10 May 2021 1:21 PM +00:00

Genshin Impact Xiao Build Guide - Everything You Need to Know

Xiao, also named Alatus, is an Adeptus who served the God Morax millennia ago, being the only survivor of the Five Yakshas, Morax’s old task force. Nowadays he’s a solitary demon hunter, reserved in his manners who shows zero interest in modern human life, rather preferring to tag alone and usually getting in a bad mood around people. On the battlefield, however, he’s one of the best DPS units.

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How to get Xiao

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Xiao is obtainable by spending wishes in the Event Banner “Invitation to Mundane Life”. Keep your eyes open and good luck the next time the event arrives!

Character Overview, Skills, and Talents

Xiao is one of the best Main DPS in the game. His speed and attack moves make it a great unit in the offensive side, and being such a straightforward attacker makes his building setups really simple, similar to Diluc. You want to concentrate on boosting his Attack and Elemental Skill damage values since his low cooldown allow you to spam it very frequently.

Normal Attack - Whirlwind Thrust

Normal Attack
Performs up to 6 consecutive spear strikes.

Charged Attack
Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to perform an upward thrust.

Plunging Attack
Descends from mid-air to strike the ground from below, dealing AoE damage upon landing. Xiao does not take damage from performing Plunging Attacks.


Elemental Skill - Lemniscatic Wind Cycling

Xiao lunges forward, dealing Anemo damage to opponents in his path. Can be used in mid-air, starts with 2 charges, and Generates 3 elemental particles when hits at least 1 target.

Elemental Burst - Bane of All Evil

Xiao dons the Yaksha Mask, gaining the following effects.

Yaksha's Mask
-Greatly increases Xiao's jumping ability.
-Increases his attack AoE and attack damage.
-Converts attack damage into Anemo damage, which cannot be overridden by any other elemental infusion. In this state, Xiao will continuously lose HP, and the effects end when Xiao leaves the field.

Passive Talents

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

Dissolution Eon: Heaven Fall
Using Lemniscatic Wind Cycling increases the damage of subsequent uses of Lemniscatic Wind Cycling by 15%. This effect lasts for 7 seconds 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.

Constellation - Alatus Nemeseos

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Dissolution Eon - Destroyer of Worlds
Increases Lemniscatic Wind Cycling's charges by 1.
Annihilation Eon - Blossom of Kaleidos
When in a party but 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, up to a maximum level of 15.
Transcension - Extinction of Suffering
When Xiao's HP falls below 50%, he gains a 100% Defense Bonus.
Evolution Eon - Origin of Ignorance
Increase the Level of Bane of All Evil by 3, up to a maximum level of 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 1 second, he may use Lemniscatic Wind Cycling while ignoring its cooldown.


Best Weapons for Xiao

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Primordial Jade Winged-Spear
Bonus Stats: Crit Rate
Skill - Eagle Spear of Justice
On hit, increases Attack by 3.2% for 6 seconds. Max 7 stacks. This effect can be triggered only once every 0.3 seconds. While in possession of the maximum possible stacks, damage dealt is increased by 12%.

Staff of Homa
Bonus Stats: Critical damage
Skill - Reckless Cinnabar
HP increased by 20%. Additionally, provides an Attack Bonus based on 0.8% of the wielder’s Max HP. When the wielder's HP is less than 50%, this Attack Bonus is increased by an additional 1% of Max HP.

Blackcliff Pole
Bonus Stats: Critical damage
Skill - Press the Advantage
After defeating an enemy, Attack is increased by 12% for 30 seconds. This effect has a maximum of 3 stacks, and the duration of each stack is independent of the others.


Best Artifacts for Xiao

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Gladiator's Finale
2 Piece Bonus: Attack +18%.
4 Piece Bonus: If the wielder of this artifact set uses a Sword, Claymore or Polearm, increases their Normal Attack damage by 35%.

Viridescent Venerer
2 Piece Bonus: Anemo damage Bonus +15%
4 Piece Bonus: Increases Swirl damage by 60%. Decreases opponent's Elemental Resistance to the element infused in the Swirl by 40% for 10 seconds.

2 Piece Bonus: Critical Rate +12%
4 Piece Bonus: When HP is below 70%, Critical Rate increases by an additional 24%.

Example Builds for Xiao

Anemo DPS Build
Weapon - Primordial Jade Winged-Spear or Blackcliff Pole
Getting an Attack boost every time you hit an enemy comes really handy with a unit as fast as Xiao, which makes the Primordial Jade Winged Spear the best possible option. However, since you won’t always be able to get this 5-star weapon, you can also use great alternatives, such as the Blackcliff Pole or the Staff of Homa.

Artifacts - Viridescent Venerer or Gladiator's Finale
While Viridescent Venerer is the best option for this setup, it can be tricky to obtain, so replacing it with a Gladiator’s Finale set is a good alternative. You can also make a 2-2 mix set of Viridescent Venerer and Gladiator’s finale if you prefer more immediate bonuses.

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