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". At the same time, he is very narcissistic, thinking of himself as a kind and generous man whom nobody else has any right to criticize or disagree with, and refuses to consider that he can ever be in the wrong. He viciously beats anyone who displeases him to near-death and tosses them out into the streets to die. He also often refers to the dancers, especially Primrose, as cats. Despite this abhorrence, he is shown to speak very nervously in the presence of Rufus.
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The following section contains potential story spoilers!
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, he has his men brutally torture Yusufa, keeping her alive only long enough for Primrose to find them. Intending to set an example, he stabs Yusufa and tosses her off a cliff, cruelly mocking her last words and noting that "if she'd showed that kind of potential earlier, maybe I would've kept her on longer!" Enraged by his murder of her friend, 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 bitterly 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.
- Attack: Physical attack, single target.
- Double Slap: Physical attack, single target. Strikes twice.
- Oppressive Shadow: Elemental damage, . Targets entire party+Lower Phys.Atk
- Helgenish is trembling with anger...: Helgenish enters boost mode for 1 turn. Uses Know your place if not broken before Helgenish's next action.
- Know Your Place: Heavy physical attack, targets entire party. Hits twice.
- Slice - Moderate physical damage to single target.
- "Urrrrrrrrrk..." —Death
- Helgenish is one of two bosses featured in the Project Octopath Traveler Demo, the other being Gaston.