Want to know about new Genshin Impact characters? During each new update, there’s usually at least one banner with a minimum of one brand-new character. The banners feature characters with increased drop rates, including one five-star character and three four-star characters.
While we know which characters are likely to appear on the next Genshin Impact banners, the characters featured in this guide might not be playable right now but they can be found in Genshin Impact right now. We’ve also included some characters who are rumoured to join the free PC game down the line but may not have an in-game model right now. While none of this information is official until Hoyoverse says otherwise, here’s a round-up of all of the current rumours and speculation.
The new and upcoming Genshin Impact characters are:
Genshin Impact 3.4 characters
While Alhaitham was initially discovered in June 2022 under a different codename, he was officially revealed in the third Sumeru preview video as being involved in the initial 3.0 storyline. Apparently, you meet him “by chance” in Port Ormos, and he’s from the ruling body in Sumeru, the Akademiya. Alhaitham has been confirmed to arrive in the 3.4 update as the main five-star character.
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 Ganyu. The 3.4 livestream confirmed Yaoyao is in fact a four-star character and she will be obtainable for free as part of the Latern Rite event.
Upcoming Genshin Impact characters
Mika is a four-star Cyro character hailing from Mondstadt, he’s a member of the Knights of Favonius Reconnaissance, while there is no release date for Mika, it looks like he’ll arrive in the 3.5 update.
Said to be the strongest person in Mondstadt, Varka is the Grand Master and Knight of Boreas, a subsection of the Knights of Favonius. As with most of the upcoming Genshin Impact characters, there’s no telling when Varka is likely to become available. Varka has been referenced by several characters in-game, but he currently doesn’t have an in-game model. Varka is currently away on an expedition, leaving Jean in charge of the Knights of Favonius.
Deyha is “desertfolk”, and a mercenary working for the Ermites, a new faction coming to Genshin Impact who are descended from an ancient desert-dwelling civilisation. She’s a Pyro user from Sumeru and looks like she’ll wield a claymore.
Dainsleif, the Bough Keeper, was officially announced by Hoyoverse during the 2020 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.
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.
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.
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.
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These are all the new Genshin Impact characters that we believe have a reasonable chance of turning up in-game – we’ll add new candidates as we discover them. In the meantime, here are the best Genshin Impact characters for beginners, and the best Genshin Impact weapons to kit them out with.