Honkai Star Rail Tier List [February 2024]

Our Honkai Star Rail tier list ranks all characters in the current version of the game based on how they perform in the current game meta.

Honkai Star Rail contains 24 characters in version 1.0. Most characters are very easy to play, master and main but there are many that do not offer enough value. That is why our Honkai Star Rail tier list is a definitive guide for Gacha players who want to have the best Trailblazers in their team & avoid the underperforming ones.

Key Takeaways
  • There are 24 characters in Honkai Star Rail.
  • Gepard: A valiant captain with excellent tanking abilities, high DEF, and impressive crowd control through freezing capabilities.
  • Seele: A resilient member of Wildfire, excelling in single-target Quantum DMG and stealth abilities.
  • Tingyun: A charismatic Foxian girl with exceptional support skills, including ATK boosting and Energy regeneration for allies.
  • Himeko: A daring scientist with high Fire DMG output and versatile talents, excelling in crowd control and energy regeneration.

Honkai Star Rail All Characters Comparison 

HSR CharactersHPSPDTAUNTBest For
Gepard139792150Tank
Seele93111575Single-target quantum damage
Bronya124199100Attack buffing
Yanqing89210975Crit
Tingyun846112100Ally attack buffing
Bailu131998100Heals
Jing Yuan11649975AoE Lightning
Welt1125102100Crowd Control debuffing
Himeko10479675Standard Fire damage
Clara124190125Physical DPS
Natasha116498100Heals
Trailblazer [Fire]124195150F2P Defense
Asta1023106100Support
Sushang91710775Single-target damage
Dan Heng88211075F2P Wind damage
Pela987105100Energy restoration
Arlan1199102125F2P Lightning damage
March 7th1058101150F2P Defense
Hook134094125Fire damage
Qingque10239875Tiles
Herta95210075Technique attack buffer
Serval91710475F2p Lightning damage
Sampo1023102100Debuffer
Trailblazer [Physical]1203100125Early-game physical damage

All Honkai Star Rail Characters comparison:

Tier List At A Glance

Tier RankingCharacter Names
S+ TierGepard, Seele, Bronya, Yanqing, Tingyun, Bailu, Jing Yuan, Welt
S-TierHimeko, Clara, Natasha, Trailblazer [Fire], Asta
A-TierSushang, Dan Heng, Pela, Arlan
B-TierMarch 7th, Hook, Qingque, Herta
C-TierServal, Sampo, Trailblazer [Physical]

S+ Tier

Honka Star Rail S+Tier List

The S+ ranking Honkai Star Rail Tier List Trailblazers are the absolute best in the game right now. Be it a DPS, healer, support, or AoE main that you want to play, these characters that I have listed below are perfect for you.

Gepard

The Best Tank.

Gepard, the honorable captain of the Silvermane Guards, hails from the prestigious Gepard family. He valiantly defends the frost-laden city of Belobog, ensuring the safety and tranquility of its citizens despite the relentless winter.

  • Why I Chose This: Gepard is one of the best Tanks and shield providers. 

Character Stats

Stat Value
HP 1397
DEF 654
ATK 543
SPD 92
TAUNT 150

The pros and cons of Gepard are mentioned below in my opinion: 

  • Excellent tank and shield provider for the team
  • High DEF and freeze capabilities for crowd control
  • Impressive Ice DMG output
  • Limited damage output compared to other characters
  • Slow SPD, potentially impacting turn order
  • Freeze ability is not guaranteed
  • Reliant on specific Light Cones and Relics for optimal performance

Seele

The Best Single-Target Quantum DPS.

Seele, a courageous member of Wildfire, hails from the dangerous Underworld of Belobog. Her experiences growing up have made her resilient and self-reliant.

  • Why I Chose This: Seele can deal insane amounts of single-target damage. 

Character Stats

Stat Value
HP 931
DEF 363
ATK 640
SPD 115
TAUNT 75

The pros and cons of Seele are mentioned below after my testing: 

  • High single-target Quantum DMG
  • Gains SPD and enters buffed state, increasing damage output
  • Stealth ability makes her difficult to detect by enemies
  • Lacks crowd control or AoE damage capabilities
  • Highly dependent on the buffed state for increased damage

Bronya

The Best Attack Buffer.

Bronya is a powerful Wind element Concard in Honkai Star Rail, known for her supportive capabilities. Her role revolves around bolstering her team’s strength with various buffs and assisting in quick action.

  • Why I Chose This: Bronya can allow other teammates to have their turns be advance forwarded. 

Character Stats

Stat Value
HP 1241
DEF 533
ATK 582
SPD 99
TAUNT 100

The pros and cons of Bronya are mentioned below after my testing: 

  • Provides substantial ATK and CRIT DMG boosts to the team.
  • Dispels debuffs from allies and grants them immediate action.
  • Increases overall team performance.
  • Contributes to team agility with Advanced Forward talent.
  • Eidolon abilities further enhance her supportive skills.
  • Flexible in various team compositions
  • Limited direct damage output.
  • Support-focused, may not contribute as much to DPS.
  • Reliant on synergy with other characters to maximize potential

Yanqing

The Best Crit Unit.

Yanqing, a formidable Ice element character in Honkai Star Rail, serves as an Assassin in the game. Specializing in single-target damage, Yanqing’s skill set enables him to swiftly eliminate his enemies with precision and power.

  • Why I Chose This: Yanqing can deal good amounts of crit damage and crit rate. 

Character Stats

Stat Value
HP 892
DEF 412
ATK 679
SPD 109
TAUNT 75

The pros and cons of Yanqing are mentioned below after my experience: 

  • High single-target damage output
  • Increased CRIT rate and CRIT damage
  • Empathic Sword Link makes him less likely to be targeted
  • Reliant on Empathic Sword Link, which disappears when receiving damage

Tingyun

The Best Attack Buffer For Allies.

Tingyun, a charismatic Foxian girl, serves as the Head Representative of the Whistling Flames, a merchant guild recognized by the Sky-Faring Commission. Her enchanting storytelling abilities have made Xianzhou trade fairs famous across the galaxy.

  • Why I Chose This: Tingyun is able to increase attack output for teammates. 

Character Stats

Stat Value
HP 846
DEF 396
ATK 529
SPD 112
TAUNT 100

The pros and cons of Tingyun are mentioned below after my experience: 

  • Exceptional support character
  • Increases allies’ ATK
  • Not a strong damage dealer
  • Lacks crowd control abilities

Bailu

The Best Crit Unit.

Bailu, a Lightning element character in Honkai Star Rail, serves as the Abundance, providing crucial healing and support to her team to maintain their health.

  • Why I Chose This: Yanqing can deal good amounts of crit damage and crit rate. 

Character Stats

Stat Value
HP 1319
ATK 562
DEF 485
SPD 98
TAUNT 100

The pros and cons of Bailu are mentioned below after my testing: 

  • Strong single-target healing capabilities
  • Can revive a downed ally (once per battle)
  • Limited to reviving only one downed ally per battle

Jing Yuan

The Best AoE Lightning DPS.

Jing Yuan, a powerful Lightning element character in Honkai Star Rail, excels as an AOE attacker. As the Erudition, he summons the Lightning-Lord to perform follow-up attacks and deal devastating damage to enemies and their adjacent targets.

  • Why I Chose This: Excellent AoE damage output which can allow his synergy to be a good option for players. 

Character Stats

Stat Value
HP 1164
DEF 485
ATK 698
SPD 99
TAUNT 75

The pros and cons of Jing Yuan in HSR are as follows: 

  • Strong AOE damage output
  • Lightning-Lord’s attacks scale with Jing Yuan’s ATK
  • Dependent on Lightning-Lord for maximum damage potential

Welt

The Best Crowd Control Debuffer.

Welt, the former Anti-Entropy Sovereign, is a wise and sophisticated character in Honkai Star Rail. After embarking on a new journey through a space portal, he encounters new challenges and allies along the way.

  • Why I Chose This: Welt can reduce the enemy’s speed using his skill, making him a viable character. 

Character Stats

Stat Value
HP 1125
DEF 509
ATK 620
SPD 102
TAUNT 100

The pros and cons of Welt in HSR are as follows: 

  • Excellent crowd control with Imprisonment effect from Ultimate Skill.
  • High Imaginary damage output from skills.
  • Ultimate Skill requires a high energy cost.

S-Tier

Honka Star Rail S-Tier List

All the S-ranking characters that I have listed below are amazing ones in the Honkai Star Rail tier list. However, they are not top-tier like the Trailblazers I have mentioned in our S+Tier. Still, if you’re currently playing with any characters from S-tier, then I recommend you continue and learn to master them. They will never let you down.  

Himeko

The Best Standard Fire Five-Star Character.

Himeko, a daring scientist in Honkai Star Rail, embarked on an interstellar journey after repairing the Astral Express, a train she discovered in her childhood. Her goal is to find companions to join her on the Trailblaze path as they explore the vast universe together.

  • Why I Chose This: Himeko is able to get solid energy regen using her Skill. 

Character Stats

Stat Value
HP 1047
DEF 436
ATK 756
SPD 96
TAUNT 75

The pros and cons of using Himeko are mentioned here in my opinion: 

  • High Fire DMG output
  • Effective crowd control with AoE abilities
  • Dependent on Charge stacks for maximum potential

Clara

The Best Physical DPS On Standard.

Clara, a Physical element character in Honkai Star Rail, specializes in single-target attacks as the Destruction. Her explosive damage output makes her a fearsome attacker on the battlefield.

  • Why I Chose This: Clara is able to unleash good amount of single-target physical damage. 

Character Stats

Stat Value
HP 1241
DEF 485
ATK 737
SPD 90
TAUNT 125

The pros and cons of using Clara are here below after she was tested by me: 

  • High single-target damage potential
  • Counterattack capabilities through Svarog’s Mark of Counter
  • Limited AoE damage
  • Relies heavily on Svarog’s protection and counterattacks

Natasha

The Best F2P Healer.

Natasha, a compassionate healer in Honkai Star Rail, excels at keeping her team alive through challenging battles. Her proficiency in healing wounded allies and providing continuous support makes her an invaluable asset in any team composition.

  • Why I Chose This: Natasha can provide team-wide heals. 

Character Stats

Stat Value
HP 1164
DEF 507
ATK 476
SPD 98
TAUNT 100

The pros and cons of using Natasha are listed here as mentioned by me: 

  • Exceptional healing capabilities
  • Removes debuffs from allies
  • Lacks direct damage abilities

Trailblazer [Fire]

The Best Defense Unit For F2P.

In Honkai Star Rail, the Trailblazer (Fire) is a formidable tank character that excels at protecting allies and controlling the battlefield. With their powerful shield-generating abilities and fire-based attacks, this Trailblazer is a force to be reckoned with.

  • Why I Chose This: The Fire Trailblazer is able to protect the team pretty well with her abilities. 

Character Stats

Stat Value
HP 1241
DEF 606
ATK 601
SPD 95
TAUNT 150

The pros and cons of using Fire Trailblazer are listed here in my opinion: 

  • High defense and damage reduction
  • Lower damage output compared to other characters

Asta

The Best Attack Buffer With Charging Stacks.

Asta, a fiery character in Honkai Star Rail, serves as the Harmony and takes on the role of a Buffer. With her unique skills, she supports her teammates by applying various buffs to enhance their performance in battle.

  • Why I Chose This: Asta is able to boost up the teammate’s attack using her charging stacks. 

Character Stats

Stat Value
HP 1023
DEF 463
ATK 511
SPD 106
TAUNT 100

The pros and cons of using Asta are listed here in my opinion: 

  • Boosts teammates’ ATK with Charging stacks.
  • Increases SPD of all allies through her Ultimate.
  • Loses Charging stacks at the beginning of each turn.
  • Requires proper team coordination for maximum effectiveness.

A-Tier

Honka Star Rail A-Tier List

If you’re looking for Trailblazers that are not super OP, but balanced in every aspect, then our A-ranking Honkai Star Rail tier list characters are the perfect fit for it. These characters do have a steep learning curve but once you get the hang of it and learned how to properly utilize these Trailblazers, you’d not have much difficulty in playing Honkai Star Rail using A-tier characters. 

Sushang

The Best Single-Target F2P Character.

Sushang, a formidable Physical element character in Honkai Star Rail, excels at dealing with massive single-target damage, making her indispensable during fast-paced battles. Her prowess in exploiting Weakness Break and accumulating “Sword Stance” allows her to inflict even greater damage on her foes.

  • Why I Chose This: Sushang can unleash a good amount of single-target damage as well as use Weakness Break to her advantage. 

Character Stats

Stat Value
HP 917
DEF 418
ATK 564
SPD 107
TAUNT 75

The pros and cons of using Sushang are below: 

  • Exceptional single-target damage
  • Can capitalize on Weakness Break for increased damage output
  • Accumulates “Sword Stance” to boost damage potential
  • Lacks AOE damage capabilities

Dan Heng

The Best F2P Wind DPS.

Dan Heng, a Wind element character in Honkai Star Rail, excels as an Assassin within the Hunt class. Specializing in single-target damage, he boasts a range of skills and abilities that can cripple enemies and enhance his own performance on the battlefield.

  • Why I Chose This: Dan Heng is able to unleash high single-target Wind damage, making him a perfect pick for f2p players. 

Character Stats

Stat Value
HP 882
DEF 396
ATK 546
SPD 110
TAUNT 75

The pros and cons of using Dan Heng are below after I tested him in several fights: 

  • Strong single-target damage
  • Ability to reduce enemy SPD on CRIT hits
  • Limited crowd control capabilities
  • Potentially less effective against multiple enemies

Pela

The Best Energy Restoration Character.

Pela, a formidable Ice element Nihility character in Honkai Star Rail, excels at weakening enemies and enhancing her team’s performance. As a debuffer, she specializes in impairing opponents, paving the way for a more seamless victory.

  • Why I Chose This: Pela is able to restore energy when she is attacking enemies that have been debuffed. 

Character Stats

Stat Value
HP 987
DEF 463
ATK 546
SPD 105
TAUNT 100

The pros and cons of using Pela are below after I tested her in several fights: 

  • Strong Ice element damage dealer
  • Impressive debuffing abilities
  • May be dependent on specific team compositions
  • Limited to debuffing playstyle

Arlan

The Best F2P Lightning DPS.

Arlan is a formidable Lightning element character in Honkai Star Rail, known as the Destruction. They thrive in the frontlines and are most effective when fighting solo, unleashing devastating attacks on their enemies.

  • Why I Chose This: Arlan is a great replacement as a F2P friendly Lightning DPS. 

Character Stats

Stat Value
HP 1199
DEF 330
ATK 599
SPD 102
TAUNT 125

The pros and cons of using Arlan are below after I tested him in several circumstances: 

  • High damage output with Lightning abilities
  • Gains damage boosts as HP decreases
  • Skills consume a portion of Arlan’s HP

B-Tier

Honka Star Rail B-Tier List

As much as I love the higher-ranking Trailblazers, it’s sad to see the Honkai Star Rail tier list B-listers not delivering optimal performance as higher ones. That is because they have drawbacks that are overshadowed by the good features following Trailblazers have. I believe the next in-game patch update may provide necessary buffs and some of the B-tier characters could jump into the A-tier list. 

March 7th

The Best F2P Defense Unit.

March 7th is a charming and resourceful young girl who seeks to uncover the mysteries of her past. With her camera in hand, she travels on the Astral Express, eager to capture moments that might help her regain her lost memories.

  • Why I Chose This: March is able to become a pretty solid defense unit as a F2P character. 

Character Stats

Stat Value
HP 1058
DEF 573
ATK 511
SPD 101
TAUNT 150

The pros and cons of using March 7th are as follows in my experience: 

  • Versatile support with shields and crowd control
  • Can freeze enemies, disabling them for a turn
  • Reliant on her shields for effectiveness

Hook

A Good Fire DPS.

In Honkai Star Rail, Hook is a powerful Fire element character known as The Destruction. She specializes in dealing massive damage to enemies through her attacking skills and ultimate abilities, making her a valuable team DPS member.

  • Why I Chose This: Hook is able to deliver a solid amount of Fire damage to enemies. 

Character Stats

Stat Value
HP 1340
DEF 352
ATK 617
SPD 94
TAUNT 125

The advantages and disadvantages of using Hook are present as follows: 

  • High damage output with Fire element attacks
  • Abilities to inflict Burn on enemies, increasing overall damage
  • Reliance on Burn effects for optimal damage, which may be resisted by some enemie

Qingque

The Best Tile Character.

Qingque, a Diviner in Honkai Star Rail, is known for her laid-back attitude and tile-playing prowess. As a member of the Divination Commission, she uses her unique abilities to deal Quantum damage to enemies and support her allies.

  • Why I Chose This: Qingque can make use of her tiles during her gameplay. 

Character Stats

Stat Value
HP 1023
DEF 441
ATK 652
SPD 98
TAUNT 75

The advantages and disadvantages of using Qingque are present as follows after being trial and tested: 

  • High Quantum damage output
  • Versatile support capabilities with jade tiles
  • Reliant on RNG to obtain 4 identical jade tiles

Herta

The Best Attack Buff After Technique.

Herta, a Quantum element character in Honkai Star Rail, is an Erudition capable of dealing massive AoE damage to multiple targets. With her ice-based attacks, she excels in controlling the battlefield and taking down enemies with ease.

  • Why I Chose This: Herta is able to use her technique to boost her attack. 

Character Stats

Stat Value
HP 952
DEF 396
ATK 582
SPD 100
TAUNT 75

The advantages and disadvantages of using Herta are present as follows in my opinion: 

  • Excellent multi-target, AoE damage
  • Ice-based attacks effective against various enemies
  • Reliant on specific team compositions to maximize potential

C-Tier

Honka Star Rail C-Tier

In the current state of Honkai Star Rail, I do not recommend players invest too much time mastering the C-tier characters. They’re really bad in the current version of the game and maybe a future patch could bring a better change to the C-category characters of Honkai Star Rail tier list.

Serval

A Formidable F2P Lightning Character.

Serval is a formidable Lightning-element character in Honkai Star Rail, known for her AOE attacks and ability to spread Shock among enemies. As the Erudition, she excels at dealing massive damage to multiple targets simultaneously.

  • Why I Chose This: Serval’s Lightning damage is pretty alright, though can be replaced. 

Character Stats

Stat Value
HP 917
DEF 374
ATK 652
SPD 104
TAUNT 75

The advantages and disadvantages of using Serval are present as follows in my opinion: 

  • Strong AOE Lightning damage
  • High chance to apply Shock, amplifying her damage
  • Reliant on Shock for maximum damage potential

Sampo

A Solid Debuffer.

In Honkai Star Rail, Sampo is a Wind element character known for her prowess as a team De-Buffer. As a Nihility, she excels at impairing enemies through her skill set, including her ultimate ability which attaches debuffs to opponents.

  • Why I Chose This: Sampo’s debuffing abilities are pretty alright, however he needs specific team comps. 

Character Stats

Stat Value
HP 1023
DEF 396
ATK 617
SPD 102
TAUNT 100

The advantages and disadvantages of using Sampo are present as follows in my opinion: 

  • Strong De-Buffer, impairing enemies effectively
  • Wind element, which can synergize with certain team compositions
  • Limited to Wind element, which may not be optimal for all situations

Trailblazer [Physical]

A Viable Physical DPS For Early-Game.

In Honkai Star Rail, the Trailblazer (Physical) is a formidable character known for their prowess in dealing physical damage. As a versatile combatant, they specialize in executing powerful single-target and AoE attacks with impressive abilities.

  • Why I Chose This: The Physical Trailblazer can be a good option for a Physical DPS unit at the start of HSR. 

Character Stats

Stat Value
HP 1203
DEF 460
ATK 620
SPD 100
TAUNT 125

The advantages and disadvantages of using Trailblazer are listed below: 

  • High single-target and AoE physical damage
  • Ability to inflict Weakness Break, increasing damage output
  • Reliance on breaking enemy Weakness for optimal damage

My Thoughts On The HSR Tier List

As a seasoned Gacha game player, my experience has honed my ability to identify and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various characters in Honkai Star Rail. 

This tier list reflects my personal knowledge about the game and a few tier-ranking suggestions by eXputer’s staff writers. 

This brings us to the end of our Honkai Star Rail tier list. If you’re new to the game then you must read our Honkai Star Rail Gift Codes, and get free goodies as soon as possible. Other than that, Gacha players will find our
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