TL;DR Guide for Xinyan

A guide by 2Board_on reddit who has given permission for us to post this - you can find the original guide on reddit here.

It is intended to be a brief overview of the strengths/weaknesses of the character, with the authors own opinions on the best currently available gear to pair with the character.

Overview & Passive

PSA #1:

A DPS is the lead singer of the group, who gets all the girls/guys and lives in the spotlight. A support are the guitarists and drummers who make sure the lead singer isn’t just singing a Capella like an idiot.

PSA #2:

Both Xinyan’s abilities scale off ATK, but her E does benefit from DEF. She’s a really cool character with a much appreciated pyro application, but holy crap does the little drum on her back makes so much noise whenever she moves…


Passive

A Rad Recipe

When a Perfect Cooking is achieved on a DEF-boosting dish, Xinyan has a 12% chance to obtain double the product.

E - Sweeping Fervor

PSA #3:

Must hit 3 enemies with E to gain the strongest shield + do AoE pyro damage pulses.

  • Pulses 6 times total in 12 seconds (1 pulse = 2 seconds)
  • Pulse range is not that big, so always stay within melee distance

The AoE pyro aura extends roughly past her normal attack range in every direction around the character, making it extremely potent at applying pyro shields.

WARNING: Currently there is a bug with the inconsistency with the AoE pyro aura when you achieve a level 3 shield. Sometimes the aura may go into effect, other time’s it won’t.


"The Show Goes On, Even Without An Audience..."

Decreases the number of enemies Sweeping Fervor must hit to trigger each level of shielding.

  • Shield Level 2: Lead-In requirement reduced to 1 enemy hit.
  • Shield Level 3: Rave requirement reduced to 2 enemies hit or more.

Reduces number of enemies hit from 3 to 2 to gain the max shield + AoE pulses.


"...Now That's Rock 'N' Roll!"

Characters shielded by Sweeping Fervor deal 15% increased Physical DMG.

Basically a free 15% Phys DMG buff for 12s.


Keep in mind this passive is only active when you unlock Ascension 4 for Xinyan (character level 70).

This passive makes her both an extremely versatile character. Not only will it benefit her as a main DPS role, but also as an amazing support buffer to DPS characters like Razor, Keqing, Zhongli, and Xiangling; who excel at dealing Phys DMG.

Sweeping Fervor - Lvl. 1 Example Stats

Swing DMG 170%
Shield Level 1 DMG Absorption 104.0% def+501
Shield Level 2 DMG Absorption 122.4% def+589
Shield Level 3 DMG Absorption 144.0% def+693
DoT 33.6%
Shield Duration 12.0s
CD 18.0s

Literally uses her drum to slap enemies infront and next to her (DOESN’T HIT ENEMIES BEHIND HER). Bread and butter of her kit.

Q - Riff Revolution

Strums guitar like a madlass. Does one giant AoE Phys DMG attack. Knocks away enemies. Spawns fire pillars that continuously do pyro DMG to enemies nearby.

Riff Revolution - Lvl. 1 Example Stats

Skill DMG 341%
Pyro DoT 40%
Duration 2.0s
CD 15.0s
Energy Cost 60

Weapons

WEAPON #1 (Recommended for DPS): The Unforged

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

Has base ATK% scaling and essentially a 40% ATK buff (PLEASE READ BELOW).

This weapon is best in slot hands down for C2 Xinyan, as you can (quite literally) maintain 100% shield uptime by alternating between E and Q. Alternatively, you can pair with another shield user to accomplish this if you don't have C2.

If you have Wolf's Gravestone, it works as second best. Otherwise, a refined Prototype Animus will do just fine!


WEAPON #2(Recommended for Support): Whiteblind

How do I get it D: ? - Forge (Prototype x1, Crystal Chunk x50, White Iron Chunk x50)

Has base DEF% scaling and provides a juicy ATK/DEF buff to further strengthen shield.

Favonius Greatsword is also extremely favorable since her E can generate a lot of orbs (likewise with Sacrificial Greatsword). If you've spent all your claymore prototypes making Animus, you can honestly run that too.


Some really good other early replacements are (but not limited to): Skyrider Greatsword [scaling physical dmg + ATK buff], Debate Club [scaling ATK + AoE ATK buff], and Bloodtainted Greatsword [scaling mastery + dmg to enemies affect by electro].

ARTIFACTS

ARTIFACT #1 (Recommended for DPS): Bloodstained Chivalry + Gladiator's Finale

How do I get it D: ? - Bloodstained at Clear Pool and Mountain Cavern Domain (AR 35 locked, 20 Resin per run). Gladiators at any World Boss (40 Resin per run)

Bloodstained Chivalry - Increases her normal/charged + burst nuke damage.

Gladiator's Finale - ATK% bonuses are always welcome.

PSA #4:

But 2Board, why not 4-set Bolide or Gladiators? 2 main reasons: 1) In recent testing with Zhongli as well, this combination of artifacts outperformed both set's 4-set variations. 2) Her C1, C2, and C4 quite literally turn her into a pyro version of Razor, making her a Phys DMG maniac.


ARTIFACT #2 (Recommended for Support):Noblesse Oblige

How do I get it D: ? - Clear Pool and Mountain Cavern Domain (AR 35 locked, 20 Resin per run)

Her Q has insane scaling, but makes it stronger + her team as well.

Summary

Main stats for DPS:

Main stats: ATK% Sands / Phys DMG% Goblet / CRIT% or CRIT DMG Circlet

Substats: CRIT% > CRIT DMG > ATK > EM


Main stats for Support:

Main stats: DEF% Sands / DEF% or Pyro DMG% Goblet / CRIT% or CRIT DMG Circlet

Substats: CRIT% > CRIT DMG > ATK > DEF or EM