Genshin Impact Xiao DPS Build: Best Weapons, Artifacts, and More (2.7+)

Check out a build sure to bring the most out of Xiao

by Franklin Bellone Borges


Ever since the game’s beta stage, 5-star Polearm wielder Xiao, also known as the Conqueror of Demons, has been a fan favorite among the Genshin Impact community, thanks to not only his personality, lore, and design but also thanks to his skills. With that said, his fans could not be more excited, as the game’s current version 2.7 features both the debut of 5-star Hydro archer Yelan, as well as a new Xiao rerun. Now, to help all who are both currently pulling for him, or who just want to really bring the most out of their Xiao, here’s how to build Xiao as a top-tier Elemental DPS on Genshin Impact.

Xiao DPS Build: Best Weapons

Just like all main DPS’s, Xiao’s weapon needs to not only give him a good damage boost but also, ideally, offer him a healthy amount of CRIT, depending on your overall values. With that said, and taking into account that our build will be focused on increasing Xiao’s overall plunge damage to the utmost limit, using his signature weapon, the 5-star Polearm Primordial Jade Winged-Spear, would be our main choice, as it not only offers a great boost in CRIT Rate and ATK but also gives him a 12% elemental Damage increase.

If using the Primordial Jade Winged-Spear is not an option for you, the Staff of Homa would be our main choice among the remaining 5-star weapons, as it not only offers a massive boost in overall damage but also a massive amount of CRIT DMG.

What is the Best 4-star Weapon for Xiao?

Among the 4-star weapons, mostly for their CRIT Rate and CRIT DMG substats, we advise you to go for either the Deathmatch or the Blackcliff Pole, with the Deathmatch being our main choice. For F2P players, on the other hand, we would recommend the Favonius Lance, thanks to both its energy Recharge substat, particle generating passive, and high base ATK of 565. To recap, here are the best 5-star and 4-star weapons for Xiao:

  • 5-Star: Primordial Jade Winged-Spear / Staff of Homa.
  • 4-Star: Deathmatch / Blackcliff Pole.
  • F2P Alternative: Favonius Lance.

Best Artifacts for DPS Xiao

Taking into account what we said above, as well as the fact that Xiao’s main source of damage lies in making use of his plunging attacks while on his Burst State, which he can enter by making use of his Elemental Burst, Bane of all Evil, he needs an artifact set that not only increases his overall damage but who is also a great fit for his mechanics, in his case, the fact that when on his Burst state, he will continuously lose health.

With that out of the way, and to bring the most out of Xiao, we recommend that you make use of a 4-piece Vermillion Hereafter set, as the set not only gives him a good boost in overall ATK (18%) but also further boosts his damage after he makes use of his Elemental Burst. The set is a great fit for Xiao as he constantly loses HP when in his Burst state, making him able to quickly trigger all 4 boosts offered by the artifact set, thus increasing his ATK by a total of 66% after 4 seconds.

You can check out the recommended main stat for every artifact piece below:

  • Flower of Life: HP%
  • Plume of Death: ATK%
  • Sands of Eon: ATK%
  • Goblet of Eonothem: Anemo Damage Bonus
  • Circlet of Logos: CRIT Rate%/CRIT Damage (Depending on your weapon of choice).


For those who are currently working to get a good 4-piece Vermillion Hereafter set, using a 2-piece Gladiator’s Finale/Vermillion Hereafter/Shimenawa’s Reminiscence plus a 2-piece Viridescent Venerer set can also work great, as the combination was the best in slot for him before the debut of version 2.6.

What Talents to Prioritize?

Taking into account that Xiao’s Elemental Burst, which is overall his biggest source of damage, deals damage related to not only his Elemental Burst level but also according to his NA/Charged/Plunge attack level, as well as the fact that this Xiao DPS build will rely a lot on his elemental Burst to deal damage, we would advise you to prioritize those skills and level them up simultaneously.

Best Team Compositions

Xiao is what many call a selfish DPS, meaning that his team needs to be focused on empowering and enabling him as he does damage, as well as making sure he stays alive while on the field. With that said, and taking into account that he will be focused on performing plunge attacks while on his Burst state, which also, as we said above, drains his HP, bringing both a Healer/buffer and a shield support is vital. Thanks to his high boost cost and inability to generate large amounts of particles in a short span, especially in C1, bringing an Anemo battery is also a must.

With that out of the way, when building a team around Xiao, our main recommendations would be using either Sucrose or Venti as enablers, Bennett as a healer/buffer, and Zhongli as a shield support. Using Jean as a healer can also work great overall.

Genshin Impact is currently available for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and mobile devices – Android, and iOS.


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