Xiao is one of the most awaited character in Genshin Impact. Information about him has been around before Genshin Impact release.
He is DPS character, selfish DPS to be exact. He will keep jumping and plunging, whooping enemy HP along with his own, while other party member supporting him with buff, heals, etc.
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Main source of Xiao DMG is Plunging attack so leveling Normal Attack first is a must.
With his elemental skill: Lemniscatic Wind Cycling, Xiao lunges forward, dealing Anemo DMG to opponents in his path. This skill have 2 charges but if you have his first constellation, you will get 1 more charges. Also, 10s cooldown will only restore 1 charge.
This skill also can be used mid-air, useful when you are gliding and try to reach farther location before landing.
When using his elemental burst: Bane of All Evil, Xiao AoE and attack DMG increased and converted to Anemo DMG. When in this state, spam as much Plunge Attack as you can.
When Xiao using his elemental burst, he will keep losing few percent HP every second. So it’s recommended to bring healer.
He also have terrible energy recharge, his elemental skill only generates few elemental particles in one charges. Relying on his elemental skill to recharge his energy will take too long, so it’s recommend to bring other Anemo or energy recharge support as battery.
Both Jean and Sayu can fill roles as healer and energy recharge battery. Other alternative is Bennet, besides healing you will get sweet ATK increase buff but you will have to bring another Anemo character for battery.
5 Star Polearm
Primordial Jade Winged Spear is his signature weapon and definitely the best for him. It’s have CRIT Rate substats and passive called Eagle Polearm of Justice with following effects:
On hit, increases ATK by 3.2/3.9/4.6/5.3/6.0% 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 12/15/18/21/24%.
Other 5 star polearm is a good alternative. Staff of Homa second effect will active IF Xiao HP drain reach below 50%, Vortex Vanquisher also good choice as long as you can manage shield uptime, and finally Skyward Spine with it’s Energy Recharge substats can help with his energy recharge problem.
4 Star Polearm
Blackcliff Pole can be obtained from Paimon Bargain Shop, this polearm have CRIT DMG substats. Xiao can defeat multiple enemy pretty fast so reaching max stacks won’t be a problem.
Deathmatch from Battle Pass also a good choice with it’s CRIT Rate substats and effect that always active. Litchic Spear effect will active with only Xiao in the team, but more members from Liyue will increase it’s effect.
And the last weapon is Prototype Starglitter, craftable weapon with Energy Recharge substats. This weapon will increase DMG for normal and charged attack after Xiao using elemental skill.
The Catch for Xiao?
Q: How about recently released f2p weapon the catch for Xiao? It’s have effect to increase elemental burst DMG and elemental burst crit rate, pretty good eh?
A: Nope, unfortunately Xiao elemental burst isn’t registered as burst but instead as Anemo infused plunge attack so Xiao won’t get any DMG increase from The Catch polearm.
So far this is the only optimal set with Xiao. 2 set Viridescent Venerer will increase Xiao Anemo DMG by 15% while Gladiator’s Finale will increase his ATK by 18%. You can also use 2 Shimenawa Reminiscence since it’s have same set effect as Gladiator.
And no, it’s not recommended to use 4 Shimenawa Reminiscence. Xiao already have problem with his energy recharge and 4 Shimenawa will take 15 energy for the buff.
But still, if you have C1 (+1 more charges for elemental skill) and super energy recharge support like Raiden Shogun maybe this set could work.
|ATK%||Anemo DMG Bonus%||CRITDMG%/CRIT Rate%|
|CRIT DMG% > CRIT Rate% > ATK% > Energy Recharge% > ATK|