The Genshin Impact Warrior’s Spirit event is a combat tournament that reveals a new opponent each day, but none of us were expecting to fight a dog on day four. And this isn’t just any dog – Taroumaru is somehow the owner of Komore Teahouse in Inazuma. He also used to serve the Shuumatsuban, which is essentially the ninja division of the Yashiro Commission. Yes, Taroumaru is a ninja dog and this anime game forces you to fight him in one-on-one combat.
Taroumaru’s backstory is fascinating, considering he’s, well, a dog. And this actually isn’t the first time that he has popped up in a limited-time combat event to return to his ninja roots. The Hues of the Violet Garden event had players fighting him in Genshin Impact version 2.6.
That event happened back in April 2022 and, even as a day-one player, I completely forgot about it – HoYoverse has added so much more content since then. So, I’m sure newcomers were even more confused than I was when Taroumaru showed up in Warrior’s Spirit.
Once you get past the initial shock of Taroumaru facing off against you with a blade in his mouth, things get even stranger. He grows to be over double his normal size when the fight starts, and he also uses Electro attacks as if he was a Vision.
It’s a shame that Taroumaru will likely never become playable, but maybe we’ll be able to get a fake Taroumaru gadget as a companion, just like we did with Cloud Retainer. That is, if HoYoverse ever adds companions that don’t float.
You can’t travel with Taroumaru, but the Genshin Impact version 3.4 banners are offering the chance to add Hu Tao and Yelan to your parties – two of the best characters in the entire game for the main and sub-DPS categories.