Hoyoverse on Monday revealed the new drip marketing for Genshin Impact’s newest character, Shikanoin Heizou. While new characters regularly come to the free-to-play game, this highly anticipated character’s design surprised fans, and now they can’t stop talking about him.
Shikanoin Heizou (also known as Doushin Shikanoin) is an Anemo character who serves as a detective for the Tenryou Commission in Inazuma. The announcement describes Heizou as “free-spirited and unruly, but cheerful and lively.” The release comes with an endorsement from the head of the Kamisato clan himself, Kamisato Ayato, who said, “While [Heizou] is unfettered and unrestrained in demeanor, one should not dismiss his talents.”
Beyond the design, the official Genshin Impact page didn’t reveal all the much. Lumie, a well-established and credible leaker in the Genshin Impact community shared that Heizou would be a catalyst, making him the first male catalyst in the game.
Heizou’s design reveal both surprised and delighted fans. Many fans were expecting to get a character that resembled a male version of the Pyro character Hu Tao, but Hoyoverse ended up taking Heizou in a different direction. He has purple hair, green eyes, and cute freckles, and fans are already all over TikTok on Twitter fawning over the character in videos and fan art.