Genshin Impact Shikanoin Heizou Release Date, Weapon, Element, and Build

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July 2, 2022: Shikanoin Heizou has been confirmed for Genshin Impact 2.8.

Rumours are flying around as to what's coming in Genshin Impact's upcoming updates, but something has just been confirmed - a new character called Shikanoin Heizou.

As of his announcement, we have no information as to when he will be available in the game, but we do know a few things. He is the first male catalyst user, and is probably the last Inazuma character being introduced to the game. A lot of information and clues about his character have been dug up by reliable leakers Ubatcha and Mia. Though their previous leaks have proven true, take this information with a pinch of salt just to be safe. Either way, Heizou will release with his own Hangout Quest, and has likely suffered delays due to recent setbacks with the Genhsin Impact 2.7 update.

While we await more information, check out our guides for Yelan and Kuki, two more upcoming Genshin characters. There’s also our Version 2.8 page for all the facts and fiction surrounding the next release.

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When Will Shikanoin Heizou Release?

Hoyoverse has confirmed the release date for 2.8 - the update that will likely bring Heizou into the game. The update will go live on July 13, so it's time to hoard those Primogems.

Who Is Shikanoin Heizou in Genshin Impact?

Heizou is hailed as an Inazuman detective, working for the Tenryou Comission. Said to have ‘admirable wit and insight’, Ayato herself has commended his abilities and that the Comission is lucky to have him on board.

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This isn’t his first mention, though - Kamisato Ayaka drops his name in her voice-overs, as does his older cousin: Kano Nana. His name also crops up on the bulletin boards in Inazuma.

Heizou is an Anemo elemental user, and is armed with a Catalyst. His constellation has been revelead as Cervus Minor - a buck - which presumably signifies his spirit and wild side. He is likely to be a 4-Star character.

What Is Heizou's Weapon in Genshin Impact?

According to leaks, Heizou will be a Catalyst character, not allowing for any weapons as such. He will only be able to fight and deal damage with his Anemo elemental skill. This can have its drawbacks if any enemies are immune to Anemo.

At present, the recommended weapon to equip Heizou with is the Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds, or Solar Pearl.

What Is Heizou's Element in Genshin Impact?

Heizou is another Anemo wielding character, alongside Xiao, Venti, and the unchanged Traveler.

What Are Shikanoin Heizou's Constellations in Genshin Impact?

Heizou's Constellations have been revealed, and they are as follows:

  • Named Juvenile Casebook
  • Investigative Colleciton
  • Esoteric Puzzle Book
  • Tome of Lies
  • Secret Archive
  • Curious Casefiles
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Some of these Constellations buff Heizou's Heartstopper Strike and Windmuster Kick abilities, to add more power and elemental damage.

What Are the Best Weapons and Artifacts for Shikanoin Heizou?

The best weapon for Heizou will likely be the Sacrificial Fragments that Catalysts use - as an Anemo user, Heizou will be able to use the Viridescent Venerer artifact set, which adds significant buffs to any elemental damage. As he doesn't use physical weapons or deal any damage that isn't elemental, this set is ideal. Especially with the Sacrificial Fragments' high elemental damage.