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Best Xiao teams in Genshin Impact

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Xiao was first released in Version 1.3 of Genshin Impact, when the game was still fairly new. Since then, Genshin Impact’s roster of characters has nearly tripled, and Xiao’s teams have evolved accordingly. Here is Xiao’s strongest team in the current version of Genshin Impact, as well as some other suggestions if you’re missing the required units.

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FFXX (Final Fantasy 20)

FFXX, or “Final Fantasy 20,” is the strongest Xiao team in Genshin Impact by a significant margin. The name was coined by members of the Xiao Mains Discord server and comes from the four characters that make up the team: Faruzan, Furina, Xiao, and Xianyun.

Faruzan buffs Xiao’s Anemo DMG, as well as a significant buff to his CRIT DMG at Constellation 6. Furina is one of the most potent overall buffers in Genshin Impact, as well as a respectable off-field DPS. Xianyun specifically buffs Plunging Attacks and provides healing to offset Furina and Xiao’s health drain. Together, they create a formidable hypercarry Xiao team.

The only downside to this team is how expensive it can be to pull for the relevant units. Xiao himself is a 5-star character, and so are Furina and Xianyun. Faruzan is a 4-star character, but since there are no guaranteed 4-stars outside of events, it might be difficult to acquire her Constellations. The only surefire way to significantly improve your FFXX team is to pull for Constellations, which only increases its Primogem cost.

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Best Xiao teams without C6 Faruzan

If you don’t have C6 Faruzan, your best team is still FFXX (Faruzan, Furina, Xiao, and Xianyun). In the absence of the extra off-field particles, though, you’ll need to build a bit more Energy Recharge on your Anemo units. Equip Faruzan with a Favonius Warbow and as much Energy Recharge as possible. Make sure you take a Charged Shot after using her Skill in order to generate particles.

If you don’t have Faruzan at all, try any other Anemo character to provide energy with their Skills. Sucrose, Jean, and Lynette all work fine. Sucrose should hold Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers in order to grant Xiao a 48% ATK buff. If you have C4 Jean, she will also reduce enemies’ Anemo RES, increasing Xiao’s damage.

Best Xiao teams without Xianyun

Xianyun is one of Xiao’s best supports, but if you missed her, you can still play without her! Assuming you have Faruzan and Furina, you can substitute Xianyun for Jean, Bennett, or Sayu. You’ll definitely want a healer of some kind in order to counter Furina’s health drain and stack her Fanfare buff.

Best Xiao teams without Furina

In the absence of Furina, healing becomes a bit less imperative, giving you more options to replace her. Bring any combination of Faruzan, Xianyun, Bennett, Jean, and Zhongli. The goal is to buff Xiao as much as possible while keeping him alive. If you’re struggling with Xiao’s energy, try slotting in Sucrose or Lynette.

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Double Geo Xiao teams

The classic double Geo Xiao team is made up of Xiao, Zhongli, Albedo, and either Xianyun or Faruzan. Zhongli provides valuable RES shred and stagger resistance, while Albedo provides some off-field damage. Together, they enable Geo Resonance, which increases Xiao’s damage while shielded.

If you lack Albedo, you can try Geo Traveler instead, but Xiao has a nasty tendency to get stuck endlessly pole-dancing on top of the Geo constructs.

If you lack both Xianyun or Faruzan, try Bennett instead. Note that in the absence of a second Anemo or Pyro unit, Xiao and Bennett will both need to be built with more Energy Recharge than normal. I recommend putting Favonius Sword on Bennett if you want to try this team. If you don’t want to bother with energy struggles, try a dedicated Anemo battery like Jean, Sucrose, or Sayu.

Best free-to-play Xiao teams

If you lack multiple components of FFXX and are short on Primogems, try out some of the teams below. They’re not quite as powerful, but Xiao players have been clearing Spiral Abyss with these tried and true teams for years now.

Note that this isn’t an exhaustive list of teams, and you can mix and match as desired. Just make sure that you have another Anemo character to provide energy to Xiao as well as some form of shielding or healing.

  • Xiao – Faruzan – Sucrose/Lynette – Bennett
  • Xiao – Faruzan/Sucrose – Bennett – Xiangling/Fischl
  • Xiao – Faruzan/Sucrose – Rosaria – Diona

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Christine Choi
Contributing Writer - Christine has been gaming since she first stole her brother's Game Boy as a kid. She's come a long way since then and has been creating content for Genshin Impact since 2021.