Alright, crew, it’s time to introduce yourselves to Honkai Star Rail’s Himeko. This fier-wielding redhead is the total package – a super-intelligent scientist, an adventurous trailblazer, and a formidable force on the battlefield. If Honkai Star Rail’s Welt is the dad of the Astral Express, Himeko is undoubtedly the mom. Whether she’s offering you advice from the cabin, or fighting by your side and setting your enemies ablaze, she’s someone you definitely want on your side.
If you want to get familiar with the rest of the Astral Express family, check out our Honkai Star Rail Dan Heng and Honkai Star Rail March 7th guides. We’ve also got a Honkai Star Rail characters guide, and a Honkai Star Rail tier list, to help you on your next adventure into the stars.
Right, let’s look at the best build for Honkai Star Rail’s Himeko.
Himeko is a powerful damage dealer, capable of taking down large groups of enemies with her potent AoE and blast attacks, follow-up move, and strong burn DoT. Her fire damage is the real star of the show here, and using her technique to initiate battles pushes it even further, making her a real force to be reckoned with. She treads the path of the Erudition, placing her as a multi-target damage dealer – and oh, boy, does she excel at it.
We recommend building her with plenty of fire damage boost and attack stats wherever possible. She works well with other fire characters such as Honkai Star Rail’s Asta and Honkai Star Rail’s Hook, as initiating battles with her technique increases the fire damage taken by enemies, and pairing her up with a buffer like Asta helps increase her already high attack.
The five-star light cone Night on the Milky Way is a perfect fit for Himeko’s kit, increasing her attack based on how many enemies are on the battlefield and whether they are inflicted with break. However, as it’s a five-star light cone only obtainable through gacha pulls, you need a strike of luck to get it.
If you’re looking for something to fill the slot in the meantime, feel free to go with any light cone that increases Himeko’s attack – just be sure to pick one that’s aligned with the path of the Erudition in order to activate its skill.
|Light cone||Effect||How to obtain|
|Night on the Milky Way (five-star)||Increases Himeko’s attack by 8% for every enemy on the battlefield, up to five times. Also increases Himeko’s damage by 24% for one turn when she inflicts an enemy with break.||Gacha|
|The Seriousness of Breakfast (four-star)||Increases Himeko’s damage by 12%. Her attack increases a further 4% for every enemy she defeats.||Gacha|
|Sagacity (three-star)||Increases Himeko’s attack by 24% when she unleashes her ultimate.||Gacha|
As most of Himeko’s impact hinges on her fire damage, we recommend the Firesmith of Lava Forge relic set. When it comes to sub-stats, aim for more fire damage and attack above all else, then speed and energy recharge boost.
To pack an even stronger punch, we recommend equipping Himeko with the Space Sealing Station planar ornaments, as this set buffs her attack.
|Relic||Effect||How to obtain|
|Firesmith of Lava Forging||Two equipped: increases fire damage by 10%
Four equipped: increases Himeko’s skill damage by 12%. After unleashing an ultimate, her next attack deals an additional 12% fire damage
|Cavern of Corrosion: Path of Conflagration in The Xianzhou Luofu’s Stargazer Navalia|
|Musketeer of Wild Wheat||Two equipped: increases attack by 12%
Four equipped: increases Himeko’s speed by 6% and her basic attack damage by 10%
|Cavern of Corrosion: Path of Drifting in Jarilo-VI’s Corridor of Fading Echoes|
|Thief of Shooting Meteor||Two equipped: increases break effect by 16%
Four equipped: increases Himeko’s break effect by 16%. Himeko regenerates three energy when she inflicts weakness break on an enemy
|Cavern of Corrosion: Path of Jabbing Punch in Jarilo-VI’s Silvermane Guard Restricted Zone|
|Relic||Effect||How to obtain|
|Space Sealing Station||Two equipped: increases Himeko’s attack by 12%. When Himeko’s speed reaches 120 or higher, her attack increases by another 12%||Immersion Reward Devices in World 3 of the Simulated Universe|
Relic stat recommendations
- Body: Crit rate/crit damage
- Feet: Attack
- Link rope: Attack
- Planar sphere: Fire damage increase
- Crit damage, crit rate
- Energy restoration
Here’s what the fiery Himeko is capable of in battle and what each talent specifically does.
|Basic attack: Sawblade Tuning (single attack)||Deal 50% of Himeko’s attack as fire damage to a target enemy|
|Skill: Molten Detonation (blast)||Deal 100% of Himeko’s attack as fire damage to a target enemy and 40% of her attack as fire damage to adjacent enemies|
|Ultimate: Heavenly Flare (AoE)||Deal 132% of Himeko’s attack as fire damage to all enemies. Himeko restores an additional ten energy for each enemy she defeats|
|Talent: Victory Rush||If an enemy’s weakness breaks, Himeko gains a stack of charge (full charge is three stacks). When Himeko is fully charged after an ally attacks, she deals 68% of her attack as fire damage to all enemies and consumes all charge stacks. She gains one stack of charge at the start of battle.|
|Incomplete Combustion (impair)||After using her technique, a satellite beam creates a burning zone that lasts 15 seconds. Upon entering battle in a burning zone, there’s a 100% base chance to increase fire damage taken by target enemies by 10% for two turns.|
|Starfire (unlocked at ascension two)||Himeko’s basic attack has an 80% chance to burn enemies. Enemies then take fire damage over time equalling 30% of Himeko’s attack damage|
|Magma (unlocked at ascension four)||Himeko’s skill deals 20% more damage to enemies inflicted with burn|
|Benchmark (unlocked at ascension six)||Increases Himeko’s crit rate by 15% if her HP is 80% or higher|
In Honkai Star Rail, eidolons are similar to Genshin Impact’s eidolons. They’re unique buffs and upgrades that you can unlock when you pull more than one copy of a character. Here are all of Himeko’s eidolons.
|Level one: Childhood||After Himeko triggers ‘Victory Rush’, her speed increases by 20% for two turns|
|Level two: Convergence||Deal 15% more damage to enemies below or equal to 50%|
|Level three: Poised||Increases the level of Himeko’s ultimate by three, to a maximum of level 15, and the level of her basic attack by one, up to a maximum of level ten|
|Level four: Dedication||When her skill breaks an enemy’s weakness, Himeko gains one additional stack of charge|
|Level five: Aspiration||Increases the level of Himeko’s skill by three, to a maximum of level 15, and the level of her basic attack by one, up to a maximum of level ten|
|Level six: Trailblaze!||Himeko’s ultimate deals damage two additional times, each to a random enemy, both times dealing 40% of the original damage|
To get Himeko leveled up all the way you need a lot of the core items and a stack of endotherm chitins. The chitins drop as a reward in the Honkai Star Rail stagnant shadow domain, located in the Silvermane Guard Restricted Zone on Jarilo-VI.
|20||3,200||Five extinguished cores|
|30||6,400||Ten extinguished cores|
|40||12,800||Three endotherm chitin and six glimmering cores|
|50||32,000||Seven endotherm chitin and nine glimmering cores|
|60||64,000||20 endotherm chitin and six squirming cores|
|70||128,000||35 endotherm chitin and nine squirming cores|
Honkai Star Rail’s Himeko is an adventurous scientist, always eager for her next trailblazing expedition. She encountered the Astral Express when she was just a child after it was stranded in her home world. With time, she managed to repair the train and finally began her journey into the stars, meeting many new companions along the way.
Himeko is a five-star fire character, who treads the path of the Erudition. Her English voice actor is Cia Court, and her Japanese voice actor is Tanaka Rie.
That’s all we’ve got on Honkai Star Rail’s Himeko. Now head over to our list of the best games like Genshin Impact to set out on a fresh adventure today, or take a look at our Genshin Impact codes page and Genshin Impact tier list.