Genshin Impact keeps introducing new additions to the character roster with each new update. Every update has two separate banner cycles which can feature one or two five-star characters and three four-star characters.
Once a banner cycle ends, players usually have to wait for months for the opportunity to pull for the same limited five-star characters again. A new Genshin Impact leak has revealed that two popular characters might arrive in the upcoming update.
The fact that developer HoYoverse has not announced any new five-star characters yet means that the upcoming Genshin Impact version 2.8 will most likely introduce two banner re-runs. A popular Genshin Impact leaker named SaveYourPrimos has revealed that both Kazuha and Yoimiya might receive their first banner re-run in 2.8. There are still no leaks claiming which re-run should arrive first, but players expect Yoimiya to be featured on the first part of the update.
Kaedehara Kazuha is a five-star Anemo user and one of, if not the strongest support in Genshin Impact which makes him probably the most wanted character in the game’s community at the moment. He was released back during Genshin Impact version 1.6 which means that his last appearance on a banner was over a year ago. At the time of his release, Kazuha was considered as a slightly weaker version of the popular Anemo Archon Venti, however, as the meta shifted, players have realized that he can be even stronger than Anemo colleague, especially in the famous Spiral Abyss which is considered the hardest part of the game’s content.
Yoimiya was introduced back during Genshin Impact update 2.0 alongside the popular Cryo sword user, Kamisato Ayaka. Similarly to Kazuha, there wasn’t much excitement surrounding Yoimiya’s first arrival, probably because update 2.0 was more focused on the introduction of a new major region called Inazuma. Yoimiya is a Pyro bow user and currently one of the strongest DPS characters in Genshin Impact with a strong focus on single target damage.
While there won’t be any new five-star characters in 2.8, the official Genshin Impact social media accounts have already announced a new four-star character named Shikanoin Heizou. He is a mysterious detective from Inazuma who is expected to arrive on the update’s first banner. Heizou’s weapon of choice is the catalyst which makes him the first male character in the Genshin Impact to have this weapon type. According to recent gameplay leaks, he will apparently be a new four-star Anemo DPS character.
Genshin Impact is now available on Mobile, PC, PS4, and PS5. A Switch version is in development.