Genshin Impact Xiao

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Is Xiao good in Genshin Impact?

Xiao (Chinese: 魈 Xiāo, “Mountain Demon”) is a playable 5-star male Anemo Polearm character in Genshin Impact.

The release date of Genshin Impact Xiao was February 03, 2021. This ultimate guide introduces everything about Xiao: birthday, builds, rating, strengths and weaknesses, voice actors (English and other three languages), how to get Xiao, ascension materials, talents and skills, constellations (from C1 to C6), the best team combo for Xiao, weapons, and artifacts.

Genshin Impact Xiao Rating and Basic Info

Genshin Impact Xiao Information


5 Star




April 17th


Alatus Nemeseos

Story Quest Chapter






Special Dish

“Sweet Dream”

Release Date

February 03, 2021

Xiao Strengths and Weaknesses



Voice Actors for Xiao in Genshin Impact


Laila Berzins




Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (松岡禎丞)


Jeong Yoo-mi (정유미)(~2020/12/22)

How to Obtain Xiao in Genshin Impact​

Xiao is a 5-star character who debuted on his own banner: Invitation to Mundane Life.

Wish on Xiao's Rerun Banner in 2.4

There is currently no way to get Xiao from active Wish Banners. Xiao’s last rerun banner, Invitation to Mundane Life, was active from January 5, 2022 to January 25, 2022, for the first half of Version 2.4.

The banner ran side-by-side with the release of Shenhe’s banner!

Genshin Impact Ascension Materials


Qingxin ×3

Vayuda Turquoise Sliver ×1

Slime Condensate ×3


Qingxin ×10

Vayuda Turquoise Fragment ×3

Slime Condensate ×15

Juvenile Jade ×2


Qingxin ×20

Vayuda Turquoise Fragment ×6

Slime Secretions ×12

Juvenile Jade ×4


Qingxin ×30

Vayuda Turquoise Chunk ×3

Slime Secretions ×18

Juvenile Jade ×8


Qingxin ×45

Vayuda Turquoise Chunk ×6

Slime Concentrate ×12

Juvenile Jade ×12


Qingxin ×60

Vayuda Turquoise Gemstone ×6

Slime Concentrate ×24

Juvenile Jade ×20

Genshin Impact Xiao Talents (Skills)

Whirlwind Thrust

Whirlwind Thrust

Normal Attack

Normal Attack

Performs up to 6 consecutive spear strikes.

Charged Attack

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

Plunging Attack

Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact.

Xiao does not take DMG from performing Plunging Attacks.

Lemniscatic Wind Cycling

Lemniscatic Wind Cycling

Elemental Skill

Xiao lunges forward, dealing Anemo DMG to opponents in his path.

Can be used in mid-air.

Starts with 2 charges.

Bane of All Evil

Bane of All Evil

Elemental Burst

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

Yaksha’s Mask

Greatly increases Xiao’s jumping ability.

Increases his attack AoE and attack DMG.

Converts attack DMG into Anemo DMG, which cannot be overridden by any other elemental infusion.

In this state, Xiao will continuously lose HP.

The effects of this skill end when Xiao leaves the field.

Conqueror of Evil: Tamer of Demons

Conqueror of Evil: Tamer of Demons

1st Ascension Passive

While under the effects of Bane of All Evil, all DMG dealt by Xiao increases by 5%. DMG increases by a further 5% for every 3s the ability persists. The maximum DMG Bonus is 25%.

Dissolution Eon: Heaven Fall

Dissolution Eon: Heaven Fall

4th Ascension Passive

Using Lemniscatic Wind Cycling increases the DMG of subsequent uses of Lemniscatic Wind Cycling by 15%. This effect lasts for 7s, and has a maximum of 3 stacks. Gaining a new stack refreshes the effect’s duration.

Transcension: Gravity Defier

Transcension: Gravity Defier

Utility Passive

Decreases climbing Stamina consumption for your own party members by 20%.

Not stackable with Passive Talents that provide the exact same effects.

Genshin Impact Xiao Constellations from C0 to C6

Dissolution Eon: Destroyer of Worlds

Dissolution Eon: Destroyer of Worlds

Constellation 1

Increases Lemniscatic Wind Cycling’s charges by 1.

Annihilation Eon: Blossom of Kaleidos

Annihilation Eon: Blossom of Kaleidos

Constellation 2

When in the party and not on the field, Xiao’s Energy Recharge is increased by 25%.

Conqueror of Evil: Wrath Deity

Conqueror of Evil: Wrath Deity

Constellation 3

Increases the Level of Lemniscatic Wind Cycling by 3.

Maximum upgrade level is 15.

Transcension: Extinction of Suffering

Transcension: Extinction of Suffering

Constellation 4

When Xiao’s HP falls below 50%, he gains a 100% DEF Bonus.

Evolution Eon: Origin of Ignorance

Evolution Eon: Origin of Ignorance

Constellation 5

Increases the Level of Bane of All Evil by 3.

Maximum upgrade level is 15.

Conqueror of Evil: Guardian Yaksha

Conqueror of Evil: Guardian Yaksha

Constellation 6

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 the next 1s, he may use Lemniscatic Wind Cycling while ignoring its CD.

Best Genshin Impact Xiao Team Combo





・Xiao’s attacks will be boosted by Bennett while providing heal.

・Sucrose can provide much needed Anemo Energy to keep up Xiao’s ULT.

・Zhongli prevents significant damage with his shield while providing a moving debuff. He can also CC the enemies that Sucrose could not control.

Best Genshin Impact Xiao Builds

Xiao is one of the heaviest damage dealers in the game. However, he will need an anemo battery to feed him energy particles for his elemental burst. Suggested

Best Genshin Impact Xiao Weapons

Xiao’s best 4-star weapon is the Deathmatch which can be obtained from the Battle Pass. If you don’t have any of these, you can opt for a Favonius Lance as a filler until you get a much better weapon.

Primordial Jade-Winged Spear

Primordial Jade Winged Spear

On hit, increases ATK by 3.2% for 6s. Max 7 stacks. This effect can only occur once every 0.3s. While in possession of the maximum possible stacks, DMG dealt is increased by 12%.

Staff of Homa

Staff of Homa

HP increased by 20%. Additionally, provides an ATK Bonus based on 0.8% of the wielder’s Max HP. When the wielder’s HP is less than 50%, this ATK bonus is increased by an additional 1% of Max HP.



If there are at least 2 opponents nearby, ATK is increased by 16% and DEF is increased by 16%. If there are fewer than 2 opponents nearby, ATK is increased by 24%.

Best Genshin Impact Xiao Artifacts

Xiao’s best artifacts are a combination of Viridescent Venerer and any of the other two artifacts. So 2-piece Viridescent and 2-piece either of the latter.
Main stats to lookout for are ATK Sands, ATK/Anemo DMG% Goblet, Crit Rate/Crit Damage Circlet depending on your Crit rate.

Viridescent Venerer

Viridescent Venerer

  • 2-piece effect: Anemo DMG Bonus +15%
  • 4-piece effect: Increases Swirl DMG by 60%. Decreases opponent’s Elemental RES to the element infused in the Swirl by 40% for 10s.
Gladiator's Finale

Gladiator's Finale

  • 2-piece effect: ATK +18%.
  • 4-piece effect: If the wielder of this artifact set uses a Sword, Claymore or Polearm, increases their Normal Attack DMG by 35%.
Shimenawa's Reminiscence

Shimenawa's Reminiscence

  • 2-piece effect: ATK +18%
  • 4-piece effect: When casting an Elemental Skill, if the character has 15 or more Energy, they lose 15 Energy and Normal/Charged/Plunging Attack DMG is increased by 50% for 10s. This effect will not trigger again during that duration.

FAQs about Genshin Impact Xiao

Xiao is a 5-star Anemo Polearm character, adept at dealing huge amounts of AoE damage from Plunging Attacks. He is widely regarded as a great and balanced character, who excels in AoE but somehow falters in the single target department.

Xiao may appear like a teenager or young adult, but he’s actually over 2,000 years old in Genshin Impact lore. Though some like Ganyu are even older, Xiao commands great respect and authority.

Originally Xiao was actually serving another god but was treated cruelly by him. It wasn’t until Zhongli intervened that Xiao was set free from his grasp. Since being freed, Xiao has vowed to serve Zhongli and protect the people of Liyue from danger.

Absolutely, to the exclusion of almost everything else. Xiao has a high base attack, and his Elemental Skill and Burst are both focused on dealing damage.

You can use his skill to help with exploration since it covers long distances, but Xiao is best suited for the primary DPS role on your team.

The five-star Primordial Jade-Winged Spear has long been the best pick for Xiao, and that’s why it’s currently featured on the epitome invocation banner alongside his rerun. That, and because it’s his weapon.
Other best weapon options include Staff of Homa and Deathmatch.

This inner suffering is present in the design of his skills: when Xiao uses “Bane of All Evil,” he dons his mask, which continually enhances his combat abilities but also continually drains his health. This demonstrates the great suffering he must endure as a consequence of using this power.

In terms of attack speed, Xiao surpasses Diluc, as Claymore wielding characters have a slower attacking speed compared to other weapon carriers.

Polearm users can dish out multiple hits per second, whereas claymore users are usually slower because of the heavy weapon mechanism.

Xiao technically has higher ATK potential than Diluc. This also means his damage multipliers can scale easier since he has higher base damage. The difference might not be that big but it’s a bragging right, having Xiao since, by technicality, he has the highest damage right out of the box.

The best team works for Xiao in the game include Bennett, Sucrose, and Zhongli.

Bennett is the game’s best Support hands down but works even better with Xiao. Bennett’s Elemental Burst buffs the attack of and heals characters within its field, two things Xiao wants.

Sucrose has a key role for Xiao: she provides a steady stream of Anemo Particles to fuel his Elemental Burst.

Her Passive Talents that buff Elemental Mastery can also prove useful when Xiao triggers Swirl reactions.

Xiao has a unique role as an on-field Anemo DPS. Normally, Anemo is a support for other elements. There are not many ways to buff Anemo, as you can’t Swirl itself. That’s where Zhongli comes in.

With Zhongli’s Jade Shield on, it lowers the resistance of nearby enemies to the active character’s Element. This is one of the only ways to debuff Anemo Resistance and can provide a massive boost to Xiao’s damage especially since he’s always up close to enemies. Of course, the Jade Shield will also protect him from damage.