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Genshin Impact 2.0 Inazuma - 10 Map Exploration Gimmicks, Changes You Should Know ASAP

Genshin Impact 2.0 - All the new gimmicks and exploration gameplay mechanics in Inazuma

By Iyane Agossah

July 15, 2021

With the launch of Inazuma in Version 2.0, The Immovable God and the Eternal Euthymia, several changes and new gameplay elements are coming to Genshin Impact. Here’s what you should keep in mind regarding the new exploration mechanics of the Japan themed region.

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Genshin Impact 2.0 Inazuma exploration – Thunder Sakura Bough and Electrogranum

Inazuma will bring back its own version of several exploration mechanics we’ve seen in Mondstadt and Liyue. The most important one is the Thunder Sakura Bough. These special trees are found on Inazuma’s islands and can be used to summon an Electrograna. You can carry multiple Electrogranum, but they expire over time, just like Anemogranum in Mondstadt or Geogranum in Liyue. Electrogranum are further used through other mechanics.

How to protect yourself against Balethunder, how Thunderwood works

Certain areas in Inazuma are under the effect of Balethunder: When highly concentrated Electro energy is in an area, it will continuously damage your character, unless you’re carrying Electrogranum.

Moreover, these high Electro energy concentration areas will also include Thunderwood, which will protect you if you stand close to them.

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How to use Thunder Spheres

You’ll end up spotting in the skies of Inazuma a new thing called Thunder Sphere dots. If you carry Electrogranum, you’ll be able to quickly teleport to the direction of the Thunder Sphere. This will be crucial for airborne exploration and fast traveling.

The UI will include a special symbol at the bottom of the screen to notify players they can move towards a Thunder Sphere.

Thunder Barriers

This is similar gimmick to the wind barriers in Mondstadt, where we had to glide and go past them from above. However, in order to pass through Thunder Barriers, you will need to carry at least one Electrogranum with you.

Some of the Thunder Barriers will contain Thunderstones that will damage your character unless you carry Electrogranum. The Electrogranum expire and aren’t permanent though, so you’ll be better off leaving the Thunder Barrier as soon as possible.

Lastly, certain barriers are more powerful than others, and can only be entered if you carry Electrogranum that are powered up enough.

The Sacred Sakura Tree is the most important new mechanic

This is a mechanic similar to the Frostbearing Tree in Dragonspine. The Sacred Sakura Tree is found at the top of the Grand Narukami Shrine. By increasing the Favor of the Sacred Sakura tree, you will be able to power up the Elecrogranum. This is how you make them strong enough to pass strong Thunder Barriers.

Genshin Impact Inazuma exploration – Electro Sigils and how to power up Electrogranum

Through exploring Inazuma, we will also obtain Electro Sigils. Instead of a souvenir shop like in Mondstadt with the Anemo Sigils, and in Liyue with the Geo Sigils, the Electro Sigils will be offered to the Sacred Sakura Tree to raise its Favor. You can ear Electro Sigils by fighting monsters mainly.

Electro Seelies – Don’t loose sight of them

Just like in Mondstad and Liyue, Inazuma has its own version of Seelies. Electro Seelies move extremely fast so it’ll be harder to follow them.

In case you never noticed, the Seelies in-game have very specific trajectories. miHoYo cleverly made it so that when you followed a Seelie to a treasure, it will pass through points of interests, puzzles you might miss otherwise etc. So besides simply following Electro Seelies to a treasure, make sure to pay attention where they pass through too. You might discover something..

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Genshin Impact 2.0 Inazuma – Puzzles and new mechanics spoilers

Inazuma will come with its lot of new puzzles and gimmicks, some that are probably being kept under wraps officially and we’ll only see when the region releases. Though you might have seen them if you spoiled yourself with data mined leaks. miHoYo is also officially revealing some of them. Including the Lightning Strike Probe and the Thunderbearer mirror.

With that said, all the puzzles will primarily use the Electro element. So you’ll have a better time keeping an Electro characer in your party when exploring Inazuma.

New Electroculi to collect

It’s likely we will have Electroculi to collect and to offer to the Raiden Shogun Statues of the Seven. I highly doubt we will receive further Max Stamina upgrades though, as that would greatly change the battle system’s current balancing.

New Dungeon Exploration type Domains

If you’ve been playing Genshin Impact since launch, it’s been so long since you’ve completed these things you might have forgotten them, but Liyue especially had small dungeons in the form of Exploration Domains. New ones will be coming with Inazuma, and they’ll definitely be fun.

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Remember to have fun

Personally, I recommend savoring things at your own pace and try to figure out the puzzles yourself rather than using guides and walkthroughs. It’s not like we’ll have a time limit complete all these as fast as possible anyways.

Keep in mind there’s also the official miHoYo interactive map, which should be updated on July 21 to add Inazuma elements.

Genshin Impact 2.0 is coming July 21 to PC, PS4, PS5, and mobile.

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Iyane Agossah
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Living near Paris, Iyane is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He plays Genshin Impact for the story. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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