Genshin Impact 2.1 - Raiden Shogun, Sara, Kokomi Banners Release Date Estimate Officially Revealed

Raiden Shogun, Sangonomiya Kokomi and Kujou Sara to be playable in Genshin Impact 2.1

By Iyane Agossah

July 22, 2021

miHoYo officially revealed on Twitter new artwork and profiles for Raiden Shogun, Kujou Sara, and Sangonomiya Kokomi, confirming the three characters will be released through the gacha banners of Genshin Impact Version 2.1.

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In the past, via Twitter, miHoYo introduced Kamisato Ayaka, Yoimiya and Sayu ahead of the 2.0 sneak peek Livestream. And all three characters were later confirmed on the livestream. Kamisato Ayaka’s banner is ongoing, while Yoimiya will be the second banner of 2.0.

This is part of miHoYo’s new and commendable strategy to officially reveal characters before they leak. Now that all three characters showed up on Twitter, this officially confirms the Raiden Shogun, Kujou Sara, and Sangonomiya Kokomi will be playable in 2.1.

Genshin Impact 2.1 – Release date estimates for the Raiden Shogun, Kujou Sara, Sangonomiya Kokomi

We’re talking about a release date “estimate” as we don’t know yet whether the Sangonomiya Kokomi banner or the Raiden Shogun banner will come first. Kujou Sara should be a four-star character featured in one of the two banners.

If the six-week time span between each update stays in place, Genshin Impact 2.1 will launch on September 1, 2021. Either Sangonomiya Kokomi or the Raiden Shogun will launch on September 1, and the other character will be launching three weeks later on September 25-26.

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The Raiden Shogun and her weapon type

Note that no weapon type was listed on Twitter for the Raiden Shogun, and it’s still up to speculation. Personally speaking, I believe the fact that she’s seen whipping out a sword out of her own body, both in her artwork and in trailers, is bait. My bet is that this sword is linked to one of her abilities, reflected through her Elemental Skill or Burst, but is different from her Normal Weapon.

Furthermore, I’m pleased to see miHoYo now realizes the importance of showing and advertising characters ahead of release. Instead of letting leakers do the job, this is the best way to prevent the player base from relying on leaks. Looks like we’ll keep getting official character confirmations like these for each update now.

In any case, we’ll know more about the Raiden Shogun’s kit soon with the usual data mined leaks. What do you think of Inazuma so far? You can always hit me up on Twitter @A_iyane07 to share your impressions.

The Raiden Shogun, Kujou Sara, Sangonomiya Kokomi – New lore (Update)

The Genshin Impact Facebook shared some additional story details on the three characters:

Raiden Shogun ‧ Plane of Euthymia
Her Eternal Excellency

The undisputed supreme ruler of Inazuma.
Her Excellency, the Almighty Narukami Ogosho, promised the people of Inazuma an unchanging eternity to last throughout the ages.
After purging all sentiment with merciless lightning, the solitude of her mind became a secluded space free from mortal joys and woes…
Over the long years, the road to eternity has been dark and desolate, but Her Excellency the Shogun has never wavered, not even for a moment.
For true unchanging eternity is found only in the stillness that manifests itself when all noise is stripped away.

“Her Excellency seeks to rid herself of the mundane delusions of the world, but only in an attempt to overcome the cycle of life and death. No one truly understands her, yet she does not deign to make herself understood… Her Excellency the Shogun is simply full of contradictions.” — Kitsune Saiguu

Kujou Sara ‧ Crowfeather Kaburaya
General of the Tenryou Commission

Leader of the Tenryou Commission’s forces. Bold, decisive, and skilled in battle.
If the Almighty Shogun is the sound of thunder that fills the heavens, Kujou Sara is the lightning strike against which her enemies are powerless to defend themselves — and wherever lightning first strikes, terrifying thunder is sure to follow.
As the adopted daughter of the Kujou Clan, she conducts herself with an official demeanor at all times. Ask anyone about their impression of Kujou Sara, and they will likely talk of her ruthless efficiency and stern attitude.
Yet this loyal subject of the Shogun is not as cold and indifferent as she seems on the surface. Rather, she has surrendered herself to the demands of her role, her strong sense of duty causing her to put aside her own desires in service of a greater cause.
For Kujou Sara, helping the Almighty Shogun to achieve eternity is a paramount goal. She knows that she herself may not be there in the end, but she devotes herself to this mission all the same.
“Victory will belong to all of us, even if I am not the last person remaining on the battlefield.”
If people could have only one wish, this would be Kujou Sara’s.
Concealed beneath her icy exterior is a heart that pounds like thunder, where passionate flames burn in secret.

“I must admit, Kujou Sara is an opponent that cannot be taken lightly. Although we have opposing views, her loyalty and sincerity is truly admirable… I believe that in the entire city of Inazuma, she is the one with the most adoration for the Shogun.” — Sangonomiya Kokomi

Sangonomiya Kokomi ‧ Pearl of Wisdom
Hibernating Homebody Strategist

The Divine Priestess and supreme leader of Watatsumi Island
Many believe Sangonomiya Kokomi to be an enigmatic, shrewd leader. However, she always has a quiet smile on her face, and while she gets things done in an orderly fashion, she will sometimes do so over laughter and light conversation.

Having read many military treatises from all over Teyvat since she was a child, Kokomi has a talent for strategy and is capable of outwitting opponents through clever stratagems. Although Watatsumi Island lacks manpower and materiel, its people have managed to turn the tide of battle many times thanks to Kokomi’s tactical prowess. Whether in battle, trade, diplomacy, or internal affairs, Kokomi will do her best. Her achievements have won her the respect of Watatsumi Island’s various factions.

“Never fear, Her Excellency Sangonomiya is here,” has become a common popular saying amongst the people of Watatsumi Island.

However, few people know that Kokomi’s biggest aspiration has always been to merely be an adviser behind the scenes. Socializing with others is in fact a most tiring task for her. Her hands shake every time she gives a speech, and she entertains thoughts of retreating into herself every time work starts piling up. She enjoys herself most while holed up at home after finishing her work, face buried in her military strategy books.

To reach a lofty post at such a young age is considered a great achievement, but for Kokomi, the higher up one is on the mountain, the more treacherous the path.

“Her Excellency, Sangonomiya, is an astute strategist. She can accurately predict enemy movements from thousands of miles of way. When we fought against the Shogun’s army, what we lacked in manpower and weaponry, we more than made up for with Her Excellency’s tactical prowess. Were it not for Her Excellency, not a single one of Watatsumi Island’s victories would have been possible.” — Gorou

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Iyane Agossah

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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