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Itto Vs Shenhe: Who is Stronger & Which Banner Should You Pull

Should you go for Arataki Itto or wait for Shenhe?

January 2, 2022

The banner for Arataki Itto in Genshin Impact will end in a few hours, so many players are wondering if he’s worth puling or if you should wait for the next new character, Shenhe. Here are some tips to help you make up your mind.

Arataki Itto is a Geo, Claymore character with a kit geared toward DEF-scaled DPS. Most notably, Itto is one of the sole characters in Genshin Impact with a peculiarity on his Normal Attack combo. So he’s the kind of character you’ll keep on the field. He can also work very well with more Geo characters in the party. Especially with a full Geo party buffed by Goro.

Meanwhile, Shenhe is a Cryo Polearm character built as a Support focusing on dealing and buffing Cryo DMG. As in, you’ll keep Shenhe on the field a lot but often switch to another Cryo DPS in your party.

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Objectively speaking, Itto is a huge DPS who’s very strong with the right Artifacts substats, but can be hard to use. You need to keep track of how many Normal Attack combos you did with the mask behind Itto and unleash his Elemental Burst with the right timing too. Shenhe, as a Support character, will be much easier to play as.

As a side note, if you want Goro, but do not want Itto, do not pull on the Itto banner. That’s the worst thing you could do. Don’t try to “build pity” either. Wait until you luckily get Goro on the Standard banner, or wait for Goro to be on the banner of a 5-star character you do want.

You objectively have two choices. If you want both Itto and Goro and want a Geo DPS, then pull on Itto and skip Shenhe.

If you already have a lot of Cryo DPS characters or plan to get some soon like Ganyu with her 2.4 rerun, then go for Shenhe. Alternatively, you can skip both and save for Yae as well, who was confirmed for 2.5.

Now, subjectively speaking, I definitely suggest pulling the character you like the most between Itto and Shenhe. Be it their character design, VAs, personality, story, or gameplay. Just pick who you like.

Long story short, objectively, you should pull Itto for a good DPS & if you want Goro or plan to get/raise more Geo characters. Pull for Shenhe if you already have a Cryo DPS character like Ganyu or Ayaka, or plan to get one in the future. Subjectively, just pull the one between the two that you want to marry the most.

And last but not least, keep in mind Genshin is just a game. It’s fine if you don’t get every character. If you’ve got friends shaming you for that, change your friends. There are hundreds of better games than Genshin out there – without gacha – that you could play. Go try out Xenogears or something.

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Iyane Agossah

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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