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Genshin Impact 2.5 release date, livestream time, and banners

The next Genshin Impact update will reportedly include Yae Miko, new events, and new story quests, alongside a formidable boss fight

Looking for the Genshin Impact 2.5 release date and stream time? Following the release of the 2.4 update and introduction of Shenhe and Yun Jin, dataminers and beta testers are already sifting through every available clue about the next Genshin Impact update.

As with most new updates, players can expect a new Genshin Impact character to appear on an upcoming Genshin Impact banner in 2.5 – from beta information, this will be Yae Miko, the elegant kitsune priestess who appears as part of the Inazuma storyline. The 2.5 update will also include plenty of new events, items, enemies, and NPCs.

There are also several outfit redesigns coming in the next update – these aren’t event exclusive Genshin Impact skins, but instead modified versions of default outfits for Jean, Amber, Rosaria, and Mona. Outside of China, these alternate outfits are optional – you’ll be able to keep the default option if you prefer. Below, we’ve collected everything we know about the Genshin Impact update – but bear in mind that this information is unconfirmed, based on unreleased gameplay, and is therefore subject to change before release.

Genshin Impact 2.5 release date

The Genshin Impact 2.5 release date is February 16, 2022, based on Mihoyo’s typical six-week update schedule.

Genshin Impact 2.5 stream Time

The Genshin Impact 2.5 livestream date is February 4, 2022, according to a leaked Chinese advertisement reported on Twitter. The 2.5 livestream start time is 4am PST / 7am EST / 12pm GMT. Unusually, it is scheduled to air for 1.5 hours, so we’re expecting plenty of new information – and new Genshin Impact codes, of course.

Genshin Impact Yae Miko and the Traveler speaking to one another before entering into battle

Genshin Impact 2.5 new characters

According to information from the 2.5 beta obtained by Twitter user Ubatcha, there’s only one new character arriving in 2.5 – Yae Miko, a five-star Electro Catalyst user, who will appear on the first banner of the 2.5 update. Details on the Yae Miko release date and abilities are available in our guide.

Genshin Impact 2.5 banners

The Genshin Impact 2.5 banners haven’t been officially announced. Aside from reports that state Yae Miko appears on the first banner of the update, we haven’t seen any information from reputable sources about the remaining banners. However, rumours report Raiden Shogun and Kazuha may receive reruns.

The Raiden Shogun, also known as Baal, drawing a sword from her chest

Genshin Impact 2.5 story

According to Project Celestia, the 2.5 update will include Yae Miko’s story quest, “Divina Vulpes Chapter: Act I”, and Raiden Shogun’s story quest, “Imperatrix Umbrosa Chapter: Act II – Transient Dreams”.

There is also a new weekly boss – we won’t confirm who it is, in case you want to keep the reveal a surprise, but details have been shared by Hourlyraiden on Twitter.

Twitter user Genshin_Intel posted the above snippet, seemingly a short extract of dialogue from the 2.5 update. Fans speculate it may be related to the weekly boss, but this could be a misdirection.

Genshin Impact 2.5 events

There are several new events rumoured to take place during the 2.5 update.

In the Divine Ingenuity event (via Genshin_Intel) you design a custom made domain, with “trampolines, traps, element-applying platforms”, and upload it for other players to complete. You must successfully complete your own domain before publishing it.

There will also be an event in Enkanomiya called Three Realms Gateway Offering. The event takes place in an alternate dark version of Enkanomiya, and players will use a gadget called the “Bokuso Box” to damage enemies.

A bartending minigame event, Of Drink A-Dreaming, tasks you with mixing drinks in order to unlock special dialogue for certain characters, including Eula, Kaeya, Rosaria, Diluc, Lisa, Jean, Zhongli, Beidou, Ningguang, and Shenhe (via Project Celestia).

There will also be a Hyakunin Ikki event rerun, according to Genshin_Intel.

Genshin Impact 2.5 new content

  • New free four-star Catalyst, Oathsworn Eye (via Honey Hunter World)
  • New five-star Catalyst, Kagura’s Verity (via Honey Hunter World)
  • New Serenitea Pot furniture:
  • Quality of life changes to inventory and artifact sorting
  • Several new NPCs
  • Alternative skins for multiple characters (via Project Celestia)
  • Spiral Abyss update
  • New Shadowy Husk enemy (via Genshin_Intel)
  • Bathysmal Vishap enemies that revive one another after a short interval (via Ubatcha)

That’s everything we know about the 2.5 update – we’ll update this guide as soon as we hear official confirmation from Mihoyo about the upcoming livestream and release date. If you’re making your way through the new content in the 2.4 update, we’ve got a guide on Enkanomiya key sigil locations, and how to obtain the Divine Bridle in Genshin Impact.