Genshin Impact Version 2.5 raises the Inazuma banner high with the release of Yae Miko and the Three Realms Gateway Offering event.

In addition to the foxy shrine maiden, players now have the chance to wish on the returning banners of Raiden Shogun and Sangonomiya Kokomi. While Kokomi is considered to be a solid support unit, Raiden Shogun steals the show as a must-have character from the Electro nation.

Don’t believe us? Here are five reasons why Raiden Shogun is worth all your primogems.

5 reasons why you should roll for Raiden Shogun right now

5. You get a solid discount in weapon ascension

Raiden Shogun's discount in weapon ascension
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Once you’ve conquered a few world ascension quests in the game, your weapons will need a decent upgrade to fight stronger hilichurls and domains. Such upgrades will cost you a few bags of Mora, but Raiden has got you covered.

Her passive skill, All-Preserver, grants a whopping 50% discount on all sword and polearm ascensions. The best part yet is that Raiden herself is a polearm user, making it the perfect asset when players build her as a party member.

4. Raiden redefined the power of Electro

Raiden Shogun/Baal in Genshin Impact
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Even with the release of Yae Miko, Raiden Shogun is still the strongest Electro character in the game right now.

The 5-star is known for singlehandedly putting the Electro element into the meta. If you want Electro damage, tons of energy, and killer reactions, she can do it all.

Equipped with a well-rounded kit that focuses on energy recharge, Raiden also synergizes well with fellow Electro characters, such as bow user Kujou Sara and Liyue’s DPS pirate Beidou.

Looking at Spiral Abyss V2.5, Raiden is ranked fifth in most used characters, above Yae Miko in tenth place. Aside from the two Inazuma bigwigs, Fischl is the next highest-ranked Electro unit at 23rd out of 47 characters.

3. She’s got a limitless, party-wide elemental skill

Raiden Shogun's elemental skill in Genshin Impact
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Do you hate cooldowns? So does Raiden Shogun.

Raiden’s elemental skill Baleful Omen is an overpowered move that adds Electro damage to your basic attacks. Players can expect immediate Overload or Superconduct reactions when pairing Raiden with heavy hitters like Diluc or Ganyu.

The best part of Baleful Omen is its non-existent cooldown. Though the skill does have a cooldown of ten seconds, its active uptime is 25 seconds, which means that you can repeatedly cast Baleful Omen and boost your party’s burst damage indefinitely.

If you’re playing in co-op mode, this skill is the ultimate party buff. Once cast, Baleful Omen’s eye will appear above all present characters and grant them the same Electro damage bonus.



2. Her burst weapon is a lightning-infused tachi

Raiden Shogun reveals her tachi in Genshin Impact
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While most of her skills make her an off-field support unit, Raiden Shogun’s elemental burst, Musou Shinsetsu, proves that she is all about damage.

The burst turns Raiden into the ultimate Electro DPS, swapping her polearm for a lightning-infused tachi. In this form (Musou Isshin), her attacks now deal Electro damage and regenerate energy for the rest of the party. She also has a higher resistance to interruption, allowing players to go toe to toe with the most fearsome opponents.

What’s more, the damage of Musou Shinsetsu’s initial slash scales with the burst damage output of the rest of the team. If you’re able to accumulate Baleful Omen’s stacks of Chakra Desiderata (indicated by the purple circle behind your unit), you can swap Raiden Shogun in for a deadly finisher.

1. Raiden Shogun is the eternal ruler of Inazuma

Genshin Impact's Raiden Shigun Baal
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Warning: Spoilers if you haven’t played the Inazuma Archon and Raiden Shogun story quests.

If you’ve been keeping up with the buzz around Inazuma’s political factions, you probably know that Raiden Shogun is the exalted ruler of the Inazuma Shogunate and the vessel of the Electro Archon.

A literal goddess amongst humans, Raiden exists in two forms: Ei, her true identity, and the Shogun, a puppet created by her to fill in as Inazuma’s ruler as she meditates in the Plane of Euthymia.

While the two were determined to preserve Inazuma in the spiritual plane, Ei eventually realizes how her departure from the real world centuries ago had ended up harming her nation.

Going through this emotional journey with Traveler and the apparition of Makoto, her sister and the former Raiden Shogun, she vows to be a present and more thoughtful ruler for the rest of her reign. A beautiful redemption arc, I must say.

If you need a bit more convincing, you can check out Raiden Shogun’s electrifying character demo down below:

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