Genshin Impact

Xiao Best Builds and Artifacts

Genshin Impact - Xiao Rating and Best Builds

Xiao is a 5-Star Anemo Polearm character in Genshin Impact. Learn about Xiao's build, ascension materials, best weapons, best artifacts, talent priority, skills, teams, and our rating of the character in this build guide!

Story Quest
Xiao's Character Guides
Genshin - Xiao Builds and RatingBuild Guide Genshin - Xiao Story and ProfileCharacter Lore “Sweet Dream” ImageSpecialty Dish
Alatus Chapter
Genshin - Act 1Butterfly's Dream Genshin - Act 2Act 2 Genshin - Act 3Act 3

Xiao Rating and Info

Character Information

A Rank Icon
Voice Actors EN Voice Actor: Laila Berzins
JP Voice Actor: Matsuoka Yoshitsugu

Tier List Rankings

Main DPS Sub-DPS Support Exploration
Genshin - A Icon N/A N/A Genshin - SS Icon

Character Tier List | Best Characters

Xiao's Stats

HP Attack Defense Ascension Stat
Lvl 20 2,572 71 161 CRIT Rate 5%
Lvl 80 11,840 325 743 CRIT Rate 24.2%

Xiao's Strengths and Weaknesses

• 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.
• 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.

Best Builds for Xiao

Xiao Main DPS Build

Best Weapon
Replacement Weapons
Best Artifacts
Main Stats
Genshin - HourglassSands: ATK%
Genshin - GobletGoblet: Anemo DMG Bonus
Genshin - CircletCirclet: CRIT DMG or CRIT Rate
Substats CRIT DMG, CRIT Rate, ATK%, Energy Recharge

Xiao's best build will have him use the Vermillion Hereafter artifact set. Xiao's abilities let him easily trigger and maximize the 4pc. effect.

Xiao 2PC Main DPS Build

Best Weapon
Replacement Weapons
Best Artifacts
Main Stats
Genshin - HourglassSands: ATK%
Genshin - GobletGoblet: Anemo DMG Bonus or ATK%
Genshin - CircletCirclet: CRIT DMG/CRIT Rate/ATK%
Substats ATK%, Energy Recharge ,CRIT DMG, CRIT Rate

Any 2PC. ATK +18% and 2PC. Anemo DMG Bonus +15% Artifact Set combo is an effective and simple way to build Xiao. With amazing substats, the only reason to farm for a good Vermillion Hereafter set is to min-max your damage.

Xiao's Talent Priority

Main DPS
1st Normal Attack or Elemental Burst
2nd Elemental Skill

Xiao's Normal Attack Talent and Elemental Burst should be leveled up equally to deal a lot of Plunging Attack DMG as possible. Don't forget to upgrade your Elemental Skill as well if you want to deal more DMG.

Xiao Best Artifacts

Xiao Artifacts Rankings

Artifact Artifact Bonuses
1st Genshin - Vermillion Hereafter Image Vermillion Hereafter 2-PC: ATK +18%.
4-PC: 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.
2nd Genshin - Gladiator Gladiator's Finale 2-PC: ATK +18%
Genshin - Viridescent Venerer Image Viridescent Venerer 2-PC: Anemo DMG Bonus +15%

Best 4-Star Artifact for Xiao

Artifact Artifact Bonuses
Genshin - The Exile Image The Exile 2-PC: Energy Recharge +20%
4-PC: Using an Elemental Burst regenerates 2 Energy for all party members (excluding the wearer) every 2s for 6s. This effect cannot stack.

List of Artifacts and Set Bonuses

Xiao Best Weapons

Xiao Weapon Rankings

Weapon Weapon Information
1st Genshin Impact - Primordial Jade Winged-Spear Image Primordial Jade Winged-Spear Bonus Stat: CRIT Rate 4.8%
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%.
2nd Genshin Impact - Staff of Homa Image Staff of Homa Bonus Stat: 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.
3rd Genshin Impact - Deathmatch Image Deathmatch Bonus Stat: CRIT Rate 8.0%
Skill Effect: If there are at least 2 enemies nearby, ATK and DEF is increased by 16%. If there are less than 2 enemies nearby, ATK is increased by 24%.

Best Free-to-Play Weapon for Xiao

Weapon Weapon Information
Genshin Impact - White Tassel Image White Tassel Bonus Stat: CRIT Rate 5.1%
Skill Effect: Increases Normal Attack DMG by 24%.

All Recommended Weapons for Xiao

Recommended Weapons How to Get
Starglitter Exchange
Battle Pass

List of Polearms

Xiao Best Team Comp

Anemo Team with Faruzan

Main DPS Sub-DPS Support Support
Genshin - Xiao Xiao Genshin - Faruzan Faruzan
Below C6
Genshin - Jean Jean Genshin - Zhongli Zhongli
Genshin - Xiao Xiao Genshin - Faruzan Faruzan C6 Genshin - Bennett Bennett Genshin - Zhongli Zhongli

Faruzan is a welcome addition to Xiao's party thanks to her Anemo DMG buffs. If Faruzan is below C6, you may need another Anemo character like Jean or Sucrose to fill up Xiao's energy easily.

If Faruzan is C6, then your Xiao team can survive without additional Anemo batteries and use Zhongli and Bennett to furtherly increase your DPS.

Double Anemo & Double Geo Team

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

Xiao Alternative Team Comp

Main DPS Sub-DPS Support Support
Genshin - Xiao Xiao Genshin - Zhongli Zhongli Genshin - Sucrose Sucrose Genshin - Bennett Bennett

This is a Xiao's Best Team Comp that involves four stars and is overall a lot cheaper to build. Sucrose provides a lot of Anemo Energy for Xiao, while Bennett provides healing and ATK buffs for Xiao to take advantage of.

Xiao Best Constellations

Alatus Nemeseos

Constellation and Effects

Xiao's Constellations
C1 Dissolution Eon: Destroyer of Worlds
Increases Lemniscatic Wind Cycling's charges by 1.
C2 Annihilation Eon: Blossom of Kaleidos
When in the party and not on the field, Xiao's Energy Recharge is increased by 25%
C3 Conqueror of Evil: Wrath Deity
Increases the Level of Lemniscatic Wind Cycling by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C4 Transcension: Extinction of Suffering
When Xiao's HP falls below 50%, he gains a 100% DEF Bonus.
C5 Evolution Eon: Origin of Ignorance
Increases the Level of Bane of All Evil by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C6 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.

Best Constellations Rating and Explanation

Rating Constellation Effect / Merits
C1 ★★☆ • Increases Elemental Skill's charges by 1.
• Lower ER requirement for Xiao to use his Elemental Burst.
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.

Xiao Ascension and Talent Materials

Xiao Ascension Materials

Qingxin ImageQingxin ×3
Qingxin ImageQingxin ×10
Qingxin ImageQingxin ×20
Qingxin ImageQingxin ×30
Qingxin ImageQingxin ×45
Qingxin ImageQingxin ×60

Xiao Talent Level-Up Materials

Daily Domain Drops Enemy Drops Weekly Boss Drops
Genshin Impact - Teachings of Prosperity Image Teachings of Prosperity
Genshin Impact - Slime Condensate Image Slime Condensate

Genshin Impact - Shadow of the Warrior Image Shadow of the Warrior
Genshin Impact - Guide to Prosperity Image Guide to Prosperity Genshin Impact - Slime Secretions Image Slime Secretions
Genshin Impact - Philosophies of Prosperity Image Philosophies of Prosperity Genshin Impact - Slime Concentrate Image Slime Concentrate

Talent Materials per Level

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

How to Get Xiao

Pull from Xiao's Banner in Version 3.4 Phase 1

Genshin Impact - Invitation to Mundane Life Gacha and Wish Guide
Banner Status Inactive

Xiao's banner, Invitation to Mundane Life was available in Phase 1 of Version 3.4 from January 18, 2023 until February 7, 2022. His banner ran alongside Alhaitham's banner, Caution in Confidence.

Yaoyao, Xinyan, and Yun Jin were the featured 4-star characters in both Phase 1 Banners.

Related Wish Banner Guides

Click to view a Banner Guide!
Genshin - How to Get Xiao IconBanner Info Genshin - Wishing Sim IconWish Sim Genshin - Best Wish to Pull Icon 2All Wishes

Genshin Impact Character Guides

Genshin Impact - Characters

All Characters and Voice Actors

List of All Characters

Characters by Element
Genshin - Pyro Characters Pyro Genshin - Anemo Characters Anemo Genshin - Electro Characters Electro Genshin - Hydro Characters Hydro
Genshin - Dendro Characters Dendro Genshin - Geo CharactersGeo Genshin - Cryo CharactersCryo

Playable Characters

All Playable Characters
Faruzan Faruzan Heizou Heizou Jean Jean Kazuha Kazuha
Lynette Lynette Sayu Sayu Sucrose Sucrose Traveler (Anemo) Traveler (Anemo)
Venti Venti Wanderer Wanderer Xiao Xiao Aloy Aloy
Ayaka Ayaka Chongyun Chongyun Diona Diona Eula Eula
Freminet Freminet Ganyu Ganyu Kaeya Kaeya Layla Layla
Mika Mika Qiqi Qiqi Rosaria Rosaria Shenhe Shenhe
Alhaitham Alhaitham Baizhu Baizhu Collei Collei Kaveh Kaveh
Kirara Kirara Nahida Nahida Tighnari Tighnari Traveler (Dendro) Traveler (Dendro)
Yaoyao Yaoyao Beidou Beidou Cyno Cyno Dori Dori
Fischl Fischl Keqing Keqing Lisa Lisa Raiden Raiden
Razor Razor Sara Sara Shinobu Shinobu Traveler (Electro) Traveler (Electro)
Yae Miko Yae Miko Albedo Albedo Gorou Gorou Itto Itto
Ningguang Ningguang Noelle Noelle Traveler (Geo) Traveler (Geo) Yun Jin Yun Jin
Zhongli Zhongli Ayato Ayato Barbara Barbara Candace Candace
Kokomi Kokomi Mona Mona Nilou Nilou Tartaglia Tartaglia
Traveler (Hydro) Traveler (Hydro) Xingqiu Xingqiu Yelan Yelan Amber Amber
Bennett Bennett Dehya Dehya Diluc Diluc Hu Tao Hu Tao
Klee Klee Lyney Lyney Thoma Thoma Xiangling Xiangling
Xinyan Xinyan Yanfei Yanfei Yoimiya Yoimiya

Upcoming Characters

All Upcoming Characters
Alice Alice Arlecchino Arlecchino Capitano Capitano Charlotte Charlotte
Chiori Chiori Clorinde Clorinde Columbina Columbina Dainsleif Dainsleif
Dottore Dottore Emilie Emilie Furina Furina Iansan Iansan
Navia Navia Neuvillette Neuvillette Pantalone Pantalone Pierro Pierro
Pulcinella Pulcinella Sandrone Sandrone Sigewinne Sigewinne Skirk Skirk
Tsaritsa Tsaritsa Varka Varka Wriothesley Wriothesley

Character Lists

Characters by Rarity
5-Star Characters 4-Star Characters
Free Characters
Characters by Weapon Used
Sword Users Claymore Users
Polearm Users Bow Users
Catalyst Users
Characters by Role
Main DPS Characters Sub DPS Characters
Support Characters Healers
Shield Characters Buff Providers
Best for Exploration Local Specialty Passives
Double Reward Passives
Characters by Gender
Male Characters Female Characters
Short Male Characters Short Female Characters
Medium Male Characters Medium Female Characters
Tall Male Characters Tall Female Characters
Characters by Height
Short Characters Medium Characters
Tall Characters

    Walkthrough Menu

    All rights reserved