Genshin Impact 2.3 Characters Arataki Itto, Gorou Release, Lore Revealed

Release dates for Genshin Impact 2.3 characters Arataki Itto and Gorou, alongside new lore.

By Iyane Agossah

October 11, 2021

Genshin Impact socials just officially announced the playable characters coming in Version 2.3, Arataki Itto and Gorou, simultaneously revealing their release date estimate. We have some new lore as well.

Note that this article contains spoilers for the Inazuma Archon story quest.

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Genshin Impact 2.3 new husbandos Arataki Itto and Gorou release date

As usual now, Genshin Impact developer miHoYo revealed on social media new characters that will be playable in the next Closed Beta Test. Arataki Itto and Gorou will be releasing with Genshin Impact Version 2.3.

According to leaks, Gorou is a four-star character, while Arataki Itto is a five-star character. Meaning they could both end up on the same gacha banner. If they’re on the first 2.3 banner, Itto and Gorou will launch on November 24, 2021. Otherwise, they will be available around three weeks after November 24.

Who is Arataki Itto, story details, Oni lore

Arataki Itto was already mentioned several times in-game with voiced lines, and we’ve seen a leak of his model a few days ago. He’s a Geo character.

Arataki Itto has Oni blood in his veins, one of the fantastical races living in Inazuma. Another Oni character we’ve already heard about is Chiyo, who was friends with the Raiden sisters.

Itto is based on the typical Oni stereotype seen in anime, where they’re shown as rowdy individuals, though not necessarily evil. Hence why Itto is leading a gang. The club is also one of the classic weapons used by Oni in Japanese folklore, which makes Itto a Claymore character.

Itto’s hairstyle is also similar to Jin’s hairstyle in Xenoblade 2. You can find his lore officially revealed below:

Arataki Itto ‧ Hanamizaka Heroics
The First and Greatest Head of the Arataki Gang

“Hello, I’m Kuki Shinobu, deputy of the Arataki Gang. I handle the affairs of the gang. If you come across any inappropriate behavior on the part of our boss, Arataki Itto, please contact me immediately. Here is my business card.” — Kuki Shinobu

◆ Arataki Itto ‧ Hanamizaka Heroics
◆ The First and Greatest Head of the Arataki Gang
◆ Geo
◆ Taurus Iracundus

Fast as the wind and mighty as thunder, he is an intrepid man with Oni blood running through his veins.
His key traits would be his striking horns and piercing voice that never goes unnoticed.
He is an untamed soul who is wild and free, that even a person with the boldest imagination can be surprised by him.
His heroic spirit and ardent heart guide him wherever he goes.
His happiness is exuberant in each and every passing moment!
Have you heard of the Arataki Gang before?
No? No problem, from today on, we are now acquainted. We are the Arataki Gang of Hanamizaka. Of course, you must be introduced to our most prominent leader: Arataki Itto!

New lore for Gorou revealed

Meanwhile, everyone is already familiar with Gorou as he appears during the Inazuma Archon quest. But isn’t playable yet. A new Kazuha dialogue line about Gorou was revealed, alongside some new details on his personality and background:

Gorou ‧ Canine Warrior
General of the Watatsumi Army

“Kindness and loyalty are the representation of virtue. Without a doubt, my friend Gorou is a virtuous general.” — Kaedehara Kazuha

◆ Gorou ‧ Canine Warrior
◆ General of the Watatsumi Army
◆ Geo
◆ Canis Bellatoris

A loyal and brave general of Watatsumi island. Born with a beast-like fighting intuition and tenacious will, he can find a way to victory even in the most critical moments.
He leads the Watatsumi troops, who have far fewer military resources compared to the Shogunate. Gorou strives to ensure that the inhabitants of this island will live in safety and peace.
Outsiders may not be able to imagine that Gorou, someone who faced thousands of enemies on the battlefield, is actually very affable and gets along with all his subordinates.
In Gorou’s eyes, the people around him are not only his brave soldiers, they are also his beloved companions. They are like treasure to be cared for and protected. The land that sustains us, the comrades who support us, the faith that encourages us to move forward… These are the most precious things for Gorou, to whom he devotes his loyalty and courage.
Within Gorou exists a soul as vast and reliable as the earth.

Genshin Impact Version 2.2 Into the Perilous Labyrinth of Fog will be launching on October 13, with a Childe banner rerun. New character Thoma will be available in the second banner. You can always ask me anything about the game on Twitter @A_iyane07.

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Iyane Agossah

Living near Paris, Iyane is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been watching anime for over 25 years, and plays Genshin Impact mainly for its story. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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