Best Xiao Build in Genshin Impact

Looking for the best Xiao build in Genshin Impact? 

Xiao is one of the characters introduced in version 1.3, adding a 5-Star Anemo Polearm character in Genshin Impact. He is an adeptus, a group of magical beings and gods alike that are found within Liyue.

While Anemo characters don’t seem to have many elemental reactions, this doesn’t affect Xiao’s DPS output. In fact, he specializes in dealing massive AoE damage to his enemies that is further increased by Swirl reaction, which works well with Cryo, Hydro, Electro, and Pyro elements.

With this, Xiao is a very capable DPS provider that you can consider adding to your team. 

To help you out, we’ve decided to make a guide for the best Xiao build in Genshin Impact that will utilize his Elemental Skill and Burst to deal massive DPS to enemies. 

Let’s jump right in!

Xiao Character Overview

Xiao Character Overview

Xiao is a playable Anemo character in Genshin Impact and the only remaining member of the Five Yakshas dispatched by Morax to vanquish the demonic spirits that plagued Liyue. 

He currently lives in Wangshu Inn, where he isolates himself from crowds and human interactions.

Xiao is reserved, logical, determined, and straight to the point. He is rarely in a good mood and prefers to be alone. He doesn’t show any interest in humans and their culture, which he finds strange and pointless.

Basic Attack: Whirlwind Thrust

Xiao Normal Attack

Normal Attack: Xiao performs six consecutive strikes using his spear that inflicts damage to opponents every hit. 

best Xiao build in Genshin Impact

Charged Attack: Using a certain amount of his Stamina, Xiao performs an upward thrust inflicting damage to enemies and sending them into the air. 

best Xiao build in Genshin Impact

Plunging Attack: Diving into mid-air to strike the ground, Xiao damages any opponent within his path and deals AoE DMG on a small radius upon impact. Xiao doesn’t take any damage when performing plunging attacks.

Elemental Skill: Lemniscatic Wind Cycling

best Xiao build in Genshin Impact

Xiao jumps forward, dealing Anemo DMG to enemies in his path. Lemniscatic Wind Cycling can be used in mid-air. It starts with two charges and generates three Elemental particles when it hits at least one target.

Elemental Burst: Bane of All Evil

best Xiao build in Genshin Impact

Xiao wears the Yaksha Mask that set gods and demons trembling millennia ago.

Yaksha’s Mask: 

  • Increases Xiao’s jumping ability
  • It gives increased attack AoE and attack DMG
  • Converts attack DMG into Anemo DMG, which other elemental infusions cannot override

While in this state, Xiao will continuously lose HP. This effect will end once Xiao leaves the battlefield. 

Xiao’s Passives

  • Conqueror of Evil: Tamer of Demons
  • Dissolution Eon: Heaven Fall
  • Transcension: Gravity Defier

Anemo DPS Build – The Best Xiao Build in Genshin Impact

This build will increase Xiao’s overall damage output, making his normal attack and burst attacks deal massive and overwhelming damage.

Primordial Jade Winged-Spear

best Xiao build in Genshin Impact

Increases the wielder’s ATK by 3.2% upon hit for six seconds and can stack up to 7 times. This effect can only occur once every 0.3 seconds. The equipped character also gains 12% DMG dealt.

Substitute Weapons

Staff of Homa

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Increases wielder’s Max HP by 20% and provides additional ATK Bonus based on 0.8% of the character’s HP. In addition, when the wielder’s HP is lower than 50%, the ATK Bonus effect is increased by an additional 1% of its Max HP.


best Xiao build in Genshin Impact

The wielder’s ATK is increased by 16% and DEF by 16% if there are at least two enemies nearby. If there’s only one opponent nearby, ATK is increased by 24%.

Blackcliff Pole

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After killing an enemy, the wielder’s ATK is increased by 12% for thirty seconds. This effect can stack up to three times, and each stack’s duration is independent of the others.

Viridescent Venerer

2-Piece Set – Increases Anemo DMG by 15%

4-Piece Set – Increases Spread DMG by 60%. Depending on the Element, it reduces the RES of opponents hit by Spread by 40% and lasts for 10 seconds.

You Might Ask (FAQs)

Is Xiao good in Genshin impact?

Xiao is proven to be a valuable asset during battle and team fights, which earned him an S-Tier badge in our Genshin Impact Character Tier List

What is the best artifact set for Xiao?

The best artifact set for Xiao would be a 4-Piece set of Viridescent Venerer. It gives him 15% increased Anemo DMG and 60% increased Spread DMG. 

What weapon does Xiao use Genshin?

Our prefered weapon for Xiao would be the Primordial Jade Winged-Spear. It increases his ATK by 3.2% and can stack up to seven times. Primordial Jade Winged-Spear also gives a 12% DMG increase to Xiao.

Who is better: Xiao or Diluc?

When it comes to attack speed, Xiao is better than Diluc. Since he uses a polearm, he can perform multiple strikes faster than Diluc, who uses a claymore that is a lot heavier. 

This wraps up our guide for the best Xiao build in Genshin Impact. If you want to clarify something or have other concerns, please let us know in the comment section below, and we’ll do our best to help you out. 

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