Genshin Impact 2.8 Shikanoin Heizou REVEALED: Release Date, Banner, & Latest Leaks

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Despite recent delays, there is some very good news for all Genshin Impact fans, the drip marketing is back! We can finally put a face to the constantly rumored Shikanoin Heizou courtesy of some new reveals. The detective of the Tenryou Commission is the newest 4-star Anemo Character, and we expect he will land in Genshin Impact 2.8.

It is not only the revelation of Heizou, we also have news that a new beta will start soon, therefore we can expect things in Genshin Impact to be back on track in the next few days.

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For now, though, here's everything we know so far about Heizou from his release date to his appearance.

Release Date

Unfortunately, we don't have a date for the return of new patches in Genshin Impact. But a theory that Hoyoverse will keep its original plans for 2022 by shortening the version 2.7 update has picked up steam.

If that ends up being the case, Shikanoin Heizou is arriving at the end of June 2022, along with Kazuha for an Anemo Banner, when the Golden Apple Archipelago returns in Genshin Impact 2.8.

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Who is Heizou?

Heizou is a young detective from the Tenryou Commission. Free-spirited and unruly, but cheerful and lively, we expect he'll meet everything fans are hoping for in a new character.

The first time we heard about Shikanoin Heizou was in some lines from Inazuma characters and bulletin board announcements. Ayaka, Ayato, K. Sara all expressed positive thoughts about this young detective.

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We can expect his sharp intuition and hard work to serve the story in some manner as we approach his launch.

Heizou's Weapon and Element in Genshin Impact

Initially rumor as a new Electro character, now we know Heizou will be the next 4-star Anemo vision carrier.

There is still some discussion about which weapon is Heizou bringing to the battle. Based on the splash art, we can see a Jitte or Jutte in his possession, a specialized small dagger used by the police in Japan during the Edo Period, which suggest he can be a sword user.

Heizou's Jitte in Genshin Impact
HEIZOU, the Tenryou Detective carry a Jitte a side arm weapon use by the Police in Japan in the Edo Period
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However, according to the data miner uncle DD, the same person that leaked Heizou was an Anemo character months ago, he considers that Heizou will be the first Male Catalyst user instead.

Regardless of the final form that Heizou takes on, he's a great character to look forward to in the coming Genshin Impact updates as the launch schedule returns to some normalcy.

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