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Genshin Impact 2.1 maintenance timezones Genshin Impact 2.1 maintenance starts on September 1st, at 6:00 AM (UTC+8). The game will be playable after 5 hours of maintenance. SportskeedaWhen does Genshin Impact 2.1 maintenance end?

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'Genshin Impact' Kagemusha meaning: Leak reveals big Raiden Shogun spoilers

Inverse 01 September, 2021 - 12:20am

What is “影武者”?

The version 2.1 update is almost here, and thanks to some leaks that arose from data-mining, there are several spoilers out in the wild, both minor and significant. One of them has to do with the fact that Inazuma’s leader Raiden Shogun was once a “kagemusha,” but what does this word mean? More importantly, what does it mean within the context of Genshin Impact?

“Kagemusha” is a Japanese word that translates literally to something like “Shadow Warrior” but it more commonly refers to a political decoy. The terms was popularized in the Sengoku period of Japanese history which ran from around 1467 to 1615. That time period was rife with political upheaval and civil wars amongst the country’s various clans, and it was also more or less the peak of samurai culture. (If gamers want further historical context, this is about two hundred years after the era presented in Ghost of Tsushima.)

Raiden Shogun is Genshin Impact’s resident kagermusha

To put it in plainer terms, a daimyo (or Japanese feudal lord) would recruit lookalikes to impersonate them as a means of self-protection. That way, should there be some kind of assassination attempt, the daimyo would be safe — but the decoy would not. Recall that in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Padmé Amidala essentially posed as her own kagemusha, a creative choice made all the more interesting because her queenly attire is obviously inspired by the Japanese geisha style. Like Star Wars before it, Genshin Impact is borrowing heavily from Japanese culture.

Famously, Kagemusha was also the title of a 1980 film by Akira Kurosawa in which a lower-class criminal is recruited to impersonate a dying daimyo to dissuade rival lords from attacking. So it would seem that Genshin Impact is riffing on similar dynamics with some of its characters.

The newest region of Genshin Impact is Inazuma, which is clearly inspired by Japanese culture and was added to the game with the version 2.0 update. The version 2.1 update similarly focuss heavily on the region and its inhabitants. A data-mine of audio files posted to Twitter and Reddit in late August make note of the fact that Raiden Shogun, an Electro character who’ll be added to the game in 2.1, was once a kagemusha.

“Ei was once a kagemusha (yes like the movie, essentially a political decoy) and met a god (literally don’t know who) at a dinner for the gods?” one summary of the clips explains. Raiden Shogun’s real name is “Ei,” and she is the vessel of Baal, Inazuma’s Electro Archon.

One piece of audio’s transcription available on a Genshin Impact wiki mentions the term as she talks about Morax, the God of Contracts: “I had an opportunity to feast with him once, back when I was just a kagemusha attending a gathering of the gods,” she says. “So he’s made his choice. Be that as it may, I don’t believe his story is anywhere near finished yet.”

Similarly, a piece of Venti dialogue also refers to Raiden Shogun’s history: “I recall the days when she was a kagemusha, seeking to perfect her marshal prowess.”

Some theories posit that Raiden Shogun is a fake Archon, so she may have been a kagemusha for Inazuma’s previous leader, and now she’s a kagemusha for the actual Archon, who is somebody else. If true, that would mean some pretty exciting twists are in store for Genshin Impact’s 2.1 update.

Genshin Impact 2.1 full patch notes: Baal banner, Watatsumi island, Enemy nerfs, and new weapons revealed

Sportskeeda 31 August, 2021 - 08:56pm

Genshin Impact 2.1 is finally here, and plenty of new additions are now available in the game.

In version 2.1 of Genshin Impact, the main story continues in Inazuma. As players finish the Archon Quests in the Electro nation, they can now explore new islands and participate in limited-time events.

Thanks to the official 2.1 patch notes, Genshin Impact players can get a full recap of all the new playable content in the game.

With the Genshin Impact 2.1 update now live, the event banners have been rotated as per usual. Raiden Shogun headlines the first character banner in the new version. Alongside her are the featured 4-star characters, Sucrose, Xiangling, and Kujou Sara.

After Raiden Shogun's banner ends in three weeks, players can expect to see Sangonomiya Kokomi as the next banner's 5-star. However, the 4-stars to appear on that banner are still unconfirmed.

Apart from the banners, Genshin Impact has added its first collaboration character, Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn.

PlayStation users can currently claim her for free from their in-game mail. Meanwhile, players on other ports will have to wait until 2.2 to get their free 5-star character.

Genshin Impact will introduce at least four new weapons over the course of its 2.1 version. Everlasting Moonglow and Engulfing Lightning are the two new 5-star weapons, each with its own banner.

Players will also earn the 4-star weapons, Luxurious Sea Lord and The Catch, from the limited-time events in this version.

Genshin Impact has expanded the Inazuma map to include Watatsumi Island and Seirai Island.

To unlock these new islands, players must be at least Adventure Rank 30. Players must complete the Archon Quest "Chapter II: Act I - The Immovable God and the Eternal Euthymia" to access these islands.

Genshin Impact players can venture into a new Archon Quest in 2.1. The story previously saw the Traveler getting involved in the growing conflict between the Raiden Shogun and the Resistance.

This story is set to continue in "Chapter II: Act III - Omnipresence Over Mortals."

Players can expect more quests than just the main story in Genshin Impact 2.1. Raiden Shogun and Sangonomiya Kokomi are both getting Story Quests in this update.

Raiden Shogun’s character may open up more in her quest, "Imperatrix Umbrosa Chapter: Act I - Reflections of Mortality.” Likewise, players may learn more about Kokomi in "Dracaena Somnolenta Chapter: Act I - Warriors' Dreams Like Spring Grass Renewing.”

A number of new world quests are also coming in Genshin Impact 2.1. Players can expect to find these world quests as they explore the open world:

Hyakunin Ikki is a new event that players can participate in during Genshin Impact 2.1. In this event, Travelers can partake in a free-for-all fighting tournament where they must arrange teams of two to complete challenges. By achieving certain scores, players can earn rewards, including an event-exclusive namecard and Primogems.

Hyakunin Ikki will begin on September 2 and will last until the 13th. To participate, players must be at least Adventure Rank 30, and they must have completed the Ritou Escape Plan quest.

A more passive event is also coming later in Genshin Impact 2.1. The "Passage of Clouds and Stars" event will reward players simply for logging in to Genshin Impact. The login rewards are as follows:

The event will begin on September 28 and will last until Genshin Impact version 2.2. Players only need to be Adventure Rank 5 to participate, so both old and new players should have no problem getting 10 free wishes.

Although Genshin Impact is currently focused on Inazuma, Liyue Harbor is getting its own event in version 2.1.

In the Moonlight Merriment event, players will undergo quests in Moonchase Tales. Moonlight Seeker and Trail of Delicacies will also provide unique challenges that offer rewards, such as the Luxurious Sea-Lord, Crowns of Insight, and Primogems.

These different challenges in Liyue all tie into the Moonchase Festival, an occasion where merchants come to Liyue Harbor and redecorate the city. Advertisements will be everywhere, and the Traveler will learn the true origins of this festival.

As many players are already aware, fishing is a new feature in Genshin Impact 2.1.

Evidently, the fish population has grown in Teyvat lately, and many new species are appearing in the waters. Consequently, the Fishing Association has put up a commission in the Adventurer’s Guild.

Players will learn to catch fish using bait and various rods. They can cast their lines for different species in select locations. Players may use the fish for cooking or exchange them for rewards with the Fishing Association.

To help with the new fishing system, a new pin is being added so players can mark the Fishing Points on their maps.

baal this kokomi that i think you're all losing sight of the biggest event of this update pic.twitter.com/rnM6sQ3TAQ

Some “ornamental” fish will also serve as decorations in the Serenitea Pot. Players can grow and raise these fish in a unique furnishing item that’s arriving in the update.

Before fishing, players must unlock the Serenitea Pot and complete the “Exploding Population” quest.

Genshin Impact 2.0 introduced several new enemies for players to challenge. Now, in 2.1, some of these enemies are getting nerfed.

The samurai enemy, the Nobushi, are among those getting nerfed in Genshin Impact 2.1. Soon, these enemies will no longer be able to jump backwards. Players will also have an easier time fighting them when they are drawing their swords.

The Nobushi and Kairagi are getting one other significant nerf. In Genshin Impact 2.1, these samurai will be lighter. As a result, Venti and Sucrose players may have an easier time influencing them with their Anemo abilities.

Apart from the samurai, the newest boss, the Pyro Hypostasis, is also getting some tweaks. In 2.1, the fire cube will have its core exposed for a longer duration when it uses a Pyro pillar attack.

of course they nerf the pyro hypostasis after i finish farming it like fifteen times for yoimiya https://t.co/SaWk7d0Ugn

Furthermore, the Pyro Hypostasis will have a longer re-ignition skill. Attacking the Fire Seeds during this time should also be easier. When the seeds are cleared, the re-ignition skill will end quicker than in 2.0.

Finally, Genshin Impact is making one small change to another new boss, the Perpetual Mechanical Array. When it splits into Ruin Sentinels, players should have an easier time attacking them.

Genshin Impact has added a new weekly boss, Signora, to version 2.1. Players will soon challenge Signora often for her unique drops that level up some of the characters' talents.

Two new normal bosses are also now present in Inazuma: the Thunder Manifestation and the Hydro Hypostasis.

The Hypostasis is an elemental creature that is often shielded in its cube. Meanwhile, the Thunder Manifestation is an elemental creature described as an "avatar of thunderous indignation."

Apart from these new bosses, players may now find the rare Specter enemies in Inazuma. These floating creatures were created by high elemental concentration, and several of their elemental forms now exist.

hmmm their description for the tenshukaku domain and the la signora fight kinda confirms that her fight with traveler is the same kind of duel as sara and tomo/kazuha's friend 🤔🤔 https://t.co/vBOktAd2Yk

After completing the new Archon Quest, players will be able to challenge the new Trounce Domain, Narukami Island: Tenshukaku. This is where Raiden Shogun lives, though this is likely where the Traveler faces off against Signora. Players should find a challenge with unique talent rewards inside this domain.

The other new domain, Palace in a Pool, is a new one-time reward domain in Watatsumi Island. Based on the description, this palace may now be filled with seawater, whereas it once flowed with quicksilver. Players will need to be Adventure Rank 38 or higher to challenge the Palace in the Pool domain.

Once the maintenance is complete, players will just need to install the new game client to begin playing Genshin Impact 2.1.

To update Genshin Impact to the latest version, PC players must open the launcher with the game closed and simply click the update button.

Meanwhile, PlayStation gamers should have Genshin Impact highlighted on the home screen. They can then select OPTIONS > Check for Update.

As always, players will find 300 Primogems in their mailbox to compensate for the maintenance time. If the maintenance period takes longer than five hours, players will earn an additional 60 Primogems per hour.

Maintenance ends today at 11:00 AM (UTC +8). At this point, players just have to wait a few hours to check out all the new content in Genshin Impact 2.1.

Also read: Ayato in Genshin Impact: Everything we know so far

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Genshin – Players With Epilepsy History Should Avoid the Raiden Trailer

DualShockers 31 August, 2021 - 09:51am

By Iyane Agossah

The new trailer for The Raiden Shogun, with her being the Electro Archon, is themed around lightning. With copious amounts of colored flashes in it. The first half of the trailer is relatively tame as it showcases her Normal Attack / Auto Attack and Elemental Skill / E. However, the second half when Raiden whips out the Musou no Hitotachi / Q uses several flashing lights of various colors, in rapid succession.

It’s definitely not as bad as stuff such as the Cyberpunk 2077 ripperdoc headset thing. Back when the CD Projekt game catastrophically launched on anything but a high-end PC such as the one owned by Sakurai. But you should be warned before watching the trailer.

In fact, miHoYo itself included an Epilepsy warning in the YouTube description of the Raiden Shogun Demo Trailer. I believe it would have been best to include the warning at the beginning of the video itself though. Just like the warning appearing when you launch Genshin Impact or several games in general. Such as Eternal Arcadia on Dreamcast to take the first example that comes to mind. Plus, I don’t trust at least 1/3 of the Genshin English and USA player base to read a YouTube description. Or to even read anything period. So actually including the warning in the video would’ve been best.

(English dub, Korean dub)

In any case, be sure to take care of yourself and it’s best to be safe than sorry. You don’t need to watch this trailer at all. This is the usual cool character showcase. This isn’t a story trailer, nor an actual character abilities breakdown. The usual Collected Miscellany video narrated by Dainsleif (Kenjiro Tsuda in Japanese) will be coming soon. On the day Raiden releases on September 1. Together with Version 2.1. Click here for the maintenance’s schedule. You can also always reach me on Twitter @A_iyane07 to discuss Genshin or Japanese media in general.

The Best Kujou Sara Build, Artifacts And Bows For Genshin Impact’s Update 2.1

Forbes 31 August, 2021 - 09:05am

Even though she is no doubt going to be overshadowed by Baal, a lot more people are probably going to end up with a copy or two of Genshin Impact’s new 4 star, Kujou Sara, Baal’s trusted general who is debuting in the same banner.

But you shouldn’t count her out. Early indications say that Kujou Sara could be quite strong, due to her ability to buff her teammates when off the field, and some are comparing her to an Electro-based Bennett, a massively popular 4 star given his potential to work effectively with his team with off-rotation buffs.

So, if you’re going to go for Kujou Sara alongside Baal, what are the best builds for her?

Thundering Fury (Midsummer Courtyard Domain) – (2 piece) Electro DMG +15%, (4 piece) Overload, Electro-Charged, and Superconduct damage +40%. Triggering those 3 reactions reduces Elemental Burst cooldown by 1 second. Can only activate once every 0.8 seconds.

Noblesse Oblige (Clear Pool & Mountain Cavern) – (2 piece) Elemental Burst DMG +20%, (4 piece) After using an Elemental Burst, all teammates get +20% ATK. Lasts 12s, does not stack.

This choice is pretty straightforward, either a full set of Thundering Fury for electro damage, or you can split the difference between two pieces of Thunder and two of Noblesse, which is also an option for Baal.

Amos’ Bow (5 star) - Increases Normal and Charged Attack DMG by 12%. Normal and Charged Attack DMG increases by 8% every 0.1s for up to 5 times.

Skyward Harp (5 star) - Increases CRIT DMG by 20%. Hits have a 60% chance to inflict a small AoE attack, dealing 125% Physical ATK DMG. Can only occur once every 4s.

Favonius Warbow (4 star) - CRIT Hits have a 60% chance to generate a small amount of Elemental Particles, which will regenerate 6 Energy for the character. Can only occure once every 12s.

The Stringless (4 star) - Increased Elemental Skill And Elemental Burst DMG by 24%.

Here, the choice is a little bit different, considering that 4 stars have no dedicated weapons that launch alongside them. Amos’ Bow is the top choice because Kujou Sara gets bonuses for fully charged shots, so you won’t be using say, Rust with her or anything like that, and Amos’ gets big bonuses for charged, far-flying arrows. The Stringless is also a top pick for anyone trying to lean on elemental or burst damage, and I will finally get some use out of my second max refined one, the first being permanently attached to Venti.

Kujou Sara should be easier to find, gear up and use than Baal, so don’t be too disappointed if you get her and not the 5 star. Build her up, and she’ll be extremely strong and a good core member of your team going forward.

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