Genshin Impact Xingqiu guide – the best build

Everything you need to know to master Genshin Impact’s Xingqiu

Xingqiu surrounded by rain swords

Xingqiu has always wanted to be a hero, and he’s known in Genshin Impact for his love of fictional books, which inspired him from a young age to be chivalrous and a little eccentric. When he doesn’t have his nose deep in a book, you can find Xingqiu searching far and wide for a rare story to become enthralled in.

With help from our Genshin Impact Xingqiu guide, you can find out which weapons and artifacts are best for this four-star character, as well as learn exactly how much mora you’ll need to save in order to ascend him to the maximum level.

For those of you who are a bit low on mora or primogems, head over to our Genshin Impact codes list so you can make some extra wishes and earn some in-game currency for a healthy wallet, then take a look at our Genshin Impact tier list to find out where all of your favourite characters rank among the group. We also have a guide for another fresh face to the world of Genshin – go check out our Genshin Impact Kokomi guide to learn more about the new water princess.

The best Genshin Impact Xingqiu build

Xingqiu is a hydro-sword-wielding character who is best suited to a sub DPS role. We recommend using him in a team with Genshin Impact’s Razor, as he can help trigger electro-charged, which will provide some much needed additional physical damage.

Xingqiu brandishing his sword

Which weapon should you use?

Our top choice for Xingqiu’s weapon is the Skyward Blade. This is a five-star weapon that is obtained by making a wish. The Sacrificial Sword is fine to use until you manage to obtain the Skyward Blade.

Weapon Effect How to obtain
Sacrificial Sword Bonus effect: +energy recharge%
Skill: after an opponent is damaged by an elemental skill, the skill has a 40% chance to end its own cooldown. This can only occur once every 30 seconds
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Skyward Blade Bonus effect: +energy recharge%
Skill: crit rate is increased by 4%. Bennett gains Skypiercing Might when an elemental burst is used This increases movement and attack speed by 10% and boosts the damage of normal and charged attacks by 20% for 12 seconds
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Festering Desire Bonus effect: +energy recharge
Skill: increases elemental skill damage by 16% and elemental skill crit rate by 6%
The Chalk Prince and the Dragon Event Reward

Which artifact set should you use?

We recommend using a full set of Emblem of Servered Fate or Noblesse Oblige for Xingqiu to focus on increasing the impact of his elemental burst. Alternately, you can use Heart of Depth to buff his hydro attack.

Artifact set Effect Where to get
Emblem of Severed Fate Two equipped: energy recharge +20%
Four equipped:
increases elemental burst damage by 25% of energy recharge. You can obtain a maximum of 75% bonus damage in this way
Momiji-Dyed Court domain on Yashiori Island in Inazuma
Noblesse Oblige Two equipped: Elemental burst damage is increased by 20%
Four equipped: Elemental bursts increase all party members’ attack by 20% for 12 seconds. This cannot stack
Clear Pool and Mountain Cavern domain in Minlin, Mt. Aozang, or from the Noblesse Oblige Artifact Strongbox
Heart of Depth Two equipped: hydro damage +15%
Four equipped: increases normal and charged attack damage after using an elemental skill by 30% for 15 seconds
Peak of Vindagnyr domain on Dragonspine, in Mondstadt

Alternate artifacts

If you’re struggling to get your hands on the sets above, you can use these in the meantime.

Set Effect
The Exile Two equipped: Energy recharge is increased by 20%
Four equipped: Elemental bursts regenerate two energy for all party members, excluding the wearer, every two seconds for six seconds

When picking artifacts for Xingqiu, you should prioritise the following stats.

Main stats:

  • Energy recharge or attack% for Sands of Eon
  • Hydro damage bonus for the Goblet of Eonothem
  • Crit rate, crit damage, or attack% for the Circlet of Logos

Sub-stats:

  • Energy recharge
  • Attack%
  • Crit rate
  • Crit damage

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

Xingqiu introducing himself to Traveler

What are Xingqiu’s skills?

Active skills:

Skill Effect
Guhua Style Perform five strikes
Guhua Style (charged) Consume stamina to perform two powerful strikes
Guhua Style (plunging) Plunges from mid-air to deal AoE damage on impact
Guhua Sword – Fatal Rainscreen Perform two strikes that deal hydro damage and summon the maximum number of Rain Swords. These swords float around Xingqiu and have the following properties:
  • A Rain Sword will shatter when you take a hit, reducing the amount of damage taken
  • Xingqiu’s resistance to interruption is increased
  • 20% of Xingqiu’s hydro damage bonus is converted to additional damage reduction for the Rain Swords
  • Xingqiu gains the wet status 
Guhua Sword – Raincutter Xingqiu begins Rainbow Bladework and fights using an illusory sword rain. This also creates the maximum number of Rain Swords. While Rainbow Bladework is in effect, normal attacks made by the active character will trigger sword rain attacks that deal hydro damage. Rain Swords will remain at the maximum number as long as this ability is active

Passive skills:

Skill Effect
Hydropathic When a Rain Sword shatters or expires, it regenerates your HP by 8% of Xingqiu’s maximum HP
Blades Amidst Raindrops Gain a 20% hydro damage bonus
Flash of Genius When crafting character talent materials, you have a 25% chance to refund a portion of the materials

What are Xingqiu’s constellations?

Here’s every bonus you receive when leveling up Xingqiu’s constellations.

Constellation Effect
The Scent Remained The maximum number of Rain Swords is increased by one
Rainbow Upon the Azure Sky The duration of Guhua Sword – Raincutter is increased by three seconds. Enemies hit by sword rain receive a 15% decrease to their hydro resistance for four seconds
Weaver of Verses Increases the level of Guhua Sword – Raincutter by three
Evilsoother For the duration of Guhua Sword – Raincutter, damage dealt by Guhua Sword – Fatal Rainscreen is increased by 50%
Embrace of Rain Increases the level of Guhua Sword – Fatal Rainscreen by three
Hence, Call Them My Own Verses If you activate two Guhua Sword – Raincutter’s sword rain attacks, damage is increased for the third strike. Three energy is regenerated when the sword rain attacks hit enemies

Xingqiu in front of a white background

What does it cost to ascend Xingqiu?

You need a hefty number of silk flowers to ascend Xingqiu. If you’re having trouble finding them, take a look around Yujing Terrace in Liyue Harbor.

Required level Mora Materials
20 20,000 One Varunada Lazurite Sliver, three Silk Flower, three Damaged Mask, 
40 40,000 Three Varunada Lazurite Fragment, two Cleansing Heart, ten Silk Flower, 15 Damaged Mask
50 60,000 Six Varunada Lazurite Fragment, four Cleansing Heart, 20 Silk Flower, 12 Stained Mask
60 80,000 Three Varunada Lazurite Chunk, eight Cleansing Heart, 30 Silk Flower, 18 Stained Mask
70 100,000 Six Varunada Lazurite Chunk, 12 Cleansing Heart, 45 Silk Flower, 12 Ominous Mask
80 120,000 Six Varunada Lazurite Gemstone, 20 Cleansing Heart, 60 Silk Flower, 24 Ominous Mask

That’s everything you should know about Genshin Impact’s Xingqiu! If you need some help with other hydro characters, take a look at our Genshin Impact Mona and Genshin Impact Barbara guides.