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Next Genshin Impact banner: release date, time, and featured characters [Version 3.4]

Current event: Long-awaited Hu Tao and Yelan reruns! Up next: Version 3.5 on March 1st

Who is featured on the Genshin Impact banners in Version 3.4, and when will it go live? Genshin Impact works on a gacha system, where players can spend various in-game and real-world currencies to Wish on a character's banner in the hopes of obtaining a playable version of them.

While many characters are permanently available as potential pulls from the gacha, others — usually 5-star characters — are only available during limited periods as part of Character Event Wish banners. Every Character Event Wish banner features one 5-star character and three 4-star characters with a massively increased drop rate, and the 5-star character is often unique to the banner and unobtainable in any other way.

On this page, we've compiled everything we know about Genshin Impact's current and upcoming banners, including release dates and times for the next banner changeover. Further down the page, we've included some information about characters who are available to purchase from the current and upcoming stock in Paimon's Bargains.

Genshin Impact: current event banners

The concurrent Character Event Wish banners in Genshin Impact for Version 3.4 (Phase 2) are Moment of Bloom, marking the first rerun for Hu Tao since 2021; and Discerner of Enigmas, the first ever rerun for Yelan since her introduction last spring.

These banners have been available to wish on since February 7th at 5pm GMT / 6pm EST / 3pm PDT. They are expected to end on February 28th at 2pm GMT / 3pm EST / 12pm PST, ahead of the release of Version 3.5 on March 1st.

There are also three 4-star characters who are featured on both banners with an increased drop rate: Beidou, Ningguang, and Xingqiu. While none of these are newcomers — in fact, all have been in the game since launch — they are a solid and reliable trio if you're looking to improve your archive. Note that while the promoted 4-star characters can be pulled from either banner, the featured 5-star characters can only be pulled by wishing on their own individual banner. However, pity accumulates on and is shared between both concurrent Character Event Wish banners.

See below for full details on the characters with increased drop rates on the current banners:

Genshin Impact's Moment of Bloom banner as it appeared in February 2023, featuring Hu Tao alongside Beidou, Ningguang, and Xingqiu.

Moment of Bloom

  • Hu Tao (5-star)
  • Beidou (4-star)
  • Ningguang (4-star)
  • Xingqiu (4-star)
Genshin Impact's Discerner of Enigmas banner as it appeared in February 2023, featuring Yelan alongside Beidou, Ningguang, and Xingqiu.

Discerner of Enigmas

  • Yelan (5-star)
  • Beidou (4-star)
  • Ningguang (4-star)
  • Xingqiu (4-star)

Genshin Impact: future event banners

Version 3.5 of Genshin Impact will be launching on February 28th-March 1st, depending on your region. We'll provide exact start times for V3.5 (Phase 1) as soon as we learn them.

Phase 1 of Version 3.5 will introduce Dehya, a brand-new Pyro claymore wielder, and will also feature the first ever rerun for Cyno since his introduction last autumn. We don't have details yet about the 4-star characters during this phase, but we'll let you know as soon as we do! Intriguingly, though, we can inform you that Dehya will be joining the Standard Wish pool after her banner ends — meaning that you don't necessarily need to rush to pull her as soon as she's out.

An Event Wish Preview from Genshin Impact's Version 3.5 livestream. It shows Phase 1 of the upcoming version, highlighting the introduction of Dehya and a banner rerun for Cyno.

Phase 2 of Version 3.5 is expected on or around March 21st, and will feature reruns for Kamisato Ayaka and Shenhe alongside the introduction of Mika, a new 4-star Cryo polearm wielder. This will mark Shenhe's first banner rerun since she was introduced over a year ago, and is Ayaka's first return to the gacha since her extended run during last summer's update delays.

An Event Wish Preview from Genshin Impact's Version 3.5 livestream. It shows Phase 2 of the upcoming version, highlighting the introduction of Mika and banner reruns for Kamisato Ayaka and Shenhe.

Paimon's Bargains and the Starglitter Exchange

Wishes and banners aren't quite the only way to increase your party roster in Genshin Impact. There is another corner of the in-game store where you can potentially get your hands on some new playables. Check out Paimon's Bargains for a regularly rotated stock of common 4-star characters you can purchase outright in exchange for Masterless Starglitter, a currency generated from pulling duplicate characters and high-end weapons from the gacha.

The Starglitter Exchange features two characters every calendar month, and though they're a little pricey at 34 Masterless Starglitter each, this is a guaranteed purchase rather than a gamble. For February 2023, the characters in the Starglitter Exchange are Beidou and Noelle.

Paimon's Bargains seem to work on a regular half-yearly rotation, so here's who we can likely expect to see on offer in the Starglitter Exchange over the next few months:

Genshin Impact gets a new event banner every three weeks, so be sure to check back for news about upcoming banners! To get to grips with your odds of actually pulling that elusive 5-star character, check out our page explaining Genshin Impact's pity system. In the meantime, if you're eager to get wishing but have made the commendable choice not to put your real money into a gacha, our guide on getting more Primogems in Genshin Impact can help you to maximise your in-game earnings.

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