With the new Genshin Impact 4.4 update, a new 5-star addition is here: Xianyun.
Distinct from the typical support characters, Xianyun brings a fresh gameplay style and traversal mechanics.
Complete Guide to Xianyun: Best Builds and Team Compositions
Talents and Abilities
Normal Attack: Word of Wind and Flower
As a Catalyst user, Xianyun's basic attacks deal Anemo damage.
The relevance of these attacks increases if she is used as an on-field DPS.
Elemental Skill: White Clouds at Dawn
Upon using her Elemental Skill, Xianyun enters the Cloud Transmogrification State and triggers Sky Ladder.
In this state, she doesn't take fall damage and can use Sky Ladder to leap higher, up to two additional times.
Sky Ladder damages enemies in its path, and Xianyun can perform a plunging attack targeting an enemy, causing AoE Anemo plunging damage.
The AoE and damage scale with the number of Sky Ladder uses before plunging.
This skill also generates Anemo particles.
Elemental Burst: Stars Gather at Dusk
Xianyun's Elemental Burst deals AoE Anemo damage and heals the entire party based on her attack.
It also summons Starwicker Mechanism, which provides continuous healing and grants Adeptal Assistance stacks, increasing jump height and allowing plunging attacks with Anemo damage.
Galefeather Pursuit (A1): Hitting enemies with Drift Cloud Waves from the Elemental Skill gives Storm Pinion stacks, increasing plunge attack crit rate.
Consider, the Adeptus in Her Realm (A4): Enhances the shock wave damage of plunge attacks based on Xianyun's attack.
Crane Form (Exploration Passive): Increases gliding speed by 15%.
Elemental Burst: This should be your top priority. As a support, her Elemental Burst provides significant healing and enables enhanced plunge attacks, making it crucial for her effectiveness.
Elemental Skill: Next in line, leveling up her skill increases the damage dealt by her Sky Ladder and the Drift Cloud Wave attack. This also improves her energy generation, which is crucial for using her burst more frequently.
Normal Attack: Least priority, as her normal attacks are less relevant when she's played as a support.
DPS or On-Field Role
Elemental Skill and Normal Attack: If Xianyun is used as an on-field DPS, particularly focusing on plunge attacks, both her Elemental Skill and Normal Attack should be leveled up simultaneously. Her skill is crucial for setting up plunge attacks, and the normal attack improves her basic and plunge attack damage.
Elemental Burst: Still important for her healing and the additional plunge attacks it enables, but it can be a secondary priority compared to her skill and normal attacks.
Exploration and General Use
Elemental Skill: For general use and exploration, focus on her Elemental Skill first, as it offers mobility and a good amount of damage.
Elemental Burst: Next, as it provides healing and additional plunge attack opportunities.
Normal Attack: Again, the least priority unless you're using her regularly for combat.
Viridescent Venerer Set (4 pieces)
Ideal for Anemo supports due to its ability to shred elemental resistance.
The 2-piece bonus offers a significant Anemo damage bonus, enhancing Xianyun's Anemo abilities.
The 4-piece effect reduces the resistance of enemies to the swirled element, increasing the team's overall damage.
Noblesse Oblige Set (4 pieces)
A great choice if Xianyun is used for her burst.
The 2-piece bonus increases Elemental Burst damage.
The 4-piece effect provides a team-wide attack buff after using the Elemental Burst, benefiting the entire party.
Song of Days Past(4 pieces)
A new set from Fontaine that converts healing into a damage bonus.
It synergizes well with Xianyun's healing capabilities, especially during her Elemental Burst.
Ocean-Hued Clam (4 pieces)
An alternative for maximizing healing output.
Generates AoE physical damage based on the amount of healing done, adding an offensive aspect to her healing role.
Maiden Beloved (4 pieces)
Focused purely on enhancing healing effectiveness.
Suitable if the primary role of Xianyun is to provide strong heals to the team.
2-piece combinations of Gladiator's Finale, Shimenawa's Reminiscence, or other attack-boosting sets with a 2-piece Viridescent Venerer or Noblesse Oblige can be effective if full sets are not available or to adjust to specific team compositions.
Main Stats Priority
Sands: ATK% or Energy Recharge (if more energy is needed for her burst).
Goblet: Anemo Damage Bonus.
Circlet: Crit Rate/Damage (if using her offensively) or Healing Bonus (for enhanced healing).
Focus on Energy Recharge, ATK%, and some Crit Rate/Damage.
The balance will depend on whether Xianyun is used more for her offensive capabilities or her healing.
Crane's Echoing Call: Her signature weapon. It enhances her support capabilities by increasing the effectiveness of her plunge attacks.
Memory of Dust: Boosts ATK, beneficial for her healing which scales with ATK.
Skyward Atlas: Offers a significant ATK boost and increases Elemental DMG, enhancing her overall damage and support capability.
Favonius Codex: Excellent for energy regeneration, ensuring frequent use of her Elemental Burst. lt also lowers her ER requirements as well as her team’s ER requirements.
Oathsworn Eye: Strong Base ATK. Its passive enhances Xianyun’s Energy Recharge stat following the use of her Elemental Skill, effectively reducing her ER needs by 40%.
Sacrificial Fragments: Provides Elemental Mastery and has a chance to reset her Elemental Skill's cooldown, useful for more frequent skill use and better reaction damage.
Prototype Amber: Enhances her healing output and provides energy recharge, helping to keep her burst available.
3-Star and F2P Options
Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers: Increases the ATK of the character switched to after Xianyun, good for buffing your main DPS.
Magic Guide: Provides Elemental Mastery, enhancing her ability to trigger reactions.
The same 5-star weapons listed above can also be effective for a DPS role, particularly the Crane's Echoing Call and Skyward Atlas for their ATK and Elemental DMG bonuses.
Solar Pearl: Provides CRIT Rate and boosts both Normal and Skill/Burst DMG, aligning well with a DPS role.
The Widsith: Can greatly enhance her DPS with its random buffs, especially if it lands on the DMG bonus or CRIT DMG.
Eye of Perception: Offers ATK boost and additional DMG through its passive.
Mappa Mare: Good for increasing Elemental Reaction damage, useful if Xianyun is triggering reactions frequently.
Frostbearer: An option for additional ATK and Elemental Mastery.
Team Composition Synergies
Plunge-Attack Focused Teams
Characters who naturally have plunge attacks into their playstyle (like Xiao) benefit greatly from Xianyun's plunge attack enhancements.
Teams with characters capable of high plunge attacks can use Xianyun's abilities to add a new dimension to their combat style.
For Vaporize or Melt teams, Xianyun can be paired with Pyro or Hydro characters, respectively, to trigger consistent reactions.
Exploration and Mobility
Her unique skill of enhancing jump height and enabling easier plunge attacks can be used for exploration and reaching high places effortlessly.
Building a team around Anemo reactions, Xianyun can be paired with characters like Jean or Sucrose for increased Swirl damage and crowd control.
In Anemo resonance teams, another Anemo character can be added for reduced stamina consumption and increased movement speed, enhancing her on-field mobility.
Versatile Teams for Balanced Play
Xianyun can flexibly switch between DPS and support roles, enabling her to fit into a variety of team compositions.
Teams that benefit from both her plunge attack enhancement and Anemo abilities, like teams with mixed DPS styles or those requiring frequent elemental reactions.
In teams that lack a dedicated healer, Xianyun's healing abilities can provide the necessary sustain, especially when paired with characters who have self-sustaining mechanisms.
C1: Purifying Wind
Adds an extra charge to Xianyun's Elemental Skill.
Allows for more frequent use of her Elemental Skill, enhancing her ability to generate Anemo particles and offering more mobility or plunge attack opportunities.
C2: Aloof From the World
Increases Xianyun's Attack and the damage of her plunge attacks.
Significantly boosts Xianyun's DPS potential, especially when using plunge attacks, making her more viable as a DPS in certain team compositions.
C4: Mystery Millet Gourmet
Xianyun's Elemental Skill now also heals based on the number of times she used Sky Ladder before plunging.
Adds an additional healing mechanism to her kit, making her an even more effective support character, especially in prolonged battles.
C6: They Call Her Cloud Retainer
Allows Xianyun to repeatedly use her Elemental Skill without cooldown and enhances her plunge attack's Crit Damage.
Unlocks Xianyun's full DPS potential, enabling a unique playstyle focused on continuous plunge attacks.
This constellation is particularly powerful if you're looking to use Xianyun as a primary DPS.
Particle Generation: Use her skill and burst frequently to generate Anemo particles, helping to recharge her burst and support other team members.
Reaction Setup: Pair Xianyun with characters who can apply consistent elemental statuses (like Pyro, Hydro, or Electro) to maximize Swirl reactions.
Team Synergy: Use Xianyun's abilities to support characters who benefit from increased jump height or require Anemo support for reactions.
Balance her Energy Recharge through artifacts or team composition to ensure her burst is available as often as possible.
Take advantage of her increased gliding speed for more efficient exploration across the map.
Plunge Attack Mechanics
Understand that plunging attacks have no internal cooldown, making them excellent for triggering elemental reactions in quick succession.
Adjust your use of Xianyun based on the team composition and the type of enemies you're facing.
She can be versatile in both supportive and offensive roles depending on the situation.
Final Thoughts on Xianyun
Xianyun, a versatile and unique character in Genshin Impact 4.4, offers a new approach to combat and exploration.
Whether you’re using her as a support to enhance team capabilities or as an on-field DPS, her Adeptus abilities provide both efficiency and entertainment on the battlefield.
Experiment with different team compositions and discover how Xianyun can enhance your Genshin Impact experience.