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Xinyan Quick TL;DR DPS and Support Build Guide

UPDATED FOR 2.5 😁!

PSA #1: A DPS is the lead singer of the group, who gets all the girls/guys and lives in the spotlight. A support are the guitarists and drummers who make sure the lead singer isn’t just singing a Capella like an idiot

PSA #2: Both Xinyan’s abilities scale off ATK, but her E does benefit from DEF. She’s a really cool character with a much appreciated pyro application, but holy crap does the little drum on her back makes so much noise whenever she moves…

Literally uses her drum to slap enemies infront and next to her (DOESN’T HIT ENEMIES BEHIND HER). Bread and butter of her kit

PSA #3: Must hit 3 enemies with E to gain the strongest shield + do AoE pyro damage pulses

  • Pulses 6 times total in 12 seconds (1 pulse = 2 seconds)
  • Pulse range is not that big, so always stay within melee distance

The AoE pyro aura extends roughly past her normal attack range in every direction around the character, making it extremely potent at applying pyro shields

WARNING: Currently there is a bug with the inconsistency with the AoE pyro aura when you achieve a level 3 shield. Sometimes the aura may go into effect, other time’s it won’t

Reduces number of enemies hit from 3 to 2 to gain the max shield + AoE pulses
Basically a free 15% Phys DMG buff for 12s

Keep in mind this passive is only active when you unlock Ascension 4 for Xinyan (character level 70)

This passive makes her both an extremely versatile character. Not only will it benefit her as a main DPS role, but also as an amazing support buffer to DPS characters like Razor, Keqing, Zhongli, and Xiangling; who excel at dealing Phys DMG

Strums guitar like a madlass. Does one giant AoE Phys DMG attack. Knocks away enemies. Spawns fire pillars that continuously do pyro DMG to enemies nearby

WEAPON #1 (Recommended for DPS): Snow-Tombed Starsilver

How do I get it D: ? – Dragonspine + Forge (Prototype x1, Crystal Chunk x50, White Iron Chunk x50)

Has base Phys DMG% scaling and the weapon skill hits like a truck

This weapon is best in slot hands down for C2 Xinyan, as you can utilize both the Phys DMG% scaling + since you’re most likely running cryo for superconduct, you will proc the 2nd part of the weapon skill!

HOWEVER: If you have the 5-star claymores like The Unforged or Skyward Pride, they will inevitably provide more overall DPS due to their raw scaling and ATK provided, so it’s recommended to take those above Starsilver (until it’s higher refined)!

If you have Wolf’s Gravestone, it works great as well. Otherwise, Whiteblind will do just fine if you’re not ready for Dragonspine content yet!

WEAPON #2 (Recommended for Support): Whiteblind

How do I get it D: ? – Forge (Prototype x1, Crystal Chunk x50, White Iron Chunk x50)

Has base DEF% scaling and provides a juicy ATK/DEF buff to further strengthen shield

Favonius Greatsword is also extremely favorable since her E can generate a lot of orbs (likewise with Sacrificial Greatsword). If you’ve spent all your claymore prototypes making Animus, you can honestly run that too.

ARTIFACT #1 (Recommended for burst DPS): Pale Flame + Bloodstained

How do I get it D: ? – Pale Flame at Ridge Watch Domain (AR 30 locked, 20 Resin per run). Bloodstained at Clear Pool and Mountain Cavern Domain (AR 35 locked, 20 Resin per run)

Boosts her Normal/Charged attack, but mainly her Q damage
Same thing basically 😛

While typically characters with Phys DMG% buffs/debuffs, as well as weapons that provide Phys DMG% scaling perform better with the artifact combination, due to the lack of a Phys DMG% weapon for claymore users, this isn’t the case for Xinyan

This is for her burst DPS. While she does have a sustained main DPS build, it’s much more practical to utilize her insane burst damage.

ARTIFACT #2 (Recommended for Support): Noblesse Oblige

How do I get it D: ? – Clear Pool and Mountain Cavern Domain (AR 35 locked, 20 Resin per run)

Her Q has insane scaling, but makes it stronger + her team as well

However, there are alternatives: If you already have someone on your team running 4-set Noblesse, then running 4-set Tenacity of the Millelith is your best bet.

There is a catch however: you need to make sure you land the Level 3 version of her shield, otherwise 4-set Millelith is absolutely useless for support Xinyan!

Main stats for DPS:

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ATK%Phys DMG%CRIT% or CRIT DMG

Substats: CRIT% > CRIT DMG > ATK > EM

Main stats for Support:

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DEF%DEF%CRIT% or CRIT DMG

Substats: CRIT% > CRIT DMG > ATK% > DEF or EM

If you want other characters let me know. Hope this helped. Bye.

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  1. for support xinyan, If we already have bennet running noblesse, and tenacity buff is unreliable, which is the best artifact to take? My team is Zhongli Ningguang Xinyan Bennet.

    • You can still take 2-set Noblesse + 2-set Bloodstained (or Pale Flame) to turn her into a burst DPS. Since you have Zhongli for strong shields, might as well turn Xinyan into an additional DPS source at this point for your comp

  2. What about Favonius + 2-pc Noblesse/2-pc Retracing Bolide for a shield support with some burst? (Noelle has Whiteblind.) I’m awful at dodging attacks, and Zhongli’s insane shield ability has spoiled me. But I don’t always need or want a Geo on the team (plus the Abyss exists), so I’m trying to build Xinyan in a way that maximizes her shielding but doesn’t completely kneecap her burst dmg.

    • If you’re trying to run her burst DPS + shield support, you’ll be much better off focusing on one over trying to balance both. Unfortunately her scaling on her shield is horrible, so if you want a shield that’s worthwhile (in consideration of taking), then highly recommend focusing on a shield build (vice versa with burst DPS). Just keep in mind that Retracing Bolide’s 2x bonus shield strength only applies to who has it equipped — meaning once you swap to a different character who doesn’t have Bolide equipped, Xinyan’s shield will immediately lose that 20% bonus.

    • I would say it still depends on what you’re looking to do with her. If the goal is to still use her for Pyro application and shields, then 4x Millelith (or 2x Defender + 2x Noblesse).

      Otherwise burst DPS/DPS wise, 2x Bloodstained + 2x Pale Flame still. You’d be wanting to maximize her Phys DPS output, and ideally that artifact combo is for burst DPS.