Let’s Talk About Gacha Games & Their Yuri Potential

Well, it’s been a while again, huh? Just take a guess where I’ve been or what I’ve been doing all this time. Correct, I pretty much lost my myself (and my money) in gacha games. Two specific ones to be more precise.

But as always, let’s organize this post a bit and start with some basic information. Like what are gacha games?

Some of you might not know what it is, even though you might have heard about some titles that fall into this category. Let’s take Kantai Collection from back in the day, for example, or Azur Lane. Then there’s Fate/Grand Order, Arknights and as of recently, Genshin Impact. All vastly different games you might say, but all of them involve some special lottery kind of feature where you can spend in-game currencies in order to receive some mostly random item or character. While these games are usually free, you can spend money to get more of these in-game currencies, which in return will enable you to get more “pulls” or draws from the lottery system.

For some, these kinds of games are hated, especially for the gacha aspect, as it baits people into spending money and basically means that those who do will have an easier time playing it. In addition to that, in many of those games, the price for even receiving a little bit of that currency is just ridiculously high. You can basically spend hundreds of bucks, and in the end, end up getting close to nothing. Trust me, I speak from experience, unfortunately…

genshin impact wishes price
Spending 100 bucks gets you about 40 wishes. You need around 80 wishes to get a guaranteed 5-star character, so yeah…

On the other hand, while the games might bait you into spending money, you never have to. Usually, these games are completely free to get and free to play. Furthermore, seeing the sheer quality of some of the titles, it might seem ridiculous that you can even get them for free in the first place. Take Genshin Impact for example. It’s basically a AAA game that’s gorgeous to look at, with a huge open-world to explore, some seriously amazing gameplay, and basically the best graphics you can get for a mobile game right now. Add in the fact that this one, as well as some others, are cross-platform titles, you can enjoy playing no matter where you are and how you prefer.

I myself have started small with gacha games, when many years ago I first lost myself in the “naval war ship-girl waifu collector” Kantai Collection. Over the years, I moved on to Azur Lane, which is basically a copy of Kantai Collection with a different fighting system, and in late 2020, I ended up finding the two games I basically play (or more like live off) right now. One of them is the earlier mentioned Genshin Impact, which is basically an anime-style Breath of the Wild kind of open-world gacha, and the other one is Arknights, an anime-style Tower Defense gacha. While both of them are vastly different from another, there is one thing outside of the gacha aspect that both of them feature and that is apparently a big, big necessity in games for me: collectable anime waifus. Lots of them, to be more precise.

And this is where we can finally reach the actual subject of this whole post: the yuri potential of gacha games.

Some might say any, or well, most, games that feature female characters have at least some yuri potential, and you’re not wrong. However, it is a fact that for these games specifically, even without any confirmed pairings, the yuri shipping that is happening online right now is simply huge. Go on Twitter, Tumblr, look for fanfiction, or simply go to our trusty Dynasty Reader and check the image section. What you find will probably be very similar on any of these platforms. I’m talking about tons and tons of fanworks about so, so many of the ships from said games. I would even go as far as to claim that even if you don’t play these games, or games in general, you’ve probably seen the pairings and know where they’re from. Because, let’s face it, if it isn’t the sheer quantity of works, it might as well be that some of your favorite artists have picked pairings up and released their own fanworks.

I’m talking about artists like Color_LES, who brought us Mage and Demon Queen, or how about Negom, known for her Pretty Cure doujinshi. Both of them seem to be deeply in love with pairings like Keqing x Ganyu, and I can’t blame them.

ganyu keqing genshin impact yuri
Keqing x Ganyu by Negom

The bottom line is that, even though there are more (gayer) games out, titles like Genshin Impact or Arknights seem to receive more recognition from the community. With little to no confirmed yuri pairings, one might ask why that is, and I’ve come up with some possible explanations why gacha games in particular have such a high yuri potential.

For one, the money companies behind those games generate, mostly comes from the characters in the game, or more precisely, from adding new characters to the lottery for people to pull. The more interesting the character, the higher the chance people will spend actual money to make sure to get them. Adding more characters usually would equal more money made. But only adding random characters probably won’t generate the highest amount possible, so in addition to adding characters, they would have to make sure to make them look good, sound good, “feel” good and have some appealing personalities and backstories. More diversity probably equals satisfying a larger amount of tastes, or let’s call it preferences. So every game will have some tsundere characters, same with lolis, and pretty much any other stereotype you can think of. That, however, also means that some characters might end up showing hints of interest for other female characters. After all, diversity is key, and these are games that are mostly targeted at a male audience anyway, so yuri subtext and a high amount of female options is pretty much the norm in many gacha games.

Using the gacha logic here, the more characters available, the higher the chances of yuri or yuri subtext, same as the more money spent equals higher chances of getting something good.

Having said that, I of course have also fallen victim to these games, and on my quest to get all the yuri couples to join my team, I too spend way more money then I should have. While I have been quite lucky in Arknights, Genshin Impact keeps denying me that one character that I’ve been wanting from the very beginning, and it’s been driving me crazy. So despite the fact that I pretty much called these games yuri gold mines, I do think that you should enjoy them with caution. Patience is a virtue I’ve never quite mastered, so it’s almost laughable that I’m now trying to preach it to you guys. However, I do believe that you should learn from my mistakes, and I have to tell you that spending money to get more characters is usually not worth it. Yet, I’m a hypocrite, so take that however you want. 😀

Knowing both the risks and also the good aspects of it all, is it still worth investing your time in those games?

In my eyes, what a surprise, it’s a big yes. Even outside the gacha, these games just scream quality, and even after having played them for months, the constant updates and events happening ensure that you can pretty much play them daily without getting bored. So if you’re on the hunt for a good new game to keep you occupied during all these lock-downs and whatnot, or if you either have endless amounts of money or simply a stronger will to keep it in your wallet than me, then I would absolutely recommend these to you to try out.

Now if you’ll you excuse me, I’ll have to log into Genshin Impact to pull for Jean…

genshin impact jean
*cries in C3 Keqing* – Please wish me luck…

Also, this is not a paid advertisement. I’m getting nothing from praising these games as much as I do, other then the burning desire to spend more money in them. 😛

27 thoughts on “Let’s Talk About Gacha Games & Their Yuri Potential

  1. Let’s not forget Honkai Impact 3rd, from the makers of Genshin Impact. It’s also a Gacha but with confirmed Yuri couples. Mei and Kiana for one, but there are others too.

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  2. HI LENA!!!

    Good to hear from you again! I also have been stuck in the Genshin loop for a few months now, the game is super fun and I enjoy the story and the world a lot. My luck in it has been surprisingly good lol but now I’m saving up for Ayaka! Hopefully she comes home lol!

    Of course the the yuri ships are cute! Keqing x Ganyu (best Genshin ship atm imo), Jean x Lisa (super cute head of the knights along with her cute librarian girl friend) , Ningguang x Beidou (rich business woman x pirate), heck Traveler x any of the girls is also cute, the list goes on and on. More ships will definitely end up arriving with more characters and my inner yuri fan will probably end up loving them since they’re just fricking cute!!! Genshin truly is a gold mine for yuri ships even if it is mostly subtext but hey they all look insanely cute so I can’t help it!

    Oh also fun fact, most of the main Japanese voice cast of Madoka is in Genshin so you can have an almost full Madoka team lol (Female Traveler = Madoka, Jean = Homura and Keqing = Sayaka, all that’s left is Mami’s voice actress and Kyouko’s voice actress to voice a character in Genshin and we can have that full Madoka team!)

    Also another thing, I wish you the best of luck Lena! Hopefully you get your Jean soon!

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    • Hey there 🙂

      First up, thank you and good luck with Ayaka as well~ I hope she’ll come out soon, she’s one of the prettiest characters out there, plus her Japanese voice is just HNGHHH

      As for the other voices, especially the Madoka cast, I’m just so happy! It’s a shame that Lumine never talks, seeing that her voice actress is so amazing 😀

      However, nothing can beat my little Hutie Cutie (yes, that is how I call Hutao) and her cute “yahoo’s” or Baedou (yes that is spelled like that on purpose as well) and her oh so charming laughs when she glides~

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      • Thanks Lena! I hope I can get Ayaka, she is one of my most anticipated characters, and I love Hayami Saori voicing her!!!

        Also I wish Lumine talked more since she is adorable and I just want to hear her more! As for Hu Tao, she is such a troll but an adorable troll at that! Also lol I won’t lie Beidou is bae and just awesome!

        Hopefully when more characters release we will get more ships sailing, I’ve already seen Yanfei shipped with Hu Tao which I think is cute tbh! And like I said, Lumine/Female Traveler can go with any of the girls and the ship would end up being adorable!!!

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  3. Odd Taxi EP 4 just last week, devoted an entire EP to Cacha Games. The supply of real cash in my wallet is very, very limited. The supply of imaginary items is infinite. The math would indicate that no amount of real money could even make a dent in the supply of imaginary items. Gacha games are like a very addictive drug. Glad to see Lena back and posting again. Hope it keeps up.

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  4. Always glad to see another post from Lena!

    I have always wanted to try Genshin Impact but I just can’t get into gacha games. I can’t get into any game that uses heavy handed micro transactions like that. The game does look fun and interesting, the characters look great and the yuri potential has me wanting to make the plunge though!

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    • Hello there Chimeko~

      Well…. I mean just guess what I would suggest you do… 😛
      The game is amazing even without any money spent. You’re guaranteed to get some good characters along the way and only if you really really want a certain character it will get dangerous (for your wallet). If you’re willing to simply wait for the characters to come to you, I think you should be save.
      If you ever play, add me as a friend ~

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      • Oh man, you wanting me to add you as a friend REALLY makes me want to take the plunge and play it now! >.< I'll think on it and let ya know!

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  5. I recently started playing Genshin Impact. It’s a fun game but I really hate gacha systems. I somehow lucked out and got Jean early on, but since I don’t want to spend money on the gacha I know I’ll have no chance of getting Ganyu or Keqing. Oh well

    I definitely ship Jean and Lisa. Jean even says something like “whenever I’m with Lisa I feel at ease” which is just adorable lol

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    • Why would you even want to spend any money when you got the greatest character right away?! 😀
      I know, Jean isn’t the greatest character, but in my eyes she will always be~
      Plus, never forget, Lisa also has a voice line where she apparently gets up from a nap and mistakes you (the traveler) for Jean – which implies that Jean is always with her when she wakes up.

      God… I love them 😀

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  6. They are indeed very good game. We want more gay girls and they give us what we want.

    I am usually the kind of person who never spend a single buck in a game and can have fun my own way.

    Anyway, I am glad to see you are enjoying these awesome games as well. Just be careful not to spend everything on them XD

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    • System or server? I’m playing on the EU Server and I do so on my phone, my PC and my laptop 😀
      When it finally comes out on the Switch, I will play on there as well. It’s really nice that this is cross platform.

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  7. I just found out that I can’t add you since I’m in a different server, I’m in the North American server.

    It would have been so much fun co-oping with you Lena but looks like we can’t due to us being in different servers 😥

    Maybe hopefully Mihoyo can make it so that you can play with anyone in any server later on

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