Genshin Impact: Cyno Story Quest Guide and Tips

In the new version 3.1 update of Genshin Impact, we finally get to explore the Desert region of Sumeru while also meeting some new characters. One of the most hyped and anticipated characters Cyno is released in this fresh patch. Cyno is a five-star Electro DPS and is known to be the General Mahamatra in the game. In this guide we will be helping you navigate through the Cyno Story Quest: ‘Sands of Solitude’ (Lupus Aureus Chapter: Act I) with a thorough walkthrough and also share special insight and thoughts about his story quest in Genshin Impact.

How to unlock the Cyno Story Quest: Lupus Aureus Chapter: Act I ‘Sand of Solitude’ in Genshin Impact

To unlock the quest players must:

  • Be at Adventure Rank (AR) 40 or above
  • Complete the Sumeru Archon Quests ACT III and ACT IV ‘King Deshret and the Three Magi’Have at least one Story Key (which can be obtained by completing Daily Commissions 8 times) 

Part One: Suspicious Smuggling Case

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  • Take a look around the Akademiya in Sumeru City.
  • Look for clues outside the Sumeru City.
  • Talk to Cyno and work with him to arrest the suspects.
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  • Teleport to The Palace of Alcazarzaray and ask Dori for information.
  • Inform Cyno of the intel in Caravan Ribat.
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  • Leave Caravan Ribat and head to the location outside.
  • Defeat the mercenaries that followed you and Cyno.
  • Talk to Cyno.

Part One Quest Rewards

  • Adventure EXP x 525
  • Mora x 31125
  • Hero’s Wit x 4
  • Mystic Enhancement Ore x 7

Part Two: Chain of Interests

1. Go to the desert auction site

  • Defeat the ambushing enemies
  • Talk to Cyno
  • Continue heading to the desert auction
  • Defeat another hoard of the ambushing monsters
  • Continue heading to the desert auction again

2. Investigate the Auction site

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  • Wait until four days later.
  • Go to Caravan Ribat.
  • Find Cyno in Caravan Ribat and Talk to him.

Part Three Quest Rewards

  • Primogems x 60
  • Adventure EXP x 625
  • Mora x 38100
  • Hero’s Wit x 4
  • Mystic Enhancement Ore x 8
  • Guide to Admonition x 5
  • The General Mahamatra on Duty x 1 (Furniture) 

In-Depth Review and Discussion

Cyno has been one of the most anticipated characters in the Genshin Impact community for a while now. He first appeared in the Genshin Impact Webtoon, introducing himself as an Akademia Scholar sent to Mondstadt by Lisa from Sumeru. He played a part (albeit a small one) in helping Collei during the Archon Residue within her and finally whisking her away with him to Sumeru. Coupled with the appearance in the Teyvat Chapter Storyline Preview Video of Sumeru, fans awaited his in-game appearance to get a full glimpse of his character and backstory.

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  • Talk to Cyno
  • Leave the auction with the tracker
  • Meet up with Cyno again in the location of the auction site
  • Follow Bahari to Aaru Village

Part Two Quest Rewards

  • Adventure EXP x 600
  • Mora x 35475
  • Hero’s Wit x 4
  • Mystic Enhancement Ore x 8

Part Three: All Returns to Silence

  • Bring Cyno’s introduction letter to Nabil in the Akademia of Sumeru City.
  • Go to the repository to gather information.
  • Search for clues in the repository and leave Repository.
  • Inquire about the recent shipments to the people.
  • Ask the guard for information.
  • Go to Taj’s house and look for clues.
  • Meet up with Cyno again in Aaru Village.
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  • Find the Court of Desolation according to the instructions on the map.
  • Enter the Court of Desolation Domain and reach the depths of the Court of Desolation.
  • Defeat Taj, leave the Court of Desolation and Talk to Cyno.
 Genshin Impact Cyno Story Quest
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Taking place after the events from the last Sumeru Acts (III and IV), the Traveler and Paimon are roped into a case of helping the Matra investigate the smuggling of Canned Knowledge and it was only getting worse since they didn’t have Cyno alongside with them to help with the case.

From the previous Archon quests, we are already acquainted with the knowledge that Cyno has left his position of being the General Mahamatra for the time being and exiled himself to the Desert. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t stop him from his Matra duties then and of course, it doesn’t stop him now seeing as afterwards we run into him investigating the case as well without the Matras and the Akademia knowing.

Cyno and journey along his side

Throughout the story, we team up with Cyno and journey along his side as he shows us the forefront of what a General Mahamatra is capable of. Cyno as a character has a very stoic persona and takes his Matra duties seriously. Having a very intimidating and scary presence, he does not hesitate to serve judgment and punishment to those who deserve it. He sticks by his ideals and principles and never deters away from them, as his close ex-partner, Taj has commented on it as well.

Cyno and journey
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Having said that, Cyno is shown to be very empathetic and kind to others. Despite the threatening exterior, he expresses worry for the Traveler’s safety and offers his utmost protection to them. Similarly, we see his displays of kindness throughout the story, seeing as Cyno shows his concerns for Collei inquiring about her health to Tighnari and likewise promising Bahari that he would aid his sick daughter and keep them from harm’s way from the enemies.

Characterization and involvement of NPCs

The story itself is interesting enough despite having a full NPC cast. The NPCs all played their parts well and the plot itself held out well until the very end. Taj Radkani, Cyno’s ex-partner and somewhat of a close friend of his, and his son Murtada’s whole story felt depressing and sad.

Seeing Taj sacrificing himself in the end for his son and the countless other promising scholars who step foot in the Court of Desolation was truly honorable. Cyno, not letting his death be in vain, did his utmost best to take down the corrupted people in the smuggling case afterward, which he did, proving his efforts were not hopeless.

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The quest does a respectable job of balancing both Cyno’s characterization and involvement in the story and the involvement of the NPCs. What’s pitiful in Genshin Impact’s story quests is that almost a lot of the quests are heavily focused and centered on an NPC and their problems, while the actual character that the story quest is supposed to around usually plays a side character role in their plot.

Cyno being directly linked to Taj’s character and the Akademia helped to drive his character development. At the end of the Story Quest, one of the rewards we obtain is Cyno’s briefcase which can be placed in our Serenitea Pot as Furnishing.  

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