Genshin Impact 3.4 – leaks, banners, events, new characters and everything we know so far

by Ana Lopez

The Genshin Impact development team continues to expand Teyvat with new areas, characters, and exciting events and stories, one update at a time. There’s a lot to be excited about in the upcoming version 3.4 update, which falls around the annual Lantern Rite festivities. Despite the crackdown on leaks, the community has still been able to share content obtained from the beta and private servers. But remember: take leaks with a grain of salt as they have not been confirmed by HoYoverse and do not consider them official information.

Huge thanks to @taotaorerun, SimakoV, @sipsipsquad, Unknown Goddessand the Genshin Impact community for providing information.

Genshin Impact Version 3.4 release date

Below is a roadmap for future releases based on HoYoverse’s six-week update interval. These are subject to change and delay without notice:

  • Version update 3.3 – Scheduled for December 7, 2022 and running until January 17, 2023.
  • Version update 3.4 – Scheduled for January 18, 2022 and running until February 28, 2023.
  • Version update 3.5 – Scheduled for March 1, 2023 and will run until April 12, 2023.

Genshin Impact Version 3.4 Leaks – Alhaitham, Yaoyao, New Desert Area & More!

New characters

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HoYoverse has confirmed the release of two new characters for version 3.4: Yaoyao and Alhaitham.

Alhaitham – model, kit, skills, gameplay

Alhaitham is a writer who works for the Sumeru Akademiya and is part of the Haravatat Darshan, evidenced by his implicit language skills. He is someone driven only by rationality and often clashes with Cyno during the Sumeru Archon Quest. According to leaker @taotaorerun it’s his birthday reportedly on February 11. If this is true, players could receive a great greeting from Alhaitham shortly after his release, and close to Valentine’s Day.

It has also been leaked that Alhaitham is a five star Dendro swordsman with a kit that is said to be extremely similar to that of Keqing. He’s already made headlines for his release for a nerf that supposedly happened in the beta. According to leaks, his Ascension materials may contain materials from a new boss, as well as a new local specialty, so pre-farming may not be possible.

Interesting is the video above by leaker SimakoV shows what is supposedly an idle animation of Alhaitham holding up two keys, with a close-up view taken by Reddit user u/seramaie. The animation suggests that Alhaitham accidentally took his roommate Kaveh’s keys along with his own, as the key chain of the lion with mechanical mane is representative of the Kshahrewar Darshan, of which Kaven is a part.

Yaoyao – model, kit, skills, gameplay

Yaoyao is Madame Ping’s younger student with a mature character despite her small size. She enjoys hanging out in the Alcor so much, so much so that Ganyu has been ordered to take back Yaoyao should she get carried away playing in the pirate ship. She has been leaked to be a four-star Dendro polearm user with a kit reportedly aimed at healing and summoning her familiar, Yuegui, to throw radishes that deal Dendro Damage.

According to leaks, Yaoyao’s Ascension material may contain a cooking ingredient, Jueyun Chilis, as well as Talent material from the Shou no Kami. Pre-farming for her is possible, but please note that the information is unconfirmed.

Step-by-step drawing banner

Twitter leaker @Ubatcha1, @SagiriShape, @SaveYourPrimosand Uncle Lu posted questionable roadmaps for character banners up to version 3.6. Their predictions for version 3.3 were all correct, but there’s no guarantee that the future roadmap will stay true to the actual release.

  • 3.4 first half – Alhaitham (Five Star Dendro Sword), Xiao (Five Star Anemo Polearm) and Yaoyao (Four Star Dendro Polearm)
  • 3.4 second half – Hu Tao (five star Pyro polearm) and Yelan (five star Hydrobow)
  • 3.5 – Dehya (five star Pyro claymore) and Mika (four star Cryo polearm)
  • 3.6 – Baizhu (Five Star Dendro Catalyst) and an unknown new character, some speculate that Nahida will be redone following the pattern of Archons redoing every four patches after release

New character skins

Despite being a gacha game, Genshin Impact is known not to make too much money on character skins, only releasing two at a time. The last batch was for Diluc and Fischl during the Golden Apple Archipelago summer update. Now speakers are claiming that Genshin may be coming out with another skin pair, this time for Kamisato Ayaka and Lisa.

These were initially distributed by Squad China, who has since deleted the original tweet. However, the community has noticed and corrected the leaked descriptions and created fan-made artwork based on the traced sources. While the artwork below is beautiful, they are not official.

Ayaka skin

Leaks suggest that Ayaka’s skin will possibly be a five starmaking it similar to Diluc’s Red Dead of Night outfit.

Lisa skin

Lisa’s purported outfit design has attracted attention mainly because it pays homage to her time in Sumeru. She was known as the Akademiya’s most distinguished scholar in 200 years, but chose to live in Monstadt as a librarian instead.

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New weapon

According to Twitter leaker @sipsipsquad, version 3.4 could potentially introduce a new weapon alongside Alhaitham, reportedly called the Light of Foliar Sanction, as is common with five-star character releases.

New area: Desert of Hamdramaveth

The highly anticipated Sumeru Desert expansion may be coming in version 3.4 if leaks are to be believed. The area above the Land of Lower Setekh has been starkly empty, but leaked maps like the one above show what appears to be a large desert with a direct path from Old Vanarana. Based on a walkthrough Unknown Goddessthe desert of Hadramaveth appears to be a vast expanse with few large structures above ground, which could possibly indicate underground exploration.

Another leak suggests that Hadramaveth’s desert may have ecological quirks similar to Inazuma’s Tatarasuna and The Chasm: Underground Mines. Team China claimed that a new gadget may be required to navigate the sandstorms of the desert and may act similarly to the Lumenstone adjuvant.

In addition, leaked information was originally posted on Pengepul Teyvat and crossposted to r/Genshin_Impact_Leaks claims that version 3.4 may contain three new Shrines of Depths and the rest of the Dendroculi needed to max out the Sumeru Statue of the Seven. Still, a leak from @genshinBLANK claims the desert is possible expand further in version 3.6 to include areas said to be called the Dendro Dragon’s Cave and Dendro Archon’s Lake.

New enemies

In addition to the new area, speakers also claim that new enemies may appear in version 3.4.

Normal boss – Setekh Wenut

The Setekh Wenut is leaked to be a normal boss where players may be able to farm for Ascension materials. It will reportedly live in the new desert area, and it seems to have mechanics similar to the Ruin Serpent, in that it seems to constantly bury itself underground.

Common enemies

New common enemies will reportedly appear in version 3.4, possibly also in the new desert area. According to speakers, they are called the Blessbone Flying Serpent, Blessbone Red Vulture and Blessbone Scorpion.

New system update

A leak posted on the GI Front Discord channel and crossposted on r/Genshin_Impact_Leaks claims a major quality of life update for the Artifact Strongbox. Based on the video, players may be able to drag to select instead of having to click each artifact one at a time.

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New events

Lantern Rite

Due to timing, version 3.4 is expected to be packed with lantern rituals. The exact format this year has not been officially announced, but leaks indicate that the following activities could take place:

A leak from NGA (Chinese forum) claimed that the Lantern Rite PV is allowed possibly showing Cloud Retainer’s human form. The Adeptus has always been at the forefront of bird memes because of her looks, but she has been described as having a “tsundere” personality, with a similar look and feel to Shenhe, and a respectable appearance.

Onikabuto event

An originally posted leak on Telegram claims that version 3.4 may contain an Onikabuto event. Players may be familiar with the bug fights that occupy the children of Hanamizaka (including Itto). The update may bring this competitive game to life.

Warrior spirit

Based on a leak with a barebones overview of the version 3.4 events, Warrior’s Spirit is said to be a combat-oriented event set in Inazuma. Another leak suggests that Kamisato Ayaka may appear.

Second bloom

As with Warrior’s Spirit, the same barebones version 3.4 events overview claims that Second Blooming might be another combat-oriented activity, but in Sumeru.

Check out our guide on how to get lucky coins in Genshin Impact Genius Invokation TCG here on Pro Game Guides to keep you entertained while you wait for version 3.4.


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