Genshin Impact has a lot of side quests and hidden achievements. One of these quests, Time and Wind, requires you to travel to a small island that doesn’t appear on your map and do some detective work to unlock the two secret sundials. This quest can be done at any time, but we recommend bringing some stat food and some non-Anemo characters with decent gear before you start. Here is the Time and Wind quest guide to discover the secret of the uninhabited island.
Note: While you want non-Anemo characters for the boss fight, make sure Traveler is attuned to Anemo before starting the journey (or bring an Anemo character with a fast recharge elemental ability). There are puzzles that require Anemo skills to solve.
There are two ways to get to the island: have at least 200 stamina and stamina replenishing food and jump off Starsnatch Cliff (pictured below) or use Kaeya’s elemental ability and build an ice bridge from the shoreline up to the island. The former is definitely faster, but requires you to have gotten a lot of Anemoculi and Geoculi and leveled up your Statues of the Seven a fair amount. If you haven’t gotten to that point yet, then the ice bridge method will work, but it will take around 20 minutes, and if you can’t spam the ability, it can be reset on the shore.
When you reach the island, head to the center and find the devastated carving. This is the first of the sundials, and when interacting with it Paimon will mention using Elemental Sight (Middle Mouse Button on PC or L1 + Left D-Pad on controller).
Head to the beach on the right side of the carving and you’ll find a bunch of rocks near a shop. Crush them to find the note you need.
Go back to the sundial and change the time of day to 2am (you can access this feature by opening your menu and selecting the clock icon – turn the dials until you are at 1:55am to maximize the time you have to the watch). next section.)
Once 2am rolls around, turn on Elemental Sight. You will see four orbs on the sundial, which represent the four orbs you need to scatter.
You can find the orbs in the following locations:
- Directly behind the sundial on the ruined wall jutting out of the sea
- On the right side of the beach on a rounded rock jutting out of the sea
- On the left side of the beach on a square rock sticking out of the sea
- At the top of the tall pillar near the sundial
To destroy the orbs, cast an Anemo ability directly on them. Anemo-Traveler’s elemental ability is great for this, but any Anemo ability should work. You must destroy all four orbs between 2am and 5am; if you don’t, just reset the time and try again. You will keep the progress you have already made.
Go back to the sundial and use an Anemo ability on it; this unleashes a more powerful Eye of the Storm boss than you’re used to, so prepare for a tough fight. When weakened, he will flee, activating a powerful column of wind and a series of wind rings to glide. Use your glider to follow him to the Wind Temple.
When you get to the Temple of the Wind, you will see an NPC named Henry Morton. You can find his location on the map above. Talk to him, then check the book in his shop for more clues.
Just like on the previous island, you’ll need to use the Elemental Sight and Anemo abilities to clear four orbs around the sundial. Go ahead and activate an Anemo ability on the second sundial and set up for the second round with Eye of the Storm. In this second round, the Eye will spawn some extra creatures to deal with, and it’s best if you take them out first before taking down the HP of the rest of the bosses. After defeating him, talk to Henry Morton to finish the mission.