Genshin Impact 3.4's Weapon Banner Is The Most Important Ever
Genshin Impact 3.4’s second phase weapon banner is likely the most important ever. With it, developer HoYoverse brings reruns of two great weapons: Hu Tao’s signature polearm, Staff of Homa, and Yelan’s signature bow, Aqua Simulacra. Both are widely considered as two of the best weapons available in HoYoverse’s open-world RPG, with many accounts needing just one of them to unlock top-tier, Spiral Abyss-clearing teams.
The 5-star Staff of Homa and Aqua Simulacra star in Genshin Impact 3.4’s second phase weapon banner, which likely starts February 7, following the game’s usual six-week update schedule. Of course, this will accompany the Genshin Impact 3.4 character banners in phase 2, which bring reruns of Hu Tao and Yelan.
Genshin Impact 3.4’s phase 2 weapon banner is incredible. Both are two of the best weapons that players can have in their inventory. Genshin Impact 3.4’s Staff of Homa & Aqua Simulacra weapon banner is especially desirable for players with neither, as pulling either weapon immediately improves an account. Either one of them can exponentially increase their team’s performance.
There is the obvious risk of losing the 50/50 odds and getting a weapon from the standard banner, but with the lower soft pity and hard pity rates that the weapon banner provides, obtaining any of the featured 5-star weapons can be a more fruitful endeavor than wishing for a 5-star character in Genshin Impact. For that reason, it’s recommended anyone who can afford the Primogems for use pulls on this banner to dramatically improve their account.
Hu Tao’s Staff of Homa being in Genshin Impact 3.4’s phase 2 weapon banner is exciting not just because of its power, but its versatility. It can be wielded by multiple characters beyond Hu Tao – Zhongli is an excellent example of this. Staff of Homa grants a medium-ranged Base Attack (608 at lvl. 90) that is balanced out by a high Crit DMG sub-stat (66.2% at lvl. 90). Its weapon skill, Reckless Cinnabar, increases the user’s HP by 20%, while also offering an Attack Bonus based on 0.8% of their Max HP. Additionally, if the user’s HP drops below the 50% mark, the bonus is further increased by 1% of their Max HP.
Staff of Homa works well with DPS and sub-DPS characters. Genshin Impact’s Hu Tao is the obvious first choice for the weapon – it’s literally built to complement her kit entirely – but it can also work with Zhongli, Xiao, Raiden Shogun, and a few 4-star characters, such as the National Team’s Xiangling. Genshin Impact 3.4’s phase 2 weapon banner definitely benefits some characters more than others, and with Staff of Homa, that’s Hu Tao and Zhongli especially.
The significant HP boost from Staff of Homa doesn’t just benefit Hu Tao’s damage, but also Zhongli’s shields. Zhongli’s shield scales with his total HP, and Staff of Homa is the best polearm in the game for HP-scaling. Zhongli’s secondary substitute is the 3-star Black Tassel because it is the only polearm with an HP sub-stat, but its damage increase is abysmal. With Staff of Homa equipped, Zhongli’s best build in Genshin Impact also sees a decent increase in his damage output.
Aqua Simulacra is also featured in Version 3.4’s phase 2 weapon banner, and it is considered one of the best bows in Genshin Impact. This is because its admittedly low Base Attack stat (542 at lvl. 90) is generously compensated by its absurd Crit DMG sub-stat (88.2% at lvl. 90).
Aqua Simulacra’s weapon skill, The Cleansing Form, increases user HP by 16%. Additionally, the DMG the user deals with the weapon is increased by 20% if there are opponents nearby. The effect of Yelan’s best weapon in Genshin Impact happens even if the character is off-field, which means it’s great for any sub-DPS that switches in to use an Elemental Skill or Elemental Burst. Aqua Simulacra’s presence in Genshin Impact 3.4’s phase 2 weapon banner also represents a great chance for accounts that already have Yelan, as the HP boost it provides also provides damage scaling for her Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst.
Aqua Simulacra can also be equipped by most Genshin Impact DPS and sub-DPS bow users, like Ganyu, Childe, and Fischl. The absurdly high Crit DMG sub-stat makes it significantly easier to balance a character’s Crit DMG and Crit Rate stats, which can also help with Artifact set farming, lessening the burden of stat rolls. There are many Genshin Impact characters that can equip Aqua Simulacra beyond the ones listed here, and Version 3.4’s phase 2 weapon banner provides accounts with a chance to acquire one of the most versatile weapons in the game.
Staff of Homa and Aqua Simulacra are clearly and indisputably among Genshin Impact’s best weapons. Premium players should definitely take a few pulls in Genshin Impact 3.4’s second phase weapon banner. The odds of obtaining a great weapon are extremely high, and either one is likely to be a significant addition to any account. The banner will likely stay active until the end of February, when Version 3.5 is expected to arrive, provided Genshin Impact’s six-week schedule is followed by HoYoverse, as it almost always is.
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