Xiangling Best Guide: Weapon, Artifacts, Teams In-Depth Guide - Genshin Impact
Xiangling is a 4-star polearm-wielding Pyro character, primarily designed as a sub-DPS (secondary damage dealer). Her main source of damage output comes from her Elemental Burst, which offers substantial damage. She can remain on the field even after using her Burst, allowing her to continue dealing damage. Xiangling's Pyronado and Guoba Attack have a relatively balanced Pyro application rate, neither too slow nor too fast. She performs well both in applying damage-boosting reactions on her own and working with a main DPS character.
This guide will go through her talents, constellations, weapon and artifact recommendations, and team compositions.
Xiangling Build Guide
Regarding her constellations, most of them provide substantial improvements, enhancing her performance and increasing her damage output. When it comes to weapon selection, she is quite versatile and can make good use of various options depending on what you have.
However, there is a noticeable drawback to Xiangling, which is her energy recharge. As a sub-DPS character heavily reliant on her Elemental Burst, her Elemental Skill (Guoba Attack) generates only four energy particles, with a 12-second cooldown. Generating four particles every 12 seconds is not enough, especially since they are produced one by one. Xiangling requires approximately 7 seconds to gather all four particles if she stays on the field the entire time, which is not very practical.
This is why Xiangling usually accumulates a significant amount of energy recharge, often accompanied by a support character like Bennett to assist with energy regeneration (and Bennett's role goes beyond energy support, which will be discussed later). So, if you plan to include Xiangling in your team, it's not just about dedicating one team slot to her; it's more like two.
Birthday: November 2nd.
Element: Pyro 🔥
Role Ranking: Main Support
First Release: Version 1.0
Skills and Talent Introduction
- Normal Attack
Xiangling's normal attack consists of 5 hits. Compared to other melee characters, Xiangling's normal attack speed is relatively fast. The final hit of her normal attack combo has a knockback effect.
After reaching the second phase of her Elemental Burst, the final hit of her normal attack combo will apply the "Breathe In" effect to enemies for two seconds. When this effect ends, it triggers an explosion, dealing 20% Pyro damage to surrounding enemies.
Xiangling's charged attack starts with an initial multiplier as high as 144%. Upon upgrading her talents to level 3, it reaches 168%. At talent level 9, it can reach an impressive 265%. This charged attack is Xiangling's primary method for physical damage output
- Elemental Skill
Xiangling's elemental skill, Guoba, releases bursts of fire within a certain radius to apply Pyro status to enemies. Guoba remains on the field for six seconds, emitting fire bursts at regular intervals of 1.5 seconds. Furthermore, the skill has a cooldown of six seconds, meaning there's no downtime.
Once Xiangling reaches Ascension Phase 3, when Guoba's deployment duration ends, it leaves behind a chili pepper at its disappearance location. Picking up the chili pepper grants an 8% increase in attack for 10 seconds.
- Elemental Burst
Xiangling summons the guiding star to protect you, unleashes the power of the Viceregal banner, deals AoE Geo damage, increases the shield strength of the character, the shield has a 50% damage bonus. At Talent Level 2, the banner has a 100% dmg bonus. This skill has a 20-second cooldown.
Many players often choose not to level up Xiangling's Elemental Skill (E) or believe it's unnecessary to level it up. I disagree with this approach. First, the damage output of Guoba, Xiangling's Elemental Skill, is comparable to that of Pyronado, her Elemental Burst. When both her E and Q talents are at the same level, Guoba's damage output is slightly higher. Only when both E and Q are leveled up to 13, Pyronado's damage output can match Guoba's. So, we can think of Guoba's four-stage damage as an additional, shorter-duration "second Pyronado" that you can use. This analogy might make it easier for you to understand.
After releasing her Elemental Burst, Guoba will rotate clockwise (from a top-down perspective) at a moderate speed, dealing high damage and applying Pyro to any enemies it touches. The damage from Guoba has a 0.3-second cooldown for elemental reactions. Utilizing Pyronado in actual combat helps enhance your team's damage per second (DPS) and enables you to trigger various elemental reactions when combined with an on-field character. This is the main gameplay style for Xiangling. Pyronado delivers substantial damage, and even free-to-play players can expect 30,000 to 40,000 damage when Pyronado touches enemies.
Xiangling's Elemental Burst (Q) is her primary source of damage and the core of her playstyle. I recommend leveling up this talent to its maximum level, making it worthy of a Crown upgrade. As a Pyro support character, Xiangling relies on her substantial damage output and her ability to trigger various elemental reactions. She can easily fit into many team compositions, and from the game's launch to the present day, she continues to maintain the title of "Six-Star War God." Her future looks promising, and investing in her is definitely worthwhile.
My recommendation for Xiangling's talent leveling is to prioritize her Elemental Burst (Q) and max it out. Her Elemental Skill (E) is also worth upgrading, but if resources are limited, you can level it partially. There's no need to invest in her normal attacks (basic attacks). If you're a fan of cooking or her character, feel free to level up Xiangling's talents as you like.
Xiangling's constellations have both personal improvements and some that benefit her team. Here's a summary:
- C1: Crispy Outside Tender Inside
Provides an additional 15% Fire Resistance reduction except for Pyro characters in the party. It's great for Pyro-focused teams. Additionally, Guoba's intermittent fire can continuously refresh this resistance reduction.
- C2: Oil Meets Fire
It's relatively underwhelming as Xiangling doesn't typically engage in normal attacks. Her attack power is generally low, and she usually doesn't have a high focus on attack stats, so you can safely ignore this.
- C3: Deepfry
This is a significant constellation as it raises her Elemental Burst (Q) level to 3. It directly boosts Xiangling's damage output, making it a core constellation for her.
- C4: Slowbake
This is the most crucial constellation for Xiangling, as it extends the duration of Pyronado by 40%. It drastically improves her overall performance, allowing you to maintain buffs and increasing her overall damage output. Having this constellation ensures a smoother gameplay experience.
- C5: Guoba Mad
It enhances the damage of Guoba. As Guoba is also a significant source of damage, this is a valuable upgrade.
- C6: Condensed Pyronado
It provides a 15% Pyro DMG Bonus to the whole team while Pyronado is active. However, it's not as significant as it may seem, especially considering Xiangling's gameplay style. It doesn't directly benefit Xiangling's Pyronado, as she locks the damage values before it's completely cast. So, this constellation mainly benefits specific team compositions and not Xiangling herself.
In selecting a weapon for Xiangling, the primary focus should be on achieving a high critical rate (Crit Rate) and ensuring sufficient Energy Recharge (ER). After meeting these criteria, you can consider various options for her. Xiangling's flexibility allows her to make use of a variety of weapons. Below is a ranking of recommended weapons based on practical gameplay and expected damage output:
- Energy Recharge
- Crit DMG
- Crit Rate
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a good choice for team compositions that involve crowd control and defeating multiple enemies quickly, as it increases Crit Rate and provides an ATK bonus.
Xiangling's energy recharge is important. Whether you are using a full Pyro or mixed element team, Xiangling has a consistent need for high energy recharge. While the desire to trade some energy recharge for more damage can be understood, it's important to ensure that you can maintain at least 200% energy recharge even when replacing energy recharge sands. Therefore, it is advisable to prioritize energy recharge in Xiangling's build to guarantee the uptime of her Elemental Burst.
The Artifacts stats that we should focus on:
- Crit DMG
- Crit Rate
- Energy Recharge
- Elemental Mastery
Main Stats on the Artifacts
- Sand (ATK)
- Goblet (Cryo DMG)
- Circlet (Crit DMG/Crit Rate)
Emblem Of Severed Fate
Crimson Witch of Flames