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Genshin Impact new characters in the 2.5 update and beyond

Looking for more information about the new characters coming to Genshin Impact? Since its release in 2020, the addictive anime game has seen plenty of regular updates expanding on the game’s content – and adding several new characters by way of limited time banners.

According to Mihoyo’s Genshin Impact roadmap, they aim to release new updates every six weeks – and if past experience is anything to go by, during each new patch, there will be at least one new banner with a new Genshin Impact five-star character, and possible new four-star characters included as well. That said, several new Genshin Impact characters have been added outside of this schedule, like Genshin Impact Klee – so we could see new characters arrive unexpectedly, too.

Yae Miko is the most recent new character to arrive in the Genshin Impact 2.5 update, but there are also a few leaks and some datamined information concerning new characters that may appear in future Genshin Impact updates and beyond. However, until they’re officially announced, these characters are not final and may be subject to changes.

The new and upcoming Genshin Impact characters are:

 

GENSHIN IMPACT 2.5 NEW CHARACTERS

Genshin Impact Yae Miko smiling surrounded by purple energy as she unleashes her powerful elemental burst

YAE MIKO

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Yae Miko is the priest in charge of the Grand Narukami Shrine in Inazuma – and also the editor of Yae Publishing House. She’s an Electro catalyst user with fox-like ears, hinting at her kitsune heritage. Yae Miko meets the Traveler several times throughout the Inazuma story. She appears on the first banner of the Genshin Impact 2.5 update; if you end up recruiting her, we’ve got a Yae Miko materials guide and the best Yae Miko build for your reference.

GENSHIN IMPACT NEW CHARACTERS IN 2.6 AND BEYOND

AYATO

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Ayato is Ayaka’s older brother, the head of the Kamisato Clan and the Yashiro Commissioner. He is featured in several voice lines from Inazuman characters, including Raiden Shogun, Sayu, and Ayaka. According to datamined information from the 2.6 beta, Ayato is a five-star Hydro sword user, and is the next new Genshin Impact character set to appear in the 2.6 update.

As information on Ayato emerges, we’ll record it in our Ayato release date and abilities guide. We also know what Ayato’s ascension materials will be, so you can start collecting those now as well.

YELAN

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Twitter user Dimbreath found references to a character called Yelan in the game files a while ago using the ‘lady’ character model type. Since then, Yelan has been found in datamined info from the 2.6 beta. However, according to Ubatcha, she might not release until update 2.7.

Current rumours point to her being a five-star Hydro bow user, which is supported by an in-game shot from known leaker Lumie. The original image has been deleted, but it’s been preserved on Reddit:

 

HEIZOU

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Heizou, the Inazuman detective, is mentioned in several characters’ voice lines. References to Heizou have been found in the game files, and Genshin leaker Ubatcha initially suggested that Heizou may be a 4-star character releasing as part of the 2.6 update.

However, their most recent (and, as they describe it,“questionable”) estimate now puts Heizou’s release in the 2.8 update cycle according to a recent Tweet. Ubatcha also alleges that Heizou will be smaller in height than Xiao, Gorou, and Aether.

KUKI SHINOBU

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Arataki Itto‘s trusty deputy, ninja character Kuki Shinobu may be one of the next new Genshin Impact characters. References to Kuki Shinobu’s playable character model have been found in the game files, referring to her as a ‘girl’ character model type. There have been more rumours since, but nothing we’ve been able to verify from known sources.

As with Yelan, there is a ‘questionable’ rumour from Ubatcha that Shinobu might release during update 2.7.

NILOU

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A recent round of Genshin Impact leaks make reference to character data attributed to someone called ‘Nilou’. Prominent Genshin leaker Project Celestia indicates that she has the ‘girl’ body type. Here’s what they said:

 

As Celestia notes, this is all subject to change and could even be a placeholder, so we’ll need to put a pin in this one until more official information to comes to light

Dainsleif, a potential new Genshin Impact character, wielding magical forces and wearing a dark blue cape

DAINSLEIF

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Dainsleif, the Bough Keeper, was officially announced by Mihoyo during the Tokyo Game Show – however, no release date was attached. His voice actor has been announced, but we have no indication of when he might arrive.

Dainsleif is from Khaenri’ah, an underground realm that is not part of Teyvat itself – so perhaps one day in the future we’ll meet Dainsleif when we explore his homeland.

Genshin Impact Yaoyao sharing sweets with other characters during a festival

YAOYAO

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Yaoyao is an adorable NPC who is mentioned in several characters’ voice lines. She was previously Xiangling’s junior when they both studied under the same master chef, but has now become an assistant for Genshin Impact Ganyu.

She features in the official art above, which may also give us a few hints on when she might join us in-game. The art depicts Yaoyao with Qiqi at the Mid-Autumn Festival – so her release may coincide with a festival of some kind. She’s been datamined as a four-star Dendro Catalyst user, which is intriguing, as we don’t currently have any Dendro users available yet.

Genshin Impact potential new character Baizhu, wearing glasses and sporting a white snake around his neck

BAIZHU

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Baizhu is a Genshin Impact NPC, and is the owner of Bubu Pharmacy in Liyue. He possesses a Dendro vision, which has led fans to believe that he may one day be a playable character – though we’ll have to wait for the full implementation of Dendro into the elemental reactions chart.

Genshin Impact Cyno crouching in whirling sand

CYNO

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Cyno was revealed in the Teyvat chapter storyline preview video – he’s a Polearm wielder from Sumeru, one of the future Genshin Impact regions we’ll be visiting in later updates.

COLLEI

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Collei is a character from Sumeru in the Genshin Impact official manga. She was imbued with Archon residue by the seer Barnabus, but was aided by Cyno and Amber to suppress it. References to a Collei Elemental Burst power were found in the 2.5 beta by Twitter user Dimbreath.

Two Genshin IMpact characters under a spotlight, dressed as magicians

LYNEY AND LYNETTE

Lyney and Lynette were revealed in the same storyline preview video – they’re a pair of twins, presumably, who are dressed like magicians – they hail from Fontaine, a region inspired by France. There’s speculation that they could be recruited as a pair and can switch places with one another in battle – though that may be nothing more than a cool idea.

Potential genshin Impact new character Iansan wearing animal skulls and summoning flame

IANSAN

Iansan was also revealed in the Teyvat Chapter Storyline video, in the Natlan section. We believe she’s a Pyro user, but we’ll have to wait until we visit Natlan to find out more about her.

Possible new Genshin Impact character Scaramouche stroking his chin thoughtfully while standing outside a shrine

SCARAMOUCHE

Scaramouche is No. 6 of the Fatui’s Eleven Harbingers; he introduces himself as a ‘vagrant from Inazuma’ who attempts to betray and kill the Traveller during the Unreconciled Stars event: Star of Destiny. Players believe that he will eventually be a playable character, and speculate that he may be a Electro Catalyst user.

DOTTORE

Il Dottore is another of the Eleven Harbingers. His name means ‘The Doctor’, but based on his appearance in the official manga, he’s more interested in using people for research and experimentation.

PULCINELLA

Pulcinella is the 5th of the Eleven Fatui Harbingers – all that is known about them is that they conscripted Tartaglia into the Fatui after he re-emerged from the Abyss.

These are all the new Genshin Impact characters that we believe have a reasonable chance of turning up in-game, but as we learn more about the Genshin Impact lore, we’ll add new candidates as we discover them. Enough wishful thinking – time to focus on the characters you’ve already got; here are the best Genshin Impact characters for beginners, and the best Genshin Impact weapons to kit them out with.

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