Genshin Impact update 1.5, Beneath the Light of Jadeite, was unveiled today, and it's packing two new characters, another weekly boss fight, a village sim that could pass for a distant cousin to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and honest-to-god Prop Hunt. Everything kicks off Wednesday, April 28.
The English reveal stream for update 1.5 has yet to air at the time of writing, but plenty of details have been shared via the teaser trailer above, MiHoYo's Japanese and Chinese social feeds, as well as developer updates on both the PlayStation Blog and the game's forums. There's a lot to work through, and we'll update this story once the English reveal is live, so buckle up.
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Let's start with the stars of every major update: new characters. First up, Eula is a five-star claymore user of the cryo element. "Her Elemental Skill, Icetide Vortex, increases her resistance to interruption and her defense while dealing Cryo damage," MiHoYo technical director Zhenzhong Yi explains on the PlayStation Blog. "Her Elemental Burst deals AoE Cryo damage to nearby enemies and creates a Lightfall Sword that follows her around for a certain duration, increasing her resistance to interruption. By dealing damage, Eula charges the Lightfall Sword until it explodes at the end of its duration, dealing AoE Physical damage."
Yanfei, meanwhile, is a four-star catalyst user of the pyro element. Her abilities generate Scarlet Seals that increase the damage and range of her charged attacks, Yi says, while also reducing her stamina cost. Like Ganyu, Yanfei is half-adepti, and her abilities sound a bit like Klee's on paper. It's good to see another four-star character so soon after Rosaria, and it's cool to see Yanfei styled after some of the strongest five-stars.
According to Chinese translations collected by Genshin Twitter sleuth Zeniet, Eula will be available through the second banner in update 1.5. The first banner will seemingly be a rerun of Zhongli, a once-controversial character who was recently buffed to high heaven. Yanfei will apparently be available on Zhongli's rerun, similar to how Rosaria was added to Tartaglia's recent rerun. Eula and Zhongli will both receive character stories, too, so we'll really get to know them this patch.
We'll likely need items from the new boss, Azhdaha the Lord of Vishaps, to strengthen Eula and Yanfei. He looks like a multi-element behemoth with ties to Zhongli and the new story quest in update 1.5, so expect an amped-up version of the Primo Geovishap world boss. Speaking of which, a Cryo Hypostasis is on the way to Dragonspine, and it will drop new materials needed for Eula. This boss shares some moves with the other Hypostasis but it's got some tricks of its own, including the sheer cold mechanic. A third boss-grade enemy, the Violet Lightning Abyss Vector, is also coming and will seemingly be in the next Spiral Abyss enemy rotation.
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