Genshin Impact recently announced Shikanoin Heizou, a new character coming to the 2.8 update, whose abilities and Elemental Burst may have been leaked. Like many live-service games, Genshin Impact is riddled with players that hack or utilize company connections to obtain and circulate information. Some leaks feature upcoming character Banners, allowing players to budget their in-game currency better, but others can feature images, damage output, or videos of abilities, weapons, and more. While Shikanoin Heizou likely won\’t join the game until July since Genshin Impact 2.7 was delayed, the leaked information can help players adjust their parties ahead of Heizou\’s arrival.
Genshin Impact\’s Shikanoin Heizou is a young Tenryou Commission detective who habitually bends the rules to suit his needs. When he releases in Genshin Impact\’s 2.8 update, he will become the first male catalyst user. Leaked footage for Heizou\’s attacks shows more martial arts-focused patterns, which could revolutionize gameplay strategy and combos. Shikanoin\’s idle animations show the character expertly wielding a blade and going deep into thought with Anemo-imbued texts floating around his head. The legitimacy of this video is still questionable, but the crisp animations and familiar mannerisms shown suggest it could be an early glimpse at Genshin Impact\’s newest caster.
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Heizou\’s Elemental Skill in Genshin Impact is reportedly a move called Heartstopper Strike, which can be charged or activated with a tap. Charging Heartstopper Strike stacks Declension, which increases damage to a max of 4 stacks. Heizou\’s ability complements and powers itself, rewarding patient players for charging attacks with an additional buff: Conviction. When players stack Declension to 4, Conviction activates and ensures the next Heartstopper Strike is more powerful and deals more AOE (area-of-effect) damage than the last blow.
Genshin Impact: Heizou\’s Burst Could Make Him A Good Support Character
Heizou\’s Elemental Burst in Genshin Impact is called Windmuster Kick, according to leaks. The power launches him into the air to kick his opponent, activating single-target and AOE Anemo damage. Additionally, this Elemental Burst utilizes Vacuum Slugger, creating a tornado that afflicts enemies with an accompanying element (Hydro, Electro, Pyro, Cryo, etc.). Heizou becomes far more deadly when used in tandem with other DPS characters, and could make an excellent support character for teams lacking Anemo.
As is the case with all leaks, players should take Genshin Impact\’s 2.7 and 2.8 leaks with a hint of skepticism. Some leakers are proven to be more reliable than others, and the echo chamber of information can cause the community to confirm some facts over others. Furthermore, these leaks reflect the Shikanoin Heizou shown in Genshin Impact\’s 2.8 beta, meaning the character could undergo some adjustments and overhauls before he releases. Currently, the Genshin Impact 2.8 update is announced to take place on July 13, 2022.