Genshin Impact version 3.4 is right around the corner!
The upcoming update will include the debut of two new characters - Alhaitham and Yaoyao - as well as reruns of fan favourites Xiao, Hu Tao, and Yelan.
Players can also look forward to the return of the popular Lantern Rite event and more.
Version 3.4 is set to be released on 18 January and is expected to last until 26 February.
But before we break down everything in the upcoming version, here are the much-awaited livestream codes. Redeem them before they expire!
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Alhaitham and Yaoyao make their debuts
Alhaitham was a prominent figure during our mission to save Lesser Lord Kusanali from the Akademiya throughout the Sumeru Archon Quest.
While he seemed to be a shady figure when we first met him, Alhaitham proved himself to be a trustworthy comrade who carefully planned the downfall of the rotten Sages, becoming a valuable asset to the team later on with his amazing acting skills.
Who could forget his cutscene where he feigned losing his mind to swap the knowledge capsules on Azar’s table?
Alhaitham will be made available as a 5-star Dendro sword character in version 3.4, boasting a kit as a formidable main DPS!
Yaoyao has long been part of Liyue’s lore since its release, being the fellow student of Xiangling under the adeptus Madame Ping’s tutelage, and later on as assistant to Ganyu.
Titbits of information about her can be found in various Liyue character lines, attributing her as a loving and kind child, favoured upon by the Adepti. Her beloved plush, Yuegui, is an adepti treasure crafted by Cloud retainer as a gift.
After finally being shown in a short trailer during The Game Awards 2022, Yaoyao is going to be released from HoYoverse’s vault in version 3.4 as a Dendro-aligned 4-star character and polearm user. Her kit focuses on healing and support.
Xiao, Yelan, Hu Tao reruns
Along with Alhaitham’s debut will be Xiao’s third rerun. Their banners will constitute the first half of the version, while Yelan will have her first rerun alongside Hu Tao’s second rerun in the latter half of the event banner.
Xiao is a 5-star Anemo polearm DPS and the last remaining Yaksha from Liyue’s troubled past. He still acts as a vigilant protector of the land, felling monsters to keep the harbour safe. If you're pre-farming for Xiao, check out our guide for him here.
The second half of version 3.4 will then feature a double rerun banner for Hu Tao and Yelan, with their signature weapons, the Staff of Homa and Aqua Simulacra, respectively, also likely featuring in a beastly weapon banner.
Hu Tao is the 77th Wangsheng Funeral director, as well as Zhongli’s boss. She is a 5-star Pyro polearm DPS who has rocked the meta since her first release, becoming one of the top picks in the Spiral Abyss.
Meanwhile, Yelan is a mysterious figure in Liyue’s Ministry of Civil Affairs, and is a 5-star Hydro bow user. She has become the top pick for Hydro support since her release, so check out our guide for her here.
Yelan is also featured in Hu Tao's best team, largely due to the overhauled Hydro Resonance buff, so the second half of version 3.4 will be a very good banner for Hu Tao mains.
New characters, new map, new bosses, and new skins! Version 3.4 is abundant with lots of new goodies in store.
The new skins will feature for 5-star Cryo character Kamisato Ayaka, which will be available to purchase in the in-game shop, and 4-star Electro Character Lisa, which will be available for free during an event.
Ayaka’s outfit gives off both cottage-core lolita and sweet classic vibes while Lisa’s outfit will harken back to her days as an Akademiya scholar.
Ayaka’s outfit will likely be valued as a 4-star, as the preview livestream showed her using the same idle animation as her default outfit. Diluc’s 5-star skin, Red Dead of Night, notably had new idle animations when it was first teased. For this same reason, Lisa’s skin is also likely valued as 4-star.
Lisa's skin can be acquired as a reward in one of the version 3.4 events. After the version ends, it will be available for purchase in the in-game shop.
Lantern Rite and other events
With the new year comes everyone’s favourite festivity: Lantern Rite!
This year’s Lantern Rite “The Exquisite Night Chimes” will feature a musical theme, fun events, and meetings with friends both old and new.
Once you attain a certain amount of festive fever during this event, you can get to invite one out of the nine Liyue 4-stars, including Yaoyao, to join your party! You can also earn Primogems, talent materials, and more, too!
After Lantern Rite, it’s time to go back to Inazuma to participate in the "Almighty Arataki Extraordinary and Exhilarating Extreme Beetle Brawl" (that’s a very long name, Itto).
During this event, you will take up arms with your chosen beetles and duke it out with other beetle-fighting champions to earn Primogems, Hero’s Wit. Enhancement Ore, and more!
And while in Inazuma, the parrying event "Warrior’s Spirit" will also commence, Players can fight it out with no elements against certain opponents to earn rich rewards. Ayaka’s new skin will also feature in this event!
And lastly, we set off for Sumeru, where Lisa awaits. During her event “Second Blooming”, we can earn rewards and get to avail her skin “A Sobriquet Under the Shade” for free.
New Map, New World Boss
Along with the new characters, a new area in Sumeru’s Hypostyle Desert will also be released. Called the Desert of Hadramaveth, it will house the new world boss Setekh Wenut.
This desert area is bombarded with multiple sandstorms, and holds more information about King Deshret and his fallen civilisation.
Along with Jeht, the daughter of Jebrael from the “Golden Slumber” World Quest chain, the Traveler will discover stories from the ancient past, and attempt to find the Eternal Oasis — King Deshret’s memorial for the Goddess of Flowers.
Genshin Impact is currently in version 3.3, which will last until 17 January.
The active banners feature reruns for the Raiden Shogun and Kamisato Ayato. This is one of the best banners released in the game so far, and if you're torn on which one to pull for, we've got you covered.
Yan Ku is a full-time dog parent, part-time (gacha) gamer, and part-time writer.
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