Genshin Impact Kuki Shinobu release date rumours and banner

The One and Oni Itto's little helper is arriving in the game soon! Here's what we know about Genshin Impact Kuki Shinobu's release date, banner, and design

Kuki Shinobu with her sword drawn, ready for battle

So, some messages have been showing up on bulletin boards around Genshin Impact’s Inazuma – you know what that means, right? A new character may be on the cards! And this one has ties to the one and oni Genshin Impact’s Itto – for better or worse.

We’ve heard some bits and pieces about the new Arataki gang member, Genshin Impact’s Kuki Shinobu, and we’re pretty smitten already. This kind, hardworking girl has a strong sense of responsibility and duty when it comes to the troublesome oni, and we can’t wait to see what hijinks they get up to when she becomes a playable character. But when is Genshin Impact Kuki Shinobu’s release date? And who exactly is she?

If you want more info on potential upcoming characters, check out our Genshin Impact leaks, and Genshin Impact Ayato and Genshin Impact Heizou guides. And, as there’s always someone new to save those primos for, you should head over to our list of all the latest Genshin Impact codes for some great freebies.

Who is Genshin Impact Kuki Shinobu?

Genshin Impact’s Kuki Shinobu is the deputy of the Arataki gang, known as Genshin Impact Itto’s sidekick. Until recently, we didn’t know what Kuki Shinobu looked like. For a while, many fans (us included) believed that a beautiful piece of fan art by Twitter user, @nahaki_401, was her real design.

However, the official Genshin Impact Twitter recently revealed the final Kuki Shinobu design, showing her to have bright green hair and purple eyes. She also sports a face mask, which confirms some of the leaks that were going around a while ago. You can see her face without her mask in this leak, and you can take a look at her full model in this leak.

She’s responsible for keeping Itto in line, covering for his antics and compensating for any damages he causes, as well as collecting him from jail whenever he gets in trouble. In Itto’s announcement tweet (shown above), she implores us to contact her immediately if we come across any inappropriate behaviour on the part of her boss.

You can find messages posted by Kuki Shinobu on bulletin boards in Hanamizaka, Inazuma, where she asks anyone bullied into surrendering items to a red oni with long horns to seek her out so she can return them. She also posts about bailing her boss out of prison by using a psychiatric report (poor Itto, he’s just a lovable oaf – he doesn’t mean any harm!).

When you reach friendship level four with Genshin Impact’s Yae Miko, you unlock the following voice line about Kuki Shinobu, which reveals that not only is she the younger sister of the Shrine Maiden NPC Miyuki, but she lived quite the full life even before joining the Arataki Gang.

“I’ve heard a lot about Miyuki’s little sister. Quite the character, I’m told. Although she comes from a family of shrine maidens, she’s gone her own way in life – tried her hand at many different trades, studied abroad in Liyue, even ended up joining the Arataki Gang… Fascinating girl. Maybe I should have Miyuki introduce me. Yes, that’ll work — Miyuki wouldn’t dream of refusing my request.”

Genshin Impact Kuki Shinobu release date speculation

We don’t have a confirmed Genshin Impact Kuki Shinobu release date yet, but leaker @UBatcha has suggested that she will come out in version 2.7, alongside Genshin Impact’s Yelan. Additionally, it looks like beta testers have already got their hands on her, with clips of her idle animation and more surfacing on the Genshin Impact Leaks Reddit. This adds weight to the prediction that she’ll be in the next update.

If this is true, we’ll likely see her around mid-May this year. The leak also suggests that she will be a four-star character.

What is Genshin Impact Kuki Shinobu’s weapon and best build?

While we don’t know much about Shinobu’s build yet, Hoyoverse have confirmed that she is an electro wielder, and she appears to be using a sword in the official art.

In a recent post of r/Genshin_Impact_leaks, user u/lloydschreave shared a reliable leak by Dim that appears to give us a peek at Shinobu’s current kit. If this leak is true, it looks like Shinobu will be a sword-wielding support unit, which fits in with previous leaks.

The leak states that her Sanctifying Ring talent sacrifices a certain amount of her health in order to create an AoE that dishes out electro damage and heals any active characters within its field. Her Goei Narukami Kariyama Rite skill has her create another AoE that deals continuous electro damage to opponents based on her max HP. This suggests that she’ll likely be a predominantly off-field support, dropping her AoE’s then switching out to allow your DPS to shine.

As for ascension materials, this leak by u/Psychological-Arm893 suggests she uses materials from the new boss from the Chasm, along with Naku Weeds, Spectral Husks, and Teachings of Elegance. Of course, even if the leaks are true, keep in mind that both her kit and her ascension materials are subject to change and are often tweaked before release.

And that’s all we know about Genshin Impact’s Kuki Shinobu so far. If you want to see how all the other characters rank, check out our Genshin Impact character list. We also have a list of all the current Genshin Impact events, so you can keep up to date on everything happening in Teyvat.

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