Teyvat is the realm in which the famous open-world RPG game “Genshin Impact” takes place. Teyvat is home to many gorgeous sites, demanding bosses, uncharted territory, time crunching domains, mini-games, and last but not least, the bountiful nature of the content available for both casual and committed players.
As we venture into this world full of mystery and rich lore, we can meet many characters on our journey, as well as our trusty guide Paimon. However, for this Mondstadt guide, I will be your trusty guide. I have summarized Mondstadt and what to expect through my seven months of Genshin Impact expertise. In the following article, we can expect:
- The History of Mondstadt
- Modern Mondstadt, Factions, and Archon
- Normal Bosses, Trounce Domain bosses, and Domains
- Characters from Mondstadt
- Mondstadt regional specialty items
- A few final thoughts on Mondstadt and a brief FAQ section for commonly asked questions about Mondstadt
Teyvat comprises seven main nations, three lore-based nations, and also historical nations (information about which is released through quests relevant to the main storyline). The seven main nations of Teyvat each resemble an element and draw inspiration from real-world locations.
This real-world inspiration stems out to influence the geography of each region, NPC/character names and attire, cuisine, and even lore. The seven nations and the corresponding elements include:
- Mondstadt – Anemo
- Liyue – Geo
- Inazuma – Electro
- Sumeru – Dendro
- Fontaine – Hydro
- Natlan – Pyro
- Snezhnaya – Cryo
Of the seven nations mentioned, only three (Mondstadt, Liyue, Inazuma) are currently open for exploration, with the rest on the way via upcoming updates. Sumeru should be heading our way relatively soon, now that the Chasm has been introduced and opened for exploration in version 2.6.
When players start the game, players have to select between one of the “Travelers,” Aether (male) and Lumine (female); we can see a cut scene that sets up the main story for the rest of the game involving the Unknown God. After the cut scene, we start our journey, washed up on the shoreline just outside the city of Mondstadt.
Here we see the first glimpse of the world of Teyvat, and we are introduced to our trusty guide and “emergency food companion,” Paimon. As Paimon guides us through the path and leads us towards Mondstadt, we can see lush greenery, and we come in contact with the first statue of the seven, which grants the Traveler the first usable elemental energy, Anemo.
A statue of the seven is a crucial waypoint in the world of Teyvat, as interacting with one unlocks the immediate vicinity (on the map) along with the available waypoints, domains, geography, and even bosses.
This particular statue of the seven is the first of the four statues that grant the traveler the Anemo element and allow the traveler to utilize this element to fend off the challenges that lie ahead.
Mondstadt is the starting point of the game. Most of the game moves away from Mondstadt towards Liyue; however, in the recent updates, we have had more events in Mondstadt, such as the Windtrace event and the Drink-a-Dreaming event, which could hint at more activity heading towards Mondstadt.
As a nation, Mondstadt is inspired by real-world Germany, visible through the architecture, names of its inhabitants, and cuisine. The Knights of Favonius are one of Mondstadt’s oldest factions; they have gained fame and prestige across the other nations through heroic feats and their duty to keep the power over Mondstadt away from any aristocrats and other ruling bodies as intended by their archon Barbatos (The Anemo Archon and one of the seven Archons).
Barbatos instilled a deeply rooted sense of freedom within the citizens of Mondstadt, which still runs deep to this day, 1000 years since their independence from the tyranny enforced on them by Decarabian, the God of Storms.
Barbatos, also known as Venti in his human form (a playable character available through the limited time banner “Ballad in Goblets”), is responsible for freeing Mondstadt from the tyrannical rule of Decarabian.
Decarabian (the former God of Storms) was the last aristocratic leader of Mondstadt; no one succeeded him since Barbatos; with the help of Vanessa (The first Grand Master of the Knights of Favonius), they handed the freedom and power over the lands to the citizens of Mondstadt.
Decarabian’s kingdom is in ruins in the current version of the game and is located in an area known as “Stormterror’s Lair,” which is now home to the weekly boss Dvalin. Speaking of Barbatos, one of our talented writers, composed a comprehensive and well-detailed guide on Venti; I would urge players to read and follow the guide if they plan to obtain or build Venti.
After freeing the people of Mondstadt from the tyranny of Decarabian, to protect the people of Mondstadt, Venti established and left behind the Four Winds. The Four Winds are entities of great strength and are looked upon as reliable sources of power for the protection of Mondstadt.
Therefore four temples (which are now domains) were constructed as places of worship to dedicate the admiration of the citizens of Mondstadt. However, as time progressed and after the additional effects of the cataclysm, most of these temples fell into ruin or disrepair.
Most citizens forgot about the existence of the Four Winds, which reduced them from physical entities to lore, even though they exist physically. Another result would be the inconsistency and misinterpretation of the information regarding who exactly bears the particular titles.
The Four Winds include:
- Dragon of the East – Dvalin.
- Wolf of the North – Lupus Boreas, formally known as Andrius.
- Lion of the South – This is the title given to the Grandmasters/ Acting Grandmasters of the Knights of Favonius. This is indicated by “The Dandelion Knight” and the “Lionfang Knight.”
- Falcon of the West – This is believed to be the title given to Vanessa after her ascension to Celestia. Another account believes that the “Falcon” refers to the collective power of the Knights of Favonius. However, I feel that it is, in fact, a reference to Vanessa since she did ascend to Celestia after taking on the form of a Falcon.
Modern Mondstadt, Factions, and Archon
Mondstadt is home to the faction known as “The Knights of Favonius,” a faction representing the virtues and qualities of Mondstadt. The Knights of Favonius are the peacekeeping faction as well; they attend to the citizen’s needs and prevent Mondstadt from the aristocrats.
In the story quests, we often see Jean drowning in paperwork, Amber out on patrols, Kaeya being… Kaeya, Noelle training to be a knight, and Fischl fooling around with Oz. The founder of the Knights of Favonius, as well as the first Grandmaster, is Vanessa.
She is a key figure in Mondstadt’s history. An extension of the Knights of Favonius would be the Church of Favonius; it is a place of worship for the Anemo Archon, Barbatos. Barbara is a deaconess within the Church of Favonius, and she is introduced to us as a follower of Barbato’s.
Speaking of Barbatos, Venti the Anemo Archon. Once again, I will mention the article written by a Genshin Impact writers group member to check on builds and how to utilize Venti fully. The Barbatos was just a tiny wind spirit before becoming the Anemo Archon.
He met a small boy who played the lyre, and after befriending each other, they attempted to set the citizens free from the tyranny of Decarabian. After the battle against Decarabian, the small boy lost his life; Venti then took on the shape of the boy and manifested a physical appearance similar to him.
This was his first act as the Anemo Archon; Venti may have done this out of respect, guilt, or admiration in an attempt to honor his fallen friend. Venti left Mondstadt as a nation with no ruler from that point onwards. He returns to Mondstadt from time to time; he plays music for his people to entertain them as a bard and nothing more.
Normal Bosses, Trounce Domain bosses, and Domains
All bosses in Genshin Impact (both Trounce and Normal) drop a wide variety of loot, including artifacts, character ascension material, weapon crafting billets, mora, adventure experience points, and companionship experience points.
However, Trounce domain bosses drop talent level up material, and normal bosses drop character ascension material. The specific drops, locations, and different types of combat areas for the Mondstadt region will be shown below.
The Cryo version of the Regisvine monster species of Teyvat can be found in Mondstadt. This is a formidable opponent for newcomers, but it becomes easy to handle once better and stronger teams with Pyro characters have been made by the player.
The Cryo Regisvine can be found north of Flacon Coast in Mondstadt, there are three pathways leading to the Cryo Regisvine, but the most optimal path is from the domain close by.
|Location on the map||Cryo Regisvine in the game|
The Electro version of the Hypostasis monster species of Teyvat, Aleph. Teams built around Cryo and Pyro characters make things easier when it comes to dealing with this boss. I would personally recommend taking Xiangling since the final stage of the Electro Hypostasis requires elemental damage from Pyro.
Players can drop Guoba near one of the three prisms and use the Pyronado to break the other two prisms. Cryo characters and Pyro catalyst or bow users are also adequate for this job.
The Electro Hypostasis can be found south of Cape Oath in Mondstadt. It drops the Lightning Prism, which is the character level-up material required for Lisa, Razor, Fischl, Beidou, and Keqing. A list of the drop items will be displayed below as well.
|Location on the map||Electro Hypostasis in the game|
The Anemo version of the Hypostasis monster species of Teyvat, Beth. Since Anemo is a neutral element, it is easy to trigger swirl reactions. Therefore, long-range characters are suggested since the attacks of the Anemo Hypostasis are not friendly for close combat characters.
The Anemo Hypostasis can be found in the northern area of the Stormbearer Mountains in Mondstadt. It drops the Hurricane Seed, which is the character level-up material for Jean, Sucrose, and Venti. A list of the drop items will be displayed below as well.
|Location on the map||Anemo Hypostasis in the game|
The Cryo version of the Hypostasis monster species of Teyvat, Daleth. This particular installment to the Hypostasis family comes with the additional problem of “Sheer Cold,” a Dragonspine exclusive environmental hazard. Players can activate the heat mechanisms surrounding the Hypostasis and seek shelter within its warmth to avoid the effects of Sheer Cold.
The Cryo Hypostasis can be found in the western part of the Dragonspine area just outside Mondstadt. It drops the Crystalline Bloom, which is the character ascension material used by Eula and Aloy. A list of the drop items will be displayed below as well.
|Location on the map||Cryo Hypostasis in the game|
Trounce Domain Bosses
Dvalin is first introduced to the traveler in Whispering Woods, along with a little boy trying to communicate with and calm this large Dragon. As the story progresses, we learn that the little boy was, in fact, Venti the Anemo Archon and that he was trying to cure and connect with Dvalin.
Dvalin is an Anemo based weekly boss (trounce domain boss) in the world of Teyvat; his loot drops are necessary to advance the talent levels of many characters. Dvalin is also one of the Four Winds; Dvalin is known as the “Dragon of the East.” Dvalin’s Trounce domain can be found at Stormterror’s lair.
His drops and relevant characters include:
- Dvalin’s sigh – Traveler (both Anemo and Geo variants), Amber, Beidou, Chongyun
- Dvalin’s plume – Jean, Diluc, Bennett
- Dvalin’s claw – Lisa, Razor, Noelle, Xiangling
|Location on the map||Dvalin in the game|
Wolf of the North, Lupus Boreas, Dominator of wolves, and Andrius are just a few of the names used to refer to the second trounce domain boss available in Mondstadt.
Boreas is a wolf of two elemental natures, with Cryo being used in the first phase of his attacks; once his health drops below the halfway point, he switches to Anemo, proving to be a challenging entity for first-timers who are not adept with elemental reactions. Lupus Boreas is the spirit of Andrius, a mighty God who contributed to the retaliation against Decarabian.
At the end of his time, Andrius let go of his physical body and left his spirit behind to watch over Mondstadt. As one of the Four Winds known as the “Wolf of the North,” Lupus Boreas watched over Mondstadt with great pride. Lupus Boreas can be found in the Wolvendom.
His drops and relevant characters include:
- Tail of Boreas – Traveler (Geo), Qiqi, Venti, Xingqui
- Ring of Boreas – Keqing, Klee, Mona, Barbara
- Spirit Locket of Boreas – Fischl, Kaeya, Ningguang, Sucrose
|Location on the map||Lupus Boreas in the game|
Artifact Domains would be the real patience test in this game since most of the god-tier artifacts are in the hands of RNG. To obtain the perfect artifact set, players usually repetitively clear out domains to get what they desire.
This process could take months, but the game becomes smoother once you have acquired the artifacts. Mondstadt is home to four different types of artifacts, and various characters can use them.
This domain contains the artifacts Thundering Fury and Thundersoother artifact sets. The Thundering Fury artifact set is essential for every Electro DPS character since it reduces the Elemental skill CD when characters’ elemental reactions. Thundersoother, on the hand, provides Electro RES, which works best with characters such as Keqing, Fischl, and Razor.
|Location on the map||Location in the game|
Valley of Remembrance
This domain contains the artifacts Viridescent Venerer and Maiden Beloved artifact sets. Viridescent Venerer is an essential artifact set for every Anemo unit available in the game. However, Xiao has a four-piece set (that was introduced in version 2.6); before that, the available artifact set was a two-piece Viridescent Venerer and a two-piece Gladiators Finale.
As for the Maiden Beloved artifact set, almost every healing-related character can use this set. Barbara and Qiqi can do well with this artifact since they are healing-focused characters; the artifact “Ocean Hued Clam” could bring an additional damage aspect to the healers but only if they are capable of large-scale healing.
|Location on the map||Location in the game|
Peak of Vindagnyr
This domain contains the Heart of Depth and Blizzard Strayer artifact sets. Heart of Depth is the only Hydro-based artifact available for the Hydro characters as of version 2.6. Characters such as Tartaglia benefit significantly from the four-piece set bonus which gives an attack buff every time a player uses an Elemental skill.
Blizzard Strayer is a must-have for any team comp that needs Cryo characters; with the Crit rate buff that comes with the four-piece set, characters such as Kamisato Ayaka can produce high volumes of damage consistently.
|Location on the map||Location in the game|
Talent Book Domains
Talent books are a key part of the game since they unlock talents and give characters an extra edge over the competition in the game. Triple crowning a character is a lot of work, but it is worth it in terms of the overall benefits brought to the team. Not every character needs to be triple crowned, but specific talents require higher investments.
In Mondstadt, we have one talent book domain which provides three different talent books used by various characters. Each day has a different book, with Sunday being the exception since all the books are available on Sunday.
One of the more disliked domains within the game, due to no technical error but because it is difficult for most players. Players are affected by “Condensed Ice,” which affects the movements of the player by increasing the stamina consumption until the applied Cryo element is removed; towards the latter stages (level 3 and level 4), players also experience giant icicles falling from the ceiling which deals Cryo DMG to the affected player.
Most of the enemies are Cryo based; therefore, taking Pyro and Electro characters would be advised to trigger Overload reactions which can deal a staggering amount of damage if timed right. This domain is located close to Springvale; this makes finding this domain relatively easy.
|Location on the map||Location in the game|
- Teachings/Guide/Philosophies of Freedom – Monday/ Thursday/ Sunday
- Teachings/Guide/Philosophies of Resistance – Tuesday/ Friday/ Sunday
- Teachings/Guide/Philosophies of Ballad – Wednesday/ Saturday/ Sunday
|Teachings/Guide/Philosophies of Freedom||
(Anemo and Geo)
|Teachings/Guide/Philosophies of Resistance|
|Teachings/Guide/Philosophies of Ballad|
Weapons ascension material Domains
This is a domain that I dislike, mainly due to the increased CDs brought on by the “Slowing Water” effect of this domain. Slowing Water is very problematic for characters who depend on their Elemental skills and Elemental bursts; until the Hydro element is removed, the effect on the CD will remain.
Most of the enemies are Hydro-based. Therefore, players would benefit from players who provide Pyro shields, such as Thoma or Xinyan, or Bennett, since his burst move can help get rid of the applied Hydro element.
Using teams that are running Melt, Reverse Melt, Freeze, or Electro Charged team comps would be recommended. Using characters such as Ganyu for the large AoE Cryo application could contribute toward large-scale Freezing.
This domain is located in a small clearing in the northwestern area of Wolvendom. The Anemo monument must be activated; players must find and chase four Seelies in the area to their relevant Seelie courts to unlock the monument.
|Location on the map||Location in the game|
- Tile of Decarabian’s Tower – Monday/ Thursday/ Sunday
- Boreal Wolf’s milk tooth – Tuesday/ Friday/ Sunday
- Fetters of the Dandelion Gladiator – Wednesday/ Saturday/ Sunday
*I will list below the 4* and 5* weapons that require these materials; I will use the names instead of the pictures because there are many weapons.*
|Weapon Ascension Material||4* Weapon||5* Weapon|
|Tile of Decarabian’s Tower||Bow – Stringless, Viridescent Hunt, Mitternachts Waltz
Catalyst – Favonius Codex, Royal Grimoire
Claymore – The Bell, Snow-Tombed Starsilver
Longsword – Favonius Sword, Royal Longsword, The Alley Flash, Cinnabar Spindle
|Claymore – Song of Broken Pines
Longsword – Aquila Favonia
|Boreal Wolf’s milk tooth||Bow – Sacrificial Bow
Catalyst – Widsith, Wine and Song, Dodoco Tales
Claymore – Sacrificial Greatsword
Longsword – The Flute, Sword of Descension, The Black Sword
Polearm – Deathmatch, Dragonspine Spear
|Bow – Elegy for the End, Skyward Harp
Catalyst – Skyward Atlas
Claymore – Skyward Blade
Longsword – Skyward Pride
|Fetters of the Dandelion Gladiator||Bow – Favonius Warbow, Royal Bow, Alley Hunter, Windblume Ode
Catalyst – Sacrificial Fragments, Frostbearer
Claymore – Favonius Greatsword, Royal Greatsword
Longsword – Sacrificial Sword
Polearm – Favonius Lance, Festering Desire
|Bow – Amos Bow
Catalyst – Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds
Claymore – Wolf’s Gravestone
Longsword – Freedom-Sworn
Polearm – Skyward Spine
This particular domain is very important. It helps players gauge themselves, understand how to utilize team comps better, and understand the character rotations to deal the maximum damage. Floors one through eight are relatively easy for most established players in the mid-stages of the game.
For fresh players, it would be challenging to tackle the Spiral Abyss and collect all three stars for each chamber. Every two weeks, the Spiral Abyss resets for floors nine through eleven, which means most players in the latter stages of the game can clear this part of the game repeatedly to collect the primo gems and mora once they collect enough stars.
*Floors one through eight are not repeatable, they can be cleared many times, but the rewards can only be collected once.*
|Location on the map||Location in the game|
As shown below, the Spiral Abyss is divided into two parts. Part one contains floors one to eight, and part two contains floors nine to twelve. Players must use two separate teams from Abyss level nine and onwards; players must use teams with multiple high DPS characters, characters that use shields, characters that use heals, and elemental reactions.
Gadgets, food items, damage buff potions, and shield potions can not be used; players must plan to utilize their teams for the best possible outcome.
|The first eight chambers of the Spiral Abyss||The last four chambers of the Spiral Abyss|
The summary page of the Spiral Abyss shows the records of the player. As we can see below, the data is meticulously recorded and displayed after the particular cycle is complete (every two weeks, floors nine to twelve are reset). Players can earn 50 primo gems for every three stars collected from each floor; players can also receive mora than 15000 for three stars, 20000 for six stars, and 25000 for nine stars. The Blessing of the Abyssal Moon would be the buff provided to players. Each cycle provides a different type of buff; these could prove to be very beneficial if the correct team comps are used.
*Stars are not carried over; they are only applicable for the particular floor.*
|The summary page, previous Spiral Abyss attempts, and data are gathered and displayed here||Blessing of the Abyssal Moon; this provides players with a buff and an advantage in the Abyss.|
Characters from Mondstadt
Since we start our journey in Mondstadt, we meet Amber, Kaeya, Lisa, Barbara, Jean, Venti, and Diluc as they are a part of the Archon quest. These characters help us understand how to grasp control over the mechanics of the game while setting us up for a journey across the seven nations to find our long-lost sibling (Aether or Lumine, depending on the character selected by the player).
Mondstadt is home to a few characters who have been mentioned within the game but have not been displayed as playable characters or even shown. Apart from that, Mondstadt has produced some outstanding personalities that complement their unique designs in attire and overall character kit.
Fischl entertains me the most through her antics with Oz, her voice lines are very entertaining, and it provides some comic relief as well. However, Diluc is my favorite Mondstadt resident, with Kaeya coming in as a close second (from the playable characters released so far); their overall character kits are not enough to cope with the current stage of the game in terms of team dynamics. However, the adoptive brother duo was quite fearsome in the game’s early stages in terms of raw strength.
Albedo, Aloy, and Kaeya are the only citizens of Mondstadt (so far) who are not initially from Mondstadt. Aloy is affiliated with Mondstadt. However, she is a cross-over character from the game “Horizon Zero Dawn” and “Horizon Forbidden West.” Albedo and Kaeya, coincidentally or not, contain ties to Khaenri’ah.
Kaeya is a Khaenri’ahn spy left behind by his father, who was then adopted by Crepus Ragnvindr (father of Diluc Ragnvindr). Albedo a synthetic human created by Rhinedottir, a researcher from Khaenri’ah. Varka is another unreleased character that is rumored to be extremely strong since he is the Grandmaster of the Knights of Favonius; he is currently away on an expedition.
(she is not from Mondstadt; she is a collaborative character from “Horizon Zero Dawn” and its sequel “Horizon Forbidden West.” However, on the official Genshin Impact page, she is listed with the characters from Mondstadt.)
Mondstadt regional specialty items
As with all nations, Mondstadt too has its regional specialty items and animals. These items and animals can be found through the official Genshin Impact interactive map.
|Small Lamp Grass|
|Wind Blessed harpastum|
|Windblume Festival Commemorative Balloon|
|Anemoculus Resonance Stone|
|Anemo Treasure Compass|
|City of Mondstadt|
|Statue of the Anemo Archon|
|Thousand Winds Temple|
|Camp before Dragonspine|
|Andrius, Dominator of Wolves|
Question: Where is Mondstadt based on?
Answer: Mondstadt is based in medieval time Germany.
Question: Will Albedo destroy Mondstadt?
Answer: We do not have a confirmation on this yet, but we do have Albedo saying:
I made a point throughout of telling (him/her) how ordinary the results were…
But what was that sediment I saw forming at the bottom of the vial? It should not have been there… What could it mean?
Those born of earth are bound by its imperfections, but those born of chalk are free of impurities… You and I are alike, both composed of a substance that has yet to be fully defined…
If one day, I lose control… destroy Mondstadt… destroy everything…
Can I rely on you to stop me?
However, this does not mean that he WILL destroy Mondstadt, but it also does not mean that he WILL NOT destroy Mondstadt either; only time will tell. Until then, this will remain an unanswered question.
Question: Which character shows Mondstadt specialties?
Answer: Klee, when Klee is in the active party, she displays all of Mondstadt’s specialty items on the mini-map. This allows players to easily find and collect the items after getting the general location of items from the interactive map.
Question: Who rules Mondstadt?
Answer: Mondstadt is the city of freedom; the nation has no ruling body or ruler. Since the liberation from Decarabian, the citizens of Mondstadt have been free, as per the wishes of the Anemo Archon, Barbatos. However, the Knights of Favonius act ensures the safety and comfort of the citizens; although they are not ruling over the nation, they work hard to keep things stable.
Question: Why does Mondstadt hate Eula?
Answer: Eula comes from an aristocratic family, the Lawrence clan. This family was partly responsible for the oppression of the citizens of Mondstadt during the rule of Decarabian. Although this fault lies with the ancestors, as the saying goes, “The sins of the father shall be visited upon the son” (yes, I love the new Batman movie T_T), or in this case, Eula. The citizens of Mondstadt despise the Lawrence clan for apparent reasons, but Eula wants to change that and feel like she is accepted, which is why she works so hard.
Mondstadt is the game’s starting point for all players, old and new. The start of our adventure across Teyvat to find our long-lost sibling, the place where we met our best source of Emergency food, Paimon.
Mondstadt is a key part of the game and a special place for most players. I enjoy my time in Mondstadt because there are so many things to do and gorgeous locations and places where one could sit and feel at peace.