Genshin Impact rolled out his latest character, Xiao, Tuesday night. While fans prepared to roll for him in practical ways – like saving money in the game to buy a chance to win him – people who want to play like Xiao create superstitious rituals to “maximize” their chances of drawing the new character.
I put maximum in quotes, because these rituals do not actually improve the odds of rolling Xiao. Genshin Impact is an open-world, free-to-play fantasy gacha game that uses microtransactions to scroll and get random objects and characters – in other words, a loot box system.
The odds of getting Xiao or another 5-star rating in Genshin Impact are low. Under the current banner, players have a 0.6% chance of drawing any 5-star rating and a much smaller chance of drawing Xiao. So players have turned to other ways to improve the odds (at least mentally).
Others will just press a certain button sequence and go to special places in the hope that it will help the odds.
Some people “manifest” themselves on behalf of friends and followers as in this video.
Polygon spoke with game writer and developer Sisi Jiang about why they think these rituals have taken off.
“Honestly, I think it’s because of the community’s camaraderie,” Jiang said. “It’s like demonstrating your desire to get a certain grade. I do not think so many people would photograph summoning circles if they did not have people to share them with.
“I mean, at the end of the day, most of my friends vet that the actual frequency of getting a particular grade is awful. ”
Again, I would like to emphasize, none of these rituals will actually help the odds of rolling Xiao. If you actually want to get better at the game, it’s better to check out some guides. However, like wearing a pair of lucky lingerie or superstitions in Pokémon, the exercise has really taken hold of the fans.