Honkai: Star Rail update 2.3 – release date, events, and new game modes

Find all events, modes, and updates in the new version

Filled to the brim with content, the Honkai: Star Rail update 2.3 brings exciting new banners, a massive Simulated Universe expansion, a third permanent endgame mode, and tons of other content to explore.

Bringing the storyline on the Planet of Festivities to an end for now, “Farewell, Penacony” will feature a brand-new Trailblaze Quest.

Here’s everything you need to know about Honkai: Star Rail update 2.3 including its release date, events, and content additions.

Honkai: Star Rail update 2.3 – release date

Version 2.3 of Honkai: Star Rail – Farewell, Penacony – will be released on June 19, 2024, on PC, iOS, Android, and PS5.

Honkai: Star Rail update 2.3 – story

After the Charmony Festival’s sudden termination, The Family is hoping for the assistance of the Astral Express in cleaning up the aftermath. Players will be invited to a new area of Penacony, an airship called Radiant Feldspar, where these delicate discussions will take place. Jade will arrive at Penacony and work with Topaz to take advantage of the situation for the IPC. 

Honkai: Star Rail screenshot of a luxurious airship.
The Radiant Feldspar, a luxurious airship in service to The Family. / HoYoverse

In the meantime, Sparkle is still on the loose and we’ll finally get to find out what those suspicious gift boxes she’s been handing out over the last three versions do, whereas Firefly is still waiting for her third “death” that’s been foretold by Elio’s script.

All of this will be touched on in the new Trailblaze Mission “Farewell, Penacony”.

We’ll get to learn more about Firefly in a new Animated Short and Myriad Celestia Trailer ahead of her release. Plus, an important bit of lore has already been dropped during the stream: Firefly does, in fact, practice the Chuuni voice lines she uses as Sam.

Honkai: Star Rail update 2.3 – modes

Aboard the Radiant Feldspar, Screwllum and Dr. Ratio have ushered in a new chapter of the Simulated Universe project – the Divergent Universe. This evolution of the Simulated Universe harbors new possibilities and features for players, such as a quicker way of farming Planar Ornaments. A new 5-Star Light Cone for characters following The Erudition will be available from Herta's Shop.

Apocalyptic Shadow is a third permanent endgame mode coming to Honkai: Star Rail. It’s on the opposite side of the spectrum from Pure Fiction, which is focused on quick wave-clearing, pitting players against bosses with special modifiers. Apocalyptic Shadow will be refreshed regularly – so players can expect fresh endgame content every two weeks with Apocalyptic Shadow, Pure Fiction, and Memory of Chaos. Thanks to an increase in rewards for each of these modes, a total of 2,400 Stellar Jades can be earned through these modes per update.

There will be some first-time clearance rewards for this mode as well, which will grant you a free copy of Xueyi.

Honkai: Star Rail update 2.3 – events

Honkai: Star Rail version 2.3 will feature the following events:

  • Origami Bird Clash – a Match 3-type arcade game that will have a multiplayer mode.
  • Stellar Shimmer – a combat event with extra modifiers.
  • Gift of Odyssey – login event granting players ten limited pulls.
  • Planar Fissure – double Planar Ornaments in Simulated and Divergent Universe.
  • Realm of the Strange – double Relics in Caverns of Corrosion.
Honkai: Star Rail Origami Clash screenshot.
Origami Clash will include a multiplayer component. / HoYoverse

Honkai: Star Rail update 2.3 – additions

Honkai: Star Rail version 2.3 will feature the following new Relic Sets:

  • Iron Cavalry against the Scourge: Provides buffs around Break and Super Break.
  • The Wind-Soaring Valorous: Provides buffs around follow-up attacks and Ultimates.

Both of these sets will be available in the Cavern of Corrosion: Path of Cavalier, which can be found in the Penacony Grand Theater after the update.

Honkai: Star Rail version 2.3 will feature the following new Planar Ornaments:

  • Duran, Dynasty of Running Wolves
  • Forge of the Kalpagni Lantern

You’ll be able to earn both of these Planar Ornaments from the Divergent Universe – Eternal Comedy.

Honkai: Star Rail version 2.3 will feature the following new Trace Materials:

  • The Erudition: Rough Sketch, Dynamic Outlining, Exquisite Colored Draft

This Trace Material will be available from the new Crimson Calys in the Penacony Grand Theater once the update is live.

At the end of the livestream, HoYoverse teased an upcoming story arc taking place on the Xianzhou Luofu – the Xianzhou Wardance. It looks like representatives from the Xianzhou Yaoqing and Xianzhou Zhuming will arrive on the Luofu for this event – and, naturally, they provide the bulk of upcoming Honkai: Star Rail characters.

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