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.
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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 off-field, 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 specializes 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.
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 on the Keqingmains Xingqiu guide for more info.
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 Xingqiu’s max HP
|Weapon event gacha|
|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
|Skyward Blade||Bonus effect: energy recharge
Skill: crit rate increases by 4%. Xingqiu gains Skypiercing Might when he uses his elemental burst. This increases movement and attack speed by 10% and boosts the damage of normal and charged attacks by 20% for 12 seconds
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. Alternatively, you can use Heart of Depth to buff his hydro attack.
|Artifact set||Effect||How to obtain|
|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 +20%
Four equipped: increases all party members’ attack by 20% for 12 seconds after using an elemental burst. This effect 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, or from the Heart of Depth Artifact Strongbox|
|The Exile||Two equipped: energy recharge +20%
Four equipped: elemental bursts regenerate two energy for all party members, excluding Xingqiu, every two seconds for six seconds
|Chests, enemy drops, quest rewards|
Artifact stat recommendations
- Sands: Energy recharge or attack%
- Goblet: Hydro damage bonus
- Circlet: Crit rate, crit damage, or attack%
- Energy recharge
- Crit rate
- Crit damage
Xingqiu’s elemental skill and elemental burst are the key to his off-field damage, creating Rain Swords to protect your teammates and attack enemies for tons of hydro damage. Depending on your build, Xingqiu’s skill and burst can constantly be available.
|Normal attack: Guhua Style||Normal: Perform five strikes
Charged: Consume stamina to perform two powerful strikes
Plunging: Plunges from mid-air to deal AoE damage on impact
|Elemental skill: 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:
|Elemental burst: 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|
|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|
Here’s every bonus you receive when leveling up Xingqiu’s constellations.
|C1: The Scent Remained||The maximum number of Rain Swords is increased by one|
|C2: 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|
|C3: Weaver of Verses||Increases the level of Guhua Sword – Raincutter by three, up to a maximum level of 15|
|C4: Evilsoother||For the duration of Guhua Sword – Raincutter, damage dealt by Guhua Sword – Fatal Rainscreen is increased by 50%|
|C5: Embrace of Rain||Increases the level of Guhua Sword – Fatal Rainscreen by three, up to a maximum level of 15|
|C6: 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|
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.
|20||20k||One varunada lazurite sliver, three silk flower, three damaged mask,|
|40||40k||Three varunada lazurite fragment, two cleansing heart, ten silk flower, 15 damaged mask|
|50||60k||Six varunada lazurite fragment, four cleansing heart, 20 silk flower, 12 stained mask|
|60||80k||Three varunada lazurite chunk, eight cleansing heart, 30 silk flower, 18 stained mask|
|70||100k||Six varunada lazurite chunk, 12 cleansing heart, 45 silk flower, 12 ominous mask|
|80||120k||Six varunada lazurite gemstone, 20 cleansing heart, 60 silk flower, 24 ominous mask|
We hope you like fighting the Wolf Lord, because you’re gonna need to do it over and over to raise Xingqiu’s talents to level ten.
|Two||12.5k||Six damaged mask, three teachings of gold|
|Three||17.5k||Three stained mask, two guide to gold|
|Four||25k||Four stained mask, four guide to gold|
|Five||30k||Six stained mask, six guide to gold|
|Six||37.5k||Nine stained mask, nine guide to gold|
|Seven||120k||Four ominous mask, four philosophies of gold, one tail of Boreas|
|Eight||260k||Six ominous mask, six philosophies of gold, one tail of Boreas|
|Nine||450k||Nine ominous mask, 12 philosophies of gold, two tail of Boreas|
|Ten||700k||12 ominous mask, 16 philosophies of gold, two tail of Boreas, one crown of insight|
As we said earlier, Xingqiu works in a huge range of team comps as he’s great for hydro application. He also fits really nicely into National team comps for the same reasons.
Here’s an example of one of the many strong Xingqiu team comps:
That’s everything you should know about Genshin Impact’s Xingqiu. If you need some help with Hoyoverse’s newest game, check out our Honkai Star Rail codes, Honkai Star Rail tier list, and build guides for Honkai Star Rail’s Luocha, Honkai Star Rail’s Dan Heng, and Honkai Star Rail’s Luka.