Genshin Impact 4.2 update: Release date, character banners & more

James Busby
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Genshin Impact’s 4.2 update has just launched and there’s a lot of new content for Travelers to get stuck into, from new banners, events, enemies, and locations. Here’s everything you need to know about the game’s 4.2 update.

HoYoverse has brought a lot of exciting content to their beloved gacha title, Genshin Impact, with the most recent 4.2 update. Players can pull on the current banners for the Hydro Archon Furina, and a brand new healer Baizhu. There are also plenty of new events to enjoy and enemies to battle across the Fontaine region.

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There’s definitely no shortage of content for fans of the game right now, and we’ve got a full rundown of everything you can expect to spend your time on during Genshin Impact’s 4.2 update right here. From the current banners to new quests, enemies, and locations to explore, here’s everything you need to know about the 4.2 update.


Genshin Impact 4.2 livestream

The official Genshin Impact 4.2 livestream took place on November 3, 2023. If you missed the livestream, you can watch it back via the game’s official YouTube channel using the link below.

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Genshin Impact 4.2 release date

The Genshin Impact 4.2 update was released on November 8, 2023, and is expected to run until mid-December.

This means Travelers will have plenty of time to save up their Primogems to spend on the current banners.

Genshin Impact 4.2 banners

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Furina is available on the current Genshin Impact banner.

The 5-star Hydro Archon Furina is available during Phase 1 of the 4.2 update, alongside the 5-star Dendro unit Baizhu. Both of these fighters are solid support options in most team comps thanks to their healing abilities. The following 4-star characters are available to obtain in the banners as well:

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During Phase 2 of the update reruns for both Ayato and Cyno will be available though HoYoverse hasn’t confirmed what 4-star characters will feature alongside these banners yet. As soon as they’re revealed, we’ll be sure to update this page.

Genshin Impact 4.2 Archon Quest

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Genshin Impact 4.2 quests will see players team up with various Fontaine characters.

A new Archon Quest V is available during the 4.2 update.

“Masquerade of the Guilty” will see Travelers team up with Fontaine characters to face events foretold by the prophecy of the rising primordial seawater. Players will need to uncover the events before facing a showdown with an “evil that has been lurking in the swirling depths.”

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Genshin Impact 4.2 events

This update includes a lot of unique events that Travelers can take part in to secure free Primogems and other goodies. We’ve provided a rundown of each major 4.2 event below:

  • Thelxie’s Fantastic Adventures: Help Freminet repair the robotic penguin. Players need to collect materials to outfit the robot with weapons and equipment. The clockwork penguin will then provide buffs to help players defeat their enemies.
  • Lil’ Fungi’s Fun-Tastic Fiesta: Take control of fungi to take down your enemies in this cute tabletop game.
  • Graph Adversarial Technology Experiment Log: Help the strange engineer research Graph Adversarial Technology by taking photographs of field samples. Completing this event will reward Travelers with the Zoom lens.

Genshin Impact 4.2 new enemies

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There are 2 new boss fights featured in the 4.2 update.

A handful of new enemies are available for Travelers to take on in the 4.2 update, including the All-Devouring Narwhal, and the Hydro Tulpa.

The All-Devouring Narwhal first appeared in a vision at the end of the 4.1 Archon Quest. Travelers will need to defeat this monolithic whale in order to stop it from wreaking havoc on Fontaine. The first phase of the fight will see the Devouring Narwhal unleash AoE attacks in all directions, so you’ll need to be prepared to do a lot of dodging. This boss can also transport players to a different realm, where they’ll face off against deadly new enemies.

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The Hydro Tulpa is a new human-shaped Monster that’s been formed from countless water droplets. This liquid enemy is capable of transforming into other creatures and deals some devastating AoE damage in battle so you’ll need to be prepared before taking on the boss fight.

Genshin Impact 4.2 new locations

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Genshin Impact 4.2 features new locations for players to explore.

The 4.2 update will feature a handful of new locations for players to explore in the Fontaine region. A breakdown of the two most notable areas has been provided below:

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Erinnyes Forest

The Erinnyes Forest is located on the East side of Fontaine behind the Opera House. Strange events have been happening with the water veins, preventing things from getting closer and pushing them away. There’s also a foggy forest path and the weeping willow of the lake, which features contaminated bacteria that is posing the waters.

Players will need to use a new device to cleanse the water and power certain objects in the environment.

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Sealed Ruined Tower

Travelers will need to unlock the Sealed Ruined Tower’s four seals to gain access to the secrets hidden within. By venturing into the tower, Travelers will be able to find out about the secrets behind the primordial sea.

That’s everything you need to know about the Genshin Impact 4.2 update! For more content on the game, check out our guides below:

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