Genshin Impact announces two new characters: Shenhe and Yunjin - Get2Gaming

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I’ve written blogs on leaks and speculations about Shenhe and Yun Jin, and the official announcements from Genshin Impact are finally here.

I was correct in my prediction that Yun Jin wouldn’t be a dendro user. The beautiful opera singer turned out to be a geo user after all, joining the slew of geo characters we’re seeing in the upcoming update. Her design is pretty exact to the leaks – no disappointment there! She also turned out to be another polearm user.

Given her background as the director of the Yun-Han Opera Troupe, I’m looking forward to seeing who voices her, and if her idle lines include opera singing.

Geo is my favourite element, so I’ll definitely be going for this character and maintaining my complete geo collection! Hopefully she will still be a 4 star, but that’s still subject to change.

Shenhe, on the other hand, has changed a lot since her original leaks.

She is still a cryo wielder, and her colour palette has the same key notes, but it has been applied more tastefully (in my opinion). Her design is an improvement all around, and her clothes are easier to understand now. I like the touch of icy nail polish!

She does still bear a resemblance to Cloud Retainer, but as I predicted her lore changed since the leaks. Rather than being a human version of the adeptus, she is instead one of her disciples.

Shenhe supposedly belongs to a family of exorcists (I wonder if she is familiar with Chongyun?). We don’t know much about her yet, but considering the phrases of ‘ethereal soul’ and ‘lonesome transcendence’ I bet the feeling she will be a graceful and reserved character. It’s also said that Cloud Retainer is ‘chatty’ from her perspective, which suggests she has a quiet disposition.

Cloud Retainer took her in for ‘certain reasons’, which I suppose will be revealed when we learn about the character in game! It seems like almost every 5 star has some tragedy in their backstory.

Though some previous leaks predicted she would be a catalyst user, she is wielding a polearm. Honestly, this is a slight disappointment to me personally. We already have Rosaria, who will be featured on Albedo and Eula’s upcoming banner, and I was hoping for a cryo catalyst user I could utilise as a cryo applicator for my pyro DPS.

We still don’t have:
Cryo catalyst
Hydro polearm
Hydro claymore

Hydro is probably the element that has been sidelined the most right now. Legitimately three out of the 5 hydro characters are catalyst users, two of which are healers. Xingqiu is basically carrying the whole element right now.

Some rumours suggest that Kamisato Ayato (Ayaka’s brother) will fill one of these slots. I’d give my spare kidney for a male catalyst user, honestly. It would be great if he could make an awesome freeze comp with his sister, and take some of Xingqiu’s overwhelming workload. Please, MiHoYo!

I’m hoping to resist the allure of Shenhe and save my primos, but hopefully I can grab a copy of Yun Jin. Fingers crossed that she remains a 4 star!

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