Genshin Impact: Thoma Build and Guide
Birthday: 9 January
Constellation: Rubeum Scutum
Titles: Protector from Afar, Chief Retainer of the Kamisato Clan, Housekeeper of the Kamisato Clan
Genshin Impact’s Thoma
No matter whether it’s housekeeping or protecting others, Thoma can excel at either in Genshin Impact. His titles aren’t just for show. With his trusty polearm by his side, there’s no enemy (or stain) he can’t defeat.
His E skill makes him launch a fiery kick at enemies, at the same time summoning a Blazing Barrier. His shields’ damage absorption capacity is based on Thoma’s max HP. Using the attack again refreshes the shield’s duration and stacks the damage absorption, making it stronger. However, the Blazing Barrier can only stack up to a certain percentage of Thoma’s max HP.
His Burst, Crimson Ooyoroi, makes Thoma spin his polearm while releasing a burst of AoE Pyro Damage. The flames weave themselves into a Scorching Ooyoroi, which triggers a fiery collapse every second as the active character attacks. The talent also summons a Blazing Barrier, which has the same effects as the one his E makes.
The fiery collapse is a cone-shaped AoE Pyro damage in the direction where the attack hits. It has a pretty short range, so keeping close to enemies while attacking makes the best of it. Too far away and the collapse won’t hit.
As for building him, there are a few options. The first is increasing his HP to make use of the barriers he makes. They do scale with that stat, after all. Also, Thoma’s second ascension talent increases the damage of the fiery collapse by a percentage of his HP. The downside to this is that he won’t be able to do much damage, even with that boost.
The 2-set Millelith effects would be great with this build. The other half can be Crimson Witch or Gladiator’s or Shimenawa’s, depending on which ones have the best stats. For weapons, the Black Tassel and the Staff of Homa are the best ones to use.
The second option is to make his fiery collapses stronger. Do this through Elemental Mastery, Pyro DMG Bonus, and/or ATK stats on a Crimson Witch set. EM and Pyro DMG bonuses will be the priority with this build, with ATK only secondary or tertiary. With these stats and the 4-set CW artifacts, reactions will have stronger effects which can be easily triggered with the fiery collapses. The alternative is to use a 4-set Severed Fate, as it lets you use more Bursts while increasing its damage scaled off of ER.
With this build, the Dragon’s Bane becomes a better option, as well as the Wavebreaker’s Fin or The Catch. Dragon’s Bane has an additional damage bonus when enemies are affected by Pyro and Hydro. Plus, it increases the user’s EM. It’s not to be underestimated, even if it is a 4-star weapon. Both Wavebreaker and The Catch increase the damage of his Burst somehow, so they’re also good picks. The Catch also increases Energy Recharge which means more Bursts. Of course, the Staff of Homa is still an option due to the Crit DMG and attack bonuses it gives.
The third option, A DPS Thoma, would really need the Staff of Homa for maximum effectiveness. The artifact sets can be a full Gladiator’s set, or a 2-set Crimson Witch and a 2-set of either Gladiator or Shimenawa. While you would want some ATK and Crit stats on there, a bit of HP substats won’t hurt as the Staff of Homa uses it to increase attack. It’s not going to be the top priority though.
Another alternative is to use the Pale Flame set, though it would be rather hard to make full use of its 4-set effect. His Elemental Skill doesn’t have that short of a cooldown for it to be efficient. So a 2-set Pale Flame can be used instead of CW. He doesn’t infuse his weapon with Pyro, so this can be stronger when using his auto-attacks. Alternate weapons include the Wavebreaker’s Fin and The Catch again.
It all depends on how you want to use and fight with your Thoma! These are all suggestions and you can totally go another direction for your Thoma.
Thoma was born in Mondstadt, which is the country of his mother. His father was an Inazuman, and it was through him that Thoma learned loyalty. He lived his childhood in Mondstadt, happy and carefree. From the city, he learned how to mingle and socialize with all kinds of people.
After all, the City of Freedom is a cheerful place filled with warm people. Perhaps all the alcohol has something to do about it, but nevertheless, it’s a great place to live in. Thoma grew up in this kind of place until his father left to return to Inazuma.
A younger Thoma, worried that his father wouldn’t be able to drink any more Dandelion Wine, boarded a small boat and sailed to follow his father. Alas, a wave overturned his boat, and he drifted on the ocean, thankfully ending up on Inazuma’s shores. With nothing to his name and no one to help him, he started a new life in this new country he found himself in.
It’s unclear exactly when he became acquainted with the Kamisato siblings Ayato and Ayaka. However, it’s implied that he did so before the siblings’ parents died and the clan was in turmoil some ten years ago. Ayato had given him the chance to leave the family to its devices, but at that point, Thoma had it in his mind to ‘repay’ them. Since then, he has served the Kamisato Clan.
At first, he didn’t intend to be a housekeeper. However, when he was given cleaning tasks and a duster, he put his all into learning all kinds of cleaning techniques. There were times that he spent sleepless nights trying out various methods of cleaning. Now, he knows everything about housekeeping, from cleaning, sewing, and gardening, to cooking, caregiving, and socializing. He still uses an old duster from those times, even if it has greyed and worn.
Thoma didn’t start out popular right off the bat. Many Inazumans were wary of him because of his status as an ‘outsider’, never mind that he had one as his father. Still, his optimism and amiable behavior eventually warmed the chilly reception and built up his reputation as a fixer.
He was a good conversationalist and knew the timing of when to butt in and when to retreat. It was in this way that he was able to build up his connections as a fixer. He learned early that the more people he knew, the more resources and help he could get. This is something he learned even when he had nothing to his name.
Today, he uses that network to help the Yashiro Commission or the Kamisato Clan. He knows people in various industries and trade. Now, people want to know him and approach him instead of vice versa. Just be sure to never sabotage the Yashiro Commission or hurt any of the Kamisato Clan, else you’ll feel his wrath. With his vast connections, he can make life a living hell for anyone who does so. He can brush off insults toward him personally, but never toward his masters.
One last thing you should know about him is that he can’t resist cute animals. When going out of the estate, he has all kinds of snacks and treats for any dogs or cats he might come across. For Thoma, seeing these cute critters filling their bellies always makes him smile. You’ll also see this when you put him in your teapot. He’ll mention that he couldn’t resist patting Tubby on the head when he first came in.
This kind of care actually extends to his co-workers. He once knitted a sweater for a guard who caught a cold, though it can be seen as an extension to his duties as a housekeeper. They became good friends because of that incident.
How He Got His Vision
Thoma drifted into Inazuma without resources or anyone to help him. In his optimism, he still strove to make a new life in this unfamiliar country. However, he did learn early that he needed a favor to be able to survive. He found that in Kamisato Ayato’s hand.
Before this, he lived a more carefree life, having the choice to go around town or explore the wilderness. It was a peaceful and happy life. He didn’t have an idea of ‘repayment’ until Ayato stretched his hand out to him. That’s assuming Ayato really was the one who did, as it could be someone else from the Kamisato Clan.
Then, the Kamisato masters both died, leaving the clan in turmoil and the siblings to quell it. Ayato gave Thoma a choice to leave or to help them out. Filled with gratitude for the favors he gave, Thoma chose to stay and help. That’s how he became Chief Retainer/Housekeeper of the Kamisato Clan. It was also his way of repaying Ayato, as well as an outward expression of the lessons of loyalty he learned from his father.
This ambition to protect those who had helped him through troubled times burned bright, and he was greeted with a blazing Vision that night.
Pyro Vision holders have a common thread of passion. Even Diluc, who is the most subdued of the Pyro users, still has the passion to protect Mondstadt. Whether the law, music, bombs, adventuring, or business, it’s likely to be one of the criteria to be given a Pyro Vision. If you’ve been reading the other character bios and think this is too similar to receiving a Cryo one, the difference is in the expression.
Pyro users have expressed their resolve in an outward manner, usually in the form of something that they’re passionate about. Cryo users have more of an internal realization of their resolve. Anyway, there is still much that isn’t known about the mechanism of receiving Visions, so this is all speculation.
That’s all about Thoma, the fixer of Inazuma. Hope you enjoyed reading this, and expect more bios to come! Enjoy Genshin Impact, and look forward to the new characters!