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Next Honkai Star Rail banner: Featured characters in Version 1.0

Jing Yuan makes his debut, with Version 1.1 to follow in early June

Inside the Astral Express lounge car, March 7th examines her photographs while Himeko looks on fondly, Pom Pom dances in the background, and Dan Heng and Welt Yang pointedly ignore everyone else while reading and examining a screen respectively.
Image credit: HoYoverse

Who is featured in the Honkai: Star Rail gacha right now? Honkai: Star Rail is a free-to-play game monetised via a gacha system, which means that you expand your collection of characters and high-end weapons by pulling them out of loot boxes (if you're lucky). To further the sense of scarcity, many of the game's high-end characters will only be available to pull for (or "warp", to use the in-game term) at certain times.

These limited-time banners typically feature a 5-star character who can't be obtained any other way, alongside three 4-star characters from the standard pool but with a greatly increased drop rate. On this page, we've compiled everything we know about the featured banner characters in Version 1.0 of the game, and we'll be updating with more information about banner start and end times as soon as we know them.

Rebecca chatted to Liam about how Honkai: Star Rail stacks up against Genshin Impact.

Honkai Star Rail: current event banner

The second character event banner introduced in Honkai: Star Rail Version 1.0 for Phase 2 is Swirl of Heavenly Spear, which features 5-star character Jing Yuan. He can only be obtained from this time-limited banner, and you can wish for him until June 6th at 3pm BST / 4pm EDT / 1pm PDT.

See below for full details on the characters with increased drop rates on the current character event banner:

The "Swirl of Heavenly Spear" banner as it first appeared in Honkai: Star Rail in May 2023. On the left is a large portrait of featured character Jing Yuan accompanied by a magnificent white lion. On the left are smaller character portraits of  Sushang, March 7th, and Tingyun.

Swirl of Heavenly Spear

  • Jing Yuan (5-star, new)
  • Sushang (4-star)
  • March 7th (4-star)
  • Tingyun (4-star)

Jing Yuan is joined by a trio of 4-star characters: March 7th, Sushang, and Tingyun. Unlike Jing Yuan, these characters aren't exclusive to this banner. However, they do receive a drop-rate boost: any time you pull a 4-star item or character from this banner, there's a 50% chance that it will be one of the featured trio.

This also confirms a key difference between Star Rail and Genshin Impact, since in the latter, starter characters like March 7th are not eligible for increased drop rates during Character Events. This is good news for Star Rail players, as it means that starter characters will be much easier to fully level than in Genshin.


Honkai Star Rail: next event banner

Honkai: Star Rail Version 1.1 is expected to release on June 7th at 10am BST / 10am EDT / 7am PDT, and will be split into two banner phases.

Phase 1 will see the highly-anticipated introduction of Silver Wolf and her event banner "Contract Zero", featuring drop rate boosts for Dan Heng, Asta, and Serval.

Phase 2 (currently expected on June 28th at 6pm BST / 4pm EDT / 1pm PDT) brings 5-star character Luocha and his banner "Laic Pursuit" into the full release version of the game, alongside brand-new 4-star character Yukong, and will also feature drop rate boosts for Pela and Qingque.


Past Honkai: Star Rail banners

To help you keep track of when your desired character or light cone last appeared in the gacha, here is a list of past event banners featured in Honkai: Star Rail:

Version Dates Character Event Warp Light Cone Event Warp
1.0 (Phase 1) April 26th, 2023 - May 17th, 2023 Butterfly on Swordtip: Seele (drop-rate boosts: Natasha, Hook, Pela) Brilliant Fixation: In the Night (drop-rate boosts: Good Night and Sleep Well, The Moles Welcome You, Post-Op Conversation)

Knowing what's going on in Honkai: Star Rail's gacha is all well and good, but knowing how to manage your currencies is so much better. Check out our Honkai: Star Rail currency explainer to help you learn your Stellar Jades from your Oneiric Shards.

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Rebecca is ⅓ of RPS' guides team, ⅓ of the Indiescovery Podcast crew, and currently looking for something else to take a 33% share in so she can call herself a fully rounded games journalist.

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