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Honkai: Star Rail update 2.0 release date, story, relics, and events

Everything you need to know about the Penacony update
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If One Dreams At Midnight, the Honkai: Star Rail 2.0 update, is going to be a massive one and the most recent livestream by developer HoYoverse has revealed lots of interesting details about the patch. We’ll travel to a planet called Penacony, a former prison world that now functions as a massive luxury hotel renowned throughout the cosmos. The Reverie’s unique selling point is that you’ll be able to enter a world of dreams after falling asleep there, having your wildest desires fulfilled in a world you have full control over.

That sounds a little too good to be true, so we should fully expect some complications along the way – when did we ever get to fully enjoy a vacation in one of these games?

This new version will have a ton of fresh content for players in store, so here’s everything you need to know about the Honkai: Star Rail update 2.0 release date, story, and content.

Honkai: Star Rail 2.0 artwork showing Black Swan, Sparkle, and Misha.

Penacony promises to be a surreal adventure.

Honkai: Star Rail update 2.0 release date

Honkai: Star Rail update 2.0 will be available on February 6, 2024. Check out the Honkai: Star Rail 2.0 banners to find out which characters await you in the first and second half of the patch and make sure you watch the excellent trailer for 2.0 below – yes, they made an entire music video for this:

Honkai: Star Rail update 2.0 story

Penacony’s main story arc will span the versions 2.0 to 2.2 and end with an epilogue in 2.3, so we are looking at half a year of Trailblaze Missions on this planet of illusions.

Things will start off with “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” in version 2.0, which has the Astral Express arrive on the planet at the invitation of The Family, Penacony’s ruling clique. This event, the so-called Charmony Festival, features characters from many worlds and backgrounds and will be a sort of melting pot for important figures from all over the universe.

In addition, update 2.0 will feature a new Companion Mission centered around Sparkle, and we can expect tons of Side Missions in Penacony itself.

Pictured above are some of the brand-new enemy types you can expect to face in the Dreamscape: Robo t-rex chefs, insectoid incarnations of death with insta-kill attacks, and... trashcans. We knew that was coming thanks to the meme-heavy Sweet Dreams Preview.

Honkai: Star Rail update 2.0 relics, materials, and Light Cones

Penacony will feature various playable areas and these, naturally, come with additional Caverns of Corrosion and Crimson Calyxes to work on, providing players with brand-new equipment for their characters.

New Honkai: Star Rail 2.0 relics:

  • Pioneer Diver of Dead Water: Boosts characters’ damage against debuffed targets.
  • Watchmaker, Master of Dream Machinations: Increases the entire team’s Break Effect.

New Honkai: Star Rail 2.0 ascension materials:

  • Dream Flamer: Used to ascend Quantum characters.
  • Dream Fridge: Used to Ice ascend Ice characters.

In addition, there will be fresh Trace, Skill, and Light Cone upgrade materials for Nihility, Harmony, and Destruction characters – that means you won’t be able to do much pre-farming for the first new characters coming in 2.0.

Aside from the new 5-Star Light Cones available from the banners, the Light Cone shop in the Forgotten Hall and Pure Fiction modes will stock an array of new wares, providing all-new options for all Paths.

Honkai: Star Rail update 2.0 events

Naturally, update 2.0 will feature several time-limited events alongside all the new story content. Players will be delighted to know that the coming version will feature two check-in events, each of them providing you with ten pulls for the limited banners – yes, that’s 20 free Warps.

That’s not all the free stuff, though: The Hanu’s Prison Break event will feature a 4-Star character selector allowing you to choose between Guinaifen, Sampo, Asta, and Yukong.

Honkai: Star Rail 2.0 events:

  • Hanu’s Prison Break
  • Dreamchaser Bulletin
  • Dreamjolt TV
  • Penacony Food Fest

HoYoverse also announced upcoming real-life events for Honkai: Star Rail – a series of carnivals and concerts. We’re supposed to hear more about the first in the near future and more about the latter in the second half of the year.