Honkai: Star Rail update 2.3 will make Toughness Reduction more transparent

A look at the improvements coming with the next version

With the dawn of the “Break meta” in Honkai: Star Rail, the concept of Toughness Reduction in the RPG’s turn-based battles is more important than ever. Accordingly, developer HoYoverse is making the mechanic a bit more transparent in update 2.3 so that players can reach an easier understanding of how much Toughness an enemy possesses and how much their own attacks can reduce it.

Starting with version 2.3, Toughness Reduction is clearly displayed as an attribute in the ability and Trace overview of each character. This means you can check the Toughness Reduction of each Basic Attack, Skill, and Ultimate and find out precisely how good they are at breaking foes.

Likewise, when viewing the detailed stats of an enemy during combat, you’ll be able to see exact numerical values for their current and maximum Toughness, allowing you to figure out how long you’ll need to inflict Weakness Break on them.

As a reminder, Toughness is the white bar above an enemy’s HP. Depleting it completely induces Weakness Break, dealing Break Damage, delaying the enemy’s action, and making them more vulnerable for a time.

Another new feature to be added in version 2.3 is the Finality’s Vision. It will allow players to play certain content despite not having reached that part in the main story yet – this will enable users to enter the upcoming Divergent Universe and Apocalyptic Shadow modes even if they haven’t finished the Penacony arc yet, for example. Missions available through the Finality’s Vision will be especially marked in the quest log and feature an “Early Access Obtained” tag.

The Divergent Universe and Apocalyptic Shadow are massive new content additions as well and you can learn more about them in the Honkai: Star Rail update 2.3 overview.

Finally, some smaller quality-of-life improvements will make other several areas of the game a bit smoother: PC players will be able to use keyboard shortcuts to navigate through different tabs on pages like the Inventory, it’ll be easier to see view the details of your friends’ character builds, and event missions and content will get a special marker, allowing you to identify them more easily.

Honkai: Star Rail version 2.3 will be released on June 19, 2024, with the banners featuring Firefly and Jade.

Marco Wutz


Marco Wutz is a writer from Parkstetten, Germany. He has a degree in Ancient History and a particular love for real-time and turn-based strategy games like StarCraft, Age of Empires, Total War, Age of Wonders, Crusader Kings, and Civilization as well as a soft spot for Genshin Impact and Honkai: Star Rail. He began covering StarCraft 2 as a writer in 2011 for the largest German community around the game and hosted a live tournament on a stage at gamescom 2014 before he went on to work for Bonjwa, one of the country's biggest Twitch channels. He branched out to write in English in 2015 by joining tl.net, the global center of the StarCraft scene run by Team Liquid, which was nominated as the Best Coverage Website of the Year at the Esports Industry Awards in 2017. He worked as a translator on The Crusader Stands Watch, a biography in memory of Dennis "INTERNETHULK" Hawelka, and provided live coverage of many StarCraft 2 events on the social channels of tl.net as well as DreamHack, the world's largest gaming festival. From there, he transitioned into writing about the games industry in general after his graduation, joining GLHF, a content agency specializing in video games coverage for media partners across the globe, in 2021. He has also written for NGL.ONE, kicker, ComputerBild, USA Today's ForTheWin, The Sun, Men's Journal, and Parade. Email: marco.wutz@glhf.gg