An Overwatch kumiho skin appeared among those teased by Blizzard on Saturday ahead of the Halloween Terror 2020 event. The skin, bestowed upon South Korean hero D.Va, pulls directly from Korean folk legend. Here's what you need to know about the kumiho skin's background.
Overwatch Kumiho Skin Teased for D.Va
Kumiho, which literally translates to "nine-tailed fox," is exactly that. This mythical creature appears in folk tales and legends from Korea and, according to Wikipedia, derives from Chinese myths and folklores. Any fox that lives for 1,000 years becomes a kumiho.
Kumiho can transform into other things, and are often described as using that power to become beautiful women that seduce men and eat their livers or hearts. Kumiho often carries a yeowoo guseul, or fox marble, that gives the kumiho power. Humans can steal the yowoo guseul and swallow it to gain knowledge. Kumiho can also the yowoo guseul to absorb humans' energy with it.
D.Va's outfit appears to incorporate many of these elements. She sports spectral tails, furry ears, and what could be a yeowoo guseul in the place of her typical gun charm.
Blizzard has yet to confirm the name of the skin or release high quality images, but the influence is clear.