Ranking All Genshin Impact 4 Star Catalysts: There Is A ‘Best’

Since the release of Genshin Impact In 2020, we have been given tons of weapon options, some of which have become necessary for our teams.

Catalyst carriers are very attuned to the elements of the game and can deal elemental damage with their auto attacks alone.

As such, catalyst carriers are valued in elemental reaction-based team compositions as a support or even as DPS.

Catalysts further enhance their wielders’ command over the elements, either increasing elemental damage or providing much-needed energy.

From gacha, event-only, to craftable, here’s a full tier list of all 4-star catalysts, whether they’re worth dropping or crafting, and who they’re best paired with!

For S-tier support weapons, you might even consider leveling up multiple copies, just so your different Abyss teams can take advantage of their benefits!

Note: All weapon stats listed below are at max ascension, level 90. Information is accurate as of version 2.7


From left to right: The Widsith, Favonius Codex, Sacrificial Fragments, Solar Pearl. (Photo: HoYoverse)

The Widsith (Gacha)

  • Base ATK: 510

  • Critical Damage: 55.1%

There’s no arguing, the Widsith is the best 4-star DPS Catalyst, even beating some of its 5-star counterparts on high refinements.

Thanks to its passive, Widsith increases your character’s damage output by upgrading your attack, elemental damage, or elemental mastery.

If that wasn’t enough, this weapon also scales with a juicy Crit DMG. If you find it difficult to match your Crit ratings and want to give your DPS an edge, then The Widsith is the way to go.

Use in: Ningguang, Yanfei, Klee, Yae Miko, Mona, Lisa

Codex Favonius (Gacha)

  • Base ATK: 510

  • Energy Recharge: 45.9%

Struggling with the energy in your team? The Favonius Codex, like all other Favonius weapons, provides an easy solution. This weapon’s energy recharge substatus and particle generation passive are something you don’t want to overlook.

Place it on its stand and your blasts will be ready even before their cooldowns end.

It is also recommended to take this weapon to high refinements to get that 100% particle regeneration chance every time you do a crit.

Use On: Sucrose, Barbara, Mona, Lisa

Sacrificial Fragments (Gacha)

  • Base ATK: 454

  • Elemental Mastery: 221

Even if you ascend with Elemental Mastery, don’t turn a blind eye to Sacrificial Fragments.

With its passive that resets the cooldown of your abilities, this weapon is great for supports that have long cooldowns. This is also another weapon worth getting high refinement ranks on.

Use on: Sucrose, Barbara, Kokomi, Lisa, Klee

Sun Pearl (Battle Pass)

  • Base ATK: 510

  • critical rate: 27.6%

The Solar Pearl is one of the paid weapons in the Battle Pass, and is among the best weapons you can get along with the Claymore Serpent Spine.

The Solar Pearl scales with Crit Rate, but what also makes this weapon shine is its star passive.

When wielding this weapon, normal attacks increase elemental skill and burst damage while using his skill and burst will increase his normal attack damage.

Although it will take a while to get this weapon to refinement rank 5, it is well worth the investment due to the damage buffs it provides across the board.

Use in: Klee, Ningguang, Mona, Yae Miko


From left to right: Dodoco Tales, Hakushin Ring, Mappa Mare, Prototype Amber.  (Photo / s: HoYoverse)

From left to right: Dodoco Tales, Hakushin Ring, Mappa Mare, Prototype Amber. (Photo / s: HoYoverse)

Tales of Dodoco (Event)

An event-only weapon, Dodoco Tales is a treasure new players are missing out on. This catalyst is perfect for DPS characters that deal devastating damage from normal and charged attacks, though it’s a bit tricky to use as it scales with ATK % instead of the coveted Crit DMG or Crit Rate.

Either way, if you already have an ideal critical ratio for your DPS and have this weapon, it’s worth a try!

Use in: Yanfei, Ningguang, Klee

Hakushin Ring (Craftable)

  • Basic ATK: 565

  • Energy Recharge: 30.6%

While the Hakushin Ring is a niche weapon that focuses on electrical reactions, don’t be put off as it really is a hidden gem.

This weapon’s passive will increase the Elemental DMG of party members who were involved in an Electro elemental reaction.

The Elemental DMG buff applies to both Electro characters and other element characters involved in the reaction.

While this buff is great for electro-charged compositions, Swirling Electro with an Anemo character also applies the buff.

Use on: Sucrose, Kokomi, Mona, Yae Miko

Mappa Mare (craftable)

  • Basic ATK: 565

  • Elemental Mastery: 110

Another support-focused catalyst that can be crafted, Mappa Mare ascends with Elemental Mastery and grants bonus Elemental DMG to its wielder upon triggering an elemental reaction.

The buff can be stacked twice, increasing elemental DMG by up to 32% at max refine range. The Mappa Mare is perfect for DPS characters that rely on elemental reactions.

Use on: Sucrose, Mona, Lisa, Yae Miko

Amber prototype (craftable)

Amber’s prototype might seem a bit meh at first, but it’s actually pretty cool once you realize its full potential. Putting this on a stand that scales HP can help you get to that coveted 40,000 HP mark.

It also helps you rectify your energy needs, as using your Elemental Blast regenerates your energy while healing the rest of the party.

If you’re going all out on damage for your comp and don’t have room for a dedicated healer, then giving your Catalyst support the Amber Prototype will help keep your party alive.

Use in: Kokomi, Barbara, Yanfei (Tankfei)

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From left to right: Oathsworn Eye, Blackcliff Agate, Royal Grimoire.  (Photo: HoYoverse)

From left to right: Oathsworn Eye, Blackcliff Agate, Royal Grimoire. (Photo: HoYoverse)

Oatheye (event)

Oathsworn Eye is an event-only weapon that scales with ATK % and increases your energy recharge with each use of your elemental ability.

It’s not a bad weapon, but going up against other catalysts with an energy recharge passive isn’t really up there.

Another thing against this weapon is that it is mechanically designed for Yae Miko, but its appearance will make you think it is meant for Kokomi.

Use on: Kokomi, Mona, Yae Miko

Blackcliff Agate (Starglitter Store)

  • Base ATK: 510

  • Critical Damage: 55.1%

Like the other Blackcliff weapons in the series available in the Starglitter Shop, Blackcliff Agate is one of only two 4-star catalysts that scale with Crit DMG, which we’ve established is what it’s really only good for.

His passive increases your attack. after defeat an opponent, which may be fine in the early game or against mobs of weak enemies, but backfires in the late game.

It’s also pretty useless against individual bosses.

Use in: Klee, Ningguang, Yanfei, Yae Miko

Royal Grimoire (Starglitter Shop)

Another Starglitter Shop weapon, the Royal Grimoire, like the other Royal series weapons, scales with ATK% and increases your critical rate in increments.

It’s fine, but it actually ends up being just that: it’s okay to use, but not highly recommended in the long term.

You’re better off spending your precious Starglitter on something else.

Use in: Klee, Ningguang, Yanfei


From left to right: Wine and Song, Frostbearer, Eye of Perception.  (Photo / s: HoYoverse)

From left to right: Wine and Song, Frostbearer, Eye of Perception. (Photo / s: HoYoverse)

Wine and Song (Gacha)

  • Base ATK: 565

  • Energy Recharge: 30.6%

Although Wine and Song has an energy recharge sub-stat, its passive increases your damage if you spend energy to run, a waste of precious energy that is better spent on charged attacks.

Aside from that passive meh, the weapon’s sub-stat also misses, as it only gives you a meager 30.6% energy recharge at level 90.

That pales in comparison to Codex Favonius’s 45.9% energy recharge at the same level.

Use in: Klee, Mona, Lisa, Ningguang, Yanfei

Frostbearer (craftable)

Although it is a craftable weapon, I would personally recommend staying away from the Frostbearer.

His passive, just like Dragonspine Spear, just drops an Everfrost icicle that deals meh damage. There are better ATK% sub-state catalysts you can use.

Use in: Klee, Mona, Yanfei, Ningguang

Eye of Perception (Gacha)

Eye of Perception’s passive is similar to Frostbearer’s, where the Everfrost icicle is replaced with a perception beam that deals damage and bounces to nearby enemies.

The only difference is that this one is only available through Gacha.

Again, it’s not as useful as the other catalysts on the list, so getting it on a 10 pull can be a hassle. You’re better off using this as leveling material for other better weapons.

Use in: Klee, Sucrose, Ningguang, Mona, Lisa

Look for our 4-star weapon ratings for the other types of weapons at Genshin Impact early!

Yan Ku is a full-time dog parent, a part-time gamer (gacha), and a part-time writer.

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