Picture this: Version 4.5, slated to arrive in mid-March (fingers crossed, no delays), promises to unveil the playable version of Chiori. You remember her, right? The sassy NPC from Version 4.3's Roses and Muskets event. Well, she's finally joining the ranks of our beloved characters. Exciting, isn't it? Now, while we're still reveling in the wonders of Version 4.4, not many reliable leaks have surfaced about the upcoming patch's content. However, one leak has caught our attention, and it's not all rainbows and sunshine.
Enter the F2P (free-to-play) 4-star weapon, supposedly tied to Version 4.5's flagship event. Now, don't get me wrong, these event weapons are a dime a dozen, but here's the catch: once the event ends, poof! They vanish into the abyss, never to be seen again. Some of the most sought-after event weapons, like Festering Desire, Oathsworn Eye, Cinnabar Spindle, and Ibis Piercer, have become the holy grail for optimizing certain 5-star character builds. But brace yourselves, dear adventurers, because 4.5 might bring a twist.
According to a notorious leaker named Foul, later shared by an anonymous Reddit user, Version 4.5's event is rumored to grant us a F2P 4-star polearm. Its stats? A base ATK of 510 at level 90 and a 41.35% HP sub-stat bonus, also at level 90. The weapon's special skill? Whenever healing is triggered, the wielder restores 8 Energy every 10 seconds, even if they're not currently on the battlefield. But alas, the leak didn't come with a fancy name for this new weapon.
Now, here's where the disappointment kicks in. This alleged gem might not shine as brightly as we hoped. You see, it appears to be treading on the toes of the already existing F2P weapon, Rightful Reward. Crafted back in Version 4.0's Fontaine region, Rightful Reward boasts a higher base ATK (565 at level 90) but a slightly lower HP bonus (27.6% at level 90). The Energy restoration skill is also quite similar, activating when the wielder is healed, even if they're not in the thick of battle. The problem? Many of us have invested time and precious resources into refining Rightful Reward, making this new addition feel like a slap in the face.
Obtaining the necessary weapon billets to refine a weapon to level 5 is no easy feat. Yet, the event weapons are all too happy to offer exclusive refinement materials, making them much easier to refine. Remember Toukabou Shigure from Genshin Impact 3.3? That event provided both the weapon and its refinement material. But here's the kicker: the leaked weapon from Version 4.5 seems to cater to a very specific group of characters—mainly healing polearm users. Sorry, Hu Tao, you'll have to stick with your trusty Battle of the Fjords or Dragon's Bane.
Now, before you throw your gliding goggles in despair, remember that leaks should always be taken with a pinch of salt. While recent leaks have proven reliable, there's still a chance that the information might change before the official release in March. But fear not, my fellow adventurers, for the rumored event weapon's greatest charm lies in its price tag: free! So, let's take a moment to appreciate the generosity of the developers, even if it means our dreams of acquiring the ultimate event weapon are temporarily on hold.