Genshin Impact Aloy release date and abilities

Horizon Zero Dawn’s Aloy is joining the Genshin Impact roster

A cartoon-inspired version of Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn steading her bow in Genshin Impact 2.2

Guerrilla Games and Mihoyo have partnered up to bring Aloy, the protagonist of Horizon Zero Dawn, to the world of Genshin Impact. The machine hunter is a five-star bow user with Cryo powers, and she’s completely free to anyone over Adventure Rank 20.

There have been plenty of leaks from Genshin Impact 2.1 as the beta has been thoroughly datamined. In addition to Aloy’s abilities, we also know that Kujou Sara and Baal are going to be part of the next Genshin Impact banner. Kokomi, one of the new Genshin Impact characters revealed during the 2.0 live stream, joins the game in the 2.1 update after Baal and Sara.

Our time with Genshin Impact 2.0 is almost over – be sure to read our Perpetual Mechanical Array boss guide and our Sacred Sakura Cleansing Ritual questline guide if you need any help finishing up this content. Here’s everything we know about Aloy, including her release date and abilities.


Aloy is joining the Genshin Impact roster on September 1, 2021. PlayStation players gain exclusive access to the Cryo warrior during the Genshin Impact 2.1 update – players on other platforms have to wait until the 2.2 update to unlock her.

Players who have reached Adventure Rank 20 or above can receive Aloy via in-game mail after logging in to the game on a PlayStation console. Meanwhile, mobile and PC players can receive Aloy via in-game mail system after the 2.2 update launches.

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Based on the description of Aloy on the developer’s website, this is the same person who fought against the machines in Horizon Zero Dawn. According to the in-game lore, Aloy has come to Teyvat in search of new challenges. Aloy couldn’t have arrived at a better time as Inazuma has been taken over by the Raiden Shogun. Baal has declared a Vision Hunt on the region, removing the power of the Gods from anyone who wasn’t born with them.


Aloy’s abilities have leaked from the Genshin Impact 2.1 beta build – here’s what you can expect from the master hunter. We’ve also now seen her in action, so check out a small snippet of Aloy gameplay before her release.

Normal Attack: Rapid Fire

  • Normal attack: Perform up to four consecutive shots with a bow
  • Charged attack: Aim with a precise shot, dealing increased damage. Frost accumulates on the arrowhead as you charge a shot, dealing Cryo damage once fully charged
  • Plunging attack: Fires off several arrows in mid-air before striking the ground with an area of effect attack upon impact

Elemental Attack: Frozen Wilds

Aloy throws a freeze bomb that explodes on impact, dealing Cryo damage. The freeze bomb splits into several chillwater bomblets that explode on contact with opponents or after a short delay, also dealing Cryo damage.

Enemies inflicted with damage from either the freeze bomb or the chillwater bomblets have their attack damage reduced, and Aloy gains one coil stack. If Aloy gains four coil stacks, she gains Rushing Ice which converts her normal attacks into Cryo attacks. While Rushing Ice is active, Aloy cannot receive new coil stacks.

Elemental Burst: Prophecies of Dawn

Aloy throws a Cryo-filled power cell which can only be detonated using an arrow. When struck by an arrow, the power cell deals area of effect Cryo damage.


  • Easy Does It: When Aloy is in the party, party members won’t startle small animals as easily
  • Combat Override: When Aloy receives a coil stack from Frozen Wilds, her attack is increased by 16%. Aloy’s party members also receive an attack boost of 8%. This effect lasts for ten seconds
  • Strong Strike: When Aloy is in the Rushing Ice state, her Cryo damage bonus increases by 3.5% every second. A maximum amount of 35% Cryo damage bonus can be gained this way

And that’s all you need to know about Aloy’s release date in Genshin Impact. If you can’t wait that long to play as the ‘Saviour From Another World’, Yoimiya is currently the main character featured on the latest Genshin Impact banner. Need more primogems? Head on over to our Genshin Impact codes guide to claim in-game rewards.