Xiao (Chinese: Xiāo, "Demon") is a playable Anemo character in Genshin Impact.

He is an adeptus and the only remaining member of the Five Yakshas dispatched by Morax to subdue the demonic spirits that plagued Liyue. He currently resides in Wangshu Inn, where he secludes himself from crowds and human interactions.

He was available as a playable character during the 2nd Closed Beta Test and was released on the Invitation to Mundane Life event wish on February 3, 2021.

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Introduction

One of the mighty and illuminated adepti guarding Liyue, also heralded as the "Vigilant Yaksha."
Despite his youthful appearance, tales of his exploits have been documented for millennia.
He is especially fond of Wangshu Inn's Almond Tofu.
This is because it tastes just like the sweet dreams he used to devour.

Description from Official Website[5]

Personality

A yaksha adeptus who defends Liyue. Also heralded as the "Conqueror of Demons" and "Vigilant Yaksha."

In-game character attributes text

Xiao is reserved, logical and determined, albeit curt and straight to the point. He is rarely in a good mood and prefers being alone. He shows almost no interest in humans and their culture, some of which he finds strange or pointless. However, there are a few people who he finds notable, such as Hu Tao for her "interesting" (yet "irritating") humor and Beidou for defeating a leviathan by herself.

Xiao maintains a distant and cold approach to those he speaks with, but it is clear that he also cares about the Traveler's well-being, even if their ways perplex him. Xiao states that he does not wish to integrate into the mortal realm or get close to humans, but at the same time says he does keep watch over Liyue Harbor and wishes to ensure the Traveler's safety. He even offers to visit the Harbor with the Traveler together.[6][7]

Xiao is also revealed to be a strict yet effective teacher, especially as he is a mentor figure for Ganyu. While Ganyu finds Xiao to be a loner and somewhat unapproachable at first, she does admit that Xiao is an important part for her to reach her full potential as an adeptus.[8] However, as a soul-slaughtering yaksha, he feels that he is not a suitable mentor for her.[9] Others like Chongyun hold deep admiration for him and his demon-conquering abilities, yet at the same time notes his disparaging remarks at the methods of exorcists.[10][11] At the same time, Xiao says not to judge adepti by mortal values.

As a Yaksha, Xiao is constantly afflicted by his negative karmic burdens that he accumulates from committing endless slaughter against monsters that threaten Liyue. Others have taken note of the pain he constantly suffers and take pity on him, being the only remaining Yaksha who is active in protecting Liyue where as his fellow Yaksha have died or disappeared, stating that he does not sleep[12] and neither do the demons, indicating his absolute focus in protecting the land from evil spirits. In one particular instance, he was nearly consumed by his own karma, only to be saved by a person playing a flute. This incident left him touched and he hopes for the day that he can dance to the tune of the flute amidst a sea of flowers.[13]

This negative karma is also the reason he prefers being alone, as he does not wish to burden others with his own problems, nor cause problems for others in the area. While it is implied that he has killed humans in the line of duty,[14] this is often as a result of them straying too close to him as he fights at full power; he states that he does not intentionally kill them.[15] Despite this, Xiao remains dedicated to fulfilling his contract with Morax, expressing eternal gratitude and loyalty to the god for saving him from his former master, who treated him like a bloodhound.[16]

Xiao is appreciated by the humans and adepti of Liyue alike. Zhongli still deeply cares for Xiao and offers to deliver some special painkillers to him to help relieve his pain. Verr Goldet and Huai'an have also provided Xiao a headquarters in Wangshu Inn, so that he can carry out his missions to purge the evil spirits of Liyue. Although they are not particularly close with Xiao, they do value his heroic deeds. Verr Goldet even asks the Traveler to take Xiao to enjoy the Lantern Rite festival and engage in some festivities of the mortal world, which Xiao does not usually concern himself with.

He prefers Almond Tofu because it reminds him of the dreams he consumed. He dislikes other foods and cannot stomach them.

Appearance

Xiao has dark medium-length hair with teal undertones, pale skin, and golden cat slit eyes. On his forehead is a small purple diamond, and his eyes have red makeup similar to Zhongli and Cloud Retainer. Xiao also has a green tattoo around his right arm.

Xiao wears a white sleeveless shirt with a black collar, dark purple pants, and dark purple boots. He wears black and dark turquoise gloves with gold decals and a necklace. Around his left arm, Xiao wears a white and gold sleeve with a red lining. He notably carries an Anemo vision on his left glove and is usually seen carrying his Yaksha mask on the back of his right hip.

Xiao's original Illuminated Beast form may be related to the Vedic deity Garuda, one of Xiao's character inspirations. Xiao is also known as the golden-winged king, his namesake Alatus, though this form has yet to be seen in-game.[17] His arm tattoo supposedly is a reflection of his true form, and is the rough silhouette of an upside-down bird. His outfit, Endurer of Eons, is described to be Classical and battle-wear fit for a thousand years of evil-conquering.

Combat Info

Talents

Icon Name Type
Talent Whirlwind Thrust.png Whirlwind Thrust Normal Attack
Normal Attack: Performs up to 6 consecutive spear strikes.

Charged Attack: Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to perform an upward thrust.
Plunging Attack: Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground from below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact.
Xiao does not take DMG from performing Plunging Attacks.

Talent Lemniscatic Wind Cycling.png Lemniscatic Wind Cycling Elemental Skill
Xiao lunges forward, dealing Anemo DMG to opponents in his path.

Can be used in mid-air.
Starts with 2 charges.

Talent Bane of All Evil.png Bane of All Evil Elemental Burst
Xiao dons the Yaksha Mask that set gods and demons trembling millennia ago.

Yaksha's Mask:

  • Greatly increases Xiao's jumping ability.
  • Increases his attack AoE and attack DMG.
  • Converts attack DMG into 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.

Talent Conqueror of Evil Tamer of Demons.png 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%.
Talent Dissolution Eon Heaven Fall.png 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.
Talent Transcension Gravity Defier.png Transcension: Gravity Defier Utility Passive
Decreases climbing Stamina consumption for your own party members by 20%.
Not stackable with Passive Talents that provide the exact same effects.
Talent Leveling Materials
Talent
Level-Up
Materials
Common
Ascension
Materials
Weekly
Boss
Materials

Constellation

Level Icon Name Effect
1 Constellation Dissolution Eon - Destroyer of Worlds.png Dissolution Eon: Destroyer of Worlds Increases Lemniscatic Wind Cycling's charges by 1.
2 Constellation Annihilation Eon - Blossom of Kaleidos.png Annihilation Eon: Blossom of Kaleidos When in the party and not on the field, Xiao's Energy Recharge is increased by 25%.
3 Constellation Conqueror of Evil - Wrath Deity.png Conqueror of Evil: Wrath Deity Increases the Level of Lemniscatic Wind Cycling by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
4 Constellation Transcension - Extinction of Suffering.png Transcension: Extinction of Suffering When Xiao's HP falls below 50%, he gains a 100% DEF Bonus.
5 Constellation Evolution Eon - Origin of Ignorance.png Evolution Eon: Origin of Ignorance Increases the Level of Bane of All Evil by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
6 Constellation Conqueror of Evil - Guardian Yaksha.png Conqueror of Evil: Guardian Yaksha While under the effects of Bane of All Evil, hitting at least 2 opponents with Xiao's Plunging Attack will immediately grant him 1 charge of Lemniscatic Wind Cycling, and for the next 1s, he may use Lemniscatic Wind Cycling while ignoring its CD.

Each Constellation activation requires a Stella Fortuna 5 Star Stella Fortuna.

Ascensions

Ascension
Phase
Level Mora Character Ascension
Materials
Local
Specialties
Common
Materials
1 20
40
20,000
2 40
50
40,000
3 50
60
60,000
4 60
70
80,000
5 70
80
100,000
6/MAX 80
90
120,000

Base Stats

The character's base stats before and after each Ascension:

Ascension
Phase
Level HP ATK1 DEF CRIT Rate2

1 Does not include weapon ATK value.
2 Characters get specialized stats starting at Ascension 2.

Availability

Event Wishes

Xiao is featured in 1 event wishes:

Wish Name
Wish Invitation to Mundane Life 2021-02-03.jpg Invitation to Mundane Life/2021-02-03

Change History

Released in Version 1.3
Version 1.3

Version 1.0

  • Xiao was officially introduced as an NPC.

Version 0.7.1

  • Xiao was a playable character during Closed Beta Test 2, during a past test version of the event Lantern Rite.

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