All free Genshin Impact characters & how to get them

James Busby
An image of Amber in Genshin Impact, one of the free charactersHoYoverse

There’s a massive roster in Genshin Impact and a handful of characters can be unlocked for free in the beloved HoYoverse game. Here are all the free fighters in Genshin Impact, and how to unlock them all. 

Genshin Impact is one of the most popular gacha games of all time with its open world and regular content updates having dedicated fans and newcomers alike logging in daily. One of the biggest draws to the mobile title is the large number of characters you can use, each having unique abilities and playstyles in the action based combat system.

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If you want to get every single unit in Genshin Impact it will take you a lot of time and money due to the gacha systems but there are some characters you can add to your party at no extra cost. So, if you’re looking to save your Primogems this is ideal!

With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about Genshin Impact’s free characters and how to unlock them all.

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An image of some of Genshin Impact's free characters.HoYoverse
Claiming free characters in Genshin Impact is fairly simple.

All free characters in Genshin Impact

There are currently nine free characters that a player can obtain in Teyvat without spending a thing, and that includes one of Genshin Impact’s best characters, Xiangling. These 4-star characters can also be purchased from Paimon’s Bargains, but you’ll need to wait until they enter the current rotation. 

Without further ado, here are all of the characters you can claim for free and the requirements needed to unlock them all.

Character Rarity Element Weapon Unlock Requirements 
Amber, one of Genshin Impact's free characters


4-star Pyro Bow Complete the Quest Wind-Riding Knight.


4-star Cryo Sword Complete the Quest Crash Course.


4-star Electro Catalyst Complete the Quest Sparks Amongst the Pages.
Barbara, one of Genshin Impact's free characters


4-star Hydro Catalyst Complete the Baptism of Song event.


4-star Pyro Polearm Clear Floor 3, Chamber 3 of the Spiral Abyss.


Sword None
Noelle in Genshin Impact


4-Star Geo Claymore Guaranteed pull in the ‘Beginner’s Wish’ gacha.
Collei in Genshin Impact


4-star Dendro Bow Complete Graven Innocence event.
An image of Lynette splash art in Genshin Impact.Lynette 4-star Anemo Sword Reach Adventure Rank 25 & check “The Curtain Never Falls” permanent event page.
Genshin Impact Prosperous Partnerships free characters event screen.HoYoverse
Events like Prosperous Partnerships offered a whole host of additional free characters.

Limited-time character events

HoYoverse also enables players to claim free characters during limited-time events, so make sure you keep an eye out for these special giveaways. The events invariably task players with completing quests and taking part in seasonal activities.

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Previous limited-time events have rewarded the following 4-star characters:

For more Genshin Impact content, check out our guides below: 

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James is Dexerto's Associate Games Editor who joined the website in 2020. He graduated from university with a degree in Journalism, before spending four years freelancing for GamesRadar+, PCGamesN, RPS, LoL Esports, Red Bull Gaming, and many more. You can find him covering everything from CoD, Apex Legends, Genshin Impact, and Monster Hunter. Need to get in touch? Email James at