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
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Claymore will increase DEF by 20-40%, and Normal and Charged Attack DMG will be increased by 28-56%.
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.
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:
This artifact set will be focused on powering up Sangonomiya Kokomi's healing abilities.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here, you will find in some points around Dragonspine a strange substance called "Arcane Essence", hidden inside a floating artifact called BOSS.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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