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Honkai Star Rail 2.3 update release date, stream, and more

Keep up to date with every Honkai Star Rail update, including the upcoming HSR livestream, events, new characters and worlds, and everything else.

Key art from Honkai Star Rail update 2.3 showing Sparkle with wind making her clothes swish around her

Are you having trouble keeping on top of the Honkai Star Rail update schedule? Wanna know what the current update is introducing and what the next update is set to bring? Well, sit back and relax, dear passenger, as PT Pom-Pom is here to play as your personal travel guide, filling you in on all the latest content, characters, and more coming in the next HSR update.

If you need a bit more help on your astral adventure, check out our Honkai Star Rail tier list, Honkai Star Rail characters, and Honkai Star Rail banner guides. We’ve also got a super handy list of all the latest Honkai Star Rail codes, as well as details on all the current and upcoming Honkai Star Rail events.

Here’s everything in the current and next Honkai Star Rail update.

When is the next Honkai Star Rail update?

The Honkai Star Rail 2.2 update release date was Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Before that, the game went into maintenance for roughly five hours starting on Tuesday, May 7 at 14:00 PST / 17:00 EST / 23:00 BST.

If you reach Trailblaze level 4 or higher by the time a maintenance period starts, you will receive a minimum of 300 stellar jade in your in-game mailbox as compensation after maintenance concludes.

Hoyoverse is yet to announce the Honkai Star Rail 2.3 release date, but we predict that it will drop on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. 

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When is the next Honkai Star Rail livestream?

The Honkai Star Rail 2.2 livestream went live on Friday, May 7, 2024, at 4:30 PT / 6:30 CT / 7:30 ET / 12:30 BST. You can watch it on the official Honkai Star Rail Youtube or Twitch.

Who are the new characters on the Honkai Star Rail update 2.3 banners?

During the livestream, Hoyoverse announced that the following characters will appear on the Honkai Star Rail update 2.3 banners:

Firefull Flyshine – phase one

Floral Triptych – phase one

Lien on Life, Lease on Fate – phase two

Thorns of Scented Crown – phase two

Additionally, the following light cones will feature on the 2.3 banners:

Brilliant Fixation – phase one

  • Whereabouts Should Dreams rest (five-star Destruction)
  • Memories of the Past (four-star Harmony)
  • Day One of My New Life (four-star Preservation)
  • Eyes of the Prey (four-star Nihility)

Bygone Reminiscence – phase one

  • Past Self in Mirror (five-star Harmony)

Brilliant Fixation – phase two

  • Yet Hope is Priceless (five-star Erudition)
  • Shared Feeling (four-star Abundance)
  • Trend of the Universal Market (four-star Preservation)
  • TBC

Bygone Reminiscence – phase two

  • An Instant Before a Gaze (five-star Erudition)
  • Shared Feeling (four-star Abundance)
  • Trend of the Universal Market (four-star Preservation)
  • TBC

Be sure to check out our Honkai Star Rail banners guide to keep on top of all the current and upcoming Honkai Star Rail characters and light cones.

Is there a new area in Honkai Star Rail update 2.3?

There aren’t any major expansions to the map in 2.3, but there is a brand new air ship for you to explore, as seen in the picture below – and it certainly looks like a fun place (what could possibly go wrong?).

Are there any new quests in Honkai Star Rail update 2.3?

In version 2.3, we can embark on the new Trailblaze Mission, Farewell, Penacony, in which you must deal aftermath of the festival and attempt to help the Family rebuild their reputation.

A screenshot taken from the Honkai Star Rail 2.3 update showing a flying ship

Are there any new enemies in Honkai Star Rail 2.3?

There aren’t any new enemies in version 2.3, but there is a whole new gameplay  mode called Divergent Universe, in which you can take on many different combat challenges, akin to the Simulated Universe.  

And that’s not all, as there’s another new permanent game mode called Apocalyptic Shadow, in which you can experience past dreamscapes and search for traces of the shapeless prince in the experiences of your deadly struggles. After you clear Apocalyptic Shadow’s Difficulty 2 for the first time, you can claim a free copy of Honkai Star Rail’s Xueyi, 300 stellar jade, and one self-modelling resin.

Are there any new features in Honkai Star Rail 2.3?

Hoyoverse continues the streak of fresh quality of life upgrades with some new and enhanced features in version 2.3. In addition to the new gameplay modes, the maximum reward for each phase of Memory Chaos, Pure Fiction, and Apocalyptic Shadow is increasing from 720 to 800 stellar jades – meaning you can claim a total of 2,400 stellar jade from the permanent challenges in each update.

Additionally, Divergent Universe offers some great features that differ from the Simulated Universe, including the ability to switch between all characters you already possess, an auto-leveling system that gets your under-leveled characters up to snuff and equips them with temporary light cones and relics, and more.

On top of that, Divergent Universe allows you to restart challenges and even change your line-up if things aren’t going your way. The curio store has also added more purchasable items (with lower prices), and Herta has added a new five-star light cone to her own store. Oh, and you can also skip ahead – you simply need to defeat the boss to get quick access to the planar ornament sets, if that’s what you’re farming for.

Some related system functions have also gotten a few optimizations. When entering the three permanent game mode screens from your handbook, not only can you see the challenge line-ups of your friends, you can also easily check the star level progress of your current challenge.

On the permanent game mode preparation screen, you can also use pre-set line-ups to form your team, and customize the character order with drag and drop.

What are the Honkai Star Rail 2.3 events?

As always, there are heaps of exciting new events coming in version 2.3, including the adorable Origami Bird Clash. We also get to explore the Stellar Shimmer. As the follow-up to Stellar Flare, this event allows you to hop on a new space craft and take on heaps of new trial mechanisms and trial characters, earning plenty of rewards along the way. To find out more, be sure to keep an eye on our Honkai Star Rail events guide.

That’s all we’ve got on the current Honkai Star Rail update for now, but keep your eyes peeled as we’ll be updating this guide with fresh information in the future. In the meantime, be sure to check out our list of the best games like Genshin Impact for more worlds to explore.