Genshin Impact – A Comprehensive Build Guide for Mona
Genshin Impact, one of the most popular and hottest releases of last year is still going strong with its top of the charts records on Google Play and Android. Such success is rarely seen with mobile games and it has definitely created a new level of standard for future Action, Adventure RPGs. We don’t need to tell you what it does and what it doesn’t, but we are here with a guide for one of the most beloved champions in Genshin Impact – Mona. Mona, the Astrologist Megistus is a Hydro elemental character who excels at boosting ally heroes DPS as well as can do a good amount of damage herself.
Mona is a Hydro elemental champion that can do good damage as well as create a synergy for other elemental teammates for some crazy damage. She can also leave her decoys and trick others while crowd-controlling them. Overall, she can be built as a speedy cycling mage that can enable other elemental DPS heroes. She can be built for pure burst damage or SUB-DPS depending on the artifacts you choose. In this Mona Guide, we will enlist the various skills, passives, and ascension traits Mona has while explaining each of them in real-time combat. We will also give some tips and tricks on how to play Mona by shedding some light on some of her builds as well as some combos available using her.
Mona Active Attacks
Mona’s basic attacks like all other Genshin Impact characters are divided into 4 types of attacks – Normal/ Basic Attack, Elemental Skill, Elemental Burst, and Sprint/Right Click skill. All of these attacks and spells are further divided into different attacks depending on the way you try to use them. They can also be combined for some chain combos.
Mona’s Basic Attack is called “Ripple of Fate” and this attack can be further divided into 3-sub categories – Normal Attack/Auto Attack, Charged Attack, and Plunging Attack.
Normal/Auto Attack – Performs up to 4 water splash attacks that deal Hydro DMG.
Charged Attack – Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to unleash 2 rapid sword strikes.
Plunging Attack – Gathering the might of Hydro, Mona plunges towards the ground from mid-air, damaging all enemies in her path. Deals AoE Hydro DMG upon impact with the ground.
Her basic attack can do up to 4 different types of attacks dealing Hydro damage equal to 37.6%, 36%, 44.8%, and 56.2% of her attack on numbered attacks respectively. As we can see, she deals the most damage on the 3rd and 4th attacks so it’s important to complete a full auto attack cycle. Her charged attack released 2 fast sword strikes after using some stamina that deals 150% damage. Plunging attacks are made when heroes are mid-air and then you attack. These attacks cause a different type of attack and hence, they are listed as Plunging attacks. Mona’s plunging attack deals with an AOE damaging attack that deals Hydro damage. This damage increases depending on the height from which it was used.
Elemental Skills are skills that are on a certain amount of cooldown and deal more substantial damage. They are unique to every hero. Mona’s elemental skills are called “Mirror Reflection of Doom”. This elemental skill is further divided into 2 types – 1st is when you simply release the skills, and the 2nd one is when you Hold the elemental skill for some time. Let’s see what her elemental skills can do: –
Release Elemental Skill: Creates an illusory Phantom of fate from coalesced waterspouts.
The Phantom has the following special properties:
- Continuously taunts nearby enemies, attracting their fire.
- Continuously deals Hydro DMG to nearby enemies.
- When its duration expires, the Phantom explodes, dealing AoE Hydro DMG.
Hold Elemental Skill: Utilizes water currents to move backward swiftly before conjuring a Phantom.
Only one Phantom created by Mirror Reflection of Doom can exist at any time.
Her release elemental skill is a unique skill that releases her own illusion at the spot where she is standing. This illusion can taunt the nearby enemies and deal continuous damage in the form of Hydro damage. When this illusion expires, it will explode and deal and AOE damage to the surrounding enemies dealing Hydro damage. If players choose to hold this elemental skill, she can choose to move backward while leaving the illusion at the position where she moved backward from. This skill is better used when fighting against a mob of enemies. Do keep in mind that only 1 illusion created by this elemental skill can be active at a time.
ELEMENTAL BURST SKILLS
Elemental Burst skills can be considered like the ultimate ability used by any hero. Mona’s elemental burst skill “Stellaris Phantasm” is a great elemental skill that can enhance her own damage as well the damage of the other party members in the team. She does this using the Omen debuff which she can apply using this skill. Omen is a debuff that makes weaker enemies take more damage from her skills as well as all the other party member’s skills. This debuff lasts for 4 seconds and gives a 42% damage increase bonus. Let’s understand her burst skill in detail:
“Mona summons the sparkling waves and creates a reflection of the starry sky, applying the Illusory Bubble status to opponents in a large AoE.”
It Traps opponents inside a pocket of destiny and also makes them Wet. Renders weaker opponents are immobile. When an opponent affected by Illusory Bubble sustains DMG, the following effects are produced:
- Applies an Omen to the opponent, which gives a DMG Bonus, also increasing the DMG of the attack that causes it.
- Removes the Illusory Bubble, dealing Hydro Elemental DMG in the process. The DMG Bonus does not apply to the Hydro Elemental DMG dealt in this instance.
Mona’s illusory bubble creates an area of effect where she makes all the enemies wet and immobile for some duration. This illusory bubble lasts for 4 seconds after which it can be exploded dealing 442% hydro damage. She also applies a mark of Omen or Omen debuff on targets that we already explained in the beginning.
Mona’s Passive Talents
Passive talents are those talents that do not need to be activated manually and just require some conditions to be met to be activated automatically. These talents are unique to all heroes and can be unlocked at some levels of ascension. There are three types of passive talents for Mona: –
- Principium of Astrology – When Mona crafts Weapon Ascension Materials, she has a 25% chance to refund a portion of the crafting materials used.
- Waterborne Destiny (Unlocks at 4th Ascension) – Increases Mona’s Hydro DMG Bonus by a degree equivalent to 20% of her Energy Recharge rate.
- Come ‘n’ Get Me, Hag (Unlocks at 1stAscension) – After she has used Illusory Torrent for 2s, if there are any enemies nearby, Mona will automatically create a Phantom. A Phantom created in this manner lasts for 2s, and its explosion DMG is equal to 50% of Mirror Reflection of Doom.
Mona’s 1st Ascension passive skill states that when she uses Illusory Torrent for only seconds, she can create another illusion for 2 seconds if there are enemies nearby. This new illusion will also only last for 2 seconds and do explosion damage equal to 50% of the original. However, this lets her do more DPS overall and also lets her cycle her skills faster. Her 4th Ascension Passive skill Waterborne Destiny lets her do bonus Hydro damage equal to 20% of her Energy Recharge Rate. This should be noted as her builds will further include the energy recharge rate as a special notice.
Constellations in Genshin Impact are an essential way to power up your heroes. They not only boost stats but also provide new unique abilities or constellation bonuses that can empower the hero greatly. However, they can only be upgraded by using a duplicate of the same hero multiple times. Mona’s constellations are as follows: –
1st Constellation (C1) – Prophecy of Submersion
The effects of Hydro-related Elemental Reactions are enhanced for 8s after a character hits an enemy affected by an Omen:
Electro-Charged DMG is increased by 15%.
Vaporize DMG is increased by 15%.
Hydro Swirl DMG is increased by 15%.
The duration for which enemies are Frozen is increased by 15%.
2nd Constellation (C2) – Lunar Chain
When a Normal Attack hits, there is a 20% chance that it will be automatically followed by a Charged Attack.
This effect can only occur once every 5s.
3rd Constellation (C3) – Restless Revolution
Increases the Level of Stellaris Phantasm by 3.
The maximum upgrade level is 15.
4th Constellation (C4) – Prophecy of Oblivion
When a character attacks an enemy affected by the Omen status effect, their CRIT Rate is increased by 15%.
5th Constellation (C5) – Mockery of Fortuna
Increase the Level of Mirror Reflection of Doom by 3.
The maximum upgrade level is 15.
6th Constellation (C6) – Rhetorics of Calamitas
Upon entering Illusory Torrent, Mona gains a 60% increase to the DMG her next Charged Attack per second of movement.
A maximum DMG Bonus of 180% can be achieved in this manner. The effect lasts for no more than 8s.
As we can see, all of the constellations are easily self-explained. All of these constellations can greatly enhance the way Mona is played.
Mona’s Build, Artifact, and Party Recommendations
Mona, as we mentioned can be built as a pure burst DPS that can dish out a huge amount of damage, or she can be built as a sub-DPS where she still does good damage but amplifies the amount of overall damage by empowering the other party members to do more damage. This build is more into priority rather than the pure burst damage Mona build. Let’s check out the weapons used and the artifacts: –
The Widsith – This weapon is considered one of the best if not the best currently for Mona if you are opting to go for the Sub-DPS build. The Widsith provides the most wanted stat Critical Damage as well as some Bonus Attack. However, the main reason players like to go for The wWdisth as Mona’s main weapon is the amplification of her elemental burst skills and elemental skills.
Noblesse Siege – This catalyst is the best-recommended choice for every Mona player as it not only provides extra elemental burst damage but also beautifully synchronizes with her trait as an amplifier of damage by increasing the attack of all allies after using an Elemental burst skill. We recommend using 4 of Noblesse Siege as catalysts with The Widsith as the weapon for the most optimal build.
Party Member’s Recommendation
- Benett – Benett can easily vaporize all the wetness created by Mona and do bonus damage. He can also set up high elemental bursts when used prior to Mona’s Elemental burst skill. He can also provide additional healing to all teammates in case of an emergency.
- Fischl – Fischl is one of the best electro-charged burst damagers and she can do AOE damage after Mona’s elemental burst to increase her damage output.
- Sucrose – Sucrose can reduce the elemental resistance of enemies and provides some crowd control. She can act as another sub-DPS to set up a crazy chain combo with Sucrose going first and reducing the elemental resistance of enemies followed by Mona’s elemental burst setting up Fischl to go for her elemental skill for massive AOE DPS.
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