Genshin Impact: How to Unlock the Dendro Traveler

Genshin Impact Version 3.0 adds Dendro, which is the new Sumeru area’s most important feature. Collei is a free Dendro character that players can get, but the Dendro Traveler is another free character that is surprisingly good. Like in previous regions, the Traveler can connect with the elements of each area, like Anemo in Mondstadt or Electro in Inazuma, and get a whole new set.

How to make the Dendro Traveler available

If you’ve finished the Requiem of the Echoing Depths Archon Quests in The Chasm and can start Archon Quest Chapter III: Act I in Sumeru, it’s easy to get the Dendro Traveler.

The quest will lead you to Sumeru, where you will see a Statue of Seven on a hill as soon as you get there. Climb the hill with the Traveler in your group, talk to the statue, and then choose “Resonate.” All you have to do is that.

Even if you haven’t unlocked Archon Quest Chapter III yet, you can still go to Sumeru and interact with the Statue of Seven. After getting the first four Mondsadt characters, they were able to get to Sumeru.

So, in theory, you should be able to unlock Dendro Traveler if you fly into Sumeru from Liyue’s Chasm or even try entering from Tianqiu Valley. Note that I haven’t seen proof of players still making progress in the Inazuma or Liyue doing this online yet, so I can’t say for sure if there is a minimum Adventure Rank requirement.

Location of the first Statue of Seven encountered in Sumeru
Location of the first Statue of Seven encountered in Sumeru

Dendro Traveler Kit & Skills

The Dendro Traveler is good for a team that has a lot of elemental reactions, and it can help with elemental reactions from off the field. Surgent Manifestation, their burst, is the most important part of the kit. Surgent Manifestation makes a lamp that deals continuous AoE Dendro damage and boosts its own damage in different ways depending on what element it comes into contact with. Each time the Lamp is on the field, only one of the reactions can happen.

  • Lamp + Electro: Lamp’s speed of attack increases.
  • When Lamp is combined with Hydro, its AoE and AoE attacks get bigger.
  • Lamp + Pyro: After a short delay, the lamp will blow up and deal AoE Dendro damage.

The passive skills of the Dendro Traveler also improve Elemental Mastery (EM) in two ways:

  • If a character stands in the lamp’s field, their Elemental Mastery will go up by six for every second the lamp is on the field. No more than ten stacks.
  • For every EM point a Traveler has, their burst damage and skill damage go up by the same amount.

See Honey Impact for a full list of Dendro Traveler’s skills.

The best way to use a Dendro Traveler is to put them on the field for the lamp and then switch them out for an elemental main DPS who can trigger reactions with the lamp. That means getting the most out of the Dendro Traveler’s Energy Recharge so that the lamp shows up on the field as much as possible.

This isn’t the only way to use Dendro Traveler, so keep that in mind. If you want Dendro Traveler to be more active on the field, they could also easily fill the role of an elemental sub-DPS.

Genshin Impact: How to Unlock the Dendro Traveler

Recommendations for Weapons and Artifacts for Dendro Travelers

Right now, people are arguing online about whether Dendro Traveler should focus on Elemental Mastery or Energy Recharge. The jury is still out on that question, and it’s likely that a theory-building investigation will be needed to find a clear answer.

The passive abilities say that the Traveler’s Dendro damage scales with their Elemental Mastery, but if you just want the Burst to be active as much as possible, it’s important to prioritize Energy Recharge since their burst cost is 80, which is quite a lot.

This guide is about getting the most out of the Burst, so the Artifact and weapon suggestions will be based on getting Energy Recharge in the substats of the Artifact and the weapon. With this setup, most of the elemental reactions should be set off by your other characters. Since most Travelers won’t do this, their Elemental Mastery stats won’t matter as much.

Recommendations for 4-Star Weapons (Energy Recharge Stat)

  • Sapwood Blade
  • Favonious Sword
  • Festering Desire
  • Sacrificial Sword

Recommendations for 5 Star Weapons

  • Skyward Sword (Energy Recharge Stat)
  • Freedom Sword (Elemental Mastery Stat): The Freedom Sword is the best 5-star weapon to use to dump EM into Dendro Traveler and use them to start Elemental Reactions.

Artifact Recommendations

  • The Emblem of Severed Fate: This set focuses on increasing the damage of the Dendro Traveler’s Burst and also gives ER.
    • Two-piece bonus: Recharge 20% of your energy
    • Four-piece bonus: Increases the damage done by Elemental Burst by 25% of Energy Recharge as a four-piece bonus. In this way, you can get a DMG bonus of up to 75%.

And not to make things more complicated, but depending on who else is on your team, you may not need as much Energy Recharge (ER) and can add some Elemental Mastery. For instance, if you have Raiden Shogun, which is the best battery, you should put EM before ER in Artifacts.

At the end of the day, for Dendro Traveler, you will need both EM and ER Artifact stats. But the amount of each really depends on who else is on the Dendro Traveler’s team and how you plan to use the Traveler.

Boon of the Elder Tree leads the Traveler to more resources.
Boon of the Elder Tree leads the Traveler to more resources.

Dendro Traveler’s Recommended Teams

We still don’t know a lot about Dendro, so the best ways to use Dendro characters have yet to be found. This is just a first look at what makes sense for a team with Dendro Traveler.

When putting together a team for the Dendro Traveler, there are two things to keep in mind:

  • The cost to burst for Dendro Traveler is 80, so a good battery could be helpful.
  • With Dendro Traveler, you’ll also need Electro or Hydro. Since Cyro doesn’t react to Traveler’s Dendro lamp, having Cryo characters on their team doesn’t make sense. Pyro has an effect, but when it is put on a lamp, it goes off quickly. It’s better for the lamp to stay on the field for longer.

So, keeping all of this in mind, players could try the following combination:

  • Hydro or Electro DPS and Battery, Dendro Traveler, and Flex Spot (Swirl or Healing)
  • Hydro or Electro DPS: For example, Ayato, Yae Miko, and Childe.
  • Raiden Shogun or Fischl: Hydro or Electro Battery
  • Flex Spot: Kokomi (Healing), Sucrose (Swirl), Kazuha (Swirl), and Jean (Healing & Swirl)

The Dendro Traveler’s gear is pretty good for a character that you can get for free. And as you move through the story, you get their constellations for free. To think that you can get a C6 Dendro character without pulling an unimaginable number of times!

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