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This online tutorial will show you how to earn a steady supply of Primogems in Genshin Impact without spending a dime. In case you’re interested, we’ll also explain how to maximize your Primogem collection with as little outlay of cash as possible.
The goal of this video is to show completely free-to-play players how many Primogems they can acquire through normal gameplay so that they can decide for themselves if the game is worth their time.
This article will be broken up into two parts to facilitate this goal:
- How many Primogems can be acquired outside of the main content per update?
- Primogems earned from completing the beginning quests.
The good news is that you can acquire a sizable quantity of Primogems simply by playing the game without ever spending real money on them. The exact amount of money you can make in this manner is up for debate, but we can give you a ballpark figure.
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What is Genshin Impact?
Genshin Impact is a free-roaming action role-playing game that makes use of “gacha” mechanics (which we’ll get into later). Chinese developer and publisher miHoYo is responsible for the game. It allows players to take charge of a large party, each member of which has their own unique set of skills, arsenal, and playstyle. Real-time combat allows players to employ ranged, melee, and elemental attacks against a diverse assortment of foes in both the game’s open world and dungeons.
Genshin Impact is an MMO that can only be played online, with a focus on both story and multiplayer, and many of the same features that make popular games as a service so appealing.
Genshin Impact has been likened to an anime version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild by critics and players alike. Many of the settings and locations are similar between the two games, so it’s a valid comparison. The ability to climb almost any surface in Genshin is most similar to Breath of the Wild, with the amount of climbing being limited by a stamina meter. Another parallel is that once you reach the peak of your destination, you can simply glide off and continue your rapid exploration of the world below.
But to simply label Genshin Impact as a “Breath of the Wild clone” would be unfair.
Let’s dive into the game’s “gacha” elements, which make up a sizable chunk of the experience. The “gacha” component refers to the random loot box or slot machine style of monetization used in the game. You can purchase random characters, loot, and equipment of varying rarities in packs with in-game currency or real money.
It’s possible to get the desired character on the first try, or it could take hundreds of hours (and a lot of money) to get them. There’s an element of “drawing lots” because the probabilities of getting different characters and items vary. You can, of course, acquire playable characters through the course of regular game play as well. However, players will spend hundreds of dollars on currency to get their hands on the most coveted items or characters.
Banners for your favorite characters will change as the game progresses. This translates to a higher chance of encountering a specific character, which in turn keeps players around. Sometimes after a character has been heavily pushed during a Banner, a re-roll will occur, giving the community a second chance to obtain that character. In a nutshell, this is the game’s primary means of making money, as the element of surprise is what keeps players coming back.
What platforms is Genshin Impact available on?
Genshin Impact can currently be played on PC, Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5, and a version optimized for the Nintendo Switch is in the works for the future. The game’s popularity can be attributed in part to the fact that it is playable on so many different systems, from the PS4 and PS5 to PC and mobile devices. Genshin Impact combines the best features of both console gaming and mobile gaming, which together have millions of fans.
Unfortunately for Xbox players, miHoYo, the game’s developer, has no plans to port Genshin Impact to the Xbox platform. We wouldn’t rule out a port just yet, though, as Xbox’s popularity has skyrocketed thanks to its first-party output and Game Pass.
At launch, it was clear that mobile was the game’s primary focus, as the controls on console often felt clumsy. The game’s design clearly prioritized touch screens, as evidenced by the multiple screens required to access the map, the confusing menu structure, and the inability to map the controls (at least on console). Fans are anticipating the Nintendo Switch release because it has the potential to add touch screen controls and even gyro support.
Is Genshin Impact multiplayer?
Yes, Genshin Impact has online cooperative multiplayer (again, playable on PS4, PS5, PC, and mobile devices). It supports four-player squads, so you can play with as many pals as you like. The vast open world can be explored, quests can be taken on, and dungeons can be entered in this game. In many zones, you’ll encounter formidable monsters that are much simpler to take down with a group.
However, if you don’t play very often, getting to Adventure Rank 16—the minimum requirement for playing with friends—can feel like a bit of a grind. You can then invite up to two other players to your game, or host your own game with up to three players. You don’t need full squads of four to play, though. In co-op mode, only the host can open chests and collectibles, and you can’t participate in story quests. It therefore has some restrictions.
What’s the gameplay like?
Genshin Impact’s moment-to-moment gameplay involves a wide variety of quests that send you scouring the expansive world map, completing dungeons, and, of course, fighting enemies. In combat, players can instantly swap between different members of their party, giving them access to a wide variety of attacks. When it comes to fighting, some characters are better at close quarters than others are at long range.
It is in your best interest to venture out and discover everything the game has to offer, from fast-travel hubs and upgraded equipment to hidden collectibles and secret dungeons. The rarity of the rewards you receive from completing these dungeons depends on the level of difficulty you chose. To enter a dungeon, you must fulfill certain conditions and face a variety of foes and simple puzzles.
The ability to chain elemental attacks (called Elemental Reactions in-game) to create a unique effect is one of the game’s more intriguing mechanics. To freeze an opponent in place, for instance, you could combine the Hydro and Cryo elements. You could also try using the fire-based elements Pyro and Dendro. Players are encouraged to play around with these variables to see what effects they have.
Crafting equipment that will help you in your quests is strongly encouraged as you amass resources. Food, crafting materials, weapons, equipment, and more are all available for purchase. Almost everything that could be desired in a massive open-world RPG is present.
There are numerous traditional JRPG features, including a party system, elemental-based combat, and a vast world to explore. Quickly switching between party members is essential, as they can be used in succession to unleash devastating combos on your enemies. This is true whether you’re preparing for a dungeon or a story mission in the open world; knowing the types of enemies you’ll face will help you select the best party members.
Is Genshin Impact free?
Normally, players would be put off by Genshin Impact’s gacha mechanics, which are reminiscent of loot boxes, but since the game is free to play, they have been more understanding. In fact, you can have a great time playing the whole way through without spending a dime. Genshin Impact does a great job of providing in-game purchases as an option without making you feel like you have to spend real money, in contrast to many free-to-play titles.
When players say it’s free-to-play, they’re not exaggerating, which is more than can be said for a lot of other games.
Does Genshin Impact have DLC?
Genshin Impact has a wealth of downloadable content, from additional currency to playable characters and equipment. Again, none of this content is mandatory or even suggested unless explicitly requested. However, as a GAS, it receives free, consistent content updates on a regular basis. This includes special events that only last a short time, new areas to explore, and more missions. Offering both free and premium content, it has everything needed to be a successful service-based game.
Generally speaking, new content appears on Genshin Impact every five or six weeks. In fact, everyone is getting ready for Genshin Impact Version 2.3 to launch at the end of this month. It coincides with the release of a new set of content, so if you’re thinking of diving in, now is the perfect time to do so.
What is the Battle Pass?
Finally, since the battle pass is such an integral part of Genshin Impact’s loot system, we’ll discuss it. Players familiar with games like Fortnite or Call of Duty: Warzone will have some idea of how a battle pass functions. It’s essentially a seasonal leveling system that resets at the start of each season and awards bonuses at higher ranks. As you progress through the battle pass, you’ll unlock new rewards, such as skins, weapons, and more.
There are two distinct varieties of battle passes in Genshin. Sojourner’s Battle Pass is one option; it’s free and offers bonuses every ten levels. For an additional ten dollars, you can purchase the Gnostic Hymn Battle Pass, which includes everything in the Sojourner’s Battle Pass and more, including additional upgrade materials, Hero’s Wit, Mora, and Mystic Enchantment Ores. Offering both a free and a paid version of the battle pass is another sign that miHoYo cares about its customers. Players have praised Genshin for providing free battle passes, a rarity in games as a service.
You’ll need to level up your character to Adventure Rank 20 before you can use the battle passes in Genshin. But the payoff is substantial afterward. Your progress in a given battle pass will only be saved for the duration of that season, after which your rank will be reset (though you’ll keep any rewards you’ve earned). Seasonal content may change over time as the game develops, as is common in games of this type.
How Many Primogems Can You Get As A F2P Player?
One thing we have to give miHoYo credit for is how regularly they update Genshin Impact. Since the game’s launch, they have consistently released a new patch every six weeks.
This is why we will not attempt any full-scale calculations.
Two new 5* characters become available to wish for with Primogems with each patch. Let’s take a look at how many Primogems a completely free-to-play player can expect to receive in each update, as well as the sources of those Primos:
|Earnings Per Day
|By completing the Daily Commissions, you can gain 60 Primogems every day. Each patch lasts 42 days, so that’s a total of 2520 Primogems.
|Abyssal Spiral Levels 9–12
|Clearing floors 9–12 of Spiral Abyss requires waiting two weeks between resetting. You’ll need to bring your A-game if you want to earn the most Primogems from this, so before you start, make sure you’ve studied the Tier Lists for all the characters and weapons, as well as the best artifacts for each character.
|Each patch typically introduces two new 5* characters, and each of them receives a Character Quest of their own, with rewards totaling 60 Primogems.
|Playing with Variables
|In addition to helping you get a feel for a character before you raise their banner, Trial Runs can net you some valuable Primogems.
|Repair and Upkeep
|The servers require upkeep prior to each patch release. In exchange for this maintenance, players will receive 300 Primogems.
|Discount Codes for the Developer Stream
|We always get a sneak peek at the upcoming patch about 10 days before it goes live. During this demo, the developers have provided us with three codes, each good for 100 Primogems. While these promos have a shelf life, you can always see if any new ones have been added by clicking here.
|Each Day’s HoyoLab Users
|Although you could theoretically log in to the HoyoLab app every day in order to earn a third of a Debate Club every month, we think it’s not worth the hassle.
|This is only a rough estimate! A typical patch has four events: one large one worth 900 Primogems and three smaller ones worth 420 each. It’s possible that the real figure is a hair higher or lower, but it’s likely to be in this range.
|7240 Primogems in sum
After doing the math, we find that each patch gives away a total of 7240 free Primogems.
About 45 Fates, in other words. So, you can only get a 5* character every two patches (about three months) if this is your only source of Primogems. Of course, sometimes luck plays a role, but we never factor it in.
We stress that these are only rough estimates once more. And while it’s not a lot, there are still some Primogems we missed: Exploration (patches that add in new areas or regions, like 2.0, can easily provide thousands of Primogems just through exploration), Web Events (typically 100 Primogems each), and Achievements (also somewhere around 100 Primogems added per small patch).
Every patch also brings the opportunity to acquire some Fates. Five Acquainted Fates (800 Primogems) are yours for the taking when you complete the free Battle Pass. You can spend up to 1600 Primogems per month on the Stardust Exchange, where you can buy up to 5 Acquainted Fates and 5 Intertwined Fates. It’s important to note that ten of the fifteen Fates are Acquainted Fates, which can only be used on the Standard Banner and have no effect on the Limited Character Banner’s pity.
Even if we assume that every patch you only get the 15 Fates from the Stardust Exchange, the monthly reset is still significant. The total number of Fate points you can earn per patch has increased from 45 to 60 now, though only 50 of them can be used to unlock new Limited 5* Characters.
How Many Primogems Can Low-Spenders Earn in Genshin Impact?
There are two types of low-spending players in Genshin Impact: those who only spend $5 per month on the Blessing of the Welkin Moon, and those who spend $10 per patch on Welkin and the Battle Pass.
For just $5 a month, you can give your Primogem earnings a huge boost. Free-to-play players can expect to receive about two-thirds as many Primogems as those who buy the Welkin. This is because, for the next 30 days, each time you log in after purchasing the Blessing of the Welkin Moon, you will receive 90 Primogems.
You will not receive the daily Primogems if you fail to log in.
In addition, you will receive 300 Genesis Crystals. Since Genesis Crystals are required to purchase character skins, most frugal players choose to hold on to them instead of exchanging them for Primogems at a rate of 1:1. For this reason, we will only count the 90 Primos allowed per day.
There are 42 days in a patch, so in addition to everything free-to-play players receive, you will also receive an additional 3,780 Primogems from the Blessing of the Welkin Moon.
This brings the total number of Primogems you receive per patch to 11020 (again, we intentionally round down our estimates). This is roughly equivalent to 69 Fates when expressed in Intertwined Fates.
Combine that with the five Intertwined Fates obtained through Stardust Exchange and a few random Primogems, and you’ll always get lucky with the Limited Character Banner at least once per update.
Playing the game like a $5 monthly subscription service increases your chances of obtaining a new Limited Banner 5* character once every patch.
Welkin Battle Pass
Those who buy the Battle Pass in addition to Welkin will also receive 680 Primogems and 4 Intertwined Fates.
The total number of Fates increases to 83 when these Primogems are transformed into Intertwined Fates.
At least once every 90 pulls, you’ll get a 5* character. Given miHoYo’s attention to detail, we wouldn’t be surprised if, for players who consistently buy both the Blessing of the Welkin Moon and the Battle Pass, the total number of Primogems and Intertwined Fates available amounted to exactly 90, guaranteeing one 5* character per patch.
How Many Primogems Can You Earn As A Beginner?
All of our previous efforts have been based on the assumption that the player has already beaten the game before a new patch is released.
Those who haven’t explored Teyvat’s hidden areas yet can find a treasure trove of Primogems waiting for them. Many thousands of Primogems are involved.
Let’s see how many Primogems and/or Fates a brand new player can earn by simply playing the game.
|With the release of Patch 2.2 and the inclusion of all of the Inazuma islands, there are now more than 2,900 chests to discover. They drop between 2 and 10 Primogems each. Assuming a low estimate of 4 Primogems per chest, we would find a total of 8000. You can probably negotiate for more.
|Challenges to Archons
|Currently, there are only about 1100 Primogems available as a reward for completing the main story.
|Rewards for many World Quests can range from 20 to 80 Primogems. It is estimated that if you complete all the World Quests, you will gain around 1800 Primogems.
|Journeys of Character
|Two new Character Quests are added with every update, but the existing ones remain as well. With over 20 Character Quests to complete, you can easily gain an additional 1200 Primogems.
|Holdings a Hangout
|Some 4* characters don’t participate in Character Quests but do have their own Hangout Events. There are multiple paths through these quests, and completing them all will earn you 60 Primogems per Hangout Event.
|Chapter Rewards from the Adventurer’s Handbook
|Primogems are just one of many rewards that can be earned from completing Adventurer Handbook Chapters, which are designed to encourage players to branch out and try new things.
|8 Fateful Persons
|Challenge Level 50
|Gaining Adventure Rank levels allows you to access more and more rewards. We halted at AR50, but there are undoubtedly more benefits to be had by continuing on. We didn’t want to include rewards that only the most dedicated players would ever get because Adventure Ranks become extremely difficult to obtain after AR50.
|Serenitea Trust Level Ranking
|After reaching AR30, players will be able to move into player housing, but acquiring new furniture will require a high Trust Rank. This will also earn you a respectable quantity of Primogems.
|The Most Popular Collections of Home Furnishings
|Your Player Housing can be a social hub for all of your owned characters. You can earn an extra 20 Primogems per character per Furniture Set you make that they like.
This method yields 1280 Primogems, but it’s only useful if you already have every character in the game. We decided that a target of 600 was more reasonable.
|The Seven (Stone) Statues
|The maximum Primogem yield from a Statue in Inazuma is 540, whereas in Mondstadt and Liyue it is only 90.
|Three Fateful Friends and One Fateful Entanglement
|The Tree That Bears Frost
|The Frostbearing Tree is a treasure trove for free-to-play players, with Fates being one of the earliest rewards.
|Twenty Fateful Individuals Ten Fateful Threads
|The Honored Sakura
|The Sacred Sakura has taken the place of the Souvenir Shop in Inazuma, and it offers a wide variety of rewards in exchange for Electro Sigils—up to and including 30 Fates!
|Currently, there are more than 500 trophies to earn in Genshin Impact. Normally, completing all of these achievements would net you nearly 5,000 Primogems, but we cut that in half so that even casual players could complete them.
|Levels 1–8 of the Abyssal Spiral
|Rewards for levels 1-8 are one-time only, while levels 9-12 reset every two weeks. However, doing so will reward you with a large number of Primogems and possibly even a Xiangling early in the game at no cost to you.
|Familiar Fate, Age 21
|Promotions of the Persona
|As of patch 1.2, leveling a character grants up to three Acquainted Fates. More than 35 playable characters means more than 100 Fate cards. Again, though, you’d need access to every playable character for this to work.
That’s 21 Acquainted Fates, and even as a F2P player, you’ll easily be able to get more characters than that.
In total, there are 25670 Primogems.
• Eleven Fateful Threads
• Fifty Fateful Friends
All told, there are roughly 22670 F2P Primogems available to you on your way to AR50. About 128 of your chosen Fates can be purchased with this. Over and above the 7 free characters every player is guaranteed to get, you also receive 11 Intertwined Fates and at least 50 Acquainted Fates.
It’s important to remember that getting to AR50 will take time. So while you’re at it, you can count on getting at least some of the Primogems we’ve factored into our patch estimates.
This is all to say that even the unluckiest of players will eventually have two or three 5* characters or weapons on their accounts.
You must now just be careful with your spending. If you want to know how to get the characters you want in Genshin Impact’s gacha banners, then you should read this guide.
Genshin Impact does its best to insulate its virtual currency from the real world economy.
You can make a wish for 160 Primogems, for instance. Why 160? Ignoring it at first glance can be difficult. You might think that 10,000 Primogems is a lot, but when you divide that by 160, you get just over 60 Wishes, which is hardly even a token of compassion.
This is all to say that, despite being a delightful game with charming characters, a gorgeous open world, and fantastic tunes, Genshin Impact doesn’t want you to know how much you’re spending on it or how much real money you actually has as a free-to-play player.
This crash course in Advanced Gacha Calculus was made in the hopes of illuminating some of the game’s secrets.
Even with bad luck, you can expect to obtain two or three 5* characters within the first patch of playing Genshin Impact, but after that, your Primogem income will slow to the point where you won’t be able to obtain a guaranteed 5* character more often than once per patch unless you make a habit of purchasing the Blessing of the Welkin Moon.