Last year, one guy made waves by smashing his PlayStation 4 in protest at a Chinese-made game that looked strikingly similar to the hit Nintendo Switch release, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, from 2017. Fast forward to 2020, and it turns out that "Clone" is actually pretty darn good – enough to climb to # 2 on Twitch, just below League of Legends.
In terms of narrative, it's a completely different beast, and its core systems are adapted to the lifestyle of the F2P Gatcha game. So, while you have the vast world to explore, there are times when the roulette wheel character becomes a costly endeavor. However, for the first few dozen hours, Genshin Impact is an immensely generous game that you can play without losing a dime, and like every F2P in the end, it's complicated. Here's how to improve your adventures.
Genshin Impact is an action-oriented RPG with a distinctively soft anime art style. As a swordsman whose siblings were kidnapped in an otherworldly battle, go on an adventure in the regions of Teyvat to save them, while recruiting an ever-growing list of elementary characters to aid you on your journey.
But before you create your account, it is a good idea to think twice about how you plan to play the game. It's available for mobile, PC, and PS4, and while it does cross-play between all three, it only cross-save between the previous two. That means all three platforms can play together online, but you can't start on a PS4 and pick up where you left off on the phone without using something like remote play.
Shortly after leaving the beach with the fairy / mascot / potentially edible elf Paimon, you meet Amber, a member of the Knights of Favonius stationed in the nearby town of Moon City. She is a fire tuned archer designed to teach you the other side of the fight: ranged combat. Make your way to the busy city in the distance and soon you'll be on your way to unlock your first full squad.
Although you can recruit any number of new allies and exchange them for your combat team, you only need to use four allies at a time. Team building is an essential part of the experience, and while elemental reactions play a big part in combat, they aren't essential to victory thanks to their interaction to break, explode, burn, and freeze unsuspecting enemies. Stat bonuses are applied to teams that use the same item more than once, so you have something to make up for your lack of cover in a fight.
Cross the world
In order to advance the game's quests and advance leisurely, you will have to grapple with traversing the world around you. Fortunately, it's a no-brainer. Genshin Impact offers a wide world to explore, with roads leading to all the major areas and an all-too-well-known climbing system designed to encourage you off the beaten path.
If you see something, you can probably climb it – as long as you have the stamina. Houses, walls and mountainsides can be scaled freely and offer many opportunities to get lost in the lush hills. However, first follow the main quest line to Moon City. Glider Amber's gifts to the top of the city play a huge part in getting you around the world with ease.
Since the entire region is ruled by the wind god, they swear to use the air to travel. Starting off from high cliffs can clear large areas of the map in no time. Exploration is key in this game. With treasure chests hidden all over the place in puzzles and monster stores, there are plenty of reasons to take a break to follow the quest line.
Basics of Combat
The moment you step off the normal sidewalk you will have to face some enemies. Slime, hilichurls, angry plant-like things and probably more hilichurls will notice your presence and they are always ready for a fight.
For the most part, you're spending stamina on your normal attack – either tapping it for a combo or mistaking it for something stronger based on the character and type of weapon they're using. These attacks will only use your character's element if they are modified by another ability.
Each character uses a specific type of weapon. Long sword, bow, claymore, polearm or catalyst. Weapons don't have their own elementary tuning, so the type of damage they cause will depend on the carrier, making it easy to swap applicable weapons between eligible characters if your list changes.
Your character's elementary talent (assigned to your trigger button by default) can be used to inflict things like wet or burning. If the target is already affected by one, it can be combined with other elements to create reactions like melting, overcharging, and freezing. Once you've fought enough to recharge your special ability, you can use it to deal massive damage, apply long-lasting buffs, control enemies, or even heal party members. It all depends on your character's skills.
Combat is relatively easy at first, but playing around with elements can and will complicate things in short. For the most part, the enemies are not set for any element themselves – but they can take advantage of it for a while.
For example, a slime with a cryo symbol above its head can freeze you in its attacks if you are affected by Wet. However, if you hit him with a Pyro Attack, Melt will be melted and his ability will be affected by reacting to his element. Memorizing how the elements interact can help speed up fights. If it is some kind of armor shield, mastering the elements is almost mandatory.
You can switch between your four group characters on a whim, and you absolutely should. Talent cooldowns are, after all, independent of each character. Get used to exhausting one character's skill sequence, then switch to another to keep the offensive going, and finally go through your roster to keep the flow going.
Exploring the land of Teyvat
While you're out on the field, you will come across any number of monster camps, NPCs, towns, chests, and little puzzles that will continue to roll loot into your inventory like a slot machine.
To make sure you don't get lost in your path, it is important to trigger nearby shrines. You can then not only increase your stamina permanently by spending anemoculus on your travels, but also reveal a large part of the map. You can even travel to these quickly by marking them on the map.
Similarly, individual teleportation posts can be found across the country. Turn them on to create a travel network that makes exploring areas easily explored.
If you've got a knack for spotting patterns, you'll find plenty of puzzles in Teyvat – ways to conjure up the wind to get tokens, glow lanterns to reveal hidden objects, and little sprites to follow to get hidden ones Unlock chests and paths. You will have to use everything you learned to solve them, but the rewards are usually worth it.
Ley Line outcrops
Once you've gotten far enough in history, Ley Line Outcrops will appear on the map. These are unique monster camps with high ranking enemies. Ship them out and you can spend original resin to get random rewards from a pre-set list. The resin regenerates naturally over time. So, consider it a reason to log in daily for quick rewards.
You'll end up in a couple of test domains at the beginning of the story to unlock characters like Lisa, but these will be used as proper dungeons later in the game. If you're strong enough to tackle them, places like Cecilia Garden and the Zhou Formula Hidden Palace will become essential in your quest for loot and upgrade materials. You can even toggle the map to just show domains and the type of loot they offer. You must use original resin to get the rewards.
Shrine of the Deep
Curious square prisons are dotted around Moon City, with one just above the first domain you dive into. These are tempting treasure chambers that can only be unlocked with keys that match that region of the map.
You can get your first key relatively quickly through Adventure Rank rewards, the rest is occasionally put in domains. Once opened, you'll find a single chest with an assortment of high quality equipment, materials, and even a decent amount of primocrystals.
No open world role-playing game is complete without a few strangers crossing the country. Most of these characters have issues that need to be fixed, and the quest chains they sometimes lead to can have rewards that go well beyond endless roaming.
Each character levels up separately, but all characters in your party receive experience points in a battle. As with most MMORPGs, grinding tackle experiences is not the most efficient way to upgrade your roster, nor is it the only way to gain strength.
Character experience can be gained in several ways: defeating enemies, completing quests, or using consumables. It's the latter one that allows you to quickly catch new characters to the same point as your others as the adventure progresses, but it's also something you shouldn't really be dealing with at the start of the game.
It's not uncommon to find yourself blowing through enemies many levels higher than you early on. So until you hit a boss monster that you just can't beat, you should focus on exploring the world around you .
When characters reach level 20 and other notable milestones, they are limited to level and must be "leveled up" in order to level up any further. The requirements for this vary depending on the character and range from using some key materials in the field to defeating a specific enemy. If you're struggling to find certain outdoor materials, exchanging Anemo Sigils at Marjorie's store in Mondstadt can get you exactly what you need.
You can see great bursts of strength as you hone the talents you use in combat. You won't be that early in the game, however. To get to the point where talent upgrading becomes necessary, you'll need to first maximize your respective character's level and use items to level them up above the standard level cap. From this point on, additional talents and passives are automatically activated.
Constellations are traits that are unique to each character and can do anything to strengthen existing talents, improve them or add new effects.
Each constellation must be unlocked one after the other. Unlocking a constellation requires a single Stella Fortune in the name of the respective character, which can only be acquired by drawing a double character in a wish or by buying it on the Starglitter exchange. The characters offered in the shop change almost every day, so buying duplicates is a time-sensitive endeavor.
As with any good RPG, your character's equipment plays an important role in combat effectiveness. Not only will the right weapon catapult your damage numbers through brute force, but the right combination of artifacts can also give set bonuses to complement your skills or replace weaker points in your arsenal.
Both types of gear can be found in treasure chests and on defeated enemies made in the city, or even on wish trains. Weapons and artifacts can be upgraded like characters, with some even being refined for additional effects.
Enhancement refers to increasing the Lv of a weapon, which in turn increases the base attack stats. Old or inferior weapons and can be used to upgrade valuable weapons, as well as enchantment ore awarded through quests.
Rare weapons with 3 stars and higher often have additional passive abilities. The effects of these abilities can be increased, as can the overall strength of a weapon through refinement. Unlike the upgrade, where any weapon can be used to upgrade, the refinement requires the consumption of an identical weapon.
This can be done multiple times, so drawing a double weapon in one wish isn't as bad as it seems – although you may want to stick to your first double weapon in case you decide to use more than one character with a common weapon type .
Food and consumables
Another important reason for adventure in the game's expansive world is to find ingredients. Flora and fauna discovered in the field can be converted into ingredients and processed into nutritious meals on cooking areas such as ovens and campfires.
With the right ingredients, you can conjure up snacks that not only restore HP, but also give the team temporary statistical improvements such as increased critical hit rate, decreased stamina, and extra defense. It's a good idea to have a variety of dishes on hand to increase your strength in a pinch. You never know when you might come across a creature that might need a little more strength to defeat it.
One important ingredient to look out for is Philanemo Mushroom. You can find these on the sides of most houses and roofs. We don't know if you're doing homeowners a favor by removing them or just stealing their dinner.
Summon New Characters – How to Get Primogeme for Wishes
As an F2P gatcha game, dragging or “wishing” is the main way to get new characters and equipment or duplicates for upgrades.
Each turn requires 10 known or intertwined fates: the former is used for permanently available banners, the latter for banners with temporary characters. You will earn some of these through quests and other activities as you play, and a limited number of both of them as well each month in the Stardust Exchange store. The quickest way to get them is to exchange Primogems – the game's real currency.
Primogemes are given out in small quantities by post in-game on certain events, in Shrines of the Depths, or by completing Achievements. If you want to open your wallet, you can find it there too. As soon as you have enough, you can initiate a 1x or 10x wish on the corresponding banner. Five star rates are low, but if you pull more on the same banner without landing a 5 star character, your chances will increase by the time you do.
The usefulness of characters can always change in a game like this, but for the first few weeks after launch, Venti is generally considered to be the one to aim for while it's available. Not only are his attacks top notch, but you can get used to throwing yourself in the air.
Adventure Rank – How to Increase It Quickly
One of the most important aspects of the game is your adventure rank. Not only does it control your characters' upgradeability, but also other must-have features – including co-op play.
You can earn Adventure Rank experience points in small amounts by exploring the world and opening chests. So expect to reach a few levels just by following your heart. Before long, however, things will slow down as the threshold to level up increases. Let's learn how to speed things up.
By far the best way to level up your Adventure Rank is by completing quests – not just main quests given by well known characters, but also side quests started by NPCs that you can find wandering around.
When you're ready to go around not just for fun, focus on completing quests until you've unlocked the Adventurers Guild and Adventurer's Guide. By this point, you should have completed a chapter or two of the Experience tab that will allow you to move up further levels easily. The Bosses tab can also help, but they can be tricky.
Keep going until you reach Adventure Rank 12 and unlock the commission feature, which is basically a series of four randomly chosen goals that you complete every day. They are worth 1,000+ Adventure Rank experiences in total and will prove to be a great way to make quick and steady progress in small bursts every day.
Once you start climbing high enough to unlock tougher domain runs, they become the primary way to level up your Adventure Rank – as long as you have the resin you need to reap the rewards.
Playing with friends – how to unlock co-op in Genshin Impact
One of the main advantages of Genshin Impact over Breath of the Wild is the ability to explore the world with your friends. You can replace your friends with your four-person squad, but only at one point in the game.
To unlock the co-op game in Genshin Impact, all you need to do is achieve Adventure Rank 16. It will take a day or two to get solid. However, keep the tips above in mind and you will get there.
Once unlocked, the co-op game can be started using the appropriate button or by adding people to your friends list. You can then explore dungeons with friends, take on wave-based challenges, or even explore the party leader's open world with them.
There are limits to exploring another person's game, but it's not too restrictive. It is very easy not to be able to start or continue your own quests or to loot your treasure chests. The party leader can still do these things – they're only there to help and relax between instanced battles and events where you are all able to reap the rewards.
8 quick tips for your adventure
There's a lot to do with this game, but it explains everything relatively well in a not-too-long tutorial period. The prologue shows you the ropes. However, if you don't have the time to read the tips above, here are a few selected tips that you may not pick up on along the way.
- Change characters frequently in combat. Normal attacks alone prolong a fight. So, switch between characters when their attacks wear off to keep the flow going. Once you've tapped a character's burst potential, swap them out.
- In general, you'll use less stamina climbing or swimming than falling, but you can still use a stroke with the least stamina remaining to end a trip. This is good for a tough climb or when you're right on the shore and don't have the energy to complete it slowly.
- If the worst happens and you are thrown off a cliff (or you run out of stamina high up), you can break the fall by holding the Normal Attack button. Using your attack in the air negates the damage of landing and saves you from possible doom.
- Make sure to hit a nearby shrine for a quick heal if you run out of breath. Shrines have large reserves of energy that you can spend healing characters. This saves you from exhausting your food reserves.
- Explore far and wide. You can find chests just about anywhere – in warehouses, on the docks, and even on houses, ruins, and churches. You will have to use the items or solve puzzles to obtain some, but the vast majority can only be found by strolling and climbing.
- Collect ores. You will need these to make weapons later. Iron can be obtained by simply swinging on veins, but others must be hit with elemental attacks before they can be collected.
- Remember: persistent elemental attacks carry over to characters you switch into combat. For example, you can activate Noelle's shield ability Breastplate and turn it off instantly to protect the character you'd rather fight as.
- Many of the super-specific missions in the Adventurer's Guide contain locations. You don't have to search the earth for a boss. Just highlight the task and you may see the navigation prompt showing you exactly where to go.