Genshin Impact's 3.0 update is a big one. Titled The Morn a Thousand Roses Brings, patch 3.0 opens up Sumeru and introduces Genshin's seventh and final element, Dendro. It's not strictly new, since Dendro has been around since the beginning of Genshin (some Hilichurl mages are able to use Dendro)--but this marks the first time the Traveler (and by extension, us) will be able to use the element.
Genshin Impact 3.0 releases August 24. Pre-installation is usually available and will likely go live the day before release, August 23. With pre-installation, players can log-in as soon as the maintenance for the new patch is done.
Patch 3.0 will last five weeks, instead of the usual six weeks.
New element: Dendro
Dendro, according to a Sumeru preview teaser, has three key terms attached: catalysis, wisdom, and life. Mihoyo has so far revealed three of Dendro's reactions with other elements: Burning, Bloom, and Catalyze.
Burning (Dendro and Pyro) is something players have already seen in-game. If you light grass on fire with Pyro, you can witness the effect. Burning is the elemental reaction between Dendro and Pyro.
- Bloom (Dendro and Hydro) is inspired by the real-life phenomenon of flowers blooming and is a combination of Hydro's healing quality and Dendro's ability to catalyze. Bloom will spawn Dendro cores, which will eventually explode with AoE Dendro damage.
- Burgeon: If the Dendro cores produced from Bloom reactions come into Pyro or Electro, the reaction Burgeon is triggered. This can increase the explosive AoE Dendro damage or trigger Hyperbloom--a reaction that turns Dendro cores into Sprawling shots that track enemies.
- Catalyze (Dendro and Electro) doesn't have the same strong, real-life inspiration as Bloom does. It's a combination of Electro's qualities and Dendro's key word Wisdom. Catalyze also has a strong lore background, as it is apparently integral to Sumeru's history. Catalyze applies the Quicken effect, which increases the target's following damage from the next Dendro or Electro damage (called Spread and Avaggrate).
As the trailer explains, there is a new system where certain overworld features and enemies will change states depending on what element you apply to it, leading to different interactions between the player and the feature in question. In combat, if you defeat an enemy in a specific state, you could even receive special rewards.
In the same teaser, players can see the Traveler hitting a mushroom with Dendro, making it bloom. The Traveler is then able to use the mushroom like a trampoline--an action showing Dendro's potential to be an interesting tool in overworld exploration.
In line with tradition in Genshin Impact's community, leaks from 3.0's beta have spread online--including a complete list of rumored Dendro reactions. While most of in the info in this leak is basically confirmed in trailers and press releases, as with everything that comes from rumors, take it with a grain of salt. We'll have to wait until 3.0 is out to confirm Dendro's functions.
The Sumeru setting
Sumeru is the land of wisdom, scholars, and the Dendro Archon. Players probably know Sumeru as the place Lisa, a Mondsadt character we meet at the very beginning of the game, attended school.
The organization known as Akademiya controls Sumeru's state affairs. Sumerians as a whole prize knowledge and also don't dream, something they take pride in--since they see it as proof of their rationality.
Sumeru's environment is split into two biomes: the desert and the rainforest. In contrast to Inazuma's jagged cliffs and Liyue's stone pillars, Sumeru's mountain slopes are more gentle, like those found in the tropical and humid regions, according to the devs speaking in the second Sumeru preview teaser. The forest's flora and fauna has a unique evolution of Shroom-kins called Funi. The strongest Fungi have animalistic characteristics, including a new chicken-slash-big-bird boss.
When players enter Sumeru, they'll encounter a city built on a giant tree and a group of forest spirits, who of course, have things they need the Traveler to help them with--the catalyst for the Traveler to discover many different regions in the Sumeru map. There's even a mysterious giant robot wedged in-between mountains, as well as huge trees that glow.
Travelers will meet Eremites, people descended from an ancient civilization in a desert. They're an independent force in Sumeru and can be considered mercenaries. In this vast desert, Sumeru also contains unique upside-down tornados and secret areas--including relics and enemies from the fallen ancient civilization. There's also another giant robot in the desert as well. How the two robots are related is to be uncovered in-game.
All of the above, though, is under threat by something that is "eroding" them.
The Sumeru storyline
A Sumeru trailer reveals that the Dendro Archon, the Greater Lord Rukkhadevata, is directly connected to Irminsul, the great tree whose roots form leylines. She, however, disappeared in a calamity a couple hundred years ago. Sages eventually found a reborn version of the Archon--Lesser Lord Kusanali--and brought her back to Sumeru.
The 3.0 trailer also teases a festival called Sabzeruz and the reborn Archon's birthday, where Nilou--a character who's chosen to go down the path of art and dance in a country that values wisdom--will perform an important dance. There's also a shadowy antagonistic force trying to bring back a god--hinted to be the past Dendro Archon--promising "retribution" for all others. The Fatui are also up to something in Sumeru as well, according to the Teyvat interlude teaser A Winter Night's Lazzo. At the end of the teaser, a Doctor segment stands in front of a giant burning tree--likely Irminsul--and Collei, a Sumerian character, wakes up from a dream.
Another issue happening in Sumeru is something called the Withering. True to the name, Withering zones look devoid of life and the phenomenon is said to originate from the depths of the world. Rangers, as commented by the new Sumeru character Tighnari in the trailer, are likely to battle in the withering zones for quite awhile.
Playable Sumeru characters
Tighnari and Collei's abilities have not officially been revealed. But reliable leakers, like Honey Hunter, have released what their kits are rumored to be. We won't get into the nitty gritty, ins-and-outs of their rumored kits here, but will offer a general overview.
Tighnari and Collei are on 3.0's first banner, in addition to a returning Zhongli banner. Dori is on 3.0's second set of banners--Ganyu and Kokomi reruns--which will appear in the event's second half. Collei can also be obtained for free from the Graven Innocence event.
Tighnari (Bow, Five-star, Dendro)
- Bio: A warm-hearted young researcher. He's a Forest Watcher and Collei's teacher.
- Skills: Dendro AoE damage dealer. Elemental burst allows Tighnari to launch six Dendro strikes that track enemies.
Collei (Bow, Four-star, Dendro)
- Bio: Trainee forest ranger under Tighnari.
- Abilities: Archer with a kit similar to Amber's, but Dendro instead of Pyro. She has an attack like a Dendro boomerang that can affect multiple enemies. She also has Amber's Baron Bunny-esque toy called Cuielen-Anbar, who upon exploding, deals Dendro damage.
Dori (Claymore, Four-star, Electro)
- Bio: A traveling merchant, who seems even shorter than Diona
- Abilities: Her kit is geared more toward being a support. Burst will connect to a character and provide them with HP restoration, energy regeneration, and electro application.
Graven Innocence Event
- Picture-taking challenge: Players can take pictures of forest animals in Sumeru and get rewards.
- Combat challenge: New Electro Regisvine and chicken-horse-something-hybrid Dendro Fungi boss.
- Time Racing Challenge: Players race through the landscape in a timed challenge to collect gold coins.
- Combat: Section I of this category have quests titled "The Wonderful Fungi of Teyvat" but also show players fighting Ruin Scouts (the jellyfish-esque mechanical enemies).
- Rewards: This event notably gives new 4-star Dendro character Collei and crowns, among the usual rewards of primogens and other character level-up resources.
These are the usual timed combat challenges with combat score multipliers for different selected battle conditions. There's character buffs too, for example, your current active character can receive a 110% Hydro damage boost. Rewards include primogens and the usual resources like EXP books, gold, character talent level-up materials, and more.
This event is treasure hunting, and players can uncover Chests after defeating enemies.
This one is slightly new, unlike Lost Riches which we've seen in past Genshin updates, in that it's a combat challenge where players can take potions and deal a lot of damage to enemies by capturing their weaknesses.
Teasers and trailers
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