Looking for a character tier list and best characters in Honkai: Star Rail? As you pull on banners, you'll want to know which characters are worth building to maximise the potential for your team compositions. Tier lists like the one below can help illustrate the best characters with the most power in the game. On this page, as part of our Honkai: Star Rail guide, we're going to share our character tier list and best characters.

Honkai: Star Rail: Character Tier List and Best Characters

Honkai: Star Rail: Character Tier List and Best Characters 1
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Below we've assembled a character tier list and best characters based on the current roster of playable characters in HoYoverse's turnbased RPG. We'll be updating this guide regularly as new characters are released and the developer makes crucial balance changes. Please do keep in mind that this is not a definitive solution, and your mileage may very depending on your personal playstyle and team composition. However, this should be used as a guideline to help you to understand the best characters currently available in the game.

Tiers Characters

S Tier

  • Bailu: A capable healer, Bailu can recover the first knocked out teammate in your party and can also buff allies with her special to ensure they recover health when hit.
  • Bronya: A capable support character, Bronya can dispel debuffs and boost damage while her ultimate powers up your entire team for two turns.
  • Gepard: A strong shielder, Gepard can protect your entire team with his ultimate, safeguarding them with an extremely high absorption shield.
  • Seele: A powerful offensive character, Seele is unstoppable in one-on-one situations and can earn additional turns for each knockout she earns.
  • Tingyun: A good support option, Tingyun can boost damage and restore energy on a single ally, meaning she complements a strong attacker well.
A Tier
  • Clara: A capable counter-attack character, Clara can draw the attention of enemies, shielding herself from their attacks and punching back when allies are hit.
  • Pela: A deadly debuffer, Pela is able to successfully reduce the defence of enemies, meaning she pairs well with big hitters who can follow-up with huge damage.
  • Sushang: A decent physical damage dealer, Sushang is at her most powerful when you're effectively able to break the weaknesses of foes.
  • Trailblazer (Fire): A total tank, Trailblazer (Fire) can draw the damage of enemies and effectively soak it all up, while also providing valuable shields to allies.
  • Welt: A decent debuffer who can slow down enemies, providing more powerful teammates with more and more turns to dish out damage.
  • Yanqing: An impressive ice dealer with good critical damage, Yanqing can dish it out in one-on-one encounters.
B Tier
  • Arlan: A good lightning damage dealer that's particularly useful in the early parts of the campaign, he can use HP instead of skill points to use his abilities.
  • Asta: A good support character that can increase the team's speed, Asta can also use her passive to buff the attack of teammates depending on how many enemies she's hit.
  • Dan Heng: A decent enough damage dealer, Dan Heng pairs well with speed debuffers like Welt.
  • Himeko: A good fire damage dealer who excels when enemies are broken, Himeko has relatively decent AoE abilities but there are better options.
  • Hook: A fire damage dealer that can target both single and multiple enemies, Hook and Himeko are largely interchangeable depending on who you pull.
  • March 7th: Able to consistently preserve the HP of allies, March 7th doesn't have much attacking prowess but can effectively extend skirmishes.
  • Natasha: A healer with low energy requirements, Natasha can be pretty effective at restoring the HP of your entire party and removing debuffs.
  • Trailblazer (Physical): Can dish out some decent physical damage, but there are better more effective options, like Sushang, than Trailblazer (Physical).
C Tier
  • Herta: A pretty low quality Ice damage dealer, Herta is only useful in specific scenarios or if you don't have an alternative.
  • Sampo: Can inflict wind damage over time, Sampo pairs fine with other damage over time characters like Hook.
  • Serval: A fine damage over time and lightning user, Serval is bettered by Arlan but is a decent enough alternative if you don't have him.
  • Quingque: A quantum-based damage dealer, Quingque is made redundant by Seele but can be effective assuming you get lucky with her RNG mechanics

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