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1.3 Update - Release Date & Patch Notes (Updated)

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1.3 Update is the upcoming update of Genshin Impact. See character banners, release date & time schedule, patch notes, new weapons, event timeline, new bosses, features & quests.

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1.3 Update Patch Notes - Update Summary, Event Timeline & To Do List

This list is based on currently released information. We will continuously update this list so stay tune!

Things To Do From February 3

① Use Your Wishes At New Banner
Xiao BannerInvitation to Mundane Life
From Version 1.3 update ~ 2021/02/17
Epitome Invocation (Weapon Banner)
 └ February 3, 2021 ~ February 23, 2021
 └ New Weapon: Primordial Jade Cutter
② Get Rewards From Events
Five Flushes Of Fortune
└ Version 1.3 update ~ February 10, 2021
・Complete photo challenges and exchange photos for rewards!
③ Do New World Quests
Bough Keeper: Dainsleif
└ Might be related to Dainsleif.
Tianqiu Treasure Trail
└ Receive Parametric Transformer.
 └ Transforms items into new level up items.
There's No Restoring This Past Land Of Beauty
Perfect Shot
└ Can be done after finishing Five Flushes Of Fortune.
④ Collect New Recipes & Items
Fullmoon Egg
 One of the materials will be Bird Egg.
Vegetarian Abalone
 One or more materials will be vegetables!
Stone Harbor Delicacies
 Recipe might be acquirable in Liyue region.
Dust Of Azoth
 A special ingredient that can change elemental items of certain elements into another element.
⑤ Test New Power Of Geo
Zhongli's Adjustment & Buff
 New adjustments will be added to Zhongli.
New Geo Resonance & Geo Shields
 An upgrade to Geo Resonance & Shields were added.
⑥ Level Up Your Battle Pass
Lantern-Lit Sky
  Battle Pass will be renewed! Make sure to do your weeklies after update!
Fragile Resin Added In Rewards
 Get Fragile resin as a Battle Pass Reward.

Things To Do From February 10 And Beyond!

① Play Xiao's Story Quest
Do Xiao's Story Quest To Unlock
└ Adventure Rank 23 and above needed.
└ Opens on 2021-02-10 10:00 (Server Time)
└ Unlocks Lantern Rite Event Series
② Raise Festive Fever At Lantern Rite Tales
Lantern Rite Tales I
└ Do Side quests to raise Festive Fever.
└ Unlocks Xiao Market Stage I
└Unlock Conditions:
 ① Available from February 10, 2021.
 ② Finish The Origin Of The Lanterns
Lantern Rite Tales II
└ Do Side quests to raise Festive Fever.
└ Unlocks Xiao Market Stage II
└ Unlocks Theater Mechanicus
・Unlock Conditions
 ① Available from February 14, 2021.
 ② Level Festive Fever to "Guests Flock From Afar,"
 ③ Finish Currents Deep Beneath the Lanterns.
Lantern Rite Tales III
└ Do Side quests to raise Festive Fever.
└ Unlocks Xiao Market Stage III
・Unlock Conditions
 ① Available from February 18, 2021.
 ② Level Festive Fever to "Glow of a Thousand Lanterns,"
 ③ Finish Light Upon the Sea.
③ Play Theater Mechanicus
Tower Defense Mini Game
└ Available from February 14, 2021.
└ Challenge to get Peace Talisman.
└ Uses one Xiao Lantern
④ Accomplish Stand By Me Event
Stand By Me Event
└ Available from February 10, 2021.
└ Reach the Festive Fever stage "Glow of a Thousand Lanterns"
└ Use 1000 Peace Talisman to get a free Liyue Character.
└ Check character list and recommendation here.
④ Shop At Xiao Market
■ Special Reward Screen
└ Available from February 10, 2021~
└ Use collected Peace Talisman to get rewards.
└ Unlocked at Lantern Rite Tales.
⑤Vishaps and Where To Find Them
Vishaps and Where To Find Them
└ Send Characters to explore and get rewards.
└ Battle Primo Geovishaps & Geovishaps
⑥Log-In Daily For Rewards
May Fortune Find You Log In Event
└ Duration: 2021/02/11 – 2021/02/26
└ Get up to 10 Intertwined Fates
Night Sky's Grace
└ Duration: 2021-02-26 - end of Version 1.3
└ Log in daily to get generous rewards!
⑦ Collect Double Rewards From Ley Lines
Ley Line Overflow
└ Duration: 2021-02-26 - 2021-03-05
└Get Double rewards from Ley Line outcrops
⑧ Use Your Wishes At Keqing's Banner
KeqingDance Of Lanterns
2021/02/17 ~ 2021/03/02
Epitome Invocation (Weapon Banner)
 └ Duration: 2021/02/23 18:00 to 2021/03/16 14:59
 └New Weapon: Staff of Homa
 └New Weapon: Lithic Blade
 └New Weapon: Lithic Spear
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More About 1.3 Livestream Here!

1.3 Update Patch Notes - New Features

Geo Related Changes

Geo Resonance Effect Change

The effect of "Enduring Rock" will be changed to the following with the 1.3 Update:

Enduring Rock
Increases shield strength by 15%. Additionally, characters protected by a shield will have the following special characteristics: DMG dealt increased by 15%, dealing DMG to enemies will decrease their Geo RES by 20% for 15s.

Changes In Geo Shield Effect

The effect of geo shield changed to "150% Physical DMG & Elemental DMG Absorption".

New Material Conversion Gadget & Items

Elemental Crystal

New Quality of Life Gadgets and items were introduced in the Livestream that will be added to the 1.3 Update. One of which will convert your materials to other forms or elements.

Other Quality Of Life Features

Easier Weapon Enhancement

You can hold the button down to add more items when enhancing weapons.

Controller Support For ios

You can now connect the following controllers and play Genshin in the 1.3 Update. Take note that you first need to upgrade your iOs version to version 14.

  • Xbox Wireless Controller (Bluetooth Version)
  • Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2
  • PlayStation DualShock 4 Wireless Controller
  • iOS-specialized Bluetooth controllers (partial support)

1.3 Update Patch Notes - New Characters

Xiao To Be Released On 1.3 Update

Xiao Banner Will Be Added On February 3, 2021

The new characters that will be released with the 1.3 update has been confirmed to the anemo user, Xiao. The Adeptus was first introduced during the second arc of Genshin Impact's archon missions.

Check Out The Xiao Character Guide Here

Xiao Banner Will Be Added On February 3, 2021

It has been confirmed that Xiao and his banner will be live on February 3, 2021, same day release as the 1.3 Update. The other featured characters for his banner have not been revealed yet.

Xiao Will Have His Own Quest

Xiao Will Have His Own Quest

Xiao will have his own quest with his release. It has not been announced what kind of challenge it would be, but it did say that the AR requirement will be level 23 and above.

Check Out Xiao's Story Quest Here

Keqing Banner Available After Xiao's

Keqing Banner Available After Xiao

Keqing will be the fight 5-Star from the Regular Banner to be featured in the Limited Time Banner. During this time, players will have a better chance of pulling Keqing!

Check Out The Keqing Character Guide Here

Hu Tao Might Be Released During 1.3

Hu Tao's character teaser was recently revealed by Mihoyo hinting that she might be added in the character roster within version 1.3.

Check Out The Hu Tao Character Article Here

Possible To Be Later 1.3 Banner

According to the official patch notes, there will be more wish banners coming for the 1.3 update. Although the character banner was not named, there is a possibility that this could be Hu Tao's banner!

More About Hu Tao Banner Here!

Adjustments For Zhongli

Do to the feedback of many players, the following adjustments will be applied to Zhongli in the 1.3 Update.

  • Auto-Attack damage will be scaling from HP (1.39% of Max HP).
  • Elemental Skill, Stone Stele, damage will also be scaling from HP (1.9% of Max HP).
  • Elemental Burst Damage will be increased by 33% of Zhongli's Max HP.
  • Increase interruption resistance of Hold Skill.
  • Summons a Stone Stele when there are less than 2 Geo structures nearby.
  • While Jade Shield is active, enemies that surrounds Zhongli will receive a debuff.
More Details On Zhongli's Adjustment & Buff Here!

1.3 Update Patch Notes - New Weapons & Artifacts

New Weapon: Primordial Jade Cutter

Primordial Jade Cutter

A new sword weapon arrives on update 1.3 that is made of pure jade & has an elegant tone to its design.

Check out Primordial Jade Cutter here!

New Weapons On Second Half Of Update

Aside from the Primordial Jade Cutter, numerous new weapons will arrive as the update progresses. These include the following:

1.3 Update New Weapons List

1.3 Update Patch Notes - Upcoming Events

Lantern Rite Event

Lantern Rite is an event where players must complete event world missions & increase lantern gauges for better rewards & items. Get into the special event for more Xiao's story & interactions with the world, while earning goodies along the way.

Event Date: February 3, 2021

The Lantern Rite event will be released on February 3, 2021. This should be after 1.3 Update has been released. Events are divided into segments & phases.

More About Lantern Rites Event Here!

Required To Complete Xiao's Challenge First

Required To Complete Xiao

Players will have to clear Xiao's challenge first before they can get access to the Lantern Rite festival. This might be due to the story progression when it comes to Xiao.

Theater Mechanicus (Tower Defense) Event

Theater Mechanicuse event will feature a Tower Defense -like game rules that pitches your traps against hordes of wandering enemies. Complete quests "The Origin of the Lanterns" and "Liyue: Theater Mechanicus" to unlock!

Will Work Similar To A Tower Defense

Theater Mechanicus Event will be similar to that of a chess game. You will need to build different devices with different abilities in the map to destroy enemies!

Play Different Difficulties

The Tower Defense Event can be played multiple times at different difficulty levels. Of course the harder the level, the more challenging the event will be.

More About Theater Mechanicus Event Here!

Stand By Me Event

Stand By Me

Choose between characters in Liyue and set of an adventure to receive rewards!

More About Stand By Me Event Here!

Five Flushes Of Fortune

Five Flushes

Take on picture taking task and exchange pictures with friends for wonderful rewards.

More About Five Flushes Of Fortune Here!

More Story & World Quests Added

Xiao's story quest "Alatus Chapter" & 26 event world quests will be added after the update. More quests will come as well as the update progresses so check back often!

1.3 Update Patch Notes - Release Date & Preload Time

1.3 Update Coming On February 3, 2021

Version Schedule
1.3February 3, 06:00 (Server Time)
Lantern Rite Event Series and Xiao Debut!

The date of release of the update has been officially set in the patch notes! All platforms will receive the update on February 3, 2021. Update time is 6:00AM (Server time) and it takes around 5 hours for the maintenance.

May Delay Based On Situations

While its stated that it takes 5 hours for the update to complete, there might be delays based on the actual situation. If such delays occur, players will receive 60 Primogems for each hour of delay.

Update 1.3 Pre-Installation (Download) Available

Update 1.3 Pre-Installation (Download) Available
Version Schedule
1.3 Preload February 1 03:00 (UTC+0) ~ Version 1.3 Arrives
・May Vary Depend on Actual Server Update Time
Installs key components for Ver. 1.3

For better experience, players can pre-install the core version 1.3 files 2 days before official release. This allows users to complete the bulk of the update download 6 installations before having to wait for full installation when the update arrives.

How To Preload On PC


In order to preload on PC, you need to start launcher.exe from Genshin Impact Directory. Note that starting "GenshinImpact.exe" from the game installation folder won't show preload menu.

1.3 Update Pre-Download Will Also Be Available For Mobiles

Unlike previous versions, update pre-download will also be available for mobile users. This will enable mobile users to download the files for update before and during the maintenance so they can play Genshin immediately after server maintenance is over.

Go To "Settings" For Both iOS & Android

Go To Settings For Both iOS & Android

To access the preload, go to the Paimon Menu > Settings > Other > Pre-Install Resource Package. for both iOS & Android uses to initiate.

New Update Every 6 Weeks

Mihoyo also announced that they plan to release new contents for the game every 6 weeks.

Regarding 1.3 Leaks

Announcement By Mihoyo

In the recent Facebook post by Mihoyo, they announced their strict stance against leakers of information from beta testing.

About 1.3 Leak Information

While we think there might be leaks from the closed beta testing of version 1.3, we've decided to not include such leaked pictures and details here.

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