The newest Genshin Impact characters, Yun Jin and Shenhe, were just officially announced, and both characters are polearm users. Before these new additions, the polearm had the least amount of characters. But after Yun Jin and Shenhe join the game, there will be nine polearm users, which more evenly matches the other weapon types. Since the 2.0 update, two polearm users were added, the Raiden Shogun and Thoma, so yet another two characters of this weapon type begs the question as to why so many are being added to the game all of a sudden.
Players have been eagerly awaiting Yun Jin and Shenhe’s announcement for quite some time, so this isn’t much of a surprise. However, their elements and weapon types are. Because these two characters were announced just before the release of the Genshin Impact 2.3 update, it is then expected that they will be coming in Version 2.4 early next year. As far as their background, both come from Liyue, making them the first new characters outside of Inazuma added to the game since the region was released back in July (excluding Aloy). But making them both be polearm users initially seems like a strange choice, though surely there must be a reason.
The addition of so many polearm characters being added to Genshin Impact recently might not have been specifically planned. It could merely be a coincidence that both Yun Jin and Shenhe are polearm users and releasing at the same time. Because there was information leaked about them a while ago, it is known that these characters have been in development for some time, meaning that their weapon types could have been chosen long before their release dates were.
Why Genshin Impact’s Yunjin And Shenhe Are Polearm Users
It does, however, make sense that this is Yun Jin\’s and Shenhe’s weapon type. When looking at the character art, it can be seen that Yun Jin is using Dragon’s Bane, a 4-star polearm already in the game. This suggests that she will be a 4-star character. The only other Geo polearm user in Genshin Impact is Zhongli, who is a 5-star character. It makes sense then that a 4-star Geo polearm user is needed – enter Yunjin. The same can be said for Shenhe but reverse.
When looking at her character art, the polearm that she is using is new, which suggests that Shenhe is a 5-star character. The only other Cryo polearm user in Genshin Impact is Rosaria, who is a 4-star character, so the same logic applies here. The same could also be said for Thoma, a four star Pyro polearm user, and Hu Tao, a 5-star Pyro polearm user. This keeps everything theoretically equal in terms of elements and weapon types.
The reason a lot of polearm characters are being added to Genshin Impact may be coincidental or a way of evening out the lineup. Thoma works very well with Hu Tao, so it may be that Yun Jin and Shenhe are meant to work alongside the other polearm user of their element. Regardless of the reason for this choice, many players have been waiting a long time to see these characters added to the game, and, fortunately, that wait is coming to an end soon.