Genshin Impact 4.6: Everything we know so far

Genshin Impact Arlecchino in Fontaine Archon Quest.
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Genshin Impact Arlecchino in Fontaine Archon Quest.
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While Genshin Impact players enjoy their return to Mondstadt in Version 4.5, more information surrounding the upcoming Version 4.6 update is already making waves in the community. This highly anticipated update is set to introduce Arlecchino, a formidable Fatui Harbinger, as a playable character, alongside a brand new area to explore.

If you're eager to get a glimpse of the next update before its official release, be sure to check out our Version 4.6 hub below for all the latest details and leaks about what you can expect!

Genshin Impact 4.6 release date

HoYoverse hasn't officially announced the release date for the upcoming update yet. However, based on the current patch schedule, Genshin Impact 4.6 will be released on 24 April 2024, barring any unforeseen delays

Following the established maintenance schedule for new updates, Version 4.6 should go live at 4 AM (BST). Please note that due to timezone differences, players in North America may receive the update on 23 April, at 8 PM (PDT) | 11 PM (EDT).

The Genshin Impact 4.6 Livestream is expected to take place on 12 April 2024!

A screenshot of Arlecchino from the "Overture Teaser: The Final Feast | Genshin Impact" YouTube video.
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4.6 banners

Arlecchino, Fourth of the Eleven Fatui Harbingers, is set to receive a banner in Phase 1 of Version 4.6.

Although brief, Arlecchino's chilling appearances in the Fontaine Archon Quest only heightened the community's anticipation for her banner debut. A looming threat that permeates the narrative, Arlecchino's first banner is sure to shake the stage!

Genshin Impact 4.6 banners revealed in the 4.6 Livestream.
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Arlecchino's kit was revealed in full recently, revealing that she is a 5-star Pyro Polearm user who thrives as an on-field DPS. Unlike other characters, she doesn't rely on traditional healing methods. Instead, Arlecchino utilises a unique mechanic called Bond of Life (BoL) to fuel her immense damage output.

Arlecchino will be the only new 5-star character in Version 4.6, setting the stage for exciting rerun banners featuring her disciple, Lyney, in Phase 1, and the ex-Harbinger, Wanderer, and owner of Bubu Pharmacy, Baizhu, in Phase 2.

To sum up, here are the Version 4.6 character banners in each phase:

Phase 1 (5-stars):

  • Arlecchino
  • Lyney

Phase 2 (5-stars):

  • Wanderer
  • Baizhu

4.6 new weapon

Version 4.5 will introduce a brand-new 5-star Polearm called Crimson Moon's Semblance. This Sword is Arlecchino's signature weapon, and comes with a Crit Rate bonus!

New 5-star Polearm revealed in the Genshin Impact 4.6 Livestream.
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4.6 new Story Quests

In the upcoming update, players will have the chance to learn more about the new playable character Arlecchino, alongside a long-awaited return to Sumeru with Cyno!

  • Arlecchino Story Quest (Ignis Purgatorius Chapter: Act 1)
  • Cyno Story Quest (Lupus Aureus Chapter: Act 2)

4.6 new bosses

A World Boss and a Weekly Boss will make their debut in the Version 4.6 update! Arlecchino will require their drops for Ascension.

  • The Knave (Weekly Boss)
  • Statue of Marble and Brass (World Boss)

4.6 flagship event: "Iridescent Arataki Rockin’ For Life Tour De Force of Awesomeness"

A new style of rock and roll is getting popular in Inazuma! Version 4.6 brings the "Iridescent Arataki Rockin' for Life Tour: De Force of Awesomeness," a one-of-a-kind music festival orchestrated by the one and only Arataki Itto! This flagship event offers a chance to snag a brand new musical instrument, the Nightwind Horn, and a free 4-star Geo character, Gorou, alongside a treasure trove of other rewards.

To prepare for the festival, there will be three event minigames for players to complete:

1. Xtreme Carnival Ensemble

Genshin Impact 4.6 flagship event minigame: Xtreme Carnival Ensemble
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Practice getting into the groove of the music festival with this rhythm game, featuring tracks from Genshin Impact’s renowned soundtrack! Choose from four difficulty levels, and as always, by completing a higher-difficulty challenge, you can claim all the rewards for each difficulty tier below it.

2. Trillion Trinket Trawl

Genshin Impact 4.6 flagship event minigame: Trillion Trinket Trawl
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A rockin’ music festival calls for a rockin’ venue! Find and collect various items across Teyvat, like Starconches and Sango Pearls, to help spruce up and decorate the venue!

3. Meeting of Melodies

Genshin Impact 4.6 flagship event minigame: Meeting of Melodies
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Can’t have a party without adoring fans! You'll be in charge of seeking out music lovers to join in on the fun. Listen to melodies sung by various characters and restore missing notes in this unique mini-game.

4.6 other events

Along with the exciting character banners and flagship event minigames, there will be three other events for players to enjoy and collect valuable rewards from in Version 4.6!

1. Windtrace: Seekers and Strategy

Genshin Impact 4.6 event: Windtrace: Seekers and Strategy
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Windtrace is back, with several new twists! Just like before, players will be playing hide-and-seek as Rebels and Hunters. But now, upon being captured for the first time, you'll be sent to a "surveillance zone" where you can wait out a 20-second timer or be freed by a teammate. A second capture eliminates you from the match entirely. But that’s not all! Rebels must now repair four signalling devices scattered across the map to secure victory, raising the stakes. Be wary, these devices emit a light visible to nearby players, revealing your location!

2. Specially-Shaped Saurian Search

Genshin Impact 4.6 event: Specially-Shaped Saurian Search
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This unique combat event tasks you with helping a chef from Natlan in researching various World Bosses. Choose from three difficulty levels and, most notably, utilise a selection of active and long-term negotiation strategies to gain an edge in battle. Deactivating these strategies increases the challenge, allowing you to test your combat prowess. Tailor your strategy to your strengths and dominate the battlefield!

3. Vibro-Crystal Applications

Genshin impact 4.6 event: Vibro-Crystal Applications
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Connect different vibrating crystals for different buffs during this rerun combat event! Two teams are required for each battle. Before each battle, you'll need to strategically plan "Vibro-Crystal Harmonic plans" for each team. This involves pairing Transmitter Crystals (trigger conditions) with Receiver Crystals (resulting buffs) to create custom strategies. Every triggered "Harmonic event" earns you a Harmonic Point. Remember to choose characters and buffs that work best together for ultimate success!

On top of that, there will also be an Overflowing Mastery event rerun that players can look forward to!

4.6 new map expansion

Version 4.6 will introduce a large area that bridges the large gap between Fontaine, Sumeru, and Liyue.

Genshin Impact Remuria from the 4.6 Livestream.
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Players can set sail for Bayda Harbor, nestled northwest of Sumeru's rainforest, or venture to the small island of Petrichor. Beneath Petrichor's surface lies the Faded Castle, a mysterious structure shrouded in the depths of the “Sea of Yore”. This vast underwater region holds the secrets of a bygone era. Dive deep and explore the ruins of an ancient city, Remuria.

Led by the God King Remus, Remuria thrived as the civilisation that preceded the Hydro Archon Egeria. However, Remus' attempt to save his people from a prophesied doom by sharing his godly power with human governors backfired, leading to Remuria's sudden destruction and its eventual sinking into the Abyss, swallowing everything and everyone within.

Learn everything you need to know about the 4.6 QoL updates in our "All QoL Changes Coming to Genshin Impact in Version 4.6" article here!

That was everything you need to know about the Genshin Impact Version 4.6 update!

For more about Genshin Impact, discover all that you need to know about the 18 new characters set to be released during the game's Fontaine cycle. On top of that, the banners for Version 4.7 and beyond have been leaked! Get ahead of the curve and start planning your Primogem savings for your future party members with our character banner schedule here.

Interested in learning more about Arlecchino? We've got you covered! Learn everything you need to know about her full kit, Constellations, materials, and more in our comprehensive Arlecchino character guide.

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