Honkai Star Rail: Best Characters [Pros, Cons, Skills]

I spent 800+ playing and here are my recommendations for the best characters to use to detonate enemies easily!

Honkai Star Rail has recently created a roster of 7 elemental characters that all follow their own amongst 7 paths. With version 1.0 just being out, it asks which of the best characters players should adapt into their team comps for fighting. Currently, 12 characters can be considered some of the best performing in combat, so a bit of detailing is in order. For complete rankings, check our Honkai Star Rail Tier List.

Related: Honkai Star Rail BEST Builds

Important: Jing Yuan is yet to be released. Therefore, based on the latest data, his data and team comps have been decided.
Key Takeaways
  • The best characters consist of Jing Yuan, Seele, Bronya, Clara, Gepard, Tingyun. 
  • The main advantage of having the best characters is that they can destroy enemies in Honkai Star Rail. 
  • The main disadvantage is that most of them belong to limited banners, and you can’t obtain them easily. 
  • Players need to plan their best relics for their characters and light cones according to the correct build for the characters. 
  • As of version 1.0, there are currently 11 characters that are playable that work incredibly well, including Bronya, Bailu, Clara, Gepard, Seele, Welt, Yanqing, Pela, Tingyun, Himeko, Jing Yuan, Himeko, and Jing Yuan. 

Honkai Star Rail Characters Comparison

Below listed is a summarized version of the best characters and their starting stats:

Honkai Star Rail Best CharactersHPDEFATKSPDBest For
Bronya124153358299Single-target support
Gepard139765454392Ice defense.
Seele931363640115Single-target quantum damage.
Pela987463546110Standard Ice dps.
Himeko104743675696Harmony lightning attack buffer
Jing Yuan116448556298-


The Best Single-Target Support.
Bronya (Image Credits Exputer)
Stats  Stat Value
HP  846
ATK  529
DEF 396
SPD 112
Taunt 100
  • Why I Chose This: Bronya can increase the attack output for all characters in a team according to single-targeting them. 
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First things first, Bronya is a five-star Wind girl who happens to be the commander of the Silvermane Guards and the Heir to Belobog’s Supreme Guardian. 

Bronya happens to be one of the Honkai Star Rail’s Best Characters. Belonging to The Harmony path, she can provide buffs to her allies as well as cooperate with allies to increase the overall performance of her team. 

The pros and cons for Bronya are listed below according to my opinion: 

  • Excellent supporting character
  • She makes use of her ultimate ability
  • All-rounder character
  • Attacking buffing abilities
  • She is not able to crowd-control enemies well
  • Lacking DPS abilities

Read: Honkai Star Rail Best DPS Characters


Bronya Traces
Bronya Traces (Image Credits Exputer)

Moving on, let’s look at her skills (all based on base level 1). 

  • Windrider Bullet: Bronya can deal with Wing DMG, which is equivalent to 50% of her base attack to a single enemy. 
  • Leading The Way (Talent): After using her basic attack, her next action advances by 15%. 
  • Combat Redeployment (Skill): She is able to dispel a debuff from one teammate, allowing them to take action immediately, and also enhances their damage by 33% for 1 turn.  
  • The Belobog March (Ultimate): Increases the attack of all her allies by 33% and enhances their crit damage, equivalent to 12.0% of Bronya’s crit damage and 12.0% for 2 turns. 
  • Banner Of Command (Technique): After using her technique, at the start of the next battle, every ally’s attack is enhanced by 15% for 2 turns. 

Bronya Team Comps 

Let’s see a few team comps for Bronya in Honkai Star Rail that players might want to test out. 

Team Comp         
1 Jing Yuan  Bronya  Pela  Bailu 
2 Dan Heng  Tingyun  Bronya  Natasha 
3 Seele  Tingyun  Bronya  Bailu 
4 Yanqing  Tingyun  Bronya  Gepard 
5 Arlan  Tingyun  Bronya  March 7th


The Best Standard Healer.
Bailu (Image Credits Exputer
Stats  Stat Value
HP  1319
ATK  562
DEF 485
SPD 98
Taunt 100
  • Why I Chose This: Bailu can easily be obtained from the Standard banner and her healing is immaculate. 
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Moving on, the next character on my list is Bailu, a five-star Abundance Path character considered the High Elder of Vidyadhara and also known as the “Healer Lady” on the Luofu. 

As part of the Abundance path, she can heal her allies as well as provide restoration of HP for the team, which makes her an excellent healer and very sought after. She is also lightning and one of the Honkai Star Rail’s best characters as healers. 

The pros and cons for Bailu are listed below: 

  • Excellent healing abilities
  • Provides the invigoration buff to her teammates
  • Decreases the damage taken
  • Can bring back a dead teammate
  • She can only revive one teammate per battle


Bronya Traces
Bronya Traces (Image Credits Exputer)

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When it comes to her traces, they are as follows. 

  • Diagnostic Kick (Basic Attack): Can deal lightning damage equivalent to 50% of Bailu’s basic attack to a single opponent. 
  • Gourdful Of Elixir (Talent): After a teammate with invigoration is attacked, she can restore the Ho for that teammate for 3.6% of her Max HP plus 36 extra and be triggered twice. 
  • Singing Among Clouds (Skill): She can heal a single teammate for 7.8% of her max HP plus 78 extra. She is also able to recover two random teammates 2 times. 
  • Felicitous Thunderleap (Ultimate): Can heal all fellow teammates for 9.0% of her max HP plus 90 and applies invigoration to her teammates who have not been invigorated. 
  • Saunter In The Rain (Technique): After using the technique, at the start of the next battle, all teammates are granted Invigoration for 2 turns. 

Team Comps 

Another thing that begs to be questioned is the possible team comps that can be made with Bailu in mind. Bailu is a healer, so she can find her way into any team comp possible, but the best ones are listed below. 

Team Comp         
1 Seele  Bronya  Asta  Bailu 
2 Himeko  Welt  Asta  Bailu 
3 Serval  Sampo  Hook  Bailu 
4 Dan Heng  Serval  Asta  Bailu 
5 Jing Yuan  Bronya  Pela  Bailu 


Clara (Image Credits Exputer)
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Moving on, the next of the Physical Honkai Star Rail’s best characters is Clara, who is a vagrant girl who lives with robots and is introverted but extremely gentle and kind-hearted. 

Clara belongs to the destruction path, which grants her the ability to deal with insane amounts of damage, and she is also able to survive longer during combat. She is incredibly suitable during combat scenarios. 

Stats  Stat Value
HP 1241
ATK  737
DEF 485
SPD 90
Taunt 125


Clara Traces
Clara Traces (Image Credits Exputer)

When it comes to her traces, they are listed as follows. 

  • I Want To Help (Basic Attack): She can deal physical damage equivalent to 50% of her basic attack to a single opponent. 
  • Because We’re Family (Talent): While being under the protection of Svarog, any damage that is taken by Clara when enemy attacks hit her is decreased by 10%. Svarog will also end up marking enemies attacking Clara using his Mark of Counter. 
  • Svarog Watches Over You (Skill): Her character can deal physical damage that is equivalent to 60% of her base attack to all opponents and is also able to deal physical damage that is equivalent to 60% of Clara’s Attack to opponents that Svarog’s Mark of Counter has marked. 
  • Promise, Not Command (Ultimate): After Clara activates it, the damage dealt to her is decreased by an extra 15%, but she gets attacked by enemies for 2 turns. 
  • A Small Price For Victory (Technique): Instantly attacks the opponent, and upon entering combat, the chances that she gets attacked by an opponent increases for 2 turns. 

Team Comps 

Lastly, one of the Best Characters that belong to the Destruction path in Honkai Star Rail will also require a few solid team comps, and here are the ones that might work well with her abilities. 

Team Comp         
1 Clara Jing Yuan  Asta  March 7th
2 Clara  Tingyun  Asta  March 7th 
3 Clara  Pela  Asta  March 7th


The Best Standard Ice Defense.
Gepard (Image Credits Exputer)
Stats  Stat Value
HP 1397
ATK  543
DEF 654
SPD 92
Taunt 150
  • Why I Chose This: Gepard is able to protect all teammates by defending them from incoming enemy attacks. 
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Next up, I have Gepard, a five-star Ice character who is a captain in the Silvermane guards and an excellent warrior of Belobog. He is incredibly witty and quick-minded, and stays vigilant, and never betrays his principles. 

As he is one of the Best Ice Characters In Honkai Star Rail, he belongs to the Preservation path, through which he can provide insane amounts of defensive abilities through which he can protect his fellow teammates excellently. 

The pros and cons for using Gepard is present as follows: 

  • Perfect tanking abilities
  • Ice damage output to opponents is pretty good
  • Hones insanely high base
  • Can provide a shield for his allies
  • Can’t provide DPS capabilities


Gepard Traces
Gepard Traces (Image Credits Exputer)

For his traces, they are listed below as: 

  • Fist Of Conviction (Basic Attack): He can deal ice damage equivalent to 50% of Gepard’s Attack to a single opponent. 
  • Unyielding Will (Talent): Anytime he is struck by an opponent with a deadly attack, he can restore 25% of his max HP. 
  • Enduring Bulwark (Ultimate): Can provide a shield for all allies and can absorb damage that is equivalent to 30% of his overall base Defense plus 150 extra for 3 turns. 
  • Daunting Smite (Skill): He can deal ice damage equal to 100% of his base attack to one enemy while having a 65% base chance to freeze the opponent for one turn. 
  • Comradery (Technique): After Gepard can his technique and the subsequent battle begins, all allies will gain a shield, absorbing damage based on 24% of his base Defense and 150 extra for two turns. 

Team Comps 

Since Gepard is one of the Best Tanks In Honkai Star Rail , he can provide excellent defensive abilities to his teammates and maintain his ground. Therefore, the mentioned team comps below might work well with him. 

Team Comp         
1 Yanqing  Tingyun  Bronya  Gepard 
2 Seele  Welt  Asta Gepard 
3 Seele  Pela  Tingyun Gepard 
4 Arlan Tingyun  Bronya Gepard
5 Dan Heng  Serval  Asta Gepard


The Best Single-Target Quantum DPS.
Seele (Image Credits Exputer)
Stats  Stat Value
HP 931
ATK  640
DEF 363
SPD 115
Taunt 75
  • Why I Chose This: Seele outputs high Quantum damage that can render enemies useless.
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As far as the next character is concerned, I have Seele, who is a five-star and is also a resident of the Underworld and goes by the nickname “Babochka.” She is highly frank and blunt and can come off as intimidating but is incredibly loving and emotional. 

As she belongs to The Hunt Path, she is a quantum character, and she can do extraordinarily high single-target damage. She works insanely well against elite enemies. 

Using Seele has it’s pros and cons in my opinion: 

  • Works insanely well against elite opponents
  • Impressive single-target damage
  • Can’t do AoE damage well


Seele Traces
Seele Traces (Image Credits Exputer)

When it comes to her traces, players can read them as follows. 

  • Thwack (Basic Attack): She can deal Quantum damage equal to 50% of her base attack to one opponent. 
  • Resurgence (Talent): She enters the buffed state upon murdering an opponent with a basic attack, ultimate, or her skill and gains an extra turn. While she has been buffed, her damage increased by 40% for one turn. 
  • Sheathed Blade (Skill): Overall speed is increased by 25% for 2 turns, and she can also deal Quantum damage equal to 110% of Seele’s attack to one enemy. 
  • Butterfly Flurry (Ultimate): She enters the buffed state and deals Quantum damage that equates to 255% of her attack to one enemy. 
  • Phantom Illusion (Technique): After using her technique, she gains Stealth for 20 seconds, and while her strength is active, she can’t be noticed by enemies. 

Team Comps 

Seele is one of the most broken Single-target damage dealers in Honkai Star Rail, and with her quantum abilities, the team comps below can work for her. 

Team Comp         
1 Seele  Bronya  Tingyun  Bailu 
2 Seele  Welt  Asta  Luocha 
3 Seele  Bronya  Tingyun  Natasha 
4 Seele  Welt  Asta  Natasha


Welt (Image Credits Exputer)
Stats  Value 
HP 1125
ATK  620
DEF 509
SPD 102
Taunt 100
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Moving on, a rather interesting character that has been morphed in Honkai Star Rail from the Honkai Impact 3rd universe is Welt, who also happens to be a five-star Imaginary unit that belongs to the Express Crew. He also has his passion buried in his heart as he wants to go on any new adventure he encounters. 

As part of the Nihility path, he can apply great debuffs to opponents in front of him, which allows him to make them weaker, and the opponents get reduced combat abilities. 

The pros and cons for using Welt is present as follows: 

  • Can dish out Imaginary damage using his skills
  • Can decrease the opponent’s speed with his skill
  • Crowd control abilities are pretty good
  • Ultimate needs a higher energy cost


Welt Traces
Welt Traces (Image Credits Exputer)

Next, let’s look at some of his traces and how they can help him in combat. 

  • Gravity Suppression (Basic Attack): He can deal with Imaginary DMG equal to 50% of his base attack to a single opponent. 
  • Time Distortion (Talent): Whenever he hits an enemy that has already been slowed, he can deal extra Imaginary DMG equal to 30% of his attack to the enemy. 
  • Edge Of The Void (Skill): He can deal Imaginary damage that will be equal to 36% of his base attack to a single enemy and can also deal further damage 2 times, and each time it deals imaginary damage that is equal to 36% of Welt’s Attack to a random enemy. 
  • Synthetic Black Hole (Ultimate): It can deal with Imaginary DMG equal to 90% of Welt’s attack to all opponents, with a 100% base chance for all opponents that get hit by this ability to get Imprisoned for one turn. 
  • Gravitational Imprisonment (Technique): Welt’s Technique can create a dimension that will last for 15 seconds. Enemies in this dimension have their movement speed decreased by 50%. 

Team Comps 

Lastly, let’s take a look at a few team compositions that can be tested in combat. Based on his path, he should be put in a team prioritizing his debuffing abilities. 

Team Comp         
1 Seele  Welt  Asta  Bailu 
2 Dan Heng  Welt  Asta  Natasha
3 Seele  Welt  Asta  Natasha
4 Dan Heng  Welt  Serval  Natasha


The Best Standard Ice DPS.
Yanqing (Image Credits Exputer)
Stats  Value 
HP 892
ATK  679
DEF 412
SPD 109
Taunt 75
  • Why I Chose This:Yanqing is able to output high Hunt-based Ice damage to kill enemies. 
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With that out of the way, let’s look at some of the best ice characters in Honkai Star Rail, including Yanqing. He is a five-star Ice character who is General Jing Yuan’s (my beloved, I can’t wait for your release) retainer. He is extremely good at swordsmanship, especially considering how young he is. 

Being from The Hunt path, he can deal excellent single-target damage and be mighty whenever you deal with Elite opponents. 

When it comes to the pros and cons for Yanqing, they are below in my experience: 

  • Excellent single-target damage. 
  • Gains extra crit damage and crit rate 
  • It can also freeze enemies 
  • It needs specific team comps to work well. 


Yanqing Traces
Yanqing Traces (Image Credits Exputer)

There are 5 traces for Yanqing, which are as follows. 

  • Frost Thorn (Basic Attack): He can deal ice damage based on 50% of his base attack to one enemy. 
  • One With The Sword (Talent): Anytime Soulsteel Sync is active, he is less likely to get attacked by opponents, and his crit rate and crit damage increase by 15%. 
  • Darting Ironthorn (Skill): He can deal Ice damage that is equal to 110% of his base attack to one enemy and it activates Soulsteel Sync for one turn. 
  • Amidst The Raining Bliss (Ultimate): Enhances Yanqing’s overall crit rate by 60%, and anytime Soulsteel Sync is active, it increases his crit damage by an extra 30%, and it lasts for one turn. 
  • The One True Sword (Technique): After using his technique, at the start of the next combat, he will deal 30% extra damage for 2 turns to opponents who have HP above 50%. 

Team Comps 

When it comes to his team comps, he should be placed in teams that will further improve his damage output and enhance it even further. 

Team Comp         
1 Yanqing Tingyun  Bronya  Gepard 
2 Yanqing Bronya  Fire MC Natasha 
3 Yanqing Dan Heng  Asta  March 7th 
4 Yanqing Serval  Asta  March 7th 


Pela (Image Credits Exputer)
Stats  Value 
HP 987
ATK  546
DEF 463
SPD 105
Taunt 100
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The next character on my list is Pela, a four-star Ice character, a Secretarial officer who works for the Silvermane Guards. She is earnest about her work life and doesn’t slack off. 

As for her path, she belongs to The Nihility, which makes her an extraordinary debuff. She can help massively in many teams by applying debuffs to make the enemy practically vulnerable to allow a DPS to take over and eradicate them. 

The pros and cons for Pela are present as follows: 

  • Perfect for applying debuffs to enemies. 
  • Enhances teammate’s overall Effect Hit Rate 
  • Enhances teammate’s overall Effect Hit Rate 
  • Not really DPS potential. 


Pela Traces
Pela Traces (Image Credits Exputer)

Next, let’s see the five different Traces she has, as they are all centric toward her combat abilities. 

  • Frost Shot (Basic Attack): She can deal Ice damage equal to 60% of her base attack to any enemy. 
  • Data Collecting (Talent): If the enemy gets rebuffed after Pela’s attack, then she will restore 5 extra energy, and this effect can only be triggered one time per attack. 
  • Frostbite (Skill): It can remove one buff and deal with Ice damage equivalent to 126% of Pela’s attack to one enemy. 
  • Zone Suppression (Ultimate): She can deal ice damage that is equivalent to 60% of her base attack to all enemies, and she gains a 100% base chance to inflict Exposed on all opponents, and whenever they are exposed, the overall enemy Defense will be reduced by 30% for 2 turns. 
  • Preemptive Strike (Technique): She instantly attacks the enemy, and whenever heading into battle, she can deal Ice damage that is equal to 80% of her base attack to one random enemy, with a 100% base chance of decreasing the overall Defense of all enemies by 20% for 2 turns. 

Team Comps 

As for her team compositions are listed as follows, which will be based on her Debuffing abilities.

Team Comp         
1 Seele  Pela  Tingyun   Bailu 
2 Jing Yuan  Pela  Asta  Bailu 
3 Himeko  Pela  Asta  Natasha 
4 Hook Pela  Asta Natasha


The Best Harmony Lightning Attack Buffer.
Tingyun (Image Credits Exputer)
  • Why I Chose This: Tingyun is able to enhance the total damage output for all teammates during battle. 
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Transitioning very smoothly into Tingyun is a four-star Lightning character who is also the Amicassador of the Sky-Faring Commission, belonging to the Xianzhou Luofu. She can travel with essential business delegates and is an expert at forming trade relationships. 

As she belongs to the Harmony path, she can apply buffs to her fellow allies, with which her teammates can enhance their overall combat abilities. 

Stats  Value 
HP 846
ATK  529
DEF 396
SPD 112
Taunt 100


Tingyun Traces
Tingyun Traces (Image Credits Exputer)

Moving on, her Traces can be seen next, centered around her buffing abilities. 

  • Dislodged (Basic Attack): She can deal Lightning Damage equal to 50% of her base attack to one enemy. 
  • Violet Sparknado (Talent): Whenever she attacks an enemy, the teammate with Benediction can deal Lightning damage to the opponent equal to 30% of the ally’s base attack to the same opponent. 
  • Soothing Melody (Skill): She can grant one teammate with Benediction to enhance their overall attack by 25%, up to 15% of her current attack. 
  • Amidst The Rejoicing Clouds (Ultimate): She can regenerate 50 energy for a single ally and enhance their damage by 20% for 2 turns. 
  • Gentle Breeze (Technique): She can instantly regenerate 50 energy using her technique. 

Team Comps 

Next up, her team comps in Honkai Star Rail will be centric around her buffing abilities, and she will be put in teams that can further buff a main DPS. 

Team Comp         
1 Arlan  Tingyun  Asta  March 7th 
2 Jing Yuan  Tingyun  Bronya  Bailu 
3 Seele  Tingyun  Bronya  Bailu 
4 Dan Heng  Tingyun  Asta  Natasha 
5 Qingque  Tingyun  Pela  Natasha


Himeko (Image Credits Exputer)
Stats  Value 
HP 1047
ATK  756
DEF 436
SPD 96
Taunt 75
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As far as the next character is concerned, she happens to be Himeko (I cri all day erryday), a five-star Fire character who fixed the Astral Express. To witness the starry spacy sky, she decided to brave the setbacks to board the Astral Express and explore universes with her crew. 

She is a character that belongs to the Erudition path, with which she can dish out immense amounts of damage to enemies daring to face her, and she can target large groups of enemies exceptionally well. 

As far as pros and cons for Himeko are concerned, they are present below: 

  • Excellent fire damage dealt to opponents 
  • Broken DPS 
  • Can break weakness bars 
  • Energy cost issues for a few skills


Himeko Traces
Himeko Traces (Image Credits Exputer)

There are 5 traces for Himeko, and they are all based on her Fire abilities, with which she can dish out even more damage. 

  • Sawblade Tuning (Basic Attack): She can deal Fire Damage equal to 50% of her base attack to one enemy. 
  • Victory Rush (Talent): Whenever an enemy gets inflicted with a Weakness break, she can gain one point of charge, and if she is fully charged whenever a teammate performs an attack, she can perform one follow-up attack and carry out Fire damage that will be equal to 70% of her base attack to all opponents. 
  • Molten Detonation (Skill): She can deal Fire damage equal to 100% of her attack to one opponent and Fire damage equal to 40% of her attack to enemies adjacent to it. 
  • Heavenly Flare (Ultimate): She can deal fire damage equaling 138% of her attack to all opponents. 
  • Incomplete Combustion (Technique): Her technique can create a dimension lasting for 15 seconds. 

Team Comps 

Quite a few team compositions can benefit Himeko and buff up her attack and make her even more of a broken DPS. 

Team Comp         
1 Himeko  Hook  Pela  Natasha 
2 Himeko  Bronya  Pela  Bailu 
3 Himeko  Tingyun  Bronya  Bailu 
4 Himeko  Hook  Asta  Fire MC
5 Himeko  Serval  Asta  Natasha 

Jing Yuan 

The Best AoE Lightning DPS.
HSR Jing Yuan
Jing Yuan
Stats  Value 
HP 1164
ATK  698
DEF 485
SPD 99
Taunt 75
  • Why I Chose This Character: Jing Yuan can unleash high Lightning AoE damage using his skill and Burst. 
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Last but not least, I have Jing Yuan, who is yet to be released and is just 18 days from release as of 29th April 2023. He is a five-star Lightning character and the General of the Xianzhou Alliance’s Cloud Knights. 

As he belongs to the Erudition, he can dish out excellent multitarget and AoE damage and is one of the Best Characters. 

The pros and cons for using Jing Yuan are present below: 

  • Excellent main DPS potential 
  • Perfect AoE damage dealer 
  • Can multi-target enemies flawlessly 
  • Needs specific team comps. 

Team Comps 

Lastly, let's see which teams he can best fit into. 

Team Comp         
1 Jing Yuan  Bronya Pela Bailu
2 Jing Yuan  Bronya  Pela  Natasha 
3 Jing Yuan  Tingyun  Bronya  Bailu

My Thoughts On The Best Characters In HSR 

After spending 800+ hours playing Honkai Star Rail, I believe that the best characters are Jing Yuan as well as Seele, as Seele offers high single-target Quantum damage using her normal attacks, and Jing Yuan can simultaneously unleahs high Lightning AoE damage. 

While you're here, why not check out our Honkai Star Rail Warp Trotter guide, which goes into detail about all of its locations? Apart from this, you can also skim through our Honkai Star Rail Memory Bubble guide, which will go through what it is and how it works. 

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