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Genshin Impact 4.4: New Release Date, Banners, and Exciting Events

Welcome to the latest update of Genshin Impact! Get ready to embark on an exhilarating journey in the Vibrant Harriers Aloft in Spring Breeze patch. This article will provide you with all the key details...

Welcome to the latest update of Genshin Impact! Get ready to embark on an exhilarating journey in the Vibrant Harriers Aloft in Spring Breeze patch. This article will provide you with all the key details you need to know about the 4.4 release date, the exciting new character banners, and the thrilling events that await you.

Genshin Impact 4.4 Release Date and Time

The highly anticipated Genshin Impact 4.4 update is set to be released on Wednesday, 31st January. The update will follow the usual maintenance schedule, with the release scheduled for 3am (GMT). Please note that due to time zone differences, the release time for the United States is Tuesday, 30th January at 7pm (PT). For other time zones, refer to the following schedule:

  • East Coast US: Tuesday 30th January, 10pm (ET)
  • Central US: Tuesday 30th January, 9pm (CT)
  • West Coast US: Tuesday 30th January, 7pm (PT)
  • Australia: Wednesday 31st January, 2pm (AET)
  • Japan: Wednesday 31st January, 12pm (JST)
  • Europe: Wednesday 31st January, 4am (CET)
  • UK: Wednesday 31st January, 3am (GMT)

Please bear in mind that these times are approximate and may vary slightly. However, previous updates have been fairly accurate, so you can expect to dive into the 4.4 patch around these times.

Ganyu, Shenhe, Aether, Gaming, and Yayoyao talking in a Liyue field. Image credit: HoYoverse

Genshin Impact 4.4 Banners

The 4.4 update introduces exciting new characters in the banners. The first phase features the new 5-Star character, Xianyun (Cloud Retainer), and the new 4-Star character, Gaming. In addition, the returning characters Nahida and Xiao are also featured.

Phase 1 of the 4.4 Banner schedule includes Xianyun's "The Crane Soars Skyward Banner" and Nahida's "The Moongrass' Enlightenment Banner." Gaming can be obtained from both of these banners and can also be claimed for free during the Lantern Rite event in version 4.4. These banners run concurrently from Wednesday 31st January until Wednesday 21st February.

Xianyun, Nahida and Gaming shown on the Phase 1 Banners of version 4.4. Image credit: HoYoverse

Phase 2 of the 4.4 Banner schedule features the returning characters Xiao and Yae Miko. Xiao's "Invitation to Mundane Life Banner" and Yae Miko's "Everbloom Violet Banner" will be available from Wednesday 21st February until Tuesday 12th March.

Xiao and Yae Miko shown as the Phase 2 Banners in version 4.4. Image credit: HoYoverse

In summary, the new and returning characters in Genshin Impact 4.4 are:

  • Xianyun (The Crane Soars Skyward Banner - Phase 1): A new 5-Star Anemo character who wields a catalyst.
  • Nahida (The Moongrass' Enlightenment Banner - Phase 1): A returning 5-Star Dendro character who wields a catalyst.
  • Gaming (The Crane Soars Skyward and The Moongrass' Enlightenment Banners - Phase 1): A new 4-Star Pyro character who wields a claymore.
  • Xiao (Invitation to Mundane Life Banner - Phase 2): A returning 5-Star Anemo character who wields a polearm.
  • Yae Miko (Everbloom Violet Banner - Phase 2): A returning 5-Star Electro character who wields a catalyst.

Additionally, Phase 1 of the 4.4 version introduces a new weapon, the 5-Star Crane's Echoing Call catalyst, which is Xianyun's signature weapon.

Xianyun Image credit: HoYoverse

For more details about the boosted 4-Star characters and weapons, as well as any changes to the banners, be sure to check out our regularly updated Banner schedule page.

Genshin Impact 4.4 Events

The 4.4 update brings a plethora of exciting events for players to participate in. Here's a sneak peek at what you can expect:

  • Xianyun's first Story Quest
  • Free 4-Star Liyue character (including Gaming)
  • Chenyu Vale, a new area in Liyue
  • New outfits for Shenhe and Ganyu
  • Free Xingqiu outfit (for completing Lantern Rite tasks)
  • Login event with 10 Intertwined Fates
  • Three Intertwined Fates in the mailbox for free
  • New Boss - Solitary Suanni
  • Genius Invokation TCG update
  • Fast equip and custom loadout Artifact features
  • Overflowing Mastery event

New Liyue area town added in version 4.4. Artwork and description of the new version 4.4 Liyue boss, Solitary Suanni. New black outfit for Shenhe added in version 4.4. New deep blue outfit for Ganyu added in version 4.4. Image credit: HoYoverse

Furthermore, the 4.4 patch will feature four time-limited events, including the highly anticipated return of the Lantern Rite event.

Lantern Rite 2024 (Vibrant Harriers Aloft in Spring Breeze)

The Lantern Rite event is back, and this time, it's all about kites in 2024! Traditional Liyue kites will be combined with a new Fontaine invention that allows them to float without wind. You can look forward to three exciting mini-games: Paper-Shadows A-Forging, Joyful Beasts and Their Auspices, and Iridescent Cloud-Striding.

In Paper-Shadows A-Forging, you will control Gouba and Yuegi from a top-down perspective, strategically moving them towards the puzzle's goal. Joyful Beasts and Their Auspices is a cooperative mini-game with three stages, where you compete in various challenges such as coin collecting and staying within safe zones. Iridescent Cloud-Striding involves using the 'Golden Carp's Leap' to soar through the air and collect Jade Lotus Lanterns.

Top down view of a chibi minigame controlling Guoba in Lantern Rite 2024. Collecting coins in a Lantern Rite 2024 challenge. Image credit: HoYoverse

The main reward for participating in the Lantern Rite event is the opportunity to choose a free 4-Star Liyue character, including the brand-new character, Gaming. By completing enough mini-games, you can also earn a free skin for Xingqiu.

All the activities for the Lantern Rite 2024 event shown with mini descriptions and pictures. Showing all the Four Star Liyue characters you can get for free during the 2024 Lantern Rite event. Image credit: HoYoverse

Receiver of Friends From Afar

In this event, titled Receiver of Friends From Afar, you will encounter familiar faces from various nations of Teyvat. Test your cooking and plating skills as you strive to please each guest with their preferred dishes. Unlock all the rewards by mastering the art of cooking to perfection.

Aether cutting something while cooking for the Receiver of Friends From Afar event. Artwork and description of the Receiver of Friends From Afar event. Image credit: HoYoverse

Journey Through Hilinigmatic Terrain

Embark on a thrilling investigation in the Mondstadt region, where mysterious statues have appeared in Ddaupa Gorge, causing the local Hilichurl tribes to behave strangely. Assume control over Hilichurls and Slimes using a special device to infiltrate their camps and uncover the secrets surrounding the statues.

Taking control of a Hilichurl in a camp in Journey Through Hillinigmatic Terrain event. Image credit: HoYoverse

Once you have thoroughly investigated all the statues, a challenging Domain featuring an "unusually large" Samachurl and other enemies will emerge. Utilize wind currents and other environmental aids to defeat this formidable foe.

Artwork of a special Hilichurl and description for the Journey Through Hillinigmatic Terrain event. Image credit: HoYoverse

Triumphant Frenzy

Prepare for intense combat in the event known as Triumphant Frenzy. This event presents a series of challenges across four rounds, each offering different difficulty levels: Normal, Advanced, and Pro. Don't worry if you don't have a formidable team yet; there are plenty of trial characters available to choose from.

Keep in mind that each character starts with two stacks of Resolve, and each round depletes one stack whenever a character is used. Accumulating Resolve grants your team special effects that depend on the overall Resolve count.

Artwork and description of the Triumphant Frenzy event. Image credit: HoYoverse

Get ready for an incredible adventure in the 4.4 update!

Don't miss out on the thrilling 4.4 release of Genshin Impact, featuring new banners, captivating events, and countless surprises. Stay tuned for more updates, and remember to check out our Genshin Impact codes page for free Primogems to enhance your gaming experience. Happy gaming!

Disclaimer: The images used in this article are credited to HoYoverse.