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In this series, I will help you build the best team comp surrounding your favorite character, with just the units you own. That’s right, I’ll be going through every character in the game.. so regardless if you want to build around powerhouse damage dealers like Diluc and Keqing, or if you want to build around less popular DPS units, this is the series for you. After each video, you’ll be able to immediately build the team comp that will allow your favorite character to shine, and understand more in-depth the logic and reasoning behind how teams are built.
Today we’ll be focusing on the fiesty chef, Xiangling. I love Xiangling because she’s one of those characters that like Razor, can be built on a budget and still dish out a ton of damage. Additionally, she’s one of the best pyro supports in the game and can slot into any team comp. However, today we’ll be talking about her primarily as a main DPS.
The first thing we want to note is Xiangling’s abilities and elements. Xiangling is a pyro type and her kit is centered on quick basic attack sequences with gouba and pyronado used to proc pyro reactions. At ascension rank 4, her gouba gives her a consistent 10% ATK to add to her base. The unique stat that she gets from ascension is elemental mastery, and while this is not as ideal as something like flat ATK % or crit, it can help raise her reaction damage by a lot as long as we make sure to set it up to where she’s the one proccing the reaction.
We have to take both her element and her kit into heavy consideration when we build a comp around her. Because, if she’s our main character, we want to build a team that will set her up for success and amplifies her damage as much as possible.
Reactions & Resonance: (2:15)
So, before we even begin picking certain characters to fill into our composition, we need to look at what elemental reactions we want to consistently trigger. I’ve put up a graphic that shows every elemental reaction in the game, and you should spend some time to figure out what each elemental reaction does.
With pyro, we have access to the hardest scaling reactions in the game.
Swirl is also pretty decent with Xiangling and allows her to deal massive damage against mobs using her pyronado. Geo is OK, I only have one team comp that features it. I think if you want to play Geo support, pyro is definitely the element that you want to pair with so you get both geo resonance and pyro resonance.
With this, you’re pretty much sacrificing all elemental reaction damage and your EM for raw power. Pyro will boost your flat ATK and then Geo will give you a 15% multiplier, which is pretty strong if you’re able to pick up shields consistently.
For me personally, if we’re looking at elemental reactions in a vacuum, the priority is:
In addition to elemental reactions, we need to take a quick look at elemental resonance, which is having redundant elements in a single party. For Xiangling, Fervent Flames is the best because it gives you a 25% attack increase. Since you’re running a pyro DPS, this is very easy to slot in because it only requires one more character. Again, geo resonance is ok but you really want to have both pyro and geo resonance together to get the most value out of the multiplier.
Team Comps: (4:13)
Let’s look at the best teams for Xiangling DPS. I’ve gone ahead and labeled comps abyss ready if I think that comp is something you can plug and play in abyss. Again, because the abyss has different enemies and buffs for each floor, I cannot advise you that these comps will work for all 12 floors. That’s why I also have listed an abyss core for each comp that you can build your teams around based on the circumstances.
Comp 1: Xiangling, Chongyun, Bennet, Sucrose (abyss ready)
This is my BiS. Xiangling and Chongyun make the perfect 1-2 punch. Chongyun putting down the ice field, allows you to proc cryo with your xiangling autos. It also increases your attack speed, which allows you to DPS harder. You will always get the cryo element first, then gouba or pyronado will help proc melt. With gouba, you’re looking at about 4 melt procs every cycle, and with its short CD, you’re able to spam this combo pretty efficiently.
You’re picking up bennet for the pyro resonance and the great healing and steroid that he can provide for your team. The last spot goes to Sucrose because you do need some help with AoE, and being able to spread cryo and then proc melt with pyronado is very attractive. Sucrose over Venti since you can reach your enemies better.
Abyss core: Xiangling, Chongyun, Flex (healer), Flex (anemo)
Combo(mobs): Chongyun E, Sucrose Q, Xiangling Q, Xiangling AA, Sucrose E, Chongyun Q, Xiangling E
Combo(single target) Chongyun E, Xiangling E, Xiangling AA
Comp 2: Xiangling, Diona/Qiqi/Kaeya, Fischl, Sucrose (Venti/Jean) (abyss Ready)
Without Chongyun, your next go-to option is Diona. She’s still able to provide melt reactions, here you’re using her E just for the cryo proc alone so you’ll be pressing it instead of holding it for the shorter cooldown. You can combo off her ult with Xiangling’s ult, and along with sucrose, deal massive AoE melt damage to shred through mobs easily. Chongyun definitely gets you more melt procs on average, but diona is great if you don’t have access to him.
Qiqi is also really great, I have diona listed first for a more budget option but with the right resources, qiqi and diona are interchangeable. Instead of bennet, which provides redundant healing, I’ve chosen to not take the pyro buff in exchange for more versatility. Especially without chongyun turning your basic attacks into cryo, triggering superconduct with Diona and Fischl will help Xiangling deal with beefy single targets.
Abyss core: Xiangling, Diona, Flex, Flex (anemo)
Combo (mobs): Sucrose Q, Diona Q, Xiangling Q, Xiangling AA, Diona E, Sucrose E, Xiangling E, Fischl E
Combo (single target): Diona E, Fischl E, Xiangling E, Xiangling AA
Comp 3: Xiangling, Xingqiu/Mona, Bennet, Sucrose (Venti/Jean) (abyss ready)
This comp plays for vaporize instead of melt. I think these comps are weaker than the melt comps just because Xiangling gets so much passive EM, so being able to proc the reaction with pyro is ideal to get the greatest damage multiplier. Xingqiu works pretty well with Xiangling; she has really fast attack speed so you’ll be able to get a lot of value out of his water swords. It has decent synergy with gouba, but since xiangling attacks so fast, the majority of the time, you’ll be procing vaporize with pyro instead of hydro, so you’re only getting a 1.5x damage amplifier.
Mona is ok too, but I feel xiangling doesn’t take advantage of her kit as much as someone who has stronger and more consistent AoE damage. Bennet is here for the pyro resonance and healing just in case.
No real combo sequence here, just try to proc vaporize with xingqiu E after applying pyro with Xiangling. Xingqiu burst along with Xiangling burst and E allows you to get a lot of damage from the water swords. Sacrificial sword is a great option for xingqiu and helps proc reactions more consistently since his E CD is so long.
Abyss core: Xiangling, Xingqiu, Flex (healer), Flex (anemo)
Comp 4: Xiangling, Bennet, MC, Noelle (Zhongli on release)(Abyss Ready)
You’re picking up both pyro and geo resonance for this comp and focusing on raw power instead of strong elemental reactions. Bolide 4-piece set for Xiangling is a very strong consideration as you’ll almost always have a shield up with Noelle or Zhongli when he comes out. Noelle as a claymore user helps to deal with any tough shields you may encounter, and if the leaks are true, Zhongli’s Q would be able to turn all shields into geo, which makes it a lot easier for you to deal with those pesky abyss mages (UNCONFIRMED INFO).
Zhongli in place of Noelle is a huge buff in terms of added AoE damage with both MC and Zhongli serving the role of burst support.
No real combo sequence here. Buffer Noelle’s/Zhongli shield and make sure to pick up shield fragments to achieve your 15% multiplier from geo along with bolide 4 piece buff. I’d much prefer running gladiator if you don’t have Zhongli. With all the resistances from shields, bennet’s field becomes more of a buff than healing, but a great safety net if you fall low.
Abyss core: Xiangling, MC, Zhongli, Flex (healer)
Comp 5 (f2p): Xiangling, Kaeya, Fischl, Barbara (Thrilling Tales)
This is my favorite iteration of a free to play team. Very similar to comp 2, this comp provides versatility in proccing either melt with Kaeya and Xiangling burst synergy or playing for super conduct with Fischl and Kaeya to grant your Xiangling a huge boost in basic attacks. You have so many choices for how to play this comp, and barbara rounds it all up with great healing and thrilling tales buff. This comp will destroy in abyss because of the tools that it has at its disposal.
Characters Not Mentioned: (11:42)
Beidou: I like Fischl better since you have higher uptime with your electro damage
Childe: Better as DPS, I’ll have a childe video out soon!
Diluc: Better as DPS, watch my Diluc video if you want to play Diluc!
Keqing: Better as DPS, watch my Keqing video if you want to play Keqing!
Ningguang: She excels in single target DPS however Xiangling is already a single target DPS. The other geo characters provide more utility.
Traveler (anemo): His tornado is so bad since it pushes enemies away
Klee: Better as DPS, watch my Klee video if you want to play Klee!
Lisa: Fischl is better
Razor: Better as DPS, watch my Razor video if you want to play Razor!
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