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How to play Xiao in Genshin Impact

Xiao is a 5-star Anemo character in Genshin Impact. He is an adeptus: god-like beings who wield immense power. Xiao is a sworn protector of Liyue, who vanquishes the demonic spirits throughout the land. This is the complete guide to playing Xiao in Genshin Impact.

Attacks and Skills

Attack: Whirlwind Thrust – Xiao has a 6 cycle attack chain that deals moderate damage. He can charge up this attack to release an upward thrust. If falling from the air, he can also perform a plunging attack.

Elemental Skill: Lemniscatic Wind Cycling – Xiao dashes forward, dealing Anemo damage. This can be used in mid-air and has 2 charges.

Elemental Burst: Bane of All Evil – Donning the Yaksha Mask, Xiao gets a buff to his jump as well as damage buff to his AOE and attack damage. All of his damage is converted to Anemo damage. While wearing the Yaksha Mask, Xiao loses a small percent of his HP each second. The effects of this ability can be ended early by swapping characters.

Passive Talents

Evil Conqueror – Tamer of Demons: Ascension 1 – While under the effects of Bane of All Evil, all DMG dealt by Xiao increases by 5%. DMG increases by a further 5% for every 3s the ability persists. The maximum DMG Bonus is 25%.

Dissolution Eon – Heaven Fall: Ascension 4 – 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 – Decreases climbing Stamina consumption for your own party members by 20%. Not stackable with Passive Talents that provide the exact same effects.


C1: Dissolution Eon: Destroyer of Worlds – Increases Lemniscatic Wind Cycling’s charges by 1.

C2: Annihilation Eon: Blossom of Kaleidos – When in party but 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.

Artifacts and builds for Xiao

Xiao is meant to be built as your main DPS. Using his Elemental Skill, you can cut through enemies, generating Elemental Particles. Once your Elemental Burst is charged, activate and use the jump boost to perform plunge attacks. This optimizes your damage output in Bane of All Evil, and has great AOE. Focus on leveling your attack skill, followed by your Elemental Burst.

The best artifact setup at the current time is 2-piece Viridescent Venerer for the Anemo damage bonus, and 2-piece Gladiator’s Finale for the Attack % bonus. Xiao has built in Crit Rate when you ascend him, so focus on substats that boost attack, Crit Rate, and Crit Damage. Also aim for a small amount of Energy Recharge to reduce the downtime of his Elemental Burst. On his goblet, look for either Anemo damage bonus or Attack % to further reinforce your damage output.

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Derrick Tomlinson

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Fan of looter-shooters, the FPS genre, Marvel and Star Wars.
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