Honkai Star Rail pity system explained: 50-50, pity counter, more

Aakrit Sharma
Trailblazer in Honkai Star RailHoYoverse

Honkai Star Rail version 1.6 has introduced Ruan Mei and Dr. Ratio and players will be able to spend Stellar Jade on these banners yet again. Understanding the game’s pity system is key to planning your expenditure properly, and here’s how to count your pity for the character and Light Cone banner..

Honkai Star Rail lets you unlock new characters and Light Cones every few weeks. The fixed update cycle has worked like a charm so far, as players get enough time to explore the new content and prepare for the upcoming character banners.

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The character and Light Cone banners in Honkai Star Rail are as lucrative as it gets and they’re time-limited as well. Although the RPG is entirely free-to-play, there’s no limit on how much you spend on banners which is why players with limited funds must understand the gacha mechanics .

If you’re confused about the drop-rate of five-star characters and Light Cones in Honkai Star Rail, here’s a comprehensive guide to the game’s pity system.

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Departure banner in Honkai Star RailHoYoverse
You can only warp fifty times on the Departure banner in Honkai Star Rail.

How does pity work in Honkai Star Rail?

Character banner pity system

The pity system in Honkai Star Rail ensures that you get a five-star character within every 90 warps on a character banner. All banners in the game have a separate pity counter meaning that performing 75 warps on the Light Cone banner won’t guarantee you a five-star character within the next 15 warps on any of the character banners.

However, pity carries over updates, implying that even if the character/Light Cone featured in an event banner changes, your pity won’t be reset. For instance, if you were unable to get a five-star character from the first 50 warps on Jingliu’s banner, you’ll get a guaranteed five-star character within the first 40 warps you make on Topaz/Seele’s banner.

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Double character banners

Honkai Star Rail, with the 1.4 update, started releasing double banners for five-star characters. Double banners usually include a previously released five-star character, giving players another chance to get their favorite units. However, as time progresses, we might see both event banners being re-runs for old characters like Genshin Impact.

It is important to note that double rerun banners in Honkai Star Rail share the same pity and the four-star characters. This means that pulling on any of the two event character banner adds to your overall pity for the event character banners. The idea is to give you more freedom to select the five-star character you want.

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Light Cone banner pity system

Light Cone banners in Honkai Star Rail are slightly more rewarding, as the pity in these banners guarantees a five-star drop at 80 warps instead of 90.

It is worth noting that pity on a banner in Honkai Star Rail resets once you get a five-star drop from it.

This table will also help you understand the drop rates and pity system in Honkai Star Rail:

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Type of bannerFour-star pityFour-star drop rateFive-star pityFive-star drop rate
Character event banner10 Warps5.1%90 Warps0.6%
Light Cone event banner10 Warps6.6%80 Warps0.8%
Stellar Warp (permanent banner)10 Warps5.1%90 Warps0.6%
Departure Warp (starter banner)10 Warps5.1%50 Warps0.6%

What is soft pity in Honkai Star Rail?

Soft pity is an unofficial term used by Honkai Star Rail players when they get a five-star character around 70-80 pulls. Although there’s no official confirmation on this, many believe that your chances of getting a five-star character increase around 70-80 pulls on the banner and going to the upper limit of 90 is not necessary most of the time.

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Hence, soft pity is players getting a five-star drop between 70-80 pulls while hard pity is when you get the guaranteed five-star drop at 90 warps.

In the case of the weapon banner, hard pity is 80 while soft pity is 60-70 pulls.

Standard Warp banner in Honkai Star RailHoYoverse
The permanent banner in Honkai Star Rail doesn’t have 50-50 mechanics.

How does 50-50 work in Honkai Star Rail banners?

In Honkai Star Rail’s event banners for characters, there’s a 50-50 chance that the first five-star character you get is the one featured in the banners. However, if you don’t get the featured five-star character, the next five-star drop you get is guaranteed to be the featured one. Like pity, the 50-50 count carries over to updates.

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To put all these mechanics into one example:

If you’re pulling on Seele’s banner, there’s a 50-50 chance that the first five-star drop you get from the banner is Seele. Suppose you get a five-star character at the 40th warp, but it turns out to be Welt. Now, your banner’s pity will be reset to 0, but the next five-star you get from the banner will be the featured one (Seele or any other character like Jing Yuan).

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Is there 50-50 in Honkai Star Rail Light Cone banners?

No, instead of 50, there’s a 75% chance that the five-star Light Cone you get from a Honkai Star Rail banner is the one with the boosted drop rate. If you lose this chance, the next five-star drop is guaranteed to be the featured five-star Light Cone.

How to count pity in Honkai Star Rail?

You can count pity in Honkai Star Rail by going to the desired banner’s in-game page and clicking on the View Details page and going to Records. Go back in pages till you find the last five-star drop you got from the banner and start counting the number of warps you’ve made since that.

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Seele's banner in Honkai Star RailHoYoverse
Event banners in Honkai Star Rail remain live for three weeks.

Is the pity in Honkai Star Rail and Genshin Impact the same?

Yes, Genshin Impact and Honkai Star Rail have the same pity systems. Previously, the only difference was that Honkai Star Rail didn’t have rerun banners, shared pity within banners, and Epitome Invocation (for weapon banners) but this changed with the second phase of the 1.4 update which will bring in the rerun banner for Seele alongside a new banner for Topaz.

We hope this guide helps you clear any doubts regarding the pity system in Honkai Star Rail. For more content on the game, check out:

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Aakrit is a games writer with over 2000 published articles for EssentiallySports, Sportskeeda, FortniteINTEL, and CharlieINTEL. Currently, he writes guides on Minecraft, Roblox, Pokemon games, Genshin Impact, and Brawlhalla. Aakrit loves playing shooter games and in his free time, you can find him queued up in Valorant, Fortnite, Apex Legends, or Halo Infinite. You can contact Aakrit at [email protected].