Genshin Impact’s Wish draws use gacha mechanics to deliver randomized items when players spend Primogems on them. Like most gacha-based games, Genshin Impact eploys a pity system to ensure that players will eventually receive rarer characters or items after a certain number of wishes, though the game doesn’t explain exactly how this system works. Below is a summary of the Genshin Impact pity system, explaining how it works, and the key details you need to know to maximize your rare character drops.
How does Genshin Impact’s pity system work?
The Genshin Impact pity system guarantees that you will receive a 5-star character after a certain number of Wishes on any given banner. How many Wishes depends on which Banner you choose to Wish on.
Each Banner type has its own pity system. You’re only guaranteed a 5-star drop with the right number of wishes on that Banner type, so Character Event Banners won’t count towards the pity system on the Standard Banner. However, the pity system does carry over between banners of the same type (e.g. Character Banner to Character Banner), so don’t worry about missing your shot if you can’t afford 90 Wishes on a single Banner.
Here’s how many Wishes you’ll need to trigger the pity system reset for each banner type:
Standard Banner pity system
By default, 5-star characters and weapons have a shared miniscule 0.6% chance of being pulled with each Wish on the Standard Banner. That means 5-Star characters have a 0.3% chance, and 5-star weapons also have a 0.3% chance. The Genshin Impact pity system means you’ll receive a 5-star character or weapon by your 90th Wish on the standard banner.
Because most people care about characters, you’ll see better odds wishing exclusively on Character Event Banners instead of the standard Banner. Likewise, the dedicated Weapon Event Banner offers much better rates to get 5-star weapons you’re after.
Character Event Banner pity system
5-star characters have a tiny 0.6% chance of being pulled with each Wish on a Character Event Banner. The pity system will ensure you get a 5-Star character by your 90th wish on the Character Event Banner.
Weapon Event Banner pity system
5-star weapons have a tiny 0.6% chance of being pulled with each Wish on a Weapon Event Banner. The pity system will ensure you get a 5-star character by your 80th wish on the Weapon Event Banner.
Genshin Impact pity system counter
Because the 5-star drop rates are so low in Genshin Impact, most players will only receive 5-star characters due to the pity system. As such, keeping track of your pity system counter and when it resets can be key for invested players.
The Genshin Impact pity system doesn’t have a direct in-game counter, but you can keep track of where you are by selecting the History button on the Wish page. This will show you all your pulls, meaning you can count backwards until you reach your last 5-star drop. Remember, each Banner type has its own pity system, so you need to count draws for each specific banner.
That’s all there is to know about how the Genshin Impact pity system works. Pity is also in place for 4-star drops, though those are far more common so it’s much less of a concern. The short of it is: if you want a new 5-star character, you’re best off wishing solely on the character banner in question until you get lucky or trigger the pity system reset.