Xingqiu Guide and Best Builds

Xingqiu Guide and Best Builds for Genshin Impact

Xingqiu is a 4-star Hydro DPS in Genshin Impact focusing in off-field damage and incredible Hydro application to set up for a range of reactions. This guide will focus on Xingqiu's best weapons, builds, artifacts, teambuilding and more!

Last updated on Jun 05, 2024 at 11:00 by Shikhu
S Rating
Hydro Element
Sword Weapon
Cristina Valenzuela EN Voice Actor
Junko Minagawa JP Voice Actor

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Incredible single-target Hydro application
  • +Elemental Skill provides damage reduction, stagger resistance and healing
  • +Powerful at lower constellations
  • +Flexible in a wide range of teams
X Weaknesses
  • -Requires a lot of Energy for their Elemental Burst
  • -Elemental Skill has a long cooldown
  • -Can accidentally freeze themselves

Hydro Sub DPS Xingqiu

This build focuses on being able to consistently apply Hydro for teams such as Bloom, Vaporize and Hyperbloom. Being able to consistently apply Hydro via Guhua Sword: Raincutter is incredibly important.

BiS Weapon Primordial Jade Cutter
Alternative Weapons
  1. Mistsplitter Reforged
  2. Haran Geppaku Futsu
  3. Light of Foliar Incision
  4. Fleuve Cendre Ferryman
  5. Favonius Sword
  6. Sacrificial Sword
Best Artifacts
  1. Emblem of Severed Fate
  2. Noblesse Oblige
Main Stats
  • Sand Stats: Energy Recharge / ATK %
  • Goblet Stats: Hydro Damage
  • Circlet Stats: CRIT Rate / DMG
Substat Priority
    1. Energy Recharge to breakpoint
    2. CRIT Rate / DMG
    3. ATK %
Talent Priority
  1. Elemental Burst
  2. Elemental Skill
  3. Normal Attack

Xingqiu works well with a large range of 5-star weapons so several 4 Star options have been provided. He is weaker than all of those 5-star options and a few others. Depending on your Energy Recharge breakpoints (see next section) you may want to consider a weapon that provides Energy Recharge instead.

Sacrificial Sword is a common weapon to also alleviate these issues and can be incredibly comfortable allowing you to use Guhua Sword: Fatal Rainscreen but be warned it can make your rotations be mistimed due to needing to use a second Elemental Skill.


Energy Recharge Breakpoints

Listed below is a brief table showing what Energy Recharge you want to aim for depending on your weapons and constellations. Exact Energy Recharge requirements vary based on your specific team composition, certain character skills, the weapons your team has and if Xingqiu will be on-field to pick up the particles.

Weapon C0 - C5 C6
Favonius Sword 190 - 220% 150 - 180%
Sacrificial Sword 150 - 180% 130 - 150%
Fleuve Cendre Ferryman 200 - 230% 170 - 200%
Other Weapons 220 - 260% 180 - 220%

Combos and How to Play Xingqiu

Xingqiu's Elemental Skill, Guhua Sword: Fatal Rainscreen, and Burst, Guhua Sword: Raincutter are incredibly useful, when using Guhua Sword: Fatal Rainscreen be careful that you do not swap characters too early to ensure Hydro Particles are collected if you need the energy for your Burst.

At lower constellations, you want to use your Skill first however at C4 you should use your Burst before your Skill for increased damage. This is assuming you have the energy to do so.

Be careful when using either Skill or Burst! They both apply the Wet status to yourself. This can be useful to cleanse anything such as burning off but does cause Cryo to freeze you.


How Does Xingqiu Compare to Yelan?

Many people may compare Xingqiu to his 5-star counterpart, Yelan. However, Xingqiu offers increased Hydro application for reactions and survivability instead of the damage Yelan provides.

Many team compositions will actually use both Xingqiu and Yelan at the same time.


Xingqiu's Best Team Comps

Xingqiu has the potential to work in a wide range of teams, anything that benefits from Hydro application often benefits from having Xingqiu. Listed below are a few of the most popular examples.


Hyperbloom Team Composition

Main DPS Sub DPS Sub DPS Support
Alhaitham Xingqiu Yelan Kuki Shinobu

Hyperbloom team compositions benefit from Xingqiu's Hydro application as well as his supportive capabilities due to Guhua Sword: Fatal Rainscreen. These teams being some of the best in the game helps to solidify Xingqiu's place in the meta.

Many of the characters are flexible simply requiring a Hydro, Dendro and Electro unit. The final position can be flexibile, giving you a wide range of potential Hyperbloom compositions


National and International Teams

Main DPS Sub DPS Sub DPS Support
Raiden Shogun Xingqiu Xiangling Bennett
Tartaglia Xiangling Bennett

The National team is a popular team composition involving Xingqiu, Xiangling, Bennett and a Main DPS in the flex position. While there are a range of variants, the above 2 using Raiden Shogun and Childe are generally the strongest. With Raiden Shogun's' team commonly being referred to as Rational, and Childe's team commonly being referred to as International.

Xingqiu's powerful Hydro application allows various elemental reactions to take place within these comps.


Double Hydro Hu Tao

Main DPS Sub DPS Sub DPS Support
Hu Tao Xingqiu Yelan Zhongli

Another one of Xingqiu's popular teams works alongside Yelan to allow Hu Tao to easily gain massive damage from Vaporize reactions. You can run this team composition with just Xingqiu and replace Yelan for Albedo for Double Geo or even an Electro character for a more overload focused comp.


Xingqiu's Ascensions, Talents, and Constellations

Xingqiu Ascensions Xingqiu Talents Xingqiu Constellations

Xingqiu Ascension Passives and Materials

Unlock Ascension Passive Explanation
With Character Flash of Genius When Xingqiu crafts Character Talent Materials, he has a 25% chance to refund a portion of the crafting materials used.
1st Ascension Hydropathic 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.
4th Ascension Blades Amidst Raindrops Xingqiu gains a 20% Hydro DMG Bonus.

Xingqiu requires a range of materials to ascend to the 6th ascension. Starting from the second ascension, he gains additional Attack as his bonus stat giving a total of 24% increased Attack at the final ascension. The total cost to upgrade all ascensions is:

Source Quantity
Mora 420,000 Mora
Boss Material 46x Cleansing Heart
Ascension Material
Local Specialty 168x Silk Flower
Enhancement Material
  • 18x Damaged Mask
  • 30x Stained Mask
  • 36x Ominous Mask

Xingqiu's Talents

Listed below is each talent and a simplified explanation of how they work.

Type Talent Name Brief Explanation
Normal Normal Attack: Guhua Style 5 Normal Attacks and a normal charged attack.
Elemental Skill Guhua Sword: Fatal Rainscreen Deals Hydro damage and creates Rain Swords around the character. These reduce damage taken, provide interruption resistance and are used up as damage is dealt.
Elemental Burst Guhua Sword: Raincutter
  • Creates Rain Swords around active character, normal attacks deal additional hydro damage from them.
  • Rain swords are not used up as damage is dealt when created from Guhua Sword: Raincutter.

To upgrade a single talent to level 10, it costs:

Source Quantity
Mora 1,625,500 Mora
Special Material 1x Crown of Insight
Boss Material 6x Tail of Boreas
Domain Material
  • 3x Teachings of Gold
  • 21x Guide to Gold
  • 38x Philosophies of Gold
Enhancement Material
  • 6x Damaged Mask
  • 22x Stained Mask
  • 31x Ominous Mask

Xingqiu's Constellations

Xingqiu's most important constellation is Hence, Call Them My Own Verses providing increased damage and makes builds easier by lowering energy requirements. As a 4-star character this is something you can obtain over time from Paimon's Bargains. Rainbow Upon the Azure Sky can also be significant due to the reduced Hydro resistance increasing damage as well as the damage of other Hydro characters such as Yelan.

# Name Explanation
C1 The Scent Remained Increases the maximum number of Rain Swords by 1.
C2 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.
C3 Weaver of Verses
  • Increases the Level of Guhua Sword: Raincutter by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C4 Evilsoother Throughout the duration of Guhua Sword: Raincutter, the DMG dealt by Guhua Sword: Fatal Rainscreen is increased by 50%.
C5 Embrace of Rain
  • Increases the Level of Guhua Sword: Fatal Rainscreen by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C6 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.


  • 03 Jun. 2024: Reviewed for 4.7.
  • 31 Jan. 2024: Guide reviewed for Patch 4.4.
  • 29 Nov. 2023: Guide added.
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