Genshin Impact new characters in the 2.8 update and beyond

All the new and upcoming characters that could appear in future Genshin Impact updates, and everything we know about their abilities and release date

New Genshin Impact character Heizou, who has dark red/purple hair

Want to know about new Genshin Impact characters? Since its release in 2020, the addictive anime game has seen plenty of regular updates ushering in new content and characters.

According to Hoyoverse’s original Genshin Impact roadmap – new Genshin Impact characters should release with every major update. During each new patch there should be at least one Genshin Impact banner with a new five-star character, and new four-star characters get included as well as part of the event line-up. That said, several new characters have been added outside of this schedule, like Genshin Impact’s Klee – so we could see new characters arrive unexpectedly, too.

Yelan and Kuki Shinobu are the most recent new characters to arrive in the Genshin Impact 2.7 update, and we know that Heizou is also coming, possibly in the next patch. There are also a few leaks and some datamined information concerning new faces that may appear in future Genshin Impact updates. However, until they’re officially announced, these characters are not final and may be subject to changes.

The new and upcoming Genshin Impact characters are:

Genshin Impact new characters Yelan and Kuki Shinobu

GENSHIN IMPACT 2.7 NEW CHARACTERS

Yelan

There are two new characters in 2.7 update, the first being Yelan. She is a five-star Hydro bow user, and Yelan’s banner dropped at the same time as the 2.7 patch went live in the game.

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Check out our Yelan materials guide if you want to know what to collect to get her to max level, and we also have a dedicated article on the best Yelan team composition as well.

Kuki Shinobu

The second new character in 2.7 is Kuki Shinobu, an Electro sword user who has some support and healing abilities. As a four-star character, Kuki doesn’t get her own banner and instead debuted on an Arataki Itto banner re-run that landed with the second phase of 2.7. This banner will run until the expected Genshin Impact 2.8 release date on July 13.

A line up of various genshin impact characters

Genshin Impact new characters – 2.8 and beyond

Heizou

Heizou, the Inazuman detective, is mentioned in several characters’ voice lines. In May, Heizou was officially announced via the Genshin Impact Twitter account:

Other than that Heizou appears to be an Anemo character (based on the pendant you can see), no other information or context is given for the detective. Genshin leaker Lumie alleges that Heizou will be the first male Catalyst character, although his artwork shows some kind of bladed weapon sheathed on his hip.

Previously, Genshin leaker Ubatcha suggested that Heizou may be a 4-star character releasing as part of the 2.6 update. However, a more recent (and, as they describe it, “questionable”) Tweet suggests Heizou’s release will be in the 2.8 update cycle.

Ubatcha also alleges that Heizou will be smaller in height than Xiao, Gorou, and Aether. We’ll keep you updated on any further information we get on the Heizou banner release date, although leaks regarding his abilities have already appeared online via Honey Hunter, so we’ve put together some thoughts on a good Heizou build.

Nilou

A previous round of Genshin Impact leaks make reference to character data attributed to someone called ‘Nilou’. Prominent Genshin leaker Project Celestia indicates that she has the ‘girl’ body type. Here’s what they said:

As Celestia notes, this is all subject to change and could even be a placeholder, so we’ll need to put a pin in this one until more official information to comes to light

Dainsleif, a potential new Genshin Impact character, wielding magical forces and wearing a dark blue cape

Dainsleif

Dainsleif, the Bough Keeper, was officially announced by Hoyoverse during the Tokyo Game Show – however, no release date was attached. His voice actor has been announced, but we have no indication of when he might arrive.

Dainsleif is from Khaenri’ah, an underground realm that is not part of Teyvat itself – so perhaps one day in the future we’ll meet Dainsleif when we explore his homeland.

Genshin Impact Yaoyao sharing sweets with other characters during a festival

Yaoyao

Yaoyao is an adorable NPC who is mentioned in several characters’ voice lines. She was previously Xiangling’s junior when they both studied under the same master chef, but has now become an assistant for Genshin Impact Ganyu.

She features in the official art above, which may also give us a few hints on when she might join us in-game. The art depicts Yaoyao with Qiqi at the Mid-Autumn Festival – so her release may coincide with a festival of some kind. She’s been datamined as a four-star Dendro Catalyst user, which is intriguing, as we don’t currently have any Dendro users available yet.

Genshin Impact potential new character Baizhu, wearing glasses and sporting a white snake around his neck

Baizhu

Baizhu is a Genshin Impact NPC, and is the owner of Bubu Pharmacy in Liyue. He possesses a Dendro vision, which has led fans to believe that he may one day be a playable character – though we’ll have to wait for the full implementation of Dendro into the elemental reactions chart.

Genshin Impact Cyno crouching in whirling sand

Cyno

Cyno was revealed in the Teyvat chapter storyline preview video – he’s a Polearm wielder from Sumeru, one of the future Genshin Impact regions we’ll be visiting in later updates.

Collei

Collei is a character from Sumeru in the Genshin Impact official manga. She was imbued with Archon residue by the seer Barnabus, but was aided by Cyno and Amber to suppress it. References to a Collei Elemental Burst power were found in the 2.5 beta by Twitter user Dimbreath.

In April 2022 there was a new leak from Uncle Y that alleged that Collei’s skills had been completed and were being tested. This leak is considered ‘reliable’, but still being treated with skepticism for the time being. Other rumours associated with Collei suggest she might be a Dendro bow user.

Two Genshin IMpact characters under a spotlight, dressed as magicians

Lyney and Lynette

Lyney and Lynette were revealed in the same storyline preview video – they’re a pair of twins, presumably, who are dressed like magicians – they hail from Fontaine, a region inspired by France. There’s speculation that they could be recruited as a pair and can switch places with one another in battle – though that may be nothing more than a cool idea.

Potential genshin Impact new character Iansan wearing animal skulls and summoning flame

Iansan

Iansan was also revealed in the Teyvat Chapter Storyline video, in the Natlan section. We believe she’s a Pyro user, but we’ll have to wait until we visit Natlan to find out more about her.

Possible new Genshin Impact character Scaramouche stroking his chin thoughtfully while standing outside a shrine

Scaramouche

Scaramouche is No. 6 of the Fatui’s Eleven Harbingers; he introduces himself as a ‘vagrant from Inazuma’ who attempts to betray and kill the Traveller during the Unreconciled Stars event: Star of Destiny. Players believe that he will eventually be a playable character, and speculate that he may be a Electro Catalyst user.

Dottore

Il Dottore is another of the Eleven Harbingers. His name means ‘The Doctor’, but based on his appearance in the official manga, he’s more interested in using people for research and experimentation.

Pulcinella

Pulcinella is the 5th of the Eleven Fatui Harbingers – all that is known about them is that they conscripted Tartaglia into the Fatui after he re-emerged from the Abyss.

Su-like character

In June 2022, rumours of a brand new character surfaced, known only as “Su-like”. Genshin leaker UBatcha posted a summary of what they beleived to be the situation, along with the source of the rumour, which is essentially two very grainy cut-outs from hitherto unseen character art:

While “Su-like” is being used to describe this new character at the moment, UBatcha doesn’t believe this is the character’s actual name. No further legitimate information has come to light as of yet, although a lot of fake details have already started circulating.

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These are all the new Genshin Impact characters that we believe have a reasonable chance of turning up in-game – we’ll add new candidates as we discover them. In the meantime, here are the best Genshin Impact characters for beginners, and the best Genshin Impact weapons to kit them out with.

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