Best Genshin Impact Xiao Builds

Best Genshin Impact Xiao Builds
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Written by 

Hritwik Raj


14th Apr 2022 16:04

The best Genshin Impact Xiao build - a five-star Anemo user and a polearm wielder from Liyue - is absolutely vital to make the most of this five-star Anemo user. Xiao is one of the surviving Yakshas of Genshin Impact, whom players can obtain by performing wishes on his character event wish banner. To learn about some of the best weapons, artifact, and tips on using the best Genshin Impact Xiao builds, keep reading.

Best Genshin Impact Xiao Build: Role And Playstyle

Being a gacha based roleplaying game, Genshin Impact offers a myriad of playable characters with unique abilities, applications, and roles. Xiao, in particular, is a DPS unit, a "Selfish" one, who can deal big damage without using one of the core mechanics of Genshin Impact—the elemental reactions. 

His playstyle, aesthetics, and other factors make him one of the most sought-after units of Genshin Impact. If you've obtained Xiao and want to know how to best utilise him, here is the best Genshin Impact Xiao build.

Best Genshin Impact Xiao Build Explained

Xiao is an Anemo element user whose Elemental Skill, Lemniscatic Wind Cycling, and Elemental Burst, Bane of All Evil, deal Anemo based damage. So to attain the best Genshin Impact Xiao build, players must use Artifacts and Weapons that complement the Anemo abilities. 

That aside, Xiao is a DPS unit whose character kit makes him one of the best Burst DPS units in the entire game. Unlike some other characters, building Xiao around his Elemental Skill or Normal Attack talents is a waste of DPS potential compared to building Xiao as a pure Burst DPS unit. 

Keeping all that in mind, we have two Burst DPS builds for Xiao here. One is focused on utilizing the adverse effects of Xiao's Elemental Burst, Bane of All Evil - where Xiao continuously losses HP over time while the ability is active - to gain additional ATK%. Meanwhile, the other build focuses on increasing Xiao's Anemo DMG and ATK%.

Best Genshin Impact Xiao Builds: Burst DPS

Here are the weapons and artifacts you need to attain the best Burst DPS builds for Xiao. 

Best Weapons For Xiao 

The best weapon for attaining a pure Burst DPS build for Xiao is none other than his featured weapon, the Primordial Jade Winged-Spear. The weapon not only increases the CRIT Rate% of Xiao's attacks by a lot. Its weapon skill, Eagle Spear of Justice, increases Xiao's ATK% by 3.2%, for 6 seconds on every hit. This skill can stack up to seven times, and when players attain all seven stacks, they get an additional ATK% increase of 12%. 

If you don't have the Primordial Jade Winged-Spear, you can also use the Staff of Homa. It scales Xiao's ATK% based on his HP%, and it gives an additional ATK% boost of 1% of Xiao's Max HP whenever his HP is below 50%.

The only problem with the above two weapons is that they are five-star weapons that players can only obtain from the Epitome Invocation banner by performing wishes. Because of that, free-to-play players might find it hard to get hold of the above two weapons. 

Thankfully, Genshin Impact offers many chances and options to get four-star weapons in the game without indulging in microtransactions. 

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Using The Catch on Xiao will affect the max damage. Though, it will increase ER%, allowing Xiao's Elemental Burst to be up most of the times. (Image Credit -Hritwik/HoYoVerse)

If you are a free-to-play player, you can use weapons like The Catch as it increases Energy Recharge% while giving a big boost to Xiao's Elemental Burst damage and its CRIT Rate.

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Similarly, using the easy-to-obtain weapon, Blackcliff Pole, players can increase Xiao's CRIT DMG% while gaining an additional ATK% boost on defeating any opponent.


There are more free-to-obtain weapons like the Kitain Cross Spear and others that players can use if they don't have the above-listed five-star or four-star Polearm weapons.

If you are a low-spender, we recommend you to get the battle pass weapon, The Deathmatch, or the Blackcliff Pole from Paimon's Bargain. 

Best Artifacts For Xiao

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You can farm Vermillion Hereafter artifact set from The Lost Valley domain. (Image Credit - Hritwik / HoYoVerse)

The best artifact for Xiao is the Vermillion Hereafter artifact set that got introduced with version 2.6, the "Zephyr of the Violet Garden" update. 

Here are the stat bonus that you get on using the Vermillion Hereafter artifact set:

  • 2-Piece Bonus - ATK +18%.
  • 4-Piece Bonus - After using an Elemental Burst. this character will gain the Nascent Light effect, increasing their ATK by 8% for 16s. When the character's HP decreases, their ATK will further increase by 10%. 
  • This increase can occur this way a maximum of 4 times. This effect can be triggered once every 0.8s. Nascent Light will be dispelled when the character leaves the field. 
  • If an Elemental Burst is used again during the duration of Nascent Light, the original Nascent Light will be dispelled.

You can use the Viridescent Venerer artifact set to increase Xiao's Anemo DMG. 

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

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Image Credit - Hritwik / HoYoVerse

Since Xiao's Elemental Burst doesn't cause any elemental reaction, using four pieces of the Viridescent Venerer is a no-brainer. Instead, you use two pieces of artifacts like the Gladiator's Finale, Shimenawa's Reminiscence, and others to increase ATK%. 

Now that we have listed the best weapons and artifacts for Xiao and also explained how Xiao and his abilities benefit from them, we are ready to talk about the weapon and artifact combination to attain the two Burst DPS builds that we talked about earlier.

You can attain the Burst DPS build while utilizing Xiao's Elemental Burst's adverse effect using the Primordial Jade Winged-Spear, Staff of Homa, or the Blackcliff Pole weapons combined with the Vermillion Hereafter artifact set.

Meanwhile, if you want to increase Xiao's Anemo DMG while having a decent ATK%, you can use any of the above-listed weapons. Or others whose secondary stat bonus or weapon skill increases ATK%. 

Best Genshin Impact Xiao Build: Stats And Attributes

Like other DPS units, while building Xiao, make sure your CRIT Rate to CRIT DMG% ratio is 1:3, and your artifacts give a boost to attributes like Anemo DMG, ATK%, CRIT Rate%, and CRIT DMG%.

That should be all you need to know to build the best Genshin Impact Xiao builds - make sure you keep your eyes peeled on GGRecon for more Genshin Impact guides in future.


Hritwik has been writing about video games, manga, and anime for more than 8 years. Some of his favourite games include The Last of Us Part II, Fallout 76, Apex Legends, Genshin Impact, and the Souls series.

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