Honkai: Star Rail 1.2 - Release Date, New Characters, Story Updates (2024)

The details about Honkai: Star Rail 1.2, including the version’s release date, new characters, banner distribution, story missions, and planned events have been shared by developer HoYoverse. Every so often, the new turn-based RPG receives updates that bring new pieces of content for players to engage in, either through limited-time events or advances through the campaign. The game also introduces new characters for players to try to obtain – provided they can beat the drop rates in Honkai: Star Rail.

Each new playable character expands the roster and allows for different team comps to be tested out. By mixing and matching different heroes when building teams in Honkai: Star Rail, players can obtain different results in battles and thoroughly optimize their parties for specific activities offered in the title. The new characters in Honkai: Star Rail 1.2 are exciting additions due to how they operate.

Honkai: Star Rail 1.2 Release Date

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As was confirmed during the special version livestream, which was broadcast on the official Honkai: Star Rail channel on YouTube, the release date for Honkai: Star Rail 1.2 is July 19. On this day, the game will be updated with all the content planned for the version, though much of it will be partially introduced to players. The date is in line with Honkai: Star Rail’s six-week schedule for every update, and it confirms that there have not been any internal delays. With the announcement of the release date for Version 1.2, there will also likely be no delays in the following weeks leading up to the new update.

Story Quests In Honkai: Star Rail 1.2

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After Version 1.1, which relied primarily on a great number of events and a few Companion Missions, Honkai: Star Rail 1.2 will have main story missions that will continue the journey of the Trailblazer and the members of the Astral Express. The story quests will pick up immediately after the ongoing events on the Xianzhou Luofu, where the Trailblazer and the newly made allies are in search of the missing Stellaron aboard the flagship. The Stellaron is causing a series of problems, including the plague of the Mara-Struck on citizens and Cloud Knights.

The story missions in Honkai: Star Rail 1.2 will finally reconnect Dan Heng with his Trailblazing allies, the Trailblazer, March 7th, and Welt. He had previously been exploring the Luofu with Sushang and Luocha, as he decided to board the flagship after knowing his friends were in danger with Blade’s presence. Dan Heng will be key to reaching the Ambrosial Arbor on the Luofu, which is under siege by the power of the Stellaron. His new form, Imbibitor Lunae, will be introduced in-game, and more about this character’s past will be revealed – and how he is connected to Blade and Jing Yuan.

This version will also put emphasis on Blade and Kafka, two Stellaron Hunters who are aboard the Luofu and have a connection to the story. They have, so far, manipulated the Nameless to investigate the Xianzhou Luofu and, even after Kafka was imprisoned by the Cloud Knights and managed to escape with Blade’s assistance, both remained on the flagship. The reason they are still there, however, is unknown. Blade has a vengeful past with Dan Heng, so this will likely come into play during the Honkai: Star Rail 1.2 story missions.

New Maps, Enemies, & Boss In Honkai: Star Rail 1.2

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To accompany the new stories, Honkai: Star Rail 1.2 will have new maps for players to explore. Both new areas are a part of the Xianzhou Luofu. The first one is the Alchemy Commission. This area has been mentioned multiple times in quests and is finally going to be explorable. The location is where the Luofu makes its medicine and deals with the diseases that plague the flagship – it was once where they researched immortality. The Alchemy Commission has a statue paying homage to Dan Heng’s Imbibitor Lunae form.

The second new Honkai: Star Rail 1.2 map is the Scalegorge Waterscape. This area is quite different from the rest of the Luofu, as it seems to lie at the bottom of the flagship. In essence, this map is the entire road that leads up to the Ambrosial Arbor. There is plenty of water occupying its layout and it seems darker than the rest of the Luofu itself. This is where a few important fights seem to take place. Both the Alchemy Commission and Scalegorge Waterscape will feature new exclusive puzzles for players to solve in exchange for rewards.

Aside from the new maps, there will also be some new opponents in Honkai: Star Rail 1.2. The first one is the Malefic Ape, a gorilla-like opponent. The second is known as The Ascended, a human-like enemy who is said to have mastered a few tricks of immortality. The last teased opponent is Yanqing, General Jing Yuan’s trusted ally and apprentice. It is unknown how players will come into conflict with the young boy.

The version livestream also confirmed a new boss in Honkai: Star Rail 1.2. At some point during the new story missions, players will face an opponent known as Phantylia, the Undying. This human-like creature, who has mastered the powers of the Abundance and the Destruction has three phases with distinct mechanics. After she is beaten, she will become an Echoes of War weekly boss and will drop the necessary materials for leveling Blade, Kafka, and Luka’s Traces.

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As was previously teased, the character banners in Honkai: Star Rail 1.2 will introduce Blade. The mysterious Stellaron Hunter will be featured during the first half of the version, also known as Phase 1. During such time, the Wind Destruction character will have his drop rate increased. The 4-star characters with increased drop rates in Blade’s banner will be Arlan, Sushang, and Natasha. The Light Cone banner in Phase 1 will feature Blade’s signature 5-star weapon, The Unreachable Side.

Phase 2 will focus on Kafka as the featured 5-star character in Honkai: Star Rail 1.2. The Lightning Nihility character has long been awaited, as she was the first character that players controlled in the game. Kafka’s limited-time banner will also introduce Luka, a new 4-star character from Belobog that follows the Path of the Nihility and deals Physical damage. Luka will have an increased drop rate in Kafka’s banner along with Sampo and Serval. Kafka’s 5-star signature Light Cone, Patience Is All You Need, will also be obtainable in the gacha system in Phase 2.

Events In Honkai: Star Rail 1.2

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Even though the upcoming update will focus more on the story than in Version 1.1, Honkai: Star Rail 1.2 will still have events for players to participate in. The event known as Tales of the Fantastic will set the Trailblazer on an adventure with the Starskiff Haven’s storyteller. It will be an exploration and combat event, which will grant multiple rewards, including Stellar Jade, the primary resource for obtaining Star Rail Passes.

Players will also revisit Belobog with the Underground Treasure Hunt event. New areas in the mines have been uncovered, so players will have to choose their party members and use them to face enemies and explore as they gradually unlock sealed areas. There will also be a mini-mining game that involves locating items and will help with progression. Aside from materials and Stellar Jade as rewards for this Honkai: Star Rail 1.2 event, the Underground Treasure Hunt will also give players the chat box called “Where’s the Rabbit?”, which will allow them to change the chat box for their dialogues with friends and NPCs.

The event known as Where Are You Mystery Trotter will also be set in Belobog, and will have the Trailblazer locating hidden Warp Trotters across Honkai: Star Rail's Jarilo-VI. These swine-like opponents can then be defeated for Stellar Jade. HoYoverse will offer another Gift of Odyssey, a login event that offers a total of 10x Star Rail Special Passes if players log in for two days during the version.

The Honkai: Star Rail 1.2 events also bring updates to Forgotten Hall and Simulated Universe. With the new Forgotten Hall content, called The Voyage of Navis Astriger, players will have a chance of obtaining a free copy of Yukong – if they already have the character, this will increase the character’s Eidolon level. World 7 in the Simulated Universe, on the other hand, will introduce two new Planar Ornament sets for players to farm. The event Planar Fissure will also return to the upcoming version, offering a limited chance to obtain double the Planar Ornament rewards inside Simulated Universe.

There will also be two new sets of regular Ornaments introduced with the upcoming version, which means there will be a new Cavern of Corrosion. The Honkai: Star Rail 1.2 events also include Realm of the Strange, which will allow for a limited number of double drops from Cavern of Corrosion. This will be a prime opportunity to farm Ornaments and build characters. Lastly, the Companion Missions for Kafka and Yukong will be added, allowing players to learn more about them and, after completion, receive them aboard the Astral Express in Honkai: Star Rail.

Source: YouTube/Honkai: Star Rail (1, 2)

Honkai: Star Rail 1.2 - Release Date, New Characters, Story Updates (2024)

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