Genshin Impact Layla - Release date, banner, lore, element, and weapon speculation

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A picture of Sumeru, where Layla reportedly comes from.

Proving that there's no chance of it slowing down any time soon, the recently speculated Genshin Impact Layla release date has been making the rounds across the game's various social media communities. Though there's not a massive amount to say about her just yet, we're piecing this page together now in time for the next info drop.

Down below, we'll go over and speculate what we know about the Genshin Impact Layla release date, the lore surrounding the new character, the banner she'll likely be a part of, and what weapon and element combo she uses.

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For more on the world of Teyvat, check out the Genshin Impact 3.1 hub for the latest update, and use any Genshin Impact codes that happen to still be active right now. Lastly, check out our Genshin Impact Dori build if you're looking to slide her into your team as well.

How do I get Layla in Genshin Impact?

Layla is currently available as a boosted-rate 4-Star on Childe and Yae Miko's rerun banners, but will be added to the standard pool for all banners in the next update.

Genshin Impact Layla lore - Who is Layla in Genshin Impact?

Sleepy Layla popped up in the Fabulous Fungus Frenzy event debuting in Version 3.2, alongside Yae Miko and some new NPCs. She is a scholar of the Rtawahist, studying Theoretical Astrology. This relates to her design and kit that features stars, and her sleeping in her deployable shield.

Genshin Impact Layla element- what element is Layla?

Layla uses the Cryo element, and has a sword. Because of her element and weapon combo, she's competing with Qiqi, Kaeya, and Ayaka. Though given she's a four-star user, she's the first Cryo Sword user of that rarity to be added since Kaeya in the original release.

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Genshin Impact Layla gameplay - attacks, skills, and abilities

As an on-field character, Layla is best for support and reactions; her elemental burst provides a Cryo AoE, much like Ganyu's, and her elemental skill is a Cryo shield. Other than that, she can do normal damage with her sword.

What weapon does Layla use?

Layla uses a sword when she attacks in Genshin Impact. Her stature makes the weapons seem a little heavier than they otherwise would on a character like Bennett or Jean, however, so it's easy to see why some would think she's using a claymore with a unique animation.

Layla's combat moves give her a shield orb called the Curtain of Slumber, which will provide damage should any enemies hit it. Her burst move is an AoE Cryo attack, a bit like Ganyu's. It comes from a hanging mobile above her.

Best weapons and Artifacts for Layla

We know that Layla wields a sword, so we can speculate as to which might be a good choice for her, and which Artifacts could help her skills.

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Weapon Rarity Bonus stat Skill How to obtain
Key of Khaj-Nisut5-StarHP% +14.4%HP increased by 20%. When an Elemental Skill hits opponents, you gain the Grand Hymn effect for 20s. This effect increases the equipping character's Elemental Mastery by 0.12% of their Max HP. This effect can trigger once every 0.3s. Max 3 stacks. When this effect gains 3 stacks, or when the third stack's duration is refreshed, the Elemental Mastery of all nearby party members will be increased by 0.2% of the equipping character's max HP for 20s.Weapon banner
Mistsplitter Reforged5-StarCRIT DMG 44.1%Gain a 12% Elemental DMG Bonus for every element and receive the might of Mistsplitter's Seal. At stack levels 1/2/3, Mistsplitter's Seal provides a 8/16/28% Elemental DMG Bonus for the character's Elemental Type. The character will obtain 1 stack of Mistsplitter's Seal in each of the following scenarios: Normal Attack deals Elemental DMG (stack lasts 5s), casting Elemental Burst (stack lasts 10s): Energy is less than 100% (stack disappears when Energy is full). Each stack's duration is calculated independentlyWishes
Sacrificial Sword4-StarEnergy Recharge 61.3%After damaging an opponent with an Elemental Skill, the skill has a 40% chance to end its own CD. Can only occur once every 30s.Wishes
Favonius Sword4-StarEnergy Recharge 61.3%CRIT Hits have a 60% chance to generate a small amount of Elemental Particles, which will regenerate 6 Energy for the character. Can only occur once every 12s.Wishes

In terms of Artifact sets, there are some obvious options given her Cryo vision, but Layla's damage scales off her HP, so it is a good idea to work towards that when picking Artifacts:

Set 2-piece bonus 4-piece bonus
Tenacity of the MillelithHP +20%When an Elemental Skill hits an opponent, the ATK of all nearby party members is increased by 20% and their Shield Strength is increased by 30% for 3s. This effect can be triggered once every 0.5s. This effect can still be triggered even when the character who is using this artifact set is not on the field
Blizzard StrayerCryo DMG Bonus +15%When a character attacks an opponent affected by Cryo, their CRIT Rate is increased by 20%. If the opponent is Frozen, CRIT Rate is increased by an additional 20%
Emblem of Severed FateEnergy Recharge +20%Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 25% of Energy Recharge. A maximum of 75% bonus DMG can be obtained in this way

What are Layla's ascension materials, and talent materials?

New leaks have sprouted that allegedly list what materials we'll need to ascend Layla, and level up her talents. These include an unnamed boss drop for now, which will likely be added in the next update when Layla releases.

To ascend her, here's what we'll need:

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Material How to obtain
Perpetual CaliberDrops from the Aeonblight Drake
Nilotpala LotusFound in streams and ponds in the Avidya forest
Divining Scroll, Sealed Scroll, Forbidden Curse ScrollsDrops from Samachurls
Shivada Jade Sliver, Fragment, Chunk, and GemstoneDrops from bosses like Cryo Hypostasis, Cryo Regisvine, Wolf of the North, Azhdaha, and Geovishaps

Layla's talent upgrades will also need the Scrolls, along with the Ingenuity family of talent materials.

Genshin Impact Layla banner speculation

This would line up with the projected release date of Genshin Impact 3.2. Though she could land that very day, if she ends up being in the banner for the second half of the patch, the Genshin Impact Layla release date could land somewhere in the middle of November instead.

For even more Genshin Impact coverage, check out the Mika release date page. It's a lot like this one, but with a few finer details. Our Cyno release date and Scaramouche release date pages are worth a look as well if you're planning your 3.x teams.