At the moment there are 40 Genshin Impact characters available to play.
How to Obtain Genshin Impact Characters
You can mainly obtain characters by using Intertwined Fate or Acquaint Fate (bought with Primogems, available through Quests, or exchanged for Masterless Stardust with Paimon's Bargains) to perform Wishes. In the Beginners' Wish, Noelle is one of the ten guaranteed characters.
Other ways to obtain characters include:
The following characters are obtained in the Prologue Chapter: Amber, Kaeya, and Lisa.
You can purchase two 4-star characters from the monthly Paimon's Bargains shop in exchange for Masterless Starglitter Masterless Starglitter ×34.
Baptism of Song: Barbara
Spiral Abyss Event – People's Choice: Xiangling
Barbara's Shining Debut (Sept – Nov 2020): Barbara
Unreconciled Stars (Nov 2020): Fischl
Stand by Me (Feb 2021): One of Xiangling, Chongyun, Beidou, Ningguang, Xinyan, or Xingqiu
Energy Amplifier Initiation (May 2021): Diona Diona
Thunder Sojourn (July 2021): Beidou
Mail (Sept – Nov 2021): Aloy
PS4/5 users: September 1 – before Version 2.3 maintenance
PC/Mobile users: October 13 – before Version 2.3 maintenance
Read also: Genshin Impact codes
Characters gain experience primarily by using Character EXP Materials and completing quests, as well as negligible amounts of experience for defeating monsters.
Players can ascend the character to their next ascension phase once they reach their max level and the player has the required Adventure Rank. You can ascend characters up to six times (Lv. 90).
A character can be ascended by clicking the Ascend button at the bottom-right of the Character Menu. There are three types of character ascension materials: Local Specialties, Common Ascension Materials, and the Mora cost of ascending the character. By clicking on an item, you can view different ways to obtain it if it is missing.
At the 1st and 4th ascensions, the character unlocks their first and second passive combat talents, respectively. Passive utility talent 3 (available to all characters except the Traveler) is unlocked without any ascension.
In the 2nd ascension, the character gains a flat bonus attribute boost for one of their basic attributes. The bonus increases further upon the 3rd, 5th, and 6th ascension.
Players will receive one Acquaint Fate for ascending to their first, third, and fifth phases.
Each character has a total of 6 Constellations, which are similar to their Passive Talents and increase the character's effectiveness or add new capabilities.
To unlock each Constellation of a character, a player must use a Stella Fortuna for that specific character. Players can obtain a character's Stella Fortuna by wishing to duplicate the character in Wishes or buy the character from Paimon's Bargains.
Traveler's Constellations can only be acquired through Archon Quests, Adventure Rank Rewards (Anemo only), and by offering Oculi to Statue of The Seven (Electro only) and Souvenir Shops.