Head chef of the esteemed Wanmin restaurant in Liyue, Xiangling is always on the prowl for new, radical ingredients in order to further expand her culinary expertise. She is a Pyro Polearm user who outputs incredible amounts of Pyro damage between her pet panda Guoba and her potent Elemental Burst, both of which don’t even need her out on the field to keep up!. She also has the benefit of being a character everyone in Genshin Impact can acquire for free, which means that she will likely be a staple in your early teams. To learn how to make the most of this five star chef, read this guide!.
How to get Xiangling in Genshin Impact?
Xiangling is a 4-star Character that is always available across all banners. On occasion she gets a rate up banner alongside the featured 5 Star character for the cycle that greatly increases your chance of rolling her. Uniquely, every player receives a free Xiangling upon clearing Floor 3, Chamber 3 of the Spiral Abyss.
1. Combat Info
→ Ascensions and Stats
|Ascension Phase||Level||Base HP||Base ATK||Base DEF||Special Stat (Elemental Mastery)|
|Mora||Gems||Character Level Up Materials||Materials||Materials|
|Ascension Cost (0 → 1)||20,000||1 Agnidus Agate Silver||N/A||3 Jueyun Chili||3 Slime Condensate|
|Ascension Cost (1 → 2)||40,000||3 Agnidus Agate Fragment||2 Everflame Seed||10 Jueyun Chili||15 Slime Condensate|
|Ascension Cost (2 → 3)||60,000||6 Agnidus Agate Fragment||4 Everflame Seed||20 Jueyun Chili||12 Slime Secretions|
|Ascension Cost (3 → 4)||80,000||3 Agnidus Agate Chunk||8 Everflame Seed||30 Jueyun Chili||18 Slime Secretions|
|Ascension Cost (4 → 5)||100,000||6 Agnidus Agate Chunk||12 Everflame Seed||45 Jueyun Chili||12 Slime Concentrate|
|Ascension Cost (5 → 6)||120,000||6 Agnidus Agate Gemstone||20 Everflame Seed||60Jueyun Chili||24 Slime Concentrate|
Dough-Fu- Normal Attack
Performs up to five consecutive spear strikes.
Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to opponents along the way.
Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact.
Guoba Attack-Elemental Skill
Summons Guoba the Panda. Guoba continuously breathes fire at opponents, dealing AoE Pyro DMG.
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-1st Ascension Passive
Increases the flame range of Guoba by 20%.
Beware, It's Super Hot!-4th Ascension Passive
When Guoba Attack's 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-Utility Passive
When a Perfect Cooking is achieved on an ATK-boosting dish, Xiangling has a 12% chance to receive double the product.
→ Talent Upgrade
|Talent Level||Required Ascension Level||Mora||Common Materials||Talent Level Up Materials|
|1 → 2||2*||12,500||6 Slime Condensate||3 Teachings of Diligence|
|2 → 3||3*||17,500||3 Slime Secretions||2 Guide to Diligence|
|3 → 4||3*||25,000||4 Slime Secretions||4 Guide to Diligence|
|4 → 5||4*||30,000||6 Slime Secretions||6 Guide to Diligence|
|5 → 6||4*||37,500||9 Slime Secretions||9 Guide to Diligence|
|6 → 7||5*||120,000||4 Slime Concentrate||4 Philosophies of Diligence||1 Dvalin’s Claw|
|7 → 8||260,000||6 Slime Concentrate||6 Philosophies of Diligence||1 Dvalin’s Claw|
|8 → 9||5*||450,000||9 Slime Concentrate||12 Philosophies of Diligence||2 Dvalin’s Claw|
|9 → 10||5*||700,000||12 Slime Concentrate||16 Philosophies of Diligence||2 Dvalin’s Claw||1 Crown of Insight|
→ Paimon's Bargains
→ Event Wishes
As a 4-star Character, Xiangling can be found in the following Wishes
-Standard Wish Wanderlust Invocation (Indefinite)
-Beginners' Wish (Indefinite until all 20 wishes have been made)
-All Character Event Wishes and Weapon Event Wishes
Be on the lookout for when she is announced for a rate up on a Character Event Wish!
The daughter of the famous chef Mao, Xiangling was destined to be a great cook and practices her craft day in and day out. Just like her general approach to cooking, Xiangling keeps an open mind and takes pride in satisfying others. She dislikes being forced to follow strict guidelines as it inhibits her natural curiosity and inventive nature.
Xiangling has dark, indigo hair kept in a pair of panda-like braided buns. She has golden eyes, pale skin, and a perpetual smile on her face. She wears a gold and brown leotard with red and gold ribbons as well as an apron that comes out the front and brown fingerless gloves and boots. Her vision can be found on a knot tied to her right hip
5. Character Stories
→ Character Details
"Coming, coming! Here's your Stir-Fried Filet! And your Mora Meat. And Fried Radish Balls, as you ordered."
In Liyue, there's a place called Chihu Rock, and there stands a restaurant known as Wanmin Restaurant.
One must remain focused if they want to keep moving forward on the bustling streets of Liyue. Unsuspecting newcomers to this place are often lured away by wonderful culinary aromas or lead to peek inside stores by curious sounds.
Xiangling, who is both chef and waitress at the restaurant, delivers steaming delicious dishes to the tables.
"Sit anywhere you'd like. I can make whatever you want, even if it's not on the menu!"
The workers at Wanmin Restaurant can recognize a regular, if not by their face, then by the first sentence out of their mouths.
A customer that orders without needing a menu have been here at least a few times before. However, if they ask "Is Xiangling the chef today?" then they're definitely a regular.
→ Character Story 1
Xiangling has destroyed many a wok in her time. Either the insides would become irreversibly charred from the heat of a Pyro Slime, or cracks would appear due to flash-freezing from a Mist Flower — or, at some step in Xiangling's unconventional cooking process, a small-scale explosion would reduce it to scrap metal. After some heavy consideration on the part of Xiangling's father, he ultimately decided not to banish his daughter from the kitchen, despite the destruction she caused.
As reckless, imaginative, and uninhibited as she may be, it was exactly these traits that led her to create her most successful dishes. "Maybe this isn't so bad..." He tried to convince himself.
Suffice to say that payment for a new wok is a regular feature of the restaurant's monthly ledger.
→ Character Story 2
"There are many secrets to cooking; the most important of which is passion."
When Xiangling decided to learn to be a chef, her father handed her his own handwritten cooking journal, his life's work. That line was written on the title page. If she was any other person, she would likely have regarded it as some cheesy inspirational quote. However, Xiangling regarded it as a priceless treasure.
To her, her father only secured his footing in the forever-ongoing war between the Li and the Yue cuisines by upholding that principle.
However, at that time, the conflict between the two styles was white-hot, with many restaurants feeling the pressure that arose from it. Wanmin Restaurant was no exception.
"Good food is good food, period!"
The monopoly on luxurious ingredients such as matsutake and crabs infuriated Xiangling, her angry response to which was to take over in the kitchen. It was time for her to build upon the foundation her father gave her and make some changes.
"I'm gonna make super-delicious dishes out of any ingredient!"
→ Character Story 3
Xiangling's liveliness was disastrous for the hilichurls of Jueyun Karst. They one day awoke to find their fighting clubs gone.
Of course, the flora in Dihua Marsh did not fare any better. After all the work she put in, she finally created some new recipes, such as Hilichurl Club BBQ Fish and Horsetail Sticky Rice and Meat...
She'd never create anything new if she just stuck to the recipes of her predecessors. One must break with common conception if they are to carve their own path.
When Xiangling finally created her crowning achievement, the Chef's Special Cold-Dressed Fowl, her father paid the price, needing to resort to simple white congee for two days following.
"Mint and Qingxin Flower seem to induce diarrhea..."
She learned a valuable experience to add to her journal.
Strange. She ate her own dishes, but nothing ever happened to her. Xiangling did feel guilty though.
Maybe it was because she was young and healthy, or had somehow built up a resistance to certain toxins... One may never know.
→ Character Story 4
Whenever a customer asks what exactly was the perplexing creature that follows Xiangling around is, she tells them the story:
There was a sudden downpour one day when Xiangling was on her way to fetch some Violetgrass. Halfway there, she was already tired and hungry. She stumbled into a cave, and came across a strange shrine. So she sat down by the shrine, and took out two pieces of spicy cornbread.
She gobbled down one, but left the other on the shrine, intending to eat a little later, but then promptly fell asleep. When she woke up, the other spicy cornbread was gone and a mysterious creature was sitting in front of her, staring.
"Was it good?"
"More?" She took out some jerky from her backpack.
The mysterious creature nodded once again.
This was how Xiangling made a new friend. It seemed to be drawn to Xiangling's cooking, as the creature started following Xiangling around wherever she went.
Xiangling named it "Guoba," after her favorite childhood snack.
→ Character Story 5
After sampling every dish there was in Liyue, Xiangling's culinary skills drastically improved. Her specialty spicy dishes earned the praise of even her father, a veteran chef with over two decades of experience.
She created her unique and complex flavor profile through a generous helping of chili peppers mixed with fruits and herbs for increased aroma. She also created what became the signature dish of Wanmin Restaurant: Black-Back Perch Stew, which combines the richness, color and strong flavors of Li cuisine with the fresh aromas and nutritional content of Yue cuisine.
Some have tried to copy her recipes, but try as they might they can never quite reproduce the way her cooking tastes.
"Braise fresh Violetgrass overnight. Dry, then grind to a fine powder. Sprinkle into any dish for an aromatic boost."
This is one of Xiangling's secret recipes, arrived at through a painstaking process of trial and error.
In Xiangling's case, that means countless bouts of diarrhea, countless bruised knees bashed on rocky cliffs, and countless wasted pots filled with food that didn't quite turn out as expected.
→ Xiangling's Map
This map of Teyvat is lined with dense notations in various colors, and if you read closely, you can find the places where Xiangling has been, and where she intends to go in future.
"The shellfish of the shallows around Guyun Stone Forest are unmatched in their freshness. They say that 'here be sea monsters'?"
"Sea monster meat tastes great. Should look for Beidou to go fight another one. Will steaming them with eggs make them taste better?"
"There's a dragon in Mondstadt? Great! I just need three days of provisions to get there."
"Valberries are sweet. Lots here. I'll bring a basket. Take some back. See if they'll grow."
"This Mondstadt restaurant's Sautéed Matsutake is way too luxurious! They should just sell the matsutake. Ooh, what if I fry some with Jueyun Chili? Sounds good already. Might as well borrow a kitchen tomorrow and give it a go."
"Haven't found the dragon yet. Am I in the right place?"
"You can make something super delicious out of any kind of ingredient."
Xiangling earned the approval of a Vision by shouldering this ideal in a wholehearted and unreserved manner. Even when she would make dishes that could be called "horrifying," her desire to keep trying to match ingredients would never waver.
"Ugh... Qingxin Fried Lizard is actually kinda bad. I think lizards should just be stone-grilled in the future."
"Slime fried rice is also rather ordinary. Maybe we'll try putting mushrooms in a slime jus next time."
Though her friends fell around her during the epic battles with the taste of her dishes and advised her to turn back, Xiangling never stopped thinking about how to turn these "special" ingredients into delicious food.
In Xiangling's innocent and persistent heart, as long as they were not poisonous, there were no good or bad ingredients.
Her Vision, after all, proves that even the gods approve of such thinking.
HOW TO OBTAIN: Reach Friendship Level 10 with Xiangling
Description: Try saying this three times fast: "Guoba sears sea snails by Liyue's sea shore."
“Trulla” meaning “Ladle” in Latin
8. Quests and Events
→ Archon Quests
→ Story Quests
- Trulla Chapter (Xiangling's story)
- Act I: Mondstadt Gastronomy Trip
- (All parts)
- Moonlight Merriment
- One for the Foodies, Two for the Show
- Three to Get Ready, and Here We Go
9. Character Interactions
Xiangling mentions the following characters in his/her voiceover lines
Xiangling is mentioned by the following characters in their voiceover lines
-The person whom Xiangling frequently refers to as her “master” in her voiceover dialogue is not her father chef Mao, but rather Madame Ping
-Xiangling is the only character so far to have their character quest take place outside of their home region
11. Explainer Video
What is Xiangling’s best role?
Xiangling is one of, if not THE best damage centric support in the game. Her Elemental Burst in tandem with her Elemental Skill makes her unparalleled in Pyro application, with the former having extremely potent damage ratios and gets progressively even stronger with more constellations. This is on top of her minor ATK damage buffs on top of potentially being one half of a 2 Pyro team composition which boosts attack even further..
What artifacts are best for Xiangling?
There are two standout options in this regard. 4PC Crimson Witch of Flames (15% Pyro DMG, 40$ Overload/Burning DMG, 15% Melt/Vaporize DMG, Elemental Skill usage boosts 2PC effect by 50% stacking 3 times) requires some micromanaging to make sure the buff constantly stays up but is definitely her strongest pure damage option. If you wanna focus solely on the maximization of her burst and it’s uptime, consider 4PC Emblem of Severed Fate (20% Energy Recharge, Elemental Burst DMG increased by 25% of Energy Recharge up to 75%).
What are good weapons for Xiangling?
Xiangling is very flexible in that she can use multiple weapons very well assuming they are tailored well with whatever artifacts she is using at the time (I.E having a golden ratio of 1:2 Crit Rate/DMG, good amount of Energy Recharge/ATK/Elemental Mastery etc.) Dragon’s Bane stands out as an excellent cheaper option especially at high refines, as she will almost always be able to maximize the passive in a reaction based comp. The Catch is another great option that pairs well with the Emblem of Severed Fate set and less reaction dependant, and is always attainable via fishing
13. Final Thoughts
Xiangling is an excellent all around character who ticks just about all the boxes in things you’d want from a character in Genshin Impact. Not only is she one of the outright strongest damage dealers in the game with great support capabilities, she is also one of the most accessible, being available to everyone baseline without having to rely on wish RNG and having multiple viable pathways in terms of artifact gearing. It’s easy to bring her on board to just about any team composition and watch her effortlessly cook the competition.