Genshin Impact – Banners, Pity, and soft Pity systems, explained

Genshin Impact – Banners, Pity, and soft Pity systems, explained
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As a gacha game, Genshin Impact’s Pity and soft Pity systems are tied to the limited characters and weapons on Banners, which you can use in-game currency or real money to Wish on in the hopes of getting the featured item.

Each character and weapon on the Banners has a drop rate, and the Pity system in Genshin guarantees you a character after a number of Wishes on said Banner. For limited character Banners and the Standard Banner, you will get a guaranteed five-star after 90 wishes.

For more Genshin Impact, read our guide on the best Talents to Crown and all playable characters in the game. Now, let’s look at the Pity system in Genshin Impact.

Standard Pity in Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact’s Pity system is there to ensure you will get a featured five-star weapon or character after wishing on a banner a certain number of times. Let’s use Furina’s Banner as an example: if you Wish on her banner 90 times, you will be guaranteed to get a five-star character from her Banner within those 90 times you Wish.

Genshin Impact Standard Banner

If you are extremely unlucky, it might take you all 90 Wishes to reach Pity and get the five-star character you want. On your 90th Wish, the five-star character will come home. The Pity count for the Standard/ Permanent banner and limited character Banners is 90 wishes. The Pity count for the featured weapon Banner is 80.

Once your Pity count is maxed out and you pull the guaranteed five-star character or weapon through its Banner, the count resets automatically. At this point, you can again start investing Primogems and collecting Wishes to start building Pity again.

Soft Pity in Genshin Impact

There is another hidden system called Soft Pity in Genshin Impact. After you Wish on a character Banner 74 times, each Wish after that will gradually increase your chances of getting the five-star, which means you seldom have to Wish 90 times to get the character you want. For the weapon Banner, the Soft Pity cap begins after 64 Wishes.

However, the 5-star drop is still not guaranteed 100% until you max out the Pity count, such as 90 for the Character/Standard Banner and 80 for the Weapon Banner. Soft Pity is there to make it easier for you to get a five-star without having to spend all 90 or 80 Wishes to get the character or weapon you want.

Limited Character Banners and 50/50 Pity

Whenever you pull a 5-star character from the Limited Character Banner for the first time, there’s a 50% chance you will get the featured character on the Banner or a different 5-star character from the Standard Banner. It is generally referred to as winning or losing the 50/50 in the Genshin Impact community.

In case you end up with a standard 5-star character (that is not featured in the Limited Character Banner) after the first roll, the 2nd 90-Wishes pull guarantees the featured 5-star character. Winning and losing the 50/50 can help you plan how you want to Wish or save for the next Banner.

Weapon Banners and Epitomized Path

Epitomized Path is a separate Pity system for the Weapon Event Banner introduced in version 2.0 of Genshin Impact. If the 5-star pull doesn’t reward you with the weapon featured in the event, this system grants you a Fate Point. While not a great system, the Epitomized Path will guarantee you the five-star weapon you want only if you don’t get it twice in a row.

Genshin Impact weapon banner: image of Splendor of Tranquil Waters

To utilize the Epitomized Path, you have to first designate a particular weapon that you want to acquire. This is referred to as “charting your course” toward that weapon. When you have two Fate Points, the next five-star weapon from that specific weapon Banner will be the five-star weapon you want, but to get it you need to reach Pity again, or get lucky and have it on early pity. Fate Points do not carry over to the next weapon Banner, but your Pity will.

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Is the weapon Banner worth it?

Generally speaking, no. The Weapon Banner in Genshin Impact has too much cost for such little reward. You should only wish on these banners if you love a character so much and you want one of their signature weapons.

That’s everything you need to know about the Pity system in Genshin Impact. For more, we have several guides covering multiple aspects of this gacha game. Read our pages on all the active redemption codes and the best weapons to forge in Genshin.