Blazing Riff

xinyan character portrait genshin impact wiki guide 200px
Rarity ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Role DPS
Gender Female
Birthday October 16th
Vision pyro element genshin impact wiki guidePyro
Constellation Fila Ignium
Main Weapon Claymores
Passive Talent A Rad Recipe
Elemental Burst Riff Revolution

Xinyan is a Playable Character in Genshin Impact. These playable characters are the various roles that a player can add to their party and take control of in Genshin Impact. Each character in the game is unique from one another, they are different when it comes to the element they harness, the weapon that they use, their appearance, stats, strengths, weaknesses, and many more


Rock 'n' roll is an avant-garde art in Liyue Harbor and Xinyan is the pioneer in this field. She rebels against ossified prejudices, using her music and passionate singing to awaken dazed souls fatigued by worldly matters. If you get the chance, do not miss out on her next performance!


Genshin Impact Xinyan Information

  • Role: DPS
  • Vision: Pyro
  • Constellation: Fila Ignium
  • Main Weapon: Claymores & Clubs
  • Elemental Burst: Riff Revolution
  • Elemental Burst Effect: Strumming rapidly, Xinyan launches nearby enemies and deals Physical DMG to them, hyping up the crowd. The sheer intensity of the atmosphere will cause explosions that deal Pyro DMG to nearby enemies.
  • Character Passive Talent: A Rad Recipe
  • Passive Talent Effect: When a Perfect Cooking is achieved on an DEF-boosting dish, Xinyan has a 12% chance to obtain double the product.


Genshin Impact Xinyan Guides and Builds

  • Xinyan Strength: Powerful shields and Physical DMG Boost. Hitting enemies will also exert pyro DMG. Some AoE Pyro damage. Her elemental ability, sweeping fervor can be used to remove cryo or electro debuffs. 
  • Xinyan Weaknesses: Low Attack Speed and Split Scaling. Shield is based off DEF and DMG is scaled on ATK

Xinyan Best Items

  • Snow-Tombed Starsilver: The weapon is designed with Xinyan in mind, and it comes with the latest patch. It’s one of the reasons she competes in terms of damage with S tier damage dealers. It has the highest base attack (44), similar to Prototype Aminus. However, it has Physical Damage as a sub stat, which is much more powerful than Attack percentage. On top of that, its passive allows Xinyan to do extra physical hits on enemies every 10 seconds.
  • The Unforged:  has a massive Attack sub stat. Its passive increases both shield strength, and attack value while you have a shield up. It encourages a burst style with Xinyan, where you attack while her shield’s up, and switch out when it’s down. It requires few hits to reach maximum potential, but it has no cooldown (versus Wolf’s Gravestone which has a very long cooldown).
  • Serpent Spine: This passive gives characters 6% more DMG and they take 3% more DMG per stack, and gain a stack every 4 seconds with said character on the field. This effect has a maximum of 5 stacks and will not be reset if the character leaves the field, but will be reduced by 1 stack when the character takes DMG. And the sub stat on it is Crit Rate, which is very strong, whether you have her second Constellation or not. So if you are a low-budget player, it’s best in slot if you don’t have perfect Crit Chance rolls on Artifacts.
  • Bloodstained Chivalry & Noblesse Oblige: What we should compile for Xinyan is two pieces of the Noblesse Oblige for 20% Elemental Burst damage, and two pieces of the Bloodstained Chivalry for 25% Physical damage. This results in a 45% damage multiplier for Elemental Burst, and a 25% multiplier for Normal Attack, which is very convenient. 


Genshin Impact Xinyan Builds

Xinyan‘s damage has many components, and that’s why it’s not obvious how to build her at first glance. Her Elemental Skill deals Pyro damage, and creates a shield that scales with Defense. If the Elemental Skill hits more than one target, it also procs a Pyro DoT that scales with Attack. Her Elemental Burst is one of the strongest physical Talents in the game, and with her second Constellation unlocked, it always scores a critical hit, and creates a maxed shield. So, it’s ideal to build her for physical damage. We can pair her with an Electro character, and a Cryo character for Superconduct, with these two options being quite versatile. Then we pick a second Pyro character such as Bennett for better damage and energy recharge.

Xinyan is not the best carry on her own, due to smaller modifiers on her Normal Attack. We compensate for this by building her more like a burst character, and put her in rotation with characters who have short cooldowns. The best damage Xinyan outputs is her Elemental burst, so we get Elemental Burst damage from a one-set bonus. Afterwards, we aim to get all sources of Physical damage bonus, as well as Crit Rate and Crit Dmg. Finally % Attack and Energy Recharge are good, but have the least priority. With Xinyan, if you get a random Defense stat on Artifacts, it makes a stronger shield, and does not waste stats.



Genshin Impact Xinyan Talents

Dance on Fire

  • Normal Attack: Performs up to 4 consecutive strikes.
  • Charged Attack: Drains Stamina over time to perform continuous spinning attacks against all nearby enemies. At the end of the sequence, perform a more powerful slash.
    • Plunging Attack: Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground, damaging enemies along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact.

Sweeping Fervor

  • Xinyan brandishes her instrument, dealing Pyro DMG on nearby enemies, forming a shield made out of her audience's passion.
  • The shield's DMG Absorption scales based on Xinyan's DEF and on the number of enemies hit.
  • Hitting 0-1 enemies grants Shield Level 1: Ad Lib.
  • Hitting 2 enemies grants Shield Level 2: Lead-In.
  • Hitting 3 or more enemies grants Shield Level 3: Rave, which will also deal intermittent Pyro DMG to nearby enemies.
  • The shield has the following special properties:
    • When unleashed, it infuses Xinyan with Pyro.
    • It has 250% DMG Absorption effectiveness against Pyro DMG.

Riff Revolution

  • Strumming rapidly, Xinyan launches nearby enemies and deals Physical DMG to them, hyping up the crowd. The sheer intensity of the atmosphere will cause explosions that deal Pyro DMG to nearby enemies.

"The Show Goes On, Even Without an Audience..." (Ascension Lv: 1)

  • Decreases the number of enemies Sweeping Fervor must hit to trigger each level of shielding.
    • Shield Level 2: Lead-In requirement reduced to 1 enemy hit.
    • Shield Level 3: Rave requirement reduced to 2 enemies hit or more.

"...Now That's Rock 'N' Roll!" (Ascension Lv: 4)

  • Characters shielded by Sweeping Fervor deal 15% increased Physical DMG.

A Rad Recipe (Unlocked Automatically)

  • When a Perfect Cooking is achieved on an DEF-boosting dish, Xinyan has a 12% chance to obtain double the product.


Genshin Impact Xinyan Constellations

Fatal Acceleration (Lv. 1)

  • Upon scoring a CRIT hit, increases ATK SPD of Xinyan's Normal and Charged Attacks by 12% for 5s.
  • Can only occur once every 5s.

Impromptu Opening (Lv. 2)

  • Riff Revolution Physical DMG has its Crit rate increased by 100%, and will form a shield at Shield Level 3: Rave when cast.

Double Stop (Lv. 3)

  • Increases the Level of Sweeping Fervor by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.

Wildfire Rhythm (Lv. 4)

  • Sweeping Fervor's swing DMG decrease opponents Physical RES by 15% for 12s.

Screaming for Encore (Lv. 5)

  • Increases the Level of Riff Revolution by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.

Rocking in Flaming (Lv. 6)

  • Decrease the stamina consumption of Xinyan Charged Attacks by 30%. Additionally, Xinyan Charged Attack gain an ATK bonus equal to 50% of her DEF.


How to Get Xinyan in Genshin Impact

  • Characters are primarily be obtained by using Primogems Materials to perform Wishes or Gacha Pulls.


Xinyan Lore & Character Story

Character Details

Rock 'n' roll originates in Fontaine and is just starting to find its feet in Liyue Harbor. Xinyan, thus, is a pioneer in this art.

Every night, she will sling on the instrument that she made herself, stand on a self-constructed stage, and play self-composed tunes to every member of the audience.

As the person is, so are her songs: bold, defiant, loud, and proud.

She is by no means a virtuoso, but her loyal fans will nonetheless lose themselves in celebrating along with her, using their voices and their bodies to shake off the stress and troubles of the day.

In the heat of the moment, the fire that leaps from Xinyan's Vision threatens to turn night into day.

"She is a true rock 'n' roll genius, and a greater master still at creating atmosphere," says The Steambird of her skill.

Living in Liyue is expensive, and maintaining one's lifestyle in there is harder still. But as Xinyan would tell those worried about such mundane matters—

"Rock 'n' roll is easy, really."

Character Story 1

(Unlocks at Friendship Lvl. 2)

Xinyan does not adhere to traditional performance norms at all. Anything can be used as her instrument.

The pillars on-stage, the floorboards, the cheers and yells of the audience, and even the explosions and sparks created by her Vision are valid brushes with which she paints her performance.

The impromptu stage often starts to burn somewhere after the halfway mark of the performance, till all that's left is a smoking pile of charcoal.

After many warnings, the Millelith were finally forced to tighten their patrols and try to find ways to stop Xinyan from staging her performances.

The subsequent battles of wits tended to turn out in Xinyan's favor — she was often able to find a place to perform, set up a stage with frightening speed, and begin a raucous night with her audience.

The more reliable word on the street is that many patrolling Millelith were themselves infected by the "spirit of rock 'n' roll," becoming her loyal fans in the process.

Xinyan would get wind of the Millelith's latest patrol plans from these "friends of rock," and was thus able to avoid their eyes with ease.

Eventually, tiring of the lack of results, and in the absence of any evidence that anyone was harmed during Xinyan's performances, the Millelith came to adopt a "one eye open, one eye shut" approach to her actions.

Character Story 2

(Unlocks at Friendship Lvl. 3)

Xinyan is tall, has a sharp gaze, and always wears her stage costume in public to keep herself in the right mood for her music.

In the eyes of bystanders, this make her quite the imposing sight as she walks down the street, and many assume she means trouble. When she lines up to buy a snack, people in front of her in the queue will panic and move out well out of her way.

If she happens to lock eyes with a young child, even for a brief moment, they will run crying to their parents. Even when she has done nothing at all, Xinyan is often suspected of wrongdoing, purely because her fierce appearance makes her look like some heinous villain in the eyes of some people.

Xinyan didn't care all that much about how other people saw her, but she did think that it wasn't a good thing to scare others and make trouble for them, if she could at all help it. Thus, she constantly looked for ways to make a change. Every day when she woke up in the morning, she would look at herself in the mirror and massage her face with her fingers to stretch and relax her eyes a little.

She would even practice smiling and study expressions - verbal and facial alike - of great elegance. After a significant amount of practice, she once came across a group of children bullying another child, and instinctually she went over to rescue the bullied child.

She gave the kid what she thought was a friendly smile and a gentle pat on the head. To say that the upset child quietened down after this would not be incorrect...

However, the reality of the matter was that the child was stood there frozen in fear as urine dribbled down their pants.

As for the would-be bullies, they screamed and fled in panic.

"Run! Run! The angry lady's turned into a monster! Sh-She's gonna eat us all!"

"Hey!!! I ain't gonna eat y'all! ...And I ain't no monster, either!" But it was to no avail. The moment she raised her voice, all her hard work was undone.

Character Story 3

(Unlocks at Friendship Lvl. 4)

Xinyan has one standard by which she judges all things: is it or isn't it "rock 'n' roll?"

All that is just and upright — standing up for those who have been wronged, taking on challenges — is "rock 'n' roll," and all that is reprehensible — fearing the wicked, oppressing the kind, dirty tricks, scheming ways — is "not rock 'n' roll." Rock is the spirit of rebellion and resistance, yes, but patently immoral acts are nonetheless "not rock 'n' roll."

Xinyan reserves the right to make these judgements, and whether these judgments are based on results or her mood, the difference between the things covered by these two opposing terms is clear.

The only catch is that these standards sound odd in certain contexts.

Due to her fierce appearance, Xinyan nearly has no friends, with Xiangling of Wanmin Restaurant being one of the few exceptions with whom she can speak most freely.

Xinyan has a special reason for coming to the Wanmin Restaurant — for musical inspiration. Whenever Xiangling is researching new recipes, others may run for the hills, but not Xinyan. She intentionally eats all the experimental products, and amid the taste bud explosion that results from the never-before-seen flavors, inspiration flows into her mind.

"Tell you what, Xiangling, that dish rocked!"

Though Xinyan considers this to be the highest praise, Xiangling finds it a little hard to be happy about such ratings.

Character Story 4

(Unlocks at Friendship Lvl. 5)

The eternal subject of rock 'n' roll is resistance.

But the thing that Xinyan resists is not a concrete thing, but rather, the conceptual shackles of "prejudice."

She was born into a poor family, and her parents placed great stock in her, giving her the best of what little they had in the hopes that she would be able to rise to "become a phoenix." Of course, this "phoenix" would have to be something that they would recognize.

But things don't always turn out as planned. Xinyan grew to be taller than most girls, and her looks were far from anything that might be considered "cute." Nor was she any good at any of the feminine arts, whether it was cooking, chores, needlework. So, since her childhood was so deeply impacted by such "prejudices," Xinyan understands how terrifying they could be. Yet becoming a rock 'n' roll star has not caused her to give up on these arts.

This is not only because she hates losing, but because she feels that "giving up because you have no talent" is itself a prejudiced belief. Not long ago, a fan of Xinyan's named Yun Jin was invited to her place as a guest. But if Xinyan hadn't opened the door herself, Yun Jin would have thought that she had the wrong house.

The house was spick and span, the windows were clean, and the home ornaments were hand-made and immaculately arranged. The cooktop was still moist, indicating that someone has been cooking not long before, and there was half-sewn cloth by the bedside that looked much like the decorations Xinyan wore during her performances.

Why, this was practically the room of some refined lady of reputable upbringing, with nary any spirit of rock 'n' roll to be found! Xinyan was quite worried that this fan of hers would find the difference between their impression of "rock 'n' roll" and this reality too jarring. Unexpectedly, Yun Jin's support and fandom would only grow more intense after this.

Character Story 5

(Unlocks at Friendship Lvl. 6)

The way Xinyan sees it, many adults fail to realize their potential because they are tied down by prejudice, giving in to the fear and endless anxiety.

They do not understand what life is about, or where they are going.

She wrote these thoughts into her songs, but invited scorn from the very same adults. "What does this brat know?"

Even so, Xinyan did not waver. After all, such mockery was born of prejudice towards her age. And if prejudice were something so easily overthrown, there would be no value in resisting it, would there?

She believes that rock 'n' roll is like a seed. After every performance, some seeds might sprout within the hearts of those adults who listen.

When they wake up, the next day, perhaps they might receive some inspiration, or perhaps a change of mood will come over them... Even if it only changes their thinking a bit... Perhaps they might find that the real-life troubles they are facing are nothing but a storm in a teacup. Of course, few people other than her audience and the "friends of rock" would credit this to rock 'n' roll.

But people do nonetheless say this around the tables after tea. "Well, having a girl who plays rock 'n' roll is pretty interesting, no?"

Xinyan's Instrument

(Unlocks at Friendship Lvl. 4)

Xinyan's main instrument is a hand-made lyre of a very unique design. She based it off the rock 'n' roll instruments that were imported from Fontaine before adding additional modifications based on personal understanding.

For example, she mounted a crescent-shaped axe-blade on the tail end of the instrument so it might serve as a weapon in a pinch.

She also connected it to her Vision, allowing it to spew flames and sparks. Its internals can also spew flame, all the better for it to self-destruct if it falls into the wrong hands, preventing it misuse...

The list of modifications goes on, and they are too numerous to count. This instrument is thus unique, and its sound profile is also special.

—Sorry, what? What do you mean, "these modifications sound like they have nothing to do with music?"

Sounds like you, too, need to attend one of her performances. You'll understand then.


(Unlocks at Friendship Lvl. 6)

Xinyan was someone who never fit in in Liyue Harbor, and she only found where she belonged when she encountered rock 'n' roll.

But because she lived in a land that had no place for rock 'n' roll yet, she needed to be able to attract enough attention.

She immersed herself in the world of music, looking for a way to move peoples' hearts. She broke many an instrument and played till calluses formed on both hands, but still, it was unsatisfactory.

"Who'd want to listen to this racket?"

The rotten-tomato reviews she received were starting to get to her. She wondered if she should quit.

Sitting on top of Mt. Tianheng, she looked down over Liyue Harbor. But though the lights lit the streets and alleys of the harbor, they could not light the spirit of rock 'n' roll.

She considered leaving, to go someplace where rock 'n' roll was appreciated. But would this not be running away? Would it not be a betrayal of rock 'n' roll's spirit of resistance?

No, she would not leave. She would become a "flame" that could light Liyue Harbor up. She started experimenting with the use of fire to move people, adding sparks and explosions to her music. But this was no mean feat for an ordinary person.

Who knows how many times she must have burnt her fingers or blown her instrument up. But still, she continued to practice every single day on top of Mt. Tianheng. And perhaps it was that the gods themselves had great expectations of this new form of music that would soon grace the seven nations...

But regardless, the boiling-hot Vision would be the final stroke of perfection. Xinyan dashed down the mountain and began her very first rock 'n' roll concert in Liyue Harbor. Thus did her musical journey begin, with showers of sparks and explosions keeping time.


Xinyan Notes & Tips

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