Genshin: Is Thoma Good? (Pros & Cons)

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Thoma is a very niche character. Aside from Hu Tao and Yoimiya teams, he’s not optimal anywhere. And even in those teams, there are plenty of alternatives that can replace Thoma’s slot. Because of this, Thoma is generally not a good unit.

His niche is as a Pyro shielder for on-field DPS units that spam normal attacks. In this role, he’s definitely great. Otherwise, he’s pretty useless.

Hu Tao and Yoimiya are currently the only ones that can fully benefit from Thoma’s niche.

So if you don’t play either of them, there’s absolutely no reason to pull or build Thoma.

Note: This is based on meta only. If you like Thoma regardless of his power level, don’t let this stop you from using him.


Pros & Cons

Strengths Weaknesses
  • Conditionally has one of the strongest shields in-game
  • High Energy Recharge requirements, especially at C0
  • Very niche

Thoma Strengths

Strong Shield
Thoma’s elemental burst / Genshin Impact
Thoma’s elemental burst

Thoma’s burst has a shield stacking mechanic.

When the active character performs a normal attack during his burst, his shield refreshes. This can be triggered once every second.

Plus, each new shield will be stacked with the remaining HP of the previous shields.

So his shield gradually grows stronger during his burst. At maximum stacks, it’s easily the second strongest shield in-game.

This is especially good for characters that can easily stack Thoma’s shield – most notably, Yoimiya and Hu Tao.

It’s also viable for other characters but generally less effective.


Thoma Weaknesses

High Energy Recharge Requirements
Thoma’s character stat screen / Genshin Impact
Thoma’s character stat screen

Thoma has an expensive 80 energy cost burst.

This burst is the center of his kit, so it’s very important to charge every rotation.

But because his skill has a very long cooldown of 15s, he only generates 3-4 Pyro particles per rotation. Plus, he’s mostly off-field, so he can’t catch many energy particles.

This greatly increases his Energy Recharge (ER) requirements to nearly 250%.

He would need an ER weapon and optimized artifacts with ER stats to reach this requirement – which can potentially sacrifice his HP stats and reduce his shield strength.

Because of this, Thoma is generally harder to min-max.

At baseline, you would need a good balance of ER and HP stats – and even good CRIT rate stats when using the Favonius Lance weapon.

This becomes more difficult when using the 4pc. Instructor set, which is one of Thoma’s best sets.

Since this is a 4-star artifact set, it has lower stat scaling. So it’s much harder to reach the optimal amount of ER, HP, and CRIT rate.

Very Niche
VV Hu Tao team with Thoma / Genshin Impact
VV Hu Tao team with Thoma

Thoma is mainly a tailor-made Hu Tao support, but he also works well with Yoimiya.

Because of this, he’s only a great unit for Hu Tao and Yoimiya teams – and not recommended elsewhere. He’s basically never the optimal option for any other team.

He does work, but there are always far better units.

For instance, Zhongli is an overall better character for a team that needs shielding. Elegy Amber is also a stronger option for Hu Tao teams if you want to deal more damage.

So Thoma is simply never a must-pull or a must-build – even in Hu Tao and Yoimiya teams.


Are Thoma’s Constellations Good?

Thoma’s constellation screen / Genshin Impact
Thoma’s constellation screen

Thoma has great constellations!

Most of them are quality-of-life buffs or further improve his supporting abilities. So each one is definitely a good upgrade.

If you use Thoma often, it’s generally worth getting his constellations – especially since this brings you closer to his C6.

His C6 is basically a really good buff to his support abilities.

It makes him more viable for units other than Hu Tao and Yoimiya – most notably for characters that perform normal, charged, and plunging attacks.


C1: A Comrade’s Duty

When another character is protected by Thoma’s shield, his skill and burst cooldown are reduced by 3s. This can be triggered once every 20s.

This is mainly a good quality-of-life buff.

It’s very easy to proc this effect every rotation, so you can trigger this cooldown reduction every time. Plus, it increases his shield uptime and makes him smoother to play with shorter rotations.


C2: A Subordinate’s Skills

Thoma’s burst duration is increased by 3s.

This increases his shield uptime and shield strength – it’s an overall great constellation. It effectively offers 100% burst uptime every rotation.


C3: Fortified Resolve

Increases his elemental skill talent level by 3.

This directly increases his shield strength, which is always appreciated. That’s about it.


C4: Long-Term Planning

After casting Thoma’s burst, he regenerates 15 energy.

C4 is his best constellation. It significantly reduces his energy requirements and burst cost to 65 energy – thus letting you focus on other stats like HP.


C5: Raging Wildfire

Increases his elemental burst talent level by 3.

Like his C3, this is very straightforward. It buffs his shield strength – which is definitely useful.


C6: Burning Heart

When Thoma’s shield is obtained or refreshed, the damage dealt by all teammates’ normal, charged, and plunging attacks is increased by 15% for 6s.

This is a great constellation that further buffs his supporting abilities. It also lets him work with more characters that benefit from its effects – like Xiao.


Favonius Lance vs. Black Tassel for Thoma

Thoma with Favonius Lance and Black Tassel / Genshin Impact
Thoma with Favonius Lance and Black Tassel

Favonius Lance is Thoma’s best 4-star weapon by far – and it easily pulls ahead of Black Tassel.

This is simply because Thoma needs Favonius Lance’s Energy Recharge stat and passive. It greatly helps him reach his ER requirements much faster.

Plus, proccing its passive also helps charge the entire team’s burst.

Thoma does benefit from Black Tassel’s HP secondary stat, but it’s simply less valuable than what Favonius Lance offers. Additionally, Black Tassel’s passive is pretty useless on Thoma since he’s not meant to deal damage.

So it’s always recommended to go for Favonius Lance over Black Tassel.


Is Staff of Homa Good for Thoma?

Thoma with Staff of Homa / Genshin Impact
Thoma with Staff of Homa

Staff of Homa is not a recommended weapon for Thoma.

Although he benefits from its HP passive, Homa is mainly a DPS weapon – and Thoma isn’t a DPS. He deals incredibly low damage, so a DPS build is never recommended.

Instead, it’s far better to go for Energy Recharge weapons like Favonius Lance and Engulfing Lightning.

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Maeri is an avid gacha player currently in the clutches of Genshin Impact. She mainly focuses on character analyses, underlying game mechanics, and occasionally reading game code. She also yearns for the day that Dainsleif is finally playable.