Genshin Impact Xingqiu build

Everything you need to know for the best Genshin Impact Xingqiu build, from his weapons and artifacts, to his ascension materials and much more

Genshin Impact Xingqiu birthday art showing him leaning on his hand in front of the moon

Genshin Impact’s Xingqiu has always wanted to be a hero, and he’s known for his love of fictional books, which inspired him from a young age to be chivalrous and a little eccentric. If you want to help him become the hero he’s always dreamt of being, our Genshin Xingqiu build guide is the perfect place for you, diving into his skills, constellations, best weapons and artifacts, and more.

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 Genshin Impact’s Kokomi so you can learn more about the water princess.

Genshin Impact Xingqiu

Genshin Impact Hu Tao: Hu Tao's banner art for 'Moment of Bloom' featuring Hu Tao, Xingqiu, Beidou, and Ningguang.

When is Genshin Xingqiu’s banner?

Xingqiu is always available to pull on the standard banner, but he will also have a higher chance of being pulled on the upcoming 3.4 banners for Genshin Impact’s Hu Tao and Genshin Impact’s Yelan alongside Genshin Impact’s Ningguang and Genshin Impact’s Beidou. Find out more in our Genshin Impact banners guide.

Genshin Impact Xingqiu reading a book

What’s the best Genshin Xingqiu build?

Xingqiu is an extremely useful four-star character that has become a staple in many of the top ‘National’ team comps. He has the most consistent hydro application on single-target enemies in the game, and some AoE capabilities, allowing him to enable reactions.

He deals some of the highest single-target damage off0field, provides a large survivability boost to his team, can self-sustain, and is affordable to build. He doesn’t rely on constellations, but they do offer brilliant bonuses, especially at C6, and is highly sought-after for many Abyss teams.

On the downside, he is energy hungry with a high burst-cost of 80, his cooldowns are quite long, he mostly specialises in single-target damage meaning he isn’t always the best against large groups, and his hydro self-application can be problematic at times.

However, with his amazing flexibility in team comps, brilliant support capabilities, and great hydro application, this four-star champ can give plenty of five-stars a run for their money.

Genshin Impact Xingqiu weapon comparison table from Keqingmains

What’s the best Genshin Xinqiu weapon?

When it comes to choosing Xingqiu’s weapon, the best performing option relies heavily on what constellation you have him at. Check out the super handy graph from the Keqingmains Xingqiu guide above to get an overall idea.

Generally, Primordial Jade Cutter is the best offensive option for Xingqiu. With a full set of Emblem of Severed Fate artifacts and 240% energy recharge, it outperforms all other options regardless of your constellation level.

Skyward Blade is also a great option for Xingqiu at any constellation level due to its comfortable energy recharge substat, high base attack, and useful crit rate buff through its skill. Plus, it’s a far more accessible five-star than Primordial Jade Cutter, and less highly contested among other sword wielders.

Sacrificial Sword is Xingqiu’s best four-star option, due to its energy recharge substat and handy passive which gives you room to farm for more offensive artifact stats.

Weapon Effect How to obtain
Primordial Jade Cutter Bonus effect: crit rate
Skill: increases HP by 20%. Also provides an attack bonus based on 1.2% of the wielder’s max HP
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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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Genshin Impact Xingqiu birthday art showing him leaning forward, surrounded with water

What are the best Genshin Xingqiu artifacts?

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

Artifact stat recommendations

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.

Genshin Impact Xingqiu: A chibi drawing of Xingqiu and Chongyun in Liyue

What are Genshin 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 Genshin 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

Genshin Impact Xingqiu surrounded in his water blades

What are Genshin Xingqiu’s level up materials?

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.