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Honkai Star Rail tier list - Pick the best characters

Honkai Star Rail tier list - Pick the best characters

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Updated on: June 22nd, 2022

If you're eager to check out the best characters in Honkai Star Rail, then the Honkai Star Rail tier list we've prepared for you is the best place to get started. We've ranked each character based on its strength alongside its element, rarity, and path (or role, if you may) so you can find exactly the type of character you need!

A brand-new miHoYo game shines over the horizon with visuals that appear as though they've been pulled straight out of a Sci-Fi fairytale, and gameplay closely resembling Genshin Impact. Coming from the same developers, Honkai Star Rail is an adventure set on the Astral Express and the planets it travels to. If you thought that sounds fun, wait until you play the actual game - it is every bit as exciting as it sounds.

Honkai Star Rail tier list

Similar to Genshin Impact, Honkai Star Rail features a gacha system (called 'Warp') where the player can try their luck at summoning new characters or Light Cones. Some of the top-tier characters in the game usually feature skills that are extremely versatile - they can either hit very strong, affect a number of enemies or provide useful buffs to the allies. A team is made up of multiple heroes (depending on the content the number can vary) and they will each take turns in attacking the enemy or performing another action (such as casting a buff or heal). 

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You also have different elements and star ratings for each character, and each of these elements plays a role in ranking the hero. In our Honkai Star Rail tier list, we added the rank, element, and role (or faction) for each character, so you will have an easier time assembling a team with all your favourites! 

About the character Path and Element

In Honkai Star Rail, each character will follow a specific Path - that is, in fact, the equivalent to the character's class. Each Path signifies that a hero takes a specific approach to battles; some prefer to perform powerful front attacks (such as the receptacle - Trailblazer), and others are great at dealing AoE damage (such as Herta and Serval). These are the seven Paths (or classes) available in the game at the moment: 

  • The Destruction - strong front attacks (the equivalent of a "Fighter")
  • The Harmony - the offense supports, they provide useful attack buffs to the team (the "Support" character)
  • The Hunt - powerful and quick single-target attacks (they could be considered "Assassins")
  • The Erudition - great AoE damage dealers (the equivalent of "Mages")
  • The Preservation - the defense supports, they provide defense enhancing buffs to the team (another "Support" character type)
  • The Nihility - control characters that specialise in removing the enemy's buffs and applying various debuffs (supposedly a type of "Control Mages")
  • The Abundance - these are the characters that restore HP to allies (the "Healers")

Now when it comes to the elements, these are also in abundance - seven, to be precise. Enemies can be weak to a specific element, which makes them "break" for one round if attacked with said element. That can be extremely useful in long battles.

  • Fire
  • Wind
  • Lightning
  • Physical
  • Ice
  • Imaginary
  • Quantum

Enough with the introductions though. Let's dive into the Honkai Star Rail tier list!

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S+ Tier

Himeko character in Honkai Star Rail

At the moment, these are the absolute best characters in Honkai Star Rail. They provide great DPS and good buffs and their stats are well above average. These units should be the ones you should aim to get from the gacha because their overall kit and usefulness cannot be matched.

S+ Tier
Gepard 5* Ice The Preservation
Himeko 5* Fire The Erudition
Jing Yuan 5* Lightning The Erudition
Luocha 5* Imaginary The Abundance
Seele 5* Quantum The Hunt

S Tier

Kafka character in the Honkai Star Rail tier list

The characters we featured in the S tier are almost as good as the ones at the top of the Honkai Star Rail tier list - they can be useful in most situations, so you should also try to complete your collection by acquiring them whenever given the opportunity. You can usually make them work in any team composition.

S Tier
Blade 5* Wind The Destruction
Trailblazer (Male / Female) 5* Physical The Destruction
Kafka 5* Lightning The Nihility
Bronya 5* Wind The Harmony
Silver Wolf 5* Quantum The Nihility
Welt 5* Imaginary The Nihility

A Tier

Clara character

Our A tier contains some of the most commonly used characters. They are all great and can be used as replacements if you are looking for a specific element to counter the enemy. You can't go wrong by upgrading them, since you will probably end up having them as a backup anyway.

A Tier
Asta 4* Fire The Harmony
Clara 5* Physical The Destruction
March 7th 4* Ice The Preservation
Natasha 4* Physical The Abundance
Sampo 4* Wind The Nihility
Serval 4* Lightning The Erudition

B Tier

Honkai Star Rail Danheng

In the B tier, we have a bunch of characters that you'll probably play with until you acquired some better ones. They are really nothing too great but can get the job done until you get something better - especially Dan Heng, a character that is unlocked from the beginning.

B Tier
Arlan 4* Lightning The Destruction
Dan Heng 4* Wind The Hunt
Pela 4* Ice The Nihility

C Tier

Hook character at the bottom of Honkai Star Rail tier list

In the C tier we have characters that could be okay for a while, but not ideal in the long run. We don't really recommend investing a lot of resources or equipping them with your best Light Cones, because they still won't be that great. It's best to avoid the characters from the bottom of the Honkai Star Rail tier list if you're not a glutton for punishment.

C Tier
Sushang 4* Physical The Hunt
Herta 4* Ice The Erudition
Hook 4* Fire The Destruction
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