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Genshin Impact - Xiao Rating and Best Builds

Xiao is a character in Genshin Impact. Learn about Xiao's stats, strengths and weaknesses, and our rating of the character in this complete profile!

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Xiao Rating

Xiao Icon
Rating: S Rank Icon

Rarity: ★★★★★
Element: Wind ImageAnemo (Wind)

Weapon: Polearm ImagePolearm

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

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HP Attack Defense Ascension Bonus Stat
Lvl 20 2,572 94 161 CRIT Rate 0
Lvl 80 11,840 325 743 CRIT Rate +19.2%

How to Get Xiao

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Xiao Strengths and Weaknesses

• His Elemental Skill allows him to strike from the air and come crashing down on foes.
• His flying ability makes him suited for exploration.
• Close-range attacks are fast and easy to use.
• Drains HP to boost DMG
• Only party support skill is for exploration.

How to Use Xiao

Close Gaps, Extend Combos and Air Dash

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 mid-air 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.

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

Elemental Burst Boosts Damage and Mobility

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 allowing for easily repeatable Plunge Attacks at the cost of HP over time.

Animation Cancel for Plunge Spam

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.

Xiao will take no damage from enemy attacks while plunging and will also take no fall damage from plunge attacks at any height. Use this to your advantage tear through mobs indiscriminately, but be sure to keep a healer handy between Burst cooldowns.

Story Quest - Xiao

Try out Xiao and learn about his background in his Story Quest.

Alatus Chapter Butterfly's Dream Act 2 Act 3

Xiao's In-game info

Xiao's In-Game Information

Character Thoughts on Xiao

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 - 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 - 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.

Best Builds for Xiao

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Xiao DPS Builds

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 LogosATK% or Energy Recharge
Substats ・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.

Best Artifacts and Weapons for Xiao

Best Artifacts Ranked

Rating Set Bonus
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%.
Second 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.
Third Best 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.

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Recommended Party Members for Xiao

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

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
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Genshin Impact - Slime Condensate Image Slime Condensate

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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

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.

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