A closed beta has been announced, and with it, our Honkai: Star Rail tier list has started to take form as new characters are revealed. Right off the first anniversary of its biggest game yet, Genshin Impact developer Mihoyo is wasting no time in putting out a follow-up to its first major hit, Honkai Impact, and people are digging around for any scrap of information.
Testing begins in late October with a full release planned before the end of the year. But this is a game. It's competitive. There are baddies to beat, and you'll only want the best characters to do so. So which Honkai: Star Rail characters are likely to be the best around? We've ranked them prematurely.
If you're looking forward to this but haven't already indulged in the series, we have plenty of Honkai Impact codes to help you get started in the first game. And for when you're pulling units, we even have a comprehensive and frequently updated Honkai Impact characters list as well. And if you just like strategy RPGs as a whole, our AFK Arena tier list and Cookie Run: Kingdom codes guides can help you out in those universes as well.
All Honkai: Star Rail Characters
Weapon Type: Unknown
"Alright, crew! This world is the target of our next trailblazing expedition."
Dubbed the Starward Explorer, Himeko is an adventurous scientist who encountered the Astral Express as a child when it got stranded in her homeworld.
Weapon Type: Staff
"The galaxy is vast beyond compare, containing an infinite number of possibilities. An individual's fate shouldn't be limited to a single path ordained by heaven."
Welt is the wise former Anti-Entropy Sovereign. He inherits the name of the world.
- Weapon type: Polearm
"Even as we speak, farewells are happening throughout the universe. The grief that we share is real, but there's nothing special about it."
Known as a mysterious passenger escaping his past, Danheng is a young man who wields a spear known as Cloud-Piercer. He acts as the train's guard.
- Weapon type: Bow
"Well, would you listen to that! I caused a bit of trouble and saved everyone! Thank you March 7th!"
The self-proclaimed Super-Duper Awesome Girl, March 7th is as ambiguous as her name. She's said to be a clever, quirky girl who is "enthusiastic about all things girls her age are enthusiastic about."
- Weapon type: Shield
"Loyalty isn't an inherent virtue of humans. As such, the recipient of that loyalty also needs to be worthy."
An upright and noble captain of the Silvermane Guards. This stout defender of the union bears the name of the age-old Gepard family.
- Weapon type: Scythe
"Don't answer my question with another question. The answer is either a yes or a no. I won't accept anything else!"
Seele is a valiant member of Wildfire. She grew up in the perilous Underworld of Belobog and is thus used to being on her own. She's known as "The Butterfly That Triggered the Storm."
- Weapon type: Unknown
"What I want?... Family... Will you be my family?"
"Do not worry... while I am here, they will be your family."
The "Bloody Rabbit, a young girl with no home, Clara had to join the prospectors to survive. She reactivated the Robot Svarog, a relic from a past civilization.
- Weapon type: Unknown
"The 'tortoise' galaxies are those that slowly give birth to new stars. The ones that use up their fuel reserves in an instant are the 'hare' galaxies."
Astra, the Deep Space Observer, is a curious Lead Researcher of the Space Station. She holds unimaginable achievements in astronomy.
Weapon type: Unknown
"Who am I? Heh, I'm the boss around here, you can call me... Pitch-Dark Hook the Great!"
Formally known as Pitch-Dark Hook the Great, Hook is the boss of The Moles adventure squad. It's said that she invites adventurers who stand out to join her team.
What Is Honkai: Star Rail?
Honkai: Star Rail is the second game set in the Honkai universe after Honkai Impact 3rd. Rather than the action-RPG combat of its predecessor, Honkai: Star Rail is a strategy-RPG that "takes players on a cosmic adventure across the stars" on the fictional Astral Express through the galaxy's infinite wonders. It's very vague, and the game's current teaser trailer doesn't really help matters. We'll update this page as we learn more.
When Is the Honkai: Star Rail Beta?
The Honkai: Star Rail beta is currently scheduled to begin on October 27 and will run until an undisclosed date. Honkai: Star Rail beta signups began when the game was announced and ended a week before the beta date was revealed. Those picked to participate can do so on PC or iOS platforms.
What Is the Honkai: Star Rail Release Date?
We currently don't know when the Honkai: Star Rail release date is set for, but the final game is still planned to release before the end of the year.
- Further freebies: Over on our Genshin Impact codes list
This is subject to delays, but if things are on schedule, it could suggest the beta is there to make sure no game-breaking bugs or undesirable gameplay mechanics make it into the final release.
Honkai: Star Rail Voice Actors
If some of the voices in Honkai: Star Rail seem familiar, then we've compiled the eight characters' voice actors, and where you may recognise them from.
|Character||English voice actor||Known for|
|Himeko||Cia Court||League of Legends (Vi the Piltover Enforcer), Genshin Impact (Ogura Mio)|
|Welt||Corey Landis||That 70's Show (Young Red)|
|Danheng||Nicholas Leung||Stuck (Lead role)|
|March 7th||Andi Gibson||Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Impa)|
|Gepard||Bryson Baugus||Attack on Titan (Falco)|
|Steele||Molley Zhang||Smite (Mulan)|
|Clara||Emily Sun and D.C. Douglas||Resident Evil (Albert Wesker, played by Douglas)|
|Asta||Felecia Angelle||Genshin Impact (Mona)|
Japanese Voice Actors
|Character||Japanese voice actor||Known for|
|Himeko||Tanaka Rie||Genshin Impact, Dr. Stone|
|Welt||Wakana Sawamura||Attack On Titan, DanMachi|
|Danheng||Ito Kent||Otakoi, The Idomaster SideM|
|March 7th||Kayo Zenna||Black Clover, Goblin Slayer|
|Gepard||Furukawa Makoto||Kaguya-Sama: Love is War, Demon Slayer|
|Seele||Nakahara Mai||Honkai Impact 3rd, Azur Lane|
|Clara||Hidaka Rina & Yasumoto Hiroki||Rising of the Shield Hero, Bleach|
|Asta||Akasaki Chinatsu||Jujutsu Kaisen, DanMachi, Scarlet Nexus|