The best Genshin Impact Xingqiu build

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What is the best Genshin Impact Xingqiu build? 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 in any team thanks to his proclivity to trigger Elemental Reactions

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How do I Get Xingqiu in Genshin?

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!

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Currently, you can get Xingqiu as a boosted 4-star in Ganyu and Kokomi's rerun banners until the end of September.

What are the best Xingqiu builds?

Xingqiu works as a great hybrid between DPS and Support, and 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.

Below are two of the best Xingqiu builds right now. You can keep reading to find out the hows and whys of these particular Xingqiu builds, but if you've used this character before, you'll quickly understand the thought process behind his best weapon and artifact choices.

Role Best Weapon Alternative Weapon Best Artifacts Alternative Artifacts
Support BuildFestering DesireSacrificial SwordNoblesse Oblige (4 Pieces)-
Hydro Sub-DPS BuildSkyward BladePrototype RancourHeart of Depth (4 Pieces)Heart of Depth (2 Pieces) and Gladiator's Finale (2 Pieces)

Support Build

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

Noblesse Oblige is by far the most appropriate artifact 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

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Hydro Sub DPS Build

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.

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 or use a combination of the two.

What are the best Team Comps for Xingqiu?

Since Xingqiu can trigger reactions fast and often, you want to surround him with units that benefit from that. Klee and Diluc as potential DPS work perfectly, with Bennett and Sucrose as Support units that help with that as well. Last, Diona brings support in the form of shields and healing, which is always needed.

Character Element
Chongyun, Klee, Diluc/Hu TaoCryo, Pyro, Pyro
Chongyun, Diona, Sucrose/BennettCryo, Cryo, Anemo/Pyro

What are the best weapons for Xingqiu?

Weapons like the Skyward Blade or Festering Desire are the only real good options for these builds. You can also find a more affordable and equally good alternative in the form of the Sacrificial Sword. Last but not least, if you’re looking for a craftable option, you can obtain the Prototype Rancour if you still don’t have any of the former.

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Weapon Rarity Stats Skills How to Obtain
Primordial Jade Cutter5-StarCRIT Rate + 9.6%HP increased by 20%. Additionally, provides an ATK Bonus based on 1.2% of the wielder’s Max HP.Wishes
Skyward Blade5-StarEnergy RechargeSky-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.Wishes
Sacrificial Sword4-StarEnergy RechargeComposed: 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.Wishes
Iron Sting4-StarElemental Mastery + 36Dealing Elemental DMG increases all DMG by 6% for 6s. Max 2 stacks. Can occur once every 1sForged

What are the best Artifacts for Xingqiu?

Depending on which build you choose to make, you may need the Noblesse Oblige set in case you want to use Xingqiu as a Support, or Heart of Depth and Gladiator's Finale for Sub-DPS purposes. How many of these you choose to equip on his will depend on your gameplay, so it is suggested that you test different builds, how they work as mixed or full sets and you can decide then.

Artifacts Two-Piece Effect Four-Piece Effect
Heart of DepthHydro damage Bonus +15%After using Elemental Skill, increases Normal Attack and Charged Attack damage by 30% for 15 seconds.
Noblesse ObligeElemental Burst damage +20%.Using an Elemental Burst increases all party members' Attack by 20% for 12 seconds. This effect cannot stack.
Gladiator's FinaleAttack +18%.If the wielder of this artifact set uses a Sword, Claymore or Polearm, increases their Normal Attack damage by 35%.

Xingqiu Artifact Stats

Given Xingqiu's set of skills, you want to develop Attack as the main stat and focus on boosting Energy Recharge as the sub-stat.

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Slot Main Stat Sub Stats
FeatherAttackCritical Damage, Critical Rate, Attack%, Energy Recharge
FlowerHPCritical Damage, Critical Rate, Attack%, Energy Recharge
HourglassAttack%Critical Damage, Critical Rate, Attack%, Energy Recharge
GobletHydro Damage Bonus%Critical Damage, Critical Rate, Attack%, Energy Recharge
HeadpieceCritical Damage / Critical RateCritical Damage/Critical Rate, Attack%, Attack, Energy Recharge

What Are Xingqiu's Skills and Talents?

Xingqiu shines as a Hydro DPS/Support, with skills that help trigger Elemental Reactions with ease, which in turn helps supplement the damage of Main DPS such as Diluc or Eula by using Vaporize or freezing large groups of enemies.

Attack Effect
Normal AttackPerforms up to 5 rapid strikes.
Charged AttackConsumes a certain amount of Stamina to unleash 2 rapid sword strikes.
Plunging AttackDescends from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging enemies along the path and dealing AoE damage upon landing.
Elemental Skill - Guhua Sword: Fatal RainscreenXingqiu 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: RaincutterInitiate 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.
Talent#1 - HydropathicWhen 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.
Talent#2 - Blades Amidst RaindropsXingqiu gains a 20% Hydro damage Bonus.
Talent#3 - Flash of GeniusWhen Xingqiu crafts Character Talent Materials, he has a 25% chance to refund a portion of the crafting materials used.

What Are Xingqiu's Constellations?

If you get to pull Xingqiu multiple times, you will eventually reach a level of the constellation that will turn him into an excellent Hydro DPS/Support unit, with improvements on all his Skills and their respective cooldowns, making Xingqiu a great tool to - and support your party.

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Constellation Effect
The Scent RemainedIncreases the maximum number of Rain Swords by 1.
Rainbow Upon the Azure SkyExtends 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 VersesIncreases the Level of Guhua Sword - Raincutter by 3, up to a maximum level of 15.
EvilsootherThroughout the duration of Guhua Sword: Raincutter, the damage dealt by Guhua Sword: Fatal Rainscreen is increased by 50%.
Embrace of RainIncrease the Level of Guhua Sword - Fatal Rainscreen by 3, up to a maximum level of 15.
Hence, Call Them My Own VersesActivating 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.

What Are Xingqiu's Ascension Materials?

Ascending Xingqiu boosts his HP and Attack stats more than anything else, a welcomed improvement that makes him a great Hydro DPS/Support. Farming the Oceanid can take a bit, but for improving a unit as helpful as Xingqiu is for your team it's worth the effort.

Ascension Rank Required Level Required Materials
12020000 Mora, Varunada Lazurite Sliver x1, Silk Flower x3, Damaged Mask x3
25040000 Mora, Varunada Lazurite Fragment x3, Cleansing Heart x2, Silk Flower x10, Damaged Mask x15
36060000 Mora, Varunada Lazurite Fragment x6, Cleansing Heart x4, Silk Flower x20, Stained Mask x12
47080000 Mora, Varunada Lazurite Chunk x3, Cleansing Heart x8, Silk Flower x30, Stained Mask x18
580100000 Mora, Varunada Lazurite Chunk x6, Cleansing Heart x12, Silk Flower x45, Ominous Mask Mask x12
690120000 Mora, Varunada Lazurite Gemstone x6, Cleansing Heart x20, Silk Flower x60, Ominous Mask Mask x24

What Are Xingqiu's Talent Level Up Materials?

An important part of building Xingqiu is remembering to level up his talents and abilities. The order in which you go about this will change slightly depending on the role you expect him to play in your team, but here's the most common Xingqiu talent upgrade order:

  • Elemental Skill
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  • Elemental Burst
  • Normal Attack
Daily Drops Enemy Drops Weekly Drops
Teachings/Guide/Philosophies of GoldDamaged/ Stained/ Ominous MaskTail of Boreas

And that's everything you need to know about Genshin Impact Xingqiu! You now have all the info you need to make the most of the Juvenile Galant in combat. Good luck!

A previous version of this guide was written by Santiago Leguiza.