Developers Mihoyo has managed to launch one of the surprise hits of the year, with Genshin Impact seeing more content going live later today.

While not everyone will be chasing it, there will soon be new characters to unlock and quests to complete.

This will include the five-star Zhongli, who will also have his own event banner going live at the same time.

The “Gentry of Hermitage” will run until December 22 and will give gamers a better chance at unlocking him.

A message from Mihoyo explains: “In this event wish, the event-exclusive 5-star character “Vago Mundo” Zhongli (Geo) will get a huge drop-rate boost.

“In this event wish, the 4-star characters “Blazing Riff” Xinyan (Pyro), “Wolf Boy” Razor (Electro), and “Frozen Ardor” Chongyun (Cryo) will get a huge drop-rate boost!

“After this event wish ends, the 4-star character “Blazing Riff” Xinyan (Pyro) will appear in the standard wish “Wanderlust Invocation” in Version 1.2.”


According to developers Mihoyo, the Genshin Impact Zhongli release date has been set for Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

This will be part of a bigger update, which will also come with additional content and quests.

To unlock Zhongli, gamers will need to reach the required Adventure Rank and complete the prerequisite quests, before using a Story Key to unlock Zhongli’s story quest, the Historia Antiqua Chapter.

Travellers can obtain Story Keys by completing Daily Commissions. One Story Key will be granted for every eight Daily Commissions completed.

This means reaching Adventure Rank 40 or above and completing all quests in Chapter I: Act III – A New Star Approaches.

From what has been shared so far, The Genshin Impact Zhongli banner has reported start time of 6pm EDT, on December 1, 2020.

If this proves correct, the new Genshin Impact Zhongli Banner release time should happen at around 11pm GMT in the UK.

As always, it will be worth checking the Genshin Impact social media feeds to get the latest updates from the development team.

A message from Mihoyo adds: “Different servers do not have the same server times. Travellers, please take note of the difference between server times and the time in your own time zone as follows:

  • America: UTC-5
  • Europe: UTC+1
  • Asia: UTC+8
  • TW, HK, MO: UTC+8

For more on what the game is about, you can read the official for Genshin Impact below:

“In Genshin Impact, you play as a mysterious being known as the Traveler. After you are suddenly separated from your sibling, you find yourself stripped of your former powers and helplessly stranded in a new unfamiliar world.

“You have arrived in Teyvat — a fantasy world where the seven elements flow and converge. But you are not alone.

“Here you will embark on an epic journey to find your lost sibling and unravel the many mysteries of this world, meeting a host of faithful companions along the way as well as powerful enemies who seek to challenge your quest.”


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