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Genshin Impact - Version 1.6 Release Date and Patch Notes
This guide has the latest news on the Version 1.6 update of Genshin Impact. Learn the update's release date, upcoming Genshin Impact content, version patch notes, and all other information on Update 1.6 in this summary!

Update 1.6 Release Date

1.6 Release Date

Genshin Impact Version 1.6
Release Date June 9, 2021

When is the release of Genshin Impact 1.6?

Genshin Impact Update 1.6 will be released on June 9, 2021, along with a new character, new quests, a new limited-time area, and more! The Server Maintenance update will start at 5:00 PM (UTC-5) and is estimated to last up to 5 hours.

Server Maintenance Update

Update 1.6 Summary

Update 1.6 Summary

New and Featured Characters
New and Featured Weapons
Features and Improvements

Update 1.6 Character and Banners

Version 1.6 Character Banners

Banner Rate-Up Characters
Genshin - Klee Sparkling Steps RerunSparkling Steps
Klee Image Barbara Image Fischl Image Sucrose Image
Genshin - Kazuha Banner - Leaves in the WindLeaves in the Wind
Kazuha Image Bennett Image Razor Image Rosaria Image

1.6 Banner Rerun

Banner Date 1.6 Release - June 29, 2021

Klee Banner Rerun

Klee will be making a comeback in Version 1.6! Sparkling Steps will be the first banner of Version 1.6, and should be released along with the version update.

The featured 4-Star characters in the Sparkling Steps rerun is Barbara, Sucrose, and Fischl.
Klee Banner and Gacha Rates

1.6 New Character

Kazuha Kaedehara

Genshin - Kazuha Banner - Leaves in the Wind
Banner Date June 29, 2021 - July 20, 2021

An all-new 5-star character will make his debut in Version 1.6: Kazuha! He carries an Anemo Vision and has a Sword as his weapon. Kazuha's event banner will come in the second half of Version 1.6, presumably after Klee's banner rerun.
Kazuha Details and Release Date

Epitome Invocation Banner

Genshin - Epitome Invocation Banner 1.6
Banner Date 1.6 Release - June 29, 2021

The first Epitome Invocation Banner of Version 1.6 will feature 2 5-Star Weapons, and 5 4-Star Weapons.

Featured 5-Star Weapons

List of 5-Star Rate-Ups
Skyward Pride ImageSkyward Pride Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds ImageLost Prayer to the Sacred Winds

Featured 4-Star Weapons

List of 4-Star Rate-Ups
LionLion's Roar The Bell ImageThe Bell Favonius Lance ImageFavonius Lance
The Widsith ImageThe Widsith Mitternachts Waltz ImageMitternachts Waltz

Update 1.6 Weapons and Artifacts

1.6 New Weapons

List of New 1.6 Weapons
Freedom-Sworn Image Freedom-Sworn Dodoco Tales Image Dodoco Tales Mitternachts Waltz Image Mitternachts Waltz

Version 1.6 will introduce a new 5-Star Sword, a 4-Star Catalyst, and a 4-Star Bow. The Freedom-Sworn sword and Mitternachts Waltz bow are rate-ups in Epitome Invocation banners, while the Dodoco Tales catalyst is a confirmed reward from the Midsummer Island Adventure Event.
List of All Weapons

No 1.6 Artifacts

No Artifact sets or Artifact Domains were mentioned in the 1.6 Livestream, so we may not be seeing new Artifacts this coming version.

List of Artifact Builds and Bonuses

Update 1.6 Maps and Bosses

1.6 New Areas

Dodo Land Islands

Dodo Land Area Previews
Island Puzzles Island Treasures
Island Scenery Island Scenery

Dodo Land will have new puzzles, treasures, world quests, and more to discover. You can explore the islands and open waters on a Waverider, and unlock teleport waypoints along the way for easy travel.

Dodo Land is a limited-time area that will only be available during the Midsummer Island Adventure event, and will be inaccessible after Version 1.6.
Dodo Land Location Guide

Will Inazuma be released in Version 1.6?

No, Inazuma will not be released in Version 1.6. Only more concept art of Inazuma was revealed in the 1.6 livestream, so it looks like Inazuma might be a few version updates away.
Inazuma Map Release Date

1.6 New Boss

Maguu Kenki

Genshin - Maguu Kenki Clone Slash
The Maguu Kenki, a new Samurai-type Boss, will be coming to 1.6! It will be featured as a Midsummer Island Adventure challenge and as a boss in the Legend of the Vagabond sword event.
Maguu Kenki Boss Guide

Update 1.6 Quests

1.6 New Archon Quest

Genshin - New Archon Quest

Autumn Winds, Scarlet Leaves Archon Quests

The main Genshin Impact storyline will continue in Chapter 2: Prologue. Kazuha is featured on the banner due to his place of origin, the Inazuma Region. This suggests that Inuzama may come in the Archon Quest after this!
Chapter 2: Prologue Walkthrough

Update 1.6 Events

Midsummer Island Adventure Event

Event Period 1.6 Release - June 28, 2021

The Midsummer Island Adventure takes place in whole new area: Dodo Land! This event is similar to the Windblume Festival as it has multiple mini games for players to challenge.

Midsummer Island Adventure Challenges

Main Cannons, Make Ready... Fire!

Whirlpool off to Starboard... Full Speed Ahead!

Samurai Sighted... To Arms!

Harpastum Bombs Loaded... Blow 'Em Away!

Midsummer Island Adventure Guide

Echoing Tales Event

Collect Echoing Conches to receive precious rewards, including a new character skin feature: Barbara's new outfit, Summertime Sparkle!
Echoing Tales Event Guide

KaboomBall Kombat Event

A Dodo Fortress will shoot different types of KaboomBalls at you, which you can return with a Dodo Guard to damage the tower. Defeat as many Dodo Fortresses as you can to get the highest possible score!
Kaboomball Kombat Event Guide

Never-Ending Battle Event

Explore Dodo Land for different Never-Ending Battle challenges, and defeat enemies at your preferred difficulty level! There will be challenge buffs and powerful Berserker enemies as well to spice things up!
Never-Ending Battle Event Guide

Legend of the Vagabond Sword Event

Legend of the Vagabond Sword is domain event similar to Hypostatic Symphony, with challenge quirks and difficulty multipliers. During the event, you will challenge 3 bosses: the Oceanid, a Primo Geovishap, and the all-new Maguu Kenki!
Legend of the Vagabond Sword Guide

Update 1.6 Features and Improvements

New 1.6 Features

Character Skins and Outfits

Version 1.6 will bring us a new feature: character skins! Only Jean and Barbara have been shown to have new character outfits, but we can expect that they'll add more in the future.
List of Character Outfits

New 1.6 Housing Features

Add Companions to Teapot Realms

Genshin - Place Characters in the Teapot Realm
You can now invite your favorite characters to your Serenitea Pot! The Teapot can hold up to 8 character companions at a time, and they can be placed in both indoor and outdoor areas. Characters who stay in the Serenitea Pot can be interacted with, and even gain Companionship EXP for the duration of their stay!
Teapot Character Companion Guide

Housing System Improvements

Changes and Improvements
Genshin - Primogem Bulletpoint Open second-floor rooms in the Mansion
Genshin - Primogem Bulletpoint Increased Teapot Load Limit
Genshin - Primogem Bulletpoint Improved Tubby Dialogue
Closing Tubby's second dialogue screen will lead you back to the initial choices instead of ending the conversation.

Co-Op Improvements

Changes and Improvements
Genshin - Primogem Bulletpoint Added Teammate Locator on Map
If a teammate isn't visible on the map, a marker will appear to lead you to their map location.
Genshin - Primogem Bulletpoint Allowed Crafting and Forging in Co-Op Mode
Items forged in another player's world can be claimed in your own world once completed.

Other Gameplay Improvements

Elemental Reaction Improvements

Changes and Improvements
Genshin - Primogem Bulletpoint Increased Elemental Reaction DMG
At Character lvl 60, DMG from major Elemental Reactions (such as Electro-Charged, Superconduct, Overloaded, Swirl, and Shatter) is increased.
Genshin - Primogem Bulletpoint Increased Shield Strength
Shields generated from Crystallize reactions have increased Base Absorption.

More Gameplay Improvements

Changes and Improvements
Genshin - Primogem Bulletpoint Auto-Tracks next enemy with the Handbook
Genshin - Primogem Bulletpoint Displays Ley Line Disorders and Enemy information in Domain menu
Genshin - Primogem Bulletpoint Removed Traveler from Expedition character options
Genshin - Primogem Bulletpoint 4-Star Artifacts can now be destroyed for Mora
Genshin - Primogem Bulletpoint Some indestructible Level Up Materials can now be destroyed
Genshin - Primogem Bulletpoint Optimized controller operations: amount sliders
Genshin - Primogem Bulletpoint Optimized sticker display and Fast Chat button
Genshin - Primogem Bulletpoint Optimized crosshair during aiming
Genshin - Primogem Bulletpoint Increased stack limit for some Furnishing from 999 -> 9,999
Genshin - Primogem Bulletpoint New PC Hotkeys
O = Friends List
L = Party Menu
Genshin - Primogem Bulletpoint Auto-Locks 4-Star Weapons
You can toggle it on and off in Settings > Others

Update 1.6 Patch Notes Sources

Version 1.6 News and Information

Source Contents
Genshin - Update 1.6 Livestream1.6 Livestream The 1.6 Livestream previewed upcoming version content and improvements, including: banners, equipment, areas, events, quests, and game features!
Genshin Impact - Developers Discussion - Serenitea Pot Load Optimization1.6 Dev Notes The Developers' Notes mainly discussed upcoming Serenitea Pot features, but included other gameplay improvements as well.
Genshin - Update Notice1.6 Update Notice The 1.6 Patch Notes confirms 1.6 content with a detailed summary of upcoming banners, equipment, events, and features.

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