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The Prototype Series is a 4-star Weapon Series. This series can be crafted via Forging.

This series does not have a shared passive.

Weapons

5 weapons match the category selection:

Icon Name Rarity Base ATK (Lv.90) 2nd Stat (Lv.90) Passive Ability
Weapon Prototype Archaic.png Prototype Archaic 4 Stars 44
(565)
ATK 6%
(27.6%)
Crush
On hit, Normal or Charged Attacks have a 50% chance to deal an additional 240~480% ATK DMG to opponents within a small AoE. Can only occur once every 15s.
Weapon Prototype Amber.png Prototype Amber 4 Stars 42
(510)
HP 9%
(41.3%)
Gilding
Using an Elemental Burst regenerates 4~6 Energy every 2s for 6s. All party members will regenerate 4~6% HP every 2s for this duration.
Weapon Prototype Rancour.png Prototype Rancour 4 Stars 44
(565)
Physical DMG Bonus 7.5%
(34.5%)
Smashed Stone
On hit, Normal or Charged Attacks increase ATK and DEF by 4~8% for 6s. Max 4 stacks. Can only occur once every 0.3s.
Weapon Prototype Starglitter.png Prototype Starglitter 4 Stars 42
(510)
Energy Recharge 10.0%
(45.9%)
Magic Affinity
After using an Elemental Skill, increases Normal and Charged Attack DMG by 8~16% for 12s. Max 2 stacks.
Weapon Prototype Crescent.png Prototype Crescent 4 Stars 42
(510)
ATK 9%
(41.3%)
Unreturning
Charged Attack hits on weak points increase Movement SPD by 10% and ATK by 36~72% for 10s.

Lore

Ancient prototype weapons from Liyue's arsenal found in the Blackcliff Forge.

After an event known as 'the great disaster' or 'the great chaos' which caused a monster threat across Teyvat, the following era of peace started a renaissance for martial arts which brought about great demand for superior weaponry.[1]

Yun Hui, head of the house of Yun's family forge, approached the master craftsman Han Wu to find a way to revolutionize their craft. After conducting extensive research with their combined expertise, Han Wu drew up designs for a new series of weapons simply named "the prototypes."

Han Wu, who had forged the first greatsword in this new series, travelled north to give the weapon to a chivalrous martial artist to test. After testing the weapon by leveling a bamboo forest in an instant, the martial artist named the weapon "Archaic" since it had the elegance of antiquity.[2]
Han Wu also personally tried out the sword in the new series at Mt. Tianheng, during which he accidentally dropped it, forming a twelve-inch deep hole in the mountain rock. He then named the sword "Rancour, destroyer of rocks."[3]
The first polearm in this new series was left to bask in the moonlight, and in the morning the tip shone like a star. Seeing this, Yun Hui was reminded of his father's glory since his father's name referenced the stars, so Yun Hui dedicated this weapon to his father by naming it "Starglitter."[1]

Yun Hui requested his friend Han Wu to make a longbow for the new weapon series, so Han Wu sent trade caravans out to gather all kinds of different resources to choose from for the bow. He eventually decided on cudrania wood and fine steel for the bow and Irminsul branches for the bowstring, crafting a bow that was named "Crescent" for the similarity of the string's cool light to the moon.[4]

Some people had the opposite reaction and abandoned martial arts for the potential of supernatural arts to counter the sinister forces that remained in the world. However, the catalyst production methods had been unchanged for over a century and broke on first use, so the thaumaturges went to Liyue and pleaded Yun Hui to design a new type of catalyst for them. Yun Hui agreed, adding a new design to the prototype series.
The thaumaturges gifted Yun Hui some Cor Purum for the core of the catalyst. Cor Purum is the result of Cor Lapis being fired for 49 days and then being drenched in water for another 49 days, which makes it unbreakable and apparently allows it to tap into primordial cosmic energy when used in a catalyst. The golden glow of the Cor Purum reminded Yun Hui of amber, so after discussing it with the thaumaturges he named it "Prototype Amber."[5]

Each of these weapons became the model for future weapons of each type in Liyue.

Trivia

  • Based on the context the descriptions 'the great chaos' and 'the great disaster' and mention of a monster threat combined with these weapons being ancient, it's likely they were created slightly under 500 years ago after the event involving the abyss. This is especially likely due to the Prototype Crescent's bowstring being made of Irminsul branches brought back from the abyss.

Change History

Released in Version 1.0

References

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