Scaramouche Wanderer Genshin Impact

Who is Kabukimono in Genshin Impact? – Answered

A man with too many names.

Scaramouche proclaimed some very interesting words during the trailer for Genshin Impact version 3.3 “All Senses Clear, All Existence Void”. Before becoming the Wanderer, he says that “From this day forth, “Balladeer” and “Kabukimono” will cease to exist”. While we know very well that Balladeer is Scaramouche’s title in the Fatui (just like Tartaglia’s there for Childe), where does Kabukimono come from?

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It wouldn’t be strange to see him declaring Kunikuzushi or maybe even “Raiden Shogun’s puppet” death, but as far as we remember, he didn’t receive any other big name during his years of tormenting Inazuma. Or has he?

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Who is Kabukimono in Genshin Impact?

Just like you’ve imagined, Kabukimono is indeed one of the many aliases that Scaramouche received. But how did we never see him being called like this in-game before patch 3.3 arrived? Well, we did. But not in English.

According to Wikipedia, Kabukimono roughly translates to “strange things” or “the crazy ones”, being originally used to refer to wandering gangs of samurai or ronin during the feudal era of Japan. 

The term is also the origin of the kabuki theater in Japan, where actors go for overly exaggerated performances combined with their eccentric appearances. For a quick reference, Arataki Itto has a few kabuki-inspired elements in his design, especially in his makeup and body paintings.

How does all that relate to Scaramouche? He was often referred to as a nameless eccentric in the global version previously to the patch, but during the Interlude Archon Quest that revealed how he became the Wanderer, he was consistently referred to as the Kabukimono despite not being so previously. The Japanese texts have always been written with the word, though. There’s no direct translation for the term, so they first went with something very close and later decided to kick the bucket.

Kabukimono Genshin Impact Wanderer
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Similar to how the roaming ronin terrorized citizens around feudal Japan, Scaramouche vowed to bring nothing but destruction after his experiences roaming the lands of Inazuma, so being named “Kabukimono” was actually in point with his character.

Even so, there’s no clear reason why they never used “Kabukimono” before and barely touched the name “Kunikuzushi”, which is how he’s referred to on both Yae Miko and Raiden Shogun’s voice lines before completing the aforementioned quest. It might simply be a Fatui thing to have multiple names. He somehow beat Childe on it, but can anyone take him off his throne now?


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Patrick has been working for Prima since 2022 and joined as a Staff Writer in 2023. He's been interested in gaming journalism since college, and that was the path he took once he had his degree in hands. Diligently ignores his ever-growing backlog to keep raiding in Final Fantasy XIV, exploring in Genshin Impact or replaying some of his favorite RPGs from time to time. Loves tackling hard challenges in games, but his cats are still the hardest bosses he could ask for.