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Honkai Star Rail Acheron build

Honkai Star Rail’s Acheron has arrived on Penacony and we’re here to break down everything we know about this mysterious Galaxy Ranger.

Honkai Star Rail's Acheron holding a red parasol and her katana, outlined in white and pasted on a lightning-purple PT background

We all know that Hoyoverse loves a purple-haired lady with a sword, so here comes Honkai Star Rail’s Acheron. This beautiful warrior is a member of the Galaxy Rangers, traveling the cosmos and upholding justice in the name of Lan, the Aeon of The Hunt. Find out what we know about this Raiden Mei-like lady below.

We’ve got tons of great guides on Hoyoverse’s starfaring adventure for you to check out, like our Honkai Star Rail tier list, Honkai Star Rail events guide, and Honkai Star Rail codes. If you’re struggling to kit out your characters, head over to our build guides for Honkai Star Rail’s Black Swan, Honkai Star Rail’s March 7th, and Honkai Star Rail’s Robin.

Here is everything you need for the best Honkai Star Rail Acheron build.

What is the best Honkai Star Rail Acheron build?

Best light cone Along the Passing Shore
Light cone substitutes Good Night and Sleep Well, Incessant Rain
Best relic set Pioneer Diver of Dead Waters
Best planar ornament set Izumo Gensei and Takama Divine Realm
Main stats
  • Body: Crit damage/rate
  • Feet: Speed or attack
  • Planar sphere: Lightning damage boost or attack
  • Link rope: Attack
Sub stats
  • Crit damage/rate
  • Attack
  • Speed

Acheron is a seriously good damage dealer. She’s a five-star lightning user walking the path of the Nihility, and though she doesn’t do too much damage over time, she has multiple moves that can ignore the enemy’s resistances and an ultimate that has three separate instances of damage.

Acheron’s best light cone is Along the Passing Shore, and the best relic sets to equip her with are Pioneer Diver of Dead Waters, and Izumo Gensei and Takama Divine Realm.

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How should I use Acheron?

Acheron’s kit is really challenging to get to grips with, especially as her ultimate is based on a stacks system rather than energy. You should always run her in a Nihility-focused team to get the most out of her self-buffs, as well as the benefits she gains when her allies debuff the enemy.

Use Acheron’s skill to add stacks to her ultimate charge, and then unleash her ultimate. This reduces enemies’ all-type resistance and toughness, so she’s able to slash through opponents regardless of their weaknesses.

What are the best light cones for Acheron?

Acheron’s best light cone is her signature, Along the Passing Shore as her utility scales based on her crit rate and damage like other DPS units, rather than following the Nihility standard of debuffs and DoT.

Honkai Star Rail Silver Wolf‘s signature light cone, Incessant Rain, is also a decent option for Acheron thanks to its effect hit rate and crit rate buffs. Plus, as Silver Wolf has already had a banner rerun, you’re more likely to have a copy of Incessant Rain lying around. In terms of four-stars, Good Night and Sleep Well is a great pick for a debuff-focused Acheron team.

If you can’t get one of these, there are some really good other options that capitalize on different areas of her kit.

Light cone Effect How to obtain
Along the Passing Shore (five-star) Increases Acheron’s crit damage by 36%. When she hits an enemy, she inflicts Mirage Fizzle on them, which lasts one turn.  This can trigger once on each target each time Acheron attacks.
She deals 24% extra damage to targets with the Mirage Fizzle, with her ultimate doing 24% more damage on top
Limited light cone banner (alongside Acheron)
Incessant Rain (five-star) Increases Acheron’s effect hit rate by 24%. When she deals damage to an enemy that currently has three or more debuffs, increases Acheron’s crit rate by 12%. After Acheron uses her basic attack, skill, or ultimate, there is a 100% base chance to implant Aether Code on a random hit target that does not yet have it. Targets with Aether Code receive 12% increased damage for one turn Limited light cone banner (Silver Wolf)
Good Night and Sleep Well (four-star) For every debuff the enemy has, Acheron’s damage increases by 12%. This can stack three times and also applies to damage over time All banners
It’s Showtime (four-star) When Acheron inflicts a debuff onto an enemy, she gains a stack of Trick. Each Trick stack increases her damage by 6% and can stack three times. This lasts for one turn. If her effect hit rate is 80% or higher, her attack increases by a further 20% All banners

What are the best relics for Acheron?

Acheron’s best-in-slot relic set is the Pioneer Diver of Dead Waters, especially if you have her in a Nihility-based team, as the more debuffs you can dish out, the higher her damage boost will be.

However, Band of Sizzling Thunder is also a good set to boost her lightning damage and overall DPS potential, with Musketeer of Wild Wheat coming in clutch while you farm extra relics.

Acheron’s best planar ornament set by a landslide is Izumo Gensei and Takama Divine Realm, the recent addition to the Simulated Universe’s World 9. This set grants the wearer a crit rate buff if someone else on the team follows the same path, so Acheron’s synergy with her fellow Nihility characters is a massive advantage here. If you haven’t reached World 9 just yet, Space Sealing Station and Inert Salsotto are both good interim picks to boost her attack and crit rate.

Relic Effect How to obtain
Pioneer Diver of Dead Waters Two equipped: increases damage dealt to enemies with debuff by 12%
Four equipped: Increases Acheron’s crit rate by 4%. She deals 8/12% more crit damage to enemies with at least two/three debuffs. After she inflicts a debuff, these effects increase 100% for one turn
Cavern of Corrosion: Path of Dreamdive in Penacony’s Reverie Hotel
Band of Sizzling Thunder Two equipped: Increases Acheron’s lightning damage by 10%
Four equipped: When she uses her skill, this set increases her attack by 20% for one turn
Cavern of Corrosion: Path of Holy Hymn on the Xianzhou Luofu
Musketeer of Wild Wheat Two equipped: Increases Acheron’s attack by 12%
Four equipped:
Acheron’s speed increases by 6%, and her basic attack damage increases by 10%
Cavern of Corrosion: Path of Drifting on Jarilo-VI

Planar ornaments

Relic Effect How to obtain
Izumo Gensei and Takama Divine Realm Two equipped: Increases Acheron’s attack by 12%. When she enters battle if at least one other party member is Nihility as well, her crit rate increases by 12%  Immersion Reward devices in World 9 of the Simulated Universe
Space Sealing Station Two equipped: Increases Acheron’s attack by 12%. When her speed reaches 120 or higher, her attack increases by a further 12%  Immersion Reward devices in World 3 of the Simulated Universe
Inert Salsotto Two equipped: Increases Acheron’s crit rate by 8%. When her current crit rate reaches 50% or higher, her ultimate and follow-up attack damage increases by 15%  Immersion Reward devices in World 6 of the Simulated Universe

Relic stat recommendations

Main stats:

  • Body: Crit damage/rate
  • Feet: Speed or attack%
  • Planar sphere: Lightning damage boost or attack%
  • Link rope: Attack%

Sub-stats:

  • Crit damage/rate
  • Attack%
  • Speed

Honkai Star Rail's Acheron holding her sword aloft

What are the best team comps for Acheron?

Acheron is an interesting character, as she can attack enemies most of the time, but you can pair her with certain other very strong DPS units like Honkai Star Rail’s Kafka to capitalize on their Nihility alignment.

We recommend taking one other Nihility team member with Acheron, two if you can, to activate buffs in her kit. Speaking of buffs, Pela, Silver Wolf, and Gallagher can provide debuffs to the enemies, allowing Acheron to do just a bit more damage.

First character slot Second character slot Third character slot Fourth character slot
Acheron Silver Wolf iconSilver Wolf Honkai Star Rail Pela iconPela Fu Xuan iconFu Xuan
Acheron Kafka iconKafka Black Swan Gallagher

What are Acheron’s abilities?

Acheron has a lot going on in her kit, but to sum it up, she deals a lot of lightning damage with every attack and skill she has. Below is a detailed view of what each part of her kit does.

Active skills:

Skill Effect
Basic attack: Trilateral Wiltcross Acheron deals lightning damage to one target, equal to 905 of her attack stat
Skill: Octobolt Flash
Acheron gains one point of Slashed Dream and inflicts one stack of Crimson Knot on a single target. This deals 140% of her attack as lightning damage to the single target, and then 52% of her attack as lightning damage to adjacent targets
Ultimate: Slashed Dream Cries in Red During her ultimate, Acheron attacks times with Rainblade, and then once with Stygian Resurge. This deals 334% of her attack as lightning damage to a single target and 270% to other targets on the field.
Rainblade:
This deals lightning damage equal to 21% of Acheron’s attack to a single target enemy and removes three stacks of Crimson Knot. When a stack of Crimson Knot gets removed, it deals 13% of her attack as lightning damage to all enemies. For every stack removed, the damage multiplier increases, up to a maximum of 54%.
Stygian Resurge:
Deals lightning damage equal to 180% of her attack stat to all enemies on the field, and removes all stacks of Crimson Knot.
Acheron cannot apply Crimson Knot stacks to enemies during her ultimate.

Talent:

Skill Effect
Atop Rainleaf Hangs Oneness When Slashed Dream reaches nine points, you can activate Acheron’s ultimate. During her ultimate, enemies’ toughness – regardless of weakness type – reduces by 17%, along with their all-type resistance. This lasts until the end of her ultimate.
When any party member inflicts a debuff onto a target, Acheron gains a point of Slashed Dream and also applies a stack of Crimson Knot to a target. If debuffs get inflicted on multiple targets, the Crimson Knot stack goes to the target with the most stacks already. This can trigger once per ability use.
After a target exits the field or gets defeated while Acheron is in the party, the Crimson Knot stacks transfer to the enemy with the next-most stacks

Technique:

Technique Effect
Quadrivalent Ascendance Acheron immediately attacks the enemy and gains Quadrivalent Ascendance, which deals 200% of her attack as lightning damage to all enemies, regardless of whether they are weak to it or not. After using her ultimate, Acheron gains one point of Slased Dream and inflicts one stack of Crimson Knot on a random enemy.
Outside of battle, if Acheron attacks a normal enemy, she immediately defeats them without the need to enter a battle screen

Traces:

Trace Effect
Thunder Core When Rainblade hits enemy targets with Crimson Knot stacks, Acheron’s damage increases by 30%. This can stack three times and lasts for three turns.
When Stygian Resurge triggers it deals additional damage six times, each dealing 25% of her attack as lightning damage to a single target at random. This counts as ultimate damage
Red Oni At the beginning of a battle, Acheron gains five points of Slashed Dawn and applies five stacks of Crimson Knot to a random enemy. When Slashed Dream reaches its limit, each point exceeding the limit gives her a stack of Quadrivalent Ascendance. This can stack three times
The Abyss When there are one or two Nihility characters – other than Acheron – in the party, the damage she deals with her basic attack, skill, and ultimate increases to 115% and 160% respectively

What are Acheron’s eidolons?

For those of us lucky enough to get more than one Acheron on her banner, you can unlock her eidolons. Here are the extra talents that they provide.

Eidolon  Effect
Level one: Silenced Sky Spake Sooth When dealing damage to enemies with debuffs, Acheron’s crit rate increases by 18%
Level two: Mute Thunder in Still Tempest The number of Nihility characters required for the trace ‘The Abyss’ reduces by one. When Acheron’s turn starts, she gains one point of Slashed Dream and inflicts one stack of Crimson Knot on the enemy that already has the most stacks
Level three: Frost Bites in Death Increases Acheron’s ultimate level by two, up to a maximum level of 15. Also increases her basic attack level by one, up to a maximum level of ten
Level four: Shrined Fire or Mirrored Soul When enemy targets enter combat, Acheron inflicts them with ultimate damage vulnerability, so they take 8% more damage from ultimate moves
Level five: Strewn Souls on Erased Earths Increases Acheron’s skill level by two, up to a maximum level of 15. Also increases her talent level by two, up to a maximum level of 15
Level six: Apocalypse, the Emanator Increases all-type resistance penetration on Acheron’s ultimate damage by 20%. The damage dealt by her basic attack and skill is also considered as ultimate damage. This damage can reduce enemy toughness regardless of their weakness types. When breaking their weaknesses, it triggers the lightning weakness break effect

Honkai Star Rail Acheron during her ultimate move where her color palette changes to grey and red

What are Acheron’s ascension materials?

To ascend Acheron through the levels, you’ll need the following materials:

Required level Credits Ascension materials
20 3.2k Five dream collection components
30 6.4k Ten dream collection components
40 12.8k Three shape shifter’s lightning staff, six dream flow valves
50 32k Seven shape shifter’s lightning staff, nine dream flow valves
60 64k  20 shape shifter’s lightning staff, six dream-making engines
70 128k 35 shape shifter’s lightning staff, nine dream-making engines

Here’s where to get all of Acheron’s ascension materials:

  • Dream collection components / dream flow valves / dream-making engines – drops from Dreamjolt Faction monsters such as the bubble hound or birdskull in Penacony or in the Honkai Star Rail simulated universe, from assignment rewards or the Dream’s Edge golden calyx in Penacony, via synthesis, or the embers exchange store
  • Shape shifter’s lightning staff – drops from the Stagnant Shadow: Shape of Doom in the Xianzhou Luofu’s Stargazer Navalia

What are Acheron’s trace materials?

Acheron, like all Honkai Star Rail characters, needs a lot of materials in order to level her talents up. Here are all of Acheron’s trace materials:

  • 41 dream collection components, 56 dream flow valves, and 58 dream-making engines
    • Obtained from Dreamjolt Faction monsters such as the bubble hound or birdskull in Penacony or in the Honkai Star Rail simulated universe, from assignment rewards or the Dream’s Edge golden calyx in Penacony, via synthesis, or the embers exchange store
  • 15 fiery spirits, 72 starfire essence, and 139 heaven incinerators
    • Rewards from the Bud of Nihility calyx in the Alchemy Commission, purchase from the embers exchange store, or crafted via synthesis
  • 12 past evils of the borehole planet disaster – rewards from the Echo of War: Borehole Planet’s Old Crater
  • 11 tracks of destiny
  • Three million credits

Skill trace priority:

  • Ultimate > Talent > Skill > Basic attack

Major trace priority:

  • The Abyss > Thunder Core > Red Oni

That’s everything we know so far about Honkai Star Rail’s Acheron. We’ve also got a whole suite of useful build guides for the residents of Teyvat, so why not head over to our Genshin Impact’s Albedo, Genshin Impact’s Diona, or Genshin Impact’s Xiangling guides next?