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Honkai Star Rail Beginner's Guide: Is It Worth Playing

Honkai Star Rail Beginner's Guide

Honkai: StarRail, developed and published by Hoyoverse, has been one of the most anticipated RPGs of 2023. In it, you play as a Pathfinder who follows Akivili, the Aeon of Exploration. The game consists of a large map with many planets and you can use the Star Express to move from one planet to another.

After seeing the beautiful design and balanced gameplay implemented by Hoyoverse in Genshin Impact, many players have been looking forward to embarking on a unique journey through the world of Star Rail. In this article, you can find answers to all the questions that beginners have when they plan to join other Pathfinders.

Honkai: Star Rail release date

Honkai Star Rail trailblazer walks the space station

In March, Hoyoverse hosted a special live stream showcasing a variety of gameplay including combat, exploration, and quests. Also featured were the first two limited edition banners announced during the release of the patch.. The game itself was released on PC and mobile devices on April 26, 2023.

Genshin Impact has been Hoyoverse's most successful game so far, but Star Rail broke her records for both pre-registration and downloads. Players really enjoyed the turn-based combat system and end-game mechanics such as the Forgotten Hall and the Virtual Universe.

Honkai: Star Rail system requirements across platforms

Honkai Star Rail starting battle animation

On launch day, Honkai: Star Rail was available on PC, iOS, and Android. PC players can download the game on the official website or by searching for a game in the Epic Games Store. On the other hand, players with iOS and Android it is available in App Store and Play Store respectively.

In a special program Hoyoverse confirms the game is coming to Playstation soonalthough the exact date is still unknown. Stay tuned for more information on their official social media pages. 

Here are the detailed system requirements of the game for each platform:

PlatformMinimum specificationsRecommended Specs
PCIntel Core i3
6 GB of RAM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650
Windows 7 64-bit
20 GB free storage space
Intel Core i7
8 GB of RAM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or higher
Windows 10 64-bit or higher
20 GB free storage space
iOS8 iPhone Plus
iPad with A10 processor
iOS 10.0
9 GB available space
iPhone XS, iPhone XR or newer
iPad with Apple A12 processor or higher
iOS 11 or higher
9 GB available space
AndroidSnapdragon 835, Dimensity 720, Kirin 810
4 GB of RAM
Android 8
8,5 GB available space
Snapdragon 855, Dimensity 1000, Kirin 990 or higher
6 GB RAM or more
Android 9 or higher
8,5 GB available space

If your specifications are higher than recommended, you will run the game without any problems. However, the game may lag a bit if your device only meets the minimum requirements.

How to get Serval and her light cone for free in Honkai: Star Rail?

Honkai Star Rail Pre-Registration Rewards

In order to interest players and increase the popularity of the game, Hoyoverse Released Several Honkai: Star Rail Related Web Events. First, each player will receive up to 20 Star Passes and a free Serval character in the mail after they advance a little in the game. These are rewards for pre-registering and meeting your initial goals.

Here are all the rewards you will receive:

  • 50 credits
  • Avatar: Pathfinders: Welcome
  • 20 Star Passes
  • Serval - four-star character

In addition, until May 24, 2023, you can take part in the All Stars event and Receive one copy of Serval's Signature Light Cone. To become the owner of a light cone, you need to participate in this event for five to six days.

Game description Honkai: Star Rail

Honkai Star Rail Kafka put Stellaris in the main character

Honkai: Star Rail an open-world role-playing game in which you will play as one of the Pathfinders. True to their name, the Pathfinders follow the path of the Aeon of Exploration, Akivili. Aeons can be called the gods of this world, and the Aeon of Exploration invented the Star Express, a train on which you have to travel to different planets.

At the beginning of the game you will see how Kafka puts Stellaron, capable of destroying the world, inside the character that you will control. This is where the main plot of the game begins as you embark on a journey to prevent the end of the world. During a special program, it was announced that Herta Space Station, Belobog, and Xianzhou Lofu will be regions available at the start of the game.

In addition to being an RPG, Star Rail is also has a gacha system that allows you to summon various four- and five-star characters, as well as their signature light cones. The currency for the call can be obtained by completing various tasks in the game or by spending real money.

Honkai Star Rail Seele stares at the screen

Genshin Impact and Honkai Impact 3rd are two of Hoyoverse's most popular games, and Star Rail has a lot to do with both of them:

  • You will see a lot characters from Honkai Impact 3rd with the same names and similar designs such as Seele, Bronya, Welt and Himeko. Although the two games are not directly related, they presumably take place in alternate universes, so they share common characters. So many Honkai Impact players will feel nostalgia for this game.
  • The only similarity between Genshin Impact and Honkai: Star Rail is their open world aspects. In both games, you can explore the map and open many chests. You will also notice some similarities between the character designs of both games. In addition, Genshin Impact players will find it easier to get used to the Star Rail user interface.

In addition to these similarities, Star Rail is the only game out of these three that has turn-based combat.. This will give you a unique experience. What's more, you don't have to play Genshin Impact or Honkai Impact 3rd to immerse yourself in the world of Star Rail, as their stories aren't directly connected.

Whom to choose, Kelusa or Stella in Honkai Star Rail?

Honkai Star Rail Stelle Idle Animation

Once you get past the initial part of the main story, where Kafka and the Silver Wolf find Stellaron, the game will prompt you to choose between two characters: Stella and Kelus. In the case of Genshin Impact, players should have thought twice before making this choice, since Eater is canonically the main character, though you can still play as Lumin if you want.

К счастью, Honkai: Star Rail doesn't have this. The only differences between the two characters are their design and superpower animation. The dialogues in the game do not depend on the hero you have chosen, so you can safely choose the character that you are more interested in.

How to unlock daily quests in Honkai: Star Rail?

Honkai Star Rail Daily Training Screen

Daily quests are an important part of all Hoyoverse games as they provide the currency required for gacha, along with many other items. In Honkai: Star Rail players can earn up to 60 Star Jades daily with this method.

In Star Rail, it's much easier to get all the daily quest rewards as you only need to complete a few simple tasks.

In order to unlock daily activities, you will have to advance a bit in the main story. Once you get to planet Yarilo VI, Sampo will take your character underground in an attempt to protect him.

How to add friends in Honkai: Star Rail?

Honkai Star Rail Menu Screen

Before thinking about adding other people, you will first have to go through a bit of the main story in Honkai: Star Rail. When you're inside the express, the game will show you the function of adding new friends. To access it, go to the main menu by pressing the button in the upper left corner next to the map. Then tap on the "Friends" option in the menu on the right and you will be taken to the "Friends" screen. Here you will see two options in the middle at the top.

The left option will show you your current friends and the right option will allow you to add new ones.. In the right option, you can do two things:

  • If you have your friend's UID (displayed in the lower right corner of the screen), search by ID and your friend will appear in search results. Then just add it.
  • In addition, you will also see several random players on the screen. If you do not plan to add someone specific, you can send a request to add to these players.

How many planets are in Honkai: Star Rail?

Honkai Star Rail World Map

In Honkai: Star Rail, you use the Star Express to travel to different planets/worlds and solve the Stellaron crisis on each one. Currently three worlds are available in the game: Herta space station, Yarilo-VI and Xianzhou Lofu.

The story for the first two planets has already been completed, however, after level 34 of the Pathfinder on The Xianzhou Lofu, you will no longer have story quests. The main story of this planet is not finished yet., but most likely it will continue only in the version 1.1 update.

Does choice matter in Honkai: Star Rail?

Honkai Star Rail Kafka looks down with blue eyes

There are many dialogues in the game where it seems like your choices matter, but Hoyoverse is infamous for most of the dialogue doesn't really affect the story. This is true to some extent for Honkai: Star Rail, although sometimes your choices can affect further dialogue chains.

In the end, the story will still develop the same way, but you can witness the hidden dialogue and get an achievement for it. Moreover, there are times when your choice can really change the outcome of the quest, although this usually only happens in companion missions or adventure missions.

Where can I get planar decorations in Honkai: Star Rail?

Honkai Star Rail Herta with simulated universe

Planar Ornaments are special items in the Relic screen that are unlocked at the very beginning. This option is unlocked once you first reach World 3 in the Virtual Universe. A mechanic called "Dive" is featured in World 3 and all subsequent worlds.

There are two types of Planar Ornaments that can be looted in each world, with the chances of getting more XNUMX-Star Ornaments increasing as you clear the world on a higher difficulty. You can use 40 units. Energies of Mastering or one Dive Key to get rewards after defeating an elite monster or the final boss.

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