Honkai Star Rail Paths system, explained

They're basically character classes, but are more than just classes.

Honkai: Star Rail employs a Path system, which you can liken to the concept of classes used in other RPGs. The origin of Paths is quite complex and trickles into philosophies and ideals respected by certain factions in the game. However, where gameplay is concerned, these simply determine what a character is good at in battle.

What are Paths in Honkai: Star Rail?

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Paths are philosophies that originated from Aeons, who followed a single Path upon ascension and were bound to it for eternity. Each Path represents a set of ideals, and followers of the corresponding Aeons are likely to live by those same ideals.

For instance, The Architects of Jarilo-VI are devoted followers of Qlipoth, the Aeon of Preservation, whose philosophy revolved around building the Celestial Comet Wall to protect worlds that still lived amid the Dusk Wars. As a result of their resonance with this ideal, The Architects likewise built a wall around Jarilo-VI to protect civilization.

Aeons, Paths, & Followers

Below is an overview of each Path and its corresponding Aeon and followers.

The ElationAhaMourning Actors, Masked Fools
The TrailblazeAkiviliAstral Express, The Nameless
The RemembranceFuliThe Cremators, Garden of Recollection
The EquilibriumHooH
The BeautyIdrilaMirror Holders, Knights of Beauty
The NihilityIXDoctors of Chaos, Device IX
The HuntLanXianzhou Alliance
The PermanenceLong
The EnigmataMythusThe Riddlers, History Fictionologists
The DestructionNanookAntimatter Legion
The EruditionNousGenius Society, Erudition Association
The VoracityOroboros
The PreservationQlipothThe Architects, Interastral Peace Corp.
The PropagationTayzzyronthThe Swarm
The FinalityTerminusOmen Vanguards, Creed Exequy
The HarmonyXipeiThe Family
The AbundanceYaoshiDenizens of Abundance, Elixir Seekers

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How do Paths affect gameplay in Honkai: Star Rail?

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Like Aeons, each character is permanently bound to a single Path, which determines what they do best in battle. For example, a character who follows The Abundance Path would fall under the healer class. By knowing how each Path operates, you can easily build a team that complements each other.

Playable Paths

There are 14 Paths, but only seven are currently playable. Here's an overview of all the playable Paths in the game, as well as what they do best.

The DestructionBalanced damage dealers with equal levels of survivability, flexible for various combat situations.
The HuntSingle-target DPS, best for bosses.
The EruditionAoE attackers, best for fighting large groups of enemies.
The HarmonyBuffers who can help improve the team's combat ability.
The NihilityDebuffers that reduce the enemy's combat capacity.
The PreservationDefensive characters that can boost the team's defense in various ways.
The AbundanceHealers to help the team's survivability.


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Paths don't limit a character's function. For example, Asta belongs to The Harmony and is primarily a SPD buffer. However, she can also perform single-hit DMG, although not with the same destructive power as someone like Dan Heng. Meanwhile, Clara belongs to The Destruction and is normally a DMG dealer, but her Ultimate buffs her and Svarog.

Paths mainly limit what Light Cones a character can use. Light Cones are essentially "weapons" that take the form of cards. Like how a polearm can only be used by polearm users, a Light Cone for The Destruction can only be used by characters under The Destruction Path.

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