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This is a news article on the upcoming Version 1.3 update for Genshin Impact. Read on for the latest information on new features, new systems, new characters, release date, patch notes, and more!

Version 1.3 Release Date

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1.3 Update
Release Date

Genshin Impact Update 1.3 will arrive on February 3rd, 2021 along with a new character and many new features and events.

Update 1.3 Official Patch Notes

Official Update 1.3 Information

Xiao Release Date - 2/03

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The long awaited 5-star Anemo character, Xiao, is set to release along with update 1.3 on February 3rd. Be sure to save your primogems!

Availability Period 2021/02/03 - 2021/02/17
New Character
Genshin Impact - Xiao ImageXiao Rarity: ★★★★★

Weapon: Polearm
Rate-Up Characters
Diona Image Diona Xinyan Image Xinyan Beidou Image Beidou

Xiao Rating and Best Builds

Xiao Story Quest

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Xiao's Story Quest will also be availiable at the launch of 1.3 and will coincide with the new Lantern Rite Event. Similar to Albeo's Story Quest, Xiao's Story Quest will require no Story Keys during the duration of the Lantern Rite Event.
Xiao Quest Guide and Rewards

Keqing Rate-up Banner - 2/17

Dance of Lanterns
Following Xiao's release, the 5-star hero Keqing will receive their first Rate Up banner on Feburary 17th.

Availability Period 2021/02/17 - 2021/03/02
5 Star Rate-Up Characters
Genshin Impact - Keqing ImageKeqing Rarity: ★★★★★
Element:Electro.png Electro

Weapon: Sword
4 Star Rate-Up Characters
Bennett Image Bennett Ningguang Image Ningguang Barbara Image Barbara

Keqing Rating and Best Builds

Hu Tao Release Date - 3/02

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Possible Release Date March 2, 2021

The long anticipated 5-star Pyro character Hu Tao will officialy release in the Moment of Bloom Rate-up banner on March 2nd! Prepare your Primogems!

Hu Tao Story Quest

Genshin - Hu Tao Story

Availablility Period Permanent after 2021/03/02
How to Unlock Adventure Rank 40 or above
Complete Archon Quest Chapter I: Act II

Hu Tao's Story Quest, Papilio Charnotis Chapter, will also be avaliable from her release on March 3rd

New Events

1.3 Event List
Several new events are lined up for Genshin Impact update 1.3 with tons of rewards and new challenges.

Stand By Me

Stand By Me
The Stand By Me event will rewards players with a free 4 Star Character of their choice from Liyue!

Stand By Me Event Guide

Lantern Rite

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Return to Liuye for the Lantern Festival and participate in several festive challenges to receive various rewards. Be sure to check out our guide to the Lantern Rite Event to maximize your rewards!
Lantern Rite Guide and Rewards

Five Flushes of Fortune

Genshin - Five Flushes of Fortune
Hunt for photos of various enemies, wildlife and more with the new Kurious Kamera in the Five Flushes of Fortune event!
Five Flushes of Fortune Guide

Theater Mechanicus

Genshin - Theater Mechanicus Guide

Theater Mechanicus is an event that has a tower defense mechanic. The objective is to eliminate multiple waves of enemies before they reach and inflict damage to the Ley Line Monolith.

Theater Mechanicus Guide

Vishaps and Where to Find Them

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New Monsters have arrived: The Geovishap and the Primo Geovishap! Challenge these new enemies in their upcoming event, Vishaps and Where to Find Them, for numerous rewards.

Geovishap ImageGeovishap Primo Geovishap ImagePrimo Geovishap

Vishaps and Where to Find Them Guide

Ley Line Overflow

Ley Line Overflow
During the Lantern Rite, Ley Line Outcrops will overflow with extra rewards. Players will receive increased rewards when using Original Resin to redeem up to 3 times a day.

New Systems, Items, and Adjustments

Living Beings Archive

Living Beings
A new archive will be added in update 1.3 allowing players to view the character models for all enemies, and creatures encountered in Genshin Impact. Players will also be able to see various statistics such as the number of times a certain enemy has been defeated.

Character Showcase

Character Showcase
The Character Showcase is a new addition to player profiles allowing anyone to show off their roster or their favorite characters.

Character Tier List

Parametric Transformer

Parametric Transformer
The Paramentric Transformer is a new item that will convert 150 various materials in to a bunch of random materials! Players can potentially exchange tones of used materials for Character, Weapon, Talent Enhancement Materials or more!
How to Get Parametric Transformer

Character Material Conversion

Genshin - Convert Character Materials - Freely Choose Which Material to Convert

From 1.3, you will be able to convert Character Ascension Materials from one element into another, which is good news to all who have a boss they need to farm but always struggle with!

How to Convert Character Materials

Geo Element and Zhongli Adjustments


In response to the community, Zhongli's will receive an Talent adjustment in update 1.3 along with Geo Elemental Resonance and shields.

Zhongli Adjustments
• Passive Talent Dominus of Earth will add HP scaling to all of Zhongli's Attacks.
• Dominus Lapidis' Hold Skill will also summon a Stone Stele if the Max number has not been reached.
Geo Adjustments
• Geo Elemental Resonance will grant an additional 15% shield strength and decrease GEO Res of enemies by 20% when they take DMG.
• Geo Shields will have 150% Physical and Elemental DMG Absorption instead of 250% Geo DMG Absorption.

New Weapons

Epitome Invocation February

Availability Period 2021/02/03 - 2021/02/23
5 Star Rate Up Weapons
Primordial Jade Winged-Spear Image Primordial Jade Winged-Spear Primordial Jade Cutter Image Primordial Jade Cutter

Epitome Invocation March

Availability Period 2021/02/23 - 2021/03/16
5 Star Rate Up Weapons
Staff of Homa Image Staff of Homa Wolf Wolf's Gravestone
New 4 Star weapons
Lithic Spear Image Lithic Spear Lithic Blade Image Lithic Blade

Four new weapons are set for release with update 1.3! The Primordial Jade Cutter (sword) and Staff of Homa (polearm) will be two 5 star weapons along with the new 4 star weapons, Lithich Spear (polearm) and Lithic Blade (claymore).
List of Weapons

Developer Discussion - Jan 19th

Genshin - 1.3 Update Dev Notes

Another Developer Discussion was held ahead of the Genshin Impact Version 1.3 update in order to address a few upcoming features, and issues.

Link to the Official Discussion post:
Developer's Discussion - 1/19

Original Resin Updates

Genshin - Fragile Resin increase in 1.3 Update

The Developers have announced some changes to Original Resin usage in update 1.3

1.3 Events Will Consume No Resin

So long as there are no Ley Line or Domain challenges, events in update 1.3 will not require Original Resin to participate. The Develpers also stated that the vast majoirty of future events will also not require Original Resin as well.

Fragile Resin Added to Battle Pass

Sojourner's Battle Pass and Gnostic Hymn will reward 1x Fragile Resin per 10 levels starting at level 5. The amount of Mystic Enhancement Ore rewareded will be adjusted to reflect this change.

Sojourner Rewards Gnostic Hymn Rewards
Genshin - Sojourner Rewards in 1.3 Genshin - Gnostic Hymn Rewards in 1.3

Pre-installation Coming to Mobile

Genshin - Pre-Installation coming to iOS and Android in 1.3 Update

Mobile players will soon be able to pre-install version 1.3, similar to PC and Console players, which will allow them to play much sooner after the update.

Pre-installation will be available from the login menu, or in-game. Once the new version is released mobile players will just need to grab the latest installation package from the App Store or Google Play Store to apply the pre-installed patch.

Genshin Impact Pre-Install Guide

Add Multiple Enhancement Materials by Holding a Button

Genshin - Weapon Upgrading gets easier in 1.3

As a quality of life update in version 1.3, players can simply hold down a button to increase or decrease the amount of weapon materials consumed during weapon enhancement.

iOS Controller Support

Genshin Impact will support controllers on mobile devices running iOS 14 or higher in version 1.3.

Supported Controllers

Supported Controllers in ver1.3
Xbox Wireless Controller (Bluetooth Version)
Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2
PlayStation DualShock 4 Wireless Controller
iOS-specialized Bluetooth controllers (partial support)

Mechanic Updates: Oz and Xingqiu's Rainswords

Genshin - Fischl and Oz

Fischl's passive talent, Undone Be Thy Sinful Hex, will no longer be triggered by Xingqiu's Rainswords and Oz if neither Xingqiu or Fischl are the active character. The active character's attacks must be used to trigger the Electro Reactions necessary for Fischl's Passive. Summoning Oz and using Xingqiu's Rainswords to trigger Elctro reactions will no longer be viable in update 1.3

Addtionally, repositioning Oz with an Elemental Skill may cause the effects of Undone Be Thy Sinful Hex to drop. This issue should be fixed in the update.

Xingqiu and Fischl Guides

Character Guides
Genshin Impact - Fischl ImageFischl Genshin Impact - Xingqiu ImageXingqiu

1.2 Fatui Anemoboxer Vanguard Changes

Fatui Skirmisher (Anemoboxer Vanguard) ImageFatui Skirmisher (Anemoboxer Vanguard)

Though unannounced in the previous 1.2 update, Fatui Anemoboxer Vanguard's ability to counter Geo attacks has since been removed as Anemo character abilities are intended to only react with Pyro, Hydro, Cryo and Electro.

Ganyu's Passive Clarified

Genshin - Ganyu Burst

Ganyu's Passive Talent, Harmony Between Heaven and Earth, grants a Cryo DMG Bonus to characters within her Elemental Burst's AoE. This effect does not apply to Ganyu's Elemental Burst and is working as intended.

Ganyu Rating and Best Build

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