One of the biggest hits in the gaming community in the Philippines and around the world is Genshin Impact. This open-world, action RPG is free-to-play with Gacha elements, and is developed and published by miHoYo. It’s available on PC, iOS, Android, and PS4.
In Genshin Impact, you can play as either the male or female Traveler (Aether or Lumine). As you explore the world of Teyvat in search of your lost twin, you will meet a host of interesting people, discover the ancient lore, and investigate mysterious magical plots.
Genshin Impact’s gameplay is also quite noteworthy. It combines an action-based system that allows you to switch between four characters (five during certain in-game events) and combine different elements. Some players also enjoy the challenge of achieving the highest damage outputs and getting “god-tier” artifacts.
All that said, here are some things that every Genshin Impact player should be doing, especially those who are free-to-play and “dolphins” or light spenders:
5 Things Every Genshin Impact Player Should Do
Be Wise About Wishes
Wishes are the Gacha element in Genshin Impact. These wishes (or pulls, as the community often calls them) can be gained by exchanging the in-game currency called Primogems for Intertwined Fates and Acquaint Fates. The former can be used for the Character Event Wishes and Weapons Banners, while the latter is for the standard banners.
Primogems or Primos can be acquired in the game for free as a reward for completing events, reaching in-game milestones, and opening treasure chests. They can also be exchanged with Genesis Crystals, another in-game currency that you can buy either through gaming pins or direct purchase within the game.
All of this is to say that Primos and Fates are a limited resource in Genshin and you should be wise about spending them. Most players pull more often during the early game so that they can acquire a good stable of supporting characters. Then, as they progress, they hold on to Primogems so that they can roll for rare characters they really like. Make sure to keep track of your pity counter using the “History” button.
Early Game Focus: Level Up Your AR
In Genshin Impact, a lot of the key progressions are locked behind Adventure Ranks or AR. For example, you can only start doing daily commissions by AR 12. Story Keys, which you can use to unlock Story Quests about the characters, can only be earned when you reach AR 26. One of the game’s newest features, the Serenitea Pot, can only be accessed when you’re AR 35. Even maximum character levels are locked behind AR 50.
Increasing your AR also gives you rewards, including more Wishes, Primogems, and level-up materials. Moreover, you can also ascend your World Level when you reach certain ARs. Doing this will improve the enemy drops in the overworld and let you access higher-tier domains for better artifacts and materials. Later on, when you reach higher ARs, you can really start leveling up and optimizing Talents.
Read Up on Character Talent Stats
As you level up your characters, you can also level up their Talents: their Normal Attack, Elemental Skill, and Elemental Burst. However, you’re going to need a lot of resources for doing this, which include Talent Level-Up Materials, Ascension Materials, and Boss Materials (not to mention Mora, another in-game currency). Thus, you need to learn which Talents you should prioritize.
Make sure to check the Talent menu of each character to know more. Some characters’ talents scale with HP, some with ATK, and so on. This will help guide you regarding the artifacts you want to grind for and what weapons will work best. For example, Noelle is one of the free characters you’ll get in the game and both her Elemental, Skill and Elemental Burst scales with her DEF stat.
Master Elemental Reactions
Another thing you have to read up on and master in Genshin Impact are Elemental Reactions. There are seven elements—Anemo, Cryo, Dendro, Electro, Geo, Hydro, and Pyro—and each one reacts differently with others. For example, Electro and Cryo create the Superconduct reaction, which shreds Physical DEF and thus benefits your characters with Physical Damage stats. Meanwhile, Pyro and Hydro create the Vaporize reaction. However, you will deal more damage when Pyro triggers the reaction rather than the other way around (reverse Vaporize). This means you need to apply Hydro first before attacking with Pyro.
Elemental Reactions can help you plan your team compositions, maximize damage, and conquer difficult enemies. Sometimes, the game even “forces” you use Reactions to advance certain parts of quests and missions.
Strategize Your Leveling
Admittedly, it would be nice to have all your characters at higher levels with fully optimized kits. However, once you get your characters to Level 60 or 70, you’ll notice that they’re more difficult to improve further. That’s simply because they require more resources, which can be hard to come by if you’re F2P. Thus, it’s ideal to focus on a handful of characters that you use most often. The main damage dealers are often the focus of many players, and then supports who can provide shielding, damage boosts, and healing.
Finally, you need to learn how to manage your Resin. This is another limited resource that replenishes daily and which you can use to earn Talent and Weapon Materials, Boss Materials, and artifacts. Check out the schedules for Talent and Weapon Materials domains, so you can plot out which ones to visit daily. You can also opt to farm Leylines if you need more Character Level-Up Materials or Mora.
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Good luck, Traveler. Ad astra abyssosque!
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