Honkai Star Rail relics – what they are and where to find them

Each new Honkai Star Rail beta has given us a look into different elements of the gameplay, and one of the most recent additions was Honkai Star Rail relics. If you’re familiar with Hoyoverse’s other title Genshin Impact, then you can think of relics as like artifacts. They’re relatively new to the game, so let’s dive in and explore the world of HSR relics.

We’ve got guides on everything you need to know about Hoyoverse’s newest turn-based RPG, including all the Honkai Star Rail characters, a Honkai Star Rail tier list, and information on the Honkai Star Rail release date. Plus, we’re prepared for when the first Honkai Star Rail codes drop too.

What are Honkai Star Rail relics?

Relics are the main way in Honkai Star Rail that you can boost your stats. There’s a range of buffs and set bonuses on offer that benefit different characters, so you can mix and match them to best suit your build. You can equip a maximum of six relics to any one character and you get additional bonuses for using multiple of the same set.

Honkai Star Rail relics: An in-game menu showing four relics equipped to a character.

There are six different types of relic. Each of them has a main stat, which you can see below.

Relic type Potential stats
Head HP
Hands Attack
Body Defence
Feet %ATK / %DEF / %HP / Speed
Neck %ATK / %DEF / %HP / Elemental Damage Bonus
Article %ATK / %DEF / %HP / %Crit Rate / %Crit Damage / Outgoing Healing Boost / Effect Hit Rate

After that, the relic has a set of substats, determined by RNG. As you level up the relic, a random substat will be added or upgraded at certain intervals. Here are the potential substats, each of which can either come as a flat rate or a percentage increase:

  • Attack
  • HP
  • Defence
  • Elemental damage bonus
  • Crit rate
  • Crit damage
  • Outgoing healing boost
  • Effect hit rate

Each set of relics has a bonus for using multiple relics from the same set. There’s bonuses for using two, four, and five of the same relic type, so you can use a full set or mix and match sets with a 2:1 ratio depending on the character.

Honkai Star Rail relics: A range of relics at different rarity levels.

What Honkai Star Rail relics are there?

There are only a handful of relic sets available in the Honkai Star Rail beta, and most of them benefit different types of character builds, so we can’t say which relics are better than others just yet. We can tell you what they each do though, so keep reading for a run-down of the relic set bonuses.

We’ve recommended some characters for each relic set too, and you can click on their name to see our full build guide.

Band of Sizzling Thunder

Two pieces equipped: lightning damage +12%

Four pieces equipped: you deal +40% shock damage to the enemy. You deal +18% damage to shock-inflicted enemies.

Five pieces equipped: lightning damage +12%

Band of Sizzling Thunder recommended characters:

Champion of Streetwise Boxing

Two pieces equipped: physical damage +12%

Four pieces equipped: +7% attack after you perform or receive an attack. This effect can stack up to six times.

Five pieces equipped: physical damage +12%

Champion of Streetwise Boxing recommended characters:

Honkai Star Rail relics: Vronya, a white woman with long grey hair and large purple and blue egg-shaped earrings, looking angry on a background of yellow crystals.

Eagle of Twilight Line

Two pieces equipped: wind damage +12%

Four pieces equipped: +10 speed and regenerates 5% of max energy after each action you perform.

Five pieces equipped: wind damage +12%

Eagle of Twilight Line recommended characters:

Firesmith of Lava Forging

Two pieces equipped: fire damage +12%

Four pieces equipped: +20% skill damage. After unleashing your Ultimate, you gain +12% fire damage for your next attack.

Five pieces equipped: fire damage +12%

Firesmith of Lava Forging recommended characters:

Honkai Star Rail relics: Silver Wolf, a white woman with dark grey hair in a ponytail with purple glasses on her head, activating her ultimate by raising her right hand.

Genius of Brilliant Stars

Two pieces equipped: quantum damage +12%

Four pieces equipped: +10% attack after you take an action. This effect can stack up to four times.

Five pieces equipped: quantum damage +12%

Genius of Brilliant Stars recommended characters:

Guard of Wuthering Snow

Two pieces equipped: ice damage +12%

Four pieces equipped: +15% attack and +20% damage dealt to frozen enemies. 

Five pieces equipped: ice damage +12%

Guard of Wuthering Snow recommended characters:

Hunter of Glacial Forest

Two pieces equipped: attack +15%

Four pieces equipped: when your current HP is above 50% of max HP, you do +30% skill damage.

Five pieces equipped: attack +15%

Hunter of Glacial Forest recommended characters:

Honkai Star Rail relics: March 7th, a white woman with pale pink hair and pink and blue eyes looking at the camera.

Knight of Purity Palace

Two pieces equipped: defence +18%

Four pieces equipped: +20% damage absorption on your shield.

Five pieces equipped: defence +18%

Knight of Purity Palace recommended characters:

Musketeer of Wild Wheat

Two pieces equipped: attack +15%

Four pieces equipped: when you use your basic attack, you gain +20% attack and +10 speed for one turn.

Five pieces equipped: attack +15%

Musketeer of Wild Wheat recommended characters:

Passerby of Wandering Cloud

Two pieces equipped: HP +15%

Four pieces equipped: +10% outgoing healing and restores one skill point for allies immediately after entering combat.

Five pieces equipped: HP +15%

Passerby of Wandering Cloud recommended characters:

Honkai Star Rail relics: Bailu, a small white girl with horns and a long purple plait, swimming under the ocean collecting coral using her dragon tail.

Thief of Shooting Meteor

Two pieces equipped: effect hit rate +15%

Four pieces equipped: you deal 45% more damage to the enemy. When dealing additional damage, your attack is +15% for one turn.

Five pieces equipped: effect hit rate +15%

Thief of Shooting Meteor recommended characters:

Wastelander of Banditry Desert

Two pieces equipped: effect hit rate +15%

Four pieces equipped: deal +15% damage with an additional +10% crit rate when attacking an enemy inflicted with a debuff.

Five pieces equipped: effect hit rate +15%

Wastelander of Banditry Desert recommended characters:

Honkai Star Rail relics: A screenshot of a menu showing a close-up of a cowboy hat relic and the other relics owned by the player.

How do I get Honkai Star Rail relics?

It takes a bit of time before you unlock relics, but once you get them they’re definitely worth paying attention to. To unlock relics, you need to reach Trailblazer level 15 and get a decent way through the main story on Jarilo VI. Once you reach that point, you can farm them from various Calyx domains.

Similar to the resin system in Genshin Impact, you need to use Trailblaze Power to claim rewards from Calyx domains. This power regenerates over time to a max of 180, or you can manually top up by using fuel or Stellar Jade.

There you have it, everything you need to know about Honkai Star Rail relics. Bookmark this page and come back when we’ve discovered more about which relic sets are best for each character. If you fancy a different adventure, check out our Genshin Impact artifacts guide.

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