Genshin Impact is a free-to-play action role-playing game developed by Chinese developer mHoYo. The game allows the player to control one of four interchangeable characters. Switching between characters can be done quickly during combat, allowing the player to use several different combinations of skills and attacks.
One of the most easy-to-miss tip for players is the fact that a continuous Sprint isn’t exactly the fastest way to move in the game.The fastest way would be dashing forward. It turns out spamming dash is a better way to travel on foot. It doesn't drain as much stamina as sprinting too and makes the characters less prone to sudden deaths from falling or drowning or getting dogpiled by Hilichurls after they run out of gas.
On some characters, you can even bunny hop! Sprint and jump, and do it in quick succession, and you’ll find yourself reaching places even quicker. You can also do it infinitely, as the stamina bar glitches out when it reaches zero but you don’t actually return back to your normal pace. Bunny hopping is best executed on PC and is limited to certain characters only, but dashing can be done on mobile too across all characters.
What many players don't realize at first, is that character height actually matters in the game. Taller characters, like Diluc and Zhongli, have the advantage of longer stride length and vertical reach. As such, these types of characters can climb and move at a faster rate. On the other hand, smaller characters take up less space, making them ideal for maneuvering through obstacles and tight spaces.
Genshin Impact is available on Windows, Android, and iOS with cross-platform playability, and also on the PlayStation 4 without cross-platform saves. The game has managed to retain all of its gameplay elements across this entire suite, which is absolutely impressive, meaning that you can experience the game in a practically identical fashion irrespective of which platform you are playing the game on.
However, this isn’t completely true. While the gameplay is very identical, gaming on a desktop with a keyboard and mouse has its own advantages. It’s easier to use Bow-based characters when you have a mouse for precision aim. On mobile devices, Bow-based characters are at a significant disadvantage as panning around and aiming is a less than ideal experience, especially since you’d be swapping between different weapon types and constantly have to refresh your muscle memory.
On desktop, swapping between characters is significantly easier when you have a hotkey. In fact, the desktop version even has a dedicated button that you can set for swapping into a character and immediately executing their elemental burst.
Using Frames to dodge attacks
Some players may have noticed that dashing in Genshin Impact allows players to dodge some attacks. The dashing animation activates what gamers often refer to as an iFrame (Invincibility Frame / Immunity Frame / Invulnerability Frame). Whether intentional or not, this iFrame within the dashing animation is a small window within which your character becomes entirely invincible and ignores any and all damage.
You need to activate the dash animation at just the right time before the attack hits. It’s difficult to describe, but you can practice this out with smaller enemies. The Dashing iFrame can be mastered with fair ease, and once you figure out the ideal timing for it, you can literally fight every single battle in Genshin Impact without taking a single drop of damage.
There are other iFrames present within the game too. The next most commonly activated iFrame is from Character Swapping, but the window for invincibility is very small on this.
Getting the timing right on these iFrames will be crucial when dealing with some annoying bosses.. With a perfect dash every few seconds, you can really defeat the boss without needing a healer on your team or needing a ranged unit.
Healers might come across as unnecessary at low Adventure Ranks, especially with characters like Noelle, but once you start facing high-level bosses and Domains, you'll eventually have to rely on panic buttons.
Characters in this role are known for the team utility they present. This utility can range from cleansing status effects, healing the team, providing shields, leveraging crowd control, applying buffs, and more. This utility is really necessary for the later parts of the game, as it could be the difference between defeating a boss or losing your whole team to it.
Mark resources on the map
Genshin Impact’s world is just way too immense, and resources are innumerable and spread out all through.This can be anything from character ascension flowers to ore mining spots.It pays well to mark them so you don't have to go checking guides every few Adventure Ranks or so. This keeps you playing efficiently, especially when you run out of ascension materials or Mora.
5-star isn’t always better than 4-star
Keep in mind that Genshin Impact has applied 5-star and 4-star ratings. So characters/weapons that are 5-star are not automatically great by being a 5-star. There are great 4-star characters and weapons too, and some are arguably better than any 5-star counterpart because of their mechanics, their passives, or their synergy.
Talents, Weapons and Artifacts
Choose the right weapon and Artifact combination for your character, and ascend, refine, and max them out as far as you can. As for Talents, it’s easy to max all of them out in mid-game, but you have to choose your priority for late game, so choose upgrade paths that make sense to you instead of maxing all of them out at once.
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