Honkai Star Rail How to Level Up Characters

In this article, you will learn everything there is to know about leveling up your characters in Honkai Star Rail.

Honkai Star Rail is the newest space RPG game by HoYoverse which offers a turn-based battle system to the players. The game includes a lot of similar features to HoYoverse’s biggest success Genshin Impact, including some of the game features and also the high-end graphics.

Honkai Star Rail features a lot of different characters. In order to keep up with the increasing difficulty of the game, it is necessary to level up these characters as well. However, the character progression system in Honkai Star Rail might be a bit tough for new players to understand. This guide will discuss every possible way to ascend characters and level them up faster in Honkai Star Rail.

How to Level Up Characters In Honkai Star Rail

Experience Level

Each character in Honkai Star Rail can be leveled up from Level 1 to 80. Every character starts with a base max Level of 20. After reaching level 20, each character needs to be leveled up using materials, and the level cap needs to be increased further. Each time a character is ascended, the level cap is increased by 10 levels up to a maximum level of 80.

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However, the range of your character level upgrade will also depend on your account level. You will not be able to ascend a character even if you have all the required materials if you do not meet the account level criteria to ascend to each level.


Each character has a skill upgrade tree which is called the Trace. Players can unlock the nodes of this tree-like structure to unlock several stat bonuses, extra passive abilities, and enhancements for the skills of each character.

Honkai Star Rail traces
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Traces need to be upgraded by using certain materials. These materials can be found in Cocoon of Distortion, mission rewards, or purchased in the shop. However, how many traces can be upgraded depends on the ascension level of each character. So make sure you have ascended your character to a specific level before upgrading traces.


Eidolons can be used to enhance the abilities of the characters in Honkai Star Rail by providing them with unique passive abilities. Every character has six Eidolons, and each of these can be enhanced using materials.

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Eidolon upgrades can be unlocked by obtaining duplicate copies of the character from the gacha system or through in-game missions and events. This process is different in the case of the main Trailblazer character, who can be upgraded fully through the Account Level upgrade.

Light Cones

Light Cones are equivalent to weapons in Honkai Star Rail. These cards can be equipped to the characters to unlock stats boost and extra passive upgrade. Each light cone is associated with its own unique path.

honkai star rail light cones
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All light cones can be equipped by every character. However, only the characters associated with the light cone’s path will experience the effect. Light Cones can also be further upgraded for bonus stats boost by using materials.

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