New Genshin Impact Characters in Update 2.8 and Beyond

Want to know more about the new characters in Genshin Impact? According to the original Genshin Impact roadmap from Hoyoverse – new faces should come out with every major update. With each new update there is usually at least one Genshin Impact banner with at least one brand new character. Banners feature characters with increased drop rates, including one five-star character and three four-star characters.

Yelan and Kuki Shinobu are the newest new Genshin Impact characters to arrive in Genshin Impact 2.7 update, and we know that Heizou is coming in the next update. There are also leaks and datamined information regarding new faces that may appear in future Genshin Impact updates. While none of these officials until Hoyoverse say otherwise, here’s a roundup of all the current rumors and speculation.

Genshin Impact’s new and upcoming characters are:

Genshin Impact new characters Yelan and Kuki Shinobu



There are two new characters in the 2.7 update, the first being Yelan. She is a five star Hydro arc user, and Yelan’s Banner dropped at the same time Patch 2.7 went live in the game.

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Check out our Yelan materials guide if you want to know what to collect to max it out, and we also have a dedicated article on the best Yelan team composition.

Kuki Shinobu

The second new character in 2.7 is Kuki Shinobu, an Electro sword user who has support and healing abilities. As a four-star character, Kuki does not have her own banner and instead debuted on a new Arataki Itto banner that landed with the second phase of 2.7. This banner will work until the scheduled release date of Genshin Impact 2.8 on July 13th.

A range of various Genshin impact characters

Genshin Impact Upcoming Characters


Heizou, Detective Inazuman, is mentioned in several characters’ voice lines. In May, Heizou was officially announced via Genshin Impact’s Twitter account.

Heizou is an Anemo and Catalyst character who will join the game on July 13 as part of Kazuha and Klee’s banners. If you want to know more about this mysterious detective, check out our Heizou build and Heizou team composition.


Collei is a Sumeru character in the official Genshin Impact manga. She is one of three characters currently slated to debut in Genshin Impact 3.0, along with the Sumeru region. Other Rumors paired with Collei suggest that she may be a user of the Dendro Bow, which would make her one of Dendro’s first playable characters.

She was imbued with Archon residue by the seer Barnabus, but was aided by Cyno and Amber to remove it. References to a Collei Elemental Burst power were found in Beta 2.5 by a Twitter user weak breath.

In April 2022, there were a new leak from Uncle Y which alleged that Collei’s skills had been completed and were being tested. This leak is considered “reliable”, but is still being treated with skepticism at this time. She is believed to be a four star character.


This name first came out of the Genshin rumor mill in March 2022, however, more information began to emerge in June. He is believed to be a Dendro the bow user like Collei, has “long ears” and can play similarly to Ganyu. He is the second character rumored to debut during Gensin Impact 3.0, and is the only five-star character on the roster for this patch at this time.


Still, this name first appeared in March 2022, and new leaks in June indicate that Dori is the third and final new character to debut during Genshin Impact 3.0. She is allegedly an electro character who wields a claymore, has the “kid” body type, and, like Collei, is also a four star.


A previous set of Genshin Impact leaks referenced character data attributed to someone called “Nilou”. Project Celestia thinks she has the “girl” body type. Here is what they said:

Other rumors suggest that Nilou is a Hydro character, but we’ll have to put a pin in this one until more official information comes to light. At the moment, Nilou is one of the few characters who are rumored to drop in patch 3.1 or 3.2, dropping around the same time as Cyno.

Genshin Impact Cyno crouching in the swirling sand


Cyno was revealed in the Teyvat chapter story preview video – he is a polearm wielder from Sumeru. The only other rumors surrounding him at this point are that he’s an electro character.


It is believed to be the Dendro Archon’s name for the Sumeru region, who, like Venti and Raiden Shogun, will become a playable character at some point. Rumors for this character first appearance towards the end of last year, with current thinking placing her either in update 3.1 or 3.2.

Possible new Genshin Impact character Scaramouche thoughtfully stroking his chin while standing in front of a shrine


Scaramouche is #6 of Fatui’s Eleven Precursors; he introduces himself as a “wanderer from Inazuma” who attempts to betray and kill the Traveler during the Unreconciled Stars: Star of Destiny event. Players believe he will eventually be a playable character, and current speculation suggests it might appear in patch 3.2.

Dainsleif, a potential new character in Genshin Impact, wielding magical forces and wearing a dark blue cape


Dainsleif, the Bough Keeper, was officially announced by Hoyoverse during Tokyo Game Show 2020 – however, no release date was attached. His voice actor has been announced, but we have no indication of when he might arrive.

Dainsleif hails from Khaenri’ah, an underground realm not part of Teyvat itself – so maybe someday in the future we’ll meet Dainsleif when we explore his homeland.

Genshin Impact Yaoyao shares candy with other characters at a festival


Yaoyao is an adorable NPC who is mentioned in the voice lines of several characters. She was previously Xiangling’s junior when they both studied under the same chef, but has now become an assistant for Genshin Impact Ganyu.

She’s featured in the official art above, which may also give us some clues as to when she might join us in the game. The art depicts Yaoyao with Qiqi at the Mid-Autumn Festival – so her release may coincide with any festival.

Genshin Impact's potential new character Baizhu wearing glasses and sporting a white snake around his neck


Baizhu is a Genshin Impact NPC and is the owner of Bubu Pharmacy in Liyue. He possesses a Dendro vision, leading fans to believe he could one day be a playable character.

Two Genshin IMpact characters in the spotlight, dressed as magicians

Lyny and Lynette

Lyney and Lynette were revealed in the same script preview video – they are presumably twins dressed as magicians – they are from Fontaine, an inspired region of France. There’s speculation that they could be recruited in pairs and can switch places in battle – although that’s nothing more than a good idea.

Potential Genshin Impact, New Character Iansan Wearing Animal Skulls And Summoning Flame


Iansan was also revealed in the Teyvat Chapter Storyline video, in the Natlan section. We think she’s a Pyro user, but we’ll have to wait until we visit Natlan to find out more about her.


Dottore is another of the eleven precursors. His name means “The Doctor”, but based on his appearance in the official manga, he is more interested in using people for research and experimentation.


Pulcinella is the 5th of the eleven Fatui Harbingers – all that is known of them is that they enlisted Tartaglia into the Fatui after he re-emerged from the Abyss.

“Su” / Alhaitham

In June 2022, rumors of another brand new character surfaced, originally using the name “Su-like”, although more recent leaks suggest her name could be Alhaitham. Genshin Leak Ubatcha published a summary of what they believed to be the situation, as well as the source of the rumor, which is basically two very grainy cutouts of previously unseen character art.

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These are all new characters in Genshin Impact that we believe have a reasonable chance of appearing in the game – we’ll be adding new candidates as we discover them. In the meantime, here are the best Genshin Impact characters for beginners and the best Genshin Impact weapons to equip them with.

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