What does Speed do in Honkai Star Rail?
What does Speed do in Honkai Star Rail? An often misunderstood stat, Speed (SPD) determines action order and action interval.
Honkai Star Rail doesn't always explain every single stat in the game, and Speed (SPD) is one of the more misunderstood statistics. While in some titles it simply means how quickly your character moves on the map, in Honkai Star Rail it has a more important role when it comes to combat.
What is Speed in Honkai Star Rail?
Speed (SPD) affects the time between a character completing one action and starting their next action or turn. Speed also determines the characters' action order when you enter combat. In short, the higher a character's SPD, the quicker they can perform their next action.
You can see your character's base SPD and SPD bonus in the "More Stats" Menu (above) accessible from the Stat tab in the character menu.
Which characters have the highest Speed (SPD)?
In Honkai Star Rail not all characters start with the same Speed stat. For example, 5-star Seele has the highest base speed in the game at 115. Clara has the lowest base SPD in version 1.1 at 90.
Characters in order of Speed
How to improve Speed in Honkai Star Rail?
There are three ways to improve a character's Speed:
- Relics (e.g. Musketeer of Wild Wheat set)
- Items (e.g. Topological Acceleration Band)
- Abilities (e.g. Asta's ultimate Astral Blessing)
The best way to increase Speed (SPD) is through your itemisation with Relics. For example the Musketeer of Wild Wheat 4-set when equipped grants a 6% SPD bonus to the wearer.
If we equip Clara with the Musketeer of Wild Wheat 4-set her SPD increases from 90 to 95. This still makes her one of the slowest characters. In comparison giving Seele the same Relic set would boost her SPD from 115 to 122.
However, the impact of this 6% is obviously more impactful on a character who is naturally swift. Check our table above to make sure you're boosting the best character for the job!
The synthesisable item Topological Acceleration Gel is another way to boost SPD, although its effects are short lived. On consumption pre-battle, Topological Acceleration Band will increase SPD of all allies by 24% for 2 turns.
Another way to boost SPD in Honkai Star Rail is through abilities. Asta, who is a free character, has the power to boost the speed of the entire party each time she has her ultimate Astral Blessing.
Astral Blessing increases SPD of allies by 36 for 2 turn(s). The SPD buff can be further increased by improving Asta's Traces.
Character's that have SPD abilities:
- Asta: Astral Blessing (Ultimate) Increases SPD of all allies by 36 for 2 turn(s)
- Silver Wolf: Impair (Talent) reduces enemy SPD by 3%
- Welt: Synthetic Black Hole (Ultimate) Reduces SPD of imprisoned enemies by 10%
- Welt: Gravitational Imprisonment (Technique) Imprisoned enemies have SPD reduced by 10%
- Welt: Edge of the Void (Skill) 65% base chance to reduce enemy's SPD by 10% for 2 turn(s)
- Yukong: Chasing the Wind (Technique) Boosts her SPD by 35%.
Speed is an important element of strategy, so use it to your advantage.