The luscious fourth region of Teyvat to release into Genshin Impact is Sumeru. Filled with deserts and jungles, this is the home of the Dendro element, and a wild new story.
Originally introduced way back in the Teyvat Chapter Storyline Preview, Sumeru is the land of wisdom, and the home of the Akedemiya. The region is filled with fauna, flora, and famous scholars. The new region promises a huge addition to the map, story, and game's structure, and we can't wait.
In preparation for the Version 3.0 update release, we recommend checking out our pages for the new, and confirmed, characters: Tighnari, Dori, and Collei. We also have a roundup of what else to expect in Version 3.0, and an up-to-date banner schedule. Oh, and here's some promo codes for free Primogems, too.
Sumeru Release Date
Following Hoyoverse's usual release pattern, Version 3.0, including Sumeru's release, will go live on August 24. This is the day after Yoimiya's rerun banner ends, so the timing seems to line up.
Sumeru Map and Location
Leakers have worked hard and fast to find Sumeru's map. It appears to be located West of Liyue and connects to the Chasm.
The landscape is filled with big, rolling hills; a little different to the mountains of Liyue. There are jungle and rainforest areas, and a sprawling desert to traverse. We know that there is the Avidya Forest, where rangers Tighnari and Collei work.
What we've seen so far of the area shows off many lush areas filled with mushrooms, plants, fruiting trees, and more nature than you could shake a stick at. There's new animals and enemies too, but more on that in a bit.
We know of a few key locations already, but the majority of Sumeru remains a mystery. The main, populated area is Sumeru City, featuring merchants and the Adventurer's Guild, and likely the other city fixtures that Liyue Harbor and Mondstadt have.
Sumeru is renowned for the Sumeru Akedemiya - the region's leading institute of education, where any scholars worth their salt study. Lisa, of Mondstadt, studied here too. For now, it isn't clear how this will feature in the story, but it will likely appear sooner rather than later.
The area has very big Middle-East and South Asian influences, and is likely named after both Mount Meru (a 5-peaked mountain appearing in Buddhist and Hindu lore), and Sumer: the earliest known civilisation.
Collectables and Materials in Sumeru
As with the previous regions, there's a whole new catalog of collectibles and forageable items coming with Sumeru.
The new fruit we can find are the Harra Fruit and the Zaytun Peach, and a new Rukkhashava Mushroom. These will likely be used in new characters' ascensions.
There's also a new oculus: the Dendroculus. Rumour has it there are 270 of these to collect, so we better keep our eyes peeled!
Sumeru Story Chapters
As for what story and chapters we can expect, we know that the third Archon Quest chapter is coming, and it is called 'Truth Amongst the Pages of Purana'. Puranas likely pertains to a form of Indian literature that focuses on legends and lore. It is also a Hindi word that means 'old', adding to the ancient feel of the Sumeru region. We don't know much about the actual story yet, though.
There will of course be Story Quests (and subsequent Hangouts) for the new characters. First up will likely be Tighnari's Story Quest, 'Vulpes Zerda Chapter Act I', releasing in Version 3.0 as he heads up a banner. Again, this is speculation for now.
Rumour has it that there will be two Archon Quests in the Version 3 updates, though this too is unconfirmed.
Who is The Sumeru Archon?
We've just been given a proper look at the Dendro Archon, the God of Wisdom: Lesser Lord Kusanali. That's her title, and her real name is Nahida. This follows the other three Archons and their duo names; Venti is Barbatos, Zhongli is Morax, and Ei is the Raiden Shogun. Nahida will be a Dendro Vision character, but hasn't been given a release yet.
She took the title of Archon 500 years ago during the Cataclysm, when the previous Archon fell. She was born after this happened, however, which allowed others to try and take over. There are some rumours about what this could mean, but for now, we need to wait for the real story.
For anyone that has completed the Summertime Odyssey events, you might have realised that the voice coming from the Dodoco communication device was in fact Nahida!
Something we do know for sure is a lot of the characters coming to the game throughout the Version 3 updates.
Hoyoverse, in its last two trailers and on the official Genshin Impact Twitter, have now confirmed the existence of six previously leaked characters. They are:
- Nilou - A dancer from Sumeru that is seen as a rebel for not following the academic path.
- Nahida - The Dendro Archon, known as Lesser Lord Kusanali, appears as a small child similar to Klee.
- Tighnari - Slated as Sumeru's first 5-Star, he uses a Dendro Vision and a bow. He is an Amurta Researcher and Ranger of the Avidya Forest.
- Alhaitham - Part of the Haravatat in the Akedimiya, he is regarded as a genius.
- Dehya - A member of the Desertfolk, and an Eremite mercenary.
- Cyno - First seen in the Teyvat Storyline Preview, we've finally seen him again, and his Electro Vision and Polearm weapon.
- Collei - Second Dendro bow wielder is Collei, a trainee ranger that has previously appeared in the manga. She will likely be a 4-Star character.
- Dori - An Electro, 4-Star character with a genie counterpart, likely releasing in 3.0.
We've also already seen some Sumeru NPCs, for instance Soraya at Wangshu Inn, merchant Vahid that is stuck in Ritou, and Anisa on Watatsumi Island.
The Sumeru region is vast, and dangerous, and is going to be filled with new foes. There's a new roaming gang like the Treasure Hoarders - the Eremite. They're a group of unruly mercenaries that who with no one else. They will likely pose a threat to the Traveler as they continue their adventures.
A possible Dendro Hypostasis arena has been found by some leakers, and it stands to reason that it will exist given we have a lot of other elements already. In the first Sumeru teaser video, we see the Traveler facing down an Electro Regisvine. We may also get a Dendro Regisvine, though this hasn't been shown yet.
What we have seen are the new Dendro mushroom enemies. They float, and somewhat resemble Whopperflowers. They appeared in the latest trailer, but we weren't given any information. The latest trailer also showed off a big cat, and boars covered in mushrooms, and some form of fungal bird in an arena - this will likely be a new boss for material farming.