26 Jul 2021 11:45 AM +00:00

Genshin Impact Aloy - Everything We Know

A new major Mihoyo collaboration is coming in the form of Genshin Impact Aloy, an event that brings Horizon Zero Dawn's bow-wielding protagonist into the world of Teyvat. We don't know how she managed to end up there just yet, but we do know that she's a proper five-star character with her own skills, burst, and animations, though who knows where we're going to find her character ascension materials...

This is Genshin Impact's first major character collaboration, and it's likely that Aloy's arrival is to celebrate the recently added Genshin Impact cross-play functionality for PS4 and PS5. Either way, we're excited to see what she can do. For more information about the red-headed archer, keep reading this Genshin Impact Aloy guide.

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Everything We Know About Aloy in Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact's Aloy hails from the world of Horizon Zero Dawn and its upcoming sequel, Horizon Forbidden West. These post-apocalyptic open-world games see rival hunter-gatherer tribes battling one another while trying to contend with a growing horde of giant robotic animals.

The games are typically quite serious in tone, so Genshin's cutesy take on Aloy isn't something we've seen before. Read on to find out more about the upcoming character, including her likely release date and speculative build.

A Genshin Impact Aloy promo image with a picture of her wielding a bow
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What Is the Genshin Impact Aloy Release Date?


We currently know that the Genshin Impact Aloy release date is the same as version 2.1. If the six-week time span between updates is the same as usual, this would be September 1, 2021. But remember that Aloy is only available to PS4 and PS5 players during version 2.1.

If you want to play as Aloy but don't have either console, you sadly have to wait a little longer until version 2.2, and you'll also have to be above Adventure Rank 20 to try her out.

Is There a Genshin Impact Aloy Banner?

Strangely enough, there isn't a Genshin Impact Aloy banner. This new character is the first (except the traveller) not to have a banner, and she is free to everyone, provided you are above Adventure Rank 20.

The Best Genshin Impact Aloy Build and Abilities

We don't currently know all that much about Aloy, other than that she's a Cryo bow wielder. This means she'll have big shoes to fill in the form of Ganyu and Diona, but as she's a five-star hero, we expect her abilities will be pretty powerful.

Considering her role in Horizon Zero Dawn, she's more likely to be a DPS rather than a healer, but perhaps she'll have some support-based abilities as well that will let her entangle foes, similar to the gadgets she uses in her own game series.

Her bow, Predator, also arrives for free alongside the character herself, and considering its effect, it all but confirms she's a DPS fighter. Dealing Cryo damage increases normal and charged attack damage by 10% for six seconds, and simply equipping the bow increases Aloy's base attack by 66.

What Is Genshin Impact Aloy's Weapon?


Aloy is getting a new five-star weapon as well. Predator is a five-star bow and, unlike most five-star weapons, you can get this one for free if you have Genshin Impact on PlayStation.

Log in to the game on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 between the 2.1 and 2.3 release dates to receive a piece of in-game mail containing the bow.

At level 90, Predator will have a base attack of 510, making it the weakest of the five-star bows. Its secondary stat will boost attack by a further 41.3% at level 90, however. The Refinement Skill is a bit different since it only works on PlayStation systems.

Strong Strike

  • Dealing Cryo damage causes the wielder's normal and charged attack damage to increase by 10% for six seconds. This stacks twice.
  • If Aloy equips Predator, attack power increases by an impressive 66.

You can still use Predator on PC or mobile, but the Strong Strike skill won't work. So far, it's not clear how refining Predator will work since it's a unique weapon only obtainable once.

That's everything we currently know about Genshin Impact's Aloy, but you can read more about her backstory in the official Aloy announcement. If you're looking for more guides to help you out in Inazuma, we've also got full lists of Sakura Bloom locations and Electroculus locations, as well as an Ayaka build guide, Kokomi build guide, and Gorou build guide. Check them out!

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