Genshin Impact 3.0 characters, release date, and banners

The Genshin Impact 3.0 release date has landed, and will be around for the next five weeks. Here is everything we know about this huge update

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When is the Genshin Impact 3.0 release date? Similar to the huge 2.0 update which released the Inazuma region, along with Electro vision and a host of new characters – 3.0 has turned out to be just as big.

The Genshin Impact 3.0 update finally introduced the Dendro element, along with new Archon quests, hangout events, new Genshin Impact characters, and another new region, Sumeru. There’s a new story arc, and an epic boss encounter. Here’s a round-up of everything you need to know.

Genshin Impact 3.0 release date

Genshin Impact 3.0 released on August 24, 2022. Unlike the usual six-week patch cycle for previous Genshin Impact updates, it was announced during the livestream that versions 3.0 through 3.2 will instead work to a five-week schedule.

This means that we are set to see Genshin Impact 3.1 arrive on September 28, with 3.2 and 3.3 also expected to arrive before the end of 2022.

Genshin Impact 3.0 livestream

The Genshin Impact 3.0 livestream took place on August 13, 2022, at 8am (UTC – 4), giving us a first proper look at the new Sumeru region, the Dendro elements, as well as the 3.0 banners and events.

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Genshin Impact 3.0 banners

Genshin Impact 3.0 will run for five weeks until the end of September, although it will still have two distinct phases for new Genshin Impact banners. In Phase 1, the Tighnari banner debuted, along with a Zhongli banner rerun. Collei is available as one of the four-star options on both banners, along with Diona and Fischl. You can also get Collei for free during on of the new Genshin Impact events.

In Phase 2, a Kokomi banner rerun and a Ganyu banner rerun will see version 3.0 to its conclusion. Dori will feature as one of the four-star characters on both banners, but again we don’t know who the other two will be just yet.

Upcoming Genshin Impact characters Tighnari, Dori, and Collei

Genshin Impact 3.0 characters

Three new playable characters were announced by Hoyoverse as coming to 3.0. In addition, several teasers were released for the 3.0 update and Sumeru region, introducing us to some new faces. These characters, which have all been officially named, will be involved in the central storyline for 3.0.

So while we can be certain these characters will be in the game, if and when they’ll be playable is another question, although there are leaks for pretty much all of them that hint at when they will be released.

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The Genshin Impact 3.0 characters are:

  • Tighnari (playable)
  • Collei (playable)
  • Dori (playable)
  • Dehya
  • Alhaitham
  • Nilou (coming 3.1)
  • Nahida (who could also be Kusanali)
  • Cyno (coming 3.1)

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That’s everything you need to know about Genshin Impact 3.0. In the meantime, here’s our Genshin Impact tier list. Don’t forget our Genshin Impact codes guide for those free primogems as well.