Genshin Impact Lantern Rite 2022 guide

Find out all about the Genshin Impact Lantern Rite festival 2022, including event quests, minigames, how to beat the Oceanic Defender, rewards, and more

Liyue decked out with Lantern Rite decorations

Genshin Impact’s Lantern Rite is a beautiful, annual festival, where the people of Liyue celebrate the beginning of a new year – and guess what? You’re invited! With heaps of fun events and minigames to enjoy, and even more awesome goodies up for grabs, there’s plenty to be excited about.

This year, the Genshin Impact Lantern Rite event is called ‘Fleeting Colors in Flight’, and is full of fresh, festive fun. From firework smelting, to curio collecting, and even going toe to fin with a colossal sea beast, it’s truly the most wonderful time of the year for Genshin fans. You can even grab yourself a four-star Genshin Impact character, and a gorgeous free Genshin Impact skin. And, lucky for you, we’re here to help you through the many event quests to ensure you get all the rewards before the festival is over.

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Genshin Impact Lantern Rite 2022

What are the Genshin Impact Lantern Rite 2022 dates?

This year, the Genshin Impact Lantern Rite Festival, also known as the Fleeting Colors in Flight event, runs from January 25 – February 12, with the shop remaining open until February 14.

To take part in the event, you need to be at least Adventure Rank 28, and have completed both story quest Chapter 1: Act III: ‘A New Star Approaches’, and the new Interlude Chapter: Act I: ‘The Crane Returns on the Wind’.

Genshin Impact Lantern Rite event page

What are the Genshin Impact Lantern Rite 2022 events?

The event is split up into three phases, with more activities unlocking as you go along. They are as follows:

Phase one – January 25

  • Flameplume Starflowers phase one
  • The Great Gathering phase one
  • Wondrous Shadows phase one
  • Afterglow Market stage one
  • Afterglow Market stage two

Phase two – January 27

  • Flameplume Starflowers phase two
  • The Great Gathering phase two
  • Wondrous Shadows phase two

Phase three – January 31

  • Oceanic Defender unlocks
  • Flameplume Starflowers phase three
  • The Great Gathering phase three
  • Wondrous Shadows phase three
  • Afterglow Market stage three

Each of the events features a fun, fresh minigame for you to engage in, with plenty of prizes and primos up for grabs if you get good scores. You also earn Affluence Talismans, Immaculate Talismans, and Conquest Talismans that can be used to purchase a range of goodies from the event shop, including furnishing blueprints and more.

Genshin Impact Lantern Rite firework smelting

Genshin Impact Flameplume Starflowers

After completing a short event quest called ‘The Blazing Stars Rings in Fortune’ and chatting with some familiar faces around Liyue, you get your hands on a launch tube. Go into your inventory and place it the same way you would use your Serenitea Pot. Approach the tube and start smelting!

When smelting fireworks, your aim is to get the bars for all three parameters – colour, size, and height, into the orange zones. Achieving this will give you a maximum of 3,000 points, but you only need 2,700 to complete all event tasks and claim your goodies.

Each smelt costs a certain amount of endurance, which can be seen on the right hand side of your screen. You can switch up your smelting techniques in the top-right of your screen, which will cost different amounts of endurance, and vary the rate at which your parameters raise.

As you progress, you gain access to different smelting techniques and fireworks.

Challenge one – The Mountain Clouds Let Down Golden Rain

Smelting techniques are randomised, so this may not always work flawlessly, but these are the ones we found worked for us when aiming for perfect quality on the first challenge. You can also switch out one nitpicker for two tactile sensitivities if things aren’t going your way.

  • Colour: two nitpicker smelts
  • Size: two nitpicker smelts
  • Height: one nitpicker smelt

Challenge two – The Silver Night is Full of Stars

Once again, smelting techniques are randomised, so this may take a couple of attempts, but this formula worked for us when getting a perfect quality score in challenge two.

  • Colour: one decisive boldness
  • Size: one decisive boldness and two nitpicker
  • Height: one decisive boldness

Challenge three – The Gloom Paints the Cold Blooms

This one truly steps up the game, adding a new parameter that makes it a bit trickier to perfect. The perfect score is also higher this time. As usual, smelting scores are randomised, but you can repeat this as many times as you want until you get the perfect score.

Here’s one way of approaching this challenge.

  • Size: one meticulousness
  • Spread: one meticulousness, then one decisive boldness or one nitpicker and one tactile sensitivity
  • Size (again): one nitpicker or one tactile sensitivity
  • Height: one nitpicker or one tactile sensitivity
  • Colour: one tactile sensitivity

Alternatively, if you’re struggling to get this one in the bag using the instructions above, you can always complete challenge four first to snag some more endurance and squeeze in an extra technique as follows.

  • Size: one meticulousness
  • Flame: one raging flame (to strong flame)
  • Spread: one meticulousness, then one decisive boldness or one nitpicker
  • Size (again): one nitpicker or one tactile sensitivity
  • Height: one nitpicker or one tactile sensitivity

Challenge four – Fireworks Dance Amidst a Snowy Sky

This one requires a bit of manipulation with your flame strength if you’re aiming for perfect quality. As with previous challenges, technique scores are randomised, so play around until you hit your desired results. Here’s what we used to get perfect quality.

  • Flame: one raging fire (to medium fire)
  • Size: one tactile sensitivity
  • Flame (again): one raging fire (to strong fire)
  • Spread: one meticulousness
  • Height: one decisive boldness
  • Colour: one decisive boldness
  • Height (again): one nitpicker
  • Spread (again): one tactile sensitivity

Challenge five – Golden Calendula Swirl

As usual, the technique scores are randomised, and may need a little adjusting. Feel free to add or remove tactile sensitivities where needed until you get a perfect score.

  • Size: two meticulousness
  • Flame: one raging fire (to strong flame)
  • Spread: one decisive boldness
  • Rotation: one decisive boldness and one nitpicker
  • Size: one tactile sensitivity or one nitpicker
  • Colour: one tactile sensitivity
  • Height: one tactile sensitivity

Challenge six – Kindled Trees by the Moonlit Window

  • Flame: one raging fire (to strong flame)
  • Height: one meticulousness
  • Colour: one meticulousness
  • Rotation: one meticulousness
  • All parameters: one tactile sensitivity or one nitpicker

This one can be a little hard to hit, as it has the highest amount of quality needed to reach the perfect zone. If you’re struggling to hit that sweet spot, play with your flame strength by either using raging fire or low-temperature processing.

And there you go! You’ve completed the entirety of Flameplume Starflowers. Enjoy setting off fireworks around the beautifully decorated Liyue for the rest of the Lantern Rite festival.

Genshin Impact waverider sailing towards the Crux

Genshin Impact The Great Gathering

When the Jade Chamber crashed into the ocean, it left many of Genshin Impact Ningguang’s beautiful knick-knacks and antiques awash on the shore. Luckily, with the help of Genshin Impact’s BeidouGenshin Impact’s Xinyan, and your trusty waverider, you’re here to fix that.

To participate in this event, you need to complete the event quest ‘Petal-Lit Ships Fish for the Moon’, then it’s off to Guyun Stone Forest to dispatch those pesky treasure hoarders and return lady Ningguang’s prized possessions – in exchange for some tasty rewards of course. Throughout the duration of the event, you’ll have access to special waverider spawn points dotted around the entirety of the Stone Forest.

There are three different types of challenge included in the Great Gathering event.

Interrogation by Night phase one

Marked on the map by a wave encircling a star, the interrogation events take place on the shore, and have you going head to head against waves of treasure hoarders, each led by an elite unit. Your mission is to clear out the treasure hoarder camps and reclaim the curios.

The elite treasure hoarder is marked with a flame symbol above their heads. If the colour is a deep red, it means they’re buffed, which gives them increased defence and, sometimes, the ability to buff their allies. To dispel this buff, you can use the Quelling Firecrackers around the beaches. Not only do they clear the buff, they also deal a heap of damage – you get five uses per interrogation round, so be sure to make the most of them.

Of course, remember that these hoarders are also next to the beach – which makes room for some tasty elemental interactions. During the fights, you can lead them into the water and take advantage of them getting their feet wet by throwing out cryo, pyro, or electro attacks for freeze, electro-charged, or vaporize reactions.

Interrogation by Night phase two

Phase two of the Interrogation by night minigame is much like phase one, but you’ll encounter a Pyro Marksman this time. Our main recommendation here is to bring a shield character – Genshin Impact’s Zhongli is great for this. With a tough shield, you can absorb most of the damage dished out by the Pyro Marksman’s heavy attacks. Aside from that, simply remember to make use of the Quelling Firecrackers, and you should have this one in the bag.

Curio Salvage

This one’s nice and simple, and phase one and phase two don’t differ much. Sail around the shallows surrounding Guyun Stone Forest in your Waverider, collecting floating curios and using your cannons to defeat enemies. The locations are marked out on the map for you as you go, and you can blow certain enemies up by targeting floating explosive barrels next to them.

Midpoint Interception

If you diligently do your daily commissions (and you should) you’re likely familiar with similar interception missions, where you have to deal a certain amount of damage to a transport balloon before it hits its final destination. This is very similar, but has a bit of a twist. This time, you’re in your waverider rather than on land, and there are enemies spotted along your path.

Your mission is to destroy the transport balloon as quickly as possible, using your cannon and explosive barrels along the way. Killing treasure hoarders on rafts along the way adds to your points, so be sure to throw a couple of shots at them, too, while avoiding getting slowed down by whirlpools, obstacles, and uneven terrain.

To get maximum rewards, you need 3,000 points. This isn’t too hard to complete as long as you stick close by, and make use of the explosive barrels and your charged attacks. You’re free to try the challenge as many times as you like until you get the amount of points you need.

There are currently two phases of midpoint interception, both of which can be seen marked on the map around Guyun Stone Forest.

Return to Safe Harbor

Released in phase two of The Great Gathering, your mission here is to collect a certain amount of items, taking out enemies along the way and ensuring your waverider isn’t destroyed in the process. Keep an eye on the minimum requirement noted to the left-hand side of your screen, then race to the finish line when you’ve met them. Part two also has a timer limit.

You’ll need to keep on your toes to collect all the objects quickly, so be sure to keep an eye out for that ‘pick up’ prompt at all times. Aside from that, destroy barriers using your cannons, and hit explosive barrels to quickly dispose of treasure hoarders. Also keep an eye out for water rings – these boost your speed in the same way anemo rings boost your flight.

The Key Catch

In phase three, you’ll find an icon showing two crossed swords on one of the islands in Guyun Stone Forest. Here, you have to fight a group of elite treasure hoarders, and a cryo potioneer. After you defeat the cryo potioneer, he’s be replaced by another enemy. You need to defeat all enemies within one minute and 30 seconds to get the full rewards.

You can use whoever you want to fight these enemies, as they’re pretty lightweight. But, if you’re struggling, using a mixture of anemo, hydro, and cryo to freeze them in place can make it easier to take on multiple at once.

Be sure to make use of the quelling firecrackers, and capitalise on elemental reactions that compliment their pyro infliction. Using cryo for melt, hydro for vaporize, and electro for overload is a great way to knock them down quicker.

Genshin Impact Lantern Rite shadow riddle minigame

Wondrous Shadows

This lovely little minigame is a nice, chill experience where you simply play with 3D puzzle objects to create specific shadows. While there is a timer, this doesn’t affect your rewards, so just take your time and play around.

To start the Wondrous Shadows event, you need to complete ‘The Bright-Windowed Lanterns’ event quest, then talk to the NPC to initiate the game. The puzzles get tougher as you move along, with later ones consisting of more than one section to fiddle with, but with a little patience it shouldn’t be too tough. Here are the answers to the riddles.

  • Riddle one: censer (shaped like an ornate archway)
  • Riddle two: ship
  • Riddle three: kite (shaped like a bird)
  • Riddle four: mountain (shaped like the geo symbol)
  • Riddle five: scales
  • Riddle six: mora
  • Riddle seven: deer (shaped like Moon Carver’s head facing forward)
  • Riddle eight: flower (shaped like a glaze lily)
  • Riddle nine: crane (shaped like Cloud Retainer’s side profile, racing to the right)

Genshin Impact Lantern Rite Oceanic Defender event page

Oceanic Defender

Time for the epic combat battle! You’re facing off against the sea monster (basically Osial’s girlfriend), Beisht, much like you did at the end of Interlude Chapter: Act 1.

It’s a good idea to start this battle by chomping down on some buffing chow, such as Adeptus’ Temptation – a god-tier snack to improve all of your party’s attack%. But munching any buffs can be handy.

Beisht’s a smart critter, and only leaves herself open to attacks for short intervals. So, when picking a team comp, it’s best to choose characters that can deal a high amount of burst damage, like Genshin Impact’s Hu Tao or Genshin Impact’s Ayaka. Using a ranged DPS like Genshin Impact’s Childe or Genshin Impact’s Ganyu can also be very handy.

Aside from that, you have to spend a lot of this battle dodging Beisht’s attacks, so munching some Barbatos Ratatouille or Cream Stew to reduce your stamina consumption while sprinting can be very handy. Stick to the edge of the arena when she’s doing her jetstream and whirlpoool attacks, and keep moving – you should have this beast in the bag in no time.

Genshin Impact Lantern Rite free characters

Snag yourself a Genshin Impact free character with Prosperous Partnerships

Yep, you heard that right. The Prosperous Partnerships event is unlocked through ‘The Stars Inscribe the Year’s Wishes’ event quest, and allows you to choose one of eight four-star Liyue characters for free.

Well, not entirely free – you need to exchange 1,000 Affluence Talismans and 1,000 Conquest Talismans for your chosen character, but these can be earnt easily by completing the event minigames listed above. Conquest Talismans are rewarded through the Flameplume Starflowers and Wondrous Shadows challenges, and Conquest Talismans are obtained from the Oceanic Defender. Here are the characters you can choose from:

If you’re wondering which free Genshin Impact character you should choose from Prosperous Partnerships – it depends on which ones you’ve already got!

If you don’t have them, we recommend picking Yun Jin, Xingqiu, or Beidou. Yun Jin is a solid pick, as she isn’t on the standard banner yet, so if you don’t snag her now, you may have to wait a while – plus, she’s brilliant for buffing normal attacks with her burst. Both Xingqiu and Beidou offer some great off-field damage and potential for elemental reactions.

If you’re thinking of choosing a character for a constellation, we recommend Xiangling, Xingqiu, or Yun Jin, as they all benefit greatly from higher constellations.

You can also look at our Genshin Impact tier list to see which characters are performing best, and make your decision based on that.

Genshin Impact Ningguange in her new skin

The Moon’s Comely Brow

There’s no denying Genshin Impact’s Ningguang is a stunning lady, and to celebrate the Lantern Rite Festival, you can grab her gorgeous Orchid’s Evening Gown Genshin Impact skin for free.

All you need to do is earn a total of 2,400 Affluence Talismans, 2,200 Immaculate Talismans, and 1,800 Conquest Talismans throughout the duration of the event. And, best of all? You don’t have to spend them to get this lovely skin – you only need to earn enough to complete the objectives.

Genshin Impact login event

Genshin Impact login events during the Lantern Rite festival

There are two login events running throughout the course of the Lantern Rite festival. The first is May Fortune Find You, and runs from January 25 – February 13, and the second is Flowing Lights and Colours, running from February 9 – February 13.

You need to log in every day during their duration if you want to snag all the rewards, which include a variety of goodies from intertwined fates, to fragile resin, mora, and talent level up materials. So yes – you get gifts for simply showing up!

And that’s it for our Genshin Impact Lantern Rite guide – we hope you enjoy the Fleeting Colors in Flight event and all the festivities going on in Liyue Harbour at the moment. If you’re looking for another escape outside the world of Teyvat, be sure to check out our best mobile RPGs to find a new adventure today.