Honkai Star Rail Light Cone Tier List – All Light Cones Ranked


So you’ve just started playing Honkai Star Rail and aren’t sure which characters are good? Well, you’re in luck, as that’s exactly what our Honkai Star Rail Light Cone tier list is here to help with. In this very guide, we rank all of the characters from S tier to D tier, with S being best and D being worst. That way, you can focus on filling out your party with S and A tiers to ensure that you perform well, skipping the B-D tiers. We’ll also include a description of the tiers so you know what they actually mean.

Honkai Star Rail is the latest addition to the popular Honkai series. The game features a wide range of stylish characters who wield various unique abilities. Whether you prefer characters who use Lightning or those who use Ice, Honkai Star Rail offers up fun combat and an immersive world. Collect characters and upgrade them to build an ultra-powerful team as you explore the Astral Express.

You can learn more about it on the official website. If you’re looking for more Honkai Star Rail content, check out our Honkai Star Rail Relics guide, Honkai Star Rail codes, and our Honkai Star Rail tier list.

Honkai Star Rail Light Cone Tier List

Before we move onto the tier list proper, here’s a description of how our tiering system works so that you can make sense of it.

What Do Our Tiers Mean?

Here’s a brief explanation of each of our tiers:

  • S Tier: Light Cones in this tier are the absolute best that the game has to offer. You should prioritise unlocking these and increasing their power.
  • A Tier: If your collection is lacking in S tiers, A tiers are great for filling gaps. These Light Cones are still great in their own right, but they just lack a little something when you compare them to an S tier. Use them when you need to, but drop them when you can.
  • B Tier: During the early phases of the game, you’ll likely rely on a single S tier and a bunch of B tiers. These Light Cones are quite easy to get, and are solid, if unremarkable. Definitely swap them out for A tiers and S tiers, but don’t be ashamed to use them if you need to.
  • C Tier: This is when we get into ‘bad Light Cone’ territory. C tiers are, much like D tiers, some of the worst Light Cones in the game, but they often have niche uses.  Take a close look at their skills and judge accordingly.
  • D Tier: Light Cones in this tier are simply never worth using. They’re the worst Light Cones in the game, suffering from severe balance issues, and will underperform at all points in any modes. Don’t use them if you can avoid it.

S Tier

God tier Light Cones.

  • In The Name Of The World
  • Texture of Memories
  • Something Irreplaceable
  • The Battle Isn’t Over
  • Moment Of Victory
  • Night On The Milky
  • In The Night
  • On The Fall Of An Aeon
  • Cruising In The Stellar Sea
  • Before Dawn
  • Sleep Like The Dead
  • Time Waits For No One

A Tier

Solid Light Cones that are great for filling gaps in your party when you don’t have enough S tiers.

  • Warm Nights Won’t Last
  • Shared Feeling
  • Nowhere To Run
  • Swordplay
  • Resolution Shines As Pearls Of Sweat
  • Planetary Rendezvous
  • Day One Of My New Life
  • We Will Meet Again
  • Landau’s Choice
  • The Seriousness Of Breakfast
  • Carve The Moon
  • Weave The Clouds
  • Good Night And Sleep Well
  • The Moles Welcome You
  • Today Is Another Peaceful Day
  • The Birth Of The Self
  • Post-op Conversation
  • Make The World Clamor
  • A Secret Vow
  • This Is Me!
  • Return To Darkness
  • Woof! Walk Time!
  • Only Silence Remains
  • Eye Of The Prey
  • Memories Of The Past

B Tier

These Light Cones start strong but fade later on. Don’t be ashamed to use them, but do swap them out as you unlock S and A tiers.

  • Meshing Cogs
  • Defense
  • Arrows
  • Multiplication
  • Sagacity
  • Chorus
  • Void
  • Amber
  • Passkey
  • Hidden Shadow
  • Shattered Home
  • Meditation
  • Data Bank

C Tier

In certain game modes, or at the beginning, Light Cones in this tier can excel. Mostly, they’re useless though.

  • Collapsing Sky
  • Loop
  • Adversarial
  • Darting Arrow
  • Pioneering
  • Fine Fruit
  • Cornucopia
  • Mutual Demise

D Tier

Never use D tiers unless you can’t avoid it. They’re awful at all game modes, and at all phases of the game.

  • There are no Light Cones in D-tier at the moment!

Honkai Star Rail Light Cone Tier List FAQ

Still unsure about our tier list? Got questions about Honkai Star Rail in general? Hopefully our tier list can help!

What’s A Tier List?

We should probably have answered this question at the beginning, eh? A tier list is, quite simply, a list of all of the characters in a specific game ranked from best to worst. In our case, S is the best characters with D being the worst, and A, B, and C filling the gaps.

The purpose of a tier list is to help you determine which characters to use at all stages of the game. We try and make our tier list as useful as possible by explaining our tier system.

For example, there are instances where certain characters are excellent during the beginning of a game, but fade later on. Or, they could be good at a certain game mode. We’ll always try and make this clear.

How Did We Select Our Honkai Star Rail Light Cone Tier List?

We used a number of different sources when selecting our Honkai Star Rail Light Cone tier list, but, primarily, we judge based on our personal experience with the game. As a result, it is bound to be quite a subjective list, but there’s no getting around that.

To determine the rankings, we both experiment with the Light Cones in the game (if unlocked), as well as theory-craft based on skill descriptions and raw statistics. That’s why you’ll see our tier list change so much when a game first launches, as we’re in the testing phase.

It’s also worth noting that we do scour communities, like Reddit, for community feedback. If the general consensus is that a specific Light Cone is strong or weak, we will reflect that in our tier list. That way, it’s got a certain degree of objectivity.

We’ll wrap this section up by reminding you that tier lists are subjective by nature. Your experience may vary completely to ours, so take it with a pinch of salt.

When Do We Update Our Honkai Star Rail Light Cone Tier List?

You can expect to see an update to our Honkai Star Rail Light Cone tier list whenever a new Light Cone is introduced. It might take us a while to test the Light Cone for ourselves though, so expect a brief delay.

We also update the list whenever a big balance patch hits, as this will throw the meta out the window. Again, there may be a brief delay as we experiment with the changes and update our rankings.

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