Genshin Impact Fontaine leaks, theories, and more

The sapphire-blue city of Genshin Impact's Fontaine promises to be a stunning new world for us to explore - but when is its release date? Here's what we know

Genshin Impact Lyney and Lynette from Fontaine

Teyvat is always expanding, and one of the new nations we’re waiting to explore is Genshin Impact’s Fontaine. This watery wonderland may be a little way off at the moment, but thanks to the rich lore of the world and hints from official content, as well as a few leaks, we’ve got some idea of what you can expect. Of course, we’ll update this guide whenever we find new information, whether it’s announced by Hoyoverse, found in-game, or discovered via leaks, so be sure to check back for more information on the upcoming nation.

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What is Genshin Impact’s Fontaine?

Fontaine is one of the Seven Nations of Teyvat. The people of Fontaine worship the Hydro Archon, also known as the God of Justice. Genshin Impact’s Dainsleif states that the God of Justice “lives for the spectacle of the courtroom, seeking to judge all other gods. But even she knows not to make an enemy of the divine.” Genshin Impact’s Yanfei describes Fontaine’s legal system as notoriously complicated.

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Fontaine prides itself as the central hub of culture and art. Francis, the travelling merchant from Fontaine, describes it as a ‘place of true beauty and elegance’. It’s also the home of The Steambird newspaper, a publication that Genshin Impact’s Mona acts as a columnist for.

Fontaine is most likely based on 1910’s France, with its name meaning ‘fountain’ in French – a reference to it being the nation of the Hydro Archon. Both rock ‘n’ roll music and the Kamera originate from Fontaine, and dialogue with Fontaine NPCs highlight that the nation has potential steampunk-esque elements, such as an air-rail. Along with these references, there are also multiple allusions to the popular game series Bioshock, which is fitting as both worlds are set underwater.

Though we’re not particularly familiar with many characters from Fontaine at the moment, there are several NPCs that hail from there. Specifically, Francis, who you can find in Liuli Pavillion or Xinyue Kiosk depending on the time of day. He wears an elaborate outfit, consisting of a top hat, vest, and bowtie, and implies that this style of clothes is pretty common in Fontaine, supporting the belief that the area is based on early 20th century France.

Another interesting fact about Fontaine is that all Oceanids originally come from there, including Rhodeia of Loch, the Lochfolk that dwells in the waters just outside Qingce Village. The Spring Fairy of Springvale is also a Lochfolk from Fontaine. Currently, lore implies that the Lochfolk left Fontaine due to the ideals of the new Hydro Archon.

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Genshin Impact Fontaine release date speculation

Currently, Hoyoverse hasn’t announced a release date for Fontaine. In the Teyvat Chapter Storyline preview, Fontaine was noted as chapter IV, with its Archon Quest line taking the name ‘Masquerade of the Guilty’. Therefore, we’ll likely see Fontaine in version 4.0, after we’ve completed Genshin Impact’s Sumeru in version 3.

Mihoyo released Genshin Impact’s Inazuma back in July 2021, and leaks suggest it’s due to go on until around August this year. If our exploration of Sumeru is to last as long as that of Inazuma, we can estimate that we likely won’t be reaching Fontaine until around August or even September 2023, but this is pure speculation.

Playable Fontaine characters

If you don’t want spoilers or leaks, look away now. This section will round up any reliable leaks from reputable leakers like hxg_diluc and SaveYourPrimos, pertaining to new characters coming with Fontaine’s release.

A picture of the Fontaine playable characters has leaked, showing off allegedly 11 units that will come to the game during the 4.0 updates. For now, the only characters with reliable leaks are the following:

  • Focalors, the Hydro Archon of Fontaine. She will likely have another name (as Nahida did with Kusanali), but this has yet to be revealed. There is speculation that she will be the first Hydro Claymore in the game, though this is up for debate.
  • Chief Justice Neuvillette is looking like the only tall male model for Fontaine. You may recognise the name – he was quoted in Nahida’s detailed Hoyolab post prior to her release. Nothing pertaining to Neuvillette’s kit has come out just yet.
  • Lyney, as seen in the Teyvat Chapter Preview, looks to become playable alongside Lynette. For now, the only speculated information is that Lyney may use a Catalyst, or a Bow.

We’ll be sure to update this guide if Mihoyo releases any more information, or if any more leaks crop up.

And that’s it for our Genshin Impact Fontaine guide. Personally, we can’t wait to explore the sapphire-blue city, whenever it crops up. If you need a break from exploring Teyvat, be sure to check out our list of the best games like Genshin Impact to find something new to play.