This Genshin Impact leak suggests that HoYoverse may expand its anime game by including a third character banner phase. This would bring the total number of five-star banner characters accessible per update up to nine, giving users more choices for each update. Due to the roster’s constant expansion, characters like Eula haven’t been on a banner since late 2021. There just isn’t enough room for them.
Hu Tao and Shenhe were recently in the same boat as Eula, waiting over a year to become available for pulls again. Thankfully, Hu Tao is currently on a banner in Genshin Impact version 3.4, and Shenhe is confirmed to be coming in the second half of version 3.5.
However, Eula has been missing since November 2021, and there’s been no official mention of her banner at all recently. She won’t even be on a banner during the Mondstadt events next update, which is bizarre, given the fact that four characters who have nothing to do with Mondstadt – Ayaka, Shenhe, Dehya, and Cyno – will be available.
Genshin Impact to add third banner phase in Fontaine, leak suggests: anime characters presenting future genshin impact banners
When HoYoverse begins adding new characters to pull for from Fontaine, older options will start to get fewer and fewer reruns. Each update is currently about six weeks long, so the banners can be split into two weeks each with a third phase.
Adding a third banner phase just makes sense, and this leak from Team China suggests that this will happen sometime after version 4.0 goes live. Team China’s info has been translated and put in the Reddit thread linked above. It seems as though this change will come before version 4.3, but after we’ve already entered Fontaine.
Version 4.0 is still a ways away, though, so it’s best to focus on pulling for Hu Tao and Yelan before they disappear again for months when Genshin Impact version 3.5 goes live next week.