After a somewhat controversial month of leaks and concerns regarding Genshin Impact’s newest character, it looks like fans will be able to ring in the new year with some additional good news. The latest game update introduced the highly anticipated character of Geo Zhongli, however fans were disappointed in the character kit and quickly took to social media with concerns, concerns that have finally been acknowledged by miHoYo.
As of a post on the morning of today December 19, 2020, miHoYo has officially given in to fan demands that Zhongli significantly adjust. The Genshin Impact character will receive a number of updates and improvements that will be available in the next beta test of Version 1.3 of the game.
Although incredibly popular, Zhongli was cast as a substantially weak character compared to five similar stars. This fact was made doubly alarming by the fact that the Zhongli Constellation, which is unlocked by successfully Wishing for additional copies of the rare character, makes it an absolute beast. Once it’s fully unlocked, that is. So in short, players hoping for a five-star with true five-star power would have to summon Zhongli at least four or five times separately, to take full advantage of his Constellation upgrades.
To All Travelers,
We understand the love that everyone has given Zhongli, and the rapt attention being paid to any future changes to him. As such, we apologize for the tardiness of this announcement concerning said adjustments.
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— Paimon (@GenshinImpact) December 19, 2020
However, as of miHoYo’s announcement, it appears that Genshin Impact will finally give Zhongli more of the power he deserves. This wasn’t entirely unexpected, as fans have already noticed sneaky improvements in character tests, but the news is exciting. Players should note that these benefits may change before the final release, as the official post on the miHoYo website says. One of the most significant changes concerns Zhongli’s passive talent, “Mastery of Earth.”
Currently, the Talent only enhances the damage dealt by Zhongli’s “Planet Befall” ability. The proposed change would allow Dominance of Earth to maintain its current effect, while increasing not only Zhongli’s Charged and Normal Attack Damage, but also the Damage dealt by Stone Stelae, Resonance, and Hold mode, derived from his ability “Dominus Lapidis”.
The above setting would scale based on a percentage of Zhongli’s max HP, which effectively means that the more tank Zhongli becomes (HP-wise), the more powerful his attacks will be. Considering miHoYo’s controversial initial response to the Zhongli issue, this alone is an exciting patch. That said, the other major change to Zhongli’s moves will be an update to Dominus Lapidis’ hold mode effects. The proposed change would allow Zhongli to spawn an additional stone stele in addition to the Geo Damage blast already dealt with by the ability. Additionally, instead of offering 250 percent Elemental Absorption, the jade shields generated by its ability will deal the user 150 percent Physical DMG and Elemental Damage Absorption, both. This theoretical change is particularly notable because it is directly related to a major change in the Elemental System of the game.
Based on this proposed update, the Genshin Impact Geo Element would also undergo various transitions. That is, the Geo Shields created by Noelle, Zhongli, and the Shards produced by Geovishap Hatchling, will display the gameplay changes described above: instead of the 250 percent elemental absorb bonus, they will grant a 150 percent increase to both physical elements as well as elementals. Damage Absorption. The announcement strangely leaves out Ningguang, who can also create shields through shards, so players aren’t entirely sure if they should expect these changes to apply to their favorite literal jade queen. However, once beta testing is underway, the answer will be obvious.
Genshin Impact is available now on the App Store, Google Play, PC, and PS4, and is currently in development for PS5 and Switch.