Who is Durin in Genshin Impact?

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With Albedo's inclusion in the Genshin Impact 2.3 update, via the "Shadows Amidst Snowstorms" event, two separate characters have recently been mentioned who have ties to the master alchemist.

One such character is a serpentine black dragon named Durin who was once a gentle mystical figure in the Mondstadt region before he was corrupted.

For those who want to know more about Durin, we detail everything there is to know about this monstrous dragon and its possible appearance in Genshin Impact.

Durin's physical appearance in Genshin Impact

According to tradition, Durin had a heart of gold and dreamed of befriending another dragon, Dvalin and the people of Mondstadt.

The dark and disfigured appearance of the shadow dragon, Durin. (Photo: miHoYo & YouTube/Tensai Playground)

Unfortunately, Durin was corrupted by the alchemist Rhinedottir (also known as Gold), which altered his appearance and his motivations.

The Shadow Dragon took on a dark, grotesque form that saw its body disfigure, sporting a skeletal gaze with glowing, glowing red eyes.

Durin's History and Legacy in Genshin Impact

After being corrupted by Rhinedottir, Durin was the dragon responsible for causing chaos in Mondstadt before finally being defeated by Dvalin. Prior to his untimely demise, he was responsible for poisoning Dvalin when Durin pierced his throat, allowing the Order of the Abyss to corrupt the dragon.

Durin's final resting place in Wyrmrest Valley, Dragonthorn Mountain. (Photo: miHoYo)

Durin's remains are believed to have crashed into a snow-capped mountain peak in the area that has since been known as Dragonspine Mountain.

His body was later interred in the Valley of Wyrmrest where several parts of his body had been used to forge the four-star sword, Festering Desire.

The weapon is said to contain Durin's tragic dreams which relate that the dragon had always yearned to fight with Dvalin. These dreams also hint at how corrupt Durin's mind was before the weapon was purified by the Traveler during "The Chalk Prince and the Dragon" event.

Durin's heart was last seen in "The Chalk Prince and the Dragon" event. (Photo: miHoYo / HoYoLAB)

Similarly, the Traveler also aided in the purification of Dvalin's blood during the Archon prologue quests in Mondstadt. This took place during Act II: For a Future Without Tears and Act III: The Song of the Dragon and Freedom.

Durin's re-emergence in Genshin Impact

The Genshin Impact 2.3 update marked the return of Albedo and a related themed event, "Shadows Amidst Snowstorms". The Traveler aids Albedo in his investigation while Albedo references the ancient shadow dragon and his connection to Rhinedottir and Durin.

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We can expect more information regarding Durin and Rhinedottir's lore in the coming weeks, as the remaining acts of "Shadows Amid Blizzards" are set to release in December 2021.

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Image courtesy of miHoYo.

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