Genshin Impact Yaoyao release date, banner, and more

Does the impending Genshin Impact Yaoyao release date mean that the game’s first playable dendro character may be closer than we think?

Official Chinese art showing Genshin Impact's Yaoyao offering snacks to Qiqi at a festival

Okay, so we’re getting pretty desperate for our first taste of dendro in Genshin Impact at this point, and we’re definitely not alone. With plenty of references to the element throughout the game, and a host of enemies wielding it, we’re starting to feel kind of left out. But there is hope, as the first playable dendro character may be on the horizon.

Having been datamined very early in the game’s lifespan (wow, 2020 feels like an eternity ago now, right?) Genshin Impact’s Yaoyao has taken up residence in the back of our minds, just waiting to hop out and steal our primos. This adorable, playful little girl has been mentioned a lot through our Liyuan travels, but there’s still been no solid word of a Genshin Impact Yaoyao release date. However, with more and more Genshin Impact leaks surfacing about her, and the new, Dendro-themed region of Sumeru on the horizon, she might be closer than we think.

If you want to keep on top of which characters are the best, check out our Genshin Impact tier list and Genshin Impact next banner guide. You can also kit them out using our Genshin Impact artifacts and Genshin Impact weapons guides.

Who is Genshin Impact’s Yaoyao?

Yaoyao dates back to one of the earliest Genshin Impact leaks, and the first closed beta datamine. All of the other characters found in the datamine, including Genshin Impact’s Kokomi, Genshin Impact’s Kazuha, Genshin Impact’s Hu Tao, and more, have since been released, but Yaoyao is the last one to hop out into the world of Genshin Impact.

At the end of the above video, you can see Chinese art showing Yaoyao alongside Genshin Impact’s Qiqi, along with footage of her sitting, then running around a building. She has a similar build to other young female characters, like Genshin Impact’s Klee and Genshin Impact’s Sayu, sharing the same run animation.

Recently, she’s been popping up in conversations around Liyue, and we’ve learnt that she was Genshin Impact Xiangling’s junior disciple, learning under the same master chef, but has since been taken under the wing of Genshin Impact’s Ganyu. She loves to play, and often sneaks aboard The Crux when it comes into harbour, making a habit of tugging on Genshin Impact Beidou’s heartstrings by giving her puppy-eyes whenever it’s time to set sail.

Yaoyao Reference Shots via Lumie from Genshin_Impact_Leaks

When is Genshin Impact Yaoyao’s release date?

With speculation that Yaoyao will be the first playable dendro character (and let us tell you, this has us totally pumped), it’s believed that she will be released alongside the Chasm or Sumeru, so likely not before 3.0 at the earliest.

However, she clearly has a well-developed design, and has been appearing in more and more Genshin Impact leaks lately, meaning the Genshin Impact Yaoyao release date is likely closer than we think.

Additionally, a lot of voice lines have been dropped, alluding to the fact that she is enamoured with seafood and the ocean. Perhaps she will be a new companion for the traveler as we head off to distant lands across the sea?

What’s the best Genshin Impact Yaoyao build?

Of course, until more details come out, we can’t really confirm what the best Yaoyao build will be. As stated above, we believe she will be a dendro character, and as she has learnt under Xiangling, she may wield a polearm. We’ll be sure to update this guide as soon as we get more information.

Is Genshin Impact’s Yaoyao a five-star?

We’re honestly not sure yet, but it would make sense as the first dendro character, to bring the element in with a big bang. We’ll just have to wait and see.

And that’s everything we know on Genshin Impact’s Yaoyao at the moment. Be sure to check back soon, as we’ll update this guide as any new information comes out. In the meantime, check out our list of the best mobile RPGs for more fun on the go.