It is true that the world of Genshin Impact is a lot of fun to explore and its game systems are very accessible, but its main attraction is without a doubt collecting all the possible characters. We can progress in the game only with the initial characters, it is true, but we cannot resist the attractive design and variety of its dozens of ‘waifus’ and ‘husbandos’.
We also know that this is why many people end up spending more money than they should on this game . Despite being free, the game subtly encourages its players to pay to participate in gachapon that may or may not give us new characters.
That is why, thinking about the economy of our fanatic readers of the game, we have created this guide on how you can get all the characters of Genshin Impact by completing missions, participating in events, playing the gachapon and acquiring resources such as protogems. We will try to make all the ways you can avoid paying real money to get them more than clear.
This article will be updated as new characters and events arrive in the game.
How to get free Genshin Impact characters outside of the gachapon?
Let’s start by clarifying which are the characters that can be achieved in the main story of the game and permanent events that do not depend on the gachapon.
Prologue Archon Missions
- Traveler / Traveler:Of course, the main character of the game is free. We start our first game by controlling him.
- Amber:we must obtain it when advancing in the prologue, during the Archon mission ‘The Knight of the Wind’.
- Kaeya: we get it by advancing in Act II of the prologue, during Archon’s mission: ‘Intensive Course’.
- Lisa: we get it by advancing in act II of the prologue, during the Archon mission: ‘Sparks between the pages’.
With these four characters we already have a complete team and it is absolutely possible to advance in the game only with them. But we want more characters, don’t we?
Genshin Impact permanent events
There are another couple of characters that we can get for free in Genshin Impact events without spending protogems or real money: they are Xiangling and Barbara.
Xianling – The People’s Choice
Once we reached Adventure Rank 20, we gained access to the Abyss Spiral. This is a domain that we can access through a wormhole in the sky, near the edge of Cape Oath.
We have to advance to the third room of the third floor. Once cleared, we can visit the event menu to claim Xianling and add her to our Genshin Impact character collection .
Barbara – Fervid Hymn
We can get the ‘idol’ of Mondstat by completing the archon mission ‘For the Indigo Shadow’, at the end of Act III of the prologue. It is necessary to finish this mission to advance in the story. We remind you that it is necessary to have Adventure Rank 18 to start Act III.
Once this is done, we just have to go to the event menu to claim Barbara.
Occasionally limited-time events are held in which we can get characters by completing certain missions or requirements. In the past, characters such as Fischl, Chongyun, Beidou, Ningguang, Xinyan, Xingqiu, and Dional have been obtained through them. When these events are over, the characters can usually be achieved through gachapon.
Currently you can get Aloy, of Horizon Zero Dawn and Horizon Forbidden West through a limited event . It is free for all players who have adventure rank 20 or higher from September 1, 2021, if we play on PS4 or PS5, or October 13, 2021, if we play on other platforms. To redeem it, we just have to check the mail that Paimon sends us.
We are not sure if Aloy can be obtained through gachapon once the event is finished with the arrival of version 2.3, which will supposedly be on November 24, 2021.
These are the seven characters that we can get completely for free in Genshin Impact , without spending resources or real money. What about the other 34?
Paimon’s Bargain Shop
In the game store there will always be a rotation of two characters for sale. In the past, Razon, Amber, Barbara, Kaeya, Fischl, Xianying, Beidou, Noelle, Ninguang, and Xingchiu have volunteered. These change on the first day of each month and sometimes with the arrival of new events at Genshin Impact .
Currently you can buy Bennet and Lisa there. Each has a cost of 34 Unowned Starburst. They will be available until November 31.
How to get Starlight without an owner in Genshin Impact ?
There’s only one way to get Ownerless Starburst – by getting 4- or 5-star weapons and repeating characters by using the gachapon.
- Doubled 4-Star Character with Incomplete Constellation: 2 Unowned Starburst
- 4-star character doubled with full constellation: 5 starburst without owner
- Doubled 4-Star Weapon: 2 Unowned Starburst
- Doubled 5-Star Character with Incomplete Constellation: 10 Unowned Starburst
- 5-star character doubled with full Constellation: 25 Stellar brightness without owner.
- Doubled 5 Star Weapon: 10 Unowned Starburst.
As you can see, getting characters in the Paimon bargains is only an option if we have already used the gachapon enough to have accumulated enough Star Glow.
Suppose we were able to buy the two characters on sale. Now we have nine, we only have 31 left. Like it or not, we have to resort to gachapon to get all the others.
How to get characters in the Genshin Impact gachapon
The gachapon or ‘wishes’ are the main methods to obtain characters and weapons. Sadly, we can’t just go for the character we want. We have to use Genshin Impact resources such as protogems, which we can get by playing, and genesis crystals, which can be acquired with real money.
This system has been fairly criticized and we have to insist a lot on something: if you are going to use real money to try to get a character that you want, set limits or seek help from someone who tells you to stop when you have spent a certain amount. This is very important.
The gachapon is made up of several ‘banners’, also known as flags, on which we can spend resources called Intertwined Destiny and Encounter with destiny to carry out ‘wishes’ or ‘pulls’. Later we will explain the ways in which we can achieve them.
Each gachapon has a specific list of weapons and characters that can be obtained. Depending on its rarity, there is a percentage chance of appearance.
- 3 Star Weapon: 94.4%
- 4-star character or weapon: 5%
- 5 Star Character or Weapon: 0.6%
If a 5-star character has not been obtained after 89 attempts in the same Gachapon, the 90th attempt has a 100% chance of obtaining it.
As you can see, there is an incredibly low chance of getting a good character or weapon when making a wish. This is why we insist that they should not spend a lot of money and accept the situation if they do not get the character they want .
There are two types of gachapon: permanent and promotional.
The first of these is the gachapon recommended for beginners . We can only make 20 wishes, but among the first 10 it is 100% guaranteed that we will get Noelle (Geo), a ‘tank’ that is very useful in the early game. During the next 10 wishes we also have another 4 or 5 star character assured.
In addition, we have a discount if we make 10 wishes at once, they will cost us 8 Encounters with Fate instead of 10.
These are the characters that we can get in this gachapon:
- 5 stars: Jean, Qiqi, Keching, Mona and Diluc
- 4 stars: Sucrose, Chongyun, Fischl, Beidou, Razor, Ninguang, Xingchiu, Barbara, Bennett, Xiangling, Sayu and Kujou Sara.
The permanent gachapon Passion for traveling will always be available, no matter how many wishes we make. A wish costs 1 Encounter with Fate and it is ensured that every 10 wishes we will get a 4 or 5 star weapon or character.
As new characters arrive at Genshin Impact at new events, they can be added to this gachapon. At this time we can get:
- 5 stars: Jean, Qiqi, Keching, Mona and Diluc
- 4 stars: Sucrose, Rosaria, Diona, Chongyun, Kaeya, Fischl, Beidou, Razor, Lisa, Noelle, Ninguang, Xingchiu, Bárbara, Yanfei, Xinyan, Bennett, Xiangling, Amber, Sayu and Kujou Sara.
Suppose, although it is highly unlikely, that they managed to get all the characters available so far in the permanent gachapon of Genshin Impact . That means we have 27 characters. How to get the missing 13?
Things are about to get even more complicated.
These ‘banners’ are only available for a limited time, usually three weeks . The problem is that each of them has had a prominent character that does not usually appear in others. A wish in this type of gachapon costs 1 Intertwined Fate.
Currently available are the Enigmatic Whispers and On the Waves banners , which feature Albedo and Eula as featured 5-star characters. They are accompanied by Bennet, Rosaria and Noelle. We will be able to try them in new special events from the event menu.
The rest of the characters that we can obtain in these Gachapon are the following:
This gachapon will be replaced by another on December 14, 2021 and we will not be able to get its exclusive characters until miHoYo decides to bring this ‘banner’ back or offer it in another gachapon.
At this time there is no way to get the following Genshin Impact characters
If you didn’t get these characters when the gachapon that featured them was live on Genshin Impact , you have to wait for it to come back, appear on other banners or in Paimon’s bargain shop.
- Hu tao
- Kaedehara kazuha
- Kamisato ayaka
- Shogun raiden
- Tartaglia (Nobile)
It is for this reason that many consider Genshin Impact’s monetization system “abusive” even though its characters are “free”. The way it offers them for a limited time makes many people impatient and decide to spend money, fearing they will miss out on adding them to their collection.
“Venti will be very sad if you don’t spend all your money trying to get it”
How to get Intertwined Fate and Encounter Fate in Genshin Impact ?
These are the resources we use to “make wishes” and obtain weapons or characters in the gachapones. They can be obtained by spending Protogems, Ownerless Stardust, and Ownerless Starburst from the Gachapon menu or from Paimon’s Bargain Shop.
- Intertwined Fate (1) per 160 protogems
- Encounter with Destiny (1) for 160 Protogems
- Intertwined Fate (1) times 5 Unowned Starburst
- Encounter with Destiny (1) for 5 Ownerless Starlight
- Intertwined Fate (1) for 75 Ownerless Stardust (max 5 each month)
- Encounter with Destiny (1) for 75 Ownerless Stardust (max 5 each month)
A few more can also be achieved in Battle Passes, by promoting characters to certain levels, reaching certain adventure ranks, and completing certain events.
The truth is that Genshin Impact is not stingy when it comes to providing the protogems we need to buy this resource. We can get between 1 and 40 for completing missions, opening chests, unlocking achievements, leveling up, etc. Still, getting the 160 we need for a single wish can take time and our prize is most likely a 3-star weapon. In theory, it’s possible to get all the Genshin Impact characters for free, but it would take too many hours of protogem farming.
This is why it is so tempting to spend real money to buy Genesis Crystals, which can be turned into protogems (1: 1) in the Genshin Impact menu . We insist again, if you are going to give in to the impulse to use these microtransactions, set limits. If you are very impulsive, find someone to say “no more” when you are shopping.
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Getting a new character, especially the one you want so much, can be very satisfying. But that satisfaction disappears soon if they later discover that they spent all their savings to achieve it.