Here’s an overview of the update, via miHoYo:
This update will bring the first Akademiya Extravaganza and bring players to a new adventure-filled area of Sumeru, while also introducing two new playable characters: Baizhu and Kaveh.
Hosted by Sumeru Akademiya, the Akademiya Extravaganza offers visitors a great opportunity to learn more about the most prestigious institute of all Teyvat and the wisdom sought by its six darshans. The grand celebration will welcome players with two main events: the Wisdom Gala and the Interdarshan Championship. Booths will be set up at the gala and six different mini-games will be offered, each designed by one of the six Darshans to showcase their research interests and achievements. For example, Layla’s Rtawahist Darshan applies the study of stars to a mini-game involving an astrolabe, where players control it to form special constellations and illuminate the stars. At Kshahrewar Darshan’s booth, visitors are offered a tricky game where they have to use their knowledge of engineering and architecture to build a road while using the least possible materials. Besides all the celebrations, representatives of the six Darshans will compete for the top spot at the Interdarshan Championship in the new storyline. Layla’s Hangout Quest will also be revealed during version 3.6.
Far beyond the grand celebration of Sumeru City, a new area of wastelands and an oasis has been revealed deep in the desert. This area has been damaged by gray crystals and corrupted purple mist. According to legends, this place was one of the most important battlefields during the Khaenri’ah Catastrophe five hundred years ago. Fortunately, visiting travelers are accompanied on their visit by “Pari”, creatures unique to the oasis. Using their ability to fly, travelers can reach inaccessible areas and thereby discover mysteries.
Meanwhile, as the territory expands, so do the dangers. Apep, the “Dragon of Verdure”, once the ruler of ancient Sumeru, will now appear in the new Trounce Domain as a powerful weekly boss. More information about the legendary dragon and the history of Sumeru can be found in Nahida’s Story Quest “Sapientia Oromasdis Chapter: Act II”. Meanwhile, more enemies have emerged as threats, including the new Boss Enemy “Iniquitous Baptist”, Anemo Hilichurl Rogue, and Hydro Hilichurl Rogue from the Hilichurl Family.
The new update will also include two new playable characters, Baizhu and Kaveh, who are renowned figures in their respective fields. The five-star Catalyst practitioner, Baizhu, is a benevolent healer with the power of Dendro, who can propel walking sprites and raise a Seamless Shield to heal the team. Baizhu’s Story Quest “Lagenaria Chapter” will reveal more anecdotes about the owner of Bubu Pharmacy. Another new playable character, Kaveh, is a four-star Dendro Claymore wielder. Known as the light of Kshahrewar, Kaveh is a gifted architect in Sumeru. His architectural toolbox, Mehrak, will trigger all Dendro Cores and cause them to burst by scanning the battlefield. This improves Kaveh’s combat effectiveness with Dendro damage. In version 3.6, Nahida and Nilou will have their reprises in the first half of Event Wishes, and the latter half will see the debuts of Baizhu and Kaveh as well as Ganyu’s reprise.