Genshin Impact Update 2.3 Live, Patch Notes Revealed

Genshin Impact developer miHoYo has released a new update for the game, bringing it up to version 2.3. The update seems to be a fairly significant one, adding new characters, a new domain, new equipment, and more. All in all, it seems like players should find quite a bit to enjoy from the update, and it's live right now! Fans of the game will be happy to know that several bug fixes have also been added, which should result in a more pleasant experience. Full patch notes directly from the game's official website can be found below. 

Compensation Details
Maintenance Compensation: Primogems ×300 (60 Primogems per hour the servers are down)
Issue Fix Compensation: Primogems ×300 (please refer to the relevant compensation mail for more details)

Maintenance Compensation: Travelers who reach Adventure Rank 5 or above before 2021/11/24 06:00 (UTC+8).
Please claim before the end of Version 2.3.
Issue Fix Compensation: Travelers who reach Adventure Rank 5 and above before 2021/11/24 06:00 (UTC+8).
Please claim the compensation mail before 2021/11/27 06:00 (UTC+8).
Our developers will distribute compensation to Travelers via in-game mail within 5 hours after the update maintenance is finished. The mail will expire after 30 days, so don't forget to claim the attached compensation in time.

Update Schedule
Update maintenance begins on 2021/11/24 06:00 (UTC+8) and is estimated to take 5 hours.

How to Update Game Client
PC: Close the game, open the Genshin Impact Launcher, and click Update.
iOS: Open the App Store and tap Update.
Android: Open the game and follow the directions on-screen.
PS5 and PS4: Highlight Genshin Impact from the PS4 Home Screen, press the OPTIONS button and select "Check for Update."
Please do not hesitate to contact Customer Service if you encounter any issues installing the new version. We will do our very best to resolve the issue.

Update Details
I. New Characters
5-Star Character "Hanamizaka Heroics" Arataki Itto (Geo)
◇ Vision: Geo
◇ Weapon: Claymore
◇ The first and greatest head of the Arataki Gang, famed throughout Inazuma City's Hanamizaka... Wait, what? You've never heard of them? Are you trying to be funny here?
◆ Arataki Itto has a special Charged Attack mechanic: whenever a second or fourth Normal Attack lands on an opponent, Itto will gain Superlative Superstrength. When holding to perform a Charged Attack, Itto unleashes a series of Arataki Kesagiri slashes without consuming Stamina. Instead, each Arataki Kesagiri slash consumes 1 stack of Superlative Superstrength. When the final stack is consumed, Itto delivers a powerful final slash. If no stacks of Superlative Superstrength are available, Itto will perform a single Saichimonji Slash.
Arataki Itto's Elemental Skill "Masatsu Zetsugi: Akaushi Burst!" will hurl out an akaushi bull with a taunting effect called Ushi. Ushi is considered a Geo construct that provides Arataki Itto with Superlative Superstrength stacks whenever it hits an opponent when thrown out, takes DMG, or its duration expires.
With his Elemental Burst, Royal Descent: Behold, Itto the Evil!, Itto lets his inner Raging Oni King emerge, using his Oni King's Kanabou in battle. In this state, Arataki Itto's Normal Attacks, Charged Attacks, and Plunging Attacks will be converted to Geo Damage that cannot be overridden. Moreover, when each of his Normal Attacks hit opponents, this will grant him a stack of Superlative Superstrength. In addition, in this state, Arataki Itto's Physical and Elemental RES will be reduced, while his Normal Attack SPD will increase. His ATK will also be increased based on a percentage of his DEF.
4-Star Character "Canine Warrior" Gorou (Geo)
◇ Vision: Geo
◇ Weapon: Bow
◇ The great general of Watatsumi Island's forces. He is deeply trusted by his subordinates.
◆ Gorou's Elemental Skill, "Inuzaka All-Round Defense", deals Geo DMG, and sets up his "General's War Banner". When the "General's War Banner" is placed, it will provide buffs to active characters within the skill's AoE based on the number of Geo characters in the party.
Unleashing his Elemental Burst "Juuga: Forward Unto Victory" will deal Geo DMG, and creates a field known as General's Glory. This field has the same effect as the General's War Banner and will move together with your active character. General's Glory will periodically deal Geo DMG to an opponent within the field and pull 1 elemental shard created by the Crystallize Reaction within its AoE to your active character's position.
◆ The event-exclusive 5-star character "Hanamizaka Heroics" Arataki Itto (Geo) and 4-star character "Canine Warrior" Gorou (Geo) will be available in a future event wish.

II. New Domain
New Domain of Blessing: Slumbering Court
◇ This great hall stood when Seirai Island neither had the name it has now, nor had it yet been stained with the color of thunder. The scenery within will probably never change, either.
◇ Unlock Criteria: Reach Adventure Rank 30 or above and complete the quest "Ritou Escape Plan."
◆ Challenge the Domain to obtain artifacts in the Ocean-Hued Clam and Husk of Opulent Dreams sets.
Located at Seirai Island.

III. New Equipment
1. New Weapons
Cinnabar Spindle (4-Star Sword)
◇ A sword made from materials that do not belong in this world. The power within might even be able to withstand the corruption of a venom that could corrode a mighty dragon.
◆ Elemental Skill DMG is increased by a percentage of DEF. This effect is cleared shortly after the Elemental Skill deals DMG and will then enter a CD.
◆ During the "Shadows Amidst Snowstorms" event, take part in "Born of the Snow" gameplay and complete various challenges in the Dragonspine area to obtain Cinnabar Spindle (Sword). Collect Snowstrider Emblems and Mysterious Emblems to exchange for its Weapon Refinement Material.
Redhorn Stonethresher (5-Star Claymore)
◇ According to its previous owner, this weapon is the "Mighty Redhorn Stoic Stonethreshing Gilded Goldcrushing Lion Lord" that can send any monster packing with its tail between its legs.
◆ Increases Character DEF. Normal and Charged Attack DMG is increased by a percentage of DEF.
◆ The event-exclusive 5-star weapon Redhorn Stonethresher (Claymore) will be available in a future event wish.
2. New Artifact Sets
Husk of Opulent Dreams (4-Star and 5-Star)
◇ 2-Piece Set: Increased DEF.
◇ 4-Piece Set: A character equipped with this Artifact set will obtain the Curiosity effect in the following conditions: When on the field, the character gains 1 stack after hitting an opponent with a Geo attack, triggering a maximum of once every 0.3s. When off the field, the character gains 1 stack every 3s. Curiosity can stack up to 4 times, each providing a certain percentage of DEF and Geo DMG Bonus. When 6 seconds pass without gaining a Curiosity stack, 1 stack is lost.
Ocean-Hued Clam (4-Star and 5-Star)
◇ 2-Piece Set: Healing Bonus.
◇ 4-Piece Set: When the character equipping this artifact set heals a character in the party, a Sea-Dyed Foam will appear for 3 seconds, accumulating the amount of HP recovered from healing (including overflow healing). At the end of the duration, the Sea-Dyed Foam will explode, dealing DMG to nearby opponents based on 90% of the accumulated healing. (This DMG is calculated similarly to Reactions such as Electro-Charged, and Superconduct, but is not affected by Elemental Mastery, Character Levels, or Reaction DMG Bonuses). Only one Sea-Dyed Foam can be produced every 3.5 seconds. Each Sea-Dyed Foam can accumulate up to 30,000 HP (including overflow healing). There can be no more than one Sea-Dyed Foam active at any given time. This effect can still be triggered even when the character who is using this artifact set is not on the field.
◆ Obtain the above artifact sets from Slumbering Court, the new Domain of Blessing on Seirai Island in Inazuma.

IV. New Events
"Shadows Amidst Snowstorms" Event: Take part and obtain the event-exclusive weapon, Cinnabar Spindle (Sword)
During the "Shadows Amidst Snowstorms" event, take part in "Born of the Snow" gameplay and complete various challenges in the Dragonspine area to obtain Cinnabar Spindle (Sword). Collect Snowstrider Emblems and Mysterious Emblems to exchange for rewards such as event-exclusive Weapon Refinement Materials, Crown of Insight, Weapon Ascension Materials, Talent Level-Up Materials, Hero's Wit, Mora, and Mystic Enhancement Ore from the Event Shop.

Event Duration

Event Story Start Time

  • Act I: The Snowy Past- 2021/11/25 10:00
  • Act II: The Shadows Deepen- 2021/12/1 4:00
  • Act III: A Secret Born From Ashes- 2021/12/4 4:00

End Time: 2021/12/13 3:59

Event Shop Duration

  • Training Rewards Shop- 2021/11/25 10:00
  • Trial Trophies Shop- 2021/12/1 4:00

End Time: 2021/12/20 3:59

Reach Adventure Rank 20 or above and complete the Archon Quest "For a Tomorrow Without Tears"
Complete Princeps Cretaceus Chapter: Act I – "Traveler Observation Report" and Joel's "Lost in the Snow" Quest
*During the event, the Adventure Rank required to accept Albedo's Story Quest "Traveler Observation Report" will be adjusted to 20. Story Keys will not be required to unlock it.

V. New Main Story
1. New Story Quest
Arataki Itto's Story Quest – Taurus Iracundus Chapter: Act I "Rise Up, Golden Soul"
◆ Taurus Iracundus Chapter Quest Start Time:
Permanently available after 2021/12/14 18:00
◆ Quest Unlock Criteria:
Reach Adventure Rank 40 or above
Complete the Archon Quest "Chapter II: Act III – Omnipresence Over Mortals"
And complete Dracaena Somnolenta Chapter: Act I – "Warriors' Dreams Like Spring Grass Renewing"
2. New Hangout Events
Hangout Events: Series IV
Hangout Event: Gorou – Act I "The Canine General's Special Operations"
Hangout Event: Beidou – Act I "When the Crux Shines Bright"
◆ Hangout Events: Series IV Start Time:
Permanently available after the Version 2.3 update
◆ Hangout Events: Series IV Unlock Criteria:
● Hangout Event: Beidou – Act I:
Reach Adventure Rank 30 or above
Complete the Archon Quest "Chapter II: Act III – Omnipresence Over Mortals"
● Hangout Event: Gorou – Act I:
Reach Adventure Rank 40 or above
Complete the Archon Quest "Chapter II: Act III – Omnipresence Over Mortals"
And complete Dracaena Somnolenta Chapter: Act I – "Warriors' Dreams Like Spring Grass Renewing"

VI. New Gadget
Omni-Ubiquity Net
Use the Omni-Ubiquity Net to capture and detain the essence of small animals in the open world. Afterward, you may use the Net as a medium to re-create their forms.
Animals so re-created may be placed inside your Serenitea Pot.
Unfortunately, Wakamurasaki's modifications to the Omni-Ubiquity Net still have some room from improvement, and there are some little critters who cannot be re-created using the Net.
Animals that can be captured using the Net will be marked out with a net symbol in the Archive.
Animals in some quests cannot be caught.
◆ After the "Bantan Sango Case Files: The Warrior Dog" event ends, complete the corresponding World Quests, then go to the NPC Wakamurasaki to exchange for the gadget "Omni-Ubiquity Net."
◆"Omni-Ubiquity Net" Acquisition Period:
Permanently available after 2021/12/20 04:00
◆ "Omni-Ubiquity Net" Acquisition Criteria:
Unlock the Serenitea Pot System
Complete the Archon Quest "Chapter II: Act I – The Immovable God and the Eternal Euthymia"
Complete the World Quest "Omni-Ubiquity Net"

VII. New Enemy
Golden Wolflord
◇ King of the Riftwolves.
When an attack hits a character, all party members will be affected by the "Corrosion" status and continually lose HP.
Located at Tsurumi Island.

VIII. Other Additions
● Gameplay
1. New Recipes:
○ Inazuma Shimura's: Unagi Chazuke, Five Pickled Treasures, and Sakura Shrimp Crackers
○ Gorou's specialty: Victorious Legend
○ Arataki Itto's specialty: Way of the Strong
2. New Achievements added to the "Wonders of the World" and "Memories of the Heart" categories
3. New Namecards:
○ "Travel Notes: Lyratum": Reward obtained via the BP system
○ "Gorou: Leisurely Hound": Reward for reaching Friendship Lv. 10 with Gorou
○ "Itto: Oni Face": Reward for reaching Friendship Lv. 10 with Arataki Itto
4. New Furnishings: Leisure Device: Rhythmic Sprinter, Lingering Moment, and more
○ Leisure Device: Rhythmic Sprinter
This combination of furnishings was created by Tubby herself, and it is made from the Activation Panel and the Destination Ring. Interact with the Activation Panel to begin the time trial challenge. Step into the Destination Ring to stop the timer. You can view your game records on the Activation Panel.
○ Lingering Moment
A wondrous picture frame created using the best Cuihua Wood available. The canvas has been steeped in paints saturated with Sub-Space Creation energies and has become exceedingly supple. It also has the unique ability to resonate with you and implant precious memories upon its surface.
5. New companion added to the Serenitea Pot Move-In System: Paimon
6. Optimization for set retrieval function: it is now possible to retrieve missing Furnishings in a specific set in your home with one click (Furnishings cannot be in other sets)
7. Adjustments to the default sorting sequence of the Artifacts tab in the Inventory and on the Character Artifacts page. After the adjustment, the default Artifact sorting sequence is now: Quality > Level > Set > Location > Quantity of Affixes
8. New locking function in the Artifacts acquisition screen
9. Click on "Stardust Exchange" in the Source section of Character Level-Up Materials in the Inventory to go directly to the Stardust Exchange page
10. After using Domain Reliquary, you can view Artifact Attributes on the acquisition screen
11. Adds some prompts for loading screens
12. In Co-Op Mode, when a Traveler leaves the party, their vacancy will be filled by a corresponding character from the host's original party composition before they entered Co-Op Mode
13. Spiral Abyss
Floor 11 Ley Line Disorders changed to:
• Geo DMG dealt by all party members increased by 60%.
• Physical DMG dealt by all party members' increased by 60%.
Updated the monster lineup on Floors 11 – 12 of the Spiral Abyss.
Starting from the first time that the Lunar Phase refreshes after updating to Version 2.3, the three Lunar Phases will be as follows:
Phase I:
Exacting Moon
You will obtain 1 Extract stack after obtaining a shard created through the Crystallize reaction, which will increase the DMG dealt by your active character by 8% for 10s. Max 3 stacks. When characters possessing 3 stacks obtain more Crystallize reaction-created shards, they will unleash a shockwave that deals True DMG to opponents. Shockwaves created this way can occur every 3s.
Phase II:
Stonesoul Moon
When there is a Geo construct near your active character, your Charged Attacks deal 30% more DMG and the Stamina they consumed is decreased by 50%.
Phase III:
Pureshade Moon
When a character deals Elemental DMG to opponents with a Normal ATK, Charged ATK, Plunging ATK, Elemental Skill, or Elemental Burst, all party members gain 10% Bonus DMG for that element, and will gain 10% more Bonus DMG every 3s until they obtain 100% Bonus Elemental DMG through this Blessing of the Abyssal Moon. When a character deals a different type of Elemental DMG to an opponent this way, the previous Elemental DMG Bonus gained will reset.
● Characters
1. The characters "Wise Innocence" Yanfei (Pyro), "Mujina Ninja" Sayu (Anemo), and "Crowfeather Kaburaya" Kujou Sara (Electro) will each have a new set of idle animations.
● Others
1. Adds a maximum limit to single-instance DMG of character and enemy Skill DMG, Elemental Reaction DMG, DMG dealt by mechanisms, and other DMG. Maximum DMG will not exceed 9,999,999.
2. Added support for the Chroma feature on Razer devices. If Travelers are using a Chroma-ready Razer device, you must update the Razer Synapse Control Panel to Version 3.6.515 or above and activate it to enable the Chroma feature.

● Characters
1. Optimizes the time of disappearance for the Dango during Thoma's idle animation.
● Enemies
1. Reduces the homing ability of the Hydro Specter's water ball attack.
2. Reduces the interruption ability of the Hydro Specter's water ball attack and the Geo Specter's rock attack.
3. Optimizes the explosion process of the Specters when they are defeated in their Petrification and Frozen states.
4. Decreases the distance traveled by the Rifthound when knocked back.
5. Optimizes the graphic performance of material effects of the Ruin Sentinel in its Frozen state.
● Audio
1. Adjusts and optimizes the Japanese, Korean, and English voice-over for certain characters and quests.
2. Adjusts and optimizes the sound of the "Floral Zither" gadget when playing.
● Other
1. Addition of Thunder Sakura Bough in a Thunder Barrier of the Autake Plains in Inazuma.

Bug Fixes
● Quests
1. Fixes an issue whereby there is a small chance that you are unable to interact with the NPC Ipe after he appears in the Tsurumi Island area.
2. Fixes an issue whereby a black screen would be triggered abnormally when logging into the game after receiving the World Quest "Clean House".
3. Fixes an issue with some quests whereby the wild animals would drop items abnormally during those quests.
● Domains
1. Fixes an issue in some Domains whereby when a character is on top of some enemies, they may get stuck and be unable to fall.
2. Fixes an issue whereby if the connection to the server is lost after defeating some enemies in "Domain of Forgery: Sand Burial III" of the domain Court of Flowing Sand, the remaining enemies would not appear.
● Co-Op
1. Fixes an issue in Co-Op Mode whereby the unlocked Teleport Waypoints in Tsurumi Island would disappear on the map after exiting Co-Op Mode.
2. Fixes an issue in Co-Op Mode whereby when multiple Barbaras use their Elemental Burst at the same time, healing may only take effect once.
● Characters
1. Fixes an issue with Lumine whereby clipping occurs during her fishing animations.
2. Fixes an issue with Sangonomiya Kokomi whereby when she casts her Elemental Burst there is a small chance that the quantity of times off-field characters had their HP restored was less than the quantity of Normal Attacks hitting enemies.
3. Fixes an issue with Aloy whereby when she casts her Elemental Skill into the distance, the Chillwater Bomblets generated would move at an abnormally high frequency.
4. Fixes an issue whereby the effects of the Chillwater Bomblets deployed by Aloy's Elemental Skill "Frozen Wilds" would abnormally block out special effects such as that of the Mini Seelie.
5. Fixes an issue whereby the voice-over lines of Raiden Shogun were listed out of order.
6. Fixes an issue whereby when the character is close to the wall, there is a probability that clipping occurs when opening the Paimon Menu
7. Fixes an issue whereby when a character falls and the weapon is switched, the weapon might not display after reviving the character.
8. Fixes an issue whereby after a character deploys the wind glider, the scenes underneath the glider would shake abnormally.
9. Fixes an issue whereby in some cases, the character would be teleported to a previous location after changing party members.
● Enemies
1. Fixes an issue whereby the Fatui Agents could still deal damage to the character even after their Sprint Skill was interrupted.
2. Fixes an issue with the character's homing function whereby there is a chance that it would always target the Ruin Grader and Ruin Guard first, when the character is fighting a Ruin Grader, Ruin Guard, and multiple enemies at the same time.
3. Fixes an issue whereby some attacks of Rifthound Whelps and Rifthounds could not increase the attack count of Beidou's Elemental Skill, Tidecaller.
● Weapons
1. Fixes an issue whereby when certain Catalysts' page-turning animation is interrupted, the next page-turning animation would display abnormally.
2. Fixes an issue in Co-Op Mode whereby if there is only one enemy nearby, the weapon, Eye of Perception, has a probability of attacking that enemy four times in a row.
● System
1. Fixes an issue whereby some button icons would not properly refresh after changing to a PS4 DUALSHOCK 4 or a PS5 DualSense wireless controller.
2. Fixes an issue whereby the vibration intensity of the DualSense™ wireless controller was different on PC and PS5.
● Audio
1. Fixes an issue with some characters' Korean voice-over and issues with some enemies' English voice-over lines.
2. Fixes an issue whereby when a party member's HP is low, Sangonomiya Kokomi's Fallen voice-over line will be abnormally triggered.
3. Fixes an issue with some of Thoma's Japanese voice-over in Profile > Voice-Over whereby it could not play normally.
4. Fixes an issue with some quests whereby the combat music would stop playing abnormally.
5. Fixes an issue whereby the audio content in some scenes in Tsurumi Island and Dragonspine areas could not be heard if 7.1 audio channels were enabled in the setting.
● Other
1. Fixes an issue whereby the DMG dealt by the Ice Mist after exploding Frostburst Barrels did not change based on the difficulty of the environment.
2. Fixes an issue whereby when the Crystallize reaction is triggered with a high frequency, shards would drop abnormally.
3. Fixes an issue whereby it is not possible to pick up items in some areas of the Grand Narukami Shrine in the Inazuma region.
4. Fixes an issue whereby some of the terrain in the open world was displayed abnormally.
5. Fixes an issue whereby the cost of Mora required to craft the gadget "Electro Treasure Compass" was incorrect. The previous cost was 500 Mora and has now been updated to 50,000 Mora.
6. Fixes an issue under certain circumstances whereby Travelers were unable to obtain the treasure chest within a Thunder Barrier located at Oina Beach in Inazuma.
7. Fixes an issue whereby after approaching trees in the open world, the character's first attack could not hit trees except for Cuihua Trees.
8. Fixes textual errors in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, English, Indonesian, German, Thai, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Korean, Vietnamese, and Japanese and optimizes some text. (Note: Related in-game functions have not changed. Travelers can view the changes in different languages by going to the Paimon Menu > Settings > Language and changing the Game Language.) Text-related fixes and optimizations in English include:
◆ Changed the gender pronoun of the Thunderbird from "he" to "she" in the artifact lore description of the Omen of Thunderstorm piece in the Thundering Fury artifact set.
◆ Optimized the character story descriptions of Albedo, Eula, and Thoma.
◆ Optimized Albedo's Elemental Skill description in Test Run.
◆ Changed the name of the Furnishing Resonant Melody from "lyre" to "harp".
◆ Changed and optimized the story descriptions and translations in some Readables.
◆ Optimized some lines in the quests and World Quests.
*This is a work of fiction and is not related to any actual people, events, groups, or organizations.

Hopefully, all this new content will keep fans busy over the coming weeks! It seems like every player should find something to enjoy from version 2.3, and reception to the update seems fairly positive, so far. For those that have yet to check out the game, Genshin Impact is available now on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC, iOS, and Android. You can check out our previous coverage of the game right here.

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