Karmic debt takes its toll in the new Genshin Impact Xiao trailer

by Ana Lopez

As we get closer to the Genshin Impact Lantern Rite, Hoyoverse has decided to give us a pleasant (but slightly painful) surprise in the form of a new Genshin Impact Xiao trailer. The beautifully animated short trailer ‘Endless Suffering’ follows our favorite dutiful yaksha as he struggles to come to terms with the pain of his past. Fortunately, he’s not alone, as we also get some nice cameos from a zombie, a pharmacist, and even Xiao’s old friend, the tone-deaf bard.

The trailer begins with Xiao slashing through his enemies, discussing the duties of a yaksha and how it is his responsibility to cleanse the world of evil. But as we know, after thousands of years of bloodshed, karma takes its toll. Haunted by painful memories and distorted reflections of herself, Xiao suddenly finds herself under the care of Genshin Impact’s Baizhu and Genshin Impact’s Qiqi, awakening just in time for the Lantern Rite celebration.

As he takes to the streets of Liyue, he continues to see twisted visions of his own face, both masked and unmasked, causing his vision to blur and a kind-hearted young girl to come to his rescue. We then catch a glimpse of the ever-cheerful (and always drunk) Genshin Impact’s Venti, who invites Xiao to join him in the festivities. However, Xiao apologizes and says he just wants to rest tonight. Venti doesn’t take it to heart though, saying ‘very nice, it’s good to take the mask off once in a while, if only for one night’.

While it may not seem like it, this trailer marks a pretty big development in Xiao’s character, as it’s very rare for him to “take off the mask,” accept help from others, and admit his need for a rest. And since he’s featured on one of the upcoming Genshin Impact banners in version 3.4, we hope this trailer hints at a new story focused on Xiao and his progress towards healing and taking care of himself. You can watch the trailer in full below.

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If you’re interested in Xiao’s struggles and the effect characters like Xiao and Collei from Genshin Impact have on people with real-world disabilities and chronic pain, be sure to check out our piece on disability representation in Genshin Impact where we discuss the topic with Collei’s voice actress , Christina Costello. Or, if you’d like to learn more about what’s happening in Teyvat, check out our Genshin Impact events and Genshin Impact update guides.

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