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Honkai Star Rail Sampo build

Honkai Star Rail's Sampo agrees that all business is welcome, as long as you've got the cash. Our Sampo build is right on the money with the best relics.

Honkai Star Rail Sampo winking at the camera with a hand on his chest

Sampo Koski, at your service! Honkai Star Rail’s Sampo is an intergalactic salesman who always seems to be getting himself into sticky situations. He’s pretty knowledgeable where it counts -especially in battle where he excels in wind damage over time as a four-star, wind using character.

If you want to get acquainted with the rest of the Honkai Star Rail characters, check out our Honkai Star Rail tier list and some more builds: why not take a look at Honkai Star Rail’s TingyunHonkai Star Rail’s Sushang and Honkai Star Rail’s March 7th.

So, here’s what you need to know about Honkai Star Rail’s Sampo.

What’s the best Honkai Star Rail Sampo build?

Best light cone Eyes of the Prey
Light cone substitutes In the Name of the World, Good Night and Sleep Well
Best relic set Eagle of Twilight Line
Planar ornaments Pan-Galactic Commercial Enterprise
Main stats Body – Effect hit rate
Feet – Speed
Link rope – Attack
Planar sphere – Wind damage bonus
Sub stats Effect hit rate, energy recharge, attack, speed

Sampo dishes out plenty of good damage and his key role revolves around his DoT. He applies wind shear and debuffs to multiple enemies. This application and his blinding technique pave the way for other high-impact damage dealers like Honkai Star Rail’s Jing Yuan to hop in and finish enemies off, but pairing him with other DoT units like Honkai Star Rail’s Kafka works like a dream.

When building your Sampo, you should aim to increase his effect hit rate as it allows him to apply his DoT and debuffs to as many enemies as possible. We believe you should also aim to increase his attack, wind damage, and speed.

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How do I use Honkai Star Rail’s Sampo?

First things first, when sizing up an enemy, use Sampo’s technique to throw a bomb at them and blind them for a few seconds. This means they can’t detect you, giving you the upper hand.

Then, when in combat, use Sampo’s skill to apply wind shear, which deals plenty of damage over time. Sampo’s ultimate will also deal a chunk of damage to any wind-weak enemies. Combining his DoT with the likes of Kafka and Guinaifen makes for a very helpful team.

What are the best light cones for Sampo?

The four-star light cone Eyes of Prey fits Sampo’s kit to a T and is pretty easy to get through the normal gacha. However, if you’re looking for an alternate Honkai Star Rail light cone, aim for something that also increases his effect hit rate and/or DoT damage, and ensure it aligns with the path of Nihility in order to activate its skill.

Light cone Effect How to obtain
Eyes of the Prey (four-star) Increases Sampo’s effect hit rate when attacking by 24%, and his DoT damage by 24%. All banners
In the Name of the World (five-star) Increases Sampo’s damage to debuffed enemies by 24%. When Sampo uses his skill, the effect hit rate for his attack increases by 18%, and attack by 24%. Standard banner
Good Night and Sleep Well (four-star) For every debuff the target enemy has, Sampo deals 12% more damage, stacking up to three times. This also applies to DoT. All banners
Fermata (four-star) Increases Sampo’s break effect by 16% and increases damage to enemies inflicted with Wind Shear by 16%. Applies damage over time. All banners
Hidden Shadow (three-star) Sampo’s next basic attack after using a skill deals at least 60% of his attack as additional damage. All banners

What are the best relics for Sampo?

The Eagle of Twilight Line set on Sampo works wonderfully, giving him a boost to his wind damage. If you haven’t got that, then an attack boost is also a good shout.

Pan-Galactic Commercial Enterprise is a great planar ornament set for Sampo as it increases his effect hit rate, giving him a higher chance of triggering wind shear on enemies for more DoT.

Relic Effect How to obtain
Prisoner in Deep Confinement Two equipped: Increases attack by 12%
Four equipped: 
For every DoT the target enemy has, Sampo 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
Eagle of Twilight Line Two equipped: Increases wind damage
Four equipped: After Sampo uses his ultimate, his action advances forward by 25%
Cavern of Corrosion: Path of Gelid Wind in Herta Space Station’s Storage Zone
Musketeer of Wild Wheat Two equipped: Increases attack
Four equipped: Increases Sampo’s speed by 6% and his basic attack damage by 10%
Cavern of Corrosion: Path of Drifting in Jarilo-VI’s Corridor of Fading Echoes

Planar ornament

Relic Effect How to obtain
Pan-Galactic Commercial Enterprise Two equipped: Increases Sampo’s effect hit rate by 10%. Meanwhile, his attack increases by an amount equal to 25% of the current hit rate, up to a maximum of 25% bonus Immersion Reward devices in World 5 of the Simulated Universe
Space Sealing Station Two equipped: Increases Sampo’s attack by 12%. When his speed reaches 120 or higher, his attack increases by an extra 12% Immersion Reward Devices in World 3 of the Simulated Universe
Firmament Frontline Glamoth Two equipped: Increases Sampo’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 3 of the Simulated Universe

Relic stat recommendations

Main stats:

  • Body: Effect hit rate, attack
  • Feet: Speed
  • Planar sphere: Wind damage increase
  • Link rope: Attack, energy regeneration rate

Sub-stats:

  • Effect hit rate
  • Speed
  • Attack

Honkai Star Rail Sampo opening a heart-shaped box of bombs

What are the best Honkai Star Rail Sampo team comps?

A triple-threat Nihility team with Kafka, Guinaifen, and a flexible choice of healer or buffer is a really good option for Sampo. Really, anything with Kafka is good for him. Adding Asta to the mix can help as she can apply burn damage, if you don’t have a Guinaifen.

First character slot Second character slot Third character slot Fourth character slot
Sampo Kafka Guinaifen Robin
Sampo Kafka Asta Flex healer/buffer slot
Sampo Ruan Mei iconRuan Mei Black Swan Huohuo

What are Sampo’s abilities?

Sampo packs a punch during battle with his combat skills, technique, and traces.

Active skills:

Skill Effect
Basic attack: Dazzling Blades Deal 50% of Sampo’s attack as wind damage to a target enemy
Skill: Ricochet Love Throw a dagger that deals wind damage equal to 28% of Sampo’s attack to a target enemy. The dagger bounces randomly between enemies up to a maximum of four times, each time dealing wind damage equal to 28% of Sampo’s attack
Ultimate: Surprise Present Deal wind damage equal to 96% of Sampo’s attack to all enemies, with a 100% base chance to increase the target’s DoT taken by 20% for two turns

Talent:

Skill Effect
Windtorn Dagger Sampo’s attacks have a 65% base chance to inflict wind shear for three turns. Enemies inflicted with wind shear take 20% of Sampo’s attack as wind DoT at the start of each turn. Wind shear can stack up to five times

Technique:

Technique Effect
Shining Bright Throw a flash bomb toward the enemy, inflicting blind for ten seconds. Blinded enemy units are unable to see allies. When attacking a blinding enemy, there’s a 100% fixed chance to delay all enemies’ actions by 25%

Traces:

Trace Effect
Trap (unlocked at ascension two) Extends the duration of wind shear by one turn
Defensive Position (unlocked at ascension four) Sampo’s ultimate additionally regenerates ten energy
Spice Up (unlocked at ascension six) Enemies with wind shear effect deal 15% less damage to Sampo

What are Sampo’s eidolons?

Eidolons in Honkai Star Rail are similar to Genshin Impact’s constellations, offering you specific buffs to unlock when you pull multiple copies of the same character. Here are all of Sampo’s eidolons.

Eidolon  Effect
Level one: Rising Love When using Sampo’s skill, his throwing dagger gains one more bounce attack
Level two: Infectious Enthusiasm When you defeat an enemy with wind shear, there’s a 100% base chance to impose one stack of wind shear on all enemies
Level three: Big Money! Increases the level of Sampo’s skill by two, up to a maximum of level 15, and the level of his basic attack by one, up to a maximum of level ten
Level four: The Deeper the Love, the Stronger the Hate When Sampo’s skill hits an enemy with five or more stacks of wind shear, the current wind shear immediately deals 8% of its current damage
Level five: Huuuuge Money! Increases the level of Sampo’s ultimate by two, up to a maximum of level 15, and the level of his talent by two, up to a maximum of level ten
Level six: Increased Spending Increases the wind shear damage of Sampo’s talent by 15%

Honkai Star Rail's Sampo smiling towards you

What are Sampo’s ascension materials?

Here’s what you need to ascend Sampo all the way up to level 80. He requires a ton of ancient parts and their subsequent evolutions, and a lot of the storm eye drops which you can earn in the Honkai Star Rail stagnant shadow calyx in Rivet Town.

Required level Credits Materials
20 3,200 Four ancient parts
30 6,400 Eight ancient parts
40 12,800 Two storm eyes, five ancient spindles
50 32,000 Five storm eyes, eight ancient spindles
60 64,000  15 storm eyes, five ancient engines
70 128,000 28 storm eyes, seven ancient engines

What are Sampo’s trace materials?

Sampo’s trace materials primarily come from the Xianzhou Luofu and Jarilo-VI areas, given that he came with the release of Honkai Star Rail. Here’s what you need to max out his talents.

  • 28 ancient parts, 42 ancient spindles, and 42 ancient engine
    • Obtain from automaton enemies, 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 Guardian’s Lament
    • Obtain from Cocolia, Mother of Deception’s boss fight in the Echo of War at Everwinter Hill
  • 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:

  • Trap > Defensive Position > Spice Up

That’s everything we know about Honkai Star Rail’s Sampo. Be sure to check out our list of the best mobile RPGs and embark on a new adventure today, or head over to our Genshin Impact codes page and Genshin Impact tier list.