Not to be outperformed by her rival, Lady Fu Xuan finally joins Honkai: Star Rail’s (HSR) roster of playable characters with the release of Version 1.3. This confident yet straightforward diviner first crosses paths with the Trailblazer during a confrontation with Kafka, a Stellaron Hunter. As they seek the truth behind the impending Stellaron Crisis aboard their ship, Fu Xuan becomes a steadfast ally to the Nameless aboard the Xianzhou: The Luofu.
Armed with the Quantum element and following the Path of Preservation, Fu Xuan utilizes her third eye and the Matrix of Prescience to shield her comrades from harm. She is adept at charting the Xianzhou’s course and foretelling the outcomes of future events. Her conviction in her belief that everything she does is the “best solution” for any situation has led to her aspirations of becoming General one day.
Gain valuable insights into this diviner’s optimal builds, weapons, and ideal teams as you follow this comprehensive Fu Xuan Honkai: Star Rail guide to victory.
Best Relic Set and Ornament for Fu Xuan
Fu Xuan’s kit centers on her exceptional foresight, providing her party with the ability to effectively reduce incoming damage as long as she’s present in combat. The most optimal build for her at the moment combines the Longevous Disciple and Guard of Wuthering Snow sets.
This setup not only boosts her maximum HP but also reinforces her significant damage reduction capabilities, making her exceptionally resilient. Those who would like to use this setup can farm for these relics from their separate Cavern of Corrosion, in the Path of Elixir Seekers and Path of Providence, respectively.
Fu Xuan enthusiasts will want to aim for a hybrid build for these effects:
- 2 Piece Bonus Longevous Disciple: Increases Max HP by 12%.
- 2 Piece Bonus Guard of Wuthering Snow: Reduces DMG taken by 8%.
A general aspirant like Fu Xuan will know that sometimes, the best defense is a good offense. If you want Fu Xuan to lead the offensive, then going for a full set of Longevous Disciple will provide her the best of both worlds. Its 4-piece bonus increases her CRIT Rate whenever Fu Xuan is hit, which will be a constant if you can ensure that the Matrix of Prescience effect remains active.
Longevous Disciple grants its wearer these bonuses:
- 2 Piece Bonus: Increases Max HP by 12%.
- 4 Piece Bonus: When the wearer is hit or has their HP consumed by an ally or themselves, their CRIT Rate increases by 8% for 2 turn(s) and up to 2 stacks.
For her Planar Ornaments, Fu Xuan has a couple of defensive sets to choose from. One popular choice for support characters, especially those with HP% scaling in their abilities like Bailu or Natasha, is the Fleet of the Ageless set. Additionally, it can provide a notable ATK boost to all party members if its speed requirement is met. You can acquire this Planar Ornament set by challenging World 3 of the Simulated Universe.
Fleet of the Ageless is great due to these bonuses:
- Increases the wearer’s Max HP by 12%. When the wearer’s SPD reaches 120 or higher, all allies’ ATK increases by 8%.
In a turn-based game like HSR, crowd control effects hold significant power. Thus, another Ornament set worth considering for Fu Xuan is the Broken Keel set. This set enhances the user’s Effect RES, allowing her to resist crowd control effects, making them ineffective when combined with her Matrix of Prescience. With her skill already granting allies some CRIT Rate, reaching the Effect RES threshold will allow her to also provide them with CRIT DMG. Pieces of this set can be obtained by completing challenges in the Simulated Universe’s World 7 stage.
The Broken Keel set has the following effects:
- Increases the wearer’s Effect RES by 10%. When the wearer’s Effect RES is at 30% or higher, all allies’ CRIT DMG increases by 10%.
Stats to Prioritize for Fu Xuan
Since you now know what sets are great for Fu Xuan, these are the stats you’ll want to aim for:
- Body: HP% or DEF%
- Feet: SPD or HP%
- Planar Sphere: HP% or DEF%
- Link Rope: Energy Regeneration Rate or HP%
Simply stacking a lot of HP% relics and ornaments will already work wonders for this Master Diviner. While adding DEF% to her main stats is a viable option, HP% is still more favorable since it slightly boosts her damage as well. Additionally, players can consider using SPD for her Boots and Energy Regen Rate for her Link Rope. These will allow her to act earlier in the turn order and charge her Ultimate faster, enabling her to utilize it as often as she can.
Her substats adhere to the same philosophy of prioritizing defensive attributes over offensive ones. Any points in SPD are greatly beneficial, and Fu Xuan can actually benefit from getting flat HP in her substats, too. While it’s possible to gear her for critical hits, it’s important to note that her damage output will naturally be lower compared to conventional DPS characters. Ultimately, it’s best to stick to what she’s already good at.
Best Light Cone for Fu Xuan
Signature weapons often end up as any limited character’s best-in-slot weapon; otherwise, they wouldn’t be called signatures in the first place. The light cone ‘She Already Shut Her Eyes’ passively increases its user’s Max HP and Energy Regeneration Rate, which are both desirable on Fu Xuan.
As long as she maintains her Matrix, its weapon effect of providing a damage boost for her entire team is all but guaranteed. Furthermore, it also provides a significant amount of healing for all team members at the beginning of each wave, enhancing the team’s prospects for survival at every wave.
‘She Already Shut Her Eyes’ bestows several potent effects:
- Increases the wearer’s Max HP by 24% and Energy Regeneration Rate by 12%. When the wearer’s HP is reduced, all allies’ DMG dealt increases by 9%, lasting for 2 turns. At the start of every wave, it restores HP to all allies by an amount equal to 80% of their respective lost HP.
While using her complementary light cone is ultimately the best for her, Fu Xuan isn’t reliant on it to excel. She can effectively utilize any of the 4-star Preservation Light Cones currently accessible in the game. Among the available options, we’ve singled out ‘Landau’s Choice’ and ‘Day One of My New Life’ as her most potent alternatives due to their synergies with her abilities.
‘Landau’s Choice’ is the powered-down version of the 5-star light cone ‘Moment of Victory.’ It retains the taunt ability but replaces the DEF bonus with an increased damage reduction effect. On the other hand, ‘Day One of My New Life’ is designed to bolster the team’s defenses. It enhances the wielder’s personal defense while providing allies with a valuable resistance buff. Both Light Cones can be found in any Warp banner, allowing you to easily acquire multiple copies to enhance their abilities through superimposition.
‘Landau’s Choice’ is an easy pick due to its ability:
- The wearer is more likely to be attacked, but DMG taken is reduced by 16%.
Meanwhile, ‘Day One of My New Life’ gives out these bonus effects:
- Increases wearer’s DEF by 16%. After entering battle, increases DMG RES of all allies by 8%. Effects of the same type cannot stack.
Fu Xuan Skill Priorities
Fu Xuan’s skills are as follows:
- Novaburst (Basic ATK) – Fu Xuan’s Basic ATK deals Quantum DMG equal to 25 to 55% of her Max HP to a single enemy.
- Known by Stars, Shown by Hearts (Skill) – Using this skill activates the Matrix of Prescience. For three turns, 65% of all DMG received by other team members (before this DMG is mitigated by any Shields) will be distributed to Fu Xuan. All team members are affected by the Matrix of Prescience and gain the Knowledge effect, which increases their respective Max HP by 3 to 6.6% of her Max HP, and increases CRIT Rate by 6 to 13.2%. The Matrix of Prescience is dispelled if Fu Xuan is knocked out of combat.
- Woes of Many Morphed to One (Ultimate) – Her Ultimate inflicts Quantum DMG equal to 60 to 108% of Fu Xuan’s Max HP to all enemies. She also gains 1 trigger count for the HP Restore from her Talent.
- Bleak Breeds Bliss (Talent) – As long as Fu Xuan is present on the field, Misfortune Avoidance is applied to the entire team. While affected by this status, allies take 10 to 19.6% less DMG. A restoration effect will be triggered for Fu Xuan whenever her HP falls to 50% or less of her Max HP. This will restore her HP by 80 to 92% of her current missing HP. This effect will not trigger if she receives a killing blow. This Talent effect can be triggered 1 time per battle by default and can possess up to 2 trigger counts maximum.
- Of Fortune Comes Fate (Technique) – Upon using this technique, all team members receive a Barrier lasting for 20 seconds. This Barrier blocks all enemy attacks, and the team will not enter battle when attacked. Entering battle while the Barrier is active will have Fu Xuan automatically activate the Matrix of Prescience at the start of the battle, lasting for 2 turns.
Here’s how we would prioritize her skills:
- Talent (Bleak Breeds Bliss)
- Skill (Known by Stars, Shown by Hearts)
- Ultimate (Woes of Many Morphed to One)
- Basic ATK (Novaburst)
Fu Xuan relies on substantial damage reduction mechanisms in tandem with her own HP pool to reduce the damage taken by her allies before healing them once her health reaches below 50%. Because of this, leveling her Talent and Skill first is the most cost-effective strategy. Her Ultimate might be her strongest source of personal damage, but it ultimately serves her more to be used to refresh the trigger count for her healing. While it helps that her Normal ATK scales from her Max HP instead of her ATK in terms of damage, it’s still at the bottom of the list for its low impact in comparison to her other skills.
Here are all the resources you’ll need to max out her skills:
|Artifex’s Module (Tier 1)||Endurance of Bronze (Tier 1)||Lots of Credits|
|Artifex’s Cogwheel (Tier 2)||Oath of Steel (Tier 2)||Regret of Infinite Ochema|
|Artifex’s Gyreheart (Tier 3)||Safeguard of Amber (Tier 3)||Tracks of Destiny|
While certain resources can be acquired through battling and defeating enemies on the map, items such as the Safeguard of Amber or Regret of Infinite Ochema can only be obtained by conquering the corresponding domains and using Trailblaze Power to claim them. Given the finite nature of Trailblaze Power, players should be smart when deciding which resources to expend it on.
Best Fu Xuan Team Compositions
Upon her release, Fu Xuan solidified her position as one of the game’s top-tier support characters alongside Luocha. Lady Fu’s versatility as a healing tank makes her a valuable asset in virtually any team composition. You can confidently deploy Fu Xuan as the sole defensive support in her team, allowing you to concentrate on bolstering your damage dealer with buff or debuff supports rather than employing an additional shield or healer.
Fu Xuan synergizes well with the following characters:
- Blade (To help him survive fatal hits when he’s at low health)
- Clara (Fu Xuan can reduce the DMG Clara tanks each turn with the Matrix)
- Jing Yuan (Jing Yuan is hindered greatly by CC, so these two rivals work well together)
- Seele (Quantum DPS that likes CRIT support)
- Lynx (A fellow Quantum support for Mono-Quantum teams)
- Silver Wolf (Debuffer that can impair Quantum weakness on enemies)
- Bronya (Buff support that also grants CRIT buffs)
- Imbibitor Lunae (A tricky glass cannon that needs protection)
While undeniably formidable, she’s not without her limitations. Much of Fu Xuan’s potential is not felt in the early game as she needs sufficient skill levels. Moreover, her effectiveness hinges on a high skill ceiling as players need to master skill point management, and without proper investment, her team healing capabilities might fall short of expectations. Nevertheless, every choice comes with its advantages and disadvantages, and thus far, the benefits of acquiring Fu Xuan far outweigh any setbacks.