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Everything you need to know about Genshin Impact Version 1.6

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Genshin Impact is getting a move on. The last few updates have been somewhat lacking. Version 1.3 and 1.4 were filled with festivals. Version 1.5 fared better by introducing the impressive housing system but lacked new explorative elements.

Version 1.6 brings that game back to form, pushing forward the main story and introducing players to a brand new archipelago, which can be explored using a boat known as a Waverider

Seemingly, Version 1.6 even includes a prelude to the upcoming Inazuma region.

Here’s everything we know about Genshin Impact Version 1.6.

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When is the Genshin Impact Version 1.6 release date?

Version 1.6 will be available on June 9, 2021.

Is there a Genshin Impact Version 1.6 trailer?

Yes! You better believe there’s a trailer for Version 1.6. You can watch it below.

The trailer opens with Klee asking Jean to go on an adventure. We then see the Traveller, Barbara, Jean, and Klee riding on the back of Dvalin, the dragon you fought in Genshin Impact’s prologue. Good to see they’ve become a pal.

Dvalin brings the crew to a new area, an archipelago. The trailer flashes through the highlights of the archipelago like open waters and a new boat mechanic known as the Wave Rider.

We then see a gramophone calling out a “wicked girl.” It’s unknown who’s voice is speaking.

The trailer jumps in tone from summer fun to a serious scene where characters are facing down a new foe called a Maguu Kenki.

We then see a preview for a Version 1.6 story quest featuring the new character Kazuha who appears to be from Inazuma and participating in a fighting tournament hosted by Beidou.

What character banners will be in Genshin Impact Version 1.6?

Version 1.6 will feature two character banners. The update will open with a re-run of the five-star Pyro Catalyst character, Klee. After that, we’ll have a banner with Kazuha, a new Anemo five-star character from Inazuma.

Who is Kazuha in Genshin Impact Version 1.6?

We know that Kazuha is a new five-star character from Inazuma. He uses Anemo and wields a sword. Kazuha is described as a ronin from Inazuma. He currently lives within Beidou’s fleet in Liyue. He is calm yet acts freely, and his past is buried in his heart.

Kazuha’s elemental skill, Chihayafuru, allows him to produce a large area of effect Anemo attack. This both lifts Kazhua into the air while damaging those around him. After using the skill, Kazuha can perform an enhanced plunging attack.

Chihayafuru can also be used in mid-air, allowing Kazuha to “double jump.”

Kazuha’s Elemental Burst allows him to create a large area that deals Anemo damage over time. Similar to Venti’s Elemental Burst, it can also absorb a nearby element like Hydro, Pyro, Cryo, or Electro.

Kazuha has passive talents that greatly enhance his skills and sprinting. Just having him in your party reduces Stamina consumption for Sprinting by 20 percent. Another talent, Weathering Blade, increases the damage of Kazuha’s Elemental Skill by 200 percent after it comes in contact with another element.

Kazuha’s splash art.Dimbreath / miHoYo

Will Inazuma be in Genshin Impact Version 1.6?

The fighting tournament focusing on Kazuha is allegedly a prelude to Inazuma.

Story-wise, you’ll allegedly enter Inazuma with help from the pirate, Beidou. In this interaction, you’ll be re-acquainted with Beidou and Kazuha will be introduced in the story. They supposedly travel together. This might not be in Version 1.6, though.

Inazuma itself will supposedly continue to grow across future updates. It’s far from being finished. MiHoYo previously added Liyue in a similarly piecemeal manner during the three Genshin Impact closed beta tests that occurred before the official release.

What are the Genshin Impact Version 1.6 events?

A name card that supposedly comes from an event in version 1.6.miHoYo / Honey Impact

There are currently two events that are expected to be added in Genshin Impact Version 1.5.

The first is a Summer Island Adventure, taking place on the brand new archipelago. This will contain numerous mini-games and activities.

The second supposed event places you in a score attack similar to the Hypostatic Symphony against the two Liyue bosses, the Primo Geovishap and the Oceanid. You’ll also be able to fight a new enemy from Inazuma named Maguu Kenki. Then the event will conclude with a fight against all three foes simultaneously.

It’s unknown if this version of the Oceanid is the one you fight in Liyue or the one found in the Wishful Drops event.

Are skins going to be in Genshin Impact Version 1.6?

Jean and Barbara’s skins.miHoYo

Skins will finally be coming to Genshin Impact in Version 1.6.

There will be a Sea Sparkle costume for Barbara and a Sea Breeze Dandelion costume for Jean

Barbara’s costume is said to be a free addition obtained through an event shop. Jean’s skin is a paid addition. It’ll cost 1350 Genesis Crystals to purchase during 1.6 and increase to 1680 Genesis Crystals afterward. If you miss earning Barbara through the event, you’ll be able to purchase it later for 1680 Genesis Crystals.

What other additions will be in Genshin Impact Version 1.6?

The Serenitea Pot will be improved in Version 1.6. You can now add more items without overloading the abode. Serenitea Pot can also be used to farm friendship points with rarely used characters. Playable characters can be placed in your teapot, the longer they’re placed in the teapot, the more friendship points they’ll passively earn. You can further expedite the process by placing specific furniture sets for each character.

If you’re playing on PS4 or PS5, there will be performance improvements in version 1.6 as well

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