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Genshin Impact 2.3: Release date, Gorou and Itto debut, new banner mechanic, weapons, artifacts, and more

Genshin’s 2.3 update will introduce a couple of long-awaited characters into the game, along with big gameplay changes.
As we are getting closer to the release of Genshin Impact’s 2.2 update, featuring the debut of Thoma and the addition of Tsurumi Island within the Inazuma region, details have begun to emerge around the next and last update for 2021.

While there are just a few details around 2.3 update for now, mostly due to miHoYo’s “Leakers Hunt Decree”, there are some big reveals that have come to light with the introduction of two long-awaited characters, together with a rumoured banner mechanic that could change everything.

Genshin Impact 2.3: Gorou and Itto debut

Confirmed by miHoYo on 11th October, the “Canine Warrior” Gorou and “Hanamizaka Heroics” Arataki Itto are set to arrive as part of Inazuma’s playable roster with the 2.3 update.

Most players were already aware of Gorou's arrival due to his involvement in Inazuma’s Archon Quests, being part of the Sangonomiya’s Resistance as the General of the Watatsumi Army, striving to ensure the inhabitants of this island live in safety and peace.

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First look at Gorou, the "Canine Warrior". (Picture: miHoYo)

Also, as we got to know from miHoYo’s reveal and in-game lore, he has a great friendship with Kaedehara Kazuha, who describes him as “a virtuous general”.

Gorou will be a 4-star Geo character with a bow as his main weapon, while he is rumoured to be released alongside Itto during the second banner of the 2.3 update.

As for Arataki Itto, he is known for being the “First and Greatest Head of the Arataki Gang”, a heroic group of adventurers rising from the Hanamizaka area, one of the three main sections of Inazuma City.

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First look at Arataki Itto. (Picture: miHoYo)

According to Kuki Shinobu, deputy of the Arataki Gang, Itto’s abilities make him fast as the wind and mighty as thunder, all thanks to the Oni blood running through his veins, as we can notice by the horns over his head and his body full of symbols.

He will be this update’s 5-star character, also having a big affinity to the Geo element and uses a Claymore as his main weapon.

In addition, Arataki Itto is said to be receiving a Story Quest whereas Beidou and Gorou each will receive a Hangout Event.

Genshin Impact 2.3: Weapons and artifacts

So far, one of the main weapons said to arrive in this update is a new Claymore known as “Redhorn Stonethresher”, the signature weapon for Arataki Itto, together with a 4-star Sword available as a reward for the update's featured event.

Redhorn Stonethresher

The "Redhorn Stonethresher" Claymore will have a base ATK of 46 and CRIT DMG of 14.4, while its ascension materials needed to evolve it will be Narukami's Valor, Concealed Talon, and Famed Handguard.

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First look at the Redhorn Stonethresher Claymore. (Picture: GenshinDB / miHoYo)

This Claymore will increase DEF by 20-40%, and Normal and Charged Attack DMG will be increased by 28-56%.

Cinnabar Spindle

This 4-star Sword will be released as the main reward from the "Dust and Shadowed Snow" event. It features a base ATK of 41 and 15 DEF. Its ascension materials will be the Scattered Piece of Decarabian's Dream, Chaos Core and Ominous Mask.

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First look at the Cinnabar Spindle Sword. (Picture: GenshinDB / miHoYo)

Its Special Ability increases Elemental Skill DMG by 40-80% of DEF. This effect is cleared 0.1s after the Elemental Skill deals DMG and will then enter a 1.5s CD.

Aside from these powerful weapons, there are some new artifacts slated to be released during this update:

Divine Chorus

This artifact set will be focused on powering up Sangonomiya Kokomi's healing abilities.

Genshin Impact Divine Chorus artifact set
First look at Divine Chorus artifact set. (Picture: Genshin Intel / miHoYo)

With two pieces, it will increase all healings by 15%, while with four, all healing effects will generate a Healing Bubble (HB), up to once per 3.5 seconds.

These HBs will accumulate Stacked Healing (SH) as characters get healed and burst after three seconds, healing all nearby characters (50% of SH) and damaging nearby enemies (90% of SH).

Husk of Opulent Dreams

This artifact set will be the essential one to max Arataki Itto's abilities

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First look at Husk of Opulent Dreams artifact set. (Picture: Genshin Intel / miHoYo)

With two pieces, it will increase DEF by 30%, while with four, the on-field character's Geo damage will grant +6% DEF and +6% Geo damage, up to one stack every 0.3 seconds, for a maximum of four stacks.

When off-field, one stack is gained per three seconds. When new stacks are not gained, the buff loses one stack every six seconds.

Genshin Impact 2.3: New events at Dragonspine Mountain

As we approach the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere, a new series of events known as "Dust and Shadowed Snow" will also be featured around Dragonspine Mountain, bringing with them the re-run of Albedo's limited banner after his first release during the 1.2 update.

Combat Training

In this event, you will have to fight against mob camps. To kick off these combat sessions, you must interact will a special kind of Lures you will find in these camps.

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Combat Training gameplay. (Picture: Honey Hunter / miHoYo)

Lures will start in a state of "Source Cold," and will emanate cold air that increases the rate at which Sheer Cold will accumulate on your characters. It will also give nearby opponents a Cryo Buff at fixed intervals, increasing their offensive power and survivability. You will be able to change the Lure's state by activating certain mechanisms nearby using  Scarlet Quartz in a specific order, to change the Lure's state to "Heat Source" and cancel the accumulation of Sheer Cold.

When Lures switch to Hear Source mode, characters will restore a certain amount of Energy at fixed intervals, and deal DMG to opponents while carrying Scarlet Quartz will unleash all the Quartz's energy in one go.

Agility Training

This training will help you perfect your parkour skills. Once you start the training after activating a special mechanism, you must follow the guides to proceed down the race track.

Genshin Impact 2.3 Agility Training
Agility Training gameplay. (Picture: Honey Hunter / miHoYo)

Blessings will sometimes appear while you race.
Galespring Blessings will enhance your character's jumping power, while Ironskin Blessings will allow your character to shatter the ice pillars around them.

The amount of points you score for the special training is based on the amount of time consumed and the number of Insignias of Adventure and Insignias of Conquest you obtained during the training.

Some Insignias of Adventure will be hidden in some part of the race track. Pay close attention to where they are and collect them. As for Insignias of Conquest, they will only appear at certain times. Get the timing down and grab them.

Tracker Training

For this event, you must find and melt all the Ice Crystal Piles within the training area to complete this session.
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Tracker Training gameplay. (Picture: Honey Hunter / miHoYo)

Melting certain Ice Crystal Piles will allow you to find Snowman Components. You will obtain at least one of every Component type if you complete all the Tracker Training sessions.

BOSS Challenge

Here, you will find in some points around Dragonspine a strange substance called "Arcane Essence", hidden inside a floating artifact called BOSS.

Genshin Impact 2.3 BOSS Challenge
BOSS Challenge gameplay. (Picture: Honey Hunter / miHoYo)
After the BOSS summons "Arcane Fruits," the character can attack the Arcane Fruits, and after destroying them, the Arcane Fruits will be ejected back to the BOSS, causing a shock to it and it will release the Arcane Essence.
When you pick up Arcane Essence, you can stop the BOSS from regenerating its shield. However, after picking up Arcane Essence, characters on the field will lose HP continuously for a period of time.

After picking up all of the Arcane Essence, the size of the BOSS will become smaller. It is also easier to be defeated.

Born of the Snow

During the 2.3, you will be able to obtain various Snowman Components that can be used to make Puffy Snowmen in the encampment. You can also send these components to your friends, or receive such components from them, through the event page.

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Born of the Snow gameplay. (Picture: Honey Hunter / miHoYo)
The types of Snowman Component include Snowman Heads, Snowman Hands, Snowman Hats, Snowman Eyes, Snowman Noses, and Snowman Scarves. You must set a Snowman Head first, followed by a Snowman Hat, Snowman Eyes, Snowman Nose, and Snowman Scarf.
By completing several Puffy Snowmen, you will obtain corresponding rewards. When the event ends, you can even bring Snowman Torsos and Swowman Components that you have obtained into your Serenitea Pot and continue to make Puffy Snowmen there.

Genshin Impact 2.3: Featured quests and challenges

There are also some other challenges waiting for you in this new update, featuring powerful enemies and tons of rewards.

Golden Wolflord

The 2.3 update will see the arrival a new World Boss, the king of the Riftwolves. The Golden Wolflord's attacks can apply stacks of the "Corrosion" status, which will cause all characters in the party to continuously lose HP.

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First look at Arataki Itto. (Picture: Honey Hunter / miHoYo)

In combat, the Wolflord will summon Rifthound Alphas to provide it with shields. You must attack the Rifhound Alphas with Geo DMG to destroy the Golden Wolflord's shields.

Misty Dungeon: Realm of Light

In the trials of "Misty Dungeon: Realm of Light," you must activate all the Ancient Runes within the time limit to gain access to the Final Challenge.

Genshin Impact 2.3 Misty Dungeon Realm of Light
Misty Dungeon: Realm of Light gameplay. (Picture: Honey Hunter / miHoYo)
Ancient Runes are the key to unlocking the Final Challenge. Each trial contains three deactivated Ancient Runes. Interact with these runes to start their respective challenges. Complete the challenges to direct the power of the Ancient Runes to the ruin control array linked to the entrance of the Final Challenge. Once the control array is fully powered up by all the ancient runes, you can use it to begin the Final Challenge.
There will be automated weapons systems within "Misty Dungeon: Realm of Light" that will detect and attack any intruders. Use the appropriate reactions to temporarily disable these devices.
You can choose from various challenges and Benediction mechanics within the trials: the Rejuvenation challenge will revive all characters in your party and restore their HP, and the Plunder challenge strengthens Ley Line Disorder effects.

Places of Interest

According to the intelligence you have uncovered, a special Mutation Stone exists at the many Places of Interest where Irminsul Fruit Fragments were once hidden.

Genshin Impact 2.3 Places of Interest
(Picture: Honey Hunter / miHoYo)
Mutation Stones can grant massive bonuses to opponents, greatly increasing their ATK, RES, and resistance to interruption.
You will have to go to the various Places of Interest and clear out the threats there to open treasure chests and obtain rewards.
Place of Interest: Hiding Spot
Get near the activation point to start the Place of Interest: Hiding Spot challenge. If you leave the challenge before completing it, your challenge progress will be saved.
Genshin Impact 2.3 Hiding Spot
(Picture: Honey Hunter / miHoYo)
When you enter a Hiding Spot with the Ubiquity Net equipped, use it to replace your Elemental Skill with the capture ability. Hold this skill to aim.
Hit the marked small animals in the Hiding Spot with this skill to whisk them away. Small animals awaiting rescue will be scattered in different locations within the Hiding Spot. It is recommended that you observe and confirm their positions first before acting.
Place of Interest: Den of Thieves
Small animals are imprisoned within a Place of Interest: Den of Thieves. You must defeat the surrounding opponents first before opening the cages and coming to their rescue.
Genshin Impact 2.3 Den of Thieves
(Picture: Honey Hunter / miHoYo)
Time Trial Game
After you place the "Leisure Device: Rhythmic Sprinter" Furnishing Set, you may interact with the Activation Panel to begin the time trial game mode. Interacting with it will also allow you to view the game records, the nicknames of participating Travelers and when they posted their timings. The Activation Panel only records data on the winner of any given time trial.
Genshin Impact 2.3 Time Trial Game
(Picture: Honey Hunter / miHoYo)
When the game begins, the Destination Ring will be clearly displayed up top. When the first player reaches this ring, they win the game and both the timer and the game will stop. The host can also interrupt the game midway. Once the game has begun, players who enter the world partway through will not be able to take part.

Genshin Impact 2.3: New banner mechanic

Since its release, Genshin Impact has only featured three main banners available at all times: the limited-time banners (new characters and re-runs), the Epitome Invocation banners (new weapons), and the Wanderlust Invocation banners (standard banner with random characters and weapons).

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The Epitomized Path mechanic introduced a faster way to get powerful 5-star weapons. (Picture: miHoYo)

However, with each of the game’s updates, there have been some interesting changes to Genshin’s gacha mechanics, helping players to get the most they can with their Primogems, as with the addition of the Epitomized Path.

With that said, according to reports from Dualshockers, Genshin’s 2.3 update is set to introduce another big change to the Wish section with the introduction of a fourth main banner, that will mix up both weapons and characters like the Wanderlust Invocation.

The main difference will come with its character pool, as it will be composed only of characters who already had a re-run. For example, as both Tartaglia and Hu Tao will get a re-run banner with the start of the 2.2 update, players will have the chance to get them in this new banner.

Genshin Impact 2.2: All new characters, weapons, enemies, events and more
With Thoma’s arrival to Genshin Impact, two additional characters will receive reruns during the Event Wish Preview banners. (Picture: miHoYo)

This new kind of banner will also feature a mechanic similar to the Epitomized Path found in the weapons banner, making it way easier to get a character you are looking for.

Although it’s not entirely clear, it’s also possible this new banner will work with a new type of currency, apart from the two types of wishes that we know, so only time will tell.

Genshin Impact 2.3: Release date and time

While the 2.3 update may not be live as of yet, a number of reliable sources have pointed us in the direction of a possible date. As the 2.2 update arrived on 13th October 2021, we should anticipate its release on 24th November.

Similarly, miHoYo have yet to announce the date and time for the next Special Program live stream. It will be likely, by then, we would receive official confirmation for an exact date and time for the 2.3 update.

And that’s all we got to share with you as of now about Genshin’s 2.3 update. More information will be added here as the first previews start to be released in the next few days, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, don't forget to check our dedicated Genshin Impact section, where you can find all the news, guides, and previews you desire, as well as our Genshin Impact Twitter account.

Featured image courtesy of miHoYo.