Honkai Star Rail Kafka build

Boom! Honkai Star Rail's Kafka is a fierce fighter, and one of Eilo's most trusted Stellaron Hunters - and with this build guide she'll be your most trusted too

Honkai Star Rail Kafka looking to the side and smiling

When you take your initial steps into the enthralling world of Honkai Star Rail, Kafka is the first one to meet you – playing air violin as the space station around her falls into chaos. Needless to say, she’s a total badass, and is certainly the type of gal you want at your side as you’re fighting through the cosmos. So, if you want to kit HSR Kafka out with the best light cones and relics, and get familiar with her attacks and abilities, you’re in the right place. Before long, you really ‘won’t remember a thing except her’.

To get familiar with the rest of the faces you can meet aboard the Astral Express, head over to our Honkai Star Rail tier list and Honkai Star Rail characters guides. We’ve also got more individual build guides just like this one, including Honkai Star Rail’s Jing Yuan, Honkai Star Rail’s March 7th, and Honkai Star Rail’s Dan Heng.

So let’s take a look at everything in our Honkai Star Rail Kafka build.

Honkai Star Rail Kafka

Who is Honkai Star Rail’s Kafka?

Honkai Star Rail’s Kafka may be the first notable character you see and play as, but she still remains shrouded in mystery. She’s featured on the Interastral Peace Corporation’s wanted list, where her entry only states her name, along with a single sentence – ‘likes collecting coats’. She’s a Stellaron Hunter, and one of Destiny’s Slave Elio’s most trusted members, who sets out to achieve Elio’s envisioned future.

When you first select your main trailblazer, she’s there to guide you through, but leaves shortly after a series of cryptic messages. She appears to know you from a previous life – and may hold secrets as to how you ended up aboard the space station and, in turn, hurtling through space on the Astral Express.

Kafka’s English voice actor is Cheryl Texiera, whereas her Japanese voice actor is Itoh Shizuka. She treads the path of Nihility.

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What’s the best Honkai Star Rail Kafka build?

As the Honkai Star Rail release date is not yet upon us, all the information we have on kickass Kafka is based on the betas, meaning that some details are subject to change. However, what we do know is that she’s a lightning character skilled in the use of knives, swords, and light guns, and that she specialises in AoE attacks that can inflict enemies with shock. Shocked enemies take lightning damage each turn.

Due to her ability to apply great shock damage over time and her attack-scaling skills, we recommend aiming for relics that increase both her damage and her lightning damage boost. We also recommend teaming her up with other characters who inflict DoT, like Honkai Star Rail’s Sampo or Honkai Star Rail’s Jing Yuan, to make the most of her skill.

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

The following light cone is a five-star piece catered to Honkai Star Rail Kafka’s abilities. However, if you can’t get hold of this one, make sure to equip her with a light cone that aligns with the path of Nihility in order to activate the skill.

Light cone Effect How to obtain
Patience is All You Need The wearer deals more damage to enemies inflicted with DoT. For every attack, the wearer’s speed increases by a set percentage, up to five times. Meanwhile, enemies receiving attacks take 20% more DoT for one turn.  Gacha

Honkai Star Rail Kafka holding her weapon

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

We’re still experimenting with different relic sets on Kafka, but we’ve found that Band of Sizzling Thunder is the most consistent set so far due to its boost to both her lightning damage and attack.

Relic Effect How to obtain
Band of Sizzling Thunder Two pieces equipped: increases lightning damage by 10%
Four pieces equipped: increases the wearer’s attack by 25% for one turn after they use their skill
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What are Honkai Star Rail’s Kafka’s attacks?


Skill Effect
Basic attack: Midnight Tumult (single attack) Deal 50% of Kafka’s attack as lightning damage to your target enemy
Skill: Caressing Moonlight (blast) Deal 70% of Kafka’s attack as lightning damage to a target enemy, and 25% of Kafka’s attack as lightning damage to enemies adjacent to the target. If the target enemy already has a DoT, immediately deal damage equal to 100% of all current DoT effects the enemy has
Ultimate: Twilight Trill (AoE attack) Deal 36% of Kafka’s attack as lightning damage to all enemies. There’s a 100% base chance for the enemies you hit to be shocked and immediately take damage equal to 80% of the received damage. Shock lasts for three turns. When shocked, enemies receive 60% of Kafka’s attack as lightning DoT at the start of their turn


Skill Effect
Talent: Gentle but Cruel After an ally uses a basic attack on a shocked enemy, Kafka immediately deals 75% of her attack as lightning damage to that enemy. This effect can only be triggered once per turn


Skill Effect
Mercy is Not Forgiveness Kafka immediately attacks the enemy, and deals 50% of her attack as lightning damage to a random enemy upon entering battle. Additionally, all enemies have a 100% base chance to be shocked for three turns. While shocked, enemies take 50% of Kafka’s attack as lightning DoT at the start of each turn


Trace Effect
Thorns When Kafka uses her basic attack o n a shocked enemy, the shocked state immediately deals damage equal to 40% of the original damage received
Plunder If you defeat an enemy affected by shock, Kafka regenerates ten energy
Fear Shocked enemies deal 20% less damage to Kafka

Honkai Star Rail Kafka with her eyes wide as she uses her ult

What are Kafka’s eidolons?

Honkai Star Rail eidolons are similar to Genshin Impact’s constellations, and require you to obtain multiple copies of the same character to activate them. Here are all of Kafka’s eidolons.

Eidolon Effect
Level one – Recitativo When an enemy hits Kafka there’s a 100% base chance of her inflicting shock on them. This shock state has the same affect as the one applied by Kafka’s ultimate
Level two – Leggiero Kafka’s talent can trigger twice each turn
Level three – Fantasia Increase the level of Kafka’s ultimate by two (max level 15), and her basic attack by one (maximum level ten)
Level four – Da Capo When you use Kafka’s ultimate, instead of enemies immediately receiving damage from the shock state, they immediately receive damage from all current DoT sources
Level five – Doloroso  Increases the level of Kafka’s skill and talent by two (up to a maximum level of 15)
Level six – Fortississimo When you trigger Kafka’s talent for the first time each battle, its damage dealt increases by 120% and immediately deals shock damage equal to 100% of the original DoT multiplier

And that’s everything we’ve got on Honkai Star Rail’s Kafka for now. Keep in mind, that this info is based on the closed beta, and may change when the game reaches its full release – but we’ll be sure to update this page when we get to that! In the meantime, check out our list of the best games like Genshin Impact for more adventures to explore.