Genshin Impact's update 2.1 has introduced the first collaboration character in Genshin Impact, Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn. She is a free 5-star Cryo character, which is a big deal as 5 stars in Genshin are super hard to get.

However, Aloy is only available for PlayStation users at the moment. Players on other platforms will have to wait until the next patch to get her, but there is a way to bypass that. In this article, we are going to showcase how to unlock Aloy for free in Genshin Impact 2.1.

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Aloy in Genshin Impact

How to get Aloy for free in Genshin Impact

To unlock Aloy for free in Genshin Impact 2.1, first and foremost, you need to get access to a functioning PS4/PS5 console from friends or acquaintances. Anywhere is fine as long as it can connect to the internet.

Afterward, follow the below steps:

  • Create a new profile on the PlayStation console.
  • Create a new PlayStation Network (PSN) account from the official website.
  • Link the new profile on step 1 to the new PSN account in step 2.
  • Launch Genshin Impact on the PlayStation console from the new profile.
  • Link the new PSN account with the miHoYo Genshin Impact account.
  • Go to the in-game mail and avail the PS Exclusive rewards, Aloy.
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Aloy in HZD vs her Genshin Impact version

Notes when installing Genshin Impact

Overall, the process is pretty fast, but you need to download and install Genshin Impact on the console. There are a couple of things you need to keep in mind while following this guide:

  • Don't use the same email ID of your Genshin Impact account for creating the PSN account in Step 2.
  • After booting up the game, a prompt would appear to ask the player to link PSN and miHoYo accounts. Avoid closing this prompt.
  • If the console already has a logged-in account of Genshin Impact, you need to log out from it first.
  • You need to be Adventure Rank 20 or above.

Future rewards after unlocking Aloy

Even after linking your two accounts together, you can't claim future exclusive rewards for PlayStation without logging into the game using a PS4/PS5. Save the account details for later logins.

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Aloy's Predator Bow in Genshin Impact

However, once the rewards are claimed, you can use them on any platform. You should log out everything upon completion of the process, as other people can get your Genshin Impact credentials if you are not careful.

The reason that Aloy was picked for a collab is probably because Horizon Zero Dawn, Aloy's main game, just got a PC version earlier this year.

How good is Aloy in Genshin Impact?

Overall, despite being a free collab character, Aloy is a great DPS/Support DPS 5-star character. She can constantly deal Cryo damage in bursts, which means players can use her as a quick swap damage dealer.

The best characters to synergize with Aloy are Ameno characters who can gather the bomblets from her Elemental Skill together. Her Elemental Burst is yet another Cryo bomb - a simple yet effective ability.

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Aloy's Cryo Bomb

Despite being a collab character that players can only get once, Aloy has a constellation called Nora Fortis. There is no way to unlock it at the moment.

This is the end of our guide on how to unlock Aloy for free in Genshin Impact 2.1. Interested in more of our articles related to Genshin Impact? Please check out this post for a complete guide for Eula, including skill, gameplay and best builds.