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Genshin Impact - Xingqiu Rating and Best Builds

Xingqiu is a 4-Star Hydro Sword character in Genshin Impact. Learn about Xingqiu's build, ascension materials, best weapons, best artifacts, talent priority, skills, teams, and our rating of the character in this build guide!

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Xingqiu Rating and Info

Character Information

Xingqiu Icon
Rating: S Rank Icon

Rarity: ★★★★
Element: Hydro ImageHydro

Weapon: Sword ImageSword

EN Voice Actor: Cristina Vee Valenzuela
JP Voice Actor: Minagawa Junko

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N/A Genshin - SS Icon Genshin - C Icon Genshin - C Icon

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Xingqiu's Stats

HP Attack Defense Ascension Stat
Lvl 20 2,202 67 163 ATK 0%
Lvl 80 9,514 188 705 ATK 24%

Xingqiu's Strengths and Weaknesses

• Elemental Skill provides DMG reduction.
• Elemental Burst provides consistent Hydro application.
• Elemental Skill provides multiple Elemental Particles.
• Low Base DMG on Normal Attacks.
• Long Elemental Skill CD.
• Requires Constellations for consistent utility.

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Sub-DPS and Support Builds for Xingqiu

Recommended Roles for Xingqiu
Genshin - Sub-DPS Sub-DPS

Hydro Sub-DPS
Genshin - Support Support

Healer Support

Hydro Sub DPS

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Main Stats
Genshin - HourglassSands: ATK% or Energy Recharge
Genshin - GobletGoblet: Hydro DMG Bonus
Genshin - CircletCirclet: CRIT Rate or CRIT DMG
Substats Energy Recharge, CRIT DMG, CRIT Rate, ATK%, Elemental Mastery

This Sub-DPS build for Xingqiu maximizes his DMG from his Elemental Burst. Xingqiu needs about +200% Energy Recharge without the Sacrificial Sword but only around 150% with it. Choose the Mainstat of your Sands piece accordingly!

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Main Stats
Genshin - HourglassSands: Energy Recharge
Genshin - GobletGoblet: HP%
Genshin - CircletCirclet: Healing Bonus%
Substats Energy Recharge, HP%, CRIT Rate, CRIT DMG

This support build for Xingqiu focuses on improving his healing from his passive that provides health when his Elemental Skill expires. This build may not maximize the amount of DMG Xingqiu can provide but it's useful if you're lacking heals.

Xingqiu's Talent Priority

Sub-DPS and Support
1st Elemental Burst
2nd Elemental Skill
3rd Normal Attack

Leveling up Xingqiu's Elemental Burst first is important for his role as an off-field DMG dealer. His elemental skill provides respectable DMG and DMG reduction, so it should be leveled up 2nd. His Normal Attacks will barely get any use, so it should be left alone or for last.

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Best Artifacts Ranked

Artifact Artifact Bonuses
1st Genshin - Emblem of Severed Fate Image Emblem 2-PC: Energy Recharge +20%.
4-PC: Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 25% of Energy Recharge. A maximum of 75% bonus DMG can be obtained in this way.
2nd Genshin - Noblesse Oblige Image Noblesse 2-PC: Elemental Burst DMG +20%.
Genshin - Heart of Depth Image Heart of Depth 2-PC: Hydro DMG Bonus +15%
3rd Genshin - Noblesse Oblige Image Noblesse 2-PC: Elemental Burst DMG +20%.
4-PC: Using an Elemental Burst increases all party members' ATK by 20% for 12s. This effect cannot stack.

Best 4-Star Artifact for Xingqiu

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.

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Xingqiu Best Weapons

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Top 3 Xingqiu Weapons

Weapon Weapon Information
1st Genshin Impact - Sacrificial Sword Image Sacrificial Sword Bonus Stat: Energy Recharge 13.3%
Skill Effect: After damaging an opponent with an Elemental Skill, the skill has a 40% chance to end its own CD. Can only occur once every 30s.
2nd Genshin Impact - Primordial Jade Cutter Image Primordial Jade Cutter Bonus Stat: CRIT Rate 9.6%
Skill Effect: HP increased by 20%. Additionally, provides an ATK Bonus based on 1.2% of the wielder’s Max HP.
3rd Genshin Impact - Mistsplitter Reforged Image Mistsplitter Reforged Bonus Stat: CRIT DMG 9.6 %
Skill Effect: Gain a 12% Elemental DMG Bonus for a character's Elemental Type. At stacks 1/2/3, Elemental DMG is further increased by 8/16/28%. Each stack has an individual duration and are gotten through:
• Normal Attacks with Elemental DMG (duration 5s)
• Casting an Elemental Burst (duration 10s)
• Having less than 100% Energy (disappears at full Energy)

Best Free-to-Play Weapon for Xingqiu

Weapon Weapon Information
Genshin Impact - Amenoma Kageuchi Image Amenoma Kageuchi Bonus Stat: ATK 12.0%
Skill Effect: After casting an Elemental Skill, gain 1 Succession Seed. This effect can be triggered once every 5s. The Succession Seed lasts for 30s. Up to 3 Succession Seeds may exist simultaneously. After using an Elemental Burst, all Succession Seeds are consumed and after 2s, the character regenerates 6 Energy for each seed consumed.

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Xingqiu Best Team Comp

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Best Characters and Strategies

Character Element Weapon
Genshin Impact - Chongyun ImageChongyun
· Xingqiu can easily apply Hydro to enemies.
· Chongyun's Elemental Skill turns Melee Normal Attacks into Cryo DMG, so you can easily Freeze your opponents.
Genshin Impact - Klee ImageKlee
· Xingqiu can easily apply Hydro to enemies and Klee's Normal Attacks can easily trigger Vaporize.
· All Pyro DMG will get a massive boost from the Vaporize reaction.
Genshin Impact - Hu Tao ImageHu Tao
· Xingqiu can easily apply Hydro to enemies.
· Hu Tao deals high DMG on her own, but will deal even higher DMG with the boost from the Vaporize reaction.
Genshin Impact - Diluc ImageDiluc
· Xingqiu can easily apply Hydro to enemies.
· Diluc's Pyro Burst DMG will get a massive boost from the Vaporize reaction.

Xingqiu Best Constellations

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Constellation and Effects

Xingqiu's Constellations
C1 The Scent Remained
Increases the maximum number of Rain Swords by 1.
C2 Rainbow Upon the Azure Sky
Extends the duration of Guhua Sword: Raincutter by 3s.
Decreases the Hydro RES of enemies hit by sword rain attacks by 15% for 4s.
C3 Weaver of Verses
Increases the Level of Guhua Sword: Raincutter by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C4 Evilsoother
Throughout the duration of Guhua Sword: Raincutter, the DMG dealt by Guhua Sword: Fatal Rainscreen is increased by 50%.
C5 Embrace of Rain
Increases the Level of Guhua Sword: Fatal Rainscreen by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C6 Hence, Call Them My Own Verses
Activating 2 of Guhua Sword: Raincutter's sword rain attacks greatly increases the DMG of the third. Xingqiu regenerates 3 Energy when sword rain attacks hit enemies.

Best Constellations Rating and Explanation

Rating Constellation Effect / Merits
C2 ★★☆ • Reduces Enemy Hydro Resistance during Xingqiu's Elemental Burst.
• Increases the duration oh his Elemental burst, which just means more damage.
C6 ★★★ • Xingqiu Regenerats 3 energy for every last hit of his Elemental Burst. • Unlocking this can replace Sacrificial Sword with a more damaging weapon.

Less Energy and More Damage at C6

Unlocking Xingqiu's 6th constellation open ups his choices on what he can use for Swords. Pre C6 Xingqiu needs the Sacrificial Sword to ensure he has full energy after his Elemental Burst goes off-cooldown. With C6 you unlock more damage-dealing options like the Primordial Jade Cutter as the best weapon.

Xingqiu Ascension and Talent Materials

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Xingqiu Ascension Materials


Xingqiu Talent Level-Up Materials

Daily Domain Drops Enemy Drops Weekly Boss Drops
Genshin Impact - Teachings of Gold Image Teachings of Gold
Genshin Impact - Damaged Mask Image Damaged Mask
Lupus Boreas Challenge Reward
Genshin Impact - Tail of Boreas Image Tail of Boreas
Genshin Impact - Guide to Gold Image Guide to Gold Genshin Impact - Stained Mask Image Stained Mask
Genshin Impact - Philosophies of Gold Image Philosophies of Gold Genshin Impact - Ominous Mask Image Ominous Mask

Talent Materials per Level

How to Use Xingqiu

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Powerful Hydro Support

Genshin - Xingqiu Elemental Skill - Guhua Sword Fatal Rainscreen
Elemental Skill: Guhua Sword: Fatal Rainscreen

Xingqiu's Elemental Skill and Burst provide powerful defensive and offensive support. Using Guhua Sword: Fatal Rainscreen, is a great way to easily set up elemental reactions and provide Hydro DMG while also reducing incoming DMG and increasing resistance to interruption!

Be Careful Around Cryo Enemies

Genshin - Xingqiu Elemental Skill - Frozen

Take care when fighting Cryo enemies as his Elemental Skill does apply Wet to Xingqiu, making him susceptible to elemental reactions like Freeze.

Rain Swords Apply Wet Status

Genshin Impact - Xingqiu Applying Wet to Enemies with his Rain Swords
Keep in mind that your Rain Swords apply the Wet status to the enemies if you are in close proximity. This might be detrimental for you if you are setting up certain reactions.

Elemental Enabler For Reactions

Genshin - Xingqiu Elemental Burst - Guhua Sword Raincutter
Elemental Burst: Guhua Sword Raincutter

Xingqiu's Elemental Burst, Raincutter, rains down multiple hits of Hydro DMG to the enemy, and procs whenever you use Normal Attacks with your active character.

These swords individually apply Hydro to the enemy, which makes it a great tool to set up reliable reactions for your teammates.

Consistent Hydro Application for Elemental Reactions

Genshin Impact - Xingqiu Elemental Enabler Vaporize
Pairing Xingqiu's Elemental Burst with Pyro characters like Diluc, Klee or Hu Tao is best to set up rapid Vaporize reactions. Likewise, pairing Xingqiu with Cryo characters like Ayaka or Chongyun can set up a Freeze party composition to lock down the battlefield.

Use When Crafting Character Talent Materials

Genshin - Xingqiu Passive Skill

Xingqiu has the Passive Skill “Flash of Genius”, which grants a chance of regaining a portion of the crafting materials used in creating Character Talent Materials.

Since the materials used require grinding in domains to collect and usually require resin, it's best to exhaust as few as possible with each item crafted.

More Suited as a Sub-DPS

Genshin - Xingqiu

Xingqiu's Normal Attacks have lackluster DMG for him to be a Main DPS. While he can do Normal Attacks while his Elemental Burst is activated, it is much more effective to switch to a Main DPS character who can provide reactions that compliment Xingqiu's Burst.

Xingqiu Talents (Skills)

Normal Attack: Guhua Style

Talent Description
Perform up to 5 rapid strikes.
Charge Attack
Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to unleash 2 rapid sword strikes.
Plunge Attack:
Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging enemies along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact.

Attribute Effect (Lvl 1)
1-Hit DMG 46.6%
2-Hit DMG 47.6%
3-Hit DMG 28.6%+28.6%
4-Hit DMG 56.0%
5-Hit DMG 35.9%+35.9%
Charged Attack DMG 46.3%+56.2%
Charged Attack Stamina Cost 20.0
Plunge DMG 63.9%
Low/High Plunge DMG 128%/160%

Guhua Sword: Fatal Rainscreen

Talent Description
Xingqiu performs twin strikes with his swords, dealing Hydro DMG. At the same time, this ability creates the maximum number of Rain Swords, which will orbit your active character.
The Rain Swords have the following properties:
・When a character takes DMG, the Rain Sword will shatter, reducing the amount of DMG taken.
・Increases the character's resistance to interruption.
20% of Xingqiu's Hydro DMG Bonus will be converted to additional DMG Reduction for the Rain Sword.
The maximum amount of additional DMG Reduction that can be gained this way is 24%.
The initial maximum number of Rain Swords is 3.
Using this ability applies the Wet status onto the character.
Flavor Text:
"Easier to slay a rain dragon than to sever the rain."

Attribute Effect (Lvl 1)
Skill DMG 168% + 191%
Damage Reduction Ratio 20%
Duration 15s
CD 21s

Guhua Sword: Raincutter

Talent Description
Initiate Rainbow Bladework and fight using an illusory sword rain, while creating the maximum number of Rain Swords.
Rainbow Bladework
・Your active character's Normal Attacks will trigger consecutive sword rain attacks, dealing Hydro DMG.
・Rain Swords will remain at the maximum number throughout the ability's duration.

These effects carry over to other characters.
Flavor Text:
The "Way of the Rain Cutter" is one of the esoteric secret techniques of the Guhua Sect.

Attribute Effect (Lvl 1)
Sword Rain DMG 54.3%
Duration 15s
CD 20s
Energy Cost 80


Talent Description
When a Rain Sword is shattered or when its duration expires, it regenerates the current character's HP based on 6% of Xingqiu's Max HP.

Blades Amidst Raindrops

Talent Description
Xingqiu gains 20% Hydro DMG Bonus.

Flash of Genius (Xingqiu)

Talent Description
When Xingqiu crafts Character Talent Materials, he has a 25% chance to refund a portion of the crafting materials used.

How to Get Xingqiu

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Xingqiu is available at a normal rate on all Standard Wish Banners except Beginner's Wish. This means you can get him from Wanderlust Invocation, Epitome Invocation, and the current Character Event Wish.

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Xingqiu's In-Game Information

Character Thoughts on Xingqiu

Character In-Game Thoughts
Genshin Impact - Albedo ImageAlbedo Oh, Xingqiu? I find his written works quite interesting. The Yae Publishing House in Inazuma has been asking that I cooperate with a different author for greater royalties. Hmph, do I seem the type to be swayed by a few extra Mora?
Genshin Impact - Chongyun ImageChongyun I do admire Xingqiu for his devotion to chivalry and his martial arts proficiency. However - I must warn you that he definitely has a mean side, too. If you find that you fall foul of any of his antics, come to me and we'll form a "Victims of Xinggiu" alliance. There is strength in numbers.
Genshin Impact - Ganyu ImageGanyu You mean the boy in the blue jacket from the Feiyun Commerce Guild? He's nothing like his father and brother, doesn't seem to care about the textile business at all. Seems it's because as far as he's concerned, there are more important things for him to be doing. Of course, I'm merely speculating...
Genshin Impact - Hu Tao ImageHu Tao I hear master Xingqiu is writing a book? Standard novella, or a ghost story? I think I should go tell him about all the things I run into - that'd make for a really good read!
Genshin Impact - Keqing ImageKeqing I've heard his story — he was born into a well-to-do family, but wasn't keen on the family business, so he now devotes his time to being an envoy of justice. I have huge respect for that! Not everyone has the guts to follow their dreams when it means breaking with a long-standing family tradition.
Genshin Impact - Ningguang ImageNingguang The second son of the Feiyun Commerce Guild. People like him can't stand the sight of me, which is only to be expected. I have no intention of troubling him either. Those who have different beliefs should not work together.
Genshin Impact - Shenhe ImageShenhe I've seen him lean over to you and whisper things in your ear. If he dares threaten you, I will make sure he... Hmm? You mean it's just an in-joke between friends? Genuinely...?
Genshin Impact - Yanfei ImageYanfei The Feiyun Commerce Guild is one of my oldest clients. Their approach to business is meticulous and thorough, and every business meeting I've had with them has always been attended by the head of the house himself. Last time, though, I happened to meet their youngest, Xinggiu. To my complete surprise, the lad had no trouble whatsoever keeping up with my train of thought. He was very eloquent, too, and had excellent manners. Mm, definitely not a simpleton.
Genshin Impact - Yelan ImageYelan Of course I remember him— the young master of the Feiyun Commerce Guild. I have dealings with his family all the time. Who knows... maybe one day, he'll be outsmarting everyone around him, too.
Genshin Impact - Yun Jin ImageYun Jin Oh, so you are also acquainted with Xinggiu? Haha, he is quite the clever one, and with a sharp wit as well. The moment you let your guard down, you're at risk of becoming the butt of one of his practical jokes... Don't say I didn't warn you.

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