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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.

S Tier

Name Role Pros Cons Description
Seele Damage
  • Incredible single target damage
  • Follow-ups make her powerful against groups, too
  • Can be skill point hungry
A powerful offensive character, Seele is unstoppable in one-on-one situations and can earn additional turns for each knockout she earns.
Bronya Support
  • Outstanding damage buffs
  • Turn advance skill pairs well with damage dealers
  • Works best with strong damage dealers
A capable support character, Bronya can dispel debuffs and boost damage while her ultimate powers up your entire team for two turns.
Silver Wolf Support
  • Can make enemies susceptible to new weaknesses
  • Strong debuffs which make seriously amplify damage
  • Requires some luck to make the most of
Silver Wolf's ability to install new weaknesses on enemies opens up a ton of team-building opportunities, and her debuffing capabilities make her a dangerous squad addition.
Gepard Defense
  • Impenetrable shields which fortify entire teams
  • Difficult to knock out
  • Shields are arguably over-the-top for most scenarios
A fearsome shielder, Gepard can protect your entire team with his ultimate, safeguarding them with an extremely high absorption shield.
Luocha Healer
  • Incredible overall healing output
  • Dispels buffs and attacks on Ultimate
  • Doesn't have a panic heal option
Unlike other healers in the game, Luocha requires a little more forethought to be truly effective, but his ability to dispel buffs, restore HP, and even do damage make him an excellent option.

A Tier

Name Role Pros Cons Description
Clara Damage
  • Incredible damage output
  • Surprisingly durable and resistant to debilitating effects
  • Needs to take damage to realise full potential
A capable counter-attack character, Clara can draw the attention of enemies, shielding herself from their attacks and punching back when allies are hit.
Jing Yuan Damage
  • Brilliant at breaking enemies due to Lightning-Lord
  • Amazing at attacking multiple enemies
  • Doesn't tandem well with support characters
A very unique attacker, Jing Yuan's use of Lightning-Lord effectively gives him two attacks per turn, and while he's good in one-on-one scenarios, he specifically excels against groups
Welt Damage
  • All-rounder with offensive and defensive strengths
  • Can fulfil a multitude of roles
  • Slowing effects don't suit all scenarios
An all-round offensive and defensive powerhouse who can slow down enemies, Welt provides team mates with more and more turns to dish out damage.
  • Freezing abilities make for great crowd control
  • Requires quite a lot of skill points
An impressive ice damage dealer with good critical damage, Yanqing can dish it out in one-on-one encounters and can manage crowds by freezing foes.
  • Destroys enemy defence significantly powering up attack
  • Recovers energy easily
  • Middling damage output
An aggressive 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.
Tingyun Support
  • Helps energy hungry allies a lot
  • Flexible and pairs well with different teams
  • Can only buff one ally at a time
A good support option, Tingyun can boost damage and restore energy on a single ally, meaning she complements a strong attacker well.
Trailblazer (Preservation) Defense
  • Great shielding ability and breaking potential
  • Draws damage away from allies
  • Shields are generally a lot weaker than other options
A total tank, Trailblazer (Fire) can draw the damage of enemies and effectively soak it all up, while also providing valuable shields to allies.
Bailu Healer
  • Revive mechanic is a literal life-saver in some scenarios
  • Keeps allies healthy and topped up
  • Cannot cleanse allies
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.
Natasha Healer
  • Free and very useful character
  • Low energy requirement for consistent party healing
  • Better healing output elsewhere
A healer with low energy requirements, Natasha can be pretty effective at restoring the HP of your entire party and removing debuffs.

B Tier

Name Role
Dan Heng
  • Decent damage output and the ability to slow enemies
  • High learning curve and superseded by better options
A decent enough damage dealer, Dan Heng pairs well with speed debuffers like Welt.
  • Good multi-target damage
  • Damage over time is always a useful attribute
  • Mediocre single-target damage
A good fire damage dealer who excels when enemies are broken, Himeko has relatively decent AoE abilities but there are better options.
  • Great against single-target enemies
  • Decent energy economy
  • There are much better options
A fire damage dealer that excels against single targets, Hook is a decent option but there are much better characters in the game.
  • Exceptional damage output with good luck
  • Can restore skill points
  • Highly luck-based and dependent on her Ultimate
A quantum-based damage dealer, Quingque is exceptional assuming you get lucky with her RNG mechanics.
  • Surprisingly strong against multiple targets
  • Good damage over time ensures ongoing output
  • Poor against single targets and can only hit three enemies at once
A strong damage over time and Lightning user, Serval excels against small groups of enemies.
  • Deals decent damage in single-target scenarios
  • Good break effect
  • Relies heavily on weakness breaks
A decent physical damage dealer, Sushang is at her most powerful when you're effectively able to break the weaknesses of foes.
  • Good general support option with decent attack buffs
  • Random nature to damage over time abilities
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.
Yukong Support
  • Really powerful team buff capabilities
  • Difficult to learn and use effectively
Yukong is an effective support character, but also one with an incredibly high ceiling which requires a high degree of understanding to utilise effectively.
March 7th Defense
  • Really good single-target shields
  • Synergises well with other shielders for a hugely defensive team
  • Rubbish against Ice resistant enemies
Able to consistently preserve the HP of allies, March 7th doesn't have much attacking prowess but can effectively extend skirmishes.

C Tier

Name Role
  • Excels when put under pressure
  • Requires constant protection and healing
A 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.
  • Not a lot, we're afraid
  • Virtually everything, unfortunately
A pretty low quality Ice damage dealer, Herta is only useful in specific scenarios or if you don't have an alternative.
  • Pairs well with damage over time characters
  • A slow starter with very specific use cases
Filling a very specific role, Sampo pairs nicely with other damage over time characters like Hook and Serval.
Trailblazer (Physical)
  • A great unit for the early game while you get started
  • Overshadowed by Fire alternative
Can dish out some decent Physical damage, but you'll want to replace them.

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