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A noble soul that watches over Wolvendom. When the safety of the wolves is threatened, it will take the form of a wolf and bare its fangs and claws. It is said that its powers were given to it by an ancient god.

The Wolf of the North Challenge is the location where the spirit of Andrius, Dominator of Wolves, may be fought.

Players can test their skills against Andrius after completing Act I of Razor's Story Quest, The Meaning of Lupical. This challenge is considered to be a Weekly Boss similar to Trounce Domains, but the fight itself takes place in the overworld rather than in an instance.

Boss Description

A noble soul that watches over Wolvendom. When the safety of the wolves is threatened, it will take the form of a wolf and show its fangs and claws. It is said that its powers were given to it by an ancient god.

The noblest and greatest of souls, who watches over the lupical of Wolvendom.
When the wolfpack is imperiled, it will emerge in the form of a wolf and show forth its fangs and claws.

The wolves of Wolvendom are frightening phantoms to the people of Mondstadt:
A blurred shape flashing through the forest, a chilling howl in the indeterminate distance, the creeping sense of eyes constantly nailed on their backs...
Humans rarely have the opportunity to lock their eyes with a wolf, for this is the law Lupus Boreas laid down for its race.''

Rewards

The Claiming the Trounce Blossom after completing Wolf of the North Challenge offers the following exclusive Talent Level-Up Materials:

The blossom also offers the following Artifact Sets:

Item Berserker.png3-4★ Set Berserker
Item Instructor.png3-4★ Set Instructor
Item The Exile.png3-4★ Set The Exile

In addition there is a chance to receive Dream Solvent Dream Solvent as well as Northlander Sword BilletNorthlander Bow BilletNorthlander Claymore BilletNorthlander Catalyst BilletNorthlander Polearm Billet Northlander Billets.
When defeated, the player must consume 60 Original Resin Original Resin to claim the boss's rewards.

Rewards and difficulty increase with Adventure Rank (AR).

At all World Levels, Wolf of the North Challenge rewards 300 Adventure EXP Adventure EXP.

World
Level
Boss
Level
Mora Character EXP Companionship EXP Character
Ascension
Materials
Artifacts Materials
3 Stars 4 Stars 5 Stars Ascension Talent
1 39 6,075 276 55 Shivada Jade SliverAgnidus Agate SliverPrithiva Topaz Sliver 6–7 1–2 2–4
2 42 6,375 288 55 Previous Rewards +
Shivada Jade FragmentAgnidus Agate FragmentPrithiva Topaz Fragment
6–7 1–2 3–5
3 51 6,675 310 60 5–6 2–3 0-1 4–5
4 63 7,100 333 60 Previous Rewards +
Shivada Jade ChunkAgnidus Agate ChunkPrithiva Topaz Chunk
4–5 1–2 0–1 4–6
5 73 7,600 355 65 3–5 2–3 1–2 4–7 1
6 84 8,000 378 70 Previous Rewards +
Shivada Jade GemstoneAgnidus Agate GemstonePrithiva Topaz Gemstone
4–5 2–3 1–2 5–7 1–2
7 92 8,100 400 70 4–5 2–3 1–2 5–8 2–3
8 94 9,000 400 70 4–5 2–3 1–2 5–8 2–3

Artifact drop ranges are primarily sourced from the Genshin Data Gathering team.

Stats

Resistances
Physical Pyro Hydro Electro Cryo Anemo Geo
10% 10% 10% 10% Immune Immune 10%
World
Level
Boss
Level
HP ATK
1 39 44,352 2,340
2 42 53,244 2,689
3 51 94,032 3,917
4 63 166,824 5,861
5 73 253,656 7,927
6 84 363,204 10,136
7 92 460,260 12,033
8 94 488,196 12,777

Attacks and Abilities

Phase 1

  • Wolf Leap: Andrius jumps into the air and leaps toward the ice circle that appears on the ground, dealing 100% ATK as AoE Cryo DMG and generating a Cryo Energy Orb. This attack cannot be dodged using Dash i-frames.
  • Wolf Charge: After charging for a while, Andrius will quickly dash towards the player, dealing 120% ATK Cryo DMG and leaving an ice trail in his wake.
  • Wolf Slash (Cryo): Andrius raises his front legs and slashes towards his front, dealing 70% ATK as Cryo DMG to players around him.
  • Tail Sweep (Ranged) : Andrius raises his hind legs and sweeps his tail quickly while shooting small icicles towards the player, dealing Cryo DMG. These icicles will remain on the arena and explode after a period of time, also generating a Cryo Energy Orb.
  • Spinning Slash: Andrius creates circular ice surfaces around him before spinning quickly, dealing 100% ATK as AoE Cryo DMG(The actual range of slash is wider in front of him than behind him) and generating a Cryo Energy Orb. This attack cannot be dodged using Dash i-frames.
  • Repositioning: After attacking his hind legs, Andrius will reposition himself to face the player(s).

Previews

Interlude Phase

Interlude Phase is skipped if Andrius' HP is reduced to 0 in a single strike before the start of Interlude Phase

  • During this phase, the edge of the arena will be covered by an icy floor that deals 20% ATK as Cryo DoT if stood in.
  • Andrius runs in a circle around the map, and will Wolf Charge towards the player(s) when he stops (twice). Next, he circles the arena once again, then Wolf Leaps to the middle of the arena, either continuing Phase 1 or entering Phase 2 if certain triggers are met.
    • Trigger 1: When his HP falls below 55%
    • Trigger 2: The player(s) take too long to defeat him.

Previews

Phase 2

Phase 2 is skipped if Andrius' HP is reduced to 0 before the end of the Interlude Phase

  • Phase 1 abilities can still be used in this phase.
  • Frozen Pillars: At the start of Phase 2, 6 pillars and icy floor will be generated around the edge of the arena. The icy floor will deal 5% ATK as Cryo DoT to characters who step on it and reduce their Movement Speed by 12%.
    • When hit by Andrius' own Wolf King Roar or Wind Blades, the pillars will explode, each dealing 80% ATK as AoE Cryo DMG and randomly generating 0-5 Cryo Energy Orbs at its location.
    • Despite having no visible health bars, the pillars can be damaged and destroyed using Elemental Reactions, and are weakest against Pyro. Destroying a pillar will remove the damaging icy floor around it.
  • Push: At the start of Phase 2, pushes nearby player away from himself.
  • Icicle Storm: Andrius charges for a while and summons icicles that fall from the sky, dealing 30% ATK as AoE Cryo DMG. The edge of the arena will be covered by an icy floor that deals 5% ATK as Cryo DoT if stood in. The fallen icicles cannot be dodged using Dash i-frames.
  • Wolf King Roar: Andrius charges for a while and then roars, dealing 1% ATK - 3% ATK as Anemo DoT in a huge AoE around him. The DMG is higher the farther the player is from Andrius.
  • Wolf Slash (Anemo): Andrius raises his front legs and slashes towards his front, dealing 70% ATK as Anemo DMG to players around him.
  • Tail Sweep (Melee) : Andrius raises his hind legs and sweeps his tail quickly, dealing 70% ATK as Cryo DMG.
  • Ice Waves: Andrius raises his front legs while creating an ice path in front of him that applies Cryo to characters that stand on it, then releases ice waves on the path, dealing 50% ATK as Cryo DMG.
  • Wind Blades: Andrius raises his front legs, then summons 3 vertical wind blades in a 60-degree forward arc, dealing 50% ATK as Anemo DMG.
  • Small Phantom Wolf: Andrius summons a small phantom wolf to attack the player(s), dealing 30% ATK as Cryo DMG. The frequency of this attack will escalate as time progresses.
    • Trigger: When his HP falls below 15%.

Previews

Strategy

For reference, Andrius has 438,374 HP on his highest difficulty, or twice that of Stormterror in total. Each of his 2 phases has 1/2 of this total, or about 1 Stormterror worth of HP. He is immune to Cryo and Anemo attacks, but his resistance to other forms of damage are identical.

Many of his attacks can be dodged by using Dash i-frames or sidestepping the AoE.

Spinning Slash's actual range is far wider than the ice circle indicator on the ground when you are in front of him (180 arcs in front of him), while the damage range is exactly the same as the indicator when you are behind him. When he is preparing Spinning Slash (ice circle shows up on the ground), you may try to use Elemental Burst I-frames to dodge, or just run up behind him.

Both Ice Waves and Wind Blades are ranged attacks, but he will use them when targets are in melee range as well. They have the same start up animations (Andrius raises both front legs in the air), but Wind Blades will not create an Ice Path in front of him.

Character Recommendations
  • Cryo and Anemo characters are not recommended as Andrius is immune to both elements' damage.
  • If the Cryo status is applied to a character, their animation speed will be reduced by 15%, hindering both offensive power and agility. Therefore, cleansers that apply a different element to the active character are recommended, as they will also remove the animation speed debuff.
  • Bow users can deal damage to Andrius in the Interlude Phase using aimed shots. Andrius can also be damaged for a split-second after he leaps to the center of the arena.
  • Characters with homing ranged attacks, such as certain Catalyst users and Yoimiya, can be effective against Andrius' agile movements in Phase 1.

    Traveler protects himself by placing Starfell Sword

  • Due to Andrius' high agility during Phase 1, deployable abilities that cannot be repositioned such as Xiangling's Guoba Attack are rendered less effective.
  • Certain characters can set up "land mines" using their abilities, such as Geo Traveler's 2nd Constellation and Klee's Jumpy Dumpty. These abilities may be helpful in the Interlude Phase for dealing additional damage.
  • Just like any boss fight, characters that provide Shields, Healing, or Damage Reduction can always help reduce the difficulty of the fight.
  • Andrius' swipes will destroy Geo constructs in a single hit if they connect with them. For Albedo's Abiogenesis: Solar Isotoma, players can still summon and position it behind Andrius to allow it to damage him slightly better.

Battle Dialogue

Andrius, Dominator of Wolves
Commence Trial Traveler...
Ready to test your skills?

Achievements

1 Achievements match the category selection:

Achievement Category Description Primogem
Wolf Pact Meetings in Outrealm: Series I Meetings in Outrealm: Series I Defeat the king of Wolvendom in Co-Op Mode. 10

Soundtracks

No. Soundtrack Name Album Played In
63 Symphony of Boreal Wind City of Winds and Idylls Andrius, Dominator of Wolves (Phase 2)
62 Whirl of Boreal Wind City of Winds and Idylls Andrius, Dominator of Wolves (Phase 1)

Trivia

  • This challenge is the only Weekly Boss encounter that is not a Trounce Domain; because of this:
    • The encounter itself is similar to that of Normal Bosses in that Andrius' strength scales on the player's current World Level. They can also leave the arena to cause him to despawn by running far enough or teleporting to a distant waypoint.
    • This challenge is the only Weekly Boss encounter that the player can swap parties after defeating Andrius for the Adventure EXP.
    • Andrius does not have increased resistance to the elements that he uses in the fight, instead being outright immune to them.
  • The first time this domain is challenged in Razor's Story Quest, the Wolf is identified as "Boreas". After this, it is referred to as "Andrius". This is likely because Andrius is also known as Lupus Boreas.
  • In We Will Be Reunited, it is confirmed by Dainsleif that the physical body of Andrius died long ago; in the Wolf of the North Challenge, you challenge his spirit instead.
  • During the Dishonorable Trial, The Wolf of The North challenge is unavailable.
  • The Wolf of the North Challenge is the only Weekly Boss to not drop gem-type ascension materials for an element used in the fight; in this case, it does not drop Vayuda Turquoise gemstones even though the boss uses Anemo. This is likely because the Wolf of the North Challenge covers the gemstones of the elements not covered by the Confront Stormterror domain, the other Weekly Boss introduced in Version 1.0.

Known Issues

  • It is possible to put the meteorite from Starfell Sword or a Stone Stele from Dominus Lapidis below Andrius to evade his Spinning Slash attack, but this may cause Andrius to behave erratically due to his AI being unable to decide what to do next.
  • It is possible to petrify Andrius using Zhongli's Planet Befall (as demonstrated here) if Zhongli is a higher level than Andrius because of Interruption Resistance, but this may be a feature rather than a bug (bug from above could be another condition too).
  • It is possible to make Andrius force to exit from arena without despawning (as demonstrated here). It needs at least 2 players at Co-Op where host is summoning the boss while another player is staying on the tree. Due to his AI, he will change target and keep aggression on the player on the tree if the host doesn't attack and leave the arena, so after he will do the Wolf Leap. This may cause Andrius to behave erratically due to being stuck at this place.

Gallery

Video Guides

How to Easily Beat Lupus Boreas

Change History

Released in Version 1.0
Version 1.2
  • The Wolf's Gravestone in the arena to start the challenge now respawns after defeating, meaning this challenge is no longer a one-time fight in a player's world per week.

Version 1.0

  • Wolf of the North Challenge was released.

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