Update: On 28th March 2022, HoYoverse released new details on Phase I of the Character Event Wish banners for the 2.6 update. Featuring Kamisato Ayato and Venti, the developer announced the release date for the banners starting 30th March 2022.
Additionally, the developer released new details for the 2.6 Epitome Invocation event featuring the 5-star sword, Haran Geppaku Futsu. To obtain this weapon, Travelers must utilise the Epitomized Path to set a course for the 5-star sword, thereby increasing its drop rate.
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Genshin Impact's 2.6 Special Program livestream has given Travelers more reasons to look forward to their next adventures in Inzuama, with a new character, banner reruns and weapons arriving in the 2.6 update from 30th March 2022.
Additionally, developer HoYoverse unveiled new weapons featured through in-game events during the update. Here are all the characters and weapons announced in the Special Program livestream for Genshin Impact's 2.6 update.
Genshin Impact 2.6 update - All characters
In February 2022, HoYoverse confirmed Kamisato Ayato's inclusion in the game as its next playable character. Additionally, the head of the Kamisato Clan will be available in the first phase of the Character Event Wish banners, with more details on the launch dates to follow soon.
Kamisato Ayato ‧ Pillar of Fortitude— Genshin Impact (@GenshinImpact) February 4, 2022
Head of the Kamisato Clan
As the head of the Yashiro Commission, Kamisato Ayato is committed to maintaining the prosperity and stability of the region.#GenshinImpactpic.twitter.com/wLAjVgfhdJ
HoYoverse detailed the character set to feature alongside Ayato during the first phase of the Character Event Wish banner. Travelers who haven't had the opportunity to get Venti will have another chance in the 2.6 update as both banners will be available from 30th March 2022.
The livestream also revealed the character getting a rerun in the second phase of Character Event Wish banners. As previously speculated, Kamisato Ayaka is returning for another run for those who missed out on previous banner events.
Lastly, the Irodori Festival is the centrepiece of the 2.6 update and was featured in the main in-game event, Hues of the Violet Garden. So, we can expect many familiar characters appearing throughout the festival, including Arataki Itto, Thoma and the Kamisato siblings, Ayaka and Ayato.
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Once you have met the event's prerequisites, you can invite Xingqiu to experience all the festivities at the Irodori Festival. There are a handful of exciting interactions between the various characters in attendance and a few surprises in store.
Genshin Impact 2.6 update - New weapons and Artifact sets
The Special Program livestream provided information on forthcoming weapons and Artifacts in the 2.6 update for Genshin Impact. In particular, Travelers can explore a new Artifact domain, The Lost Valley, within The Chasm, where they can find a "mysterious environment."
In this domain, Travelers can complete a series of challenges where they can receive new Artifacts as rewards. The Vermillion Hereafter and Echoes of an Offering are on hand to earn if you dare venture out into the chasmic Artifact domain.
The developer featured an Inazuman weapon on the Epitome Invocation banner event during the update. The Haran Geppaku Futsu, a 5-star sword, will be available during the 2.6 update alongside the 5-star bow, Elegy for the End; with the developer announcing that the weapon banner event will launch on 30th March 2022.
Furthermore, five weapons are receiving drop-rate boosts during the Epitome Invocation banner event, which concludes on 19th April 2022. These weapons are the following:
- 4-star sword, The Flute
- 4-star claymore, Sacrificial Greatsword
- 4-star polearm Dragon's Bane
- 4-star catalyst The Widsith
- 4-star bow Rust
Event Wish "Epitome Invocation" - Boosted Drop Rate for Haran Geppaku Futsu (Sword) and Elegy for the End (Bow)!— Genshin Impact (@GenshinImpact) March 28, 2022
Travelers, stock up on weapons and characters in ""Epitome Invocation"" to make your party stronger in combat!#GenshinImpact pic.twitter.com/dVvx8ceMGi
With familiar faces appearing in Inazuma and new weaponry coming in the 2.6 update, we can't wait to use our Wishes or the Epitomized Path for the brand new character and weapons. The Genshin Impact 2.6 update launches on 30th March 2022 across all available platforms.
Featured image courtesy of HoYoverse.