Warning: The following article contains minor spoilers from the “Shadows Amid Snowstorms” event and from the “Taurus Inacundus” story quest.
Genshin Impact is now on Version 2.3, with new quests and a deeper look into the lore of the Alchemist of Mondstadt, Albedo. But not just Albedo, we got a whole slew of characters that belong to a single element: Geo. Before this, there weren’t really any Geo characters that caught players’ attention, aside from maybe Zhongli back in Version 1.4. So here are some of the points that I liked in Version 2.3.
First, let’s talk about the characters. In this Version Update, the developers added not one, not two, but three Geo characters, with two of those being brand-new, adding something fresh to the team compositions. In addition, you got Arataki Itto, the descendant of the crimson oni who hits like a truck, and the canine warrior Gorou, whose ability significantly increased Geo characters’ bonuses.
Geo was always an odd-ball element because it doesn’t react elementally like the others, with Crystalize being its only reaction. Geo characters also relied on their DEF stat to scale their damage rather than their ATK, which required a completely different artifact set and play style. But with Version 2.3, the whole perspective of Geo changed, and now, if you managed to get Arataki Itto and Gorou, you’re one step closer to witnessing just how fun of an element it can be.
Version 2.3 saw us return to Dragonspine, the frigid mountain. During the main event, Shadows Amid Snowstorms, we learn about Mondstadt’s Alchemy Master, Albedo. Although some of our knowledge of who or what Albedo is was somewhat obvious from the get-go, we also learned some new mysteries, such as the fact that Albedo was not the first attempt at the Homunculus project.
While I felt the story could’ve progressed more, I’m excited to know what will happen next in this storyline. The amount of care and detail put into it is excellent. The event itself provided further lore to Dragonspine.
Finally, the last new element was Arataki Itto’s story quest, Taurus Iracundus, which tells us about the classic Japanese folklore of the crimson and blue oni story. Even though I’ve heard this story multiple times in multiple forms, the way Genshin Impact connected this classic folklore with the actual lore of the character was indeed genius. I was legit in tears at how good the animation was. Not to mention the sudden shift of how silly you think Arataki Itto might be to how sad the story truly is. So far, this makes Arataki Itto’s story quest my favorite one thus far, even after a year of playing Genshin Impact.
In conclusion, Version 2.3 was a significant update. While I’m sure many are looking for the upcoming 2.4 update, I had a great time with the story quests and the events. Sure, some events were basically reruns, but eh, it wasn’t a complete filler update like Version 2.2 or even Version 1.6. I cannot wait for next year’s Lantern Rite update.
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