Best Build for Xingqiu in Genshin Impact

Best Build for Xingqiu in Genshin Impact
Xingqiu is a 4-star Hydro Hydro sword character in Genshin Impact. This guide covers the best builds, weapons and artifacts for Xingqiu.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent Off-Field DPS and Enabler
  • Flexible team options
  • Powerful constellations
  • Great Hydro Battery
  • Utility includes:
    • High impact enabler even with low investment
    • Hydro Cleanse
    • DMG Reduction and Interruption Resistance
  • Hydro cleanse is prone to self-freeze
  • Long cooldowns without Sacrificial Sword
  • Extremely ER dependent
    • Constellation 6 is powerful as it helps solve energy problems.
  • Hard to optimize stats


Guhua Style
Guhua Style
Normal Attack

Normal Attack
Perform up to 5 rapid strikes.

Charged Attack
Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to unleash 2 rapid sword strikes.

Plunging Attack
Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact.

Guhua Sword Fatal Rainscreen
Guhua Sword: Fatal Rainscreen
Elemental Skill

Xingqiu performs twin strikes with his sword, dealing Hydro DMG. At the same time, this ability creates the maximum number of Rain Swords, which will orbit your active character.
The Rain Swords have the following properties:

  • When a character takes DMG, the Rain Sword will shatter, reducing the amount of DMG taken.
  • Increases the character's resistance to interruption.

20% of Xingqiu's Hydro DMG Bonus will be converted to additional DMG Reduction for the Rain Swords.

The maximum amount of additional DMG Reduction that can be gained this way is 24%.
The initial maximum number of Rain Swords is 3.
Using this ability applies the Wet status onto the character.

Guhua Sword Raincutter
Guhua Sword: Raincutter
Elemental Burst

Initiate Rainbow Bladework and fight using an illusory sword rain, while creating the maximum number of Rain Swords.

Rainbow Bladework
Your active character's Normal Attacks will trigger consecutive sword rain attacks, dealing Hydro DMG.
Rain Swords will remain at the maximum number throughout the ability's duration.


Flash of Genius
Flash of Genius
Utility Passive

When Xingqiu crafts Character Talent Materials, he has a 25% chance to refund a portion of the crafting materials used.

Ascension 1

When a Rain Sword is shattered or when its duration expires, it regenerates the current character's HP based on 6% of Xingqiu's Max HP.

Blades Amidst Raindrops
Blades Amidst Raindrops
Ascension 4

Xingqiu gains a 20% Hydro DMG Bonus.


The Scent Remained
The Scent Remained
Level 1

Increases the maximum number of Rain Swords by 1.

Rainbow Upon the Azure Sky
Rainbow Upon the Azure Sky
Level 2

Extends the duration of Guhua Sword: Raincutter by 3s.
Decreases the Hydro RES of opponents hit by sword rain attacks by 15% for 4s.

Weaver of Verses
Weaver of Verses
Level 3

Increases the Level of Guhua Sword: Raincutter by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.

Level 4

Throughout the duration of Guhua Sword: Raincutter, the DMG dealt by Guhua Sword: Fatal Rainscreen is increased by 50%.

Embrace of Rain
Embrace of Rain
Level 5

Increases the Level of Guhua Sword: Fatal Rainscreen by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.

Hence, Call Them My Own Verses
Hence, Call Them My Own Verses
Level 6

Activating 2 of Guhua Sword: Raincutter's sword rain attacks greatly enhances the third sword rain attack. On hit, the third sword rain attack also regenerates 3 Energy for Xingqiu.


For a detailed breakdown of the best Xingqiu teams go to the Xingqiu team guide page.


Off-Field DPS Build

Most of Xingqiu's value comes from his burst which quickly deals Hydro DMG whenever the active character does a normal attack. This makes him a great support for quickly setting up reactions/freeze for the main DPS character. He also provides some DMG reduction, resistance to interruption, and minor healing. All his constellations are useful and cause spikes in his DMG output, making him one of the most valuable and flexible support characters in the game.

Talent Priority

Burst > Skill
Most of his damage will come from his burst so this talent will be your priority. His DMG reduction scales with his skill so it is also worth leveling up.

Stat Priority

Main stats: ER or ATK/Hydro DMG/Crit
Substats: Crit/ER/ATK/EM
Xingqiu's burst can be hard to recharge due to the high cost and long skill cooldown. Only take ATK sands if he can already recharge his burst comfortably.

Weapon Weapons
Best Weapon

Arguably Xingqiu's best weapon. Sacrificial Sword provides decent ATK and ER but its biggest contribution is its passive. The skill CD reset provides a ton of energy for his burst since he can cast it twice. At R3, the passive cooldown is almost the same as the skill cooldown, so there is no awkward CD overlaps.

Sacrificial Sword
Energy Recharge
Star Star Star Star
After dealing damage to an opponent with an Elemental Skill, the skill has a 40~80% chance to end its own CD. Can only occur once every 30~16s.
Weapon Variations
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Excellent Damage

These 5★ weapons provide a ton of damage, but make Xingqiu more dependent on ER stats.

Protector's Virtue
HP increased by 20~40%. Additionally, provides an ATK Bonus based on 1.2~2.4% of the wielder's Max HP.
Mistsplitter's Edge

Gain a 12~24% Elemental DMG Bonus for every element and receive the might of Mistsplitter's Emblem. At stack levels 1/2/3, Mistsplitter's Emblem provides a 8/16/28~16/32/56% Elemental DMG Bonus for the character's Elemental Type.

The character will obtain 1 stack of Mistsplitter's Emblem in each of the following scenarios: Normal Attack deals Elemental DMG (stack lasts 5s), casting Elemental Burst (stack lasts 10s); Energy is less than 100% (stack disappears when Energy is full). Each stack's duration is calculated independently.
Burst Uptime

These weapons miss out on offensive stats like high Base ATK and Crit, but are much better at maintaining his burst uptime.

Skyward Blade
Energy Recharge
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Sky-Piercing Fang

CRIT Rate increased by 4~8%.

Gains Skypiercing Might upon using Elemental Burst: Increases Movement SPD by 10%, increases ATK SPD by 10%, and Normal and Charged hits deal additional DMG equal to 20~40% of ATK. Skypiercing Might lasts for 12s.
Iwakura Succession
After casting an Elemental Skill, gain 1 Succession Seed. This effect can be triggered once every 5s. The Succession Seed lasts for 30s. Up to 3 Succession Seeds may exist simultaneously. After using an Elemental Burst, all Succession Seeds are consumed and after 2s, the character regenerates 6~12 Energy for each seed consumed.
Favonius Sword
Energy Recharge
Star Star Star Star
CRIT hits have a 60~100% chance to generate a small amount of Elemental Particles, which will regenerate 6 Energy for the character. Can only occur once every 12~6s.
Festering Desire
Energy Recharge
Star Star Star Star
Undying Admiration
Increases Elemental Skill DMG by 16~32% and Elemental Skill CRIT Rate by 6~12%.
Artifact Artifacts
Best Set

4PC Emblem will provide the most damage. Xingqiu requires a lot of ER so stacking his ER will massively improve his burst uptime and damage output.

2 Energy Recharge +20%.
4 Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 25% of Energy Recharge. A maximum of 75% bonus DMG can be obtained in this way.
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Any Combination

These 2PC set combinations are weaker in terms of damage and burst uptime but are much easier to farm.

2 Elemental Burst DMG +20%.
2 Hydro DMG Bonus +15%.
2 ATK +18%.
2 Energy Recharge +20%.
2 ATK +18%.
Niche Sets

4PC Thundersoother should only be used with an Electro-Charged team. Provides great damage but severely limits Xingqiu's team comp flexibility.

2 Electro RES increased by 40%.
4 Increases DMG against opponents affected by Electro by 35%.

4PC Blizzard should only be used with a Freeze team. Provides 40% Crit Rate to Xingqiu, allowing you to fully focus on Crit DMG instead. Also severely limits Xingqiu's team comp flexibility.

2 Cryo DMG Bonus +15%.
4 When a character attacks an opponent affected by Cryo, their CRIT Rate is increased by 20%. If the opponent is Frozen, CRIT Rate is increased by an additional 20%.
Budget Sets

These 4★ sets are great for early-game players since they provide decent ER but should be replaced ASAP to improve Xingqiu's damage.

2 Energy Recharge +20%.
2 Energy Recharge +20%.

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