How to unlock characters in Genshin Impact

Your goal in Genshin Impact is to build the best team possible. It’s all about winning the Fate. Here’s how to unlock new characters in Genshin Impact.

How to unlock characters in Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact is a free open-world RPG that is reminiscent of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but if BOTW includes elements of a mobile game. Developer miHoYo is better known for mobile RPGs, but Genishin Impact exploded in the console scene in late 2020. While the base game is free, Genshin Impact is still a gatch game at the end of the day. Gatcha games are built with players spending in-game currency for a chance to unlock random items. These are similar to how microtransactions work in other free games such as Apex Legends, Fortnite, and Call of Duty: Warzone. These in-game purchases are one way to unlock new characters in Genshin Impact; however, they are not the only way. Here’s everything you need to know about how to unlock characters in Genshin Impact.

Further reading

Learn how to get more characters of different types in Genshin Impact with this handy walkthrough including currencies, banners, and more.

Keep track of events

Every six weeks, Genshin Impact usually undergoes a major update that always brings a few temporary events into the game. While this pattern has not been officially recognized by Mihoyo, players have noticed that one event every two updates typically grants players a free four-star character. In the past, these free four-star characters included Fischl in Update 1.1, any four-star Liyue character selected by the player in Update 1.3, and Diona in Update 1.5.

Due to this pattern, many gamers speculated that Genshin Impact would bring players another free four-star character in Update 1.7, which is due out in just a few weeks. Even if this turns out to be untrue, participating in these events is still a great way to earn Primogems.

Nothing makes Genshin Impact players more fun than getting their favorite character.

4 methods to obtain characters in Genshin Impact

4) Starglitter Exchange shop

The Starglitter Store is a great way to get free characters. Genshin Impact players can access this store by going to the Paimon menu, clicking the Store option, and then scrolling down to Paimon Deals.

Characters are added to the store and will be refreshed monthly. Currently, the Starglitter Exchange is the place to take over Beidou and Noelle. There seems to be a constant character rotation on the Starglitter Exchange store, although Genshin Impact has not confirmed this.

To purchase an item from the Starglitter Store, players must use the Masterless Starglitter Coupon. The cost of one character in this shop is 34 Star Glitter without a Master.

They can earn that particular currency by earning a 4-star or 5-star character and weapon from the Wish Banner.

3) Wish Banner

wishes, commonly known as Banners, are the perfect gacha system in Genshin Impact. There are two character banners in Genshin Impact: a Character Event Wish and a Standard Wish.

It is recommended that Genshin Strikes players spend their Primogems on a Character Banner, rather than a Standard Banner. This is because the guaranteed 5-star character banner will be a 100% playable character, not a weapon, unlike the standard banner.

However, a stroke requires 160 Primogems, and ten strokes are 1,600 Primogems. The number is not small, especially considering how difficult it is to collect Primogems in Genshin Impact.

Therefore, players are advised to spend money only if their favorite 4-star or limited 5-star characters are on the character banner.

novice Player Wish for New Players (Image via Eckogen, Youtube)

The beginner wishes banner for new players to Genshin Impact deserves a special mention. Beginners are always reluctant to try their luck with this banner, but it is a blessing in disaster.

The beginner wish banner only appears at the beginning of the game and disappears after players wish 20 times. Since this banner is adapted to new users in Genshin Impact, it only costs 8 Familiar Ticket (1,280 Primogems) instead of 10 Familiar Ticket.

2) Events

Genshin Impact players must keep track of the new events with each new update. The game receives a major update every six weeks, which always brings new limited events to the game.

Although Genshin Impact did not recognize this pattern, players have noticed that one event comes out every two updates and regularly gives them a free 4-star character.

1) Spiral Abyss

Just like the Beginner’s Wish Banner, there is also another Limited Beginner’s Event. Genshin Impact players can earn Xiangling by filling Floor 3, Chamber 3 in the Spiral Abyss.

The Spiral Abyss will be unlocked when Traveler reaches adventure rank 20. The Abyss is a floor-based dungeon where players lead their party through increasingly difficult floors, earning combat bonuses along the way.

Once Genshin Impact players manage to clear Floor 3, Chamber 3 in Spiral Abyss, they can go to the event page above and claim their free Xiangling.

All the new and upcoming characters we can pull on in future updates

Genshin Impact new characters in 2.3 and beyond


Gorou is another character from Inazuma – he is also featured in Kazuha’s vocal lines. She is a four-star Geo Bow user with cute ears and a stylish tail. Despite his comic appearance, Gorou is actually a general of the Sangonomiya troops. Gorou is a strong leader on the battlefield and becomes fierce in every battle he takes part in. Fans are already eagerly awaiting the release date of the Gorou Banner, which falls in the second half of the Genshin Impact 2.3 update.

Arataki Itto ‧ Hanamizaka Heroic

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