Should You Pull Jingliu in Honkai Star Rail?

In Short
  • Jingliu is an excellent choice if you don't have any good DPS units in your team. She is one of the strongest DPS characters in the game.
  • Acheron is better compared to Jingliu, but she is a better option than Dan Heng IL. Jingliu is also Skill Point neutral and easy to play.
  • Jingliu is a hyper carry and she can work with most supports and sustains. However, it is best to keep a healer in her team as she consumes the health of her allies.

Jingliu is one of the strongest DPS units in Honkai Star Rail, on par with Dan Heng Imbibitor Lunae and Acheron. Her banner is making a rerun in the 2nd phase of Honkai Star Rail, alongside Aventurine. If you are unsure of whether to pull for Jingliu in HSR 2.1, go through this article first and then make up your mind on it.

Honkai Star Rail Jingliu’s Kit

Jingliu Transmigration State Honkai Star Rail
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Jingliu features a strong DPS kit, and she is capable of dishing out serious blast damage and constantly freezing enemies with the Ice weakness type using her best build. Jingliu can consistently take three damage turns in one action — using her skill to enter Transmigration State, using her Enhanced Skill, and then using her Ultimate.

Jingliu’s talent gives her an increased Crit Rate in the Transmigration state, so players can simply stack her Crit Damage to do insane damage. Her enhanced Skill and Ultimate do a significant amount of Ice Blast damage and her Ultimate lets her stay in the Transmigration state longer.

She is also a menace in the Simulated Universe. With the right blessings, you can continue to spam her Ultimate and Enhanced Skill without ever exiting the Transmigration state. Jingliu is also highly Skill point neutral, as her Enhanced Skills don’t use Skill Points.

Jingliu vs Other DPS Characters in Honkai Star Rail

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Before you pull for Jingliu, you need to know how she fares against other strong DPS units in Honkai Star Rail. Let’s take a closer look at the comparison:

  • Jingliu vs Dan Heng Imbibitor Lunae: Jingliu is slightly better than Dan Heng Imbibitor Lunae because she is easier to play and is Skill Point Neutral. However, if you have Sparkle, then the damage output by Dan Heng Imbibitor Lunae will be more than Jingliu.
  • Jingliu vs Acheron: Jingliu slightly falls short compared to the latest DPS queen Acheron. Although their damage is still comparable, Acheron edges out as the winner with both high AoE and single-target damage.
  • Jingliu vs Hunt characters (Seele and Dr. Ratio): Jingliu is easily the better DPS character for both single-target and multi-target scenarios compared to the best DPS Hunt units available at the moment. Although Seele can do more single-target damage in certain scenarios, Jingliu is a much better character overall.

Best Team Synergies for Jingliu

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Jingliu is a hyper carry and she works with most support and sustain units. However, she consumes HP from her allies so it is important to have an Abundance Sustain in the team over a Preservation Sustain.

She is best paired with Ruan Mei, Tingyun, and Huohuo, as both Tingyun and Huohuo constantly feed her energy, allowing her to use the Ultimate consistently and stay in the Transmigration state.

Does Jingliu Need Her Signature Light Cone?

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No, Jingliu doesn’t need her signature Light Cone to be one of the strongest DPS units in the game. There are plenty of good Destruction Light Cones that she can use, like On the Fall of an Aeon (F2P), and Something Irreplaceable (Clara’s Light Cone).

However, her Light Cone is extremely broken for most Destruction characters in the game. I will recommend going for her Light Cone after pulling her if you have spare Stellar Jades. Jingliu’s Signature Light Cones gives a 20% Crit Damage increase and a 42% damage increase (at max stack), also allowing the wearer to ignore 12% of the enemy’s Defense.

Should You Pull for Jingliu?

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Now that you know everything about Jingliu, here is a rundown of her strengths and weaknesses. Let’s take a look.

Jingliu’s Strength:

  • High Blast Damage Output from both Skill and Ultimate.
  • Can constantly freeze entire groups of enemies using her Technique or by weakness breaking.
  • Skill point Neutral as her enhanced Skill doesn’t consume Skill points.

Jingliu’s Weaknesses:

  • Drains allies of HP so must have a healer in the team.
  • Needs to enter Transmigration State before she can deal high damage.

Overall, I will recommend you to pull for Jingliu if you have the spare Stellar Jades. She is an extremely strong DPS unit and the only 5-star Ice DPS in the game. She will be a great addition to your roster and allow you to breeze through most of the hardest challenges in the game.

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