: This team is only advised for high invested players. Klee’s C2 for DEF Shred and Yelan’s C1 and Aqua Simulacra for multiple Skill uses and sufficient output is recommended as an ideal starting point.

Example Flex options: Mona, Venti, Zhongli

One of the most outstanding teams for highly invested accounts, this core takes advantage of stacking several multipliers to buff Yelan’s output. Whilst she is most often known for her Burst’s Exquisite Throw hits, she has a lethal Skill when conditions are optimised for it. Due to Yelan’s HP scaling, she is tricky to maximise buffs on, so this is a perfect example of Klee’s use as a support.

Examples of stacked multipliers: Kazuha’s A4 DMG% buff, Kazuha wielding 4pc VV for RES Shred, Klee’s Jumpy Dumpty providing Pyro application for the Vaporize multiplier, C2 for DEF Shred, 4pc Instructor for EM, Mona (who is commonly used as the flex) casting her Burst for Omen’s DMG% bonus, her C1 providing a further slight increase to Vaporize. She will also activate Hydro Resonance giving extra HP% to Yelan. Players fortunate enough to have Kazuha’s C2 can also gain a significant EM buff, and A Thousand Floating Dreams on one of the Catalyst supports can also provide a small EM increase. In mobbing content, Venti with Elegy for the End can also provide an EM buff.

Note: this guide does not necessarily endorse acquiring many of these buff sources. This is mostly used as an informative piece.

For gearing, Klee will commonly use Sacrificial Fragments for the additional utility of multiple Skill casts. Although she can be built for damage despite mainly playing a supporting role, it’s not necessary at all. The flexibility for Pyro application meanwhile is very helpful.

YelanKazuhaKlee(Example) Mona
Example Weapons:
Aqua Simulacra

Artifacts:
2 Heart of Depth/2 Tenacity of the Millileth or 4 EoSF
Example Weapon:
Favonius Sword
Xiphos’ Moonlight

Artifacts:
4 Viridescent Venerer
EM/EM/EM
Example Weapon:
Sacrificial Fragments

Artifacts:
4 Instructor
Example Weapon:
Favonius Codex

Artifacts:
4 Noblesse Oblige
Build as much ER% as possible
Vaporise Example Team #3 (Niche)
Klee/Bennett/Mona/Venti

It’s worth pointing out at very high levels of investment, importantly with 5* weapons and some 5* Constellations, this team has extremely high Burst damage potential. If content is able to be cleared in one rotation, Mona can wield The Widsith, and you can modify a rotation where Klee sets off initial Jumpy Dumpties for Mona to Vaporise her Burst off of. Her contribution to team damage will be sizable, and with a following onslaught of a highly invested Klee, even end-game chambers can be instantly cleared.

KleeBennettMonaVenti
Example Weapons:
Dodoco Tales
Lost Prayer
Artifacts:
2pc ATK/2pc CW or 4pc CW
ATK/Pyro/CRIT
ER% Ballpark:
135%. Will only Burst every rotation in Mobbing fights
Example Weapon:
Prototype Rancour
Artifacts:
4pc Noblesse Oblige or any set
ER/Pyro/CRIT
ER% Ballpark:
270% w/long fights
230% w/fights under 30s. Just stack ER%
Example Weapon:
Favonius Codex

Artifacts:
4pc Noblesse Oblige or any set
ER/Hydro/CRIT
ER% Ballpark:
220%
Example Weapon:
Favonius Warbow

Artifacts:
4pc Viridescent Venerer
EM/EM/EM
ER% Ballpark:
200%

Mona is typically used with either Favonious Codex or Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayer (if used make sure to switch from Mona > Klee in your rotation order).

Example Rotation (mainly for AoE content):

Bennett E + Q > Mona Q + E >
Venti E + Q > Klee N1 + E + Q + 3N1C > Repeat

Healer Slot Discussion

Bennett is almost required. As explained in general synergies, he provides enough Pyro Particles to Klee so she can be built for essentially maximum damage without having to compromise on needing additional Energy Recharge stats. Furthermore, his Elemental Burst damage boost synergizes well with almost all characters in a possible team comp, greatly boosting overall team output. Exceptions are, Xingqiu’s Burst does not snapshot, nor receive the attack boost unless he is on-field (which he shouldn’t be). Anemo characters too, when invested in Elemental Mastery stats rather than ATK and CRIT, do benefit slightly less, but the damage boost is still very relevant.

A niche variant that does not use Bennett (useful if you do not have him or he is essential to another team), would use Jean as your healer instead, but you will want to complete the team with both Venti and Mona.

Vaporise Example Team #3
Klee/Bennett/Xiangling/Xingqiu
KleeBennettXianglingXingqiu
Example Weapons:
Dodoco Tales
The Widsith
Artifacts:
2pc ATK/2pc CW
ATK/Pyro/CRIT
ER% Ballpark:
140% w/long fights
100% w/fights under 42s
Example Weapons:
Prototype Rancour
Favonius Sword
Artifacts:
4pc Noblesse Oblige
ER/Pyro/CRIT or ATK/Pyro/CRIT
ER% Ballpark:
160% w/long fights
100% w/fights under 42s
Example Weapon:
“The Catch”

Artifacts:
4pc EoSF
ATK/Pyro/CRIT
ER% Ballpark:
210% w/long fights
180% w/fights under 42s
Example Weapons:
Sacrificial Sword
Favonius Sword
Artifacts:
4pc EoSF
ATK/Hydro/CRIT
ER% Ballpark:
160% w/Sacrificial Sword and C6
190% without C6
  • Klee’s version of “National”, for use when Kazuha is not available. For players who typically substitute him with Sucrose, this is a bossing alternative and with Xingqiu it can have higher single-target performance.
  • Similarly to Raiden, Klee batteries the team whilst also enabling higher dmg output from Xingqiu
  • Constant pyro application via multiple sources can allow Xingqiu to double Vaporise his E, and regular amounts of his rainswords (although not most).
  • Since Xingqiu’s Burst doesn’t snapshot Bennett’s Burst buff, and the team is more Energy hungry than most, it is a worthwhile consideration to use Favonius Sword on Bennett to generate more energy with smaller downsides.
  • This team, whilst using only 4* teammates, does take some of the most valuable and diverse ones, potentially leaving your second team short of options. however, you are notably free to run strong freeze teams.
  • Note this is not considered “stronger” than either Raiden National or Mono Pyro w/Kazuha, it’s just an accessible alternative.

Overall Conclusion on Vaporise Teams

Pros:

  • Requires less overall team investment, due to most of the team damage funneled into Klee. Therefore very feasible for players not yet at late game levels of investment.
  • Elemental Mastery becomes a very useful offensive stat for Klee, therefore you have more opportunities for overall stronger artifacts.
  • Hydro teammates can break Pyro shields.

Cons:

  • Xingqiu is essentially mandatory support on many other teams, but he is not essential for Klee. So this would limit options for your other team, some of which are able to utilise him to a higher overall performance.
  • With Xingqiu, rotations are awkward due to his longer cooldowns, and with Mona, Hydro application can be poor if rotations are not performed efficiently.
  • Xingqiu support gets substantially better at C6, so not that accessible.
  • It is borderline a requirement for Xingqiu to either wield a Sacrificial Sword or Favonius Sword, so further emphasising that it may not be accessible to be played efficiently. Players without these weapons will probably encounter poor uptime, which is extremely detrimental in teams that use both Bennett’s buff and Venti’s Wind’s Grand Ode.

Legacy Teams

The below compositions can be considered somewhat outdated and haven’t changed much for a long time. Therefore they see limited use within the community, not particularly due to strength but mostly lack of flexibility and arguably less scaling with investment.

Whilst these styles are no longer recommended for more optimal play, they are still featured as Legacy teams and an informative resource for those interested in variety and experimentation. After all, not everyone cares about utmost efficiency.

Reverse Melt

Core: Klee + Rosaria
Pyro Support: Bennett/Xiangling
Coverage: Venti/Sucrose/Kazuha/Zhongli/Bennett/Xiangling/Kaeya/C6 Diona

Played with a wide variety of teammate variations, Rosaria is a very strong Sub DPS option due to her ability to Melt every hit of every attack she does. Her recommended ER% when played as the only Cryo is 150%, and as long as that is met she also has a strong amount of weapon variety to choose from. Favonius Lance can further decrease the requirement to below 140%, or Dragon’s Bane can be utilised perfectly by her especially if attack boosts are provided via Bennett’s Burst. Lastly, Deathmatch can also be used perfectly due to both high damage and her Crit Rate sharing talent, Shadow Samaritan, which synergises perfectly with the incoming Klee.

Reverse Melt Recommended Team
Klee/Bennett/Rosaria/Kazuha

In order to use Rosaria most effectively, it is recommended to position her order in the team rotation carefully. Since she is always recommended to combo her Elemental Skill immediately into Burst, she requires either pre-existing 2B Pyro application from Bennett immediately preceding her or ongoing Pyro application via Xiangling’s Burst or Anemo Elemental Absorption. Pay attention when played before an Anemo grouper. For example, when fighting one enemy, going from Bennett EQ > Sucrose E > Rosaria EQ would result in her Burst not Melting on the last hit, as Sucrose will reduce the aura just slightly below the threshold. However this would work if fighting multiple enemies, as Pyro aura swirled off multiple enemies maintains a strong enough foundation (and can even increase with strong swirl application from Venti or Kazuha’s Held Skill). Note, using Venti or Kazuha’s Burst applies constant Pyro anyway, so they will be more universal and easier than using Sucrose.

For gearing Rosaria, Favonius Lance and Dragon’s Bane are great options, but her strongest and most flexible pick is Deathmatch. This is mainly down to her Timepiece artifact. An Energy Recharge% main stat artifact is overkill, and therefore between ATK% and EM, (with general substats) ATK% gives weaker returns due to oversaturation from Bennett’s Burst. Therefore Deathmatch with it’s high Crit Value wins due to the best balance. Whilst weaker, using Favonius Lance is equally recommended purely due to otherwise needing 140% ER+ via substats only, making gearing potentially hard. Using it, you can focus on building for all the multiple damage sources.

KleeBennettRosariaKazuha
Example Weapons:
Dodoco Tales
The Widsith
Artifacts:
2pc ATK/2pc CW
ATK/Pyro/CRIT
ER% Ballpark:
130%
Example Weapon:
Prototype Rancour
Artifacts:
4pc Noblesse Oblige
ER/Pyro/CRIT
ER% Ballpark:
220%
Example Weapons:
“The Catch”
Deathmatch
Artifacts:
4pc Lavawalker
EM/Cryo/CRIT or ATK/Cryo/CRIT
ER% Ballpark:
160% w/long fights
145% w/fights under 40s
Example Weapons:
Iron Sting
Favonius Sword
Artifacts:
4pc Viridescent Venerer
ER/EM/EM or EM/EM/EM
ER% Ballpark:
150%
Single Target ExampleAoE Setup
Rosaria E > Kazuha Tap E + Plunge >
Bennett Q + E > Kazuha Q >
Rosaria Q + E > Kazuha Tap E >
Klee N1 + E + Q + 4N1C > Repeat
Rosaria E on 1 enemy > Bennett E on another enemy >
Swirl both enemies with Kazuha E >
Bennett Q > Kazuha Q > Rosaria E + Q > Klee DPS window
Rosaria does not synergise perfectly with Venti. Although both his grouping and energy refunding talent is highly valued to boost her performance, smaller enemies and humans who are caught flying inside his Burst can be unfortunately timed to be too high in the air at Rosaria’s Burst tick to be hit. However this is not an issue when fighting tall or heavy enemies, although at which point the grouping benefit may feel less significant.
Practically, Kazuha would have the most synergy overall, as he would boost team damage and provide solid grouping. Although he does not lift enemies too high, caution must still be taken with the horizontal plane, as his Skill grouping is definitely not as tight as Venti’s, and furthermore his Kazuha Slash can throw enemies away from Rosaria’s Burst.

Both Bennett and Xiangling can be played in this composition as the core Pyro support, as both of their strengths are highly valued.

Furthermore, they can be played at the same time, as Bennett will significantly boost Klee’s, Xiangling’s and Rosaria’s damage output and between the three Pyro characters there is a potential surplus amount of pyro energy particles to avoid energy issues. This team is very strong if Anemo grouping is not needed.
You can also double down on Cryo support, as Kaeya can be ran alongside Rosaria for Sub DPS damage. He will also drastically reduce Rosaria’s energy requirements. He does, however, come with heavy anti-synergy.

Kaeya’s anti-synergy (click to expand)
  1. His burst only lasts 8 seconds, which does not cover Klee’s field time.
  2. He will have to be switched in after Rosaria and before Klee. Meaning, for many compositions due to his additional cryo damage he will be removing the pyro aura and therefore weakening Rosaria’s output.
  3. His burst itself has a very small AoE (which is not even a true AoE), therefore to damage enemies he requires Klee to be hugging enemies. This has severe practicality issues with Klee’s chaotic nature and the fact that you won’t be able to run an anemo grouper in this team.
  4. Ultimately, his ICD on his Burst’s Cryo application, means unlike Rosaria he is not melting every hit rather 1/3. Therefore although they may have similar base damage modifiers, factoring in reactions Rosaria is outputting much more damage. Given Klee herself is doing strong damage too, it’s typically more efficient to use this team slot to benefit or boost these characters instead.

Overall Conclusion on Reverse Melt Teams

Pros:

  • Constellations on Klee provide supportive nature which benefit this team structure much more than Vaporise.
  • Very flexible with 2 slots on the team, therefore once the core team is built up and invested in, teammates can be tailored both to suit content difficulties, as well as accounts with limited roster options.
  • Artifact sets across the board are very versatile. Teammates including Klee can run Lavawalker, and Klee can use most of the options outlined in the earlier Artifact section to great success. Therefore it is very efficient gearing this team artifact wise.
  • Generally has shorter and smoother rotations than vaporise teams. Apart from Xiangling, all other combinations run characters with 60 Energy Cost and 15s Cooldowns on Bursts.
  • Strong team overall for versatile shield breaking. Teams with Pyro, Anemo, Cryo & Klee’s heavy attacks cover almost all ground.

Cons:

  • Much more awkward to play in single-target than in AoE situations vs multiple enemies, especially when trying to utilise buffers/debuffers like Kazuha and Sucrose.
  • Rosaria has a significant power increase at C2 with her Burst duration increasing from 8s to 12s. Depending on your other team options, not having C2 could be crippling enough to warrant looking elsewhere.
  • Rosaria’s Burst, although having a sizable AoE, plots in a fixed position. While in general it can be manageable to contain enemies within this range, with Klee’s chaotic nature and high stagger potential, it is very awkward to play around this position without an Anemo grouper.
  • It’s incredibly awkward to play with Sucrose if attempting to minmax. Sucrose has potential to Double VV, pass a TTDS buff to Rosaria, Elemental Burst for additional Pyro application, and EM share. However it is not possible to do these together, at least without having uncomfortable and long rotations. If played, from experience it’s recommended to just choose a few and just find the most comfortable rotation.
  • Overall, despite its strengths, the composition can “feel” like you are just playing Mono Pyro but Rosaria is just along for the ride. In fact, the increased annoyance in having to accommodate to boost the Cryo damage and work her into your rotations can make things not worth it.
  • If you need to play with a shielder, a valuable team slot will have to be sacrificed, more so than other teams due to the core synergies and benefits amplification and grouping can provide to them. To mitigate this loss, swapping the Anemo grouper for Zhongli is most recommended. Alternatively, a C6 Diona both shields, proves Cryo particles and a 200 EM boost whilst inside her Burst area. Her Cryo application is also relatively weak, therefore a team of Klee/Xiangling/C6 Diona/Rosaria can work well. In this team composition, Rosaria is recommended to use an ATK% Timepiece. Do note, using Diona creates another limitation on movement with an even smaller radius than Rosaria’s Burst. In addition, although she will substitute finely in boosting Rosaria’s damage, the increase in EM does nothing for Klee and Xiangling’s damage.

Overload

Core: Klee + Electro
Additional Sub DPS: Beidou/Venti/Kazuha
Utility: Bennett/Xingqiu
Niche: Sucrose/Xiangling/Raiden Shogun (Built for full EM)

Overload is a very interesting composition with Klee. For the benefit of players of all skill, combining Klee’s innate high stagger potential with Overload’s makes clearing content easier due to enemies barely being able to attack. Not to undermine it’s damage output, as Electro characters like Fischl and Beidou synergise well with both Bennett and Venti. This creates overall versatile team choice as you can essentially freely mix between multiple supports depending on both your limitations and content. The general strategy is to try your best to provide a constant electro aura for Klee to funnel attacks into to create Overload reactions. Note, this will never be perfectly clean due to Overload’s chaotic nature.

Beidou when combined with Fischl will always be very strong, however she does have some anti-synergies, and hence isn’t part of the core. Firstly, a core optimisation with any Beidou team is reducing her Energy Recharge requirements via regular perfect parries. However, due to enemies constantly being staggered and thrown about, the actual ability for her to perform this with Klee is low. Therefore not only does she bring inconsistency but realistically she has to invest fairly strongly into Energy Recharge substats. Klee’s Energy producing passive talent can only mitigate so much. 160% ER is recommended on Beidou to comfortably sustain fluid rotations. Moreover, as is typical with Klee teams, you don’t really get a huge amount of normal attacks in, and so Beidou’s high potential isn’t realized. Nevertheless, she is still a formidable option.

Overload Recommended Team
Klee/Bennett/Fischl/Beidou
  • Effortless poise breaking, enemies generally are even unable to even attack.
  • Teammates’ off-field damage is not particularly limited by range, therefore this team synergises well with the natural Overload mayhem.
  • It’s very comfortable to snapshot Fischl and Beidou’s damage, no aura management required.
  • Generally unrealistic to expect Perfect Parries from Beidou, since enemies are infrequently attacking. Needs fair amounts of ER% investment.
KleeBennettFischlBeidou
Example Weapon:
Dodoco Tales
The Widsith
Artifacts:
2pc ATK/2pc CW
ATK/Pyro/CRIT
ER% Ballpark:
140% w/long fights
110% w/fights under 40s
Example Weapon:
Prototype Rancour
Artifacts:
4pc Noblesse Oblige
ER/Pyro/CRIT
ER% Ballpark:
190% w/long fights
150% w/fights under 40s
Example Weapon:
The Stringless
Alley Hunter
Artifacts:
Any mixed set with strong substats
ATK/Electro/CRIT
ER% Ballpark:
100%
Example Weapon:
Prototype Archaic
Serpent Spine
Artifacts:
4pc EoSF
ATK/Electro/CRIT or ER/Electro/CRIT
ER% Ballpark:
165-175% without Perfect Parry
145-150% w/1 Perfect Parry

ER recommendations have to be taken with a grain of salt, since Beidou’s Elemental Skill requires adapting on the fly. This also means, especially in this team rotations should be used only as very rough guidelines, and it’s encouraged to switch off characters to parry with Beidou opportunistically.

First Rotation OnlyExample Rotation #2
Bennett E + Q > Fischl E/Q > Beidou E + Q > Klee N1 + E + Q + E + 2N1C + 2N2C >
Beidou E + N1 > Bennett E >
Klee N2C >Repeat from Example Rotation #2
Bennett Q + E > Fischl E/Q > Beidou E + Q > Klee N1 + E + Q + 4N2C >
Beidou E + N1 > Bennett E >
Klee N2C >Repeat
Bennett can be safely swapped out for Xingqiu. He benefits the team by preventing chaotic situations with Klee’s Pyro aura, due to her now also Vaporizing. This will allow more control, although the team’s damage will take a hit due to teammates like Klee, Fischl, Beidou and Venti not being able to take advantage of Bennett’s Burst.
There is also a niche idea involving Sucrose. When she reacts on a Pyro aura, due to Viridescent Venerer’s debuff lowering this Pyro resistance, not only does this improve Klee’s damage, but this also increases overload damage for the whole team. Combined with her EM share further boosting overload damage, it is possible to build Fischl for EM damage in a team with Klee and Xiangling maintaining a Pyro aura. Due to difficulties in measuring this damage, it is hard to gauge whether fischl’s damage is overall higher with the EM build, however due to using Sucrose instead of Venti or Kazuha, we can surmise that regardless this team’s DPS isn’t the highest.

Overall conclusion on Overload Teams

Pros:

  • TL;DR: since the version 1.6 Transformative Reaction buffs, these Overload teams can “feel” like overall upgrades over Reverse Melt teams in terms of playability and ease of execution. Characters like Fischl and Beidou can fit into rotations with buffs very smoothly.
  • Both Fischl and Beidou don’t have Skills with limited range. Therefore there is no need to worry about attacks missing or enemies being out of range. Furthermore, both can freely hit inside Venti’s Burst, so there is also strong synergy there.
  • As touched on earlier, Klee’s high stagger potential combined with Overload gives enemies little room to attack. This benefit can also be combined with Beidou’s Burst at C1, so overall this team even without huge shields from Zhongli has some of the highest survivability in the game.
  • Team’s with Beidou, especially teams which can snapshot Bennett’s Burst, will always have very competitive damage. These compositions are no exception.
  • Fischl by herself does not require much additional energy to sustain her Burst, and Fischl + Beidou teams can generate high amounts of Electro particles too. So overall these teams do not have tough Energy requirements to meet.

Cons:

  • As with many Overload teams, it can be very hard to control aura application on enemies, therefore it’s difficult to justify building EM on characters apart from Venti.
  • Although Klee’s attacks do have range, things still get hectic when combined with Overload, therefore it is almost required to be able to jump cancel between attacks to account for enemies movement. Not doing so will often leave enemies out of range.
  • As mentioned earlier, Beidou needs higher ER% than usual due to her inability to perfect parry consistently in these teams.
  • Beidou and Venti are typically these highest damaging Sub DPS team mates, but they are essentially both competing for the same slot.
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FAQ

When should I use N1C vs N2C?

Covered in Animation Cancels section

Does Klee need a shield?

Covered in Shields section

What future teammates does Klee look out for? Where is her niche?

Covered in Synergies section

Why is Vaporise less important on Klee?

Covered in Synergies section

Why Mono Pyro? Aren’t big Vaped Charged Attack numbers stronger?

Covered in Mono Pyro/Pure Pyro section

Credits

jamie#9248
discord.gg/klee – Join the community!
yodums#1267 – Regular Klee limit breaking and limit testing
puka#0967 – Early rotation and gameplay testing

Resources

Klee Weapons Sheet:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VWV-TXqjW_qRAmgmIpIGZI_cmfLoRVVxt4QBnBfb_F4/edit?usp=sharing

Abyss Kleer Library:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQ9j-WopCiJcThS0YhA5OplI6z-dJk6sqdu6bQsRU1I9BIw64fz6pJ0a3vHLUwsP_P-zcQBvyI_Z9dd/pub

Genshin Optimizer:
https://frzyc.github.io/genshin-optimizer/#/artifact

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