Xiao already has millennia of proven battle prowess, but to be the best DPS on your team, you’ll have to build him right. Here’s how to build XIao in Genshin Impact.
Here are some of the artifact sets that you can use with Xiao:
- Vermillion Hereafter – 4
- Viridescent Venerer – 2 / any 18% ATK Set – 2 / any 18% ATK set – 2 (you’ll be choosing any two pairs)
Luckily for you, Xiao only has a couple of different possible artifact combinations. Vermillion Hereafter should be what you’re aiming for as the two-piece bonus nets you +18% ATK. The four-piece bonus is a little more complex. Upon use of an Elemental Burst, your character gains the Nascent Light effect. While this effect is active you get an 8% bonus to your attack for 16 seconds. Losing HP gives you another 10% bonus to ATK, which can happen four times, once every 0.8 seconds. It’s a lot – but Xiao’s Elemental Burst plays perfectly into the four-piece bonus.
Alternatively, two pieces of Viridescent Venerer will net you a nice 15% Anemo damage bonus, which you’ll pair with any +18% ATK set. You could also just pair two different +18% ATK sets if you’re strapped for artifacts.
Vermillion Hereafter is found in The Lost Valley Domain, but you can also get pieces from first-tier Domain Reliquaries. You can procure Viridescent Venerer artifacts from the Valley of Remembrance Domain exclusively.
The following artifact sets have the 2-piece bonus that gives you the +18% ATK bonus you’re looking for:
- Gladiator’s Finale
- Shimenawa’s Reminiscence
- Pale Flame
- Vermillion Hereafter
- Echoes of an Offering
Stats and weapons
For your main stats, you’ll be aiming for ATK% on your Sands, Anemo damage or ATK% on your Goblet, and Crit Damage/Rate on your Circlet. As for your sub-stats, you’re striving for Crit Damage/Rate, ATK%, Energy Recharge, Elemental Mastery, or just a flat ATK bonus.
Xiao is a fan of some expensive weaponry, but not to worry, he can still make use of some 4-Star weapons when needed.
- Primordial Jade Winged-Spear (5✩)
- Staff of Homa (5✩)
- Vortex Vanquisher (5✩)
- Calamity Queller (5✩)
- Deathmatch (4✩)
- Lithic Spear (2 stacks) (4✩)
- Blackcliff Pole (4✩)
Don’t worry if your rolls aren’t working out – chances are you still rolled a Blackcliff Pole or Litchic Spear. If you want Deathmatch, you’ll have to reach level 30 in the Gnostic Hymn Battle Pass.
Who he’s teaming up with
Anemo Characters are great in almost any team due to Swirl, and Xiao is no exception. Pair him up with either Jean, Albedo, and Zhongli, or swap Jean and Albedo for Raiden Shogun and Bennett. Either way, you’re looking at doing big damage. If you’re leaning more towards Electro, you can trade Raiden and Bennett for Sucrose and Fischl. A Pyro team is a simple swap from Fischl to Xiangling – or swap to Chongyun and replace Zhongli with Diona for a good Cryo squad.
You’ve got all you need from me! It’s time for you to head out and start building your Xiao! Be sure to farm him up properly first though so he can cut through demons like a hot knife to butter.