A swarm of Gnosis in outer space.
Unknown (summoned on Michtam/Miltia)
Pilgrimage Fleet
Xenosaga Episode I
I loathe your beauty.
I loathe your charm.
I loathe your strength.

Gnosis, also known as the Pilgrimage Fleet, are monstrous entities shrouded in mystery. They are the main enemies and battle fodder of the Xenosaga series, appearing in many different forms and size.

They were apparently first seen in T.C. 4747, having destroyed the planet Michtam due to the Galaxy Federation's failed Zohar control experiment. However, it was only during the Miltian Conflict on Miltia in T.C. 4753 when they arrived en masse, having terrorized humanity for the last 14-15 years.



Jr. explains the Gnosis.

The Galaxy Federation has begun various anti-Gnosis projects such as the Zohar Project, building weaponry to combat them with companies such as Vector Industries and Hyams Group. The S.O.C.E. is dedicated to investigating the Gnosis threat. KOS-MOS and T-elos are specially designed Vector androids to combat the Gnosis. Other anti-Gnosis equipment include A.G.W.S., A.M.W.S., the Durandal, the Woglinde, the Merkabah, the Rhine Maiden on the Dämmerung.

Anatomy of a Gnosis Edit

Xenosaga Episode I HD Cutscene 085 - X-BUSTER!!! - ENGLISH

Xenosaga Episode I HD Cutscene 085 - X-BUSTER!!! - ENGLISH

KOS-MOS using X-BUSTER against a fleet of Gnosis attacking the Elsa.

The Gnosis are, for the most part, non-physical existences. The Gnosis exist in a unique dimension separate from the physical plane called the imaginary number domain. Normally, it is impossible for humans to come into contact with them. By activating the Hilbert Effect, Gnosis within the radius of the effect are drawn into the real number domain, aka the physical world, allowing them to be affected by conventional weapons.

Strangely, despite their destructive powers and later displays of obvious sentience, the Gnosis are mostly composed of pure salt, aka sodium chloride. When translucent, they are composed of water and sodium hydroxide.


A Cyclops, fused by a Gremlin and A.G.W.S.

Gnosis also appear to have the ability to possess machinery and integrate it into their body, thus giving themselves extra abilities based on the machinery they possess. A Gnosis of the "Gremlin" type possessed an A.G.W.S. unit and was able to use its weapons.

Additionally, what looks human on one side looks like a Gnosis on the other side. Everything that exists in the physical world also exists in the imaginary number domain, which is why there are even Gnosis planets, such as Cathedral Ship. This is due to the physical and imaginary domains being two halves of the Lower Domain.

The main factor that makes Gnosis arrive in the physical domain is the energy of U-DO, ported through the Zohar. [1]

Ancient Gnosis phenomenon Edit

Joachim's True Intent

Joachim's True Intent

The Gnosis appear during the Miltian Conflict.

According to Jr., Gnosis have been reported throughout history, albeit in very few sightings and nothing near the scale at which they currently appear.

It was only during the Miltian Conflict in T.C. 4753 that the Gnosis came into human's dimension en masse. It was this event that caused the dispersal phenomenon that was destroying the universe to rapidly advance.

Xenosaga Episode III - Chapter 7 - Inescapeable Reality - Zohar Resonates with Both Shions

Xenosaga Episode III - Chapter 7 - Inescapeable Reality - Zohar Resonates with Both Shions

The Gnosis arrive from Shion's despair.

During the Miltian Conflict, a young Shion Uzuki witnessed the brutal deaths of her parents, Suou Uzuki and Aoi Uzuki, at the hands of 27-Series Asura combat Realians. This drove Shion over the edge of despair, causing her latent abilities to resonate with the Zohar stored in Labyrinthos, resulting in direct communication with U-DO. In response, U-DO opened a portal between the real and imaginary realms, and the Gnosis entered the real realm en masse.

This section contains text taken directly from a fan's translation of Perfect Guide.

Gnosis are what a consciousness, one which rejects the deep contact with another consciousness, transforms into in the imaginary domain. The birth of such Gnosis had already been occurring since the era of Lost Jerusalem. Or perhaps it had already begun from the time human consciousness came into being.

Within a group, an existence that deviates inevitably comes into being. This deviation may also become the impetus that produces a new era or flow. This is also a reversal that causes the collapse of the previous era.

A city contains many human existences, and therefore, allows deviation. And because there is deviation, there becomes a sharpness that cultivates the era. It is also thought that the very assembly that does not allow deviation breeds stagnation and degeneration.

This kind of deviant existence is something perfectly natural. No matter the era, a consciousness of rejection and opposition exists, and that is what turned into Gnosis.

Mythical creatures such as fairies and the like, which were said to be existences of the imagination, are thought to have possibly been these Gnosis.

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Gnosisification Edit


A human Federation soldier turned into salt by a Gnosis during the Gnosis invasion of the Woglinde in Episode I.

If someone is touched by a Gnosis, they either die by breaking down into salt, or become Gnosis themselves. The latter of which occurs if one is touched but survives. However, Shion Uzuki was touched by a Gnosis and failed to turn into a Gnosis.

Gnosis are human wills who resonate passively with Anima to the point of seeking dispersal and destruction. Because they fear and reject other people, they reject the entire collective consciousness of humanity. People who become infected with this fear by contact with Gnosis may also become a Gnosis themselves if they submit to the fear or try to escape from it. People who resonate purely with Anima do not become Gnosis, which may be why Shion never turns into a Gnosis after being attacked and almost whitened.

How a Gnosis is Created Edit


Kevin's mother as a Gnosis.

Gnosis are the form of people who have rejected others and the world. They seek salvation. Faced with being overcome with loneliness and fading away, they choose instead to return everything to the beginning. Mary and I shall give them what they seek, the eternal recurrence!

Originally, a person's consciousness exists in the imaginary number domain. When a person is alive, their physical body serves as their consciousness's 'anchor' in the real number domain, ie the physical world. While in this state, the person's consciousness is only aware of what its physical body can perceive through its senses, while simultaneously unaware of the imaginary number domain. So, while the physical body serves as an anchor, it is also a prison, confining the consciousness to a single prison cell.

When that person dies, they lose their physical body, thus losing that anchor to the real number domain. It begins to exist in and be aware of the imaginary number domain. In this state, everything is exposed, including malice and darkness that exists within.

That consciousness, in its exposed state, begins to be drawn and swallowed into the Collective Unconsciousness. The consciousness initially fears this process, wanting to instead be kept a separate entity. Usually, this fear isn't enough to resist being drawn into the Collective Unconsciousness. The consciousness is able to endure this level of deep contact, then properly accept its unification into this whole.

When a consciousness's fear is strong enough to reject this unification with the Collective Unconsciousness, instead remaining separate, they risk becoming a Gnosis. The further they draw from the Collective Unconsciousness's gravity, the more they transform into Gnosis.[2]

Although the term 'Gnosis' generally applies to consciousnesses that seek dispersal, everything that exists on the imaginary number domnain is composed the same as a Gnosis. This is also why Abel's Ark is seen as a giant Gnosis, yet at the same time it is not a Gnosis.

Gnosis aggression Edit

This section contains text taken directly from a fan's translation of Perfect Guide.

Gnosis feasting on corpses.

When Gnosis appear in the real number domain, a violent aggression can be seen. This is the manifestation of the rejecting consciousnesses' preference of rejection. A consciousness that has turned into Gnosis is frightened of its surroundings and of others, and so in order to protect itself, it becomes aggressive. In essence, Gnosis are so afraid of the living, they're willing to kill whomever they see so they won't be able to frighten them any further. Their attacks on humans aren't based on aggression, but pure terror.

This tendency of rejection does not change even with fellow Gnosis.

From a human's perspective in the real number domain, it may seem as if Gnosis become a group and begin to strike. However, in actuality, Gnosis do not form into groups.

A Gnosis is unable to recognize the existence of another Gnosis other than itself.

Like a moth that is drawn to a flame, Gnosis are attracted to the radiance given off from the Zohar, and they only end up flocking as a result in order to appear in the real number domain. They by no means cooperate or have anything like tribal or companion consciousnesses.

For instance, as a phenomenon, even in the case that there was that kind of a situation, it is not something the Gnosis intended, and the individual movements only happen to be linked by a cooperative result. This is not anything unusual. In the human community as well, there aren't just actions that hold a purpose, but through the linking of individual self-serving actions, one large flow of unintentional cooperation arises and weaves an unthinking result-- It is a cooperative result that is built from the linking of actions that disregarded each other. The unrelated cooperation of purpose and means is seen in large numbers even in real society. The way fellow Gnosis relate may be something as straightforward as that.

Size and shape of Gnosis Edit


Gnosis come in various shapes and scales.

Gnosis are consciousnesses that have the tendency of rejection. However, when fellow consciousnesses that have the same wave-movement gather together, they form a small group of consciousnesses. Like a community where people who share the same values congregate, the clump of Gnosis turns into a single Gnosis as that clump. Although the fellow consciousnesses that have a filter of the same values are unable to be conscious of each other, because they have a filter of the same vector, they form a community as a result.

Different forms are shaped by differing values, and size differs depending on the amount of assembled consciousnesses.

For these such reasons, Gnosis come to exist in various shapes and scales.

Due to the variations in their external appearance, the standard practice is to categorize and name Gnosis after mythical, legendary, and folkloric creatures. Examples of these are Goblins (top-heavy white bipeds), Golems (gangly humanoids with flexible arms), Manticores (large greenish caterpillars) and Gremlins (fishlike beings, one of which merged with an A.G.W.S. in Episode I as a boss on the Woglinde). Other common types include boxlike whales and amber-skinned seals.

Gnosis and the dissipation of the universe Edit

Gnosis reject others, and so they have a directionality of opposition. Gnosis that reject others who do not match their own values break away and escape from the series of consciousnesses that must naturally join together -- the Collective Unconscious. This is the phenomenon of the dissipation of consciousness connected to the collapse of the universe. When the directionality of the rejecting consciousnesses of the Gnosis exceeds a critical point, then the structure of the imaginary number domain, which is based on the premise that all consciousnesses are interconnected, begins to break down.

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Etymology Edit

Gnosis is the Greek word for "knowledge".

Gnosticism is a system of beliefs which teaches that the material world is evil, and only through the pursuit of the knowledge of the true nature of the world can humanity return to the spiritual realm after death.


Episode I Edit

  • Armaros
  • Baraqijal
  • Cerberus
  • Cyclops
  • Delphyne
  • Demon
  • Doppelwogel
  • Drone G1
  • Drone G2
  • Drone G3
  • Drone GX
  • Ein Rugel
  • Gargoyle
  • Gigas
  • Goblin
  • Golem
  • Great Joe
  • Gremlin
  • Hydra
  • Jaldabaoth
  • Larva Doll
  • Larva Face
  • Manticore
  • Mintia
  • Ogre
  • Oudogogue
  • Perun
  • Ratatosk
  • Rianon Se
  • Sky Fish
  • Sophie Peithos
  • Stribog
  • Svarozic
  • Tiamat
  • Troll
  • Unicorn

Episode II Edit

  • Ai Apaec
  • Aiakos
  • Armaros
  • Arvakv
  • Ashmed Bapuz
  • Azazel
  • Baal Zebul
  • Catharsis
  • Creation Type
  • Deion
  • Dullea Soul
  • Expression
  • Glare
  • Grips Sister
  • Information Type
  • Kazfa Jina
  • Mad Skelter
  • Necessity
  • Nepos Rigas
  • Okypete
  • Perun
  • Phobos Rigas
  • Piercing Scream
  • Rod Blondel
  • Stribog
  • Svarozic
  • Vaccilation
  • Wraith Feeler
  • Wraith Virus
  • Zwerg Kape

Episode III Edit

  • Gadreel
  • Iblis

Trivia Edit

  • The Gnosis may have been inspired by the aliens in H. G. Wells' cosmic horror stories, most famously The War of the Worlds. In Episode I, Shion makes the comment to Allen, "You're usually so hardheaded with your logic and preconceptions, I was a little worried that you'd become like one of Wells' Aliens."
  • For unexplained reasons, the Gnosis appear in Encephalon dives throughout the series. This is because Encephalon dives are often connected to the U.M.N. This is why it's possible to encounter Gnosis in the Encephalon, as the U.M.N. uses the Collective Unconscious as a network infrastructure. Gnosis exist in the same region, namely, the imaginary number domain, and so this is why the Gnosis encounter rate is high within the U.M.N. and Encephalon.
  • An unnamed Federation soldier onboard the Woglinde in Episode I comments prior to the impending attack that he personally does not believe that the Gnosis exist. However, he does mention to Shion that the existence of Gnosis has been disputed for millennia, dating back even to the era of Lost Jerusalem. He even goes so far as to suggest that the Loch Ness Monster was actually a Gnosis.
  • In the story of Lot in the Bible, his wife is turned into a pillar of salt after looking back on the city of Sodom.

Gallery Edit

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Xenosaga: The Animation Edit

Xenosaga Episode III: Also sprach Zarathustra Edit

  1. Perfect Guide, "05. What were the Gnosis?".
  2. Perfect Guide, "05. What were the Gnosis?".