Honkai Star Rail SS-Tier List (Defensive Supports)

As we venture deeper into Honkai: Star Rail’s universe, we realize that its extensive collection of 23 playable characters at the outset prompts a need for hierarchy, a character tier list if you will. Not every character can be developed to its full potential, given the finite resources in the game. Hence, this article aims to guide you through the Honkai: Star Rail’s Defensive Supports Tier List, helping you discern where to best allocate these precious resources.

Characters in the Honkai Star Rail Defensive Supports SS Tier List

In the pursuit of equitable representation, it’s imperative to divide the characters based on their potential roles within a team. Characters within Honkai: Star Rail can be primarily bifurcated into Single Target DPS, AOE DPS, Offensive Support, and Defensive Support. Certain characters may don two hats while others remain specialized within their sub-category.

This piece focuses on those lending themselves to the Defensive Supports Tier List. Specifically, it showcases the shielders from the Preservation Path and healers from the Abundance Path, both contributing significantly to team survivability. Noteworthy mentions will also include characters augmenting team survival indirectly, either by deferring enemy turns, compelling them to forfeit or strip them of their buffs.

Evaluating Characters: The Defensive Supports Tier List

To ensure a comprehensive assessment, we’ll delve into factors such as the degree of survivability provided, skill points consumed or generated, the damage dealt, and the additional utility added to the team. For Five Star characters, their base kit is considered, excluding any Eidolons. Those requiring additional Eidolons to function are ranked lower than those ready to roll immediately. Meanwhile, Four Star characters often feature in several banners and are ranked accordingly. Therefore, the rank of Four Star characters reflects their performance at E1, E2, or E4, and occasionally even E6.

Honkai Star Rail Defensive Supports Tier List – Featuring Bailu

  • Defensive: SS+
  • Utility: A
  • Damage: B
  • Skill Point: S
  • Energy Gen: B

Claiming a top spot on our Honkai: Star Rail Defensive Supports Tier List is Bailu, the quintessential five-star healer. She excels in providing healing, reactive healing, HP buff, Damage reduction, and revival. Despite her impressive contributions, she falls short in terms of utility, a potential area for improvement. Nonetheless, her ability to revive makes her an enduring asset to your team, permitting considerable error margins.

Damage Capabilities

Being a dedicated healer, Bailu doesn’t contribute significantly to the team’s DPS. However, her unique Five Star Light Cone does initiate joint attacks, offering marginal DPS. There remains scope for future Light Cones to outperform in terms of utility and healing potency.

Skill Point Management

Bailu proves valuable in generating SPs for the team, except in scenarios where the enemy deals massive damage. In such cases, she must resort to her skill to replenish the team’s HP rather than relying solely on her ultimate, making her a conditional positive SP character. Pairing her with another defensive character can effectively mitigate this limitation.

Energy Generation: Bailu’s Shortfall

Bailu’s prime weakness lies in her restrained energy generation. Her ultimate’s hefty energy cost of 100 is challenging, given her sub-par energy yield. She primarily resorts to normal attacks instead of her skill, which results in an even lower energy refund. Additionally, she does not obtain kills, follow-up attacks, or become a primary target for enemy hits. These aspects are crucial for energy refunds in Star Rail, but she seems bereft of them all.

The lack of energy generation tempted me to downgrade Bailu’s rank, given that it impacts her ability to use her ultimate and sustain her team. This can result in Invigoration stacks running out and the failure of her revival skill, pushing her into an SP negative zone. However, a straightforward solution comes in the form of the “Post-Op Conversation” Light Cone, boosting energy generation by 8% at S1 and 16% at S5. Pairing this with an energy generation main stat on the Rope accessory can significantly enhance Bailu’s energy. Furthermore, the Speed stat permits Bailu to make multiple moves in a shorter duration, aiding in more energy generation.

Team Versatility: Bailu’s Strength

A vital consideration for ranking is a character’s versatility. Characters that offer multiple uses without imposing undue limitations on the player, particularly in the early game, are considered invaluable.

Bailu, as a straightforward healer, seamlessly fits into every team. She usually offers more flexibility than Preservation characters as she can fulfill the Defensive Support role single-handedly in certain teams. In instances where she pairs with a shielder, she provides copious healing, freeing the shielder from skill-spamming and enabling a more aggressive playstyle for offensive characters.

Honkai Star Rail Defensive Supports Tier List – Showcasing March 7th

  • Defensive: S
  • Utility: SS+
  • Damage: A
  • Skill Point: A
  • Energy Gen: SS+

Although it may seem debatable to rank a guaranteed free four-star character so highly, March 7th is an exemplary character who addresses many issues, warranting her high placement on the Honkai: Star Rail Tier List for Defensive Supports. Her shield outperforms Gepard’s, although it protects only a single ally instead of the entire team. The SP cost for the shield can be seen as a drawback or an advantage, as she can renew the shield at will. Moreover, March 7th supports the team in several other ways.

While she can’t sustain the team single-handedly, most teams employ two defensive supports, which substantially amplifies March 7th’s value. She complements healers or second shielders incredibly well, particularly with higher Eidolons, as March 7th provides an additional shield at E2 and a heal over time at E6.

Utility: March 7th’s Edge

Uniquely, March 7th can determine who garners aggro, an ability not possessed by any other character. She can also cleanse allies of debuffs, an attribute missing even in other shielders and Bailu. Furthermore, March 7th’s counter-attack qualifies as a follow-up, bolstering her shield-breaking capacity. Additionally, her Ice element can freeze enemies, forcing them to forfeit turns, making it a robust defensive strategy.

Ultimate Freezing Capacity: March 7th’s Advantage

March 7th’s ultimate boasts an inbuilt freeze base chance, which enhances with Traces. Therefore, she can impose an area-of-effect freeze on enemies with minimal investment. Her frequent follow-up attacks bolster the freeze chance while aiding in shield breakage.

Damage Infliction: A Steady Contributor

While March 7th doesn’t build Crit or ice damage on relics, constraining her DPS, her frequent counterattacks allow her to strike two additional times per turn. This incremental damage adds up over time, surpassing all healers and some shielders.

Upon reaching E4, March 7th gains an extra counter, pushing the cap to three. She also receives Def scaling on her counter damage, significantly enhancing her DPS.

Skill Point Management: A Balancing Act

March 7th’s shield lasts a commendable four turns at Ascension 4, enabling her to cast her skill once and resort to normal attacks for several other turns. However, against substantial AOE, she may need to recast this shield, increasing her SP usage. Generally, she is an SP positive character that may downgrade to a neutral SP character under enemy pressure. It’s quite rare for March 7th to devolve into a negative SP character, especially with another defensive support in the team.

Energy Generation: Rapid and Efficient

Despite her ultimate bearing an energy cost of 120 – the highest in the game – March 7th can generate energy at an impressive pace. In fact, she could potentially be the fastest energy-generating character in Honkai: Star Rail. As a preservation character, March 7th naturally attracts higher aggro. Shielding herself further increases aggro, drawing most enemies to target her. Each hit generates 15 energy, and each counter yields an additional 10 energy.

With a counter limit of three at E4, she can passively accumulate over 75 energy per turn, supplemented by 20 from her normal attack or 30 from her skill. Plus, using her ultimate and freezing one enemy gives an extra 11 energy. Thus, March 7th can generate most of her energy in one turn, ensuring she can use her ultimate before the second turn ends, effectively keeping enemies frozen for easy defensive utility.

In a less favourable scenario against a single enemy who doesn’t target March 7th, she can still counter and generate her ultimate in slightly over two turns.

Team Versatility: A Solid Support

While slightly less adaptable than Bailu, March 7th still ranks highly due to her broad defensive and utility toolkit, making her suitable for several team archetypes. She’s a preferred choice over some other offensive supports with the same Ice Element. March 7th protects allies, generates SP, spams her ultimate, freezes enemies, cleanses, switches aggro, wears down enemy shields, and even heals. It’s challenging to find a character who can replace March 7th without leaving something wanting.

However, keep in mind that March 7th doesn’t solely dominate the Preservation Path. Other characters still have their merits, and there are a few scenarios where Gepard might be a more desirable choice than March 7th. These situations will be discussed further in this tier list.

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