Honkai Star Rail 1.6: Banners, Release Date, Characters & More

In Short
  • The Honkai Star Rail 1.6 update is rumored to be released on December 27, 2023.
  • The HSR 1.6 update will feature three new characters: Ruan Mei, Dr. Ratio, and Xueyi. Additionally, Dr. Ratio and Lynx will be rewarded as free characters.
  • The update will also add the Pure Fiction game mode, Simulated Universe Gears and Gold update, two new stages in the Memory of Chaos, and new Events and Missions.

Honkai Star Rail 1.6 update will feature new characters, game modes, and quality updates to the Simulated Universe. The 1.5 update is in phase 2, and players are already looking ahead to the 1.6 update before they decide to invest in the 1.5 banners. Here is everything we know about the upcoming Honkai Star Rail 1.6 release date, banners, and new characters.

Honkai Star Rail 1.6 Release Date

The release date for the Honkai Star Rail 1.6 update is December 27, 2023. HoYoverse announced the release date during their Livestream.

Honkai Star Rail 1.6 Livestream Release Date

Honkai Star Rail 1.6 Livestream aired on December 15, 2023, at 7:30 PM (UTC+8) on their official YouTube and Twitch channels. As is the norm, Hoyoverse shared codes in the livestream. Check out this link to find Honkai Star Rail 1.6 Livestream codes.

Honkai Star Rail 1.6 Banners

As you would know, banners are dropped in two phases with each phase running for around 3 weeks. Following the trend, Honkai Star Rail 1.6 banners will be dropped in two phases starting from December 27, 2023, hopefully. The upcoming Honkai Star Rail update will feature 3 new characters: Ruan Mei, Dr. Ratio & Xueyi. The update 1.6 is also going to rerun the banners for Kafka and Blade.

Here are the details for Honkai Star Rail 1.6 banners:

Phase 1Phase 2
Ruan Mei – 5* | Ice | Harmony
Xueyi – 4* | Quantum | Destruction
Dr. Ratio – 5* | Imaginary | The Hunt
Blade – 5* | Wind | DestructionKafka – 5* | Lightning | Nihility

Honkai Star Rail 1.6 New Characters

New Characters in the Honkai Star Rail 1.6 update

The Honkai Star Rail 1.6 update will bring three new characters: Ruan Mei, Dr. Ratio, and Xueyi. The last drip marketing featured all three, almost confirming them for the 1.6 update in December.

However, there is bad news for fans waiting for Black Swan, the Memokeeper of the Garden of Recollection, as she won’t feature in the 1.6 update. As revealed in the recent Drip Marketing Campaigns, Black Swan, Misha, and Sparkle will feature in the Honkai Star Rail 2.0 update.

Now, let’s look deeper at all the upcoming Honkai Star Rail 1.6 character banners and what we know about the new characters.

Ruan Mei: Abilities, Paths, and Lore

Ruan Mei Honkai Star Rail

Ruan Mei is an ice-using 5* Harmony character. She will also be the first limited 5* Harmony character in Honkai Star Rail. The latest leaks reveal that her skill can buff damage up to 32% and increase weakness break efficiency by 50% for all allies.

Her ultimate can buff all-type resistance penetration by 20% for all allies, and any ally attacking under this buff will apply the Thanatoplum Rebloom effect on the enemy, which can extend the duration of the weakness break effect and deal additional damage up to 150% of Runa Mei’s Ice break damage.

Lore-wise, she is an expert in biological sciences, and Herta invited her to develop the Simulated Universe, collaborating with Screwllum and Stephen, as revealed in the Ruan Mei banner.

Dr. Ratio: Abilities, Paths, and Lore

Dr. Ratio Honkai Star Rail

Dr. Ratio is going to be an imaginary-using 5* Hunt character in Honkai Star Rail 1.6. During the drip marketing, his character banner revealed him posing while making the L sign with his hand. Paired with his name, the character will likely be part of many meme templates in the Star Rail community for a long time, and we absolutely love it.

Dr. Ratio will feature a unique combat style. From what we know, his skill and talents can buff him based on the number of debuffs applied to the enemy. He can also perform follow-up attacks, which will likely be his main DPS profile.

Lore-wise, he is a member of the Intelligentsia guild and is described as candid and self-centered. The Intelligentsia guild is known for collecting and trading knowledge across the universe.

Xueyi: Abilities, Paths, and Lore

Xueyi Honkai Star Rail

Xueyi is going to be a quantum-using 4-star Destruction character. From what we know, her damage profile seems more suitable for sub DPS. The latest leaks on her reveal that her Ultimate deals quantum damage that ignores weakness type and reduces the enemy’s toughness. Her skill will do quantum blast damage.

Lore-wise, she is one of the judges of the Ten-Lords Commission, and she is charged with the detention duties of a judge.

Honkai Star Rail 1.6 Light Cone Banners

  • Past Self in Mirror Light Cone
  • Baptism of Pure Thought light cone

The 1.6 update is also going to feature two new signature Light Cones of Ruan Mei and Dr. Ratio.

  • Past Self in Mirror (Ruan Mei): Regenerates Energies at the start of each wave and increases the damage dealt by 15% for all allies after using the skill. It also increases All-Type Resistance Penetration by 6% for all allies with speed boosts lasting for 3 turns.
  • Baptism of Pure Thought (Dr. Ratio): It flatly increases the Crit Damage by 20% and, additionally, for every debuff on the enemy target, increases 6% Crit damage (up to 3 stacks). When the character uses Ultimate to attack an enemy, their Damage increase by 36%, and their follow-up attacks ignore 20% of the target’s Defense, lasting for 2 turns.

Honkai Star Rail 1.6 Stellar Jades Count

The total Stellar Jade count in the Honkai Star Rail 1.6 has been estimated to be around 15,170 or 94 pulls for F2P players. Check out our complete breakdown of the 1.6 Stellar Jade count to understand how to attain all of them.

Free Star Rail Passes, & 5-Star Characters

Additionally, the Honkai Star Rail 1.6 update will gift 10 free Star Rails special passes, after players complete 7 daily logins during the update. Furthermore, the 5-star character Dr. Ratio will also be gifted for free, celebrating Honkai Star Rail winning the TGA Best Mobile Game, iPhone Game of the Year, and Google Play 2023 Best Game awards.

Honkai Star Rail 1.6: New Game Modes, Curios & Events

The Honkai Star Rail 1.6 update will introduce many gameplay changes, including new curios, game modes, and events, and is even rumored to give a free character.

New Trailblaze Continuance Mission: Crown of the Mundane and Divine

Crown of the Mundane and Divine trailblaze continuance mission

The new 1.6 update will add a new explorable zone in the Herta Space Station — The Herta Space Station Seclusion Zone. The place appears to only be filled with the Swarm enemies. This is where the new Trailblaze mission, Crown of the Mundane and Divine, will take place.

In this new mission, the Trailblazers will meet Ruan Mei and pair up with her to fix ‘the little headaches of Herta’s Space Station.’

Free Character in New Game Mode: Pure Fiction

  • Pure Fiction Game Mode
  • Pure Fiction Game Mode Stages and Challenges
  • Pure Fiction Game Mode Assembly Effects
  • Pure Fiction Game Mode Points Rack Up in Battle

A new game mode — Pure Fiction — is coming with the Honkai Star Rail 1.6 update. The new game mode, will have constantly respawning enemies, and clearing them will give scores. Each phase of Pure Fiction will have their own buffs and effects, which players can choose before entering the battle. Players will get enticing rewards based on their high scores.

Also, clearing each phase of Pure Fiction will reward 720 Stellar Jades, and clearing any phase in stage 2 will reward the 4-star character Lynx.

Simulated Universe 1.6: New Curios & Game Modes

  • Simulated Universe New Game Mode Gold and Gears
  • Simulated Universe Slotting Different Dice Faces

Honkai Star Rail 1.6 is also going to introduce a new game mode — Gold and Gears — to the Simulated Universe. The latest update to the Simulated Universe will add the Path of Erudition and new Dice Faces. Players can slot up to 6 Dice faces, combining effects from multiple paths to create new combinations.

Clearing the Gold and Gears will reward Neural Impulse, a new item, which can be used to level up a new ability tree, similar to the one in the Simulated Universe.

  • Simulated Universe New Diverse Story Paths
  • Simulated Universe Final Chapter of the story paths

The new Simulated Universe is also introducing diverse story paths, which can be triggered from self conscious changes. Players will be able to unlock all the story paths after continues gameplay, eventually getting to the Aeon secrets, and a menacing Red Final Chapter.

Honkai Star Rail Curios

The latest leaks on Honkai Star Rail 1.6 also revealed sixteen new curios, including some negative ones. Some of the notable effects introduced in the new curios are:

  • Receiving cosmic fragments after entering a transaction domain
  • All characters lose 80% of their health when entering a new domain, but their max health increases by 10% (up to 4 times)
  • Turning a combat domain into an elite combat domain’.

New Universal Path Materials

Honkai Star Rail 1.6: Banners, Release Date, Characters & More

The Developer Radio: Penacony Special Edition revealed that the 1.6 update will introduce a new Universal Path material, Tears of Dreams. This material can replace Path Materials required to level up Traces or Ascending Light Cones.

Forgotten Hall Memory of Chaos 1.6: Two New Stages

Forgotten Hall Memory of Chaos Stages 11 and 12

Memory of Chaos has been one of the most popular and significant end-game content. HoYoverse plans to add the 11th and 12th stages in the Memory of Chaos with the 1.6 update.

Players can earn 120 Stellar Jades more from completing the two new stages. The new stages will feature additional rewards which can be used to craft Self Modeling Resins.

The Memory of Chaos will also feature a new auto-clear function. After the 1.6 update, players can directly challenge the highest MoC stage they previously cleared with a 3-star (max stage 7), and upon completing it with another 3-star, all the rewards from the prescinding stages will be automatically rewarded.

Honkai Star Rail 1.6 New Event: Critter Pick Scavenger Hunt

  • Critter Pick Honkai Star Rail Event
  • Critter Pick Event Selecting Critters
  • Critter Nurturing Honkai Star Rail Event

The Honkai Star Rail 1.6 livestream revealed the first event — Critter Pick. This event will feature the new character Ruan Mei alongside Asta and Screwllum. In this event, players will have to nurture and care for the newly arrived lifeforms — Critters. Using the manual, they will have meet the nurturing goals accurately and raise a variety of Critters.

This Honkai Star Rail 1.6 event sounds fun, it will also reward — Stellar Jades, Traces of Destiny, new chat box, Traveler’s Guide, and Refined Aether.

Honkai Star Rail 1.6 New Invitation Mission: Virtual Scentventure

  • Virtual Scentventure mission
  • Scent Plugins
  • Scentventure Normal Mode Enemies
  • Scentventure Despair Mode Enemies

In the Honkai Star Rail 1.6, players will get an invitation from the Department of Ecology. During this mission, players will have to battle illusionary enemies conjured from Scent triggers, and different scent plugins will have different outcomes.

Players will have to battle through 6 enemies — Abundant Ebon Deer, Kafka, Yanqing, Bronya, and Cocolia — named differently and with new abilities. The mission will have two modes, Normal and Despair.

So, there is everything we know about the Honkai Star Rail 1.6 update. Don’t forget to share your thoughts on the upcoming characters and the new changes in 1.6 with us in the comment section.

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