Genshin Impact: Xingqiu Best Build, Team, and More!

With the next banner looking at Childe and Diona, called Snezhnaya's Farewell, you might have dropped them already! Although in the last banner for Klee you might have had a powerful Hydro user called Xingqui! Now, Xingqiu may sound bookish; however, he has studied the blade, and he is not afraid to delve into the thick of combat. Although he's more of a support character, so you start him right, he'll really round out your team! Here is a guide on the best way to use Xingqiu!

Gameplay style

Xingqiu is best played as a support character, don't expect him to deal the most damage out of your whole party; if he's the damage dealer, then there's something wrong. However, when paired with the right combo, it can increase team efficiency through the roof. Imagine that Xingqiu has a whetstone to sharpen blades. An unsharpened blade will dull quickly. If you take care of the blade with a sharpening stone, the blade will shine and cut everything in its path. The whetstone supports the blade; without it, it's not as effective!

Oddly enough, Xingqiu's abilities vary from his ATK even though he is a support role, this means he can still deal heavy damage if built correctly. Also, Hydro is not a massive damage element; it's more of an element that causes the Hydro effect, which leaves enemies vulnerable to other element effects.

Xingqiu Skills

Style Guhua

  • normal attack
    • Perform up to five consecutive keystrokes.
  • Charged Attack
    • Consumes stamina to unleash two quick sword swings.
  • Diving attack
    • Dive through the air, damaging enemies along the way and inflicting AOE DMG on impact.
  • Elemental Skill - Fatal Rain Screen
    • Xingqiu lands two strikes with his sword, dealing Hydro DMG. Simultaneously, his ability creates the maximum number of rainswords, which will orbit around your active character.
      • When a character takes DMG, the Rainsword breaks, reducing the amount of DMG taken.
      • Increases character's resistance to interruption.
        • 20% of Xing's Hydro DMG bonus will be converted into additional DMG reduction for rain swords.
        • The maximum amount of additional DMG reduction that can be obtained this way is 24%.
        • The initial maximum number of Rain Swords is 3.
        • Using this ability applies Wet status to the character.
  • Elemental Blast – Raincutter
    • Launch Rainbow Bladework and fight using illusion sword rain while creating the maximum number of rain swords.
        • Normal attacks will trigger consecutive sword rain attacks, inflicting Hydro DMG.
        • Rain Swords will stay at max count for the duration of the ability.
          • These effects carry over to other characters.


  • Hydropathic – Unlocked at Ascension 1
    • When a Rainsword is broken or its duration expires, it regenerates the current character's HP based on 6% of Xingqiu's max HP.
  • Blades Amidst Raindrops – Unlocked in Ascension 4
    • Xingqiu gains a 20% Hydro DMG bonus.
  • Flash of Genius – Unlocked upon character acquisition.
    • When Xingqiu crafts character talent materials, he has a 25% chance to refund part of the crafting materials used.


  • The Smell Remained – Constellation Tier 1
    • Increases the maximum number of rain swords by 1.
  • Rainbow on the azure sky – Constellation level 2
    • Extends the duration of Guhua Sword - Raincutter by 3s.
    • Decreases the Hydro RES of enemies hit by sword rain attacks by 15% for 4s.
  • Weaver of Verses – Constellation Level 3
    • Increases the level of Guhua Sword - Raincutter by 3.
    • The maximum upgrade level is 15.
  • Evilsoother – Constellation Level 4
    • For the duration of Guhua Sword: Raincutter, the DMG inflicted by Guhua Sword: Fatal Rainscreen is increased by 50%.
  • Rain's Embrace - Level 5 Constellation
    • Increases the level of Guhua Sword – Fatal Rainscreen by 3.
    • The maximum upgrade level is 15.
  • Therefore Call Them My Own Verses – Constellation Level 6
    • Activate 2 of Guhua Sword - Raincutter's sword rain attacks greatly increase the third's DMG.
    • Xingqiu regenerates 3 energy when sword rain attacks hit enemies.

Best build for Xingqui

As Xingqui is a perfect source of hydro-elemental reactions, this results in much-needed damage reduction to enemies, especially when they are higher level enemies. More so, if you level up his Constellation Levels, even only unlocking his Rainbow Upon the Azure Sky l2 Constellation Level, he becomes extremely powerful when paired with another Hydro DPS character.

The weapon of choice for Xingqui is the Skyward Blade. This is a 5 star weapon; an amazing 3 star weapon that you can get much earlier is the Net Blade. Another alternative is the Favonius Sword which is a 4 star weapon.

  • Skyward Blade – 5 Stars
    • CRIT rate increased by 4%. Gain Skypiercing Power by using Elemental Blast:
      Increases Movement SPD by 10%, increases ATK SPD by 10%, and increases Normal and Charged Attack DMG by 20% for 12s.
  • Snaffle Blade – 3 stars
    • On hit, has a 50% chance to deal 240% ATK DMG to a single enemy.
    • This can only happen once every 15 seconds.
  • Favonius Sword – 4 stars
    • CRIT hits have a 60/70/80/90/100% chance to spawn 1 Elemental Orb, which will regenerate 6 Energy for the character. This can only happen once every 12/10,5/9/7,5/6s.

The best artifact set for Xingqui is the Noblesse Oblige, as it is great for energy recharge, increasing hydro damage and attack percentage.

  • Nobility obliges
    • Two pieces of this set you get:
      • Elemental Blast Damage +20%
    • Four pieces of this set you get:
      • Using an elemental blast increases the ATK of all party members by 20% for 12s. This effect cannot stack.


For all things Ascension levels and how to acquire the necessary materials, check out our farming guide for Xingqui!

Best team for Xingqui

As we said above, Xingqui is a great support DPS character, and when paired with another Hydro DPS character such as Mona, his true power unfolds. Also, when they have a top helmsman like Pyro user Dilic on the team, they can use more elemental reactions and cause massive damage. The final team member is Bennett, another Pyro user, as having two Pyro users increases your team's overall damage!

If you don't have Diluc, you can change it to Klee, is a phenomenal damage dealer. If you don't have Bennett, you can trade this gentleman to cook the crazy Pyro Xiangling. Fire Pyro users are key to unlocking this team's true potential!

Yes, having another Hydro user is perfect for Xingqui, however, if you don't have Mona, you can use Fischl or Venti. This set will give the team more elemental reactions to use! It's never a bad thing!

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