Honkai Star Rail Beginners Guide for New Players

Welcome to the inaugural guide for beginners in Honkai: Star Rail. This article aims to shed light on vital strategies that you can adopt from the onset to get the most from your gaming experience. For players seeking to maximize the enjoyment of free-to-play content without spending actual money, this guide is a perfect match for you!

Introduction to Honkai Star Rail

Honkai: Star Rail is jam-packed with features that might initially bewilder players, especially those not yet accustomed to similar systems in Genshin Impact. This guide will concentrate on four critical areas you should get a handle on from the very beginning. We will delve into techniques for levelling up your account swiftly, building an effective team, excelling in combat, and understanding the use of different currencies. Without further delay, let’s embark on this journey with our Material Credits Calculator:

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Efficient Strategies for Levelling Up Your Account

Honkai: Star Rail encompasses numerous activities that players must engage in to elevate their Trailblaze Level significantly. This level correlates with your Account level – a lower level may impede your progress and prevent the unlocking of various content in the game. Upon launching the game, I advise partaking in the following activities, in this order: Daily Training, Calyx Challenges, Missions, Treasure Hunts, Simulated Universe, and Operation Briefing.

Daily Training involves completing 5 missions each day, which are necessary to accumulate 100-200 Activity Points. Simple tasks such as concluding a Daily Mission and levelling up any Relic are involved, which can be done in tandem with your primary and side missions. Unlocking rewards necessitates a total of 500 Activity Points. By ensuring you accomplish this, you can amass a total of 1,150 Trailblaze XP each day.

Then come the Calyx Challenges, where you will confront successive waves of enemies. Participation in a single wave requires spending 10 Trailblaze Power, similar to the Resin in Genshin Impact. The challenge here lies in the regeneration rate, which stands at 1x for every 6 minutes, capped at 180, hence a waiting period is involved. However, each completed Calyx will yield 50 Trailblaze XP. Focusing solely on these challenges will net you 900 Trailblaze XP once the Trailblaze Power is fully exhausted. Ensure to activate Auto-Battle when encountering weak to average enemies and to accelerate encounters, for smoother progression.

As you advance to the midgame, a reassessment of how you expend your Trailblaze Power will be necessary as other activities that require it, such as the Stagnant Shadow and Echo of War, will become available. Here is our damage calculator that will help you gain intel on your enemies:

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Furthermore, participating in main and side missions is another route to gain XP. They typically award about 100-300 Trailblaze XP. These missions are often assigned by characters who message you, but if you exhaust them, you’ll need to revisit the zones you’ve unlocked to discover any new side quests. During your exploration, you’ll spot Treasure Chest icons on the Map – opening these can also grant approximately 30 Trailblaze XP.

Continuing our journey, we next venture into the Simulated Universe, a roguelike mode pitting you against a variety of random enemies and bosses. Winning these battles awards you with Blessings, bolstering your characters’ power. Completing a World for the first time yields an instant 600 Trailblaze XP, with an additional 300 XP as it counts as a mission.

Finally, claiming all Operation Briefing rewards grants 500 XP. You can view these as one-time bounties; once fulfilled, they won’t refresh the next day.

Strategies for Team Building

In Honkai: Star Rail, there are various Paths, defining a character’s playstyle, whether focused on single-target or AoE damage dealing, or possessing healing abilities. Every character specializes in a single element. Remember, an excess of damage-dealing characters can be counterproductive, as they often lack the high defense required to endure longer combats.

Thus, three critical aspects to consider when assembling your team initially are:

Firstly, your Main Character, the Trailblazer, particularly the Destruction Path that excels in dealing Physical Damage. The Destruction Path is a formidable all-round DPS capable of inflicting damage on individual and multiple foes. They are also relatively durable, reducing the need for constant attention. You will encounter many enemies vulnerable to the Physical Element early in the game, enabling you to effectively diminish their Toughness to zero and stagger them.

The second aspect is Support, a character providing a Shield to absorb damage or healing lost HP. This role is vital in ensuring your team’s survival in combat, especially during continuous activities such as the Simulated Universe. The 4-star characters to consider for this role are March 7th or Natasha.

March 7th can generate a Shield based on her Defense Stat, and can attack multiple enemies simultaneously with her arrow barrage, potentially freezing them in combat. Ice is a potent element in the game as frozen targets may lose their turn in combat, offering an advantage against both bosses and mobs.

Natasha, on the other hand, is an adept healer and inflicts Physical Damage against a single target. She’s a suitable alternative to March 7th, especially when your damage-dealing characters struggle to maintain their HP. Since her Elemental Type is Physical, you need to ensure that subsequent characters chosen offer diverse elements to exploit enemy weaknesses.

The third cornerstone of efficient team building is Synergy. With the DPS and Support roles filled, you’ll want to supplement your team with two more characters who synergize well in terms of element and role. Here, consider recruiting Dan Heng, Herta, or Asta as your secondary damage dealers. Following the Hunt Path, Dan Heng excels at inflicting significant single-target Wind Damage, making him especially potent against bosses and regular enemies vulnerable to this element.

Herta, meanwhile, is an AoE Ice Damage Dealer, an exceptional character to initiate battles due to her augmented Ice Damage. Last but not least, Asta not only effectively deals AoE Fire Damage but also elevates the Speed stat of all allies using her Ultimate, enabling them to attack more frequently in combat.

Mastering Combat in Honkai: Star Rail

Combat in Honkai: Star Rail may initially seem sluggish, but as you delve deeper into the game, survival becomes increasingly challenging, especially in demanding activities like the Simulated Universe where your entire team must endure until the end to enhance your odds of defeating the boss. No matter the chosen game mode, familiarizing yourself with the following combat tips is crucial for consistent victories.

Firstly, employ Technique stacking to gain an immediate upper hand in combat. This is accomplished by activating passive Techniques first, followed by an active Technique, enabling you to strike your target promptly. For example, both Herta and Dan Heng possess passives that can almost boost their attack power by 50% in their initial turns. Provided you have ample Technique points, you can choose to assault the enemy with an active Technique shortly after, as exemplified by March 7th, who has a 100% chance to freeze a random target at the encounter’s onset.

Secondly, understanding the Speed stat of characters is vital. This attribute determines their turn or Action Order in combat. To gauge when they’ll attack, set the “Whether to display the character’s action value during a battle” option to Display. The lower the corresponding Action Value, the earlier their turn. When you unlock Relics in the game, the default set you receive is the Musketeer of Wild Wheat. It’s vital for your DPS characters to equip all four Relics to boost their Speed stat by a certain percentage. Together with a Speed buff, this should enhance the likelihood of attacking more frequently than your adversaries.

Finally, it is critical to discern the right moment to shatter a boss’s Toughness. Bosses typically execute protracted moves that require 2-3 turns. For example, in the lock-in or charge-on state, they target you in preparation for a catastrophic attack in the next turn. If staggering them is currently unfeasible, it’s best to generate a Shield for the targeted character and attempt to freeze the boss. However, if the boss’s Toughness bar is nearly depleted and you have a Skill Point left or your Ultimate is ready, then it’s time to put them to use. As a result, you’ll break and stagger the target while completely negating their action.

Continuing from our combat strategy, bear in mind that a broken and staggered boss also suffers from a reduced Action Value, thereby delaying their next attack on your team. Always remember that executing your Ultimate during your turn doesn’t prohibit you from launching a Basic Attack or Skill. Hence, it’s wise to stack all of these actions for maximum impact.

Currencies in Honkai: Star Rail

Honkai: Star Rail’s currency system shares similarities with Genshin Impact. Therefore, familiarizing yourself with the available currencies is crucial to ensure their wise utilization. Firstly, the most prevalent currency is Credits, which are used for leveling up and ascending your characters and Light Cones, respectively.

Stellar Jade is the premium in-game currency, earned by participating in the game and claiming rewards. It’s primarily used to purchase the Star Rail Special Pass and Star Rail Pass, each costing 160 Stellar Jades. Stellar Jades are derived from rewards such as Achievements, Operation Briefing, and Treasure Chests. You can also acquire 80 Stellar Jades simultaneously by unlocking a specified number of Blessings, apart from the initial World clearances in the Simulation Universe.

While it’s possible to exchange Stellar Jades for additional Trailblaze Power, enabling you to run more Calyxs, it’s advised not to do so, even if you possess an initial abundance. Saving as many Passes as possible is a smarter move to acquire stronger characters and Light Cones.

The Star Rail Special Pass is expended on time-limited Event Warps, whereas the Star Rail Pass is best used for the Starter Warp. The Starter Warp is notably generous as it guarantees a 5-star character within 50 pulls. If you’re fortunate enough to obtain the character well before all pulls, you can switch to Event Warps, which are time-bound. Note that the Starter Warp will also disappear after a certain time.

As a gacha game, it’s common to pull duplicate characters and Light Cones, yielding Undying Starlight and Undying Ember. These currencies can be spent via the Store Menu on your phone to purchase more Passes, specific characters, and Light Cones. The latter can then be used to enhance their Eidolons and Superimpose passive abilities.

Herta Bonds, derived from the Simulated Universe, allow you to purchase 5-star Light Cones from Herta’s Store. Lastly, Hertareum is obtained from Adventure Missions and can be used to purchase the Shadow of Destruction (to upgrade the Eidolon of your Main Character) and some 4-star Relics. Spending a specific amount of Hertareum in the World Shop each time also grants rewards like Stellar Jade, Adventure Log (to increase character XP), and Condensed Aether (to augment Light Cone XP).

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