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Genshin Impact: new character, banners, and events for Version 4.5

Cats and a brand new banner type.

It’s that time of the patch cycle again, where HoYoverse announces all of the new content coming to Genshin Impact. In case you missed the livestream, here’s everything that was announced for Genshin Impact Version 4.5: Blades Weaving Betwixt Brocade!

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4.5 new characters

The one new character coming to Genshin Impact Version 4.5 is Chiori, the seamstress of the Chioriya Boutique. We’ve met Chiori before during Version 4.3’s flagship event, Roses and Muskets, during which she was a costume designer. Now, she makes the step from NPC to a fully playable character.

Chiori is a 5-star Geo Sword user who summons dolls in order to deal with off-field Geo damage. The number of dolls she can create depends on how many Geo constructs are on the field, hinting at potential synergies with other Geo characters like Geo Traveler, Ningguang, Zhongli, Albedo, or Itto. Her damage scales with both ATK and DEF stats, which could lead to interesting builds.

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Her signature weapon, Uraku Misugiri, will also have a DEF bonus, making it a potential option for Albedo. If you’re an Albedo haver who missed out on the 4-star event weapon Cinnabar Spindle, be on the lookout for more details on Chiori’s weapon.

4.5 banners

The banners during the first half of Genshin Impact Version 4.5 will feature Chiori (5-star Geo Sword) and Arataki Itto (5-star Geo Claymore). The characters will be accompanied by their signature weapons: Uraku Misugiri (5-star Sword) and Redhorn Stonethresher (5-star Claymore).

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The second half of 4.5 will feature reruns of Neuvillette (5-star Hydro Catalyst) and Kaedehara Kazuha (5-star Anemo Sword). They will also likely be paired with their signature weapons: Tome of the Eternal Flow (5-star Catalyst) and Freedom-Sworn (5-star Sword).

There’s no news yet on the featured 4-stars for these upcoming banners. We can expect 4-stars to be revealed a few days before each of the banners go live.

4.5 new banner type: Chronicled Wish

For the first time, Genshin Impact is introducing an entirely new banner type: the Chronicled Wish. This banner will run concurrently to other banners and feature an assortment of 5-star characters and weapons. You will be able to choose which of the characters or weapons you want with a Fate Point system that’s much more forgiving than the weapon banner.

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The six featured characters are all from Mondstadt. The weapons are mostly from Mondstadt, but include two Sumeru weapons: Beacon of the Reed Sea and Hunter’s Path.

It looks like the Chronicled Wish will be a way for players to obtain standard characters/weapons or older limited characters. Chronicled Wish banners in the future will only feature 5-stars who have had three event banners already.

We covered this new banner type in more detail in a separate post.

4.5 new events

Alchemical Ascension is the flagship event for Genshin Impact Version 4.5. This management sim takes place in Mondstadt, where you set up a shop to brew and sell alchemical potions. Completing this event rewards you with the 4-star event polearm Dialogues of the Desert Sages, as well as another mysterious item called “Exalted Earth.” 

Feline Fortress Furrdyssey has you taking care of and petting cats. This might just make 4.5 my favorite Genshin patch ever.

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Rolling Crossfire is a minigame that tasks players with shooting elemental rounds at Slimes on a board, triggering reactions in order to clear them out.

The Great Fayz Reaction Debate sees the return of the time-stop mechanic of Fayz Potions. It looks like this combat event is slightly different from its last iteration though, so we may have to just play it and see.

Leyline Overflow will close out Version 4.5 with double drops from Leylines in the overworld. This will be a great time to farm for character EXP and Mora if you need them.

Other additions in Version 4.5

Chiori’s Story Quest will be available as soon as Version 4.5 goes live. New Hangout Events are on the way, too, including one for Lynette.

A Training Guide system is coming to the character menu. Newer players will be able to see build advice based on their World Level and what other players have equipped. Older players will be able to see these suggestions too, but take them with a grain of salt, since player data doesn’t always translate well into optimized endgame build guides.

Genius Invokation TCG will receive yet another update with the addition of new cards for Electro Cicin Mage, Neuvillette, Charlotte, and Kirara.

Genshin Impact will also collaborate with the Discovery Channel to host events that raise awareness about environmental conservation. While this collaboration won’t have any in-game effects, it will still be something cool to look out for.


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