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Servants of the Abyss Order that use Hydro in combat. These silent figures are the vanguard of the Abyss, brandishing Tidal Blades that can engulf everything in an instant, crumpling armor and obliterating heretics. They shall bring preordained damnation upon the foolish masses.

Abyss Herald: Wicked Torrentss are Elite Enemies that are part of the Abyss Heralds enemy group and the The Abyss family.

For specific locations, see the HoYoLAB Teyvat Interactive Map.

They can transform with an Abyssal Gospel.[4]


Item Mora.png ≤600 Mora
Item Berserker.png3-4★ Set Berserker
Item Instructor.png3-4★ Set Instructor
Item The Exile.png3-4★ Set The Exile


Physical Pyro Hydro Electro Cryo Anemo Geo
10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Level Scaling
1 583 76 505
5 1,313 127 525
10 2,293 203 550
15 4,085 321 575
20 7,082 502 600
25 9,161 686 625
30 11,782 820 650
35 16,709 987 675
40 21,559 1,225 700
45 28,745 1,525 725
50 39,972 1,889 750
55 49,175 2,239 775
60 67,050 2,661 800
65 79,863 3,142 825
70 104,416 3,673 850
75 119,367 4,188 875
80 148,526 4,726 900
85 163,395 5,140 925
90 194,833 5,709 950
95 221,991 6,549 975
100 294,121 7,387 1,000

Note that HP and ATK values may change in Co-Op, some Quests, and certain Domains. The change usually involves multiplying some of the values by a constant scale factor.

Abilities and Attacks

Attack names are unofficial. (Except Dark Descent. Surging Tide and Abyssal Roar are taken from its voice-overs and The Wicked Torrents is named after its title.)

  • Tidal Slash Combo: Performs a series of slashes with its blade, dealing Hydro DMG.
    • Combo 1: May be performed when unshielded or when shield durability is above 1/3. Hits 2 times, dealing 50% ATK, 50% ATK as DMG.
    • Combo 2: May be performed in any state. Hits 3 times, dealing 50% ATK, 50% ATK, 70% ATK as DMG.
    • Combo 3: May be performed when shielded. Hits 3 times, dealing 70% ATK, 70% ATK, 100% ATK as DMG.
    • Combo 4: May be performed when shield durability is below 1/3. Hits 5 times, dealing 50% ATK, 50% ATK, 70% ATK, 70% ATK, 100% ATK as DMG.
  • Surging Tide: Raises both arms before unleashing a cross-shaped water projectile with its blades dealing 50% ATK as Hydro DMG. When hit by this projectile, if your Elemental Skill and/or Burst is on cooldown, they will be extended by 6 seconds.
  • Aqua Slash: Conjures a concentrated water projectile with its blade and fires it forward, each dealing 100% ATK as Hydro DMG.
    • When unshielded, this attack may be used once.
    • When HP is below 60% and shield durability is above 1/3, this attack may be used twice.
    • When shielded, this attack may be used 4 times in a row.
  • Dark Descent: After its HP reaches 20%, the Abyss Herald will imbue itself with a powerful Hydro shield, providing it immunity to all DMG until its shield is broken. Upon the shield's activation, deals 200% ATK as AoE Hydro DMG in a large area around itself and causing heavy knockback. The Herald also gains new/upgraded attacks when it is equipped with a Hydro shield.
    • The Herald will immediately be defeated after its shield has been destroyed, even though it still has HP remaining.
    • While in this state, the Abyss Herald gains resistance to Frozen, shortening the Frozen effect's duration by ~70%.
  • Abyssal Roar: Turns into a spinning wheel and charges at the player, rapidly dealing 80% ATK, 40% ATK, or 20% ATK as Hydro DMG on contact. The number of charges the Abyss Herald will perform depends on how much health it has. If the Herald is above 60% health, it only lunges once at the player. If the Herald is below 60% health, it lunges twice. When it has a Hydro shield, it will lunge three times. If the Hydro shield is below 1/3, it will lunge four times.
  • The Wicked Torrents: Slashes the air numerous times with its blade before unleashing 8 Hydro projectiles in a circular pattern, each dealing 50% ATK as Hydro DMG. When hit by any of these projectiles, the character's Elemental Skill and/or burst cooldown is extended by 6 seconds. This attack is only used when in the Dark Descent state.


Ability Logic

  • An ability will only be used if they meet all of the following conditions:
    • The ability is not on cooldown
    • The target is within the range required by the ability
    • The ability has the highest priority out of all that meet the previous 2 conditions
      • A lower priority number indicates a higher priority.
      • If multiple abilities share the highest priority, one will be chosen at random.
  • Certain abilities with extra trigger conditions may defy regular ability logic.
  • Global Cooldown is shared with nearby Abyss Lector: Violet Lightnings.
Ability Range Req. (m) Priority CD (s) Initial CD (s) Global CD Action Interval (s) Triggers Act. Int. Ignores Act. Int. State Req.
Group CD (s)
Tidal Slash Combo 1 0–5 4 3–5 2 Unshielded or shield durability > 1/3
Tidal Slash Combo 2 0–5 5 1–3
Tidal Slash Combo 3 0–5 3 3–8 Shielded
Tidal Slash Combo 4 0–5 3 4–8 Shield durability < 1/3
Aqua Slash (Single) 7–20 5 5–10 Ranged 5 Unshielded
Aqua Slash (Double) 7–20 4 10–20 Ranged 5 HP < 60% or shield durability > 1/3
Aqua Slash (Quadruple) 7–20 4 5–10 Ranged 5 Shielded
Abyssal Roar (Single or Double) 0–10 3 20–30 10 Ranged 5 Unshielded
Abyssal Roar (Triple or Quadruple) 0–10 3 20–30 10 Ranged 5 Shielded
Surging Tide 0–15 2 10–20 20 Special 10
The Wicked Torrents 0–15 1 20–30 20 Special 10 Shielded
Approach (Far) 15–30 3
Approach (Close) 10–15 4 5–10
Backstep 1 0–2 4 15
Backstep 2 0–5 2 3


Prior to activating its shield, the Abyss Herald's attacks are fairly weak, but care should be taken to avoid their attacks to avoid unnecessarily prolonging a character's Elemental Skill and burst cooldowns.

When it reaches critical health, the Herald will no longer take any damage, but instead activate a Hydro shield that works similarly to that of the Abyss Mages and also enhances their attacks. This also applies a permanent Wet status on the Herald itself, allowing for elemental reactions to occur.

Once the shield is destroyed, the Herald is automatically defeated.

Similarly to the Abyss Lectors, if there are multiple Heralds, one can use Crowd Control abilities like Venti's Elemental Burst to clump them closer together. But as they are melee enemies, they will usually follow and get closer to the player anyways.

Cryo attacks are highly effective against the Heralds' Hydro shields as they can freeze them to prevent them from attacking and moving as well as deal more shield damage compared to Pyro, Electro, and Anemo elements which can also break the shield somewhat.

One strategy to break the shield is to use Chongyun's Spirit Blade: Chonghua's Layered Frost for the Elemental Infusion and then switch to a fast Sword or Polearm attacker to quickly apply Cryo. Another one is also with Ganyu's Charged Attack, which is also very effective. Kamisato Ayaka's alternative sprint: Kamisato Art: Senho also works as not only the sprint applies Cryo to the surrounding enemies, but also her Normal/Charged Attacks will be infused with Cryo.


Title and RequirementsDetails
Spotting the Player Bow before the Abyss!
Tidal Slash The World will fall!
Surging Tide Annihilate!
Surging tide
Aqua Slash Decimate!
All life will perish!
Abyssal Roar Abyssal roar!
The end will come!
The Wicked Torrents The end is nigh...
Generating Shield Resistance.... is futile!
Abyss, grant me new life!
Defeated The Abyss shall rise... once again...
The world... will burn...
Various Combat Sounds

Notable Hydro-Aligned Abyss Heralds

"Presager of the Abyss"

The Abyss Herald titled "Presager of the Abyss" has a total of 4 encounters in Archon Quests:


  • Instead of "herald", the East Asian versions use the Christian term "使徒" (apostle).
  • The attacks Surging Tide, Abyssal Roar, and The Wicked Torrents all share part of their name with Tartaglia's Talents and Constellations:
    • Raging Tide is Childe's version of Surging Tide.
    • Cutting Torrent's Riptide effect has it shooting out three Hydro slashes originating from the targets body. The Wicked Torrents shows the Herald slashing the air around him to shoot out the Hydro slashes.
    • The constellations beginning with Abyssal Mayhem seem to reference the attack name, Abyssal Roar.
    • The attack line Annihilate is referenced in the Constellation Havoc: Annihilation.
      • Havoc: Obliteration and the attack lines Annihilate, and Decimate seems to be connected to each other as they all are synonyms for destroyed.
        • Taking the words together you can get a trio forming, Obliterate, Annihilate, and Decimate.
    • The passive talent Swords of Torrents is a direct reference to the weapons used by both Childe and the Abyss Herald.


Other Languages

LanguageOfficial NameLiteral Meaning
EnglishAbyss Herald: Wicked Torrents
Shēnyuān Shǐtú - Jīliú
Abyss Apostle - Torrents
Shēnyuān Shǐtú - Jīliú
Japaneseアビスの 使 げきりゅう
Abisu no Shito - Gekiryuu
Apostle of the Abyss - Torrent
Korean심연 사도・격류
Simyeon Sado - Gyeokryu
Abyss Apostle: Torrents
SpanishEmisario del Abismo - Rápidos malignosAbyss Emissary - Wicked Rapids
FrenchApôtre de l'Abîme - TorrentAbyss Apostle - Torrent
RussianВестник Бездны: Злые течения
Vestnik Bezdny: Zlyye techeniya
Abyss Herald: Wicked Currents
ThaiAbyss Herald - Wicked Torrents
VietnameseSứ Đồ Vực Sâu - Kích LưuAbyss Apostle - Torrents
GermanAbgrundbote - Reißender StromAbyss Herald: Raging Torrent
IndonesianAbyss Herald: Wicked Torrents
PortugueseApóstolo do Abismo - Corrente TorrencialAbyss Apostle - Torrential Current

Video Guides

How to Easily Beat the Abyss Herald
How to use the Anemo Traveler against the Abyss Herald

Change History

Released in Version 1.4
Version 2.6

Version 2.4

Version 1.4

  • Abyss Herald: Wicked Torrents were released.


  1. Twitter: EN VA Self Announcement
  2. Bilibili: CN VA Self Announcement
  3. Japanese Wikipedia: 高橋広樹
  4. Quest Domain Entrance Description: Abyssal Traces