Setekh Wenut is a world boss enemy in Genshin Impact that you can encounter after unlocking the desert regions of Sumeru, the Dendro nation. It is an eyeless predator that dwells within the Great Red Sand that uses sound and vibrations to seek out its prey. At first encounter, you might think it is another variety of the Regisvines, especially with its tail that somehow takes on forms very similar to those of plants.
While exploring the Desert of Hadramaveth, this monster will randomly appear and attack you from underground, making your adventure a little more challenging.
Legend has it that these creatures thrived with their progenitors and offspring in a land of verdant grass and colossal trees, traversing through slick soil like fishes diving through the wet. And after many great changes in the world, they survived by adapting more toward earth-based living.
Some people believe that the Wenut was once the scions of the lord of plants and that this is their way of fooling their prey to seek fruits or food in their deadly shade.
The Setekh Wenut’s nest can be found in the Desert of Hadramaveth in Sumeru, specifically in an underground cave between the Passage of Ghouls and The Sands of Al-Azif.
The easiest way to get there is to travel to the Teleport Waypoint. It can be found south of The Sands of Al-Azif, jumping down the sinkhole right before it.
Elements: Type and Resistance
The Setekh Wenut is an Anemo-type creature and uses that element to perform attacks and other abilities. However, since it is not a pure-elemental being, the Setekh Wenut is not immune to Anemo attacks but is more resistant to them than all other elements. If you are not confident with your Anemo characters, bring characters of different elements to fight this monster.
Throughout the fight, the Setekh Wenut will dig under and crawl out of the ground, jump up, float, and use its tail or head to attack you.
During these times, the monster can be attacked as long as any part of its body is visible. This makes the Setekh Wenut one of the easiest boss enemies to defeat. It is especially easy when you have characters that can deal huge amounts of damage.
Cancellation of Powerful Attack
The attacks performed by the Setekh Wenut are simple, repetitive, and easy to avoid, except for one called Windbite Bullets.
It is a powerful attack that can be canceled while the monster charges it. With this one, you must use a fully-charged aimed shot to have an Elemental Attack hit the Windbite Bullets and trigger a Swirl Elemental Reaction.
Take note that the elements that can trigger a Swirl Elemental Reaction are Pyro, Hydro, Cryo, and Electro. You need a character that uses a bow and an element that is one of these three elements.
Unlike most players believe and/or claim, the Setekh Wenut will perform all its attack moves and abilities regardless of its remaining HP. If you do not attack it, the Setekh Wenut will stop attacking and hide after Windbite Bullets.
Setekh Wenut, with its worm-like body, will use its tail and head to perform its attack moves. The tip of its tail can open up, looking like a flower, and cast non-physical attacks.
The Setekh Wenut will close its tail and swing it in front to deal with AOE Physical Damage. The animation of this move is pretty obvious. A fan-shaped marking on the ground indicates the area where it will hit. Use this marking as an indication of when and where to dodge.
While the Setekh Wenut is under the sand, a round marking on the surface will appear, and the monster will come drilling up right after. It will use its head to violently thrust from under the ground and deal physical damage to anyone on that spot.
This move will be performed when the Setekh Wenut has been digging and crawling in and out of the ground. Its tail will appear from under the sand and then open up to blow a gust of Anemo energy from one side to the other.
Like the Tail Gust, this attack starts with the Setekh Wenut’s tail appearing from under the sand and will have its petal face the ground as a stream of Anemo energy is released. The beam will then be redirected to its front to deal Anemo damage to everyone in its path.
This move starts with a swing of the Setekh Wenut’s tail to gather Anemo energy accumulated at the petals’ center. The energy will then be shot as Anemo missiles spread out and explode upon hitting the character or the ground.
Anemo Missile Barrage
As the Setekh Wenut crawls up and dives back under the sand, it can fire countless Anemo projectiles from its gills in multiple directions.
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Each projectile will deal 50% ATK as Anemo damage, several of which can hit a single target. These, coupled with the unpredictable projectiles’ directions, make this attack ability one of the Setekh Wenut’s most dangerous moves.
To perform this ability, the Setekh Wenut will slowly float up mid-air. While doing so, 6 Windbite Bullets will appear as Anemo orbs.
After a certain duration, the Setekh Wenut will absorb the Windbite Bullets and quickly fire off three rounds of countless Anemo projectiles in an expanding circular direction, covering a wide battle arena area.
As the Setekh Wenut starts floating to summon the Windbite Bullets, shoot them with a fully-charged aimed shot. The elements should be Pyro, Hydro, Cryo, or Electro. These will trigger a Swirl Elemental Reaction when it hits the Anemo orb.
Doing this will cause the Windbite Bullet to explode and hit the Setekh Wenut. Which, done twice, will paralyze the monster and bring it down, giving you 10 seconds to throw in your attacks.
In this state, the Setekh Wenut will have a decreased resistance to the element you used to trigger the Swirl with the Windbite Bullets and paralyze the monster. You should also ensure that the Swirl Reaction with the Windbite Bullets should be triggered consecutively, and both explosions should hit the Setekh Weapon to be effective.
Achievements and Rewards
You will be able to unlock the following achievement once you meet certain criteria:
- He Who Controls the Spice… – Use the Windbite Bullets to perform Swirl reactions and bring the Setekh Wenut in its floating form down.
- Now That’s What You Call the Four Winds! – Use a Cryo, Pyro, Electro, and Hydro attack each to trigger a Swirl reaction with the Windbite Bullets in a fight against the Setekh Wenut.
- I Hate ‘Em Myself – Be attacked by the Setekh Wenut for the first time in the open world, not in its cave nest.
- Flat Out – the blind Wenut crashes across the desert, yet even such reckless charges sometimes yield results… To be sure, stand on or beside a rock and have the Wenut appear and attack you so it will hit the rock instead.
After defeating the Setekh Wenut, a Leyline Blossom will appear from which you can gather the following items:
These are the thin and pale wing sheathes that look like blooming stamens of a flower. It hides in the Wenut’s tail and is used to mimic flowers believed by some to be inspired by the splendid blossoms countless epochs ago and by others to lure lost prey caught by sandstorms.
These mineral crystals can be obtained from boss enemies manipulating the Anemo element. They come in different forms and rarity, including Slivers, Fragments, Chunks, and Gemstones.
You can also get artifacts from this domain, including 2, 4, and 5 stars in rarity. The possible artifact sets you can get are the Berserker, The Exile, Instructor, Lucky Dog, Wanderer’s Troupe, and Gladiator’s Finale.
The rewards include Mora, Adventurer, Character, and Companionship EXP.