It’s long been rumoured but has now finally been confirmed that the next Genshin Impact character after 2.4 will indeed be Yae Miko. Developer Mihoyo had already included her in the game, but now it’s likely that a Genshin Impact Yae Miko banner is surely coming soon in 2022 – and we’ve got some new character details too.
Yae Miko is one of the main NPCs that Genshin Impact players meet as part of the Inazuma storyline and is the chief priest or Guuji of the Grand Narukami Shrine on Mt. Yougou, Narukami Island. In a tweet from Mihoyo last new year’s eve, Ayaka was Yae’s first guest of the year.
It was very clear that she was being set up as a proper future playable character and now Mihoyo has finally confirmed it. She won’t appear in version 2.4, which drops next week, as that will focus on new characters Shenhe and Yun Jin – but Yae Miko is instead strongly rumoured for Genshin Impact 2.5, which may hit around February.
According to the new tweet, Yae Miko is “a descendant of Kitsune lineage” – Kitsune meaning “fox” in Japanese. Yae Miko has previously been referred to as a “fox lady” and is clearly meant to be connected to the similar Yae Sakura from Mihoyo’s other game Honkai Impact 3rd – they even have the same voice actor, Ayane Sakura.
Yae Miko ‧ Astute Amusement
Guuji of the Grand Narukami Shrine
The Grand Narukami Shrine's head shrine maiden and a descendant of Kitsune lineage, Eternity's servant and friend… and the intimidating editor-in-chief of Yae Publishing House, a publisher of light novels. pic.twitter.com/xgMxeQrTnp
— Genshin Impact (@GenshinImpact) December 31, 2021
Based on the current Genshin Impact banner scheduling Yae Miko and update 2.5 should hit around mid-February 2022, so this is likely when players will be able to get the shrine maiden – as well as the other rumoured character, Ayaka’s older brother Ayato. We’ll find out more in the new year.