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Genshin Impact: Focus on Xiao, the Guardian Yaksha

Genshin Impact: Focus on Xiao, the Guardian Yaksha

Xiao has many names, but few people know that beneath this outward appearance hides a soul more than 2,000 years old. Meet Xiao, the latest playable character to join Genshin Impact.

Genshin Impact: Focus on Xiao, the Guardian Yaksha

Shortly after the announcement of Update 1.3, we learn more about Genshin Impact's next hero, Xiao.

It seems that everything you think you know about Xiao is a lie. His name alone is false, as it was given to him in the sole interest of protecting him.

Character Sheet


English voice: Laila Berzins
Japanese voice: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka

Weapon: Polearm
Element: Anemo
Constellation: Alatus Nemeseos
Affiliation: Liyue Adeptus
Favorite food: Almond tofu

Xiao's Story

Despite his youthful appearance, Xiao is actually over 2,000 years old. Few have witnessed his power and escaped unscathed. Not that Xiao is trying to hurt anyone, but he is used to dealing with evil powers.

Xiao fought against the defeated gods in the War of the Archons, which took place even before the rise of the Seven. Morax defeated these gods and buried their remains under the rocks of the Earth. However, the gods are immortal. Their consciousness may diminish, but their power and hatred will always remain and can spread like poison, causing chaos to humanity.

Liyue's leaders - who are aware of the truth about Xiao - refer to him for his millennial experience. Nicknamed "the Bane of All Evil", he is waging a war that can never be won, and will never end.

Although he enjoys a formidable reputation and a high position among the Adeptus, Xiao is little known in the realm of Men.


Normal Attack: Whirlwind Thrust

Xiao performs up to 6 rapid strikes. If charged, he'll perform an upwards thrust.

Dive Attack: Causing damage relative to the falling height. Can only be triggered in mid-air.

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Elemental Skill: Lemniscatic Wind Cycling

Xiao lunges forward, dealing Anemo DMG to enemies along its path. Can be used in mid-air. Has 2 charges to begin with.

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Elemental Burst: Bane of All Evil

Takes on the form of the Yaksha that terrified both demons and archons alike millennia ago. For its duration, increases Xiao's attack range and DMG, while converting damage type to Anemo and enhancing Xiao's jumping ability.

Maintaining this form continuously drains Xiao's HP.

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Original content by Célia "Lolisa".

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