A new character joins Genshin Impact--but are they worth the investment?
Genshin Impact has undoubtedly had an eventful first month of operation, with millions of players globally jumping into the world of Teyvat. With the passage of time comes the first change of the promo banner for Wishes and an introduction of a new five-star character, Klee.
Klee is the featured character on this new promo banner, titled Sparkling Steps. Though you may have already been introduced to Klee and her abilities in the quest "The Mystery of the Girl in Red's Treasure," this is the first chance you have to recruit her permanently.
The odds haven't changed for Sparkling Steps compared to the previous banner--your chances of a 5-star roll are still quite low at 0.6%. But, as with the previous banner, if you do roll a 5-Star character, there is a 50% chance of it being Klee. The "Pity Roll" mechanics also come into play here, so if you really want Klee, you can pour all of your resources into Wishing multiple times to have a better chance. (Also, if you didn't roll a 5-star unit on the last promo banner featuring Venti, the accumulated rolls from that banner will carry over onto this one, making a Pity Roll easier to trip.)
Unfortunately, if you missed Venti's banner and wanted to recruit him, you'll need to wait until he appears again on a banner sometime in the future. Since Genshin Impact currently seems more focused on introducing new characters to the roster, you might be waiting a while.
Of course, the big question is: should you spend your resources trying to recruit Klee in the first place? Well, it depends. If you need to bolster your selection of Pyro elemental users, Klee is certainly a great character to get. Her specialty is doing Pyro damage in a wide area using explosives. Her elemental skill and elemental burst cover a big area and can do some serious damage, particularly when paired with other elements. She can also easily find items using her "All of My Treasures!" skill, which can help a lot in gathering the materials necessary for upgrading characters and completing Battle Pass objectives. And if you have more than one Pyro user in your party, her damage output increases substantially.
However, Klee is outclassed by elemental peers in a few ways. Her normal attacks are a bit lacking, and getting the most out of her combat abilities takes some practice. In comparison, Diluc is a very user-friendly five-star character who can be recruited on both the promo banner and the standard banner. He's the best offensive Pyro unit in the game right now. There's a chance you could roll him instead of Klee on the banner, which honestly might be the superior outcome.
Klee also feels like she doesn't have as significant an advantage over lower-rarity peers as some other 5-star units. Xiangling and Bennett are very capable Pyro users who, at 4-Star rarity, are much easier (and potentially much cheaper) to obtain.
But what about the other featured 4-star units on the banner? You have increased odds of getting Noelle, Sucrose, and Xingqiu as 4-star units. Noelle is… well, if you took advantage of the Beginner's Wish banner at the game's launch, you got her and probably discovered she's less than amazing. Sucrose and Xingqiu might be worth adding to your roster simply for the bonuses they give to crafting: Sucrose's "Astable Invention" skill has a chance to double your crafting yields, while Xingqiu's "Flash of Genius" can sometimes refund materials used for crafting character talent materials. In combat, however, the two are often outclassed by other units.
To summarize: unless you're hurting for halfway decent Pyro (poor Amber), you should think about saving your Intertwined Fates for someone better down the line. If you're on the fence, you can give Klee and the other banner characters a playtest in the Test Run event to see how they work in combat. Of course, if you like Klee (or any of the other featured characters) for other reasons beyond her game utility, then, by all means, chase after her! She's an adorable young pyromaniac with an explosive, infectious personality, and that alone will sell her to some players. But again, if top-tier is what you're looking for, you should consider holding out for a while, or maybe just trying for Sucrose and Xingqiu, since--factoring in pity rolls--the odds of getting one of two is higher. It's always handy to have crafting boosts, and those abilities will only get more useful as the game evolves.
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