Genshin Impact new characters in the 2.8 update and beyond

Genshin Impact new characters in the 2.8 update and beyond

Genshin Impact new characters in the 2.8 update and beyond

Want to learn more about new Genshin Impact characters? Since its release in 2020, the addictive anime game has received many regular updates that expand the game’s content – and have added several new characters through temporary banners.

New Genshin Impact characters – according to Hoyoverse’s Genshin Impact roadmap – should appear with every major update. If past experience is anything, there will be at least one Genshin Impact banner with a new five-star character and possibly new four-star characters during each new patch. That said, several new Genshin Impact characters have been added outside of this schedule, such as Genshin Impact’s Klee – so we could see unexpected new characters coming as well.

Yelan and Kuki Shinobu are the most recent new characters in the Genshin Impact 2.7 update, and we know Heizou is coming too, possibly in the next patch. There are also a few leaks and some datamined information about new faces that may appear in future Genshin Impact updates. Until they are officially announced, however, these characters are not final and can be changed.

The new and upcoming Genshin Impact characters are:

Genshin Impact new characters Yelan and Kuki Shinobu



There are two new characters coming as part of the 2.7 update, the first being Yelan. She is a five star Hydro Bow user, and Yelan’s banner coincided with the new patch on May 30. It will run until June 20, when the second phase of the 2.7 patch begins.

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Check out our Yelan materials guide if you want to know what you need to collect to get her to the max level, and we also have a special article on the best Yelan team composition.

Kuki Shinobu

The second new character coming to 2.7 is Kuki Shinobu, an Electro sword user who has some support and healing abilities. As a four-star character, Kuki will not get a banner of her own and instead will debut on a repeat of Arataki Itto’s banner that will land with the second phase of 2.7. This banner will run until the expected release date of Genshin Impact 2.8 on July 13.

A lineup of different genshin impact characters

Genshin Impact new characters – 2.8 and beyond


Heizou, the Inazuman detective, is mentioned in the voice lines of several characters. In May, Heizou was officially announced via the Genshin Impact Twitter account:

Other than the fact that Heizou appears to be an Anemo character (based on the pendant you can see), no other information or context is given for the detective. Genshin-yummy Lumie claims that Heizou will be the first male Catalyst character, although his artwork shows some sort of blade weapon wrapped on his hip.

Previously, Genshin leaker Ubatcha suggested that Heizou may be a 4 star character to be released as part of the 2.6 update. However, a more recent (and, as they describe it, “dubious”) Tweet suggests that Heizou’s release will be in the 2.8 update cycle.

Ubatcha also claims that Heizou will be smaller than Xiao, Gorou and Aether. We’ll keep you posted on any further information we get on the release date of the Heizou banner, although leaks about its abilities have already surfaced online via Honey Hunter, so we’ve gathered some thoughts on a good Heizou build.


A previous round of Genshin Impact leaks referenced character data attributed to someone named “Nilou.” Prominent Genshin leaker Project Celestia indicates she has the “girl” body type. This is what they said:

As Celestia points out, this is all subject to change and may even be a placeholder, so we’ll have to stick with this until more official information comes out.

Dainsleif, a potential new Genshin Impact character, with magical powers and a dark blue cape


Dainsleif, the Bough Keeper, was officially announced by Hoyoverse at the Tokyo Game Show – however, no release date was attached. His voice actor has been announced, but we have no indication of when he could arrive.

Dainsleif hails from Khaenri’ah, an underground realm not part of Teyvat itself – so maybe in the future we’ll meet Dainsleif when we explore his homeland.

Genshin Impact Yaoyao Shares Candy With Other Characters During a Festival


Yaoyao is a cute NPC who is mentioned in the voice lines of several characters. She was previously Xiangling’s junior when they both studied under the same 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 as to when she might join us in the game. The art shows Yaoyao with Qiqi at the Mid-Autumn Festival – so her release may coincide with some sort of festival. She’s classified as a four-star Dendro Catalyst user, which is intriguing considering we don’t currently have any Dendro users available.

Genshin Impact potential new character Baizhu, wears glasses and wears white snake around his neck


Baizhu is a Genshin Impact NPC and is the owner of Bubu Pharmacy in Liyue. He has a Dendro vision that led fans to believe he could one day be a playable character – although we’ll have to wait for Dendro’s full implementation in the elemental reactions map.

Genshin Impact Cyno crouched in swirling sand


Cyno was unveiled in the Teyvat chapter storyline sample video – he’s a Polearm carrier from Sumeru, one of the future Genshin Impact regions that we’ll be visiting in later updates.


Collei is a character from Sumeru in the official manga of Genshin Impact. She was infused 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

In April 2022 there was a new leak from uncle Y who claimed that Collei’s skills were completed and tested. This leak is considered ‘trustworthy’, but is still treated with skepticism for now. Other rumors associated with Collei suggest she may be a Dendro bow user.

Two Genshin IMPact characters under the spotlight, dressed as magicians

Lyney and Lynette

Lyney and Lynette were revealed in the same storyline preview video — they’re believed to be twins dressed as wizards — they’re from Fontaine, a region inspired by France. There is speculation that they could be recruited as a pair and swap places with each other in battle – although that might just be a cool idea.

Potential Genshin Impact On New Character Iansan Wearing Animal Skulls And Summoning Flame


Iansan was also revealed in the Teyvat Chapter Storyline video, in the Natlan section. We think she’s a Pyro user, but we’ll have to wait until we visit Natlan to learn more about her.

Potential new Genshin Impact character Scaramouche thoughtfully strokes his chin while standing outside a shrine


Scaramouche is No. 6 of the eleven harbingers of Fatui; he introduces himself as a “vagrant of Inazuma” who tries to betray and kill the Traveler during the Unreconciled Stars event: Star of Destiny. Players believe he will eventually be a playable character and speculate that he may be an Electro Catalyst user.


Il Dottore is one of the eleven harbingers. His name means ‘The Doctor’, but based on his appearance in the official manga, he is more interested in using humans for research and experimentation.


Pulcinella is the 5th of the eleven Fatui harbingers – all that is known about them is that they enlisted Tartaglia in the Fatui after he resurfaced from the abyss.

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These are all the new Genshin Impact characters that we think have a fair chance of showing up in the game – we’ll be adding new candidates as we discover them. Enough wishful thinking – time to focus on the characters you already have; here are the best Genshin Impact characters for beginners and the best Genshin Impact weapons to equip them with.