Genshin Impact 1.3 – Release date, content, new characters, leaks, and rumors

Everything we know about the next release.

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With Genshin Impact still going from strength to strength, adding new characters, weapons, and quests, it is time to start looking towards update 1.3. Once again you can expect a slab of new content to arrive in the game, and 1.3 might just be the biggest update yet.

As always, anything in the leaks and rumors section is just that and should be taken with a pinch of salt until miYoHo confirm what new content is on the way.

Release date

An exact release date for Genshin Impact 1.3 is not known at this time, but miYoHo has mentioned that they hope to keep up a roughly six-week update schedule for the game. This implies that we can expect to see the next update arrive sometime in early February.

Another consideration is the length of time banners will be around for. The Ganyu banner will arrive in the game on January 12, and should last for 20 days, which would strongly hint that 1.3 will arrive on February 1.

1.3 Event

The 1.3 event will apparently be the Lantern Rite Festival. This will reportedly center around Xiao, and will have an element of wish making involved. It will basically be a new years festival in the game.

Zhongli Buffs

Zhongli will be getting some welcome buffs in 1.3.

  • Normal, charged, and plunging attacks will get a damage increase of 1.39 percent of his max health.
  • Stone Stele’s initial damage, Resonance, and Dominus Lapidis will get a damage increase of 1.9 percent of Xhongli’s max health.
  • If you cast Dominus Lapidis thorugh holding the activation, you will spawn a Stone Stele if the max number of Stele has not yet been reached.

Geo Element Buffs

All Geo shields will be getting a rework. They will no longer have 250 absorption against Geo damage, and will instead have 150 percent absorption effectiveness against all physical and elemental damage. Geo Elemental Resonance will also increase shield strength by 15%, shields characters will get a 15 damage increase, and decrease the Geo resistance of enemies by 20 percent for 15 seconds.

Leaks and rumors

The biggest rumor is that the game’s next city area, Inazuma, will be included in the update, although there is little information out there to verify this at the moment. If it is, that means major story developments, new characters, quests, and all the other good stuff you associate with Liyue and Mondstadt.

There is also reportedly going to be a new character added to the game called Ganyu. Hu Tao, a Pyro character who wields a Polearm, is also rumored to be included in the update.