Can you customize your character in Honkai: Star Rail?

Can You Customize Your Character in Honkai: Star Rail?

Honkai: Star Rail is the latest project from HoYoverse, the studio behind the wildly popular Genshin Impact. Set in a stunning sci-fi universe, this anime-styled role-playing and turn-based strategy game is already making a splash with its unique characters, well crafted and interesting combat, and intriguing story. Genshin Impact was light on ways to customize your character, focusing instead on pre-determined characters; is Honkai: Star Rail the same?

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Are There Any Customization Options For Your Character in Honkai: Star Rail?

The first 5 – 10 minutes of Honkai: Star Rail is a tutorial, but then you’ll reach a moment where you unlock your main character. You’ll be able to choose their gender from male and female and provide them a name of your choosing, but that’s the extent of what you’re able to customize about the character.

Whether male or female, they will already have a set appearance, outfit, voice, and combat style — so not much customizing there. Luckily, the character designs are actually really cool and look great, so there’s not much to complain about. I love that my character gets a futuristic baseball bat weapon to batter enemies with their flashy Stardust Ace Ultimate. Some games thrive on character customization, but Honkai: Star Rail is one that doesn’t need it to succeed.

While you can’t customize the looks or other features of your character, it’s still an RPG, which means stats, level-ups, and items.

In Honkai: Star Rail you have Light Cones, which can be equipped and upgraded to provide powerful stat bonuses based on the character’s type. You can also use resources to level Light Cones up and improve their bonuses.

There are also Traces, which serve as the main skill tree progression. Leveling up will unlock nodes that you can improve, providing you have the required resources.

Finally, there are Eidolons, which are powerful passive abilities. Though they require rare items to unlock, you can gain quite the boost to your characters stats.

At this stage, that’s all there is in terms of options to customize your character in Honkai: Star Rail. While you can’t alter much about the look of your main character, they are quite cool as they are and there are plenty of ways to customize how they tackle combat through Light Cones, Traces, and Eidolons.

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Alex Berry has been a freelance contributor at The Escapist since January 2023. His coverage ranges from funny takes on the latest games to a whole bunch of guide content on such titles as Honkai: Star Rail, Genshin Impact, and various new games. Alex is a jack of all trades when it comes to games, playing almost every new title that shows promise. From RPGs to shooters, all the way through to sports games, he plays it all, although he does have a soft spot for turn-based RPGs having started out his gaming journey with a copy of Pokémon Red on the original Game Boy. Alex has a master's degree in Business and is fascinated by online game economies, often spending a lot of time finding ways to maximize wealth in these games (but he should really be doing that in real life instead).