Xiao Quick TL;DR Team Comp Guide

Xiao (your residential, depressed, sad boi of Genshin)

He had to kill all his friends 🙁

Element: Anemo

Weapon: Polearm

Pros:

Low E CDIncredible damage multipliersEasy to play
Strong self buffsCRIT DMG as hidden statEasy to gear
Great AoEHighly mobileGood C1 and C6

Cons:

Long Q CDSusceptible to damage/squishyPractically no ER
Q ends when swapped outReliant on team for shieldsE doesn’t provide i-frames and can get interrupted
Q bleeds you when used

PSA #1: Xiao’s only real issue is just his energy. Sustain and squishiness can be covered via heal slot, and his lack of elemental coverage can be delegated to his team. Other than that, gameplay is purely heal -> buff -> swap to Xiao and nuke. Highly recommended to be proactive with the flex slot as explained below

Who to take (alternatives explained below!):

Sucrose
  • Fills Anemo slot, allowing for Anemo resonance giving more E CD
  • Sucrose’s E is a great battery for Xiao + her Q is good for AoE grouping CC
  • Can run TTDS over EM muling as Swirl damage scaling is garbage, so the 48% ATK buff is much more preferred
  • CAN BE REPLACED WITH VENTI OR ANEMO MC AS THE GOAL IS TO JUST RUN DUO ANEMO (but AoE also helps!)
Fischl
  • Fischl’s E is a great passive damage addon + decent energy every now and then
  • Greatly fits Xiao’s hogging playstyle, as you only need to drop E and swap out (with using Q to refresh Oz occasionally)
  • Can also serve as a great sub DPS if necessary (but not essential)
  • THIS IS THE FLEX SLOT — PUT WHOEVER YOU NEED FOR ELEMENTAL MATCHUPS, BUFFS/SHIELDS, OR DAMAGE ETC…
Bennett
  • #1 healer in the game with a large AoE + huge heal per tick + ATK buff (heal alone makes him essential to counter Xiao’s Q bleed)
  • Pyro is extremely helpful dealing with Cryo
  • E is spammable for guaranteeing Q uptime nearly 99% of the time
  • CAN BE REPLACED WITH QIQI/DIONA OR JEAN IF YOU WANT ANEMO BURST DPS + HEALER

PSA #2: To further elaborate on the flex slot – be smart about who you take. Elemental shields are Xiao’s only real weakness in combat, so alternate based on what enemy you’re facing. Fischl is an all around solid spot for boosting DPS, but a shielder could also be essential as well

Great flex slot alternatives:

  • Zhongli – Strong shield to help prevent any interruption, damage, and make Xiao’s Q less annoying to deal with
  • Venti – BE WARNED XIAO’S Q CANNOT HIT ENEMIES IN VENTI’S Q. Use Venti for CC chaining and creating space/downtime to heal Xiao or help group for better AoE
  • Qiqi – Decent off-field healing with her passive/Q + can be great for occasional superconduct as Xiao does weave in normal/charged attacks when off Q
  • Diona – Second strongest shield in the game, has a good heal, and can help generate decent bit of energy. Can be a solid pick if need more sustain
  • Xingqiu – Great for dealing with Pyro shields + great DPS boost with Xingqiu’s Q when Xiao’s Q is on CD
  • Jean – Great sub/burst DPS option and heal alternative if don’t have Bennett. Can also give Anemo resonance
  • Honorable mentions – Running duo Anemo + duo Geo is actually fairly strong as you get the DMG buff + a strong shield from Geo users. Zhongli + Ning has been my favorite pair by running both as burst DPS, but be aware this leads to extreme struggle with Abyss Mages

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ASK QUESTIONS BELOW! I’ll try my best to respond as I know some players may not have ANY of the characters mentioned.

Hope this helped. Bye.

2board

I spend too much time filling out spreadsheets for incoherent data, but at least I can turn them into guides :P

5 Responses

  1. The Bruh says:

    How to build strong healing Bennett, champ?

  2. Kelpie says:

    I use Xiao team as my second team, and sure i love it!
    I run with Sucrose (second anemo), Bennett (healing and buff god) and Beidou (off dps, occasional shield, plus her Q is real good in combo with Xiao’s Q; she’s flexi slot btw)

    Now i pulled out both Kazua and Jean (different banner). I was thinking swapping out Sucrose for Kazua but seems a waste of a really good char. Or i could swap Jean in lieu of Bennett and put Xinyan for shield+phys buff?

    • 2board says:

      Kazuha really shines in an EM comp, and if Xiao’s your main DPS then you would be better off running Kazuha on another team as a sub DPS!

  3. floris says:

    im running xiao, jean, qiqi and fischl right now, should i switch qiqi to bennett? qiqi helps a lot with the life drain but I’m not sure whether bennett’s atk buff is worth it. also jean is mostly a battery for now, i don’t really use her. i could put qiqi as a dps/subdps on my other team

    • 2board says:

      So in OVERALL healing output, Bennett will be top class. His heal per tick is unmatched and his burst is extremely easy to charge back up. The ATK buff is huge — it really depends on what weapon you have for him, but overall even something like a 400 ATK bonus is huge in calculation.

      If you find yourself struggling (especially with the new Abyss), and don’t really find Qiqi resonating with your comp, I highly recommend swapping her out for Bennett!

      TL;DR – replace Qiqi with Bennett

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