11 May 2021 1:47 PM +00:00

Genshin Impact Xingqiu Build Guide - Everything You Need to Know

The second son of the Feiyun Commerce Guild and a studious practitioner of the Guhua Clan's martial arts, Xingqiu is a polite and well-mannered young man that we meet while we travel across Liyue. On the battlefield, though, this Longsword user functions as a great hybrid DPS/Support unit, making him a great addition to any team thanks to his proclivity to trigger Elemental Reactions in combat.

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How to get Xingqiu

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Xingqiu is obtainable by spending wishes in the Wanderlust Invocation standard banner, and in the past as a pickable option in the Stand by Me event. Good luck obtaining him!

Character Overview, Skills, and Talents

Xingqiu works as a great hybrid between DPS and Support, doing a decent job at both. He can be a good way to trigger Hydro-related Elemental Reactions if he’s in the right team, so pairing him with Pyro or Cryo units will be extremely effective.

Normal Attack - Guhua Style

Normal Attack
Performs up to 5 rapid strikes.

Charged Attack
Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to unleash 2 rapid sword strikes.

Plunging Attack
Descends from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging enemies along the path and dealing AoE damage upon landing.


Elemental Skill - Guhua Sword: Fatal Rainscreen

Xingqiu performs twin strikes with his sword, dealing Hydro damage. At the same time, this ability creates the maximum number of Rain Swords, which will orbit the character.
The Rain Swords have the following properties:
-When a character takes damage, the Rain Sword will shatter, reducing the amount of damage taken.
-Increases the character's resistance to interruption.
20% of Xingqiu's Hydro damage Bonus will be converted to additional damage Reduction for the Rain Swords.

The maximum amount of additional damage 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 to the character.

Elemental Burst - Guhua Sword: Raincutter

Initiate Rainbow Bladework and fight using an illusory sword rain, while creating the maximum number of Rain Swords.

Rainbow Bladework
Normal Attacks will trigger consecutive sword rain attacks, dealing Hydro damage. Rain Swords will remain at the maximum number throughout the ability's duration. These effects carry over to other characters.

Passive Talents

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
Xingqiu gains a 20% Hydro damage Bonus.

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

Constellation - Fabulae Textile

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The Scent Remained
Increases the maximum number of Rain Swords by 1.
Rainbow Upon the Azure Sky
Extends the duration of Guhua Sword - Raincutter by 3 seconds. Decreases the Hydro Resistance of enemies hit by sword rain attacks by 15% for 4 seconds.
Weaver of Verses
Increases the Level of Guhua Sword - Raincutter by 3, up to a maximum level of 15.
Throughout the duration of Guhua Sword: Raincutter, the damage dealt by Guhua Sword: Fatal Rainscreen is increased by 50%.
Embrace of Rain
Increase the Level of Guhua Sword - Fatal Rainscreen by 3, up to a maximum level of 15.
Hence, Call Them My Own Verses
Activating 2 of Guhua Sword - Raincutter's sword rain attacks greatly increase the damage of the third. Xingqiu regenerates 3 Energy when sword rain attacks hit enemies.


Best Weapons for Xingqiu

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Sacrificial Sword
Bonus Stats: Energy Recharge
Skill - Composed
After damaging an opponent with an Elemental Skill, the skill has a 40% chance to end its own cooldown. Can only occur once every 30 seconds.

Skyward Blade
Bonus Stats: Energy Recharge
Skill - Sky-Piercing Fang
Critical Rate increased by 4%. Gains Skypiercing Might upon using an Elemental Burst: Increases Movement Speed by 10%, increases Attack Speed by 10%, and increases the damage of Normal and Charged Attack hits by 20% for 12 seconds.

Festering Desire
Bonus Stats: Energy Recharge
Skill - Undying Admiration
Increases Elemental Skill damage by 16% and Elemental Skill Critical Rate by 6%.


Best Artifacts for Xingqiu

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Heart of Depth
2 Piece Bonus: Hydro damage Bonus +15%
4 Piece Bonus: After using Elemental Skill, increases Normal Attack and Charged Attack damage by 30% for 15 seconds.

Noblesse Oblige
2 Piece Bonus: Elemental Burst damage +20%.
4 Piece Bonus: Using an Elemental Burst increases all party members' Attack by 20% for 12 seconds. This effect cannot stack.

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%.

Example Builds for Xingqiu

Support Build
Weapon - Festering Desire or Sacrificial Sword
Festering desire is the best option here since it boosts the Elemental Skills, but since it’s locked up behind an event that may not come back, the other best option would be the Sacrificial Sword.

Artifacts - Noblesse Oblige (4 Pieces)
Noblesse Oblige is by far the most appropriate option for this setup because of its supporting abilities and how do they work in a team. Since it triggers after an Elemental Burst, chances are that we’ll see this happening a lot

Hydro Sub DPS Build
Weapon - Skyward Blade
The Skyward Blade and its boosts help our Attack values and Movement and Attack Speed stats as well, making it by far the best option.

Artifacts - Heart of Depth (4 Pieces)
With the Heart of Depth being the more appropriate option for us to obtain since it boosts our Hydro damage, is also possible that it takes a while to complete the set. In that case, we can use Gladiator’s Finale as a fine replacement.