The Genshin Impact development team recently announced the Lantern Rite celebrations among other festivities for their first version update of 2023.
In the world of Teyvat, as the new year begins, players can expect to see the introduction of two new playable characters, Alhaitham and Yaoyao, as well as a variety of fun events and rich rewards.
As the citizens of Liyue prepare for the annual Lantern Rite celebrations, the Yashiro Commission and Arataki Itto are also planning something exciting and challenging. Players will be able to claim a variety of rewards for free. These include the 10 + 3 Intertwined Fates, a 4-star Liyue character, and Lisa’s new outfit. Additionally, Kamisato Ayaka’s new outfit will be available in the store at a limited-time discounted price.
Lantern Rite Festivities, Games, and Rewards
In the annual Lantern Rite celebrations, Liyue Harbor has been adorned with ribbons, lanterns, fireworks, and various festive activities are also in full swing. A special music festival will be hosted this year featuring guests from afar.
In the meantime, the locals are ready to share some traditional crafts, such as the Paper Theater Performance, which is a “must-see” among the children. The performance features the Valiant Bearded Hero “Huanguang.”
Moreover, travelers will assist behind the scenes to ensure that the series of performances run smoothly. Another event gameplay, “Radiant Sparks,” allows players to experience the feeling of soaring into the sky like blooming fireworks.
Lantern Rite – Inazuma
The joy also spreads to Inazuma, where two competitions await challengers. The Yashiro Commission is busy preparing for “Warrior’s Spirit.” This is a competition in which participants will duel with blades using Inazuma’s traditional skills of “Parry” and “Honed Techniques.”
Lantern Rite – Kamisato Ayaka
During the event, Kamisato Ayaka will wear a new outfit and engage in an extraordinary duel with a special guest. On the other side of the islands, Arataki Itto is also hosting a competition, but it is one that requires contestants to duel with their beetles. During the “Beetle Brawl,” you can control your Onikabuto to crush your opponents with techniques and perfect timing.
In addition to the Lantern Rite celebrations, more events and surprises are yet to come. The “Second Blooming” challenge event will give Travelers an opportunity to redeem Lisa’s new outfit for free. Meanwhile, don’t forget to check out the daily login and greeting emails to claim up to 10 + 3 Intertwined Fates.
A “Feeble” Scholar of Sumeru and an Endearing Soul of Liyue
In Genshin Impact Version 3.4, both two new playable characters Alhaitham and Yaoyao possess a Dendro Vision, but their personalities differ in many ways. Alhaitham, the current scribe of the Sumeru Akademiya, is a rational individual in pursuit of truth and wisdom. On the other hand, Yaoyao indulges herself in nature and people around her. She forms close bonds with many creatures, friends, and even the adepti of Liyue.
Serving as the Akademiya’s scribe, Alhaitham has been a trusted companion on our journey to rescue Nahida. You can find out more about Alhaitham’s current situation in his Story Quest “Vultur Volans Chapter.” Essentially, the story continues after he has taken up the role of Acting Great Sage.
Additionally, this self-proclaimed “feeble scholar” can now join your party as a five-star sword wielder. This allows you to apply his wisdom to your own journey. Alhaitham values efficiency in combat. He can create “Chisel Light Mirrors” with his Elemental attacks and other means. The Chisel Light Mirrors can convert Alhaitham’s attacks into Dendro damage, unleash coordinated attacks, and enhance the damage dealt by his Elemental Burst when more Mirrors are present. Therefore, how to manage the number and use of Chisel Light Mirrors is the key to enhancing Alhaitham’s capability in combat.
The new four-star character, Yaoyao, is a lovable child who is favored by both the adepti and locals in Liyue. She is an apprentice of Madame Ping and was given a rabbit-shaped adeptus device named Yuegui by Cloud Retainer.
In combat, Yaoyao wields a polearm and throws Yuegui to assist her in battle. She also provides healing to the team, or buffs her movement speed and Dendro Resistance.
Also, Yaoyao is very familiar with different types of creatures. Therefore, she won’t spook nearby creatures like small animals and Crystalflies when she approaches them.
Yaoyao, Alhaitham, and Xiao’s rerun will take place in the first half of Version 3.4’s Event Wishes. However, the latter half will feature Hu Tao’s and Yelan’s reruns.
Also, don’t forget to invite one of the nine 4-star characters from Liyue, including Yaoyao, to your party. You can do this for free when you accumulate a certain amount of Festive Fever.
Amidst Sandstorms and Legends
Amid dust and sandstorms, a perilous area of Sumeru, the Desert of Hadramaveth is finally unveiled. With a perpetual gigantic tornado at its center, the landscape expands and spirals out into the distance.
The closer you get to the center, the stronger and harsher sandstorms you may encounter. Essentially, this makes it harder to see through the storm. As the adventure progresses, you can also receive protection and help to withstand the raging sandstorms.
Meanwhile, dangers also lurk beneath. For example, Wenut seek chances to penetrate through the surface to launch attacks against you. The deadliest among them is the new boss, the Setekh Wenut. He a cunning predator that lures its prey using mimicry of flowers on its tail. The Setekh Wenut resurfaces at intervals.
This boss takes on various forms during battle. He leaps out of the sand like a worm firing powerful Anemo beam attacks in the form of a flower. Here’s a little tip: the Swirl Reaction can be the key to weakening the Setekh Wenut at the right time.
Gurabad and the Eternel Oasis
However, the relentless wind also brings up buried pieces from different eras. Parts of ruins and thorn-filled caverns scattered in rifts and valleys may lead you to the remains of the city of Gurabad. Maybe even the Orchard of Pairidaeza (now referred to as the Eternal Oasis by the desert dwellers). This is where legend has it that King Deshret built this eternal space of stillness. His plan was to commemorate the Goddess of Flowers.
If you’ve finished the Golden Slumber World Quest, you will team up with Jeht again. In addition, you will have a mysterious Magic Bottle in search of the long-lost Orchard of Pairidaeza.
Set out from the Tanit Camps – a massive settlement with a unique culture. From there, witness Jeht’s journey in search of her family origins. A history lost in time will gradually be unveiled.
More Lantern Rite Goodies
During the Lantern Rite Festival, players can participate in the “May Fortune Find You” login event. By logging in for seven days throughout the duration of the festival, players will be able to claim a variety of rewards from the in-game events overview page. The rewards for “May Fortune Find You” include:
- Day one – one intertwined fate
- Day two – 80k mora
- Day three – two intertwined fates
- Day four – 18 mystic enhancement ore
- Day five – two intertwined fate
- Day six – eight hero’s wit
- Day seven – five intertwined fates
In addition to the “May Fortune Find You” rewards, players can also expect to receive extra gifts during the Lantern Rite Festival. These gifts include valuable items such as Mora, Mystic Enhancement ore, talent books, and XP materials.
New Card Game Mode
Starting from Genshin Impact Version 3.4, each update will feature a limited-time Genius Invokation TCG gameplay mode. For Version 3.4, the new rule of the limited-time mode is to start with 8 Omni Dice. Meanwhile, two new Character Cards: Klee and Beidou will be joining the duels in this upcoming update.