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How to play Xinyan in Genshin Impact

Xinyan is a rock ‘n’ roll star from Liyue in Genshin Impact. Wielding a ruan, a traditional Chinese stringed instrument, she uses her music as a way to bring passion to the people and rebelling against prejudice. Her kit focuses on shielding her allies as well as dealing Pyro and Physical damage. Here is how to play Xinyan in Genshin Impact.

Attacks and Skills

Attack: Dance on Fire – Xinyan wields a claymore and has a 4 strike attack chain. These deal heavy damage but have a slower attack speed. Xinyan can also do a spin attack, which drains stamina over time and ends with a heavy slash.

Elemental Skill: Sweeping Fervor – Xinyan swings her instrument, dealing Pyro damage around her and forming a shield. This shield scales off of the number of enemies Sweeping Fervor hits. If you hit three or more enemies, the shield will be at max strength and will periodically burst out Pyro damage to nearby enemies. The shield created by Sweeping Fervor has extra damage absorption against Pyro damage.

Elemental Burst: Riff Revolution – Strumming a strong riff, Xinyan knocks up nearby enemies with a burst of Physical damage. The ground then erupts pillars of fire, dealing Pyro damage over time to enemies caught within the blast.

Passive Talents

“The Show Goes On, Even Without an Audience…”: Ascension 1 –Decreases the number of opponents Sweeping Fervor must hit to trigger each level of shielding. Shield Level 2: Lead-In requirement reduced to 1 opponent hit. Shield Level 3: Rave requirement reduced to 2 opponents hit or more.

“…Now That’s Rock ‘N’ Roll!”: Ascension 4 – Characters shielded by Sweeping Fervor deal 15% increased Physical DMG.

A Rad Recipe – When a Perfect Cooking is achieved on a DEF-boosting dish, Xinyan has a 12% chance to obtain double the product.


C1: Fatal Acceleration – Upon scoring a CRIT hit, increases ATK SPD of Xinyan’s Normal and Charged Attacks by 12% for 5s. Can only occur once every 5s.

C2: Impromptu Opening – Riff Revolution Physical DMG has its Crit rate increased by 100%, and will form a shield at Shield Level 3: Rave when cast.

C3: Double-Stop – Increases the Level of Sweeping Fervor by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.

C4: Wildfire Rhythm – Sweeping Fervor’s swing DMG decrease opponent’s Physical RES by 15% for 12s.

C5: Screamin’ for an Encore – Increases the Level of Riff Revolution by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.

C6: Rockin’ in a Flaming World – Decrease the Stamina Consumption of Xinyan Charged Attacks by 30%. Additionally, Xinyan’s Charged Attacks gain an ATK bonus equal to 50% of her DEF.

Artifacts and builds for Xinyan

While Xinyan is a Pyro character, her kit is more focuses on physical damage. However, with no constellations Xinyan struggles to compete as a main DPS against the likes of Razor and Diluc. When building her as a support DPS, you will want to run a 4-piece Noblesse Oblige. You will want to look for Energy Recharge and Elemental Mastery sub stats.

Xinyan excels at being a main DPS character once you get Constellation 1 and 2. These buff her attack speed based on CRIT and increase the scaling of the damage on her Elemental Burst. To build Xinyan as a main DPS, you want to run a 2-piece Bloodstained Chivalry and a 2-piece Gladiator’s Intoxication. Make sure to look for Physical DMG % on your goblet, as well as attack, crit rate and crit damage sub stats.

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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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