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Genshin Impact Jean Build and Lore

Jean Genshin Impact

Name: Jean Gunnhildr

Vision: Anemo

Birthday: 14 March

Constellation: Leo Minor

Jean is the Acting Grandmaster of the Knights of Favonius. Due to her intense sense of responsibility, she handles the Order's affairs seriously. It can lead to overworking, as evidenced by her character quest. Fortunately, the people of Mondstadt genuinely appreciate all that she's done.

Her Elemental Skill fires a burst of Anemo to send enemies flying. Players can hold the button to 'charge' it, letting players pick up more enemies, aim where to throw them, or both. Her Elemental Burst forms a circle of Anemo that damages enemies that enter or exit it while healing allies within it. Its initial activation also heals allies.

Jean Builds Genshin Impact

AA DPS Build

Since Jean's healing scales with ATK rather than HP, it's easy to build her as a DPS while also increasing her healing ability. She doesn't infuse her weapon with an element, so physical DMG boosts will strengthen her regular attacks. That means the Physical sets (Pale Flame, Bloodstained Chivalry) are the best options for this build. Other alternatives are a combination of the above and/or the ATK +18% sets, Viridescent Venerer, Noblesse Oblige, or even Emblem of Severed Fate.

  • Main Stats: ATK%/Energy Recharge, Physical DMG Bonus, Crit Rate/DMG
  • Substats: Crit DMG/Rate, ATK, Energy Recharge
  • Anemo Shred Build

This uses her Burst, so it focuses on keeping it up. This is primarily used for the Sunfire team, which involves Bennett's Burst in tandem with hers. A full Viridescent Venerer set shreds enemies' Pyro RES, leaving them vulnerable to a Pyro DPS such as Diluc, Klee, Hu Tao, or Yoimiya. Theoretically, this also works for Barabara's E, Kaeya's Q, and Shenhe's Q. Elemental Mastery is a must for more Swirl damage.

  • Main Stats: 3x Elemental Mastery or EM/Energy Recharge, Anemo DMG Bonus, Crit Rate/DMG
  • Substats: EM, ER, Crit DMG/Rate, ATK
  • Healer and Support Builds

These builds focus on increasing Jean's supportive capabilities. That means a focus on increasing ATK and other healing bonuses. Artifacts are Maiden Beloved, Ocean-Hued Clam, or combinations of the various ATK +18% sets. A full Noblesse Oblige set can also be an excellent option for the ATK boost on activating her Burst.

  • Main Stats: 3x ATK, or Energy Recharge/ATK%, Anemo DMG Bonus/ATK%, Healing Bonus
  • Substats: ATK, Energy Recharge

Budget Builds

Both the ATK +18% sets would be fine when put together. Other 2-set options are The Exile and Berseker sets. Later, you'll get 4-star versions of the above artifacts, which can tide you over until you can get 5-star artifacts reliably. Use the same stat priorities as the build you want to use.

Weapons

Due to her healing scaling, the best weapons for Jean have a high base attack or have a favorable substat. Her signature weapon (or at least the one players associate with her the most) is the Aquila Favonia. Other alternatives are:

  • Mistsplitter Reforged
  • Skyward Blade
  • Freedom Sworn
  • Alley Flash
  • Prototype Rancour
  • The Flute
  • Royal Longsword
  • Kagotsurube Isshin
  • Iron Sting
  • Favonius Sword
  • Sacrificial Sword

The Elemental Mastery swords are for the Anemo Shred build to increase the Swirl damage. Energy Recharge ones are for when you are having trouble activating her Burst. The rest have a high base attack or have ATK as their substat, increasing her damage and healing ability.

Genshin Impact Jean Lore (Backstory)

Jean is the daughter of Frederica Gunnhildr and adventurer-turned-Cardinal Seamus Pegg. The former is part of a venerable lineage of knights (with roots in Old Mondstadt, no less!). As the oldest daughter, Jean was trained to pass it down. That resulted in Jean living under her mother's strict tutelage. She studied discipline, etiquette, conduct, ballads, and history. After that comes swordsmanship training and physical fitness, leaving no time to be a child.

Some time ago (maybe around the time she was born), a joke from Mond's various taverns went:

A Gunnhildr learns to say 'For Mondstadt, as always' before learning 'mommy.'

The phrase was the family's motto, which Jean only understood after seeing children her age playing outside her window. From then on, she understood it as "You have to give your all to do the right thing. Always."

Years passed, and her parents eventually split from each other. Jean went with her mother, while her younger sister, Barbara, went with their father. Both sisters grew in the footsteps of their respective parents. Jean became a respected Knight, while Barabara became a beloved Deaconess of the Church of Favonius.

As much as she wants to reconnect with her sister, there's a lingering awkwardness between them. Neither could overcome it, and so the relationship remains stagnant. However, the sisters respect and admire each other, despite being unable to express it.

On the day Jean received the title of 'Dandelion Knight,' she went to Windrise and paid respect to the giant flowering tree there. It was where the first Dandelion Knight, Vennessa, ended her journey and left behind a sapling. Jean aired her insecurities and doubts to the tree and found her resolve. She was reminded of her family's motto, 'For Mondstadt, as always.'

Nowadays, if she feels the same doubt and fear of not living up to her title, she returns to the tree at Windrise. There, she lets the wind blow away all her stress and fatigue, leaving her refreshed and determined to continue her job.

That tree marks the end of one Dandelion Knight's journey and the beginning of another.

As her sense of responsibility dictates, Jean is rarely one to turn down a request for help. No matter how trivial it may seem, she will do her utmost to help. Her determination to help everybody leads her to lament that there aren't enough hours to help every person who asks for it. Diluc notes that this is the very thing that holds her back, yet Jean cannot bear to take a rest when there are people in need of help.

This dedication gave her the reputation of being a reliable knight and Acting Grand Master. Sometimes the citizens even forget that she's only the Acting Grand Master and has a superior to answer. Despite Varka, the actual Grand Master, leaving things undone for her to do (and adding to her workload), Jean doesn't resent him. Part of it is her early chivalrous studies, and the rest is what Varka himself taught her.

When the Grand Master left Mond to embark on an expedition, Jean promised herself something. That is to greet the returning knights with a kinder, more prosperous, and more peaceful Mondstadt.

Jean's image may be the responsible, dutiful knight, but deep down, she is a woman at heart. She yearns for the kind of love she reads in stories. It's not to make up for her lost childhood or her parent's break-up. It's her wish, buried deep in layers of duty and responsibility.

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