Is Honkai: Star Rail free to play?

Is Honkai: Star Rail free to play?
Images via MiHoYo

Written by 

Dave McAdam


26th Apr 2023 09:36

Is Honkai: Star Rail free to play, like previous games from the developer? Honkai: Star Rail follows in the footsteps of its predecessor in many ways, but we are here to discuss one particular aspect. Free-to-play was a feature of Genshin Impact, but is it a feature of this game? Let's take a look to see if Honkai: Star Rail is free-to-play.

Is Honkai: Star Rail free to download?

A group of people make their way through a snow-covered canyon in Honkai: Star Rail
Click to enlarge

Much like Genshin, Honkai: Star Rail is indeed free to download and begin playing. The game is now available, so feel free to download it now on your platform of choice. The game is available on PC, mobile devices, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5.

Also, like Genshin, you do not need to pay to play the game, but there are methods by which you can spend money. Honkai: Star Rail is a gacha game, so be aware of that before jumping on.

Honkai: Star Rail microtransactions

Key art of a spaceship above a planet in Honkai: Star Rail
Click to enlarge

Anyone familiar with how microtransactions work in Genshin Impact will get to grips with Honkai: Star Rail quite quickly. For anyone unaware, in this game, you will accumulate a party of characters. There is a long list of characters which you can acquire and use in battles, and many you can get simply by playing.

However, you can also pay real money for character banners, which give you a random chance of acquiring high-level characters. Another feature brought forward from Genshin is the Pity system, which guarantees a 4-star character every 10 pulls, and a 5-star character every 90 pulls.

That is everything there is to know about how free-to-play works in Honkai: Star Rail. For more on the game, check out our Honkai: Star Rail open-world guide.

Check out more Honkai: Star Rail on GGRecon.

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.
Why trust GGRecon?

Established in 2019, we don’t just cover games - we live them. Our expert team is full of dedicated gamers, qualified journalists, and industry insiders who collectively boast decades of experience covering gaming and esports. This deep-rooted expertise allows us to provide authoritative and nuanced perspectives first-hand from a team who are playing, and researching every game covered on our website. 

Our foundation is built on a profound commitment to editorial independence, ensuring our content remains free from external influence and advertising pressures and is held to the highest level of editorial conduct, integrity, and quality. 

Every article on GGRecon comes from rigorous research, informed analysis, and a passion for gaming that resonates with our readers. We uphold these standards through a transparent editorial policy, accessible here, which governs our processes and maintains our accountability.

Best Honkai Star Rail Welt build: Relics, Light Cones & more
Best Honkai Star Rail Clara build: Relics, Light Cones & more
Best Honkai Star Rail Kafka build: Relics, Light Cones & more
Honkai Star Rail Light Cone tier list: Best Light Cone for each Path
Where to find Yujin in Honkai: Star Rail