Lament! Genshin Impact’s Xiao is a five-star anemo polearm wielder, adeptus, and sole surviving member of Morax’s five Yakshas. Plagued with karmic debt, our vigilant yaksha is quite a loner these days, residing in Wangshu Inn and generally keeping to himself – until you summon him to the battlefield, that is! In this Genshin Impact Xiao build we go over his skills, ascension materials, best weapons and artifacts, and more, so you can make the most of this incredible unique and powerful character.
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Now it’s time to call out his name, as we plunge into our Genshin Impact Xiao build guide.
Xiao is a very unique, five-star anemo polearm wielder, who makes for a powerful on-field DPS. His long burst time makes him a pretty greedy character who requires a dedicated team of supports to truly shine.
Luckily, his attacks aren’t too difficult to master, and his teammates don’t require a high level of investment, which makes him a pretty comfortable ‘unga-bunga’ character who can smash through enemy shields and stagger his opponents with little effort.
On the other hand, he does lack free-to-play weapon options, and is very energy-hungry. He does also require quite a bit of personal investment and some real dedication to artifact farming in order to truly reach those staggering damage ceilings you’ve probably seen in YouTube compilations. His long burst time also makes his team comps pretty rigid, and he’s pretty squishy without his master Genshin Impact’s Zhongli at his side.
However, as you can likely tell from the massive amount of Xiao mains floating around (myself included), there are plenty of reasons to love our grumpy little yaksha. He has the potential to dish out some truly devastating damage as a hypercarry, his high mobility and unique playstyle is extremely fun, and – let’s face it – he’s a real badass with a great design.
Xiao’s best-in-slot weapon is undoubtably the Primordial Jade Winged-Spear. Its extremely high base attack, easy-to-proc passive, and crit rate boost are all extremely helpful, and you can get it from the standard banner or losing your 50/50 on the limited banners (if you’re lucky, that is! I’ve got a pile of Skyward weapons and not one PJWS). It does have its caveats among the more meta-focused members of the community but, as a rule, it’s a really strong choice and will serve you well in most situations.
Next up is Staff of Homa, which is generally the best all-rounder polearm in the game due to its high base attack and crit damage. However, we strongly advise against forming your team around the idea of keeping Xiao at low HP in order to trigger its passive – in most situations it’s simply not worth it, especially as Xiao’s best teams rely on Genshin Impact Bennett‘s hefty attack buff. Staff of Homa is also a highly contested weapon, and truly may be better used on other characters – especially if you’ve got Genshin Impact’s Hu Tao.
In terms of other five-star polearms, we’ve not included them in the table below for the sake of brevity, but Vortex Vanquisher and Calamity Queller are decent back-up options if you don’t have PJWS or SoH. Though their skills aren’t quite as useful, they both act as strong stat sticks – but they may require you to switch around your artifacts to ensure he has enough crit. Other five-star polearms are generally sub-optimal and likely better used on other characters.
In terms of four-star options, Deathmatch is a great choice, especially at R5, as it offers a heap of crit and its passive is constantly active, though it requires you to purchase the battle pass. Lithic Spear is also a decent shout, as is Blackcliff Pole.
If you want a more detailed breakdown and to see damage comparisons between all the different options, be sure to check out the amazing Keqingmains Xiao guide.
|Weapon||Effect||How to obtain|
|Primordial Jade Winged-Spear||Base stat: crit rate
Skill: on hit, Xiao’s attack increases by 3.2% for six seconds (max seven stacks). This can only occur once every 0.3 seconds. If Xiao possesses seven stacks, his damage dealt increases by 12%
|Staff of Homa||Base stat: crit damage
Skill: Xiao’s HP increases by 20%, and he gains an attack bonus based on 0.8% of his max HP. When his HP falls below 50%, this attack bonus increases by an additional 1% of his max HP
|Deathmatch||Base stat: crit rate
Skill: if there are at least two opponents nearby by, attack increases by 16% and defence increases by 16%. If there are fewer than two opponents nearby, attack increases by 24%
|Battle Pass reward|
|Lithic Spear||Base stat: attack
Skill: for every character in the party who hails from Liyue, the equipping character gains 7% attack and 3% crit rate. This effect stacks up to four times
|Blackcliff Pole||Base stat: crit damage
Skill: Xiao’s attack increases by 12% for 30 seconds after he defeats an enemy. Max three stacks. The duration of each stack is independent
|Purchase from Paimon’s Bargains shop|
We recommend equipping Xiao with a full set of Vermillion Hereafter, or two artifacts from Gladiator’s Finale and Viridescent Venerer to maximize his damage output.
|Artifact set||Effect||How to obtain|
|Vermillion Hereafter||Two equipped: Increases attack by 18%
Four equipped: After using an elemental burst, Xiao gains the Nascent Light effect, which increases his attack by 8% for 16 seconds. When his HP decreases, his attack increases by a further 10%. This can occur this way a maximum of four times and can be triggered once every 0.8 seconds. Nascent Light is dispelled when Xiao leaves the field. If Xiao uses an elemental burst again during the duration of Nascent Light, the original Nascent Light is dispelled.
|The Lost Valley domain in Fuao Vale, The Chasm|
|Gladiator’s Finale||Two equipped: Increases attack by 18%
Four equipped: If the wielder of this set uses a sword, claymore, or polearm, their normal attack damage is increased by 35%
|World and weekly bosses, Gladiator’s Finale artifact strongboxes, and Adventure rank up and journal rewards|
|Viridescent Venerer||Two equipped: 15% anemo damage bonus
Four equipped: Swirl damage is increased by 60%. Your opponent’s elemental resistance to the element infused in the swirl is decreased by 40% for ten seconds
|Valley of Remembrance in Windwail Highland, near the Dawn Winery|
Artifact stats recommendations
- Sands: attack%
- Criclet: crit rate or crit damage (try to maintain a 1:2 rate to damage ratio)
- Goblet: anemo damage bonus or attack% (anemo is almost always going to be the better choice here)
- Crit rate and crit damage
- Energy recharge
Xiao scales off attack, crit rate, and crit damage, so they should always be your priority when it comes to sub-stats. Generally, we recommend aiming for at least 70% crit rate and 140% crit damage. Of course, the higher the better – just try to maintain a roughly 1:2 crit rate to crit damage ratio to see the full benefit.
Energy recharge isn’t as important to Xiao as it is to other characters, but his gameplay does rely on his elemental burst, so we recommending aiming for about 20-40% energy recharge through artifact sub-stats.
Here are all of Xiao’s attacks and passives. In combat, you can use his elemental skill to either blitz through enemies or reposition yourself, regardless of whether you’re in the middle of a burst, in the air, or on the ground. With a bit of practice, you should get a feel for how to use it, and, if you’re anything like me, will come to wonder how you ever lived without it!
As we mentioned earlier, his burst lasts for a pretty long time, and cancels if Xiao leaves the field or dies. It also happens to be where his damage hits its highest peaks. Therefore, you should always be mindful of when you activate Xiao’s burst, and ensure you set up all the off-field elemental application, buffs, shields, and heals you need before letting rip.
Also be mindful of the fact that Xiao is pretty squishy as a rule, and his burst also drains his HP. To ensure his survivability and secure his ability to dish out as much damage as possible, it’s a great idea to shield him before his burst and set up a healing and buffing zone (such as Bennett’s burst field).
|Normal attack: Whirlwind Thrust||Normal: perform up to six strikes
Charged: consume stamina to perform an upward thrust
Plunge: plunge from mid-air, dealing AoE damage on impact with the ground
|Elemental skill: Lemniscatic Wind Cycling||Deals AoE anemo damage to enemies in his path, can be used in mid-air. Starts with two charges|
|Elemental burst: Bane of All Evil||Xiao dons the Yaksha Mask which has the following effects:
While wearing the mask, Xiao will continuously lose HP
|Transcension – Gravity Defier||Decreases climbing stamina consumption for party members by 20%. Not stackable|
|Dissolution Eon – Heaven Fall||Lemniscatic Wind Cycling increases the damage of subsequent uses by 15%. This effect lasts for seven seconds, and a maximum of three stacks. The duration refreshes when Xiao gains a new stack|
|Evil Conqueror – Tamer of Demons||While under the effects of Bane of All Evil, Xiao’s damage dealt increases by 5%, and by a further 5% for every three seconds that this ability is active. The maximum damage bonus is 25%|
If you manage to nab more than one copy of Xiao, you can unlock one of his constellations. Here are all of his constellations and the effects they provide.
|C1: Dissolution Eon – Destroyer of Worlds||Increases Lemniscatic Wind Cycling’s charges by one|
|C2: Annihilation Eon – Blossom of Kaleidos||Increases energy recharge by 25% when Xiao is in the party but not on the field|
|C3: Evil Conqueror – Wrath Deity||Increases the level of Lemniscatic Wind Cycling by three|
|C4: Transcension – Extinction of Suffering||When Xiao’s HP falls below 50%, he gains a 100% defence bonus|
|C5: Evolution Eon – Origin of Ignorance||Increases the level of Bane of All Evil by three|
|C6: Evil Conqueror – Vigilant Yaksha||While under the effects of Bane of All Evil, hitting at least two opponents with a plunging attack grants Xiao one charge of Lemniscatic Wind Cycling. Additionally, for the next one second, he can use Lemniscatic Wind Cycling while ignoring its cooldown|
Here are all the materials you need to ascend Xiao to max level. The qingxin flowers grow around the mountains of Liyue, and the slime materials come from slime enemies. You can farm the juvenile jades from the Primo Geovishap world boss in Liyue.
|20||20k||One vayuda turquoise sliver, three qingxin, three slime condensate|
|40||40k||Three vayuda turquoise fragment, two juvenile jade, ten qingxin, 15 slime condensate|
|50||60k||Six vayuda turquoise fragment, four juvenile jade, 20 qingxin, 12 slime secretions|
|60||80k||Three vayuda turquoise chunk, eight juvenile jade, 30 qingxin, 18 slime secretions|
|70||100k||Six vayuda turquoise chunk, 12 juvenile jade, 45 qingxin, 12 slime secretions|
|80||120k||Six vayuda turquoise gemstone, 20 juvenile jade, 60 qingxin, 24 slime secretions|
You can level each of Xiao’s normal attack, elemental skill, and elemental burst to a maximum of level ten. Here are all the materials you need to fully upgrade one of Xiao’s talents.
You can collect the slime materials by defeating slime enemies around Teyvat. The prosperity talent books come from the Taishan Mansion domain on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays, and the shadow of the warrior materials are drops from the Childe Tartaglia weekly boss in Liyue.
|Two||12.5k||Six slime condensate, three teachings of prosperity|
|Three||17 .5k||Three slime secretions, two guide to prosperity|
|Four||25k||Four slime secretions, four guide to prosperity|
|Five||30k||Six slime secretions, six guide to prosperity|
|Six||37.5k||Nine slime secretions, nine guide to prosperity|
|Seven||120k||Four slime concentrate, four philosophies of prosperity, one shadow of the warrior|
|Eight||260k||Six slime concentrate, six philosophies of prosperity, one shadow of the warrior|
|Nine||450k||Nine slime concentrate, 12 philosophies of prosperity, two shadow of the warrior|
|Ten||700k||12 slime concentrate, 16 philosophies of prosperity, two shadow of the warrior, one crown of insight|
When picking a team for Xiao, we recommend picking one battery and two supports. Xiao is a hyper carry, and the rest of the team’s main aim is to ensure that he’s well taken care of – i.e. buffed, shielded, and healed up.
Xiao benefits from having a second anemo character on his team to help battery him. Faruzan is easily Xiao’s best support, especially at C6, as she offers a wide range of utility and buffs. Unfortunately, her expensive burst and limited particle generation before C6 isn’t ideal, so you may need to fill a third slot with another anemo battery.
Zhongli also synergises extremely well with Xiao, and is a main-stay in Xiao teams. His amazing shield gives Xiao some much-needed interruption resist, as well as the comfort of being able to plunge safely throughout his burst.
Zhongli also shreds enemy resistance, can dish out some nice damage of his own, and is capable of crowd control with his burst for that extra bit of breathing room when required. And, for the lore-minded among you, he and Xiao also have a lot of history together, and there’s something very touching about seeing them support each other on the battlefield.
And then there’s the highly-contested Bennett – a prime Noblesse Oblige holder, with an elemental burst that offers both healing and an amazing attack buff. What a good boy.
Of course, Bennett, Zhongli, and Faruzan aren’t the only good allies for Xiao. Here are some example team comps for you to try out. Keep in mind that you can experiment and switch out characters depending on your personal playstyle and character pool. Click on the character icons below to check out their full build guides.
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