Honkai: Star Rail – Ultimate Relics Guide

Migo Harrison
Honkai: Star Rail Ultimate Relics Guide

Honkai: Star Rail is an RPG character collector game developed by miHoYo, the same people behind Genshin Impact and Honkai: Impact. Here, players experience an adventure across the cosmos as they visit distant planets in an attempt to save each of them from calamities caused by “Stellarons”.

Honkai: Star Rail Ultimate Relics Guide
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Along our journey on the Astral Express, we’ll meet memorable and colorful playable characters who each have their own parts to play in our story. Each of these characters can be tailored to a degree via Light Cones and Relics.

Light Cones can be thought of as Weapons in Genshin Impact. Each Light Cone comes with its own special mechanics like increasing a stat or making characters more likely to be targeted.

Relics, on the other hand, can be a lot more complicated since they come in varying rarities, sets, and have different methods of acquisition.

This article aims to guide you through the many nuances that come with Relics in Honkai: Star Rail. Read on to learn exactly what relics are, how to get them, and who to equip them to!

What Are Relics

Relics are Honkai: Star Rail’s version of armor or equipment found in other games. These relics are essentially divided into two sub-sets; Cavern Relics and Planar Ornaments.

Relics

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Relics are the base form of these items that you will get access to as soon as you hit Trailblaze Level 14. These Relics come in three different rarities and are equipped in either the Head, Gloves, Boots, and Body slots!

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Relic Sets and Best Characters

Relic Set2 Piece Effect4 Piece EffectBest Characters
Hunter of Glacial ForestIncreases Ice Damage by 10%After the wearer uses their Ultimate, their Critical Damage increases by 25% for 2 turns.Yanqing, Herta
Eagle of Twilight LineIncreases Wind Damage by 10%After the wearer uses their Ultimate, their action is Advanced Forward by 25%.Dan Heng, Blade, Sampo, Bronya
Champion of Streetwise BoxingIncreases Physical Damage by 10%.After the wearer attacks or is hit, their Attack increases by 5% for the rest of the battle. This effect can stack up to 5 times.Trailblazer (Physical), Sushang, Clara
Thief of Shooting MeteorIncreases Break Effect by 16%.Increases the wearer’s Break Effect by 16%. When the wearer inflicts Weakness Break on an enemy, regenerates 3 Energy.
Passerby of Wandering CloudIncreases Outgoing Healing by 10%.At the start of battle, immediately regenerates 1 Skill Point.Natasha, Bailu
Musketeer of Wild WheatAttack increases by 12%.The wearer’s Speed increases by 6% and Basic Attack Damage increases by 10%.Pela, Tingyun
Guard of Wuthering SnowReduces Damage taken by 8%.At the beginning of the turn, if the wearer’s HP is equal to or less than 50%, restores HP equal to 8% of their Max HP and regenerates 5 energy.Gepard
Genius of Brilliant StarsIncreases Quantum Damage by 10%.When the wearer deals Damage to the target enemy, ignores 10% Defense. If the target enemy has Quantum Weakness, the wearer additionally ignores 10% Defense.Seele, Silver Wolf, Qingque
Knight of Purity PalaceIncreases Defense by 15%.Increases the max Damage that can be absorbed by the Shield created by the wearer by 20%.Gepard, March 7th, Trailblazer (Fire)
Band of Sizzling ThunderIncreases Lightning Damage by 10%When the wearer uses their Skill, increases the wearer’s Attack by 20% for 1 turn.Jing Yuan, Serval, Arlan
Firesmith of Lava-ForgingIncreases Fire Damage by 10%.Increases the wearer’s Skill Damage by 12%. After unleashing Ultimate, increases the wearer’s Fire Damage by 12% for the next attack.Himeko, Asta, Hook
Wastelander of Banditry DesertIncreases Imaginary Damage by 10%.When attacking debuffed enemies, the wearer’s Critical Rate increases by 10%, and their Critical Damage increases by 20% against Imprisoned enemies.Welt

Planar Ornaments

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Planar Ornaments are relics equipped in two other slots that you unlock after completing the quest “No Time For Me, My Friend”, which is subsequently unlocked once you hit Trailblaze Level 24. These Planar Ornaments are either a Rope or an Orb!

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Planar Ornament Sets

Planar Ornament Set2 Piece EffectBest Characters
Space Sealing StationIncreases the wearer’s Attack by 12%. When the wearer’s Speed reaches 120 or higher, the wearer’s Attack increases by an extra 12%.Himeko, Seele, Serval, Sampo, Dan Heng, Hook, Sushang, Arlan, Yanqing, Trailblazer (Physical), Herta, Clara
Fleet of the AgelessIncreases the wearer’s Max HP by 12%. When the wearer’s Speed reaches 120 or higher, all allies’ Attack increases by 8%.Tingyun, Natasha, Bailu, Bronya
Pan-Galactic Commercial EnterpriseIncreases the wearer’s Effect Hit Rate by 10%. Meanwhile, the wearer’s Attack increases by an amount that is equal to 25% of the current Effect Hit Rate, up to a maximum of 25%.Welt, Pela
Belobog of the ArchitectsIncreases the wearer’s Defense by 15%. When the wearer’s Effect Hit Rate is 50% or higher, the wearer gains an extra 15% Defense.Gepard, March 7th, Trailblazer (Fire)
Celestial DifferentiatorIncreases the wearer’s Critical Damage by 16%. When the wearer’s current Critical Damage reaches 120% or higher, after entering battle, the wearer’s Critical Rate increases by 60% until the end of their first attack,
Inert SalsottoIncreases the wearer’s Critical Rate by 8%. When the wearer’s current Critical Rate reaches 50% or higher, the wearer’s Ultimate and follow-up attack Damage increases by 15%.Jing Yuan
Talia: Kingdom of BanditryIncreases the wearer’s Break Effect by 16%. When the wearer’s Speed reaches 145 or higher, the wearer’s Break effect increases by an extra 20%.
Sprightly VonwacqIncreases the wearer’s Energy Regeneration Rate by 5%. When the wearer’s Speed reaches 120 or higher, the wearer’s action is Advanced Forward by 40% immediately upon entering battle.Asta

How to Get Relics

Obtain Relics From Caverns of Corrosion Calyxes

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Relics are prevalently farmed within the Caverns of Corrosion Calyxes. Each attempt at a Calyx will cost you 40 units of Trailblaze Power/Energy.

Below we’ve included a table that displays all the Caverns of Corrosion currently available in the game as well as their Relic Set rewards and their locations!

Cavern of CorrosionRelic Set Reward 1Relic Set Reward 2Location
Path of Gelid WindHunter of Glacial ForestEagle of Twilight LineStorage Zone, Herta Space Station
Path of Jabbing PunchChampion of Streetwise BoxingThief of Shooting MeteorSilvermane Guard Restricted Zone, Jarilo-VI
Path of DriftingPasserby of Wandering CloudMusketeer of Wild WheatCorridor of Fading Echoes, Jarilo-VI
Path of ProvidenceGuard of Wuthering SnowGenius of Brilliant StarsEverwinter Hill, Jarilo-VI
Path of Holy HymnKnight of Purity PalaceBand of Sizzling ThunderCloudford, The Xianzhou Luofu
Path of ConflagrationFiresmith of Lava-ForgingWastelander of Banditry DesertStargazer Navalia, The Xianzhou Luofu

Obtain Relics From Echoes of War

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Relics can also be randomly rewarded by clearing either of the two weekly world bosses within the Echoes of War.

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Currently, there are only two different stages in the Echoes of War and both stages are revisits of Bosses previously defeated in the story.

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Obtain Relics From Operation Briefing

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The Operation Briefing is Honkai: Star Rail’s version of tutorial missions. Each “level” of the Operation Briefing contains a set of objectives that players must accomplish before it rewards them.

These rewards vary from Stellar Jades to Exp and Gold materials, with some challenges awarding a full set of Relics!

If you’re only starting out in the game, focus on clearing the objectives within the Operation Briefing since these challenges don’t necessarily require you to use Trailblaze Power to complete them!

Pompom Awards Relics

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Shortly after boarding the Star Rail for the first time, Pompom will call you over and reward you for every Trailblaze Level you’ve managed to reach.

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Arguably, the most sought-after Level Reward that Pompom has to offer is the consumable known as Fuel.

However, if you’re starved for Relics, Pompom rewards Relics at the following Trailblaze Levels:

Trailblaze LevelLevel Reward
17Knight’s Forgiving Casque, Knight’s Silent Oath Ring, Knight’s Solemn Breastplate, Knight’s Iron Boots of Order
26Passerby’s Rejuvenated Wooden Hair Stick, Passerby’s Stygian Hiking Boots
27Passerby’s Roaming Dragon Bracer, Passerby’s Ragged Embroided Coat
32Knight’s Forgiving Casque
33Knight’s Solemn Breastplate
34Knight’s Silent Oath Ring
35Knight’s Iron Boots of Order
44Knight’s Forgiving Casque
47Knight’s Solemn Breastplate

How to Get Planar Ornaments

Obtain Planar Ornaments From Simulated Universe

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Unlike regular Relics, Planar Ornaments can only be obtained from the Simulated Universe. This game mode is unlocked early on as part of the story.

Once you hit Trailblaze Level 25, you will be eligible to attempt the harder worlds within the Simulated Universe, with subsequent difficulties unlocking at higher Equilibrium levels!

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Below we’ve created a table of all the currently available Worlds within the Simulated Universe game mode in which you can farm Planar Ornaments.

WorldPlanar Ornament Set Reward 1Planar Ornament Set Reward 2
World 3Space Sealing StationFleet of the Ageless
World 4Talia: Kingdom of BanditrySprightly Vonwacq
World 5Pan-Galactic Commercial EnterpriseCelestial Differentiator
World 6Belobog of the ArchitectsInert Salsotto

How to Upgrade Relics

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Like in Genshin: Impact, Relics in Honkai: Star Rail comes in varying star ratings ranging from 2-Stars all the way up to 5-Stars. When you’re starting out feel free to equip any of the free relic sets you naturally receive from progressing the game.

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Once you’ve reached a high enough Equilibrium level, you will want to focus solely on upgrading 5-Star Relics, as these will provide the highest stat boosts to your characters.

How to Determine If A Relic Is Worth Upgrading

Step 1: Choose Your Main Stat

Each Relic can have an associated Main Stat that depends on the slot it fits into. Some Relics like Head and Gloves can only roll HP or ATK while others can roll a variety of different stat boosts.

Take the following Boots. They belong to the same Relic set but have different Main Stats.

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You will want to choose which Relics you want to equip by first looking at the main stat that they rolled with before upgrading it further. Below we’ve included a table showing all the possible main stat rolls for each Relic.

HelmGlovesBootsBodyLink RopePlanar Sphere
HPATKATK%ATK%ATK%ATK%
DEF%DEF%DEF%DEF%
HP%HP%HP%HP%
SpeedCrit Rate%Energy Recharge%Fire DMG Boost%
Break Effect%Crit DMG%Break Effect%Lightning DMG Boost%
Effect Hit Rate%Wind DMG Boost%
Outgoing Healing Boost%Ice DMG Boost%
Imaginary DMG Boost%
Quantum DMG Boost%
Physical DMG Boost%

Step 2: Choose Your Sub-Stats

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Your Sub-Stats are the secondary stats that roll randomly whenever you acquire Relics. Pieces from the same set that have the same main stat can have different sets of sub-stats.

For DPS characters like Seele, you’ll want to prioritize subs like Critical and Attack. Healers like Bailu and Natasha will want subs like HP, while Preservation characters like Gepard and March will want Defensive subs.

Step 3: Upgrade Your Chosen Relic

Once you’ve chosen a specific relic to enhance, upgrade it slowly instead of rushing it towards max level in order to save as many resources as possible when trying to roll for the perfect relic.

Relics can have a maximum of four different subs with each one having a random chance of being boosted at specific relic level thresholds.

Namely, once you upgrade your relic to levels three, six, nine, twelve, and fifteen. If you obtain your relic with only three subs, you will obtain your 4th sub once you hit relic level 3. This can easily be identified by checking if the “New” icon is present when upgrading your relics.

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If you upgrading a relic that already has 4 subs, each of the thresholds will upgrade an existing sub instead of adding a new one.

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You will want to first check if the desired sub-stat was enhanced at relic level 3, from which you can decide if you want to continue upgrading the specific relic or not.

If you enhanced the sub-stat you wanted, then keep upgrading til relic level 6 to see if the next enhancement is still a sub-stat that you desire.

If you dislike the sub-stat that was enhanced, you can decide if you want to keep upgrading the same relic, or try again once you have a different relic to upgrade.

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