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Genshin Impact 2.4 Character Banners Officially Revealed

November 22, 2021

miHoYo on November 22 officially revealed the new playable characters to be released with Genshin Impact version 2.4, Shenhe and Yun Jin, with some new lore.

miHoYo as usual, revealed upcoming characters with the “drip marketing” long-time fans of Genshin Impact are all used to. This is in order to prevent leaks, revealing the new characters before the start of the next Private Beta Test. Hopefully, miHoYo will restart publishing update roadmaps as well at some point if it truly wishes to stop fans from resorting to leaked or data mined info.

Anyways, this is the first time ever that official artwork for Shenhe and Yun Jin is revealed. This is the first time ever we actually see them as well. (Update: I forgot that we did see Yun Jin in the Story Cutscene at the end of Moonchase Festival).

Both characters’ 3D models were data mined over a year ago before Genshin Impact was released. That was during the pre-release Closed Beta Tests, when no one cared about Genshin yet or kept comparing it to BOTW.

Several parts of the character designs for Shenhe and Yun Jin look different now. As a side note, the sole character data mined back then that has yet to release or receive a release date is Dendro character Yao Yao.

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Genshin Impact 2.4 characters Shenhe and Yun Jin Weapons, Visions, rarity

miHoYo via the artwork officially confirmed Shenhe is a Cryo Polearm character, while Yun Jin is a Geo Polearm character. Note that their rarity wasn’t officially confirmed, but leakers in the past mentioned Shenhe is a 5-star character while Yun Jin is a 4-star.

Additionally, in the Japanese dub, Shenhe is named 申鶴 / Shinkaku, while Yun Jin is named 雲菫 / Unkin. Their seiyuu / voice actors were not revealed yet.

Shenhe, Yun Jin release date estimate in Genshin Impact 2.4

If Shenhe is the first banner in Genshin Impact 2.4, she will be released together with the update, on January 5, 2022. If Shenhe is the second banner of 2.4, she’ll release on January 25, 2022.

If Yun Jin is indeed a 4-star character, then she can be either on Shenhe’s banner or on the other, rerun banner. We’ll definitely hear Chinese leakers and insiders talk about it until then. But we’ll only know for sure with the Genshin Impact 2.4 livestream in late December.

Personally speaking, I don’t need any new Cryo or Geo Polearm characters, but it’s very likely I’ll end up swiping to pull Shenhe and Yun Jin. As I really like their character designs and lore revealed so far. In particular, it’s nice to see Genshin, with Yun Jin, will finally have a gothloli type of character now.

As I always say, it’s best to just pull characters if you like them, not because a purely SEO-driven guide or a Youtuber put said character on top of their tierlist. Just like in most Sociage/ Gacha games, there is almost no content challenging enough to warrant thinking about the meta anyway. Even if a character is considered strong, they’ll get power crept in the long run. And at the end of the day, strong or weak character, the most important is having good Artifacts and substats.

Shenhe, Yun Jin official lore revealed

Shenhe ‧ Lonesome Transcendence
Ethereal Soul Amidst the Mortal Realm

Shenhe comes from a branch family of a clan of exorcists. Due to certain reasons, Cloud Retainer took her in as a disciple.

To Shenhe, Cloud Retainer is a knowledgeable and chatty master.

To Cloud Retainer, Shenhe stands out as special from amongst the mortals she has instructed.

Living with adepti as a human is by no means an easy task, but Shenhe has a unique constitution, an immensely strong will, and a great talent for adepti arts, all of which have won her the acknowledgment of the adepti. However, the long years of cultivation, coupled with the habit of eating divine herbs and drinking the dew of the mountains, have made her more and more distant from earthly life, and she has even been regarded as a mysterious white-haired adeptus.

The occasional sharpness in her personality and the red ropes adorning her body add to her “mystery”. If her past were to be written as a story, there would be multiple versions for sure.

Be it an immortal or a white-haired witch, how will people view this mysterious lady? Her secrets and feelings are as difficult to capture as the drifting clouds in the mountains.

Yun Jin ‧ Stage Lucida
Current Director of Yun-Han Opera Troupe

She is the director of the Yun-Han Opera Troupe and is also a famous figure in Liyue Harbor’s opera scene.

Yun Jin is known for her sweet singing voice and intricate costumes, as well as her animated and dynamic performances. Whether it’s a delicate and dignified young lady or a mighty and honorable heroine, she can play any role.

What’s even rarer is that this young actress is also a playwright. Other than “The Divine Damsel of Devastation”, the Yun-Han Opera Troupe has performed many other new plays in recent years, all of which were written by Yun Jin.

However, what is surprising is that Yun Jin, who has always displayed a dignified and elegant image, has a little hobby that is not known to the public — she likes listening to rock ‘n’ roll.

If you see Yun Jin at a rock ‘n’ roll performance in Liyue Harbor, please refrain from telling the whole world about it.

Otherwise, she might get nagged by the elders again.

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Iyane Agossah
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Living near Paris, Iyane (He/Him) 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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