Xiao (Chinese: 魈 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.
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
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.
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. However, as a soul-slaughtering yaksha, he feels that he is not a suitable mentor for her. 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. 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 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.
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, 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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
|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.
|Lemniscatic Wind Cycling||Elemental Skill|
|Xiao lunges forward, dealing Anemo DMG to opponents in his path.|
Can be used in mid-air.
|Bane of All Evil||Elemental Burst|
|Xiao dons the Yaksha Mask that set gods and demons trembling millennia ago.|
In this state, Xiao will continuously lose HP.
|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.|
|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|
|1||Dissolution Eon: Destroyer of Worlds||Increases Lemniscatic Wind Cycling's charges by 1.|
|2||Annihilation Eon: Blossom of Kaleidos||When in the party and not on the field, Xiao's Energy Recharge is increased by 25%.|
|3||Conqueror of Evil: Wrath Deity||Increases the Level of Lemniscatic Wind Cycling by 3.|
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
|4||Transcension: Extinction of Suffering||When Xiao's HP falls below 50%, he gains a 100% DEF Bonus.|
|5||Evolution Eon: Origin of Ignorance||Increases the Level of Bane of All Evil by 3.|
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
|6||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.
The character's base stats before and after each Ascension:
1 Does not include weapon ATK value.
2 Characters get specialized stats starting at Ascension 2.
Xiao is featured in 1 event wishes:
|Invitation to Mundane Life/2021-02-03|
- (EN & JP) Twitter - VA Announcement
- (CN) Weibo - Collected Miscellany: Xiao
- (KR) Genshin Impact - Official Character Page (Archived)
- (KR) Twitter - VA Announcement
- Description from Official Website
- Xiao's Voice Overs
- Xiao's Serenitea Pot dialogue
- Ganyu Story Quest Act I
- Xiao's voice-overs "About Ganyu"
- Chongyun Hangout Event Act I
- Hilidream Camp Event Story
- Xiao's Character Story 5 and Namecard
- Xiao's Character Details
- Dialogue in The Purging of Evil
- Xiao's Character Story 2
- Heart's Desire