Everything we know about Yaoyao in Genshin Impact: abilities, possible release window

Andrew Amos
Yaoyao in Genshin ImpactmiHoYo

Yaoyao is an adorable character that could be coming to Genshin Impact soon ⁠— if leaks and speculation are to be believed. Here’s what we know about the potential four-star character, including leaked abilities and rumored release date.

Yaoyao is widely speculated to be one of Genshin Impact’s first-ever Dendro characters ⁠— from almost the moment the Liyue region launched in the game.

There’s plenty of voice lines from Genshin Impact’s main cast about Yaoyao too, only further fueling rumors she could be released very soon.

Here’s what we know about Yaoyao in Genshin Impact, including leaked abilities and rumored release date.


Yaoyao release date in Genshin Impact

Yaoyao doesn’t have a set release date yet in Genshin Impact. However, there are two key updates that could change that.

With leaks pointing towards an early Dendro release, Yaoyao could be one of the first characters added using the element. Sumeru is also expected to launch in update 3.0, further expanding on the Dendro cohort.

For now, though, keep your eyes peeled in early 2022 for any Yaoyao release date news.

Yaoyao abilities in Genshin Impact

Yaoyao could be one of Genshin Impact’s first Dendro characters, with the character sporting the plant-based vision in her in-game model.

Her abilities, however, remain relatively unclear. There are no datamines or leaks in this department just yet, but if she does use Dendro, she will be able to manipulate the battlefield like no one else (yet) in Genshin.

Yaoyao Qiqi and Paimon in Genshin ImpactmiHoYo
Yaoyao has appeared on official Genshin Impact event art before.

Yaoyao weapon in Genshin Impact

Nothing has been confirmed yet, but there is a lot of speculation around Yaoyao being a Polearm user.

This draws on a bit of conjecture about Yaoyao’s upbringing alongside Xiangling and tutelage under Madame Ping. Having both learned from the master chef, Yaoyao will likely follow Xiangling in being a Polearm user too.

Yaoyao story in Genshin Impact

We know a bit about Yaoyao through the Genshin Impact main story. She is a former chef who gave up life in the kitchen to become an assistant for Ganyu instead ⁠— well, the Adepti does say she was only told to “keep an eye on [Yaoyao]”.

She wanders around Liyue Harbor, having made friends with Beidou ⁠— often jumping onto her ship to play once it comes in to dock. As we mentioned earlier, she was also taught by Madame Ping alongside Xiangling, and is quite the good cook.

How to unlock Yaoyao in Genshin Impact

New details have emerged from renowned Genshin Impact leaker, Ubatcha, who discovered the upcoming Dendro character could be unlocked for free. According to the information, Yaoyao will lead the Traveler into the Chasm – a location close to Sumeru City.

After this area has been explored, Yayao will invite the player to a Hangout event, where they will get to interact with her. After this event has been completed, Yaoyao will be unlocked for free.

Of course, like all leaks, this should be treated with caution. We will update this piece as more Yaoyao leaks become available in Genshin Impact.

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