|OT| Genshin Impact - Breath of the Elements

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After a year of consuming this game indirectly through highly lewd fanart, i've finally decided to start playing.
At adventure Rank level 28 already, 40% of the first two regions explored, more than halfway done with main story quest apparently, and already having two 5 Star chars (Mona and Keqing) and -80$ in my bank account.

Feels like a normal, offline singleplayer RPG, just with co-op modes and Gacha/MMO like content delivery plans.

A gacha game i actually like playing.
Dangerous combination.
Welcome to the club! Once you're in, you're in forever. :evilblob:

Seriously, GI is a very well made game at its core. Just keep your head on straight when it comes to managing how much you spend and you'll have a blast (I only ever get the passes from time to time, never buy currency).
 

Involution

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After a year of consuming this game indirectly through highly lewd fanart, i've finally decided to start playing.
At adventure Rank level 28 already, 40% of the first two regions explored, more than halfway done with main story quest apparently, and already having two 5 Star chars (Mona and Keqing) and -80$ in my bank account.

Feels like a normal, offline singleplayer RPG, just with co-op modes and Gacha/MMO like content delivery plans.

A gacha game i actually like playing.
Dangerous combination.
Welcome to the abyss, it's a fun ride until it's not lol.

Also did you spend money on the standard banner? I would've recommended otherwise but congrats on your 5* characters regardless.
 

Ascheroth

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After a year of consuming this game indirectly through highly lewd fanart, i've finally decided to start playing.
At adventure Rank level 28 already, 40% of the first two regions explored, more than halfway done with main story quest apparently, and already having two 5 Star chars (Mona and Keqing) and -80$ in my bank account.

Feels like a normal, offline singleplayer RPG, just with co-op modes and Gacha/MMO like content delivery plans.

A gacha game i actually like playing.
Dangerous combination.
Yeah, it basically feeling like a regular offline singleplayer Action-RPG is probably the reason why it's the first live service game I've played for more than a few weeks.
Played the game daily for like 10 months and even now still play it regularly (but not every day anymore, and I have to say being able to not play it daily and not miss out on anything worthwhile is probably another reason why I'm still sticking with it).

Congrats on the 5 stars. Still missing Keqing and Mona :grimacing-face:
Be careful about your bank account tho.
 

Dinjoralo

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It feeling like an actual game is a big part of why I've stuck with it too. I think I've said this before, but most gacha games feel like they're slot machines first, with a small game attached to give the prizes value. Genshin feels like the opposite.
 
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Dinjoralo

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Actually going around and exploring the new parts of Inazuma finally. It's fun! Exploration is still really good.
 

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For some reason this game always fucks up my bluetooth headphones. For most games, I've easily fixed this by disabling the headset in Windows 10, and just leaving the headphones, but for some reason Genshin Impact still randomly cuts out my sound, and I have to tab out, disable bluetooth, turn my headphones off, enable bluetooth, and turn them back on... and then it happens again randomly.
 

Ascheroth

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New patch just hit today. New island seems interesting. And check your mails, Aloy arrived for non PS players.

New characters for the next patch:

Arataki Itto


Gorou
 

Dinjoralo

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Now everyone can bask in the mehhhhhh that is Aloy. She honestly seems like she's worse than most 4-star damage dealers...

Got Tartaglia in 20 pulls! After a few on the weapon banner to try for Rust, I've got about 74 pulls left for whatever comes my way. Nice.
 
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Ascheroth

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Now everyone can bask in the mehhhhhh that is Aloy. She honestly seems like she's worse than most 4-star damage dealers...
Honestly I don't think I'll ever even use her, I'll just get to 70/80 for the fates and that will be it. Ganyu satisfies all my Cryo archer needs.

Congrats for the Tortellini. He's easy to sit out for me since I don't really gel with his gameplay.
Personally I'm in the Yae and Shenhe waiting room.
Though I might grab Itto.
 

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I have reached the point where i have to strategically prioritize the grinds i suppose since ressources are becoming spraser.
Though i'm still busy with the main quest in totally-not-Japan.




So i am trying to focus on my mains and their weapons now, but given the choice, should i prioritize weapons or characters?

Also, can i say that all the bow chars kinda suck? Or at least the three that i have.
Having real trouble defeating that oceanied because of his birds, whereas all over of these monsters are easy as fuck.
 

Ascheroth

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I have reached the point where i have to strategically prioritize the grinds i suppose since ressources are becoming spraser.
Though i'm still busy with the main quest in totally-not-Japan.




So i am trying to focus on my mains and their weapons now, but given the choice, should i prioritize weapons or characters?

Also, can i say that all the bow chars kinda suck? Or at least the three that i have.
Having real trouble defeating that oceanied because of his birds, whereas all over of these monsters are easy as fuck.
The go to recommendation is to focus on 1 or 2 main dps (level, talents, weapon and artifacts) to carry you comfortably through stuff, and keeping supports behind, their main use will be for reactions and shield breaking.

From your chars the easiest main dps choice would be Razor, since he excels in physical damage so you don't need to care about enemy immunities, they all will die. (source: my C0 Razor essentially carried me all the way up to AR 50+).
You could pair him with Diona for Superconduct reactions + Shield + Healing and you should basically have no issues with anything. You probably want to give him the Prototype Archaic that your Noelle currently has instead of the fish, he can't really make much use its passive. Though if you want it for the memes or because it's your highest levelled Claymore, it's good enough.
Every character can work though, so if you wanna focus on someone else, feel free to do that. But stick with 1 or 2 until you get some leeway for resource grinding.
Regarding the archers: Most archers are just used for their skillset and not really for normal or charged attacks. Amber would be charged shot focused but is unfortunately just underwhelming. Dunno about Aloy, I haven't tried her yet and probably never will tbh.
For the Oceanid birds, Razor's Hold Skill can hit them, Lisa should be good as well, Beidou can probably counter-parry them.

Feel free to hit me up though if you're struggling, my Ganyu makes quick work of it.
 

Ascheroth

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Will be getting Aloy to 70/80 today. Haven't used her and likely never will, but free fates are free fates.
After that it's back to the Viridescent mines and I'll have a bunch of explorationing to do. Wanna get the Tree to 40 for the Inazuma layout. (I could barely scrounch together enough sigils for the free fates at 37 since I'm not even really done explorint Watatsumi, lol)

I'm kinda itching to invest some time into the teapot again. Have been neglecting it for a good long time cause the load limit sucks, but the Inazuma layout looks really pretty, there are lots of cool new blueprints and most importantly: flying rocks!

I have 99 speed up vials, gonna blow through all of them crafting the new blueprints (already bought them all).
Unless load limit kills my motivation again. 🤞
 

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I have reached the point where i have to strategically prioritize the grinds i suppose since ressources are becoming spraser.
Though i'm still busy with the main quest in totally-not-Japan.




So i am trying to focus on my mains and their weapons now, but given the choice, should i prioritize weapons or characters?

Also, can i say that all the bow chars kinda suck? Or at least the three that i have.
Having real trouble defeating that oceanied because of his birds, whereas all over of these monsters are easy as fuck.
Same advice for Razor+Diona making things pretty trivial. But Diona being an hybrid does mean slow healing (and only for the onfield character) and smol shields. Rosaria goes well with a physical char like Razor too.
Amber and Aloy are just bad all around.

Keeping Xiangling, Kaeya and Mona up to par is good, but they are secondary, push your mains first and weapons as the most important thing (but then, you' dont have many for now - Keqing is far superior to Razor, but she also requires pretty specific swords to be good, unlike claymore users or support focused chars which have great crafted options) and you get to use them on other chars later too, it's never wasted.
Beidou and Benett are very strong, but you'd have to make big changes in your team to make them work (likely an Hydro/Cryo main DPS or using them as resonance - not something relevant to your current chars, except Yanfei), Ningguang I wouldn't play much if you only have Noelle to get with her (and you really, really want two geo chars together, always).

I can't see much of your artefacts, but they are far, far more important than levels and even talents.
If your Razor is using a DEF circlet, that's already a massive loss of damage. Set bonuses are important, but not as much as effectively losing an entire piece of gear. Though don't grind artifacts for now, just use decent ATK or CRT pieces on him (and a Physical Damage hourglass as much as possible).
 

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Sweet I was able to beat the 50-50 this time and got Childe! Been really needing a Hydro character and while Xingqui is great, he's pretty much taken by my other comps (mainly Ayaka or Diluc). Still haven't gotten Mona yet from a lost 50-50 so it's nice to finally be able to cover that element.
 

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Well that new rogue like dungeon event is really, really cool. We finally see Xinyan, lots of characters interacting with one another, interesting background and some very solid evolution on the first rogue like dungeons that they had.
It has much more interesting encounters with a lot of player agency in where to go first, the charm RNG from the latest tower defense is back but in a less obnoxious way, and having to actually find little things around for tokens sprinkles a little bit of exploration that was missing before.

Now, it is too easy when you stack charms, and it would benefit from a minimap, but I wouldn't mind this mode being permanent with some expansion (especially in the level design between rooms which is pretty limited right now).

Made me want to finish the content I haven't done before, Watatsumi Island really isn't fun to explore... but it's good to have a large chunk of content to play, gonna start the character quests I haven't done yet too.
 

Ascheroth

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Yep, the new event is conceptually really good.
It's visually more interesting than the misty dungeon, there is both per-run progression with the randomized charms and overall progession where you can spend the currency you got on permanent upgrades for every run. And having both investigation points and sometimes more, sometimes less hidden chests sprinkled in every now and then indeed makes all the difference.
Having more options whth the 3 charms you can take with you as well as 4 support characters with which you can rearrange your team at certain points is also good.
Story is also great fun. The game is always at its best when it has lots of characters interacting with each other in lower stakes situations.

My only issue so far is that it's really, really easy.
 
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