Hello travelers! Today we are happy to share with you the latest information about version 2.6 “Zephir of the Purple Garden” from Genshin Impact to announce, which will be released on March 30th! With a whole new area, we can soon head to the westernmost part of Liyue, delve deep into this unfathomable area and continue the story of the traveling twins with Dainsleif.
Across the sea, life in Inazuma has taken on a new face after the repeal of the Sakoku Decree. The magnificent Irodori Festival will invite many in and around Inazuma to celebrate a time of arts and culture. And Kamisato Ayato, the young master leading one of Inazuma’s most powerful clans into a new era, is introduced for the first time as a 5-star playable character with an exciting legend quest.
Down into the Great Rift
The Great Rift has long been Liyue’s most important source of ore and provides important raw materials for the famous porcelain wares. Viewed from above, the ground in this area is purple-red in color. Mysterious accidents have resulted in the entire area being closed recently. But you, the traveler, can join a squad of experts from different fields to find out what’s going on underground.
What we see above ground is only the tip of the Great Divide. Vast subterranean strata have been hollowed out by generation after generation of miners, and unique fluorescent creatures have evolved here. In the meantime, unknown dangers also seem to make their way into the known world above. Aside from the Hilichurls, treasure robbers, and the Fatui sneaking in, you’ll also encounter the new boss, Ruins Serpent, and Enemies from the Abyss.
But even in the dark you will not be unprepared. Light your way with the Lumenstein Catalyst. Leveling up this tool will make your adventure even smoother and give you plenty of rewards, including a 4-star unmodified weapon and a whole new nameplate.
Should you manage to reach the end of the Great Rift, among the lost ruins and relics you will once again meet the long-lost Dainsleif. You can learn more about the traveling siblings and Khaenri’ah in the new Archon quest, Requiem Echoing in the Abyss.
Festival season in Inazuma
In version 2.6 we will introduce our first seasonal promotion celebrating a festival in Inazuma! It is called: “Splendor of the purple garden”. Held by the Yashiro Administration and Yae Miko, the Glorious Irodori Festival is a cultural event commemorating a group of five talented poets from ancient Inazuma, known as the “Five Kasen”. This year’s festival not only invites local talent, but also creative minds from Mondstadt and Liyue. Venti, Xingqiu and many others we haven’t seen in a long time will visit us during the festival.
We’ll leave most of the stories and fun to you, but we want to reveal what you can play and win in the meantime. The Irodori Festival will test your creativity and understanding of different arts and cultures from different perspectives with four games and challenges. “Moon and Star Verses” and “Courts of Flowers” require an eye for beauty. The former has you photographing themed items to inspire two poets to complete their poems of the day. “Flower Courtyards”, hosted by Kamisato Ayaka, requires good taste and a few dexterous hands to master the art of flower arranging.
If you prefer something a little more intense, try the “Clash of the Lonely Blades”. A group of warriors, each with their own sword skills, are looking for worthy opponents. To be fair in dueling, no elemental or special abilities are allowed, but you do gain a new sword technique known as parrying. Also, the theater of contraptions is back, now requiring less time but more strategy in each game. At the end of the day, if you beat all four games and challenges, you can grab a bunch of rewards and a chance to recruit Xingqiu!
The young master of the Kamisato clan
Some of you may have heard of Kamisato Ayato from his younger sister Ayaka, Thoma or even Arataki Itto. From what I’ve heard, he seems to have a pretty forgiving side. He likes to drink milk tea, becomes friends with Itto and always passes his failed dishes on to Thoma. One of his passive talents even gives him a certain probability of also creating the failed variant of the respective dish when cooking.
However, Kamisato Ayato is recognized by the Yashiro administration and his clan as a young but very capable mind. Cultured and polite, he is a man of many resources who can bail his clan back on its feet in difficult times. With the repeal of the Sakoku Decree, the Tenryou and Kanjou administrations are treated to a rare happy event in this time of reform. But under the festive mood, problems are brewing. In Ayato’s legend quest “Cypressus Custos” you can witness how the young master will deal with the unusual situation.
In battle, Kaimsato Ayato wields a sword and, like his sister, is skilled in the Kamisato style with the tachi. Using the hydro power of his Divine Eye, Ayato can deal large area damage in a short amount of time and amplify the impact of his squad’s basic attacks.
When Ayato uses his elemental ability, he switches positions to enter the “Takimeguri Kanka” state, leaving a water illusion in his original location. The water illusion explodes, dealing hydro area damage. In the Takimeguri Kanka state, Ayato’s basic attacks turn into lightning-fast Shunsuiken attacks that deal Hydro area damage. Once an attack with Shunsuiken hits an opponent, Ayato gains the Namisen effect, which increases damage dealt by Shunsuiken based on Ayato’s current Max HP. Ayato can gain additional stacks of the Namisen effect if he uses his elemental ability and explodes his water illusion while any of his passive talents are activated. However, please note that the Takimeguri Kanka state is canceled as soon as Ayato leaves the field or uses his elemental ability again.
Ayato’s Signature Ability unleashes a realm in which Water Blossom Blades fall, dealing hydro area damage to enemies in that realm. At the same time, the realm also increases the damage dealt by standard attacks of figures in the area of effect.
Kamisato Ayato will appear in the first action prayer to coincide with Venti’s return. After her brother, Kamisato Ayaka will also get her action prayer in the later phase of version 2.6.
With version 2.6 we have prepared even more fun and challenges for you. And there are still unsolved mysteries within the depths of the Great Rift, waiting to be revealed in future updates. But that’s it for today and we look forward to meeting you in-game soon!