We are gathered here today because all of us got lucky with the gacha gods and pulled Honkai: Star Rail’s first limited 5-star character, Seele. Now, regardless of how you won that gacha roll or how she’s the best DPS in the game, you can’t just let her run around Belobog with a scythe and no plan.
And while that might be lore-accurate for her character, Honkai: Star Rail has proven to be more difficult compared to its real-time gacha cousin, Genshin Impact. As such, a Seele Honkai: Star Rail guide is most certainly warranted.
She’s going to be carrying the whole team anyway, so you might as well give her the best in terms of relics, Light Cores, and skill tree allocations. We’re here to hold your hand on how to do that, starting with…
The Best Relics for Seele
Seele deals Quantum damage in all of her attacks, so her best 4-piece set is quite obvious. That would be a 5-star, 4-piece set of Genius of Brilliant Stars combined with a 2-set Celestial Differentiator.
The Genius of the Brilliant Stars set bonus is as follows:
- 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 the Celestial Differentiator:
- 2-Piece Bonus – Increases the wearer’s CRIT DMG by 16%.
- When the wearer’s current CRIT DMG reaches 120% or higher after entering battle, the wearer’s CRIT Rate increases by 60% until the end of their first attack.
It perfectly synergizes with Seele’s role and playstyle.
You can farm the Genius of Brilliant Stars by challenging the Cavern of Corrosion in Jarilo-VI though you might want to wait till Trailblazer Level 40 and Equilibrium Level 3 so you can have access to Cavern of Corrosion Level 3. At this level, you can start getting 5-star relics. Higher Equilibrium levels and Cavern of Corrosion Levels can provide a better guarantee of 5-star relics.
Meanwhile, you can obtain a 5-star Celestial Differentiator set by synthesizing relics or farming the Simulated Universe in the Herta Space Station.
A good alternative if you’re not at that difficulty level yet and are still stuck in the early game (before Belobog’s final quest) would be the Musketeer of Wild Wheat combined with the Space Sealing Station (which is given for free in quests though in a lower rarity).
Musketeer of Wild Wheat provides the following bonus:
- 2-Piece Bonus – ATK increases by 10%.
- 4-Piece Bonus – The wearer’s SPD increases by 6%, and Basic ATK DMG increases by 10%.
And Space Sealing Station provides:
- 2-Piece Bonus – Increases the wearer’s ATK by 12%.
- When the wearer’s SPD reaches 120 or higher, the wearer’s ATK increases by another 12%.
If you don’t have an ideal CRIT DMG for Seele yet (more than 120 percent), you might want to opt for Space Sealing Station first until you can boost her CRIT DMG to that amount and then switch to Celestial Differentiator.
With that out of the way, here are some of the most desirable Genius of Brilliant Stars stats for Seele.
Relic Stats to Prioritize
Since Seele scales her Quantum damage from her ATK stat, it’s good to pile that up though you’ll get more mileage from the usual combo of CRIT Rate and CRIT DMG.
Speed is also a good stat for her, especially if you’re using the Space Sealing Station relic set since it will increase ATK permanently if you hit 120 Speed. Moreover, more speed also allows Seele to attack way more often, sometimes almost denying enemies their turn.
Regardless, here’s the ideal stat priority for Seele if you want to optimize her artifacts; from most important to least important:
- CRIT Rate / Crit DMG
- SPD (prioritize this one over ATK if you have In the Night, Seele’s ideal Light Cone)
Everything else is up to your preference. Following this stat priority for relics ensures maximizing Seele’s potential, and she benefits well from a high CRIT Rate given her singular high-damage Ultimate skill. Most of the time, you’ll want that Ultimate to be a CRIT since it can cut some dangerous fights short.
Best Light Cones for Seele
Light Cones, or the fancier term for weapons in Honkai: Star Rail, provide hefty statistical bonuses and a special perk that activates either permanently or under certain conditions.
For Seele, her best-in-slot Light Cone– one that’s made with her in mind, would be none other than the 5-star In the Night, obtainable through the Light Cone Even Warp banner.
In the Night gives this perk:
- Increases the wearer’s CRIT Rate by 18%.
- While the wearer is in battle, for every 10 SPD that exceeds 100, the DMG of the wearer’s Basic ATK and Skill is increased by 6%, and the CRIT DMG of their Ultimate is increased by 12%. This effect can stack up to 6 times.
So you can see why prioritizing the Speed stat after CRIT if you have this weapon can turn Seele into a one-woman army. She’ll end up finishing whole combat rounds by herself in one turn with the right setup.
Of course, not all of us are lucky enough for In the Night, especially if we already got lucky pulling for Seele. So the next best 5-star Light Cone for her would be Cruising in the Stellar Sea, in case you have it.
Cruising in the Stellat Sea gives out this perk:
- Increases the wearer’s CRIT rate by 8% and increases their CRIT rate against enemies with HP less than or equal to 50% by an extra 8%.
- When the wearer defeats an enemy, their ATK is increased by 20% for 2 turn(s).
The effects are not as permanent or persistent compared to In the Night, and it requires Seele to defeat an enemy first or whittle their HP down to half for the full strength of the weapon. But the damage is close enough for you to settle if you have this weapon instead of chasing In the Night.
For the less fortunate players (most people) who couldn’t get a 5-star Light Cone for Seele, you can opt for Only Silence Remains, which is her best budget Light Cone.
Only Silence Remains gives out:
- Increases the wearer’s ATK by 16%.
- If there are 2 or fewer enemies on the field, increases the wearer’s CRIT Rate by 12%.
It’s great for boss fights.
Another weapon would be Return to Darkness which grants:
- Increases the wearer’s CRIT Rate by 12%.
- After a CRIT Hit, there is a 16% fixed chance to dispel 1 buff on the target enemy. This effect can only trigger 1 time per attack.
It doesn’t synergize that well with Seele’s burst playstyle, which aims to kill enemies outright rather than weaken them, but beggars can’t be choosers at this point.
Skill Priorities for Seele
Seele’s skills are as follows:
- Thwack (Basic ATK) – This is her basic attack; it deals Quantum DMG ranging from 50 to 130 percent of Seele’s ATK stat to a single enemy.
- Sheathed Blade (Skill) – Her Skill increases her SPD by 25 percent for 2 turns and deals Quantum DMG ranging from 110 to 275 percent of Seele’s ATK to a single enemy.
- Butterfly Flurry (Ultimate) – Her Ultimate is a huge Quantum DMG dump ranging from 255 to 510 percent of her ATK stat to a single enemy; it’s a certified boss killer.
- Resurgence (Talent) – Seele’s passive grants her a buffed state paired with an extra turn each time she defeats an enemy. This buff increases her DMG by 40 to 100 percent though sadly, you can’t trigger this if enemies are killed in the said extra turn because that would be too broken.
- Phantom Illusion (Technique) – Seele’s out-of-combat ability practically turns her invisible for 20 seconds, where she can launch surprise attacks on enemies and enter a buffed state from Resurgence. It will be dispelled if you switch characters outside of combat.
Leveling up these talents will require copious amounts of these materials and currencies:
|Thief’s Instinct (tier 1)||Arrow of the Beast Hunter (tier 1)||Millions of Credits|
|Usurper’s Scheme (tier 2)||Arrow of the Demon Slayer (tier 2)||Guardian’s Lament|
|Conquerer’s Will (tier 3)||Arrow of the Starchaser (tier 3)||Tracks of Destiny|
Now, farming these materials—especially Tracks of Destiny and Guardian’s Lament, is rather tedious, especially with the limited Trailblazing Power. So we recommend prioritizing upgrades for certain Skills first; from most important to least important, here’s where to spend those level-up materials:
- Skill (Sheathed Blade) – Max this out ASAP
- Ultimate (Butterfly Flurry)
- Basic ATK (Thwack)
- Talent (Resurgence)
The reasoning is that her Skill is her bread-and-butter since it not only gives a SPD buff, but it has the best ratio of cost-to-effectiveness. It’s readily available for the majority of combat.
Seele Team Six
As for Seele’s ideal team, it’s best not to pair her with another character in the path of The Hunt, as she tends to be a “selfish” DPS and can hog all the offensive effort. So pick party members that will either debuff enemies or further boost Seele’s offensive capabilities.
They don’t have to be expensive 5-star characters either; Seele’s team is relatively cheap to build. Consider the following characters for her best team.
- Pela (showers enemies with DEF debuffs, increasing Seele’s damage).
- Natasha (in case enemies focus on Seele)
- March 7th (to ensure Seele goes uninterrupted with a Shield)
- Trailblazer (Fire) (to soak up enemy aggression)
- Welt (slows down enemies, allowing Seele’s SPD to deny them turns)
- Bronya, AKA Seele’s waifu (can reset Seele to give her another turn)
Still, if you find a different Honkai: Star Rail character composition that works for you go for it. The most important thing is to let Seele loose against enemies like a rabid wolf and to, uh, Seele their fate. Badum tss.