Genshin Impact 1.2 Update Brings New Area And More

Published: December 11, 2020 8:45 AM /


The new icy Dragonspine area in the upcoming Genshin Impact 1.2 update

Developer miHoYo has revealed what players can expect from the forthcoming Genshin Impact 1.2 update. This Genshin Impact update will bring the frozen area of Dragonspine to the game along with new characters, new status effects, and plenty more.

What can we expect from the Genshin Impact 1.2 update?

This news comes via a post on the official PlayStation blog. In the post, miHoYo describes Dragonspine as a "brand new immersive environment full of new creatures, mysteries, treasures, and dangers". Two new characters, Mondstadt alchemist Albedo and half-adeptus Cryo archer Ganyu, will be joining the roster along with Dragonspine. Albedo will be the center of the new "The Chalk Prince and the Dragon" event, which will see you assisting him in investigating Dragonspine and the mysterious Festering Desire sword. You'll be able to keep said sword after you've finished the event questline.

A combat still from the upcoming Genshin Impact 1.2 update's The Chalk Prince and the Dragon questline
"The Chalk Prince and the Dragon" will see you and Albedo investigating the mysterious Festering Desire sword.

The next Genshin Impact update also adds some intriguing new gameplay elements. Sheer Cold is a new status effect that you'll have to manage while exploring Dragonspine. If you don't find heat sources periodically, the Sheer Cold bar will fill up, and once it's full, you'll start to take HP damage. Ways to combat this cold include standing near fire sources (torches, cooking pots, et cetera), mining the new Scarlet Quartz resource, and unlocking a new craftable item that operates as a temporary heat source.

What else does Dragonspine hold?

There will also be a new hidden questline to discover in the upcoming Genshin Impact update. You'll be piecing together clues regarding a lost civilization buried beneath the mountains of Dragonspine. Completing these quests will net you a 4-star Snow-Tombed Starsilver claymore. In addition, there will be lots of new ingredients, artifacts, minerals, weapons, and plenty more to find while you're wandering Dragonspine. Developer miHoYo points to the new Dragon's Tooth item; by collecting these, you'll be able to forge the Dragonspine Spear weapon.

Crimson Agate, a new material in Dragonspine in the new Genshin Impact 1.2 update
Crimson Agate can be offered to Genshin Impact's Frostbearing Tree for unique rewards.

There's also the new Crimson Agate material, which can be found throughout Dragonspine. Collecting enough of this and offering it to the new Frostbearing Tree will grant you rewards that are useful for battle and exploring. These rewards include crafting recipes such as the aforementioned temporary heat source, which takes the form of a Warming Bottle. You'll also find a new 4-star Frostbearer catalyst to claim using your Crimson Agate.

The developers say there's much more to look forward to in the upcoming Genshin Impact update and they "don't want to spoil all the surprises". Suffice it to say we'll likely learn much more about the game's new content as we get closer to Version 1.2's December 23rd release date. You can grab Genshin Impact for free right now on PC, PlayStation 4, and mobile devices.

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