Hu Tao is finally available in the new Genshin Impact banner, allowing players to spend wishes or primogems to take a chance and try to add one to their party. Yes, it’s a gacha-style system, but players can save up currency over time to spend their primogems and wishes to get the characters they want. The issue is, there are probably a lot of characters that you’d like to have.
In this respect, while Hu Tao seems amazingly cool, she’s almost certainly a “primogem sink” because if you’ve been playing Genshin at all so far, you probably have a high level, high power Xiangling in your team already, who fills the exact same pyro polearm combination. Sure, Hu Tao can push out some massive burst damage and also has a cute ghost sidekick, but is she really worth dumping your hard-earned currency on?
Well, I sure thought so. I mean, she has a ghost. Seriously. Oh, she also has a unique “blink” effect on her dash, so that’s likely to be highly useful during fights, I’d love to turn it into my own personal invincibility-frame Dark Souls roll. Anyway, so I decided to hit up my wish bank that I’ve been saving for a while (Sorry Xiao, I never got around to spending wishes on you…) and take a chance. What happened? You can check it out in the video below!
Not only can Hu Tao ride a delicate balance of risk/reward by trading hit points for power, but she has damage-over-time and party buffing capabilities as well. Hu Tao can gain significant amounts of life back after consuming it for power by utilizing her ghostly companion, the blazing spirit. If you can tank your hit points below a certain threshold, the skill is even more effective, encouraging the Hu Tao to truly flirt between life and death in order to achieve maximum efficiency. That’s thematically pretty awesome, given Hu Tao’s position as funeral director of Liyue.
Have you pulled a Hu Tao? Are you going to try? Do you have any awesome five-star characters? I’m kind of sad that I splurged so many of my wishes here because I just know an awesome Dendro character is coming and I’m going to regret not having a big stack saved up. Let us know in the comments!