The Seven Archons, typically shortened to The Seven, are the seven gods who preside over the seven nations 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 nations.
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 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 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 was the God of the Woods, who was subsequently replaced by the God of Wisdom. 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
Each archon presides over their respective elements and used it to shape the landscape and climate of their respective territories. This ability seems to be held by any archon and not only The Seven, but ever since the end of the Archon War, there have only been seven archons at a time.
An Archon's strength derives from the level of control they have over their respective nation. Barbatos, who refuses to govern Mondstadt directly, is the weakest of The Seven despite being the second-oldest member. By the contrast, the Tsaritsa, who commands the cult-like Fatui, is extremely powerful.
While their Gnoses allow them to resonate with Celestia directly and symbolizes their godhood, archons do not seem to be reliant on them for their powers. For example, Barbatos' current form — Venti — was the first thing he created with his archon powers, but it did not dissipate upon having his Gnosis stolen. Furthermore, he can still use the tree at Windrise, which purportedly grew from the place Vennessa ascended to Celestia, to heal himself. The effects of giving one's Gnosis to another archon is also yet unknown, and has likely never occurred on Teyvat since the establishment of The Seven.
It seems that an Archon can grant Visions of their element to those they deem worthy — and withhold the creation of Visions if they deem fit. Ever since Baal, the Electro Archon, passed the Vision Hunt Decree a year ago, no new Electro Visions have appeared in the entirety of Teyvat. However, this has not been explicitly confirmed or denied, and the mysterious nature of Visions means little is understood about their origins.
The Seven appear to be privy to information mortals are generally unaware of, or deem to be merely fictional. For example, 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.
|Archon Name||Local Alias||Current Persona||Divine Ideal||Element||Region||Ascended
|Baal||The Raiden Shogun||Unknown
- A - No longer possesses a Gnosis, no longer serving in capacity as an Archon.
- B - The "new" Seven must have ascended somewhere between 500 to 2,000 years ago; the newest Archon, the God of Wisdom, ascended after the cataclysm 500 years ago, while the last of the original Seven took their seat 2,000 years ago. Murata already ascended by the time Barbatos fell asleep the first time and awoke 1,000 years ago, but when exactly he fell asleep is unknown.
- C - Despite being alive for over 6000 years, Morax was only considered the Geo Archon after claiming one of the seats among The Seven. When exactly that occurred is currently unknown.
|Archon Name||Aliases||Divine Ideal||Element||Region||Ascended
|Unknown||The God of the Woods||Unknown||
|Sumeru||Unknown||500 years ago|
The Hydro Archon before the God of Justice is discussed during the Wishful Drops event, but details on her name, aliases, ideal, ascension, and death are unknown.
- The term "Seven Archons" is derived from its Gnostic usage, in which the archons are seven gods who each rule over one of the seven planets. They are the lowest among the Godhead, serve the demiurge, and are tasked with preventing souls from achieving gnosis and ascending from the material realm.
- In a miHoYo developer interview on the May 2021 edition of the Japanese entertainment magazine PASH, it was stated 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.
- Currently every named Archon are named after one of the 72 demons found in the Ars Goetia, one of the books in the Lesser Key of Solomon.
- Baal, the Electro Archon, is named after Baal, the first king of Hell.
- Barbatos, the Anemo Archon is named after Barbatos, one of the dukes of Hell.
- Morax, the Geo Archon is named after Morax, president of Hell.
- Decarabian, the God of Storms, is named after Decarabia, a Great Marquis of Hell, or a King and Earl.
- For an unexplained reason, Paimon is also named after one of the 72 demons, specifically Paimon, one of the kings of hell.
- Tsaritsa is the female equivalent of a Tsar. The title has multiple spellings including Tsarina.
- The title used for her in the English translation of the Manga Prologue, Lady of Fire, is God of Pyro (Chinese: 火之神 Huǒ Zhī Shén, "God of Fire") in the Chinese version, so it might not be her local alias.
- In the Teyvat Chapter Storyline Preview, 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," suggesting her ideal may have changed since the cataclysm.
- Venti's dialogue in "Abyss Mage"
- Venti's dialogue in "Ending Note"
- Zhongli, Character Story 5
- Wishful Drops event quest: Life Flows On (II)
- Rhodeia of Loch battle description
- Breeze Amidst the Forest
- Description for the Statues of The Seven in Mondstadt
- Alrani's dialogue in "Endless Research"
- Manga Prologue, Chinese version. Murata is called the God of War (Chinese: 战争之神 Zhànzhēng Zhī Shén), which is the title of the current Pyro Archon.
- Zhongli, That Which Rises From the Sea: "One such type of creature caused no end of woe for the Geo Archon, long before he took that title along with his place among The Seven."
- Viridescent Venerer descriptions
- Ganyu's dialogue in "Solitary Fragrance"
- Chinese translation of the PASH May 2021 article, with the original Japanese text included