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Everything we know about Gorou in Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact Gorou crouching in the middle of a battle.
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Looking for more info about Genshin Impact Gorou? This wolfboy general of the Sangonomiya Resistance first appeared way back in version 2.0, fighting against Sara and the Vision Hunt Decree. Since then, he's been expected as a playable character, but it's only recently that he was officially announced, and given an actual release date.

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Gorou is arriving in version 2.3 alongside Oni gang leader, Arataki Itto. In some ways both characters are pretty similar: they're rebels who just want to protect ordinary people. We know he's a four-star character, and is Genshin's first Geo bow-user, which should make him a strong support.

There are some things yet to be revealed, and Gorou's abilities and stats might change before his release date rolls around. But we currently know his abilities, Constellations, and what Ascension materials you'll need to farm in advance if you want to recruit and level him on day one. That said, here's everything we know about Genshin Impact Gorou.

Release date

Genshin Impact Gorou release date

Now that the version 2.3 special programme has aired, we know Gorou is going to be part of the Arataki Itto banner arriving on December 14. This will be the second banner of 2.3, after the rerun of Albedo and Eula, but we don't currently know who the other two four-stars on Itto's banner will be.


Gorou's abilities 

We have a good idea of Gorou's abilities, thanks to Honey Hunter. Since this is leaked information, these may change between now and release, but we'll keep this guide updated to reflect any changes.

Normal Attack: Ripping Fang Fletching
NormalPerform up to 5 consecutive shots with a bow.
ChargedPerform a more precise Aimed Shot with increased DMG. While aiming, stone crystals will accumulate on the arrowhead. A fully charged crystalline arrow will deal Geo DMG.
PlungingFires off a shower of arrows in mid-air before falling and striking the ground, dealing AoE DMG upon impact.

Elemental Skill
Inuzaka All-Round DefenseDeals AoE DMG and sets up a General's War Banner.
General's War BannerProvides the following buffs based on the number of party members who are of the Geo element: Having 1 Geo party member grants 'Standing Firm': DEF Bonus. Having 2 Geo party members adds the 'Impregnable' effect: grants resistance to interruption. Having 3 Geo party members adds the 'Shatter' effect: grants a Geo DMG bonus. Only 1 General's War Banner that Gorou created can exist on the field at any one time. Characters can only benefit from 1 General's War Banner at a time.

Elemental Burst
Juuga: Forward Unto VictoryDisplaying his valor as a general, Gorou deals AoE Geo DMG and creates a field known as General's Glory to embolden his comrades.
General's GloryThis field has the following properties: It has the same effect as the General's War Banner created by Inuzaka All-Round Defense, providing buffs based on the number of party members whose Element is Geo. It will also move together with your active character. Generates 1 Crystal Collapse every 1.5 seconds that deals AoE Geo DMG to 1 opponent within its AoE. It will pull elemental shards created by the Crystallize Reaction within it's AoE to your active character's position every 1.5 seconds. If a General's War Banner is created by Gorou himself currently exists on the field when this ability is used, it will be destroyed. Additionally, using Inuzaka All-Round Defense while General's Glory is active will not create a General's War Banner. If Gorou falls in battle, the General's Glory effect will be cancelled.

Seeker of ShiniesDisplays the location of nearby resources unique to Inazuma on the mini-map.
Heedless of the Wind and WeatherWhen using Juuga: Forward Unto Victory, all party members DEF is increased by 25% until the duration of General's Glory ends.
A Favor RepaidGorou receives the following DMG Bonuses to his attacks based on his DEF: Inuzaka All-Round Defense's Skill DMG is increased by 15.6% of his DEF. Juuga: Forward Unto Victory's Skill DMG and Crystal Collapse DMG is increased by 15.6% of DEF.

Rushing Hound: Swift as the WindWhen characters (other than Gorou himself) within the AoE of a General's War Banner or General's Glory deal Geo DMG to opponents, the CD of Gorou's Inuzaka All-Round Defense is decreased by 2 seconds. This effect can occur once every 10 seconds.
Sitting Hound: Steady as a ClockWhen an active character within the AoE of General's Glory obtains an Elemental Shard from a Crystallize Reaction, Gorou's own General's Glory duration is increased by 1 second. Its duration can be increased by a maximum of 3 seconds.
Mauling Hound: Fierce as FireIncreases the level of Inuzaka All-Round Defense by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Lapping Hound: Warm as WaterWhen General's Glory is in the 'Impregnable' or 'Shatter' states, it will also heal the active character within its AoE every 1.5 seconds for 50% of Gorou's own DEF.
Striking Hound: Thunderous ForceIncreases the level of Juuga: Forward Unto Victory by 3. Maximum upgrade is level 15.
Valiant Hound: Mountainous FealtyWhen the General's War Banner or General's Glory are currently providing buffs of the 'Standing Firm', 'Impregnable', and 'Shatter' levels, the Crit DMG of Geo DMG dealt by all party members is increased by 10%/20%/40% respectively.

Ascension materials

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Gorou's Ascension materials 


There are specific Ascension materials you'll need to find to level up Gorou. Geo Hypostases and Golden Wolflords drop the Prithiva Topaz variants, and Perpetual Mechanical Arrays drop Perpetual Hearts at level 30 or higher. You'll also need the following items: 

  • Spectral Husk/Heart/Nucleus
  • Sango Pearl

The Spectral items are dropped by Specter enemies, found on both Watatsumi and Seirai Island. Sango Pearls are also found on Watatsumi Island, near water.


You'll need these Ascension materials to level up Gorou's talents:

  • Teachings/Guide/Philosophy of Light
  • Spectral Husk/Heart/Nucleus
  • Molten Moment
  • Crown of Insight

Teachings of Light and its variants are rewards from the Violet Court domain on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and Spectral items are dropped by Specters, as mentioned above. Molten Moment is an item dropped by the La Signora world boss at level 70 or above. The Crown of Insight is a reward for upgrading the Frostbearing Tree in Dragonspine or the Sacred Sakura in Inazuma. You can also get it from various seasonal activities, like Midsummer Island Adventure or Thunder Sojourn.  


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