4-star characters that should have been 5-star in a HoYoVerse game aren’t unheard of; in Genshin Impact, that would be Ningguang. In Honkai: Star Rail, sadly, it’s Yukong. She’s one of the leaders of the Xianzhou Alliance and is thus one of the most powerful characters in the game– lore-wise. Gameplay-wise, you’re gonna want a Yukong Honkai: Star Rail guide for relics, Light Cones, and Skills.
Well, that is if you want to bring out the best in her for your teams. Regardless, if you have Yukong, you’d want to give her the best treatment she deserves (because HoYoVerse didn’t by making her a 4-star); this Yukong Honkai: Star Rail guide for relics, Light Cones, and Skills ought to help with that gesture of appreciation.
The Best Relics for Yukong
Finally, we have a more affordable and accessible source of Imaginary Damage in Honkai: Star Rail. Yukong falls under the Imaginary Element, but her whole ability kit plays out like a buffer where her buffs scale from her ATK stat.
You can get more mileage out of her abilities by boosting her ATK rather than her Imaginary DMG stat.
Just give Musketeer of Wild Wheat set. You can also mix and match it with a Wastelander of Banditry Desert set if you want though that’s not really necessary.
Musketeer of Wild Wheat
As for the Musketeer of Wild Wheat and its location, you can farm for it in the Cavern of Corrosion in Corridor of Fading Echoes, Jarilo-VI region.
It shares the same drop or reward pool as the Passerby of Wandering Cloud so you might want to plan ahead and include a The Abundance or healer character in the farming process.
The stats for Wastelander of Banditry Desert are as follows:
- 2-Piece Bonus – ATK increases by 12%.
- 4-Piece Bonus – The wearer’s SPD increases by 6% and Basic ATK DMG increases by 10%.
This way, Yukong’s ATK stat can be high while also benefitting a lot from the SPD boost, ensuring that she gets to apply her buffs before whacking starts.
Meanwhile, you’ll also want to give Yukong the Fleet of the Ageless Planar Ornament relic set.
Fleet of the Ageless
In order to farm this relic set, you have to keep running the Simulated Universe challenge in Herta Space Station. This Planar Ornament set is great for Yukong since it can boost her allies’ damage further– assuming she reaches a certain SPD stat requirement.
Here are the bonuses for Fleet of the Ageless:
- Increases the wearer’s Max HP by 12%.
- When the wearer’s SPD reaches 120 or higher, all allies’ ATK increases by 8%.
The first bonus is somewhat useless for Yukong since she’s mostly a buffer though extra HP should help her survive. It’s the second bonus that you want. And to reach that, you want to prioritize the SPD stat alongside ATK in your relic stats. Speaking of which…
Relic Stats to Prioritize
As we mentioned earlier, you want to give Yukong an ATK boost but not for attacking, rather, it’s for making her buffs more powerful. At the same time, you’d also want to give her enough speed for that party-wide buff from the Planar Ornament. From most important to least important, here are the stats you want in your relics:
- ATK (anywhere it’s applicable)
- SPD (Boots, at least take it to a total of 120)
- CRIT Rate/DMG (Body)
- Imaginary DMG (Orb)
- Break Effect (anywhere it’s applicable)
The Imaginary DMG main stat in the Orb is still mandatory, of course, and you don’t have to go all in on SPD; just 120 is enough to get the Planar Ornament bonus.
Best Light Cones for Yukong
Sadly, this one is a bit hard to obtain through luck though it’s available in the in-game store for a hefty number of Undying Starlights.
But the Battle Isn’t Over
These are the following stats and bonuses for, ‘But the Battle Isn’t Over’:
- Increases the wearer’s Energy Regeneration Rate by 10% and regenerates 1 Skill Point when the wearer uses their Ultimate on an ally. This effect can be triggered after every 2 uses of the wearer’s Ultimate.
- When the wearer uses their Skill, the next ally taking action (except the wearer) deals 30% more DMG for 1 turn(s).
As you can see, it’s a huge damage buff for anyone on the team (except Yukong). It pairs well with her buffs and might just allow you to one-shot certain tough enemies if used correctly.
Sadly, not everyone can be this lucky with a 5-star item on Honkai: Star Rail, so here are some budget 4-star alternatives.
There’s a fair chance you have some of these already. There are many The Harmony Light Cones in Honkai: Star Rail just waiting for the right wearer.
The best candidate for Yukong would be ‘Past and Future.’ It’s practically a 4-star version of, ‘But the Battle Isn’t Over.’ These are the bonuses for ‘Past and Future’:
- When the wearer uses their Skill, then the next ally taking action (except the wearer) deals 16% increased DMG for 1 turn(s).
Another alternative for Yukong would be ‘Carve the Moon, Weave the Clouds’, which is sort of the signature 4-star weapon for another Harmony Path, namely Tingyun. These are the Light Cones’ stats:
- One of the following effects is applied randomly at the start of combat and whenever the wearer takes action: Increase all allies’ ATK by 10%, increase all allies’ CRIT DMG by 12%, or increase all allies’ Energy Regeneration Rate by 6%. The applied effect cannot be identical to the last effect applied and will replace the previous effect. The applied effect will be removed when the wearer has been knocked down. Effects of a similar type cannot be stacked.
That’s a lot, and all of them are beneficial. It’s just that it’s somewhat unreliable, especially if you need a damage boost instead of energy. Still, beggars can’t be choosers at this point.
Skill Priorities for Yukong
For Yukong, you’d want her buffs to be leveled as high as possible.
Her buffs are her Skill and Ultimate, so you can prioritize those two interchangeably. From most important to least important, here’s how you need to prioritize Yukong’s Traces or Skills.
- Diving Kestrel (Ultimate) – If “Roaring Bowstrings” is active on Yukong when her Ultimate is used, additionally increases all allies’ CRIT Rate by 21%–31.5% and CRIT DMG by 39%–78%. At the same time, deals Imaginary DMG equal to 228%–456% of Yukong’s ATK to a single enemy.
- Emboldening Salvo (Skill) – Obtains 2 stack(s) of “Roaring Bowstrings” (to a maximum of 2 stacks). When “Roaring Bowstrings” is active, the ATK of all allies increases by 40%–100%, and every time an ally’s turn ends, Yukong loses 1 stack of “Roaring Bowstrings.” When it’s the turn where Yukong gains “Roaring Bowstrings” by using Skill, “Roaring Bowstrings” will not be removed.
- Seven Layers, One Arrow (Talent) – Basic ATK additionally deals Imaginary DMG equal to 40%–100% of Yukong’s ATK, and increases the Toughness-Reducing DMG of this attack by 100%. This effect can be triggered again in 1 turn(s).
- Arrowslinger (Basic ATK) – Deals 50%–130% of Yukong’s ATK as Imaginary DMG to a target enemy.
Leveling those up requires a lot of the following materials, so make sure to stock up on them:
|Artifex’s Module (tier 1)||Harmonic Tune (tier 1)||Millions of Credits|
|Artifex’s Cogwheel (tier 2)||Ancestral Hymn (tier 2)||Destroyer’s Final Road|
|Artifex’s Gyreheart (tier 3)||Stellaris Symphony (tier 3)||Tracks of Destiny|
You can obtain most of these through events, quests, and Calyx Dungeons.
Yukong Team Composition
Like most support characters, you don’t really build a team around Yukong. You just slot her into any team that requires a big damage boost. For that matter, she can fit into just about any team.
She does have some excellent synergies with the following characters:
- Pela (for debuffing enemies and further increasing damage)
- Dan Heng / Seele (or just about any Hunt Path characters that deal massive damage)
- Welt (slows down enemies to give time for Yukong to buff allies)
- Asta (additional buffs wouldn’t hurt)
As always, for Yukong to fit in well with just about any team, you’d want to ensure that she’s built well by following this Yukong Honkai: Star Rail guide for relics, Light Cones, and Skills.