Genshin Impact Xingqiu Guide - best build, strengths and weaknesses

All you need to know about Xingqiu

Genshin Impact Xingqiu Guide - best build, strengths and weaknesses
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Welcome to Pocket Gamer's detailed Genshin Impact Xingqiu guide! Xingqiu is the second son of the Guild Manager for the Feiyun Commerce Guild in Liyue, and a student in the ways of the Guhua Clan’s martial arts. He is a relatively polite individual but also has a mischievous side, as he is disorganized and his writing is bad enough to consider him illiterate.

He is quite wealthy but chooses to only use his wealth to solve problems that can’t be solved through reasoning alone. Xingqiu hopes to one day be a personification of the heroes he idolizes in the stories he reads, delivering justice to those who deserve it.

In the guide below you will find the following features: 

Character Appearance

Xingqiu Appearance

Xingqiu Element / Tier / Rarity / Weapon

Hydro / SS Tier / 4* Rarity / Polearm

In Genshin Impact, Xingqiu is an incredibly fast polearm-wielding martial artist who has the ability to summon swords made from Hydro. Great as a support, his abilities make it easy to apply reactions and deliver continuous Hydro damage. 

How to get Xingqiu

You can obtain Xingqiu as a rate-up in the current featured banner, Drifting Luminescence. He is available at a normal rate in the standard wish banner, Wanderlust Invocation.

Genshin Impact Xingqiu Combat Info (Strengths and Weaknesses)

Xingqiu Strengths


  • Xingqiu has a fast rate of attack
  • His rain swords reduce damage and provide Hydro attacks and healing powers


  • Takes a long while to cool down for his Skill or his Burst
  • Xingqiu’s base damage is pretty low 

Best Build for Xingqiu in Genshin Impact

Xingqiu is a pretty good Support character who can be amplified with the right gear. Equip him with the Sacrificial Sword to increase his Energy Recharge, plus give the opportunity to cancel his Skill’s cooldown. Equip the Emblem of Severed Fate to boost his Energy Recharge even more, plus it gives Xingqiu an increase on his Burst damage.

Xingqiu - Best Artifacts and Weapons

Emblem of Severed Fate

Energy Recharge / Hydro DMG / ATK% Set Bonuses:
  • (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.
How to Obtain: Momiji-Dyed Court Domain Reward

Sacrificial Sword

  • Base Attack: 41
  • Rating: 4*
  • Bonus Effect: Energy Recharge + 13.3%
Skill: Composed After damaging an opponent with an Elemental Skill, the skill has a 40% chance to end its own CD. Can only occur once every 30s. How to Obtain: Gacha

Best Party Members to match Xingqiu with in Genshin Impact

Premium (Gacha) Team

In Genshin Impact, Xingqiu will be your DPS, as he has a decent output and can pair well with other characters. Use Sucrose to control mobs and help start reactions between characters. Diona is a great healer for this team, as she can heal and spread Cryo on the field. Chongyun is another great DPS to not only resonate with Diona, but he can help freeze enemies, making it easier to keep Xingqiu on the hunt.

F2P Team

Xingqiu will serve as your main damage in this party, and Kaeya will be his partner in crime, helping freeze enemies and keeping the field safe to hack away at foes. Barbara will serve as the healer, as she also works well with Kaeya, helping him freeze enemies. Xiangling is a good backup to cause Vaporize and swap in when you need to give Xingqiu a break.

Talents / Skills / Passive

Xingqiu Talents

Guhua Style - Normal Attack

Normal: Perform up to 5 rapid strikes.

Charge Attack: Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to unleash 2 rapid sword strikes. Plunge Attack: Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging enemies along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact. Skill Attributes:
  • 1-Hit DMG 46.6%
  • 2-Hit DMG 47.6%
  • 3-Hit DMG 28.6% + 28.6%
  • 4-Hit DMG 56%
  • 5-Hit DMG 35.9% + 35.9%
  • Charged Attack DMG - 46.3% + 56.2%
  • Charged Attack Stamina Cost - 20
  • Plunge DMG - 63.9%
  • Low/High Plunge DMG - 128% / 160%

Guhua Sword: Fatal Rainscreen - Elemental Skill

Xingqiu performs twin strikes with his swords, 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 Sword. 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 to the character.

  • Skill DMG - 168% + 191%
  • Damage Reduction Ratio - 20%
  • Duration - 15s
  • CD - 21s

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.

These effects carry over to other characters.

Skill Attributes
  • Sword Rain DMG - 54.3%
  • Duration - 15s
  • CD - 20s
  • Energy Cost - 80

Hydropathic - 1st Ascension Passive

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 - 4th Ascension Passive

Xingqiu gains a 20% Hydro DMG Bonus.

Flash of Genius - Unlocked Automatically

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

Talent Leveling Materials

Gained from Enemy Drops (Hilichurls):

  • Damaged Mask
  • Stained Mask
  • Ominous Mask

Acquired from Domains (Wednesday/Friday/Sunday):

  • Teachings of Gold
  • Guide to Gold
  • Philosophies of Gold

Obtained after defeating Bosses (Lupus Boreas Challenge):

Tail of Boreas


Xingqiu Constellation

The Scent Remained

Increases the maximum number of Rain Swords by 1.

Rainbow Upon the Azure Sky

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

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


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

Embrace of Rain

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

Hence, Call Them My Own Verses

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.

Genshin Impact Xingqiu Ascensions costs

Phase 1
  • Lv.20→Lv.40
  • Mora Cost: 20,000
  • Silk Flower ×3
  • Varunada Lazurite Sliver ×1
  • Damaged Mask ×3
Phase 2
  • Lv.40→Lv.50
  • Silk Flower ×10
  • Varunada Lazurite Fragment ×3
  • Damaged Mask ×15
  • Cleansing Heart ×2
Phase 3
  • Lv.50→Lv.60
  • Mora Cost: 60,000
  • Silk Flower ×20
  • Varunada Lazurite Fragment ×6
  • Stained Mask ×12
  • Cleansing Heart ×4
Phase 4
  • Lv.60→Lv.70
  • Mora Cost: 80,000
  • Silk Flower ×20
  • Varunada Lazurite Chunk ×3
  • Stained Mask ×18
  • Cleansing Heart ×8
Phase 5
  • Lv.70→Lv.80
  • Mora Cost: 100,000
  • Silk Flower ×45
  • Varunada Lazurite Chunk ×6
  • Ominous Mask ×12
  • Cleansing Heart ×12
Phase 6 (MAX)
  • Lv.80→Lv.90
  • Mora Cost: 120,000
  • Silk Flower ×60
  • Varunada Lazurite Gemstone ×6
  • Ominous Mask ×24
  • Cleansing Heart ×20

Base Stats

At Level 1, Xingqiu starts with 857 HP, 17 ATK, and 64 DEF.

Wishes / Availability

Xingqiu is currently featured as a rate-up in the active banner, Drifting Luminescence, which runs from September 21st to October 12, 2021. He is also available in the Standard Banner, Wanderlust Invocation.

You know, we also have a character tier list if you want to check how well Xingqiu performs in comparison to other characters! Also, stay tuned because soon enough we plan to make a Genshin Impact characters hub with all of the available characters and their detailed guides!

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