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Best Honkai Star Rail Boothill build and teams

Build the best fudgin' Honkai Star Rail Boothill out there and shoot down any opponent in your way using his best light cone, relics, and more.

Honkai Star Rail Boothill's official splash art on a grey background

Yeehaw, we’ve got a cool Star Rail character and he’s a cyborg cowboy from space who wears chaps. What’s not to love? Please welcome mother-fudgin’ Honkai Star Rail’s Boothill, and take a look at what we recommend for his best build as a physical DPS including which relics and light cones are best, and what the best Boothill team comp is.

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Alright partner, here’s what we know about Honkai Star Rail’s Boothill.

What’s the best Honkai Star Rail Boothill build?

Best light cone Sailing Towards a Second Life
Light cone substitutes Cruising in the Stellar Sea, Swordplay
Best relic set Iron Cavalry Against the Scourge
Planar ornaments Talia Kingdom of Banditry
Main stats Body – Crit rate/damage
Feet – Speed/attack
Link rope – Break effect
Planar sphere – Physical damage bonus
Sub stats Break effect, attack, crit rate, crit damage

Boothill is a follower of the Hunt path and uses the physical element. As a Hunt character, he focuses on dealing damage to one target at a time, by locking a single enemy into a duel and dealing hefty damage to them. Boothill is your DPS in any team you put him in.

Boothill’s signature light cone, Sailing Towards a Second Life, is his best in slot and tailored to his kit. We recommend stocking up on attack and break-effect boosting relics like the Thief of Shooting Meteor set, and a two-piece planar ornament set of Talia Kingdom of Banditry. Remember that during a Standoff, Boothill takes increased damage, so it’s a good idea to keep a healer or a shielder in a team with him.

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How do I use Boothill?

Boothill is a DPS, so you use him to deal the most damage, while making use of any buffers at your disposal. By using Boothill’s skill in battle, you lock him into a Standoff with one character, ending when he defeats the target.

What are the best light cones for Boothill?

The best light cone for Boothill is Sailing Towards A Second Life, which is his five-star signature. If you aren’t pulling for that, then there are some other great options that work with his kit.

Light cone Effect How to obtain
Sailing Towards A Second Life (five-star) Increases Boothill’s break effect by 60%. The break damage dealt by him ignores 20% of the target’s defense. When his break effect – in battle – is 150% or higher, his speed increases 12% Light cone banner (alongside Boothill)
Cruising in the Stellar Sea (five-star) Increases Boothill’s crit rate by 8%, and increases his crit rate against enemies with 50% or less HP by a further 8%. When he defeats an enemy, his attack increases 20% for two turns Purchase from Herta’s Store
Swordplay (four-star) Each time Boothill hits the same target, his damage dealt increases by 8%. This can stack five times All banners
River Flows in Spring (four-star) After entering battle, Boothill’s speed increases by 8%, and his damage by 12%. When he takes damage, this effect disappears. The effect resumes on his next turn All banners
Adversarial (three-star) When Boothill defeats an enemy, he gains a 10% speed increase for two turns. Note that it’s best to use an R5 version of this cone All banners

What are the best relics for Boothill?

When finding relics for Boothill, you should focus on attack and break effect as his skills scale off these. We recommend a full set of Iron Cavalry Against the Scourge or Thief of Shooting Meteor, or if you’re struggling to get a good set (don’t worry, we are too), you can go for two two-piece sets of a few different types.

While the Watchmaker and Messenger Traversing Hackerspace two-piece bonuses are great, the four-piece buffs aren’t that helpful on Boothill, so feel free to mix and match.

Relic Effect How to obtain
Iron Cavalry Against the Scourge Two equipped: Increases break effect
Four equipped: If Boothill’s break effect is 150% or higher, he ignores 10% of the enemy’s defense when dealing break damage. When his break damage is 250% or higher, the Super Break damage he deals ignores a further 15% of the target’s defense
Cavern of Corrosion: Path of Cavalier
Thief of Shooting Meteor Two equipped: Increases break effect
Four equipped: Increases Boothill’s break effect further. When he inflicts a weakness break on an enemy, he regenerates three energy
Cavern of Corrosion: Path of Jabbing Punch
Champion of Streetwise Boxing Two equipped: Increases physical damage
Four equipped: After Boothill attacks or is hit, his attack stat increases by 5% for the rest of the battle. This effect can stack five times
Cavern of Corrosion: Path of Jabbing Punch
Musketeer of Wild Wheat Two equipped: Increases attack
Four equipped: Increases Boothill’s speed by 6% and his basic attack damage by 10%
Cavern of Corrosion: Path of Drifting
Messenger Traversing Hackerspace Two equipped: Increases speed
Four equipped: 
Not recommended
Cavern of Corrosion: Path of Elixir Seekers
Watchmaker, Master of Dream Machinations Two equipped: Increases break effect
Four equipped: Not recommended
Cavern of Corrosion: Path of Dreamdive

Planar ornament

Relic Effect How to obtain
Talia Kingdom of Banditry Two equipped: Increases Boothill’s break effect. When his speed reaches 145 or higher, his break effect increases by an extra 20%  Immersion Reward devices in World 4 of the Simulated Universe
Firmament Frontline Glamoth Two equipped: Increases Boothill’s attack by 12%. When his speed is equal to or higher than 135/160, he deals 12/18% more damage Immersion Reward devices in World 8 of the Simulated Universe
Rutilant Arena Two equipped: Increases Boothill’s crit rate by 8%. When his crit rate reaches 70% or higher, his basic attack and skill damage increase by 20% Immersion Reward devices in World 7 of the Simulated Universe

Relic stat recommendations

Remember to keep a mother fudgin’ eye on the stats each relic has. When building Boothill, you want to aim for these:

Main stats:

  • Body: Crit damage/rate or attack
  • Feet: Speed
  • Planar sphere: Physical damage boost
  • Link rope: Break effect


  • Attack
  • Break effect
  • Crit damage/rate
  • Speed

Honkai Star Rail Boothill's ultimate move showing him pointing a pistol off screen

What are the best Boothill team comps?

Boothill isn’t the most flexible DPS (despite his incredibly high kicks), and his best team is a break-focused comp. Ruan Mei is an excellent buffer for him, as is Bronya, and Pela in a pinch. Though you can use any shielder or healer, Gallagher is the best bet thanks to his weakness break mechanics.

First character slot Second character slot Third character slot Fourth character slot
Boothill Ruan Mei iconRuan Mei
railblazer (Harmony)
Boothill Ruan Mei iconRuan Mei Honkai Star Rail Bronya iconBronya Gallagher
Boothill Ruan Mei iconRuan Mei Luka iconLuka Aventurine

What are Boothill’s skills?

Here are the rootin’ tootin’ cowboy’s skills in battle. He can apply physical weakness to enemies, which will definitely help in shooting them down in one fell swoop.

Active skills:

Skill Effect
Basic attack: Skullcrush Spurs Boothill deals physical damage equal to 90% of his attack stat to a single enemy
Enhanced basic attack: Fanning the Hammer Deals damage to a single target equal to 198% of his attack stat.
This enhanced skill can’t recover skill points, and can only target the enemy in the Standoff with Boothill
Skill: Sizzlin’ Tango
Forces Boothill and a single enemy into the Standoff state, where they can only target each other.
In this state, Boothill’s basic attack turns into Fanning the Hammer, and he cannot use his skill for two turns.
The enemy target becomes taunted and both Boothill and enemy take 26/15% increased damage. If Boothill breaks the weakness of the enemy, he gains a stack of Pocket Trickshot, and dispels the Standoff.
This skill does not regenerate energy, but after using the skill, Boothill’s turn continues
Ultimate: Dust Devil’s Sunset Rodeo Boothill applies a physical weakness to a single target enemy for two turns, and deals physical damage equal to 360% of Boothill’s attack to the target. He also delays their action by 37%


Skill Effect
Five Peas in a Pod Each stack of Pocket Tricksot increases Fanning the Hammer’s toughness reduction by 50%, stacking up to three times.
If the target has its weakness broken while Boothill uses Fanning the Hammer, he deals break damage based on how many Trickshot stacks he has, equal to 61/105/148% of his physical break damage.
The maximum toughness taken into account for this cannot exceed 16 times the base toughness reduction of Skullcrush Spurs


Technique Effect
3-9 x Smile Boothill inflicts physical weakness on an enemy when using his skill for the first time in battle, lasting for two turns


Trace Effect
Ghost Load Increases Boothill’s crit rate and crit damage by an amount equal to 10/50% of Boothill’s break effect – this has a maximum limit of 30/150%
Above Snakes While in the Standoff, this skill reduces the damage Boothill receives from targets outside the Standoff by 30%
Point Blank When in a Standoff and gaining Pocket Trickshot, Boothill regenerates ten energy. He can also trigger this when gaining Pocket Trickshot stacks that exceed the maximum limit

What are Boothill’s eidolons?

Eidolon  Effect
Level one: Dusty Trail’s Lone Star When a battle starts, Boothill gains one stack of Pocket Trickshot. When Boothill deals damage, he ignores 16% of an enemy’s defense
Level two: Milestonemonger When in a Standoff and gaining stacks of Pocket Trickshot, Boothill recovers one skill point and increases his break effect by 30%. This lasts for two turns. He can also trigger this effect when gaining Pocket Trickshot stacks that exceed the maximum limit
Level three: Marble Orchard’s Guard  Increases the level of Boothill’s ultimate, Dust Devil’s Sunset Rodeo, by two – up to a maximum of 15. Also increases the level of Boothill’s basic attack, Skullcrush Spurs, by one – up to a maximum of ten.
Level four: Cold Cuts Chef When Boothill attacks the enemy target in the Standoff, the damage they receive increases by 12%. When Boothill gets attacked by the same enemy, it offsets his increased damage taken by 12%
Level five: Stump Speech Increases Boothill’s skill, Sizzlin’ Tango, by two – up to a maximum level of 15. Also increases his talent, Five Peas in a Pod, by two – also up to a maximum level of 15
Level six: Crowbar Hotel’s Raccoon When triggering his talents break damage, Boothill additionally deals break damage to the target equal to 40% of the original damage multiplier and deals additional break damage to adjacent targets equal to 70% of the multiplier

Honkai Star Rail Boothill in the Reverie hotel holding a pistol

What are Boothill’s ascension materials?

Here’s your shopping list of items you need to ascend Boothill. The IPC work permits come from the stagnant shadow boss in Clock Studios Theme Park, and the tatters of thought drops come from Penacony’s enemies.

Required level Credits Materials
20 4,000 Five tatters of thought
30 8,000 Ten tatters of thought
40 16,000 Three IPC work permits, six fragments of impression
50 40,000 Seven IPC work permits, nine fragments of impression
60 80,000  20 IPC work permits, six shards of desire
70 160,000 35 IPC work permits, nine shards of desire

What are Boothill’s trace materials?

You’re going to want to upgrade Boothill’s traces, and here are the materials you need to do it – along with where to find them.

  • 41 tatters of thought, 56 fragments of impression, and 58 shards of desire
    • Obtain from memory zone meme enemies, the Simulated Universe, purchase from the Embers Exchange store, and the synthesizer
  • 15 meteoric bullets, 72 destined expiration, and 139 countertemporal shots
    • Obtain from the Bud of the Hunt calyx in the SoulGlad Audition Venue and purchase from the Embers Exchange store
  • 12 lost echo of the shared wish
    • Obtain from the Salutations of Ashen Dreams weekly boss in the Penacony Grand Theater
  • 11 tracks of destiny
    • Obtain from events, as rewards in the Simulated Universe, from the Embers exchange, and Nameless Honor (battlepass) rewards
  • 3,000,000 credits

Skill trace priority:

  • Talent > skill > ultimate > basic attack

For now, why not check out our Honkai Star Rail’s Gallagher and Honkai Star Rail’s Sparkle builds, then redeem the working Genshin Impact codes for some more Hoyo goodness?