Genshin Impact Xiao Best Builds: Talents, Materials, Weapons, Artifacts and Team Comp

Xiao is one of the fan-favorites and most popular characters in Genshin Impact, mainly due to his character design, in-game lore, story quest, and attack skills. Besides, he’s one of the best damage dealers in the game provided you build him the right way with the best weapons and artifacts.

In the lore, the Vigilant Yaksha is one of the creations of Rex Lapis, the lord of Geo who rules over the nation of Liyue. Alongside Xiao, he created four other Yakshas each with their own elemental type to get rid of the aftereffects of the Archon War. They later met their demise due to something called the “Karmic Debt” they built over the years which turned them over to one another. Venti saved Xiao from going insane using the Dihua Flute.

If you plan on pulling for Xiao in the future or already have him, here are the best Xiao builds, weapons, and ascension materials in Genshin Impact.

Xiao Genshin Impact: Talents and Passives

Talents and passives are the most important mechanics to focus on when building Xiao or any character. Here are all of his talents.

Xiao Talents

Xiao’s first talent is his normal attack “Whirlwind Thrust” where Xiao does a series of six attacks dealing physical damage. One of the things that’s different from other characters is his plunging attack. Plunging attacks initiated from high up inflict fall damage, but that’s not the case with Xiao. His charged attack, much like Jean’s, launches characters up.

Xiao Normal Attack Talent

His elemental skill, Lemniscatic Wind Cycling, gives you two forward lunges that do Anemo damage. This not only helps Xiao deal damage but also evade attacks from enemies and aid in exploration. That’s all there is to it.

Xiao Elemental Skill Talent

His Elemental Burst is where most of his damage comes from. Upon activating “Bane of All Evil,” Xiao wears a Yaksha Mask that increases his strength and deals increased Anemo damage and attack speed over an increased AoE. Besides, he can also jump really high in this state and plunge to deal even more damage. His elemental burst cannot be overridden by another elemental infusion.

Xiao Bane of all Evil Elemental Burst Talent

While the burst increases Xiao’s damage, one of its cons is that it chips away his HP slowly. The burst costs 70 energy, lasts for 15 seconds, and has a cooldown of 18 seconds.

Xiao Passives

As for his first passive “Conqueror of Evil: Tamer of Demons,” while in the state of Bane of All Evil (elemental burst), his damage increases by 5%. This damage increases by 5% every three seconds and the maximum it can get is 25%.

Xiao first passive

His second passive “Dissolution Eon: Heaven Fall,” increases the damage of subsequent Lemniscatic Wind Cycling by 15%. This can have a maximum of three stacks, each lasting for 7 seconds. When players gain a new stack, the timer will reset and the damage will increase as long as it’s the third stack or lower.

Xiao Second Passive

His final passive decreases the climbing stamina consumption of all party members by 20%. This is not stackable with passives of other characters that have similar passives.

Xiao third passive

Xiao: Talent Level Up and Ascension Materials

Xiao requires materials from Liyue for both ascension and talent level-up since that’s where he originated. Some of the materials he uses for ascension are Juvenile Jade which can be obtained by defeating Primo Geovishap, and Qingxin, which is found on the tall mountains of Liyue. As for his talent level-up materials, you’ll need “Shadow of the Warrior” which can be obtained by defeating Childe in his trounce domain.

Xiao Ascension and Talent materials

Xiao Ascension Materials Genshin Impact

Material Nos. Needed
Vayuda Turquoise Silver 1
Vayuda Turquoise Fragment 9
Vayuda Turquoise Chunk 9
Vayuda Turquoise Gemstone 6
Juvenile Jade 46
Slime Condensate 18
Slime Secretions 30
Slime Concentrate 36
Qingxin 168
Mora 2,092,530

Xiao Talent Level Up Materials

Material Nos. Needed
Teachings of Prosperity 9
Guide to Prosperity 63
Philosophies of Prosperity 114
Slime Condensate 18
Slime Secretions 66
Slime Concentrate 93
Shadow of the Warrior 18
Crown of Sagehood 3
Mora 4,950,000

As for the talent level-up priority, you should prioritize Xiao’s Elemental Burst followed by his Normal attack, and then his Elemental Skill at last. We prioritize Normal attack first because when in the Bane of All Evil state, players can still use their normal attacks which are then Anemo infused and deal increased damage in an increased AoE. So, the order would be Bane of All Evil > Whirlwind Thrust > Lemniscatic Wind.

Xiao Genshin Impact: Best Builds

The best build for Xiao in Genshin Impact is by using the 4-piece Vermillion Hereafter artifacts and one of his signature weapons Primordial Jade Winged-Spear. However, if you lack good Vermillion Hereafter artifacts, the combo of 2-piece Viridescent Venerer + 2-piece Gladiator’s Finale will also do similar damage numbers. Just make sure the sub-stats are good in terms of Crit output.

Vermillion Hereafter

Crit Rate and Crit Damage are the two main things you should focus on when building Xiao. Good sub-stats on the Flower and Feather, Anemo Damage bonus on the Goblet, Attack Percentage on the Sands, and Crit Damage on the Circlet are what you should be aiming for. Of course, to balance the overall Crit output and keep the golden ratio, you can balance off Crit stats from weapons, and Genshin has some of the best Polearms for characters.

At the end of the day, your Xiao should have at least a 60% Crit rate and preferably over 200% Crit damage. This way, you’ll be able to get the most out of his Elemental Burst skill.

Stat Target number
HP Any
Attack 1800+
Elemental Mastery Any
Crit rate 60%+
Crit Damage 200%+
Energy Recharge 120%+

2-piece Vermillion Hereafter increases attack by 18% and 4-piece also increases attack by 8% for 16 seconds while also increasing attack further by 10% when the character’s HP decreases (max four times). 2-piece Viridescent and 2-piece Gladiator increase Anemo Damage by 15% and Attack by 18%, respectively. You could also try the artifacts from Sumeru called Desert Pavilion Chronicle; its 2-piece set increases Anemo Damage by 15%; the 4-piece increases movement speed by 10% and the damage from Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attack by 40% for 15 seconds once a charged attack hits opponents. All in all, there are loads of options when it comes to artifacts for Anemo DPS characters.

Best Weapons for Xiao in Genshin Impact

As mentioned earlier, there’s no shortage of great polearms in Genshin Impact since there are more characters that use Polearms than any weapon type. Here are the best weapons for Xiao in Genshin Impact.

1. Primordial Jade Winged-Spear – Best Weapon for Xiao

Primordial Jade Winged Spear

Xiao’s signature weapon is unsurprisingly one of the best weapons for him. Besides its higher base attack compared to other polearms in the game, it provides Crit Rate as a sub-stat which should break you free from the shackles of worrying about Crit Rate. It also has passives that suit Xiao, like on hitting an enemy, it increases Attack by 3.2% for 6 seconds (Max 7 stacks, i.e., 22.4% attack). After all stacks are gathered, the damage is further increases by 12%. This emphasis on Attack makes it one of the best weapons for Xiao in Genshin Impact.

2. Staff of Homa

Staff of Homa

It turns out Staff of Homa is not only the best weapon for Hu Tao but also for Xiao. Besides its Crit Damage sub-stat that grants 66.2% of the same which makes it easy to balance the Crit Ratios, it also increases the attack based on Xiao’s max HP, making it one of the best weapons for Xiao in Genshin Impact.

3. Deathmatch


This Battle Pass weapon has proven to be one of the best polearms for most characters in the game and Xiao is no exception. It takes care of your Crit Damage worries thanks to its sub-stat, combined with its passives where if there are at least 2 enemies nearby, Attack and Defence are increased by 16%, and if there are less than 2 enemies, Attack is increased by 24%. While it’s not the best in terms of passives, if you lack the above two weapons, Deathmatch makes a good alternative.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Vortex Vanquisher
  • Blackcliff Pole
  • Lithic Spear
  • Dragon’s Bane

Xiao Best Team Compositions

Xiao Genshin Impact

Since Xiao is meant to be an on-field DPS, the only right way to play him is by selecting other characters in your party who can all support him. Here are the best team compositions for Xiao in Genshin Impact.

Team 1:

  • Xiao (DPS)
  • Zhongli (Substitutes: Noelle, Layla, Diona) (Shielder)
  • Bennett (Attack Buff)
  • Kazuha (Support, Crowd Control)

Team 2:

  • Xiao (DPS)
  • Faruzan (Anemo Buff)
  • Raiden Shogun (Battery + Sub-DPS)
  • Bennett (Attack Buff)

Team 3:

  • Xiao (DPS)
  • Jean (Healer)
  • Faruzan (Anemo Buff)
  • Venti (Support, Crowd Control)

Are Xiao Constellations Worth It?

Constellations play a huge role in increasing the overall damage output of a character. While most five-star characters like Xiao will still do well at C0, if you truly like the character and their synergy with other characters, you may want to invest in their constellations.

xiao Constellations
Constellation’s Name Description C2 – Annihilation Eon: Blossom of Kaleidos
C1 – Dissolution Eon: Destroyer of Winds Grants Xiao an elemental skill attack High
C2 – Annihlation Eon: Blossom of Kaleidos When not on the field, Energy Regeneration is increased by 25% Low
C3 – Conqueror of Evil: Wrath Deity Increases Xiao’s max Elemental Skill Attack level to Level 15 Low
C4 – Transcension: Extinction of Suffering When Xiao’s HP Galls below 50%, he gets 100% DEF bonus Low
C5 – Evolution Eon: Origin of Ignorance Increases Xiao’s max Elemental Burst level to Level 15 Low
C6 – Conqueror of Evil: Guardian Yaksha When Xiao’s HP Galls below 50%, he gets a 100% DEF bonus High

As you can tell, Xiao is one of the few characters in the game that’s well-off without unlocking any of his constellations. Investing in him until he reaches C6, unless you absolutely want him to, isn’t worth it.

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