Genshin Impact Patch 1.3 Guide – Release Date, Banners, Events, Info

Hope you’ve gotten your fill of Genshin Impact Patch 1.2 because Patch 1.3 has just been announced and is coming on February 3, 2021! In this guide, we run down all of the information there is to know about the upcoming Genshin Impact content and we’ll be sparing no details! From new bosses, weapons, events, and more, lets dig in!

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New Hero: Xiao

Xiao is the first Anemo Polearm user! His unique attack ability makes it so he doesn’t take damage when doing his plunging attack, no matter how long he falls. And the more time he spends plunging, the more damage the attack will do when he eventually lands.

We’ll have more details on Xiao’s abilities when they’re released, but his basic ability is a dash attack that can be cast in midair. His ultimate, Bane of all Evil, causes Xiao to put his mask on. In this mode, he constantly loses HP but gains a big buff to his AOE size and attack, which converts to Anemo.

Xiao Story Quest

During event, Adventure Rank 23 or lower can do the story quest, no story key required! Afterward, you’ll need to be Adventure Rank 32 or higher and will have to pay the story key cost.

New Banners

There will be two banners during Patch 1.3, but only one new character. Xiao will have his own banner, Invitation to Mundane Life on February 3. Later in the month, Keqing will get her focused banner, Dance of Lanterns, on February 17.

Major Event: Lantern Rite

To start this event, travelers will need to meet Xiao and protect the city itself. This is Xiao’s story quest. After you’ve completed it, the Lantern Rite event will become available.

There are three different stages in the festival. Completing Lantern Rite Tales will raise Festive Fever and unlock more stages of the event, adding more quests, storylines, and purchasable rewards in the Xiao Market.

Rewards Include: Primogems, Fragile Resin, Talent Level-Up Materials, and more!

Theater Mechanicus

In this new limited-time event, you get to play a tower defense game inside of Genshin Impact. By playing during the event, you’ll earn currency which can be used to upgrade the towers, making them more powerful, and causing subsequent stages to be easier. You can also unlock new towers to use.

Xiao Market

Exchange event currency for Namecards, Crown of Insight, and Dust of Azoth!

Free 4-Star Character: Stand By Me Promotion

Event Dates: February 18, 2021 – March 7, 2021

Choose from Xiangling, Xinyan, Beidou, Xingguang, Chongyun, or Xingqiu

Three Minor Events

May Fortune Find You

Event Dates: February 11, 2021 – February 26, 2021

Log in on seven days during the event and get ten Intertwined Fates!

Five Flushes of Fortune

“Ji Tong seems to be puzzling over a seemingly faulty Kamera. He had hoped it would lend a distinctive tone to his photos, but all it seems to produce is colorful nonsense.”

In this event, you’ll need to take photos of a different subject each day. Give them to Ji Tong and you’ll get a random photo in return. Collect all five photo colors for a fortune trove. You can collect up to eight troves during the event.

Rewards Include: Primogems, Hero’s Wit, Mystic Enhancement Ore, or Mora!

Vishaps and Where to Find Them

“The Adventurers’ Guild has collected much information on the dangerous Geovishaps in recent days. Katheryne of Liyue Harbor is currently commissioning adventurers to investigate further.”

During this event, Katheryne will host eight special expeditions each day, though you can only complete four. Each has better rewards than usual like Primogems and more! You can add additional characters to your expeditions to increases your bonus rewards chance. There’s also a slot to add a friend’s character as a support, effectively giving you a free boost for having friends.

After a number of expeditions you will unlock the ability to go on expeditions yourself in an attempt to track down and defeat the Geovishaps.

Rewards Include: Primogems, Talent Level-Up Materials, Weapon Ascension Materials, and more!

Ley Line Overflow

“The flow of experience within the ley lines has been notably great as of late.”

Gain double rewards from blossoms of wealth or blossoms of revelations three times each day.

New World Boss: Primo Geovishap

We don’t know much about the Primo Geovishap other than what was shown from its description on stream. It appears to be able to absorb elemental power which it can then unleash in the corresponding element (Hydro, Pyro, Cryo, or Electro) as a powerful attack. If this attack hits a character’s shield, the Primo Geovishap will take damage. If the shield type matches the element of the ability, the damage it takes will be amplified.

New Features and Quality of Life Changes

  • Living Beings category added to the Archive
  • Updated profile display
  • Character showcase ability
  • Character Ascension Material transmutation from one element to another using crafting
  • More transmutation from the Parametric Transformer item you can unlock at Adventure Rank 34
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Dillon Skiffington

Dillon is the Guides Editor at Fanbyte. He can't seem to quit games as a service or looter shooters — unfortunate news for his backlog, really. Can't get enough game art, soundtracks, or space games. You can find him on Twitter @Squiblon.

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