And that's where this guide comes in, as we will be giving you a full breakdown of Xiao's rating among the varied cast of Genshin Impact characters. In addition to Xiao's ratings, we'll show you how to set up the best build, and push his abilities and skills to their full potential.
Xiao Rating in Genshin Impact
Xiao is an S+ tier character, and though he is a recluse who keeps to himself, when in combat he utilizes Anemo to deal high DPS (Damage per second) over wide areas with his heavy AOE (Area of Effect) attacks. He wields a Polearn and in combination with his ability to apply elements in a broad area, he becomes a real force to be reckoned with.
Xiao is unique in the sense that he can serve as a heavy damage dealer, as well as a main DPS with his Elemental Resonance that pushes his damage output quite high. His burst provides a constant source of Pyro damage for Swirl that when combined with Artifacts like the Viridescent Venerer, can tear through enemies extremely effectively.
Best Xiao Build in Genshin Impact
Below we have provided the best build you can use when playing Xiao in Genshin Impact, which focuses on increasing his attack damage to even more ludicrous heights. And buffing his defenses to give him some durability while he's out there crushing enemies.
Recommended Weapon: Primordial Jade Winged Spear
The Primordial Jade Winged Spear was pretty much made for Xiao, by boosting the user's critical rate, and can boost their attack by 33%. This works especially well for Xiao as his crit rate rises as he levels up. But if this spear is a bit too rich for your blood, there are alternatives you can use in the meantime listed below.
Favonius Lance - Critical damage has a 60 - 100% chance of generating a small number of Elemental particles that regenerate 6 Energy for the character, and only occurs every 12-6 seconds.
Deathmatch - If there are two or more enemies nearby, Attack and Defense are increased by 16%, and if there are fewer than two enemies nearby, Attack is increased by 24%.
Recommended Artifact: Viridescent Venerer
With a two-piece set of the Viridescent Venerer you gain an Anemo damage boost of 15%. With a full four-piece set, you gain an increase in Swirl damage of 60%. You will also decrease your opponent's Elemental Resistance to the elements infused to the swirl by 40% for 10 seconds, however, we have provided some solid Artifact alternatives below as well.
Gladiator's Finale - A two-piece set gives you an 18% attack boost. And a four-piece set gives you a normal attack damage boost of 35%.
Shimenawa's Reminiscence - A two-piece set also gives you an 18% attack boost. And with a four-piece set, if the caster is using an elemental skill, and if the caster has 15 or more Energy, they lose the 15 energy, and any Normal/Charged/Plunging Attack damage is increased by 50% for 10 seconds.
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