Genshin Impact: Xianyun Quick Character Guide

Xianyun is a support character who can provide continuous healing and aids for powerful Plunging Attacks to teammates.

Xianyun is a support character who can provide continuous healing and aids for powerful Plunging Attacks to teammates.

Xianyun's Elemental Skill can be used to cast Skyladder, which can be used up to three times in a short period of time to perform consecutive leaps. During this time, Xianyun's Plunging Attacks will be converted to Driftcloud Wave, which deals AoE Anemo DMG to opponents.

Her Elemental Burst summons the "Starwicker" mechanism, which periodically heals all party members. Starwicker's Adeptal Assistance also increases the jump height of all party members. When a character completes a Plunging Attack, an additional Anemo-aligned follow-up attack will be triggered.

Additionally, her Talent will increase nearby active characters' Plunging Attack shockwave DMG based on her ATK when Adeptal Assistance stacks are present.

This guide is based on the Community Character Builds by the Genshin Helper Team.


Skills Overview

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 AoE Anemo DMG and heals all nearby characters based on Xianyun's ATK. It will also summon the "Starwicker" mechanism.

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.


Ascension 1: 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.


Ascension 4: 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.


Passive Talent: Crane Form

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


Talent Priorities

Burst > Skill* > Normal ATK

*Skill Talent levels are a very minor increase in damage and not a necessity

Most teams will not use all three uses of Xianyun's Skill, since it is too time-intensive to do so. A simple E Q is the ideal rotation for most teams.
Xianyun's main utilities are her jump height boost, healing, and Plunging Attack buff. While her healing is tied to her Burst Levels, the only way to increase her Plunging Attack buff is by increasing her total ATK.


Constellations

Best Constellations: C1, C2 & C6

C1: Purifying Wind
White Clouds at Dawn gains 1 additional charge.

C2: Aloof From the World 2
After using a Skyladder from White Clouds at Dawn, Xianyun's ATK will be increased by 20% for 15s.
Additionally, the effects of the Passive Talent "Consider, the Adeptus in Her Realm" will be enhanced: When the Starwicker created by Stars Gather at Dusk has Adeptal Assistance stacks, nearby active characters' Plunging Attack shockwave DMG will be increased by 400% of Xianyun's ATK. The maximum DMG increase that can be achieved this way is 18,000.
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.
You must first unlock the Passive Talent "Consider, the Adeptus in Her Realm."

C3: Creations of Star and Moon
Increases the Level of Stars Gather at Dusk by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.

C4: Mystery Millet Gourmet
After using Skyladder 1/2/3 times during one White Clouds at Dawn Cloud Transmogrification state, when a Driftcloud Wave unleashed during that instance hits an opponent, it will heal all nearby party members for 50%/80%/150% of Xianyun's ATK. This effect can be triggered once every 5s.

C5: Astride Rose-Colored Clouds
Increases the Level of White Clouds at Dawn by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.

C6: They Call Her Cloud Retainer
After Xianyun uses 1/2/3 Skyladders within one Cloud Transmogrification caused by White Clouds at Dawn, the CRIT DMG of a Driftcloud Wave created in this instance of Cloud Transmogrification will be increased by 15%/35%/70%.
Within 16s after Xianyun has used Stars Gather at Dusk, White Clouds at Dawn will not enter CD. This effect will be canceled once she has used White Clouds at Dawn 8 times.


Recommended Weapons (High Energy Requirement)

  1. Crane's Echoing Call (5✩)
  2. Favonius Codex (4✩)*
    ~= Oathsworn Eye (4✩)
  3. Wine and Song (4✩)
  4. Ballad of the Boundless Blue (4✩)
    ~= Hakushin Ring (4✩)*
    ~= Prototype Amber (4✩)* [R3+]

1) Crane’s Echoing Call (ATK: 741 • ATK: 16.5%)
After the equipping character hits an opponent with a Plunging Attack, all nearby party members' Plunging Attacks will deal 28% increased DMG for 20s. When nearby party members hit opponents with Plunging Attacks, they will restore 2.5 Energy to the equipping character. Energy can restored this way every 0.7s. This energy regain effect can be triggered even if the equipping character is not on the field.

2) Favonius Codex (ATK: 510 • Energy Recharge: 45.9%)
CRIT Hits have a 60/70/80/90/100% chance to generate a small amount of Elemental Particles, which will regenerate 6 Energy for the character. Can only occur once every 12/10.5/9/7.5/6s.
Note: With high team Energy Recharge Requirements, this weapon pulls ahead in value.

3) Wine and Song (ATK: 565 • Energy Recharge: 30.6)
Hitting an opponent with a Normal Attack decreases the stamina consumption of sprint or alternate sprint by 14/16/18/20/22% for 5s. Additionally, using a sprint or alternate sprint ability increases ATK by 20/25/30/35/40% for 5s.

4) Ballad of the Boundless Blue (ATK: 565 • Energy Recharge: 30.6)
Within 6s after Normal or Charged Attacks hit an opponent, Normal Attack DMG will be increased by 8/10/12/14/16% and Charged Attack DMG will be increased by 6/7.5/9/10.5/12%. Max 3 stacks. This effect can be triggered once every 0.3s.


Recommended Weapons (Low Energy Requirement)

  1. Crane's Echoing Call (5✩)
  2. Skyward Atlas (5✩)
    ~= Memory of Dust (5✩)
  3. Cashflow Supervision (5✩)
  4. Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers (3✩)*
  5. Favonius Codex (4✩)*
    ~=Oathsworn Eye (4✩) [R5]
  6. Flowing Purity (4✩)
  7. Wine and Song (4✩)*
  8. Ballad of the Boundless Blue (4✩)
    ~= Hakushin Ring (4✩)*
  9. Frostbearer (4✩)
  10. Prototype Amber (4✩)*

1) Crane’s Echoing Call (ATK: 741 • ATK: 16.5%)
After the equipping character hits an opponent with a Plunging Attack, all nearby party members' Plunging Attacks will deal 28% increased DMG for 20s. When nearby party members hit opponents with Plunging Attacks, they will restore 2.5 Energy to the equipping character. Energy can restored this way every 0.7s. This energy regain effect can be triggered even if the equipping character is not on the field.

2) Skyward Atlas (ATK: 674 • ATK: 33.1%)
Increases Elemental DMG Bonus by 12/15/18/21/24%. Normal Attack hits have a 50% chance to earn the favor of the clouds. which actively seek out nearby opponents to attack for 15s, dealing 160/200/240/280/320% ATK DMG. Can only occur once every 30s.

3) Cashflow Supervision (ATK: 674 • Crit Rate: 22.1%)
ATK is increased by 16/20/24/28/32%. When current HP increases or decreases, Normal Attack DMG will be increased by 16/20/24/28/32% and Charged Attack DMG will be increased by 14/17.5/21/24.5/28% for 4s. Max 3 stacks. This effect can be triggered once every 0.3s. When the wielder has 3 stacks, ATK SPD will be increased by 8/10/12/14/16%.

4) Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers (ATK: 401 • HP: 35.2%)
When switching characters, the new character taking the field has their ATK increased by 24/30/36/42/48% for 10s. This effect can only occur once every 20s.
Note: The value of this weapon depends on who and how reliably they can obtain the buff.

5) Favonius Codex (ATK: 510 • Energy Recharge: 45.9%)
CRIT Hits have a 60/70/80/90/100% chance to generate a small amount of Elemental Particles, which will regenerate 6 Energy for the character. Can only occur once every 12/10.5/9/7.5/6s.

6) Flowing Purity (ATK: 565 • ATK: 27.6%)
When using an Elemental Skill, All Elemental DMG Bonus will be increased by 8/10/12/14/16% for 15s, and a Bond of Life worth 24% of Max HP will be granted. This effect can be triggered once every 10s. When the Bond Of Life is cleared, every 1,000 HP cleared in the process will provide 2/2.5/3/3.5/4% All Elemental DMG Bonus, up to a maximum of 12/15/18/21/24%. This effect lasts 15s.

7) Wine and Song (ATK: 565 • Energy Recharge: 30.6)
Hitting an opponent with a Normal Attack decreases the stamina consumption of sprint or alternate sprint by 14/16/18/20/22% for 5s. Additionally, using a sprint or alternate sprint ability increases ATK by 20/25/30/35/40% for 5s.
Note: Perform a dash to gain the ATK% from the passive.

8) Ballad of the Boundless Blue (ATK: 565 • Energy Recharge: 30.6)
Within 6s after Normal or Charged Attacks hit an opponent, Normal Attack DMG will be increased by 8/10/12/14/16% and Charged Attack DMG will be increased by 6/7.5/9/10.5/12%. Max 3 stacks. This effect can be triggered once every 0.3s.

9) Frostbearer (ATK: 510 • ATK: 41.3%)
Hitting an opponent with Normal and Charged Attacks has a 60/70/80/90/100% chance of forming and dropping an Everfrost icicle above them, dealing 80/95/110/125/140% AoE ATK DMG. opponents affected by Cryo are dealt 200/240/280/320/360% ATK DMG. Can only occur once every 10s.

10) Prototype Amber (ATK: 510 • HP: 41.3%)
Using an Elemental Burst regenerates 4/4.5/5/5.5/6 Energy every 2s for 6s. Additionally, all party members will regenerate 4/4.5/5/5.5/6% HP every 2s for this duration.
Note: At low refinements, this weapon is not worth using. The lower Xianyun's total Energy Recharge requirements, the worse this weapon performs. At [R5] this weapon is similar or better than Ballad of the Boundless Blue.


Recommended Artifacts

  1. Viridescent Venerer (4)
  2. Noblesse Oblige (4)*
  3. Ocean Hued Clam (4)*
    ~= Song of Days Past (4)*
  4. +18% ATK Set (2) + 18% ATK set (2) / Emblem Of Severed Fate (2) [Choose One]

1) Viridescent Venerer
2-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.

2) Noblesse Oblige
2-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.
Note: Better than Viridescent Venerer if someone else already has the set or if Pyro/Hydro/Cryo/Electro damage is not a large source of the team's damage.

3) Ocean-Hued Clam
2-Piece Bonus:
Healing Bonus +15%.
4-Piece Bonus:
When the character equipping this artifact set heals a character in the party, a Sea-Dyed Foam will appear for 3 seconds, accumulating the amount of HP recovered from healing (including overflow healing).
At the end of the duration, the Sea-Dyed Foam will explode, dealing DMG to nearby opponents based on 90% of the accumulated healing.
(This DMG is calculated similarly to Reactions such as Electro-Charged, and Superconduct, but it is not affected by Elemental Mastery, Character Levels, or Reaction DMG Bonuses).
Only one Sea-Dyed Foam can be produced every 3.5 seconds.
Each Sea-Dyed Foam can accumulate up to 30,000 HP (including overflow healing).
There can be no more than one Sea-Dyed Foam active at any given time.
This effect can still be triggered even when the character who is using this artifact set is not on the field.
Note: In Single Target scenarios, Song of Days Past can be better than Ocean Hued Clam. However, Clam is more consistent.

4) +18% ATK Set (2) + 18% ATK set (2) / Emblem Of Severed Fate (2) [Choose One]


Artifact Main StatsArtifact Sub Stats
Sands - Energy Recharge / ATK%
Goblet - ATK%
Circlet - ATK%
Energy Recharge
ATK (Max 4500 ATK)
Elemental Mastery
Crit Rate*

*Prioritize Crit Rate if running Favonius

Team Compositions

Xiao Team

Xianyun: Buffer + Healer
Xiao: Main DPS
Faruzan: Buffer
Furina: Sub-DPS + Buffer (Healer if Pneuma)

Gaming Team

Xianyun: Buffer + Healer
Gaming: Main DPS
Bennett: Buffer + Healer
Furina: Sub-DPS + Buffer (Healer if Pneuma)

Plunging Team

Xianyun: Buffer + Healer
Diluc / Hu Tao: Main DPS
Yelan / Xingqiu: Sub-DPS
Furina: Sub-DPS + Buffer (Healer if Pneuma)

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