By: 3b00d_09#2235 Added: 4/28/2021 Discussion
Credits to JonahFarc#7056 for helping me figure out how this works.
Finding: Zhonglis' A1, Resonant Waves, buffs up Jade Shield by 5% after damage calculation occurs.
Evidence: If we take a Zhongli with Talent 8 Dominus Lapidis, and 16201 MAX HP, we get a Jade Shield that has 8443.45 Absorption.
Scenario 1: Calculations
A level 85 Ruin Guard with my Zhongli's DEF deals 1409 Damage per Rocket hit.
If the +5% buff applies after the damage calculation, then the Jade Shield should fully absorb 6 rockets, and only sustain 302 damage.
If the +5% buff applies during damage calculation, then Jade Shield should fully absorb 7 rockets, with ~885 remaining Shield HP.
As we can see in this video, Zhongli was able to fully absorb 6 rockets, losing his shield at the 7th rocket and sustaining direct damage.
Further Evidence: Lets take another example, Zhongli this time has 9570 Base Shield Absorption. A single swing from a level 85 Ruin Guard will hit for 3388 Damage.
If the +5% Shield Bonus is applied after damage calculation, then Jade Shield should full absorb two swings, breaking at the third and sustaining 137 damage: Calculations
If the +5% Shield Bonus is applied during damage calculation, then Jade Shield should fully absorb 3 hits with 364 Shield Strength remaining: Calculations
We can see that Zhongli's Jade Shield was able to fully absorb 2 swings, with the third swing breaking his shield and dealing 143 damage to him.
In case you cant tell how many swings actually hit Zhongli, if the shield fully absorbed 3 hits, then in the case where the +5% Fortification is applied during damage step, Zhongli should sustain ~3k direct damage from the instance the shield breaks, no matter what hit it was. Clearly, he took 143 direct damage from the hit that broke Jade Screen.
On a side note, recasting Jade Screen before it breaks will reset the Fortification bonus back to 0.
Significance: This allows for more accurate Zhongli shield calculations, as well as any future characters with a similar mechanic.
By: JonahFarc#7056 Added: 4/26/2021 Discussion
Finding: Zhongli's A1 passive has either no ICD or an extremely negligible one
Video: Walked into dendro samachurl burn and immediately checked character window to see shield strength maxed
Zhongli's shield is ridiculously effective against DoT as it stacks immediately to maximum.
By: Midori#2173 Added: 04/21/2021 Discussion
Finding: Zhongli c2 affects his own burst when casting as do the 15% DMG bonus from Geo resonance but not the Geo resistance down unless it is applied first.
Burst with shield already applied: 48k
Burst with no shield: 48k
Burst with Geo resonance and no shield: 52k
Burst with Geo resonance and shield: 52k
Burst with Geo resonance shield and res down: 57k
The shield is formed at the end of the burst animation.
Significance: For the highest damage apply the Geo res down before pressing Burst.
By: muakasan#2792 Added: 01/07/2021
Fischl C6 does not always proc on Zhongli's first normal attack. When chaining multiple Zhongli attack sequences together, after the first sequence, the c6 does not proc on the first normal of the subsequent sequences.
https://youtu.be/_hEXbDqPtfo, as we can see Zhongli's first normal attack in the second and third attack sequence does not proc a fischl c6 proc
Allows for more accurate DPS calculations when using Zhongli and c6 fischl together.
By: Lowy#7647 Added: 5/6/2021 Discussion
Finding: 4pc ToM passive can be triggered by other geo constructs when it is in range of zhongli's pillar
Significance: This make triggering the 4pc ToM passive easier with Zhongli when playing with other geo characters