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Genshin Impact 3.6 release date, banners, new characters, and more

The Genshin Impact 3.6 release date introduced two new highly anticipated Dendro characters, new artifacts for your Hydro units, and a welcome map expansion.

Genshin Impact 3.6 release date: A close up of Kaveh holding his hand up in disbelief

When was the Genshin Impact 3.6 release date? The Parade of Providence update introduced both Baizhu and Kevah in new banners, expanding the roster of playable Dendro units. It also expanded Sumeru even further, with an all-new world boss to take on for ascension materials and other rewards.

The previous Genshin Impact update was a little lacklustre due to the disappointing release of the Genshin Impact Dehya banner, which came  as a crushing blow to fans of Pyro DPS characters. However, the Genshin Impact 3.6 release date sought to change all that with a map expansion to the ever-growing free PC game, as well as some new and returning characters that placed high on our Genshin Impact tier list. Here’s everything you need to know about the Genshin Impact 3.6 release date.

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Genshin Impact 3.6 release date

The Genshin Impact 3.6 release date was Wednesday, April 12, 2023.

This date was confirmed during the Genshin Impact 3.6 livestream that aired a few weeks prior to the release date. Hoyoverse’s hit anime game operates on a six-week update cycle, and updates rarely deviate from this formula. Consequently, the 3.6 update concluded on Wednesday, March 1, 2023.

Genshin Impact 3.6 livestream

The Genshin Impact 3.6 livestream aired on Friday, March 31, 2023 with the official confirmation of the 3.6 update’s release date, as well as the usual limited-time Genshin Impact codes on offer for eagle-eyed viewers.

Genshin Impact 3.6 banners

The Genshin Impact banners for the 3.6 release date feature five-star characters Nahida and Nilou in phase one, followed by Baizhu and Ganyu in phase two.

While Nahida, Nilou, and Ganyu are banner reruns, all are highly anticipated characters that take top spots on our tier list, so we highly recommend investing your primogems in pulling them. However, the spotlight banner for the Genshin Impact 3.6 update clearly goes to newcomer Baizhu, a Dendro catalyst user who’s a powerful support healer with off-field elemental application.

The Genshin Impact 3.6 banners are:

  • The Moongrass’ Enlightenment (phase one) – Nahida
  • Twirling Lotus (phase one) – Nilou
  • Immaculate Pulse (phase two) – Baizhu
  • Adrift in the Harbor (phase two) – Ganyu

Nahida and Nilou are accompanied by four-star characters Kuki Shinobu, Layla, and Dori. Conversely, Baizhu and Ganyu are joined by four-star characters Kaveh, Candace, and Fischl. This is Kaveh’s debut as a playable unit, a Dendro claymore user whose kit serves as a four-star alternative to Alhaitham.

Genshin Impact's new 3.6 weekly boss is Apep, another giant serpent: anime man with green hair holding a white snake

Genshin Impact 3.6 new characters

Baizhu is the owner of the Bubu Pharmacy in Liyue, as well as being Qiqi’s guardian. He owns a white talking snake called Changsheng, who sits on his shoulders and is said to make bitter medicines that make illnesses better.

Joining him is fellow Genshin Impact Dendro character Kaveh, renowned Sumeru architect otherwise known as the Light of Kshahrewar.

Genshin Impact 3.6 new artifacts

The 3.6 update introduced two new Genshin Impact artifact sets: Nymph’s Dream and Vourukasha’s Glow. Nymph’s Dream has been designed for Hydro DPS characters like Childe and Ayato. Alternatively, Vourukasha’s Glow is the best artifact set for Dehya and Nilou.

Here are the Nymph’s Dreams set piece bonuses:

  • Two-piece: Hydro damage bonus +15%
  • Four-piece: After normal, charged, and plunging attacks, elemental skills, and elemental bursts hit opponents, 1 stack of Mirrored Nymph will be triggered, lasting eight seconds. When under the effect of one, two, three or more Mirrored Nymph stacks, attack will be increased by 7%/16%/25%, and Hydro DMG will be increased by 4%/9%/15%. Mirrored Nymph stacks created by normal, charged, and plunging attacks, elemental skills, and elemental bursts exist independently.

Here are the Vourukasha’s Glows set piece bonuses:

  • Two-piece: Health +20%
  • Four-piece: Elemental skill and elemental burst damage will be increased by 10%. After the equipping character takes damage, the aforementioned damage bonus is increased by 80% for 5s. This effect increase can have five stacks. The duration of each stack is counted independently. These effects can be triggered even when the equipping character is not on the field.

Genshin Impact 3.6 Sumeru expansion

The 3.6 update included a map expansion to the Genshin Impact Sumeru region. The Girdle of Sands subregion is comprised of two new zones: Gavireh Lajavard and Realm of Farakhkert. These areas contains the ruins of an ancient civilisation, protected by mythical creatures to safeguard the area’s long-sealed memories.

The last time Sumeru’s desert was expanded, the devs made sure to include Alhaitham’s ascension materials in this area. Following the 3.6 update, you can acquire ascension materials for Dendro characters like Baizhu, Kaveh, and Nahida by defeating Genshin Impact Apep, the weekly boss in the region. Apep is a serpentine Dendro dragon that roams the Desert of Hadramaveth.

That’s all we have on the Genshin Impact 3.6 release date. Depending on who you pulled from these banners, check out the Genshin Impact Nahida ascension materials or Genshin Impact Baizhu ascension materials to get these two powerful Dendro units performing at their best. We’ve also compiled the best Genshin Impact weapons and Genshin Impact builds to make your time exploring Teyvat even easier.