Genshin Impact: Xiao guide — Weapons, artifacts, and talents

Genshin Impact Xiao Guide Weapons Artifacts Talents

Xiao’s artifacts: 2-piece Gladiator’s Finale and 2-piece Viridescent Venerer

If you’ve got some Gladiator’s Finale pieces, then Xiao could make the most with a couple of them.


The Gladiator set comes from Spiral Abyss chest rewards and boss kills, including the new Primo Geovishap fight. Meanwhile, the Viridescent Venerer set is from the Valley of Remembrance domain. The former adds +18% ATK and the latter gives +15% Anemo damage bonus.

For individual artifact stats and sub-stats, here are some tips:

  • Xiao’s regular attacks deal physical damage. However, his skill and burst convert this into Anemo damage.
  • Try to hit roughly 50% crit rate. Xiao’s ascension already adds crit rate. Likewise, the Primordial Jade Winged-Spear and Deathmatch help you reach this threshold.
  • If you already have 50% crit rate, then start stacking crit damage (from your helmet/circlet) and ATK% (from the hourglass). These sub-stats from other artifacts are also nice to have.

Note: I’ve tried using the 4-piece Gladiator set and 2-piece Viridescent plus 2-piece Noblesse Oblige, but my damage output was lower. I’ve also yet to test the Bloodstained Chivalry set (for Xiao’s physical damage), but my set’s sub-stats are terrible.

Anyway, the next section of our guide discusses Xiao’s talent priorities as you level him further in Genshin Impact.

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