When Li Jue and Guo Si revolted to fight against Lü Bu, Niu Fu, his master, sided with Li and Guo. He brought his master a plan: "Lü Bu is too doughty a fighter for us to hope to overcome him. Our case is hopeless. Our best course is to desert these four generals (Li Jue, Guo Si, Fan Chou, Zhang Ji), take their valuables, and leave the army with just a few of our followers".
His plan was adopted, and Niu Fu with his men and some others late that night packed up and made their way out of camp. With half a dozen men, they came to a river and while crossing, Huchi'er, tempted by lust for wealth, slew his master. Then, he went to offer the head of Niu Fu to Lü Bu. Lü Bu inquired into the matter, and when a follower told him the truth about the slaying of Niu Fu by Huchi'er, he put the traitor Huchi'er to death.
His name is easily confused with Huche'er. Some claims say they are blood-related.