Genshin Impact usually updates on a regular schedule, every 6 weeks or so. Each patch typically adds a couple of new characters, plus all kinds of events and activities for your to explore. In this article, we are going to list out everything currently available about Genshin Impact 2.0 release date and time, along with the patch's new content, maps, characters... and more.

1. Genshin Impact 2.0 Release Date and Time

The most recent update, 1.6 Midsummer Island Adventure, introduces a new archipelago for players to explore. Naturally, we expect the next version to be 1.7... however, MihoYo has decided to jump straight to 2.0. The jump indicates that the next update is going to be the biggest event in the game so far.

Grand Narukami Shrine
Grand Narukami Shrine in Inazuma

Genshin Impact 2.0 update, The Immovable God and the Eternal Euthymia, is going to arrive on 04:00 BST July 21. In fact, the update has started at 20:00 PT and 23:00 ET on July 20th. Players can begin pre-loading the update right now, however. It has just been opened a few hours ago.

How to preload Genshin Impact 2.0

For PC users, players can open the Genshin Impact launcher and look for the "Game Pre-installation" button on the left of the Launch. Upon activation, the client will start pre-loading the latest resources. PC players can still play the game while the download takes place in the background.

For Mobile users, select the Paimon icon to open up the menu. Click on Settings then navigate to Others. Select Pre-Install Resource Package to begin the pre-loading process. Pre-loading early lets players join the game immediately after the update hit, without having to wait.

2. Genshin Impact 2.0 New Features

Details about the update were announced by Mihoyo during the 2.0 special program, which is available to watch on YouTube.

New Inazuma Map

The introduction of Inazuma is the biggest addition in 2.0. According to Genshin Report, a reputable source for leaks, we will visit the first three of Inazuma’s islands in 2.0. The remaining three islands will be added in later updates. Below is a map of Genshin 2.0 Inazuma, with marked landmarks based on data mined information.

New Weapons

Below are the new weapons in Genshin Impact 2.0 patch:

  • Mistsplitter Reforged, a five-star sword
  • Amenoma Kageuchi, a four-star sword
  • Hamayumi, a four-star bow
  • Hakushin Ring, a four-star catalyst
  • Katsuragikiri Nagamasa, a four-star claymore
  • Kitain Cross Spear, a four-star spear
  • Thundering Pulse, a five-star bow

New artifacts

Below are the new artifacts in Genshin Impact 2.0 patch:

Shimenawa’s Reminiscence

  • Two-piece set: +18% attack
  • Four-piece set: when casting an elemental skill, if the character has 15 or more energy, they lose 15 energy and normal/charged/plunging attack damage is increased by 50% for ten seconds.
Genshin Impact New Artifacts
The new artifacts are themed after the new characters in the Inazuma update.

Emblem of Severed Fate

  • Two-piece set: +20% energy recharge
  • Four-piece set: increases elemental burst damage by 25% of energy recharge. You can get up to a maximum of 75% bonus damage.

New Enemies

  • Pyro Hypostasis: A new boss where you can get ascension materials for the new characters.
  • Perpetual Mechanical Array: A new mechanical boss where you can get ascension materials for the new characters.
  • Mirror Maiden: A new fatui enemy that will encounter in the Inazuma Region.
  • Ruin Sentinel: A new mechanical enemy that you can fight in the Inazuma Region.

3. Genshin Impact 2.0 New Events

It is pretty obvious that there will be a lot of new events and quests associated with the new region Inazuma, along with a brand new reputation system. Thunder Sojourn is going to be the big 4-weeks event, in which players complete challenges for currency. This, in turn, can be used to exchange for various goodies and a free Beidou.

Genshin Impact 2.0 Events
Genshin Impact 2.0 release date and time for Inazuma Events

There will also be a return of the Genshin Impact Theater Mechanicus event, along with Leyline Overflow and Phantom Flow. Players can also get a Mini Seelie pet in a "Lost Riches" event as well.

4. Genshin Impact 2.0 New Playable Characters

Ayaka, Sayu and Yoimiya are going to be the new characters in the 2.0 update. Yoimiya and Ayaka are going to get their own banners, with Sayu being a part of Yoimiya's. Several new NPCs are introduced as well - including the Electro Archon Baal, Thoma, Kujou Sara, Gorou, Kokomi, and Yae Miko. These characters might become playable in future updates.

With Inazuma being associated with the Electro Element, it is very likely that we are going to get access to Electro Traveller in the 2.0 patch. These are everything that's going to be added in the 2.0 patch of Genshin Impact.

Genshin Impact 2.0 New Characters
These are the two banners of this patch.

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