Xiao is definitely a tough character to build around. Whether you’re unsure where to start or have a general idea of what you want to do, I think you’ll love our team suggestions. By the end of this guide, you’ll have the best Xiao team that maximizes his damage profile while allowing you to find your preferred play style.
Xiao is a selfish carry, which means he wants to spend as much time on the field as possible. We want to prioritize keeping Xiao on the field as long as possible while doing as much damage as possible. We’ll prioritize teams that can either buff Xiao, deal damage while they’re off the field, or support him in other ways.
There isn’t a single elemental reaction that we must focus on; instead, we choose characters based solely on ability synergies and play styles.
Resonance and Reactions
The only reaction he has is Swirl, which isn’t the crazy multiplier you get from a Melt or Vaporize. It only deals 1.2x more base damage than Superconduct, the most weakest electro reaction in terms of upfront damage.
Because of Xiao’s insane elemental skill multiplier and the ability to get cooldown reduction on his skill, Anemo resonance is the best fit for him. His elemental skill carries a load of his damage when his burst is not up. Impetuous Winds may not be the most powerful resonance, but it is the most common.
The fact that when he’s in his ultimate form, his elemental skill doesn’t generate any particles. Any extra elemental energy you can generate with another Anemo character is extremely valuable.
You can use Swirl to apply Cryo to multiple opponents. This will allow you to take advantage of the increased crit rate and build your Xiao solely for crit damage.
Pyro and Geo resonance are excellent for him to provide additional damage. Both of these options are fairly self-explanatory. They’ll simply help Xiao in increasing damage output without requiring you to invest in characters.
Xiao Team #1
Xiao teams are fairly specific if you want to get the most out of him. He needs a team that can produce a lot of energy if you want to always have his burst. For example, if you don’t want Xiao to run out of energy, you can run this team for him.
|Sucrose will generate a lot of particles for Xiao and will even pull enemies together in some cases.|
|Zhongli will shred enemy resistances and provide a tenacity attack buff and shield to protect Xiao when he is low on health.|
|Albedo will deal a lot of extra Geo damage, and Geo Resonance will boost Xiao’s damage as well.|
The team is extremely strong overall, with the main caveat being expensive to build. If you still have energy problems, you can give Zhongli the Favonious Lance, which should solve the problem.
Finally, if you want better healing and damage, you can swap Sucrose for Jean. It’s also worth noting that if you have constellation 4 Jean, you’ll be able to get Anemo shred, which is great for Xiao.
Xiao Team #2
Because Xiao is known for his energy issues and Raiden excels at being a universal energy generator, they have a good synergy. Despite Raiden’s inability to increase Xiao’s damage with her Skill, the two can be an effective pairing in certain situations.
|Sucrose is here for Anemo resonance and as an energy generator for Xiao, especially if you’re running Sacrificial Fragment. You can also run thrilling tails on sucrose, which will increase Xiao’s damage.|
|Bennett is here to provide Xiao with insane attack boosts and a healing role.|
|Raiden’s Burst fills in for Xiao’s burst downtime while also helping Xiao regenerate energy.|
When Xiao is paired with Raiden, there is less concern about having to funnel energy to Xiao after his Burst ends. The overall DPS of Xiao and Raiden is also dependent on Raiden’s own DPS, implying that the team may require more investment.
If you don’t have Raiden, Fischl is a great substitute. She works well because Oz deals a lot of off-field damage and charges your team’s energy a lot during that time.
Xiao Team #3
This team is all about grouping enemies and dealing as much AOE damage as possible. Xiao works well with Venti because his elemental skill is an energy battery generator. He performs even better with a weapon like the Sacrificial Bow.
|Albedo excels in any Venti team due to the way his elemental skill works and acts as another type of energy generator.|
|Bennett as the healer in this team because you’re grouping enemies so tightly. You’ll get great instantaneous healing while in Xiao’s burst because you can basically sit in one spot while fighting.|
|Venti’s burst groups all enemies together, maximizing the effectiveness of your plunge attack.|
The thing to keep in mind about this team is that Venti doesn’t always help Xiao with particles. If your Xiao is still missing a few particles, you should consider switching to Venti more frequently because he has a very low skill cooldown.
Xiao Team #4
With an offensive support core of Fischl and Albedo, this team takes off-field damage to greater levels. While having Albedo on the team does not help us with resonance, he is simply the best option for off-field damage.
|Fischl and Albedo function as turrets, dealing additional damage to whoever Xiao is fighting. Fischl and Albedo are both excellent off-element generators.|
|Jean is your healer and provides Anemo energy and Resonance.|
While Xiao is on the field, this team does not directly increase his damage. It does, however, allow him to stay on the field longer, allowing him to deal more damage simply by attacking more often.
This team will passively increase Xiao’s energy regen because he will be on the field for the majority of the game. We don’t have to worry about managing our switch-ins to collect energy from supports, making this team’s playstyle much more passive.
Fischl synergize well with Xiao thanks to her ascension 4 passive, which deals extra damage whenever Xiao swirls the electro debuff. When enemies group up during Xiao’s burst, this can add up to a lot of extra damage.
Xiao Team #5
This team utilizes the freeze mechanic and Cryo resonance. You’re getting a lot of crit rate which allow you to focus on stacking as much crit damage for Xiao.
|Her skill acts as a type of crowd control, gathering enemies and making it easier for Xiao to plunge the group.|
|Xingqui’s elemental burst works perfectly with Perma freeze, which you can also activate with Xiao’s plunge attack. As long as you can cancel your plunge animation with a basic attack, your Xingqui’s burst will provide good value.|
|QiQi’s healing is consistent, giving you more options when fighting.|
Ganyu can also apply cryo in a much larger field, which is useful because Xiao can swirl that cryo onto nearby enemies, making it easier to sustain the spread.
We can play healing that requires you to stay in one place because we’re focused on freeze. There’s no need to move if your opponents will remain in the same spot for the duration of the fight.
Xiao Team #6
You might think that a triple Anemo is a bit much. However, the core of this team is Xiao and Jean.
|Jean is capable of doing a lot of damage by herself. She can also assist in repositioning enemies so that Xiao’s dash can hit multiple targets more reliably.|
|Sucrose is here to provide crowd control while keeping our opponents on the ground.|
|Zhongli’s burst also packs a powerful punch of damage and comes at a low cost.|
Because Xiao and Jean have high burst costs, we must compensate elsewhere if we don’t want to waste stats on energy recharge. Having a third particle generator, such as Sucrose, will do that job nicely.
Xiao Team #7
This is one of our most affordable teams, based on Pyro Resonance and featuring all 4-star characters.
|Bennett alone is worth three team spots due to the damage boost he provides.|
|Xiangling’s skill and burst deal off-field damage.|
|Sucrose serves as an energy generator, and she can also deal extra damage by passing elemental mastery to Xiao.|
The Pyro resonance increases damage more than the Geo resonance. In fact, this team it is equally powerful and far more approachable than the Geo resonance team.
Xiao Team #8
This team may struggles against enemies that have an element check, such as Abyss Heralds and Lectors. However, it is still a very strong team in many situations.
|Provides a strong heal and attack boost.|
|Provides a shield and completes Pyro Resonance for an ATK% buff.|
|Can be replaced by any Anemo character.|
Thoma is a fantastic shielder that is very strong, making him a more affordable option for some players. If you have him at constellation 6, he can even grant Xiao a plunge attack bonus, which is a rare buff among characters.
Xiao Team #9
This team is unorthodox, but it works surprisingly well. The team revolves around Barbara, who serves as Xiao’s primary healer and buffer.
We add Fischl and Sucrose to round out the rest of the team with non-premium characters, resulting in a powerful electrocharged setup.
|Provides nice off-field damage.|
|Provide a strong heals and can even buff Xiao’s attack with Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers.|
|Enhances electro-charged reactions between teammates by providing energy and elemental mastery.|
Just make sure you play around with annoying freeze effects when you use Barbara’s elemental skill. She has great mobility with her burst and her elemental skill helps with this a lot.
Overall, the team has excellent survivability thanks to Barbara and underappreciated damage thanks to Sucrose’s Elemental Mastery sharing.
I’m very excited for you to try out some of these competitions. To be honest, Xiao made team building a lot more enjoyable and creative because you weren’t forced to experiment with elemental reactions as much.
Hopefully, you found this Xiao team guide helpful in deciding which characters to move forward and build.