The 10 Best Characters to Pull for in Honkai Star Rail

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The 10 Best Characters to Pull for in Honkai Star Rail

Live life without regrets with one of these top picks.

All characters in Honkai Star Rail have the potential to be usable, sure. But why settle for usable characters when you can make your gameplay experience many times easier with characters that can bring huge value to your teams? You may have seen character tier lists floating around so I didn’t follow suite and make a tier list but this should help you target certain characters to try to obtain depending on your current character roster.

Lets make sure you don’t waste those hard-earned stellar jades on niche characters that won’t synergize with your team and use them on more universal valued characters.

Pela (4-Star)

  • Element: Ice
  • Path: Nihility

Pela is easily one of the higher valued 4-star units in Star Rail for a few different reasons. How does an energy efficient, skill point positive, universal defense shredder sound? Pela brings an almost unmatched amount of utility to teams with her incredible kit and does it all even as a 4-star unit. Her skill can remove buffs from enemies which can be useful against enemies that stack a ramping damage buff that could lead to it defeating your whole team with one attack for example. Her ultimate is her real selling point as it is an AOE defense shred that reduces the enemies’ defense for 2 turns. That being said, Pela really shines against multiple enemies but can still be used against single enemies with no issues.

Tingyun (4-Star)

  • Element: Lightning
  • Path: Harmony

This foxian super buffer will make your DPS character deal more damage with her skill, up to 25% of Tingyun’s ATK and also make that buffed ally deal lightning damage equal to 40% of their own attack for 3 turns at max rank (10). Her ultimate will replenish 50 energy to a single ally while also increasing their DMG by 50% at max rank (10). A buffer that doubles as an energy battery is never a bad thing to have on your team. If you need a character to buff your DPS characters, look no further.

Lynx (4-Star)

  • Element: Quantum
  • Path: Abundance

Lynx is a great 4-star option for a team healer as she can also manipulate enemies to attack certain allies if desired. Her skill is a strong single-target heal that will cause enemies to focus on the healed ally if they are of the Preservation or Destruction path which leaves the rest of your team relatively safe. Her ultimate removes 1 debuff from all allies and grants a healing effect that lasts 2 turns. So while her raw healing potential may not be on the same caliber as a 5-star unit like Bailu, she makes up for that with her debuff removal and enemy threat manipulation.

Loucha (5-Star)

  • Element: Imaginary
  • Path: Abundance

Loucha is arguably the best passive healer in the game. His skill heals an ally based on his ATK and gives him one stack of Abyss Flower. Additionally, when an ally drops below 50% HP, a similar effect to Loucha’s skill will be triggered and will heal that ally without consuming a skill point. At 2 Abyss Flower stacks, Loucha will deploy a healing field that will restore an ally’s HP when they hit an enemy with this field active. Loucha is more than capable of solo sustaining a team on his own with no issues.

Huohuo (5-Star)

  • Element: Wind
  • Path: Abundance

Huohuo is a newer healer as of version 1.5 and arguably rivals Loucha as a passive healer. This little verdant foxian functions as a pseudo Harmony character as she provides energy regeneration as well as a damage buff with her ultimate while still being able to heal 3 adjacent allies with her skill.

On top of that, her skill removes a debuff off of the ally targeted with the skill. Her talent ties everything together by providing 2 turns of passive heals and debuff removal for her allies when they take a turn or use their ultimate.

Fu Xuan (5-Star)

  • Element: Quantum
  • Path: Preservation

If you want to play the game on easy mode, you’re going to want Fu Xuan on your team. Her skill allows her to redirect a portion of damage that allies receive to herself while providing HP and crit rate to allies. Her talent passively makes allies take reduced damage while also providing an emergency heal for Fu Xuan when she drops below 50% HP. Her ultimate gives her an extra charge of the emergency heal from her talent, maxing out at 2. She’s an incredible tank capable of mitigating overall team damage while being able to sustain by herself.

Bronya (5-Star)

  • Element: Wind
  • Path: Harmony

Bronya is seen as the queen of support as of version 1.5 and has been a welcomed member to any team since the game’s release. Her skill dispels a debuff from an ally while allowing them to immediately take action, essentially giving another turn to an ally and also providing them with a DMG buff for that turn. Her ultimate then buffs ATK and crit damage for the whole team for 2 turns which is going to be useful no matter what kind of team you throw her in.

Gepard (5-Star)

  • Element: Ice
  • Path: Preservation

Gepard is probably what most people think of when they think of a tank character. His skill has a relatively high chance to freeze an enemy but his main appeal is his ultimate. His ultimate provides a shield for all allies that is able to absorb damage equal to a portion of his own defense. If there is a scenario where Gepard goes down, his talent will allow him to revive once which can certainly come in handy. He is great to pair with a healer to provide shields and heals for your whole team.

Jingliu (5-Star)

  • Element: Ice
  • Path: Destruction

Jingliu is a fantastic destruction  DPS character that requires relatively little investment compared to someone like Imbibitor Lunae but excels in both single-target and AOE encounters. Her skill does ice damage to a single enemy and she gains 1 stack of Syzygy. At 2 stacks of Syzygy, she enters a transmigration state which is her bread and butter.

This transmigration state will empower her skill and make it require no skill points but instead cost a stack of Syzygy to use, making her skill point efficient. Make sure to pair her with a healer though because she will consume allie’s HP when she attacks in the transmigration state.

Silver Wolf (5-Star)

  • Element: Quantum
  • Path: Nihility

Silver Wolf is often seen as a character that is as close to being a “must pull” character as possible. This is because of her unique ability to rewrite the game and implant new elemental weaknesses on her enemies, effectively allowing you to bring her into any kind of team you like. While she only really shines against one or two enemies, her kit makes up if you lack the correct elements or characters to defeat an encounter.

That being said, you can’t really control which element she implants onto enemies as it will randomly choose between all the elements of her allies and will never implant an element that an enemy is already weak to. So unless you bring a full mono-element team minus Silver Wolf, you’re going to have to hope you get lucky with her implants. Apart from just implanting weaknesses, her attacks also have a chance to debuff enemy’s ATK, DEF, or SPD while her ultimate is a massive single-target defense shred.


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