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"Honkai: Star Rail" has some extremely powerful characters! Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we're counting down our picks for the units at the very top of the current meta in “Honkai: Star Rail.” Our countdown of the strongest characters in the game includes Silver Wolf, Jingliu, Fu Xuan, Blade, and more!

Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the units at the very top of the current meta in “Honkai: Star Rail.”

#10: Kafka

Anyone who says lightning never strikes the same place twice has clearly never met Kafka. While her damage output looks underwhelming at first, the initial hit is only part of the story. See, Kafka is the queen of the long game. Most of her skills apply the game-changing “shock” debuff, causing electrifying amounts of damage over time. Once you land a hit, all you have to do is sit back, relax, and watch as enemies fry around her. It’s a sight to behold. In fact, Kafka’s consistent access to status effects make her one of the most reliable damage-dealers in the whole cast. Shocking, isn’t it?

#9: Fu Xuan

There’s one very good reason to always keep Fu Xuan on your team. To put it simply, this girl does. Not. Die. Thanks to her litany of regenerative abilities, she can keep herself on the battlefield through just about any attack. And, even better, she can do the same with her team. Fu Xuan’s unique skill allows her to partly shield her allies’ damage intake for three turns. Pair that with her insane healing, and Fu Xuan’s party becomes nye-unkillable. Oh, and did we mention, Fu Xuan’s skill also boosts her teammate’s critical rate? Clearly, she doesn’t just support your lineup. She’s the reason it’s effective at all.

#8: Seele

In comparison to flashy skills, debuff mechanics, and situational ultimates, Seele is pretty straightforward. She simply does damage, and a lot of it. However, in a game like “Honkai: Star Rail,” that alone wouldn’t be enough to make her stand out. Especially since she’s limited to single targets. But, that’s where Seele’s uber-powerful talent, “Resurgence,” comes into play. Whenever she eliminates an enemy, “Resurgence” buffs her attack, and lets her act again. Essentially, she has the attack stat of a single-target master, but the versatility to plow through hordes at the same time. So, whether you’re chipping away at a boss or grinding through grunts, Seele always deserves a spot on your team.

#7: Blade

Given his name, it’s only fitting that Blade is the epitome of a glass cannon. He’s got some of the best wind skills in the whole game, but they come at a high cost. Namely, his health bar. While trading damage for damage sounds risky, it’s circumvented by the fact that Blade doesn’t start fights. He ends them. But, as an extra precaution, his Ultimate has a built-in failsafe, too. The ironically-titled “Death Sentence” always restores Blade to half-health, whether he’s above or below the threshold. Then, it takes all the damage he’s taken in the whole match and converts it into one, explosive finishing blow. With that kind of firepower, who needs health, anyways?

#6: Tingyun

You get a buff! And you get a buff! That’s right, Tingyun is all about those nice, powerful attack boosts. She’s basically a walking, talking battery pack for your team, and with the right synergy, she can help even low-level heroes clear the battlefield. What’s more, Tingyun has one of the most useful Ultimates in the game, in that it helps others get their Ultimates. And yes, Tingyun’s damage modifiers apply there, too. It doesn’t take a mathematician to see that attack buffs plus frequent Ultimates equal a must-have for your team. After all, if you plan it right, Tingyun can be the buffer that keeps on buffing.

#5: Silver Wolf

Nothing howl’s quite as loud as good, old-fashioned debuff. Entering, Silver Wolf! She specializes in reducing all of an enemy’s stats - and we do mean all of them. Defense, speed, attack, you name it; Silver Wolf can do it. But, that’s still nothing compared to her unique skill. Using “Allow Changes,” Silver Wolf gives a foe an elemental weakness to one of her teammate’s types. No other character in the whole game has that kind of mid-battle versatility. It’s so flexible that, honestly, Silver Wolf can slot into just about any team composition, and still do well. At this point, there’s really no excuse to leave her on the bench.

#4: Bronya

You don’t even need to make a move to see why Bronya is worth joining the front lines. By activating her “Banner of Command” technique, every ally starts the next match with a passive attack buff. But, when Bronya’s actual turn comes around, she takes that idea to a whole new level. We’re talking about dispelling debuffs, raising the whole team’s damage output, and more. As if that’s not enough, whichever ally Bronya targets immediately gets another turn, too. It’s obvious that Bronya is so much more than your average support unit. If used correctly, she can control the flow of the entire game altogether.

#3: Luocha

Ironically, the best healer in “Honkai” is also one of the game’s most powerful combatants. Luocha’s support abilities scale with his attack stat, giving him an incredibly rare niche as a unit that can both heal damage, and dish it out. The best part? He can do it all in a single move. Once Luocha activates his signature skill, “Prayer of the Abyss Flower,” it will automatically replenish his allies’ health when they take a certain amount of damage. No turn or skill points needed. That frees up Luocha to focus on offense, and thanks to his aforementioned attack stat, that comes pretty naturally. Talk about getting the best of both worlds.

#2: Jingliu

Ever since her release, Jingliu has frozen her way to the very top of the competitive scene - and for good reason. With or without investment, her ice damage is simply unmatched. Especially when you take into account her signature talent, Crescent Transmigration. Each basic attack raises her level, and after just two strikes, Jingliu no longer needs any skill points to unleash her devastating ice skills. To put that into perspective, her Ultimate can dish out over 300% of her gargantuan attack stat onto a single enemy. So, word of advice? Get Jingliu while you can. There may never be a character as strong as her in a very, very long time.

#1: Dan Heng Imbibitor Lunae

If you’re looking for damage, you’re in the right place. As its name implies, the Imbibitor Lunae form is Dan Heng, but better in just about every conceivable way. Arguably, he’s better than everyone else, too. Thanks to his talent, Righteous Heart, Dan gets a slight damage buff with each individual hit of his basic attack. He can also stack skill points to increase the number of hits, ramping up the multiplier even more. Then, just to really sweeten the deal, Imbibitor Lunae comes with unique passives that offset his high energy costs. Suffice it to say, this is Imbibitor Lunae’s game, and everyone else is just living in it.

Which “Honkai” character do you always take into battle? Let us know in the comments below!