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Genshin Impact Xianyun build

Check out everything we know about the best Genshin Impact Xianyun build, aka Cloud Retainer. One feels that they must pull on her banner.

Genshin Impact Xianyun's wish art on a light green background

She’s real, she’s actually playable! Genshin Impact’s Xianyun – also known as Cloud Retainer, one of the mighty and illuminated adepti of Jueyun – is a five-star anemo character focusing on plunge attacks and helping your party to do the same. Here’s everything we know about her build, and some key lore you need to learn about the adeptus.

We’re sure that Xianyun will debut high in our Genshin Impact tier list – so here are some Genshin Impact codes so you can start stocking up some primogems. If you’re interested, you can also check out the next Honkai Star Rail update for another of Hoyoverse’s great games.

Here is all you need to know to build one to their best. That is, here’s Genshin Impact Xianyun’s best build.

What’s the best Genshin Impact Xianyun build?

Best weapon Crane’s Echoing Call
Weapon substitutes Skyward Atlas, Favonius Codex
Best artifact set Viridescent Venerer or Song of Days Past
Main stats
  • Sands – Energy recharge
  • Goblet – Attack
  • Circlet – Attack or healing bonus
Sub stats Attack, energy recharge

Xianyun, a new resident in Liyue Harbor, uses the anemo element. She is a five-star character that has a catalyst as a weapon. Her kit focuses on her floating around, able to perform plunge attacks during her elemental skill, to deal anemo damage. Her ultimate, meanwhile, restores HP for the team and increases the jump height of party members, allowing them to also perform plunge attacks.

Her best in slot weapon is the five-star catalyst, Crane’s Echoing Call, and the best artifact sets you can give her are a full set of Viridescent Venerer or Song of Days Past – depending on the team comp you’re working with. If you’re using a main DPS like Xiao, stick with Song of Days Past, but if you’re using an element-focused DPS like Diluc who can pop off reactions, it’s best to go with Viridescent Venerer. The key to aiding her is to stack up her attack and energy recharge levels.

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What are Xianyun’s best weapons?

One’s best weapon is the Crane’s Echoing Call, available on a weapon banner alongside Xianyun. If you don’t have the means to get this (honestly, who does?), then there are some other good options.

If you have a Memory of Dust handy, make sure to put Xianyun with Zhongli or another reliable shielder in order to activate the attack buffs regularly.

Weapon Effect How to obtain
Crane’s Echoing Call (five-star) Bonus stat: increases attack
Skill: when Xianyun hits an opponent with a plunge attack, all nearby party members’ plunge attacks deal 28% increased damage for 20 seconds. When nearby party members hit opponents with the plunge attacks, they restore 2.5 energy to Xianyun. This can trigger when she is not on field
Weapon Banner alongside Xianyun
Skyward Atlas (five-star) Bonus stat: increases attack
Skill: increases Xianyun’s elemental damage bonus by 12%. Normal attack hits have a 50% chance to earn the Favor of the Clouds, which actively seeks out targets to attack them, lasting 15 seconds. This deals 160% attack as damage, but can only occur once every 30 seconds
Standard banner and weapon banner
Memory of Dust (five-star) Bonus stat: increases attack
Skill: increases shield strength by 20%. Hitting opponents increases Xianyun’s attack by 4% for eight seconds, and can stack five times. This can only occur once every 0.3 seconds. While protected by a shield, this attack buff increases by a further 100%
Weapon banner
Favonius Codex (four-star) Bonus stat: increases energy recharge
Skill: crit hits have a 60% chance to generate a small number of elemental particles, which can regenerate six energy for Xianyun. This can only occur once every 12 seconds
All banners

What are Xianyun’s best artifacts?

As we mentioned before, it’s a toss-up between which artifacts are the ‘best’ for Xianyun. If you plan to use her with fiery boys like Diluc or Gaming, with some elemental reactions thrown in, then Viridescent Venerer is a perfect choice. If, however, you want to use Xianuyun to improve your Xiao, then go for a set of Song of Days Past to capitalize on her healing.

Whichever set you go for, make sure you have plenty of attack and energy recharge through main and sub-stats.

Artifact set Effect How to obtain
Viridescent Venerer Two equipped: Increases anemo damage.
Four equipped: Increases swirl damage by 60%, and decreases opponent’s elemental resistance to the element infused in the swirl by 40% for ten seconds
Valley of Remembrance domain
Song of Days Past Two equipped: Healing bonus
Four equipped: When Xainyun heals a party member, she gets the Yearning effect for six seconds. This records the total amount of healing, including overflow. When the duration expires, the effect transforms into Waves of Days Past. This increases the damage of normal, charged, plunging, elemental skill, and elemental burst attacks by 8% of the total healing. The effect removes after five uses or ten seconds.
A single instance can record up to 15,000 healing, including from multiple characters
Waterfall Wen domain
Ocean-Hued Clam Two equipped: Healing bonus
Four equipped: When Xianyun heals a party member, a Sea-Dyed Foam appears for three seconds, accumulating the total HP recovered from healing. After three seconds, the Foam explodes, dealing damage to opponents equal to 90% of the accumulated healing. A Foam can appear once every 3.5 seconds and accumulate up to 30,000 HP
Slumbering Court domain
Noblesse Oblige Two equipped: Increases elemental burst damage
Four equipped: Using Xianyun’s elemental burst increases all party members’ attack by 20% for 12 seconds. This effect cannot stack
Clear Pool and Mountain Cavern domain

Artifact stat recommendations

As we mentioned, you need attack, attack, and more attack on Xianyun – and a good amount of energy recharge to ensure her healing burst is active plenty of the time.

Main stats:

  • Sands: Energy recharge
  • Goblet: Attack
  • Circlet: Attack or healing bonus


  • Attack
  • Energy recharge
  • Elemental mastery

To find out more about how artifacts work, check out our Genshin Impact artifacts guide.

Genshin Impact Xianyun and a machine in the countryside

What are the best Xianyun team comps?

Xianyun is a healer and improves plunge attack damage, so there are some key players she works very well with. Genshin Impact’s DilucGenshin Impact’s Xiao, and newcomer Genshin Impact’s Gaming are her ideal teammates as they all deal considerable damage with their plunge attacks.

However, Xianyun can let anyone plunge during her ultimate by increasing every character’s jump height, so if you want to plunge with your favorite DPS, you can.

First character slot Second character slot Third character slot Fourth character slot
Xianyun Gaming Bennett Furina
Xianyun Diluc Zhongli Furina
Xianyun Xiao Faruzan Furina

What are Xianyun’s abilities?

Xianyun’s kit has a lot going on, with a lot of facets that provide healing, damage boosts, and the ability to jump and plunge even on solid ground. Here is an explanation of each of her attacks and extra talents.

Active skills:

Skill Effect
Normal attack: Word of Wind and Flower Normal: Xianyun performs up to four strikes, dealing anemo damage
Charged: Xianyun uses a fixed amount of stamina to launch a Breeze Bolt at enemies in a straight line, dealing anemo damage
Plunge: When jumping from the air or during her ultimate, Xianyun plunges toward the ground, damaging all opponents in an AoE around her
Elemental skill: White Clouds at Dawn Xianyun enters the Cloud Transmogrification state, in which she does not take fall damage, and uses Skyladder. In this state, her plunge attack converts to Driftcloud Wave, which deals AoE anemo damage and ends the Cloud Transmogrification state. This is considered as plunge attack damage. Each use of Skyladder in this state increases the damage and AoE of the next Driftcloud Wave Xianyun uses
Xianyun can use this skill in mid-air. She leaps forward, dealing anemo damage. During each Cloud Transmogrification state, you can use Skyladder three times.
If Xianyun does not use the Driftcloud Wave while in this state, the cooldown of the next White Clouds at Dawn use decreases by three seconds
Elemental burst: Stars Gather at Dusk Xianyun deals AoE anemo damage around her upon unleashing her ultimate.
She also summons a Starwicker mechanism. The Starwicker follows your active character and periodically heals party members for an amount that scales with her attack stat.
While her ultimate is active, active characters have their jump height increased, allowing them to perform plunge attacks in succession without having to jump off a surface.
When your active character performs a plunge attack, the Starwicker consumes one stack of Assistance. You start with eight stacks, so can get eight plunges before Xianyun’s ultimate ends

Passive skills:

Skill Effect
Galefeather Pursuit (unlocked at ascension one) Each opponent hit by Driftcloud Waves from White Clouds At Dawn grants all nearby party members one stack of Storm Pinion for 20 seconds, maximum of four stacks. These cause the plunging attack crit rate to increase by 4/6/8/10% respectively
Consider, the Adeptus in Her Realm (unlocked at ascension four) When the Staricker has Adeptal Assistance stacks, nearby active characters’ plunging attack shockwave damage increases by 200% of Xianyun’s attack. The maximum damage increase you can get is 9,000. Each plunging attack shockwave damage instance can only apply this increase in damage to a single opponent
Crane Form (unlocked automatically) Increases gliding speed for your own party members by 15%

Genshin Impact Xianyun sitting at a table drinking tea

What are Xianyun’s constellations?

If you’re lucky enough to get more than one of Xianyun, here’s what you can unlock with her constellations. Her C2 and C6 are especially good if you’re planning on pulling for multiple cons.

Constellation Effect
C1: Purifying Wind White Clouds at Dawn gains one additional charge
C2: Aloof From the World After using a Skyladder, Xianyun’s attack increases by 20% for 15 seconds. Additionally, the effects of the talent ‘Consider, the Adeptus in her Realm’ become enhanced –
When the Starwicker has Adeptal Assistance stacks, nearby active character’s plunge attack shockwave damage increases by 400% of her attack. The maximum damage you can get is 18,000
C3: Creations of Star and Moon Increases the level of Stars Gather at Dusk by three. Maximum level 15
C4: Mystery Millet Gourmet After using Skyladder 1/2/3 times, when a Driftcloud Wave unleashes during that instance hits an opponent, it heals all nearby party members for 50%/80%/250% of Xianyun’s attack
C5: Astride Rose-Colored Clouds Increases the level of White Clouds at Dawn by three. Maximum level 15
C6: They Call Her Cloud Retainer After Xianyun uses 1/2/3 Skyladders, the crit damage of Driftcloud Waves created in this instance increases by 15/35/70%. Within 16 seconds after Xianyun uses the Stars Gather at Dusk, White Clouds at Dawn will not have a cooldown

What are Xianyun’s ascension materials?

Xianyun requires a ton of samachurl drops, the scrolls to be precise. These can be farmed all over Teyvat. You need to hunt down a new turtle animal in the Chenyu Vale area for the clearwater jade ores, though you can also find them on the ground. Don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt the turt to grab the rocks off their backs.

Required level Mora Materials
20 20,000 One vayuda turquoise sliver, three clearwater jade, and three divining scrolls
40 40,000 Three vayuda turquoise fragments, two cloudseam scales, ten clearwater jade, and 15 sealed scrolls
50 60,000 Six vayuda turquoise fragments, four cloudseam scales, 20 clearwater jade, and 12 sealed scrolls
60 80,000 Three vayuda turquoise chunks, eight cloudseam scales, 30 clearwater jade, and 12 forbidden curse scrolls
70 100,000 Six vayuda turquoise chunks, 12 cloudseam scales, 45 clearwater jade, and 12 forbidden curse scrolls
80 120,000 Six vayuda turquoise gemstones, 20 cloudseam scales, 60 clearwater jade, and 24 forbidden curse scrolls

If you’re not sure where to find these items, let us help.

  • Vayuda turqoise – these gems drop from normal and weekly bosses, especially Dvalin, the Anemo Hypostasis, and the Solitary Suanni
  • Clearwater jade – this is a mineable rock found in Liyue’s Chenyu Vale region, especially near waterways
  • Cloudseam scales –these are drops from the Solitary Sulani boss in Chenyu Vale
  • Divining scrolls, sealed scrolls, and forbidden curse scrolls -these items drop from samachurl enemies all across Teyvat

What are Xianyun’s talent materials?

To level up Xianyun’s talents, you need to hop into Liyue’s Taishan Mansion domain for some gold talent books, and then over to Fontaine’s All-Devouring Narwhal weekly boss for a specific drop.

Talent level Mora Materials
Two 12,500 Six divining scrolls and three teachings of gold
Three 17,500 Three sealed scrolls and two guides to gold
Four 25,000 Four  sealed scrolls and four guides to gold
Five 30,000 Six  sealed scrolls and six guides to gold
Six 37,500 Nine sealed scrolls and nine guides to gold
Seven 120,000 Four forbidden curse scrolls, four philosophies of gold, and one lightless eye of the maelstrom
Eight 260,000 Six forbidden curse scrolls, six philosophies of gold, and one lightless eye of the maelstrom
Nine 450,000 Nine forbidden curse scrolls, 12 philosophies of gold, and two lightless eyes of the maelstrom
Ten 700,000 12 forbidden curse scrolls, 16 philosophies of gold, two lightless eyes of the maelstrom, and one crown of insight

To find all these bits and pieces, head to these locations and hunt these creatures:

  • Divining scrolls, sealed scrolls, and forbidden curse scrolls -these items drop from samachurl enemies all across Teyvat
  • Gold talent books – farm these in the Taishan Mansion domain in Liyue on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays
  • Lightless eye of the maelstrom – these drop from the All-Devouring Narwhal weekly boss in Fontaine. You can challenge it once a week. If you don’t get the right drop, you can transform them at an alchemy station

Talent priority:

  •  Elemental burst > elemental skill > normal attack

Who is Genshin Impact’s Xianyun?

Xianyun is one of Liyue’s adepti, a group of very powerful beings allied to Morax, who fought in the Archon War hundreds of years ago. Her title is Cloud Retainer, but it appears her playable character is a more day-to-day version.

Like Baizhu and Scaramouche before her, Xianyun is a highly anticipated character that players are saving for, and have been since her appearance in Liyue’s archon quests.

If you’re not sure which person she is in the story, she’s the white bird that shouts at you for entering her abode on Mount Aocang during the Custodian of the Clouds archon quest and An Adeptal Summons world quest. You know, the one that talks about little versions of Genshin Impact’s Shenhe and Genshin Impact’s Ganyu, as she adopted and trained them both.

That’s all we have on Cloud Retainer’s playable form for now, so why not jump into some more of Liyue’s best character builds? Here are our guides to Genshin Impact’s Zhongli, Genshin Impact’s Baizhu, Genshin Impact’s Qiqi, and Genshin Impact’s Xiao.