Genshin Impact 4.8 release date and new Summer event confirmed

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  • Genshin Impact 4.8 will be released on July 17, 2024.

The Genshin Impact 4.8 release date has been confirmed by HoYoverse during its monthly special program, detailing all the new content in the upcoming patch. In 4.8, we’re getting a new character and the big summer event, which adds a temporary new area to explore, new skins for Nilou and Kirara, and more.

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Nilou gets a new skin in the 4.8 update. Image via HoYoverse.

When is the Genshin Impact 4.8 release date?

The Genshin Impact 4.8 release date is Wednesday July 17, 2024. This date has been confirmed by HoYoverse during the official 4.8 special program, highlighting the new additions coming in the latest patch. As always, Genshin updates go live on Wednesdays in the UK, so we can expect to play it the same morning.

When is the Genshin Impact 4.8 livestream

Every month HoYoverse hosts a special program, highlighting the new banners, characters, events, and more details about the incoming patch. The 4.8 live stream airred on July 5, confirming the new banners and the latest redemption codes. Here are the codes:

YS2WHUHFNQ5M100 Primogems, 10 Mystic Enhancement Ore
5TJWHDHX7R59100 Primogems, 5 Hero’s Wit
PTKXYUGW7R6D100 Primogems, 50,000 Mora

Genshin Impact 4.8 banners

The Genshin Impact 4.8 banners are as follows: the first phase will feature reruns of Navia and Nilou. In the second phase, the banners will introduce the newest character Emilie and a rerun for Yelan. There are no new four-star characters this time around, and only one new five-star unit.


  • Dendro Vision
  • 5-Star
  • Available during the second phase banner
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Emilie is the newest 5-star character, coming in patch 4.8. Image via HoYoverse

Emilie is a perfumer from Fontaine. She uses a polearm in combat and her attacks are all themed around scents and it appears she synergises extremely well with Pyro characters. When you use her Skill, she summons a Lumidouce that will fire Dendro protectiles at foes in range, while also increasing her damage done to enemies suffering from the Burning debuff. The Lumidouce has three levels and it will increase through these levels based on the number of Scents you pick up on the field when they are created. Running alongside Emilie’s banner will be her signature weapon on the Weapon Banner.

Genshin Impact 4.8 new additions

New Summer event area, Simulanka

The biggest addition in 4.8 is the introduction of the special limited-time Summer area. This area will be available to explore during patch 4.8, but it will be removed when patch 4.9 launches. In the past, HoYoverse has typically created these unique maps for the summer, with the previous maps being the Summertime Odyssey and the Summer Paradise map. In 4.8, this new map is a Fairytale world called Simulanka, and it features a colourful design and fun origami animals to interact with.

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The new Summer event adds an area called Simulanka. Image via HoYoverse

New outfits for Nilou and Kirara

Alongside the new Summer map, new outfits are being added for 5-Star character Nilou and 4-Star character Kirara. You can claim Kirara’s new outfit for free, simply by collecting enough resources in Simulanka to unlock it. If you want Nilou’s outfit, you’ll have to buy it from the game’s shop using Genesis Crystals.

Quality of life improvements – world bosses

HoYoverse also announced there will be new quality-of-life improvements in patch 4.8. In the next update, all World Bosses will have their respawn time reduced to only 10 seconds. At the moment, you need to wait around two minutes for a World Boss to respawn, so this will make it much easier to farm for character ascension materials.

Encounter Points overhaul

Alongside this, you will also be able to claim your Daily Comissions much easily thanks to the overhauled Encounter Points system. As it stands, you can do other activities in Genshin to earn Encounter Points, which you then turn in for Primogems. This is an alternative to doing all of your Daily Comissions and now you can earn Encounter Points by spending Resin on World Bosses, for example.

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