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Genshin Impact best Xiao build, weapons, and best Xiao F2P options

Unleash the demon within

Xiao, one of the most popular anemo characters in Genshin Impact, is one of the most popular characters in Genshin Impact by far. He's an excellent DPS pick on his own thanks to his transformation attacks and high base stats. While he performs best with an awesome team comp by his side, you'll want to focus on improving Xiao's build if you want him to stop pulling his punches.

He’s hyper focused on one thing and one thing only: dealing huge amounts of damage. There’s not much else you can do with Xiao aside from letting him loose on the field, but that’s all he really needs to do anyway. Our best Xiao build helps you do just that, with suggestions for weapons, artifacts, and a Xiao free to play build too if you've not gonna many primo gems spare.

Watch the version 2.7 trailer, featuring Xiao, above!

Is Xiao a DPS character?

Absolutely, to the exclusion of almost everything else. Xiao has high base attack, and his Elemental Skill and Burst are both focused on dealing damage. You can use his skill to help with exploration, since it covers long distances, but Xiao is best suited for the primary DPS role on your team.

What is the best Xiao build in Genshin Impact?

An image of Xiao from their official reveal trailer!
Xiao can easily fill the slot as your main damage dealer, as long as you have the right build.

Xiao has a single focus, hitting things very hard, and the best build helps him do that even better than usual.

What is the best Xiao weapon?

The Primordial Jade Winged Spear is made for Xiao and has its own rerun in this update’s weapon banner. It has one of the highest attack stats of any polearm and a secondary stat that boosts the user’s critical hit rate. Best of all for Xiao is the passive skill, Eagle Spear of Justice.

Landing an attack increases the user’s attack stat by 3.2% for six seconds, and it stacks seven times. The stacking is slightly uneven, though, since the maximum damage increase with seven stacks is 12%.

Staff of Homa is a close second best.It boosts Xiao's crit damage by 14% and provides a hefty boost to attack damage based on your max HP. Not only that, when you fall below 50% HP, this boost is increased by 1%.

What are the best Xiao Artifacts?

Xiao is all about doing powerful attacks, so your best bet for Xiao Artifacts is playing into his strengths and increasing the effectiveness of his attacks and his burst.. For that, we recommend:

  1. Vermillion (4-piece): Increases ATK by 18% (2-piece). After using 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 further increase can occur this way a maximum of 4 times (4-piece).

What is the best Xiao F2P build?

Xiao wearing their mask in their reveal trailer. Genshin Impact.
Not got all the best gear? No problem! Xiao can hold their own even with subpar equipment.

Xiao’s F2P build might lack the fancy spear, but it still brings out his extraordinary potential for dealing heavy damage.

Best Xiao F2P weapon

We’re going with Prototype Starglitter for this one. Its attack stat is a little on the low side, but it offers a hefty boost to Energy Recharge. Starglitter’s passive skill also increases the user’s attack by 8% for 12 seconds. It stacks twice, so you get the full bonus after using Xiao’s dual-use Skill, and the cooldown matches his Skill cooldown perfectly.

Best Xiao Artifacts for F2P

Xiao can make use of four star artifacts to great effect, especially ones that play into their elemental burst. As such, we recommend:

  • The Exile (4-piece): Energy Recharge +20% (2-piece). Using an Elemental Burst regenerates 2 Energy for all party members (excluding the wearer) every 2s for 6s (4-piece).

What are the Xiao upgrade materials?

Xiao’s materials are fairly standard for a Liyue character. You’ll need Juvenile Jade, Slime Condensate, and Qingxin Flower, along with items in the Vayuda series. Xiao talent materials are a bit more involved and include more slime materials, books in the Prosperity series, and Shadow of the Warrior, which you can only obtain from Liyue’s weekly boss fight.

Once you're finished padding out Xiao, take a stroll in the sea and check out one of our favourite areas in Genshin Impact, Enkanomiya. The underwater region takes some work to unlock, but there's plenty of secrets to uncover there, including more islands after the initial one, secret books, and key sigils.

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