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Genshin Impact 2.8 Banner and event details

The full Banner and event schedule for Summer Fantasia.

The Genshin Impact 2.8 banner and event schedule for the Summer Fantasia update has been revealed.

As always, there are two Banner phases and new time-limited events in the latest patch, with the Genshin Impact 2.8 Banners featuring a new Anemo character, and some returning favourites.

Below, you can find out who the new and returning characters are, and details on all the current and upcoming events, including Summertime Odyssey and Resonating Visions.

Be sure to check out our Genshin Impact codes page to get free Primogems that can be used towards unlocking new characters and weapons.

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Version 2.8 "Summer Fantasia" Trailer | Genshin Impact.

Genshin Impact 2.8 Banners

There is one new playable character making their debut in the 2.8 update: Shikanoin Heizou, who can be Wished for during both Phase 1 event Banners. The first of these is the Sparkling Steps Banner, featuring the 5-Star Klee. The second is the Leaves in the Wind Banner, featuring 5-Star Kaedehara Kazuha.

Phase 2 marks the end of these 2.8 Banners for a rerun of Tapestry of Golden Flames, featuring 5-Star character Yoimiya.

All the new and featured 5-Star Banner characters you can Wish on during the 2.8 update are:

  • Shikanoin Heizou (Sparkling Steps and Leaves in the Wind Banners - Phase 1): New 4-Star Anemo Catalyst character with useful AOE (area of effect) damage, grouping, and Elemental combos.
  • Klee (Sparkling Steps Banner - Phase 1): Returning 5-Star Pyro Catalyst character with a focus on causing elemental DPS (damage per second).
  • Kaedehara Kazuha (Leaves in the Wind Banner - Phase 1): Returning 5-Star Anemo sword-wielder best used in a Sub DPS Support role.
  • Yoimiya (Tapestry of Golden Flames - Phase 2): Returning 5-Star Pyro archer who is best used in a main DPS role due to her low Elemental Energy costs.

As well as a new free weapon, the Cursed Blade, obtainable by playing the new story content, the Epitome Invocation weapon Banner will get a usual refresh.

As Klee and Kazuha have Banner reruns during Phase 1, their signature weapons (Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds and Freedom Sworn, respectively) have boosted drop rates during Phase 1, ending 2nd August.

On 2nd August, the Epitome Invocation weapon Banner will then refresh again for Phase 2. It's not been announced yet what the 5-Star featured weapon will be, but as Yoimiya's Banner returns, her best weapon (Thundering Pulse) is then likely to be featured.

As a reminder, all Phase 1 Banners will run for three weeks until 2nd August, then change to the Phase 2 Banner for three weeks until it concludes on 23rd August in preparation for big 3.0 update and new Banners.


The release of Genshin Impact 2.8 is here! You'll need to be the right Adventure Rank to take part in events to get a free Fischl, collect Phantasmal Conches for a Fischl skin, and solve astral puzzles. You can now spend Primogems on 5-Star Yoimiya, and as always, you can visit our Genshin Impact tier list to see how your characters measure up, find out how the Pity and 50/50 system works when Wishing with Fate, and see who you can pull from the next and current Banners. If you want to relax, however, why not try fishing at one of the many fishing spot locations? Remember to check back regularly for all the latest Genshin Impact codes and updates to the trophy list.


Genshin Impact Summertime Odyssey event

Along with a permanent new Story Quest centred on Kazuha (Acer Palmatum Chapter: Act 1), and a Heizou Hangout Event (Act 1 - Trap ‘Em By Storm), there are five time-limited events featured in Genshin Impact 2.8.

The biggest of these, Summertime Odyssey, starts Friday, 15th July and ends on Wednesday, 24th August until the 3.0 patch is live.

To be eligible to take part in the Summertime Odyssey event, you must be at least Adventure Rank 32, and have completed the Archon Quest 'Chapter II: Prologue - Autumn Winds, Scarlet Leaves'.

There are a number of small events and storylines included during the encompassing Summertime Odyssey event.

The biggest of these is the Phantom Realms combat challenges. For completing Phantom Realms challenges, you’ll receive Iridescent Flotsam as a reward, which can then be used in the Event Shop in exchange for goods. Accumulate 2,400 Iridescent Flotsam for a free Fischl character!

There’s also a sailing minigame mode available during the Summertime Odyssey event called Surfpiercer, in which you have to complete a race course in the required time while achieving a number of bonus objectives.

Here's when each Summertime Odyssey feature unlocks in Genshin Impact 2.8:

  • Surfpiercer: Friday, 15th July at 10am (server time)
  • Event Shop: Saturday, 16th July at 4am (server time)
  • Phantom Realm - Misty Hills, Foggy Vales: Saturday, 16th July at 4am (server time)
  • Phantom Realm - The Islands' Stirring Strings: Sunday, 17th July at 4am (server time)
  • Phantom Realm - Immernachtreich Keep: Monday, 18th July at 4am (server time)
  • Phantom Realm - Temple of the Star Latitudes: Tuesday, 19th July at 4am (server time)

Apart from a free Fischl, you can get Primogems, Mora, Mystic Enhancement Ore, Crown of Insight, EXP Materials, Ascension Materials, and Talent Materials from taking part in the Summertime Odyssey event.

Genshin Impact Resonating Visions event

Resonating Visions starts Friday, 15th July and ends on Wednesday, 24th August until the 3.0 patch is live.

To be eligible to take part in the Resonating Visions event, you must be at least Adventure Rank 32, and completed the Archon Quest 'Prologue: Act III - Song of the Dragon and Freedom', and Diluc's Story Quest 'Noctua Chapter: Act I - Darknight Hero's Alibi'.

For the Resonating Visions event, you’ll need to search the time-limited Golden Apple Archipelago islands for Phantasmal Conches that contain pieces of stories. Once you’ve collected all of the required Phantasmal Conches, you can then view their complete story.

The main appeal of the event is that when you collect 14 Conches, you’ll get a free outfit for Fischl called Ein Immernachstraum! If you miss out on getting Fischl's outfit before 3.0 starts, you will be able to purchase it from the Character Outfit Shop for 1,680 Genesis Crystals instead.

Other rewards you can get from finding Conches in the Resonating Visions event include Primogems, Mora, Mystic Enhancement Ore, EXP Materials, and Talent Materials.

Genshin Impact Reminiscent Regimen event

Reminiscent Regimen starts Thursday, 4th August and ends on Monday, 15th August.

To be eligible to take part in the Reminiscent Regimen event, you must be at least Adventure Rank 32, and have completed the 'Summertime Odyessey: I' limited-time event quest.

Reminiscent Regimen is a co-op specific event, where you have to invite other players to take on different types of challenges together: Convoy, Raid, and Descent. Each has their own set of tasks you and your co-op partner must complete to earn your rewards.

The rewards you can get from the Reminiscent Regimen event includes Primogems, Mora, Mystic Enhancement Ore, EXP Materials, and Talent Materials.

Genshin Impact Hidden Strife event

Hidden Strife starts Wednesday, 27th July and ends on Monday, 15th August.

To be eligible to take part in the Hidden Strife event, you must be at least Adventure Rank 25, and reach Golden Apple Archipelago in the quest 'Summertime Odyssey: I'.

The first outfit classified as 5-Stars, Red Dead of the Night, will be permanently added to Genshin Impact 2.8 for the character Diluc. You will be able to purchase it during Summertime Odyssey from the in-game Shop for 1,980 Genesis Crystals. After the 3.0 patch, however, the outfit will cost 2,480 Genesis Crystals.

You can learn the backstory of this new outfit by taking part in the Hidden Strife event. This event involves combat challenges similar to the previous Phantom Flow event, tasking you with set objectives to reach, which then give you buffs for the next challenge when completed.

Other rewards you can get from the Hidden Strife event include Primogems, Mora, Mystic Enhancement Ore, EXP Materials, and weapon Ascension Materials.

Genshin Impact Evermotion Mechanical Painting event

Evermotion Mechanical Painting starts Friday, 12th August and ends on Monday, 22nd August.

To be eligible to take part in the Evermotion Mechanical Painting event, you must be at least Adventure Rank 18, and complete the 'Prologue: Act III - Song of the Dragon and Freedom' Archon Quest.

The Evermotion Mechanical Painting event features a set of puzzles where you have to place different sizes of Gears in the correct position of each board to correctly connect all the Gears to each other.

Rewards you can get from the Evermotion Mechanical Painting event include Primogems, Mora, EXP Materials, weapon Ascension Materials, and the new Evermotion Mechanical Painting Furnishing for your Serenitea Pot.

Each event lasts a limited amount of time, so make sure you’re regularly logging in to earn all the rewards you can during the Genshin Impact 2.8 event schedule.

Genshin Impact 2.8 release time

Announced soon after the 2.8 livestream, developer miHoYo revealed that Genshin Impact 2.8 will release on Wednesday, 13th July, after approximately five hours of server downtime starting at 6am (UTC +8).

As this is only an approximate time for how long the servers are down, you might be able to play the 2.8 patch a little before or after the times below.

Keeping this in mind, the Genshin Impact 2.8 release time for other time zones are as follows:

  • UK: Wednesday, 13th July, 4am (BST)
  • Europe: Wednesday, 13th July, 5am (CEST)
  • East Coast US: Tuesday 12th July, 11pm (EDT)
  • Central US: Tuesday 12th July, 10pm (CDT)
  • West Coast US:Tuesday 12th July, 8pm (PDT)
  • Australia: Wednesday, 13th July, 1pm (AEST)
  • New Zealand: Wednesday, 13th July, 3pm (NZST)
  • Japan: Wednesday, 13th July, 12pm (JST)

You can pre-install some 2.8 content now on PC and Mobile devices in advance to save time when the actual 2.8 patch is available on Wednesday.

If you play on Mobile, either press the 'Pre-Install Resource Package' icon in the bottom-left corner of the login screen, or go to the Paimon Menu and select 'Settings', 'Other', and finally 'Pre-Install Resource Package'.

How to pre-install 2.8 on Mobile devices.

When the full update arrives, those on iOS devices must enter the App Store and tap 'Update'. Android users can open the game and follow the directions on-screen or open Google Play and tap 'Update'.

If you play Genshin Impact on PC, you can pre-install some of the 2.8 update by updating the Genshin Impact Launcher. After updating the launcher, a 'Game Pre-Installation' button will appear to the left of the 'Launch' button. Click 'Game Pre-Installation' to download the 2.8 resources.

Have fun during the Summer Fantasia event!

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