A huge Genshin Impact datamine has seemingly leaked info on upcoming content, most notably in relation to version 1.1 update coming on November 11th. If you missed it read our full details on the update here. What this article is for however is to introduce all the upcoming characters coming to Genshin Impact. The game originally launched with 24 characters and two regions, but it seems that’s just the tip of the iceberg for developer miHoYo. More characters are expected to be launched and in November we can get ready to welcome four (or more) new characters.
Xiao – Anemo
| Weapon: Polearm | Role: DPS / Burst | Skill: Demon Yaksha |
Xiao was a playable character in most of the Chinese beta tests for Genshin Impact but mysteriously disappeared when the game actually released. It’s expected that he’ll turn up sometime before the v1.1 update, though, because he’s already in the game as an NPC that players meet during the main quest.
Xiao is a powerful polearm wielder. His Elemental Skill is a forward dash that inflicts heavy Anemo damage and can even be used in midair. It has two charges, too, giving you a lot of mobility in fights or while exploring. His Elemental Burst transforms him into the terrifying Yaksha, which continuously drains his HP but massively extends his attack range, damage, and jump height. It also converts all the damage he deals into Anemo damage.
|Normal Attack||Whirlwind Thrust||Normal Attack: Perform up to 6 rapid strikes.|
Charged Attack: Dive down and impact the ground, causing damage relative to the falling height. Can only be triggered in mid-air.
|Element Skill||Lemniscatic Wind Cycling||Xiao Lunges forward, dealing Anemo DMG to enemies along the path. Can be used in mid-air. Has 2 charges to begin with.|
|Elemental Burst||Bane of All Evil||Takes on the form of the yaksha that terrified both demons and archons alike millennia ago. For its duration, increases Xiao’s attack range and DMG, while converting damage type to Anemo and enhancing Xiao’s Jumping Ability. Maintaining this form continuously drains Xiao’s HP.|
|Passive Talent 1||Evil Conqueror – Tamer of Demons||Starting Bane of All Evil increases Xiao’s DMG by 5%. After this, Xiao’s DMG continues to increase by 5% every 3s until the skill ends. Max 25% increase.|
|Passive Talent 2||Dissolution Eon – Heaven Fall||When Lemniscatic Wind Cycling is used, increases all subsequent Lemniscatic Wind Cycling’s DMG by 10% for 6s. Max 3 stacks. Duration refreshes with new stacks.|
|Passive Talent 3||Transcension – Gravity Defier||Decreases all party member’s falling DMG by 20%.|
Zhongli ★★★★★ – Geo
| Weapon: Polearm | Role: Burst / Enabler | Skill: Petrify Enemies |
Players who have completed all the available story quests will already have met Zhongli, but he’s rumoured to become a playable character in the upcoming v1.1 November 23rd update. His character should finish up the rest of the Liyue regional storyline. Like most characters, Zhongli appears to only be available through wishes, and because he’s a five-star character, your odds of getting him will be extremely slim.
Zhongli’s elemental skill is extremely useful—especially if you’re hunting for ore. Pressing the Elemental Skill does Geo damage to enemies around him, but if you hold it he’ll charge it up and unleash a burst that shatters any Geo objects. like stone shields, and ore deposits. His Elemental Burst calls down a meteor that turns enemies to stone, an effect that looks pretty similar to freezing enemies solid with Cryo magic. His abilities scale with max HP and he has the passive of returning 15% of ore used to craft polearms!
[Article Update: Check out our full updated guide on Zhong Li here.]
Childe ★★★★★ – Hydro
| Weapon: Bow / Daggers | Role: Burst? | Skill: Stance Change |
Childe is another character who is already in the game as an NPC but, like Zhongli, is rumoured to become playable in the November update. You meet him shortly after you arrive in Liyue, and though he technically works for the big villains of Genshin Impact, he seems like a “chill” dude.
What makes Childe so fascinating, however, is that he’s the only character that can swap between ranged and melee attacks. He uses a bow that has your standard normal and charged attacks that deal Hydro damage. But his Elemental Skill lets him swap to daggers and a polearm for some up-close action. There’s no cooldown on this skill, either, so you can swap whenever the situation warrants it. Extremely useful when you get caught with rushing enemies.
Childe’s Elemental Burst changes based on which weapons you’re actively using. If you have the bow, it’ll fire a big Hydro-enhanced shot that debuffs enemies, and if you have his daggers out he performs a big slash. If you’re able to hit enemies with the first Elemental Burst and then follow up with the second, you’ll do even more damage. His passive increases the basic attack talent of everyone in the party by 1 level.
Xinyan ★★★★ – Pyro
| Weapon: Claymore| Role: DPS | Skill: Forcefield Shield |
Xinyan is the third character rumoured to be coming in the November update. Which makes sense considering she is also from Liyue, the main setting of the current chapter. She’s only a four-star character, so your chances of getting her from are much higher. Other than that, we don’t know much about Xinyan other than she’s a local musician and fights with her guitar.
Her normal attacks look pretty standard for most claymore users, but her Elemental Skill swings her guitar-axe-thing in a wide circle. For each enemy it hits, Xinyan gets an increasingly stronger Pyro shield. For her Elemental Burst, she plays a rockin’ guitar riff that knocks enemies back and sets the ground around her on fire.
[Article Update:Check out our full updated guide on Xinyan here.]