Honkai: Star Rail 1.6 Release Date, Ruan Mei, Dr. Ratio, Events & More

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Get ready, Trailblazers! Honkai: Star Rail 1.6 is just around the corner, and it’s packed with new content, characters, and events. Here’s everything you need to know to prepare for the launch:

Honkai: Star Rail 1.6 Release Date & Time

Mark your calendars! Honkai Star Rail 1.6 releases on Wednesday, December 27th. Due to time zone differences, it actually arrives in the United States on Tuesday, December 26th. Here’s a handy breakdown of the release times for different regions:

  • East Coast US: Tuesday, December 26th, 10pm (ET)
  • Central US: Tuesday, December 26th, 9pm (CT)
  • West Coast US: Tuesday, December 26th, 7pm (PT)
  • Australia: Wednesday, December 27th, 2pm (AET)
  • Japan: Wednesday, December 27th, 12pm (JST)
  • Europe: Wednesday, December 27th, 4am (CET)
  • UK: Wednesday, December 27th, 3am (GMT)

New Banners Await

Version 1.6 introduces two new playable characters: Ruan Mei and Dr. Ratio. Each character will have two banner phases, with a third character, Xueyi, debuting alongside Ruan Mei.

  • Ruan Mei’s Phase 1 Banner (December 27 – January 17)
    • Ruan Mei (5-Star, Ice, The Harmony)
    • Xueyi (4-Star, Quantum, The Destruction)
    • Tingyun (4-Star, Lightning, The Harmony)
    • March 7th (4-Star, Ice, The Preservation)
  • Dr. Ratio’s Banner (January 17 – February 6)
    • Dr. Ratio (5-Star, Imaginary, The Hunt)
    • Sushang (4-Star, Physical, The Hunt)
    • Natasha (4-Star, Physical, The Abundance)
    • Hook (4-Star, Fire, The Destruction)
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In addition to the new characters, Kafka and Blade will be making a return in version 1.6. Blade’s banner will run alongside Ruan Mei’s in Phase 1 while Kafka’s will run alongside Dr. Ratio’s in Phase 2.

Events Galore

Beyond the new banners, version 1.6 brings a plethora of events to keep pilots engaged.

Critter Pick (Dec 27 – Feb 2)

Embark on the Critter Pick adventure in Honkai Star Rail, where collecting critters and nurturing them becomes the key to success. Roam the expansive map, meet specific objectives, and engage in cross-breeding to grow these creatures. Your efforts in this event will be rewarded with a plethora of prizes, including:

  • x750 Stellar Jade
  • Tracks of Destiny
  • Traveler’s Guide
  • Lost Crystal
  • Credit
  • Refined Aether
  • New Chat Bubble

Planar Fissure (Jan 10 – Jan 17)

The Planar Fissure erupts once more! Double your Planar Ornaments by tackling this returning challenge, accessible after conquering Simulated Universe 3. Stockpile these valuable resources for powerful upgrades and enhancements.

Virtual Scentventure (TBA)

Engage in epic battles against six formidable boss enemies in the Virtual Scentventure event. Defeat normal and despair mode versions of each boss, strategically using scent plug-ins for bonuses. Upon conquering all foes, players will be rewarded with:

  • Tracks of Destiny
  • Stellar Jade
  • Relic Remains
  • Traveler’s Guide
  • Refined Aether

Realm of the Strange (TBA)

Another returning event, “Realm of the Strange,” arrives TBA but requires you to complete the “The Stars Are Cold Toys” Trailblazer Mission first. Delve into the Caverns of Corrosion and double your Cavern Relics collection!

Pure Fiction (Permanent)

Introducing the Pure Fiction challenge, where players must defeat as many enemies as possible within a specific time frame. Enemies respawn continuously, and each takedown earns valuable points. Exchange these points at the Jokes Come True Shop for various items. Completion of the Pure Fiction event rewards players with:

  • x720 Stellar Jade
  • Jade Feather
  • Traveler’s Guide
  • Refined Aether

Quest for the Crown

The centerpiece of the 1.6 update is the Trailblaze Continuance Mission, titled “Crown of the Mundane and Divine.” This mission takes players back to Herta Space Station, where they’ll cross paths with Ruan Mei conducting scientific experiments in the new Seclusion Zone area.

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While version 1.6 doesn’t introduce new companion missions, players can look forward to a new weekly challenge, “Starcrusher Swarm King Skaracabaz,” and the Gold Gears update to the Simulated Universe.

Prepare your teams, commanders, and embark on an interstellar journey with Honkai: Star Rail 1.6. The cosmos awaits your exploration, and with these exciting additions, the universe has never been more thrilling. Get ready to soar among the stars!