miHoYo released several versions of Genshin Impact 2.5's patch notes, so it's worth glossing over.
The patch notes don't contain every individual aspect of Genshin Impact 2.5. However, it includes all of the relevant parts that Travelers will see at the beginning of the update. This summary will go over what miHoYo has officially unveiled through their patch notes, particularly the most important topics related to:
- New characters
- New equipment
- New events
- New main story
- New enemies
- Other additions
- Adjustments & optimizations
Genshin Impact 2.5 officially goes live on February 16, 2022 (although it will be February 15, 2022 in some parts of the world).
A look at the Genshin Impact 2.5 patch notes
The only new character in Genshin Impact 2.5 is Yae Miko. She is a five-star Electro Catalyst user who has three charges of her Elemental Skill. That Elemental Skill summons a Sesshou Sakura, which attacks nearby foes.
Her Elemental burst detonates all Sesshou Sakuras for extra damage. She will be available on February 16, 2022.
There are two new weapons. First, Kagura's Verity (a five-star Catalyst), which has the following effect:
"Gains the Kagura Dance effect when using an Elemental Skill, causing the Elemental Skill DMG of the character wielding this weapon to increase for 16s. Max three stacks. This character will gain All Elemental DMG Bonus when they possess three stacks."
Second, Oathsworn Eye (a four-star Catalyst) has the following effect:
"After using an Elemental Skill, Energy Recharge is increased for 10s."
Kagura's Verity will be available through Epitome Invocation. In contrast, Oathsworn Eye is a reward from the Three Realms Gateway Offering event.
The first major event for Travelers in Genshin Impact 2.5 is the Three Realms Gateway Offering. They will explore a different version of Enkanomiya and Light Realm Sigils will upgrade their Bokuso Box. This event will feature the standard rewards (Primogems, Crown of Insight, etc.) Oathsworn Eye is one of the unique rewards exclusive to this event.
Three Realms Gateway Offering lasts from February 17, 2022 to the end of Genshin Impact 2.5. Requirements include:
- Adventure Rank 30+
- Chapter II: Act II: Stillness, the Sublimation of Shadow
- Erebos' Secret
New main story
There are two new Story Quests:
- Imperatrix Umbrosa Chapter: Act II - Transient Dreams (Raiden Shogun)
- Divina Vulpes Chapter: Act I - The Great Narukami Offering (Yae Miko)
Both Story Quests require the player to be Adventure Rank 40+. Raiden Shogun's Story Quest also requires:
- Imperatrix Umbrosa Chapter: Act I - Reflections of Mortality
- Chapter II: Act III: Omnipresence Over Mortals
Yae Miko's Story quest necessitates that the player completes Raiden Shogun's second Story Quest.
There are two new enemy types to mention. First is Magatsu Mitake Narukami no Mikoto, a new weekly boss located at Narukami Island. The second enemy type includes Shadowy Husks, which includes three versions:
- Standard Bearer
- Line Breaker
The Shadowy Husks have a gimmick where they will receive buffs if they attack shielded characters.
Genshin Impact 2.5 will include new recipes:
- Inazuma Shimura's: Sangayak
- Udon Noodles
It will also feature new Namecards:
- Celebration: Binge Vessel (From Of Drink A-Dreaming)
- Yae Miko: Kitsune Dreaming (Friendship Level 10 with Yae Miko)
- Travel Notes: Awakening (Battle Pass)
Like with previous updates, Genshin Impact 2.5 will also feature new achievements.
There are also some new Furnishings:
- Leisure Device: On the Pulse
- Sub-Space Cabochon: In Soaring Flight
- A Mask
Wanderer's Advice will also be available through the Realm Depot.
Floor 11 of the Spiral Abyss will feature the following Ley Line Disorders:
"All characters in the party gain a 60% Electro DMG Bonus. All party members gain 30% Healing Bonus."
Floor 12 includes:
"For this floor only, the ley line flow will be normal."
Phase 1's effect (Lightning Moon) is:
"When opponents take Electro-Charged DMG, their Electro RES decreases by 10% for 10s. Max 4 stacks. Each stack's duration is independent. Each enemy can receive this effect once every 1.2s."
Phase 2's effect (Godcall Moon):
"When the active character's Normal Attacks, Charged Attacks, Plunging Attacks, Elemental Skills, and Elemental Bursts hit an opponent affected by Electro, a shockwave is created at that opponent's position, dealing True DMG. A shockwave may be produced in this manner every 2s."
Adjustments & optimizations
Genshin Impact 2.5 will feature several optimizations related to UI, audio, and filters. One of the more significant changes is to the World Quest, When the Trail Goes Cold. There was no Adventure Rank requirement previously. However, Travelers must now be Adventure Rank 22+ to begin this quest.
Here are some other significant changes:
- Oz's Chinese voice actor has been replaced
- Amber, Jean, Mona, and Rosaria NPCs will now use their Alternate Outfits
- Previous events' cutscenes will be removed to free up space
- The bitrate for new cutscenes will be 25,000 kbps on mobile devices
There have also been a few dozen bug fixes labeled in Genshin Impact 2.5's patch notes.