Want to know about new Genshin Impact characters? Since its release in 2020, the addictive anime game has seen plenty of regular updates expanding on the game’s content – and adding several new characters by way of limited time banners.
New Genshin Impact characters – according to Mihoyo’s Genshin Impact roadmap – should release with every major update. If past experience is anything to go by, during each new patch there will be at least one new banner with a new Genshin Impact five-star character, and possibly new four-star characters included as well. That said, several new Genshin Impact characters have been added outside of this schedule, like Genshin Impact’s Klee – so we could see new characters arrive unexpectedly, too.
Yae Miko is the most recent new character to arrive in the Genshin Impact 2.5 update, and we now know that Ayato has been confirmed as the new face for 2.6. There are also a few leaks and some datamined information concerning new characters that may appear in future Genshin Impact updates and beyond. However, until they’re officially announced, these characters are not final and may be subject to changes.
The new and upcoming Genshin Impact characters are:
Genshin Impact 2.5 new characters
Yae Miko is the priest in charge of the Grand Narukami Shrine in Inazuma – and also the editor of Yae Publishing House. She’s an Electro catalyst user with fox-like ears, hinting at her kitsune heritage. Yae Miko meets the Traveler several times throughout the Inazuma story. She appears on the first banner of the Genshin Impact 2.5 update; if you end up recruiting her, we’ve got a Yae Miko materials guide and the best Yae Miko build for your reference.
GENSHIN IMPACT 2.6 NEW CHARACTERS
Kamisato Ayato is the next new Genshin Impact character, due to appear in the 2.6 update. He is a five-star Hydro sword user, and is not only Ayaka’s older brother, but also the head of the Kamisato Clan and the Yashiro Commissioner. He is featured in several voice lines from Inazuman characters, including Raiden Shogun, Sayu, and Ayaka. The recent Genshin Impact 2.6 livestream confirmed that Ayato’s banner release date will be March 30.
We already know what Ayato’s ascension materials will be, so you can start collecting those now if you’re going to try and pull for him.
Genshin Impact new characters – 2.7 and beyond
Twitter user Dimbreath found references to a character called Yelan in the game files a while ago using the ‘lady’ character model type. Since then, Yelan has been found in datamined info from the 2.6 beta. However, according to Ubatcha, they might not release until update 2.7.
Current rumors point to her being a five-star Hydro bow user, which is supported by an in-game shot from known leaker Lumie. The original image has been deleted, but it’s been preserved on Reddit:
Yelan and her Kirin Bow via Lumie from Genshin_Impact_Leaks
Heizou, the Inazuman detective, is mentioned in several characters’ voice lines. References to Heizou have been found in the game files, and Genshin leaker Ubatcha initially suggested that Heizou may be a 4-star character releasing as part of the 2.6 update.
However, their most recent (and, as they describe it,“questionable”) estimate now puts Heizou’s release in the 2.8 update cycle according to a recent tweet. Ubatcha also alleges that Heizou will be smaller in height than Xiao, Gorou, and Aether.
Arataki Itto’s trusty deputy, ninja character Kuki Shinobu may be one of the next new Genshin Impact characters. References to Kuki Shinobu’s playable character model have been found in the game files, referring to her as a ‘girl’ character model type. There have been more rumors since, but nothing we’ve been able to verify from known sources.
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As with Yelan, there is a ‘questionable’ rumor from Ubatcha that Shinobu might release during update 2.7.
A recent round of Genshin Impact leaks make reference to character data attributed to someone called ‘Nilou’. Prominent Genshin leaker Project Celestia indicates that she has the ‘girl’ body type. Here’s what they said:
[BETA] character data
There are traces of data of “Nilou” as a body type girl character (eg Keqing). Note that there is a possibility for the body type to be a placeholder.
※ Subject to change.#ProjectCelestia
— Project Celestia (@projectcelestia) February 17, 2022
As Celestia notes, this is all subject to change and could even be a placeholder, so we’ll need to put a pin in this one until more official information to comes to light
Dainsleif, the Bough Keeper, was officially announced by Mihoyo during the 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.
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 Genshin Impact Ganyu.
She features in the official art above, which may also give us a few hints on when she might join us in-game. The art depicts Yaoyao with Qiqi at the Mid-Autumn Festival – so her release may coincide with a festival of some kind. She’s been datamined as a four-star Dendro Catalyst user, which is intriguing, as we don’t currently have any Dendro users available yet.
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 – though we’ll have to wait for the full implementation of Dendro into the elemental reactions chart.
Cyno was revealed in the Teyvat chapter storyline preview video – he’s a Polearm wielder from Sumeru, one of the future Genshin Impact regions we’ll be visiting in later updates.
Collei is a character from Sumeru in the Genshin Impact official manga. She was imbued with Archon residue by the seer Barnabus, but was aided by Cyno and Amber to suppress it. References to a Collei Elemental Burst power were found in the 2.5 beta by Twitter user Dimbreath.
Lyney and Lynette
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.
Scaramouche is No. 6 of the Fatui’s Eleven Harbingers; he introduces himself as a ‘vagrant from Inazuma’ who attempts to bet and kill the Traveler during the Unreconciled Stars event: Star of Destiny. Players believe that he will eventually be a playable character, and speculate that he may be an Electro Catalyst user.
Il Dottore is another of the Eleven Harbingers. His name means ‘The Doctor’, but based on his appearance in the official manga, he’s more interested in using people for research and experimentation.
Pulcinella is the 5th of the Eleven Fatui Harbingers – all that is known about them is that they conscripted Tartaglia into the Fatui after he re-emerged from the Abyss.
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These are all the new Genshin Impact characters that we believe have a reasonable chance of turning up in-game, but as we learn more about the Genshin Impact lore, we’ll add new candidates as we discover them. Enough wishful thinking – time to focus on the characters you’ve already got; here are the best Genshin Impact characters for beginners, and the best Genshin Impact weapons to kit them out with.