Honkai Star Rail Light Cone tier list: Best Light Cone for each Path

Honkai Star Rail Light Cone tier list: Best Light Cone for each Path
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Tarran Stockton

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19th Jul 2023 11:44

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Our Honkai Star Rail Light Cone tier list is vital if you're looking to find the best Light Cone for each Path in the game, which in turn will make your character far more powerful. 

Honkai Star Rail lets players customise their characters in several different ways, with Light Cones having a big effect. When equipped, they'll increase the HP, ATK, and DEF stats for a character, while also granting a passive ability if their Path matches that of the Light Cone. 

With so many to choose from in the game, it can be hard to know which of the Light Cones are worth using, and especially which is the best in a given Path. So, read on for our Honkai Star Rail Light Cone tier list, broken down by Path type.

Path of Abundance Light Cone tier list

Tier Light Cone
S
  • Echoes of the Coffin
  • Post-Op Conversation
  • Shared Feeling
  • Time Waits for No One
A
  • Warmth Shortens Cold Nights
  • Quid Pro Quo
B
  • Perfect Timing
  • Cornucopia
  • Multiplication
C
  • Fine Fruit

Best Path of Abundance Light Cone

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As the only 5-star Path of Abundance Light Cone, it's easy to see why we consider Echoes of the Coffin to be the best. 

It grants the wearer a huge 24% boost to ATK, and comes with a powerful passive that grants 3 Energy back for each enemy hit with an attack.

Path of Destruction Light Cone tier list

Tier Light Cone
S
  • The Unreachable Side
  • Something Irreplaceable
  • On the Fall of an Aeon
A
  • The Moles Welcome You
  • Under the Blue Sky
  • Woof! Walk Time!
  • Nowhere to Run
B
  • A Secret Vow
  • Collapsing Sky
C
  • Mutual Demise
  • Shattered Home

Best Path of Destruction Light Cone

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Our choice for the best Path of Destruction Light Cone is The Unreachable Side. This LC increases the wearer's CRIT Rate and max HP by 18%, while granting a passive that boosts DMG by 24% when they are attacked.

Path of Erudition Light Cone tier list

Tier Light Cone
S
  • Before Dawn
  • Night on the Milky Way
  • Today is Another Peaceful Day
A
  • Geniuses' Repose
  • The Seriousness of Breakfast
  • The Birth of the Self
B
  • Make the World Clamor
  • Sagacity
  • Data Bank
C
  • Passkey

Best Path of Erudition Light Cone

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Before Dawn is our pick for the best Path of Erudition Light Cone thanks to its massive burst damage capabilities for the wearer. 

It increases the wearer's CRIT DMG by 36%, along with their Skill and Ultimate DMG by 18%. Using a Skill or Ultimate will also trigger Somnus Corpus, which is consumed when triggering a follow-up attack, giving that attack a DMG increase of 48%.

Path of Harmony Light Cone tier list

Tier Light Cone
S
  • But the Battle Isn't Over
A
  • Carve the Moon, Weave the Clouds
  • Memories of the Past
  • Dance! Dance! Dance!
  • Past and Future
B
  • Planetary Rendezvous
C
  • Chorus
  • Mediation
  • Meshing Cogs

Best Path of Harmony Light Cone

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For the best Path of Harmony Light Cone, we chose But the Battle Isn't Over, which is great for those looking to support allies. 

For starters, it increases the wearer's Energy Regeneration Rate by 10%, and regenerates a Skill Point when using their Ultimate on an ally. For the extra passive, when using their Skill, the next ally taking action will deal 30% more damage for a turn.

Path of Nihility Light Cone tier list

Tier Light Cone
S
  • Incessant Rain
  • In the Name of the World
  • Good Night and Sleep Well
A
  • Before the Tutorial Mission Starts
  • Resolution Shines As Pears of Sweat
B
  • We Will Meet Again
  • Fermata
  • Eyes of the Prey
  • Void
C
  • Loop
  • Hidden Shadow

Best Path of Nihility Light Cone

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The best Path of Nihility Light Cone is Incessant Rain, which is a great LC for bullying a single opponent, typically shining boss fights. 

It increases the wearer's Effect Hit Rate by 12%, and boosts their CRIT Rate by 12% when dealing DMG to an enemy with three or more debuffs. For the passive, when the wearer uses a Basic ATK, Skill, or Ultimate, Aether Code is implanted on a random target; Aether Code targets receive 12% extra DMG for a turn.

Path of Preservation Light Cone tier list

Tier Light Cone
S
  • Moment of Victory
  • Texture of Memories
A
  • Landau's Choice
  • Day One of My New Life
  • This Is Me!
  • Trend of the Universal Market
B
  • We Are Wildfire
  • Amber
C
  • Defense
  • Pioneering

Best Path of Preservation Light Cone

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Moment of Victory is our firm choice for the best Path of Preservation Light Cone. This LC increases the wearer's DEF and Effect Hit Rate by 24%.

It's perfect for tanks too, as the passive increases the chance the wearer is attacked by enemies, and when they're attacked it increases their DEF by a further 24% until the end of the turn.

Path of the Hunt Light Cone tier list

Tier Light Cone
S
  • In the Night
  • Cruising in the Stellar Sea
  • Sleep Like the Dead
A
  • Only Silence Remains
  • Swordplay
  • Return to Darkness
B
  • River Flows in Spring
  • Subscribe for More!
  • Darting Arrow
C
  • Adversarial
  • Arrows

Best Path of the Hunt Light Cone

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Finally, our pick for the best Path of the Hunt Light Cone is In the Night. This increases the wearer's CRIT Rate by 18%, and for every 10 SPD that exceeds 100, the DMG of their Basic ATK and Skill increases by 6%, and their Ultimate is increased by 12%. This stacks up to six times.

That's our full breakdown of the Honkai Star Rail Light Cone tier list by Path type, along with the best Light Cone for each Path.

If you're wanting more help in the latest miHoYo game, makes sure to check out our Honkai Star Rail homepage for all of the latest guides.

Tarran Stockton
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Tarran Stockton
Tarran is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon. He previously wrote reviews for his college newspaper before studying Media and Communication at university. His favourite genres include role-playing games, strategy games, and boomer shooters - along with anything indie. You can also find him in the pit at local hardcore shows.
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