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15 Genshin Impact tips for new and veteran players

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Now that Genshin Impact has been out a while, you might feel pretty comfortable exploring the world of Teyvat and leveling up your characters. When we first wrote this Genshin Impact guide, it was geared toward new players—but now most of us are pushing Adventure Rank 20 and getting into the real meat of the game. So we added a whole new swathe of Genshin Impact tips that'll help you out, whether you're just starting or a seasoned veteran.

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Focus on Artifacts with high attack stats

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As you get further into Genshin Impact and monsters increase in level, you might feel like you're doing less and less damage. The reason why is because keeping your characters and weapons leveled is only half of the battle: You also need some Artifacts with killer stats.

Each Artifact has a primary stat that changes either randomly or based on the type of Artifact it is (your Flower of Life Artifact will always give you bonus HP, for example). That stat increases as the Artifact is leveled up, and at certain thresholds it'll get randomized secondary stats that don't change.

For your heavy hitters, you want to focus almost entirely on boosting that attack stat as high as it goes. Equip Artifacts with "ATK +X%" or "ATK+X" as their main stat and prioritize getting them to level 12 and you'll see a huge boost to your damage. It's also worthwhile to hunt for Artifacts that come with set bonuses that also boost attack, but focus on getting those main stats nailed down first.

Actually know how skills work 

This one seems obvious but when was the last time you actually read through your characters skills and paid attention to how they work? When you first get them, it might seem obvious: Barbara's Elemental Skill makes her regular attacks heal the party. Easy, right? But did you realize that how much she heals scales off of her total HP and not her Elemental Mastery or other magic stats?

When you get further into the endgame, these little differences matter and you have to make every possible optimization in order to clear the hardest fights. So take some time to read through your main party's talents and unlocked Constellation nodes to understand exactly how they work and what you need to do to make them even stronger. Some character abilities might scale off of defense, while others use HP. This will determine which Artifacts you want, so read up. 

Spam the dash button instead of just holding it 

When running around, you've probably been holding the sprint button down, but if you press it every second or so, it drains your stamina much more efficiently. This is because each time you press the dash button you boost forward quickly and then settle into your regular run speed, so triggering this animation again and again makes you move quicker than you otherwise would. It also happens to conserve more stamina for some reason—just try it, it definitely works.

While not necessary, this can help when running from place to place by shaving a few seconds off your travel time. It can also be useful during certain time trial challenges. If you want even more speed, certain characters like Venti can bunny hop at a ridiculous pace. Just trigger their sprint and start spamming the jump button and you'll notice a slight boost in forward momentum each time you jump. It's weird, but since you're going to be running so much you might as well benefit from that extra burst of speed. 

Get these cooking recipes ASAP 

Cooking is easy to forget but a good meal can vastly increase your damage or defenses in combat. Just as importantly, though, are recipes that reduce your stamina consumption while sprinting, climbing, or gliding—three things you'll be doing a lot of as you explore Teyvat.

Here's some recipes that help with that and where to find them:

  • Barbatos Ratatouille (reduces stamina from running and gliding for 15 minutes) - Talk to Vin, an NPC found on the eastern edge of Stormbearer Point.
  • Lotus Seed and Bird Egg Soup (reduces stamina from sprinting for 15 minutes) - Bought from Bubu's Pharmacy in Liyue Harbor.
  • Zhongyuan Chop Suey (reduces stamina from sprinting or climbing for 15 minutes) - Complete the Old Tastes Die Hard quest.

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Spend all your damn sigils 

It's easy to forget Sigils even exist. They're a type of regional currency earned from chests or sometimes found while exploring and, if you're like me, you probably are hoarding them for some inexplicable reason. Stop that. The sigil store (there's one in Mondstadt and Liyue) offers a finite selection of upgrade materials, money, and even some weapon blueprints. You need all of these things, so don't be like me and horde your sigils for no good reason.

Not only will this give you a large infusion of crafting materials that you no doubt need, if you buy everything from the store you unlock a new option to purchase infinite amounts of more (the in-game currency) for sigils, which is a great way to get extra cash at higher levels.

Don't try and max every character 

One of the problems with Genshin Impact is that, at higher levels, items that grant experience points and upgrade materials are in seriously short supply. It might seem like you have an abundance now, but by the time you start hitting level 50, you'll have burned through most of your stock and getting more is going to take a lot of grinding. It'll be even worse if you try and level every new character you get. Instead of spending all those resources on just four characters, if you try and spread it among your entire roster it'll feel impossible to reach levels beyond 60.

The solution to this is to stick to a party of just four characters with a substitute or two who can help in certain boss fights or challenges where you need them and ignore everyone else. Yes, that means you won't be able to mix and match characters that often, but the tradeoff is actually being able to progress far enough into the game and having enough resources to get your party through tougher challenges like the Spiral Abyss.

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Genshin Impact beginner tips

Exploring is fun, but focus on the story too 

The big appeal of Genshin Impact is its massive open world full of hidden secrets, puzzles, mini-games, and bosses. It's pretty evident that developer MiHoYo took a lot of inspiration from Nintendo's Breath of the Wild, as you can climb up mountains, parasail across chasms, and very quickly lose track of time bumping into all sorts of fun secrets.

But Genshin Impact also has a full-on story campaign that's worth doing, because a lot of features are locked until you complete certain missions—like your handy wind glider. So while you might be tempted to just set out in a direction and not look back, it's better to do a combination of both story missions and exploring. Missions will frequently take you out of the main city of Mondstadt, and this is the perfect time to take the scenic route to your objective to collect resources and fight optional bosses. The good news is that every activity rewards experience points to your individual party members as well as your overall level called the Adventure Rank.

I'd also recommend not using the fast travel system to teleport around the map unless you're absolutely sure you've found everything in that area. Hidden chests, upgrade materials, and secret quests are everywhere, and you'll easily miss it if you're just zipping from one location to the next. 

You won’t unlock all the main features until Adventure Rank 20 

Genshin Impact starts pretty slowly, so it'll take a little while before you unlock certain core features. The biggest thing you'll want to focus on is leveling up your Adventure Rank (AR). Like I just explained, most everything you do will contribute some experience toward it, so don't fret too much about how you're leveling up.

Here's a quick rundown of some major features and what AR you need to be to access them:

  • AR 8: Ley Line Blossoms (a kind of world boss)
  • AR 12: More Ley Line Blossoms and daily missions
  • AR 14: Expeditions that let you send unused characters out for resources
  • AR 16: Multiplayer co-op
  • AR 20: Spiral Abyss, a massive, multi-floor dungeon, and the battle pass for extra loot
  • AR 22 and 27: More dungeons (called Domains)

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Only use your Wishes in groups of 10 

So Genshin Impact uses a "gacha" system for earning new characters and some powerful weapons, which essentially means you can buy loot boxes for a slight edge. It sounds concerning, but you'll also earn plenty of loot and the currency needed to buy these loot boxes just for playing.

These loot boxes are called Wishes. Some are seasonal, others are always the same, but you should always save your Wishes and spend them in groups of 10. The reason being is that when you open 10 at once, you're always guaranteed a four-star weapon or character, which is the second highest tier available. The drop rate for four-star rewards is a measly 5 percent, so take what you can get. (Five-star rewards only have a 0.6 percent chance to drop. Yikes.)

Save your Prismogems and Stardust for Wishes 

Though Wishes can be bought with real money, you'll also earn them at a healthy pace just by playing Genshin Impact. The two currencies that can buy them are Prismogems, which you'll earn for doing basically anything like fighting bosses or doing missions, and Stardust, which you earn for opening Wishes. An in-game shop will tempt you to spend those currencies on a variety of items, but don't fall to temptation: Save your Prismogems and Stardust to buy more wishes.

Prismogems can be converted to Wishes directly in the Wish menu, but Stardust has to be converted using the shop menu, in the section called "Paimon's Bargains." You can only buy five of each type of Wish a month using Stardust, though.

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Swap your characters often, especially in combat 

It won't take very long until you find yourself with a handful of characters to play in Genshin Impact. Each one has an elemental damage type that, when combined with different elements, triggers all sorts of explosive effects. Hit an enemy soaked in water with an ice spell, for example, and they'll freeze solid. Or if you aim your tornado through a campfire, it'll turn into a fiery vortex. The tutorial will explain all of this, but I really want to hammer home the point that you should be swapping between characters frequently in combat to trigger these effects.

Because you start off with only a single party member, it's easy to get locked into the habit of fighting as just one character. But by pressing the associated number key, you'll quickly swap to other members of your party. You can use this to set up devastating combos, like casting one character's water-ability, swapping to a fire character, and using a fire spell to trigger the vaporize effect. Each character also has their Elemental Burst ability, which is kind of like their ultimate attack. You can quickly trigger your other character's Elemental Bursts by pressing Alt + their associated number as long as that Burst is ready to go (an icon next to their name will indicate when it is).

Here's a handy chart breaking down some elemental damage effects:

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Talk to every NPC, as they often have secret quests and more 

Most RPGs are inundated with NPCs who have absolutely no purpose other than feeding you a few useless lines of dialogue. That's not the case in Genshin Impact: A lot of characters secretly have quests or will sell you rare items. That's why it's worth talking to most everyone you meet, especially if you're out in the wilderness. At the very least, they'll probably have a clue about a nearby secret. 

Spend all your Resin as you get it 

Aside from the loot boxes, Genshin Impact's other big influence from free-to-play mobile games is a system that limits how often you can get rewards from certain activities. It's called Resin, and it's used to open up withered flowers that appear after defeating some bosses or completing the Ley Line challenges you'll find listed in your Adventurer Handbook.

It sounds limiting, but Resin recharges fully once per day and you get quite a bit of it, too. So don't just let it sit there because once it caps out you'll stop generating more. At higher levels, there's specific activities that use quite a bit of Resin at once that you might want to save for, but starting out, it's absolutely worth it to burn through all of it as quickly as possible. It'll slowly recharge over the next 24 hours anyway.

Use the map to mark everything 

The world of Teyvat is full of secrets, but occasionally you'll run into one that doesn't have a clear solution. You might need a certain elemental ability or better stats, or you're just not smart enough to figure out the puzzle. Whatever the reason, make use of the pins on your map to mark that location for later. You can also use these pins to mark the location of rare resources so you can venture back that way after they've had time to respawn. You can lay down up to 99 pins, so there's no reason not to use all of them. 

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Some other things you should know 

Always stop to collect any Amenoculus you see floating nearby. These collectibles can be traded into the Statue of the Seven scattered around the world to level it up. Doing so gives you a bunch of rewards, including more stamina so you can climb higher or paraglide for longer.

Complete all the mini objectives in your Adventurer Handbook. It gives you a ton of resources and helps ensure you're not forgetting about some crucial progression system. If you're lost and unsure of what to do, this is always a great place to look.

A character who uses the greatsword will break rocks way quicker. If you're going to go mining, bringing a greatsword-wielding party member will help a lot. Failing that, Amber's Explosive Puppet ability will destroy most ore veins almost instantly.

Level your entire party evenly. Dungeons have level restrictions based on the average level of your party. 

Steven enjoys nothing more than a long grind, which is precisely why his specialty is on investigative feature reporting on China's PC games scene, weird stories that upset his parents, and MMOs. He's Canadian but can't ice skate. Embarrassing.