Honkai Star Rail 2.0 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.

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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?

Looking at the dates on the 2.0 Honkai Star Rail events, we predict that the Honkai Star Rail 2.1 release date will be March 27, 2024. However, Hoyoverse has yet to confirm this, and that does fall outside of the usual six-week cycle. Of course, we’ll update this guide as soon as we know for sure.

As for the current version, the Honkai Star Rail 2.0 update release date was Tuesday, February 6, 2024. Before that, the game went into maintenance for roughly five hours starting on Tuesday, February 5 at 14:00 PST / 17:00 EST / 22:00 GMT.

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.

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When is the next Honkai Star Rail livestream?

The Honkai Star Rail 2.0 livestream went live on Friday, January 26, 2024, at 3:30 PT / 5:30 CT / 6:30 ET / 11:30 GMT. You can watch it on the official Honkai Star Rail Youtube or Twitch.

We predict that the Honkai Star Rail 2.1 livestream will go live on Friday, March 8, 2024, six weeks after the last one. However, considering our estimate for the version 2.1 release date is a week later than normal, the livestream may actually come on Friday, March 15. Either way, Hoyoverse is yet to confirm this, so we’ll update this guide as soon as we know for sure.

Who are the new characters on the Honkai Star Rail update 2.0 banners?

During the livestream, Hoyoverse confirmed that version 2.0 features the following banners:

Ripples In Reflections – phase one

Epochal Spectrum – phase one

Sparkling Splendor – phase two

Swirl of Heavenly Spear – phase two

Hoyoverse also confirmed that the new four-star character, Honkai Star Rail’s Misha, is coming in version 2.0. However, we don’t know what banner Misha appears on just yet.

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.

Who are the new characters on the Honkai Star Rail update 2.1 banners?

Hoyoverse is yet to give us any confirmation, but official drip marketing suggests that the HSR 2.1 banners will feature the new five-star characters, Honkai Star Rail’s Aventurine and Honkai Star Rail’s Acheron, along with the new four-star character, Honkai Star Rail’s Gallagher

Check back during the HSR 2.1 livestream to find out more!

Is there a new area in Honkai Star Rail update 2.0?

Version 2.0 sees a substantial expansion to the Honkai Star Rail map with the introduction of the brand new planet, Penacony. Also known as the ‘Planet of Festivities’, it’s currently inhabited by ‘The Family’, and resides in the Asdana star system.

With its stunning, neon-lit scenery, art nouveau-style architecture, and giant soda fountains, there’s no denying that Penacony is an awe-inspiring place. But, of course, it hides many secrets beneath its glamorous surface, and it’s up to us to uncover them.

Are there any new quests in Honkai Star Rail 2.0?

As we head off to a whole new world, the story of our adventure starts a fresh chapter in the new Trailblaze Continuance Mission.

On top of that, we get to learn more about the new five-star characters Sparkle and Black Swan in 2.0’s new companion mission, Masquerade Duet.

Are there any new enemies in Honkai Star Rail 2.0?

As we head off to explore a new planet of Penacony, there are plenty of fresh foes to fight, including the brand new Lordly Trashcan enemy. That’s right, we get to fight a sentient (and very stylish) trash can.

Other new enemies include a robotic primate fueled by soda, an odd mechanical dinosaur with a chef’s hat, and more. There’s also the terrifying new boss called ‘Something Unto Death’. This nightmarish creature is always watching with its many piercing eyes, and is capable of preying on your deepest fears.

Are there any new gameplay modes or mechanics in Honkai Star Rail 2.0?

The world of Penacony is filled with many new and wondrous experiences for us to explore, including plenty of fresh game mechanics and gameplay elements to keep us busy. 

During the livestream, gameplay designer Punk explains that Penacony aims to “capture the Dreamscape experience”, where you can “surpass the limits of physics and do things that you can’t do in reality”. So, naturally, that means there are areas where we can walk on walls and experience the topsy-turvy world with the new special ability called Dreamwalker.

Dreamwalking allows you to experience shifts of gravity across dimensions as you explore Penacony’s stunning hotel, allowing you to walk and fight across different wall surfaces as the world shifts around us. You do this using dream bubbles, which you have to replenish at dream bubble towers.

We also get to explore two fascinating new environments. The first is Dream’s Edge, which is a location still under construction by The Family’s Dreamers. While exploring this area, you need to use a special ability called ‘Dream’s Eye’ in order to form pathways using optical illusions (which kinda reminds us of Fischl‘s puzzles in the 2022 Summertime Odyssey Genshin Impact event).

The other new environment is A Child’s Dream, where you get to make full use of the Dreamwalking ability to move along the biggest wallwalking room in the Dreamscape.

There are also heaps of jigsaw puzzles scattered around Penacony, which you need to piece together in order to unlock a variety of things including treasure chests, NPCs, and even more pathways.

Are there any new features in Honkai Star Rail 2.0?

Version 2.0 sees a heap of fresh system updates intended to make your Trailblazing experience more streamlined and enjoyable. 

The first major update is the new Fate’s Atlas system, intended to help you make sense of the game’s story line. It designates each planet as a section and records all stories and character plots that have happened in that world, displaying them in a clear, branching timeline that features all main story quests, companion missions, and the most important side missions. This makes it much easier for you to hop in and refresh your memory if you ever get lost.

2.0 also introduces new support and Trailblazer profile optimizations which allow you to assign more than one support character to help your friends (and, of course, earn more rewards). Additionally, the support character filter function has seen a fresh update that makes it easier to find specific characters to aid you in battle.

On top of that, the relic systems also boast some new optimizations. When enhancing relics, you can now set an enhancement when auto-selecting materials, and there are now more filters to choose from when sorting the relics in your inventory. Hoyoverse has also added relic set recommendations for different characters based on data from other Trailblazers, which you can view and instantly equip with the click of a button.

Finally, there are also some improvements on the relic discard tags and salvaging, making it quicker for you to obtain the correct upgrade materials.

Are there any new items in Honkai Star Rail 2.0?

Version 2.0 introduces two new relic sets. The first is Pioneer Diver of Dead Waters, which increases damage dealt to enemies addlicted with debuffs. The second relic set is Watchmaker, Master of Dream Machinations, which increases your team’s break effect. You can obtain both of these sets from the new Cavern of Corrosion challenge.

On top of that, there are also some new materials in version 2.0, including new quantum-type and ice-type character ascension materials to farm, as well as new trace materials for the paths of the Destruction, Nihility, and Harmony. All three of the new characters (Black Swan, Sparkle, and Misha) use these materials, so you’ll need to start farming as soon as you get to Penacony if you want to build them!

Finally, version 2.0 ushers in a selection of brand new four-star light cones that you can purchase from the Forgotten Hall and Pure Fiction stores, featuring several new faces from the wonderful world of Penacony.

What are the Honkai Star Rail 2.0 events?

As always, there are heaps of new events coming in version 2.0, inviting you to participate in a bunch of fun min-games and challenges that help us get into the spirit of the ‘Planet of Festivities’. 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.