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Xingqiu E Double Vaporize

By: Zeitraffer#1074
How to vaporize both of Xingqiu’s E slashes with either Gouba or Amber
Evidence: Video
There are 2 methods of doing it. You can use Xiangling’s E and time it on Gouba’s attack. The easier method is by using Amber’s ult, you only need to cast E to do it.
For one-shot (or two-shot) compilations, although I’m not sure if this team comp is better since you will lose Barbara’s E buff.

Xingqiu Rain Sword DMG Reduction is a conferrable attribute

By: elijam#7142 Added: 07/18/2021 Discussion
Finding: Xingqiu Rain Sword DMG reduction does not take the Hydro DMG bonus gained from Kazuha's A4 into account. Because it's an attribute sharing effect which scale based on a character's own attributes, therefore would not factor in to calculations of further similarly scaling attribute sharing effects.
Significance: A team consists of Kazuha and Xingqiu may have marginally less survivability than they would, because damage reduction did not count as a conferrable attribute.

XQ rain sword shattering cooldown

By: Lee Roy Leoncio#3769 Added: 09/06/2021 Discussion
Finding: The shattering of Xingqiu's rain swords on his Elemental Skill has a cooldown of 1.5 seconds before another rain sword can be shattered.
Evidence: Youtube
Significance: The 4 swords cannot shatter simultaneously, so you can have a very small window of safety after one sword is shattered.

Xingqiu’s Rain Sword Damage Reduction does Snapshot

By: wiremash#0433
Xingqiu's Rain Swords Do Snapshot
Tested with C2 Barbara and compared the received damage with and without the Hydro buff.
While Xingqiu's burst Hydro Swords are dynamic, the damage reduction from the Rain Swords is snapshot (both E and Q).
Editor’s Note:
Verified. Also, a similar instance occurs when using Streaming Essential Oil (25% Hydro DMG% increase potion), so we know it's not limited to just Barbara.

Xingqiu E Dash Cancel Animation

By: Charliex3000#9403 Added: 03/18/2021
XQ E dash cancel is faster than ult cancelling.
38 frames to dash cancel, 71 frames to ult cancel, 92 frames without a cancel to swap.
Dash to swap is faster since it takes longer without a cancel to swap.

Xingqiu actual Rain Sword ICD

By: Tsym#2586 Added: 09/22/2021 Discussion
Finding: Xingqiu Orbital ICD is 2.25 Seconds
Evidence: Imgur: Swirl goes off at 00:56, 03:11, and 05:27
Significance: Better knowledge for teambuilding and rotations.

Burst Mechanics

Xingqiu's Q Damage Calculation is Dynamic

By: IonFox#8887
XQ ult is dynamic and not a snapshot.
Evidence: Video (source : @Ashen Cenpi)
XQ ult is cast and used against an enemy to determine a baseline.
  • NingGuang holding 4 petra creates a hydro crystal and picks it up, granting the team 35% hydro damage.
  • Hydro sword damage then observed to increase.
Note: Crystal is picked up after the 2nd wave of swords so hydro res shred from C2 already accounted for.
XQ ult is dynamic and not a snapshot, buffs/value changes received after casting still affect damage. Previous interaction with dragonslayers is likely a result of the dragonslayers bug currently floating around.

Xingqiu Sword Rain "Buffering"

By: Charliex3000#9403 Added: 03/21/2021
XQ ult wave comes out if you are in an auto animation at the time the ICD ends. It does not actually buffer.
  • First set of 2: Click-> wait 500 ms -> click -> wait 600 MS -> swap
  • Second set of 2: Click -> wait 500 ms -> click -> wait 400 MS -> swap
Clears up how exactly "XQ buffers." Additionally pending some extra tests about how long the active window for an auto to proc rain swords it.

Xingqiu Hydro Aura Persistence

By: Sayline#5959 Added: 04/05/2021
Finding: After Xingqiu's burst ends, there is a period where you can still imbue a hydro aura even if the orbitals visually disappeared. Upon further investigation, XQ's orbitals don't disappear completely, rather, they degenerate into particles of hydro that still appear around XQ for a set duration of time (about 47 frames from the moment the swords blink before exploding until the last bits of hydro particles disappear).
  • Vid 1: I used XQ's burst here. Video was left to play a bit longer to show elemental aura gauge unit for "invisible" hydro aura (it is 1A).
  • Vid 2: I used XQ's skill here. Same "invisible" hydro aura is observed as with his burst.
  • GIF 1: Portion of Vid 2 where XQ orbitals break, magnified. Using this clip, I counted 47 frames for hydro particle persistence, starting from the moment the swords blink prior to shattering, and ending at the few frames when XQ imbues hydro on the ruin guard.
  • GIF 2: Slowed down version of GIF 1. Here, the hydro particles are easier to observe.
Significance: Limit testing of XQ.

Xingqiu Q's Rain Sword Damage Reduction Overrides E's

By: Charliex3000#9403 Added: 10/17/2021 Discussion
Finding: Xingqiu's Q/E damage reduction snapshots. But with Q always overriding E before swapping. After swapping, the Damage Reduction uses the more recently cast Q/E.
Evidence: Always takes Q prior to swapping: Video Video
Takes more recently cast Q: Video
Takes more recently cast E: Video Video Video
Significance: We understand more about how XQ's damage reduction works. Additionally, this means that doing Q-N1-E with Mistsplitter XQ gives better damage reduction than E-Q-N1, especially if using C6 Bennett or Chongyun.

Constellation Mechanics

C6: Hence, Call Them My Own Verses

Xingqiu C6 3rd Wave Applies Hydro Twice

By: gacha4life#2525 Added: 03/17/2021
Significance: For vape comps with C6 XQ, every 3rd sword wave basically guarantees hydro aura. For EC comps, it makes it more likely for the electro to be the trigger. Generally speaking, it gives XQ greater hydro aura potential.
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