Blue Archive banner guide – current Blue Archive banner, banner rates, and pity

Find out all about Blue Archive banners, including who you can pull on the current banner, who’s been on banners in the past, and more

Blue Archive banner; two characters holding a cake saying 'welcome'

Blue Archive came out in Japan in early 2021, and after great success made its way to global release. Now, players everywhere are stepping into the shoes of the sensei, guiding teams of cute but deadly school girls through the trials of modern life – and combat. Of course, it’s always a case of the more the merrier, but if you want to snag your favourite students, you’ll need to get to grips with Blue Archive banners.

As with other gacha games, Blue Archive features different banners, which can offer higher rates for getting a specific, high-tier student, or even the opportunity to recruit special, limited characters. In our Blue Archive banner guide, we’ll tell you everything we know about the current and upcoming banners, pull rates, and what happens if you get duplicates. We’ve also included a list of previous banners from the Japanese version and a Blue Archive banner schedule, so you can get an idea of what to expect in the future.

Head over to our Blue Archive tier list to see which characters you should be prioritising, Blue Archive crafting to get the swing of making the best gifts and furniture, and our Blue Archive codes list to snag some great freebies. We also have a list of the best gacha games if you’re looking for something new to play.

Blue Archive banner guide

Blue Archive has a gacha system called ‘pick-up recruitment’, which allows you to spend your valuable pyroxenes on new students to add to your party. You can either use 120 pyroxenes to do a single pull, or 1,200 pyroxenes to do ten pulls at the same time.

Students range from one-star quality (lowest) to three-star quality (highest), and for every ten summons, you’re guaranteed to obtain at least one two-star student. There’s also a Blue Archive banner pity system, which gives you recruit points for each student you pull. If you spend 24,000 pyroxenes (200 pulls) on a banner, you’ll receive a three-star student of your choice. These points don’t carry over to the next banner, though, and any that are left unused are converted into craft materials when the event banner ends.

Blue Archive banner promotional image, showing Izuna and Shizuko

Current Blue Archive banner list

At the moment, two Blue Archive banners are running alongside each other.

One allows you to pick up Izuna (three star), and Shizuko (two star). Izuna is a striker who specializes in frontline attack, deals mystic damage, and uses light armour. Shizuka is a backline supporter, who deals mystic damage, and uses special armour.

The other banner features Haruna (three star). She’s a backline attacker, who deals mystic damage, and uses heavy armour.

The recruitment period for these banners runs from November 29 to December 14.

Blue Archive banner rates

There are two types of gacha in Blue Archive – regular recruitment, which features all unlimited students, and pick-up recruitment, which is the Blue Archive equivalent of a banner. The regular recruitment gacha rates for the different rarities of students are:

  • One-star students – 79% chance
  • Two-star students – 18.5% chance
  • Three-star student – 2.5% chance

However, when pulling from Blue Archive banners, the rates are different. Certain banners offer a rate-up for pulls of specific students. At the moment, we aren’t entirely sure of the banner rates in the global release, as it appears they differ from the Japanese rates, but we’ll be sure to update this guide when we find out.

If you pull duplicate students, you’re rewarded with divine fragments and student fragments. You can use divine fragments in the shop to purchase growth materials or more student fragments. Student fragments allow you to awaken a student to their next level of rarity.

Blue Archive Banner; two characters on a rooftop

What types of Blue Archive banners are there?

There are two different types of event banners in Blue Archive. Banners feature selected students, which are either limited or unlimited.

  • Unlimited banners feature students who will remain available in the regular gacha recruitment pool after the event ends. The purpose of these banners is to increase the drop rate for the specified student, so you have a higher chance of snagging them for a limited time.
  • Limited banners feature special students who are only available during the event period, and will not be included in the regular recruitment pool once the banner is finished. There’s a chance the banners may return in the future, but there’s no guarantee.

If two limited banners run alongside each other, they‘ll also share some perks (unless otherwise stated):

  • Both banners share their recruit points
  • Students from both banners are temporarily available on the regular recruitment banner
  • You can obtain both limited students from each other’s banners (without their individual rate-up)

Blue Archive banner schedule – what is Blue Archive’s next banner?

Unfortunately, we don’t have an exact schedule for the Blue Archive banners in the global version at the moment. Nexon has stated that it wants the global version to catch up with the Japanese version, therefore they seem to be going through the Japanese banner history, running some of them simultaneously. So far, the banners that have come out in the global version haven’t completely aligned with the order of the Japanese ones, but they’re pretty close, so we can guess that you might be seeing Izuna, Shizuko, and Haruna soon.

Be sure to keep this page bookmarked and check back from time to time, as we’ll be sure to add the Blue Archive banner schedule as soon as we get more information.

Blue Archive banner; Hoshino and Hiroko

Blue Archive banner history – global version

These are the banners, or ‘pick-up recruitments’, that have been and gone in the Global Version. Keep your eyes peeled, as they may come back around in the future.

Blue Archive characters Running period
  • Hoshino 
  • Shiroko
November 11 – November 16, 2021
  • Mashiro
November 16 – November 29, 2021
  • Aru
November 16 – November 29, 2021

Blue Archive banner history – Japan

These are all of the previous banners that have come to the Japanese version of Blue Archive.

Blue Archive banner Blue Archive characters Running period
Dear sir, to the beginning season
  • Shiroko
  • Hoshino 
February 4 – February 11, 2021
Red seasons, black uniform
  • Mashiro
February 11 – February 25, 2021
Cherry blossoms in full bloom
  • Izuna 
  • Shizuko 
February 25 – March 11, 2021
Even if you risk your life for that taste
  • Haruna (three-star)
March 11 – March 18th, 2021
Evil is not within a day
  • Aru
March 18 – March 25, 2021
Do machines dream of departure?
  • Alice 
March 25 – April 8, 2021
Resonating wind nobuko
  • Midori
  • Momoi
April 8 – April 22, 2021
Service after fire support
  • Karin
April 22 – April 29, 2021
Sunshine and downfall, and rough storms somewhere
  • Cherino
April 29 – May 15, 2021
The ‘springtime RPG of dreams’
  • Yuzu
May 13 – May 27, 2021
Flower-scattering masquerade 
  • Azusa
  • Hanako
May 27 – June 10, 2021
Warm indecent and knowing the right thing
  • Koharu
June 10 – June 24, 2021
Spinning with earnest love
  • Hifumi
June 24 – June 30, 2021
But are the four enclosures a dream? (limited)
  • Azusa (swimsuit version)
June 30 – July 15, 2021
Correct is infinite! (limited)
  • Mashiro (swimsuit version)
June 30 – July 15, 2021
Longing for the sunflower that ran out
  • Hifumi
July 15 – July 29, 2021
Moonlight that is close to the sea (limited)
  • Hina (swimsuit version)
July 29 – August 12, 2021
The relentless sun that disturbs the summer (limited)
  • Iori (swimsuit version)
July 29 – August 12, 2021
Where the wind blows through
  • Shiroko (riding version)
August 12 – August 26, 2021
Asylum that will change in the future
  • Shun (young version)
  • Kirino
August 26 – September 9, 2021
Selfless dreaming all year round! 
  • Saya (casual version)
September 9 – September 23, 2021
Flash, illuminate this world
  • Hibiki
September 23 – September 29, 2021
Straight up, no questions asked (limited)
  • Neru (bunny girl version)
September 29 – October 12, 2021
Jackpot when dress (limited)
  • Karin (bunny girl version)
September 29 – October 12, 2021
Trackless hat trick
  • Asuna (bunny girl version)
October 12 – October 27, 2021
Lured by the stained glass
  • Natsu
  • Mari
October 27 – November 3, 2021
The electronic diva who has descended (limited)
  • Hatsune Miku
November 3 – November 17, 2021

And that’s it for our Blue Archive banner guide for now. While you’re here, check out our list of the best mobile games in 2021 to seek out your next adventure.

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