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Overview

Primitive humanoid monsters that can be found all across Teyvat.
Most people have already given up on trying to communicate with the hilichurls, believing that they are monsters simply incapable of communication.

Hilichurls are a goblin-like family of monsters in Genshin Impact.

Description

Regardless of what stage of growth they are currently at, all Hilichurls are bare-chested and bare-footed, and have a large mane covering most of their head. They appear to have two elongated ears sticking out of their mane. The only clothing they wear is a loincloth, while their arms and legs are loosely wrapped in bandages. Every Hilichurl wears a mask. While elementally-affiliated Hilichurls, including Samachurls and Lawachurls, take on the color of their element, their skin is naturally of a grayish-black hue.

Elementally affiliated hilichurls, Samachurls and Lawachurls also take on the element's appropriate color for both their skin and masks. Despite their general hostility towards outsiders or humans and a less than optimal lifestyle, Hilichurls are also intelligent for their standards, as a few use tools and Slimes, scavenge and even engage in agriculture, albeit limited to raising livestock due to the race's general dislike of vegetables. They have a fairly impressive, albeit archaic architectural style, the construction or purpose of them unknown. Aside from the practical use of tools, some Hilichurls such as the Pyro Grenadiers can destroy four training dummies at once with a precise throw.

As a hilichurl grows and survives, they eventually turn into Mitachurls, who are larger and bulkier. Mitachurls that continue to grow and survive eventually accumulate an excess of the elemental energy in their area, turning them into Lawachurls. It is not known how long it takes for this growth to occur.

They appear to not have an archon or god governing them, rather relying on the most strongest and ferocious among them to lead the tribe. Most tribes also have Samachurls who act as the spiritual leaders of the group. The Lawachurls whose name is derived from the Hilichurlian way of respectfully addressing a king or ruler are revered by younger Hilichurls due to their strength. Despite their status as a role model or "king" for the smaller hierarchy, most Lawachurls prefer solitude.

Hilichurls appear to have a reliable social network, as some Hilichurls are friends with others across vast distances.[1] Like humans, Hilichurls can live in a myriad of environments and acclimate themselves accordingly.

Though they have existed for over a thousand years, their presence has spread since the Cataclysm occurring 500 years ago.[2] These hilichurls are actually the former citizens of Khaenri'ah, having been cursed with immortality and transformed into monsters. They wear masks to hide their true faces, out of a fear of seeing their true identity on a reflective surface like water. This is due to the mental anguish they suffer from after seeing how their faces have changed from the curse. Under their curse, memories of their former life are long forgotten, as well as most semblances of humanity they once had. Their intelligence and behavior are gradually degraded, and no longer speak nor understand the common language of Teyvat. Because of this, Hilichurls are in a perpetual state of agony. However, Hilichurls still seem to be aware that they are cursed, and are somehow aware of the properties of an area in The Chasm that can temporarily suppress their immortality. Some Hilichurls venture to this region to 'die', in which their physical bodies and mental state erode to the point that is like 'death'. It seems they have no urge to eat, or starve due to their weakness, as Paimon noted that their crates, which are usually used to store food, are found empty in the Chasm. The Hilichurls are dying as their end is nigh when they have grown old and become fearful of the light. Dainsleif (former captain of the Royal Guard of Khaenri'ah) said it doesn't matter if they had the Hilichurls wrong, because he also takes them as enemies.

Many Hilichurls are also affiliated with the Abyss Order, as the Abyss Mages are able to speak fluent Hilichurlian. Unlike humans, who usually have to rely on a Vision or science to manipulate the elements, some Hilichurls are naturally capable of doing so, such as the samachurls — why or how is unknown. That said, Hilichurls typically stay away from areas with high elemental concentrations, as it places a great burden on their body.[3]

They are one of the first types of monsters and enemies encountered in the game along with the Slimes.

Types

Element Common Enemies Elite Enemies
Physical
Physical
HilichurlHilichurl
Hilichurl FighterHilichurl Fighter
Hilichurl ShooterHilichurl Shooter
Unusual HilichurlUnusual Hilichurl
Anemo
Anemo
Anemo SamachurlAnemo Samachurl
Cryo
Cryo
Cryo Hilichurl GrenadierCryo Hilichurl Grenadier
Cryo Hilichurl ShooterCryo Hilichurl Shooter
Cryo SamachurlCryo Samachurl
Ice Shield Hilichurl GuardIce Shield Hilichurl Guard
Frostarm LawachurlFrostarm Lawachurl
Ice Shieldwall MitachurlIce Shieldwall Mitachurl
Dendro
Dendro
Dendro SamachurlDendro Samachurl
Wooden Shield Hilichurl GuardWooden Shield Hilichurl Guard
Wooden Shieldwall MitachurlWooden Shieldwall Mitachurl
Electro
Electro
Electro Hilichurl GrenadierElectro Hilichurl Grenadier
Electro Hilichurl ShooterElectro Hilichurl Shooter
Electro SamachurlElectro Samachurl
Crackling Axe MitachurlCrackling Axe Mitachurl
Thunderhelm LawachurlThunderhelm Lawachurl
Geo
Geo
Geo SamachurlGeo Samachurl
Rock Shield Hilichurl GuardRock Shield Hilichurl Guard
Rock Shieldwall MitachurlRock Shieldwall Mitachurl
Stonehide LawachurlStonehide Lawachurl
Hydro
Hydro
Hydro SamachurlHydro Samachurl
Pyro
Pyro
Hilichurl BerserkerHilichurl Berserker
Hilichurl GrenadierHilichurl Grenadier
Pyro Hilichurl ShooterPyro Hilichurl Shooter
Blazing Axe MitachurlBlazing Axe Mitachurl

Drops

All Hilichurls

Item Stained Mask.png Lv.40+ Stained Mask
Item Ominous Mask.png Lv.60+ Ominous Mask

Hilichurl Shooters

Samachurls

Mitachurls/Lawachurls

Item Heavy Horn.png Lv.1+ Heavy Horn

Tribes

While Hilichurls can be found all over Teyvat, some of them in small tribes, there are three prominent tribes, all of whom can be found in Dadaupa Gorge. A tribe's composition tends to vary, usually containing a large amount of normal hilichurls. Most tribes also have Samachurls, who are the oldest of the Hilichurls and often lead the tribes.

Some tribes may not have Samachurls, which is the result of younger, stronger members overthrowing them. These tribes are most likely led by Mitachurls and are far more aggressive. Even fewer tribes are led by Lawachurls, as the few that are around prefer solitude and dislike the reverence the younger members give them.

Sleeper Tribe

The Sleeper Tribe Hilichurls are known for napping whenever possible. Due to their emphasis on sleeping, the Sleeper Tribe is rumored to have extremely soft animal-skin beds.

Meaty Tribe

The Meaty Tribe Hilichurls are known for making sacrifices on a regular basis. They pray for meat every day and highly value strength. Apart from building huge altars, they possess a massive cooking pot and a huge arena for members of the tribe to spar.

Eclipse Tribe

The Hilichurls of the Eclipse Tribe are said to be extremely mysterious; all Hilichurls of that tribe know how to draw an eclipse symbol. It is rumored that the Dada Samachurls of this tribe know the reasoning behind this.

Trivia

  • It is not confirmed who or what the hilichurls from more than 500 years ago are. However, there is a Frostarm Lawachurl enemy on Dragonspine who is named Ukko, suggesting that Khaenri'ah is not the only destroyed civilization with people who turned into hilichurls.
    • It seems that Hilichurls have an affinity for remnants of the past.[4]

A traditional depiction of an Amanojaku

  • Hilichurls may be inspired by a type of oni called Amanojaku (Japanese: 天邪鬼 "heavenly evil spirit"). It is also called a jaki (Japanese: 邪鬼) in some branches of Buddhism. These creatures are also the inspiration for the main enemy type in the game Ōkami, which also wear masks.
  • The word Hilifolk may be intended as a collective synonym for Hilichurls; the term is written in the Teyvat alphabet on the covers of Hilichurl Cultural Customs and the Handy Handbook of Hilichurlian.
    • Hilichurls are also called "hill devils", but Ella Musk calls them "hill dwellers" instead.[5]
  • A tribe in Dadaupa Gorge called the Eclipse tribe, worships an object that appears to represent an eclipsed sun. This object might be a reference to the now fallen Eclipse Dynasty in Khaenri'ah.
  • Hilichurls seem to recite poems or songs, according to Jacob Musk. These range from expressions of grief, festivity, and so on.[6]
  • The manga depicts beings resembling Hilichurls that existed during the time of Vennessa, though they are different in appearance compared to their present-day counterparts. For example, they are shown to have more colorful masks, and could be seen using traditional bows instead of the crossbows now wielded by Hilichurl Shooters. Notably, there was also a kind of flying creature with bat-like wings that is not known to appear in any other media.[7]
    • None of the hilichurl designs seen in the prologue appear afterwards. However, Chapter 5 of the manga depicts hilichurls in present-day with Amber. These hilichurls have the same design used in-game and in official media.
  • An unarmed Hilichurl will throw rocks with their left, suggesting that it's supposed to be also used by Hilichurl Fighters (who wield clubs with their right).
  • If a Pyro Hilichurl Grenadier attempts to dig out a slime in shallow water, they will humorously show up empty handed while looking on with confusion. Cryo Hilichurl Grenadiers can successfully do so. However, and interestingly, the Cryo slimes they dig up appear to be Frozen.
  • Samachurls interestingly make noises when moving; panting sounds when running, and singing when walking. They are the only Hilichurl variant observed doing this.
  • During specific one-time off events and some commissions, players may encounter hilichurl "corpses". These always utilize the normal, plain hilichurl model and can be seen moving when examined up close.

Other Languages

LanguageOfficial NameLiteral Meaning
EnglishHilichurl
Chinese
(Simplified)
丘丘人
Qiūqiū-rén
Hill-Hill People
Chinese
(Traditional)
丘丘人
Qiūqiū-rén
Japaneseヒルチャール
Hiruchaaru
Hilichurl[• 1]
Korean츄츄
Chyuchyu-jok
Chuchu Clan[• 2]
SpanishHilichurl
FrenchBrutocollinusBrutocollinus[• 3]
RussianХиличурл
Khilichurl
ThaiHilichurl
VietnameseHilichurl
GermanHilichurl-StämmeHilichurl Tribes
IndonesianHilichurl
PortugueseHilichurl
  1. Japanese: Occasionally written as 丘々人 with the same reading.
  2. Korean: The first part (Korean: 츄츄 Chyuchyu) likely comes from the Chinese name.
  3. French: Derives from Latin brutus "brutish" and collinus "of a hill."

Change History

Released in Version 1.0

References

  1. Event: Mimi Tomo
  2. Archive, Living Beings, Enemies and Monsters, Hilichurls: Hilichurl
  3. Archon Quest, Prologue, Act III: Hurdle
  4. Book: Hilichurl Cultural Customs, Vol. 2
  5. Namecard: Achievement: Hill Dwellers
  6. Book: Hilichurl Ballad Selection
  7. Manga, Prologue: Songs of the Wind (pgs. 56 - 59)

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