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Genshin Impact Version 4.4 debuts “Passerine Herald” Xianyun (anemo/catalyst). This guide will explain everything about how to build Xianyun and play her in her best teams in Genshin Impact.

Genshin Impact Xianyun Guide: Abilities description 

Talent upgrade priority

No need to level her Normal Attack.

Elemental Burst > Elemental Skill

Normal Attack: Word of Wind and Flower

Normal Attack

Summons swirling winds to perform up to 4 attacks, dealing Anemo DMG.

Charged Attack

Consumes a certain amount of Stamina and launches a Breeze Bolt in a straight line that deals Anemo DMG to opponents along its path.

Plunging Attack

Gathers the power of Anemo and plunges towards the ground from mid-air, damaging all opponents in her path. Deals AoE Anemo DMG upon impact with the ground.

Elemental Skill: White Clouds at Dawn

Xianyun enters the Cloud Transmogrification state, in which she will not take Fall DMG, and uses Skyladder once. In this state, her Plunging Attack will be converted into Driftcloud Wave instead, which deals AoE Anemo DMG and ends the Cloud Transmogrification state. This DMG is considered Plunging Attack DMG. Each use of Skyladder while in this state increases the DMG and AoE of the next Driftcloud Wave used.

Skyladder

Can be used while in mid-air. Xianyun leaps forward, dealing Anemo DMG to targets along her path.
During each Cloud Transmogrification state Xianyun enters, Skyladder may be used up to 3 times and only 1 instance of Skyladder DMG can be dealt to any one opponent. If Skyladder is not used again in a short period, the Cloud Transmogrification state will be canceled

If Xianyun does not use Driftcloud Wave while in this state, the next CD of White Clouds at Dawn will be decreased by 3s.

Elemental Burst: Stars Gather at Dusk

Brings forth a sacred breeze that deals with AoE Anemo DMG and heals all nearby characters based on Xianyun’s ATK. It will also summon the “Starwickermechanism.

Starwicker

  • Continuously follows the active character and periodically heals all nearby party members based on Xianyun’s ATK.
  • Starts with 8 stacks of Adeptal Assistance. While Adeptal Assistance is active, nearby active characters in the party will have their jump height increased.
  • When the active character completes a Plunging Attack, Starwicker will consume 1 stack of Adeptal Assistance and deal AoE Anemo DMG.

Only 1 Starwicker can exist simultaneously.

Genshin Impact Xianyun Pre-Farm Guide
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Ascension 1 Passive: Galefeather Pursuit

Each opponent hit by Driftcloud Waves from White Clouds at Dawn will grant all nearby party members 1 stack of Storm Pinion for 20s. Max 4 stacks. These will cause the characters’ Plunging Attack CRIT Rate to increase by 4%/6%/8%/10% respectively. Each Storm Pinion created by hitting an opponent has an independent duration.

Ascension 4 Passive: Consider, the Adeptus in Her Realm

When the Starwicker created by Stars Gather at Dusk has Adeptal Assistance stacks, nearby active characters’ Plunging Attack shockwave DMG will be increased by 200% of Xianyun’s ATK. The maximum DMG increase that can be achieved this way is 9,000. Each Plunging Attack shockwave DMG instance can only apply this increased DMG effect to a single opponent. Each character can trigger this effect once every 0.4s.

Utility Passive: Crane Form

Increases gliding SPD for your party members by 15%. Not stackable with Passive Talents that provide the same effects.

Genshin Impact Xianyun Guide: Abilities explained

Normal Attack: Word of Wind and Flower

This is useful for Swirling and triggering Viridescent Veneerer since her Normal/Charged/Plunging attacks do anemo DMG by default. Other than that, it serves no other purpose.

Elemental Skill: White Clouds at Dawn

Pressing her Skill once uses Skyladder once. Pressing it two more times uses Skyladder two more times. Skyladder can be used a maximum of three times. Using Skyladder makes her leap forward and upward. It damages enemies caught in the path. Xianyun does not take fall DMG for a certain height during this state.

Pressing Normal Attack after any number of Skyladders will cause her to transform into her Crane form and do a special Plunging Attack called Driftcloud Wave. The number of Skyladders used increases the DMG of the Driftcloud Wave. If Driftcloud Wave is not used, the cooldown of the next use of her Skill is reduced by 3s. It is advised to use the Driftcloud Wave. It is not required to use all three Skyladders.

Elemental Burst: Stars Gather at Dusk

The initial cast of her Burst heals the entire party and summons the Starwicker mechanism. Starwicker follows the active character and periodically heals them every 2.5. It also lets the active character jump high enough to do a Plunging attack.

This is restricted to 8 Plunges and the counter is shared by the entire party. Only jumping does not consume the counter, a complete Plunging attack does. The healing scales off Xianyun’s ATK.

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Ascension 1 Passive: Galefeather Pursuit

Each opponent hit by Driftcloud Wave grants 1 stack of Storm Pinion, max 4 stacks. These stacks increase the Plunge Attack CRIT Rate of the entire party by 4%/6%/8%/10%.

Ascension 4 Passive: Consider, the Adeptus in Her Realm

During her Burst, the active character’s Plunging DMG is increased by 200% of Xianyun’s ATK. The maximum obtainable DMG increase is 9000. This DMG increase works the same way as Yun Jin and Shenhe’s. It is a number added to the base DMG of the character, which is further multiplied by EM, Elemental DMG%, and CRIT DMG.

There is a small catch, this increased DMG can only be applied to ONE opponent who is caught in the shockwave of a Plunging Attack. This is very useful in boss battles but nothing too special while fighting multiple enemies. Not all of them will take the increased DMG and the increased DMG will probably be overkill for one single enemy.

Utility Passive: Crane Form

The gliding speed increase is useful for exploring.

Genshin Impact Xianyun Guide: Playstyle

Before C6, Xianyu’s best role is that of a healer/buffer/plunge enabler. Her rotation is very simple.

  • User her Skill and Burst whenever they are ready
  • Switch to other teammates

Genshin Impact Xianyun Guide: Materials

As an Anemo character, Xianyun uses Vayuda Turquoise stones for ascension and they can be obtained from the Anemo Hypostasis. Her other ascension material, Cloudseam Scale can be obtained from the Solitary Suanni. The boss materials for her talents can be obtained from the All-Devouring Narwhal weekly boss. Players can check this out for a detailed breakdown of Xianyun’s materials

Genshin Impact Xianyun Guide: Best Weapons for Xianyun

Xianyun’s best weapon is her signature Crane’s Echoing Call. However, the effects of this weapon are tailor-made for plunge attack playstyles. If you don’t care about plunge attacks and only use her as a healer/buffer, then this weapon is not that important.

5* weapons

Crane’s Echoing CallBase ATK: 741
2nd stat: 16.5% ATK

Reason:
Buffs plunging DMG for the entire party and helps with Xianyun’s ER needs.

Skyward AtlasBase ATK: 674
2nd stat: 33.1% ATK

Reason:
Provides a lot of ATK.

Memory of DustBase ATK: 608
2nd stat: 49.6% ATK

Reason:
Provides a lot of ATK.

4* weapons

Oathsworn EyeBase ATK: 565
2nd stat: 27.6% ATK

Reason:
Provides a good amount of ATK from its stats, as well as a decent amount of ER from its passive.

Favonius CodexBase ATK: 510
2nd stat: 45.9% ER

Reason:
Provides a good amount of ER.

Thrilling Tales of Dragon SlayersBase ATK: 401
2nd stat: 35.2% HP

Reason:
Provides a good amount of ATK buff to the next character. Does not help with Xianyun’s healing or DMG buff.

Prototype AmberBase ATK: 510
2nd stat: 41.3% HP

Reason:
Provides a small amount of healing to the entire party and provides energy to Xianyun, helping with her ER needs.

Genshin Impact Xianyun Guide: Best Artifacts for Xianyun

For Sands, use ATK% or ER% if you cannot reach her ER needs. Try to reach her ER needs from substats. You can use a Healing Bonus% Goblet if you want more healing. She requires 200-230% ER if she is the only Anemo character. This requirement drops to 170-190% if there is an Anemo teammate. With two Anemo teammates, this drops to 150-170%.

SandsGobletCirclet
ATK% or ER%ATK%ATK% or Healing Bonus%
4pc Viridescent Venerer2-Piece Bonus
Anemo DMG Bonus +15%

4-Piece Bonus
Increases Swirl DMG by 60%. Decreases opponent’s Elemental RES to the element infused in the Swirl by 40% for 10s.

Reason:
The go-to set for any Anemo support character. This set only works with Pyro/Electro/Cryo/Hydro oriented teams. Anemo/Geo/Dendro DPS teams would not benefit from this set.

4pc Noblesse Oblige2-Piece Bonus
Elemental Burst DMG +20%

4-Piece Bonus
Using an Elemental Burst increases all party members’ ATK by 20% for 12s. This effect cannot stack.

Reason:
Buffs burst DMG and ATK, unfortunately, do not stack with other users of the same set. This set benefits everyone, especially characters who cannot take advantage of Viridescent Venerer.

Genshin Impact Xianyun Guide: Best Team Compositions for Xianyun

Xiao teams

Since Xianyun specifically buffs plunge DMG, one of her best uses is in Xiao teams.

XiaoXianyunBennettFaruzan
Anemo DPSHealer/plunge bufferHealer/ATK buffer/Pyro BatteryAnemo DMG buffer

This team heavily benefits from Xianyun’s healing that follows the active character.

XiaoXianyunBennettFurina
Anemo DPSHealer/plunge bufferHealer/ATK buffer/Pyro BatteryAll DMG buffer/sub DPS

This team loses Faruzan’s Anemo DMG buffs but greatly benefits from Furina’s all-purpose DMG bonus and her off-field DMG.

Furina teams

Xianyun has great synergy with Furina where she helps her gain Fanfare stacks as well as offset the HP drain. Xianyun and Furina as a pair can be used with almost any DPS. Moreover, since plunge DMG has the highest DMG multiplier, almost any character can become a plunge specialist like Xiao.

One specific character that deserves a mention is Diluc. He has the highest plunge DMG multiplier out of all the characters. Considering plunge attacks have no ICD, Diluc can Vaporise almost all of his plunges.

In this team, Furina can be replaced with Yelan or Xingqiu but it requires a normal attack to apply Hydro. Kokomi is another option for Hydro applier but she is also a healer, this team doesn’t need 3 healers. Mona is not a reliable off-field Hydro applier.

Gaming is another plunge-oriented DPS that has great synergy with Xianyun. With Furina’s off-field Hydro application, he can Vaporise most of his plunges.

Replacing Furina with Yelan/Xingqiu means you need to do normal attacks in between plunges.

Hu Tao/Klee/Yanfei can all benefit from the plunge DMG bonus from Xianyun. Especially for Hu Tao, jump canceling is part of her gameplay. With Xianyun, jump cancels can be ended with a plunge which results in more DMG.

A Mono-Pyro version of the previous team.

Aggravate/Spread teams

Plunge attacks do not have any ICD and Aggravate/Spread benefits from constant elemental application. This makes Xianyun a great choice for these teams.

Genshin Impact Xianyun Guide: Constellations

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Xianyun is a complete unit at C0. C2 is a great stopping point. C6 unlocks her true potential as a DPS. Players can check this piece out for a detailed breakdown of Xianyun’s constellations. 

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