19 Mar 2021 1:57 PM +00:00

How to earn Story Keys in Genshin Impact

In Genshin Impact, every character has their own line of Story Quests that delve deeper into their daily lives and personalities.

Story Keys are also used to unlock Hangout Events introduced in Genshin Impact 1.4.

Players can hold up to three Story Keys at a time, then must meet the requirements to earn more and manually redeem them each time.

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How to Unlock the Story Key Feature

Before Genshin Impact players can start to earn story keys, they must first reach Adventure Level 26.

There are also prerequisite quests to complete before certain character's Story Quests become available, meaning that while, originally, players may have had Story Keys, they may not have been able to use them right away.

With the release of the Hangout Events in Genshin Impact 1.4, this is no longer an issue as all four current Hangout Events are available to unlock as soon as players have Story Keys to do so, as long as Act III is complete.

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How to Earn Story Keys

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COMMISSIONS: Complete commissions to earn Story Key

Genshin Impact players can earn a Story Key for every eight daily commissions they complete.

With four daily commissions available each day it will take two days to earn one key.

It is important to note that Story Keys are not awarded automatically once the required eight daily commissions are complete.

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Genshin Impact players must actively go and redeem them from the Events menu.

Only three Story Keys can be held at once, but players can still preemptively complete the eight daily commissions needed for another and redeem it once they spend Story Keys to unlock Story Quests or Hangout Events.

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Hangout Events

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HANGOUT: The four available Hangout Events

There are currently four Hangout Events in Genshin Impact as of version 1.4.

Each of these requires two Story Keys each to unlock:

  • Barbara: Wellspring of Healing (Requirements: Archon Quest Prologue Chapter, Act III)
  • Noelle: Chivalric Training (Requirements: Archon Quest Prologue Chapter, Act III)
  • Chongyun: Signs of Evil (Requirements: Archon Quest Prologue Chapter, Act III)
  • Bennett: Fantastic Voyage (Requirements: Archon Quest Prologue Chapter, Act III)
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Story Quests

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GANYU: Sea of Clouds, Sea of People

Not all Story Quests in Genshin Impact require Story Keys, as many are part of the main storyline.

Below are the characters where Story Keys are needed to unlock their specific quests.

  • Klee: True Treasure (Requirements: 1 Story Key, AR 32, Act I of Diluc's Story Quest)
  • Xiao: Butterfly's Dream (Requirements: 1 Story Key, AR 32, Archon Quest Chapter I, Act I)
  • Jean: Master's Day Off (Requirements: 1 Story Key, AR 34, Act I of Klee's Story Quest)
    Venti:
    Should You Be Trapped in a Windless Land (Requirements: 1 Story Key, AR 36, Act I of Klee's Story Quest)
  • Mona: Beyond This World's Stars (Requirements: 1 Story Key, AR 38, Act I of Diluc's & Klee's Story Quests)
  • Albedo: Traveler Observation Report (Requirements: 1 Story Key, AR 40, Archon Quest Prologue, Act II)
  • Hu Tao: Yet the Butterfly Flutters Away (Requirements: 1 Story Key, AR 40, Archon Quest Chapter I, Act II)
  • Childe: Might Cyclops' Adventure! (Requirements: 1 Story Key, AR 40, Archon Quest Chapter I, Act III, Act I of Xingqiu's Story Quest)
  • Zhongli: Sale Flore (Requirements: 1 Story Key, AR 40, Archon Quest Chapter I, Act III)
  • Ganyu: Sea of Clouds, Sea of People (Requirements: 1 Story Key, AR 40, Archon Quest Chapter I, Act III)
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