All free Genshin Impact characters & how to get them

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

There are many characters for players to obtain and master in Genshin Impact, but which ones can you add to your party for free? Here’s a breakdown of all the free characters in Genshin Impact and how you can obtain them. 

It can be costly to collect all of Genshin Impact’s characters, especially if you’re aiming to add the game’s 5-stars to your roster. There’s no guarantee that you’ll get the characters you want, even if you secure plenty of Primogems

Fortunately, there are few characters that can be unlocked for free without having to spend a lot of Acquainted or Intertwined Fates. Whether you’re just beginning your journey in Teyvat, or are just wondering who you can use for free, here’s everything you need to know about all the free characters currently available in Genshin Impact.

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 seven 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.
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

As well as the Fleeting Colors in Flight Festival, HoYoverse also enables players to claim free Genshin Impact characters during other 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.

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

That’s everything you need to know about every free Genshin Impact character you can unlock in 2022.

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