Genshin Impact’s multiplayer isn’t the easiest to understand.
Chinese developer miHoYo’s Genshin Impact is heavily inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, from its cel-shaded art style to gameplay mechanics like cooking and climbing. But it does put a new spin on the formula with a few of its own unique features. That includes the ability to experience the game cooperatively. Here’s how to play with friends in Genshin Impact.
Is Genshin Impact Multiplayer? Answered
Before we take you through the process of how to add and play with friends, let us first clarify whether Genshin Impact is multiplayer since it is a question that seems to be confusing some players. The answer is yes, Genshin Impact is multiplayer, but not in the traditional sense. It is a cooperative experience that allows you to form a part of players to take on various quests and raids together.
However, playing cooperatively isn’t something you can do in Genshin Impact from the very start of the game. You must reach Adventure Rank 16 before the multiplayer option is unlocked.
So, if you’ve been having difficulty adding friends then that’s basically why; if you’re below Adventure Rank 16 then you will see a message saying something like “target friend cannot be added.”
Remember that increasing your Adventure Rank is more or less entirely about completing main and side quests, and generally progressing through the game. It will take at least a couple of hours to get to Adventure Rank 16.
Now, it’s also worth noting that the friend you are trying to add must be on the same server as you. If you’re playing in the States, for example, they must also be on a U.S server. Same for Europe, Asia, and everywhere else.
How to Play with Friends in Genshin Impact
With all that being said, adding friends is actually pretty easy. You just need to head to the “Friends” section of the menu, then search for their UID and add them. You’ll then be able to invite them to your session and explore the open-world — note that main quests cannot be completed cooperatively.
Time needed: 2 hours.
Step by Step here’s how to play with friends in Genshin Impact
- Reach Adventure Rank 16 by progressing through the game.
This should take a couple of hours from the start of the game.
- You can now add a friend and invite them to join your session from the “Friends” section of the menu.
Press the Options or equivalent button to access the main menu.
- To add a friend, search their UID by inputting it in the search bar.
They must also be Adventure Rank 16. Once you have found them, invite them to your session.
That should be everything you need to know about how to play with friends in Genshin Impact. For more useful tips and guides on the game, be sure to search Twinfinite.