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Xiao TLDR Guide

Author: 2Board | Featured Character: Xiao | Element Type: Anemo | Game Version 1.5.0


PSA #1:

DPS are the main protagonists. Absolutely awful at everything other than getting hurt and doing a lot of damage.

PSA #2:

Both Xiao’s abilities scale off ATK and OH BOY does he scale well. No wonder he’s always in agony, boy is literally falling headfirst into the concrete repeatedly.

E = Elemental Skill = Lemniscatic Wind Cycling

Q = Elemental Burst = Bane of All Evil


E - Lemniscatic Wind Cycling

Xiao lunges forward, dealing Anemo DMG to opponents in his path. Can be used in mid-air.
Starts with 2 charges.

Dashes in a line through enemies. Does massive Anemo DMG to enemies you go through/nearby. Causes Swirl reaction if used on element-infused enemies. HAS 2 CHARGES.

Xiao has horrible energy recharge to begin with, as his E generates very few particles. Highly recommended to run another Anemo character (even Anemo MC works) to battery for Xiao. Only ONE charge comes back at the end of the 10s CD.

E does not provide i-frames — you will still get absolutely slapped if you try to dodge with it.

Dissolution Eon: Heaven Fall

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.

Essentially you can get a 45% DMG buff for E.

PSA #3:

Unfortunately for C0 Xiao, you can’t really maximize the stacks. Most you’ll get is 2 stacks (30% DMG buff), which is still extremely strong – C1 can hit 3 stacks and maintain it easily though.

Q - Bane of All Evil

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.

Xiao puts on his mask and can now jump higher? Changes your normal/charged/plunging attack into Anemo DMG. Your plunging attack will do a large AoE Anemo attack. Oh, it also slowly drains your HP.

IMPORTANT TIP: Unless you have C6, don’t bother using E or normal/charged attacking when Q is up. Just spam that plunging attack as much as you can. You can animation cancel when you land by doing a quick normal attack, AND you can use plunging attack at any point of the jump (a.k.a. don’t wait until you’re at the peak of your jump).

Using E when in Q won’t generate Anemo particles for Xiao, making it even harder to have another Q prepped. This is not an issue if you’re killing enemies (since they drop energy orbs), but can be remedied by simply running another Anemo character to be a battery.

Conqueror of Evil: Tamer of Demons

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%.

You get a free 25% DMG buff when you Q.


Choice Number #1 - Primordial Jade Winged-Spear

Weapon Ability

On hit, increases ATK by 3.2/3.9/4.6/5.3/6% 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%.

Usage Description

WEAPON #1 (Recommended for best DPS): Primordial Jade-Winged Spear

How do I get it D: ? – It’s time to roll boys (gacha)

Has base CRIT% scaling and just absolutely ridiculous damage output (can stack extremely quickly).

If you’re running Jade Winged-Spear, then you can 100% run CRIT DMG for circlet piece, as Xiao’s 4th hidden stat is CRIT% (easily getting you to that 50% CRIT% range).

Choice Number #2 - Blackcliff Pole

Weapon Ability

After defeating an enemy, ATK is increased by 12/15/18/21/24% for 30s. This effect has a maximum of 3 stacks, and the duration of each stack is independent of the others.

Usage Description

WEAPON #2 (Recommended for good DPS): Blackcliff Pole

How do I get it D: ? – Starglitter shop (24 Starglitter)

Has base CRIT DMG scaling and ATK buff feels very nice and easy to maintain.

Xiao has insane multipliers/scaling, which makes it not too difficult to maintain Blackcliff buff.

Choice Number #3 - Deathmatch

Weapon Ability

If there are at least 2 opponents nearby, ATK is increased by 16/20/24/28/32% and DEF is increased by 16/20/24/28/32%. If there are fewer than 2 opponents nearby, ATK is increased by 24/30/36/42/48%.

Usage Description

If you don’t have enough Starglitter for Blackcliff Pole (or just prefer to save), then Deathmatch is also a great alternative.

Choice Number #4 - Prototype Starglitter

Weapon Ability

After using an Elemental Skill, increases Normal and Charged Attack DMG by 8/10/12/14/16% for 12s. Max 2 stacks.

Usage Description

There is a decent F2P choice: Prototype Starglitter (still think that name is really dumb). While you don’t really utilize the weapon skill too much when Q is up, the additional energy recharge feels amazing.


Artifact Setup #1 - (Recommended for DPS): Viridescent Venerer + Gladiator’s Finale

How do I get it D: ? – Viridescent at Valley of Remembrance Domain (AR 30 locked, 20 Resin per run). Gladiator at any World Boss (40 Resin per run).

Viridescent - Boosts E + Q (and normal/charged attack when in Q) damage.

Gladiator's - Boosts everything.

4-set Viridescent is not that strong, as Swirl damage proc’s are pretty useless for Xiao.

Sands - ATK%, Goblet - Anemo DMG%, Circlet - Crit%/Crit DMG%

Substats: CRIT DMG > ATK% > ER% > ATK or CRIT%

1st Setbonus (Viridescent Venerer)

Anemo DMG Bonus +15%

2nd Setbonus (Gladiator's Finale)

ATK +18%

Artifact Setup #2 - (Recommended for early DPS): Berserker + Sojourner

How do I get it D: ? – Berserker at any World Boss (40 Resin per run) or chests. Sojourner at Midsummer Courtyard Domain (AR 22 locked, 20 Resin per run)

Berserker - Allows for quick CRIT% buildup.

Sojourner - Boosts everything.

Sands - ATK%, Goblet - Anemo DMG%, Circlet - Crit%/Crit DMG%

Substats: CRIT DMG > ATK% > ER% > ATK or CRIT%

1st Setbonus (Berserker)

CRIT Rate +12%

2nd Setbonus (Resolution of Sojourner)

ATK +18%

Artifact Setup #3 - ER Assistance

Alternatively, you can also run 2-set Exile + 2-set Sojourner early if you’re struggling with ER.

Sands - ATK%, Goblet - Anemo DMG%, Circlet - Crit%/Crit DMG%

Substats: CRIT DMG > ATK% > ER% > ATK or CRIT%

1st Setbonus (The Exile)

Energy Recharge +20%

2nd Setbonus (Resolution of Sojourner)

ATK +18%

Artifact Setup #4 - Farming for Better Artifacts

Stacking 2-set Brave Heart + 2-set Sojourner in transition to farming Glad + Viridescent also works due to Xiao’s ridiculous multipliers.

Sands - ATK%, Goblet - Anemo DMG%, Circlet - Crit%/Crit DMG%

Substats: CRIT DMG > ATK% > ER% > ATK or CRIT%

1st Setbonus (Brave Heart)

Base ATK +18%

2nd Setbonus (Resolution of Sojourner)

ATK +18%


Talent Leveling Order: Normal > Q > E (your E already has crazy multipliers early on)