New additions to the character roster create tons of hype and are one of the most exciting events Genshin Impact players can look forward to. The recent official announcement revealed two new characters for the upcoming update, and Genshin Impact fans are understandably hyped.
The release of the new region Inazuma has brought multiple characters with ties to that region, and Gorou and Arataki Itto are the most recently announced. It seems like the story will head back to the fan-favorite region Liyue, as both new characters Shenhe and Yun Jin are heavily related to this part of the map.
Genshin Impact 2.4 beta phase has started, and there are already multiple leaks about future content – including a brand-new region fans are referring to as Enkanomiya. Now, a credible leak on the Genshin_Impact_Leaks subreddit has revealed a video featuring Shenhe fighting a basic hilichurl.
Over the past couple of months, miHoYo has introduced an interesting pattern by revealing new characters before the beta even arrives, most likely because the characters would be leaked on day one of the betas anyway. A recent leak on Reddit has apparently revealed large parts of Shenhe’s kit, which can be seen below.
- Elemental Burst – releases the power of Sealed Spirit, allowing it to roam and deal AoE Cryo damage. The spirit will leave behind a field effect which will decrease Cryo and Physical Resistances of enemies in the field.
- Passive – Upon activating Shenhe’s Elemental Skill, her party members gain a significant damage or skill buff, depending on the way it was activated (hold or tap).
- Elemental Skill (tap) – allows Shenhe to dash forward dealing Cryo damage along the way, similar to Xiao’s skill.
- Elemental Skill (hold) – deals AoE Cryo damage for a couple of seconds.
Previous leaks about her element have been confirmed by the official art, as she will be a new Cryo character. Her weapon of choice will be the Polearm, and according to multiple leaks, she’s expected to be one of the strongest sub-DPS characters in Genshin Impact. Shenhe will arrive alongside another Geo polearm character, the prestigious dancer Yun Jin.
Both Shenhe and Yun Jin will most likely be featured on the same banner cycle, which is great news for players who want to obtain both of them. When it comes to the second banner, previous leaks have been hinting that Xiao and Ganyu might get a banner re-run. This means that update 2.4 could have a pattern similar to its predecessor, containing two new characters for one cycle and a strong double banner re-run for the other.
Genshin Impact is now available on Mobile, PC, PS4, and PS5. A Switch version is in development.