Genshin Impact 4.4: How to Find and Defeat the Suanni Hermit

With every update, Genshin Impact introduces new bosses, and version 4.4 is no exception. In this guide, we’ll cover the Suanni Hermit: where to find this monster, strategies for defeating it, and the rewards you can expect from your victory.


Who is the Suanni Hermit?

Centuries ago, Suannis were considered divine beasts, held in esteem akin to the Adepti, residing in the secluded Chenyun Valley, detached from worldly possessions. However, their descendants have turned into formidable monsters, among them the so-called Hermit, who serves as a boss in Genshin Impact’s storyline.


Finding the Suanni Hermit in Genshin Impact

The Suanni can be found in Chenyun Valley. The exact location of the arena is marked on the map, note that it’s situated underground. Access to the battleground is facilitated by golden carps, which can whisk you across vast distances in seconds. If you’ve activated the Statue of the Seven nearby, it can also serve as a convenient access point.


Ideal Team Composition for the Suanni Hermit Battle

Since the boss wields Anemo and Hydro powers, characters of these elements will be less effective. It’s advisable to opt for Pyro, Electro, or Cryo fighters instead. Complement your main attacker with characters that can enhance or synergize with their abilities. For instance, Anemo characters can trigger the Swirl reaction, amplifying elemental damage dealt.


Suggested Teams for Battle:

  • Cryo-focused Team for Melt Reaction:
    • Main Cryo attacker: Ayaka, Rosaria, Ganyu, or Chongyun
    • Cryo character for Elemental Resonance and additional damage: Shenhe, Kaeya, Diona, or Eula
    • Pyro character for Melt reaction: Xiangling, Thoma, or Amber
    • Healer: Qiqi (preferred), Kokomi (preferred), Diona (preferred), Bennett, Barbara, or Jean

  • Pyro-focused Team:
    • Main Pyro attacker: Diluc, Klee, Yanfei, or Hu Tao
    • Pyro character for resonance and additional damage: Amber, Xinyan, Xiangling, or Thoma
    • Anemo character for Swirl reaction: Kazuha, Sucrose, Sayu, or Venti
    • Healer: Bennett (preferred), Barbara (preferred), Kokomi, Diona, Qiqi, or Jean

  • Electro-focused Team:
    • Main Electro attacker: Keqing, Raiden Shogun, Fischl, or Lisa
    • Electro character for Elemental Resonance and additional damage: Beidou, Razor, or Lisa
    • Hydro character for Electro-Charged reaction: Xingqiu, Mona, or Tartaglia
    • Healer: Barbara (preferred), Kokomi (preferred), Diona, Qiqi, or Jean

A Cryo-based team is particularly recommended as it allows you to freeze the boss during its powerful Hydro-absorbing attack phase. Details on the boss’s moves will be discussed below.


Preparation for Battle

Besides having a well-leveled team, bring along potions and specific foods to enhance your team’s performance in battle.


Damage-Boosting Potions:

  • Frosting Essential Oil: Increases Cryo damage by 25% for 300 seconds
  • Streaming Essential Oil: Boosts Hydro damage by 25% for 300 seconds
  • Flaming Essential Oil: Raises Pyro damage by 25% for 300 seconds
  • Insulation Potion: Enhances Electro damage by 25% for 300 seconds


Effective Food Items:

  • Adeptus’ Temptation: Increases ATK by 372 and CRIT Rate by 12% for 300 seconds
  • Lotus Seed and Bird Egg Soup: Boosts DEF by 235 for 300 seconds
  • Jade Parcels: Enhances CRIT Rate by 20% for 300 seconds


Battle Tactics Against the Suanni Hermit

Understanding the boss’s attacks and reacting appropriately is crucial to avoid damage and secure victory. Key moves to watch out for include:

  • Water Absorption: When the boss starts absorbing water, hit it with a Cryo skill to freeze it, then follow up with any elemental reaction involving ice. Cryo works well with Pyro, Electro, and Hydro. If your team lacks Cryo characters, maintain distance to avoid damage.
  • Elemental Explosions: These close-range attacks are easy to dodge; staying at range allows you to attack from a safe distance.
  • Aerial Spheres: Initially, attack these spheres with Hydro, Electro, Cryo, or Pyro skills. Destroying all three spheres quickly will immobilize the boss, leaving it vulnerable. Failing to do so will cause the spheres to self-destruct, pulling your characters towards them.
  • Tail Strikes: When the Hermit starts spinning and raising its tail, move away to avoid the attack and the subsequent water wave that deals damage.
  • Aerial Attacks: The Suanni will occasionally take flight, launching Anemo spheres or blades at you. These can be dodged by dashing to the side.

Freezing the boss during water absorption and destroying Anemo spheres with elemental reactions are key to immobilizing it for a series of attacks. Distance fighters using catalysts or bows are recommended, while melee fighters should be ready to dodge and heal as necessary.


Rewards for Victory:

  • Mora
  • Adventure EXP
  • Companionship EXP
  • Cloud Retainer’s Damask
  • Varunada and Vayuda Turquoise gem fragments
  • Wanderer’s Advice
  • Instructor and Gladiator’s Finale artifact sets
  • Lucky Dog and Berserker artifact sets

Additionally, defeating the Suanni Hermit for the first time can earn you the “Pulse of the Frigid Wind” achievement, rewarding you with 5 Primogems for using a Cryo attack during its water absorption phase.

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