Albedo is a Geo character in Genshin Impact, and he's also one of the most mysterious. It's known that he's connected to the alchemist Rhinedottir, who had something to do with the Cataclysm. Additionally, Albedo is a synthetic creation made from a piece of chalk by that alchemist.
Whether or not he's set to play an even larger role in the game's story is unknown, but for now, Albedo is a playable character that can make a great addition to a player's team. To level him up, ascend him, and upgrade his talents, he'll require the following items and Mora.
Synthetic human or otherwise, Albedo's going to need the following amounts of EXP and Mora between each ascension level like any other character:
|Totals:||8,362,650 EXP||1,673,400 Mora|
Additionally, like any other character, Albedo needs a total of over 8 million EXP to reach level 90. Here's one combination of EXP materials to get him there:
He's made of chalk, and he fittingly holds a Geo Vision. That means Albedo needs some Prithiva Topaz for his ascension — the elemental stone for all Geo characters. Here's everything needed to ascend Albedo at each level, as well as the totals:
|Level||Gems||Enemy Drops||Boss Drops||Specialty||Mora|
|20||1x Prithiva Topaz Sliver||3x Divining Scroll||-||3x Cecilia||20,000|
|40||3x Prithiva Topaz Fragment||15x Divining Scroll||2x Basalt Pillar||10x Cecilia||40,000|
|50||6x Prithiva Topaz Fragment||12x Sealed Scroll||4x Basalt Pillar||20x Cecilia||60,000|
|60||3x Prithiva Topaz Chunk||18x Sealed Scroll||8x Basalt Pillar||30x Cecilia||80,000|
|70||6x Prithiva Topaz Chunk||12x Forbidden Curse Scroll||12x Basalt Pillar||45x Cecilia||100,000|
|80||6x Prithiva Topaz Gemstone||24x Forbidden Curse Scroll||20x Basalt Pillar||60x Cecilia||120,000|
|Totals:|| || ||46||168||420,000|
Like any other elemental gemstone, Prithiva Topaz can be purchased from Liyue's and Mondstadt's souvenir shops or earned by completing all four daily commissions for the Adventurers' Guild. However, much of it will come from defeating the bosses that can drop it, which include the following:
Samachurls are those shaman-like monsters often seen alongside standard Hilichurls. They are capable of dropping these Scrolls when defeated, which they seemingly use to channel their powers.
Higher-level Samachurls can drop better Scrolls, as follows:
The unique boss drop that Albedo uses is the Basalt Pillar. He'll need quite a few of them, meaning players who want to level him up will need to take on the Geo Hypostasis quite a few times. Defeating this boss is the only way to get Basalt Pillars.
The Geo Hypostasis can be found on an island west of the teleport waypoint on the Guyun Stone Forest in Liyue.
These nice white flowers that Albedo uses to ascend are a specialty of the Mondstadt region that he calls his current home. He and Venti are currently the only characters that use them.
Cecilias can be found growing naturally in only one place: Starsnatch Cliff.
However, they can also be grown in a Serenitea Pot or purchased from Flora. She stocks five at a time, selling them for 1,000 Mora each. She'll restock them every three days.
Albedo's talents will make him even more powerful. Here's what's needed to do just that, per talent (plus totals at the bottom):
|Level||Books||Common Drops||Trounce Mats||Crown of Insight||Mora|
|1-2||3x Teachings of Ballad||6x Divining Scroll||-||-||12,500|
|2-3||2x Guide to Ballad||3x Sealed Scroll||-||-||17,500|
|3-4||4x Guide to Ballad||4x Sealed Scroll||-||-||25,000|
|4-5||6x Guide to Ballad||6x Sealed Scroll||-||-||30,000|
|5-6||9x Guide to Ballad||9x Sealed Scroll||-||-||37,500|
|6-7||4x Philosophies of Ballad||4x Forbidden Curse Scroll||1x Tusk of Monoceros Caeli||-||120,000|
|7-8||6x Philosophies of Ballad||6x Forbidden Curse Scroll||1x Tusk of Monoceros Caeli||-||260,000|
|8-9||12x Philosophies of Ballad||9x Forbidden Curse Scroll||2x Tusk of Monoceros Caeli||-||450,000|
|9-10 (max)||16x Philosophies of Ballad||12x Forbidden Curse Scroll||2x Tusk of Monoceros Caeli||1x Crown of Insight||700,000|
|Totals:|| || ||6||1||1,652,500|
|Totals x3:|| || ||18||3||4,957,500|
The talent books that Albedo uses are those of the Ballad series. These can typically be found by clearing the Forsaken Rift domain on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
A Crown of Insight is needed to bring any character's talents from level 9 to level 10, and they're pretty hard to come by. There are two ways to earn them: participate in special events and make offerings to the Sacred Sakura and Frostbearing Tree.
As for his trounce material, Albedo will require another trip down to Liyue. He uses the Tusk of Monoceros Caeli, which is a drop from Childe/Tartaglia's trounce fight.
Genshin Impact is available on PC, PS4, PS5, and mobile devices, with a Nintendo Switch version in development.