Who is Shenhe (Shenli) in Genshin Impact? Character Release Date, Vision, Story, Lore and Rumors
Who is Shenhe in Genshin Impact?
Shenli / Shenhe is one of the many data mined but unreleased characters of Genshin Impact, here’s what we know about her so far.
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Shenli or Shenhe?
The unreleased character commonly called Shenli is actually named Shenhe. I believe that back when Shenhe was data mined, many fans ended mixing up both names. The name “Shenli” is Ayaka‘s surname in Chinese, and has no relation to Shenhe. I’ve used “Shenli” in the headline as well for SEO’s sake, as several fans still call this character Shenli.
Genshin Impact – Who is Shenli / Shenhe and when’s her release date?
Shenhe was one of the characters found by Genshin Impact data miners a few weeks after the game officially launched on September 28, 2020. The characters data mined back then also included Hu Tao and Rosaria, who have now been officially released. However, including Shenhe, most of these characters are still unreleased, nor were mentioned in the game or by miHoYo.
It’s unknown when Shenhe will actually be added to the game, and she might never get released, as miHoYo never officially confirmed her existence. Unlike other unreleased characters like Baizhu, Ayaka or Yaoyao, who appeared in-game, on official artwork, or in trailers.
The unfinished model of Shenhe, seen above, was published by data miners a few months after the release of Genshin Impact. What we know about her lore so far is that Shenhe is a Liyue Harbor female character. You can find several “gameplay” videos of Shenhe on YouTube. However, these were all fan-made using the unfinished 3D model and software like Miku Miku Dance.
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Shenhe’s rarity, weapon and vision
When she was first data mined, Shenhe’s data pointed out that she was a Claymore user and a Cryo vision user. Later on, more data mining pointed out that Shenhe was now using Catalyst weapons. Either way, she’s an unreleased character, so there is no definite answer. We also don’t know if Shenhe will be a four star or a five star character.
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Genshin Impact – Is Shenhe the human form of Cloud Retainer?
Cloud Retainer is one of the Adepti who has a contract with the Geo Archon, Rex Lapis. She’s an Adeptus who looks like a blue crane bird, and we meet her several times in-game, most notably during the Liyue Archon story chapter. Many fans speculate that Shenhe is her human form because Shenhe’s clothes look similar, and because Shenhe can mean crane god in Chinese.
However, nothing data mined pointed out toward that direction so far. You can also find several fanart with the two characters together, but as far as I know Cloud Retainer being Shenhe is only fan speculation.
Could we get more playable Adeptus characters including Cloud Retainer?
Right now, very few adeptus characters are actually playable and with human forms: Rex Lapis / Zhongli, Ganyu, and Xiao. If Cloud Retainer gets added to the playable cast though an human form, we’ll know if she turns out to be Shenhe or not.
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That’s all we know about Shenhe / Shenli in Genshin Impact so far. Personally speaking, I believe that with her chara design, Shenhe could rake in a lot of money for miHoYo, so I doubt she was scrapped. She will probably release at some point.
Genshin Impact is currently in its version 1.5, and the livestream for 1.6 might be held this week.