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    Genshin Impact 1.3: Xiao Come Home

    On January 22, 2021, the official Genshin Impact YouTube channel premiered a Version 1.3 Special Program, featuring all the updates players will experience on February 3rd. This presentation was packed full of content, and I’m going to break it all down for your convenience!

    The program starts off with our favorite idol, Barbara. She interacts with the viewer and shows first-hand the power of an idol’s healing magic.

    Following the clip is an entire 40 minutes dedicated to breaking down what will happen in Version 1.3, titled “All That Glitters.” Here are some of the highlights:

    1. February Character Banners

    It’s no secret that Xiao will be the new playable character on February 3rd. He’s been all the talk ever since the 1.2 update. However, his new character trailer makes his character banner all the more exciting (video above).

    Photo by Game Rant

    Xiao will be the first anemo polearm user we’ll see in the game. His charged attack is an upward thrust and his main feature will be his downward plunges. No matter how high the player jumps from, Xiao won’t take any damage from a downward plunge.

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    Photo by Mihoyo

    For his elemental skill, Xiao will lunge forward and deal anemo damage to any enemy in his path. He can also perform his elemental skill in mid-air. For his elemental burst, Xiao takes on the form of the Vigilant Yaksha with his mask. His jumping ability and attack AoE increase immensely, but there is a cost. While using the burst, Xiao’s HP will start to drain. Make sure to pair him up with a good healer!

    Photo by TheGamer

    There haven’t been any hints as to who the three additional four-star characters will be on his banner. Some people are saying Barbara since her idol video was included at the beginning of the 1.3 program and players need a healer to pair up with Xiao. Personally, I hope Barbara is added so I can try to upgrade her to Constellation 6.

    Photo by Mihoyo

    The second character banner will release on February 17 and the featured five-star character will be Keqing! She is an electro sword user who can teleport! Definitely add her to your team if you’re in need of an electro and/or sword character.

    2. Lantern Rite

    The main event for this update is the Lantern Rite in Liyue Harbor! If you’re Adventure Rank 23 or above, you’ll be able to play Xiao’s very-own story quest at the start of the event. However, players will need to be Adventure Rank 32 to unlock the story quest after the event is over.

    Photo by Mihoyo

    Next up is Lantern Rite Tales, where players will need to complete various requests in order to raise the Lantern Rite’s festive fever! Once the festive fever reaches certain points, new stages will be unlocked and new goodies will be available in the Xiao Market (which has no connection to the character Xiao whatsoever). Xiao Market will feature a variety of character ascension materials, hero’s wits, and mora for players to buy!

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    Photo by Mihoyo

    Next is Theater Mechanicus, which is a Plants vs. Zombies-esque game. Players will deploy Veneficus Mechanicus on the field to defeat monsters and protect the Leyline Monolith. There will be different ways to either improve or expand your Veneficus Mechanicus depending on how far you progress in the event. You’ll also be rewarded with peace talismans, which you can use to buy items in the Xiao Market.

    Photo by Mihoyo

    3. Five Flushes of Fortune

    Five Flushes of Fortune will feature the Kurious Kamera from Ji Tong in Liyue Harbor. Each day, Ji Tong will give players a photo subject to photograph. Once the photo is taken, players will receive a random photograph as a reward. There will be 10 chances per day to take these photographs and receive the random rewards!

    Photo by Mihoyo

    If you collect a set of five different colors, you will receive a Fortune Trove from Ji Tong. These Fortune Troves will give players Primogems, as well as other random rewards. There will also be a trade mechanic to make collecting a set much easier! Players will be able to trade the random photographs with their friends, so make sure to keep your doubles!

    4. New Boss

    The new boss will be the adult Geovishap. The Geoshivap Hatchlings were already a pain to fight, so I just know the adult-version of it is going to be A LOT tougher.

    Geovishap Hatchling, Photo by Genshin Impact Wiki

    The Adventurer’s Guild has been receiving reports about the Geovishaps and Katheryne of Liyue Harbor will commission the player to investigate these reports. However, these commissions will be run differently from what we’re used to.

    Each day, Katheryne will post eight different expedition commissions for players to do. Players will be able to complete up to four, and each expedition wields rewards like mora, Primogems, and more! As players progress, they will unlock On the Hunt challenges, where they’ll have to confront these Geovishaps in person.

    Photo by Mihoyo

    If you’re playing on either getting Xiao or maining him, there have been rumors that the drops from the Geovishaps will be what Xiao uses to ascend.

    5. Freebies

    Players will be able to receive up to 10 intertwined fates during the log-in period for this update. Additionally, players will be able to receive one of Liyue’s playable four-star characters for FREE! Here’s who you can pick from:

    • Ningguang
    • Beidou
    • Xiangling
    • Xingqiu
    • Chongyun
    • Xinyan

    Players will also be able to receive up to 1600 Primogems (or…another 10 pull on the character banner) by participating in the various events!

    Photo by Mihoyo

    There are many other updates, such as an expanded archive to include living beings and the Leyline Overflow. Version 1.3 is going to be PACKED! I can’t wait!

    Do you play Genshin Impact? If so, what do you think about the new update?

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