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Genshin Impact - Xiao Rating and Best Builds

Xiao is a 5-star Anemo Polearm character in Genshin Impact. Learn about Xiao's stats, how to get him, strengths and weaknesses, best builds, and our rating of the character in this complete profile!

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Xiao Rating and Basic Information

Xiao's Character Information

Xiao
Xiao Icon
Rating: S Rank Icon

Rarity: ★★★★★
Element: Anemo ImageAnemo

Weapon: Polearm ImagePolearm

EN Voice Actor: Laila Berzins
JP Voice Actor: Matsuoka Yoshitsugu

Tier List Rankings

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Xiao's Stats

HP Attack Defense Ascension Stat
Lvl 20 2,572 94 161 CRIT Rate 5%
Lvl 80 11,840 325 743 CRIT Rate 24.2%

Xiao Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths
• His Elemental Burst allows him to strike from the air and come crashing down on foes.
• Elemental Skill makes him suitable for exploration
• Close-range attacks are fast and easy to use.
• Able to deal massive damage without constellations unlocked.
• Plunging at any height with Xiao won't result in taking DMG.
Weaknesses
• Drains HP to boost DMG during Elemental Burst.
• Can push back certain enemies, making the fight tedious.
• Elemental Burst ends when switching to another character.
• Only party support skill is for exploration.

Xiao Recommended Constellations

Constellation Constellation Bonus
C1 Increases Elemental Skill's charges by 1.
C6 Hitting at least 2 opponents with Xiao's Plunging Attack while under the effects of his Elemental Burst immediately grants him 1 charge of his Elemental Skill, and for the next 1s, he can spam his Elemental Skill.

C1 Grants More Energy

Xiao's C1 primarily gives you an additional charge on your Elemental Skill, but it also helps with your Energy regeneration as Xiao's burst cost is high. Make sure to use Xiao's Skill outside of Burst because it won't generate any energy otherwise!

C6 Changes Xiao Playstyle

Xiao's playstyle will be upgraded into a much stronger Plunge Attack + Elemental Skill combo.

How to Get Xiao

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The 4-star characters on Rate-Up for Xiao and Yelan's banners are yet to be announced.

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Best Build for Xiao

Xiao's Roles and Builds

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Xiao DPS Builds

Burst Main DPS

Weapon Artifact Set
Primordial Jade Winged-Spear ImagePrimordial Jade Winged-Spear
Set Bonus
• ATK +18%.
• After using an Elemental Burst, this character will gain the Nascent Light effect, increasing their ATK by 8% for 16s. When the character's HP decreases, their ATK will further increase by 10%. This further increase can occur this way a maximum of 4 times. This effect can be triggered once every 0.8s. Nascent Light will be dispelled when the character leaves the field. If an Elemental Burst is used again during the duration of Nascent Light, the original Nascent Light will be dispelled.
Talent Priority
Bane of All Evil
Xiao dons the Yaksha Mask that set gods and demons trembling millennia ago.

Recommended Artifact Substats

Stat Priority
Sands of EonATK%

Goblet of EonothemAnemo DMG Bonus

Circlet of LogosCRIT DMG or CRIT Rate
Substats ・CRIT DMG
・CRIT Rate
・ATK%
・Energy Recharge

Replacement Weapons

Weapon Effect
Staff of Homa ImageStaff of Homa Bonus Stat: CRIT DMG
・HP increased by 20%. Additionally, provides an ATK Bonus based on 0.8% of the wielder’s Max HP. When the wielder's HP is less than 50%, this ATK Bonus is increased by an additional 1% of Max HP.
Blackcliff Pole ImageBlackcliff Pole Bonus Stat: CRIT DMG
・After defeating an enemy, ATK is increased by 12% for 30s. This effect has a maximum of 3 stacks, and the duration of each stack is independent of the others.

Anemo Bruiser DPS

Weapon Artifact Set
Primordial Jade Winged-Spear ImagePrimordial Jade Winged-Spear
Set Bonus
• ATK +18%.
• Anemo DMG Bonus +15%
Talent Priority
Bane of All Evil
Xiao dons the Yaksha Mask that set gods and demons trembling millennia ago.

Recommended Artifact Substats

Stat Priority
Sands of EonATK%

Goblet of EonothemAnemo DMG Bonus or ATK%

Circlet of LogosCRIT DMG/CRIT Rate/ATK%
Substats ・ATK%
・Energy Recharge
・CRIT DMG
・CRIT Rate

Replacement Weapons

Weapon Effect
Staff of Homa ImageStaff of Homa Bonus Stat: CRIT DMG
・HP increased by 20%. Additionally, provides an ATK Bonus based on 0.8% of the wielder’s Max HP. When the wielder's HP is less than 50%, this ATK Bonus is increased by an additional 1% of Max HP.
Blackcliff Pole ImageBlackcliff Pole Bonus Stat: CRIT DMG
・After defeating an enemy, ATK is increased by 12% for 30s. This effect has a maximum of 3 stacks, and the duration of each stack is independent of the others.

Best Artifacts and Weapons for Xiao

Best Artifacts Ranked

Rating Set Bonus
Best Vermillion Hereafter • ATK +18%.
• After using an Elemental Burst, this character will gain the Nascent Light effect, increasing their ATK by 8% for 16s. When the character's HP decreases, their ATK will further increase by 10%. This further increase can occur this way a maximum of 4 times. This effect can be triggered once every 0.8s. Nascent Light will be dispelled when the character leaves the field. If an Elemental Burst is used again during the duration of Nascent Light, the original Nascent Light will be dispelled.
Second Best Gladiator's Finale • ATK +18%.
• If the wielder of this artifact set uses a Sword, Claymore or Polearm, increases their Normal Attack DMG by 35%.
Third Best Viridescent Venerer • Anemo DMG Bonus +15%
• Increases Swirl DMG by 60%. Decreases opponent's Elemental RES to the element infused in the Swirl by 40% for 10s.

Alternative Artifact Set

Set Bonus
Berserker • CRIT Rate +12%
• When HP is below 70%, CRIT Rate increases by an additional 24%.

List of Artifacts and Set Bonuses

Best Weapons Ranked

Rating Weapon Stats (Lv.1)
Best Primordial Jade Winged-Spear Image Primordial Jade Winged-Spear Base Stats
Base Attack: 48
Bonus Effect: CRIT Rate 4.80%
Skill Effect
On hit, increases ATK by 3.2% for 6s. Max 7 stacks. This effect can only occur once every 0.3s. While in possession of the maximum possible stacks, DMG dealt is increased by 12%.
Second Best Staff of Homa Image Staff of Homa Base Stats
Base Attack: 46
Bonus Effect: CRIT DMG 14.4%
Skill Effect
HP increased by 20%. Additionally, provides an ATK Bonus based on 0.8% of the wielder’s Max HP. When the wielder's HP is less than 50%, this ATK Bonus is increased by an additional 1% of Max HP.
Third Best Blackcliff Pole Image Blackcliff Pole Base Stats
Base Attack: 42
Bonus Effect: CRIT DMG 12.00%
Skill Effect
After defeating an enemy, ATK is increased by 12% for 30s. This effect has a maximum of 3 stacks, and the duration of each stack is independent of the others.

Best F2P Weapon

Name Stats (Lv.1)
White Tassel Image White Tassel Base Stats
Base Attack: 39
Bonus Effect: CRIT Rate 5.10%
Skill Effect
Increases Normal Attack DMG by 24%.

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Recommended Party Members for Xiao

Best Characters and Strategies

Character Element Weapon
Genshin Impact - Jean ImageJean
· Can provide healing to increase survivability.
· Anemo Elemental Resonance increases movement speed.
Genshin Impact - Diona ImageDiona
· Can easily apply Shields with Elemental Skill.
· Elemental Burst provides healing.
Genshin Impact - Zhongli ImageZhongli
· Shields provide additional DPS sustain.
· Shields increase resistance and allow for more time spent in combat.
Genshin Impact - Albedo ImageAlbedo
· Can easily apply shields via Crystalize reactions.
· Provides supplemental DMG within large AoE.

Anemo Geo Team Comp

Main DPS Sub-DPS Support Support
Genshin - Xiao Icon Xiao Genshin - Albedo Icon Albedo Genshin - Jean Icon Jean Genshin - Zhongli Icon Zhongli

This team comp synergizes well with keeping Xiao safe as he deals damage with his Elemental Burst. Jean will provide particle generation for Xiao's Elemental burst and can also increase his DPS if she has her 4th Constellation unlocked.

How to Use Xiao

Close Gaps, Extend Combos and Air Dash

Xiao - Lemniscatic Wind Cycling
Elemental Skill: Lemniscatic Wind Cycling

Xiao's Elemental Skill, Lemniscatic Wind Cycling, is his high mobility dash that deals Anemo damage in a straight line up to 2 times. This can also be used in midair as an air dash and can set up a Plunge Attack.

Use this skill to extend Normal Attack combos, gap close on distant enemies, dash through attacks to dodge, or as an air dash outside of combat.

Use a Plunge Combo

Genshin - Xiao Combo

By jumping and using his Elemental Skill, then immediately tapping the attack button, you can plunge towards your enemy. Use this combo to close the distance!

Useful in Exploration

Genshin - Xiao during Gliding Exploration
Elemental Skill while Gliding

Since Lemniscatic Wind Cycling can be used in midair, this makes it useful in exploration. While gliding, you can cover a lot of distance towards your destination with this!

Can Slightly Save Stamina

Xiao Burst Stamina Restore.gif

You can also use his skill to restore a small amount of stamina while climbing, making it even handier during exploration.

Elemental Burst Boosts Damage and Mobility

Xiao - Bane of All Evil
Elemental Burst: Bane of All Evil

Xiao's Elemental Burst, Bane of All Evil, greatly boosts his Attack damage, imbues his Normal Attacks with Anemo, and drastically increases his jump height about four times allowing for easily repeatable Plunge Attacks at the cost of HP over time.

Leveling up Burst Talent Reduces HP Drain

Genshin - Xiao Burst Level 1 and 9 Comparison
Elemental Burst at Level 9 and Level 1 Comparison

Leveling up Xiao's Elemental Burst talent reduces the HP Drain!

Animation Cancel for Plunge Spam

Genshin - Xiao Plunge Attack

Using a double jump as soon as Xiao lands from his plunge attack will cancel his landing animation and immediately launch him back into the air. Use this animation cancel to maximize the number of plunge attacks during Bane of All Evil!

Passive Talent Reduces Stamina

Genshin - Xiao Passive Talent Transcension-Gravity Defier
Transcension: Gravity Defier

Xiao's Passive Talent, the Transcension: Gravity Defier, decreases the Stamina consumption of the entire party when climbing. This makes climbing mountains less daunting!

Xiao Ascension and Talent Materials

Xiao Ascension Materials

Lv.20→Lv.40
Qingxin ImageQingxin ×3
Lv.40→Lv.50
Qingxin ImageQingxin ×10
Lv.50→Lv.60
Qingxin ImageQingxin ×20
Lv.60→Lv.70
Qingxin ImageQingxin ×30
Lv.70→Lv.80
Qingxin ImageQingxin ×45
Lv.80→Lv.90
Qingxin ImageQingxin ×60

Xiao Talent Level-Up Materials

Daily Domain Drops Enemy Drops Weekly Boss Drops
Mon/Thu/Sun
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Slimes
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Talent Materials per Level

Xiao Talents (Skills)

Normal Attack: Whirlwind Thrust

Talent Description
Performs up to 6 rapid strikes.
Charge Attack
Consumes Stamina to perform an upward thrust.
Plunge Attack:
Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and ealing AoE DMG upon impact. Xiao does not take DMG from performing Plunging Attacks.

Skill Attributes

Attribute Effect (Lvl 1)
1-Hit DMG 27.5% + 27.5%
2-Hit DMG 56.9%
3-Hit DMG 68.6%
4-Hit DMG 37.7% + 37.7%
5-Hit DMG 71.5%
6-Hit DMG 95.8%
Charged Attack DMG 121%
Charged Attack Stamina Cost 25.0
Plunge DMG 82%
Low/High Plunge DMG 164%/204%

Lemniscatic Wind Cycling

Talent Description
Xiao lunges forward, dealing Anemo DMG to opponents in his path. Can be used in midair. Starts with 2 charges.

Skill Attributes

Attribute Effect (Lvl 1)
Skill DMG 253%
CD 10.0s

Bane of All Evil

Talent Description
Xiao dons the Yaksha Mask that set gods and demons trembling millennia ago.
Yaksha's Mask:
• Greatly increases Xiao's jumping ability.
• Increases Xiao's attack AoE and DMG.
• Xiao's attack DMG is converted to Anemo DMG, which cannot be overridden by any other elemental infusion.
In this state, Xiao will continuously lose HP. The effects of this skill end when Xiao leaves the field.

Skill Attributes

Attribute Effect (Lvl 1)
Normal ATK/Charge ATK/Plunge ATK DMG Bonus 58.5%
Life Drain 3.0% Current HP Per Second
Duration 15s
CD 18s
Energy Cost 70

Conqueror of Evil: Tamer of Demons

Talent Description
While under the effects of Bane of All Evil, all DMG increases by a further 5% for every 3s the ability persists. The maximum DMG Bonus is 25%.

Dissolution Eon: Heaven Fall

Talent Description
Using Lemniscatic Wind Cycling increases the DMG of subsequent uses of Lemniscatic Wind Cycling by 15%. This effect lasts for 7s, and has a maximum of 3 stacks. Gaining a new stack refreshes the effect's duration.

Transcension: Gravity Defier

Talent Description
Decreases climbing Stamina consumption for your own party members by 20%. Not stackable with Passive Talents that provide the exact same effects.

Xiao Constellations

Constellations and Effects

Xiao Image
Dissolution Eon: Destroyer of Worlds Increases Lemniscatic Wind Cycling's charges by 1.
Annihilation Eon: Blossom of Kaleidos When in the party and not on the field, Xiao's Energy Recharge is increased by 25%
Conqueror of Evil: Wrath Deity Increases the Level of Lemniscatic Wind Cycling by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Transcension: Extinction of Suffering When Xiao's HP falls below 50%, he gains a 100% DEF Bonus.
Evolution Eon: Origin of Ignorance Increases the Level of Bane of All Evil by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Conqueror of Evil: Guardian Yaksha While under the effects of Bane of All Evil, hitting at least 2 opponents with Xiao's Plunging Attack will immediately grant him 1 charge of Lemniscatic Wind Cycling, and for the next 1s, he may use Lemniscatic Wind Cycling while ignoring its CD.

Xiao's In-Game Information

Character Thoughts on Xiao

Character In-Game Thoughts
Genshin Impact - Beidou ImageBeidou One year on the eve of the Lantern Rite, we ran into a storm as we were returning to port. Try as we did, we only made it back to Liyue Harbor in the dead of night, long after the lanterns had all been released. As I looked towards Guyun Stone Forest, I saw an adeptus, floating in the air, in the form of what appeared to be a young boy. I guess it is like the legends say ー there really must be those that watch over Liyue, even if they cannot be seen.
Genshin Impact - Chongyun ImageChongyun The Conqueror of Demons himself has defended Liyue side-by-side with we exorcists for generations, day after day, night after night. I have the utmost respect for Xiao. It’s just… Why must he be so disparaging towards us? He says our repertoire is lacking and our power is trivial. I’m sorry, but I just can’t accept that.
Genshin Impact - Ganyu ImageGanyu He seems like a bit of an outsider, socially. Probably just his personality... I can understand that, to be honest, but I'm not really about to try and get close to him. I mean... all the people he's ever agreed to team up with are no longer with us...
Genshin Impact - Hu Tao ImageHu Tao What would I know of the adepti? Ai-yai-yai, that kind of stuff is top-secret! Don't come asking me about it!
Genshin Impact - Keqing ImageKeqing I feel like now that we live in the age of mankind's rule, it's time for the legendary boy - adeptus to be released from duty. We no longer need a defender of that kind, because we are capable of working through the challenges we face on our own strength.
Genshin Impact - Qiqi ImageQiqi Name: Sounds like a historical artifact to me.
Memory: Remind me, have I met him before?
Genshin Impact - Shenhe ImageShenhe My first impression of him was that he's not one to smile. After meeting him again more recently, however, he's still as reserved as ever, but... he seems a lot more relaxed now. Maybe he... met someone special.
Genshin Impact - Zhongli ImageZhongli You speak of the young adeptus of Guili Plains… 'sigh' Still fulfilling his duty to this very day. Please give these painkillers to him on my behalf. Oh, yes ー be sure not to let Paimon eat them. Nothing of this world can withstand the power of this medicine.

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