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.

If you're looking for information on the Genshin Impact 1.2 update, check out this post!

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 "The Unreturned Star" 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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1.1 Update Maintenence

When Genshin Impact update 1.1 goes live maintenance will occur, this will start on 2020/11/11 06:00:00(UTC+8) and will take about 5 hours. As compensation for the game being down for about 5 hours, 300 Primogems will be given out to every player above Adventure Rank 5. Even if the update takes less than 5 hours, miHoYo will honor the 300 Primogems. If it takes longer, for every hour they will increase the amount by 60.

Compensation will be given within 5 hours after the update has been completed. Everyone who wants the 300 Priomogems must be logged in before 2020/11/14 11:00:00(UTC+8).

1.1 Patch Notes

New Quests

The 1.1 update will feature new story content, as the base game content stops halfway through the Liyue storyline. In 1.1 this story will continue off from where it left off and will feature  Xiao, Keqing, and Ganyu will appear in the 2nd part of the Liyue storyline.

 New Archon Quest

Chapter 1: Act III - A New Star Approaches

The mysterious emissary Ganyu appears before you at Third-Round Knockout. Claiming to have come at Ningguang's behest, she invites you to the skyfaring palace known as the Jade Chamber.

To that end, you and Paimon have come to Mt. Tianheng, from where you can see the Jade Chamber in the distance...

New Story Quest

Monoceros Caeli Chapter: Act I - Mighty Cyclops' Adventure! 

The Millelith have received numerous eyewitness reports recently that have confirmed an active Ruin Guard presence in an area far beyond their normal range of activity. After some investigation, you find that these Ruin Guards are, in fact, just toys for a certain child...

New World Quest

New World Quests Added: The Adventurers' Guild's Affairs, Necessary Procedures, Words Worth Their Weight in Mora, Changchang's Little Friend, The Secret of Nantianmen, An Ode to Yonder City, and Endless Research

Update 1.1 trailer

Here is the English Genshin Impact 1.1 trailer, that teases the story, as well as the new characters coming with the 1.1 update in November!

New Features


Reputation System - Wings of Azure Wind

Update: The Reputation system 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.

  • Reputation is currently divided into Mondstadt Reputation and Liyue Reputation.
    • Mondstadt Reputation Unlock Criteria
      • Complete the Archon Quest Prologue: Act I "The Outlander Who Caught the Wind"
    • Liyue Reputation Unlock Criteria
      • Complete the Archon Quest Chapter I: Act II "Farewell, Archaic Lord"

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.

More information has been released on this Reputation System!

Anemo and Geo Treasure Compasses

Update: You acquire these two the Treasure Compasses from the Reputation System rewards for reaching Reputation Lvl 6 in both Mondstadt and Liyue. The Anemo one is for the region of Mondstadt and the Geo one for Liyue.

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!

Anemo and Geo Resonance Stones

Update: Once you hit Reputation Level 2, in the Reputation System you be awarded with the Anemo and Geo Resonance Stones blueprints.

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.

Concentrated Resin

Update: Condensed Resin will be unlocked in the Reputation System that is coming with 1.1. When you reach Reputation Lvl 3 in Liyue, you will unlock the Condensed Resin blueprint. If Condensed Resin is used for an Abyss Domain, instead of only getting 1 set of rewards like normal, you'll actually receive 2 sets of rewards; however, you can only hold 3 Condensed Resin.

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.

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

Update: The Wind Catcher is unlocked via the Reputation System, as when you get you to Reputation Lvl 3 in Mondstadt, you will be awarded the Spirit Catcher.

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

Update: This Portable Waypoint will be a reward with the Reputation System, if you reach  Mondstadt Reputation level 6, you will unlock the blueprint for the Portable Waypoint.

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

A picture of the new world boss Childe


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.

It is confirmed that Childe is connected to the Golden House event and is the new world boss.

New Events

Unreconciled Stars

This Unreconciled Stars event has 3 different acts, and it costs 40 Original Resin to run. You can play with up to 4 other people, and attempt to reach 2000 points. A reward for completing it is to get Fishcl for free, as well as other rewards just for participating in this event.

This event starts on November 16 and ends November 30!

Peculiar meteorites are descending upon Teyvat, bringing a rare sleeping sickness with them. People trapped in deep slumber, mysterious dreams, an unknown star... The crisis draws closer!

Event Rules: During the event, complete designated quests and "Star of Destiny" challenges to obtain Fading Star's Might and Fading Star's Essence!

Event Rewards: Exchange Fading Star's Might and Fading Star's Essence in the Event Shop for Character Ascension Materials, Hero's Wit, Mystic Enhancement Ore, Talent Enhancement Materials, Crown of Insight, and other rewards!

  • Stage 1: 11/16/20
  • Stage 2: 11/18/20
  • Stage 3: 11/23/20

Single-Player or Co-Op

Reward calculated according to World level Characters with boosted 60% damage:

  • Childe
  • Mona
  • Fischl
  • Lisa
  • Beidou
  • Ningguang
  • Noelle
  • Chongyun
  • Xiangling

The picture above is the official artwork of the event, however, if you look closer, who is that mysterious figure standing to the right of Mona? Is that a new character?

The Stone Harbor Treasure Journal

A new mini-event is being released on launch day, this is a web browser event where you work part-time for Zhongli or Childe. You work as hard as you can while earning Mora at the same time, the harder you work you may unlock additional areas. The final reward is:

  • 200 Primogems
  • 50k Mora

Potentially all possible platforms can play this event, we'll have to wait and see if that is true for the PlayStation 4!

Beat up Wei

Not much is known about the special event beat up Wei, or even if that is what the event is called, but it is a special event coming with update 1.1.

Gliding Challenge

Update: The Gliding Challenge is now live in Genshin Impact 1.1. Put your gliding skills to the test with a total of 7 different courses. Each day from when the Gliding Event starts, another course will be released. To take part in this challenge, you must be at least Adventure Rank 20 upwards!

During these courses, you'll have to use your skills in the air with two different techniques: Ascending and Sprint.

Quick times and completion means more rewards! 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! However, remember you only have one day to claim all three medals, we are unsure if the new course will override older courses.

Gliding Challenge menu in Genshin Impact

New Weapons

New weapons are coming with a new wish banner called Epitome Invocation and this banner goes live on November 12. The new weapons that you can earn are:

    • Featured Weapons
      • Memory of Dust (5* Catalyst)
      • Skyward Harp (5* Bow) -
      • Royal Spear (4* Polearm)
    • Future Featured Weapons - After 12/01/20 -
      • Vortex Vanquisher (5* Polearm) -
      • The Unforged (5* Claymore)

Referral Event

This event is now live on the 28th of October, 2020. 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!

Archive System

A collection of Equipment, Materials, Geography, Books, and Tutorials.

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.


  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.


  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


  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

Diona (4 Star - Bow - Cryo)

Lastly is Diona, 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 Diona as a bartender in a place called The Cats Tail.

Elemental Skill - Cryo Kitty Claws

Fires a Cryo Kitty Claw that deals Cyro DMG to enemies and forms a shield on hit. The Shield's DMG absorption scales based on Diona's Max HP, and its duration scales off the number of Cryo Kitty Claws that hit their target.

  • Shield
    • The shield has a 250% Cryo DMG Absorption Bonus.

Elemental Burst - A Killer Brew

Tosses out a special cold brew that deals AoE Cyro Damage and creates a Drunken Mist in an AoE.

  • DrunkenMist
    • Deals continuous Cyro DMG to enemies within the field
    • Continuously regenerations the HP of characters within the field.

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!

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!


    • Added an Equipment Locking function. Locked equipment cannot be used for enhancement or refinement.
    • A Report function has been added to Co-Op Mode.

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.


  • Bug Fixes - The main bug fix is for the Main Character or Travelers Geo Skill.
  • Setting 
    • Added customization options for keyboard and controller: Go to Paimon Menu > Settings > Controls, select a function to change the key or button assigned to it, and press any key or button to assign it to this function.
    • New customization options added to Settings > Graphics: Volumetric Fog, Reflections, Bloom, Crowd Density, and Co-Op Teammate Effects
    • New options added to Settings > Other: Combat Camera Settings and Default Camera Distance.
  • Texture Error Fixes

And that's the entire patch notes coming to 1.1.

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