Genshin Impact 1.1 Patch Notes: Release Date, New Characters!

Information regarding the Genshin Impact major update 1.1 coming soon.

Genshin Impact has taken the world by storm, and for very good reasons too! The open-world Action RPG not only offers a massive lush world, heavily inspired by Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but it offers a unique combat system to boot. If you've sunk your teeth into the game, you'll soon realize how massive Genshin Impact is, and if you've played the game non-stop since launch, there might be a slim chance you've done a lot that Genshin Impact offers. However, with rumors of major game update 1.1 coming soon, they'll be plenty more to dive into.

For the most part, these are unofficial patch notes! We've compiled all of the known and leaked information from a variety of sources. As of right now, we're pretty confident that the majority of it is true, but somethings might be changed by the time the update is released.

1.1 Update Release Date

It seems from an official post from MiHoYo that the production team is trying to organize a consistent update schedule, so all updates are scheduled to be 6 weeks apart, and any major updates will be on Wednesday from now on. The current release date for Genshin Impact's 1.1 update is November 11th, 2020.

Here's a look at how all of the future updates will be scheduled currently:

  • Version Update 1.1 - Scheduled for November 11, during this time, a "Never Returning Star Extinguishment" activity/event will be activated.
  • Version Update 1.2 - Scheduled for December 23, a new area, the Longji Snow Mountain, will be opened up, and related activities will follow.
  • Version Update 1.3 - Scheduled for February. No date, but every 6 weeks will be February 3rd, 2021. This update will kick off the Festival of the Lights set of quests.

Sadly, it's unlikely that the new region, Inazuma, will appear in update 1.1, but more areas of the Liyue region will likely open up for gamers to explore.

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New Features

Updated

Credit to Zeniet on Twitter for the majority of these feature leaks.

Reputation System - Wings of Azure Wind

Update: This is the biggest feature coming to update 1.1. Each region, Mondstadt, and Liyue (and Inazuma when it appears) has its own reputation level, with its own special rewards. As you explore, complete side quests, finish the new "Bounties and Requests" (which are coming to the game, but no information is known), your reputation level will increase. To help keep track of exploration, area percentages will appear on that map, telling you how much of an area you have left to explore.

As your reputation increases, it will start unlocking more features, such as new recipes for blacksmithing/cooking/alchemy, profile cards, more items, and even a new glider skin for reaching Level 8 with Mondstadt! No need to worry, though, as everything you have done already, exploration wise, will be counted as the update hits, so your reputation level should increase on day one.

Regional Talismans and Compasses

These two items allow you to find a few certain things as you explore the world of Teyvat. The Talisman apparently allows you to track down Oculi, even though they appear on the minimap already. Perhaps this is a more refined version, maybe appearing on your HUD (heads up display) to make them easier to find as the minimap doesn't take into account height.

The Compasses allow you to track down chests. This will no doubt come in handy, as chests respawn and some are pretty well hidden in the game world. Having these compasses, maybe like the Talismans, will become part of your HUD will be easier to track them down!

Concentrated Resin

Update: According to new information on 1.1, we're getting the ability to store Daily Resin as Condensed Resin. This means that if you cannot play one day to use up your 120 Original Resin, you can instead store it as Condensed Resin to be used another day!

You can also double up the Original Resin spent in domains. Instead of spending 20 Original Resin and running the domain 6 times, you can now spend 40 Original Resin, get double the rewards, and run it 3 times.

After the update, you will be able to combine resin with another item to create Concentrated Resin. What this does is allows you to save resin to use at a different time. So, if you were busy or didn't want to play that day, you could create this item and use it later!

Portable Nutrition Bag/Food Bag

This will be created by an Alchemist, and you will be able to add food items to the bag. You can place two inside of it and then eat them at the same time to get gain both of their benefits.

Wind Spirit Catcher/Anemo Bottle

There will be an item that allows you to catch wind spirits. You can then use the wind energy and generate a wind field wherever you want. This will allow you to glide up in the air and maybe save you some climbing time.

Portable Teleporter

According to another leak, it looks like there will be what is being said is a Pocket Waypoint item that is going to be available. You will be able to drop it in a location, teleport or run somewhere else, and then teleport back to your placed teleporter when you want. You can continue to teleport back to this waypoint as long as you leave it there. It will only be replaced when you move it or pick it up. This teleporter will stay for a maximum of 7 days before fading!

Quality of Life changes

  • The ability to lock weapons and artifacts, so you don't accidentally trash them.
  • A compendium allowing you to view info on flora and fauna within Teyvat.
  • A camera lock setting, so it stops automatically zooming or rotating itself.
  • Excess EXP overflow when leveling weapons will be translated into ore if possible instead of completely wasted.
  • Characters on expeditions will no longer be unavailable for use in the party.

A New World Boss

SPOILERS

This piece of information contains spoilers regarding the story of Genshin Impact and one of the new upcoming characters coming in 1.1.

The new update will contain the last chapter 1 storyline in Liyue, which includes a brand new boss fight against Childe himself inside the Golden House. This fight is repeatable liked Boreas, the Wolf, and Stormterror fights.

Is this boss connected to the Golden House event? We are not sure as no information regarding this has been released.

New Events

Gliding Challenge

Update: In this Gilding Event, there are 7 racetracks for you to compete in, where you are scored in both completion time and how many tokens you collect along the way. Depending on the time, you can get one of three medals - Bronze, Silver, and Gold. All three medals give separate rewards, don't worry; you can repeat this to claim the Gold medal!

You will be able to participate in this challenge and collect emblems. The more of these emblems you obtain, the higher your point total will go. This point total will earn you medals, which will then net you some rewards!

Gliding Challenge menu in Genshin Impact

Golden House

This event will come with Update 1.1, and it will have an event shop available. This event is called the Golden House Event, all you have to do is participate in the event and Fischl will be given out for free, along with some upgrade materials and a Talent Lvl 10 material. There are 2 main objectives:

  • Objective 1: Complete the event quest
  • Objective 2/3: Obtain Meteorite event materials

There is a second event, but no details are known as of yet.

New Weapons

New swords and items will be released, and we have information on one of the new Swords available.

The Chinese translation called this sword The Sword of No Work; it has a 46 Attack, 10.8% increased attack damage, and the passive is:

"Increases shield strength by 20%. For 8s after landing a hit, increase attack by 4%. Max 5 stacks, 0.3s per proc. In addition, when protected by a shield, increase the above attack buff effect by 100%".

Apparently, all the 5 Star weapons all share this ability.

Referral Event

A referral event is coming where if you refer your friends, you get rewards. The more people you get, try out Genshin Impact, the more lucrative it is for you! We have more information on this Referral Event!

Food Delivery Event

As the name sounds, this is a Cooking Event, where you can get Primogems as a reward, don't worry, we have more information in our article!

Four New Characters

Four new characters coming to Genshin Impact have been leaked, but as always, take all of this with a pinch of salt, as we currently don't have a source for this information. Nevertheless, the community has been saying that miHoYo has a habit of leaking their own patch information to build up hype for upcoming content.

Zhongli (5 Star - Polearm - Geo)

First off is Zhongli, a 5 Star Geo element user, who uses a polearm as a weapon. He is also one of the few male characters that are in the game! If you've been following the main story quests and have gotten to Adventure Rank 29, then you might recognize him as he is in the game!

Zhongli was part of the beta, but he wasn't voice acted at that time, he's now finally got a voice, so save up those wishes if you want him in your party!

Elemental Skill

Zhongli causes a pressed form of rock to appear, causing Geo AoE (Area of Effect) damage, which resonates with other Geo users rocks. By holding, Zhongli can detonate the rock and create a shield based on his max HP.

Elemental Burst

Summons a huge rock to fall, causing huge AoE Geo damage to all enemies in range. As well as causing petrify. Petrified enemies can't move and take 20% more damage from physical and Geo attacks.

Passives

  1. When the shield takes damage, the shielding effect gets stronger by 5%. Can stack by 5.
  2. Elemental Burst deals extra damage depending on Zhongli's max HP
  3. When crafting spear weapons, 15% of used ore material returns.

Childe (5 Star - Bow - Hydro)

Next up is the 5 Star Water element user named Childe, and like Zhongli, is another male character coming to the roster. However, Childe is a strange one because, in the pics that have been leaked, he is wielding a spear, but when encountered in the story he has dual daggers and is seen using a bow.

Elemental Skill

Childe changes into a Bow Stance and shoots a Hydro arrow that causes AoE damage, inflicts a cut-off effect on enemies. After use, some of the energy used returns to him.

Elemental Burst

Childe changes into a Melee Stance, and causes an AoE Hydro slash, inflicts a cut-off effect on enemies, and activates the melee passive effect. Passive - When the Elemental Burst hits enemies inflicted by the cut-off effect, it consumes the status dealing extra Hydro AoE damage.

Passives

  1. Extends cut-off status duration by 8 seconds
  2. In Melee stance, if normal and charged attacks hit with a critical strike it will inflict cut-off status
  3. Whole Team normal attack Talent is increased by 1 level.

Xinyan (4 Star - Greatsword - Pyro)

Bring on Xinyan! Xinyan is a 4 Star Pyro user, but she's not yet in the game as an NPC (Non-Player Character), yet she is mentioned; thank you for the YouTube comments section for this one! She is mentioned as being a well-known performer in the region of Liyue, where during the climax of her show, she uses pyrotechnics. Due to this, she was banned by the Liyue authorities to ensure their people's safety.

Elemental Skill

Xin causes an instrument AoE pyro attack, and depending on the number of enemies that are hit with it, it creates a shield to form around Xin. If 1 enemy is hit, a level 1 shield is formed, 2 enemies a level 2, and 3 enemies a level 3 shield. When a level 3 shield is formed, it grants a 250% Pyro Absorption.

Elemental Burst

Guitar Shockwave Knockback Concert Effect - Causes Pyro damage in a massive AoE attack

Passives

  1. Reduces the number needed to hit with the skill to create a higher level shield.
  2. Characters under Xin's shield will deal 15% more damage
  3. Xin has a 12% chance to obtain double the product when a perfect DEF-boosting dish is cooked

Dionna (4 Star - Bow - Cryo)

Lastly is Dionna, the 4 Star Cryo user, who may or may not be a cat person! Like Xinyan, she is not in the game currently but is mentioned, thanks to the YouTube comments section for this one too! In the city of Mondstadt, there are fliers all over the city that mentioned Dionna as a bartender in a place called The Cats Tail.

Elemental Skill - The Strongest Tune

Causes a Cryo gas field to appear, causing Cryo damage to enemies within it, but heals character as well.

There's not a whole lot of information on Dionna at the moment, but we will add more as soon as it is available!

Many of the details about these characters were shared via the following video. If you want to see a bit of how they were found, be sure to check it out!

1.1 Patch Notes

Very much like the leaked characters, take this with a pinch of salt, as it's unconfirmed. Apparently, this information is from a public test round and was posted onto Reddit in Chinese. Of course, the community has translated it, so a heartwarming thanks to an awesome community!

System

  1. Daily Original Resin Claim - This one is very much needed, as the high tier rewards are locked behind Original Resin, and having a limited supply, of course, limits your playtime!
  2. Friend Online Notifications and Private Messaging - This is most likely true, as there is already a mail option in the game. At the moment, it's only used for receiving emails from miHoYo, but could easily be extended for private messaging.
  3. Android 60fps and Ultra Graphics Setting for PC - 60fps is always a nice option to have no matter which platform you are using, and the ultra graphics setting for PC might imply that an fps uncap is on its way.

Main Quest

  1. New Main Story Quest after Adventure Rank 30 - For those of you who played the beta and have been waiting for more story content, you will be overjoyed to hear that it's potentially coming. There are quests after Adventure Rank 30, but nothing Main Story related.
  2. New Event Rewards - Wing-Glider, Mora, Gems - More events are always welcome, as there is nothing better than randomly finding them exploring Teyvat. We already know you can change the skin on the Wing-Glider, so are more skins incoming?
  3. New Character Zhongli - Images have been leaked, and the game has been datamined to confirm this.
  4. New World Area and City "Inazuma" - If the rumors are to be true about this area, then the Inazuma region is going to be the same size as the Liyue region, which is gigantic!
  5. New Event Reward Character to Claim at Adventure Rank 42 - This character is called Ayaka, thanks to Moon in the comments section for the update! Though if Barbara, whom you get at AR 20, is anything to go by, this isn't out of the question. However, all main questlines in Liyue City have to be completed before the character is unlocked.

Optimization

  1. Bug Fixes - The main bug fix is for the Main Character or Travelers Geo Skill.
  2. Texture Error Fixes

And that's the entire patch notes coming to 1.1. As said above, take it all with a pinch of salt, but if it's all true, the Genshin Impact content is going to be huge!

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  1. I do think saying “One of the only male characters.” is a bit pushing it as there are a nice bunch. Especially for this type of game. 😀 i am excited for the new characters though. They look nice. Can’t wait for the events too.

    1. True, but when in comparison to the female characters, 8 out of 23 xD. Same here, things are going to get more interesting!

  2. What about Xiao? Anything about him?

    1. Xiao and Klee are both unreleased characters who already exist in version 1.0. Both of their banners have been announced with specific dates.

  3. The character who you can’t recognize, its Ayaka (https://genshin-impact.fandom.com/wiki/Ayaka)

    1. Thank you so much for letting us know. I’ve updated the guide and given you credit. Appreciated!