Xiangling Genshin Impact Guide

Xiangling Genshin Impact Guide

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Xiangling is the resident playable chef extraordinaire; she is a quirky and fun-loving Genshin character that everyone loves and enjoys using. Her obsession with finding new ingredients to use *cough* Paimon *cough* and her passion for making new dishes and revitalizing old dishes are parts of her personality that stand out the most.

In this Xiangling Genshin Impact guide, we’ll see how aside from cooking, Xiangling loves her companions and even takes one around. That particular companion is non-other than the stove God Marchosius, now known as Guoba.

The same Marchosius who was once one of the gods that resided in Guili Assembly along with Morax and Guizhong? Yes, she carries him around and uses him during her elemental skill…

  1. Ranking based on her abilities (Main DPS, Sub DPS, Support, Exploration)
  2. Ascension material and statistics
  3. Attacks and Talents
  4. Constellations
  5. Weapons and Artifacts that are suitable for her
  6. Team Compositions
  7. Mistakes to avoid
  8. FAQ

A Summary of Xiangling

A quick breakdown of Xiangling and her general details will be listed below; beyond that, we will look at her ideal team comps, which would help players use her within the game.

Below is a breakdown of Xiangling:

  1. Title: Mao Xiangling
  2. Nationality: Citizen of Liyue Harbor
  3. Rarity: 4-star
  4. Weapon Type: Polearm
  5. Vision: Pyro
  6. Constellation: Trulla
  7. Specialty Dish: Wanmin Restaurant’s Boiled Fish
  8. Birthday: November 2nd

Ranking and Ascension Details

Ranking

Xiangling is another versatile character in Genshin Impact; however, she is much better suited to be played as a Sub DPS/ Support character instead of the Main DPS character. For early game players, they can run a team of Xiangling and Kaeya upfront to deal with the damage dealing aspect of the game. Since both Xiangling and Kaeya can simultaneously run their elemental bursts, players will enjoy seeing damage numbers and elemental reactions.

Xiangling’s Pyro application rivals most 5* characters; this allows her to be a part of most Pyro-based elemental reactions. I would recommend using her for Vape comps; a high elemental mastery Xiangling is arguably one of the best team investments that a player can build on because the fruits from that investment will come to fruition time and time again.

My primary and intermediary Genshin Impact teams had Xiangling playing the support role. She was briefly a part of my current team until Zhongli replaced her. I still take Xiangling to the Abyss, and she is a fundamental part of whatever team I put her in. Whenever I face a Cryo, Electro, or Hydro boss, I always take Xiangling since she can handle the Pyro application part, which would help me run through any boss by relying on elemental reactions.

  Main DPS Sub DPS Support Exploration
Ranking B A B N/A

Ascension

For her ascension, Xiangling requires one item that is exclusive to Liyue. However, since players can find ample Jueyun Chili along the border of Liyue and Mondstadt, with the additional benefit of obtaining her items early on in the game, players can quickly increase her level, which will help players deal with bosses and monsters.

To ascend Xiangling to level 90, you will need the following character ascension materials:

  1. Jueyun Chili – Players can use the interactive map from Mihoyo to locate this item or grow this item in the Serenitea pot
  2. Everflame Seed – Players can collect this after defeating the Pyro Regisvine.
  3. Agnidus Agate Sliver/ Fragment/ Chunk/ Gemstone – This can be collected after defeating Pyro bosses; players can also convert these (slivers, fragments, chunks, gemstones) from other elements by using the dust of Azoth (purchased in Paimon’s Bargain Shop).
  4. Slime drops – Xiangling uses enemy drop material from Slimes; they are found all over Teyvat in various elemental forms and numbers. (Slime Condensate, Slime Secretions, Slime Concentrate)

Talents

Since Xiangling is a team player, her talent set reflects that by providing more benefits for the overall use of the team rather than herself. Her Talent priorities are Pyronado> Guoba Attack> Normal Attack: Dough Fu.

In-game representation Name Description
Normal Attack: Dough Fu Normal attack – Performs up to five consecutive spear strikes.

 

Charge Attack – Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to opponents along the way.

Plunge Attack – Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact.

Guoba Attack Xiangling summons Guoba (formerly known as Marchosias) to continuously breathes fire at opponents, dealing AoE Pyro DMG.
Pyronado Displaying her mastery over both fire and polearms, Xiangling sends a Pyronado whirling around her. The Pyronado will move with your character for the ability’s duration, dealing Pyro DMG to all opponents in its path.
Crossfire Increases the flame range of Guoba by 20%.
Beware, It’s Super Hot! When the “Guoba Attack” effects end, Guoba leaves a chili pepper on the spot where it disappeared. Picking up a chili pepper increases ATK by 10% for 10s
Chef de Cuisine When “Perfect Cooking” is achieved on an ATK-boosting dish, Xiangling has a 12% chance of receiving double the product.

To ascend Xiangling’s talents up to level 10, you will need the following materials:

  • Mora – 4957500
  • Crown of Insight – 3
  • Teachings of Diligence– 9
  • Guide of Diligence– 63
  • Philosophies of Diligence– 114
  • Slime Condensate – 18
  • Slime Secretions – 66
  • Slime Concentrate – 93
  • Dvalin’s Claw -18

Dvalin’s Claw can be obtained from the weekly trounce domain boss Dvalin.

Constellations

Xiangling’s constellations are focused on enhancing her elemental burst since C4 increases the duration of her elemental burst by 40%, and C6 gives all party members a 15% Pyro damage boost for the duration of the elemental burst. I would highly recommend getting a C6 as early as possible in the game since it would help any team comp.

As a Pyro Support character, Xiangling is such a great unit on her own. Still, with the additional benefit of her constellations, she easily becomes one of the best, if not the second best, Pyro 4* character in the game. Bennett is the best Pyro 4* by a landslide, but Xiangling is a very close second.

The additional constellations for Xiangling take her a really long way ahead of most Genshin characters. It makes her ideal for a Pyro elemental reaction support character.

In-game representation Name Description
Crispy Outside, Tender Inside Opponents hit by Guoba’s attacks have their Pyro RES reduced by 15% for 6s.
Oil meets Fire The last attack in a  Normal Attack sequence applies the “Implode” status onto the opponent for 2s. Once this duration ends, an explosion will occur, dealing 75% of Xiangling’s ATK as AoE Pyro DMG.
Deepfry Increases the Level of Pyronado by 3.
The maximum upgrade level is 15.
Slowbake The duration of Pyronado is increased by 40%.
Guoba Mad Increases the Level of Guoba Attack by 3.
The maximum upgrade level is 15.
Condensed Pyronado For the duration of Pyronado, all party members receive a 15% Pyro DMG bonus.

Weapons

As the “Polearm Archon,” players have no trouble when it comes to equipping Xiangling with a good weapon since she can utilize almost every polearm available. I would recommend using a polearm with a substat that would help make up for a lack in either Energy Recharge or Elemental Mastery, just in case the artifacts fall short of providing her with the best possible build.

4-Star Weapons

The Catch

When equipped, the character receives an increase in both the elemental burst damage and CRIT Rate.

Elemental Burst DMG – 16%

Elemental Burst CRIT Rate – 6%

(Obtained by swapping; six Raimei Angelfish, twenty Golden Koi, and Twenty Rusty Koi in exchange for the Weapon at the Inazuma Fishing Association)

Favonius Lance

Every twelve seconds, players have a chance to generate six Elemental Particles, potentially generated from a 60% chance for CRIT hits.

(Obtained through Gacha)

Dragon’s Bane

This weapon increases damage against enemies when they are affected by either Hydro or Pyro. This increase in damage is by 20%.

(Obtained through Gacha)

Deathmatch

ATK and DEF receive a 16% boost if there is a minimum of two opponents close to the player. However, if fewer than two opponents are close by, the player will receive a 24% ATK boost.

(Obtained by purchasing the Battle Pass)

Prototype Starglitter

After using an elemental skill, players receive an increase of 8% damage for the Normal and Charged Attack. However, this effect only lasts for twelve seconds and can be stacked a maximum amount of two times.

(Obtained through Forging)

5-star Weapons

Engulfing Lightning

Players gain an ATK increase by 28% of the total energy recharge (of the character) over the base 100%. However, players can only receive a maximum bonus of 80% ATK. Additionally, players also receive a 30% increase in Energy Recharge for twelve seconds after using an Elemental Burst.

(Obtained through Gacha)

Staff of Homa

The wielding character gets their HP increased by 20%. Further, players receive an ATK bonus based on 0.8% of the character’s maximum HP. When the character’s HP is below 50%, the additional ATK bonus increases by 1% of the maximum HP.

(Obtained through Gacha)

Primordial Jade Winged-Spear

The ATK increases by 3.2% when an enemy is hit for six seconds. This effect can only happen once every o.3 seconds and can only be stacked for a maximum of 7 stacks. When the player has achieved the maximum stacks possible, the damage dealt increases by 12%.

(Obtained through Gacha)

Calamity Queller

Players gain an Elemental damage bonus of 12%, which applies to all elements. After using an Elemental skill, the character obtains “Consummation” for twenty seconds; this effect leads to a 3.2% increase in ATK every second.

However, this ATK increase has a maximum of six stacks. When the character wielding the Calamity Queller switches out and leaves the field, Consummation’s ATK increase is doubled.

(Obtained through Gacha)

Skyward Spine

CRIT Rate is increased by 8%, and Normal ATK SPD increased by 12%. Further, when a Normal and Charged attack hits an opponent, there is a 50% chance to trigger a Vacuum Blade; this Vacuum Blade deals 40% of ATK as damage in a small AoE. However, this effect can only occur once every two seconds.

(Obtained through Gacha)

Artifacts

Xiangling is an easy character to build; by building her with a very high Elemental Mastery, Energy Recharge, and Crit DMG, she can deal and pave the way to produce (through another character) remarkably high volumes of damage.

Elemental Mastery is the crucial factor for her since her damage output primarily comes from elemental reactions.

Artifact Description

Emblem of Severed Fate

Two-piece bonus: Energy Recharge +20%

Four-piece bonus: Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 25% of Energy Recharge. A maximum of 75% bonus DMG can be obtained in this way.

Noblesse Oblige

 

Two-piece bonus: Elemental Burst DMG +20%

Four-piece bonus: Using an Elemental Burst increases all party members’ ATK by 20% for 12s. This effect cannot stack.

Crimson Witch of Flames

 

Two-piece bonus: Pyro DMG Bonus +15%

Four-piece bonus: Increases Overloaded and Burning DMG by 40%. Increases Vaporize and Melt DMG by 15%. Using an Elemental Skill increases 2-Piece Set effects by 50% for 10s. Max 3 stacks.

Wanderer’s Troupe

 

Two-piece bonus: Increases Elemental Mastery by 80

Four-piece bonus: Increases Charged Attack DMG by 35% if the character uses a Catalyst or a Bow.

These artifacts are a little challenging to obtain, especially since Momiji-Dyed Court and Hidden Palace of Zhou Formula are not great at providing players with good artifact substats. I can vouch for this because I have been working on the Momiki-Dyed Court domain for months, and I have not made any progress. T_T

  1. Emblem of Severed Fate – Domain name: “Momiji-Dyed Court.”
  2. Noblesse Oblige – Domain name: “Clear pool and Mountain Cavern,” players can also exchange Noblesse artifacts for other unwanted 5* artifacts at the crafting table.
  3. Crimson Witch of Flames – Domain name: “Hidden Palace Of Zhou Formula.”
  4. Wanderer’s Troupe – There is a drop chance after defeating normal or trounce domain bosses; players can also exchange Wanderers Troupe artifacts for other unwanted 5* artifacts at the crafting table.

Recommended Artifacts and How to Use Them

Artifacts and set pieces Reason
Emblem of Severed Fate – four-piece This artifact set would help Xiangling exceed all expectations and provide a sustainable damage output through her Elemental Burst. If paired with “The Catch,” players can run a high Energy Recharge Xiangling who could potentially use Pyronado successively without having to wait for too long. Although the CD is twenty seconds, since Pyrondao lasts ten seconds, half of the CD is spent as the duration of Pyronado.

 

(Sub DPS/ Support)

Noblesse Oblige – four-piece I recommend using this set-piece combo since it can buff the entire team while receiving a very high Elemental Burst damage buff.

 

(Support)

Noblesse Oblige – two-piece

 

Crimson Witch of Flames – two-piece

Players can obtain an Elemental Burst damage buff and a Pyro damage buff; this combo will help players deal more damage through the elemental burst.

 

(Support)

Noblesse Oblige – two-piece

 

Wanderer’s Troupe – two-piece

Players can obtain an Elemental Burst damage buff and an Elemental Mastery buff; this combo will help players deal more damage through the elemental burst while enabling more Elemental reactions. This is the combo I am using now since my role for Xiangling has changed, and I would highly recommend this for players who want to utilize her for overall team buffs.

 

(Support)

Crimson Witch of Flames – two-piece

 

Wanderer’s Troupe – two-piece

This was the combination that I used for Xiangling before switching over to Nobelesse + Wanderer’s. This combination is much more enabler-based than team support since this would amplify elemental reaction damage from a Vaporize, Melt, or Overload team comp. I used Xiangling with this artifact pairing with my Tartaglia and Raiden Shogun, and it worked wonders.

(Support)

Main Artifact Stat and Complimentary Substats

Since Xiangling is much better suited to be a Support character, we can focus on elemental reaction damage and overall team benefits to maximize the overall damage and amplify other characters’ damage.

Artifacts with main stats such as HP%, DEF, DEF%, and Healing bonus would not benefit Xiangling.

Most players would recommend building towards high Energy Recharge and high ATK stats, which are excellent suggestions, but I would highly recommend high Elemental Mastery, and ATK builds for Xiangling.

  Flower of Life Plume of Death Sands of Eon Goblet of Eonothem Circlet of Logos
Main Stat HP ATK Elemental Mastery/ ATK% Pyro DMG bonus CRIT Rate/ DMG
Substats Crit Rate/DMGATK%

 

Elemental Mastery

Energy Recharge

Crit Rate/DMGATK%

 

Elemental Mastery

Energy Recharge

Crit Rate/DMGATK%/ Elemental Mastery

 

Energy Recharge

Crit Rate/DMGATK%

 

Elemental Mastery

Energy Recharge

Crit Rate/DMGATK%

 

Elemental Mastery

Energy Recharge

Reason This artifact is always HP. This artifact is always ATK. Depending on what is lacking, players can select between Elemental Mastery or ATK% The Pyro DMG bonus will definitely help Xiangling with the Elemental Damage reactions. Players can use either Crit Rate or Crit DMG artifacts to make up for either of the stats.

Early game players can benefit from Artifacts such as Berserker or Martial Artist, which would help players quite a lot in the early game.

Team Comps

Xiangling is a free character, and players can obtain her once they complete floor three of the Spiral Abyss. She is also the second Pyro character that players receive, which means players can integrate her into their team comps from a relatively early stage in the game.

Her team comps revolve around elemental reactions, which pave the way for her to be useful for players at later stages of the game. I would recommend players to use her as a Sub DPS character in the early stages of the game if they are not lucky with the Wish system.

Xiangling can be used as a Pyro applier for most team comps since her Elemental skill, and Elemental burst are large AoE attacks. Below, I will compile some of the team comps I recommend, accompanied by my reasoning for the suggested team builds.

Free to Play

Since Xiangling is a character that players obtain during the game’s early stages, most players usually deeply incorporate her into their team comps. I can vouch for that because I keep bringing her back into my main team if I need the additional Pyro damage.

We are primarily looking at a Main DPS and Sub DPS team; the team comps are:

  • Xiangling – Kaeya – Anemo Traveler – Lisa
  • Kaeya – Xiangling – Noelle – Barbara

Xiangling Main DPS Team

  • Main DPS – Xiangling

Xiangling is a character who can be used to deal damage; her damage output can be further enhanced by using elemental reactions such as Melt or Overload in this team comp.

Players can use Lisa’s, Kaeya’s, and Xiangling’s Elemental bursts consecutively, which can prompt Superconduct, Overload, and Melt reactions. If players can find the proper rotation, this team could sustain them until the end of Liyue’s Archon quest.

  • Weapon – Crescent Pike
  • Sub DPS – Kaeya

Kaeya is another versatile character; in this team comp, he will take on a more Sub-DPS role and swap out for Xiangling to make way for elemental reactions and deal damage while Xiangling runs her CD’s down. If Xiangling is knocked out, Kaeya can swap in to deal steady damage to see the fight through or pass the time until Xiangling is revived and healed.

  • Weapon – Dawn Harbinger
  • Support – Anemo Traveler

Unpopular opinion, but I still love the Anemo Traveler; the elemental skill is something that I love using. Suppose the Anemo Traveler is affected by an element or is in the presence of enemies affected by an element. In that case, the Anemo Traveler will incorporate the element into the Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst. This is extremely handy when it comes to paving the way for elemental reactions and crowd control.

  • Weapon – Prototype Rancour
  • Support – Lisa

Lisa joins the team to provide a third elemental reaction (not counting the Anemo Travelers Swirl). Overload and Superconduct are always excellent reactions to use, and players usually build teams around these reactions that they are drawn to during the early stages.

  • Weapon – Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers

Xiangling Sub DPS Team

  • Main DPS – Kaeya

This team comp has reversed the roles, with Kaeya taking the Main DPS role. This will be a Melt-focused team comp with Xiangling and Kaeya doing quick swaps to maximize damage while sustaining minimal damage because of Noelle and Barbara.

This team comp is more balanced and works towards strengthening the character’s primary roles. Kaeya would be the focal point, and Xiangling would play her usual Sub DPS/ Support role.

  • Weapon – Dawn Harbinger
  • Sub DPS – Xiangling

Xiangling is the Pyro enabler and the character who will swap in and deal damage during Kaeya’s CD’s. Xiangling will place Guoba or use Pyronado before swapping out to make way for Kaeya to come in and deal Cryo damage to trigger Melt reactions. Players can also use the chili pepper left behind to obtain the additional 10% ATK buff.

  • Weapon – Crescent Pike
  • Support – Noelle

Noelle will play the role of shielding character since her elemental skill can provide a sturdy shield that will help players deal with tough bosses. By using Noelle’s elemental skill, Breastplate players will receive minimal interruption during the attack sequences and rotations and be healed when Noelle attacks while using the elemental skill.

  • Weapon – Whiteblind
  • Support Barbara

Barbara’s role is to heal and occasionally help do Freeze or Vaporize reactions when she gets swapped in. I recommend using her for Freeze reactions since it will keep enemies in place while players switch characters to bring Xiangling out to apply Pyro.

Weapon – Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers

Best Team Comp

The Main DPS team comp is for Xiangling mains and other Xiangling enthusiasts who want a team built around the resident chef extraordinaire. Xiangling would be the main Pyro applier in both team comps.

Xiangling Main DPS Team

  • Main DPS – Xiangling

Xiangling, as the Main DPS in this situation, will be dealing Vaporize damage with the help of Xingqui. Players can opt to use Venti’s Elemental Burst and include the Hydro element with Xinqui’s help; then, players can drop Bennett’s Elemental Burst and finally bring Xiangling in to unleash Guoba or Pyronado to deal Vaporize damage constantly.

  • Weapon – Engulfing Lightning
  • Sub DPS – Xingqui

Xingqui’s role is to be the Hydro enabler of the team comp and pave the way for players to use Xiangling to maximize her damage output. Using Guhua Sword: Raincutter, players can deal Hydro damage even when Xingqui is off-field, which is ideal for Xiangling.

  • Weapon – Sacrificial Sword
  • Support – Venti

Venti’s role is for Swirl-infused elemental reactions and crowd control. Since Guoba is a stationery Pyro output unit, it is challenging to utilize him when there is a cluster of enemies fully.

In this instance, players can either use Venti’s Elemental Skill (by holding it instead of single tapping) or Elemental Burst to help themselves gather enemies into one location.

  • Weapon – Elegy for the End
  • Support – Bennett

As always, Bennett plays the role of a healer while also providing an attack buff that players can use to benefit Xiangling’s total damage output. The additional 25% ATK increase from the Pyro resonance is always beneficial.

  • Weapon – Mistsplitter Reforged

Xiangling Sub DPS Team

  • Main DPS – Tartaglia

Tartaglia is the main damage unit in this team comp, with the entire team working towards maximizing his final Havoc Obliteration slash. This is one of my favorite team comps because Tartaglia is one of my favorite characters. Tartaglia is a really good Hydro applier, and through this, we can maximize his damage with Xiangling’s Pyro application.

  • Weapon – Polar Star
  • Sub DPS – Kazuha

With everyone eagerly awaiting his rerun, Kazuha remains one of the most sought-after characters. He perfectly compliments Tartaglia’s skills with his ability to draw enemies close to him through the Elemental skill. Kazuha can help Tartaglia mains deal a staggering amount of damage with the Pyro-Swirls.

  • Weapon – The Freedom Sworn
  • Sub DPS – Xiangling

Xiangling plays a Sub-DPS role, but it Is more of a Support role in overall field time. With Kazuha and Xiangling being the facilitators for the elemental reactions, Xiangling can help Kazuha trigger Pyro-Swirls by applying for the Pyro status on enemies through Guoba. Xiangling can use Pyronado and then swap out to bring Tartaglia, who will deal Vaporize damage through his attacks.

  • Weapon – Engulfing Lightning
  • Support – Bennett

Once again, Bennett is in a healer role, but the weapon change indicates more potent healing. Since Tartaglia is a close combat character, we need shields, or we can compensate by extremely effective healing. Not to mention Bennett’s ATK buff, which will help Tartaglia deal even more damage. The 25% ATK increase from the Pyro resonance will be vital to help players gain an extra edge.

  • Weapon – Primordial Jade Cutter

Mistakes to avoid

As with all characters, we need to pay attention to a few key points when using Xiangling, which would benefit our overall gameplay. She is not the best character for exploration-based team comps, but she is a frontrunner for almost all combat-related team comps.

  1. After the time limit for her elemental skill ends, Guoba despawns and leaves a Chili Pepper behind, which gives a 10% ATK buff to the character that picks it up. Most players are in a bit of a frenzy when it comes to rotations; in that state, they tend to forget the Chili Pepper entirely.
  2. She is also an excellent option for collecting the Mist Flower Corolla since her elemental skill has a large AoE. Still, the only problem is that the area around the flower will start burning, which will harm the on-field character if he/ she gets too close.
  3. Pyronado remains even if Xiangling is switched out. Therefore players can run rampant with other characters while Pyronado revolves around the on-field character, dealing consistent Pyro damage.
  4. She is excellent at crowd control; this is because she can attack multiple enemies at the same time through her large AoE. However, she cannot group enemies into clusters like Sucrose, Kazuha, and Venti can.

How to Obtain Xiangling?

Xiangling is one of the first characters that we get for free as a part of an event; she is also the second Pyro character we obtain as a free character. Since she is a free character, every player is expected to have a minimum of one Xiangling. Players have two different mechanisms to obtain more of her and increase her constellations; one is a guaranteed method, and the other is up to chance.

  1. The Wish System – Xiangling is available on every wish banner as a potential 4* star option aside from the rated-up characters, so there is always the chance to get her once every ten wishes.
  2. Paimon’s Bargain Shop – During the months of January and July, Xiangling is available for purchase at Paimon’s Bargain shop, along with Fischl and Blackcliff weapons.
Xiangling Wish Art
Xiangling Wish Art

FAQ

Question: Where is Xiangling’s restaurant?

Answer: Her restaurant can be found in the general area near the Adventurers Guild in Liyue Harbor. The restaurant is called “Wanmin Restaurant,” It is run by Xiangling’s father, Chef Mao. They sell a wide variety of food and general items. However, these items are limited and will be restocked after the daily refresh. The restaurant serves as a focal point in many quests and events since Xiangling is a crucial character in Liyue.

Question: Which characters are most compatible with Xiangling?

Answer: ANY CHARACTER THAR CAN DO VAPORIZE DAMAGE!! I would HIGHLY recommend Xiangling with a high elemental mastery for any Vape comp. Tartaglia, Ayato, and Xingqui would highly benefit from having Xiangling on the team. I use Tartaglia with Xiangling (yes, the trademark Vape comp T_T), and I can confirm that this combo is deadly. Suppose players want to utilize her as a Sub DPS/ Support character. If players want to build a team around Xiangling, I recommend using Bennett, Venti/ Sucrose, and Xingqui/ Barbara. It is another Vape comp, but the team’s focal point would be to amplify Xiangling’s overall damage and produce crazy high damage outputs.

Question: Who is Xiangling’s best friend?

Answer: Xinyan, as we have seen from the events and story quests, Xiangling and Xinyan share a special bond, and it even replicates onto the battlefield. Xiangling and Xinyan are Pyro vision bearers, which adds to their similarities. As we are VERY well aware, Xiangling loves to experiment with and produce some very weird dishes, making even the most intense foodie think twice. However, Xinyan does not seem to mind and is, in fact, grateful for the meals that she receives from Xiangling. Some might even say that their bond could be equivalent to best friends, similar to Xingqui and Chongyun.

Question: How did Xiangling get her vision?

Answer: Xiangling desired to create things using mixtures of different ingredients and cooking methods which eventually led to some of her dishes being labeled “horrifying.” Xiangling shouldered an idea where she would “wholeheartedly and in an unreserved manner” continue to make the dishes which earned her the Pyro vision. I believe that the Pyro archon rewards individuals with tenacity, strong wills, the strength of character, and a great sense of duty, as we can see with almost all Pyro characters.

Question: Is Xiangling worth pulling for and building?

Answer: Yes, without a doubt, yes. Her constellations only add to her abilities and overall team benefit. With the right build, as with any character, Xiangling can dish out (pun unintended XD) high volumes of damage while supporting the team and paving everyone a path for high-intensity elemental reactions. She was a critical component before my team structure changed, but I still use her in the Abyss because she is such an excellent character to have on the team. C6 Xiangling is an excellent investment and a highly recommended one. In summation, if players need a unique Pyro character that can help the team, be a constant Pyro applier and deal high volumes of damage, Xiangling is an excellent long-term investment that will benefit in every game stage.

Conclusion

Xiangling is a character that everyone enjoys using, new players and late-game players. I love using Xiangling, and she is one of my standard recommendations for every Vape comp. Her compatibility with Tartaglia and even Ayato is off the charts. She goes very well for Overload reactions because she has large AoE attacks; using Pyronado while using other elemental bursts such as Keqing’s would result in a large volume of damage that any player would appreciate.

As a free character, I firmly believe that Xiangling might be the best starter character since she can handle being a Main DPS/ Sub DPS and then switch to a more support-based role after players advance further into the game and incorporate stronger characters into the team.

Since she is a free character, she can be bought through Paimon’s Bargain shop during specific months and obtained through the wish system. This makes it relatively easy to get constellations, making her even more potent. C6 Xiangling is even likened to Hu Tao’s level in terms of the overall use and damage output, which is a high tier comparison and compliment even.

For any and every Pyro requirement in any team comp, I would highly recommend Xiangling. Since almost every polearm in Genshin Impact is compatible with her (with the community calling her the “Polearm Archon” XD), she is a very flexible character to use, which makes her a joy for players at any stage of the game.

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