Genshin Impact Xiao Character Guide

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With the 1.3 update, Genshin Impact welcomes a new 5-star character to its roster! Xiao was previously featured in the beta but has not made an appearance in the game’s full release until now. He is known as a withdrawn character living at the Wangshu Inn but in the Lantern Rites Festival Event that update 1.3 brings, we get to see him come out of his shell even more.

If you’re excited to pull his character, make sure you’ve got enough Primogems at hand! If you’re stumped, you can always buy Google Play Gift Card and get it over with.

Here comes a detailed guide to his character and the best way to make full use of him.


Who is Xiao?

Xiao, “The Conqueror of Demons” and “Guardian Yaksha”, is the latest 5-star character to grace the world of Genshin Impact. An S tier character that can be pulled through a limited time banner with Wind Anemo powers and a polearm as a weapon. As the last living member of the five Yakshas, he is tasked with hunting demons around Liyue. He is also an Adeptus and known as a protector of Liyue, all of which is reflected in his skills and high combat ability.


Character Banner

Xiao’s banner “Invitation to Mundane Life” starts from February 3rd to February 17th. This is in correlation to Genshin Impact’s 1.3 update. Other pulls that could come from the banner would be Diona, Beidou, and Xinyan.


Combat Info

Here’s all the combat information you need to know about Xiao, a truly powerful character especially when used right.

Talent Type Description
Whirlwind Thrust Normal/Charged Attack Normal Attack: Perform up to 6 rapid strikes.

Charged Attack: Consumes stamina to perform an upward thrust.

Plunging Attack: Plunge from mid-air and strike the ground, damaging enemies in the way. Deals AoE DMG on impact. Xiao takes no damage.

Lemniscatic Wind Cycling Elemental Skill Xiao lunges forward & deals with Anemo DMG to enemies in his path. 

Can be used in mid-air.

Takes 2 charges to start.

Bane of All Evil Elemental Burst Does the Yaksha Mask:

  • Increases Xiao’s jumping ability
  • Increases Xiao’s attack AoE & attack DMG
  • Converts attack DMG into Anemo DMG, cannot be overridden.
  • Xiao will continue to lose HP.
  • The effects of Yaksha’s Mask ends when Xiao leaves the field.
Evil Conqueror – Tamer of Demons Passive Talent Under the effects of Bane of All Evil, all DMG dealt increases by 5%.

DMG increases by 5% every 3s as the ability goes on.

THE maximum DMG bonus is 25%.

Dissolution Eon – Heaven Fall Passive Talent Using Lemniscatic Wind Cycling increases DMG of its consequent uses by 15%.

The effect lasts for 7s with a maximum of 3 stacks.

Gaining a new stack would refresh the effect’s duration.

Transcension – Gravity Defier Passive Talent Decrease the climbing stamina consumption of party members by 20%.

Not stackable with any Passives that provide similar effects.



Constellations Description
Dissolution Eon – Destroyer of Worlds Increases the Lemniscatic Wind Cycling charge by 1
Annihilation Eon – Blossom of Kaleidos When not actively used in a party, Xiao’s energy recharge increases by 25%. 
Evil Conqueror – Wrath Deity Increases level of Lemniscatic Wind Cycling by 3.

The maximum level upgrade is 15.

Transcension – Extinction of Suffering When Xiao’s HP falls below 50%, he gains a 100% DEF bonus.
Evolution Eon – Origin of Ignorance Increase the level of Bane of All Evil by 3.

The maximum level upgrade is 15.

Evil Conqueror – Guardian Yaksha Under the effects of Bane of All Evil, hitting at least 2 enemies with Plunging Attack will grant 1 charge of Lemniscatic Wind Cycling.

For the next 1s, has the ability to use Lemniscatic Wind Cycling, ignoring his CD.


Best Artifacts

As an Anemo damage dealer, Xiao needs artifacts that could boost his abilities. He is best suited for a DPS role.

Gladiator’s Finale

Equipping 2 pieces of this set grants 18% extra DMG. Equipping 4 pieces of this set increases normal ATK DMG by 35%, especially for polearm users.

This set could be found from the Spiral Abyss chest reward and boss kills.


Viridescent Venerer

Equipping 2 pieces from this set could grant Xiao a 15% Anemo DMG bonus. Equipping 4 pieces could boost Swirl DMG by 60% and decrease enemies’ Elemental RES by 40% for 10 seconds.

This set could be found in the Valley of Remembrance domain.


Best Weapons

Primordial Jade-Winged Spear

This is generally Xiao’s preferred weapon, as he is seen carrying it around and is featured on the Epitome Invocation wish. It is a 5-star polearm that increases ATK by 3.2% for 6 seconds, stackable up to 7 times. The effect can only happen once every 0.3 seconds. When maximum stacks are reached, DMG dealt increases by 12%.


Blackcliff Pole

Can be bought from Paimon’s Bargains Shop. After an enemy is defeated, ATK increases by 12% for 30 seconds with a maximum of 3 stacks. The duration of each stack is independent.



This weapon can be obtained through chests. It ensures that normal attacks deal an additional 160% DMG. Can only occur once every 10 seconds.


Prototype Starglitter

Can be obtained through the blacksmith by forging. After the usage of an Elemental Skill, it increases the normal and charged ATK DMG by 8% for 12 seconds with a maximum of 2 stacks.


Ascension Materials

Here’s what you will need to ascend Xiao to reach his maximum potential.

Level Mora Requirements
20 20,000 1x Vayuda Turquoise Silver

3x Qingxin

3x Slime Condensate

40 40,000 3x Vayuda Turquoise Fragment

2x Juvenile Jade

10x Qingxin

15x Slime Condensate

50 60,000 6x Vayuda Turquoise Fragment

4x Juvenile Jade

20x Qingxin 

12x Slime Secretions

60 80,000 3x Vayuda Turquoise Chunk

8x Juvenile Jade

30x Qingxin

18x Slime Secretions

70 100,000 6x Vayuda Turquoise Chunk

12x Juvenile Jade

45x Qingxin

12x Slime Concentrate

MAX: 80-90 120,000 6x Vayuda Turquoise Gemstone

20x Juvenile Jade

60x Qingxin

24x Slime Concentrate


Talent Ascension Materials

Here’s what you would need to ascend Xiao’s talents.

Level Mora Requirements
Level 2 12,500 3x Teachings of Prosperity

6x Slime Condensate

Level 3 17,500 2x Guide to Prosperity

3x Slime Secretions

Level 4 25,000 4x Guide to Prosperity

4x Slime Secretions

Level 5 30,000 6x Guide to Prosperity

6x Slime Secretions

Level 6 35,000 9x Guide to Prosperity

9x Slime Secretions

Level 7 120,000 4x Philosophies of Prosperity

4x Slime Concentrate

1x Shadow of The Warrior

Level 8 260,000 6x Philosophies of Prosperity

6x Slime Concentrate

1x Shadow of The Warrior

Level 9 450,000 12x Philosophies of Prosperity

9x Slime Concentrate

2x Shadow of The Warrior

Level 10 700,000 16x Philosophies of Prosperity

12x Slime Concentrate

2x Shadow of The Warrior

1x Crown of Insight


That’s all we have on Xiao so far, hopefully, this guide is useful for you as you start out on more adventures with the Guardian Yaksha. Do let us know what you think of his character and your preferred weapons or artifact combinations in the comments below!

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