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There are seven free, early game characters in Genshin Impact. Read on to know which recommended early game characters to level up, which ones have a high priority for grinding and precautions to take while training them.

Early Game Characters to Level

Pre Adventure Rank 20

Priority Character
S Noelle Image Noelle
A Lisa Image Lisa Traveler (Anemo) Image Traveler (Anemo)
B Amber Image Amber Kaeya Image Kaeya

Post - Adventure Rank 20

S Barbara Image Barbara Xiangling Image Xiangling

Ratings Explanation

S Priority: Noelle

Character Element Weapon Voice Actor (JP)
Noelle Image Noelle Geo Image Geo Claymore Image Claymore Takao Kanon (高尾奏音)

Easy To Play And Has Knock Back Attacks

Noelle has moves that can blow enemies away. This is useful for stoping enemy aggression. Her focus attack also does the same so using it in the middle of the enemy's formation allows you to easily defeat the enemies.

Can Destroy Geo Shields

focus attack noelle

Noelle can easily destroy geo element shields. Geo type enemies' defense will easily break at her huge claymore.

Noelle Stats and Rating

A Priority: Lisa

Character Element Weapon Voice Actor (JP)
Lisa Image Lisa Electro Image Electro Catalyst Image Catalyst Tanaka Rie (田中理恵)

Normal Attacks Uses Lightning Element


Mage's attacks may deal low damage initially but they have an elemental property which can cause elemental reactions. Use elemental reactions to deal massive damage to enemies!

For Lisa, we highly recommend accompanying her with Pyro or Hydro for overload and electro-charged.

Melts Hydro-Type Enemies

Hydro type enemies will shiver (or zapped) at Lisa's majestic attacks. Fighting groups of enemies that are wet will allow her attacks to hit them all and deal a lot of damage.

Lisa Stats and Rating

A Priority: Traveler

Character Element Weapon Voice Actor (JP)
Traveler (Anemo) Image Traveler (Anemo) Anemo Image Anemo Sword Image Sword Horie Shun (M), Yuki Aoi (F) (堀江瞬)

Can Change Elements

Later in the game, the Traveler can change the element he/she's attuned with. This can be done later on in the game.

Constellations Are Easy to Unlock


The Traveler's constellation materials can be obtained by playing the game. Unlike other characters who rely on dupes from wishes, the traveler can get stronger easer than the other roster.

S Priority: Barbara/Xiangling

Character Element Weapon Voice Actor (JP)
Barbara Image Barbara Hydro Image Hydro Catalyst Image Catalyst Kito Akari (鬼頭明里)
Xiangling Image Xiangling Pyro Image Pyro Polearm Image Polearm Ozawa Ari (小澤亜李)

Upon reaching Adventure Rank 20, you can obtain Barbara and Xiangling through other methods! (Barbara is obtained via mail and Xiangling through an event). They are valuable characters and leveling them is a great investment at the start.

Precautions for Leveling Up

  • Limited EXP Books
  • Initial Level Cap is Lv.20

Limited EXP Books

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EXP books to raise character levels are limited, since they can only be obtained from adventuring, exploration, and quest rewards. You will run out if you use them to raise character levels evenly, so we recommend using them sparingly.

Early Level Cap is Lv.20

Adventure Rank

The initial level cap is only up to Lv.20. Reaching an Adventure Rank of 15 or higher allows you to use Character Ascension to increase the level cap to 40. This lets you further train the high-priority characters listed here. We recommend stocking up EXP Books as much as possible.

Character Ascension | How to Ascend

Free Characters in Genshin Impact

All Free Characters

All Free Characters
Genshin - Traveler (Geo) Icon Traveler (Geo) Genshin - Traveler (Anemo) Icon Traveler (Anemo) Genshin - Amber Icon Amber Genshin - Lisa Icon Lisa
Genshin - Kaeya Icon Kaeya Genshin - Barbara Icon Barbara Genshin - Noelle Icon Noelle Genshin - Xiangling Icon Xiangling
Genshin - Traveler (Electro) Icon Traveler (Electro)

Limited-Time Free Character

Limited-Time Free Character
Aloy Image Aloy

Aloy was a collaboration character between Genshin Impact and Horizon Zero Dawn. She was available for free for PS4 and PS5 players from September 1, 2021, and on all platforms from October 13, to November 24, 2021 during Version 2.1 and 2.2!

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