Honkai Star Rail: 4 Best DPS Characters [Expert’s Take]

I invested 8+ months playing and below are my recommendations for the best DPS for overworld and Forgotten Hall!

Honkai Star Rail has one of the best DPS characters, including supports, tankers, and healers, with a roster of 21 characters. Characters like Himeko, Seele, Sushang, and Jing Yuan are some of the Best DPS characters that players can invest in; therefore, a deeper insight into their stats, pros, cons, skills, and Eidolons might be required!

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Key Takeaways
  • Amongst the roster of 20+ characters, 4 shine through as the best Honkai Star Rail DPS units, including Himeko as the Fire DPSSeele, Sushang, and Jing Yuan.
  • Himeko is a five-star Fire DPS who belongs to the Erudition path and can deal multi-target damage.
  • Seele is a five-star Quantum character that belongs to The Hunt and can deal single-target damage to opponents.
  • Sushang is a 4-star character in Star Rail under the physical category that also happens to belong to the Hunt Path.
  • Lastly, Jing Yuan is a five-star Lightning character who is part of the Erudition path. 

Best DPS Character In Honkai Star Rail

Here’s a quick comparison of some of the Best DPS in Honkai Star Rail:

NameHPATKDEFSPDTauntBasic AttackSkillUltimateBest For
Himeko1047.0756.0436.096.075.0Sawblade TuningMolten Detonation
Victory Rush
Incomplete Combustion
Heavenly FlareStandard Fire damage.
Seele 931.0640.0363.0115.075.0ThwackSheathed Blade
Resurgence
Phantom Illusion
Butterfly FlurrySingle-target damage.
Sushang917.0564.0418.0107.075.0Cloudfencer Art StarshineDancing Blade
Cloudfencer Art Mountainfall
Cloudfencer Art Warcry
Shape Of Taixu Dawn HeraldPhysical character
Jing Yuan1164.0698.0485.099.065.0Glistening LightRifting Znith
Prana Extirpated
Spirit Invocation
LightbringerAoE lightning dps

1) Himeko 

The Best Standard Fire DPS.
Himeko
Himeko (Image Credits Exputer)
Stats  Value 
HP 1047
ATK  756
DEF 436
SPD 96
Taunt 75
  • Why I Chose This Character: Himeko is a great Fire character that can be obtained from the Standard banner. 

Kicking things off, let’s start off with Himeko. She is a five-star Fire girl who is a daring scientist that came across the Astral Express when she was a kid and managed to repair it. Himeko began her journey slowly after that and managed to go on the Trailblaze path. 

As she belongs to the Erudition path, she has insanely good multi-target damage, and she can deal excellent AoE damage to enemies in my experience. 

The pros and cons for using Himeko in battle are as follows in my opinion: 

  • Insane fire damage output 
  • Versatile talents 
  • Excellent AoE damage output 
  • She can break the enemy’s weakness.
  • Needs specific team comps. 
  • Energy cost issues

Traces 

Himeko Traces
Himeko Traces (Image Credits Exputer)

Moving on, let’s take a look at some of the Traces that Himeko has, which include of Sawblade Tuning, Molten Detonation, Heavenly Flare, Victory Rush, and Incomplete Combustion in my opinion: 

  • Sawblade Tuning (Basic Attack): She can deal fire damage equivalent to 50% of Himeko’s Attack on one opponent. 
  • Molten Detonation (Skill): She can deal fire damage which is equivalent to 100% of Himeko’s base attack to one enemy, and fire damage, which is equal to 40% of Himeko’s attack to any adjacent opponents. 
  • Heavenly Flare (Ultimate): Himeko will be able to launch Fire damage equal to 132% of Himeko’s base attack to all opponents, and she regenerates 10 energy for each opponent that she defeats. 
  • Victory Rush (Talent): If an opponent’s weakness is broken, she gains a stack of charge with a max of 3 stacks, and if she is fully charged, she can deal fire damage that is equal to 68% of her base attack. 
  • Incomplete Combustion (Technique): After using her technique, a satellite beam is able to create a Burning Zone that lasts 15 seconds. 

Team Comps 

Moving on, here are a few team compositions that you can try out with Bronya that will further enhance her DPS abilities. 

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

2) Seele 

The Best Quantum Single-Target DPS.
Seele
Seele (Image Credits Exputer)
Stats  Value 
HP 931
ATK  640
DEF 363
SPD 115
Taunt 75

Next up, Seele is one of the Quantum Best Characters. She is a 5 star character under Quantum cateogy, making her belong to the Wildfire that was born and bred in the Underworld of Belobog. She has gotten the nickname “Babochka.” She is also extremely blunt and frank, not worrying about what others think about her. 

She belongs to The Hunt Path, which allows her to deal insane amounts of single-target damage to opponents, and she is extremely good against elite enemies. 

As far as the pros and cons are concerned, they are as follows:

  • Excellent Quantum damage. 
  • She regains energy fast.
  • She also gains Speed in combat. 
  • Her technique allows her to become invisible to enemies. 
  • Can’t do crowd control. 
  • She needs specific team comps

Traces 

Seele Traces
Seele Traces (Image Credits Exputer)

As far as her traces are concerned, I tested out all of her five traces which include Sheathed Blade, Thwack, Butterfly Flurry, Resurgence, and Phantom Illusion. 

  • Thwack (Basic Attack): She can deal Quantum damage which will equal 50% of her base attack to one opponent. 
  • Sheathed Blade (Skill): It will enhance her overall speed by 25% for a total of 2 turns, and she will deal Quantum damage equal to 110% of her base attack to one enemy. 
  • Butterfly Flurry (Ultimate): Seele enters the buffed mode and can launch quantum damage equivalent to 255% of her base attack to one opponent. 
  • Resurgence (Talent): Seele enters the buffed state again after defeating an opponent using her basic attack, skill, or even her ultimate, and she gains an extra turn. 
  • Phantom Illusion (Technique): After she uses her technique, Seele will become invisible for 20 seconds and can’t be detected by opponents. 

Team Comps 

When it comes to her overall team comps, I tested her with teams that included characters like Welt, Natasha, Bronya, and even Tingyun as a character in Star Rail, and the following teams can work pretty well, which automatically makes her one of the Best DPS Characters. 

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

3) Sushang 

The Best Hunt Physical Character.
Sushang
Sushang (Image Credits Exputer)
Stats  Value 
HP 917
ATK  564
DEF 418
SPD 107
Taunt 75
  • Why I Chose This Character: Sushang is an excellent support for teams that revolve around fighting harder enemies. 

Next up, the next character that is 100% one of the Best Characters is Sushang. She was born on the Xianzhou Yaoqing and was sent to the Cloud Knights of the Luofu to get further military training. She aims for a future she’s always wanted and will do whatever it takes to strive for it. 

She is a physical four-star character who belongs to the Hunt path, which automatically means she is an excellent single-target damage dealer. When I used her in Overworld, I found she works best against elite enemies. 

After using Sushang during battle, below listed are my choices for her pros and cons: 

  • Immense single-target damage to enemies. 
  • Works exceptionally well with support units. 
  • She can take advantage of weakness breaks
  • Pretty decent DPS. 
  • Can’t carry out AoE damage. 

Traces 

Sushang Traces
Sushang Traces (Image Credits Exputer)

When it comes to Best DPS’s Traces, they include Couldfencer Art Starshine, Dancing Blade, Cloudfencer Art Mountainfall, Shape Of Taixu Dawn Herald, and Cloudfencer Art Warcry. 

  • Cloudfencer Art Starshine (Basic Attack): Sushang can dish out physical damage equivalent to 50% of her base attack to one enemy. 
  • Dancing Blade (Talent): Whenever any opponent has their Weakness Broken on the field, Sushang will have her overall speed be increased by 15% for a total of 2 turns. 
  • Cloudfencer Art Mountainfall (Skill): She can deal physical damage that will equate to 105% of her base attack to one enemy, and there is also a 33% chance to trigger sword stance on the final attack, which ends up dealing bonus physical damage that equates to 50% of her base attack. 
  • Shape Of Taixu Dawn Herald (Ultimate): Sushang can deal Physical damage equivalent to 192% of her base attack to one opponent, and she can advance her action forward by 100%. 
  • Cloudfencer Art Warcry (Technique): Sushang instantly attacks the opponent, and upon entering combat mode, she deals Physical damage equal to 80% of her base attack to all opponents. 

Team Comps 

Regarding Sushang’s Team Comp, three teams might work well with her, as listed below. 

Team Comp         
1 Sushang  Bronya  Tingyun  Natasha 
2 Pela  Sushang  Natasha  Asta 
3 Sushang  Pela  Tingyun Natasha 

4) 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 is able to single-handedly render enemies useless with his AoE skills. 

Jing Yuan was one of the most Anticipated DPS. He is a five-star Lightning character who is the main General of Xianzhou Alliance Cloud Knight and one of the Six Charioteers of Xianzhou Luofu. 

Since he belongs to the Erudition Path, he can dish out extra-ordinarily good multi-target damage and is the main damage dealer against hoards of opponents. 

After I used Jing Yuan in battle multiple times, these pros and cons become very viable listed below: 

  • Extremely strong AoE damage output
  • Can work insanely well against enemies weak to Lightning. 
  • Deals pretty good multi-target damage. 
  • Excellent DPS potential
  • Can’t deal single-target damage. 

Traces

When it comes to the traces of Jing Yuan in Honkai Star Rail, there have been five traces for him including Glistening Light, Rifting Zenith, Lightbringer, Prana Extirpated, and Spirit Invocation.

  • Glistening Light (Basic ATK): He can deal Lightning damage which will equal 50% of his base attack to a single opponent.
  • Rifting Zenith (Skill): This skill directly deals Lightning damage which will also be equal to 50% of his attack to all the opponents, as well as, enhances hits of Lightning Lord per action equal to 2 for every next turn.
  • Lightbringer (Ultimate): This ultimate skill directly deals Lightning damage which will also be equal to more than 1200% of his attack to all his opponents, as well as, enhance hits of Lightning Lord per action equal to 3 for every next turn.
  • Prana Extirpated (Talent): Using this talent can directly summon Lightning Lord at the beginning of the battle which has 3 base hits per action and 60 base speed. 
  • Spirit Invocation (Technique): You can use this technique at the start of any battle, which can grant each turn a direct 3 percent enhancement on every Lightning Lord Hits.

Team Comps 

Regarding his team compositions, he can work well with Bronya, Bailu, Tingyun, Asta, Pela, and a few other characters. 

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

My Thoughts On Best DPS In Star Rail

After spending 8+ months playing Honkai Star Rail, I think the best AoE-based DPS is still Jing Yuan, as he can deal insane damage and render enemies useless. 

And there you have it! That’s all that players need to know about Honkai Star Rail Best DPS characters, and with that, let’s wrap up this guide! While you’re here, why not check out the Honkai Star Rail Equilibrium Level guide, which details how to raise the level! Apart from this, the Guide Paradox Honkai Star Rail guide showcases every choice that can be encountered while completing it!

Apart from this, skim through the How To Get Kafka Honkai Star Rail guide to know how she can be acquired. Lastly, read through the Honkai Star Rail Best Light Cones and best relics guides to know which ones will work best for each path!

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Mina is a Senior Guides Writer and a fanatic who’s obsessed with playing games and writing about them. She’s invested more than 2,500 hours in games like Genshin Impact and Honkai Star Rail. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, she loves to write detailed guides for beginners and pros in the Gacha Games world. You can follow Mina's gaming activity on her Steam and PSN Profiles.

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