Introducing the Honkai Star Rail Trailblazer, our vessel for joining the crew of the Astral Express and saving the universe from Stellarons. But who exactly is the HSR Trailblazer, what are their skills, and what’s the best build for them? We’re here to answer all these questions for you.
We’ve got plenty of trailblazing guides for you to study up on including a Honkai Star Rail tier list, a guide to the Honkai Star Rail next banner, and a list of Honkai Star Rail codes. There’s also build guides for more of our crewmates like Honkai Star Rail’s Sushang, Honkai Star Rail’s Tingyun, and Honkai Star Rail’s March 7th.
Now, let’s get into our guide on everything Honkai Star Rail’s Trailblazer.
The Trailblazer is an adaptive character, meaning you can align them with different paths as you progress through the story. So far, we’ve seen the Trailblazer aligned with the path of the Destruction, where they act as a physical damage DPS, and aligned with the path of the Preservation, where they act as a fire damage tank with shielding capabilities.
When aligned with the path of the Destruction, the Trailblazer’s kit is all about hitting hard with physical damage that scales off of their attack stat. They have both single attack and blast options so they’re a great all-round attacker for big bosses or groups of enemies. We recommend putting your resources into raising their attack stat and physical damage capabilities.
When aligned with the path of the Preservation, the Trailblazer dishes out heavy hits that deal fire damage. Their normal attack triggers a shield for the whole team while also hitting the enemy with a single strike, whereas their skill sees them plant their weapon in front of them, creating a shield for the team and taunting enemies to focus attacks on them instead of their allies. Their ult also triggers the team-wide shield, while also dishing out AoE fire damage to all enemies.
The Destruction Trailblazer light cones
If you can’t get a hold of Something Irreplaceable or On the Fall of an Aeon, our three-star recommendation is Collapsing Sky. Or you can use any that follow the path of Destruction.
|Light cone||Effect||How to obtain|
|Something Irreplaceable (five-star)||Increases the Trailblazer’s attack by 24%. After receiving an attack, you immediately restore HP equal to 8% of your attack and increase damage dealt by 20%. This effect is valid until the end of the Trailblazer’s turn. The effect cannot stack and can only trigger once per turn||Gacha|
|On the Fall of an Aeon (five-star)||Whenever the Trailblazer attacks, it increases their attack by 8% up to four times. When you inflict weakness break on enemies, your damage increases a further 12% for two turns||Herta’s Store|
|Collapsing Sky (three-star)||Increases Trailblazer’s basic attack and skill damage by 20%||Gacha|
The Preservation Trailblazer light cones
For the Preservation Trailblazer, we recommend the Texture of Memories light cone from Herta’s Store or Honkai Star Rail Gepard‘s Moment of Victory Light Cone. Of, for a four-star option, we recommend Day One of My New Life or Landau’s choice. If you don’t have any of these to hand or want to try something different, just make sure that it also aligns with the path of the Preservation.
|Light cone||Effect||How to obtain|
|Texture of Memories (five-star)||Increases the Trailblazer’s effect resistance by 8%. If an enemy attacks the Trailblazer when they don’t have a shield, they gain a shield equal to 16% of their max HP for two turns. This effect can only trigger once every three turns. If the Trailblazer has a shield when they’re attacked, the damage they receive decreases by 12%||Herta’s store|
|Moment of Victory (five-star)||Increases the Trailblazer’s defense by 24% and effect hit rate by 20%. Also increases the chance that enemies will attack the Trailblazer. When an enemy attacks the Trailblazer, their defense increases by an additional 24% until the end of their turn||Gacha or the Starlight Exchange store|
|Day One of My New Life (four-star)||Increases the Trailblazer’s defense by 16%. After entering battle, also increases the damage resistance of all allies by 8%. Effects of the same type can’t stack||Gacha|
|Landau’s Choice (four-star)||The Trailblazer is more likely to be attacked, but the damage they take reduces by 16%||Gacha|
|Amber (three-star)||Increases Trailblzaer’s defense by 16%. If their current HP is lower than 50%, it increases their defense by a further 16%||Gacha|
The Destruction Trailblazer relics
The best Honkai Star Rail relics for the Destruction Trailblazer so far are those that increase physical damage and attack. Champion of Streetwise Boxing is perfect for this but also one of the starting relic sets that you encounter, Musketeer of Wild Wheat, does almost as good a job and is much easier to find than other options.
As they’re a hard-hitting DPS unit, the Destruction Trailblazer’s best planar ornament set is Space Sealing Station, which is also one of the easier sets to get in the Simulated Universe.
|Relic||Effect||How to obtain|
|Champion of Streetwise Boxing||Two equipped: increases physical damage by 10%
Four equipped: after the Trailblazer attacks or is hit by an enemy, their attack increases by 5% for the rest of the battle. This effect can stack up to five times
|Cavern of Corrosion: Path of Jabbing Punch in Jarilo-VI’s Everwinter Hill|
|Musketeer of Wild Wheat||Two equipped: increases attack by 10%
Four equipped: increases the Trailblazer’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|
|Relic||Effect||How to obtain|
|Space Sealing Station||Two equipped: increases the Trailblazer’s attack by 12%. When their speed reaches 120 or higher, their attack increases by another 12%||Immersion Reward devices in World 3 of the Simulated Universe|
Destruction Trailblazer relic stat recommendations
- Physical damage bonus
- Crit rate
- Crit damage
The Preservation Trailblazer relics
When aligned with the path of The Preservation, the best relics for the Trailblazer are Firesmith of Lava Forging and Guard of Wuthering Snow. These either increase their defense capabilities or boost their fire damage.
Getting the best planar ornament set for the Preservation Trailblazer can be tough – they benefit the most from Belobog of the Architects, but this is a high level reward from World 6. Instead, you could use Space Sealing Station to boost their attack, just like in the Destruction build.
|Relic||Effect||How to obtain|
|Firesmith of Lava Forging||Two equipped: increases fire damage by 10%
Four equipped: increases the Trailblazer’s skill damage by 12%. After unleashing an ultimate, the Trailblazer’s next attack deals an additional 12% fire damage
|Cavern of Corrosion: Path of Conflagration in The Xianzhou Luofu’s Stargazer Navalia|
|Guard of Wuthering Snow||Two equipped: reduces damage taken by 8%
Four equipped: at the beginning of the turn, if the Trailblazer’s HP is equal to or less than 50% of their max HP, they restore HP equal to 8% of their max HP and regenerate five energy
|Cavern of Corrosion: Path of Providence in Jarilo-VI’s Everwinter Hill|
|Knight of Purity Palace||Two equipped: increases defense by 12%
Four equipped: when the Trailblazer creates a shield, it can absorb and additional 20% max damage
|Cavern of Corrosion: Path of Holy Hymn in the Xianzhou Luofu’s Cloudford|
|Relic||Effect||How to obtain|
|Belobog of the Architects||Two equipped: increases the Trailblazer’s defense by 15%. When their effect hit rate is 50% or higher, they gain an extra 15% defense||Immersion Reward devices in World 6 of the Simulated Universe|
Preservation Trailblazer relic stat recommendations
- Fire damage bonus
- Crit rate
- Crit damage
The Trailblazer’s function in your team depends on their alignment. The Destruction Trailblazer is a great main attacker and can target single enemies or groups with their basic attack, skill, and ultimate. The Preservation Trailblazer is also a great attacker with added tanking abilities and good utility against enemies with fire weakness. Their passive shields their team and their skill directs attacks away from their teammates.
The Destruction Trailblazer attacks
|Basic attack – Farewell Hit (single attack)||Deals physical damage equal to 50% of the Trailblazer’s attack to a target enemy|
|Skill – RIP Home Run (blast)||Deals physical damage equal to 62% of the Trailblazer’s attack to a target enemy and any adjacent enemies|
|Ultimate – Stardust Ace (single attack or blast)||Mode one deals physical damage equal to 300% of the Trailblazer’s attack to a single enemy.
Mode two deals physical damage equal to 180% of the Trailblazer’s attack to a single enemy and physical damage equal to 108% of the Trailblazer’s attack to adjacent enemies
|Perfect Pickoff||Each time the Trailblazer inflicts weakness break on an enemy, their attack increases by 10%. This effect can stack up to two times|
|Immortal Third Strike||Immediately heals all allies for 15% of their respective max HP|
|Ready for Battle||The Trailblazer immediately regenerates 15 energy at the beginning of the battle|
|Perseverance||Each stack of their talent increases the Trailblazer’s defense by 10%|
|Fighting Will||The Trailblazer’s blast attacks (skill or ultimate) deal 25% more damage to the target enemy|
The Preservation Trailblazer attacks
|Ice-Breaking Light (basic)||Deal fire damage equal to 50% of the Trailblazer’s attack to a target enemy and gain one stack of Magma Will|
|Ice-Breaking Light (enhanced)||Consume four stacks of Magma Will to enhance Trailblazer’s basic attack, dealing fire damage equal to 90% of the Trailblazer’s attack to a single enemy, and fire damage equal to 36% of the Trailblazer’s attack to adjacent enemies|
|Ever-Burning Amber||Increases the Trailblazer’s damage reduction by 40% and grants them one stack of Magma Will, with an additional 100% base chance to increase the likelihood that all enemies will attack them for one turn|
|War-Flaming Lance||Deal fire damage equal to 50% of the Trailblazer’s attack plus 75% of the Trailblazer’s defense to all enemies. The next basic attack is automatically enhanced and doesn’t cost Magma Will|
|Treasure of the Architects||Each time an enemy hits the Trailblazer, they gain one stack of Magma Will for a max of eight stacks. When Magma Will has four stacks or more, enhances the Trailblazer’s basic attack, dealing damage to a single enemy and adjacent enemies. When the Trailblazer uses their basic attack, skill, or ultimate, they apply a shield to the entire ally team that absorbs damage equal to 4% of the Trailblazer’s defense plus 16. This shield lasts for two turns|
|Call of the Guardian||At the start of the next battle, gains a shield that blocks damage equal to 50% of the Trailblazer’s defense plus 160 for one turn|
|The Strong Defends the Weak||After the Trailblazer uses their skill, reduces the damage taken by all allies by 15% for one turn|
|Unwavering Gallantry||When the Trailblazer uses their enhanced basic attack, they restore 5% of their max HP|
|Action Beats Overthinking||When the Trailblazer starts the turn protected by a shield, they regenerate five energy and their attack increases by 15% until the action is over|
Eidolons are similar to constellations in Genshin Impact. They are bonus effects for your characters that you unlock by getting duplicate copies of them. They work slightly differently for the Trailblazer though, as you unlock their eidolons by progressing through the story.
The Destruction Trailblazer eidolons
|A Falling Star||When the Trailblazer defeats enemies with their ultimate, they regenerate ten energy|
|An Unwilling Host||Attacking an enemy with physical weakness restores the Trailblazer’s HP equal to 5% of their attack|
|A Leading Whisper||The Trailblazer gains two levels in their skill and talent, up to a maximum level of 15|
|A Destructing Glance||Attacking enemies whose weakness is already broken increases the Trailblazer’s crit rate by 25%|
|A Surviving Hope||The Trailblazer gains two levels in their ultimate, up to a maximum level of 15, and one level in their basic attack up to a maximum level of ten|
|A Trailblazing Will||The Trailblazer’s talent is also triggered when they defeat an enemy|
The Preservation Trailblazer eidolons
|Earth-Shaking Resonance||When the Trailblazer uses their basic attack, they deal additional fire damage equal to 25% of their defense. When they use their enhanced basic attack, they deal additional fire damage equal to 50% of their defense|
|Time-Defying Tenacity||The shield the Trailblazer provides from their talent blocks additional damage equal to 2% of the Trailblazer’s defense plus 27|
|Trail-Blazing Blueprint||Increases the level of the Trailblazer’s skill by two up to a maximum level of 15, and their talent by two up to a maximum of level ten|
|Nation-Building Oath||Immediately gain four stacks of Magma Will at the beginning of battle|
|Spirit-Warming Flame||Increases the level of the Trailblazer’s ultimate by two, up to a maximum of level 15, and their basic attack by one, up to a maximum of level ten|
|City-Forging Bulwarks||After they use their enhanced basic attack or ultimate, the Trailblazer’s defense increase by 10%. Stacks up to three times|
Luckily for us, the Trailblazer only has one set of ascension materials no matter which path they are aligned with. These materials let you level the Trailblazer all the way up to 80, so here’s a complete list of everything you need.
You can farm thief’s instinct, usurper’s scheme, and conqueror’s will from voidranger enemies in the storage and supply zones on the Herta Space Station. You can also get them from assignment rewards, Simulated Universe enemies, the embers exchange, or the omni-synthesizer. You get the Trailblazer’s unique ascension material, the enigmatic ectostella, from level and mission rewards as you progress.
|20||3.2k||Four thief’s instinct|
|30||6.4k||Eight thief’s instinct|
|40||12.8k||Five usurper’s scheme and four enigmatic ectostella|
|50||32k||Eight usurper’s scheme and six enigmatic ectostella|
|60||64k||Five conqueror’s will and eight enigmatic ectostella|
|70||128k||Seven conqueror’s will and ten enigmatic ectostella|
The Trailblazer is the playable main character of Honkai Star Rail. At the beginning of the game, Honkai Star Rail’s Kafka activates them as a receptacle for a Stellaron with the help of Honkai Star Rail’s Silver Wolf.
You can choose between Caelus, who is male, or Stelle, who is female, when you start Honkai Star Rail, and change the codename to whatever you like. We don’t know much about the Trailblazer yet other than that they have a Stellaron inside them and they’re part of the Astral Express crew.
There you have it, everything you need to know about the Honkai Star Rail Trailblazer. While you’re here, why not check out our guides to Hoyoverse’s hit ARPG? We’ve got a Genshin Impact tier list and Genshin Impact codes to help you build the best team. We also have build guides like this one for characters such as Genshin Impact’s Diona, Genshin Impact’s Sara, and Genshin Impact’s Wanderer.