Genshin Impact v2.6 Patch Notes: Update Schedule, Compensation, Update Details, Adjustments/ Optimizations, and More

Himel Mahmud
By Himel Mahmud
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Credit: Hoyoverse

miHoYo, the developers of Genshin Impact have released official patch notes for the upcoming v2.6 update and pre-installation feature.

With version 2.5 coming to an end, miHoYo just posted the official update notice, patch notes, and pre-installation feature on their official website. Version 2.6 “Zephyr of the Violet Garden” update will have the new 5-star character Kamisato Ayato, Venti and Ayaka reruns, new area, event and etc.

Genshin Impact 2.6 will be playable at 11:00 AM (UTC+8) on March 30, 2022. Maintenance will begin at 6:00 AM (UTC+8) to 10:59 AM (UTC+8). Kamisato Ayato and Venti’s banners to go live along with the update. Ayato will finally be making his grand debut in this update, while Venti is having a rerun nearly a year since the version 1.4 update.

The update will feature The Chasm, a new area located west of Lisha in Liyue. This area is adjacent to Liyue and has lower and upper-level areas. Some of the new in-game events such as Spices From the WestHues of the Violet Garden, and Vibro-Crystal Research. Two new artifact sets, new enemies, and a new boss ‘Ruin Serpent’ are also being added to the update.

Below you will find everything you need to know that is coming in version 2.6 update in Genshin Impact.

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Genshin Impact v2.6 Patch Notes

Update Schedule

Update maintenance begins 2022/03/30 06:00 (UTC+8) and is estimated to take 5 hours.

How to Update Game Client

PC: Close the game, open the Genshin Impact Launcher, and click Update.
iOS: Open the App Store and tap Update.
Android: Open the game and follow the directions on-screen.
PS5™ and PS4™: Highlight Genshin Impact from the PS4 Home Screen, press the OPTIONS button, and select “Check for Update.”

Compensation Details

Maintenance Compensation: Primogems ×300
(60 Primogems for every hour the servers are down. No change to compensation amount if the update is completed early.)

Scope of Compensation

Maintenance Compensation: Travelers who reach Adventure Rank 5 or above before 2022/03/30 06:00 (UTC+8)
Please claim before the end of Version 2.6.
Our developers will distribute compensation to Travelers via in-game mail within 5 hours after the update maintenance is finished. The mail will expire after 30 days, so don’t forget to claim the attached compensation in time.

Update Details

I. New Area – “The Chasm”

After the Version 2.6 update, a new area, The Chasm, will be available in Liyue.
Reach Adventure Rank 28 and complete the Archon Quest “A New Star Approaches” and the World Quest “Surreptitious Seven-Star Seal Sundering” to unlock the underground mines.

II. New Character

5-Star Character “Pillar of Fortitude” Kamisato Ayato
Vision: Hydro
Weapon: Sword
The young but highly accomplished head of the Yashiro Commission’s Kamisato Clan. Cultured and polite, he is a man of many ways and means.

III. New Domain

The Lost Valley
The ancient ritual grounds were buried beneath the earth amidst a cataclysm that tore heaven and earth asunder before being uplifted by the descent of an alien object and finally unveiled by a destructive battle that resulted from a betrayal. Nonetheless, those who once frequented this place are no more.

IV. New Equipment

1. New Weapon

Haran Geppaku Futsu (5-Star Sword)
A famed work by the Futsu line of smiths. The name “Haran” comes from the manner in which it resembles the violent, roiling waves.

2. New Artifact Sets
Vermillion Hereafter (4-Star and 5-Star)
Echoes of an Offering (4-Star and 5-Star)

V. New Events

“Hues of the Violet Garden” event: Take part in the event to invite “Juvenile Galant” Xingqiu (Hydro)
During the event, you will receive quests to help organize the Irodori Festival. As the festival progresses, four gameplay modes will be unlocked in sequence: “The Moon and Stars Inscribe,” “Theater Mechanicus,” “Clash of Lone Blades,” and “The Floral Courtyard.” Participate and complete the corresponding criteria to obtain event-exclusive Furnishings, exclusive recipes, Primogems, Crown of Insight, Talent Level-Up Materials, and more. Complete all the criteria in “Friendship in Writing” to invite “Juvenile Galant” Xingqiu (Hydro).

Event Duration

Events for v2.6
Credit: HoYoverse

Eligibility

Reach Adventure Rank 30 or above
And complete the “Ritou Escape Plan” part of the Archon Quest: “Chapter II: Act I – The Immovable God and the Eternal Euthymia”
*Complete Kamisato Ayato’s Story Quest “Cypressus Custos Chapter: Act I – The Firmiana Leaf Falls,” Raiden Shogun’s Story Quest “Imperatrix Umbrosa Chapter: Act II – Transient Dreams,” and Sangonomiya Kokomi’s Story Quest “Dracaena Somnolenta Chapter: Act I – Warriors’ Dreams Like Spring Grass Renewing” first to best enjoy the event.
If you have not completed Kamisato Ayato, Raiden Shogun, and Sangonomiya Kokomi’s Story Quests, you can enter the event through “Quick Start.”

VI. New Main Story

1. New Archon Quest
Archon Quest Chapter II: Act IV “Requiem of the Echoing Depths”

2. New Story Quest
Kamisato Ayato’s Story Quest “Cypressus Custos Chapter: Act I – The Firmiana Leaf Falls”

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3. New World Quests
◆ New World Quests: “The Chasm Delvers” Quest Chain, “Stolen, by the Rightful Owner,” “Undetected Infiltration,” “A Cliff-Side Hero’s Past,” “The Millennial Mountains,” “Says He Who Seeks Stone,” “Dimming Mushroom’s Call for Help,” “A Company Vanishing Into the Deep,” “Valor’s Afterglow” Quest Chain, “Lost in a Foreign Land” Quest Chain, “Mycological Investigation in The Chasm,” “Hydrological Investigation in The Chasm,” “Paleontological Investigation in The Chasm,” “The Chasm’s Bounty,” “The Missing Miner,” and more.

VII. New Enemies

Ruin Serpent
◇ An ancient, bizarrely-shaped autonomous machine.
Black Serpent Knight: Windcutter
◇ A guard of some standing in the court.
Floating Hydro Fungus
◇ A spore organism of some intelligence. It possesses extreme adaptability.

VIII. Other Additions

1. New Recipes: “Quiet Elegance,” “Katsu Sandwich,” and “Rainbow Aster.”
2. New Achievement categories such as “Challenger: Series V,” and “Chasmlighter” and new Achievements added to the “Wonders of the World” category.
3. New Namecards: “Kamisato Ayato: Ripple,” “Lumens: Stone of Light,” “Achievement: Thunderclap,” “Achievement: Chasm,” and “Travel Notes: Irodori.”
4. New Furnishing: Leisure Device: Maximum Motivation
5. The “Adjust Brightness” function has been added to Settings > Graphics.
6. “Radiant Spincrystals” have been added to Mondstadt, Liyue, and Inazuma. After obtaining them, you can unlock the corresponding Realm Music using “Euphonium Unbound.”
7. The Teapot Traveling Salesman has added some “Radiant Spincrystals” which can be purchased after obtaining and completing the corresponding World Quests in Inazuma.
8. After completing Raiden Shogun’s Story Quest “Imperatrix Umbrosa Chapter: Act II,” Ritou will add a shop where you can purchase “Sango Pearls,” “Unagi Meat,” and 2-Star “Lucky Dog” Artifacts.
9. New Living Beings: Lucklight Fly (Capturable), and Bluethunder Weasel (Capturable)
10. New Harvestable Resource: Starshroom
11. The redirect link to the “Adventurer Handbook: Bosses” screen has been added under the “Sources” for certain Development Items.
The Development Items dropped by “Floating Hydro Fungus” will also include a redirect link to the “Adventurer Handbook” in future versions.
12. Adds a shortcut for opening the Party Setup Screen on mobile platforms: on the main interface, tap and hold the avatar of any character to quickly access the Party Setup Screen.
13. Adds some prompts for loading screens.
14. New Loot Drops from “Abyss Heralds,” and “Abyss Lectors”: “Gloomy Statuette,” “Dark Statuette,” and “Deathly Statuette.”
15. Spiral Abyss
Floor 11 Ley Line Disorders changed to:
• All characters in the party gain a 75% Anemo DMG Bonus.
Updated the monster lineup on Floors 11 – 12 of the Spiral Abyss.
Starting from the first time that the Lunar Phase refreshes after updating to Version 2.6, the three Lunar Phases will be as follows:
Phase I:
Sheet-Ice Moon
After a character’s Normal Attack hits an opponent, this opponent will be afflicted with a Mark of Ending. After 10s, this Mark of Ending will be removed, dealing True DMG to this opponent. When a character’s Normal Attack hits an opponent with a Mark of Ending, the DMG dealt by the Mark of Ending’s removal will be increased. This DMG can be increased 9 times.
Phase II:
Snap-Rain Moon
After a character’s Normal Attacks hit opponents, the DMG dealt by this character’s Normal Attacks will increase by 12% for 5s. This effect can stack up to 5 times. Each stack is calculated independently. This effect can be triggered once every 0.1s.
Phase III:
Iris Moon
After a character’s Normal Attack deals DMG to an opponent, the Physical/Elemental RES of this opponent will decrease by 6% for 5s, matching the type of DMG dealt. This can stack up to 7 times. RES decreases of different types can co-exist, and their stacks and timers will be independent of each other.

Adjustments & Optimizations

● Enemies
1. Lowers the DMG done by “Geovishap Hatchlings” when their tail sweep skill hits a character continuously.
2. Optimizes the appearance of the “Primo Geovishap” in the “Living Beings” section of the Archive.
● System
1. Optimizes the Ornamental Fish icon.
2. Optimizes UI presentation and text of content that has yet to be unlocked in Hangout Events.
3. When below Adventure Rank 30, the “Tutorials” icon will be permanently displayed on the main interface.
4. Added “Recently Unlocked” to “Tutorials.” Five newly unlocked tutorials will be stored for easy access.
5. “Tutorials” will record the position where you last have read. If there is no unread tutorial, the last read tutorial will be selected.
6. Adjusts the position of the Tutorials button in “Living Beings.”
7. Optimizes the sorting logic for Weapon Enhancement Materials and Artifact Enhancement Materials: these two materials are still placed at the bottom of their respective categories, but their internal sorting will be affected when sorting by quality.
● Audio
1. Optimizes the volume of music in the Serenitea Pot.
2. Optimizes the Japanese, Korean, and English voice-over for certain characters and quests.
3. Adds Alternate Outfits voice lines for the characters Jean, Amber, Rosaria, and Mona; Travelers can change the outfits in “Character > Outfit” to play the relevant voice lines.
● Other
1. The text of the “Exit Download” button in the login screen has been changed to “Stop Download,” and the text description of the related function was optimized.
2. For animation cutscenes from Version 2.6 and earlier, Jean, Amber, Rosaria, and Mona’s appearances have been adjusted to the Alternate Outfits.
3. Optimizes the effects of the cutscene animation in the Archon Quest “A Long Shot.”
4. Optimizes some display animation details of the character Kaeya in the Character > Weapon interface.
5. Batch optimizes the logic related to the enemy homing function for 15 characters and 4 large-sized enemies: Golden Wolflord, Stormterror, Ruin Serpent, (new enemy in Version 2.6), and Bathysmal Vishap Herd.
6. After the Spiral Abyss resets on April 1, the “Gladiator’s Finale” and “Wanderer’s Troupe” Artifact set rewards in “Domain Reliquary: Tier I,” and “Domain Reliquary: Tier II” for floors 9-12 will be replaced with “Vermillion Hereafter” and “Echoes of an Offering.”
7. Optimizes the sensitivity of the controller in the Hangout Events interface.
8. Optimizes the display of certain messages on the interface when using a controller: hides messages that are not part of the current operation interface.
9. When using a controller, you can quickly activate certain functions of the shortcut wheel by pressing key combinations.
10. Adjusts the height of the central stage disc in some Domains.
11. Adjusts the text description of the Achievement category “Liyue: The Harbor of Stone and Contracts.” Progress in exploring Liyue’s The Chasm area will be counted separately in the “Chasmlighter” Achievement category.

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Himel Mahmud is a Staff Writer and Social Media Manager at GameRiv. A former FIFA Professional, Himel has been playing video games forever. He plays video games passionately, loves football and an avid music listener.