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Honkai: Star Rail – Blade build and ascension guide

Check out the best Light Cones and Relics for Blade in Honkai: Star Rail
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The best Honkai: Star Rail Blade build cuts both ways, optimizing this edgy character’s damage output by boosting his Attack and HP. Blade is a tragic man – one who seeks death, but has the ability to regenerate his health even after the most grievous injuries. He’s following the Path of The Destruction and deals Wind Damage.

Blade’s Skill, Hellscape, consumes his own HP to allow him to enter the Hellscape state. This increases his damage and transforms his Basic Attack into the Forest of Swords, changing it from a single-target attack to a blast attack. Forest of Swords also consumed a little of Blade’s HP with every attack, adding damage based on his maximum HP.

His Ultimate, Death Sentence, sets Blade’s HP to 50% of his maximum HP – meaning it’s a heal if his previous HP amount is lower – and deals more damage based on his Attack, maximum HP, and how much HP he’s lost over the course of this battle. This value is capped to 90% of his maximum HP and is reset after each usage of his Ultimate.

Honkai: Star Rail Blade artwork on space background.

Blade is an offensive powerhouse, but needs good sustain on his team.

Blade’s Talent, Shuhu’s Gift, allows him to gain one stack of Charge whenever he is attacked or consumes his own HP. Once he has five Charge stacks, he immediately consumes them and launches a follow-up attack on every enemy based on his Attack and maximum HP. This heals him for a percentage value of his maximum HP as well.

Blade’s Eidolon Levels, which can be obtained by pulling multiple copies of him, are pretty sweet as well, boosting his Ultimate damage (Level 1) and Critical Hit Rate in the Hellscape state (Level 2). Level 4 offers the amazing boon of increasing his maximum HP by 20% when his HP drops below 50%, which stacks two times. Best of all, Level 6 reduces the number of Charge stacks Blade can have to four, meaning you’ll get more frequent follow-up attacks and heals. As a cherry on top, they’ll do more damage as well.

Honkai: Star Rail – Blade: best Light Cones

Blade is best served with his signature Light Cone, The Unreachable Side. It’s available from the Light Cone banner accompanying Blade’s release.

The Unreachable Side increases the wearer’s Critical Hit Rate and their maximum HP. It further boosts the wearer’s damage whenever they are attacked or consume their own HP. This effect resets after the wielder’s next attack.

Best Light Cones for Blade:

  • The Unreachable Side (5-Star)
  • Something Irreplaceable (5-Star)
  • Nowhere to Run (4-Star)
  • The Moles Welcome You (4-Star)
  • Collapsing Sky (3-Star)
Honkai: Star Rail Blade.

This Blade character looks kind of mean.

Honkai: Star Rail – Blade: best Relics

Alongside the usual offensive stats a damage dealer wants to boost – Attack, Critical Hit Rate, and Critical Hit Damage – Blade will naturally want to increase his maximum HP as much as possible, since it’s a potent source of damage for him. More HP will allow him to consume his life more often as well without getting into dangerous one-hit territory. A new Relic Set coming with update 1.2, Longevous Disciple, ticks all those boxes.

Best Relic Sets for Blade:

  • Longevous Disciple (4) – +12% maximum HP, +8% Critical Hit Rate (stacks two times) for two turns when the wearer is hit or has their HP consumed by an ally.
  • Eagle of the Twilight Line (4) – +10% Wind Damage, wearer’s next action is advanced forward by 25% after their Ultimate.

Best Planar Ornaments for Blade:

  • Rutilant Arena (2) – +8% Critical Hit Rate, +20% Basic Attack and Skill damage when the wearer’s Critical Hit Rate reaches 70%.
  • Inert Salsotto (2) – +8% Critical Hit Rate, +15% Ultimate and follow-up attack damage when the wearer's Critical Hit Rate reaches 50%.

Prioritize the following Relic and Planar Ornament stats for Blade:

  • Head – HP (Primary), Critical Hit Rate %, HP %, Critical Hit Damage %, Speed
  • Hands – Attack (Primary), Critical Hit Rate %, HP %, Critical Hit Damage %, Speed
  • Body – Critical Hit Rate % (Primary), HP %, Critical Hit Damage %, Speed, Attack %
  • Feet – Speed (Primary), HP %, Critical Hit Rate %, Critical Hit Damage %, Attack %
  • Planar Sphere – Wind Damage % (Primary), Critical Hit Rate %, HP %, Critical Hit Damage %, Speed
  • Link Rope – HP % (Primary), Critical Hit Rate %, Critical Hit Damage %, Speed, Attack %
Honkai: Star Rail Blade swinging his sword while looking into the camera.

Our Blade build relies on stacking Critical Hit Rate and maximum HP for good damage output.

Honkai: Star Rail – Blade: best teams

Blade will be a team’s main damage dealer and requires a healer to accompany him despite his own regeneration abilities – his own HP consumption will likely far outstrip his self-healing ability. Depending on which enemies you’re expecting, you can add buffers and debuffers of different types into the mix.

In this team, Blade’s offensive prowess is boosted by Tingyun and Bronya, who can even help him to get his attacks out quicker thanks to her Skill. Yukong is another good candidate for this spot. If you want someone to debuff enemies instead, look no further than Silver Wolf, Pela, or Welt.

Finally, a healer like Luocha, Bailu, or Natasha can keep Blade’s health up – remember, unlike Arlan, who thrives when he’s low HP, Blade doesn’t need to stay in dangerous low HP territory to deal lots of damage. You want his HP to be nice and high so he can repeatedly consume his life force.

Honkai: Star Rail Blade points his sword towards the camera, while Kafka escapes in the background.

Blade and Kafka will work together somewhat well, too, since both have DoT effects up their sleeves.

Honkai: Star Rail – Blade: ascension materials

Here’s everything you need to know to get Blade ascended to the maximum level and upgrade all of his talents.

Blade requires the following ascension materials to get to level 80 in addition to the necessary XP:

  • Credits x308,000
  • Immortal Scionette x15
  • Immortal Aeroblossom x15
  • Immortal Lumintwig x15
  • Ascendant Debris x65

You can collect Immortal Scionettes, Aeroblossoms, and Lumintwigs from enemies on the Xianzhou Luofu as well as in the Simulated Universe. You can create or exchange them through the Omni-Synthesizer on the Astral Express, too. Immortal Scionettes are one of the materials you can easily farm through the Daily Assignments to your characters, making for a steady income of the material. 

Ascendant Debris can be obtained by defeating the Stagnant Shadow (Shape of Celestial). The best source of Credits is the Golden Calyx in the Great Mine.

Blade requires the following materials to upgrade his combat abilities and Traces:

  • Credits x3,000,000
  • Immortal Scionette x41
  • Immortal Aeroblossom x56
  • Immortal Lumintwig x58
  • Shattered Blade x18
  • Lifeless Blade x69
  • Worldbreaker Blade x139
  • Regret of Infinite Ochema x12
  • Tracks of Destiny x8

For the materials already mentioned, check above. Shattered, Lifeless, and Worldbreaker Blades can be farmed in the Crimson Calyx in the Storage Zone on Herta Space Station. As usual, you can create the high-level materials by using up lower-level materials in the Omni-Synthesizer on the Astral Express.

Regret of Infinite Ochema are gained from the Echo of War on the Xianzhou Luofu pitting you against Phantylia the Undying, while Tracks of Destiny can be obtained during time-limited events, the Embers Exchange, the Nameless Honor, or as a Simulated Universe Points Reward.