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Genshin Impact: all Fatui Harbingers explained

Who are the god-like Eleven in service to the Tsaritsa?
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The Fatui Harbingers, also known as the Eleven, so far have been some of the primary antagonists players of Genshin Impact had to deal with aside from the forces of the Abyss. However, some of them have also become full-fledged Genshin Impact characters and the more we learn about their motivations, the more it seems like we may end up on the same side at the end of the story. We’ve got a long ride ahead of us before that happens, however. In the meantime, we’ve collected all available information on the Eleven Fatui Harbingers and their current status.

Obviously, this will entail story spoilers, so turn back if you’re not caught up on all the Archon Quests and would like to play those without knowing more of the background.

A group of people mourning around a coffin.

The Fatui Harbingers at La Signora's funeral.

Genshin Impact: Who are the Fatui Harbingers?

The Eleven Fatui Harbingers are among the most powerful beings of all Teyvat, with the three highest ranked Harbingers possessing equal power to gods. Each of them leads a portion of the militant Fatui and is loyal only to the Tsaritsa, the Cryo Archon of Snezhnaya. Though they do work together from time to time to realize the Tsaritsa’s goals, they are perfectly fine with cutting another Harbinger loose if they deem it advantageous for themselves. They are utterly devoted to their Archon and will stop at nothing to serve her.

At this point in the story, their prime goal is to collect all the Gnoses of Teyvat’s Archons, which are powerful manifestations of their divinity in the form of chess pieces. During the Fontaine story arc, we found out that the Gnoses have been made from the remains of the Third Descender and are considered to be objects of misfortune.

"In the name of Her Majestiy, the Tsaritsa, we will seize authority from the gods." – Pierro

The Fatui Harbingers are ranked from No. 1 to No. 11 by strength and overall contribution to the Tsaritsa’s cause. Once someone joins their ranks, they take on a new name and a nickname.

All the Fatui Harbinger’s names are inspired by commedia dell’arte, a form of comedic theater originally from Italy that was popular in Europe between the 16th and 18th centuries. Each member of the Eleven corresponds to one archetypal stock character of commedia dell’arte with their looks and personalities bearing some resemblance to their real-life inspirations.

While players already personally met a few Harbingers over the course of their adventure so far, we’ve only been introduced to all of them when HoYoverse released the Teyvat Chapter Interlude Teaser: A Winter Night’s Lazzo ahead of version 3.0’s launch.

A lazzo is usually a comedic relief scene in a piece of commedia dell’arte, where the characters talk about current events to the audience. In the teaser, we’re watching the Fatui interact with each other at the funeral of their former comrade La Signora.

Genshin Impact: The Eleven Fatui Harbingers

Genshin Impact Arlecchino.

Phew, that was a lot of Genshin Impact lore, wasn’t it? We don’t know if any other Harbingers will become playable at some point, but it’s best to be safe and check with our Genshin Impact codes page to see if there are any free primogems available at the moment.