The Seven Archons, typically shortened to The Seven, are the seven gods who preside over the seven regions of Teyvat. Each Archon is associated with an element and an ideal, by which they formed their territories' environment and determined their method of governance over their regions.
The original Seven were the victors of the Archon War two thousand years before the main story. By the start of the game, only two of them remain: Barbatos and Morax. Of the current Seven, Sumeru's God of Wisdom is the youngest, at 500 years old.
Each Archon has an internal magic focus called a Gnosis, which allows them to resonate directly with Celestia. By comparison, Visions are "primitive" — though what exactly a Gnosis is capable of, as well as its purpose beyond a symbol of an Archon's godhood, is unknown.
The Archon War began an indeterminate time in the past, and ended around 2,000 years ago. During this period of time, many gods and archons roamed the land, locked in a bitter struggle for supremacy. It appears that the battles associated with the Archon War are a multitude of local struggles that were grouped together by human history. For example, Barbatos became the first Anemo Archon among The Seven after the death of Decarabian 2,600 years ago, while Morax is implied to have already become Geo Archon by the time the last of the original Seven claimed their title and thus brought an end to the War.
The original Seven appeared to be relatively close, sharing a common duty of guiding humanity and often gathering in Liyue for drinks. However, over time, five of The Seven passed away, and some of the newer archons no longer adhered to the duty of guiding humanity.
Murata, the suspected current Pyro Archon, came into power some time before Barbatos went into slumber for the first time. When he woke up 1,000 years ago in response to the aristocracy's oppression of Mondstadt, he tells Vennessa about Murata and speaks about her with familiarity.
At some point in time, the previous Hydro Archon died and was replaced by the God of Justice. The Oceanids who served her did not get along with the new archon and went on self-exile from Fontaine, spreading all over the continent and world itself.
500 years ago, the alchemist Rhinedottir, also known as "Gold," caused the destruction of Khaenri'ah and created multitudes of monsters which ravaged the world of Teyvat. Among those who were slain in the ensuing wars were the God of the Woods and the Raiden Makoto, who were subsequently replaced by the God of Wisdom and Raiden Ei respectively. The Tsaritsa was also greatly affected by the cataclysm, resulting in a drastic change in her personality.
During this time, the Traveler and their sibling descended on Teyvat and, seeing the chaos, attempted to leave this world, only to run afoul of the Unknown God. While the twins did not meet The Seven during this time, The Seven are aware of them and have been awaiting the Traveler's arrival.
Powers and Abilities
An Archon's strength derives from the level of control they exert over their respective region. Barbatos, who refuses to govern Mondstadt directly due to following his ideal of Freedom, is the weakest of The Seven despite being the second-oldest member. By contrast, the Tsaritsa, who commands the Fatui, is extremely powerful.
The Seven appear to be privy to information that mortals are generally unaware of or deem to be merely fictional. Both Venti and Zhongli are aware of the existences of other worlds, as well as the fact that the Traveler had the power to travel between different worlds.
Each Archon presides over their respective element and have used it to shape the landscape and climate of their respective territories. This ability seems to be held by any god and not only The Seven, but ever since the end of the Archon War, there have only been seven Archons at a time.
Unlike humans, who rely on resonance with a Vision to use the elements, the three Archons seen so far were already affiliated with their elements before becoming Archons: Venti was originally a wind spirit who ascended to godhood, historical records regarding Morax address him as the "God of Geo" long before he became the Geo Archon, and Ei (and by proxy, Makoto) is an "incarnation of lightning."
While people on Teyvat commonly believe that the Archons grant Visions, they actually have no control over the distribution of Visions and are largely unaware of circumstances surrounding Visions. However, within her Plane of Euthymia, Ei could enact the "Vision Hunt Decree" effect to seal all characters' Elemental Skills and Elemental Bursts besides the Traveler's. Because the Plane of Euthymia is Ei's personal dimension, there is not enough information to determine how this effect works or whether Ei is capable of enacting this anywhere else.
While gnoses are described as being emblematic of an Archon's status and give them a direct connection to Celestia, their exact purpose and abilities remain a mystery. They evidently grant Archons a large power boost and the "divine ability" to defend their nations, and Zhongli attributes the ability to mint Mora as something that "requires the use of the Geo Archon's power."
On multiple occasions, Archons have fashioned humanoid vessels using their powers as an Archon, perhaps through the use of their Gnoses. Venti's vessel was his first use of his newfound divine power after ascending to godhood as the Anemo Archon. Zhongli's body was likely created through this method as well, as he states that his "structure is not the same as that of normal people." After becoming the first Electro Archon, Makoto "reforged" Ei's body after Ei gave up her bodily form so Makoto could ascend to the "heavenly citadel".
Although gods are immortal, their physical vessels — including those made with the power of an Archon — have finite lifespans and can be "killed," while their consciousness can fade away. By the time of the main story, five of the original Seven have died and been replaced. While pondering how she would overcome her physical lifespan, Ei stumbled on a method of creating synthetic puppets indistinguishable from true life, which she used to create Scaramouche and the Shogun. After giving her Gnosis to Yae Miko for safekeeping, Ei discarded her physical form, the Shogun warning her that there was no return from giving up her body. Due to no longer having a physical body, Ei is only able to manifest herself outside of her Plane of Euthymia by using the body of the puppet as her own.
Vessels created through an Archon's power have another major weakness: they are incapable of being healed through ordinary means, including a Vision-bearer's healing abilities. Venti harnesses the power of the Symbol of Mondstadt's Hero twice to heal himself; first was to expunge the abyssal magic that poisoned him via Dvalin when the Traveler unintentionally interrupted them, and the second was to recover after having his Gnosis taken by Signora. The exact properties this tree holds is unclear, but it may have a connection to Celestia: according to legend, it grew from the spot where Vennessa ascended to Celestia.
|Region||Divine Ideal||Goetic Title||Common Alias||Persona||Ascended
|Eternity||Beelzebul[C]||Raiden Shogun||Raiden Ei||500[D]||Alive|
|Baal[C]||Raiden Shogun||Raiden Makoto||2,000+||Deceased|
|Wisdom||Unknown||Lesser Lord Kusanali||Unknown||500||Alive|
|Unknown||Unknown||The God of the Woods[E]||Unknown||Unknown||Deceased|
|Justice||Unknown||The God of Justice||Unknown||500+[F]||Alive|
|Unknown||Unknown||Previous Hydro Archon||Unknown||Unknown||Deceased|
|War||Unknown||The Lady of Fire||Murata||1,000+[G]||Unknown[H]|
- Due to ambiguities regarding whether one can be considered an Archon without carrying a Gnosis, this column only differentiates between Alive, Deceased, and Unknown.
- Despite being over 6,000 years old, Morax was only considered the Geo Archon after claiming one of the seats among The Seven. When exactly that occurred is unknown, although Character Story 5 indicates he was not the last to ascend.
- In The Fond Farewell, Zhongli uses "Baal" to refer to the current Electro Archon, and both Venti's and Zhongli's Voice-Over lines about Ei are titled "About Baal." However, in Wishes, Paimon claims Zhongli told her and the Traveler that Baal had died — which is not something that occurred in any in-game interaction with him.
- Although Makoto and Ei won the Archon War together, Ei is not considered one of the original Seven. According to Treasured Tales of the Chouken Shinkageuchi, after the two won the Archon War, Ei sacrificed her body so Makoto could ascend and become the Electro Archon. Afterwards, Makoto recalled her spirit and recreated her body.
- In the original Chinese text, "God of the Woods" is not a proper noun like it is in the English localization of the Viridescent Venerer's Determination. Because of the colloquial usage of this name, this title will be used as their alias until an official one is given.
- The "new" Seven ascended somewhere between 500 to 2,000 years ago; the last of the original Seven took their seat 2,000 years ago while the newest Archon, Lesser Lord Kusanali, is only 500 years old and ascended after the cataclysm, which also occurred 500 years ago.
- Murata was Pyro Archon before Venti met Vennessa, a "child of Murata," 1,000 years ago.
- Murata's status as of 1,000 years ago is unclear. Venti was surprised to see Vennessa and her tribe, who were "children of Murata," all the way in Mondstadt, and the tribe had lost their knowledge of their history after several generations of nomadism. Venti expresses familiarity with the current Pyro Archon in More About Venti: III, but does not identify them by name.
- In Teyvat Chapter Storyline Preview: Travail, Dainsleif suggests the Tsaritsa's ideal was originally Love. However, he refers to it in past tense while Zhongli avoids speaking about it during Downtown, leaving it unconfirmed.
- When casting Elemental Skills and Bursts, the ends of an Archon's hair glow brightly with the element's color.
- The only two remaining Archons of the original Seven are Barbatos and Morax, however Beelzebul was also a veteran of the Archon war, with her sister Baal taking the original Electro seat. It is not yet known if any of the other current Archons were active during the Archon war.
- Currently, there is a running gag in which the Archons encountered have no Mora:
- Barbatos, as Venti, has those listening to him buy him drinks instead of Mora. His voice-overs also mention him pilfering from the Dawn Winery to eat and trading whatever he comes across for Mora to immediately spend on drinks.
- Morax did not pay attention to price tags prior to beginning life as Zhongli, because he could make Mora as needed with his Gnosis. As a result, Zhongli easily spends (or agrees to spend) large amounts of Mora, generally having others pay for his expenses.
- Ei has no need for Mora as she simply asks the Tri-Commission to bring the items to her.
- The term "archon" is a Greek word that refers to "A person who claims the right to rule, or to exercise power or sovereign authority over other human beings." Genshin Impact uses its Gnostic usage, in which the archons are seven supernatural beings who each rule over one of the seven planets. They are subservient to the demiurge, the creator of the material universe who is beneath the Monad, the true God. By reaching gnosis, an understanding of divine knowledge, one can transcend the confines of the material world and escape the dominion of the archons.
- A miHoYo developer interview on the May 2021 edition of the Japanese entertainment magazine PASH states that Gnosticism was selected as the primary mythological basis for Genshin Impact, particularly in regards to how Gnosticism deals with the relationship between man and world, and how the archons influence the world.
- So far, every named Archon has a name directly derived from one of the 72 demons found in the Ars Goetia, one of the books in the Lesser Key of Solomon. Gods who predate The Seven have varying levels of similarity to a demon name in the Ars Goetia (see Gods § Etymology).
- Barbatos is one of the dukes of Hell.
- Morax is a president of Hell.
- Baal is the first king of Hell. Although Beelzebul, Ei's alternate name, is not used in the Ars Goetia, Beelzebul is associated with Baal and Ei herself goes by the name "Baal" amongst the other Archons due to her former status as Makoto's kagemusha.
|Language||Official Name||Literal Meaning|
|English||The Seven Archons||—|
Chénshì Qī Zhízhèng
|The Seven Who Rule the Mortal World|
Chénshì Qī Zhízhèng
Zokusei no Shichi-shissei
|The Seven Who Rule the Mortal World|
|Spanish||Los Siete Arcontes||The Seven Archons|
|French||Sept Patriarches||Seven Patriarchs|
|The Seven Archons|
Chet Phutrong Amnat khong Lok
|The Seven Almighties of the World|
|Vietnamese||Bảy||The Seven Who Rule the Mortal World|
|German||Die sieben Archonten||The Seven Archons|
|Indonesian||The Seven Archon||—|
|Portuguese||Os Sete Arcontes||The Seven Archons|
|Language||Official Name||Literal Meaning|
|Spanish||Los Siete||The Seven|
|French||Les Sept / Sept Archons||The Seven / Seven Archons|
Thep Thang Chet
|Vietnamese||Bảy||The Seven Gods|
|German||Die Sieben||The Seven|
|Portuguese||Os Sete||The Seven|
- Archon Quest, Prologue, Act III: Abyss Mage
- Archon Quest, Prologue, Act III: Ending Note
- Zhongli's Character Story: Character Story 5
- Event Wishful Drops World Quest: Life Flows On (II)
- Archive, Living Beings, Enemies and Monsters, Elemental Lifeforms: Rhodeia of Loch
- Book: Breeze Amidst the Forest
- Map, Interactable: Statue of The Seven
- Raiden Shogun's Voice-Over: When Thunder Strikes
- World Quest: Endless Research
- Raiden Shogun's Voice-Over: About the Vision
- Archon Quest, Chapter II, Act II: Amidst Stormy Judgment
- Zhongli's Character Story: Gnosis
- Archon Quest, Chapter I, Act III: The Fond Farewell
- Venti's Character Story: Character Story 4
- Zhongli's Voice-Over: Feelings About Ascension: Building Up
- Book: Treasured Tales of the Chouken Shinkageuchi, Vol. 1
- Xiao's Character Story: Character Story 1
- Raiden Shogun's Character Story: Character Story 2
- Story Quest, Imperatrix Umbrosa Chapter, Act II: Farewell to the Past
- Archon Quest, Prologue, Act II: Let the Wind Lead
- Zhongli's Character Story: That Which Rises From the Sea
- Archon Quest, Chapter II, Act III: Wishes
- Archon Quest, Chapter I, Act III: Solitary Fragrance
- Manga, Prologue: Songs of the Wind
- Bilibili: Chinese translation of the PASH May 2021 article, with the original Japanese text included
- Archon Quest, Prologue, Act III: Abyss Mage (Japanese Voice-Over)