- Honkai: Star Rail features a turn-based combat system with up to four characters on a team, making a good DPS character essential.
- The game has over 30 phenomenal characters to choose from, with new characters constantly being added with each update.
- Some of the best DPS characters in the game include Dan Heng, Sushang, Hook, Clara, Yanqing, Qingque, Jing Yuan, Kafka, Blade, and Seele. Each character has unique abilities and play styles.
If you’ve played Honkai: Star Rail for a little while, you’ve probably already realized the need for a good DPS character in the game. It features a turn-based combat system where you can have up to four characters in the team at the same time. The game currently features a roster of over 30 phenomenal characters.
As you progress in the main story, you’ll unlock harder content like Memory of Chaos, Simulated Universe, and Swarm Disaster. If you want to clear these game modes to get the rewards, it’s important to know about some of the best DPS characters you can use.
Updated on October 03, 2023, by Sanyam Jain: With every new update in Honkai: Star Rail, two or more new characters join the character roster. These new introductions also allow the game’s meta to shake up, which brings about a change in the best DPS characters as well.
11 Dan Heng
Dan Heng is the second free character you’ll acquire while doing the main story of Honkai: Star Rail, and he’s loved by the entire community due to his easy-going personality. He’s a four-star Wind character following the path of The Hunt, and he can help you easily wipe out the hardest content in both the early and late game.
His Basic Attack, Skill, and Ultimate essentially perform high single-target damage, but there’s a lot more that you have to understand if you want to use him properly. Dan Heng’s Skill allows him to slow the enemies down, and he can deal higher damage to slowed enemies from his Ultimate and Basic Attack. Moreover, he can also increase his own SPD when he attacks an enemy.
Honkai: Star Rail currently has a lack of Physical DPS characters, and that’s where Sushang comes into play. Being one of the Cloud Knights on The Xianzhou Luofu, she also belongs to the path of The Hunt. Sushang excels at breaking an enemy’s Weakness bar as long as they have Physical Weakness since her Ultimate deals a ton of damage to it.
In fact, the best way to use Sushang is by triggering a ton of Weakness Breaks as these allow her to deal extra damage and get more turns. If you manage to unlock her first Eidolon, she can also regenerate one Skill Point when you use her Skill on an enemy with their Weakness broken, which makes the Skill cost a net zero Skill Points.
Destruction is by far one of the strongest paths in Honkai: Star Rail since the characters on this path can deal a ton of damage while sustaining themselves to an extent. Little Hook is one of the characters on this path, and she excels at dealing high Fire damage to both single and multi-target enemies. Moreover, she has a chance of applying Burn on the enemies hit.
When she attacks an enemy with the Burn effect, she deals higher damage, regenerates some Energy, and heals herself. With a higher chance to resist Crowd Controlling debuffs from the enemy, Hook can easily sustain herself and carry you to victory in any battle.
Other than Sushang, Clara is your only choice for a Physical DPS character in the game at the moment. Being a five-star, Clara can easily be far more effective than her four-star counterpart, but you’ll need to build her in a specific way. Clara’s main damage comes from Svarog launching a follow-up attack whenever she gets hit.
The follow-ups also occur if any other teammate gets hit after she uses her Ultimate. This attack marks the target enemy, and her Skill deals extra damage to the marked enemies. If you put her in a team with support characters like Lynx or March who can increase the chances of her getting attacked, you’ll be surprised by the free damage she can deal.
Yanqing might not seem like one of the best DPS characters if you consider his battle record in the main story, but he can actually be quite decent if built correctly. One of the most important things you need to remember about Yanqing is that he’s very Skill-Point-hungry. You’d want to use his Skill every time you get a turn to keep the Soulsteel Sync active.
When this effect is active, Yanqing gets a ton of buffs including Crit Rate and Crit DMG along with getting a chance to Freeze enemies with his attacks. Upon using his Ultimate, you can get even more Crit DMG if Soulsteel Sync is active.
What’s better than playing as a Gacha character in a Gacha game? It’s normal to feel like you want to try your luck while playing Honkai: Star Rail, and Qingque lets you do that without having to spend your hard-earned Stellar Jades. Her abilities are based around her favorite game called the Celestial Jade.
Whenever an ally gets a turn or you use her Skill, you’ll pick out a certain number of Jade tiles from one of the three suits randomly. The main goal is to get four tiles from the same suit to get an Enhanced Basic Attack, which deals much more damage. However, as you can see, Qingque can be quite an SP-hungry character if you get unlucky.
5 Jing Yuan
General of the Cloud Knights, Jing Yuan is a five-star Lightning character following the path of Erudition. Whenever you use his Skill or Ultimate, he can get two and three stacks for the Lightning Lord respectively. The Lord is a separate entity that has a specific amount of SPD, but it can get its turn faster whenever it gains some stacks.
When the Lightning Lord gets a turn, it can deal a huge amount of AoE damage based on the stacks provided. However, the Lightning Lord cannot take action if Jing Yuan is crowd-controlled and if there are multiple enemies on the floor, its attacks are completely random, which adds a layer of uncertainty to this character.
When you first start playing Honkai: Star Rail, you’ll get to play as Kafka before you awaken the main character. She’s a five-star Nihility character who makes the damage-over-time play style viable in the game. This is because of her ability to instantly trigger all DoT instances on an enemy with her Skill and Ultimate.
However, if you want to get the most value from Kafka, you’ll have to put her in a team with one or two more DoT-based characters. Ideally, you’d want to have a ton of Break Effect on these characters since the Weakness Break also applies a DoT that can be triggered with Kafka.
Introduced as one of the Stellaron Hunters, Blade is a Wind Destruction character hailing from The Xianzhou Luofu. He has a self-sacrifice play style where he consumes his own HP to increase the damage dealt from his Enhanced Basic Attacks, Ultimate, and follow-up attack.
Whenever Blade gets attacked or reduces his HP, he gains a stack for his Talent. Upon reaching five stacks, he launches a follow-up attack that deals damage to all the enemies on the field and regenerates his own HP. It’s highly recommended to use Blade with characters like Lynx or March 7th to increase his chances of getting attacked.
The first limited character released in Honkai: Star Rail, Seele also had the crown of the best DPS character for a long time. She might belong to The Hunt path, but her best play style is using her as an AoE character. Whenever Seele defeats an enemy, she gets an extra turn with a buffed state.
This state increases her DMG and doesn’t count as a turn, which means that it makes use of all the buffs provided by other characters without reducing their stacks. With Silver Wolf, Lynx, and Fu Xuan, you can also use her in a mono-Quantum team.
1 Dan Heng: Imbibitor Lunae
Nobody knows what the developers were thinking when they released Dan Heng: Imbibitor Lunae to the game because he single-handedly destroys every combat scenario. He takes the throne of the best DPS character in Honkai: Star Rail by a long shot since he can deal a ton of damage even if the enemy doesn’t have Imaginary Weakness.
Imbibitor Lunae’s Skill can be used up to three times to enhance his Basic Attack, which in turn deals higher single-target or AoE damage. Using his Ultimate or Technique gives you some special Skill Points, which can be used instead of normal Skill Points as well.
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