HoYoverse announced that Genshin Impact‘s Version 2.6 update, “Zephyr of the Violet Garden,” will be arriving on March 30. The new updates will include a brand-new area, The Chasm and the story threads of the Traveler Twins and Khaenri’ah will finally be uncovered. A new five-star character Kamisato Ayato will also be available.
▍Genshin Impact Ver 2.6 “Zephyr of the Violet Garden” Trailer
▍New Chasm Area
As Liyue’s primary source of ores, The Chasm consists of a distinct violet-red area with an unfathomably deep space underground. The area has been closed due to a series of mysterious accidents and is now overrun by monsters, Treasure Hoarders, and the Fatui.
The new boss enemy Ruin Serpent and unknown danger from the Abyss also await at the end of The Chasm, where the main story continues with the new Archon Quest “Requiem of the Echoing Depths” in the company of Dainsleif.
Meanwhile, a gadget named the Lumenstone Adjuvant will be handed to players to help illuminate pathways. Travelers can also unlock bountiful rewards including a four-star Weapon Billet and an all-new Namecard.
▍Inazuma and the Magnificent Irodori Festival
Organized by the Yashiro Commission and Yae Miko, this year’s Irodori Festival will invite Venti, Xingqiu, and many old acquaintances to celebrate a time of arts and culture. Rich Rewards also come with festivities and games, ranging from taking themed photographs for a Mondstadt bard, clearing stages in the upgraded Theater Mechanicus, dueling in sword fighting, or practicing the art of flower arrangement.
With all challenges accomplished, players can unlock a chance to recruit the four-star playable character Xingqiu.
▍New Five-star Character, Kamisato Ayato
Kamisato Ayato will make his debut as the newest five-star character during Version 2.6. As the young but highly accomplished head of the Yashiro Commission’s Kamisato Clan, Ayato is a man of many ways and means.
Ayato wields a sword and holds the Hydro Vision. He can unleash immense Hydro damage in a short amount of time, and is capable of increasing the effects of his party’s Normal Attacks.
Players can recruit Kamisato Ayato and Venti in their Character Event Wishes, followed by the first rerun of Kamisato Ayaka in the latter half of the update. The Weapon Event Wish will feature a new five-star sword from Inazuma called “Haran Geppaku Futsu,” among others.