Genshin Impact: Is The Inazuma Archon Leak Real?

Raiden Shogun from Genshin Impact and Raiden Mei from Honkai Impact, explained.

Genshin Impact still has many story secrets yet to be revealed, one of which is the character design and appearance of the Inazuma Archon, Baal – starting March 11, a supposed screenshot leak has surfaced among Japanese players, but is it really her?

Note that this story contains spoilers if you haven’t completed all of the main story quests available in Genshin Impact as of March 2021.

So far in the story of Genshin Impact, players have met with two Archons, Barbatos the Anemo Archon, and Rex Lapis the Geo Archon. There are seven Archon in total, each administrating one of the seven regions of Teyvat, the world of Genshin Impact.

Currently, the next Archon players will be meeting is the Electro Archon, presiding over Inazuma. The region was already confirmed as our next destination. First by miHoYo in our interview, then in-game with the main story quests added with 1.1. However, we don’t know yet when the region will be added to the game.

Who is the Inazuma Archon?

Baal, also called the Raiden Shogun and the God of Eternity, is the Electro Archon in Genshin Impact, controlling Inazuma. We already know quite a bit about her through several quests and NPCs in game. Most notably, we learned three important points from Zhongli at the end of the Liyue main story quest:

First, the Inazuma Archon is preventing anyone from entering or leaving her region, which is an island region inspired from Japan.

Secondly, while Archons are supposed to grant Visions, the Archon of Inazuma has currently stopped distributing them.

Lastly, through the Vision Hunt Decree, she’s confiscating the Visions of Vision holders in her region.

Next up, concerning the appearance, character design, or model of the Inazuma Archon. None of these have been revealed by miHoYo yet. We don’t know what she looks like. The only thing we know is that she’s a woman. Some upcoming characters that will play a crucial role for future regions were revealed by miHoYo, but it’s unlikely they are Archons.

Genshin Impact: “Leak” of the Inazuma Archon explained

The screenshots circulating is actually depicting Raiden Mei from Honkai Impact 3rd, another game by miHoYo. A group of Japanese fans have been mistaking her as the Inazuma Archon. Moreover, this is Mei as the Herrscher of Thunder. Long story short, a Herrscher in Honkai Impact is a human who merged with Houkai energy, and whose goal is to destroy humanity.

Moreover, it’s important to note miHoYo, with the official Genshin Impact manga, and later on the game, has included in its story several references to Honkai Impact. In fact, some of the characters in Genshin Impact are seemingly named after Honkai characters. Baal’s second name, the Raiden Shogun, might also be a reference to Raiden Mei.

So certain fans are theorizing that the Inazuma Archon will look similar in appearance to the Herrscher of Thunder. If you’d like to know more, you should definitely try out Honkai Impact yourself, on mobile or PC.

Genshin Impact is a free-to-play open world action JRPG, available on PC, PS4, PS5 via backward compatibility, and Mobile. The game was also announced on Switch, but has no release date on the platform yet. Ver 1.4 Invitation of Windblume will launch on March 17.

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Iyane Agossah

Living near Paris, Iyane is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07

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