Genshin Impact Natlan teaser shows dinosaur-powered travel mechanics


The update 4.7 livestream not only revealed the upcoming Genshin Impact banners, but also gave players their first glimpse of the next region coming to the open-world RPG – Natlan, the Nation of Pyro.

Genshin Impact screenshot of a mole-like dinosaur.
These mole-like dinosaurs can travel underground. / HoYoverse

A short teaser at the end of the stream showed off the terrain we can expect to traverse when Natlan comes out with version 5.0 of Genshin Impact – and it looks to be quite arid, even if it’s not as extremely dry as the Sumeru Desert. Natlan appears to be dominated by savannahs with inspiration from Africa and Australia, sporting massive canyons and cliffs. One scene even revealed a city built into a cliffside with a huge platform protruding from it. It’s almost reminiscent of the planet Utapau from Star Wars. Another scene showed off rivers of hot, glowing magma inside of what looks like a cave system.

Genshin Impact screenshot of a magma river.
Other dinosaurs can travel in magma, water, or through the air. / HoYoverse

A common attribute of all scenes were little dinosaur-like critters, which used special abilities to traverse the difficult terrain: Mole-like dinosaurs buried into cliffs, climbing them from under the surface, others swam in streams of water and magma or even flew through the air. Another used a grapple ability to reach that towering city described above.

Genshin Impact screenshot of a dunosaur grappling through the air.
This little fellow can use grappling points. / HoYoverse

There have been rumors about Natlan featuring a brand-new traversal mechanic and it looks like these little saurians are what the rumors were talking about – though the details, of course, are still waiting to be revealed. Do we transform into the critters? Do we take control remotely? We’ll have to wait and see.

Natlan is set to debut later this year with Genshin Impact update 5.0.

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Marco Wutz


Marco Wutz is a writer from Parkstetten, Germany. He has a degree in Ancient History and a particular love for real-time and turn-based strategy games like StarCraft, Age of Empires, Total War, Age of Wonders, Crusader Kings, and Civilization as well as a soft spot for Genshin Impact and Honkai: Star Rail. He began covering StarCraft 2 as a writer in 2011 for the largest German community around the game and hosted a live tournament on a stage at gamescom 2014 before he went on to work for Bonjwa, one of the country's biggest Twitch channels. He branched out to write in English in 2015 by joining, the global center of the StarCraft scene run by Team Liquid, which was nominated as the Best Coverage Website of the Year at the Esports Industry Awards in 2017. He worked as a translator on The Crusader Stands Watch, a biography in memory of Dennis "INTERNETHULK" Hawelka, and provided live coverage of many StarCraft 2 events on the social channels of as well as DreamHack, the world's largest gaming festival. From there, he transitioned into writing about the games industry in general after his graduation, joining GLHF, a content agency specializing in video games coverage for media partners across the globe, in 2021. He has also written for NGL.ONE, kicker, ComputerBild, USA Today's ForTheWin, The Sun, Men's Journal, and Parade. Email: