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How To Complete Cleansing Defilement Quest In Genshin Impact

The Cleansing Defilement quest In Genshin Impact is a long one, so in this guide, we'll explain everything you need to know to complete it.
How To Complete Cleansing Defilement Quest In Genshin Impact

With the vast amount of quests to complete in Genshin Impact, it's fair to expect that some are more challenging than others, and one of these quests is the Cleansing Defilement world quest. It's part of a larger set of quests and involves some in-depth exploration to complete, so if you're struggling with this one, we have you covered in this guide.

We will be breaking down the steps required to complete the Cleansing Defilement world quest and give you some useful tips to complete the quest as easily as possible.

How To Complete Cleansing Defilement Quest In Genshin Impact

How To Complete Cleansing Defilement Quest In Genshin Impact Speaking to Kazari
After speaking to Kazari, you will begin the Cleansing Defilement quest. (Picture: YouTube / PonPon)

The Cleansing Defilement quest is the third part of the "Sacred Sakura Cleansing Ritual" world questline and is arguably one of the longer quests in the game. To begin this third part of the overarching quest, you'll need to have completed both "A Strange Story in Konda" and "Sacrificial Offering.

To complete this quest, you'll need to find three shrines that you are required to purify. But upon finding each of them, you will need to complete a small puzzle before being able to purify them which we will explain as we go through each shrine location.

Cleansing Defilement Quest - Chinju Forest

After speaking to the mysterious shrine maiden, Kazari, she will set you off to three locations to begin purifying the shrines. You can approach them in any order you choose, but we will be tackling them in the order of Chinju Forest, The Kamisato Estate, and finally, Araumi.

How To Complete Cleansing Defilement Quest In Genshin Impact Chinju Forest
The first shrine you can begin clearing is located in the Chinju Forest. (Picture: YouTube / PonPon)

Start by heading to Chinju Forest first, and approach the gates to activate the “Hayashi of Tanuki in the Forest” quest. Continue through this path until you reach the end until you see a large tanuki statue to the west. From here, clear out the Hilichurls and talk to the statue.

You will now need to find three tanukis to proceed. The first can be found on the path previously with the gates and turn into an unlit torch that can be hit.

The second will appear as a barrel surrounded by Hilichurls near a rock formation. The third will be found on a rock along the forest path, follow it until it takes you to a spot with three unlit torches, in which the middle one is the tanuki, which you can hit to complete this step of the quest.

Once you have claimed the Ward from the big tanuki statue, head to the area where the tanuki will open the path to a cliff that reveals a Torii gate. Here you'll need to set the small shrines to the right numbers and then activate the first one, the solution can be seen below.

How To Complete Cleansing Defilement Quest In Genshin Impact Chinju Forest shrine order set
Set the small shrines in the Shinju Forest location in the order shown above to purify them all. (Picture: YouTube / PonPon)

After setting the shrines correctly and purifying the large one, a mini-boss will spawn that you must defeat. After doing so, Kazari will appear to speak to you about the tanukis.

Cleansing Defilement Quest - The Kamisato Estate

Before getting to this shrine you will need the Ward to access it. You can do this by heading to the location north of the Kamisato Estate and using the Memento Lense on a small glowing kitsune statuette, and following it up by using an Electro ability on the large kitsune statue next to it to receive the Ward.

How To Complete Cleansing Defilement Quest In Genshin Impact Kamasito Estate Location
Head to the location shown above to begin clearing the shrine in the Kamasito Estate. (Picture: Mapgenie.io)

From here, head for the island northeast of the Kamisato Estate and use the Memento Lens on the small glowing kitsune statuette inside a large hole. This will cause you to drop down into a cavern containing a Torii gate but beware, it's filled with Electro energy.

This can be mitigated by using Electrogranum littered around the area to protect yourself as you prepare to purify the shrine. Start by activating the shrine using the Ward you collected earlier and set the small shrines using the combination shown below.

How To Complete Cleansing Defilement Quest In Genshin Impact Kamasito shrine set order
Set the small shrines in the Kamisato Estate location in the order shown above to purify them all. (Picture: YouTube / PonPon)

After this is complete, you will be faced with two mini-bosses which can be difficult to take down since you're still taking Electro damage at this point. So be sure to use the Electrgranum and any shields you have at your disposal to keep our health up until you can bring down the bosses.

Cleansing Defilement Quest - Araumi

Head to the area in Araumi where you'll find some crumbling ruins and contraptions that require electro to use. Here you'll need to activate four Electropillars to unlock the mechanisms near the tower ruins as shown below.

How To Complete Cleansing Defilement Quest In Genshin Impact Activate the Pillars in Araumi
Activate the four pillars in Araumi to open the tower and descend to the shrine location. (Picture: YouTube / PonPon)

Once the mechanism has been unlocked, you can make your way into the destroyed tower and use your Memento lens on three glowing kitsune statuettes. This will activate the mechanisms that appear behind them and allow you to access the cavern.

Once inside the cavern, use a Memento lens on the glowing kitsune statuette near the entrance and pick up the Electrogranum that appears. Now you can head through the Electro barrier and find the larger kitsune statue that you can use an Electro ability on and grab the Ward from it.

Now make your way back to the Torii gate and place the Ward inside to activate it and start the shrine puzzle. Some of the shrines are disguised as kitsune statuettes so use your Memento lens to reveal the shrines and set them as we have shown below.

How To Complete Cleansing Defilement Quest In Genshin Impact Araumi shrine set order
Set the small shrines in the Araumi location in the order shown above to purify them all. (Picture: YouTube / PonPon)

Same as before, after completing this, there will be a mini-boss that appears who you need to defeat. Once doing so, Paimon will note that you should probably head back to the well to meet up with Kazari, and set you on the final part of the larger quest.

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