All Paths in Honkai: Star Rail Explained

Himel Mahmud
By Himel Mahmud
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There are seven Paths in Honkai: Star Rail, each associated with one specific Aeon. This guide will explain all seven Paths in the game.

In Honkai: Star Rail, each character follows a specific Path, which determines their role in the game. These Paths belong to the Aeons of the Honkai: Star Rail universe, godlike higher-dimensional beings with powers superior to ordinary humans. Paths in Honkai: Star Rail are like character classes in the game.

There are 18 Paths in Honkai: Star Rail universe, but there are only seven playable Paths in the game. Characters and elements belong to a specific Path, determining their role in team comps and combat. Every character in the game follows a Path and uses a certain element’s power, specifying whether they are a damage dealer, support, buffer, or debuffer.

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This guide will explain all the playable Paths and which characters follow them in Honkai: Star Rail.

Paths in Honkai: Star Rail Explained

There are currently 7 playable Paths in Honkai: Star Rail.

PathsDescription

Abundance
Characters following the Path of Abundance can keep their teammates alive by restoring their HP with healing.

Destruction
Characters following the Path of Destruction are mainly DPS and great at dealing Single Target and AoE damage. They can also tank damage, similar to characters who follow the Path of Preservation.

Erudition
Characters following the Path of Erudition are DPS characters who can deal AoE damage. They excel when you are facing a large number of enemies. 
HarmonyCharacters following the Path of Harmony take on the role of Supports. These characters can help their teammates by buffing their attack damage.
HuntCharacters following the Path of Hunt are mainly DPS characters who can deal single-target damage to enemies.

Nihility
Characters following the Path of Nihility can apply debuffs and weaken enemies to enhance their teammates’ damage. Nihility characters can also be classified as Deffuers in Honkai: Star Rail.

Preservation
Characters following the Path of Preservation are capable of protecting their teammates by providing shields or tanking damage from enemies.
Paths in honkai: Star Rail

Abundance

Characters who follow the Path of Abundance utilize healing skills to keep their allies alive and healthy. They are essential in most team comps battles to keep the opposition from wiping out the team.

The Abundance characters are the most straightforward and easy to play with. Characters who follow this path are essentially healers who can heal allies and restore health points to the team. They have one damage-dealing ability, but they are pretty insufficient in combat.

There are currently five playable characters in Honkai: Star Rail, who follow the Path of Abundance.

  • Bailu (5-star, Lightning)
  • Huohuo (5-star, Wind)
  • Luocha ( 5-star, Imaginary)
  • Lynx (4-star, Quantum)
  • Nathasha (4-star, Physical)
Abundance characters in Honkai: Star Rail
Abundance characters in Honkai: Star Rail

Destruction

Characters who follow the Path of Destruction are damage dealers who can deal massive damage while having enough tankiness to stay on the field even after taking enemy hits. Because they can tank attacks from the enemies in combat, they can last longer in battle.

Destruction characters can deal damage to both single-target and AoE damage to enemies. Characters who walk the Path of Destruction are often considered the best damage dealers in Honkai: Star Rail. Because these characters can deal massive damage to Single-target enemies, they are good against Boss enemies.

There are currently eight playable characters in Honkai: Star Rail who follow the Path of Destruction.

  • Arlan (4-star, Lightning)
  • Blade (5-star, Wind)
  • Clara (5-star, Physical)
  • Dan Heng • Imbibitor Lunae (5-star, Imaginary)
  • Hook (4-star, Fire)
  • Jingliu (5-star, Ice)
  • Trailblazer (5-star, Physical)
  • Xueyi (4-star, Quantum)
Destruction characters in Honkai: Star Rail
Destruction characters in Honkai: Star Rail

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Erudition

Characters that follow the Path of Erudition possess great abilities to deal massive AoE or Area of Effect damage. They excel when you are facing a large number of enemies. Erudition characters are best at multi-targeting enemies and can distribute the damage between the enemies on the field.

Characters of this Path can use their abilities to deal massive damage to multiple enemies on a single turn. Because these characters are suitable for multiple enemies, they are often not good for single-target enemies. So, using these characters against Boss fights will be difficult for many players.

Six playable characters in Honkai: Star Rail follow the Path of Erudition.

  • Argenti (5-star, Physical)
  • Herta (4-star, Ice)
  • Himeko (5-star, Fire)
  • Jing Yuan (5-star, Lightning)
  • Serval (4-star, Lightning)
  • Qingque (4-star, Quantum)
Erudition characters in Honkai: Star Rail
Erudition characters in Honkai: Star Rail

Harmony

Characters that follow the Path of Harmony can buff the characters in your party. Characters who walk this path are great support characters who can buff other characters, sometimes boosting their attacks or critical damage. These buffs will strengthen the characters in combat and sometimes change the battle’s outcome.

These characters are usually paired with characters of other Paths, such as Erudition, Hunt, and Destruction, so they can be buffed to deal more damage. Characters of the Harmony Path are important if you are fighting against a strong Boss or in endgame content like Forgotten Hall or Simulated Universe.

  • Asta (4-star, Fire)
  • Bronya (5-star, Wind)
  • Hanya (4-star, Physical)
  • Ruan Mei (5-star, Ice)
  • Tingyun (4-star, Lightning)
  • Yukong (4-star, Imaginary)
Harmony characters in Honkai: Star Rail
Harmony characters in Honkai: Star Rail

Hunt

Characters who follow the Path of Hunt are damage-dealing characters who can deal damage to single-target enemies. These characters are good against Bosses and Elite enemies and can deal extraordinary amounts of single-target damage.

The main difference between characters in Paths of Hunt and Destruction is that Hunt characters can bring out massive damage compared to characters in Destruction. However, characters who walk the Path of Destruction come out on top because they are useful against any enemies if you are willing to ignore the massive damage numbers.

There are currently five playable characters in Honkai: Star Rail, who follow the Path of Hunt.

  • Dan Heng (4-star, Wind)
  • Seele (5-star, Quantum)
  • Sushang (4-star, Physical)
  • Topaz & Namby (5-star, Fire)
  • Yanqing (5-star, Ice)
Hunt Characters in Honkai: Star Rail
Hunt Characters in Honkai: Star Rail

Nihility

Characters who walk the Path of Nihility are support characters who use debuffs to weaken enemies. These debuffs will inflict negative status on enemies, which will cripple or sometimes immobilize them during combat. These debuffs are a massive advantage in combat, allowing damage-dealing characters to finish the battle quickly.

Characters of the Nihility Path can debuff enemies with Resistance shred, immobilizing and making them vulnerable to take more damage. Using characters of the Nihility Path will help you weaken enemies during combat in the later stages in Simulated Universe or Forgotten Hall.

There are six playable characters of the Path of Nihility in Honkai: Star Rail.

  • Kafka (5-star, Lightning)
  • Luka (4-star, Physical)
  • Pela (4-star, Ice)
  • Sampo (4-star, Wind)
  • Silver Wolf (5-star, Quantum)
  • Welt (5-star, Imaginary)
Nihility characters in Honkai: Star Rail
Nihility characters in Honkai: Star Rail

Preservation

Characters who follow the Path of Preservation are mainly defensive units that can tank damage and defend their teammates with some form of shield. Characters within this path are focused on their defensive abilities; however, one or two characters have minor damage-dealing skills.

Preservation characters are really important because of how well they can tank damage during battle and keep your party from dying. Characters like Gepard can provide a tough shield during combat, while Fu Xuan can deal damage and protect you from enemy attacks.

There are currently four characters who follow the Path of Preservation in Honkai: Star Rail.

  • Fu Xuan (5-star, Quantum
  • Gepard (5-star, Ice)
  • March 7th (4-star, Ice)
  • Trailblazer (5-star, Fire)
Preservation Characters in Honkai: Star Rail
Preservation characters in honkai: Star Rail

Unplayable Paths

As mentioned at the start, there are 18 known Paths in the universe of Honkai: Star Rail. Even though the other 11 Paths are currently not playable in the game, they have been mentioned in the lore or some parts of the game.

All 11 unplayable Paths and their respective Aeons are mentioned below:

  • Order | Ena
  • The Trailblaze | Akivili
  • Beauty | Idrila
  • Permanence | Long
  • Propagation | Tayzzyronth
  • Voracity | Oroboros
  • Finality | Terminus
  • Enigmata | Mythus
  • Equilibrium | HooH
  • Remembrance | Fuli
  • Elation | Aha
Ena, the Aeon of Order
Ena, the Aeon of Order

Oroboros, the Aeon of Voracity, and Ena, the Aeon of Order, have appeared in the Simulated Universe: Swarm Disaster, and three other unplayable Paths can be chosen from the menu. It should be mentioned that the first 5 Aeons on the list are either deceased, absorbed, or disappeared.

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