Genshin Impact regularly features time-limited 5-star characters and weapons based on the Gacha system. Players can spend their real money or in-game currencies to unlock characters they desire to acquire with predefined drop rates. The Pity system in Genshin Impact guarantees that the featured item will be obtainable after certain attempts in the game.
What are Pity and Soft pity in Genshin Impact?
Here's an in-depth explainer on Pity and Soft Pity in Genshin Impact:
Pity System in Genshin Impact:
The pity system in Genshin Impact assures players that they will get featured 5-star weapons or characters upon a certain number of attempts. In other words, if the pity for Hu Tao's character banner is 90, then the players are guaranteed to get at least one 5-star character within 90 attempts. The pity count for each banner can be carried and is usually mentioned by MihoYo in every banner description.
The Pity count for the Standard/ Permanent banner and time-limited character's banner is at 90 wishes. However, on the weapons banner, the pity is set at 80 wishes. If a player is unlucky enough to not get 5-star item in 89 attempts, they'll have a 100% chance to obtain it via the pity system on the 90th attempt.
Soft pity system in Genshin Impact:
Similarly, the soft pity system in Genshin Impact is the assurance of obtaining a 5-star item slightly before the actual pity count. Basically, if the pity count for a banner is 90, players can obtain the 5-star character at around 75 wishes due to the soft pity system. The 75-ish count is called the soft pity. Mihoyo does not mention its existence in Genshin Impact officially, but it does exist. As of now, Genshin Impact geeks have figured out the soft pity count for each banner available in the game.
According to some research by Genshin Impact nerds, the soft pity for permanent and event-exclusive characters starts at 74 wishes. With each unsuccessful attempt after this, the chances of getting the 5-star character increase significantly until it hits 100% on the 90th wish. Similarly, the soft pity count for the weapons banner starts at 65 wishes and increases significantly after 70 tries.
The terms Pity and Soft Pity have not been officially defined by Genshin Impact but made by the gacha gaming community. There are other games like Fire Emblem Heroes where the term is used widely.