Honkai Star Rail 2.0 Banners and Characters Revealed

Honkai Star Rail 2.0 banners will introduce three new characters, each with abilities, stories, and models.

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Honkai Star Rail 2.0 Banners and Characters Revealed

The Honkai Star Rail 2.0 banners unveil three new characters: Black Swan, Sparkle, and Misha. These additions promise fresh gameplay styles, enriching the experience for fans. Even though these characters have been formally revealed, there have been some intriguing leaks on their past abilities, traces, and character models, which will be discussed in detail below.

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Honkai Star Rail 2.0 Banner Phases

Phase 1 of the HSR 2.0 banner features the rerun of the five-star Destruction figure, Dan Heng Imbibitor Lunae, and the new five-star wind Nihility character Black Swan. Additionally featured on each of these banners is Misha, the new four-star ice Destruction character. Other 4-star features on these banners include:

  • Misha
  • Guinaifen
  • Tingyun

Moreover, the five-star Jing Yuan will be rerun alongside the new five-star character Sparkle in the second phase of Honkai Star Rail 2.0 banners, according to an announcement made by Hoyoverse. 

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Honkai Star Rail 2.0 Banners 

Information on these three characters arrives from a trusted leaker, stepleaker, revealing that Black Swan, Sparkle, and Misha are set to be featured in the HSR 2.0 banners.

According to leaks, Black Swan, a five-star wind-type character on The Nihility Path, will debut in the first phase around February 2024, with the second phase introducing Sparkle in March 2024. Meanwhile, details about Misha's release remain undisclosed.

Black Swan is a 5-star wind-type character who follows The Nihility's path. She is described as a mysterious soothsayer, a Memokeeper at the Garden of Recollection. She is someone who enjoys gathering unusual memories, although those around her are unsure of why.

Sparkle, a Quantum unit, is aligned with the Path of Harmony and is affiliated with the Masked Fools. She is a cunning and enigmatic member of the Masked Fools. Although HoYoverse has not yet formally announced her release date in Honkai Star Rail, she will make her debut alongside the recently added Penacony area in the version 2.0 update.

Misha is a forthcoming Destruction character from the Ice element, according to the official reveal. As a result, he will inevitably have access to a kit that deals damage. He is a kind and considerate person, according to many who know her. He is employed at The Reverie Hotel as a bellhop until he follows in his grandfather's footsteps and embarks on interplanetary travels. Misha has been putting a lot of effort into working toward this goal. 

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Although these leaks provide light on the new characters' powers, information on the release of new 4-star characters or the characters that appear on Black Swan and Sparkle's banners is still unknown. Developers and data miners are probably going to provide additional details about these HSR 2.0 banners as the release date draws near.

Honkai Star Rail 2.0 Banner Release Date

The Honkai Star Rail 2.0 banner's official release date remains unconfirmed but is speculated to be around February 2024, after the HSR 1.6 banner release, based on similar game release patterns. However, players should rely on official announcements from miHoYo for precise information.

The following section contains information about the upcoming Honkai Star Rail 2.0 banner characters, including their leaked kit, traces, light cone, voice actors, and more.

Honkai Star Rail Black Swan

The Garden of Recollection's Memokeeper is Black Swan in Honkai Star Rail. "Myriad Celestia Trailer: Fables About the Stars Part 1," from HoYoverse provided a little teaser for the character. The documentary didn't provide much information regarding the lore of the enigmatic Memokeeper, therefore not much is known about her. However, leaks indicate that Black Swan will be a Wind element Nihility character, following in the footsteps of Silver Wolf, Pela, and Kafka, among other well-known characters.

The other 5-star in this patch, Sparkle, will presumably make her debut in the second half of version 2.0, while Black Swan will most likely make hers in the first.

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HSR Black Swan Abilities

According to leaked information, her abilities are as follows;

Skill: 

Deals wind damage equal to 60% of Black Swan's attack to a designated enemy and its adjacent targets with a 100% base chance to reduce the defense of each enemy by 27.0% for 3 turns.

Ultimate: 

Deals wind damage equal to 96% of Black Swan's attack power to the entire enemy team and strengthens the target's [Fate Card] effect for 2 turns. Strengthened [Fate Card] reduces the target's effect resistance by 17.5% and can be considered as any 1 Damage Over Time type negative status. The enhanced [Fate Card] does not reset its level after the target deals damage at the beginning of its turn, and the effect is triggered a maximum of 1 time during the duration of the enhancement.

Talent: 

When an enemy target takes Damage Over Time, Black Swan has a 60% base chance to apply [Fate Card] to the target, which can be triggered 4 times per unit per action. The target of the [Fate Card] will take wind damage equal to 155% of the Black Swan's attack at the beginning of the turn.

[Fate Card] has a level mechanic, with an initial level of 1. Apply [Fate Card] again to a target that has already had it increases the level of [Fate Card] by 1. When [Fate Card] deals damage at the beginning of the target's turn, it has additional effects depending on the level:

  • Greater than or equal to level 1: Each level additionally increases damage equal to 31% of Black Swan's attack power.
  • Greater than or equal to level 3: Deals additional damage equal to 90% of the original damage to adjacent targets.
  • Greater than or equal to level 6: Ignores 22.5% of the target's defense.

[Destiny Card] Resets the level to 1 at the beginning of the target's turn after dealing damage.

Technique: 

After using the secret technique: draw 1 Fate Crystal (physical, fire, lightning, or wind) that you do not already hold, up to a maximum of 4 Fate Crystals at the same time. When entering battle, Black Swan consumes all the Fate Crystal it holds, and for each one consumed, triggers a Weakness Break effect with a 100% damage multiplier on every single enemy with a corresponding attribute weakness, depending on the attribute of the consumed Fate Crystal.

HSR Black Swan VAs

The English voice actor for Black Swan is Arryn Zech, who is well-recognized for playing Blake Belladonna in the RWBY anime series. Hitomi Nabatame is her Japanese voice actor. Her voice may be familiar to you as that of Gladiia from Arknights, Symmetra from Overwatch 2, and Nihilister from Goddess of Victory: Nikke. Black Swan's Korean VA, Kim Ha-young, has voiced Sailor Venus in Sailor Moon as well as several characters in the Pretty Cure franchise. Yang Meng Lu, Black Swan's Chinese VA, has primarily worked on TV shows within China.

Honkai Star Rail Sparkle

Sparkle, linked to the Path of Harmony and Quantum unit, is part of the Masked Fools, passionate about theatrics.  She follows Aha, the Elation, just like the other members do. She is rumored to possess an extensive collection of masks and disguises. Any form of power or fortune bothers Sparkle. She is more focused on the "amusement"—a reference to which she is still unsure—that life provides her. Sparkle abilities include enhancing an ally's HP and skill points regeneration.

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HSR Sparkle Abilities

Normal Attack – Act of the Papillion’s End

Deals Quantum DMG equal to ?% of Hanabi’s ATK to a single target.

Skill – Dreams of the Swimming Fish

Increases an ally’s HP by ?% based on ?% of Hanabi’s ATK which lasts for ? turns, and make that ally’s turn move forward by ?. If Hanabi casts this skill on themself, they are unable to trigger the action forward effect.

Ultimate – Thousand Faces of a Fool

Regenerate ? skill points for allies. If the number of skill points regenerate exceeds the max stacks, an additional skill point will be regenerated for every additional skill point, up to a Maximum of ? additional skill points. When consuming skill points, the additional skill points will be prioritized. Apply [Joke] onto all allies. When an ally with [Joke] triggers Hanabi’s talent, they will have an additional DMG increase of ?%, this effect will last for ? turns.

Talent – Sentient Beings Hundred Signs

When an ally launches an attack, if skill points are consumed, their damage will be increased by ?%, this effect will only last until the end of this turn and cannot be stacked.

Technique – Mask Master

After casting Technique, when the next battle starts, regenerate ? skill points for allies. If the regeneration of skill points exceed the max stacks, an additional skill point will be regenerated for every additional skill point.

HSR Sparkle Traces

The leaked information also sheds light on Sparkle's Traces. Here are the details:

  • Song of Four Seasons: Regenerate ? Energy when casting Basic ATK.
  • Setsumuhana: The ATK Bonus provided with Skill will be extended for additional ? turns.
  • Dream Lantern: When Hanabi casts Skill for the first time, regenerate ? skill points.

HSR Sparkle VAs

Sparkle in Honkai Star Rail has notable voice actors portraying the role. In English, Lizzie Freeman lends her voice to Sparkle, known for roles in series like "Rent-A-Girlfriend," "JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind," and "Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead." Reina Ueda voices Sparkle's Japanese lines and is recognized for her work in "Demon Slayer," "Chainsaw Man," and "Genshin Impact." Additionally, Zhao Shuang handles Sparkle's Chinese voice, while Seong Ye-won is responsible for the character's Korean voice.

Honkai Star Rail Misha

Misha, an Ice Destruction character, possesses abilities like dealing Ice damage and accumulating Kinetic Energy points for boosted attacks. He enjoys spreading intergalactic stories to hotel visitors and is adept at fixing a variety of machines. It demonstrates his desire to travel the universe when he grows up.

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HSR Misha Abilities

Here is what we know so far:

  • Normal Attack: Deals Ice DMG based on ?% of Misha’s ATK to the targeted Enemy.
  • Skill: Deals Ice DMG based on ?% of Misha’s ATK to the targeted Enemy, additionally deals Ice DMG based on by ?% of Misha’s ATK on nearby Enemies. Gain 1 extra point of Kinect Energy.
  • Ultimate Skill: Deals a small amount of Ice DMG to a single Enemy, bounces ? times, ? additional hits for each Kinect Energy point available. Every time the Ultimate Skill deals Damage, Misha’s Ice DMG will be increased by ?% until the end of the skill. The amount of Kinetic Energy is reset to Zero after Ultimate Skill ends.
  • Passive: Every time the team consumes Skill Points, Misha receives 1 Kinetic Energy Point, the limit is ? points. When the amount of Kinetic Energy Points is greater than ?, Misha’s Ice Penetration will increase by ?%.
  • Technique: Misha gains 1 Kinetic Energy point.

HSR Misha Eidolons

The following are HSR Misha Eidolons based on leaks:

  • Eidolon 1: Every time Misha's Kinetic Energy changes from less than or equal to ? to greater than ?, Misha's allies' Ice RES PEN will increase by ?%, lasting for ? rounds.
  • Eidolon 2: When Misha's Kinetic Energy is greater than ? points, Misha's ATK is increased by ?%.
  • Eidolon 3: Ultimate Level +2, up to a maximum of 15. Normal Attack Level +1, up to a maximum of 10.
  • Eidolon 4: Misha will retain ? points of Kinetic Energy after using his Ultimate.
  • Eidolon 5: Skill Lv. +2, up to a maximum of 15. Talent Lv. +2, up to a maximum of 15.
  • Eidolon 6: The maximum amount of Kinetic Energy Misha can have is increased by ? points.

HSR Misha VAs

In Honkai Star Rail, Misha's character will be voiced by Cat Protano for the English lines. Cat's previous roles include Ohara from Pok√©mon: Paldean Winds, Marie Anto from Persona 5 Tactica, and Setaria from Genshin Impact. Eriko Matsui will voice Misha's Japanese lines, known for roles like Amou Kirukiru from Armed Girl’s Machiavellism and Suzuka from Akame ga Kill! Liu Zhixiao handles Misha's Chinese voice, while Bak Sin Hee does the Korean voice.

First, the teaser for The Game Awards 2023 showed Penacony as the next stop. Now, three new Honkai Star Rail characters have been revealed to be joining the HSR 2.0 banner: Sparkle (5* Harmony), Black Swan (5* Nihility), and Misha (4* Destruction). So it will be exciting to see what more HoYoverse has planned for the fans.

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