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"Is it finally over? I must say, at least her last performance had some life. If she'd shown that sort of potential earlier, I might have kept her on longer." —Helgenish, mocking Yusufa's last words after murdering her

Helgenish is a character in Octopath Traveler. He is an abusive tavern-owner in Sunshade who treats the dancers in his employment like slaves, who Primrose is working for at the beginning of her story as a means to find info on one of the three men who murdered her father when she was a girl. He is the first boss of Primrose's story.



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 moustache.


Helgenish is an utter brute who enslaves the dancers at his tavern 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, believing that, because he gives the destitute dancers a place to stay, he is a kind and generous man who has the right to treat them the way he does and whom nobody else has any right to criticize or disagree with, refusing to consider that he can ever be in the wrong. He viciously beats anyone who thoroughly displeases him to near-death and tosses them out into the streets to die, and as Primrose eventually finds out, is even willing to commit murder to get what he wants. He also often refers to the dancers, especially Primrose, as cats in order to dehumanize them. 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.

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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, Type Dark.png. 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.

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  • Attack
  • 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.
  • Despite being an early-game antagonist, Helgenish manages to be one of the most unpleasant characters in the entire game due to his enslavement of women working at his tavern, lusting after Primrose, narcissism, and murdering Yusufa for the sake of intimidation.
  • Helgenish is an antithesis to Archbishop Josef from Ophilia's story and Z'aanta from H'aanit's story. All three of them took in one girl each who would become three of the eight protagonists, but while Josef and Z'aanta raise Ophilia and H'aanit lovingly, Helgenish treats Primrose like a sex slave with no regard for her feelings.
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Octopath Traveler
Travelers: Ophilia  •  Cyrus  •  Tressa  •  Olberic  •  Primrose  •  Alfyn  •  Therion  •  H'aanit
Ophilia's Path: Lianna  •  Archbishop Josef  •  Mattias  •  Guardian of the First Flame  •  Bishop Bartolo  •  Emil  •  Derryl  •  Nate  •  Hróðvitnir  •  Daniel  •  Bishop Donovan  •  Lysa  •  Mystery Man and Shady Figure
Cyrus's Path: Therese  •  Princess Mary  •  Mercedes  •  Yvon  •  Lucia  •  Russell  •  Odette  •  Gideon  •  Dominic
Tressa's Path: Olneo Colzione  •  Marina Colzione  •  Leon Bastralle  •  Mikk  •  Makk  •  Ali  •  Morlock  •  Omar  •  Baltazar  •  Venomtooth Tiger  •  Noa  •  Aston Wyndham  •  Esmeralda  •  Ing
Olberic's Path: Erhardt  •  King Alfred  •  Philip  •  Gaston  •  Cecily  •  Ned  •  Victorino  •  Conrad  •  Wallace Wildsword  •  Bernhard  •  Grieg  •  Joshua Frostblade  •  Archibold  •  Gustav  •  Bale  •  Reggie  •  Harald  •  Werner
Primrose's Path: Geoffrey Azelhart  •  Yusufa  •  Helgenish  •  Arianna  •  Oren  •  Rufus  •  Revello Forsythe  •  Simeon  •  Anna Forsythe  •  Albus  •  Jan Forsythe
Alfyn's Path: Zeph  •  Nina  •  Lily  •  Blotted Viper  •  Ellen  •  Flynn  •  Marlene  •  Vanessa Hysel  •  Ogen  •  Miguel  •  Timothy  •  Ogre Eagle
Therion's Path: Darius  •  Heathcote  •  Cordelia Ravus  •  Barham  •  Orlick  •  Gareth
H'aanit's Path: Z'aanta  •  Linde  •  Eliza Woodward  •  Ghisarma  •  Natalia  •  Lord of the Forest  •  Alaic  •  Susanna Grotoff  •  Dragon  •  King Khalim  •  Redeye
Side Stories: Miles  •  Theracio  •  Le Mann  •  Noelle  •  Ria  •  Meryl  •  Kaia  •  Ashlan  •  Mathilda  •  Tony  •  Professor Bastete  •  Mont d'Or  •  Estadas  •  Professor Paul  •  Maruf
Other: Kit  •  Graham Crossford  •  Alphas  •  Impresario  •  Lyblac
Frostlands: Flamesgrace  •  Cave of Origin  •  Hoarfrost Grotto  •  Stillsnow  •  Secret Path  •  Obsidian Parlor  •  The Whitewood  •  Shrine of the Flamebearer  •  Tomb of the Imperator  •  Northreach  •  Lorn Cathedral  •  Maw of the Ice Dragon
Flatlands: Atlasdam  •  Subterranean Study  •  The Whistlewood  •  Noblecourt  •  Orlick's Manse  •  Obsidian Manse  •  Shrine of the Sage  •  The Hollow Throne  •  Wispermill  •  Ebony Grotto  •  Forest of Purgation  •  Shrine of the Starseer
Coastlands: Rippletide  •  Caves of Maiya  •  Undertow Cove  •  Moonstruck Coast  •  Goldshore  •  Caves of Azure  •  Seaside Grotto  •  Shrine of the Trader  •  Captains' Bane  •  Grandport  •  Grandport Sewers  •  Loch of the Lost King
Highlands: Hornburg  •  Cobbleston  •  Brigands' Den  •  Untouched Sanctum  •  Stonegard  •  The Spectrewood  •  Yvon's Birthplace  •  Shrine of the Thunderblade  •  Tomb of Kings  •  Everhold  •  Amphitheatre  •  Everhold Tunnels  •  Shrine of the Runeblade  •  Ruins of Hornburg
Sunlands: Sunshade  •  Sunshade Catacombs  •  Whistling Cavern  •  Wellspring  •  Lizardmen's Den  •  Black Market  •  Shrine of the Lady of Grace  •  Quicksand Caves  •  Marsalim  •  Grimsand Ruins  •  Marsalim Catacombs
Riverlands: Clearbrook  •  Cave of Rhiyo  •  Twin Falls  •  Saintsbridge  •  The Murkwood  •  Rivira Woods  •  Farshore  •  Shrine of the Healer  •  Riverford  •  Hidden Path  •  Lord's Manse  •  Refuge Ruins  •  Shrine of the Warbringer
Cliftlands: Bolderfall  •  Ravus Manor  •  Carrion Caves  •  Quarrycrest  •  The Sewers  •  Morlock's Manse  •  Shrine of the Prince of Thieves  •  Derelict Mine  •  Orewell  •  Forest of Rubeh  •  Dragonsong Fane
Woodlands: S'warkii  •  The Whisperwood  •  Path of Beasts  •  Victors Hollow  •  The Forgotten Grotto  •  Forest of No Return  •  Shrine of the Huntress  •  Duskbarrow  •  Ruins of Eld  •  Moldering Ruins  •  Shrine of the Archmagus
Other: The Gate of Finis  •  Journey's End
Ophilia's Path: Guardian of the First Flame  •  Hróðvitnir  •  Mystery Man and Shady Figure  •  Mattias
Cyrus's Path: Russell  •  Gideon  •  Yvon  •  Lucia
Tressa's Path: Mikk and Makk  •  Omar  •  Venomtooth Tiger  •  Esmeralda
Olberic's Path: Gaston  •  Joshua Frostblade  •  Archibold  •  Gustav  •  Lizardman Chief  •  Erhardt  •  Werner
Primrose's Path: Helgenish  •  Rufus  •  Albus  •  Simeon
Alfyn's Path: Blotted Viper  •  Vanessa Hysel  •  Miguel  •  Ogre Eagle
Therion's Path: Heathcote  •  Orlick  •  Gareth  •  Darius
H'aanit's Path: Ghisarma  •  Lord of the Forest  •  Dragon  •  Redeye
Optional: Jötunn  •  Giant Python and Snake Charmer  •  Leviathan  •  Devourer of Men  •  Mánagarmr  •  Azure-eyed Tiger  •  Behemoth  •  Devourer of Dreams  •  Dreadwolf  •  Gigantes  •  Lord of the Sands  •  Manymaws  •  Monarch  •  Throne Guardian  •  Tyrannodrake
Gods of Orsterra: Winnehild  •  Steorra  •  Balogar  •  Dreisang  •  Galdera
Game Mechanics
General: Achievements  •  Side Stories  •  Travel Banter
Battle: Experience  •  Skills  •  Status Effects  •  Support Skills
Path Actions: Guide/Allure  •  Scrutinize/Inquire  •  Purchase/Steal  •  Provoke/Challenge
Inventory: Items  •  Weapons  •  Shields  •  Headgear  •  Body Armor  •  Materials
Jobs: Cleric  •  Scholar  •  Merchant  •  Warrior  •  Dancer  •  Apothecary  •  Thief  •  Hunter
Advanced Jobs: Starseer  •  Runelord  •  Warmaster  •  Sorcerer