Helgenish wears a red shirt with a black Napoleon jacket, white pants, and black boots. He is mostly bald, with only red hair growing on the sides, and has a mustache.
Helgenish is an utter brute who enslaves the dancers and regularly abuses, brutalizes, and demeans them with every opportunity he can, insisting they call him "master". All those who displease him are viciously beaten to near-death by him and tossed into the gutter to die. He also often refers to them, especially Primrose, as cats. Despite this, he is shown to speak very nervously in the presence of Rufus.
8 years prior to the events of Octopath Traveler, Primrose began working as a dancer under Helgenish in hopes that she might find one of the men who murdered her father, Geoffrey Azelhart. Primrose becomes Helgenish's favorite dancer. He asserts that she owes him a debt for taking her in, asking that she repay him with her best onstage and with personal favors.
One day, Helgenish gets a visit by Rufus, one of the men who murdered Primrose's father, in the tavern and meets him in an isolated area in the city to receive orders and a map to his location.
Helgenish later confronts Primrose upon the latter exiting out of the Sunshade Catacombs. Taking Yusufa as a hostage has his men brutally torture Yusufa, keeping her alive only long enough for Primrose to find them. Intending to set an example, he stabs her and tosses her off a cliff, cruelly mocking her last words and noting that "if she'd showed that kind of passion, maybe I would've kept her on longer!" Primrose finally turns on Helgenish and duels him. After Primrose defeats him, he asks her to dance for him once more. While her back is turned, he charges at her. However, Primrose anticipates his attack and slits his throat. He spins around, collapses, and dies while Primrose complimented that he was "quite the dancer himself in the end." She takes the map given to him by Rufus and sets out for Stillsnow in pursuit.
Helgenish will begin battle with 2 Helgenish's Lackeys at his side.
- Double Slap: Physical attack, strikes a single target twice.
- Helgenish is trembling with anger..." Charges for 1 turn.
- Know Your Place: Physical attack, targets entire party, hitting twice.
- Oppressive Shadow: Elemental attack, deals dark damage to entire party.
957 HP. Shield 2
- Slice: Physical attack, single target.
Each individual Helgenish's Lackey has a 30% chance of dropping a Long Sword.
- "Urrrrrrrrrk..." —Death