Genshin Impact Beginner’s Guide

Genshin Impact Beginner’s Guide

If you’re looking for a roleplaying gacha game, then look no further than the Breath of The Wild-like open-world of Genshin Impact. Genshin Impact isn’t your average free-to-play roleplaying game. It’s a combination of different mechanics across different roleplaying genres packed into one. It takes about ten hours of blood, sweat, and tears in the game before new players are able to group up with friends, so be prepared for a rather lengthy tutorial section of the game that seems to drag on-and-on before finally letting you freely explore the world. However, this guide isn’t for those who are already knee-deep into this gacha title; this guide is for those who are just starting out and need something to reference.

Genshin Impact Is A Gacha Game
First and foremost, Genshin Impact is a gacha game. Let’s get that out of the way first. Western audiences might not know what a gacha game is. Think of a gacha as a loot box. Loot boxes in Western games are earned by playing a game for a long period of time and earning them for free or purchasing them with money.

The gacha aspect is why Genshin Impact is free-to-play because some of the game’s most powerful weapons and characters come from gacha loot. That means if you want to get higher-star characters and weapons in the game sooner, rather than later, you’re going to have to drop some money.

However, you don’t need to worry about dropping cash as a beginner. Just learn the game for now. You won’t need to worry about spending money to fill out your character roster because you will get the rest of the characters as you progress through the story.

Who Are The Basic Characters In Genshin Impact?
When you first start Genshin Impact, you’ll start a cinematic sequence where you get to choose between a male or a female starting character. Along the way, you’ll meet your guide who will bring you through a rather lengthy tutorial session that teaches you the following abilities:

● Basic attack
● Charge attack
● Elemental skill
● Elemental burst

As a beginner, your party will have up to four players you can use to make different combinations by swapping players to optimize their skills during fights. However, before you start learning how to make a combination, you need to learn the basics first.



The Basics Of Genshin Impact’s Combat
When you first start on the beach with Paimon, she’s going to talk to you as if you’ve never played the game in your life. Paimon is basically a less-annoying version of Navi from The Legend of Zelda’s Ocarina of Time. She will explain the combat mechanics, your stamina meter, and climbing.

If you didn’t notice from your first encounter with the blob creature on the beach, the combat starts off relatively simple. However, don’t get used to swinging a sword by clicking the mouse or hitting the assigned key on the controller and expecting to win every battle. At some point, you’ll have to learn elemental combos in order to take advantage of the weaknesses or identify the resistances of some aspects for different creates.

Holding down the attack to unleash the character’s charged attack. However, you’ll want to weave those in after the basic attacks to maximize damage. At some point, you’ll end up learning how to switch characters mid-combo in order to make quick and efficient combinations without any interruptions. However, get accustomed to the basics of Genshin Impact’s combat before you can master combos.

The Basics Of Genshin Impact’s Elements
Outside of the basic and charged attack, Genshin Impact will make sure you learn the seven elements used in battles:

● Anemo: Wind
● Geo: Earth
● Cryo: Frost
● Electro: Lightning
● Hydro: Water
● Pyro: Fire
● Dendro: Nature

You’ll eventually need to learn how to combo these elements to make the most of them. Different characters use different elements to debuff enemies and other interesting reactions. However, Genshin Impact wants the players to experiment with the different elements and how they react with each other. There are too many combinations to list here, so it’s up to you to experiment with each element.

(Confused on the Elemental Combos for Genshin Impact? Click the link below for our Genshin Impact Elemental Combo Guide.)

The Basics Of Using The Environment In Combat
The environment is just as useful in combat as elements. Take a methodical approach to each combat situation, using height and environment to your advantage. Utilizing the glider you receive after the first visit to Monistat, players can get the preemptive attack on an enemy from a great height.

Take advantage of the environment when it comes to utilizing elements in combat. If the enemies are wet from rain, it only makes sense to use electric-based elements in order to deal massive damage.

The Basics Of Leveling In Genshin Impact
There are two different experience progressions in Genshin Impact: Character and Adventurer’s experience. The character experience is the experience you gain when you’re defeating enemies. This experience is what affects your defense, health, and attack power as you level up.

Much like other roleplaying games, sitting and grinding in one area to gain experience isn’t exactly the most efficient way to gain experience. Finding EXP material in chests or through quest rewards. These are much better ways of grinding experience off of monsters.

You’ll also notice, as you’re exploring, that you’re working on another experience progression: Adventurer experience. Your rank as an adventurer will increase the more you explore the land, complete quests, find teleport waypoints, discover shrines, and other exploration objectives. Right now, the cap for both level progressions is 20, but that could change in the future. However, you don’t want to ignore increasing your adventurer rank because, once you get to rank 16, you’ll unlock cooperative mode.

The Basics Of Currencies
Now that you know the basics of everything you’ll need to know as a fledgling beginner, you’ll need to learn about the currencies in Genshin Impact. Keep in mind, Genshin Impact is a gacha game, so there’s going to be some currencies you might not recognize. Others you’ll acquire at a slower rate (obviously) since their revenue comes from the sale of loot.

Mora is the first currency; it’s similar to gold found in regular roleplaying games. You earn Mora by doing basic things in Genshin Impact, from defeating enemies to completing quests. Mora is only used for basic items such as ingredients or weapons, but nothing more valuable like

Primogens are precursors to fates that are used for the gacha aspect of Genshin Impact. Primogen is not as common as Mora because it’s used to eventually pull different weapons or characters during Wishes.

Real-life money is exchanged for Genesis Crystals in Genshin Impact, which is used for in-game purchases. These can also be converted into Primogems at a 1:1 ratio used to participate in a Wish.



Starglitter and Stardust are other currency types and are only obtainable after obtaining characters through a Wish. If you happen to pull a duplicate character from a Wish, you get more of these currencies. Both Starglitter and Stardust are used for more fates.

As you’re exploring new regions, you may also run across Sigils and Oculi to buy souvenirs and upgrades in that region.

Now that you know the basics of Genshin Impact, you have to play the game for yourself to get to the point where you’ll need a more advanced guide. Visit Genshin Impact’s website to download the game on PC. You can also find Genshin Impact on the mobile app stores or the PlayStation 4.

Credit: B. Michael Logan
“B. Michael Logan is a medical professional who moonlights as a freelance writer. When he’s not helping save lives he’s taking them in video games.”


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