Best Blade Honkai Star Rail build: Light Cones, Relics, teams, more

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Honkai Star Rail has introduced Blade, a unique five-star main damage dealer that relies on losing HP to deal damage. Here’s a guide on how to make the strongest Blade by equipping him with the best Relics, Light Cones, teams, stats, and Planar Ornaments in Honkai Star Rail.

Blade is the latest addition to the playable characters in Honkai Star Rail, thanks to the 1.2 update. He is a five-star character who can deal massive AoE damage and survive on his own without much need for shielders or healers.

However, like other characters in Honkai Star Rail, which is similar to Genshin Impact, Blade needs to be built properly to unleash his full potential. You need to equip him with the right Light Cones, Relics, Planar Ornaments, and other resources that suit his playstyle and skills.

On that note, let’s take a look at the best Light Cones, Relics, Planar Ornaments, teams, Trace upgrades, and teams for Blade in Honkai Star Rail.

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Blade is a self-sufficient damage dealer in Honkai Star Rail.

Blade’s abilities in Honkai Star Rail explained

Blade belongs to the Wind element in Honkai Star Rail and follows the Path of Destruction which lets him specialize in dealing damage to multiple enemies:

  • Shard Sword (basic skill) – Blade deals Wind DMG to an enemy.
  • Hellscape (skill) – Reduces Blade’s HP by at least 30%. In return, his action is advanced forward by at least 100% and the basic skill turns into Forest of Swords for at least 3 turns. If reducing 30% of Blade’s HP will eliminate him, the HP is reduced to 1.
  • Death Sentence (Ultimate) – Blade’s HP is set to 50% and he deals AoE Wind DMG based on his ATK and max HP.
  • Shuhu’s Gift (Talent) – Blade stacks Charges every time he takes DMG and after reaching the maximum Charges limit, he performs a follow-up attack based on his ATK, max HP, and the HP Lost. He also gains 30% HP after the follow-up attack.
  • Karma Wind (technique) – Consumes 20% of Blade’s max HP at the start of the battle and deals damage based on 40% of his max HP.

Blade’s Trace Upgrade priorities in Honkai Star Rail

As a main DPS, you’d want to prioritize Blade’s Trace upgrades in this order:

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  • Basic Skill = Skill> Ultimate > Talent > Technique

For minor Trace upgrades, you can focus on getting as much HP and Crit Rate as possible as both these stats directly determine Blade’s damage output.

Best Relics for Blade in Honkai Star Rail

Longevous Disciple

  • Two-piece bonus – Increases max HP.
  • Four-piece bonus – Increases the wearer’s Crit Rate when they lose HP due to enemy attacks or consume it themselves.

Using this Relic set for Blade is a no-brainer because it is specifically designed to boost the character’s DMG and compensate for his HP-reducing ability. You get a major HP boost which directly contributes to Blade’s DMG and as a DPS unit, he can easily make the most of the Crit Rate boost.

Eagle of Twilight Line

  • Two-piece bonus – Increases Wind DMG
  • Four-piece bonus – Advances forward the wearer’s action after using the Ultimate.

This Relic set boosts Wind DMG which is obviously ideal for Blade. You’ll be frequently using his Ultimate due to which the four-piece bonus related to forwarding the action is also great. This, when combined with the action boost from the skill, makes Blade a very reliable damage dealer.

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Blade’s first banner in Honkai Star Rail was released with the 1.2 update.

Musketeer of Wild Wheat

  • Two-piece bonus – Increases ATK by 12%.
  • Four-piece bonus – Increases wearer’s SPD and basic attack DMG.

Both the buffs provided by this Relic set are brilliant for any Honkai Star Rail damage dealer, and Blade is no exception. However, it is still not as good as Longevous Disciple because the latter grants HP-based buffs.

Best Planar Ornaments for Blade in Honkai Star Rail

Rutilant Arena

The two-piece Rutilant Arena Planar Ornament increases Blade’s Crit Rate and if his Crit Rate reaches 70% or higher, his basic ATK and skill DMG are increased by 20%. As a damage dealer, Blade will frequently use his skill and basic attack, which is why we recommend this Planar Ornament for him in Honkai Star Rail.

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Inert Salsotto

The two-piece Inert Salsotto Planar Ornament set in Honkai Star Rail boosts Blade’s Crit Rate. Once his Crit Rate reaches 50% or higher, this ornament increases his Ultimate and follow-up attack DMG. Based on Blade’s kit mentioned above, it’s easy to conclude that Inert Salsotto will give him a major damage buff.

What Relic stats are best for Blade in Honkai Star Rail?

You can focus on getting the following stats while building Blade in Honkai Star Rail:

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  • HP
  • Crit DMG/Crit Rate
  • Wind DMG
  • SPD
  • ATK

Prioritise stats based on the order above.

The sub-stats you should try to get include:

  • Attack% (Most important)
  • HP
  • Crit Rate
  • Crit DMG
  • Break Effect
  • Speed
  • Effect resistance (least important)

Best Light Cones for Blade in Honkai Star Rail

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Blade deals damage to adjacent enemies as well.

The Unreachable Side

The five-star Unreachable Side is easily the most powerful Light Cone for Blade in Honkai Star Rail as it boosts his ATK, HP, and follow-up attack DMG. All these stats are a crucial part of his kit and no other Light Cone comes close in terms of compatibility.

Something Irreplaceable

This five-star Light Cone increases Blade’s ATK and restores his HP upon getting hit. Moreover, you get another DMG buff after getting hit and someone like Blade who’ll be hit several times in each battle can easily utilize Something Irreplaceable in Honkai Star Rail.

Collapsing sky

Free-to-play Honkai Star Rail players can use the Collpasing Sky Light Cone to increase Blade’s basic skill and skill DMG. Both these abilities are the most important in his skill set and this three-star Light Cone can buff them by up to 40%.

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Mutual Demise

Mutual Demise is another three-star Honkai Star Rail Light Cone that can benefit Blade. It increases the wearer’s Crit Rate by up to 24% when their HP is less than 80% and it is safe to assume that Blade will constantly be in such a condition.

Nowhere to Run

You can use this Light Cone to boost Blade’s survivability in Honkai Star Rail. It increases the ATK by up to 48% which is massive, and restores HP based on ATK whenever the wearer defeats an enemy.

Apart from these Light Cones, a lot of Path of Destruction Light Cones such as A Secret Vow, Under the Blue Sky, and On the Fall of an Aeon work well with Blade. This is because as a damage dealer, Blade can benefit from any Light Cone that buffs his ATK and Crit Rate. Having said that, anything that either grants you HP or boosts survivability should be the first priority.

Best teams for Blade in Honkai Star Rail

You want Blade to get hit in Honkai Star Rail as it increases his damage output which is why we don’t recommend using shield characters with him. At the same time, you want support characters to buff Blade’s DMG and a healer to get him out of sticky situations.

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Based on these observations, these are some of the best teams for Blade in Honkai Star Rail:

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Blade and Dan Heng belong to the same element in Honkai Star Rail.

Are Blade’s Eidolons worth it in Honkai Star Rail?

You can easily witness Blade’s damage-dealing potential at E0 in Honkai Star Rail and none of his Eidolons are compulsory for the build above. However, there are some decent buffs you can get from Blade’s Eidolons:

  • E1: Increases Blade’s max HP when his health goes below 50% during battles.
  • E2: Increases the attack of Blade’s next attack if he restores HP during the Charged basic attack stage.
  • E3: Ultimate Lv. +2 up to a maximum of Lv. 15. Basic ATK Lv. +1, up to a maximum of Lv. 10.
  • E4: Deals additional AoE Wind DMG to enemies if his HP is greater than 50% while using the Ultimate.
  • E5: Skill Lv. +2 up to a maximum of Lv. 15. Basic ATK Lv. +1, up to a maximum of Lv. 10.
  • E6: Saves Blade from dying as when the character receives a dying blow, his HP turns to 1 and the talent is triggered automatically.

All these Eidolons significantly improve Blade’s existing skills but none of them reduce the character’s worth at E0.

Well, this was everything to know about building Blade as an explosive damage dealer in Honkai Star Rail. For more content on the game, you can check out:

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