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The best builds for Xiao in Genshin Impact

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Looking for the best Genshin Impact Xiao build? This adepti and demon slayer first appeared in the Liyue Archon quest, and then became a playable character back in version 1.3. But all you really need to know about him is he's fast, he's got a fancy mask, and his elemental burst lets him jump up and down on enemies like a demon pogo stick. 

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Seriously, his burst increases his jump distance and AoE damage, meaning he can spam plunging attacks into groups of enemies, or repeatedly activate the Swirl reaction, as he drops into another character's AoE burst. First Xiao, now Kazuha—those Anemo damage-dealers certainly do love their plunging attacks.

When you combine this with Xiao's elemental skill, Lemniscatic Wind Cycling, that lets him dash through enemies or even mid-air, you have a damage-dealer with even more mobility than Keqing. In this Genshin Impact Xiao build guide, I'll go through the five-star's abilities, constellations, when he's next expected in a banner, as well as a build to make the most out of him.

Builds

The best Genshin Impact Xiao build

Xiao is best built as a DPS fighter, and since his abilities infuse his regular attacks with Anemo damage, any build should be focused on raising either his Anemo or attack damage.

Anemo DPS

  • Weapon: Primordial Jade Winged Spear

On a hit, this five-star polearm gets a 3.2 percent attack boost for six seconds, which stacks up to seven times, and can occur once every 0.3 seconds. If you manage to get all those stacks, damage is boosted by a further 12%. This makes the weapon well-suited to Xiao's speedy fighting style, as he racks up those stacks for that maximum bonus.

  • Artifact: Gladiator's Finale/Viridescent Venerer

This set is a good pick for Xiao since two pieces of Gladiator's Finale boosts attack by 18%, while two pieces of Viridescent Venerer boosts Anemo damage by 15%. This creates a decent balance for Xiao in terms of both dealing physical damage, and Anemo-infused damage. 

How to unlock

Genshin Impact's Xiao stares out from a boat at a river in Liyue.

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How to unlock Xiao in Genshin Impact

Xiao was last available during the 1.3 update banner, Invitation To Mundane Life. He was joined by three featured four-star character who were already in the game: Diona, Beidou, and Xinyan. As well as Xiao, five-star characters Jean, Diluc, Mona, Qiqi, and Keqing were also part of the banner, along with a few other four-star characters with lower pull rates than the three featured.

We don't know when—or if—Xiao's banner will get a re-run, but it's worth keeping an eye out for updates. Recent patches have seen older characters getting event Wish re-runs, so it's probably safe to assume that Xiao might become available again at some point in the future.

Abilities

Xiao's abilities

 Here are Xiao's abilities, passives, and Constellations:

Normal attack: Whirlwind Thrust
Normal Attack:Xiao performs six quick strikes with his polearm.
Charged Attack:Xiao will dive down and smash the ground. The higher he falls from, the more powerful the attack. It doubles up as his Plunging Attack.
Plunging Attack:Xiao’s Charged Attack and Plunging Attack are the same.

Elemental Skill
Lemniscatic Wind Cycling:Xiao dives forward, dealing Anemo damage to all enemies along the way. It can be used in mid-air, and has two charges.

Elemental Burst
Bane Of All Evil:Xiao takes on the form of the Yaksha, wearing a ghostly mask. During this time, Xiao’s attack range increases, his jumping ability increases, and his regular attacks deal Anemo damage. However, while he’s in this form, his HP will constantly drain.

Passives
Evil Conqueror - Tamer Of Demons:Bane Of All Evil gives Xiao a 5% damage increase, and this rises by a further five percent every 3 seconds up to 25% until the skill ends.
Dissolution Eon - Heaven Fall:When Lemniscatic Wind Cycling is used, the next Lemniscatic Wind Cycling has a 10% damage boost if activated within six seconds. This can stack up to three times.
Transcension - Gravity Defier:All party members get a 20% reduction in fall damage.

Constellations
Dissolution Eon - Destroyer Of Worlds:Lemniscatic Wind Cycling gains an extra charge.
Annihilation Eon - Blossom Of Kaleidos:Xiao’s Energy Recharge is increased by 25% when he's in the party but not currently active.
Evil Conqueror - Wrath Deity:Increases Lemniscatic Wind Cycling’s skill level by three, with a max level of 15.
Transcension - Extinction Of Suffering:Xiao gains a 100% defense bonus when his HP falls below 50%.
Evolution Eon - Origin Of Ignorance:Increases Bane Of All Evil’s skill level by three, with a max level of 15.
Evil Conqueror - Vigilant Yaksha:During Bane Of All Evil, hitting two or more enemies with Charged Attacks gives Lemniscatic Wind Cycling an additional charge, while reducing its cooldown by one second.

Ascension materials

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Xiao Ascension materials

Character

In order to ascend and level Xiao you'll need the usual Vayuda Turquoise for Anemo characters, as well as Juvenile Jade, which you can get from the Primo Geovishap boss fight. You'll also need two world materials:

  • Qingxin
  • Slime Condensate

Qingxin are white flowers that are found in the mountainous stone forest of Liyue, but especially at Jueyun Karst and the Guyun Stone Forest. Slime Condensate-series items, on the other hand, are dropped by slimes of different world levels.

Talent

Here are Xiao's talent ascension materials:

  • Teachings of Prosperity
  • Slime Condensate
  • Shadow of the Warrior
  • Crown of Insight

Teachings of Prosperity can be earned at the Taishin Mansion domain on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays. As mentioned, Slime Condensate-series items come from all different slimes of varying world levels. Shadow of the Warrior is a reward for fighting level 70+ Childe in the Trounce Domain. 

Lastly, the Crown of Insight comes from seasonal events, but also upgrading either the Sacred Sakura in Inazuma, or the Frostbearing Tree in Dragonspine.

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