Kafka in Honkai Star Rail: Release date, abilities, gameplay & everything we know

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Here’s everything we know about Kafka the Stellaron Hunter before she makes her debut in Honkai Star Rail.

Honkai Star Rail has taken the gacha world by storm – bringing in Genshin Impact veterans and those unfamiliar with the mobile game. In just one day, Honkai Star Rail surpassed 20 million downloads – millions more than Genshin’s previous record.

During Honkai Star Rail’s Version 1.2 Special Program stream, the game featured Kafka as one of the upcoming characters. The 4-star option Luka and the 5-star Wind user Blade also appeared.

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Keep reading to find out if you want to add Kafka to your Honkai Star Rail team based on her powerful abilities and Eidolons.


Who is Kafka in Honkai Star Rail?

Kafka is a member of the Stellaron Hunters – an organization that works against the Interastral Peace Corporation. According to her character description, Kafka “used the enchantment of Spirit Whisper to set up Trailblazer to absorb the Stellaron.” As for her free time, Kafka loves to shop and organize her coat collection.

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Honkai Star Rail: Kafka Release Date

The Version 1.2 Special Program stream confirmed Kafka would arrive during the second phase of the update. Kafka’s banner will debut on August 8, 2023, alongside 4-star characters Luka, Sampo, and Serval.

Honkai Star Rail: Kafka abilities

Here are Kafka’s abilities as a 5-star Lightning character on the Path of The Nihility. Remember that information from leaks should be taken with a grain of salt.

Active SkillEffect
Basic Attack: Midnight Tumult Deals Lightning DMG equal to 50% of Kafka’s ATK to a single enemy.
Skill: Caressing MoonlightDeals Lightning DMG equal to 80% of Kafka’s ATK to a target enemy and Lightning DMG equal to 30% of Kafka’s ATK to enemies adjacent to it.If the target enemy is currently receiving DoT, all DoTs currently placed on that enemy immediately produce DMG equal to 80% of their original DMG.
Ultimate: Twilight TrillDeals Lightning DMG equal to 48% of Kafka’s ATK to all enemies, with a 100% base chance for enemies hit to become Shocked and immediately take DMG equal to 80% of the DoT. Shock lasts for 2 turn(s).While Shocked, enemies receive Lightning DoT equal to 75% of Kafka’s ATK at the beginning of each turn.
Passive SkillEffect
Gentle but Cruel After an ally of Kafka’s uses Basic ATK on an enemy, Kafka immediately launches 1 follow-up attack and deals Lightning DMG equal to 60% of her ATK to that enemy, with a base chance of 100% of increasing the DoT inflicted by 15% for 2 turns. This effect can only be triggered 1 time per turn.
Technique SkillEffect
Mercy is not ForgivenessImmediately attacks the enemy. After entering battle, deals Lightning DMG equal to 50% of Kafka’s ATK to a random enemy. In addition, all enemies have a 100% base chance to become Shocked for 3 turn(s).While Shocked, enemies receive Lightning DoT equal to 50% of Kafka’s ATK at the beginning of each turn.
Traces Effect
Torture When DoTs immediately deal DMG to enemies due to Kafka’s Skill or Ultimate, their DMG multiplier is proportionally increased. The increased proportion is equal to 15% of Kafka’s Break Effect, up to a max of 30%.
PlunderIf an enemy is defeated while Shocked, Kafka additionally regenerates 5 Energy.
ThornsTalent has a 20% increased base chance to increase the DoT that the enemies receive. Ultimate has a 20% increased base chance to Shock enemies.

Honkai Star Rail: Kafka Eidolons

Kafka’s Eidolons appeared early on the Honkai Star Rail Leaks subreddit.

  • Level 1 – Da Capo: When using Ultimate, instead of immediately receiving DMG from the Shock state, enemies will now immediately receive DMG from all currently applied DoT sources.
  • Level 2 – Fortississimo: Weakness Break Efficiency boosted by 50%.
  • Level 3 – Capriccio: Skill Lv. +2, up to a maximum of Lv. 15. Basic ATK Lv. +1, up to a maximum of Lv.10. 
  • Level 4 – Recitativo: Skill Lv. +2, up to a maximum of Lv. 15. Basic ATK Lv. +1, up to a maximum of Lv.10.
  • Level 5 – Doloroso: Ultimate Lv. +2, up to a maximum of Lv. 15. Talent Lv. +2, up to a maximum of Lv. 15.
  • Level 6 – Leggiero: The Ultimate increases the DMG multiplier of Shock DMG dealt to enemies by 130% and extends the duration of Shock by 1 turn (s).

How to get Kafka in Honkai Star Rail

When Kafka unlocks in Honkai Star Rail, you’ll need to use Star Rail Special Passes on her banner. If you don’t get her on your first try, she is guaranteed on your next 5-star character roll.

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Kafka gameplay

Honkai Star Rail’s second closed beta featured Kafka. Therefore, here is a two-minute clip featuring her full gameplay showcase. You can watch it below:

That’s everything we know about Honkai Star Rail’s Kafka. Check out our other guides to see if any other characters catch your eye.

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