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Inazuma Officially Confirmed to Arrive to Genshin Impact in New Version 2.0 + All New Content

Inazuma
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On July 9, 2021, Mihoyo premiered their “New Program Special Announcement” broadcast for Genshin Impact to share all the exciting new content coming to the game. Genshin Impact officially entered Version 2.0 on July 21, and the highly anticipated region of Inazuma finally opened up to players. In addition to this entirely brand new region to explore, there’s a new Archon Quest and a slew of new content that includes brand new characters, enemies, puzzles, and more. If you haven’t played 2.0 yet, here’s our general breakdown on what to expect.

Inazuma 

Inazuma
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The most significant new addition to Genshin Impact in the Version 2.0 update is the opening of the region of Inazuma to players. The arrival of Inazuma itself brings the bulk of new content to Genshin Impact, including it as a whole new area of exploration with its own unique flora and fauna for players to collect and interact with. Based on the real environment, culture, geography, and history of Japan, Inazuma will comprise six islands and will provide an entirely different experience for players than that of the currently traversable regions of Monstadt and Liyue.

As Inazuma is the region the Electro Archon presides over, the entire geographical location will be embedded with various Electro-themed motifs, visuals and influences. There are also many different locales for players to visit, like the Komore Teahouse, The Mikage Furnace, and the Kamisato Clan Estate. Each island has its own, unique elements and represents the different factions that exist throughout Inazuma.

New Characters

Inazuma
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With the advent of Inazuma comes an eclectic cast of new characters hailing from this region. The first playable character from Inazuma, Kaedehara Kazuha, was introduced in the most recent 1.6 update. Version 2.0 sees the addition of several characters, three of which are playable. These include Kamisato Ayaka, a 5 star sword-wielder with a Cryo vision who made her first appearance in Genshin Impact’s beta, Yoimiya, a 5 star Pyro bow-user, and Sayu, a 4 star Anemo vision holder who uses a claymore.

Several other Inazuman characters made their appearance in the new trailer and broadcast, including the Raiden Shogun, who is the Electro Archon, Tohma, the chief retainer of the Kamisato Clan, Kujou Sara, the general of the Tenryo Commissions, Sangonomiya Kokomi, the leader of the Sangonomiya Resistance, Gorou, the general of the Sangonomiya troops, and Yae Miko, the Guuji of the Grand Narukami Shrine.  

It has been confirmed that the next Event Wish banners following Kaedehara Kazuha’s “Leaves in the Wind” banner would feature Kamisato Ayaka, known as “The Heron’s Court” banner, and then afterwards, Yoimiya alongside Sayu, in a banner called “Tapestry of Golden Flames”. Furthermore, Kamisato Ayaka and Yoimiya were also confirmed to be getting their own story quests in Version 2.0. More information on these upcoming playable characters is expected to be released as Kazuha’s banner comes to a close. 

New Enemies, Weapons, and Artifacts

Inazuma
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The Version 2.0 update introduced a slew of new foes to battle, weapons to wield, and artifacts to find in Inazuma. Some of the new enemies include bizarre machine beings known as Ruin Sentinels, Inazuman bandits, a new Fatui adversary known as the Mirror Maiden, a Pyro Hypostasis, and Maguu Kenki, who is currently stationed in the Golden Apple Archipelago of Version 1.6. Familiar monsters will also be making an appearance in Inazuma.

Players are expected to understand and combat the different fighting styles of these new foes. There are also new weapons that players can obtain, including the Mistsplitter’s Reflection, a sword, the Thundering Pulse, a bow, and more. New artifact domains and artifact sets “Emblem of Severed Fates” and “Shimenawa’s Reminiscence” will also become available to players in Genshin Impact’s Version 2.0

Players also received exciting news regarding an update to the Weapon Wish system in Version 2.0 known as the “Epitomized Path” mechanic. Players can chart a course to the weapon of their choosing. If players who roll on the Weapon Event Wish banner do not receive the 5 star weapon they wanted, they will obtain 1 Fate Point. Players can have a maximum of 2 Fate Points. Once 2 Fate Points have been accumulated, they are guaranteed to receive the 5 star weapon they chose through “Epitomized Path”.

When the chosen weapon in Epitome  Invocation is received via Epitomized Path, the Fate Points slate will be cleared. Players will not be able to accumulate Fate Points if they do not use Epitomized Path. They may also change or cancel the charted course towards a certain weapon, however this will also clear any current Fate Points. Finally, Fate Points will be cleared at the end of the current period of Epitome Invocation.

New Events, Mechanics, and More

Inazuma
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Genshin Impact’s Version 2.0 also grants players several new events and activities to engage in. These events include the Thunder Sojourn, through which players may obtain the Electro claymore-wielding character, Beidou, the Phantom Flow event, the Theater Mechanicus: Stage of Wonders event, the Lost Riches event, and a Ley Line Overflow event. There will also be a new gardening gameplay mechanic for the Serenitea Pot.

Players can collect the seeds from the flora and vegetation they gather from the open world and then plant and harvest them in plots within the Serenitea Pot. This makes for a great way to gather and obtain materials for various activities like character ascension and cooking. There will also be a new Mystic Offering system for the crafting bench, in which every three 5 star artifacts sacrificed may grant players a random 5 star artifact from the artifact box. 

In additional news, Genshin Impact finally has cross save features between their PlayStation, PC, and mobile versions in the Version 2.0 update.

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