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Her Royal Highness the Tsaritsa is actually a gentle soul. Too gentle, in fact, and that's why she had to harden herself. Likewise, she declared war against the whole world only because she dreams of peace.

The Tsaritsa (Russian: Царица Tsaritsa), true Archon name and her corresponding ideal yet unknown, is the Cryo Archon and one of The Seven who presides over Snezhnaya.

With supreme rule over Snezhnaya, she uses her loyal followers in the Fatui to manipulate and intimidate the other nations of Teyvat. She is targeting the other Archons' Gnoses for reasons unknown, though it likely relates to her goal of "burning away the old world."

The Tsaritsa also has the ability to grant her subjects a power separate from Visions, called Delusions. Fatui Cicin Mages, Pyro Agents, and Mirror Maidens use one in battle, and it is said that all Eleven Fatui Harbingers possess one as well.



Sorry... to also have you shoulder the grievances of the world.
Since you could endure my bitter cold, you must have the desire to burn?
Then, burn away the old world for me.

The Tsaritsa, in the description for Shivada Jade Gemstone

The Tsaritsa is not one of the original members of The Seven who emerged victorious at the end of the Archon War. When and how she ascended to the position of Cryo Archon is yet unknown, but it was some time before the cataclysm 500 years ago which left her deeply changed.[2]

In the Teyvat Chapter Storyline Preview, Dainsleif says of the Tsaritsa and Snezhnaya: "She is a god with no love left for her people, nor do they have any left for her. Her followers only hope to be on her side when the day of her rebellion against the divine comes at last." This most likely refers to Celestia, or someone or something located on Celestia.


Little is known about the Tsaritsa, but many of her followers are deeply devoted to her. Whether it is out of genuine faith or fear is unclear, but Tartaglia's dedication to her is at least real: he describes her as "a gentle soul that had to harden herself." He also says that her actions, while having seemingly engulfed the world in war, are meant to bring about peace.[1] His character stories also describe her as a "true warrior."

An incident 500 years ago left her deeply embittered and changed.[2] Whatever happened back then, Barbatos drew her ire; she has Signora attack and steal his Gnosis without warning, which is a stark contrast compared to the way she negotiates with Morax for his.

While talking about the kites that represent The Seven, Zhongli, Morax's vessel, doesn't ascribe a trait to her like he does with the other Archons; he begins saying "as does that which the Cryo Archon once..." before trailing off with a sigh.[3] This suggests that whatever trait he was about to say, she no longer possesses.


Nothing is known about the Tsaritsa's appearance besides the fact that she uses a female vessel. Tartaglia's character stories describe her gaze as "cold yet pure".



At some point in the history of The Seven, the Tsaritsa inherited her position from the previous Cryo Archon. She is not the original archon who emerged victorious from the Archon War. She witnessed the events of the Cataclysm which left her severely embittered.

Archon Quests

While the Tsaritsa does not appear in any quests, her Harbingers enforce her will and goal of rebelling against the divine, having tasked them with obtaining her fellow Archons' Gnoses. She has Signora collect the Gnoses, first having Signora take Barbatos' by force due to the animosity between the two. She negotiated with Morax for his Gnosis, offering him something that he accepted as the "contract to end all contracts". After Paimon inquired as to what she offered, Morax's vessel, Zhongli, informed her and the Traveler that they would find out themselves in their journey across Teyvat.[4]

Character Interactions

The following characters mention Tsaritsa in their character stories or voice lines.

Character Stories Voices


  • Among The Seven, the Tsaritsa's ideal is currently the only one left unconfirmed. In the Teyvat Chapter Storyline Preview, Dainsleif calls her a "god with no love left" in the opening sentence about the Snezhnaya Chapter, which is where he mentions all other Archons' ideals during their respective chapters. Zhongli avoids mentioning her ideal when he names the other Seven's during "Downtown," suggesting her ideal may have changed since the cataclysm.
    • In the Chinese name for Shivada Jade Gemstone and its item series, "Shivada" is instead 哀叙冰 Āixù Bīng, "Grieving Ice", lit. "Grief-Narrating Ice". The word for "grief," āi, uses similar sounds as the word for "love," ài.
      • In Japanese the name is あいせつなアイスクリスタル Aisetsu na Aisu Kurisutaru, "Plaintive Ice Crystal". The kanji meaning "grief", , in this case using the reading ai, is a homophone with the kanji meaning "love", ai; furthermore, the actual word for grief or sadness, かなしみ kanashimi, has an archaism meaning love or affection, written かなしみ kanashimi.
  • Tsaritsa is the female equivalent of a Tsar. The title has multiple spellings including Tsarina.

Other Languages

LanguageOfficial NameLiteral Meaning
Bīng zhī Nǚhuáng
Empress of Ice
Bīng zhī Nǚhuáng
Japaneseこおり じょこう
Koori no Jokou
Empress of Ice
Korean얼음의 여왕
Eoreum-ui Yeo-wang
Queen of Ice
Thaiราชินี Tsaritsa
Rachini Tsaritsa
Queen Tsaritsa
VietnameseNữ Hoàng Băng GiáIce Empress


  1. 1.0 1.1 Tartaglia's Voice-Over: About Tsaritsa
  2. 2.0 2.1 Archon Quest, Prologue, Act III: Ending Note
  3. Archon Quest, Chapter I, Act II: Downtown
  4. Archon Quest, Chapter I, Act III: The Fond Farewell