Full video guide:
Hi-res Artifact Route Map: Download this image and zoom in on the routes as you’re going through to make the most use of it! This is a full, high resolution, map of Liyue that features all 16 of the consistently respawning routes. Credits to Newtrat on the miHoYo forums for the blank map!
I know other people have been posting a lot of stuff about artifact routes recently, but I wanted to throw my hat into that ring as well! There have been plenty of images posted showing some of these routes off, but I know I personally follow along better with video guides so I wanted to share one of those as well. I started running artifact routes using the ones present on the interactive map about 3 and a half weeks ago and have been making changes to them as time has gone on, and with other resources popping up recently, I added a few to my rotations as well. I’ve also taken the time to include bosses which have artifact drop chances to these routes as well.
(1:29) Artifact Route Explanation
For anyone who is currently unfamiliar with artifact routes and how they work, these are basically paths that you can take which lead you to investigation spots for artifacts. These are marked on the map with solid circles, a number inside telling you how many spots there are in that area, and a solid line leading to the spot. Each investigation spot has three different things it can give you:
A 1* Artifact
2 1* Artifacts
A 2* Artifact
All of these spots consistently respawn on a 24hr timer (except for one large spot featured on Route 8 which has a consistent 12hr respawn). Across the 16 routes featured we’re hitting a total of 49 investigation spots (54 total if you hit the route 8 12hr respawn spots twice a day) on a daily basis!
In addition to these artifact investigation spots, the map also includes bosses that have an artifact drop chance! These are indicated on the map with dotted circles, a number inside telling you how many bosses there are in that area, and a dotted line leading to the spot. There are a total 17 bosses that we’ll hit across these routes, and these artifacts actually scale with your world level. At WL 5, I get 3* and 4* artifact drops from them.
In real time, these 16 routes with all of the bosses included take about a half hour to run. On average, I end up getting the equivalent of 70+ 1* artifacts a day from these routes, which ends up being ~30k artifact EXP that you can get without using any resin at all.
(5:41 – 19:45) All 16 Artifact Routes
The rest of the video covers each of the routes in detail showing where each artifact spot and boss is located (sped up for your convenience)! Each route has a timestamp featured in the video description so you can freely skip around through them. Consider watching through this while using the included map to help guide you through your daily farm, or use it to check in if you ever get lost along the way. Here’s a brief rundown of what you can get from each route with video timestamps:
Route 1 (5:41): This route starts at the waypoint on the West side of Qingce Village and has 1 artifact spot.
Route 2 (6:09): This route starts at the waypoint on the East side of Qingce Village and has 3 artifact spots.
Route 3 (6:42): This route starts at the waypoint at Stone Gate and uses the path to the West. This has 1 artifact spot and 1 boss.
Route 4 (7:15): This route also starts at the waypoint at Stone Gate but uses the path to the East. This has 2 artifact spots and 2 bosses.
Route 5 (8:45): This route starts at the waypoint at Sal Terrae and has 3 artifact spots.
Route 6 (9:07): This route starts at the Statue of the Seven on the South side of Mingyun Village and has 1 artifact spot.
Route 7 (9:32): This route starts at the waypoint in the Wangshu Inn and has 2 artifact spots and 2 bosses.
Route 8 (10:27): This is the longest route by far. This route starts at the waypoint on the shore to the West of the Wangshu Inn and has 10 artifact spots and 3 bosses. The large area with 5 investigation spots is on a consistent 12hr respawn timer and can be hit twice a day as well!
Route 9 (12:43): This route starts at the waypoint to the Northwest of the waypoint we used previously and has 5 artifact spots.
Route 10 (13:30): This route starts at the waypoint to the Southeast of Mt. Aozang and has 3 artifact spots.
Route 11 (14:07): This route starts at the waypoint directly to the South of Mt. Aozang and has 3 artifact spots and 3 bosses.
Route 12 (15:31): This route starts at the waypoint at Jueyun Karst and uses the path to the North. This has 2 artifact spots.
Route 13 (16:09): This route also starts at the waypoint at Jueyun Karst but uses the path to the South. This has 4 artifact spots.
Route 14 (17:06): This route starts at the waypoint to the East of where we just ended and has 3 artifact spots and 3 bosses.
Route 15 (18:18): This route starts at the waypoint in Tianqiu Valley and has 3 artifact spots and 3 bosses.
Route 16 (19:17): This route starts at the waypoint on the East side of the Domain of the Wayward Path and has 1 artifact spot.
Thanks for taking the time to check out this guide, hopefully it was helpful to you! I know that as a whole this is coming pretty late and plenty of other people have put out content on it, but I wanted to make sure I had presented everything in the best way I could before posting it. Hopefully this is a good resource for you all even if only as a supplemental resource to all the existing artifact route information. If I did end up missing anything, feel free to let me know and I’ll edit this post with corrections.