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Genshin Impact: Defeating Childe/Tartaglia
The reason I mentioned “later encounters” is that Childe/Tartaglia becomes a weekly boss after you’ve finished “A New Star Approaches.” Indeed, he joins Stormterror and Andrius as part of Genshin Impact‘s toughest challenges. However, compared to those two, Childe’s abilities are so unpredictable that you’ll want to be ready for anything he throws your way.
In my case, I was almost level 70 with my characters when I battled him during the quest, and I still found the boss fight quite surprising. However, after clearing it, I did beat him once more as part of the weekly bout.
Note: For the weekly challenge, you’ll be able to teleport to the Golden House domain after finishing the quest. Ideally, you should wait until you reach Adventure Rank 40 when this boss fight starts rewarding you with character ascension materials.
Honestly, Genshin Impact’s Childe/Tartaglia reminds me of Toguro from Yu Yu Hakusho/Ghost Fighter. The guy just keeps battering you with attacks, transforming, and increasing his power at later stages of the encounter.
I mostly got by with a Xiangling and Fischl combo, popping overload when possible as well as shooting him from afar. Due to Childe’s unpredictable skills, it was hard to go toe to toe with him at melee range. If any of my characters were downed, I simply avoided his attacks until I could revive them. Furthermore, my healer was Barbara which meant running around while her ability healed a wounded character. I do have Qiqi, but trying to “heal by attacking” felt risky.
Note 1: You’ll probably use up some of your food due to sudden spike damage. That’s totally fine. Just remember to use items/food that can increase your defense and elemental resistances.
Note 2: Likewise, I’ve been told that Mona’s elemental skill which taunts enemies also works on the boss. You might be able to cause a distraction that soaks some of his attacks.
Phase 1: Childe the Hydro Harbinger
Anyway, for the first phase of the boss fight, Childe has the following attacks:
- Water Arrows/Water Blades – Childe fires Hydro projectiles. Simply dash sideways to avoid them.
- Water Burst – Circles will appear in quick succession on the ground. Run away from these since a geyser will erupt.
- The Goddamn Whale – This ability confused me at first. The Goddamn Whale initially spawns from a large circle at the center of the arena. I tried running to the edge, but, for some reason, The Goddamn Whale still managed to hit my character (it deals roughly 10,000 damage too). Eventually, I realized that you have to watch when it spawns and run directly past it (behind its tail) so that the splash doesn’t hit you.
Phase 2: Childe’s Electro Delusion
Childe will wear a mask and he’ll focus more on electric-based moves:
- Lightning Sparks – Childe will cast Electro projectiles. As usual, just try and dodge them.
- Lightning Dash – Be ready for this move. Childe will dash towards your character at blinding speeds followed by a multi-hit Electro attack.
- Lightning Ring – Eventually, you’ll see that your character’s surrounded by a ring of purple lightning. In a few seconds, Childe will call down a lightning strike that’ll likely kill them. The only way you can remove this is if you immediately run to the edge of the arena where your character can get affected by Pyro. This will nullify the effect and remove the Lightning Ring.
Phase 3: Tartaglia Foul Legacy Transformation
I’ve been calling this Genshin Impact boss “Childe” for the earlier phases. Now, I’ll call him Tartaglia because it only seems fitting. It’s such a fancy and ominous-sounding name for an equally deadly opponent.
Anyway, Tartaglia’s Foul Legacy Transformation/third phase lets him retain his previous abilities. However, his regular attacks are stronger, he’s blindingly fast, and he’s got an extra skill, the Multi-Geyser Burst.
During the first phase, you saw geysers erupting one by one. This time, multiple circles will appear on the ground. The only way to avoid these is to stay at the very center of all the circles since that’s the safe area.
Okay, let’s do a recap:
- The Goddamn Whale – Run towards its tail.
- Electric Ring – Run to the edge of the arena so Pyro effects dispel the ring.
- Multi-Geyser Burst – Run to the center of the entire casting area.
Of course, make sure you avoid Childe/Tartaglia’s other abilities, too, so your characters can survive. With any luck, you should be farming this Genshin Impact boss fight each week.
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