The problem with Genshin Impact multiplayer (2022)

I’m a huge MMORPG fan, but recent years have left me disillusioned with the genre. From Activision Blizzard’s abhorrent behaviour putting me off WoW, to the tedium of FFXIV’s story quests, and the general lack of pizzaz in ESO, I was desperate to find something that could scratch that itch. Then Genshin Impact came along – and while, admittedly, it’s not an MMO, the vast, lore-driven open world with domains in place of dungeons, multiple combat styles, online events, and co-op elements ticked all the boxes I was looking for.

Unfortunately though, the Genshin Impact multiplayer system leaves a lot to be desired. I know it’s not at all central to the game, and I’m sure there are plenty of people who play it completely solo or enjoy what co-op action there is. In fact, one of the things I love most about this brilliant title is there are so many ways to engage with it. It caters to those of you who are meta chasers, constantly seeking out the best build for the S rank characters, farming top artifacts, and upgrading weapons to watch your damage numbers sky rocket.

It’s great for those of you who play casually (like my boyfriend), who only dip in to do your dailies and spend your resin then duck back out again. And it’s got so much for those of you who are explorers and completionists (like me), who delve into every corner of the map in search of secrets, puzzles, and tidbits of lore as you slowly 100% each section of the map. There’s so, so much to love about Genshin.

However, when it comes to co-op, there’s not all that much you can do. Outside of multilayer events like Windtrace, which are usually only available for two to four weeks, you’re limited to a handful of weekly bosses (which you can only claim rewards from once a week), domains, leyline blossoms, and random exploration (harvesting items, some of which only one player can collect, or killing random mobs) – and while that sounds like a lot, the majority of it is restricted by your resin count.

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You also can’t engage with most puzzle-solving tasks in your friend’s worlds (which I do agree with, but that’s just another element that you can’t play together) and there are no co-operative quests or friend trading systems to supplement this. To top it all off, you can only join a friend’s game if you have a similar adventure rank and have the right world level.

More multiplayer options could offer a fresh breath of life to the game

Once again, this hasn’t truly robbed me of any enjoyment – I still play this game daily, and am so deeply enshrined in its lore and characters that it’s near enough always on my mind. But I feel Hoyoverse is truly missing out on some great opportunities to expand and cater to an even larger audience, while also offering more enjoyment for existing fans, giving us all something extra while we wait for the next Genshin Impact update.

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In my humble opinion, there are a few things that would take Genshin Impact from a wonderful solo open-world adventure with lacklustre co-op elements, to a true contender in the online co-op leader boards. The first is something many of you have asked for for a very long time – a co-op version of Genshin Impact’s Spiral Abyss.

While I get why Spiral Abyss is single-player, and personally believe it should stay that way – it’s a great way of testing personal skill and team formations (and snagging some primos) so it makes sense that your friends shouldn’t be allowed in to simply carry you to the top floors. But a separate co-op version would be a shining jewel that I’m pretty sure most people would welcome.

Offering a tough, multi-level domain with rotating enemies, no resin limit, and a basic set of rewards like mora and hero’s wit could be the perfect way to invite both groups of friends and random members of the community to work together, strategise, and test their skills without feeling limited to a bunch of those two-minute battles against a circin mage and a bunch of slimes that costs 20 of your 180 resin a shot.

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Keeping the same matchmaking tool from the domains, and using both the 12-floor system and three tiers of rewards that refresh fortnightly from the original Spiral Abyss would be everything we need. I truly believe this would offer a fresh breath of life to the stale cooperative elements many of us have gotten bored of over time.

Another thing that we’ve been discussing in our team is the possibility of a trading system. While I totally understand trading items at a base level comes with plenty of risks (we don’t want people selling 200 violet grass or a pocket full of dandelion seeds for an extortionate price on eBay), the way to get around this is pretty much staring us in the face.

You guessed it – Genshin Impact friendship levels, like the ones you build with your characters. Limiting trading to friendship levels could prevent the likelihood of a weird, Genshin black market erupting, while also rewarding players for engaging in co-op gameplay together. If Hoyoverse is to introduce a player-to-player friendship level system, it could allow you to gain co-op exp from fighting alongside each other, helping your friends gather materials and unlock chests, and generally spending time in their world.

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Trading specific items could be gated behind certain levels, and have a specific limit per week like shop items – for example, basic materials like qingxin, silk flowers, sweet flowers, and fowl could require friendship level five and cap at 50-100 units a week, and when you hit friendship level ten, you could have a weekly allowance to trade things like Genshin Impact artifacts and cooked food.

The number of times I’ve received an artifact with stats that render it completely useless for my characters, but make it perfect for my boyfriend’s main, or Ruby’s sub-DPS, is honestly infuriating. I also have a bunch of Geoculus Resonance Stones, even though I’ve already found all the geoculus, which istrulya pointless waste of materials and inventory space when I can’t even use them to help in a friend’s world.

Even if trading with friends requires an item of equal quality or a certain amount of mora in addition to a specific friendship level, it’d be far better than me hoarding items I’m never going to use, but someone else could really benefit from. I understand Hoyoverse may see this as a potential loss of money if people are trading instead of purchasing more resin (I’m not being cynical here – Genshin Impact is a free game, and at the end of the day, Hoyoverse is a company, and every company’s goal is to make money).

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But, when it comes to the wild RNG of artifact farming and the long respawn times of specific materials, I feel trading wouldn’t damage sales, as most people spend their primos on characters and weapons, not more resin. If anything, opening this level of cooperation may, in fact, bring in a wider audience of friends, family members, or couples that are looking for the next big adventure they can embark on together.

There are plenty of other ways Genshin Impact multiplayer could be improved, such as co-op side quests being woven into the world, daily friendship commissions, or more permanent multiplayer-focused battles similar to those shown in events. It’s clear that this element needs a little TLC, but with how huge Genshin Impact has gotten and how many of us have cried out for a more well-realised multiplayer system, I feel now is the perfect time to start building on this. It has heaps of potential, and I think it could easily make an already amazing game even better.

FAQs

Why is Genshin Impact not multiplayer? ›

Genshin Impact supports multiplayer at Adventure Rank 16, but it is not necessary for story progression! The game's main content is played as a single-player with certain gameplay that can be played in Co-Op Mode with friends or other random players.

Does Genshin Impact have good multiplayer? ›

Is Genshin Impact multiplayer? Well, yes, though it leaves a lot to be desired. But with some tweaks, it could be great.

How do I fix Genshin Impact coop lag? ›

To reduce lag spikes, try these fixes:
  1. Install all Windows updates.
  2. Use a wired connection.
  3. Update your network adapter driver.
  4. Change your DNS settings.
  5. Close bandwidth hogging applications.

Why is Genshin Impact coop locked? ›

If an Archon Quest or Story Quest, or any quest that manipulates the world, is currently in progress, the player cannot participate in Co-Op. (Certain quests may temporarily re-enable Co-Op Mode in between steps.)

Why can't I join my friend in Genshin? ›

At Adventure Rank 16, you can start adding friends. Without friends, you won't have anyone to play with. Your friends must also be at least Adventure Rank 16, or else you won't be able to join their world or vice versa.

Is Genshin Impact Co-Op worth it? ›

Is Genshin Impact's CO-OP WORTH PLAYING in 2022? (REVIEW)

Is Genshin Impact Haram? ›

I'm sure playing it isn't haram but it is haram if you spend real money on the game; spending money on Genshin for a banner is technically gambling because you don't know what you will get and it's also based off chances. It is also haram if you neglect your prayers and zhikir to Allah (SWT).

Is Genshin Impact pay to win? ›

Genshin Impact is not a pay-to-win game, which means that players can enjoy it without spending any real-life money. The main reason is that Genshin has no PvP system—a game mode that encourages the character meta to move quickly, consequently pushing players to the edge of the financial competition.

Why is Genshin so laggy? ›

Make sure you close down other applications that might be running in the background. Likewise, ensure you don't have lots of other devices or apps competing for bandwidth. Ensure Genshin is not being blocked by a firewall or an antivirus. Try using a wired connection instead of a wireless one (if applicable).

Why is my ping high in Genshin Impact? ›

In most cases, high ping on Genshin Impact is caused by a temporary glitch within the game, and it is having a hard time communicating with its servers. To fix this, simply restart the game to allow it to reload its game files.

How do I run Genshin Impact smoothly? ›

Genshin Impact shouldn't give players any problems in terms of performance. But just in case, here's how you can get to run smoothly.
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Reduce Visual Settings
  1. Render Resolution.
  2. Shadow Quality.
  3. Visual Effects.
  4. SFX Quality.
  5. Overall Settings.
  6. Bloom.
  7. Crowd Density.
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How long does it take to unlock co-op in Genshin? ›

Once you reach Adventure Rank 16, Genshin Impact will notify you that Co-Op Mode is available.

Can Barbara heal in co-op? ›

Barbara is best played as a healer and a tank, where her burst can be an emergency button for its i-frame and instant healing. Her healing is amazing both in single-player and in co-op, where she can heal characters to full HP with a press of a button.

How does Genshin multiplayer work? ›

Genshin Impact's social system also includes a friends system. You can add your friends by entering their User ID, and can check their online status to see if they're available to play. Plus, you can make new friends through the game by requesting to enter the game of a player who may be online, too.

What is minimum world level Genshin? ›

All players begin their adventure at World Level 0, the base experience. Once you reach Adventure Rank 20, you will automatically go up to World Level 1. There's no quest, no other requirements, the second you reach Adventure Rank 20, you will be launched into World Level 1.

How long does it take to get to level 16 in Genshin Impact? ›

It took me around 13 hours to get to Adventure Rank 16, but you can do it much quicker by following a few easy tips.

How do you Co-Op with friends Elden ring? ›

To play with friends, you'll both need internet connections on your consoles/computers (and whatever subscription service you need for online play). Once you do so, you both then need to open the game menu and scroll down to "Multiplayer". Once there, select "Settings" and enter a Multiplayer Password.

Who is the best Genshin Impact character? ›

Here are the best Genshin Impact characters
TierCharacters
SGanyu, Hu Tao, Raiden Shogun, Venti, Ayato, Arataki Itto, Bennett, Xingqiu, Zhongli, Albedo, Ayaka, Jean, Eula, Kazuha, Heizou
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How old is Zhongli? ›

1 Zhongli, Around 6000 Years Old

The Geo Archon, also known as Zhongli, is the oldest character in Genshin Impact. This is a well-known fact, as Rex Lapis is stated to be the oldest among the original Seven Archons in Teyvat, only possibly being out-aged by the gods in Celestia.

Is Genshin Impact inappropriate? ›

Age Rating

This game is rated PEGI 12 because it features depictions of non-realistic looking violence towards human-like characters. The VSC Rating Board expand on this rating by stating that, "this game contains frequent depictions of non-realistic looking violence towards human-like characters.

Is Genshin Impact religious? ›

Spirituality: Teyvat, the main setting of Genshin Impact, is a polytheistic land, with numerous gods and god-like beings watching over the various regions. These gods often come up in even casual conversation with NPCs.

Is Genshin a gambling game? ›

But is wishing for 4 stars to max them in genshin, gambling: YES, it is gambling. Because you can use all your money and not even get a single 4 star you wanted. The same goes with standard banner characters.

Why you should not play Genshin Impact? ›

Over time, it's sadly typical for gacha games to hand out less of their premium currency over time to players for free. However, some games are less generous than others when it comes to just how much players can expect to bank over time, and Genshin is notorious for being one of the worst.

Is Genshin Impact overrated? ›

I'm not saying it's a bad game, but I just know that it's just not something for me. As someone who had to get away from gaming as a life choice, the way the game is made just doesn't work if you're a busy person working towards a good career.

Is Genshin popular in Japan? ›

Japan accounts for nearly one-third of Genshin's revenue, even though play time and downloads have — on mobile at least — lagged behind those of top homemade games in the country.

When did Genshin Impact multiplayer? ›

Genshin Impact's multiplayer is unlocked at Adventure Rank 16. While the grind in Adventure Rank gets progressively harder as you go, hitting level 16 won't take too long, and following the story should quickly land you there. Here's everything you'll need to get start: Reach Adventure Rank 16.

Is Genshin Impact Haram? ›

I'm sure playing it isn't haram but it is haram if you spend real money on the game; spending money on Genshin for a banner is technically gambling because you don't know what you will get and it's also based off chances. It is also haram if you neglect your prayers and zhikir to Allah (SWT).

What level do you have to be to play multiplayer on Genshin Impact? ›

To play Co-Op Mode in Genshin Impact, you must first reach Adventure Rank 16.

Is Genshin Impact multiplayer safe? ›

It's not any riskier than running Fortnite, Rainbow Six Siege or Valorant and these games have massive player bases already.

Is Genshin Impact pay to win? ›

Genshin Impact is not a pay-to-win game, which means that players can enjoy it without spending any real-life money. The main reason is that Genshin has no PvP system—a game mode that encourages the character meta to move quickly, consequently pushing players to the edge of the financial competition.

Can Barbara heal in co-op? ›

Barbara is best played as a healer and a tank, where her burst can be an emergency button for its i-frame and instant healing. Her healing is amazing both in single-player and in co-op, where she can heal characters to full HP with a press of a button.

Does Zhongli give shield in co-op? ›

C2 Zhongli can now shield other players during Co-op when he uses his Elemental Burst, a feature that should have existed without a constellation. This makes him viable in multiplayer, but in single-player content, this effect is unnecessary as he already has a 100% shield uptime.

Is Genshin Impact inappropriate? ›

Age Rating

This game is rated PEGI 12 because it features depictions of non-realistic looking violence towards human-like characters. The VSC Rating Board expand on this rating by stating that, "this game contains frequent depictions of non-realistic looking violence towards human-like characters.

Is Genshin Impact religious? ›

Spirituality: Teyvat, the main setting of Genshin Impact, is a polytheistic land, with numerous gods and god-like beings watching over the various regions. These gods often come up in even casual conversation with NPCs.

Is Genshin a gambling game? ›

But is wishing for 4 stars to max them in genshin, gambling: YES, it is gambling. Because you can use all your money and not even get a single 4 star you wanted. The same goes with standard banner characters.

How old is Paimon from Genshin? ›

Paimon in Genshin Impact appears to be around 5-7 years old, judging by speech ability and physical dimensions. However, Paimon proves to be very knowledgable when it comes to the world and its history, with an understanding that goes beyond what even the most intelligent 7-year-old would comprehend.

How do I unlock coop mode? ›

When Do You Unlock Co-Op In Genshin Impact? Co-Op will only become available once you reach Level 16 in the game. It takes around two to three hours to get this far in the game, so you'll need to have gone and explored the world on your own for a while before you start getting your friends involved to help you out.

How long does it take to reach AR 16 Genshin? ›

This is separate from the levels specific to each hero, and the item levels. It took me around 13 hours to get to Adventure Rank 16, but you can do it much quicker by following a few easy tips.

Why you should not play Genshin Impact? ›

Over time, it's sadly typical for gacha games to hand out less of their premium currency over time to players for free. However, some games are less generous than others when it comes to just how much players can expect to bank over time, and Genshin is notorious for being one of the worst.

Is Genshin a spyware? ›

In short, no, Genshin Impact does not have any spyware in the game. Genshin Impact is the latest RPG adventure developed by miHoYo and they're riled up in a controversy about spyware because of their anti-cheat software.

Does Genshin steal your data? ›

Recently, game developer miHoYo has come under fire as accusations of them using Genshin Impact to spread spyware to steal users' personal information. They have since denied the allegation made against them.

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