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Genshin Impact
Beginner's Guide & How To Play

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This is a Beginner's Guide for Genshin Impact. This guide includes early game tips & tricks, how to play, character & weapon leveling, gacha, adventure rank, combat, and elements.

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Starting An Account

Account Linking (Cross Save)

Which Platform Should I Play On?

Genshin Impact can be played on multiple platforms including PC, Mobile, and PS4. It is recommended to create a Mihoyo account so you can access your game files on different devices.

Check Out Cross Save Guide - How To Transfer Data Here!

Rerolling For The Characters You Want

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Just like any other gacha game, you can reroll by creating another account and wish for the characters you want to get.

It Is Not Recommended To Reroll

It takes around 30-40 minutes to re-roll. 5★ Characters have a very low rate (0.6%). You only get 40 Wishes at the start as well so it isn't really worth the time.

Check Out Reroll Guide - Tier List & How To Reroll Here!

What To Do As A Beginner

PriorityTasks
High - Activate Teleport Waypoints
- Adventure Rank
- Complete Archon & Story Quests
- Farm Materials
- Level Up Characters You Will Use
- Upgrading Statues of the Seven
- Wish for Characters & Weapons
Low- Complete World Quests
- Cooking Food
- Explore the region and find chests
- Unlock Shrine of Depths

Increase Adventure Rank

Follow The Story To Increase Adventure Rank

Aim to finish the main story (Archon Quests) to get Adventure EXP fast. Your Adventure Rank will increase as you acquire more Adventure EXP.

Check out Archon Quests (Main Story) Walkthrough here!

Complete The Challenges In The Adventurer's Handbook

Experience

Under the Experience tab, you can see challenges that you can complete that gives really good rewards and Adventure EXP!

Explore The Region For Adventure Rank EXP

Activating teleport waypoints, opening chests, unlocking domains & shrines, and upgrading Statues of the Seven all give Adventure Rank EXP so don't be afraid to explore to your heart's content!

Benefits Of Increasing Adventure Rank

Unlocks
1Unlocks level caps for Characters & Equipment.
2Unlocks new functions like Daily Commissions & Multiplayer.
3Increased World Level for better & rarer loot.
4Increased Domains you can take on.
5More facilities that can be used in settlements.

Aim To Reach Adventure Rank 12 First

Aim To Reach Adventure Rank 12 First

▲Daily-resetting quests that will provide a lot of Adventure EXP when completed.

As you increase your Adventure Rank, new functions will unlock. We recommend aiming for Adventure Rank 12 to unlock Daily Commissions.

Check Out Our Adventure Rank Farming Guide Here!

Adventure Rank Unlock Features

Lv.12Daily Commissions
Quests that reset daily. Provide a large amount of Adventure EXP & materials when completed
>> Daily Commission (Quests) Guide
Lv.14Expeditions
Send out characters on a gathering trip, collecting food (for cooking) & materials as time passes.
Lv.16Multiplayer / Coop
Unlocks the multiplayer function where you can play with other players
> Check out Multiplayer / Coop Guide here!
Lv.20World Level Becomes 1
Enemy levels & loot rarity are increased
Lv.25Clear a quest for the World Level to increase to 2
Enemy levels & loot rarity are increased

Upgrade Statues Of The Seven

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Hidden items called Anemoculus are scattered across the map. If you find them and bring them to the Statue of The Seven, you'll get added benefits like an increased Stamina cap, Adventure EXP, or even precious loot!

when they show up!

Try To Get Anemoculus Immediately

anemoculus

Anemoculus won't show up on the map unless you get close, and they may be a pain to get back to if not collected when found, so grab them ASAP

Use This Helpful Anemoculus Map & Checker!

Use This Helpful Anemoculus Map & Checker!

Anemoculus can be difficult to track down, so we made this helpful map tool you can use to track their locations! Do give it a try!

Check out Anemoculus Map here!

Activate Teleport Waypoints For Fast Travel

Activate Teleport Waypoint For Fast Travel

If you interact with Statues of The Seven, Teleport Waypoints, Domains etc, they will open up that location to be used for fast travel. It is advised you try to activate any Teleport Waypoint you come across for easier travel.

Check Out The Domains & Dungeons

Farm Materials

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Materials are required to strengthen your characters. Be sure to pick up any materials you come across in Teyvat. You can also check our material farming guide!

Materials / Items List & How To Get 2.3▲Return To Table Of Contents

Elements & Elemental Reactions

Elements

PyroPyroHydroHydroAnemoAnemo
ElectroElectroCryoCryoGeoGeo
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Elements are the very essence of Genshin Impact's combat system. Each character has a vision that grants them elemental powers which vary for each character.

Elements Are Needed When Exploring

There are certain puzzles in the field, which for example, need you to use Fire to open Vine-covered chests, or freeze the surface of rivers so they can be traversed easier.

Elemental Reactions

Elemental Reactions
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An Elemental Reaction occurs when an enemy is afflicted with two or more elemental statuses simultaneously. Depending on the reaction, enemies will take additional damage, have their defense lowered, and more.

Learn More About Elemental Reactions & Combinatons Here!

Character Roles & Priority

Character Roles

RoleDescription
Main DPS Main damage dealers of your team who were built to maximize damage output. They are usually who you should invest in first since they stay on the field most of the time.
Notable Characters:
GanyuHu taoXiaoAyaka
Sub DPS The team's secondary source of damage who cause elemental reactions. Sub DPS units can also serve as batteries, who provide more energy recharge and apply elemental statuses. They usually leave the field after unleashing their abilities.
Notable Characters:
KazuhaXingqiuXianglingRaiden Shogun
Support Provides character buffs, debuffs, healing, shielding, crowd control and even energy recharge. They are responsible for keeping your team alive and giving them more firepower.
Notable Characters:
BarbaraDionabennettZhongli

Characters have different roles and are classified into three groups: Main DPS, Sub DPS, and Support. You can check the character list to see what role each character fits into.

All Characters List | Character Elements & Weapon

Which Characters To Prioritize

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Every character can be powerful when built right, so it's best to use the characters you enjoy playing the most!

Recommended Characters

If you want to know which characters excel the most or plan to follow the meta for high level content, you can check out our tier list to know more details about them.

Character Tier List

Combat System & Party Setup

Team Composition

A party mostly consists of 1 Main DPS, 2 Sub DPS, and 1 Support. This setup focuses on providing elemental reactions for your Main DPS while having a support character that can heal or buff.

Check Out Best Team Compositions Here!

Create What Your Team Needs

Recommended To Have Parties With Elemental Resonance

You don't always have to follow this since it can depend on what you need for your team. For instance, you can have 2 supports instead if you're having trouble keeping your team alive and want a more defensive approach.

Example Of A Balanced Party

Main DPSSub-DPSSub-DPSSupport
DilucDilucXianglingXianglingKaeyaKaeyaBarbaraBarbara
Details
- Similar to the previous build, Diluc will be the main DPS of this team comp
- Xiangling will provide additional ATK through her skill and Pyro Resonance while dealing off field Pyro Damage.
- Kaeya will work as the Cryo application of the team to further increase the Damage of the team through Melt reactions.
- Barbara's main purpose is to heal and keep the team's health as much as possible. She can also enable Vaporize reaction.

Elemental Resonance

Passives Given With Having Multiple Elements On Party

Elemental Resonance is a unique passive that can only be unlocked by having at least 2 types of the same element characters or having 4 unique element characters in a party.

Check Out Elemental Resonance Guide Here!

Character Rotations & Combos

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Rotations are combinations done by switching characters to unleash elemental skills / bursts and create elemental reactions for maximum damage output.

How To Do Rotations & Combos?

Rotations are done usually by unleashing all the abilities of one character then switching to another to boost or provide more damage output. This can be done in many ways as it can depend on what reactions you want to create.

Example Of A Rotation

Here is an example of Xiao's combat rotation.

Recommended Rotation
1Build energy by using Elemental Skill. Use 2 in succession to get increased damage for the second one
2Switch to other characters and unleash Buff/Bursts to support Xiao
3Bring out Xiao and use Elemental Burst
4Spam Plunging Attack
Check Out One-Shot Comp Rotations Here!▲Return To Table Of Contents

Leveling & Ascension - Beginner's Guide

Leveling Characters

How To Power Up Your Character

Leveling up characters is needed to strengthen your characters. It increases their main stats such as Max HP, ATK, Def, as well as bonus stats.

Focus On Leveling Main Party Characters

Focus on raising up your main characters instead of trying to level multiple characters you don't usually use at the same time. This is because enemies will have higher levels and resources will be hard to farm later on.

How To Level Up Fast?

The best way to level up your characters is through the use of Character EXP Materials. You can get them from quests, defeating elite enemies, and from chests around the world.

Check Out Leveling Guide Here!

Ascending Characters

Focus On Growing 1 Character In The Beginning

Ascension increases your Character Level Cap. It also requires you to reach a certain Adventure Rank Level as well as consume ascension materials to do so.

Check Out Ascension Guide Here!

Character Talents & Constellations - Beginner's Guide

Talents

Requires Ascenion Level 2 Per Character

Talent materials are needed to increase the abilities of characters. Each character has a specific type of talent materials they need to use so take note of that when building characters.

Check Out Talent Upgrade Guide Here!

When To Increase?

You'll want to increase your talents as soon as possible or at least when you want your abilities to become more potent.

What To Increase?

Talent priority can differ for each character since it can depend on what they rely on or use the most, so be sure to check our character guides to know which talents to upgrade first!

All Character List 2.2 | Character Elements & Weapon

Where To Find Talent Materials?

Forsaken Rift [Mondstadt]

Talent materials can be found in domains. Check our domains list to find their locations!

All Domains List

Constellations

Can Still Get Dupes After Complete Constellation

Constellations are passive abilities that either increase the potency of your talents, increase stats, and add new skill effects that can benefit your character.

Constellation Guide - How To Upgrade & Materials

How To Get Constellations

Duplicate Wish

When you get a duplicate character when pulling for gacha, that character will automatically be converted to Stella Fortuna. Take note however that the converted Stella Fortuna can only be used to the duplicate character.

Dupes Guide - What You Get After Max Constellation▲Return To Table Of Contents

Weapons & Artifacts - Beginner's Guide

Weapons

Barbara

There are five different types of weapons in the game which are Swords, Claymores, Bows, Polearms, and Catalysts.

All Classes / Weapon Types Guide

How To Power-Up Weapons

1Level Up
Increases Weapon stats. Gain exp for the weapon by using Enhancement Ore or using other weapons as materials
2Ascend / Ascension
Increased Weapon Level Cap. Requires you to reach a certain Adventure Level as well as consume materials to do so
3Refine
Enhance a weapon's skill. Refine by using a weapon of the same name as materials. Each weapon can be refined up to 5 times

There are 3 methods to power-up your weapons. There isn't much benefit to enhancing different weapons of the same class early on the game, so focus on powering-up only 1 weapon that your main character uses effectively.

How To Get Weapons

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You can get weapons from Wishing and through crafting weapons from the blacksmith with the required materials.

Craftable Weapons List

Weapons Have Secondary Stats & Effects

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Each weapon has different secondary stats and effects. Be sure to use the right weapon with the stat your character needs and refine it each time you get a duplicate to increase their effect.

All Weapons List

Artifacts

Artifacts

Artifacts are like accessories that you can equip for stat bonuses. You have 5 different slots, in which you can equip 1 Artifact per slot. Check out the Artifact Guide to see how they work!

Artifacts Guide 2.2 - Set List & Locations

Enhancing Artifacts

Artifacts

Unlike weapons & characters, Artifact level can only be increased by using other Artifacts as materials. Although, Sanctifying Uction & Sanctifying Essence are items that can be used to upgrade them as well.

No Need To Level Up Artifacts in Early Game

As artifacts are powered up through using other artifacts as materials, its not cost effective to level up the weaker early-game Artifacts. Save your resources for Artifacts with ★3 or above.

5 Artifact Slots Explained

1Flower of Life
Mainly increases HP
2Plume of Death
Mainly increases ATK
3Sands of Eon
Randomly increases HP, ATK, DEF, Energy Recharge, Elemental Mastery
4Goblet of Eonothem
Randomly increases HP, ATK, DEF, Physical DMG Bonus, Elemental DMG Bonus
5Circlet of Logos
Randomly increases HP, ATK, DEF, Healing Bonus, CRIT Rate, CRIT DMG, Elemental Mastery

Each slot can only equip an Artifact designated for that slot. For example, you can only equip Flower of Life artifacts in the Flower of Life slot, and not in other slots such as Plume of Death.

What Are Set Bonuses?

While its crucial to select Set bonuses for certain playstyles in the mid-late game, for the early game just grab whatever reasonable set bonus you can get.

Artifacts Build Guide - Best Set For Characters▲Return To Table Of Contents

Wishing & Primogem Management - Beginner's Guide

Wish Function - Gacha

Banner

Genshin Impact is a gacha game which means that you will get most of your weapons and characters from the Wish Banners.

How To Get Characters - Wishes & Free Characters

Wish Banners

Wish Banners
Time-Limited BannerTime-Limited Weapon Banner Permanent Banner

Time-Limited Banners usually last up to 3-4 weeks.

Who To Wish For?

Since Genshin Impact employs a Gacha system where the characters you get are random, it's inevitable that recommendations will differ depending on a given player's current character lineup and preference.

Best Wish Banner & New Wishes (Gacha) | Latest Banner Added!

Primogem Management

primo

Primogem is the currency used for Wishing or replenishing resin. It can be acquired through various ways such as completing quests, events,spiral abyss, unlocking chests and more!

How To Use

It is recommended to save your Primogems for the wish banners instead of spending it on resin since it replenishes every 8 minutes. Check out the primogem farming guide if you're looking for ways to get more of them!

Primogems - How To Farm And Grind Fast

Paimon's Bargains

stardust

You can also acquire them with the Stardust and Starglitter you obtained from wishing to acquire more Primogems.

Paimon's Shop▲Return To Table Of Contents

Tips & Tricks - Beginner's Guide

Don't Forget To Use Up Your Resin

resin

Original Resin replenishes every 8 minutes, so it is best to use them everyday to farm more efficiently.

Original Resin Guide - How To Use & Check

Try To Save Your Fragile Resin For Artifact Farming

Resin

Fragile Resins that you get from doing quests and leveling adventure rank can be used to restore Original Resins. One Fragile Resin can restore 60 Original Resin. Try to save them up for late game.

Ley Lines Are Your Friends!

Ley Line Overflow - Blossom Locations

Whenever you find yourself lacking resources, remember that blue ley lines give EXP Books while gold ley lines give Mora.

Use The Adventurer's Handbook For Farming Enemy Drops

enemy

You can easily track enemies from the handbook. It will show you their location and possible drops. After killing a certain number of an enemy, you will have to wait for it to respawn again.

Take note that respawn timers can vary. Either it resets on server time or resets randomly

All Bosses & Enemies Fight List | Dropped Materials 2.2

Raising Friendship Level

How to Change Facial Expressions

Growing 1 character will not only help you boost your level, but it will also increase your friendship level which will unlock more rewards like facial expressions.

Check Out How to Change Facial Expressions

Have At Least A Claymore & Bow User When Exploring

Recommended To Break With Claymore

Not only elements, but also weapon types affect exploration & gathering. We recommend you to bring Claymore & Bow Users.

Claymores

Claymores can break down ore for stone & metal resources while also dealing heavy damage to enemies with shields.

Bows

There are also puzzles that require you to shoot things from a distance with a bow.

Don't Forget To Spend Your Sigils!

In-Game Shop

In order to purchase the items from the Souvenir Shop, you will need to collect and use Anemo Sigils as this is the main currency.

Anemo Sigils - Farm Location, & Vendor Shop Uses

Try To Cook Food Whenever You Can!

Process Materials At Stoves

Cooking can really be useful as it can create food that can heal, buff, and revive your characters! Be sure to use characters that give a special bonus when cooking.

Recipe Locations 2.2 | Cooking Recipe List

Do Not Level Multiple Characters

Use Character EXP Material

As said before, only level up characters that you mostly use because resources can be hard to get later on. Also, most support characters are already effective around level 70-80, so you can omit to level them up all the way to 90.

Leveling Guide - How To Level Up Characters▲Return To Table Of Contents

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