We may earn a commission when you buy through links in our articles. Learn more.

Honkai Star Rail Jing Yuan build

Our Honkai Star Rail's Jing Yuan build guide is here to help you make the most of the sleeping lion, with his skills, best relics and light cone, and more.

Honkai Star Rail Jing Yuan smiling

Honkai Star Rail’s Jing Yuan is a striking general of the Xianhou Alliance, and a five-star lightning character who treads the path of the Erudition. 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 Sushang, Honkai Star Rail’s Seele, and Honkai Star Rail’s March 7th, and grab some freebies with our Honkai Star Rail codes so you’re ready for the next Honkai Star Rail banner.

Here’s everything in our best Honkai Star Rail Jing Yuan build:

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

Best light cone Before Dawn
Light cone substitute
  • Geniuses’ Repose
  • The Birth of the Self
  • Data Bank
  • Sagacity
Best relic set Band of Sizzling Thunder
Best planar ornament set Inert Salsotto
Main stats
  • Feet: attack%
  • Neck: lightning damage bonus
  • Article: crit rate, crit damage, or attack%
  • Crit rate/damage
  • Lightning damage bonus
  • Attack%
  • Energy regeneration

Jing Yuan is a five-star lightning character who treads the path of Erudition, meaning he excels at dealing multi-target damage. He’s a strong multi-target DPS with great crowd control and utility, and, with the addition of his powerful friend, the Lightning Lord, he can even deal some nasty follow-up attacks between his turns.

Jing Yuan’s best light cone is his signature five-star, Before Dawn. His best relic set is Band of Sizzling Thunder, teamed up with the planar ornament set, Inert Salsotto. When picking relics for him, we recommend prioritizing crit, lightning damage bonus, attack, and energy regen.

When leveling up his skills, you should prioritize his talent, then his skill, followed by his ultimate, then his basic attack. In terms of traces, you should prioritize upgrading War Marshell (A6), followed by Battalia Crush (A2), and Savant Providence (A4).

How to use Jing Yuan

Jing Yuan shines the brightest in multi-target situations where he’s facing large groups of enemies and benefits from a strong buffer that can boost his already high damage even further.

The most important part of his kit is ensuring that you build up as many stacks as possible before his Lightning Lord attack triggers. This means that you should always aim to keep a skill point aside, so you can use his skill each turn, and you should use his ultimate as frequently as possible, as both of these gather stacks for him.

This mechanic also makes Honkai Star Rail’s Bronya a very valuable asset for him, as she can provide him with an additional move each turn. With Bronya’s help, you can have your Jing Yuan perform to skills and one ultimate per turn, acquiring max stacks for his next Lightning Lord and dealing heaps of damage.

YouTube Thumbnail

What’s the best light cone for Jing Yuan?

Jing Yuan’s five-star light cone set, Before Dawn, is 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 in order to activate its skill. We recommend Geniuses’ Repose as the best four-star option, especially at S5, as it boosts both his attack and his crit. Alternatively, the Birth of the Self as a great placeholder as it also boosts his follow-up attacks, and Data Bank or Sagacity as decent three-star options if you’re waiting for something better to come along.

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
Geniuses’ Repose Increases the Jing Yuan’s attack by 16%. When he defeats an enemy, his crit damage increases by 24% for three turns Gacha
The Birth of the Self Increases the damage of Jing Yuan’s follow-up attacks by 24%. If the current target enemy’s health drops below 50%, Jing Yuan’s follow-up attack damage increases by an extra 16% Gacha
Data Bank Increases the wearer’s ultimate damage by 28% Gacha
Sagacity When the wearer uses their ultimate, their attack increases by 24% for two turns Gacha

What are the best relics for Jing Yuan?

You can equip Jing Yuan with six relics in total – four from one of the standard sets, and two from the Simulated Universe sets. In terms of standard sets, Band of Sizzling Thunder is a great option for boosting his lightning damage. Alternatively, you can mix two pieces of Band of Sizzling Thunder with either two pieces of Messenger Traversing Hackerspace to boost both his lightning damage and speed, or two pieces of Musketeer of Wild Wheat for the attack boost.

As for planar ornaments, we recommend Intert Salsotto for its crit rate, ultimate damage, and follow-up attack boost. Alternatively, you can use Space Sealing Station for the healthy attack boost.

Check out our Honkai Star Rail relics guide to find out more about the different sets available.

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
Messenger Traversing Hackerspace Two equipped: increases speed by 6%
Four equipped: when the wearer uses their ultimate on an ally, speed increases for all allies by 12% for one turn. This effect doesn’t stack
Cavern of Corrosion: Path of Elixir Seekers in The Xianzhou Luofu’s Alchemy Commission
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

Planar ornaments

Relic Effect How to obtain
Intert Salsotto Two equipped: increases the wearer’s crit rate by 8%. When the wearer’s current crit rate reaches 50% or higher, their ultimate and follow-up attack damage increases by 15% World 6 of the Simulated Universe
Space Sealing Station Two equipped: increases the wearer’s attack by 12%. When the wearer’s speed reaches 120 or higher, their attack increases by a further 12% World 3 of the Simulated Universe

Artifact stat recommendations

When picking artifacts for Jing Yuan, we recommend prioritizing the following stats.

Main stats

  • Feet: attack%
  • Neck: lightning damage bonus
  • Article: crit rate, crit damage, or attack%


  • Crit rate/damage
  • Lightning damage bonus
  • Attack%
  • Energy regeneration

Honkai Star Rail Jing Yuan smiling at a bird

What are the best Jing Yuan team comps?

Jing Yuan benefits greatly from having buffers on his team to boost his damage and energy recharge, so he can make the most of his powerful, AoE Lightning Lord attacks.

Here are some examples of popular Jing Yuan team comps:

First character slot Second character slot Third character slot Fourth character slot
Honkai Star Rail Jing Yuan iconJing Yuan HSR AstaAsta Honkai Star Rail Tingyun iconTingyun Fu Xuan iconFu Xuan
Honkai Star Rail Jing Yuan iconJing Yuan Honkai Star Rail Bronya iconBronya Honkai Star Rail Tingyun iconTingyun Fu Xuan iconFu Xuan
Honkai Star Rail Jing Yuan iconJing Yuan HSR AstaAsta Honkai Star Rail Tingyun iconTingyun Honkai Star Rail Luocha iconLuocha
Honkai Star Rail Jing Yuan iconJing Yuan HSR AstaAsta Honkai Star Rail Tingyun iconTingyun HSR BailuBailu

What are Jing Yuan’s abilities?

Here are all of Jing Yuan’s attacks, passives, and his technique.

Active skills:

Skill Effect
Basic attack: Glistening Light Jing Yuan deals lightning damage equal to 50% of his attack to a target enemy
Skill: Rifting Zenith 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: Lightbringer Deal 120% of Jing Yuan’s attack as lightning damage to all enemies and increases Lightning-Lord’s hits by three for the next turn


Skill Effect
Prana Extirpated  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
Spirit Invocation (enhance) After using this technique at the start of the next battle, it increases Lightning-Lord’s attack count in the first turn by three


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 25% for the next turn
Savant Providence 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
E1: Slash, Seas Split When Lightning-Lord attacks, the damage multiplier on enemies adjacent to the target increases by 25% 
E2: Swing, Skies Squashed After Lightning-Lord’s action, damage caused by Jing Yuan’s basic attack, skill, and ultimate increases by 20% for two turns
E3: Strike, Suns Subdued 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
E4: Spin, Stars Sieged For each hit Lightning-Lord performs, Jing Yuan regenerates two energy
E5: Stride, Spoils Seized Increases the level of Jing Yuan’s skill by two, to a maximum of level 15. Also increases the level of his talent by two, to a maximum of level ten
E6: Sweep, Souls Slain 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

What are Jing Yuan’s ascension materials?

You can level Jing Yuan all the way up to 80 but, in addition to the EXP logs, you also need a set of materials to ascend him at certain intervals. Here are all of the materials you need to fully ascend him to max level.

Required level Credits Ascension materials
20 4k Five immortal scionette
30 8k Ten immortal scionette
40 16k Six immortal aeroblossom and three shape shifter’s lightning staff
50 40k Nine immortal aeroblossom and seven shape shifter’s lightning staff
60 80k Six immortal lumintwig and 20 shape shifter’s lightning staff
70 160k Nine immortal lumintwig and 35 shape shifter’s lightning staff

Here’s where to get each of Jing Yuan’s ascension materials:

What are Jing Yuan’s trace materials?

You can level up each of Jing Yuan’s skills and attacks and unlock extra buffs by boosting his traces, but you need certain materials to do so. Here are all of Jing Yuan’s trace materials:

  • 41 immortal scionette, 56 immortal aeroblossom, and 58 immortal lumintwig 
    • Obtain from mara-struck enemies on the Xianzhou Luofu or in the Simulated Universe, assignment rewards, or from the embers exchange store
  • 15 key of inspiration, 72 key of knowledge, 139 key of wisdom
    • Obtain from the crimson calyx in Jarilo V-I’s Rivet Town, or purchase from the Herta Space Station and Jarilo-VI world shops
  • 12 destroyer’s final road
    • Obtain by defeating the Doomsday Beast in the Destructor’s Beginning: Echo of War in Herta Space Station’s Supply Zone
  • 11 tracks of destiny
  • Three million credits

And that’s all we’ve got in our Honkai Star Rail Jing Yuan build guide. For more Hoyo fun, check out our Genshin Impact tier list, Genshin Impact codes, and Genshin Impact banner guides.