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Genshin Impact's Shenhe gets a chilling new character demo

We've gotten a look at both the gameplay and personality of Genshin Impact's upcoming cryo character

It’s a great start to the year for Genshin Impact fans, as we’ve just today gotten a new character demo for the upcoming cyro polearm-user Shenhe! This short video formally introduces us to the icy exorcist, giving us a mix of cinematic and gameplay glimpses which give us an idea of what she’s all about.

The video (which you can watch embedded below) starts with fellow exorcist Chongyun chasing down an Abyss mage before being caught off guard. That’s where Shenhe steps in, using her Cryo avatar to block an incoming ambush and take out encroaching enemies.

Cover image for YouTube videoCharacter Demo - "Shenhe: Crane in the Wild" | Genshin Impact

Digging into the gameplay a little bit, we aren’t privy to much, unfortunately, but we can pick out a few aspects of her kit. As mentioned before Shenhe is a cryo polearm user, and we get plenty of shots of her swiping away at enemies while they remain frozen in place. In addition, we get a small look at her cryo avatars being used to dash through enemies, which can safely assume will be a major part of her offensive kit, giving her good crowd control utility.

The community reaction has been an eruption of positivity surrounding the latest look at Shenhe. Just take a quick glance at the game’s official Reddit and you’ll see the top post is of a particular moment between Shenhe and Chongyun, while the comments are filled with excitement around the familial relationship between the two.

For those excited to get their hands on this new addition to the chilling cryo roster in Genshin Impact, you won’t have to wait long: Shenhe is coming alongside Genshin Impact version 2.4 on January 5, as part of the new wish banner.

If you want to get a headstart on what weapons and team composition will best suit Shenhe, we’ve got a Shenhe build available to read right now. If you’re looking for some free primo gems to help secure this exciting new character, be sure to check out our Genshin Impact free primo gems page too!

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