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The Seven Archons, typically shortened to The Seven,[1] are the seven gods who preside over the seven regions of Teyvat, established after seven gods emerged as the victors of the Archon War 2,000 years ago. 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.

Each Archon has an internal magic focus called a Gnosis, which allows them to resonate directly with Celestia.[2] 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.

As of Archon Quest Chapter IV: Act V - Masquerade of the Guilty, only six Archon thrones remain. The throne of the Hydro Archon was destroyed and Fontaine's seat of power has been returned to the Hydro Dragon Sovereign.


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,[3] 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.[4]

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.[4]

A thousand years ago, Barbatos awakened from slumber in response to Vennessa and her people's plight.[5] He recognized them as the "children of Murata," identifying her with the same epithets Dainsleif uses for the Pyro Archon in Teyvat Chapter Storyline Preview: Travail.[Note 1] However, considering Vennessa's tribe had departed from Natlan so long ago that they no longer remembered their heritage, much less Murata's name, Murata's status has been left unclear.

The Cataclysm[]

500 years ago, the destruction of Khaenri'ah led to forbidden knowledge pollution and the rampage of Rhinedottir's creations, which held the power of the Abyss and ravaged the world of Teyvat.[6] Among those who were perished in the ensuing conflicts were Greater Lord Rukkhadevata, Raiden Makoto, and Egeria. They were subsequently replaced by Lesser Lord Kusanali, Raiden Ei, and Focalors, respectively. The Tsaritsa was also greatly affected by the cataclysm, resulting in a drastic change in her personality.

The Seven were summoned to Tunigi Hollow, where the worst outpouring of forbidden knowledge and monsters was occurring. During the battle, Egeria was killed and her body turned into the pool of water known as the Amrita.[7] To preserve the water's purity and tether the god to the mortal realm, Greater Lord Rukkhadevata grew the Harvisptokhm — which serves as a seal over the dark hollow and prevents the corruption from spreading further — from the Amrita.[8] The Oceanids, who served the former Hydro Archon but did not get along with Focalors,[9] made their way to the Harvisptokhm in search of their master. Seeing that her current state was not what they had hoped for,[10] they spread all over the continent and world itself.[11]

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.[12]

Around 400 years ago,[13] Ei completed her research into creating a lifelike puppet, the Shogun, to enforce her vision of Eternity over Inazuma while she retreated to the Plane of Euthymia.[14] Ever since then, the Shogun has been ruling Inazuma in her stead. Though Ei failed to make her puppets compatible with the Gnosis and thus gave it to Yae Miko instead, the Shogun is capable of tremendous feats even without it.

Powers and Abilities[]

An Archon's source of power has been attributed to two sources: the first is through presiding over their respective region,[1] while the second is from their people's faith in them.[15] Barbatos, who refuses to govern Mondstadt directly and has left Mondstadt for extended periods of time in the past, claims to be the weakest of The Seven as a result; Lesser Lord Kusanali, who was imprisoned in the Sanctuary of Surasthana and shunned by the sages since she was born 500 years ago, explains that her fighting skills are inferior to the Traveler's because she does not hold her people's faith.

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.

Elemental Control[]

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 Archons seen so far were already affiliated with their elements before becoming Archons: Barbatos 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."[16] Incarnations of Irminsul, i.e. Rukkhadevata and Nahida, are appointed guardians and maintainers of the tree of Irminsul. Nahida was created using a branch of Irminsul, confirming the connection between Irminsul and Dendro.

While people on Teyvat commonly believe that the Archons grant Visions,[17] they actually have no control over the distribution of Visions and are largely unaware of circumstances surrounding Visions.[18] 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.[19] 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,[20] and Zhongli attributes the ability to mint Mora as something that "requires the use of the Geo Archon's power."[21] The use of the gnoses' power is not exclusive to its respective Archon, as Nahida also utilized the power of the Electro Gnosis to aid in the healing of Irminsul.

Vessel Creation[]

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.[22] 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."[23] 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."[24]

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.[25] 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.[26] 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.[27]

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.[2] 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,[28] and the second was to recover after having his Gnosis taken by Signora.[2] 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.

It's important to note that vessels can be the Archons themselves and not different entities. This page specifically refers to a human body created by Archons to live among the people of Teyvat as vessel creation is not exclusive to the Archons, in fact most gods are capable of this feat.


Nation Image Personal Names Common Alias Divine Ideal Ascended
(Years Ago)
Venti Icon
Barbatos Icon
Lord Barbatos Freedom 2,600 Alive
Zhongli Icon
Morax Icon
Rex Lapis Contracts 2,000+[29][B] Alive
Raiden Shogun Icon Ei, Beelzebul[30][C] Raiden Shogun Eternity 500[D] Alive
Raiden Makoto Icon Makoto, Baal[30][C] 2,000+ Deceased
Nahida Icon Nahida, Buer[15] Lesser Lord Kusanali Wisdom 500[31]
Rukkhadevata Icon Unknown Greater Lord Rukkhadevata 2,000+[33] Deceased[31]
Focalors Icon Focalors[G][H] God of Justice Justice[I] 500[7] Deceased
Egeria Icon Egeria[34] Mistress of Many Waters[35][36] 2,000+ Deceased[9]
Unknown Icon Murata God of War War 1,000+[5][K] Unknown[L]
Unknown Icon Unknown The Tsaritsa Unknown[M] 500+[N] Alive
Unknown Icon Unknown Unknown Unknown 2,000+ Deceased
  1. Due to ambiguities regarding whether one can be considered an Archon without carrying a Gnosis, this column only differentiates between Alive, Deceased, Erased, and Unknown. Erased is only used for those who are removed from Irminsul.
  2. 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.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Although Baal is used to collectively refer to both Makoto and Ei, Wishes indicates that the name Baal belongs to Makoto and did not belong to Ei. As such, where applicable, Baal is considered to only be Makoto's name.
  4. Although Makoto and Ei won the Archon War together, Ei is not considered one of the original Seven. In addition, 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.
  5. Lesser Lord Kusanali is now believed to have always been the Dendro Archon as a consequence of Greater Lord Rukkhadevata's existence being removed from Irminsul.
  6. The Hydro Archon's Divine Throne was destroyed along with Focalors during Chapter IV. As a result, there will be no further Hydro Archons.
  7. Furina is not considered an Archon, as she did not carry any of the divinity of Focalors and was fully human. This is further indicated by the conversation between Focalors and Furina shown in The Opera of Noirceur and Blancheur, in which Focalors tasks Furina with pretending to be a god without being one or attempting to become one. Despite the urgency and great importance of Furina's task, Focalors did not provide Furina with anything that would help make Furina's false identity more convincing, suggesting that any true information and power that would allow Furina to lay a partially truthful claim to her role as Hydro Archon were neither possessed by Furina nor options for Focalors to provide to Furina.
  8. After separating out her divinity, Focalors named the human she left behind "Furina." It is not known where this name comes from, but Focalors saw Furina as essentially a human version of Focalors as well as exactly the kind of human Focalors wished to be.
  9. In Masquerade of the Guilty, Focalors states that Egeria's justice was "existence," and that Focalors' justice was the "continuation" of that existence. Both gods are Gods of Justice.
  10. There are at least two Pyro Archons, but Murata's position in the history of Pyro Archons has not been addressed.
  11. Murata was Pyro Archon before Venti met Vennessa, a "child of Murata," 1,000 years ago.
  12. Murata's status is unclear, considering the "children of Murata" had no knowledge of her as of 1,000 years ago. The English version of More About Venti: III seems to indicate that the current Pyro Archon is Murata, but Venti says that his description of the Pyro Archon comes from poems of "days gone by," and the original Chinese version is ambiguous as to whether he is referring to the current Pyro Archon or not.
  13. 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.
  14. The "new" Seven ascended within the last 2,000 years. The last known changing of seats occurred 500 years ago, after the deaths of two original Archons plus the then-Hydro Archon, and the Tsaritsa was likely the Cryo Archon by then based on Venti's description of her in Ending Note. Whether the Pyro Archon's seat has changed in the last 500 years has not been addressed.


Some members of The Seven have worked through proxies who were not Archons but appeared to be so to the people of Teyvat. These include the following characters:

Nation Representative Archon Start
(Years Ago)[a]
(Years Ago)[a]
Raiden Shogun Icon
Makoto 2,000+[b] 500[c]
Raiden Shogun Icon
The Shogun
Ei 400[13][14] In service[d]
Furina Icon
Focalors 500 Masquerade of the Guilty[e]
  1. 1.0 1.1 Due to the passage of time in-universe from the beginning of Genshin Impact, all exact figures are rounded to the nearest century.
  2. Makoto and Ei ruled together and appeared to be a single Electro Archon to the people of Inazuma, with Ei serving as Makoto's kagemusha.
  3. While the people of Inazuma are unaware of this change, Ei became an Archon herself after Makoto's death during the cataclysm, thus ending her period of service as a non-Archon.
  4. Although the Shogun and Ei began to co-rule Inazuma after the events of Radiant Sakura, only a select few are privy to the Shogun's existence as a separate entity from Ei.
  5. After Furina's identity was exposed, Furina abdicated the position of Hydro Archon to live as an ordinary Fontainian.


  • When casting Elemental Skills and Bursts, the ends of an Archon's hair glow brightly with their element's color.
  • Though the only two remaining Archons of the original Seven are Barbatos and Morax, Beelzebul — the current Electro Archon — 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.
    • During the Archon Quest Where the Boat of Consciousness Lies in Chapter III: Act V - Akasha Pulses, the Kalpa Flame Rises, Greater Lord Rukkhadevata is erased from Irminsul, becoming forgotten by all of Teyvat except for the Traveler. In the new history that results from this action, Greater Lord Rukkhadevata's existence is replaced by that of Lesser Lord Kusanali; it is now believed that she has been the Dendro Archon since the end of the Archon War — therefore being one of the original Seven — and became imprisoned by the sages of Sumeru after losing her memories during the cataclysm.
  • Currently, there is a running gag[37] in which the Archons encountered have no Mora:
    • Barbatos, as Venti, has those listening to him buy him drinks instead of giving him Mora.[38] He also pilfers from the Dawn Winery to eat[39] and as soon as he has something that is spendable, he thinks of spending it on drinks.[40] His occupation as a bard is also not lucrative in the first place.[41]
    • Morax did not pay attention to price tags prior to beginning life as Zhongli, because he could make Mora as needed with his Gnosis.[42] As a result, Zhongli easily spends (or agrees to spend) large amounts of Mora, generally having others pay for his expenses. He also did not think of setting aside some Mora for personal use before relinquishing his Gnosis.[42]
    • Beelzebul has no need for Mora, as she simply asks the Tri-Commission to bring the items to her.
    • Buer has not mentioned any struggles with Mora in her dialogue, but she struggles to place a hypothetical price tag on the Sanctuary of Surasthana despite ruminating over it for a long time,[43] implying that she struggles to comprehend values that would equate to large amounts of Mora. This is likely due to her 500-year imprisonment in the Sanctuary of Surasthana, where she received information and items for free via the Akasha and sages, respectively.[44]
    • Although Furina is not an Archon, she partially continues the running gag, as she is considered unemployed following the Archon Quest Chapter IV: Act V - Masquerade of the Guilty.
      • While Neuvillette has made arrangements to ensure Furina will not have material issues,[45] she decides to live alone in a small apartment, where she struggles with cooking and ends up only eating macaroni with different sauces.[46]
      • Furina herself does have a substantial amount of Mora, as she saved the Mora she earned over the last few centuries in a "private reserve." She now uses this Mora as an ordinary Fontainian, though she tends to overspend.[47] This may be a direct callback to Zhongli's failure to set aside some "private funds" for himself and how particularly disastrous it can be when he habitually agrees to transactions involving large amounts of Mora.


  • 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,[48] 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.[48]
  • Several Archons have their Goetic names 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, it is associated with Baal. Ei herself has continued to rule under the name "Baal."
    • Buer is a Great President of Hell.
    • Unlike the other named Archons, Focalors is not a direct lift; instead, it is a derivation of Focalor, a Great Duke of Hell.



  1. The Chinese version of the Manga's Prologue chapter calls her the God of Pyro (Chinese: 火之神 Huǒ zhī Shén, lit. "God of Fire") and the God of War (Chinese: 战争之神 Zhànzhēng zhī Shén), both of which are titles affiliated with Natlan's Archon in Teyvat Chapter Storyline Preview: Travail. The English localization of the Prologue translated Murata's titles as "Lady of Fire" and "Lady of War."

Other Languages[]

The Seven Archons

LanguageOfficial NameLiteral Meaning
EnglishThe Seven Archons
Chénshì Qī Zhízhèng
The Seven Who Rule the Mortal World
Chénshì Qī Zhízhèng
Japaneseぞくせい しちしっせい
Zokusei no Shichi-shissei[49]
The Seven Who Rule the Mortal World
Korean7 집정관집정관
Ilgop-myeong-ui Jipjeonggwan
Seven Archons
SpanishLos Siete ArcontesThe Seven Archons
FrenchSept PatriarchesSeven Patriarchs
RussianСемеро Архонтов
Semero Arkhontov
The Seven Archons
Chet Phu Song Amnat Khong Lok
The Seven Almighties of the World
VietnameseBảy vịvị chấp chínhchấp chính trần thếtrần thếThe Seven Who Rule the Mortal World‍[※][※]
GermanDie sieben ArchontenThe Seven Archons
IndonesianThe Seven Archon
PortugueseOs Sete ArcontesThe Seven Archons
TurkishYedi HükümdarSeven Archons
ItalianSette ArchonSeven Archons

The Seven

LanguageOfficial NameLiteral Meaning
EnglishThe Seven
Seven Gods
Seven Gods
Seven Gods
SpanishLos SieteThe Seven
FrenchLes Sept / Sept ArchonsThe Seven / Seven Archons
The Seven
Thep Thang Chet
Seven Gods
VietnameseBảy vịvị ThầnThầnThe Seven Gods
GermanDie SiebenThe Seven
IndonesianThe Seven
PortugueseOs SeteThe Seven
ItalianI SetteThe Seven

Change History[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Archon Quest, Prologue, Act III - Song of the Dragon and Freedom, Part 1: Abyss Mage
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Archon Quest, Prologue, Act III - Song of the Dragon and Freedom, Part 8: Ending Note
  3. Venti's Character Story: Character Story 3
  4. 4.0 4.1 Zhongli's Character Story: Character Story 5
  5. 5.0 5.1 Manga, Prologue Chapter: Songs of the Wind
  6. Book: Breeze Amidst the Forest
  7. 7.0 7.1 Artifact, Vourukasha's Glow: Vibrant Pinion
    The former leader of the realm of water was slain amidst the upheaval, and her body was transformed into a sea of pure dew, the Amrita [...]
  8. World Quest, Khvarena of Good and Evil, Part 1: The Splendorous Sky That Day
  9. 9.0 9.1 Event Wishful Drops World Quest: Life Flows On (II)
  10. World Quest, Pale Fire: Pale Fire
  11. Archive, Living Beings, Enemies and Monsters, Elemental Lifeforms: Rhodeia of Loch
  12. Map, Interactable: Statue of The Seven
  13. 13.0 13.1 Archon Quest, Interlude Chapter, Act III - Inversion of Genesis, Part 1: The Night-Bird Falls at the Curtain's Call
  14. 14.0 14.1 Wanderer's Character Story: Character Story 2
  15. 15.0 15.1 Archon Quest, Chapter III, Act V - Akasha Pulses, the Kalpa Flame Rises, Part 4: Where the Boat of Consciousness Lies
  16. Raiden Shogun's Voice-Over: When Thunder Strikes
  17. World Quest: Endless Research
  18. Raiden Shogun's Voice-Over: About the Vision
  19. Archon Quest, Chapter II, Act II - Stillness, the Sublimation of Shadow, Part 1: Amidst Stormy Judgment
  20. Zhongli's Character Story: Gnosis
  21. Archon Quest, Chapter I, Act III - A New Star Approaches, Part 6: The Fond Farewell
  22. Venti's Character Story: Character Story 4
  23. Zhongli's Voice-Over: Feelings About Ascension: Building Up
  24. Book: Treasured Tales of the Chouken Shinkageuchi, Vol. 1
  25. Xiao's Character Story: Character Story 1
  26. Raiden Shogun's Character Story: Character Story 2
  27. Story Quest, Raiden Shogun, Imperatrix Umbrosa Chapter: Act II - Transient Dreams, Part 2: Farewell to the Past
  28. Archon Quest, Prologue, Act II - For a Tomorrow Without Tears, Part 4: Let the Wind Lead
  29. Zhongli's Character Story: That Which Rises From the Sea
  30. 30.0 30.1 Archon Quest, Chapter II, Act III - Omnipresence Over Mortals, Part 9: Wishes
  31. 31.0 31.1 Archon Quest, Chapter I, Act III - A New Star Approaches, Part 3: Solitary Fragrance
  32. 32.0 32.1 Archon Quest, Chapter III, Act V - Akasha Pulses, the Kalpa Flame Rises, Part 5: A Toast to Victory
  33. Archon Quest, Chapter III, Act I - Through Mists of Smoke and Forests Dark, Part 2: Further Observation
  34. Archon Quest, Chapter IV, Act IV - Cataclysm's Quickening, Part 3: Secret Keepers and Forbidden Zones
  35. Weapon: Splendor of Tranquil Waters
  36. Book: La Chanson d'Erinnyes
  37. Story Quest, Raiden Shogun, Imperatrix Umbrosa Chapter: Act I - Reflections of Mortality, Part 2: To Traverse the Mortal Plane
    Paimon: Wait a second. Ei... are you saying you don't have any Mora either?
    Ei: ...Wait, what do you mean, "either"?
  38. Venti's Character Story: Character Story 2
  39. Venti's Voice-Over: Good Afternoon
  40. Venti's Voice-Over: Opening Treasure Chest
  41. Venti's Voice-Over: About Mona
  42. 42.0 42.1 Archon Quest, Chapter I, Act III - A New Star Approaches, Part 6: The Fond Farewell
  43. Nahida's Voice-Over: About Dori
  44. Nahida's Character Story: Nahida's "Toy Box"
  45. Archon Quest, Chapter IV, Act V - Masquerade of the Guilty, Part 6: Finale
  46. Story Quest, Furina, Animula Choragi Chapter: Act I - "The Little Oceanid", Part 1: To Yesterday
  47. Serenitea Pot, Companion Dialogue: Furina
  48. 48.0 48.1 Bilibili: Chinese translation of the PASH May 2021 article (original Japanese text included)
  49. 49.0 49.1 Archon Quest, Prologue, Act III - Song of the Dragon and Freedom, Part 1: Abyss Mage (Japanese Voice-Over)