Welcome to Pocket Gamer’s detailed Genshin Impact Xiao guide! Xiao is an adeptus and is the only surviving member of the Five Yakshas sent by Morax to defeat demons that haunted Liyue. He lives in the Wangshu Inn and prefers to be away from humans and unwanted attention.
In order to pay tribute to the late Geo Archon, Xiao has taken up the task of watching over Liyue and vowing to protect it from threats, even if he doesn’t directly interact with its citizens.
In the guide below you will find the following features:
Xiao Element / Tier / Rarity / Weapon
Anemo / S Tier / 5* Rarity / Polearm
In Genshin Impact, Xiao is a strong Polearm-wielding Anemo user who excels at plunge attacks and exploring, thanks to his ability to dash while in-air. As an adeptus, his tremendous power is an envious one, but he uses his abilities at the cost of HP, which makes him reliant on others, regardless of whether he wants to be or not.
How to get Xiao
You can only obtain Xiao in his own featured banner, Invitation to Mundane Life, which is currently inactive. He is not available in the standard wish banner, Wanderlust Invocation.
In Genshin Impact, Xiao will be your DPS, as he can do some serious damage, as long as he’s alive to use them. Use Bennett to heal and provide additional damage when Xiao is resting from his Burst. Sucrose can help the team by grouping enemies, provide Anemo resonance, and give the team additional energy. Zhongli is a great choice for shields and debuffs.
Xiao will act as your DPS, and he can get some additional energy from the Traveler (Anemo). Barbara can help keep the team’s HP up with her healing abilities. Use Noelle to boost the length that Xiao can stay on the field with her shields.
Talents / Skills / Passive
Whirlwind Thrust – Normal Attack
Normal: Performs up to 6 rapid strikes.
Charge Attack: Consumes Stamina to perform an upward thrust.
Plunge Attack: Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact. Xiao does not take DMG from performing Plunging Attacks.
1-Hit DMG 27.5% + 27.5%
2-Hit DMG 56.9%
3-Hit DMG 68.6%
4-Hit DMG 37.7% + 37.7%
5-Hit DMG 71.5%
6-Hit DMG 95.8%
Charged Attack DMG – 121%
Charged Attack Stamina Cost – 25
Plunge DMG – 82%
Low/High Plunge DMG – 164% / 204%
Lemniscatic Wind Cycling – Elemental Skill
Xiao lunges forward, dealing Anemo DMG to opponents in his path. Can be used in midair. Starts with 2 charges.
Bane of All Evil – Elemental Burst
Xiao dons the Yaksha Mask that set gods and demons trembling millennia ago.
Greatly increases Xiao’s jumping ability.
Increases Xiao’s attack AoE and DMG.
Xiao’s attack DMG is converted to 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.
Normal Attack/Charge Attack/Plunge Attack Damage Bonus – 58.5%
Life Drain – 3.0% Current HP per second
Duration – 15s
CD – 18s
Energy Cost – 70
Conqueror of Evil: Tamer of Demons – 1st Ascension Passive
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%.
Dissolution Eon: Heaven Fall – 4th Ascension Passive
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.