How Light Cones Work in Honkai: Star Rail?

Himel Mahmud
By Himel Mahmud
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Credit: HoYoverse

Light Cones are the most essential item in Honkai Star Rail for the characters. Here is a detailed guide on how Light Cones work in the game.

In Honkai: Star Rail, HoYoverse has featured some game mechanics that fans will be familiar with. You can equip your characters with weapons in Honkai: Star Rail, just like Genshin Impact; however, these weapons are not like traditional swords or guns.

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In Honkai: Star Rail, players use Light Cones, which resemble cards, grant passive abilities, and boost different character stats but do not have a physical appearance in the game. However, the work mechanics of these Light Cones might be slightly confusing. And that is what this guide is all about.

Light Cones in Honkai: Star Rail

Light Cones represent a person’s memories in Honkai: Star Rail. Characters in the game can be equipped with any Light Cones, but their passive only works if the character and Light Cone have the same Path. Light Cones will increase a character’s abilities in the game and can be leveled up to Level 80.

Like Genshin Impact, Light Cones in Star Rail can be found in 3, 4, or 5 stars, and Superimposing duplicates can level them up. Anyway, how do these Light Cones actually work in Honkai Star Rail?

How do Light Cones Work?

Light Cones are the same as weapons, as previously mentioned. They can offer the equipped character three stat boosts: HP, ATK, and DEF. Equipping your characters with the correct light cones is crucial because if the Paths of both characters and light cones are not the same, the passive of the Light Cone will not work.

For example, a defense-focused support character would choose a Light Cone with a high DEF stat, whereas a DPS character would be more beneficial with one that offers a significant attack boost.

Light Cones in Honkai Star Rail. Credit: Hoyoverse
Light Cones. Credit: Hoyoverse

Similar to characters, there are seven different categories for Light Cones in Honkai: Star Rail. Even though Light Cones come in all different kinds, a character can only use their passive ability in conjunction with a weapon of the same Path type. If your character belongs to the Destruction Path, that character should use a Destruction Light Cone. You can check a Light Cone’s Path type, usually mentioned under the name.

Light Cone Path Highlighted
Light Cone path highlighted

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How to Get Light Cones in Honkai: Star Rail?

There are several ways to get Light Cones. Here are some of the ways you can obtain a Light Cone in-game,

  • Completing Quests
  • Reward Milestones
  • Exploration and opening chests
  • Echo of War rewards
  • Operation Briefings rewards
  • Nameless Glory rewards
  • Using Warps
  • Can be bought from stores in-game, including the Starlight Exchange, Herta’s Store, and the Light Cone Manifest Store.

You can get mostly 3 and 4-star Light Cones after exploring the map or completing quests. There are a few ways players can obtain a 5-star Light Cone, and the easiest way to get them is by using Star Rail Special Passes and summoning them from the Light Cone Event Warp.

Light Cone Event Warp
Light Cone Event Warp

Players can also purchase 5-star Light Cones from Herta’s Store in exchange for Herta Bond, a currency that players can use after progressing and completing different stages in the Simulated Universe.

Light Cones in Herta's Store
Light Cones in Herta’s Store

There is another way players can obtain a 5-star Light Cone from the game if you can save up to 600 Undying Starlight, which can be earned by summoning on the banners. You can purchase one of the seven Light Cones from the Starlight Exchange store. The seven Light Cones from the Starlight Exchange store are the signature Light Cones for the Standard Banner characters in Honkai: Star Rail.

Starlight Exchange Store
Starlight Exchange Store

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Himel Mahmud is a writer and social media manager at GameRiv. He is a former FIFA professional. He is also a social media and digital marketing expert.