Genshin Impact guide – map, multiplayer, Primogems

A handy beginner's guide to Genshin Impact

October, 14: We’ve expanded our main Genshin Impact guide to include info on the new Elemental Crucible event.

Genshin Impact has finally arrived on the scene and caused quite the stir thanks to its gorgeous visuals, expansive open world, and compelling sense of adventure. It’s been a long time coming, but developer miHoYo has delivered a cross-platform co-op RPG unlike any other, combining the liberating exploration of Breath of the Wild with some tried-and-true gacha progression.

It’s an ambitious game with a lot of interconnected systems that you’ll have to learn in order to maximise your combat and levelling efficiency. There’s also a giant roster of heroes to collect and upgrade, each with their own combat styles to master. And outside of the open-world and dungeon-based encounters, you’ll definitely have to get to grips with the game’s cooking and crafting systems.

The problem is that Genshin Impact isn’t always forthcoming with important info, including how to unlock co-op and whether you can transfer your progress to another platform. So we’ve assembled this here Genshin Impact guide to make sure that you put your best foot forward when entering the stunning world of Teyvat.


Genshin Impact elemental crucible event

  • As of October 12, 2020, the Elemental Crucible is a co-op event running in Genshin Impact.
  • By completing the event, you’ll get a ton of character XP, currency, and special rewards.
  • To take part in the Elemental Crucible, you’ll need to have an Adventure Rank level of at least 20. You’ll also need to finish all the Act II prologue quests. Lastly, you need to do the quest ‘One Giant Step For Alchemy?’.
  • Once you’ve met all the requirements, you can find Elemental Crucible via the event menu. You’ll need to be part of a four-player team to proceed.
  • When the quest starts, you have 15 minutes to defeat enemies and ‘feed’ the Elemental Clots they drop to the Elemental Crucible.
  • Remember that Elemental Clots are, well, elemental! They react to other elements, shrinking the clots. Try to carry the same type of elements together.

GENSHIN IMPACT DOWNLOAD LINKS: How to get it on iOS and android

  • Genshin Impact’s servers are finally live, and you can grab the game right now from the App Store or Google Play

GENSHIN IMPACT APK: How to bypass Android app stores

  • If you fancy sidestepping Android app stores, you can instead grab a Genshin Impact APK from trusted site APKPure


  • Yes, there is a Genshin Impact PC version. However, it isn’t currently available on Steam
  • To get it, you’ll have to download the game directly from its official site. Look for the ‘Windows’ link to grab it

Genshin Impact Switch: When is it coming to Nintendo Switch?

  • Genshin Impact is indeed heading to Nintendo Switch, but a firm release date has yet to be announced
  • The port was revealed well into the game’s development, so chances are that Nintendo fans will have to wait until next year to grab Genshin Impact on Switch. That said, it may well arrive at an earlier date

Genshin Impact XBOX: Will it come to XBox?

  • When sharing news on a future Genshin Impact update, developer miHoYo announced that it currently has no plans for a Genshin Impact Xbox port

Genshin Impact next-gen: is it coming to ps5?

  • While Genshin Impact won’t launch for Xbox anytime soon, a next-gen port is being planned
  • This seemingly won’t be a simple port, as improved visuals are being discussed

Genshin Impact update: Here’s a full roadmap

We now have a Genshin Impact update roadmap that gives us a clearer picture of what to expect over the coming months:

  • Gaming site Millenium reports that a new update will land every five weeks
  • Version 1.1 is scheduled for November 11 and will introduce a new event, ‘The Unreturned Star’
  • Version 1.2 is planned for December 23 and will add a new area, known as Dragon’s Ridge, and fresh area-specific events
  • Version 1.3 is reportedly set for February 2021, which is when the Sea Light Festival events will kick off

Genshin Impact adventure rank: How to level up

Here’s why your Genshin Impact Adventure Rank is important:

  • Your Adventure Rank is arguably your most important stat in Genshin Impact. It highlights your overall progress and is separate to the levels of your individual characters
  • It’s also what determines which key features you’ll have access to and what your World Level is. Certain Abyssal Domains, essentially the game’s dungeons, also have strict Adventure Level requirements
  • You’ll gain experience points for doing just about everything in Genshin Impact, from opening chests to activating fast-travel points
  • The initial story quests should be your primary focus if you want to level-up quickly, but you’ll eventually have to rely more on daily quests to boost your Adventure Rank
  • Every time you hit a new level, you’ll be offered a reward back at the Adventurers’ Guild. Be sure to check back at the guild regularly to see what you’ve earned
  • The max Adventure Rank in the current version of Genshin Impact is 60, which will no doubt take dozens of hours to hit

Genshin Impact Primogems: How to earn premium currency

Primogems are an essential currency in Genshin Impact that you need to spend wisely:

  • Primogems are relatively easy to earn early on, and they should be used to create Acquaint Fate or Intertwined Fate, the items required to perform summons, known here as Wishes
  • You’ll net a decent number of Primogems through standard play, but if you find yourself struggling to earn enough, you could always pay $4.99 for the Monthly Card

Genshin Impact Acquaint Fate: Standard wishes

Acquaint Fate is one of Genshin Impact’s most important currencies:

  • Acquaint Fate is used to make standard wishes from within the ‘Wishes’ menu. It can be earned by completing quests and levelling up or created by combining Primogems
  • Always go for 10x summons as opposed to single summons. This is a far more cost-efficient way to earn guaranteed high-level characters and gear

Genshin Impact Intertwined Fate: Limited-time event wishes

Intertwined Fate is a slightly more specialised in-game currency:

  • Intertwined Fate can be used to make limited-time event wishes
  • Much like Acquaint Fate, you can create an Intertwined Fate by combining a set amount of Primogems
  • You should also keep an eye on our Genshin Impact codes guide to stay up to date on the latest free rewards

Genshin Impact Stardust: how to earn Stardust

Wishes often give random rewards, which means that you’ll inevitably end up with duplicate weapons. Here’s why that’s not necessarily a huge problem:

  • Stardust can be earned by pulling a rank-3 duplicate weapon or higher
  • You should then spend any amassed Stardust on either Acquaint Fate or Intertwined Fate
  • Do not waste your Stardust on lesser currencies, as these can be more easily obtained through normal play

Genshin Impact companion xp: How to raise friendship

Each of the 30 characters in Genshin Impact has a friendship level, which you can increase by gaining companion XP. Here’s how:

  • Once you hit Adventure Rank 12, you can increase friendship by gaining companion XP
  • Complete Commission Quests, dungeons, and random events to gain companion XP with your current party of four

  • Gain companion XP to level up friendship with each character and reveal lore about that character

Genshin Impact Elements: Elemental Reactions

Mastering the elements is the key to powerful attacks in Genshin Impact. Enemies are weak to certain elements, so you’ll want to master the use of both elements and the environment to pull of the most powerful attacks. Below is a list of Elemental Reactions for Genshin Impact.


  • Elements: Pyro, Dendro
  • Effects: Pyro damage over time


  • Elements: Pyro, Electro
  • Effects: AOE Pyro attack


  • Elements: Pyro, Geo
  • Effects: Fire shield that burns enemies


  • Elements: Pyro, Hydro
  • Effects: Additional damage


  • Elements: Pyro, Cryo
  • Effects: Additional damage


  • Elements: Cryo, Electro
  • Effects: AoE Cryo attack. Lowers enemy physical resistance by 50%


  • Elements: Cryo, Geo
  • Effects: Increase CRIT chances


  • Elements: Cryo, Anemo
  • Effects: Bypass enemy defences


  • Elements: Cryo, Hydro
  • Effects: Freezes enemy


  • Elements: Electro, Hydro
  • Effects: Electro damage over time


  • Elements: Hydro, Dendro
  • Effects: AOE poison attack


  • Elements: Geo, Hydro
  • Effects: Slows enemy movement and attack speed


  • Elements: Geo, Dendro
  • Effects: Bleed, creates traps that cause damage


  • Elements: Geo, Cryo / Electro / Hydro / Pyro
  • Effects: Grants a crystal shield


  • Elements: Anemo, Geo
  • Effects: Knocks back enemies


  • Elements: Cryo / Electro / Hydro / Pyro, Anemo
  • Effects: Additional elemental damage, AOE

genshin impact element combos: elemental combinations 

You’ll gain the benefit of these buffs by having members with the corresponding element combos in your party

Enduring Rock

  • Elements: Geo, Geo
  • Effects: Improves party resistance to interruption, increases attack damage by 15% when shielded

Fervent Flames

  • Elements: Pyro, Pyro
  • Effects: Decreases the impact Cryo has on your party by 40%, increases attack by 25%

Soothing Water

  • Elements: Hydro, Hydro
  • Effects: Decreases the impact Pyro has on your party by 40%, increases healing by 30%

Impetuous Winds

  • Elements: Anemo, Anemo
  • Effects:  Lowers your party’s stamina consumption by 15%, increases movement speed by 10%, shortens skill CD by 5%

High Voltage

  • Elements: Electro, Electro
  • Effects: Decreases the impact Hydro has on your party by 40%. Superconduct, Overloaded, and Electro-Charged have a 100% chance to generate an Electro Elemental Particle

Shattering Ice

  • Elements: Cryo, Cryo
  • Effects: Decreases the impact Electro has on your party by 40% and increases critical rate by 15% towards enemies impacted by Cryo

Protective Canopy

  • Elements: Any 4 unique elements (e.g Cryo, Electro, Hydro, Pyro)
  • Effects: Increases all Elemental resistance by 15%

Genshin Impact map: Full interactive map

Genshin Impact’s map is huge and packed with points of interest to seek out:

  • Genshin Impact’s map is nice to look at, but it’s also ripe for the picking. When you’re out and about, be sure to search for hidden treasure chests and ingredients at any given opportunity
  • The in-game map allows you to place markers. This can be super helpful when you need to return to a specific area at a later time. For example, if an out-of-reach treasure chest is giving you some bother, just throw down a little marker and return to it at a later time
  • Another incredibly useful resource is this interactive map. It highlights where you can find every Anemoculus, Geoculus, Shrine, Statue of the Seven, Teleporter, World Quest, and more

Genshin Impact: Tips, tricks, and cheats

Spending money: as far as gacha games go, Genshin Impact is fairly generous with its dolling out of essential currency, loot, and characters. If you’re smart about spending your Primogems and Stardust, you likely won’t feel the need to spend anything at all for the first couple dozen hours or more

Primogems and Stardust: these are two of the most useful currency types in Genshin Impact, as they can be used to purchase Acquaint Fate or Intertwined Fate, the items required to buy Wishes. Do not spend them on anything other than Wishes unless you absolutely must

Explore thoroughly: Genshin Impact’s open world is packed with hidden chests, ingredients, and basically everything you’ll need to excel. Therefore, it’s essential that you don’t just rush through each new area in a bid to complete the next story mission. Doing so will just result in you hitting the game’s roadblocks faster, such as the entry requirements for later missions and dungeons. You can also place pins on your map should you wish to return to a specific area at a later time

Levelling your party: speaking of entry requirements, it’s important that you level your party equally in order to remain competitive in combat and capable of gaining access to the higher-level Abyssal Domains

Get experimental in combat: the worst thing you can possibly do in combat is stick to a single character. Genshin Impact wants you to make use of your entire party, and you’ll be punished for failing to experiment, especially in later missions or higher-level areas. Plus, it’s just way more fun to jump between each character and pull off spectacular elemental combos

Building your party: again, you really need to experiment with your party build if you want to remain effective in combat. Be sure to pick four varied characters, which is easy to do given that they mostly fit into clear roles, such as tank, archer, mage, etc

Genshin Impact multiplayer: HOW to play with friends

Here’s how Genshin Impact’s multiplayer works:

  • In order to unlock Genshin Impact’s multiplayer component, you first have to reach Adventure Rank 16 and complete some introductory quests
  • Up to 4 players can join the same game, one has to act as the host, and you all have to play on the same server
  • Genshin Impact is not an MMO, so don’t expect to see dozens of players running around. That said, you do have the option to explore the game’s world and dungeons in co-op. This should hopefully make some of the trickier combat encounters more manageable
  • If you do decide to jump into another player’s world, your own will remain untouched when you return to it. And if you want a fully single-player experience, you can just ignore the co-op gameplay and go it alone
  • Future updates will continue to expand Genshin Impact’s world and seasonal events, though PvP isn’t currently a priority for miHoYo

Genshin Impact CROSS-SAVES: How to carry your progress across platforms

Carrying your progress between platforms in Genshin Impact is pretty simple:

  • Genshin Impact allows you to continue your adventure across multiple platforms. You can easily jump between the PC, Android, and iOS versions by logging in to your miHoYo account
  • However, due to PSN restrictions, you won’t be able to transfer your PS4 progress to other platforms, which is definitely something to bear in mind when you decide where exactly you want to play

Genshin Impact crossplay: How to play with friends on other platforms

Genshin Impact’s crossplay feature is surprisingly straightforward:

  • Genshin Impact offers full crossplay support, allowing you to play together with friends on different platforms
  • As mentioned above, you need to be at least Adventure Rank 16 and have completed the required intro quests. You will also need to play on the same server as your friends

Genshin Impact controller support: How to play with a controller on PC or mobile

Genshin Impact does offer controller support… with one major exception:

  • Unfortunately, the iOS and Android versions of Genshin Impact don’t currently offer controller support. The PC version, however, does. You’ll still need to begin the game with mouse and keyboard, though, then access the settings menu to switch over to controller.
  • At the time of writing, there’s a known Genshin Impact PC controller bug bug where having multiple controller devices plugged into your PC may cause Genshin Impact to not recognise any of them. To fix this, simply unplug all controllers that you don’t wish to use.
  • At the time of writing, the PC version supports the use of PS4 and Xbox One/Elite controllers

Genshin Impact account: How to sign in to your miHoYo account

Here’s how to sign in to your miHoYo account and why it’s important to do so:

  • Not long after booting up Genshin Impact on PC, iOS, or Android, you’ll be asked to sign in to a miHoYo account. This is what allows you to transfer your progress between these three platforms
  • However, PS4 players do not have this option and aren’t required to sign in to a miHoYo account

Genshin Impact censorship: Taiwan and Hong Kong

  • Genshin Impact’s in-game chat system censors some surprising words, including ‘Taiwan’ and ‘Hong Kong’
  • This first came to light thanks to a tweet from journalist Kazuma Hashimoto
  • Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad then explained via a tweet that this is because China’s laws and games regulator states that games cannot contain “Anything that threatens China’s national unity”, such as references to Hong Kong and Taiwan independence
  • Genshin Impact’s developer, miHoYo, is based in mainland China, and so it likely had little choice in the matter
  • PC Gamer has also pointed out that Genshin Impact blocks many other words, including ‘Hitler’, ‘Stalin’, and ‘Putin’

Genshin Impact spyware: Does Genshin Impact install spyware?

  • Genshin Impact has been accused of installing spyware onto PCs as a means of extracting user data. The anti-cheat programme was spotted running even after the game was turned off or uninstalled
  • Developer miHoYo has responded by releasing an update that will stop the programme from running when the game is closed or uninstalled


Here are the minimum and required specs for Android, iOS, and PCs:

Android recommended specs

  • System: Android 8.1 and above
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Kirin 810, and above
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM and above
  • Storage: 8 GB

Android supported specs

  • Compatibility requirements: Arm v8a 64-bit device
  • System: Android 7.0 and above
  • Memory: 3 GB and above
  • Storage: 8 GB

iOS recommended and supported specs

  • Devices: iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE (2nd generation), iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad mini (5th generation), iPad Pro (2nd generation) 12.9 inches, iPad Pro (2nd generation) 10.5 inches, iPad Pro (3rd generation) 11 inches, iPad Pro (3rd generation) 12.9 inches, iPad Pro (4th generation) 11 inches, iPad Pro (4th generation) 12.9 inches
  • System: iOS 9.0 and above
  • Storage: 8 GB

PC Recommended specs

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, or Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 or equivalent
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and above
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • DirectX version: 11
  • Storage: 30 GB

PC minimum specs

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit or Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 or equivalent
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 and above
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • DirectX version: 11
  • Storage: 30 GB

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