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Genshin Impact: Xiao release date and banner predictions

Published: 08:06, 14 January 2021
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Genshin impact character Xiao
Genshin Impact - Xiao

Xiao is probably one of the most anticipated characters in Genshin Impact and players and it seems like that we'll finally have the option to get him as the first character of patch 1.3 alongside three other four-star characters.

The release date of the Xiao banner isn't confirmed yet, but considering that Ganyu's banner is ending 19 days from now, we should expect Xiao to be available around February 3, depending on the server.

One of the most frequently asked questions is, who will be the four-star characters joining the Conqueror of Demons. Considering that he's one of the fan-favorite characters, we could expect a slightly weaker four-star lineup. Having a character on a banner will significantly increase his drop rate for its duration.

As for the prediction, there are three certain rules which four-star characters are appearing on the banner:

  • there are four different elements between the four characters
  • characters can't appear two patches in a row
  • the banner can't include Amber, Keaya or Lisa

The 1.3 updates will feature two banners and based on these rules above, these are the possible four-star characters: Barbara, Ningguang, Diona, Beidou, Razor, Xinyan, and Chongyun.

First of all, since Barbara has skipped the last four banners, she will most likely be a part of this one. Now considering that Hu Tao is almost certainly the second character of 1.3, this locks Xinyan as for the Xiao banner, based on the first rule.

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Figuring out who the last four-star character of the Xiao banner seems pretty tricky considering that Diona and Chongyun, as well as Razor and Beidou share the same element. This means that one of those characters will skip both 1.3 banners and our prediction is that it will either be Razor or Diona. Our prediction for the final four-star position on the Xiao banner is Beidou.

This means that the Xiao banner should include the following characters:

  • Xiao
  • Barbara
  • Xinyan
  • Beidou
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