Kuki Shinobu in Genshin Impact: Release date, abilities, more

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Kuki Shinobu is an upcoming 4-star character that will be coming to Genshin Impact in Version 2.7. Here’s everything we know about Kuki Shinobu’s release date and abilities. 

The Genshin Impact 2.7 live stream has revealed a number of details about Kuki Shinobu – a new character that will be playable in the upcoming update. She is the Deputy Leader of the Arataki Gang and a close acquaintance of Arataki Itto, the game’s Geo 5-star character. 

While many Genshin Impact players will be saving their Primogems for the upcoming release of Yelan as well as the banner rerun for Xiao, the four-star rated Electro-Healer should be an easy pull to expand your arsenal of characters.

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Whether you’re aiming to add this upcoming 4-star to your Genshin Impact roster or just wish to know more about her, then our Kuki Shinobu release date hub has you covered. 


Kuki Shinobu release date in Genshin Impact

Kuki Shinobu has been confirmed by HoYoverse to be releasing in the 2.7 update, which arrives on May 31, 2022. As speculated earlier, the upcoming 4-star rated character will be available in the second half of update 2.7, following directly after Yelan.

Given that Kuki Shinobu is a sidekick of Arataki Itto, the character will be released alongside the five-star rated claymore-wielding Geo character in the Oni’s Royale banner. However, it remains to be seen which two other characters receive a boosted drop rate from this banner.

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Kuki Shinobu Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst

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Kuki Shinobu joins the Genshin Impact roster in the second phase of update 2.7.

Here’s what you need to know about Kuki Shinobu’s Elemental Burst and Elemental Skill:

Elemental Burst – Goei Narukami Kariyama Rite

Kuki stabs an evil-excoriating blade into the ground, creating a barrier than cleanses the area of all that is foul, dealing continuous Electro DMG to opponents within its AoE based on Shinobu’s Max HP. If Shinobu’s HP is less than or equal to 50% when this skill is used, the barrier will last longer.

This was originally a technique used in weeding and in ritual prayers for the yearly harvest, but Shinobu has not forgotten it, though her life as a shrine maiden may have ended.

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Elemental Skill – Sanctifying Ring

Kuki creates a Grass Ring of Sanctification at the cost of part of her HP, dealing Electro DMG to nearby opponents.

Grass Ring of Sanctification follows the currently active character around. Deals Electro DMG to nearby opponents every 1.5s and restores HP for the active character based on Kuki Shinobu’s Max HP. The HP consumption from using this skill can only bring her to 20% HP.

Kuki Shinobu Constellations

Constellations for Kuki Shinobu in Genshin Impact are:

  • Level 1 — Goei Narukami Kariyama Rite’s AoE is increased by 50%.
  • Level 2 Grass Ring Sanctifications duration is increased by 3s.
  • Level 3 +3 to Elemental skill
  • Level 4 — When the Normal, Charged, or Plunging Attacks of characters affected by Shinobu’s Grass Ring of Sanctification hit opponents, a Thundergrass Mark will land on the opponent’s position and deal AoE Electro DMG based on 9.7% of Shinobu’s Max HP. This effect can occur once every 5s.
  • Level 5 — +3 to Elemental burst.
  • Level 6 — When Kuki Shinobu’s HP drops to 25% or below, or when she takes lethal DMG: Shinobu will not fall as a result of the DMG sustained this time. She will gain 150 Elemental Mastery for 15s. This effect will automatically activate when her HP reaches 1. This effect is triggered once every 60s.

Kuki Shinobu story in Genshin Impact

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Get to know Kuki Shinobu even better through her Hangout Quest in Genshin Impact 2.7.

Kuki Shinobu’s story quest remains a mystery, but we do know that she is Arataki Itto’s sidekick and the Deputy of the Arataki Gang. Snippets of in-game text state that the Electro character is responsible for keeping Itto’s antics in check. However, the official live stream for Genshin Impact 2.7 has confirmed that there will be a Hangout quest for the character, giving players a chance to get to know her better.

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She is even said to compensate those impacted by Itto’s actions and is known to bail him out of jail. Sayu notes that Kuki Shinobu is Itto’s “little sidekick”, stating that “birds of a feather flock together”.

On June 16, MiHoYo released promotional materials that gave insight into Shinobu’s character.

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MiHoYo gave fans an insight into Shinobu’s role as the deputy leader of the Arataki Gang.

Apparently, Shinobu acts as the low-key member of the Arataki Gang, who looks after the other members and bails them out of trouble “no matter what sort of mess the others have gotten themselves into.”

Shinobu works to solve those problems “in a manner that is both professional and highly efficient.”

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However, it seems that Shinobu also has a soft side, as she has often times been seen “making some snacks for children who have had theirs snatched away” or served as an advocate for fellow gang members who’ve been apprehended and sent to prison.

Kuki Shinobu gameplay reveal

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Kuki Shinobu’s abilities in Genshin Impact can turn the tide of battle in your favour.

The official HoYoverse Livestream has confirmed that Kuki Shinobu is an Electro character. This means she will likely have great synergy with Yelan – an upcoming 5-star Hydro character.

MiHoYo released an official Character Demo trailer on June 16, showcasing Kuki Shinobu in action.

In the trailer, fans can see Kuki Shinobu interacting with NPCs, exploring environments, and entering combat.

The demo also showed off Shinobu’s normal attack: Shinobu’s Shadowsword, which consists of up to 4 rapid strikes. Shinobu can also perform a Charged Attack that consumed Stamina to unleash 2 rapid sword strokes.

Shinobu also used her Elemental Skill, Sanctifying Ring, which deals Electro damage to foes while restoring HP to the character inside the ring.

Aside from gameplay, Shinobu narrates the trailer, giving some background to her character and responsibilities as the deputy leader of the Arataki Gang.

After the official reveal, we can also confirm that Kuki is going to be an Electro-Healer in Genshin Impact. The character uses her Elemental Burst to deal AoE damage to multiple enemies at the same time as well as heal herself and her allies.

So, there you have it — everything we know about Kuki Shinobu’s release date, abilities, and story.

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