Genshin Impact 4.2 finally dropped the ending of the Fontaine saga, and it’s probably one of the best Archon quests in the game. The update also dropped a new character Furina, new world quests, and a new region, Erinnyes Forest. Our next destination is Genshin Impact 4.3 and there are many things to look forward to. In this article, let’s look at everything we know about Genshin Impact 4.3, its release date, banners, characters, and more.
Genshin Impact 4.3 Release Date
Genshin Impact 4.3 will be released on December 20, 2023, as soon as Phase 2 of version 4.2 ends. Each Genshin Impact version lasts 42 days, with each phase lasting 21 days. Genshin Impact 4.2 was released on November 8 and its second phase ends on December 19 or 20, depending on which part of the world you live in. The pre-installation feature for Genshin Impact 4.3 will be available a couple of days before the update, i.e., on December 18.
Genshin Impact 4.3 Livestream Date
Version livestream is usually streamed a couple of weeks before its release date. If everything goes according to plan, the Genshin Impact 4.3 livestream should take place on December 6. You can stream it on official channels such as Genshin Impact’s Twitch channel, or watch it after an hour on their official YouTube channel.
Genshin Impact 4.3 Character Banners
HoYoverse’s recent drip marketing indirectly confirmed Navia as five-star and Chevreuse as four-star in Genshin Impact 4.3. As for other character re-runs, leaks suggest Albedo, Raiden Shogun, and Arataki Itto in the second half. Although these leaks clash with the info in other leaks, they’re from a reputed leaker Hutao Lover and they’ve been accurate a lot of times.
Genshin Impact 4.3 seems to be a Geo patch with three amazing Geo characters (Please revamp Geo and reactions, HoYo. I love Geo but no one else does). The first half of Genshin Impact 4.3 will feature Navia and Albedo. For those unaware, Navia is a five-star Geo DPS unit and a Claymore user from Fontaine, whereas Albedo is also a five-star Geo support unit and a Sword user from Mondstadt. Phase 1 should start on December 20, 2023, and will last till January 10, 2024.
The second phase will feature the Raiden Shogun and Arataki Itto. Raiden Shogun, the Electro Archon, is a five-star Electro Support/sub-DPS and a Polearm user from Inazuma. Arataki Itto, on the other hand, is a five-star Geo DPS unit and a Claymore user, also from Inazuma. Phase 2 should start on January 10, 2024, and will last till January 31, 2024.
Although the upcoming character banner re-runs might be accurate, the order in which they will appear isn’t. We think the order mentioned above should be how things will pan out. That’s because the Genshin Impact 4.3 events have also been leaked and suggest the event before 4.3 ends will be Arataki Splendid and Resplendent Beetle Training, which is Itto’s beetle fighting festival. Hence, it only makes sense if Itto’s re-run arrives during the festival.
Genshin Impact 4.3 Weapon Banners
Coming to the weapon banners, the first phase will feature Navia’s signature weapon “Considered Judgement,” a 5-star Claymore with a high base Attack and Crit Rate sub-stat, and as for the other weapon, expect Summit Shaper or Primordial Jade cutter.
As for the second phase, if it’s Raiden and Itto, expect Engulfing Lightning and Redhorn Stonethresher in the second phase. For the four stars, it’s still too early to predict.
New Artifact Sets
Genshin Impact 4.3 will bring two new Artifact sets — Nighttime Whispers in the Echoing Woodsone and Sond of Days Past. The first one was made to exclusively work with Navia.
For the first set, the 2-piece increases Attack by 18%, and the 4-piece grants the user the Heart of Gold effect for 10 seconds after using an Elemental Skill.
This effect increases the character’s Geo Damage by 16%, and while under a shield granted by the Crystallize reaction, the Geo Damage bonus provided by the effect will be increased by 150%, and it disappears one second after the shield is lost.
As for the second artifact set, its 2-piece grants the wielder a 15% healing bonus. The 4-piece, on the other hand, gives the character a “Yearning effect” for 10 seconds when they heal a party member. This Yearning effect records the total amount of healing, including the overflow, and when the effect expires, the effect is transformed into another effect “Waves from that Day.”
During this, when the active character hits an opponent with Normal, Charged, Plunging attack, Elemental Skill, or Elemental Burst, the damage dealt will be increased by 3% of the total healing amount recorded by the Yearning effect. The “Waves from that Day” effect also lasts till it’s used 10 times or after 10 seconds.
A single instance of the Yearning effect can record a maximum of 30,000 healing and overflow HP and has only one instance but can record healing from multiple characters.
Genshin Impact 4.3 Events
As you may know, Genshin gives players a free character in its even releases and a free weapon in odd releases, Genshin Impact 4.3’s flagship event will give us a free four-star weapon, and leaks suggest it will be a Claymore. The name of the flagship event, after translating it from Chinese, is “Dance of deeply pondering, resolutely spinning.” Besides, here’s a list of all Genshin Impact 4.3 events.
- Marvelous Merchandise (Liben returns with more Natlan lore, hopefully)
- Dance of Deeply Pondering, Resolutely Spinning (Free Claymore)
- Gun Spear and Roses
- Lost Riches
- Arataki Splendid and Resplendent Beetle Training
Genshin Impact 4.3 Quality of Life Improvements
- Removed all pop-up windows from enhancements, including leveling up characters, weapons & artifacts.
- Added a quick select option for the number of Experience books used when leveling up characters.
- Increased the number of slots for artifacts when leveling up Artifacts.
- Added a new incremental artifact upgrade function. When leveling up artifacts with quick select, the artifact will be leveled from 4 > 8 > 12 > 16 > 20, even if the said artifact is currently, say, at level three. With lots of free slots, quick select will still only upgrade it to the next increment of lv4, unless the player manually selects otherwise. This function can be turned off.
- Optimised Domain runs: When replaying a domain, the character will appear at the position of the key rather than the beginning of the domain, eliminating the need to run to the key from the starting platform.
- Auto artifact locking. You can configure which artifacts to lock and the game will automatically do it for you.
These QoL were brought to you by Reddit user r/vivliz. Do note that these QoL changes are questionable and some or all may not make their way to the stable 4.3 version.
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