Honkai Star Rail Jing Yuan build

Yield to the lion, as the glorious general Honkai Star Rail's Jing Yuan has stepped onto the battlefield! Be sure you pick the best build for him with our guide

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Honkai Star Rail’s Jing Yuan is a striking general of the Xianhou Alliance, who wields his sword as though it were a part of his own body. Don’t let his handsome face and bemused smile fool you, for it belies the brilliant mind of a tactical warrior, who will do anything to ensure a stable future for his home. With the heart of a lion and the power of the Lightning Lord behind him, HSR Jing Yuan makes a formidable addition to your team. So let’s take a look at his best build, eidolons, light cones, and more.

If you want to introduce yourself to the rest of the fearsome fighters accompanying you on your Trailblazing adventure, check out our list of Honkai Star Rail characters and Honkai Star Rail tier list. Or you can head over to our other build guides, including Honkai Star Rail’s Dan Heng, Honkai Star Rail’s Serval, and Honkai Star Rail’s Herta.

Honkai Star Rail Jing Yuan

Honkai Star Rail Jing Yuan smiling at a bird

Who is Honkai Star Rail’s Jing Yuan?

Honkai Star Rail’s Jing Yuan leads the Cloud Knights of the Xianzhou Luofu as one of the six generals of the Xianzhou Alliance. He was once a fearsome warrior who ravaged the battlefields, but is now concerned with the state of Luofu, and its plans for the future. In battle, he summons a powerful being called Lightning Lord.

We don’t know who his English voice actor is yet, but Jing Yuan’s Japanese voice actor is Ono Daisuke, who you may recognise as the voice of Jotaro Kujo from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, or Erwin from Attack on Titan. Jing Yuan is a five-star sword-wielder with control over lightning, and he treads the path of ‘The Erudition’.

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What’s the best Honkai Star Rail Jing Yuan build?

As the beta is still pretty new, and we’ve only just got our hands on Honkai Star Rail Jing Yuan, we’re still working out the best build for him. However, it’s clear that he’s a very strong DPS character, with great crowd control and utility, and the addition of his powerful friend, the Lightning Lord, he can even deal some nasty damage between his turns.

From what we’ve seen so far, it’s best to build Jing Yuan with plenty of crit, which we presume should be balanced at a 2:1 ratio as is recommended in Genshin Impact. We also recommend boosting his lightning damage as much as possible, also boosting his energy recharge rate and attack is always handy.

Which light cone should I use for Honkai Star Rail’s Jing Yuan?

Jing Yuan has his own five-star light cone tailored to his kit. It amplifies his follow-up attacks, while also boosting both his ultimate damage and crit damage, making it an extremely powerful choice.

If you’re looking for a good alternate, be sure to equip him with a light cone that also aligns with the path of The Erudition. We recommend The Birth of the Self as a great placeholder as it also boosts his follow-up attacks.

Light cone Effect How to obtain
Before Dawn Increases energy restoration based on Jing Yuan’s crit rate, up to a max of 12%. After using a skill, increases Jing Yuan’s crit rate by 16% for one turn Gacha
The Birth of the Self Increases the damage of Jing Yuan’s follow-up attacks by 24%. If current target enemy’s health frops below 50%, Jing Yuan’s follow-up attack damage increases by an extra 16% Gacha

Honkai Star Rail Jing Yuan standing and smiling serenly

Which relics should I use for Honkai Star Rail’s Jing Yuan?

We’re still crunching numbers when it comes to the best relics for Jing Yuan. As of the final beta, we recommend either Band of Sizzling Thunder or Musketeer of Wild Wheat, as both of these sets boost his personal damage.

When it comes to stats and sub stats, we recommend you focus on lightning damage boost, crit rate, and crit damage first, then aim to increase his attack and energy restoration.

Relic Effect How to obtain
Band of Sizzling Thunder Two equipped: increases lightning damage by 10%
Four equipped: increases the wearer’s attack by 25% for one turn after they use their skill
Cavern of Corrosion: Path of Holy Hymn in Jarilo-VI’s Great Mine
Musketeer of Wild Wheat Two equipped: increases attack by 10%
Four equipped: increases the wearer’s speed by 6% and their basic attack damage by 10%
Cavern of Corrosion: Path of Drifting in Jarilo-VI’s Corridor of Fading Echoes

What are Honkai Star Rail’s Jing Yuan’s attacks?


Skill Effect
Basic attack: Glistening Light (single attack) Jing Yuan deals lightning damage equal to 50% of his attack to a target enemy
Skill: Rifting Zenith (AoE attack) Deal 50% of Jing Yuan’s attack as lightning damage to all enemies, also increases Lightning Lord’s attack count by one for the next turn (up to ten attacks)
Ultimate: Mercy at Your Expense (AoE attack) Deal 120% of Jing Yuan’s attack as lightning damage to all enemies. Lightning Lord’s next action has one additional enhanced attack (not included in Lightning Lord’s attack count). Lightning Lord’s enhanced attack’s damage multiplier increases by 60%


Skill Effect
Extinguishing Body and Soul  Summon Lightning Lord at the start of battle. Lightning Lord has 60 base speed and an attack count of three. Its attacks deal 33% of Jing Yuan’s attack as lightning damage to a random enemy, and 25% of the damage dealt to the enemy as lightning damage to adjacent targets. Every time Lightning Lord’s attack count increases by one (including enhanced attacks), Lightning Lord’s speed increases by ten. After the action ends, Lightning Lord’s speed and attack account return to their original values. When Jing Yuan falls, the Lightning Lord disappears. When Jing Yuan is unable to take action, Lightning Lord is also unable to take action


Skill Effect
Command Talisman (enhance) After using this technique at the start of the next battle, it increases Lightning Lord’s attack count in the first turn by two


Trace Effect
Battalia Crush If the Lightning Lord’s attack count is greater than or equal to six in the next turn, its crit damage increases by 20% for the next turn
Man With a Plan Jing Yuan immediately regenerates 15 energy at the beginning of the battle
War Marshal After Jing Yuan uses his skill, his crit rate increases by 10% for two turns

What are Jing Yuan’s eidolons?

Honkai Star Rail eidolons, like Genshin Impact’s constellations, are bonuses you gain from getting more than one copy of a character. Here are all the eidolons you can unlock from getting duplicates of Jing Yuan.

Eidolon Effect
Level one – Slash, Cliffs Severed When Lightning Lord attacks, the damage multiplier on enemies adjacent to the target increases by 25% 
Level two – Phalanx, Suns Blocked After Lightning Lord’s action, damage caused by Jing Yuan’s basic attack, skill, and ultimate increases by 20% for two turns
Level three – Strike, Light Shattered Increases the level of Jing Yuan’s ultimate by two, to a maximum of level 15. Also increases the level of his basic attack by one, to a maximum of level ten
Level four –  Blade, Stars Felled Each time Lightning Lord attacks, Jing Yuan regenerates two energy
Level five – Veteran, Death Conquered Increases the level of Jing Yuan’s skill by two, to a maximum of level 15. Also increases the level of his basic attack by one, to a maximum of level ten
Level six – Spell, Foes Vanquished Lightning Lord’s attack counts make target enemies vulnerable. Vulnerable targets receive 12% more damage until the end of Lightning Lord’s current turn. Stacks up to three times

That’s everything we know about Honkai Star Rail’s Jing Yuan at the moment. If you can’t wait to hop aboard the Astral Express, check out our Honkai Star Rail release date guide. Or you can head over to our list of the best mobile RPGs to keep you busy in the meantime.