Genshin Impact Version 1.2 – Patch Notes, Spiral Abyss Changes, Maintenance Starts December 22 5 PM ET

Genshin Impact Version 1.2 – Patch Notes, Spiral Abyss Changes, Maintenance Starts December 22 5 PM ET

All the changes coming to Genshin Impact following the Ver 1.2 maintenance, the launch of Dragonspine and the Chalk Prince and the Dragon event.

miHoYo detailed every change coming with The Chalk Prince and the Dragon, following the Ver 1.2 maintenance of Genshin Impact (PC, PS5, PS4, Mobile, soon on Switch). The update coming December 22 will most notably add the new Dragonspine area and new character Albedo. Alongside several gameplay additions such as the Subzero Climate mechanic.

The Ver 1.2 maintenance will start on December 22, 5 PM ET. (Click here for a time zone conversion table) and last 5 hours. However, note it might end sooner. Every Genshin Impact player will get 60 Primogems multiplied by the amount of hours the ver 1.2 maintenance will last. Which brings us to 300 Primogems in total. And while it’s possible the maint ends early, the amount of Primogems we receive won’t change.

Moreover, you can download the update right now. That way, you’ll be able to play as soon as maintenance ends. Simply open the game launcher and click the update button.

The Albedo gacha banner will start right after maintenance. Note that Bennett, one of the most useful characters in the game, will have its drop rate boosted on the banner. The Ganyu gacha banner will start soon after January 12.

New features coming with Dragonspine

Frostbearing Tree

Players need to offer the Crimson Agates scattered all over Dragonspine to this tree to earn rewards. Long story short, by thoroughly exploring Dragonspine, we’ll be able to get new four star weapons. The Frostbearing Tree will offer Acquaint Fates, Intertwined Fates, a wind glider, Weapon blueprints, and Gadget blueprints.

One of the biggest changes gameplay-wise with The Chalk Prince and the Dragon event, compared to the version 1.1 event Unreconciled Stars, is how it won’t require Original Resin to redeem any of the rewards.

New Domain in Dragonspine – Peak in Vindagnyr

This domain has the Cryo based Blizzard Strayer, and the Hydro based Heart of Depth artifacts sets.

The Chalk Prince and the Dragon event will last until January 5.  An official page for the event was opened.

Moreover, one important change to note are the new mechanics coming to Floor 9-12 of the Spiral Abyss:

◆ Floor 9: Characters on the field will continuously accumulate Sheer Cold and will continually lose HP after Sheer Cold reaches its limit. There will also be a Ruin Brazier on the field. While the Ruin Brazier is activated, getting close to it will reduce Sheer Cold. Enemies will attack the Ruin Brazier on the field to stop it. After having stopped for a period of time, the Ruin Brazier will restart automatically.

◆ Floor 10: Characters on the field will continuously accumulate Sheer Cold and will continually lose HP after Sheer Cold reaches its limit. There will be a Warming Seelie on the field that will help reduce Sheer Cold for the surrounding characters.

◆ Floor 11: Your character will be periodically be inflicted with Engulfing Storm, which continuously drains your Elemental Energy until the inflicted Electro is removed. All party members deal increased Cryo DMG.

◆ Floor 12: All party members deal increased Geo DMG.

Genshin Impact Ver 1.2 Maintenance – Additional patch notes:

• System

1. Adds private chats with friends.

2. Adds function to edit friends’ names.

3. New Gadget: Kamera – When equipped, Travelers can take snapshots. Obtained via the World Quest “Snapshots.”

4. Adds camera height adjustment function and character expressions to the photo-taking system.

5. Adds Travel Log to the Archive system: Stories of all the completed Archon Quests and Story Quests can be reviewed in the Travel Log.

6. Adds character portraits to the Character Archive system.

7. Adds trackable map pins function to the Map.

8. Adds the option to repeat a Domain challenge from inside the Domain.

9. New character ascension reward: Travelers will be rewarded with 1 Acquaint Fate each time their character completes an ascension at Lv. 20, 50, or 70.

10. Adds element tutorial stage “Elemental Trial” to the domain “Temple of the Lion.” After completing the trial, Travelers can claim Weapon Enhancement Materials and Character EXP Materials.

11. Adds the new functions BP Animation Skip, Quest Story Auto-Play, and NPC Dialogue Auto-Play.

12. Adds new controller customization option in the Paimon Menu > Settings > Controls > Vibration.

13. Adds new weapon details display to the weapon event wish on the Wish screen. Travelers can view details about the 4-star and 5-star weapons with drop-rate boosts.

14. Adds a new BP Weekly Mission: Complete the Golden House challenge.

 

 

VIII. Adjustments & Optimizations

• System

1. Optimizes the Paimon’s Bargains page in the Shop: “Purchase with Primogems” has been moved to the last tab.

2. Optimizes the Domain and Ley Line Outcrop rewards system: Dropped items are directly added to the Inventory.

3. Optimizes Co-Op Mode:

◆ The host can disband the Co-Op team.

◆ In Co-Op Domains, guests and the host can both quit the Co-Op anytime without affecting other Travelers in the game.

• Genshin Impact Ver 1.2 maintenance, text description changes, Other

1. Adjusted the order of voice-over entries in character profiles. (Only the displayed order was affected, not the unlock status.)

2.  Standardizes the description of infusion effects for some characters or mechanics. (Actual effects remain unchanged.)

◆ Keqing’s Ascension Phase 1 Passive Talent “Thundering Penance”

Original Description:

Within 5s of recasting Stellar Restoration while a Lightning Stiletto is present, Keqing’s Normal, Charged and Plunging Attacks are converted to Electro DMG.

New Description:

After recasting Stellar Restoration while a Lightning Stiletto is present, Keqing’s weapon gains an Electro Infusion for 5s.

◆ Diluc’s Elemental Burst “Dawn”

Original Description:

Releases intense flames to knock nearby opponents back, dealing Pyro DMG. The flames then converge into the weapon, summoning a Phoenix that flies forward and deals massive Pyro DMG to all opponents in its path. The Phoenix explodes upon reaching its destination, causing a large amount of AoE Pyro DMG.

The searing flames that run down his blade cause Diluc’s Normal, Charged and Plunging Attacks to deal Pyro DMG.

New Description:

Releases intense flames to knock nearby opponents back, dealing Pyro DMG. The flames then converge into the weapon, summoning a Phoenix that flies forward and deals massive Pyro DMG to all opponents in its path. The Phoenix explodes upon reaching its destination, causing a large amount of AoE Pyro DMG.

The searing flames that run down his blade cause it to be infused with Pyro.

◆ Chongyun’s Elemental Skill “Spirit Blade: Chonghua’s Layered Frost”.

Original Description:

Chongyun strikes the ground with his greatsword, causing a Cryo explosion in a circular AoE in front of him that deals Cryo DMG.

After a short delay, the cold air created by the Cryo explosion will coalesce into a Chonghua Frost Field, within which all DMG done through Normal, Charged and Plunging Attacks by Sword, Greatsword and Polearm wielding Characters will be converted to Cryo DMG.

New Description:

Chongyun strikes the ground with his greatsword, causing a Cryo explosion in a circular AoE in front of him that deals Cryo DMG.

After a short delay, the cold air created by the Cryo explosion will coalesce into a Chonghua Frost Field, within which all Sword, Claymore and Polearm-wielding characters’ weapons will be infused with Cryo.

◆ Bennett’s Lv. 6 Constellation “Fire Ventures with Me”

Original Description:

Sword, Claymore, or Polearm-wielding characters inside Fantastic Voyage’s radius gain a 15% Pyro DMG Bonus. Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attacks now do Pyro DMG.

New Description:

Sword, Claymore, or Polearm-wielding characters inside Fantastic Voyage’s radius gain a 15% Pyro DMG Bonus and their weapons are infused with Pyro.

◆ Tartaglia’s Elemental Skill “Foul Legacy: Raging Tide”

Original Description:

…In this Stance, Tartaglia’s Normal and Charged Attacks change as follows:…

New Description:

…Tartaglia’s Normal and Charged Attacks are converted to Hydro DMG that cannot be overridden by any other elemental infusion and change as follows:…

3. Updates the description of Ningguang’s Passive Talent “Trove of Marvelous Treasures” by adding Starsilver to the list of displayed ore veins. The new description reads: “Displays the location of nearby ore veins (Iron Ore, White Iron Ore, Crystal Ore, Magical Crystal Ore, and Starsilver) on the mini-map.”

4. Adjusts the Exploration Progress for “Galesong Hill,” “Windwail Highland,” “Bishui Plains,” and “Lisha.” Travelers that already had a certain amount of Exploration Progress at these locations will obtain a slight increase in their Exploration Progress. Those who have already reached 100% in Exploration Progress will not be affected.

5. Adjusts the daily rotation criteria of Domain of Forgery and Domain of Mastery: From Monday to Saturday, rewards will not change, and dropped items will rotate among the three types each day. On Sundays, the drop type will no longer be random. Instead, all three types of drops will now be available for Travelers to select for their challenges. (For example, in the Domain of Mastery “Forsaken Rift,” Monday and Thursday drops will be Talent Level-Up Materials of the Freedom type. On Tuesdays and Fridays, Resistance-type materials will be dropped. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, Ballad-type materials will be dropped. On Sundays, Travelers can select which of the three types of materials will be dropped during the challenges.)