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Genshin Impact 4.8 Banners and events

The full schedule for Summertide Scales and Tales.

Official promotional artwork for Genshin Impact version 4.8 showing Nilou and Kirara in their new outfits, with Navia and Wanderer in the background.
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The Genshin Impact 4.8 Banner and event details have been officially announced for the latest patch, titled Summertide Scales and Tales.

As always, there are two Banner phases and new time-limited events in the latest update, with Genshin Impact version 4.8 featuring one new 5-Star character, and three 5-Star Banner reruns. We also got more details about the new Summer map, and a Natlan tease!

Below, you can find out the 4.8 release date and time, who the new and returning characters are, and what the 4.8 Banners and events schedule is for the upcoming patch.

Be sure to also 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 4.8 "Summertide Scales and Tales" Trailer | Genshin Impact.Watch on YouTube

Genshin Impact 4.8 Banners

The version 4.8 Banners debuts a new 5-Star character, Emilie, but there are no new 4-Stars.

Phase 1 of the 4.8 Banner schedule begins with returning Geo 5-Star Navia, featured on her In the Name of the Rosula Banner, and returning Hydro 5-Star Nilou featured in her Twirling Lotus Banner.

The boosted 4-Star characters on Navia and Nilou's 4.8 Banners are:

  • Kaveh (Dendro)
  • Kirara (Dendro)
  • Ningguang (Geo)

As usual, the 4.8 Phase 1 Banners run alongside each other, and will be available from Wednesday 17th July until Tuesday 6th August.

Genshin Impact version 4.8 Phase 1 Banners showing Navia and Nilou.
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Then in Phase 2 of the 4.8 Banner schedule we have new Dendro 5-Star Emilie, featured on her Ambrosial Essence Banner and returning Hydro 5-Star Yelan on her Discerner of Enigmas Banner.

These Phase 2 Banners should run from Tuesday 6th August until Tuesday 27th August - the day before the expected release date of Natlan in the big 5.0 update.

Genshin Impact version 4.8 Phase 2 Banners showing Emilie and Yelan.
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In summary, all of the new characters and returning 5-Star characters you can Wish on during 4.8 in Genshin Impact are:

  • Navia (In the Name of the Rosula Banner - Phase 1): Returning 5-Star Geo character who uses a claymore.
  • Nilou (Twirling Lotus Banner - Phase 1): Returning 5-Star Hydro character who uses a sword.
  • Emilie (Ambrosial Essence Banner - Phase 2): New 5-Star Dendro character who uses a polearm.
  • Yelan (Discerner of Enigmas Banner - Phase 2): Returning 5-Star Hydro character who uses a bow.

There will also be a new weapon in the version 4.8 weapon Banners: the 5-Star Lumidouce Elegy polearm in Phase 2, Emilie's signature.

Emilie's signature polearm weapon in Genshin Impact.
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To keep up to date with who all of the boosted 4-Star characters and weapons will be, and all other Banner changes, check out our regularly updated Banner schedule page.


Version 4.8 with Emilie is coming soon! But for now, in version 4.7, we have Sigewinne, and Furina. You can redeem new codes for Primogems to help pull them, and check out our regularly updated tier list. You need luck from the Pity and 50/50 systems to Wish with Fate for characters on Banners, and you always need the right Adventure Rank for events. Elsewhere, we have tips and tricks for beginners.


Genshin Impact 4.8 events

The Genshin Impact 4.8 update includes:

  • New Summer map - Simulanka.
  • Emilie Story Quest.
  • New outfits for Nilou and Kirara.
  • Envisaged Echoes Imaginarium Theater update - Can earn 'Echo' trails for characters.
  • Encounter Point system change - Long Term Encounter Points now available.
  • World Boss respawn cooldown time now just 10 seconds.
  • Hide UI feature.
  • Dialogue review log.
  • Option to turn off dialogue box in conversations.
  • Domains in Mondstadt and Liyue adjusted to make them easier.
  • Ability to lower World Level 3 to World Level 2.
  • Option to make some quests easier, like Anti-Raiden Shogun Training.
  • Genius Invokation TCG Update - Including new cards.
  • Overflowing Mastery event.
Nilou's Breeze of Sabaa outfit in Genshin Impact.
Genshin Impact's Summer Simulanka region in the distance, with a training riding across the sea near the camera.
Emile from Genshin Impact with brief details about her Story Quest.
Kirara's Phantom in Boosts outfit in Genshin Impact.
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In addition to this content, including the debut of Envisaged Echoes, we're getting five events during 4.8:

Summertide Scales and Tales

Summertide Scales and Tales is the main event in version 4.8 that starts the day of the update, and last until the end of 4.8. You need to be at least Adventure Rank 18 and complete the Prologue Act 3 'Song of the Dragon and Freedom' Archon Quest to take part.

It takes place in the new Summer area of Simulanka, a world inside a magical storybook. The event is split into four parts: a gliding challenge, claw-machine-like games, combat challenges, and a figurine collection mini-game.

Boreal Flurry is the gliding challenge where you have to destroy targets while gliding to earn points, Flying Hatter's Trick is the claw-machine-like mini-game where you use a flying hat to pick up figures and score points, Metropole Trials are a series of combat challenges played with two teams, and Figurine Fabrication lets you insert coins earned across the previous three event types to earn keepsake figurines that can be displayed in your Serenitea Pot and around Simulanka.

A claw-like mini-game from the Summertide Scales and Tales event in Genshin Impact version 4.8.
A figurine collection from the Summertide Scales and Tales event in Genshin Impact version 4.8.
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These figurines can be gifted and traded with friends, and once you've got enough keepsake figurines in Figurine Fabrication, you'll get a free Kirara character! You can also get Kirara's new outfit for free after you collect enough Jubilant Feathers and open Fairytale Troves to accumulate 125 Excerpts of Bliss during your open-world exploration in Simulanka.

Brief details about the Summertide Scales and Tales event in Genshin Impact version 4.8.
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Outside the Canvas, Inside the Lens: Dew-Kissed Chapter

Outside the Canvas, Inside the Lens: Dew-Kissed Chapter starts on Monday 29th July and ends on Thursday, 8th August. You need to be at least Adventure Rank 20 and complete the Prologue Act 3 'Song of the Dragon and Freedom' Archon Quest to take part.

Dew-Kissed Chapter is the next evolution of the returning Outside the Canvas, Inside the Lens Kamera event. However, this time you can complete the photo commissions by simply taking photos of your favourite characters. An Interval Timer mode is also new, which you can use to capture the perfect photo.

Brief details about the Ourside the Canvas, Inside the Lens event in Genshin Impact version 4.8.
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Envisaged Echoes

This is a permanent new event type that takes place in the Imaginarium Theater, but its rewards change with every update.

Envisaged Echoes are new challenges that require special keys to start. Two keys will be given the first time you check out Envisaged Echoes, but more can be earned by completing Act 6 of the Imaginarium Theater each season.

These Echoes are unique trailing effects for characters that appear when they're running, and in version 4.8, you can obtain the Echoes for Diluc, Qiqi, Kirara, Jean, and Ningguang.

Keep in mind that you can only complete a character's Envisaged Echoes challenge by using that character, who must be Level 90 and have a friendship level of at least eight. Better start farming those level-up materials now...

Brief details about the Envisaged Echoes mode in Genshin Impact.
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Bing-Bang Finchball

Bing-Bang Finchball returns! You still have to launch balls into the target zones to score points, but this time there are Rival Finchballs that make it harder to score points. Additionally, Bing-Bang Finchball now has a co-op mode, so you can use those Rival Finchballs against your friends.

Brief details about the Bing-Bang Finchall event in Genshin Impact version 4.8.
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Energy Amplifier: Lemma

Another returning character, Akadeymia researcher Hosseini, returns in 4.8 with the Energy Amplifier: Lemma event. This is a combat event where you have to test out Hosseini's new Fontainian Amplifier creation. You have to form three parties during each stage of the event for three rounds of combat tests.

You can use the same character across multiple teams, but you need to ensure the characters have enough Motive Points across all teams so your leyline buffs apply.

Brief details about the Energy Amplifier Lemma event in Genshin Impact version 4.8.
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Genshin Impact 4.8 release date and time

Genshin Impact 4.8 released on Wednesday 17th July. It followed the usual maintenance schedule for new updates, with 4.8 releasing at 4am (BST). Due to time zone differences, 4.8 released in the United States on Tuesday 16th July at 8pm (PT).

For other time zones, the Genshin Impact 4.8 release date and time was:

  • East Coast US: Tuesday 16th July, 11pm (ET)
  • Central US: Tuesday 16th July, 10pm (CT)
  • West Coast US: Tuesday 16th July, 8pm (PT)
  • Australia: Wednesday 17th July, 1pm (AET)
  • Japan: Wednesday 17th July, 12pm (JST)
  • Europe: Wednesday 17th July, 5am (CEST)
  • UK: Wednesday 17th July, 4am (BST)
Here's the glimpse for Natlan and its characters we got at the end of the livestream!Watch on YouTube

Hope you have fun during version 4.8!

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