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Act I: The Illuminated Beast of the Sea of Clouds

Matt Chard

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Liyue Harbor, Liyue Adventure Rank 40, 1 Story Key, Complete “A New Star Approaches
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The three secretaries who originally worked at the Jade Chamber have appeared at Yujing Terrace. It looks like something has them tearing their hair out…


  1. Talk to the Jade Chamber secretaries
  2. Head near Mt. Aozang to look for Ganyu
  3. Find and talk to Ganyu
  4. Head to the site of Ganyu’s trial and speak to her
  5. Complete Cloud Retainer’s trial
  6. Talk to Ganyu
  7. Go to Nantianmen and speak with Xiao
  8. Complete Xiao’s trial
  9. Talk to Xiao

Talk to the Jade Chamber secretaries

Head to the Yuehai Pavilion and talk to the Jade Chamber secretaries, after the scene you’ll find out that they are struggling with their work since Ganyu’s absence and they will ask if you can find her, she was last seen going to the Jueyun Karst.

Head near Mt. Aozang to look for Ganyu

Mt. Aozang can be found in the north of Liyue, teleport to the Mt. Aozang waypoint and head north, gliding across the lake. As you get close your objective will change.

Find and talk to Ganyu

Climb up the small cliff and you’ll see Ganyu will run off from embarrassment standing at the edge of the cliff, lost in thought, interact with her and you’ll get a cut scene.

Head to the site of Ganyu’s trial and speak to her

After the scene, Ganyu will explain to you that she has another trial with Xaio and that you’re welcome to come along if you’d like to will run off from embarrassment, head south to her trial that she got from Cloud Retainer.

Complete Cloud Retainer’s trial

This trial will have you play as Ganyu and activate twelve Cryo Totems in four minutes. Aim and shoot at the first two totems from where you are, there is one either side of the large cliff in front of you on small floating jade platforms.

Once two of them have been activated, an updraft will appear in front of you, jump and glide whilst using the ring accelerators to land on top of the large cliff mentioned earlier, once you’re there, glide south through a couple more rings to land on top of the small floating platform which has a totem on it. Activate the totem and it will conjure up another updraft, jump and glide a small ways southwest to another updraft, ride this to the top and land on one of the small floating platforms.

(1 of 3) Shoot at the totems either side of the large cliff

There are three totems to shoot at from up here but will require a bit more skill than the previous ones. There will be one totem slowly moving on a small platform to your southwest, charge a shot up and release just in front of the totem to activate it. One to your southeast which will require you to factor in the projectile drop, aim slightly above it, almost aiming at the objective marker instead and release to activate it, the last one is to your northwest and can be shot straight at it.

(1 of 4) Shoot just above the totem to hit it

Once all three have been activated, follow the golden transparent path south and get ready to shoot another moving totem, again aim just in front of it and then ride the updraft through the ring accelerators and land on the vertically moving floating platform and activate it. This will create yet another updraft, ride it up and the last three totems are all together on the same platform, activate them to complete the challenge.

Talk to Ganyu

You’ll get a cut scene after the challenge and Ganyu will explain to you that she has another trial with Xaio and that you’re welcome to come along if you would like to.

Go to Nantianmen and speak with Xiao

After the scene, glide down to the southeast where Xaio will be waiting for you, underneath the tree.

(1 of 2) Xaio can be found standing next to the grave under the large tree

Xaio can be found standing next to the grave under the large tree (left), interact with the Ley Line Monolith to start the trial. (right)

Complete Xiao’s trial

After talking to Xaio., activate the Ley Line Monolith to the east by interacting with it, this will start the trial.

This is a combat challenge where you will have to defeat 26 enemies whilst protecting the Ley Line Monolith. You’ll have to fight everything from Hyro Slimes, Pryo Whopperflowers and even Cicin Mages, so you’ll want to bring a mixed party into this trial, preferably a Hydro, Electro, Pyro and either a Geo for the shield or Anemo for the swirl, Cryo will be covered by Ganyu.

The best way to approach the challenge would be to use Ganyu’s Elemental Skill “Trial of The Qilin”, this will leave an Ice Lotus on the floor provoking all enemies to attack it whilst periodically pulsing out Cryo damage, when used in conjunction with Hydro will freeze the enemies, once the enemies have been Frozen, switch to Electro or Pyro to add the status Superconduct or Overload to take them down quicker.

After all 26 enemies have been defeated with the Ley Line Monolith still intact, the trial will finish, go back to tree and speak to Xaio will give you a scene, and once it ends, the quest will finish.

Using Ganyu's Trial of the Qilin Elemental Skill will help with Xaio's trial.

Talk to Xiao

Talking to Xaio will give you a scene, and once it ends, the quest will finish.


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  • Genre
    Action RPG, Adventure
  • Guide Release
    31 October 2020
  • Last Updated
    30 December 2022
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This guide for Genshin Impact includes the following:

  • Based on version 3.0.
  • An interactive Map of Teyvat showing the location of all; Anemoculus, Geoculus, Statues of the Seven, World Quests, Shrines, Plants, Monsters, Enemies, Chests and Minerals.
  • Knowledge on all of the current known regions of Teyvat.
  • Detailed Character pages of all playable characters showing talent trees, skill builds and Ascension tables.
  • Character Tier Lists.
  • Combat Information and Elemental Effects & Combinations.
  • Weapons - Showing the current best and highest rated weapons in the game.
  • All Archon Quests including the new Sumeru Archon Quests.
  • All World Quests that are unlocked by speaking to NPCs through Teyvat. They give insight into the various locations and stories of the world.
  • All Story Quests consisting of chapters related to the background and personalities of each playable character.
  • All Domains laid bare with expert strategies including the new Sumeru Domains.
  • How to conquer the Spiral Abyss.
  • All Weekly Bosses covered with expert strategies.
  • How to get all the optimal outcomes on Hangout Events
  • Housing guide using the Serenitea Pot including a full blueprint and furnishings list.
  • All details on Gardening and Fishing.
  • Bonus Content, including Interviews from voice actors.

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