How to unlock all the free characters in Honkai: Star Rail

How to unlock all the free characters in Honkai: Star Rail
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Written by 

Dave McAdam


26th Apr 2023 13:01

Honkai: Star Rail has a wide roster of characters, most of which are procured through grinding and microtransactions. Free characters can be unlocked throughout the game, some are early gets and others are later acquisitions. Here are all the Honkai: Star Rail free characters and how to unlock them.

All free characters

There are 8 free characters that you can acquire in Honkai: Star Rail. You will get a handful to begin with, as well as some more as you progress through the early game, complete tutorials, and as you progress further. The list below is in order of when you can unlock the characters

The free characters are as follows:

  • The Trailblazer
  • March 7th
  • Dan Heng
  • Asta
  • Serval
  • Natasha
  • Herta
  • Qingque

These characters make up a pretty impressive party, so rest assured that you can indeed play the game without spending money and have a good time. You should unlock most of these characters just by putting some time in, but if you want to know the specifics then we have more info below.

How to unlock all the free characters

Below is a table detailing each free character, their types, and what you must do to unlock them. Be sure to grab each one to round out your group.

Character Path/Type How to unlock
Trailblazer Destruction/Physical, and Preservation/Fire Main character, acquired immediately
March 7th Preservation/Ice Unlocked very early in the story
Dan Heng Hunt/Wind Unlocked very early in the story
Asta Harmony/Fire Guaranteed drop from tutorial
Serval erudition/Lightning Found in your inbox as soon as you gain access
Natasha Abundance/Physical Unlocked during Jarilo-VI story
Herta Erudition/Ice Complete World 2 of Simulated Universe
Qingque Erudition/Quantum Complete Memory Stage 3 of Forgotten Hall

three characters acquired later in Honkai: Star Rail: Natasha, Herta, and Qingque
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Some of these characters, namely Herta and Qingque, cannot be acquired until much later in the game. That said, you will have most of these characters available to you within the first few hours of playing the game.

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Dave McAdam
About the author
Dave McAdam
Dave is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon, after several years of freelancing across the industry. He covers a wide range of games, with particular focus on shooters like Destiny 2, RPGs like Baldur's Gate 3 and Cyberpunk 2077, and fighting games like Street Fighter 6 and Tekken 8.
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