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Honkai Star Rail – The Complete Character Guide for Black Swan

Honkai Star Rail’s version 2.0 launched today and with it, we get two new characters – Black Swan and Misha. Now comes the question, do we roll for them or not? In this article, we’ll go through everything you’ll need to know about this 5-Star Wind character from the Nihility Path. Right now as with most new character releases, they are the GOAT of their class. So use Black Swan if you love having that DoT wind sheer damage and as a bonus, she pairs well with other DoT users. Let’s find out if Black Swan is the Mommy for you.

Black Swan’s Banner will run from the 5th of February 2024 until the 29th of February and is launching with Misha, Tingyun and Guinaifen.


How To Play Black Swan

Black Swan and other DoT-dealing characters go hand in hand to take down teams. Instead of focusing on killing enemies one by one, they’re interested in whittling down the enemy team as a whole. Additionally, she has a chance to inflict additional stacks on enemies who already have DoT effects with her basic attacks. Arcana is great at piling on those DoT effects to make Black Swan’s attacks stronger as well as reduce the enemy’s defence as well. This makes her easy to pair with other characters of the Nihility path such as Kafka and Welt.

The more Arcana Black Swan stacks, the stronger her damage, plus she gets additional effects through her talent, such as ignoring 20% DoT defence when damaging enemies. This means that if you really want Black Swan to shine, you’ll whack her in a team that can apply the largest variety of DoT effects possible.

As for support one of the better ones to pair with Black Swan is Ruan Mei. Ruan Mei can increase the party’s Break Efficiency and delay the enemies’ recovery from Break, which results in them taking in more DoTs before they manage to attack.


Black Swan Talents

Arcana: Deals Wind DMG to an enemy at the start of their turn. While inflicted with Arcana, targets take wind damage equivalent to 300% of Black Swan’s attack at the start of each turn. Each stack of Arcana increases this by 15%, then Arcana resets to one stack. Arcana can stack up to 50 times.

Percipience, Silent DawnBasic ATK
Single Target
• Deals wind damage equal to 78% of Black Swan’s attack to a single target, with a 74% chance of inflicting one stack of Arcana.
• If the target has wind shear, bleed, burn, or shock, each respectively has a 74% chance of inflicting a further stack of Arcana.
Decadence, False Twilight:Skill• Deals wind damage equal to 112.5% of Black Swan’s attack to a single target and any adjacent enemies.
• Also has a 100% chance to inflict one stack of Arcana, and a 100% chance of reducing defence by 23.8% for three turns.
Loom of Fate’s CapriceTalent• Every time an enemy receives a DoT at the start of a turn, there is a 72.5% chance to inflict a stack of Arcana.
• Black Swan triggers additional effects based on Arcana stacks. Three or more deals wind DoT equal to 225% of her base attack, with a 72.5% chance of inflicting Arcana on adjacent targets, while seven or more allows the DoT to ignore 20% of the target and adjacent targets’ defence.
Bliss of Otherworld’s EmbraceUltimate• Deals wind damage equal to 144% of Black Swan’s attack to all enemies. Also inflicts Epiphany on enemies for two turns. Enemies afflicted by Epiphany take 30% more damage on their turn, and their Arcana effect is regarded as wind shear, bleed, burn, or shock.
• When their Arcana effects trigger, the stacks will not reset to one. This effect is possible once per enemy unless Epiphany is re-applied.
From Façade to VéritéTechniqueHas a 150% chance to inflict enemies with one stack of Arcana at the start of the next battle. For every stack inflicted, inflict a further stack on that target with a decreasing success chance at 50% of the previous.
Viscera’s DisquietAbilityWhen using Black Swan’s skill to hit an enemy that has wind shear, bleed, burn, or shock, each of these debuffs has a 65% chance of inflicting one extra stack of Arcana.
Goblet’s DredgesAbilityThere is a 65% chance to inflict one stack of Arcana when a target enters battle. Every time an enemy receives a DoT from an attack, there is a 65% chance for them to be inflicted with one stack of Arcana, stacking up to three times from any single attack.
Candleflame’s PortentAbilityIncreases this unit’s damage by an amount equal to 60% of effect hit rate, up to a maximum damage increase of 72%.

Best Black Swan Build

Light Cone

Reforged Remembrance or Eyes of the Prey

Increases wearer’s Effect Hit Rate by 40%. When the wearer deals DMG to an enemy inflicted with Wind Shear, Burn, Shock, or Bleed, each respectively grants 1 stack of Prophet, stacking up to 4 time(s). In a single battle, only 1 stack of Prophet can be granted for each type of DoT. Every stack of Prophet increases the wearer’s ATK by 5% and enables the DoT dealt to ignore 7.2% of the target’s DEF.

It comes as no surprise that the best Light Cone for Black Swan will be the one that she was launched with. This particular Light Cone is focused on boosting her effect hit rate. While also adding a stackable resource called Prophet, which accumulates when the wearer deals damage to an enemy afflicted with DoT. Each stack increases attack by 5% and allows DoT damage to ignore 7.2% of a target’s defence.



Prisoner in Deep Confinement

2-Piece: Increases ATK by 12%.
4-Piece: For every DoT the target enemy is afflicted with, the wearer will ignore 6% of target’s DEF when dealing DMG to them. This effect is valid for a max of 3 DoTs.

The Prisoner in Deep Confinement Relic is a no-brainer for Black Swan. It will increase her attack but most importantly maintain high DoT damage.


Planar Ornament

Pan-Cosmic Commercial Enterprise

Focus on Wind Damage Boost and Attack.

Pan-Cosmic Commercial Enterprise is the best Planar Ornament for Black Swan as it provides an Effect Hit Rate increase which amplifies her overall DMG. Plus adding an attack boost based on 25% of effect hit rate, up to 25%. In terms of primary stats, I recommend an attack boost on the Link Rope and a wind damage boost on the Planar Sphere to maximise the devastating effect of those Arcana stacks.


Black Swan Ascension Materials

  • 15 Extinguished Cores
  • 15 Glimmering Cores
  • 15 Squirming Cores
  • 65 Ascendant Debris
  • 300,000 credits (approx)

Extinguished Cores and their higher tier variants are easy to get through sending characters on assignment, or via defeating Fragmentum monsters in any other activities. Ascendant Debris comes from the Stagnant Shadow: Shape of Celestial in the Alchemy Commission area of the Xianzhou Luofu. Lastly, you can get credits by doing just about anything, but if you need them fast, the Golden Calyx: Bud of Treasures is your best bet.


Black Swan Eidolons

Seven Pillars of WisdomWhile Black Swan is active in battle, enemies afflicted with wind shear, bleed, burn, or shock will have their corresponding wind, physical, fire, or lightning resistance reduced by 25%.
Weep Not For Me, My LambWhen an enemy target afflicted with Arcana is defeated, there is a 100% base chance of inflicting six stacks of Arcana on adjacent targets.
As Above, So BelowSkill and talent plus two levels, up to a maximum of 15.
In Tears We GiftWhile inflicted with Epiphany, enemies have their effect resistance reduced by 10%. At the start of their turn or when they get defeated, Black Swan regenerates eight energy. This energy regeneration effect can only trigger up to one time while Epiphany lasts, or until an enemy is inflicted with Epiphany again.
Linnutee FlywayUltimate plus two levels up to a maximum of 15, and basic attack plus one, up to a maximum of 10.
Pantheon Merciful, Masses PitifulWhen enemy targets get attacked by Black Swan’s allies, Black Swan has a 65% base chance of inflicting one stack of Arcana on the target. Each time Black Swan inflicts Arcana on an enemy target, there is a 50% fixed chance to additionally increase the number of Arcana stacks afflicted this time by one.

Honkai Star Rail Guides

Honkai Star Rail is a turn-based RPG that focuses on the story of the Honkai, a race of mechanical beings who are slowly taking over Earth. The game provides players with a large cast of characters, each with their own unique playstyle and backstory. This epic space fantasy RPG is developed and published by HoYo. Download it now for free on their official website for the PlayStation 4|5, PC, and iOS/Android platforms.