Honkai Star Rail Boothill - abilities, traces, eidolons, VAs, and leaks

HSR Boothill is the new 5-star Physical damage type Hunt character and leaks have revealed details on his kit, abilities, release date, and more.

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Honkai Star Rail Boothill - abilities, traces, eidolons, VAs, and leaks

HoYoverse has begun revealing the Drip Marketing campaign for the upcoming characters in Honkai Star Rail 2.2 banner, and surprisingly, Boothill's Drip Marketing has been released. This comes as a bit of a twist, considering most people were expecting Firefly or Sam to join Robin for version 2.2.

According to both leaks and official announcements, two new 5-star characters, Boothill and Robin, are set to join the Honkai Star Rail 2.2 banner, slated for an early May 2024 launch. Thus, we'll dive into the details surrounding HSR Boothill and discuss whether Stellar Jades should be saved for his banner or not.

Who is Boothill in Honkai Star Rail?

In the lore, Boothill is depicted as an exceedingly optimistic and unrestrained cowboy traversing the cosmos. He is also noted to be a member of the Galaxy Rangers, a group dedicated to punishing horrible actions by any means necessary.

Additionally, according to official sources, Boothill is confirmed as a 5-star Physical character on the Path of The Hunt. At present, Sushang is the only character that shares both Boothill's element and Path, but she’s a four-star unit. Boothill’s abilities suggest that he has the ability to be a very strong Physical damage dealer and his gameplay revolves around a unique "Duel" mechanic that is triggered by his Skill ability.

Honkai Star Rail Boothill Voice Actors

Although Boothill hasn't made an official appearance in the game yet, we are aware of who is providing the character's voice. The Boothill VAs are as follows:

  • English: Andrew Russell (best recognized for his roles as the voice of Giovanni in Pok√©mon Masters and Akira Otoishi in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure)
  • Japanese: Konishi Katsuyuki (best known for providing the voice of Laxus Dreyar in Fairy Tail and Diavolo in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.)
  • Chinese: Peng Bo
  • Korean: Kim Dan
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Honkai Star Rail Boothill Abilities

Honkai Star Rail Boothill is a five-star Physical character in the Path of The Hunt, specializing in dealing damage to single targets. While the full extent of Boothill's kit remains undisclosed, reliable leaker Dim shared that Boothill’s Ultimate inflicts Physical DMG, increases Break DMG, and delays the enemy’s turn.

The Honkai Star Rail Boothill kit's abilities are as follows, as revealed to the public:

HSR Boothill Basic ATK - Skullcrush Spurs

Deals Physical DMG equal to 100% of Boothill's ATK to a single enemy. Toughness Break: Single 1

HSR Boothill Skill - Sizzlin' Tango

  • Activate Standoff for Boothill and a target enemy, lasting for 2 turn(s). When there are no enemy targets on the field that have Standoff and can be attacked, dispel Standoff.
  • When in Standoff, the enemy target is Taunted. Boothill cannot use his Skill and his Basic ATK Skullshatter Horseshoe is enhanced into Fanning the Hammer. When in Standoff, the enemy target / Boothill receives 30%/15% more DMG when attacked by the other unit.
  • This Skill cannot regenerate Energy. This turn will not end after using this Skill.

HSR Boothill Ultimate - Dust Devil's Sunset Rodeo

  • There is a 150% base chance to apply Physical Weakness to a target enemy, lasting for 2 turn(s).
  • Deals Physical DMG equal to 400% of Boothill's ATK and to the target delays their action. The extent of the delay is equal to 10% of Boothill's Break Effect plus 10%.
  • Action delayed
    • Increases the target's waiting interval before the next action.
    • Toughness Break: Single 3

HSR Boothill Talent - Five Peas in a Pod

  • When the target with Standoff is defeated or Weakness Broken, dispels Standoff and Boothill receives 1 stack of Pocket Trickshot, up to 3 stack(s).
  • While using Fanning the Hammer, if the enemy is Weakness Broken, deals Break DMG equal to 56% of Boothill's Physical Break DMG to this target for every stack of Pocket Trickshot on the basis of the target's max Toughness. The max Toughness cannot exceed 1600% of the Toughness reduced by a Basic ATK.
  • After winning the battle, Boothill can retain Pocket Advantage for the next battle.
  • Weakness Break State
    • When enemy targets' Toughness is reduced to 0, they will enter the Weakness Break State, which delays their actions.
  • Break DMG
    • Damage type that is not affected by any stat aside from Break Effect. The higher the character level and the target's max Toughness, the higher the Break DMG.
  • Attack: Attack an enemy, and when the battle starts, reduce their Toughness of the corresponding Type.

HSR Boothill Technique - 3-9× Smile

After the Technique is used and when using this unit's Skill for the first time in the next battle, there is a 150% base chance to inflict Physical Weakness equal to the Ultimate to the target, lasting for 1 turn(s).

Fanning the Hammer

  • Deals Physical DMG equal to 180% of Boothill's ATK to a single enemy target. For every stack of Pocket Trickshot, deals an additional hit with Physical DMG equal to 20% of Boothill's ATK to the target. This attack cannot regenerate Energy.
  • Fanning the Hammer cannot recover Skill Points, and can only target the enemy currently with Standoff.
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Honkai Star Rail Boothill Traces

The following are HSR Boothill traces and their effects:

Trace 1 - Ghost Load

  • Increase this character's CRIT Rate / CRIT DMG. The amount increased is equal to 10.0% / 50.0% of Break Effect. CRIT Rate / CRIT DMG can be increased by a max of 30.0% / 150.0%.

Trace 2 - Above Snakes

  • Decreases the DMG this character receives from targets not in Standoff by 30.0%.

Trace 3 - Point Blank

  • When Pocket Trickshot is obtained via the Talent, regenerates 10.0 Energy. This effect will also be triggered when obtaining Pocket Trickshot stacks that exceed the max.

Honkai Star Rail Boothill Eidolons

Boothill's performance throughout gameplay is greatly improved by his Eidolon upgrades. He gains a variety of bonuses and a higher damage output from these enhancements, especially as he starts dealing more damage himself. 

  • Eidolon 1 – Dusty Trail's Lone Star: At the start of battle, obtain 1 stack of Pocket Trickshot, allowing Boothill to deal DMG that ignores 16.0% of enemy target's DEF.
  • Eidolon 2 – Milestonemonger: When Pocket Trickshot is obtained via the Talent, regenerates 1.0 Skill Point(s) and increases Break Effect by 30.0% for 2.0 turn(s). This effect will also be triggered when obtaining Pocket Trickshot stacks that exceed the max.
  • Eidolon 3 – Marble Orchard's Guard: Ultimate Lv. +2, up to a maximum of Lv. 15. Basic ATK Lv. +1, up to a maximum of Lv. 10.
  • Eidolon 4 – Cold Cuts Chef: When the enemy target in Standoff is attacked by Boothill, the DMG they receive increases by 12.0%. When Boothill is attacked by the enemy target in Standoff, the effect of receiving more DMG is reduced by 12.0% on him.
  • Eidolon 5 – Stump Speech: Skill Lv. +2, up to a maximum of Lv. 15. Talent Lv. +2, up to a maximum of Lv. 15.
  • Eidolon 6 – Crowbar Hotel's Raccoon: When dealing Break DMG via the Talent, additionally deals Break DMG to the target equal to 35.0% of the original DMG multiplier and deals Break DMG to adjacent targets equal to 65.0% of the original DMG multiplier.

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HSR Boothill Light Cone

Boothill's signature Light Cone is called Sailing Towards A Second Life and has the following stats and abilities.

  • HP: 1058
  • ATK: 582 
  • DEF: 463

Rough Water: Increases the wearer's Break Effect by 60% (100%) and Break DMG dealt by the wearer ignores 20% (32%) of the target's DEF. When the wearer hits an enemy target, the target receives 1.0% (1.6%) more DMG. This effect can stack up to a maximum of 6 stacks and is only effective on the most recent target hit by the wearer.

Honkai Star Rail Boothill Release Date

Boothill has been confirmed by Drip Marketing for the HSR 2.2 banner, which is anticipated to be released on May 5, 2024. He may appear in the first or second phase of the version, but that is still up in the air. Therefore, assuming all goes according to plan, Boothill's release date is likely to be either May 5 or May 26.

But as the character was revealed after Robin, his banner will likely be unveiled during phase 2 of the HSR 2.2 banner.

Overall, Boothill promises to be an intriguing addition, given that Hunt characters are typically swift and single-target focused. Hence, players can expect him to deliver high single-target damage output, especially with the potential improvements from his Eidolons, although specifics about these enhancements are yet to be unveiled.

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