Gameplay video of Xiao in 1.3 has been leaked. The video shows that Xiao still plays more or less the same as the early CBT videos held before the game's release. The leaked video is Xiao at constellation 6, and he is able to spam his elemental skill multiple times when it procs.
Increases Shield Strength by 20%. Scoring hits on opponents increases ATK by 4% for 8s. Max 5 stacks. Can only occur once every 0.3s. While protected by a shield, this ATK increase effect is increased by 100%.
Version 1.3 is rumored to be about Lantern Rite Festival. It's based on the Lantern Festival, a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar Chinese calendar. This event was held in one of the closed beta test back in March 2020.
miHoYo held an event giveaway back in March 2020, and had a page dedicated to the event. We can still view the page to hear the music and participate in writing and reading the lantern wishes.
Based on the previous closed beta test Lantern Rite Festival, there are 3 different parts of the event. Unexpected events gives players new quests daily.
Lantern of Wishes is about crafting and releasing Xiao lanterns for rewards.
Mingxiao Convergence is where we can submit materials to craft xiao lanterns to an npc to get contribution points and claim rewards.
Lantern Rite Festival Event Shop
The event will have an event exchange shop. Thanks to honeyhunter, we can see that buying all the things in the shop will get us the following:
6 of each rarity 3 elemental ascension stones.
6 of each rarity 3 talent books.
2 of each rarity 4 talent books.
80 hero's wit
30 Mystic Enhancement Ores
10 Dust of Azoth
1 Crown of Insight
New namecards related to the lantern rite festivals, and Xiao and Hu Tao max friendship namecards.
Posted by @Genshin_intel on twitter, a Co-op tower defense game mode coming in v1.3. There are different elemental towers, as well as ones with different effects.
Version 1.3 Beta Test Application (ended)
Announced on the official discord server Thursday morning (Asia time), they are looking for around 200 testers to test version 1.3. This is only eligible to people who are in Genshin Impact's official discord server. Fill out the linked form with your information, and you might be chosen for a tester.
Disclaimer: Chosen participants will have to sign an NDA(Non Disclosure Agreement). This is to ensure that information about the upcoming content are not leaked. miHoYo have taken strict legal actions against people who were caught leaking information, and it should not be taken lightly.