He is later revealed to be the current vessel of the Geo Archon, Morax, who has decided to experience the world from the perspective of a mortal. After giving up his Gnosis, he retires from his position as an Archon and returns to his former identity as an Adeptus. He currently works as a consultant of the Wangsheng Funeral Parlor.
Wangsheng Funeral Parlor's mysterious consultant. Handsome, elegant, and surpassingly learned.
Though no one knows where Zhongli is from, he is a master of courtesy and rules. From his seat at Wangsheng Funeral Parlor, he performs all manner of rituals.
Description on the official website
A mysterious expert contracted by the Wangsheng Funeral Parlor. Extremely knowledgeable in all things.
In-game character attributes text
Zhongli is a calm, reserved, and polite man who knows much about Liyue's history and culture in part due to his time as the Geo Archon. He holds very philosophical ideas towards money and has great respect for Liyue's traditions, including those that have been forgotten or warped over time. Despite his wealth of information, Zhongli tends to be humble and even seems somewhat insecure about it, and is worried he comes off as a “bourgeois parasite.”
One of Zhongli's most defining characteristics is his tendency to forget about Mora in transactions, agreeing to spend large sums of it without having any Mora on hand and even taking "discounts" as granted despite being an obvious scam. He often ends up relying on those he is acquainted with for financial support, such as the Wangsheng Funeral Parlor or Childe. Although he is friends with Hu Tao, who trusts him the most, he does not like her childish behavior.
It is later revealed that Zhongli's carelessness stems from being the Geo Archon and the creator of Mora. With the Gnosis allowing him to create limitless Mora, he never had to worry about running low on his personal finances. Unfortunately, when he chose to live among mortals, he lacked the foresight to find an alternative for mortals to continue minting Mora in his absence, along with creating a retirement fund for himself.
Zhongli, like Venti, seems to see his human form as somewhat separate from his godly form. The Archaic Petra set states that Rex Lapis was said to be an emotionless, merciless god who slaughtered countless other gods during the Archon War, as was necessary in order to fulfill a contract. As the God of Contracts, Zhongli takes contracts earnestly and sincerely, as honoring an agreement is easy and is perplexed as to how people are unable to abide by such a simple concept; he states that all those who break it will suffer the Wrath of the Rock. True to this, his Elemental Burst involves sending a meteor flying into his enemies.
Zhongli cares deeply for his nation, even though he risks putting it in danger due to his plan to step down as the Geo Archon. His intention was to test Liyue to see if it was ready to proceed into a new age without his presence, and he does so by faking his death during the annual Rite of Descension. He later clarifies, however, that were Liyue to be in any real peril, he would step in to stop it. He agrees with Keqing's controversial opinion that Liyue is overly reliant on their Archon, and respects her for that reason. Highly intelligent and calculating, Zhongli accurately predicts Childe’s plans, and he builds his test for Liyue entirely around the Harbinger. Despite having deceived him, he is still on good terms with the Harbinger, occasionally going out for drinks with him.
Zhongli can be considered an open-minded individual, given that he invited Xinyan to perform at the Wansheng Funeral Parlor in a time when rock was not well known or widely accepted in Liyue. Xinyan accepted, but when she found that she was performing outside the parlor, she thought the request inappropriate, showing that Zhongli can be quite eccentric at times.
He dislikes seafood, stating that it brings back bad memories from his time as Archon when he once fought tentacled and foul-smelled sea monsters with great difficulty due to their resilience, small size, and abundance.
Zhongli currently appears as a tall, slender, and good-looking young man with fair skin and a stern expression. His eyes are bright and sharp, amber in color with yellow pupils, letting off a golden glow that his past identity was especially noteworthy. When using Geo, his eyes become luminescent. His dark brown hair is styled in a windswept fashion with a longer fringe that hangs from the right side of his face. It fades to amber brown at the tips and is pulled back in a long ponytail reaching his waist. When he is using his Geo abilities, the amber tips of his ponytail glow. His appearance is also used in The Statues of The Seven around Liyue.
His attire is elegant and form-fitting, consisting of a beige dress shirt, a brown and amber waistcoat, slim black trousers, black dress boots, and black gloves with gold rings thumbs. His neckpiece is a white tie pinned at the throat by an amber gemstone. Over everything, he wears a long dark brown tailcoat with dragon scale patterns, gold and silver accents, golden tassels, and Rex Lapis' diamond symbol on the back. Zhongli's clothes are decorated with diamond symbols found on his sleeves, belt, trousers, waistcoat buttons, and tailcoat buttons. He wears a Geo "Vision" (with an inverted Geo symbol) on a chain at the small of his back, a tassel earring on his left ear, and red eyeshadow.
Previously, he appeared as a brown and amber dragon with gold accents.
|Rain of Stone||Normal Attack|
|Normal Attack: Performs up to 6 rapid strikes.|
Charged Attack: Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to lunge forward, causing stone spears to fall along his path.
|Dominus Lapidis||Elemental Skill|
|Every mountain, rock, and inch of land is filled with the power of Geo, but those who can wield such powers freely are few and far between.|
Press: Commands the omnipresent power of the earth to solidify into a Stone Stele, standing 30 seconds, dealing AoE Geo DMG at the creation.
Stone Stele: When created, deals AoE Geo DMG. Additionally, every 2 seconds, it will resonate with other nearby Geo Constructs, dealing Geo DMG to surrounding opponents. Stele creation and Resonance generate 0.5 elemental particles.
|Default Sprint||Alternate Sprint|
|Planet Befall||Elemental Burst|
|Brings a falling meteor down to earth, dealing massive Geo DMG to opponents caught in its AoE and applying the Petrification status to them.|
Petrification: Opponents affected by the Petrification status cannot move.
|Resonant Waves||1st Ascension Passive|
|When the Jade Shield takes DMG, it will Fortify:
|Dominance of Earth||4th Ascension Passive|
|Zhongli deals bonus DMG based on his Max HP:
|Arcanum of Crystal||Utility Passive|
|Refunds 15% of the ores used when crafting Polearm-type weapons.|
|Talent Leveling Materials|
|1||Rock, the Backbone of Earth||Increases the maximum number of Stone Steles created by Dominus Lapidis that may exist simultaneously to 2.|
|2||Stone, the Cradle of Jade||Planet Befall grants nearby characters on the field a Jade Shield when it descends.|
|3||Jade, Shimmering through Darkness||Increases the Level of Dominus Lapidis by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.|
|4||Topaz, Unbreakable and Fearless||Increases Planet Befall's AoE by 20% and increases the duration of Planet Befall's Petrification effect by 2s.|
|5||Lazuli, Herald of the Order||Increases the Level of Planet Befall by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.|
|6||Chrysos, Bounty of Dominator||When the Jade Shield takes DMG, 40% of that incoming DMG is converted to HP for the current character. A single instance of regeneration cannot exceed 8% of that character's Max HP.|
Each Constellation activation requires a Stella Fortuna.
10 Cor Lapis
20 Cor Lapis
30 Cor Lapis
45 Cor Lapis
60 Cor Lapis
The character's base stats before and after each Ascension:
|Level||HP||ATK1||DEF||Geo DMG Bonus2|
1 Does not include weapon ATK value.
2 Characters get specialized stats starting at Ascension 2.
Zhongli is featured in 1 event wishes:
|Gentry of Hermitage|
- Official EN and JP VA Twitter announcement
- CN Weibo Zhongli Trailer Annoucement
- (KR) Twitter - VA Announcement
- Profile on the official website
- Zhongli's dialogue in Guizhong
- Zhongli's character stories
- Hu Tao's character stories
- Zhongli's voicelines
- Zhongli's voice-overs "Zhongli's Troubles"
- Zhongli's voice-over - "About Keqing"