Character Ascension 6 isn’t unlocked yet for many Honkai: Star Rail players, but once it is, here are the Traces to remember first.
In Honkai Star Rail, a character’s ‘Skill Tree’ is made up of traces. They are menus where players can spend resources to improve their character’s stats or gain access to new passive or active skills. And the “major” Traces that open passives or actives are usually locked behind different Ascension Levels.
So, let’s look at all the Traces Honkai: Star Rail players can get after hitting Ascension 6 with that character (or at least Trailblaze Level 60) to see which ones are worth grinding for first.
So, Sushang wants to go as often as she can so that she can both use Sword Stance and her Ascension 4 Trace, Riposte, to cause Sword Stance. Her normal combo is to use her Skill, then her Ultimate, then her Skill again. With this Trace, she can add a Basic Attack or Skill to the beginning of that combo to make it even longer.
Let’s be honest: Most people who play HSR only level and spend resources on Dan Heng because he’s the only’real’ Wind-damage DPS in the game right now. So, most of the time, he’s not in a party because he’s someone’s favorite, and he doesn’t usually get Skill Points first.
Even if he only uses his Basic Attack, he will still do a fair amount of damage thanks to this Trace. This Trace also works very well in a team with an enemy-slowing character like Welt or one of the leaked future characters.
Preservation Trailblazer (Fire)
Some people think that the Fire/Preservation Trailblazer is the best tank in Penalty Kick Online game right now. At the very least, it’s the easiest to get, since Gepard and Clara, the other two main choices, are 5-Stars characters that players will have to roll for.
And there will be a lot of turns where the Trailblazer starts with a shield active, especially if a player also uses March 7th or Gepard (though that would probably be too much), so their Action Beats Overthinking Trace is basically just a 15% increase to their attack.
As a healer, Bailu’s main trick is the buff she gives to friends called “Invigoration.” When Invigoration is on, friends who get hit will get some health back, and sometimes even more health than they lost from the hit. And some of the endgame material in HSR can make it hard to keep everyone alive, even with the newest character (at the time of writing this) Luocha in the team comp.
So, her Aquatic Benediction Trace is like a 10% damage reduction buff for the whole team since she always has it on. This is another easy Trace to get as soon as it becomes available.
If you had to use one word to describe the three main tanks in HSR, Clara’s would be “Counters,” Gepard’s would be “Taunts,” and the Trailblazer’s would be “Shields.” But of the three, Gepard probably does the least damage overall, which is why his Fighting Spirit Trace will make such a big difference.
Not only that, but it scales off his defense number, so the tankier Gepard is, the more damage he does, which is every tank’s dream.
The last and best Trace on this list isn’t as exciting as some of the other characters’ Traces, but that’s just because it’s so useful. With the Military Might Ascension 6 Trace, Bronya increases everyone’s damage by 10% while she’s on the field.
Bronya can boost an ally’s attack by 76 percent for one turn by adding this to the 33 percent damage boost she gives allies when she uses her skill and the 33 percent damage boost she gives allies when she uses her Belobog March Ultimate right after.
Honkai: Star Rail is now out for PC and mobile devices, and a PS5 version will come out in the fourth quarter of 2023.