Genshin Impact StormterrorSource: Android Central

Exploring the massive open world of Genshin Impact can give the same sense of wonder felt while playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the first time. There are so many interesting things to see and plenty of puzzles to solve as your journey around. It's one of the best Android games and one of the best free PS5 games available. Perhaps the biggest puzzle players face early on is figuring out how to break the seal on Stormterror's Lair.

If you've been dying to figure out how to get inside this enormous wind bubble or are having trouble defeating the dragon, we're here to help. Here's everything you need to know about Stormterror's Lair, regardless of whether you're playing on mobile or on PS5.

Entering the wind dome

Genshin Impact Start QuestSource: Android Central

First off, no matter how curious you are, you won't be able to get past the storm barrier until you are given the quest to Go to the entrance of Stormterror's Lair. To do that, you'll need to complete all of the Venti-related quests up to this point. If you aren't this far yet, then you'll need to return later.

Once you've unlocked the quest, head towards the unexplored area of the map. If you've already happened to unlock the Cecilia Garden Teleport in Wolvendom, this will get you pretty close to where you need to go.

Genshin Impact Stormterror VentiSource: Android Central

When you get close to the waypoint a cutscene will appear. Defeat the enemies and then enter the area Venti directs you towards. You'll get through the first wind dome layer and see Stormterror's tower.

Run straight forward as far as you can go until you reach the second wind dome. Now hang a right around the structure and go a ways until you see the tower's Archon statue of the Seven on the left.

Genshin Impact Archon StatueSource: Android Central

Use the wind current in front of the statue to glide over the barrier and into the tower. Now wind your way up to the top of the tower by gliding and climbing and then you'll initiate a cutscene.

Break the seal on the tower

Genshin Impact Stormterrors Lair SealSource: Android Central

To get to Stormterror, you need to break the seals on the tower. To do that you need to turn on the three Light Actuator altars found to the north, east, and west around Stormterror's Lair. Here's where you'll find them.

Genshin Impact Light Actuator LocationsSource: Android Central

Eastern Light Actuator and Guiding Light pieces

Genshin Impact Stormterror Flying To First Light ActuatorSource: Android Central

From atop Stormterror's tower, jump off and glide east. You'll see a round raised platform surrounded by crumbling columns. Head towards it. You'll find the first Guiding Light piece in this area near the altar.

Genshin Impact First Glowing Light Actuator PrismsGenshin Impact First Glowing Light Actuator PrismsSource: Android Central

The other two glowing prisms are on top of tall ruins to the northwest. You'll need to use the upward gusts of air and your glider to reach them. Time it carefully as the gusts come and go.

When all three prisms are collected return to the altar and turn it on.

Northern Light Actuator and Guiding Light pieces

Genshin Impact Light Actuator 2Source: Android Central

Head towards the northernmost teleport in the area. The Light Actuator will be found southwest of the teleport surrounded by a circle of columns. There's a Hurlichurl camp up the stairs to the north of the teleport. You'll see the first Guiding Light piece hiding behind some boxes near the Hurlichurls.

Genshin Impact Light Actuator 2 PrismSource: Android Central

The second one is hidden behind breakable rocks exactly north of the Hurlichurl camp. Some enemies will pop up when you get close. Defeat them using Elemental Reactions and then break the rocks apart by using either Anemo or Geo attacks to get the last Guiding Light Piece.

Genshin Impact Light Actuator 2 PrismGenshin Impact Light Actuator 2 PrismSource: Android Central

The third and final glowing prism in this area is protected by a barrier to the northeast of the Hurlichurl camp. To get to it, climb up one of the tall ruins nearby and then jump into the barrier from above.

Now go to the Northern Light Actuator with the Guiding Light pieces in tow and turn it on.

Western Light Actuator and Guiding Light pieces

Genshin Impact Light ActuatorSource: Android Central

To get to the final Light Actuator, you'll need to head to the teleport on the west side of Stormterror's tower. Once again you'll find a cobblestone circle with an altar in the middle. The three Guiding Light pieces are scattered all around the circle, so just gather them up.

When you get close to the altar, a bunch of enemies will pop up. Defeat all of them within a time limit and then you'll be able to activate the last Light Actuator.

Genshin Impact Light Actuator 3 Defeat EnemiesSource: Android Central

Now that all three Light Actuators are lit, you need to make your way back to the top of the tower. It's easiest to just teleport at this point. Otherwise you'll have to wind your way through the dome barrier like you did before.

How to beat Stormterror

Enter the newly opened Domain Entrance on top of the tower and you'll come face to face with Stormterror.

Genshin Impact Stormterror FlightSource: Android Central

To start, you'll need to lower the dragon's health by shooting Star Fox style at the purple tainted blood clots that resemble horns on his back. Eventually, he'll pull away and send meteor-like projectiles in your direction. Dodge these to avoid taking damage.

Genshin Impact Wind RingsSource: Android Central

Venti will extract Anemo from these projectiles. You need to shoot the purple ones to create wind currents to bring you closer to Stormterror. Once you get close enough, continue to shoot at the purple horns on Stormterror's back until his health is completely depleted.

Genshin Impact Stormterrors HornSource: Android Central

This will initiate a grounded boss battle. Stormterror is very powerful, so you need to avoid his attacks at all costs. The game throws Venti in your party and you're going to want to make use of him.

The dragon will come careening your way or will hurl Anemo balls at you. Dodge out of his path to avoid taking damage. When he is hovering in front of you, use Venti's charged up arrows to take the dragon's shield down a notch. When Stormterror is stunned, aim at that purple blood clot and shoot it as much as you can with Venti's charged attack.

Genshin Impact Stormterrors GlidingSource: Android Central

When Stormterror is at half health, he'll release an attack that Venti calls Caelestrinum Finale Termini, which opens up painful wind fissures beneath your feet. Standing on these cracks will take away large chunks of health. Make your way to the wind current on the side and use it to float onto another platform that doesn't have any fissures on it. Then continue to attack Stormterror as you did before until he is defeated.

Stormterror guide

Now you know how to enter Stormterror's Lair, break the seals on the tower, and defeat the dragon. Good luck with your battle. I hope you can defeat Dvalin without using too many health resources.

Remember that the upcoming 2.0 update is adding lots of new things to look forward to, including cross-progression across platforms and DualSense haptic feedback and adaptive trigger support.

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