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Genshin Impact Xiao guide: Best weapons, artifacts, and materials required for ascension

All you need to know about Xiao, and the ways to unleash his maximum potential.

Genshin Impact is an adventure RPG game released by miHoYo in 2020. In a short span of time, the game has become one of the most successful adventure RPG titles ever to have been released. This guide will be looking into one of the most popular characters in Genshin Impact, Xiao, and the best weapons, artifacts, and materials required for his ascension.

Xiao: Playstyle and skillset of the character

Xiao is an Adeptus and the last of the Five Great Yakshas sent by Morax to tame the demonic spirits that haunted Liyue. He is currently residing in Wangshu Inn, where he is isolated from crowds and human contact. Xiao is a 5-star Anemo polearm wielder, and his constellation is Alatus Nemeseos. The following are his talents, skills, and attacks:

Name / DescriptionType
Whirlwind ThrustNormal Attack
Xiao performs up to 6 consecutive rapid strikes with his polearm.
Whirlwind ThrustCharged attack
Xiao consumes stamina unleashing a quick upward strike.
Whirlwind ThrustPlunge attack
– Xiao plunges from midair with her spear then hits the ground, dealing AOE damage. 

– Xiao does not take damage no matter how high he uses his plunge attack.
Lemniscatic Wind CyclingElemental Skill
Xiao dashes forward dealing Anemo damage to enemies hit

– Starts with 2 charges
– Can be used mid-air
Bane of All EvilElemental Burst
Xiao wears the yaksha’s mask greatly increasing his power:

– Converts attack damage from physical to Anemo
– Increases attack range and damage
– Greatly increases Xiao’s jumping ability
– Xiao continuously loses a percentage of his hp while in this state

Xiao’s Passive

  • Transcension: Gravity Defier– Reduces climbing stamina usage by 20% for your own party members. Passive Talents that deliver the same effects cannot be stacked.
  • Conqueror of Evil: Tamer of Demons– While under the influence of Bane of All Evil, Xiao’s DMG rises by 5%. DMG rises by 5% for every 3 seconds the ability is active. The DMG boost is limited to a maximum of 25%.
  • Dissolution Eon: Heaven fall- Using Lemnistatic Wind Cycling raises the DMG of following Lemniscatic Wind Cycling attacks by 15%. This effect lasts 7 seconds and can stack up to 3 times. Gaining a new stack resets the duration of the effect.
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Xiao in Genshin Impact

Sets to farm for Xiao in Genshin Impact

There are two recommended artifact sets for Xiao. These two include Viridescent Venerer and Gladiator’s Finale. Both of these artifact sets are great on Xiao, each for different reasons. Gladiator’s Finale would greatly increase his overall damage potential. Viridescent Venerer, however, would greatly increase his Anemo damage, which in turn would greatly boost the damage potential of Xiao in his ult form.

Stats to look on artifacts

ArtifactMain StatSub Stat


Crit rate  
Crit damage
Energy Recharge


Crit rate  
Crit damage
Energy Recharge


Attack % / Energy Recharge
Crit rate  
Crit damage
Energy Recharge


Anemo Damage%
Crit rate  
Crit damage
Energy Recharge


Crit rate / Crit damage
Crit rate  
Crit damage
Energy Recharge

Materials required for ascension of Xiao

The materials needed to ascend Xiao from level 1 to level 90 are as follows:

1xVayuda Turquoise Sliver
9xVayuda Turquoise Fragment
9xVayuda Turquoise Chunk
6xVayuda Turquoise Gemstone
46xJuvenile Jade
18xSlime Condensate
30xSlime Secretions
36xSlime Concentrate
Experience414 Hero’s wit, 13 Adventurer’s XP, 22 Wanderers advice, and 1,672,000 Mora
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Materials required for Xiao’s ascension

Talent upgrade materials for Xiao

3xTeachings of Prosperity
21xGuide to Prosperity
38xPhilosophies of Prosperity
6xSlime Condensate
22xSlime Secretions
31xSlime Concentrate
6xShadow of the Warrior
1xCrown of Insight

Best weapons for Xiao in Genshin Impact

As Xiao being the main DPS character, weapons with Attack%, Crit rate, and Crit Damage would be a great addition to his abilities.

  • Primordial Jade Winged-Spear (5*)
  • Staff of Homa (5*)
  • Crescent pike (4*)
  • Deathmatch (4*)
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Primordial Jade Winged-Spear, one of the best weapons for Xiao

All that being said, Xiao is a very fun character to play and master. He is also potent and very viable in the meta of Genshin Impact. However, always remember that the most important thing in Genshin Impact, or any game for that matter, is that the players have fun. No matter if they are meta slaving or being free with their decisions, there is no one correct way of playing a game as long as the player enjoys it.

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Any leaks on Xiao rerun ? I want him badly as i missed his banner the first time around.

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