The Xianzhou: Luofu of Honkai: Star Rail (HSR) has some legendary swordmasters yet none comes close to the mastery exhibited by Jingliu, former Sword Champion of the Luofu and Cloud Knight legend.
Jingliu is a 5-star Ice character that follows the Path of Destruction. Formerly known as the Transcendent Flash, this blindfolded swordswoman is part of the High Cloud Quintet alongside Jing Yuan, Imbibitor Lunae, Yingxing, and Baiheng. After tragedy befell the group, she became mara-struck and was considered a traitor. She now returns to Luofu with the last threads of her sanity and hatred that fuel her to accomplish a single purpose: to cut down even the stars in the sky.
Prepare to witness the stuff of legends as we walk you through what you’ll need for Jingliu: her relics, light cones, skills, and team compositions.
Best Relic Set and Ornament for Jingliu
Jingliu primarily deals with Ice DMG. This makes the Hunter of Glacial Forest the easy and obvious choice. Its 4-piece set bonus is good for Jingliu as she enjoys having more CRIT DMG to boost her damage output. Players can obtain this set by completing the Path of Gelid Wind of the Cavern of Corrosion.
These are the effects Hunter of Glacial Forest gives its wearer:
- 2-Piece Bonus: Increases Ice DMG by 10%
- 4-Piece Bonus: After the wearer uses their Ultimate, their CRIT DMG increases by 25% for 2 turns.
An unorthodox option that players won’t think of using on her intuitively is the Genius of Brilliant Stars set. This set, usually used by Quantum DPS characters like Qingque or Seele, will allow Jingliu to bypass a percent of her enemies’ defenses. If players are against enemies with Quantum weakness or have Silver Wolf on their team to impair enemies with Quantum weakness, this set becomes doubly effective. You can farm this relic set by challenging the Cavern of Corrosion’s Path of Providence.
The Genius of Brilliant Stars set grants these bonuses:
- 2-Piece Bonus – Increases Quantum DMG by 10%.
- 4-Piece Bonus – When the wearer deals DMG to the target enemy, ignores 10% DEF. If the target enemy has Quantum Weakness, the wearer additionally ignores 10% DEF.
For her Planar Ornaments, you’ll want either Rutilant Arena or Inert Salsotto, which are CRIT-related ornaments. They both give a fixed amount of CRIT Rate passively, but the bonuses they grant after reaching a certain threshold differ.
Rutilant Arena improves the wearer’s Basic ATK and Skill, while Inert Salsotto improves their Ultimate and follow-up attack damage. Rutilant Arena edges out Inert Salsotto for its Skill DMG increase since most of Jingliu’s damage comes from her Skill. You can get Inert Salsotto and Rutilant Arena as rewards for clearing bosses in Worlds 6 and 7 of Simulated Universe, respectively.
The Rutilant Arena set gives these bonuses:
- Increases the wearer’s CRIT Rate by 8%. When the wearer’s current CRIT Rate reaches 70% or higher, the wearer’s Basic ATK and Skill DMG increase by 20%.
To compare, here’s what Inert Salsotto does:
- Increases the wearer’s CRIT Rate by 8%. When the wearer’s current CRIT Rate reaches 50% or higher, the wearer’s Ultimate and follow-up attack DMG increases by 15%.
Stats to Prioritize for Jingliu
With her relic set chosen, here are the main stats you’d want to aim for:
- Body: CRIT DMG or CRIT Rate
- Feet: SPD
- Planar Sphere: Ice DMG or ATK%
- Link Rope: ATK%
Just like her fellow Xianzhou swordsman Yanqing, Jingliu is an Ice DPS that centers around delivering critical strikes.
Players will want to equip her with a CRIT Body piece to attain a good CRIT Ratio. SPD Boots will allow her to attack before her enemies. Planar Sphere is the only ornament that gives you the option for an elemental damage boost, so go with Ice DMG. You can also double down by running ATK% on her Planar Sphere and Link Rope.
Ensuring that she crits is easy due to her Talent giving her around 52% at max level. Therefore, you only need around 50% CRIT Rate from her relics to reach 100% and you can happily stack as much CRIT DMG on her as possible. You’ll also want a lot of SPD on her. ATK% is also great on her but falls behind the other three previously mentioned as her Talent also grants her a hefty ATK boost when it is active.
Best Light Cone for Jingliu
5-star light cones often give you the best deal for your Stellar Jades with phenomenal stats and crazy good abilities. Limited characters like Jingliu come with their signature light cone banner upon release. These are often tailored for them perfectly, and ‘I Shall Be My Own Sword’ is the best option for Jingliu.
This light cone passively gives her more CRIT DMG alongside a stacking effect that makes her stronger with consecutive attacks. It also gives her a defense-ignoring strike upon reaching max stacks.
‘I Shall Be My Own Sword’ empowers its wielder with these effects:
- Increases the wearer’s CRIT DMG by 20/23/26/29/32%. When an ally gets attacked or loses HP, the wearer gains 1 stack of Eclipse, up to a max of 3 stacks. Each stack of Eclipse increases the DMG of the wearer’s next attack by 14/16.5/19/21.5/24%. When 3 stacks are reached, additionally enables the attack to ignore 12/14/16/18/20% of the enemy’s DEF. This effect will be removed after the wearer uses an attack.
4-star options are weaker than their 5-star counterparts, but are more readily available, allowing for better collection and superimposition. For Jingliu, her best budget alternatives are the light cones ‘Nowhere to Run’ and ‘A Secret Vow’.
They both increase her damage, with ‘Nowhere to Run’ boosting her ATK stat while ‘A Secret Vow’ increases her DMG dealt overall. Their additional effects differ greatly from one another. ‘Nowhere to Run’ focuses on providing more sustain with a health restore per enemy takedown. On the other hand, ‘A Secret Vow’ lets her deal more damage if her opponent has more health than her.
Players can get ‘Nowhere to Run’ by availing HSR’s Battle Pass and reaching level 30. ‘A Secret Vow’ is a 4-star drop from any Warp banner.
With these bonuses, your enemies will have ‘Nowhere to Run’:
- Increases the wearer’s ATK by 24/30/36/42/48%. Whenever the wearer defeats an enemy, they restore HP equal to 12/15/18/21/24% of their ATK.
It’s no secret that ‘A Secret Vow’ will give you these advantages:
- Increases DMG dealt by the wearer by 20/25/30/35/40%. The wearer also deals an extra 20/25/30/35/40% of DMG to enemies with a higher HP percentage than the wearer.
Jingliu Skill Priorities
Here’s a breakdown of Jingliu’s skills:
- Lucent Moonglow (Basic ATK) – Jingliu’s Basic ATK deals Ice DMG equal to 50 to 110% of her ATK to an enemy.
- Transcendent Flash (Skill) – Her Skill deals Ice DMG equal to 100 to 220% of her ATK to a single enemy and gives her 1 stack of Syzygy.
- Moon On Glacial River (Enhanced Skill) – The Enhanced version of her skill deals AoE Ice DMG equal to 125 to 275% of her ATK to a single enemy, and 62.5 to 137.5% to adjacent enemies. This ability does not use up Skill Points but consumes a stack of Syzygy instead.
- Florephemeral Dreamflux (Ultimate) – Her Ultimate is an AoE that deals Ice DMG equal to 180 to 324% of her to a single enemy and 90 to 162% to any adjacent enemies. This gives her 1 stack of Syzygy afterward.
- Crescent Transmigration (Talent) – Once Jingliu reaches 2 stacks of Syzygy, she enters the Spectral Transmigration state. This state advances her next action and increases her CRIT Rate by 40 to 52%. Then, Jingliu’s Skill “Transcendent Flash” turns into “Moon On Glacial River,” and she cannot use any other attack. Attacking in this state consumes HP from all other allies equal to 4% of their respective Max HP (this cannot reduce allies’ HP to lower than 1). Jingliu’s ATK also increases by 540% of the total HP consumed from her allies in this attack, capped at 90 to 198% of her base ATK, lasting until the current strike ends. She cannot enter this state again until the current Spectral Transmigration ends. Syzygy can stack up to 3 times, and when it reaches 0, Jingliu will exit the Spectral Transmigration.
- Shine of Truth (Technique) – Using this Technique creates a dimension around Jingliu that lasts for 20 seconds, and all enemies in this dimension will become Frozen. After entering combat with enemies in the dimension, she immediately regenerates 15 Energy and obtains 1 stack of Syzygy, with a 100% base chance of Freezing enemy targets for 1 turn. While Frozen, enemy targets cannot take action, and receive Ice Additional DMG equal to 80% of Jingliu’s ATK at the start of every turn. Only 1 dimension created by allies can exist at the same time.
Prioritize her skills in this order:
- Skill (Transcendent Flash / Moon On Glacial River)
- Talent (Crescent Transmigration)
- Ultimate (Florephemeral Dreamflux)
- Basic ATK (Lucent Moonglow)
In her lore, Jingliu earned her fame by perfecting her Transcendent Flash. Her kit is more or less a reflection of that since you’ll want to use her Skill as much as you can to deal tons of Ice DMG in conjunction with her Talent. Level up her Skill first for the damage increase before leveling her Talent to improve the amount of CRIT Rate it grants.
While her Ultimate does deal a good chunk of AoE damage, its real benefit lies in the ability to stack Syzygy over its actual damage output. You’ll only resort to her Basic ATK if you’ve run out of Skill Points. Along with its pitiful multipliers, this firmly sticks it at the bottom of our list.
You’ll need the following resources to level up her skills:
|Immortal Scionette (Tier 1)||Shattered Blade (Tier 1)||Lots of Credits|
|Immortal Aeroblossom (Tier 2)||Lifeless Blade (Tier 2)||Regret of Infinite Ochema|
|Immortal Lumintwig (Tier 3)||Worldbreaker Blade (Tier 3)||Tracks of Destiny|
Raising a character in Honkai: Star Rail takes up a lot of resources. Some of these resources, like the Immortal Lumintwig, can be obtained as drops from overworld enemies. Rarer resources, like the Worldbreaker Blade and Regret of Infinite Ochema, require Trailblaze Power instead. Since Traiblaze Power is limited, knowing which skills are worth upgrading first is crucial to reach a character’s full potential as soon as possible.
Best Jingliu Team Compositions
Jingliu was once part of the Luofu’s legendary High Cloud Quintet but has become a criminal after being mara-struck. She’s dangerous not just to enemies that stand in her way but also to her teammates as she consumes a portion of their health to empower her strikes. Team building around her is tricky but ultimately rewarding as her frosty lunar blade cleaves through even the toughest challenges in Memory of Chaos.
We recommend using the following characters on her team:
- Bronya (Her best support. Allows her to stack up her Talent quicker)
- Pela (Debuff support that slows down enemies and shreds their defenses)
- Tingyun (Buffer that provides ATK buffs and Energy for Ultimates)
- Fu Xuan (Tank that makes the entire team tanky through damage reduction)
- Luocha (Her partner in crime. Most skill point efficient partywide healer)
- Blade (For a double DPS team. Jingliu synergizes with his passive)
- Lynx (The best F2P option for a healer)
- Gepard (Tank that provides constant shielding for the entire team)
You’ll want a team that can sustain itself from both the onslaught of enemy attacks and Jingliu’s HP-draining attacks. Out of all the healers in the game, Luocha and Lynx are the healers that can easily keep your team’s health topped up. You can then pick your preferred support characters to push her further.
Jingliu is mighty powerful, but she’s not infallible. Destruction characters have a higher base aggro over other paths, second only to Preservation. A taunt tank like Gepard, Fu Xuan, or Preservation Trailblazer can be a viable option to keep enemy aggression away from Jingliu so that she can destroy her enemies without worry.