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Overview

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

He is an adeptus and the only remaining member of the Five foremost Yakshas dispatched by Morax to subdue the demonic spirits that plagued Liyue. He currently resides in Wangshu Inn and 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.

Combat Info

Ascensions and Stats

Ascension
Phase
Level Base
HP
Base
ATK1
Base
DEF
Special Stat2
(CRIT Rate)
0✦ 1/20 991 27 62
20/20 2,572 71 161
Ascension Cost (0→1)
Item Mora.png 20,000 Mora
1✦ 20/40 3,422 94 215
40/40 5,120 141 321
Ascension Cost (1→2)
Item Mora.png 40,000 Mora
2✦ 40/50 5,724 157 359 4.8%
50/50 6,586 181 413
Ascension Cost (2→3)
Item Mora.png 60,000 Mora
3✦ 50/60 7,391 203 464 9.6%
60/60 8,262 227 519
Ascension Cost (3→4)
Item Mora.png 80,000 Mora
4✦ 60/70 8,866 243 556 9.6%
70/70 9,744 267 612
Ascension Cost (4→5)
Item Mora.png 100,000 Mora
5✦ 70/80 10,348 284 649 14.4%
80/80 11,236 308 705
Ascension Cost (5→6)
Item Mora.png 120,000 Mora
6✦ 80/90 11,840 325 743 19.2%
90/90 12,736 349 799

1 Does not include weapon ATK value.
2 Characters gain special stats starting with 2✦.

Talents

IconNameType
Talent Whirlwind Thrust.pngWhirlwind ThrustNormal 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.

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1-Hit DMG27.54
+
27.54
29.42
+
29.42
31.3
+
31.3
33.8
+
33.8
35.68
+
35.68
37.87
+
37.87
40.69
+
40.69
43.51
+
43.51
46.32
+
46.32
49.14
+
49.14
51.96
+
51.96
2-Hit DMG56.9460.8264.769.8873.7678.2984.1189.9395.76101.58107.4
3-Hit DMG68.5573.2377.984.1388.8194.26101.27108.28115.29122.3129.31
4-Hit DMG37.66
+
37.66
40.23
+
40.23
42.8
+
42.8
46.22
+
46.22
48.79
+
48.79
51.79
+
51.79
55.64
+
55.64
59.49
+
59.49
63.34
+
63.34
67.2
+
67.2
71.05
+
71.05
5-Hit DMG71.5476.4281.387.892.6898.37105.69113.01120.32127.64134.96
6-Hit DMG95.83102.37108.9117.61124.15131.77141.57151.37161.17170.97180.77
Charged Attack
Charged Attack DMG121.09129.34137.6148.61156.86166.5178.88191.26203.65216.03228.42
Charged Attack Stamina Cost25
Plunging Attack
Plunge DMG81.8388.4995.16104.67111.33118.94129.41139.88150.35161.76173.18
Low Plunge DMG163.63176.95190.27209.3222.62237.84258.77279.7300.63323.46346.29
High Plunge DMG204.39221.02237.66261.42278.06297.07323.21349.36375.5404.02432.54
Talent Lemniscatic Wind Cycling.pngLemniscatic Wind CyclingElemental Skill
Xiao lunges forward, dealing Anemo DMG to opponents in his path.

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

  • This skill generates 3 Elemental Particles when it hits at least 1 target.
    • No elemental particles are generate if the elemental burst Bane of All Evil is active.
  • When obtaining Xiao's Constellation 1, Dissolution Eon: Destroyer of Worlds, wind cycling gains 1 extra charge bringing the total to 3 charges.
  • When obtaining Xiao's Constellation 6, Conqueror of Evil: Guardian Yaksha, Xiao gains access to "infinite cycling." That is, while in his yaksha phase Bane of All Evil, as long as Xiao continuously hits at least two opponents with his plunge attack, he will continuously gain extra wind cycling charges that he can use free of cooldown.
  • The skill is very useful for exploration. It can be used to traverse horizontal gaps and cover greater horizontal distances without consuming extra sprinting stamina (effectively acting like a sprinting boost).
  • The skill can be used while gliding to cover further horizontal distance. If used correctly, Xiao can stay airborne and recover some stamina, which is helpful for reaching places like the Nameless Island. It can also be used to close gaps in combat and quickly evade certain enemy attacks.
  • When Xiao is affected by an element such as Pyro, Hydro, Electro, Cryo, wind cycling can be used to spread the applied elemental status within an area via the Swirl reaction. This is useful within combat to trigger reactions or for even lighting up Elemental Monuments.
  • Since it can be used midair, a common trick is to jump, then use wind cycling (2-3 times) to hit enemies, and then plunge attack.
    • For example, when using Venti's Wind's Grand Ode, Xiao can hit the enemies in the vortex by jumping and using the wind cycling attack.
  • Some other characters in the game feature attacks similar to Xiao's wind cycling. For example, in the Enter the Golden House challenge, when Childe enters his Delusion phase, he will sometimes perform several Electro cycling dash attacks similar to Xiao's. Moreover, the Fatui Pyro Agent will sometimes perform a quick lunge attack similar to Xiao's wind cycling.
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Skill DMG252.8271.76290.72316334.96353.92379.2404.48429.76455.04480.32505.6537.2
CD10s
Talent Bane of All Evil.pngBane of All EvilElemental 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.

  • With Xiao's 6th Constellation, Conqueror of Evil: Guardian Yaksha, and using Bane of All Evil, Xiao gains 1 additional charge of Lemniscatic Wind Cycling every time two enemies are hit with his Plunging Attack. For the next 1s, he may use Lemniscatic Wind Cycling while ignoring its cooldown. This allows him to perform "infinite-cycling" during this 1s period.
Plunging
  • Xiao can release ~10 plunge attacks over the skill duration.
  • A common attack sequence (especially for Bosses or other single target enemies) is to jump, plunge attack, perform a Normal Attack / Charged Attack, and repeat, canceling the Charged Attack into another jump. This is to deal more damage than just jumping and plunging without adding the extra Normal Attacks in between. This attack sequence is sometimes referred to by players as "N1CJP" (Normal 1, Charged, Jump, Plunge).
  • Because Xiao jumps higher than the threshold for a high plunge, Xiao can plunge sooner, before reaching the peak of his jump, delivering 12 plunge attacks instead of 10 while maintaining High Plunge Damage and minimizing air time. (A good reference for such altitude is just above Zhongli's Stone Stele.) Also, by pressing Normal Attack right before Xiao lands, Xiao can immediately jump again without releasing an actual Normal Attack. This reduces the time lag between plunge attacks. A good place for practicing this version is in the Spiral Abyss, where Xiao will always have Elemental Burst ready.
  • Xiao's plunge attacks will increase AoE damage, producing multiple spears from the ground around where he lands as a visual enhancement. His plunge attacks can stun-lock large enemies, including Lawachurls and Geovishaps and break the rock and ice shields on Hilichurls and Mitachurls, as well as break the elemental shields on Abyss Mages.
  • Sometimes to dodge attacks, it is helpful to stay in the air longer by gliding a bit before plunging down.
Healing
  • It may be helpful to bring a healer, especially for the floors on the Spiral Abyss, to counteract the HP drain from Bane of All Evil. Outside of the Spiral Abyss and in areas where food is allowed, one can use an NRE (Menu 30) pouch to provide quick healing to Xiao while he is on the field.
  • During Xiao's Story Quest Butterfly's Dream, in the Karma-Heavy Cavern where Xiao is in yaksha mode all the time, his Bane of All Evil had an additional effect of healing him when defeating enemies.
Jumping
  • Besides attacking enemies in battle, Bane of All Evil can also be used for exploration. Because of the increased jumping ability it provides, Xiao can use it to scale mountain cliffs and reach high, hard-to-reach places just by jumping.
  • The jump boost can also be used to bypass tall obstacles and evade certain enemy attacks by jumping over them, such as the Anemo Hypostasis' Anemo wave or the Electro Hypostasis' spinning electric rays.
  • Xiao can sometimes jump high enough to hit many flying enemies in the game, such as the Ruin Hunter.
  • Currently, Bane of All Evil is the only ability in the game that increases the character's jump height, giving Xiao the highest vertical mobility.
Energy Recharge
  • In this state, Xiao's Elemental Skill, Lemniscatic Wind Cycling, will not generate elemental particles, though all other sources still generate energy normally.
    • Because of this, it is usually optimal to use Xiao's wind cycling charges before immediately activating his Elemental Burst so that he can fund the energy particles generated from the wind cycling towards the 2nd Elemental Burst.
  • Usually, it is desirable to have a so-called "energy battery" on Xiao's team to maintain Elemental Burst's uptime. An "energy battery" for Xiao is an Anemo-based character that can provide lots of Anemo particles to recharge Xiao's energy. Sucrose, Jean, and Venti are viable choices, with Jean able to play the role of both healer and battery.
  • Bane of All Evil is the first Elemental Burst released with a 70 Energy Cost (see Elemental Burst#Comparison for a table).
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Normal/Charged/Plunging Attack DMG Bonus58.4561.9565.457073.57781.5586.190.6595.299.75104.3108.85
Life Drain3 Current HP Per Second2.5 Current HP Per Second2 Current HP Per Second
Duration15s
CD18s
Energy Cost70
Talent Conqueror of Evil Tamer of Demons.pngConqueror of Evil: Tamer of Demons1st 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%.
  • Bane of All Evil lasts for 15 seconds, so it is only possible to reach the maximum DMG Bonus at the very last second of its duration.
Talent Dissolution Eon Heaven Fall.pngDissolution Eon: Heaven Fall4th 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.pngTranscension: Gravity DefierUtility Passive
Decreases climbing Stamina consumption for your own party members by 20%.
Not stackable with Passive Talents that provide the exact same effects.

Talent Upgrade

Talent
Level
Required
Ascension
Mora
[Subtotal]
Common Materials
[Subtotal]
Talent Level-Up Materials
[Subtotal]
1→2 2✦
Item Mora.png 12,500 Mora
[12,500]
[6]
[3]
2→3 3✦
Item Mora.png 17,500 Mora
[30,000]
[3]
[2]
3→4
Item Mora.png 25,000 Mora
[55,000]
[7]
[6]
4→5 4✦
Item Mora.png 30,000 Mora
[85,000]
[13]
[12]
5→6
Item Mora.png 37,500 Mora
[122,500]
[22]
[21]
6→7 5✦
Item Mora.png 120,000 Mora
[242,500]
[4]
[4]
[1]
7→8
Item Mora.png 260,000 Mora
[502,500]
[10]
[10]
[2]
8→9 6✦
Item Mora.png 450,000 Mora
[952,500]
[19]
[22]
[4]
9→10
Item Mora.png 700,000 Mora
[1,652,500]
[31]
[38]
[6]
[1]

Total Cost (1→10)

Item Mora.png 1,652,500 Mora

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.

Availability

Event Wishes

Xiao was promoted or featured with a drop-rate boost in 1 Event Wishes:

Image Name Featured
Wish Invitation to Mundane Life 2021-02-03.jpg Invitation to Mundane Life/2021-02-03
AnemoCharacter Xiao Thumb.png Xiao

Change History

Released in Version 1.3
Version 1.6
  • Updates to character voice-overs:
    • Updated audio for English:
      • "Elemental Skill #3" Combat
      • "Elemental Skill #4" Combat
    • Updated audio for Japanese:
      • "Chat: Corruption"

Version 1.4

  • Updates to character voice-overs:
    • Updated audio for English:
      • "Favorite Food: Almond Tofu" and "Favorite Food: Memories" were merged into a new version of "Favorite Food: Almond Tofu"
        • Old: I have no interest in mortal food. Cooking is tedious and the wait is long.
        • New: I have no interest in mortal food. Cooking is tedious and the wait is long. The one thing I can manage to stomach is Almond Tofu.
      • "Favorite Food: Memories" was updated with new audio and text
        • Old: The one thing I can manage to stomach is almond tofu.
        • New: The taste of Almond Tofu feels like a fond dream...
      • "About the Vision: Desires" (audio was updated to better reflect the text)
    • Updated audio for Japanese:
      • "About Us: Drowsiness"
      • All "Climb" Combat voice-overs
      • All "Climb Breath" Combat voice-overs

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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