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Genshin Impact ‘Red Desert Threshold’ domain unlock guide

You’ll need to start a specific world quest to get underground

A domain entrance with the three-petaled glowing flower on it, surrounded by desert rocky cliffs. Image: Hoyoverse via Polygon
Julia Lee (she/her) is a guides producer, writing guides for games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Genshin Impact. She helped launch the Rift Herald in 2016.

When you first get to the desert area in Genshin Impact’s Sumeru, you won’t have access to the “Red Desert Threshold” domain right away.

No matter how you may look for it, the map will tell you that the domain is below you, though there’s no way to get to it. In order to access the “Red Desert Threshold” domain, you’ll need to start the world quest line “Golden Slumber.” You can start it by talking to the NPC below in Aaru Village.

Zhongli stands in front of a merchant in Aaru Village in front of a tent with a red tarp roof Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Hoyoverse

Once you start the quest, you can follow the navigation to head to a huge pit that opens in the ground. The “Red Desert Threshold” domain is in this pit, right as you jump in.

This domain can only be cleared once for rewards, and gives you loot like Primogems, Dendro Sigils, and various upgrade materials. Most importantly, the domain will serve as a convenient place to teleport to get into the new hole in the ground.

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