There’s a lot to enjoy about Genshin Impact, including the gameplay, the soundtrack, the story, and so on, but the characters are what most players care about the most. Regrettably, you are limited to using only the characters you have access to in this game.
How do you get your hands on fresh avatars?
You can get characters in Genshin Impact one of three ways right now: by rolling for them on a banner, buying them from the Starglitter shop, or getting them for free.
The game is very focused on FoMo, so there are limited times when you can access certain characters. As an example, Zhongli, who is arguably the most useful character in any team composition, was only available for three weeks in 2020 and again for three weeks in 2021.
Therefore, you will need some forethought and knowledge of the game’s systems — both of which we will cover — in order to obtain the characters you desire.
Amber, Lisa, Kaeya, Noelle (if you roll on the Beginner’s Wish Banner), Xiangling, and Barbara are all playable characters that can be obtained at no cost to the player. With the addition of the game’s protagonist, the Traveler, you now have access to all of the game’s features and at least one playable character for each type of weapon, with some overlap.
In addition, a free 4* character has been offered as an event reward every other patch since the game’s launch.
In version 1.1, we gained access to Fischl, one of the best four-star characters.
Xiangling, Xinyan, Beidou, Ningguang, Xinqui, and Chongyun were all available as 4* characters to choose from in version 1.3. Although every player already has Xiangling, she is included because obtaining the first six copies of a character makes them stronger.
Diona was introduced in version 1.5.
Beidou came along in version 2.0.
We got Xinyan in version 2.2.
Since updating to 1.2, 1.4, 1.6, and 2.1, we have had access to unique, free 4* weapons that are easily refined to a 5. It’s safe to assume that free 4* characters will continue to drop every other patch, and that exclusive 4* weapons will be easily refineable in the interim.
Each month, you can buy two 4* characters for 34 Starglitter from the Starglitter Shop. Every so often, these same people pop up again.
The Starglitter Shop featured the following character pairings in the first six months after the game’s release: Amber and Razor; Bennett and Lisa; Barbara and Kaeya; Fischl and Xiangling; Beidou and Noelle; Ningguang and Xinqui.
It has happened twice now, after Ningguang and Xinqui, for the cycle to begin again.
Genshin Impact has three permanent Banners: the Standard Banner, the Limited Banner for Characters, and the Limited Banner for Weapons. Wishes can be used to try to acquire the desired characters and/or weapons for these banners.
In theory, there is also the Beginner’s Wish Banner, but it disappears after 20 uses. Its only purpose is to help new players get acquainted with the gacha system by guaranteeing them a Noelle.
This leaves only the Limited Character Banner and the Standard Banner as options for obtaining characters in Genshin Impact via the gacha system. But first, let’s talk about the Pity System promoted by these Banners.
The Pity System
In essence, the Banners are just fancy slot machines. You can occasionally get a 4* or 5* item by rolling on them.
On the Standard Banner, the chance of obtaining a 4* character or weapon is 5.1%.
On the Standard Banner, the probability of obtaining a 5* character or weapon is 0.6%.
However, in the Limited Character Banner, you cannot obtain a 5* weapon at the same rates.
Even for five-star quality, these prices are astoundingly low. Sadly, the designers want you to succeed, so they built a failsafe system into the ads.
After a predetermined number of attempts have failed, the Pity System will award you with a character or weapon of a higher rarity. The Standard Banner and the Limited Character Banner each have their own Pity counter, as do 4* and 5* items.
On average, you can expect to get a *4 item once for every 10 pulls in which you do not get a 4* item. To put it another way, if you roll 9 times and don’t get lucky, on the 10th roll you’re guaranteed a 4*. If you get a 4* item on your first pull, your pity will reset to zero. The same holds true for your tenth pull.
Every 90 pulls, you’re guaranteed a chance at a 5* item. After 89 pulls without a 5* item, the 90th pull will always be a 5*. The 5* pity system will reset whenever you get a 5* item, regardless of whether it was on your first roll or your ninetieth.
It’s useful to be aware that there’s a concept of soft-pity when it comes to 5* products. Hard pity, which guarantees a 5* pull after 90 fruitless rolls, is difficult to come by. However, by the time you’ve rolled the dice 75 times, your heart starts to soften. Although soft pity can’t guarantee you anything, it greatly improves your odds.
The Limited Character Banner
One unique 5* character and three unique 4* characters are featured on the Limited Character Banner, which rotates between the four positions. The new Limited Character Banner will appear every three weeks. Once upon a time, in version 1.3, miHoYo tried out banners that ran for two weeks, but they quickly abandoned the idea.
All of the characters advertised here have a rate-up, making them far more likely to appear in your game than some others. If there’s a specific person or thing you want, you should probably just wait for them to be featured in one of these banners.
The sorrow felt for one Limited Character Banner’s subject carries over to the next. Accordingly, if your pity counter reaches 60 on one Limited Character Banner and the banner ends before you can use it, it will carry over to the next Limited Character Banner.
Every 4* item in this banner has a 50% chance of being one of the three featured 4* characters, making it less likely that you’ll get a 4* weapon. The best place to spend your wishes if you’re only after characters is on a Limited Character Banner, since getting a 5* weapon there is impossible.
Another way to ensure you get that coveted five star rating?
If you get a 5* character from this banner for the first time, they will have a 50% chance of being the featured character. If the 50/50 bet doesn’t pan out, you’ll get one of the five-star characters from the Standard Banner.
If you happen to lose the 50/50, however, the next 5* you get will always be the featured 5*. After the 50/50 roll is over, the system will reset, making the next 5* roll a sure thing. This, like the pity tally, follows the character from one Limited Character Banner to the next.
If you’ve just been rolling for fun and you just lost the 50/50, you might want to wait until a banner comes along with a character you really want before you roll again.
The Standard Banner
The Standard Banner is a fixed banner that always displays a large number of 4* and 5* characters and weapons. Shortly after their initial featured run in the Limited Character Banner, all new 4* characters make their way into the standard banner, but no new 5* characters or weapons have been added to it as of yet.
A lesser-known feature of the Standard Banner improves your odds of obtaining a 4* weapon after obtaining a 4* character, and vice versa. A similar statement can be made about 5* characters and weapons. This does not rule out the possibility of a streak of two or even three consecutively rare characters or weapons, but the odds are lower.
Are 5* Characters Necessary?
While we do appreciate miHoYo being so forthright about how their gacha system works, it is still essentially a form of gambling.
Game makers would all like you to spend money on their gacha systems, battle passes, loot boxes, etc.
However, game designers may approach implementing these systems in their games in a wide variety of ways. Many studios design their games so that microtransactions are required for any real sense of advancement. To put it another way, the difficulty level of the content eventually rises to the point where completing it would be impossible without resorting to microtransactions.
However, Genshin Impact is a little different.
MiHoYo carefully maintains a free-to-play model in all of its games. In fact, players and content creators have put this to the test by trying to complete the Spiral Abyss’s toughest floors (levels 9–12) without using any of the premium characters they pay for. Every time they’ve tried, they’ve been successful with each patch.
This challenge is made even more difficult by the fact that Free-to-Play players will inevitably have some 5* characters or weapons, as well as a plethora of other 4* characters, if they play the game long enough.
The whales will undoubtedly have an easier time with any material. Comparison of damage output between a cheapskate and a whale is dramatic. For some topics, it serves only to reduce them to a joke. However, the developers take into account players who do not spend real money when setting the game’s difficulty.
Unsurprisingly, there are a variety of tactics used to get you to part with your cash. Either visually or mechanically, they improve their 5* characters to make them more appealing. They could be given some interesting and novel gameplay mechanics. However, they do not render them obligatory.
Do not interpret this as meaning that all five-star characters are superior to four-star ones. Qiqi has a well-deserved rep for being the game’s worst 5* character. As a healer, she’s excellent, but she has no other skills to offer. Unlike the 4* Bennett, who can only heal moderately, Bennett can increase his team’s damage and even set up elemental reactions with his Elemental Skill, albeit on a cooldown.
Conversely, Bennett is used universally, while Qiqi is largely ignored. Of course, Bennet isn’t the only 5-star figure. On our Tier List, you’ll find a lot of other characters that are just like him.
However, if you’re wondering if you can get your money’s worth out of Genshin Impact as a completely F2P player, the answer is yes. Be wary of the Banner system if you have a propensity toward gambling. If money isn’t an issue, though, the game offers a ton of enjoyment at no cost.
How to Get Characters in Genshin Impact
More than 20 playable characters are available in Genshin Impact’s two playable regions. There are currently only two methods of gaining access to them. With the help of the Gacha System or “naturally.”
The Gacha System
Genshin Impact utilizes the Gacha System, wherein Wishes are traded in for rewards, like many other games of its ilk. These loot boxes are standard fare for the random variety.
To receive a benefit, you can either make a single Wish or a stack of 10 Wishes. In exchange for your ten wishes, you will receive either a playable character or a weapon rated four stars or higher. However, there is still no assurance of 5-star bonuses.
But how exactly do wishes fulfill their potential? The Primogem is the game’s primary currency. A single Wish costs 160 Primogems. Primogems are rewarded for participation in various game activities. 75 Stardust or 5 Starglitter will also grant you a Wish. However, Primogems are what you should really be searching for the vast majority of the time.
Natural Game Progress
Unlike in other games, in Genshin Impact you won’t automatically gain access to all of the game’s playable characters as you make your way through the story. However, Lisa, Kaeya, and Amber, among others, are not immediately available to play as; they must first be unlocked by completing Archon quests. See if you can get the character you want through normal game play before relying on the Gacha System.
How to Get Characters in Genshin Impact Fast
Genshin Impact is a Free-to-Play game, but you can always pay to advance more quickly. It has been established that the Gacha System can be used to obtain playable characters (and weapons). You’ll need Primogems if you want to take advantage of this system.
As of this update, real money can be used to purchase Primogens, the game’s primary in-game currency. For instance, the Blessing of the Welkin Moon card costs $4.99 and grants 90 Primogems and 300 Genesis Crystals (which can be exchanged for Primogems). Additionally, for the next 30 days, you will receive 90 Primogems per day. A lot of Wishes can be had for less than $5 thanks to the low cost of 160 Primogems per Wish.
In-game currency, or Wishes, can be obtained in the shortest amount of time by using this method. Wishes can be spent on the best characters in Genshin Impact via the Gacha System. However, you should be aware that this is still a risk.
If you use a Wish for the first time, there is a 0.6% chance that you will get the desired character. These chances decrease as more Wishes are granted. There is a minimum of 0.187%. However, those odds increase to 20.637% at Wish level 76. As soon as you make Wish 80, the Gacha System will reset, and the better odds will disappear.
How to Get Characters in Genshin Impact Back from Expedition
The ability to send your characters on expeditions becomes available once you reach Adventure Rank 14. They come in 4, 8, 12, or 20-hour varieties. Your expedition rewards will increase in proportion to the time your characters spend on them.
Use the Party Setup Menu to recall a player character from one of these missions. A second option is to do so from the Adventurer’s Guild. Remember, though, that a recalled character will come back without any benefits. Don’t keep in mind the people who are almost done with an expedition.
How to Get Characters in Genshin Impact on Different Platforms
Genshin Impact can currently be played on the PlayStation 4, iOS, Android, and Windows. The game’s cross-saves function lets you switch between your mobile device, tablet, and Windows PC whenever you like. That is to say, you are free to switch back and forth between different systems. However, once you begin playing on your PlayStation 4, you won’t be able to access the game on any other system.
Genshin Impact is a cross-platform game, so getting characters works the same way on all of them.
How to get characters to Phase 2 in Genshin Impact?
If you want to take a character into the next phase of the game (ascend), you’ll need to be an Adventurer with a level of 25 or higher. You’ll also require blue supplies (3 stars).
Can you unlock all characters in Genshin Impact?
There are currently over 20 unique playable characters in the game. You can get some of them by beating the game, and you can get others by using the Gacha System. All of the u003cemu003eGenshin Impactu003c/emu003e characters can be unlocked with enough time and effort. But, keep in mind, that this will take some time.
You should always equip your characters with the best artifacts, whether you’re a Free-to-Play player, a low-spending player, or a whale. Read this article to find out what artifacts complement which characters.