Right from the get-go, Amber’s introduction makes a great impression on new players as she welcomes them to the starting region of Mondstadt in Genshin Impact. In fact, she’s the first character that you’ll obtain in the game for free. Bright, bubbly, and energetic – Amber is a bow-wielding Pyro character that makes for the perfect partner in early game explorations.
Despite her being one of Genshin Impact’s early faces and a lovable face at that, it would not be uncommon to see Amber at the bottom of most tier lists. This is due in no small part to her kit’s clunkiness and her lack of utility in the late game. Still, it hasn’t deterred some players from taking on the challenge to make her work, spawning all sorts of builds on her.
Those who want to root for the underdog or just want to go off-meta can have fun building their Amber by following this Amber Genshin Impact Guide, which will delve into her best artifacts, weapons, and what skills you’ll need to make this Outrider the best she can be.
Best Artifact Sets for Amber
There’s hardly ever only one way to play a character in Genshin Impact, and the artifact system allows players to pick which play styles they want to go with on a given day and have the right set of artifacts to enable it. Here are the different types of artifacts and play styles you can go for on our lovable Outrider.
Wanderer’s Troupe has the following effects:
- 2-Piece: Increases Elemental Mastery by 80.
- 4-Piece: Increases Charged Attack DMG by 35% if the character uses a Catalyst or a Bow
For players that enjoy a good challenge and like sniping enemies down from afar, there’s no better artifact choice than to go for the full Wanderer’s Troupe set. This set is the go-to for all bow characters that like lining up their shots to hit their enemies’ weak spots for a guaranteed crit. It is doubly amazing on Amber as she has access to the Melt and Vaporize reactions, which gets their damage improved by the additional Elemental Mastery. Wanderer’s Troupe turns Amber into a sniper elite, making five digits worth of Charged Attack damage with every shot child’s play.
Emblem of Severed Fate / Noblesse Oblige
Emblem of the Severed Fate grants the following effects:
- 2-PC: Energy Recharge +20%.
- 4-PC: Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 25% of Energy Recharge. A maximum of 75% bonus DMG can be obtained in this way.
Noblesse Oblige grants these bonuses:
- 2-PC: Elemental Burst DMG +20%.
- 4-PC: Using an Elemental Burst increases all party members’ ATK by 20% for 12s. This effect cannot stack
When building a sub-DPS or Support Amber, you have the option to choose between Emblem of the Severed Fate or Noblesse Oblige. Emblem of Severed Fate greatly boosts the wearer’s Energy Recharge, thus improving their Elemental Burst uptime and damage output. On the other hand, Noblesse Oblige trades Amber’s personal burst damage for an overall increase to her team’s damage output with a partywide ATK buff. Both playstyles rely heavily on her Elemental Burst to deal tons of damage and enable Pyro reactions.
Artifact Stats to Prioritize
Amber usually wants the following stats on her artifacts:
- Pyro DMG Bonus (Goblet)
- CRIT Rate / CRIT DMG (Circlet and substats)
- ATK% (Sands and substats)
- Elemental Mastery (Sands and substats)
- Energy Recharge (Substats)
As a rule of thumb, players will want to aim for a 1:2 crit ratio when building their characters to maximize their damage output without sacrificing consistency. Amber’s ascensions scale with ATK, so her ATK stat is able to comfortably reach around 1.6k – 2.0k. Additional numbers on her Crit stats, ATK%, EM, and Energy Recharge are desirable for her substats.
An Amber Sub-DPS/Support will want to reach at least 200% Energy Recharge in their stats to optimize their Elemental Burst’s uptime. An Elemental Mastery artifact can also be viable on her with these playstyles as her Pyro element can be used to trigger a lot of elemental reactions, particularly Burning and Melt reactions which can shred through enemies’ health points.
Sharpshooter enthusiasts with great aim can forego their Crit Rate a little and go ham on stacking Crit DMG instead. The ideal Sniper Amber would have at least 2000 ATK, Pyro Bonus DMG, 100+ Elemental Mastery for a decent reaction damage, and Crit DMG reaching as high as you can — 200% and above is optimal.
Best Weapons for Amber
- Amos’ Bow – Increases Normal Attack and Charged Attack DMG by 12%. After a Normal or Charged Attack is fired, DMG dealt increases by a further 8% every 0.1 seconds the arrow is in the air for up to 5 times.
The way of the sniper revolves around maximizing her charged attacks, with everything else being optional. There’s no better weapon of choice for this than the Amos’ Bow, with its juicy 12% DMG increase passive to your Amber’s Normal and Charged Attacks. There’s also its special effect which increases the damage dealt by her shots to her target up to another 40% at max stacks. This makes Amber even deadlier to enemies from afar.
- Elegy for the End – Increases Elemental Mastery by 60. When the Elemental Skills or Elemental Bursts of the character wielding this weapon hit opponents, that character gains a Sigil of Remembrance. This effect can be triggered once every 0.2s and can be triggered even if said character is not on the field. When you possess 4 Sigils of Remembrance, all of them will be consumed, and all nearby party members will obtain the “Millennial Movement: Farewell Song” effect for 12s. “Millennial Movement: Farewell Song” increases Elemental Mastery by 100 and increases ATK by 20%. Once this effect is triggered, you will not gain Sigils of Remembrance for 20s. Of the many effects of the “Millennial Movement,” buffs of the same type will not stack.
Elegy for the End is a limited 5-Star bow that is great on supportive bow users. At max rank, it gives 55% Energy Recharge and 60 Elemental Mastery passively, along with a special effect that is perfect for an Amber that is using the Emblem or Noblesse set. You can trigger this weapon’s effect even if she’s off-field, giving your team an additional 20% ATK bonus and 100 Elemental Mastery, increasing the overall damage output of your team, especially when used with elemental reactions.
- Favonius Warbow – CRIT hits have a 60% chance to generate a small amount of Elemental Particles, which will regenerate 6 Energy for the character. Can only occur once every 12s.
The Favonius weapons have to be the best all-around, budget-support weapons in Genshin Impact. The Favonius Warbow’s effect of generating extra energy particles every few seconds whenever she crits can keep Amber and your whole team’s Elemental Bursts ready at any time. Pairing this weapon with a full set of either Noblesse Oblige or Emblem of Severed Fate will definitely maximize the former’s buffs or the latter’s burst damage output.
- Hamayumi – Increases Normal Attack DMG by 16% and Charged Attack DMG by 12%. When the equipping character’s Energy reaches 100%, this effect is increased by 100%.
Hamayumi is one of the craftable weapons obtainable in the Inazuma region and is a fantastic F2P choice for the sniper build. Despite its low base ATK, it makes up for it by having a high ATK% Substat and its special ability of increasing both Normal and Charged Attack Damage. This ability is twice more effective if Amber’s Elemental Burst is charged up. This does mean that players will have to withhold using her Burst to get this bonus. The best thing about craftable weapons is that it is easy to refine compared to other weapons, so you can easily rock it with its max effect.
Amber Talents and Talent Priorities
Here’s how we would prioritize leveling Amber’s skills:
- Sharpshooter (Normal Attack) – Amber fires 5 consecutive shots with her bow (normal). She can also perform a more precise Aimed Shot with increased damage. A fully charged arrow will deal Pyro DMG (charged).
- Fiery Rain (Elemental Burst) – Amber lets it rain by firing a shower of arrows, dealing continuous Pyro DMG.
- Explosive Puppet (Elemental Skill) – Amber calls on the help of Baron Bunny. Baron Bunny continuously taunts enemy within his range and explodes upon being destroyed or their duration expiring, dealing AoE Pyro DMG. Amber can adjust its throwing direction and distance by holding her Skill.
The priority in what skills to max first depends on what build you find yourself running Amber on more often. For the Sub-DPS/Support playstyle, you max out her Elemental Burst, as this is generally her strongest ability and is actually one of the highest scaling abilities in the game. If you use her as a main DPS with her sniper build, the obvious first pick will be her Normal Attack. Maxing her Skill is fairly safe to do in all of her playstyles as without certain constellations, it can be quite clunky to use despite its decent damage.
Amber Team Compositions
Amber can be a great pyro applier and create elemental reactions as a support. She’s your best adventuring partner in the early game as well. Her utility to distract enemies into one place can be very convenient for any character that has AOE abilities, such as her burst. Amber, on her own, is not as strong as you might think, given her low base HP and low base ATK, so you’ll need to pair her up with good teammates to truly bring out the best in her.
- Zhongli (Enemy debuff and the strongest shield in the game)
- Layla (Best 4-star shielder with easier melt reactions)
- Diona (Strong shield and a more powerful melt reaction with healing capabilities)
- Kokomi (Strong heal and easy vaporize reactions)
- Collei (Incredible Burst Synergy with continuous Burning reaction)
- Raiden Shogun (Can keep her Burst fully charged)
- Venti (Best crowd control and can guarantee a multiple Baron Bunny hit with his Burst)
- Xiangling (Good sub-DPS, Pyro Support, and Battery)
- Any standalone Pyro DPS such as Yoimiya, Diluc, Klee, and Yanfei (Amber’s Baron Bunny can distract enemies and keep the main carries safe while being a Pyro Battery)
Amber might be great for exploring the world of Teyvat, but she can also be a situational character when it comes to domain battles or the Abyss, which makes her an unpopular pick for most team compositions. Still, that’s not enough to bring this gliding champion down because, with enough dedication and investment, players have proven that she can still have her moments to shine.