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Honkai Star Rail Blade build, best Relics, Light Cones, teams

Find out the best Relics, Light Cones, Eidolons and abilities to use on the high-risk, high-reward best Honkai Star Rail Blade build on PC, mobile, PS5 and PS4.

Honkai Star Rail Blade build: Blade looking menacingly at the camera, shadows covering the top of his head.

What is the best Honkai Star Rail Blade build? HSR’s Blade is a five-star Wind Destruction damage dealer and all-round mysterious figure. What we do know is that he is legendary with a blade (if you couldn’t guess) and is a prominent member of the Stellaron Hunters. He also ranks among the strongest characters in Honkai Star Rail, even rivalling Seele for damage, so you will want to know the best Honkai Star Rail Blade build. In this guide, we’ll cover the Relics, Light cones, abilities, and more to create the best Blade build.

If you can’t get enough of Honkai Star Rail then worry not. We’ve got a guide covering all the Honkai Star Rail characters you can meet and collect, alongside a Honkai Star Rail tier list of best characters so you can see where each one in the RPG game ranks. It’s also worth reading up on the Honkai Star Rail elements and Honkai Star Rail Paths so you understand how each character can fit into a team, particularly with a unique character like Blade.

What is the best Honkai Star Rail Blade build?

The best Honkai Star Rail Blade build is:

  • Relics – Messenger Traversing Hackerspace (4pc), Rutilant Arena (2pc)
  • Light Cone – The Unreachable Side
  • Stats – HP%, ATK%, SPD
  • Role – Bruiser DPS
  • Team – Blade, Welt, Bronya, Luocha

As a Destruction Path character, Blade is a highly capable bruiser, balancing damage with defence. Perhaps the most interesting thing about Blade is that he sacrifices his own HP to deal his high damage, creating a high-risk, high-reward playstyle. With the right build and team, Blade is a force to be reckoned with.

Luckily, below you will find everything you need to know about the Relic set-piece bonuses, Light Cone alternatives, stat priority and more to make the best Blade build in Honkai Star Rail. Given he can reach the same level as Seele in terms of damage output, you don’t want to gloss over the right equipment and setup.

Which Relics should I use for Blade in Honkai Star Rail?

The best Honkai Star Rail Blade build will use a combination of two different sets to maximize his damage and HP.

Relic Set Effect
Longevous Disciple

Two-piece: Increases max HP by 12%.

Four-piece: When the wearer is hit or has their HP consumed by an ally, their Crit Rate increases by 8% for two turns. This can stack up to two times.

Rutilant Arena Two-piece: Increases the wearer’s Crit Rate by 8%. When the wearer’s current Crit Rate reaches 80% or higher, the wearer’s basic attack and skill damage is increased by 20%.
Eagle of Twilight Line

Two-piece: Increases Wind DMG by 10%.

Four-piece: After the wearer uses their ultimate, their action is advanced forward by 25%.

Fleet of the Ageless Two-piece: Increases the wearer’s max HP by 12%. When the wearer’s SPD reaches 120 or higher, all allies’ ATK increases by 8%.

With dual-scaling between HP and ATK, it’s important to choose the right Relics for the best Blade build. With HSR 1.2, that is four-piece Longevous Disciple and two-piece Rutilant Arena planar ornament. Longevous Disciple is tailor-made for Blade’s playstyle, as it increases max HP and adds the effect that consuming HP grants enhanced Crit Rate.

This pairs perfectly with the Rutilant Arena planar ornament set which further improves Crit Rate, but also offers up amped up ability damage when you reach the threshold. However, if you’ve got a high Eidolon level Blade, then Inert Salsotto will outperform Rutilant Arena. Given you’re likely to already have some great Inert Salsotto drops, you could certainly use this Relic set even with a low Eidolon level to save yourself the trouble of farming for Rutilant Arena.

Overall, Blade will be a deadly damage dealer that can take a surprising amount of hits with these Relics. Against Wind Weakness enemies, Blade will be your best pick for sure, though he’s absolutely devastating even against non-Wind Weakness enemies.

Prior to version 1.2, Eagle of Twilight Line and Fleet of the Ageless were the best Relics for Blade. They are still great picks though, so you can always use them if you have them already while you grind for the newer sets. Eagle of Twilight Line will improve Blade’s Wind DMG by 10% and will advance forward their action by 25% after using their ultimate ability. On the other hand, Fleet of the Ageless will increase Blade’s max HP by 12%, thereby also improving his damage potential.

Which Light Cone should I use for Blade in Honkai Star Rail?

Blade’s signature Light Cone, The Unreachable Side, is undoubtedly best-in-slot for the strongest Blade build in Honkai Star Rail, though there are several alternatives that are more accessible.

Light Cone Effect
The Unreachable Side (Best) Increase the max HP and ATK of the wearer by 16%. Damage when attacking is also increased by 30%, and follow-up attacks by 30%.
A Secret Vow (Alt) Increases damage dealt by the wearer by 20%. The wearer also deals an extra 20% of damage to enemies whose current HP percentage is equal to or higher than the wearer’s current HP percentage.
Something Irreplaceable (Alt) Increase the ATK of the wearer by 24%. After receiving an attack, the wearer immediately restores HP equal to 8% of the wearer’s ATK, and increases damage dealt by 20%. This effect will be valid until the end of the wearer’s turn. The effect cannot stack and can only trigger once per turn.
On the Fall of an Aeon (Alt) When the wearer attacks an enemy, their ATK is increased by 8% for the duration of the battle, stacking up to four times. When the wearer inflicts Weakness Break on enemies, their damage is increased by 12% for two turns.
The Moles Welcome You (Alt) For every basic attack, skill, and ultimate used by the wearer, the will gain one stack of Mischievous. Each stack increases the wearer’s ATK by 12%.
Collapsing Sky (F2P) Increases the wearer’s basic attack and skill damage by 16%.

The Unreachable Side will amplify both of Blade’s main stats, increasing max HP and ATK by 16%, alongside bonuses to damage when attacking and follow-up attacks. Overall, Blade’s signature Light Cone covers all bases. Clara’s signature Light Cone, Something Irreplaceable is also a great alternative as it will provide an ATK boost as well as a small amount of healing after taking damage.

Thankfully, there are still some great alternatives. A Secret Vow will be the best alternative Light Cone for Blade to enhance his damage, and it’s also a four-star. A Secret Vow will not only provide a flat 20% damage increase, but also deal increased damage to enemies with more HP than Blade. With Blade’s skill consuming his HP, this effect can be triggered very often to let Blade unleash devastating attacks.

From here, the five-stars Something Irreplaceable and On the Fall of an Aeon are strong contenders. Thankfully, the latter can be acquired through Herta’s Shop.

The Moles Welcome You is a four-star Light Cone that will grant stacks by using basic attacks, skills, and ultimate abilities to increase ATK. Moreover, Collapsing Sky is a three-star Destruction Light Cone that increases both basic attack damage and skill damage by 16%, Blade’s main ability loop. While these will struggle to beat Blade’s signature Light Cone, they will work if you don’t have it.

Picking a Light Cone for Blade can be quite the challenge as most of the Destruction Light Cones currently available lack HP benefits, which Blade excels with. This is why The Unreachable Side is as good as it is, since it’s a rare Destruction Light Cone that not only increases max HP, but also damage. However, it is a five-star and his signature Light Cone, so it won’t be easy to get. If you’re thinking of picking Blade up, take a look at what equipment you’ve got in your inventory first.

What is the best Honkai Star Rail Blade team comp?

The best Honkai Star Rail Blade team comp is Blade, Welt, Bronya, and Luocha.

Character 1 Character 2 Character 3 Character 4
Blade (DPS Bruiser) Welt (DPS CC) Bronya (Support) Luocha (Healer)
Blade (DPS Bruiser) Bronya (Support) Silver Wolf (Support) Gepard (Tank)
Blade (DPS Bruiser) Pela (Support) Tingyun (Support) Natasha (Healer)

With Blade’s attacks consuming his own health, he will need a strong healer to keep him out of harms way. As such, Luocha will fill that role nicely, rewarding aggressive playstyles with his Field on top of strong healing skills. Bailu or Natasha can be a strong alternative if you would prefer a more safe team. Welt will act as a sub-DPS and support for the team, disrupting the enemy and dealing Imaginary damage. And last but not least, Bronya will give Blade valuable buffs, such as bonus ATK and an extra turn, which can give him a head start on his Forest of Swords attack.

A more free-to-play friendly Blade team is Blade, Pela, Tingyun, and Natasha. Pela will reduce the enemies DEF using her ultimate and remove any buffs they may have. Tingyun can provide a valuable damage boost to Blade before he attacks. Natasha is a great and accessible healer that will keep Blade stocked up as he trades health for damage. Alternatively, Pela could be swapped for Serval for added AoE damage and Tingyun could be swapped for Asta to gain bonus SPD and Fire damage.

While you might think a character like Tingyun or Asta would be perfect for Blade and increasing his damage, their buffs aren’t as strong as they usually are for most characters. This is due to Blade’s partial HP scaling, so until there’s a support that can boost max HP or provide other HP benefits, then supports like Bronya and Pela are better allies.

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What do Blade’s attacks and abilities do in Honkai Star Rail?

Ability Effect
Shard Sword (Basic) Deals 50% of Blade’s ATK as Wind DMG to a target enemy.
Hellscape (Skill)

Consumes 30% of Blade’s max HP to immediately advance action forward by 100%. In addition, damage increases by 12% and basic attack ‘Shard Sword’ is enhanced to ‘Forest of Swords’ for three turns.

Skill cannot be used while ‘Forest of Swords’ is active. If HP is insufficient, after using skill, Blade’s HP will be reduced to one. This skill cannot regenerate Energy.

Death Sentence (Ultimate) Deals 28.8% of Blade’s ATK plus 72% of max HP as Wind DMG to an enemy and 14.4% of Blade’s ATK plus 36% of max HP as Wind DMG to adjacent targets. Additionally, sets Blade’s current HP to 50% of his max HP.
Shuhu’s Gift (Talent) Every time he takes damage, Blade gains one Charge stack for three turns, stacking up to five times. When the maximum Charge stacks is reached, consume all Charges and immediately unleash a follow-up attack on all enemies, dealing 21% of Blade’s ATK plus 54% of the HP loss while stacking Charges as Wind DMG. Then, restore Blade’s HP by 30% of his max HP.
Karma Wind (Technique) Immediately attacks the enemy. After entering battle, consumes 20% of Blade’s max HP and deals 40% of Blade’s max HP as Wind DMG to all enemies.
Cyclone of Destruction (Trace Ascension) Wind DMG dealt by the follow-up attack of Blade’s talent is increased by 15%.
Dead and Back Again (Trace Ascension) When Blade his an enemy with Weakness Break using Forest of Swords, he restores HP by 10% of max HP plus 80.
Endless Lifespan (Trace/Ascension) If Blade’s HP is 50% of lower, incoming healing is increased by an additional 20%.

Blade’s abilities scale off both his max HP and ATK to deal heavy damage. While a strong Blade build will have a high max HP stat to improve damage, his skill consumes a portion of his health making him a high-risk, high-reward character. Blade’s skill will improve his basic attack for three skills so you’ll always want this active if you have health to spare. In terms of recovering HP, Blade’s ultimate will set current HP to 50% of his max, while his talent will restore HP by 30% of his max HP. The Dead and Back Again ascension ability can also regenerate a small amount of health under limited circumstances.

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What are Blade’s Eidolons in Honkai Star Rail?

Eidolon Effect
Rejected by Death, Infected with Life Every time Blade’s HP goes below 50%, max HP is increased by 20%. This can stack up to two times.
Missed Dreams and Countless Regrets While ‘Forest of Swords’ is active, if Blade’s HP is restored, his next attack’s damage is increased by 15%. This effect stacks up to three times.
Smelting Steel and Milling Grains Ultimate level +2, up to a maximum of level 15. Talent level +2, up to a maximum of level 10.
Ultimate Sword, Hidden Hell When using his ultimate, if Blade’s HP is above 50% then this will deal 100% of the HP loss caused by the ultimate to the enemy and adjacent targets as additional Wind DMG.
Death Sentence, Facing Karma Skill level +3, up to a maximum of level 15. Basic attack level +1, up to a maximum of level 10.
Body and Soul When struck by a killing blow, instead of becoming downed, Blade’s HP is reduced to one and his talent is immediately triggered. This effect can only trigger once every three turns.

Eidolons are the equivalent of Constellations from Genshin Impact, acting as permanent buffs for characters after each additional copy of the character you receive.

Blade’s Eidolons further align his playstyle around his HP to increase damage or sustain. For example, his first Eidolon is incredibly valuable in terms of damage bonuses and survivability, increasing max HP by 20% to a maximum of +40% if his health drops below 50%. Similarly, his second Eidolon will increase the next attack’s damage if his HP is restored while his empowered basic attack is active.

While all of Blade’s Eidolons are useful, Eidolon 1, 2, and 4 are perhaps the most valuable overall, so focus on getting those if you just can’t get enough of Blade’s unique playstyle. If you’re strapped for Stellar Jade, then aim for E2 if you’re going for Eidolons.

Honkai Star Rail Blade Ascension and Trace materials

Here are the Honkai Star Rail Blade Ascension and Trace materials:

  • Immortal Scionette (Ascension)
  • Immortal Aeroblossom (Ascension)
  • Immortal Lumintwig (Ascension)
  • Ascendant Debris (Ascension)
  • Shattered Blade (Trace)
  • Immortal Scionette (Trace)
  • Lifeless Blade (Trace)
  • Immortal Aeroblossom (Trace)
  • Worldbreaker Blade (Trace)
  • Immortal Lumintwig (Trace)
  • Regret of Infinite Ochema (Trace)
  • Tracks of Destiny (Trace)
  • Credits

As always, it will take a lot of time grinding Calyxes to fully upgrade Blade and his abilities. Given how incredibly strong he is though, it’s certainly something worth doing as soon as you can. With max level skills, Blade can carry you through almost anything in the game.

Honkai Star Rail Blade: Blade during casting his ultimate ability, which his cracked sword glowing orange in front of his face.

How do I get Blade in Honkai Star Rail?

To get Blade in Honkai Star Rail, you will have to wait for their limited Character Event banner to be active, so keep an eye on the current and upcoming banners.

Being a treasured five-star character, Blade isn’t always easy to come by; they could take you a significant number of Warps to get. With Blade having his own limited Character Event Warp banner, you also have a limited time to get him once his banner is active. Be sure to read up on the Honkai Star Rail pity system so you’re in the know on how many Warps it could take you to get Blade.

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Who is Honkai Star Rail’s Blade?

Blade is a five-star Wind bruiser DPS character belonging to the Destruction Path who will serve as a high health damage dealer.

He is a mysterious member of the Stellaron Hunters. While we don’t know his true name, Blade’s mastery of the sword precedes him. Wielding an ancient sword marred by cracks, it’s clear that Blade is a highly skilled fighter that you’ll want to stay on the good side of.

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Is Honkai Star Rail’s Blade worth it?

Honkai Star Rail’s Blade is certainly worth it if you’re in need of a tank-DPS hybrid, similar to Clara. In fact, Blade’s damage can be so high that he’s the first true rival to Seele, despite her being a Hunt Path character. However, no character in HSR is a must-pull, Blade included.

If you like Blade’s playstyle and character, then we recommend picking him up. This is especially true if you’ve already got strong characters that pair well with him, such as Luocha. With Simulated Universe requiring two teams to complete the later stages, having several strong characters is a must, and you can’t go wrong with the best Honkai Star Rail Blade build.

It’s worth noting though that there’s very few Light Cones that work well with Blade currently. So if you’re not also pulling for his five-star signature Light Cone, then make sure you’ve got one of the alternative Light Cones. This is because Blade scales on both ATK and HP, with most Destruction Light Cones not benefitting HP stats all that much.

Now you know all there is to create the best Honkai Star Rail Blade build, including what Relics and Light Cones to use, his abilities, Eidolons, and more. Remember that he’s only as good as the rest of the party, so get prepared with the best Honkai Star Rail builds for every character and the best Honkai Star Rail team comps. With him ready for battle, grab your best team and dive into the Honkai Star Rail Forgotten Hall endgame activity for some great rewards. Good luck, Trailblazer.