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Honkai Star Rail Guinaifen build

Honkai Star Rail’s Guinaifen is here to bring the fire into your team, and here’s how to maximize her build her with the best light cones and relics.

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Roll up, roll up, see the amazing Honkai Star Rail Guinaifen! This fiery gal is a four-star capable of inflicting plenty of damage through her damage over time, as a follower of the Nihility path. Guinaifen is a street performer at heart and brings this flair into her skills in battle with cool tricks like throwing firecrackers or summoning multiple ditings.

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Here’s what we know about Honkai Star Rail’s Guinaifen.

What’s the best Honkai Star Rail Guinaifen build?

Best light cone Good Night and Sleep Well
Light cone substitutes Eyes of the Prey, Patience Is All You need
Best relic set Firesmith of Lava Forging
Main stats Body – Effect hit rate
Feet – Speed
Link rope – Energy recharge
Planar sphere – Fire damage bonus
Sub stats Effect hit rate, energy recharge, attack, speed

Guinaifen is a fire-using four-star who follows the Nihility path, meaning she specializes in damage over time by inflicting burn. Plus, she has cute ditings in her ultimate.

If you have a Kafka, we highly recommend using her and Guinaifen together for a supercharged damage over time team, applying plenty of burn and shock to enemies. Guinaifen can work as a sub-DPS, too, especially with Kafka in the team. You want a Nihility-aligned light cone with damage over time boosts on her, along with a Firesmith of Lava Forging set of relics.

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How do I use Honkai Star Rail’s Guinaifen?

When using Guinaifen, it starts before battle. Entering a fight by using her technique to throw a projectile at an enemy immediately deals fire damage to any that take the field, giving you the upper hand.

From there, Guinaifen can apply burn DoT, along with dealing fire damage with her basic attack and ultimate.

What are the best light cones for Guinaifen?

Guinaifen, as a Nihility unit, benefits greatly from any light cone that helps her apply damage over time, and boosts her effect hit ratio.

If you choose to run Guinaifen in a team with Kafka, or Sampo, or both – Fermata is a great light cone for her as it doubles down on the damage from Kafka and Sampo’s DoT.

Light cone Effect How to obtain
Good Night and Sleep Well (four-star) For every debuff the enemy has, Guinaifen’s damage increases by 12%, stacking up to three times. This also applies DoT All banners
Patience is All You Need (five-star) Increases the damage dealt by Guinaifen by 24%. After every attack she unleashes, her speed increases by 4.8%, stacking up to three times. If she hits an enemy not afflicted by Erode, she has a 100% chance to inflict it. Enemies inflicted with this are also considered to have Shock and receive DoT accordingly Light cone banner (alongside Kafka)
Eyes of the Pray (four-star) Increases Guinaifen’s effect hit rate by 20%, and her damage over time by 24% Standard banner
Solitary Healing (five-star) Increases Guinaifen’s break effect by 20%. When she uses her ultimate, she increases her DoT by 24%, lasting for two turns. When she defeats a target suffering from her burn DoT, she regenerates four energy Herta’s Store in the Simulated Universe
Fermata (four-star) Increases Guinaifen’s break effect by 16%, and increases her damage to enemies affected by shock or wind shear by 16%. This also applies DoT Forgotten Hall store
Void (three-star) At the start of a battle, Guinaifen’s effect hit rate increases by 20% for three turns All banners

What are the best relics for Guinaifen?

Guinaifen definitely benefits from a little extra fire damage or attack stats, so the Firesmith of Lava-Forging and Musketeer of Wild Wheat relics are good choices.

Relic Effect How to obtain
Firesmith of Lava -Forging Two equipped: Increases fire damage
Four equipped: Increases Guinaifen’s skill damage by 12%. After unleashing her ultimate, her fire damage increases by 12% for the next attack
Cavern of Corrosion: Path of Conflagration on the Xhianzhou Luofu
Musketeer of Wild Wheat Two equipped: Increases attack
Four equipped: 
Guinaifen’s speed increases by 6% and her basic attack damage by 10%
Cavern of Corrosion: Path of Drifting on Jarilo-VI
Messenger Traversing Hackerspace Two equipped: Increases speed
Four equippedNot recommended
Cavern of Corrosion: Path of Elixir Seekers
Prisoner in Deep Confinement Two equipped: Increases attack by 12%
Four equipped: 
For every DoT the target enemy has, Guinaifen ignores 6% of their defense when dealing damage. This effect is valid for up to three different DoT states
Cavern of Corrosion: Path of Darkness in Fyxestroll Gardens

Planar ornament

Relic Effect How to obtain
Pan-Galactic Commercial Enterprise Two equipped: Increases Guinaifen’s effect hit rate by 10%. Meanwhile, her attack increases by 25% of the current effect hit rate Immersion Reward devices in World 5 of the Simulated Universe
Space Sealing Station Two equipped: Increases Guinaifen’s attack by 12%. When her speed reaches 120 or higher, attack increases by a further 12% Immersion Reward devices in World 3 of the Simulated Universe

Relic stat recommendations

Main stats:

  • Body: Effect hit ratio or attack/%
  • Feet: Speed
  • Planar sphere: Fire damage boost
  • Link rope: Energy recharge


  • Effect hit ratio
  • Energy recharge
  • Attack/%
  • Speed

Honkai Star Rail Guinaifen in the Fyxstroll garden at night

What are the best Honkai Star Rail Guinaifen team comps?

A personal favorite of ours, and a very good team comp, is using Guinaifen in a triple-threat Nihility team with Kafka and Sampo, to really overwhelm any enemies.

First character slot Second character slot Third character slot Fourth character slot
Guinaifen Kafka Sampo Flex healer/buffer slot
Guinaifen Kafka Asta Luocha

What are Guinaifen’s abilities?

Here are the specifics of Guinaifen’s kit, and what she can do in battle.

Active skills:

Skill Effect
Basic attack: Standing Ovation Guinaifen throws a firecracker at one target. After unlocking the trace ‘High Poles’, Guinaifen’s basic attack also has a chance of inflicting burn
Skill: Blazing Welcome Guinaifen launches a firecracker at enemies, dealing fire damage equal to 105% of her attack to the main target, and 35% to adjacent enemies. This has a 100% base chance of inflicting burn. This deals fire damage equal to 167% of Guinaifen’s attack at the beginning of each turn, lasting two turns
Ultimate: Watch This Showstopper Guinaifen deals fire damage equal to 108% of her attack to all enemies. If a target is inflicted with burn, their status immediately produces 87% extra damage


Skill Effect
PatrAeon Benefits When Guinaifen is on the field, there is a 100% base chance to apply Firekiss to an enemy after they take damage from the burn status. While in the Firekiss state, enemies receive 6.2% extra damage, lasting for three turns. This can stack three times


Technique Effect
Skill Showcase Guinaifen throws a firecracker at an enemy to start a battle, which then does damage to the main target and adjacent enemy


Trace Effect
High Poles Guinaifen’s basic attack has an 80% chance to inflict an enemy with burn
Bladed Hoop When the battle begins, Guinaifen’s action advances forward by 25%.
Walking on Knives Guinaifen deals 20% more damage to enemies inflicted with burn.

What are Guinaifen’s eidolons?

As you continue pulling, you may receive extra copies of Guinaifen. If you do, here is what each level of her eidolon unlocks for you.

Eidolon Effect
Level one: Slurping Noodles During Handstand When Guinaifen uses her skill, there is a 100% base chance to reduce the target enemy’s effect resistance by 10% for two turns
Level two: Brushing Teeth While Whistling When an enemy target is burning, the damage multiplier of the burn status increases by 40%
Level three: Smashing Boulder on Chest Increases Guinaifen’s skill level by two, up to a maximum of fifteen. Also increases her basic attack level by one, up to a maximum of ten
Level four: Blocking Pike With Neck Every time a burn status inflicted by Guinaifen causes damage, she regenerates two energy
Level five: Swallowing Sword to Stomach Increases Guinaifen’s skill level by two, up to a maximum of fifteen. Also increases her basic attack level by one, up to a maximum of ten
Level six: Catching Bullet with Hands Increases the stackable count of Firekiss by one

Honkai Star rail Guinaifen on the xianzhou Luofu

What are Guinaifen’s ascension materials?

Each character requires a list of things to ascend them through the levels, and here is what Guinaifen requires.

Required level Credits Materials
20 3,200 Four artifex’s module
30 6,400 Eight artifex’s module
40 12,800 Two searing steel blades, five artifex’s cogwheel
50 32,000 Five searing steel blades, eight artifex’s cogwheel
60 64,000 15 searing steel blades, five artifex’s gyreheart
70 128,000 28 searing steel blades, seven artifex’s gyreheart

What are Guinaifen’s trace materials?

Guinaifen requires artifex drops from enemies, Nihility calyx materials, and some newer boss drops from the Xianzhou Luofu’s later areas in order to level up to the top.

  • 28 artifex’s module, 42 artifex’s cogwheel, and 42 artifex’s gyreheart
    • Obtain from Mara-struck soldiers, purchase from the Embers Exchange store, purchase from the Xianzhou Luofu world shop, and the synthesizer
  • 12 obsidian of dread, 54 obsidian of desolation, and 105 obsidian of obsession
    • Obtain from the Bud of Nihility calyx, purchase from the Embers Exchange store, purchase from Herta’s Space Station world shop, and the Jarilo-VI world shop
  • 12 Regret of Infinite Ochema
    • Obtain from the Phantylia boss fight in the Echo of War at Scalegorge Waterscape
  • 5 tracks of destiny
    • Obtain from events, as rewards in the Simulated Universe, from the Embers exchange, and Nameless Honor (battlepass) rewards
  • 2,400,000 credits

Skill trace priority:

  • Talent > Skill > ultimate > basic attack

Major trace priority:

  • High Poles > Bladed Hoop > Walking on Knives

Now that you know how to rule as Guinaifen, get your teeth into our Honkai Star Rail codes, Honkai Star Rail tier list, and some Genshin Impact codes for good measure, to get you more warps and wishes.