Genshin Impact: How to manage resin and the wish economy without spending much money

Genshin Impact is making quite a stir in the gaming world. Some have called it “Breath of the Wild but free!” Others have called it a gacha game with huge production values and a slightly less manipulative pricing scheme. No matter what direction you are coming in there’s a lot of fun to be had here, as long as you are prepared. So check out these tips and tricks to get the most out of your Genshin Impact experience.

WARNING - If you have a gambling problem, addictive personality, suffer from anxiety or depression, or otherwise have a problem with impulse spending, DO NOT PLAY THIS GAME

Let’s make one thing clear. Despite being one of the “better” gacha experiences, it’s still a gacha game nonetheless.

What is a “gacha game?”

Gacha games are games that use monetization methods based on old Japanese gacha machines, or in the US they’re called capsule machines. You would put in a quarter, turn a crank, and get a little bubble with a figurine inside and figurines were ranked by their rarity. The same holds true for gacha games, except instead of little figurines you are drawing for weapons or characters or some other in-game item.

Gacha games are designed to siphon money from you, and it’s designed to do so in a way that you won’t necessarily notice. It is EXTREMELY mentally unhealthy to play a game like Genshin Impact if you already suffer from anxiety since anxiety is one of the major methods gacha games use to drive sales. If you have ever spent money on a microtransaction before, you WILL spend money on this game. If you’ve had a problem with compulsive spending before, this game is a literal danger.

I’m not necessarily calling it evil but I am calling it out for what it is, a game with a monetization model that is specifically looking to foster addictive behavior. We all like Breath of the Wild-style mechanics and waifus, but before you take the plunge, make sure you are mentally ready, and that includes giving it up when the grind gets too difficult.

Take care of yourself.

Focus on Adventure Rank first

Like any gacha game, Genshin Impact doesn’t give you access to all of its features right away. You have to play to unlock all of the game’s systems. In fact, you won’t actually gain access to all Genshin Impact has to offer until Adventure Rank 27. Heck, you have to get to Adventure Rank 16 just to unlock online co-op.

How do you raise Adventure Rank? Well, the most effective way is to speedrun the game, so to speak. Ignore most sidequests and focus on main story quests, which give out the best Adventure Rank rewards. After that, daily missions are the best way toward getting small Adventure Rank boosts. Anything else costs you original resin… and about that…

Original resin gates your progress

Genshin Impact uses every gacha trick in the book, and that includes activity timers. You know how you can’t continue playing Candy Crush style games until a stamina meter recharges or something? That’s exactly what original resin does. You can keep playing when your original resin runs out, but you can’t actually redeem any rewards. In short, you aren’t making any progress even if you are going through the motions.

It takes 20 resin for the rewards from Ley Line Outcrops and Abyssal Domains, 40 resin for elite bosses, and 60 for weekly bosses. You have a maximum limit of 120 original resin, and you restore one every eight minutes. This means that it takes 16 hours to restore your original resin, a purposefully inconvenient time frame since it’s less than a 24 hour day, but if you spend your resin in the morning it’s keyed to restore right when you need to go to bed to get eight hours of sleep.

As I said, this is a manipulative game.

Resin cannot restore over your max. You can use a Fragile Resin item to restore 60 resin, or you can spend real-life money on Primogems to restore it… which you really shouldn’t do. I am hesitant to give this advice because it requires structuring your life around your play, but if you want to maximize your original resin expenditure, you want your sleep to always be during your recharge period. Yes, I know, this is crazy MMO levels of dedication, but that’s where we are at. Only ever use Fragile Resin to shift the recharge period by a few hours in order to keep at least 8 hours of recharge during your sleeping hours. You can also play after being half recharged to shift your recharge period back a few hours as well.

Why do I say this? Because any amount of time spent while your resin is capped is basically lost value. To play most effectively you need to spend your resin as soon as you get it but, once again, simply waiting for your resin to recharge is designed to increase your anxiety and decrease your quality of life. The goal is not to micromanage the resin itself, but rather the times in which you are not playing the game and letting it recharge.

Wish economy

One of the most effective ways to raise your overall power in Genshin Impact is to draw more heroes from the game’s gacha system. Gotta get those five-star waifus. This is called the “wish” system, and it can grant you new characters as well as new weapons. This is where the game will try to make you spend all of your money.

This is where you will want to dump quite literally every resource you get from playing the game. That means every free primogem, every bit of stardust, everything, dump it right here.

Also, be sure you know how the pity system works. Your chances of drawing something useful in a wish are abysmal. You have a 94.3% chance to get a three-star, which really isn’t useful for… well anything.

You have approximately a five percent chance to draw a four-star character or weapon, which is useful but not optimal. If you don’t draw a four-star within 9 pulls, your tenth will be guaranteed to include a four-star or higher reward.

Your chance to draw a five star, which is really what you want to be using for the majority of the game, is a measly 0.6%. This too has a pity timer, but it only activates after failing 89 pulls, with your 90th guaranteeing a five star.

What this means is that you want to pull from your wishes in big bundles, at least big enough to activate your four-star pity timer. Otherwise, you will likely only come back with junk.

Explore when your resin is recharging

Scattered throughout the world of Genshin Impact are Anemoculus and Geoculus shrines which give you rewards of XP and extra stamina just for finding them. There isn’t much you can do when your resin is recharging, but hunting down these shrines is one thing. Get a map and start systematically marking them off. Note, the game does NOT give you a good system for figuring out which ones you have hit and which ones you haven’t, so I highly suggest you open up a map in a browser tab somewhere and keep track yourself.

Keep elemental resonance effects in mind

Most players forget that elemental resonance is even a thing. Basically, by including specific characters of specific elements in your party you can get certain passive effects. One of the most useful is Impetuous Winds which decreases your stamina consumption and increases your movement speed. This will allow you to explore much quicker. Quicker exploration means more stamina and XP which means yet more quicker exploration. It’s a useful feedback loop. Stack this with some exploration passives and you’ll be pushing yourself around the map with no problem at all. Similarly, be sure to switch party members often in battle because mixing elements can create elemental reactions that will increase your damage and generally debuff the enemy.

That’s all our tips and tricks to get you started. It’s tough to beat the gacha system in games like this but with a little bit of planning, you too can have a decent free-to-play experience.