Perhaps the most significant addition to Genshin Impact‘s upcoming 3.0 update is Dendro. The last of the seven elemental types present in the world of Teyvat, Dendro was previously only present in-game as an element wielded by enemies. Now, it’ll be in the hands and projectiles of the Traveler’s friends. First among them will be Tighnari, the game’s first 5-Star playable Dendro character. HoYoVerse uploaded a character teaser video for the big-eared Forest Ranger to give players a look at his personality and motivations.
The Tighnari character teaser shows him penning a letter to his unnamed master. In the letter, Tighnari (pronounced “Tie-nah-ree”) rejects the chance to join the Akademiya, as he is concerned about a sinister phenomenon affecting Sumeru’s rainforest. He instead suggests that the Akademiya send researchers into the forest to aid the research. Tighnari is voiced in English by Elliot Gindi, who also played Amibaras in the Undercity podcast series. In Japanese, he’s voiced by Sanae Kobayashi, who played Kat in Gravity Rush and Shin-ah in Yona of the Dawn.
HoYoVerse also dropped some details on how Tighnari will actually play. As the game’s first 5-Star Dendro character, many players are likely to try to obtain him to get a leg up on using Dendro in combat. He uses a bow and is characterized as a burst damage dealer, dealing high damage in a short period of time. Like Ganyu and Yoimiya, his charged shot has two levels, the 2nd of which launches a “Wreath Arrow” that generates tracking projectiles. His Elemental Skill, Vijnana-Phala Mine, creates a field that taunts enemies and reduces the charge time on the Wreath Arrow. His Elemental Burst, Fashioner’s Tanglevine Shaft, fires a large number of tracking projectiles that deal Dendro damage.
Tighnari debuts on the Wish banner when Genshin Impact 3.0 launches. Players will also get a chance to obtain Collei, a 4-Star Dendro bow-user, for free from the seasonal event.
Genshin Impact is available on mobile devices, PC, PS4, and PS5. The 3.0 update launches on August 24, 2022.